Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I hope you had a wonderful night! I know we did!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Holy Crap!!! I've gained 10 lbs!

(this is how I sit now, the arms hide the muffin top)

I am typically not the step on the scale everyday kind of gal - but halfway through my 30th year - I better start thinking about it! My mom always warned me about 30.

Well - I won't bore you with the long sob story of 10 pounds - it happened in four weeks - WOW, that's hard to admit! But, I think I know what the problem is:

Schwan's Ice Cream and Family Visits!

Mix those two things up and I have a whole lot of fun and late night dates with the best ice cream in the world! - Now I just need a dose of motivation to get moving again! It would probably help to not eat so much too!!

Okay - just a proud parent moment! This girl can read, and read well! I was still being tutored in reading during 2nd grade and she's in first grade and reading well beyond her school level! I love ya girl!

Camille's book! I have meant to buy this book since it has come out, but it took me this long to actually order it! I love it! I can not wait to take it (and some Bliss and Ruby) to a little sewing retreat in a couple weeks. I've been holding onto that fabric for a while now, and I am finally going to get to make something for my daughter with it.

1st place baby!!

I don't always find out what happens with the quilts I quilt, but my recent Dragonfly Quilt was in a quilt show in Washington and We Won!! So exciting! Thanks Laura for letting me quilt for you!

I feel like I am always saying this, but I am quilting (just a little slower than normal) and I am catching up on customer quilts - I am so sorry for those that are waiting, but I want them to know that they are on my list and I will get to them asap!

I am getting my next quilt on the racks and I have spent over 3 hours of research today on what types of blocks I am going to quilt into this quilt - it has a civil war theme to it and I can not wait to get started! Seriously - it's going to be awesome!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I love flowers Double Feature!!!

Garden Party

Okay - if you know me, you know I love flowers! That's why a lot of my patterns have flowers in them. I am not afraid of applique because I machine applique everything. Sorry if that offends you needle turn applique people out there - I just don't have the patience for it myself.

Garden Party

Satin stitch baby! That's how I role. See - applique can be fun and easy! Just let your sewing machine do it!

Garden Party

I love the colors of this quilt. I quilted it with my allover flower swirl free motion quilting.

Garden Party

This quilt is so happy! I love pulling out my quilts and getting good pictures of them because it makes me feel like I am getting some sewing done - which, I am not - but it helps me think I am!

Garden Party Quilt Pattern

So, I give you "Garden Party" - at the top of my list of my patterns. It is really fun to make! You can get it on sale for $5.95 here for a limited time.

Checkered Flowers

Here's the double feature! This is by far my most favorite quilt! I made this pattern several years ago and it still is just right there at the top of the list.

Checkered Flowers

I wanted to feature this quilt not only because I love it, but because I wanted to show that you don't have to quilt just everything like I do. This was quilted way back when - and I would quilt more now - but it is the design that makes the quilt. So, don't think that you have to quilt your quilts like this one just to make my patterns!

Checkered Flowers

I can't tell you how much I love this quilt! It is really simple to put together and you only need three colors. I can imagine it will work well with our new jelly roll Bella Solids - just get three colors and take out the cutting! I love that idea!

Checkered Flowers Quilt pattern

So, I give you Checkered Flowers! My favorite quilt pattern that is so simple to put together. On sale now for $5.95 for a limited time, get yours here!

Here's my Mama! She's made herself at home in our guest room because my dad has a job in town. She doesn't go anywhere without her traveling sewing machine and now my home is her traveling sewing machines permanent home. She's a little addicted to quilting and sewing - wonder where I got the bug?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Drawing with Thread.........

Okay - a little background to this quilt. I am usually working on customer quilts, but occasionally I need to create something for me or someone else. It keeps me sane! Abby, my sister is going to be having her first baby in December - I can't wait - so I wanted to make her a baby quilt. She loves black - always has, always will and she is more of a modern girl too. So, I racked my brain trying to figure out what to make for her and her baby boy. It hit me a few weeks ago what I would make and my pattern "Checkered Flowers" without the flowers of course would work perfectly! Off to the store I went and got me some black and gray fabric. It was so fun putting this quilt together!

