Monday, December 12, 2011

The Happy Stacker

Did you know I turned 30 earlier this year?  It seems like forever ago (April) since the rest of 2011 has been dominated by my pregnancy and baby planning.  At the time, I didn't yet know that I was pregnant but I was in full sewing and quilting mode.  

It's no secret that one of my favorite fabric designers is Kate Spain and one of my favorite collections is Central Park.  (See my birthday hints here.)  Well, my hints paid off and I received lots of yardage of some gorgeous prints as well as two jelly rolls.  Little did I know at the time that the fabric line would become a large color inspiration for our entire nursery.


One of my favorite projects for the nursery is this stacking ring toy using some of the fabrics from the Central Park line.  The pattern is by Heather Bailey and called the Happy Stacker.  I'm admittedly no expert when it comes to following patterns, so this one was a bit of a challenge.  There was quite a bit of hand sewing involved which kept me occupied during my 2 hour glucose test at the hospital lab.  Without all of that dedicated time to kill, I'm not sure I could have mustered the will power to get through this one.  It was a process for a beginner like me!


The finished project now lives happily on our nursery bookcase.  I love seeing all of the colors and can't wait to see it finally in use.  Hope you like it little guy!
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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Oh boy!

Where have I been?  Well, here's a little hint...





We're having a baby!  After a rough few weeks in the early part of my pregnancy, I eventually bounced back and got back on the sewing horse.  It was a dream to come true to learn that we were expecting and the nursery ideas immediately started flowing.


I'm so lucky to have a creative and hard working hubby.  I couldn't have done half of the stuff in the nursery decorating department without his help and feedback.


After months and months away from my blog, it's tough to pick a starting point, but I'll start with our fun little alphabet.



We purchased this set of letters via etsy at a little shop called Joy of Children.  Etsy was a huge inspiration throughout the decorating process.  These letters arrived unpainted so we did a little DIY project in the garage over several nights.  After priming and several coats of paint, I'm very happy with how they turned out.  


I hope you like the start of my nursery tour.  Trust me, I have tons more projects to share, and now that I'm on maternity leave, I hope to get more posted.  (But if I don't, it's probably because I have a bigger project in the works!  Official due date is only 6 days away :)
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Last Quilt Along Entry

In case you missed it, the Spring Quilt Along is over and, while I didn't win one of the prizes, my quilt was featured by the organizer Above All Fabric.



You can check it out and see the winners here.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Beach Mod Completed

My Circa 60 Beach Mod quilt is pieced, quilted and bound!  This one was a big one (literally and figuratively) for me.  It was the first one that I machine quilted completely on my own machine, and while the quilting is simple - diagonals across each block - I'm pretty happy with out it turned out.  


The inner border is Kona Snow and the outer is Kona Emerald.  The batting on this quilt is also 100% organic.  The backing is pieced with the Snow, Emerald and some Kona Chocolate.  These warm colors were a nice compliment to the bold patterns of the blocks.


The front started with a fat quarter stack of the Circa 60 prints.  I used what few leftovers I had from the front and pieced together the back.  I think that the bottom worked out perfectly to frame my little quilt label.


This quilt label is very simple to make and was completed using the same technique here.


I'm pretty happy with this completed quilt and I hope that Mom, Dad and Baby will be able to enjoy it for a long, long time.


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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The AI Finale

Did you watch the finale tonight?  I just finished and even voted once or twice.  Who did you like?  Who do you think will win?

I had to go with Lauren.  She brought a tear to my eye with her final song and I'm 100% sure that I was not the only one feeling a bit emotional with her performance.  I love George Strait and I love Pam Tillis, but Lauren's Maybe it was Memphis was a much better live performance.

Oh yea, and I went back to check some of my early predictions.  Not too shabby, I must say.  Check them out here.

