Monday, January 24, 2011

A Beautiful Stack of Binding Love

This past weekend, Ashley helped me take pics of the quilts I finally finished. I will work on the photos and get them posted soon. Hopefully, by the end of the week these quilts will all be in their own homes!! :)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Daylight is better

All the photography buffs in my fam tell me I need natural light for a good pic, {and some more lessons...Gavin!} Well, they are obviously correct, but this was the beginning of a snow day...and I mean the very beginning! There wasn't much natural light at the moment and I had quilt bindings to sew. {see here} Plus, who wants to sleep away a good snow day? Anyway, I have had some interest in this early morning picture of my teacup.

My sister gave it to me for Christmas. She actually gave me two. The other one is green. I take turns using them. They came from Anthropologie. I know, because I went gaga over them right before she bought them for me for Christmas {which I totally and completely missed, because she is "The Queen of Sneak"}.

I absolutely love to drink coffee and tea out of beautiful cups, and this is a beautiful cup! {Can you smell green Moroccan Mint???}

Friday, January 21, 2011

Snow Day WIP

Early morning snow day sustenance. I have already had my coffee, which is my early morning necessity! Isn't that teacup pretty?! It was a Christmas gift from my sis!

Early Morning Tea

Nothing like a good snow day to turn this...

Binding for 6 quilts

...into this.

Binding Scraps

Here is a sneak peak of the backs of the 5 quilts I finished yesterday (I had finished one early in the week).

Quilts to bind

They are all now nice and crinkly. I used the color catcher sheets when I washed them. Worked perfectly. It was late when they were done, so no pictures yet....lots of happiness, but no pictures.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Work to do

My poor family. They were given Christmas gifts they couldn't keep. Well, now it is time to correct that.

Binding for 6 quilts

The binding is all made (which is my least fav part) and now I get to sew! :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Magoo becomes Marvin

They say it is better to give than to receive. They are right! :)
Inbox Fun was where I shared what I won from Crystal of Two Little Aussie Birds. I was thrilled to receive that cute little monkey pattern to make for Deacon.

Lucky me!!!
As fall came, and the crazy-ness that is my life was whirling around me, I wasn't sure if this would be the Christmas Magoo would be born. However, one weekend...

Marvin the Monkey

I was rewarded beyond words, when early on Christmas morn, Deacon and Grammy V snuck out to meet his new monkey sitting by his stocking. (Shhhhh.....please don't tell on us!)

A buddy to nap with

The first thing he did was give it a kiss on that big smiling mouth. 


The second thing he did was give it a hug. And he held on to that hug for a long time while those cute little boy fingers patted away. My heart melted all over the place. 

Read to me

Deacon and his mommy and daddy have renamed Magoo, Marvin.

Deacon and Marvin the Monkey


Friday, January 7, 2011

I try to adapt

Emmi's Girl on a Swing

I had so much fun making this for Emerson, that I had to find a way to adapt it for my grandson, Deacon. I thought about things a boy would do and came up with this.

Let's Go Fly a Kite

I thought about it, and happened to have in my possession a block made by my friend Krista with a kite on it. Oh yeah! And what is a boy without a dog? If there is a boy, there has to be a dog.

Let's Go Fly a Kite

You should give this a try. The tutorial is over at comfortstitching.

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year and new things to share

As the old year ends and the new one begins, I can finally begin to show you some of the things I made for Christmas gifts. I love my sewing machine. More than I ever thought I would. But, I was never able to accomplish free motion quilting. Not that I want to do it on a grand scale (yet). So....

Look at what I got as an early Christmas present!! She is a grand machine. Simple, yet able to do more than I could before.

The first thing I made using this machine was this darling quilt following the tutorial on comfortstitching found here. (Notice the bubble free motion quilting stitch!!! That was a piece of cake with my new baby!!!)

Emmi's Girl on a Swing

Aneela gave such excellent instructions, it was easy and soooo much fun to do!! I love seeing all those favorite fabric scraps being put to good use!

Emmi's Girl on a Swing

This little darling went to my great niece, Emerson Kate, on Christmas afternoon. (Her mommy does the cutest baby gifts and hair bows here. You can see a picture of that beautiful little girl on her blog header.) 

Emmi's Girl on a Swing

I love how the little girl turned out. And did you notice that cute little bumble bee under the branch of the tree?? Fabric designers are brilliant people. I'm just sayin'...

Emmi's Girl on a Swing

And I love that big flower on her dress with the other flower that became her collar!! Sooooo much fun!

Emmi's Girl on a Swing

Wait till you see how I adapted this pattern for my sweet little grandson, Deacon!!!!!! 

Hugs and Love!