Checkered Flower Quilt Pattern

I was going to try and keep it simple - because it's for a baby - but then I realized that I just couldn't! I wanted to give Abby something incredible - because I think she is incredible - and so the quilting details took over the quilt. Good thing I had sense enough to put in two layers of batting because I quilted it to death!

I send pictures to my mom for her opinion on pretty much every quilt I do - so when she saw my blocks she said - "It doesn't look like a baby quilt to me." Well - this block is for my mom - now she can't say it isn't a baby quilt! Ha Ha! (do you see the "baby" in the middle?)

I give you "Pierpont's Pendant" template! This is my design and I just couldn't come up with a name for my design, so once again I called and asked my mom for help. I'll give you a little background - Abby won't tell us the name of her little boy, so my mom affectionately gave her baby boy the name "Pierpont" -just to be funny! So, we have been calling the baby Pierpont ever since. For some reason my sister Jessie couldn't remember "Pierpont" and kept calling the baby "Pendant" -- so, there you go! A name for my design and a story that just keeps us laughing!

When I started quilting this, I realized it was going to take a longer time than usual - typical problem for me, so I decided to create two different blocks. I wanted the second block to be easier - well, this is what I came up with! Not easier, but just as fun!!

Everything in this quilt is free motion quilting. I only marked the templates, but the rest of the quilt is just my "drawing with thread" - we have a title!

I used Silver Metallic thread for the top and gray So Fine thread for the bottom. It worked out beautifully! I am still pinching myself because I love how it turned out. I just hope Abby is as thrilled as I am!

Texture goodness!

I give you the back - solid backs are the best - I won't ever do a personal quilt again without using solid fabric because the quilting is so important to see!

I used red binding because Abby loves black and red, so just a touch of red to make it completely her quilt.

Well - it's done! I am so happy to be giving this quilt to my beautiful sister and her soon to be born baby boy! I love ya girl!

Okay - do you want to make the quilt pattern? Well, you can get that here.

And the template? You can get the PDF file for my new quilting template here.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Okay........the winner!!!

I have to apologize - I meant to post the winner of my giveaway with pictures of my finished quilt earlier this week.

Well, the quilt is still on the racks and I have had family staying over. Right now life is full of juggling time and trying to get things done, but also enjoying the time I have with family. So, thanks for your patience with me. I should get the quilt finished tomorrow - or I guess that would be today since I am still up! Why am I still up?

Anyway - winner of the Fiona's Fancy Fat Quarter Bundle is:

Judi of Life is Sew Good

Congratulations Judi! Email me your address and I will get that sent right out to you. (BTW - love your name! Hehehe

Okay - Moda decided to be completely awesome and come out with new Bella Solid Precuts and we have some in! Yay - you can check them out here.

Have a great day! I will be posting quilting pictures soon and a new template will be available as well. It's going to be great!

Saturday, October 15, 2011


sneak peak

I've got some modern quilting going on at the moment - I can't wait to show you the finished quilt! So exciting!

Other news - Dear Jane has made the spotlight again - you can check out the post featuring it as the quilt of the week at Generation Q - here.

My giveaway is still going -- I will announce the winner when I show you this finished quilt sometime next week! Have a wonderful weekend everyone. And - I just want to thank all you readers out there - you keep me going and I really appreciate you! So Thank You!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fiona's Fancy Giveaway!!!

I have a lot of things going on - mostly with family visiting for the next three weeks. So - I will post when I can with what I am working on, but in the meantime let's have a giveaway!

Simple contest - here's what you need to do to win this Fiona's Fancy Fat Quarter Bundle:

Go to our clearance page and tell us your favorite product by leaving a comment.

Next, go to our "Pre-Order" page and tell us what your favorite January 2012 product is by leaving a second comment.

Please only leave 2 comments - it makes it easier for me to count when I announce the winner. I will post the winner in a couple or so days when I have finished my latest quilting project!

Good luck!

Monday, October 10, 2011

11 months

Hi! I am baby Noah! Come and follow me on a little journey around my yard. I just figured out how to crawl and not scoot. I made sure to learn to crawl correctly while my mom and dad where in Romania. Made my mom sad, but she'll get over it!

This would be my favorite place in the yard. There are plenty of fun things to look at.

I just have to figure out what to grab first!

What's that? Did you call me Mom?

I am busy - don't bother me!

