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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Stash Week 5

Used this week: 13 3/4
Used year to date: 27 3/4
Added this week: 14
Added year to date: 21 yards

Okay, so there was a lot of fabric bought and a lot of fabric used. Most was for my laundry room and you can get a little peek behind Anna. Isn't it awesome!!!!?! My husband says it burns his retinas, but since he doesn't do laundry, he doesn't care. You can also wallpaper your walls for less money than wallpaper costs. And it's also so much easier. My aunt Linda told me how to do this and my cousing Marie and I did it in an evening. The fabric is very forgiving. (it doesn't tear and is easily repositioned) You just dip it in starch. Yup the kind of starch that comes in a big bottle. Now don't dilute it! Then on the seams when I was finished I used spray starch just to make extra sure they stuck down. I'm told it's also easily removed.

Four yards were also for the backing of the quilt for China.
To see how everyone else did this week, click here.
Love,
xoxo

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Comfort Pillows

These are to be comfort pillows for A Dozen Quilters this month. They help recovery from breast cancer. Patty from our group asked us to ship them to her unstuffed because it would be much less shipping. Thanks Patty! I made them from quilt blocks from our group last year. I sometimes made an extra block but never put them all together. 

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” - Mark 9:35


Love,
xoxo

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Quilting for Two Causes


 I needed to make two charity quilts, so I decided to use up as many scraps as I could. I made the same quilt twice, but they are the opposite of each other. This one is headed to China for orphans and is for A Dozen Quilters.

 This one is for Victory House, a local home for teenage girls. I thought the bright colors would be cheerful.
 It was quilted up by Lisa Sipes who did a beautiful job. Thank you, Lisa.
Believe it or not, I still have a lot of scraps.

Love,
    xoxo

Monday, January 24, 2011

the Makeover

Several people were curious about my living room makeover, so here it is.
BEFORE: (I sure had trouble finding before photos. These are pretty old.)





AFTER: I took out all the red and greens and changed to turquoisey blue and white.



Love,
xoxo

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Stash Week 4

Well it's Sunday again. I have little to report. Nothing in, nothing out -- well I finished up some projects but they were already cut out last week. The main thing that impeded sewing was a big flood! Monday my kids came upstairs from our basement and said it was raining in the basement. Thank goodness they had decided to play down there. Our washing machine had gone out and I was on my third load of the day. All that water dumped from upstairs where the washer was to the basement. Luckily, the damage wasn't too bad. But now I'm waiting for a new machine and will be doing lots of laundry when it comes sometime this week. I took the opportunity to paint my laundry room and "make my life beautiful." Also I got the bug and ended up redecorating my living room as well. Pictures soon.

Used this week: 0 yards
Used year to date: 14 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added year to date: 7 yards

See how everyone else did here.
Love,
xoxo

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Konnichiwa

Konnichiwa. (Japanese for hello!) My little girls' preschool is studying Japan this month. Today is Hina Matsuri -- the festival of dolls. It's also known as Girls Day. In honor of the occasion, I made the girls kimonos and also for their dolls. I used Patty Young's Kyoko pattern and her mini Kyoko pattern. I also used Art Gallery fabric. Four yards plus a little bit extra I already had was all it took. So for a total cost of about $50 for fabric and pattern (I borrowed the mini Kyoko), I made 5 outfits! And I have enough little scraps to make one more doll outfit. Do I have to tell you how much of a savings this is over American Girl prices?

 I love the Art Gallery fabrics for this project because they are so modern and a bit Asian influenced. Have you ever used them? Very soft -- they make great clothing. And the colors are all so bright and girly.
 If you're looking for a great source for Art Gallery fabrics, try Red Leaf Designs. She has a lot of the available fabrics and the prices are great -- just $8.75 a yard.
 Patty's pattern is super easy, but a little difficult to find. The hardest part is the tiny binding for the doll dresses.

Sayonara (good-bye),
xoxo

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Stash Weeks 1-2-3

My dear husband brought these roses home for no reason. Isn't that sweet? I received 10 and the girls each one, which they put in their rooms.

I decided to join the Sunday stash report. I'm starting off behind, but that's ok because I haven't bought all that much this year. This will keep me honest! You don't have to add up your stash, but just report what you've bought. However, you can count everything you have used from the stash. I've been secretly using up my stash for the past year, so mine is really dwindling down.

Used this week: 14 yards
Used year to date: 14 yards
Added this week: 7 yards
Added year to date: 7 yards
Net used for 2011: 7 yards

Okay, I think that's about right. Since it's sort of my own rules, I decided not to add in any fabric except quilting. Is that clear? As mud? Check out how everyone else did here. And as for what I've made with that 14 yards -- it's probably all getting finished up this week, so I'll show you, ok?

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21


Love,
xoxo

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Art

I don't think I ever told you that I am the volunteer art teacher at my son's school. Every Thursday morning we have art. It's really fun. And though these pictures aren't recent (it's way too cold for this now), here we are learning about Jackson Pollock aka Action Jackson and his splatter painting techniques.






It looks like a mess but it sure was fun!

Love,
xoxo

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Studio e

I've been putting this post off because I'm really not sure how I feel about it. Feedback please! Fine Lines was bought out by Studio e. I just found out about a month ago. In turn, Studio e was bought by the same company which owns Henry Glass. However they will continue to operate as a separate company, independent of Henry Glass.

Sooo, my line will come out through Studio e. In the words of Fine Lines owner, Sue Penn, "I’m dropping you a note to announce an exciting change here at Fine Lines. Since the beginning we have been looking to grow our company into a major player in the industry and we have found a way to do that. We are joining forces with another relatively new fabric company, Studioe Fabrics. My love has always been design, and this opportunity allows me to do 2-3 times the number of lines per year that I have been doing! So....going forward I will be the Creative Director for Studioe. This really frees me up to do what I love best! Thank you so much for your loyalty and support up to this point. I really appreciate it, and we couldn’t have done it without you!!"

To counter this, ahem, news, I will show you some really cute pictures of our very own Princess Tiana.





Love,
xoxo

Friday, January 7, 2011

Look Who's New!

We're about to have a new, yet unnamed, member of the family! Welcome little Snorkie (who comes up with these names?)

Love,
xoxo

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Christmas Quilt

 This Christmas quilt for Nathan is the result of a Dozen Quilters. I designed the blocks and sent out fabric and each lady sent me back a block which is now Nathan's quilt. Just a little late for this Christmas, but still . . .
Tried my best not to show off his messy room and looks like I almost did.
Quilted by Jeanne Schroeder (thank you!). Fabric is Basic Gray's Christmas lines from this and last year, Mark Lipinski's line from this year and John Deere fabric.

Love,
xoxo

Monday, January 3, 2011

Thank You Lord for Snow!

 We finally caught up to the rest of you in this country and have some snow. Beautiful snow! It will be gone in a matter of days, but we sure have had a lot of fun in it.



And here's Anna after a day at her own beauty shop:

Love,
xoxo
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