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Are you going to quilt market? Yeah, me neither.

12 May

For those of you who don’t know, I am an avid twitter user. I have “met” some really great people there. Many of these really great people (henceforth referred to as “tweeps”) are headed to Salt Lake City in Utah right now. They get to spend the weekend schmoozing and drooling over beautiful new lines of fabric that are not yet available to the rest of us. This event is called Quilt Market and it happens twice a year. One in the spring where the location changes from year to year, and one in the fall which is always in Houston, TX.

Sadly, I am not going. I love that I get to “see” it live though. It’s like I have a special V.I.P. backstage pass to quilt market. I’ve gone on the journey and felt the excitement for the tweeps packing their suitcases, heading to the airport, and boarding their planes. Or, in the case of one, driving an SUV with a 12 foot trailer and feeling invincible for it! I would feel that way too! What a wonderful and exciting time for those who get to go and experience it in real life. But for now, I am content to live vicariously through all of them through photos and 140 character updates. Someday soon, I hope to be able to board a plane with an empty suitcase (to fill with new fabric, of course), and super comfy shoes.

Royal Garden Quilt

I’ll be working on quilting this over the weekend. Maybe I’ll have a finished quilt to show off when market is over!

And before I forget… update on the Mother’s Day post: Lizze won 2nd place in the quilting gallery contest for her Mother’s day quilt! Congratulations, Lizze!


P.S. If anyone going to market is reading this, feel free to pick up some new Aneela Hoey’s “Little Apples” and TulaPink’s Prince Charming for me. I’m good for it, I promise!


Time to go shopping!

20 Sep

I whipped up these 3 market bags last night. I’m so happy with them, these fabrics are my favorite! I purchased the fabrics from ConnectingThreads.com and they are a part of the Canning Day collection. For anyone not familiar with this website, I would love to recommend it. Their fabrics are of superior quality without a quilt shop price tag. Not only that, but all of their fabrics are made right here in the USA (with the exception of batik’s, of course).

This one is called Plentiful Peaches

Plentiful Peaches in Aqua (and my lovely Pug, Bijou)

Cherries and Apricots

These turned out very nice. It makes me look forward to the weekly shopping trip when I know I get to take these beauties with me.

As with my other market bags they are $20 and available now in our etsy shop. I can make these in any prints you have in mind. Just let me know what you’d like.

Hope it’s been a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Happy Sunday!


Market Bags

7 Aug

Market bags are the easiest way to help the environment. A market bag is a bag you take the the grocery store or farmers market. Using these reusable bags is much better than filling up the cabinet under your kitchen sink with plastic grocery bags. Many grocers are selling reusable bags, but they are SO boring!

I bought some from my local supermarket and I decided that I was much too fashionable to carry around one of those drab things. I made a few bags out of beautiful fabrics, and the next time I went to the grocery store I was the  most popular girl there 😉 Obviously women are in need of these wonderful bags, so of course I made some more.

These can be made out of any fabrics at all, but I prefer cute food prints for mine. As always, we take custom orders. So if you love these bags, but don’t love the fabrics… I can use any print you like. Just ask! These bags would also be great for the beach or an overnight bag.

This one is called Lemon Drop:

Pommes et Poivres (apples and pears):

And Seed Packs:

I just love these!

Happy Shopping,


Finally Home

22 Jul

Yesterday I got home from my vacation. I sure missed it. The familiarity and the freedom to do my own thing; to make an absolute mess if I so choose. That’s why I love being home. My week away was a great time, and I came back with renewed ambition. Something about being around other people for an extended period of time and seeing how they live always prompts me to make changes in my own life. For instance, I went grocery shopping today and I bought all organic foods. I didn’t buy anything microwavable. I’m a mission to cook more for my family and make us healthier.

Another thing about coming home that was wonderful… The day I came back we made another sale in our Etsy shop! Selling things that we make is so exciting! It’s like an affirmation that people really do like what we do. Family has to say “Oh, I love that!” because they’re family. But total strangers loving something we made, with our own two hands, and paying us money? Now that is something that really makes me happy inside. In case you’re wondering what you missed out on, it was the Summer Camp quilt that I posted not too long ago. It looks like we are going to have to kick it into high gear and get going on these sewing machines. We are doing far better than we had anticipated. Summer has kept us both very busy and I’m excited for the kids to go back to school so I can get some work done uninterrupted!

I woke up at 6 o’clock this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. Someone I know has a birthday coming up (where are all these birthdays coming from?) so I decided to head downstairs and start sewing up something for her. What I ended up with was a really simple and fun market bag. She does the farmers market a lot and this bag will be perfect for that. It was so simple that I am now planning to make several to list in our shop. Be on the lookout for some market bags that will be available soon.

It’s time to get busy with the rest of my day. I’ve got dinner in the crock pot so I’m looking forward to a house full of wonderful smells later this afternoon. My mom is coming for lunch today and we’ll be having hummus with pita bread, fruits and veggies, baked chips… Yum! If I could eat and sew all day, every day, I’d be a happy girl!