There has been a lot of Carrie Underwood love lately.  I'm putting 2 to 1 odds that she duets tomorrow with Lauren.  I'm hoping they get Josh Turner back to perform with Scotty, he's pretty cool.  Also looking forward to perhaps a Casey-Hailey duet.  They are just so cute!
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Surfboards, Guitars and Trailers, oh my

Hi people!  Took a mini-hiatus but I'm back with a new quilt project.  This one is for one of my best good buddies who is having her first baby (a boy) in just a few short weeks.  While he wanted a sports theme and she wanted an ocean theme, they compromised on a surf theme for the baby room.  Lucky for me, this decision was made pretty early in the pregnancy so I was able to scope out some appropriate fabrics.

When I stumbled upon Circa 60 by Monaluna, I knew it was the one.  Not only does this fabric have great, bold colors, it's also 100% organic (and I knew Mom would appreciate that.)  The fabric features owls, seagulls, surfboards, sun and some super cool VW bus and airstream trailer prints.  (Did you know I'm a sucker for fabrics that feature any sort of trailer?)


So here are the blocks up on my design wall.  With such big novelty prints, I went with a simple brick like block in alternating directions.  At this point I was debating the addition of any sashing, but it was so large already, I skipped it.


When the blocks for the front were all cut and pieced, I had just a few scraps left over, so I cut them into small 3 1/2 inch squares to use on the back.  Here they are ready to be randomly pieced into a row.


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Friday, May 20, 2011

You can dance!

Do you ever wish your life was like the movie Mamma Mia?  You're facing the biggest problems in your life where nothing feels right when suddenly your two best friends break into an Abba song and dance?  To top it all off, this happens with the most gorgeous Greek landscape you can imagine in the background.  Sounds pretty nice.

I'm just saying.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Completed Quilt Along

Here it is, all finished!  It's the Spring Quilt Along with Nicey Jane.  This completes my first quilt along.  The finished top was even featured on the Quilt Along's blog here.  Exciting, I know.


Big thanks to my DH for snapping these photos.  We took a trip to Napa not too long ago and did a little wine tasting at Sterling Vineyards.  This lovely tree lined street is the entrance/exit to the winery.
Sterling is one of my favorite places for wine tasting in Napa.  Not only do you get to enjoy a tasting of several of their wines, but you get an entire experience of the winery.  It starts with a gondola ride up the hill to the winery itself.  The views are spectacular!  You are immediately greeted with a glass (and I was carded!) and then you take off on your own walking tour.  By your third tasting you are at a beautiful patio overlooking the vineyards and hills, relaxing and taking in the cool spring weather.  How can you beat it?
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

The wait is over

After years of being dubbed waity Katie, her big day is finally here.  Once just a regular girl studying art history and playing #1 for her school's tennis team, Miss Catherine Middleton will soon be wife to Prince William.  She is living out the fairytale dream of our generation.  The horse drawn carriage, the Abbey, the tiara, the Palace, the jewels, they're all for her!

But Kate would be no one without the love and support of her family.  Her mother, Carole, a one time flight attendant and her father a flight dispatcher gave her the opportunity to enroll at St. Andrews where she eventually met her groom to be.  In 1987, while raising three young children, Carole opened a mail order party supply store called Party Pieces.  The business was largely successful and, until recently, it was the employer for Kate.

Upon news of the engagement, I couldn't resist.  I heard about the Best of British party theme on their website and jumped on.  I couldn't possible have a royal wedding viewing party without some British party decor!

So here it is, a little sampling of what was inside the box - all the way from the UK...


The first photo here "God Save the Queen" is one of the British Buffet Napkins.  The bottom right photo is an interesting dinner plate stating "By Royal decree, you may get stuck in".  If anyone can tell me what that means, please leave a comment.


You gotta love the British sense of humor.  How else can you explain the "Stiff upper lip plates"?

Sadly, the Pimms was not part of the box.  It's the last remaining little bit brought home from my trip to London several years ago.  While I was there, the princes put on a celebration of their mother's birthday with a memorial concert at Wembley stadium.  At the time, William and Kate were broken up, yet she sat just a few seats away from him in his box, stirring up quite the buzz of a reconciliation.

