Archive | January, 2011

Unusually shaped quilts

28 Jan

Who says a quilt has to be square or rectangle? No one! You can make a quilt in any shape you want to!

My husband has a 1957 Ford station wagon. I personally think the car looks like a hearse, but what do I know…

He loves this car probably as much as he loves me and the kids. We take it to hot rod shows during the summer and the only award it has ever won was a “hard luck award” because it took us 5 hours to get from Puyallup, WA to Elma, WA. FYI: It’s 62.43 miles according to mapquest. Longest. Day. Ever.

The hubs asked me one day if I would be willing to make a quilt for his car. A quilt for your car? Ha! You must be kidding! He wasn’t.  He wanted it to put in the back for car shows. I reluctantly agreed and ended up making one in black and red so it would match the rest of the car.

We covered the door panels and the tailgate panel in a black and red fabric so I decided to incorporate some of that into the quilt. To make the quilt a little more interesting I chose to set the blocks on point, like this:

I then had to add oddly shaped  pieces to the sides so it would fit nicely around the wheel wells. It was quite a challenge, but I finally finished it and I’m pretty sure he’s happy with the results.

The Quilting Gallery is having a contest for unusually shaped quilts, and at the prompting of dear Lizze, I decided to enter this one. To see the finished quilt  click on the link below. It will take you to the voting page where you can see all of the lovely, unusually shaped quilts and vote for your favorite (AHEM, that would be mine, right?)

http://quiltinggallery.com/2011/01/28/unusually-shaped-quilts/

Thank you friends!

Selina

 

Dresses (and britches) for Africa

28 Jan

I had something else in mind for tonight’s blog, but when I came across this, I decided it was much cooler than my original subject.

When you were a child did you ever receive handmade clothing? We know our children have, and they cherish them very much. We have seen the gratitude on our kids faces countless times from getting things that were made for them by someone else (usually us). We think that every child should have something handmade. There are kids in Africa who very little or no clothing. So Lizze and I are going to spend this Sunday making dresses for girls and britches for boys. They’ll be shipped off and given to little girls and boys who need and will appreciate them.

The link to the blog explaining the charity is here:

http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/?page_id=477

There you will find the address to ship your finished dresses and britches, as well as a pattern you can use for the dresses if you don’t have one already. The dresses are a very simple, pillowcase dress style so they don’t take long to make at all.

If you are in the Seattle area, Pink Chalk Studios will be hosting a sew-in on Saturday, January 29th from 10am – 2pm. Here is a link to their blog for the info if you’re interested in participating:

http://pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2011/01/15/little-dresses-for-africa/

This is something very small that we can do in one afternoon to make a HUGE difference in the lives of children. Please consider making a few or getting a small group of friends together and having your own sew-in! You’d be surprised how much little things like this can do to boost the spirits of children in need. Not to mention how it will make you feel knowing you are doing something to make a difference!

Selina

Giveaway Winner

27 Jan

Oh my goodness! We were so overwhelmed with all of the great comments we got. We really appreciate all of your feedback, opinions, and wonderful ideas. I assure you, I will take all of these into account as I work on improving our blog for all of you.

We chose a random winner for the giveaway tonight. My kids wanted to help choose so we wrote names on paper and literally pulled them out of a hat.

So without further ado, our winner is:

“In general, I like seeing great photos & thoughtful posts. Tutorials are great, but it’s really the content I look for. I also like seeing what people are working on & the thought process behind it. And of course, giveaways are great!
Stopping by from EtsyRain to say hi :)

Thank you so much Shelley for stopping by and letting us know what you like! I’ll send you an email to get your mailing info. We hope you enjoy your prize!

We would also like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated and gave us such wonderful feedback. It is going to be incredibly helpful as we begin the process of changing things around and making them better!

Thank you friends,

Selina and Lizze

 

Our First Ever Giveaway Post!

21 Jan

I have decided that I want to do a little remodel of our blog. I read all kinds of crafty blogs from all over and in comparison I find the look of ours to be a little, well, blah. I want pretty colors, fancy links to awesome crafty stuff and wonderful crafty people, and to use it to promote others a bit more. Before I begin the process though, I’m going to need some feedback. That’s where the giveaway comes in. I have been hesitant to do a giveaway, but after much deliberation (read: deciding what I could stand to part with from my treasured stash) I have decided to go ahead and have one.

My question would be this: What makes you return to the same blog time and again? Is it because of all the wonderful links, the aesthetics, or the writing? Maybe you like blogs for their inspiration. Or maybe the thought of winning a prize entices you.

Speaking of prizes, you probably want to know what this one is! It’s a charm pack of Blossom by Moda Fabrics and a really great book called Cool Girls Quilt by Linda Lum DeBono. It’s got some cute projects in it that are perfect for beginners as well as more seasoned sewists.

What are your favorite things to see on a blog? It could be photos, tutorials, links to other blogs, prizes… lots of things. Here is the giveaway criteria… Leave a comment for us and let us know what keeps you coming back to read a blog. That’s all! One entry per person and duplicate entries will be deleted. I’ll choose a random winner on Wednesday January 26th. The more we hear from you, the better our blog will be when I’m done snazzing it up! Good luck!

Selina

 

Urban Log Cabin

9 Jan

Lizze and I went to the sewing expo at the Puyallup fair a couple of months ago. My husband told me that I could purchase ONE quilt kit. Only one! I really had to shop around to decide which kit I wanted more than any other. The kit I finally chose was from the Quilting Loft booth. The Quilting Loft is an adorable quilt shop in Ballard, WA that we had the pleasure of visiting during our shop hop last summer. The owner is a young lady, like us, and incredibly friendly. If you are ever in Seattle, drive the extra 5 minutes to Ballard and visit this shop. You won’t be disappointed!

Urban Log Cabin is the name of the pattern that came with my kit. These gorgeous fabrics are what made me fall in love:

Fabrics by Joel Dewberry

After cutting out all of the pieces for this quilt, I had several scraps left over. I am a tad bit obsessive when it comes to scraps. I hoard them. I always feel like I can use them to make something else although I rarely ever do. They just sit in my scrap bin and mock me. This time I made something with the scraps before I made the quilt.

I think this little bag turned out pretty nice, but I really should have made it a little bit bigger.

I finished piecing all of the blocks for the quilt tonight in the middle of screaming, hollering, and jumping around my sewing studio like a maniac. Did you see that Seahawks game?!?! I still can’t get over how amazing it was. It made it really hard to sew. Talk about distracting! Maybe I should take the tv out of there…

Here are the blocks all laid out and ready to be sewn. The picture quality isn’t that great. I took the photo with my cell phone. My good camera has been acting up lately and I can’t get it to connect with my computer. I think you get the gist of the pattern I’m going for though. I think it’s turning out quite well. After the blocks are sewn together, I have a beautiful border to add to it as well. And wait until you see the fabulous print I have for the binding! It’s my favorite.

I hope everyone is having as wonderful a start to their New Year as we are. 2011 is gearing up to be great for us. We have had 4 sales in the shop since the new year. It may not sound like much, but to us that’s a big deal. If the year continues like this, I may actually be able to make a real job out of this!

Selina