Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Project Hoppin'

I had 2 projects going that I wanted to finish by the end of October but this project will be a few days late. I have been participating in Kristy's block of the month, And Sew On, for the past nine months. I  needed to make the block for July so I finished that up. I think this was my favorite block to put together. I love stacks of fabric, even pretend stacks in a little paper pieced block :). I chose to use my favorite colors in my fabric closet and my go to stack of low volume fabrics that keeps getting higher outside the door.

I have pulled the paper off of the backs of the nine blocks, cut the sashing, and am ready to sew them together to make a mini. But first I need to finish my other project.

Between my mom jobs today I have taken this stack and cut it down to 

these blocks. I just need to sew them together. They are for a swap with a flickr friend, Mindy. I love making these blocks but my favorite part is choosing the fabric.
Over the weekend my kids carved their pumpkins and I thought they were pretty creative. The younger girls drew the face on the pumpkin then my husband and youngest son cut them out. My boy did a great job on his pumpkin and he recreated the Air Jordan logo. The NBA kicked off it's season last night which we are all happy about!!
I hope those who celebrate Halloween have a safe night tomorrow. Linking up with Freshly Pieced where there is all kinds of inspiration today!!!!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday Funday

I had a birthday last week and even though it is a day I would like to pull the covers over my head and hide from I have to share the fun stuff a couple of my sewing friends sent me. I was very spoiled!! Kristy's package arrived first. She had wrapped it in the most beautiful fabric, a line called Fox Hollow. I had hemmed and hawed and put that fabric in and out of so many shopping carts. I am kicking myself for not ordering some because the strawberries are so sweet as are all of the illustrations. All's well that ends well, though, as I am the proud owner of a piece of Fox Hollow :). That was only the wrapping!! 

Inside the wrapping was this special mini quilt. I have been loving low volume backgrounds with high volume foregrounds so this scrappy little number suits me to a T!! It's my favorite colors and has my favorite strawberry. Kristy is always so clever and i love how she used a berry for the "O".

She also sent some fabric. I love both pieces she sent but the pink background print is extra fun as my strawberry girl had some knit jammies made from that print that she has long ago outgrown. I will have fun making her something that she can't outgrow with the piece Kristy sent. 

The berry on top were these sweet pins she sent from Pinks and Needles on Etsy. I have admired that shop for years but have never splurged and ordered from there. She makes so many cute pins all full of such detail on a very tiny scale.
Kristy also sent the girls some Australian animal cards which they have really enjoyed! I am so touched by Kristy's thoughtfulness. I adore her and am blessed to call her friend even though she is continents and time zones away from me. Thank you so much Kristy for this amazing gift. The wall hanging is brightening one of my kitchen walls.
The next day a package with all sorts of fun stamps arrived from Canada which could only mean it was from Nicole. i had some serious fun opening this one. I pulled this gorgeous wide open zip pouch from the envelope and a whole bunch of candy fell out too. I love the combination of the herringbone fabric with the AMH Field Study.


I opened the zip to find a fun note. Nicole knows I love all things Sarah Jane and we met each other in the Sarah Jane flickr group.

Inside this zip was a fabric wrapped something. Do my friends have the best wrapping fabric or what? I would say yes!! I am using the smaller zip for my make-up bag and the large zip for a hand sewing project so I can carry it around with me.

At the bottom was this awesome cloud print (and i think you already know how much I love clouds!).  The scale of the clouds is perfect for paper piecing. There was also a block that Nicole made for her Penny Sampler quilt that ended up not quite fitting in. I loved this block and told her so. The dots and the aqua woodgrain make a fabulous duo. I think Nicole works with Santa because every time i tell her I love something she has it lands on my door step. The block is lying on my sewing table so I can look at it frequently until i decide which project to use it in. The Hand Drawn Garden AMH print is another print I love so much and didn't have...until now. It is such a beautiful print! Another one of those prints that looks pretty on the computer screen but even more beautiful in real life.

This is what was inside the wrapping...Waterfront Park birds (which I love!!) and some Art Gallery squares which I also love!! Yes, I was completely spoiled!!!

Nicole also made this teeny tiny itsy bitsy pin cushion. I think she and Kristy conspired because this cushion and the strawberry pins are a match made in heaven.

I have to show you the back of the cushion because it is so cute! It has been a very fun weekend with family and friends. I have been treated to lunch the past three days. Now it is time to get down to some serious sewing! Happy Monday!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival: My Happily Ever After

I decided to have a bit of fun and participate in the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side. I can not imagine what a huge undertaking it must be to host this event and I am thankful that she does. There is so much inspiration and fun in looking through the quilts and the reading about the story behind the quilts. Thank you for visiting me! Here is my story:

Once upon a time there was a girl who liked to scrap book. She went to the craft store to look at the scrap book supplies but got distracted by the fabric. The colors and prints were so pretty and set the wheels of her mind whirling with all the possibilities of things to create from those bolts of fabric. She bought a few quarter yards and thought I will learn to sew. She began making dresses for her little girls which was so much fun but each dress only required 1 or 2 maybe 3 prints of fabric and there were so many prints calling her. She decided to make a quilt. Her making led to flickr, which led to blogging, which led to making friends, which led to being in a bee called Wombat Stew. They (we) are a group of Australian Girls except me. I am an American-honorary-Australian :). Not only are these girls talented and creative, they are also wonderful friends! I was Queen Wombat in July. I had dreamed of making a fairy tale quilt; my 2 youngest love to be read to and fairy tales are their favorite genre. I chose fairy tales to be my theme for the month.