And rounding out the contents of the mystery box from London, some lovely British bunting complete with all of the icons of London - Union Jack, the double decker bus, the Tudor rose and the Queen's Guard and an umbrella.

As I opened my package of goodies and set them out to photograph, I couldn't help but imagine that at one point Kate was doing the exact same thing (as she worked as a photographer for her parents' company.)  I'm sure that in my best little pea coat, long brown hair, holding my camera, I must have resembled her for just a tiny moment ;)

So tomorrow, as a billion people watch Kate get out of the Rolls Royce, I can believe that perhaps just one of those flowers in her bouquet was purchased by her parents thanks to their successful online sale of party supplies.

To the happy couple!
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It's almost here

Less than three days until the Royal Wedding! 

I found an article online tonight about how to prepare yourself for watching the events live (because DVRs are weak sauce).  Some of the suggestions:
 - Get plenty of sleep on Wednesday night
 - Keep your room light, a dark room will trigger your body's desire to sleep
 - Caffeine (goes without saying)
 - Exercise, get the blood flowing at 2:00 am, sure, no problem
 - Take a nap early Thursday evening

How will you celebrate?  People magazine featured a sample British menu for the day.  The cucumber, cream cheese and dill sandwiches sound quite intriguing.  I hope to be enjoying some hot tea and home made scones myself.  I also thought it could be fun to create silly hats to wear while watching on tv - feathers, pipe cleaners, the works.

Aside from the sleep and food prep, I've been watching my fair share of wedding specials on TLC.  As everyone knows, the Royals are famous for preparing their events and appearances to the t and the carriage ride for Princess Diana's ride to her wedding was no exception.  The story is that the carriage driver practiced over and over again for the exact timing, but on her wedding day, Diana told him that she wasn't ready and they would be two minutes late.  He didn't handle it so well.  After a compromise, Diana arrived at her wedding 30 seconds late.  The lesson here if you're watching at home, follow the schedule and plan your bathroom breaks accordingly.

Can't wait for Friday!  Hope you've got your plans in place!

(Any more guesses on what's inside the box? Hint, it was my way of supporting the cost burden on the bride's family.)
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Monday, April 25, 2011

What's inside?

Did you hear?  It's royal wedding week!  No offense to any family or friends out there who may read this, but not since my own have I been so excited about a wedding.  Maybe it's because I'm nearly the same age as Prince William or maybe it's because Kate Middleton has the best collection of jackets I've ever seen, whatever the reason, I am fevered.

A few weeks ago I ordered a special package online that was to be a birthday present.   After an email to confirm that I really wanted to spend the shipping charges, a missed delivery notice from the post office, a ten minute phone call with the USPS, a 7:00 am phone call from the local postmaster, and two trips to the post office, my package finally arrived!


Can you guess what's inside?


Hint: I think from my story above that you've already received enough hints, but I can tell you it travelled a long way.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Quilt along progress check

Greetings!  Thought I'd give a progress update on my Spring Quilt Along quilt.  Here is the quilt top all completed.  This one came together very simply.  Each of the large color blocks is just nine squares, bound together with Kona Lime.  (Thanks to my cool hubby who got me the Kona Cotton Solids color reference card so I could check the name.  1 inch samples, 219 colors, it's pretty awesome.)





The outer border is Nicey Jane Picnic Bouquet - Sky.  (Perfect, right?)  I don't have a photo of the back, but the completed top measured a nice 42 x 42, so I was able to use one large piece of  Nicey Jane Hello Roses - Dove.


As this was my first online quilt along, I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I can now say that I've really enjoyed the whole process.  The pattern was nice and simple so I was confident that I could stick with it and finish it to completion.  The best part was checking out everyone else's projects in the Flickr group.  It's fun to see how the same pattern can look so different with different fabrics and it's also a great place to find inspiration for future projects.  Think I might have to find another quilt along to do in the future.

