Friday, October 30, 2009

Good things to come!

There is absolutely nothing better than the excitement of a bunch of fabric put together in a pile, knowing that soon it will be a marvelous quilt. I can't wait to show you these two finished projects because they will be my two newest patterns. Speaking of patterns, we are doing a little treat for Halloween where you get a free pattern with any purchase off our website. All you have to do is make sure to tell us which one you want in the "any additional info" box during checkout. Hurry fast because the free pattern offer will only be good for today and tomorrow. Have a very happy and safe Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Mr. Green Fairy!

I just have to shout out and say happy birthday to my incredible husband. Clint's birthday is today and I can say that I am almost married to a 30 year old, wow, we are getting older! Anyway, I have to thank him for all he does, he runs our website and ships out all the orders. He prints, folds and packages all of my patterns, I couldn't do what I love without him. He is such a huge part of our business and sometimes he doesn't get the credit he deserves. It's been an adventure changing our lives and focusing on our own business, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I am grateful that I get to wake up each day and get to have my husband home with me. Thanks so much for all you do Honey! I love you. Happy Birthday!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Apparently I work too much!

I can't believe Clint had to convince me to go and take a gander in Zion's National Park. I have so much to do and I put a lot of work on myself, but Clint made it perfectly clear this morning that I was going to have a good day and take time out with the family. I am glad I did, it was a beautiful day.

We had a fun time at this rock, the kids loved it, even I got up on the slope.

Me and Clint!

My little guy is so adorable, he really melts my heart and he can pretty much get away with anything because of his cute little face!

I will have to get back to quilting, but was glad for this little break. If you get a chance go and check out our deal of the week. We have our Nostalgia pre-cuts at clearance prices. Go and check them out here!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Do you remember this?

Well, if you click here you can see the finished project! What a beautiful jacket it turned out to be. I wish it were mine!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Emily's Napkin

I have so much fun doing Emily's quilts or "napkins" she lovingly calls them. This one was only 22 inches squares and I put a lot of quilting into it. What I love about Emily's quilts is that they are not your traditional quilts and she tells me to "do your thing" when it comes to the quilting. It allows me to be creative and just have fun, which means I usually quilt every last section of the project. Even though this is a small quilt, I had to have five pictures of it! What do you think?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fun Bright Quilt

I have to admit, I love this quilt! It's so bright and fun. The applique is just perfect. I was nervous at first because I wasn't crazy about my thread color choice, but as soon as I pulled the quilt off the frames I felt better.

Am I the only quilter that gets nervous about a quilt? I had a friend (Emily) tell me "Your job is so fun for us who wait with baited breath for your results." I liked what she said and I am going to try and look at each quilt with a new perspective because I am usually just so nervous about it that I forget to totally enjoy quilting and realize that my customers are excited to get their artwork back.

I tried this new filler, it's just an oval within an oval, I love it!

So, do you have those days where you just have to get out of the house and do what you want and spend a little money on things that you don't need? I had one of those days and my little guy tagged along with me. It's amazing how quiet (not screaming because he is being teased) he is when his older sister isn't around and how it's fun to see his personality shine because we had one-on-one time. We went to Walmart and looked around, we got him a new car and went to subway. I had a chicken bacon ranch sub that wasn't all that good, but he had a tuna sandwich and ate the whole thing, it was even okay that he spilled his chocolate milk everywhere. Just me and him, it was so fun. This picture of him is my most recent one, I couldn't help but take this picture because he was wearing his shake all over his face. Oh, and do you see his bracelet? His Grandma made that for him and he loves it! So cute, he wears it everyday. He doesn't like it when I take it away from him during nap time.

Friday, October 16, 2009

As promised the winner, and some quilting pictures.

Thanks so much to everyone that entered my giveaway and all the incredible compliments on the table runner. I hope you have had a chance to get yours finished. So, without further delay the winner of the finished orange and green table runner is Deb from Mountain Musings!

Congratulations Deb! Please email me your address at

This was a Christmas quilt I finished on Monday, I think it turned out great, but my favorite part of this quilt was how I finished the tree trunk, knot holes and all!

I tried to make the tree look like a tree with some wavy quilting.

This was a fun flag quilt done by Emily, I have done a lot of projects for her and just another fun one. She wanted a Silver Beaver on this flag quilt to represent an award in the Boy Scouts that her father received. So I quilted the whole quilt in silver thread and quilted the beaver in there too. This picture does not give the quilt justice.

This is a close up of the flag stripes, it was fun to quilt this one.

