Friday, January 28, 2011

Fabric sometimes whispers to me...

But yesterday these pretties literally shouted at me.

I walked by them once and felt that “hairy eye ball”. You know how that goes, the little hairs on the back of your neck stick up and you start to get a little flushed, like someone just told you the back of your skirt was all bunched up in your panties. I gave a glance in their direction. Then, quite loudly there was a plea…come on over, touch me, have your way with me…you know you want to! Wowza! I was there faster than a bug hits a windshield. I’m sew easily seduced by fabric.

We are at the midpoint of our long winters here in northern NY and this lovely cotton eye candy will keep me company while the snow falls softly and I’m entertained by my favorite pair of cardinals, (Fred and Ethel) at the feeder. After these lovelies come out of the washer and dryer I’ll be in the cave getting some spokes cut for some sweet spring candle mats.'s what makes me sewhappy! Hope you are sew happy sewing today too!


The little prints are from the Wild Rose, by Marti Mitchell collection from Maywood Studios.

The green and rose pink that “read solid” are from Perennials by Eleanor Burns collection from Benartex Inc.

The lighter green roses print is a fat quarter that didn’t have writing on the salvage of the piece I bought.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Baby Boom

Making items for my shops sometimes gets put on the back burner when there are babies to sew for! I wanted to share some of the baby items I have quilted recently. Most were gifts, one was a special order for a good friend.

A new little baby boy will receive this small quilt of blues and matching set of burp cloths soon. This one was not made with a pattern, just a "let's roll with it" attitude. I knew I wanted to embellish it with the large ric-rac. I've been looking for a project to put the ric-rac in since I bought it.
This set of burp cloths were for Ceanna, an online friend and sweet new mommy, personalized for her little bundle of joy, Olivia.
This quilt was made for my niece Christy, (and Ya-Ya member) for her 2yr old daughter Kara, who is a sweet little "monkey". I gave her and her brother the little book, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed and they loved it. I saw the pink monkey fabric for this quilt and new I needed to make it for her. Check out this cute video on Five Little Monkeys!

This quilt and set of burp cloths was made for niece Sara. Her little Ellie was born on Christmas Day! Sara is a fan of lady bugs, so this pink flannel ladybug fabric was ideal for her shower gift.
The quilt is a "rag" quilt, this is the back with the rag part showing. Below that is a picture of the front. This type of quilt is fun and easy. Each block has a flannel front and back, quilt the block and then put all the blocks together and snip one side. Give it a wash or two and the snips fray and the quilt gets really soft. Thus, the "rag" reference.

I was commissioned by good friends - Jenny and Carol, Jenny's Mom to create a quilt with pictures and quotes for a special niece/granddaughter of theirs. Jenny and Carol picked the fabric and I took it from there. It turned out lovely and they were very pleased.

The back had such pretty family words on the fabric. Hope you can read them - Love, Celebrate, Hope etc.
I SEW love to make gifts for babies!!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy 2011

It's a year of new resolutions...or in my case old ones that I just need to focus on a little harder.

2010 was a good year for me. I became more conscience of my health and exercise routine. I feel better and see results from my efforts. More to do, still need to stay focused. I enjoyed spending quality time with family and wonderful friends and am truly very blessed in that department!

My sales in my consignment shop were steady. Sales for my online shops were nothing to write home about, but considering little promoting, not really that bad. Need to step up to the plate more in 2011. However, I had more custom orders for 2010 than ever before. I have a constant stream of ideas for shop items, finding the time to make it all come together is the challenge. I was able to get my second pattern out on the market, which is a miracle in itself. Others are in the wings and fingers crossed that I can get #3 and maybe #4 underway in 2011.

I didn't teach classes as much as I had hoped in 2011, but I resolve to schedule more this year. I have been networking some and have two different ventures I hope to pursue that have come my way recently. I'm hoping those work out, time will tell, wish me luck.

I have been the most disappointed in my blogging for 2010. I mean really, my last blog post was August 9th? So I had nothing I wanted to write from 8/9/10 to today, 1/1/11? Not true, I had much I wanted to share, but getting it from brain to typing fingers was always the thing I would do next - and next just didn't come. I've done several recent projects that I hope to share with pictures. I am vowing to do a better job of blogging in 2011.

So that's it for my resolutions. Not over the moon, just reasonably realistic.

I hope that you will also accomplish your New Year resolutions for 2011, both new and old! Here's to good health, much love, friendship and prosperity!