Happy Easter everyone!
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Some eye candy

Looking for some eye candy?  Look no further than A Creative Mint.  It's my Blog of the Week (or is it month?)

http://acreativemint.typepad.com/

This blog is designed by a woman named Leslie out of LA and features the most gorgeous photos and color stories I've found online.  She also has a monthly column on decor8 called Color Me Pretty.  She is crazy talented and has an amazing eye when it comes to staging props, flowers and accessories in fresh and modern color combinations.  In her latest post she announced her blog redesign, so now is a great time to check it out if you haven't already. 

I especially love the coral and aqua combo she has going on and I would love to brighten up some rooms in my house to look more like her photos.


http://acreativemint.typepad.com/

Take a look, you'll leave feeling inspired.
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

DS Quilts or Bust

What kind of blogger/fabric collector would I be if I didn't post this week about the new line of fabrics by Denyse Schmidt out this week at Joann?  As I type this post, there are already 193 members in the DS Quilts Collection group on Flickr (yes I'm one of them).  There are also 155 photos posted and an unknown number of other fabric-y blogs posting about how great they are.




I put it off all week fighting the extra rush hour traffic after work to check my Joann to see if they had it in stock.  On Friday night at 5:00 pm, I decided to put it off no longer.   I scoured the bolts and bolts of fabrics until I found the infamous DS Quilts.  Apparently Roseville is one of only a few stores in the Nor Cal area carrying the line, so I was lucky.  I wasn't the only one.  As I picked each pattern off the shelves I spotted another DS fan eyeing the same thing.  We searched together until we most of the 21 prints.  Luckily I was going for the Fairgrounds prints and she was going for Picnic.  Hair pulling averted :)




Here's what I came home with (after 40% off coupon on my Joann iPhone app)


2 yards of the tile
2 yards of the dots
2 yards of the block flower and
3 yards of the flower



If your Joann doesn't have DS Quilts yet, or you don't live near a Joann, word on the street is it will be available online in May.  Or, do like the other true fans do, drag the entire family on a 3 hour road trip to pick some up now.  Isn't it worth it?
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Goodbyes

It's been a week of endings.  Tonight we faced what could be the final goodbye for the Sacramento Kings.


The crowd cheered loud and stood on their feet as their team came back from a 20 point deficit.  The Kings drew you in like only they can.  You knew that you were watching the team with one of the worst records in the NBA.  You knew their opponent was looking for a win heading into the playoffs.  You've seen this game before.  You already know the ending.  Just watching the game raises your blood pressure as those old feelings of heartbreaks and blowout games gone by come flooding back. 

But still, they're YOUR team.  You've watched them practically your whole life.  You've jumped and screamed.  You've hit your head against the wall.  You have the rally towels and the t-shirts and the license plate frame.  Grant and Jerry are like your uncles.  And if you don't like that, you don't like Kings basketball!

So as the highlight reel of 25 years of Sacramento Kings seasons comes to a close, we say goodbye.  Goodbye sticky plywood floors and broken red chairs.  Goodbye Slamson.  Goodbye old guy who served at the wine bar.  Goodbye concession guy who wore the net on his head.  Goodbye Big Mike.  Goodbye Sign Lady.

Remember... in 28 other cities, it's just a game...

Guess you had to be there.
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring Quilt Along - Day 1

Today was the start of the Spring Quilt Along.  After much debate and browsing over fabrics, I settled on Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey.  I had every intention of using a charm pack already in my stash, but when thinking of a spring picnic, I thought these colors were the perfect fit for a blanket and tote.


I purchased my fabrics from the Sacramento Quilt Craft & Sewing Festival a few weeks ago.  I got a great deal on some one yard cuts.  Instead of using a the precut 5 inch charm pack squares, I cut my own.  This allowed me a bit more freedom when arranging the nine square blocks.