Last but not least I hosted a girls night out and we had some fun putting together the pumpkin table runner. Melissa, Emily and Heather came and it was really fun. When the runner's are finished I will get more pictures. We will do this again soon!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Show and Tell! Pumpkin Table Runner!

So, here you go! My pumpkin table runner, just in time for Halloween, even Thanksgiving, I hope you enjoy making this as much as I did!

Fabric Requirements!

Two different ORANGE fabrics (for pumpkins): 1/3 yard each
Cream with polka dot (background fabric): 1/4 yard
Light green (pumpkin stem): 1/8 yard
Dark green (Sash and 1st border): 1/4 yard
Brown pumpkin print (2nd border): 1/2 yard
Stripe (binding): 1/3 yard
Backing: 1 1/3 yards
Finished size approximately 18 x 45 inches.

Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance for all seams.

1. Cut out (3) 2 x 44 inch and (3) 1 1/2 x 44 inch strips from each orange fabric.
2. Cut out (1) 2 1/2 x 11 inch rectangle from the light green fabric.
3. Cut out (2) 3 1/2 x 11 inch rectangles from the cream background fabric.
4. Cut out (1) 2 1/2 x 44 inch strip from the cream background fabric, from this strip cut out (16) 2 1/2 inch squares.

Draw a line from corner to corner on the back of each 2 1/2 inch square.

Sew the 2 x 44 inch strips and the 1 1/2 x 44 inch strips together. Press the seams down as shown, the to one side.

Sew the strips together, alternately the 2 and the 1 1/2 inch strips.

Sew the (2) 3 1/2 inch cream rectangles on both sides of the 2 1/2 inch light green rectangle. Press seams.

Cut across horizontally at 2 1/2 inches. Cut out 4.

Take a ruler and find the 60 degree angle, match it up to the straight seams and cut off a triangle on one end of the orange fabric.

Use the line you cut in the previous step to cut out (3) 8 1/2 inch sections.

Cut out (4) 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch rectangles.

Place (4) 2 1/2 inch squares on each edge of the pumpkin rectangle.

Sew along the line you drew on each square.

Leave about a 1/4 inch seam and cut off excess fabric. Press the seams down, then out.

Pin the stem rectangle to the top of the pumpkin block and stitch.

Press seams. The finished block will be approximately 8 1/2 inches.

1. Cut out (4) 1 1/2 x 44 inch dark green strips.
From one strip cut out (3) 8 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch rectangles.
2. Cut out (3) 4 1/2 x 44 inch brown pumpkin strips for the second border.

Sew the 3 dark green 8 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch rectangles in between the four pumpkin blocks. Press seams, then sew one dark green strip to each side of the runner. Then use the remaining strip to sew across the top and bottom of the runner. Press seams.

Sew a 4 1/2 inch brown pumpkin strip to each side of the runner. Trim and press.
Cut the remaining strip in half and sew to the top and bottom of the runner. Press.

Congrats on a job well done!

I hope you had fun putting the table runner together, I have a video of my quilting and a binding tutorial so you can finish the whole project in no time. As you can see in the picture above I have two table runners, the orange and green runner has been made for about a year, waiting for me to write up a pattern, but since it's taken so long to get to it I decided to do a tutorial instead.
I feel like I should give away my original table runner! What do you think? All you have to do to enter to win my orange and green pumpkin table runner is to leave a comment. Want more entries? Like 5? (you know the drill) just blog about my tutorial and giveaway. So good luck! I will announce the random winner Friday.

Swirl Quilting Video!

You can quilt your table runner however you would like, but this is how I quilted mine. If you don't have a long-arm, just stitch in the ditch, stipple on your sewing machine or have someone quilt it for you!

Machine Binding! My version.

Okay, this is the way I sew my binding, keep in mind it may be different from how you do your binding, but it works for me and it's fast. You are always welcome to do your own version of binding, I am just trying to share what I know!

Cut out four 2 1/2 x 44 inch strips and sew the strips end to end.

Fold down 1/4 inch on one end of the strip and press down.

Press the strip in half.

Sew the strip to the back of the table runner, use the edge of the quilt as a guide to follow along the presser foot.

When you get to the corners, fold up the strip.

Then fold it down and start stitching again. Make sure to reinforce your stitches.

When you get to the end, cut the strip to fit inside the first of the strip.

Pin it in place and stitch down.

Fold the binding to the top of the quilt. Have the edge of the binding run just barely beyond the stitch from the binding. I move my needle to the right of the center line twice so that the seam catches the back of the binding. Match the center line of the presser foot to the edge of the binding.