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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Last Day to Vote!

Scrapbook Pillowcase Please Vote!

Please vote for my sister Ariana's picture pillowcase today here. Today is the last day and she is one of four finalists! Thank you so much for your support :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

LAST DAY to VOTE!

Scrapbook Pillowcase Please Vote!

Please help my sister Ariana win the allpeoplequilt.com quarterly challenge!

You can vote here! Thank you so much for your help and votes!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Voting Open Today!

Scrapbook Pillowcase Please Vote!

Please consider voting for my sister Ariana's Scrapbook Pillowcase project at allpeoplequilt.com

Voting is open until December 15th, we appreciate every vote!

Table Runner Christmas Gift

In other news, I've been busy finishing up christmas gifts, this is one of three winter table runners I made. I really REALLY love the sweater looking prints on the edges, I made all three with one 2-1/2" strip set from Connecting Threads. There are still strips left over and I think I might make some coordinating pot holders. The binding and backing was from my own stash.

Table Runner Christmas Gift

My mug rug swap arrived last week and this is what my partner Val Miller made me!!!

New mug rugs from valmiller!

Aren't they super cute? I love LOVE the bold colors and the neutral tan she paired them with. Someday I'm going to try a cathedral window... Someday!

Tea wreath

While my sister was visiting last month we made these super cute tea wreaths, from a tutorial on kojodesigns.com

Ho Ho Ho Ornament Swap

And my ornament swap came from GenX's HOHOHO Holiday Swap. Super cute isn't it? I love how small it is and how she personalized it just for me! Thanks Judy!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Please Vote!

Scrapbook Pillowcase Please Vote!

Please visit allpeoplequilt.com and vote for my sister's scrapbook pillowcase! It takes 30 seconds to sign up and vote, you can vote once per email per day for the next 7 days! Thank you!

Scrapbook Pillowcase Please Vote!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Mug Rug Maddness...

Mug rug completed!

This is the mug rug I finally finished for my scrappy mug rug swap partner over on Flickr. I had such a hard time with this cute little deer print because I had pulled so many dark reds to match it that I got lost in design for the last month. Seriously I was stuck!

Here is what I started with:
Scrappy mug rug partner do you like red?
and this...
Scrappy mug rug partner

Since my partner likes Red and Aqua, this is what I had to go with... However, I don't usually quilt in reds and aquas so I had to seek out fabric that would compliment each other... Combining the two was just too much for me. I took a poll and people really liked the reds so I went with that and this is what I ended up with:
So I went with the reds, and here is a little tease!

Which was totally cute but SO MUCH RED! And I was stuck for a week and a half. I just couldn't do it. So I started on this new design which literally came to me one evening and finished it that night! I'm so happy with the end result and so happy I was able to combine the aqua and red into one.

Mug rug completed!
Mug rug completed!
Mug rug completed!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Halloween fun!

Happy 2nd birthday!

My little Antonio turned two this Halloween and here he is in his costume. Making this was a little hard since he didn't want to take it off once I made the fittings.

Happy halloween

This was my first time making boxing shorts like this, as there are no patterns or instructions I could find on the internet. But I winged it and used a simple shorts pattern and slightly modified it and it worked out well!

Halloween

The robe was also just a simple toddler robe pattern that I embellished and lined. This was my first time sewing metalic type fabrics and it wasn't hard at at using a serger and a regular machine.

Happy halloween

I found a picture of Gatti's boxing robe and shorts for a match online and tried to make an exact replica. He loves wearing it when he plays with his gloves.

In other sewing related news... these little babies arrived in the mail yesterday!

New plume babies
Neptune layer cake
Hushabye quilt

The last is a quilt I bought on etsy from Ryan, of I'm Just a Guy Who Quilts Blog. It is a baby quilt made from Tula Pink's Hushabye charm squares. It is soooo cute!

Hushabye quilt

And my bag came from my swap partner!!! This is a swap that was put on by SewMamaSew.com.

Cosmo bag swap arrived!

My partner Amie did a beautiful job!

Swap bag close up
Bag swap

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A tip and some other swap updates

Knife sharpner used to sharpen and smooth rotary blades

Tonight I got fed up with my rotary blade and decided to try and sharpen it with my knife sharpener. Very carefully I took the blade off the holder and passed it through the sharpener turning several times so each surface made it through at least once. The damage I did to it by running it into my ruler a couple times was gone and the blade was sharper than ever.... So if you want to try to revive an old dull blade, this just might work for you!

Super Style Bag Swap finished!

I finished my bag for Sew Mama Sew's Super Style Bag Swap. My partner received her bag last week so I'm now able to post pictures I took before I shipped it off to her.

Super Style Bag Swap finished!

Super Style Bag Swap finished!

Super Style Bag Swap finished!

Little Marisol easily fits inside the roomy centre. We could have fit my 2 year old son in there too but he wasn't keen on getting in there with her.
Super Style Bag Swap finished!