 I decided to put the blocks together by color rather than a random pattern.  The four blocks will be white, green, blue and yellow.


The next step tomorrow is to sew the blocks together.
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Saturday, April 9, 2011

The end of an era



As I sat down this morning to write my final post as a 29 year old, I thought about making a reflective list of the best of my twenties, or "... you know you're 30 when..." but first I opened a Pandora window, as I typically do, and as if somehow the universe knew, the music started with "Looking for Space" by John Denver.  



When you're looking for space
And to find out who you are
When you're looking to try and reach the stars
It's a sweet, sweet sweet dream
Sometimes I'm almost there
Sometimes I fly like an eagle
But sometimes I'm deep in despair
Sometimes I fly like an eagle,
like an eagle
I go flying flying 



Couldn't have said it better myself, John.  It's basically your twenties in a nutshell.  You enter your twenties fresh, green, wide-eyed, counting down the days to 21.  Then you excitedly buy your first legal drink, a flavored Absolut Vodka.  A little while later, you're driving away from your college staring out the window and thinking to yourself, "Did the last four years really just happen?  That was great.  What's next?"


You arrive back home, buy some cool, mature, interview outfits and land your first job.  The paychecks are coming in, you're traveling, experiencing the world, trying limoncello.  Heck, you might even start a retirement account and buy a new car.  Life is good.


More time passes, more of your friends start getting married.  You settle in to work and think, "I need a vacation.  My car needs a new CV boot.  Doesn't this pinot have a lovely bouquet?"




After a while you think, "Finally, it's my turn to get married."  You busy yourself for an entire year choosing lighting, cake flavors, the song list, transportation, hotel reservations.  You're sneaking in plans during work hours and preparing for your next role in life as "wife".  You sit down for a meeting with your pastor discussing exactly what that means and you realize that those past eight years of exploring and learning as an independent person have changed your outlook and you're not who you thought you were when you were that wide-eyed twenty year old.


Suddenly you've been married for a year, you're still working and you look around to think "when did everyone grow up?"  You're at a party and it's approaching ten o'clock and you're ready to get home to your cat.  No clubs, no karaoke, maybe we can just dance and sing on our Wii.


Next thing you know it's your 30th birthday.  You're back to drinking pitchers of beer and can't imagine why you would ever want flavored vodka.  Your days revolve more and more around nap times and work schedules.  




But one night after work, as you sit working on your latest sewing project, your phone rings and it's an old college friend you haven't talked to in a year.  He's in the area on business and wants to get together with another college friend.  Twenty four hours later you're sitting in a booth over some glasses of water, laughing and joking and catching up on the years gone by.  As you drive away, staring out the window, you think "I'm so glad to have such great old friends and I'm so glad to see how we've all lived life."  You find peace with your twenties.  With all of the highs and lows, the paychecks and bills, the breakups and weddings, you think to yourself "my life's been grand."



My life's been grand


I been a hand at livin' it up all the way
I've had good times and bad times and hard times and done time
But life's been a blessing every day

My life's been grand
You know I'd write home and tell 'em 
But they wouldn't believe how good my luck's been
And if it ended today I've been all the way
My life's been grand
My life's been grand

-George Strait
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lullabies for a Cause

Take one look at my refrigerator and you'll know that I'm surrounded by loads of friends and families with little ones.  We are extremely blessed and fortunate to have so many healthy and happy babies. 

A few months ago I posted about a special little girl named Getty.  Getty was diagnosed with SMA1 (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) when she was only a few months old.   With the efforts of her parents and close friends, they have now formed the Getty Owl Foundation.  Find out more here.

If you want to help the Getty Owl Foundation and support SMA1 research, there are several things you can do.  I was just informed that today on iTunes an album of children's lullabies was released by the lead singer of the group, The Damnwells.  Alex and his wife Angela have put together this peaceful relaxing album called "Sweet Water Child - Lullabies for Getty."