I sent Kristy a list of my girls' favorite fairy tales along with some inspiration photos and she created all but 2 of the block patterns. Midge made the Three Bears. My girls love the kite in the window.

Marieka made Hansel and Gretel's candy house. When this block arrived my girls wanted to eat it.

Gemma designed and made this Princess and the Pea block. The pea at the bottom of the mattresses captured my girls' attention.

In addition to designing the blocks, Kristy, made this Rapunzel block for me. It was the first block to arrive and the girls declared it their favorite. Tangled is a favorite movie at our house.

The Little Mermaid was made by Jane. The girls love how it looks like she has a strand of pearls wrapped in her hair, her perfect mermaid tail, and we can hear the water softly lapping the rock Mermaid is sitting on.

Alyce created the idyllic fairy tale castle when she created this pattern and block! It is huge measuring approximately 18 1/2 by 22 1/2 if my memory serves me correctly. You can visit her blog or past posts of mine for some close ups of this block. It features Little Red Riding Hood, some Princesses, a girl reading (must be a fairy tale we can only assume), and a magical tree. The other quilt blocks were 12 1/2 inches square so Kristy created a vine to go along side of the castle to make it the size of 2 blocks. My girls would like to live inside this block!

Sweet Little Red Riding Hood was made by the sweet Lara. My girls love this block and the golden highlights in Little Red's hair. My four year old always asks, "Where is the wolf?"
The last block made by a bee mate is the Frog Prince and was brought to life by Fiona. She used special fabric to make him which is very vibrant and the blue sky behind him is so full of depth with varied hues of color and some purple in there, too, which ties in nicely with the rock he is leaning over. My girls love his smile and crown :)

I made the rest of the blocks which was 20 and it took roughly 3 and 1/2 months for me to complete it. Fairy tales in the quilt (besides the ones i have mentioned) are: Cinderella, Snow White, Thumbelina, The Three Pigs, Aladdin, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Bean Stalk, and the Ugly Duckling. I am so grateful to my Bee for helping me bring this thought in my head to life as it is something I would not have done on my own. All of Kristy's patterns are available in her Craftsy Shop.
The backing was made from some whimsical flannels in my stash: kites floating in the sky, a light pink, and a cute ladybug print for the ground since ladybugs are a favorite around here (did you see how the girls tucked in 2 ladybugs into the Rapunzel and castle blocks?). The binding is a coral colored flannel. I sashed it with Madrona Road text to carry on the story theme. The open and closed book blocks along the top and bottom rows also reiterate the story theme.
Some tears were shed the first night when only one of the girls got to sleep with it. We worked out a deal for the 2 and 4 year olds to alternate nights sleeping with it but so far it hasn't left my four year olds bed and the 2 year old hasn't fussed about it. It has proven to be comfy-cozy, roasty-toasty and the quilt has been snuggled well!

And we are all living "Happily Ever After!"

Quilt Stats:
70 1/2 x 82 1/2
Made by Wombat Stew
Quilt top is completely paper pieced
made for 2 of my girls
16 fairy tales and a castle represented 
used 100's of different fabrics

Friday= Kristy's Paper Piecing Party

October is Lara's month for Wombat Stew and she chose to make a little house quilt. The fabulous Kristy made the patterns which have little windows and doors perfect for fussy cutting. These little 6 1/2" blocks were very fun makes! Lara loves teapots and tea cups so there is a little mouse in this house serving up tea.

Since these are a quilt bee blocks this little house had to have a sewing machine and Lara loves  rabbits so there is a bunny in the other window.

Kristy  made the house patterns. I would like to make a house quilt one day, too.
For the last round of Wombat Stew, before I was a part of it,  Lara chose to do tea pots and tea cups. She had mentioned earlier in the year she would like to make a few more tea pots to finish that mini up. She wanted one with Liberyt-esque fabric.  Liberty prints are among my favorites and i have a few little pieces and this was the perfect project for a little Liberty. The handle is a shot cotton I ordered from Sew, Mama, Sew before they stopped selling fabric. Nicole recently made a star using some shot cottons and it made me want to use some too! Linking up with Kristy for her Friday Paper Piecing Party where she is always up to some quilty mischief of epic proportions!
Paper Piecing Party

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Flashback Friday: Fall 2011

We visit a lot of fields in the Fall. Erik's favorite field was the one that involved football.

Even though we grow a pumpkin in our garden every year we love to visit the pumpkin patch. This particular year it was close to 90 degrees and holds the record for the warmest day at the Patch.

Carving pumpkins is a favorite activity for everyone at our house and has come to mean power tools. we always carve the pumpkins out on the front porch. 

This year we had a butterfly,

a sweet lamb,

a 60's girl and a sheep dog.

We do not get many fall colors here in California so we planted a red maple in our front yard. It is my favorite tree.

Lastly, a pretty autumn sunset. Wishing you a fun filled weekend :)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Flashback Friday: Fall 2009

Back in the fall of 2009 this high school freshman was learning to make mac n cheese which would be helpful for his future college days.

We spent Saturdays on the flag football fields.

These two played dress up almost every day and were Snow White and a Southern Belle for Halloween.

There was a newborn in the house :)

Happy Fall weekend to you!