Sunday, March 31, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Low Volume Sneak Peek

Low Volume WIP by simple girl, simple life
This week I've been stitching like crazy finishing up my version of the low volume quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts.

It's done! And I can't wait to show it off!
Tune in next week.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ocean Waves {a finished quilt}

Hello, and Welcome to my new blog!
 Thanks for joining me here!

 Today I'm excited to show off the quilt I've been working on for my daughter's new bedroom.

 If you remember right, this was my initial fabric pull.
She wanted the colors of the ocean with a little Hawaii thrown in.

Here's what we came up with.
Her new room will double as the guest room, so she get's a queen-sized bed.  I chose this simple shoo-fly block for it's ease (read: speed) in sewing and it's bold design. (The thought of sewing a million little pieces for a queen-sized quilt made me cringe a bit.)

 My daughter is super happy with how it turned out, as am I.

The back is a cool piece I found at JoAnn's.  It became the starting point for the quilt.  In the interest of saving some money I only bought 4 (maybe 4.5?) yards of it and pieced in my extra blocks to make it wide enough.

For the binding I went with this perfectly suited turquoise and lime polka dot. 
Thank you Denyse Schmidt!

Now that it's done we are counting down the weeks (days) until our basement gets finished and my daughter can be in her new room!!  Until then, the quilt has taken a up temporary residence on my bed.

Block design/directions from here.
Binding is DS Quilts Picnic and Fairgrounds Dots
Backing from JoAnn's
Quilted by Lynn Peterson
You can read about the beginnings of this quilt Here

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday @ crazymomquilts.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Me... In a Nutshell

Welcome to my Blog!

I'm Emily, a simple girl carving out a simple life, one project at a time. 

For the past four years I have blogged along side my sisters as one of the Creative Chicks. (You can view all my past work here.)  Now I am venturing out on my own!  As my tastes are ever changing, this blog will follow the ebbs and flows of my creative life.

When I'm not in my sewing room you might find me shuttling my kids to and fro, running the streets in my pink Mizunos, hiking with my family, getting my hands dirty in the garden, or canning away food like a squirrel. 

I am a wife to a handsome (and supportive) husband, a mom to four entertaining kids, the mother hen to 10 real-life chickens, and a fun-loving, sleep-deprived woman.  I love mint chip ice cream, homemade popcorn (with lots of butter!), and Mexican food.

"Family Puzzle"

As for my creative life, my mom taught me to sew back when I was in elementary school.  In those days I made lots of "creations" for my Barbies.  As I got older I started making my own clothing before settling on quilt-making (at least for now!).

I would consider myself an eclectic quilter.  Part modern, part traditionalist, and lover of all things fabric.  I find as much joy in modern, minimalistic designs as well as intricate, traditional patterns.
 Recently I bought myself a "fancy" machine.  After sewing on my trusty Kenmore for the past 18 years it was time for an upgrade.  But, never fear, Kenny the Kenmore is now being used by my daughters.

I hope you enjoy my blog!