All proceeds from this album are going to the Getty Owl Foundation, so help spread the word to anyone you know who could enjoy an album of lullabies with a good cause.  I really enjoyed "My Sweet Baby" and "Little Angel."
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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wild Times with Wild Thymes

The end to my twenties is rapidly approaching.  With one week left in my youthful, crazy decade, I'm sending the twenties off with some wild thymes (that's right, not times, but thymes.)


Remember this stack?  It's Wild Thymes by Carolyn Gavin.  Maybe it's the warmer spring-like weather or maybe its all of the new flowers sprouting up in our garden, but these colors were really calling to me this weekend.

I've whipped up a couple projects already with these lovelies.  One of my favorites is this zig zag.  This was done using the same simple technique used here.  It's not completed yet, but I thought the seams looked so nice without the backing attached yet, I had to take a photo.


Birthday shout out to my nephew Max who is turning 8 today.  Stay cool Max!

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Synergy

According to wikipedia, synergy may be defined as two or more agents working together to produce a result not obtainable by any of the agents independently. 


In my world, synergy is the coming together of two seemingly opposite interests to form a more perfect union. (Wait, is that the preamble to the constitution?  Oh well.)


Recently, I checked my Google Reader to find that fatquarterly.com was running a March Madness tournament.  No not the NCAA men's basketball championship, but a bracket of designer fabrics lined up head to head in a competitive, winner take all tournament! I apologize for not letting you in on this earlier if you are excited as I am, but you can still play along.  The madness started out with 64 of the best modern fabrics of the past year and is now in the Regional section.  If you want to vote, click here.


You may see some of my favorites like this one - Bliss by Bonnie & Camille.



I'm pulling for Central Park by Kate Spain, it's my new favorite and at the top of my birthday wish list this year (wink, wink).




Check back for the next regional competition where you'll see It's a Hoot (above) and Meadowsweet 2 (below).



And where is the judges save when you need it?  Can you believe Fandango (below) was beat out last round?  The margin of defeat was a mere 11 votes, so you know your vote counts.  Why not take a minute and have a little fun?  I'm bound to be more successful at this bracket than my (eh, hmm) NCAA bracket.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Will you Quilt-along?


I'm getting ready for my first quilt-along.  I found this fun spring project at aboveallfabric.com for a quilt and matching bag.  The quilt-along starts on April 11 and is being hosted by Chris at http://frecklemama.com/.   I'm almost ready with my supplies, thanks to a stop by the Sacramento Sew Quilt & Craft fair this afternoon.

The patterns for the quilt and bag are free for download

Here are the supplies you'll need:

Quilt Supplies:
1
Charm Pack (or cut your own 5 inch squares….you’ll need 36 total)
½ yd Sashing (fabric in between the blocks)
¾ yd Border (fabric along outside)
½ yd Binding (fabric that covers up raw edges when done)
1 1/3 yd Backing
46×46 or larger batting


Bag Supplies:
1 1/8 yd Bag Front fabric
1 1/8 yd Bag Lining, Straps & Tie
¾ yd
Fusible Fleece
4 yd of 1” wide Cotton Belting
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hooray!


Happy Baby Lucca!
Spring is here, however, someone forgot to tell Mother Nature.  That's quite okay with me because you can sew and quilt in any weather, in fact, it's quite nice sitting in front of the sewing machine or shopping for fabric online with the sound of the rain outside. 


During one such rainy day, I stumbled upon a new online fabric source called rufflefabric.com.  I instantly fell in love with all of the color options and started dreaming of projects using this new fabric.  With all of the dark clouds outside, it's no wonder I ended up choosing this gray ruffle.  I'm thinking about making a skirt.  The website also sells decorative elastic and links to several different patterns.  I think I might also try to make a pillow case. 


Another favorite fabric source of mine is fabricworm.com.  I could spend hours (okay, I do spend hours) browsing their amazing selection of Japanese fabrics including this double cotton gauze.