It is a seriously roomy bag.

Super Style Bag Swap finished!

Button closure
Super Style Bag Swap finished!

Finished bag!

The cosmo bag pattern was easy to make and I will definitely make it again. I think the most expensive part of this project was the cost of the woven interfacing. But it is definitely worth the price and the bag stands on its own because of the stability it provides. I think you need something like 6 meters for this bag alone.

The only thing I did not like about the pattern itself was that it was lacking a cutting layout guide. Everything is well written but the whole process gets wordy. A simple diagram would make the cutting process go much faster. I also made freezer paper pattern pieces for the ones only given as dimensions so when I make this bag again, it will go much faster. I also made duplicates of the handles since there is so many to cut from the print fabric and you won't waste as much fabric if you cut them all at the same time using two pattern pieces.

HOHOHO Swap ornament

I also finished my ornament for GenX's HOHOHO Swap. I did the embroidery on my machine then I added ruffles to the sides. It doubles as a holiday pincushion. I hope my partner enjoys it!

HOHOHO fat quarter swap fabric that arrived today!

And I received two of the fat quarters from the swap as well. Aren't they super SUPER cute prints?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Busy Month!

Some tula pink I got this week!

These little Plume lovelies came last week... For now they will remain in my hoard and pet stash. I was also thinking that I should start saving some packs for my daughter Marisol in case she wants to sew one day... What a great addition to a hope chest!

I'm so in love with TULA PINK fabrics. I bought some Neptune before I even knew her designs and now that her fabric is hard to find once its out of print, I am collecting what I can now. I have not found one store in Canada that carries her fabric. Hopefully now that she's with FreeSpirit, that changes. I'm so sick of all the blah we get here. I love Hancock's of Paducah and Pink Chalk Fabrics because shipping from the US to Canada is so easy!

Flutterby and Nest finds...

New NEST additions

Mid month my sister Ari came to visit. Here she is with my little Marisol just before we took her and Antonio to get their once a year photos taken.

Picture day!

I was determined not to pay the 230.00 I paid last time for too many photos I did not need like last year. They sent me a coupon for a 9.99 photo package and a free 10x13 photo. If you've ever been to SEARS Photo, you know how difficult it can be to use a coupon AND sit though their sales pitch for 45 minutes. Literally she was quoting me packages for 514.00, 415.00, 425.00, and 445.00. UMMM No! And then I gave her my coupon and she said wow that's a good deal. In the beginning of "negotiations" she offered me the smile club membership for 50.00 then at the end when I only spent 9.99, she offered it to me for 10.00. Seriously, nothing has a price. So I feel I chalked one up for my team when I only spent 30.00.

This is what my sister delivered from my mom... Pillowcase tops. She cut and ironed all of them so they are ready to embroider. It literally weighs about 50lbs. My husband took one look and said, "You guys are hoarders." He just doesn't understand!

This weighs at least 50lbs!

I sent off two of the fat quarter parcels for the GenX HO HO HO Swap, the link is to the right... I still have to finish my ornament for my other swap partner asap!

The whole other part of this month has been spent making a bag from Amy Butler's new bag book...Sew Mama Sew Blog organized a bag swap. My partner and I decided to make each other the cosmo shoulder bag... I hope she likes hers! I can't post any pictures because I'm just about to send it to her and I want it to be a surprise....

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Halloween costume and other projects...

Halloween Costume in progress

This is my little baby Antonio trying on his halloween costume. This year he is going to be the late professional boxer Arturo Gatti, who sadly passed away earlier this year. I needed to have him try on the robe for placement of the front patch and also for the arm and hem lengths. But everytime I needed him to take it off, the waterworks started. I'm so happy that he loves it, but I really need to work on it!

Halloween costume in progress

Here is a photo of the back, all the embroidery is done, and I'm about 90% done with the matching trunks. I'm really happy with the results so far! An almost exact replica of Gatti's fight wear.

And a peek at the bottoms...

Halloween bottoms

For a change of pace, I decided to sew some scraps together... now to press and sew...

Playing with scraps

Playing with scraps

And they turned into these round wheels. Pretty scraps!

Playing with scraps

Then I got to work on one of the elements of my Flickr group, Modern Swap's Swap. My secret partner loves Tula Pink, sadly my Tula supplies are low but I found some Neptune to add to the pillowcase edging. LOVE NEPTUNE!

I pulled some fabric from my closet...

Modern swap partner, where to go from here?

And ended up with this...

Modern Swap Pillowcase

Then I decided to take a stab at Amy Butler's Weekender Tote Bag... Cut all my fabric and stabilizer. I'm going to use the fuse route on the piping so I don't have to resew any seams due to stitches poking through between seams. Wish me luck!

Weekender Bag Project

Bias strips for the bag piping...

Weekender Bag Project

And I couldn't finish the week without a little time with my cricut. This is a picture of Marisol and Antonio from May. They have grown so much since then!

A little scrapbooking