Archive | April, 2011

Quilts For Japan Update

29 Apr

You know, it’s funny how things happen.  I had in my mind what I wanted to make for my Quilts For Japan quilt ( that is to say, I had fabric I wanted to use) but I am donating a completely different quilt!

I have had this Quilt Kit in my stash for quite some time:

Fossil Fern Quilt Kit

This is a medallion wall hanging from Benartex.  It has a medallion for the center and gradient Fossil Fern fabrics in blues and purples.  I never had a strong desire to make the quilt as shown, so I made a sketch of two blocks, and cut the fabric into bits.  What I ended up with is this:

I’m quite pleased with how this turned out, considering I made it up on the fly.  The inner lavender border and binding are batik.  I received the batik from my grandmother’s estate, and it fit perfectly with the Fossil Ferns.  I also had lavender Minkee on hand, so naturally, it is backed in Minkee.  (SO SOFT!!)

Originally I was going to call this quilt Bento Box, but there is already a beautiful, well known pattern called Bento Box. Alas.  I think I’ll call this Chopsticks.

So, why is it this isn’t what I had in mind?  Well, as i was making this beautiful quilt, one of my completed quilts found its way back home to me.  I had given it to my grandma (my other grandma), and she has never used it.  It always sat beautifully folded in a room.  She is beginning to downsize and asked if I would like it back.  It is considerably larger than Chopsticks, and I felt it was a better quilt to give.

Delft

I was so please to be able to share this quilt with someone.  I may have said it earlier, but what I lack in cash, I make up for in fabric.  I want to help, and this is honestly the best way  know how.  I do know that monetary needs are still there, and will be for quite some time.  With that in mind, I will be donating the proceeds from Chopsticks to the Red Cross.

There are so many people in need right now, and with yesterday’s devastating tornadoes tearing through the South, Selina and I see our next calling.  Stay tuned for a call out for a quilter help within the next few days!

Don’t forget to enter yourself into the drawing for our big prize on our earlier blog!  We also host #gdas on Twitter, Friday night’s at 6 PM Pacific, where we Get Drunk and Sew.  Or talk about sewing. Or Merkins, or whatever.  Join us!! WS_on_Etsy

Thanks for everything!

Lizze

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Who likes free stuff?

26 Apr

I sure do like free stuff!  Just yesterday I received a tiny mascara in the mail for free from Clinique! It made my whole day!  Why would they just send out a free mascara?  Or those free panty coupons from Victoria’s Secret, what’s up with how awesome that is?!  Any promotion that results in free goodies is one that I talk about and therefore, in my humble opinion, is a promotion worth having!  While I would love to give something to everyone,  I’m no corporation, I am but a humble SAHM that simply loves to give and create.  So, in the spirit of giving, I have not just a pattern to give away, but a fat quarter bundle as well!  Not JUST a fat quarter bundle, but 20 freaking fat quarters!!! And they coordinate!! And a pattern that uses all of them and leaves little scrap!!  Come on!! That’s awesome, right?!  And I totally want you to win it!!

Wandering Stars Giveaway!

“But how do I win, and why are you so awesome?” I hear you asking, and those are great questions.  Entering is simple; Leave a comment below, retweet the link to this blog or “like” us on Facebook and leave a comment there!  In fact, each of those actions will result in an entry!

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Friday nights at 6PM, Pacific time, we host #gdas (get drunk and sew, *giggle*) join us for fun and creativity and silliness and cocktails!

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We’re trying to broaden our network of fellow crafters and quilters.  Sewing makes me feel happy, and having like minded people to share the joys and frustrations with is the best!  As much as I love to receive stuff in the mail, I love to be the sender as well!  Good luck, and thanks for spending your time with us! The contest ends Tuesday, May 3rd!

Lizze

Urban Log Cabin Update

15 Apr

You may remember my first post about this quilt way back in January. That’s right, January… No? Well you’re in luck because I have a little linky-poo right here:  http://wp.me/pXIOM-34

I am finally getting to the quilting of it and it has been such a pain. I decided to straight line quilting. I wanted to make it really dense so it would have that awesome wrinkly-ness which is my favorite part about quilts and makes it so much more than just a blanket. By the way, I hate it when people call my quilts “blankets”, but that’s a whole other story.