Inspired by the baby snuggles and burpy bibs by aden + anais, I purchased some of this fabric to make to try to make some of my own.  In person, the colors are very cool and calming.



This is another 100% cotton double cloth.  You can find this and so much more at the super cool superbuzzy.com.

And just because you can never have too many fabrics or crafty tools, this weekend is the Sacramento Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival.  Very exciting!
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

More baby blues

As promised, here are the rest of the photos from the last baby shower gift.


This is the quilt (with Mickey Bear hanging out in the background).  Side note - I purchased Mickey Bear several years ago, however, at my recent trip to Disneyland, I learned that he is now named Duffy.  I'm not sure how I feel about that name...but, back to the quilt.



Nice pajama pants!
This quilt started with a little rubber ducky print that you can barely see above. From there, I added a yellow dot, blue dot, white with blue dot and green with little booties.  Each row is broken up with a blue gingham.  Putting the rows together was a bit of a sudoku puzzle, I love puzzles.


This is the first quilt that I have quilted by hand.  I quilted about a quarter inch inside each of the squares.  You can kind of make out the scrunchy bunching in the photo above.  (Yes, that is an official quilting term :)  In person, it had a nice homey feel to it.  I'm convinced now that hand quilting is the way to go and I actually really enjoyed doing it.

Here's a little peek at the back.  I pieced together a row of each of the prints.  The top was a cute little baby bottle print and the bottom was more blue gingham.  The binding was also blue gingham.

Another first on this quilt, after a bit of encouragement from a few people, I added a tag to the back.  I found a tutorial online for this tag.  Originally I planned on printing directly onto some fabric, but found that most of those labels can't be washed with detergent.  I didn't find that too practical for a baby blanket, so this was done with a permanent marker.  After writing on the white square, I added the dot border.  Then I sewed another square on top of the label (right sides together).  The next step is the cut an "x" in the square you just added and then turn the block right side out.  Press flat the block and sew it to your quilt.  If that didn't make any sense, let me know and I'll try to find the original tutorial.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Madness Begins

 
14 the correct number of picks in my ncaa bracket so far
1903 the year St. Patrick's Day became an official holiday in Ireland
22 the number of seasons of Survivor since the original aired in 2000
2000 the year of the famous Pepperdine win over Indiana in the first round of the ncaa tourney and Bob Knight's last game as head coach of the Hoosiers
6 the combined number of seasons of Survivor & Amazing Race with Rob Mariano aka Boston Rob competing
0 the number of St Patrick's Day celebrations at Devere's Irish pub hosted by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership
1 the number of St. Patrick's Day celebrations held at Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sac
10 the consecutive number of days in the forecast predicting rain
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cheers for the week

A cousin of mine welcomed a beautiful baby girl in to the world this week.  Jordan Ann was born on March 14.  I can't wait to meet her.


On Saturday I learned that my good friend from college who lives in Japan was not only safe (along with his wife and family) but that he is also expecting a little one. 


Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the new little ones and our dear friends in Japan.


In keeping with the thankfulness for all of our lovely friends and families and the joyous moments in our lives that we get to share, here are some photos from a baby shower (correction, pre-arrival party) that MDH and I attended this weekend.  Our two friends are expecting a baby boy around Easter and he is destined to be a source of pride and joy for his family.


The theme for this gift set was classic baby boy.  It's something I haven't done before, and I was surprisingly pleased with how much I liked the color combos.  Guess that's why they're considered a classic.




Much like my Sugar & Spice frame, I wanted something to put in the frame before any photos were available.  This little one's father proposed to his mama at the halftime of a football game when he was a football coach and she was the cheerleading coach, so "stud" was an easy tag for him.


And what else does every son of a football coach need?  A onesie with Dad's number on it of course.


More 3.0 version burp cloths, much like the girl version here.


And here's a sneak peek at the quilt that completed the gift set.

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