Sunday, December 29, 2013

Scrumptious Dots and Stripes

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts where I document my fabric stash purchases.
This year I am trying to keep track of my fabric intake in order to see how much I consume.  I'm not going to keep track of how much I spend, though, because then I might cry. 


Scrumptious Dots and Bias Stripes in all Colorways

I bought half yards of each colorway because they will be 
perfect for bindings, don't ya think?  Yeah, me too.

Scrumptious Dots and Bias Stripes by Bonnie and Camille for Moda

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Warm :: Cool

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts where I document my fabric stash purchases.
This year I am trying to keep track of my fabric intake in order to see how much I consume.  I'm not going to keep track of how much I spend, though, because then I might cry. 


Purple, Coral, and Yellow Fabrics from JoAnn's


Blue, Green, and Aqua Fabrics from JoAnn's

I definitely gravitate towards the brighter side of Denyse at JoAnn's.  (Yes, I know that not ALL those pieces are hers...)  Her darker, more muted lines (I'm talking to you Chicopee and Shelbourne Falls) are not my favorites, though I could still probably pick a few favorite pieces from each line.  Anyway, these have more of the happier coloring of her earlier stuff that I really loved!  
And at 40% off, that's why JoAnn's still gets my business.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Upcycled Sheets

I've had terrible luck with thrifting lately. 
 I've gone a bunch but have come home empty handed each time.  
Bummer!

Reclaimed Sheets

The polka dotted sheet is the only nice sheet I've found in probably 4 months of looking.  I'm sure it's not vintage, but I love it just the same.  I mean, how can you go wrong with colorful polka dots?!  And it's king sized, which means I should be able to get a quilt back out of it and still have extra fabric left over. 

The other two sheets are from my grandma, so I'll save them for something special.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Reading Pillow

I had a bunch of leftovers from my #scrappytripalong quilt that were begging to be turned into something.  Since that quilt was for the 7yr old I thought it'd be fun to make her a matching reading pillow.

Orange, Purple, and Pink  Patchwork Pillow

Princess Reading Pillow Back

 I tried to give it the same look as the quilt by using the same binding fabric and backing pieces,
and while I'm usually not a matchy-matchy girl, I kinda love it with this project.

Hand and Machine Quilting Detail on Patchwork Reading Pillow

While trying to expand my horizons, I decided to mix some chunky hand quilting with some straight line machine quilting.  I'll definitely revisit this method again.

Little Miss reading a book

The little miss has been putting her pillow and quilt to good use!
This is her before church one Sunday hanging out in my sewing room with a good book!


Linking up to Show and Tell Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday, and Finish It Up Friday.

Details:
Pillow measures 22"
Machine and Hand Quilting by Me.
Fabrics are these, with a bunch more stash mixed in. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

True Colors

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts where I document my fabric stash purchases.
This year I am trying to keep track of my fabric intake in order to see how much I consume.  I'm not going to keep track of how much I spend, though, because then I might cry. 


Joel Dewberry True Colors Fabric Stack

True Colors Fabric by Joel Dewberry

True colors by Joel Dewberry.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Charley Harper

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts where I document my fabric stash purchases.
This year I am trying to keep track of my fabric intake in order to see how much I consume.  I'm not going to keep track of how much I spend, though, because then I might cry. 
  


Fabrics featuring the artwork of Charley Harper

100% Organic Cotton
Featuring the designs of artist Charley Harper 
by Birch Fabrics.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Really Random Thursday

I've got some random stuff to talk about today, none of which deserves it's own post, so I'll just roll it into one crazy post.


First off, I celebrated a birthday a few weeks ago.  Is it any surprise I got quilty gifts?  My sister bought me the book (Thanks, Renae!) and I gave myself the rest. :)  I even splurged and bought the cute yellow cutting mat in the background.  My old mat was completely warped so it was hidh time it got replaced.  Besides, yellow is way more cheery that grey.


I went the the bank to get some Christmas cash and was surprised when I got the new $100 bills.  They are quite a bit different that the old ones, with gold foil, a hologram, more coloring, and  embossing.  I posted this on instagram and someone commented that "Ben looks none too pleased!" about the change.   HaHa!  I guess I have no real feelings either way as long as they all spend the same, right?


 A friend of mine gave me this key chain for my birthday.

It reads:
 The Hidden Personality of Emily
Emotional: Level headed but shy and retiring.
Strengths: A shrewd lady who usually gets her way.
A great listener who is calm in a crisis.

Yep, that's me in a nutshell.  :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Inspiration

A new month of swapping brings a new color palette!
Here's what I'm thinking for the next couple rounds:
Navy, blues, chambray, greys, oatmeal, and shirtings.

Picture Mosaic Featuring Navy, Blue, Grey, and Oatmeal Colors

Monday, December 2, 2013

Daydreams

I'm giving myself a pass on most of the items I wanted to get done in time for Christmas with the exception of a quilt for my nine year old.  He reminds me regularly that the last quilt I made for him 3 years ago is way too small now.  So I'm making him a bigger one that should last him the next 3 years of his life.

Here's a peek...

A Boy Version of the Daydreams Quilt

It'll be a boy version of the Daydreams quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts.  
The top and backing are done and ready to be sandwiched so I should have no problem getting it done it time, right?! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Liberty Love

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts where I document my fabric stash purchases.
This year I am trying to keep track of my fabric intake in order to see how much I consume.  I'm not going to keep track of how much I spend, though, because then I might cry. 

Oh man, I love Liberty fabrics! 
Though, to be honest, I've never bought any before as they are super expensive. 
 But when Amanda had Liberty on her black Friday sale I snatched up a small bundle. 

Liberty of London Rainbow of Beauty by simple girl, simple life
Liberty of London Rainbow of Beauty, a photo by simple girl, simple life on Flickr.

 Besides being beautiful, Liberty fabrics are very soft, with a feel similar to that of voile.  
They will make a luxurious quilt someday!

My favorite pieces of this bunch are the lighter pink/green floral at the top, the multi tiny floral at the bottom, and the periwinkle floral right next to it.  So Pretty!

   I'm hoping this will be just the beginning of my Liberty collection. 
:)