I wanted to share some photos of the progress since I’m super proud of how this beauty is turning out. It has been trying my patience everyday, but I am slowly making progress. I just popped a couple more Aleve – quilting on a home machine can be a killer on your neck, shoulders, and back. The hubs is against a longarm, but wait until I send a couple quilts out… he’ll rethink when he sees the price of  THAT, I’m sure. Maybe not a Gammill, but a Tin Lizzie will pay for itself in no time!

Okay, I’ll shut up now. You’re waiting for pictures. Sorry.

I used quilters linen by Robert Kaufman for the backing. If you haven’t tried quilters linen, you should. I highly recommend it. This is going to be the yummiest, crinkliest quilt ever! That walking foot has been a godsend for this quilt. I don’t know what I would have done without it. It has really helped to feed the bottom and top fabrics evenly so there’s no bunching. It was totally worth the extra money! I hope to have this finished by next week. I have so many other things to finish and I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t start anything else until this was done. Well, other than the quilt along quilt that is. But that’s super easy and small so it doesn’t even count. Right?

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Selina

My First Quilt Along

12 Apr

If you’ve never done a quilt along before, join the club! I have never participated in one because I have so  much going on that I didn’t feel I could commit to finish. Then I found a link on twitter to a super easy quilt along hosted by Melanie of Above All Fabric. All it takes is a charm pack (pre-cut 5-inch squares of fabric), 3/4 of yard for sashing, and another 1/2 yard each for borders and binding. And the best part? It only takes a week!

Bliss Fabrics

The fabric line I chose for mine is “Bliss” by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I love this line and I already had a charm pack so I didn’t have to buy any fabric for this quilt (which, I’m not gonna lie… that helped in my decision to make it!). After we’re done making the quilt, we’re also going to be making a bag to go with it.

If you want to join in, it’s not too late.

http://www.aboveallfabric.com/blog/?p=4701

Selina

Happy Birthday to Me!

10 Apr

Then (a wee version of me)

 

Now (the full-sized version)

Last year I turned 30. That was hard for me. I was depressed for months and I never could put my finger on why that was. Something about being 30 I guess.

Tomorrow I am turning 31 and I couldn’t care less about how old I am going to be. Yes, I will no longer be 30, but rather  “in my thirties” and I’m fine with that. In fact, I’m SO fine with it, that I’m telling all of you how old I am AND I’m celebrating! For my birthday, Lizze and I decided that anything in our Etsy shop will ship for just 31 cents. Anything. Anywhere at all in the U.S. From a small coffee cozy, all the way up to a huge quilt. That sounds like a great idea to me!

The kids and I are going to hang out and it will be just like any other day except that I’ll get really awesome handmade cards with stick figures drawn on them that say “I love you mommy” – the absolute best gift I could receive. I have 3 little girls and they are going to attempt to bake me a birthday cake  (ssssssh!!! It’s supposed to be a surprise!).

Celebrate my birthday with me. Stop by the shop tomorrow, April 10th, and anything that your little heart desires will ship anywhere in the United States for 31 cents! Here’s a link to take you there: http://thewanderingstars.etsy.com

I’m looking forward to sharing my birthday with everyone. I hope you stop by and say hi!

Selina

Mail Day

8 Apr

Have you ever had a really great mail day? Of course we all get loads of junk mail, but recently I had what I would consider to be one of the best mail days of my whole life.

Right before I left for my Hawaii trip (which was great by the way, thanks for asking) I was on twitter. I merely mentioned the color pink, and here comes Jennifer Paganelli of SisBoom Fabrics (@SisBoom on twitter) “Did someone say pink?” Next thing I know I’m being offered a care package of pink scraps from her fabric lines! Woohoo!

I left for my trip the next day. When I got home a week later I came home to a big cardboard box on my kitchen counter. Want to see what was inside?

I got loads of gorgeous, happy, colorful fabrics along with a couple of cards advertising her first book coming out! This looks like a fabulous book with tons of awesome projects to make for little girls. You can visit Jennifer’s wonderful website here:

http://www.sisboom.com/blog/

I love her blog. It has so much vibrant color, and inspiration galore! You can also pre-order signed copies of her book. How cool is that?

As if the stack of fabrics I got from Jennifer weren’t enough, I also got  the book “Amy Butler’s Style Stitches” from my grandma.

These fabrics will be perfect for making one (or several) of the bags featured in Amy’s book. I have so many projects going on at the moment, but I think I might put them all aside to make something special just for me with my new goodies! Like I said, best mail day ever.

Selina