Here it is - a rock! I love these things. Small, hard and totally a choke hazard - I don't see why everyone gets so worked up when I find myself a nice rock to play with.

Well, I will taste it and we will see what happens!

Why did you take my rock Mom? And move me over here? I was having so much fun!

I see how it is - you let me roam around, but you are always there to get me out of trouble.

And - you put things in my reach and then take them away!

11 months

Well, at least I know that I am the favorite baby in this house and my mom and dad can't believe that I am almost 1 year old. Oh - and by the way, I learned how to wave and clap while Mom and Dad were away too. My mom keeps saying "that darn Aunt Abby!" - cause she's the one that taught me how!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

For the love of FQBs - 30% off!!!

Okay - I have to say that Fat Quarters are my favorite fabric cut right now. Simply because you get so much fabric that coordinates and you have tons of project possibilities. We have all the current fabric collections from Moda, but did you know we also have Riley Blake precuts as well? Well - we do and the fabric is adorable!! I keep telling Clint that I need one FQ Bundle of every line that comes in and he reminds me that I just wouldn't have room to just store the stash. Well - a girl can always make room for her stash - no matter the lack of space.

This cute new line is called "Fox Trails" by Doohickey designs for Riley Blake Designs. It is adorable - I want it, seriously! But, for all you out there we have all of our Fat Quarter Bundles and Fat Eighth Bundles 30% off until Monday. It's a good time to stock up!

This new line is called "Fiona's Fancy" by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake Designs. It is so cute!

This little bundle is from the fabric line "Indian Summer" by Zoe Pearn Designs for Riley Blake Designs. I absolutely love this line - we still have several bundles left.

Sometimes I just have to have a quilting picture in my posts. Makes me happy!

This morning was absolutely gorgeous here. The sun is out - it's cool, but not too cold and the roses are still in bloom. I have to say that I love where I live - even if the summers are a little hot!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Family pics 2011

One of the things that I have put off is getting our family pictures taken. I didn't want to go into a studio and I love natural lighting photographers. I am so grateful to my friend who introduced me to Amber. She is a wonderful photographer!

Does this look like an engagement picture or what? Ha - well, I love it and I am still in love with this man. We have been married almost 10 years now and it has been an incredible journey.

Warning - I may get a little sentimental!!!

Clint and I met in high school - our senior year. I remember looking at him and saying to myself "I am with my husband now," those words gave me comfort as we said goodbye for 2 years while he served as an LDS missionary. I was totally supportive of his mission and I kept myself busy so time would go fast. But, the time was long - two years was brutal, seriously. I loved him so much and just couldn't wait to be with him. Well, long story short - I survived - we still loved each other and 4 months from the day he got home we married in the Salt Lake Temple. It was the picture perfect day! I got to marry my best friend and we never had to say goodbye again.

10 years and four kids later. It is still amazing to me how fast time has gone since we have been married. When he was on his mission the 2 years never ended and now we have done 2 years 5 times. Crazy!!! Family is everything to us. We want to be with our kids - that is the main reason we have our own business. Some days are tough with 4 kids who are close in age. We had 4 kids in 5 years and believe me - sometimes I am ready to pull my hair out - or at least buy some earplugs so the screaming can be muffled. (I don't know why I haven't done that yet) :) It's the small happy moments that make life so incredible. These little munchkins are the reason I don't get quilting done fast, they are the reason that a lot of my quilt designs are still on paper and not in stores. But, I wouldn't change it because I can't miss out on their little lives.

They are growing up so fast! Why does time move so fast when you don't want it to and it slows down when you need it to go fast? What gives me comfort is remembering to "Enjoy the Journey" because with all the ups and downs, life is worth living for the small moments - and those small moments are with my husband and kids.

All photos courtesy of Amber Wallis of Carly Grace Photography

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Becky's Quilt

Okay - I don't have the pattern info on this one yet, but I will get it and update this post - I just really couldn't wait any longer to post quilting pictures. I have had the quilt done for a couple days and I quilted 3 shams to go along with the quilt today.

Anyway - this is Becky's quilt. Perfect piecing - no joke - she did an awesome job. I debated on a quilting theme for this quilt, but realized that the fabric speaks for itself and I just wanted to add to the quilt instead of take away from it.

I am going to treat myself to some personal piecing for the next couple days - I need it! Have a great weekend!