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We Have a Winner!!

4 May

Thank you to everyone that participated in our Giveaway this past week!  It sure was a lot of fun!   With the help of an old fashioned pencil and paper (to list everyone from, Facebook, Twitter and here on the blog who entered) and random.org, a winner was chosen!  More on that in a moment.  (This is my Ryan Seacrest moment…suspense, y’all, suspense!!)

I wanted to follow up on an earlier blog that Selina had done about a Quilt Along.  I was very excited when she posted this because I have charm packs that need to be used.  One I received was from Stitchin’ Heaven.  They had a fabulous Twitter party on New Years Eve, and I won!  (The winning never ends around here!!)  It was a beautiful charm pack from Kate Spain called Fandango.  As pretty as it was, it did not have any immediate plans for it.  Selina’s blog came up, and sure enough, a project was born!! It came together fairly quickly (even if I did have to make a *tiny* trip to the fabric store that ended up costing more than I intended…what can I say, I’m a sucker! AND, my daughter’s birthday is coming up! PLUS I needed binding fabric! Why am I justifying buying fabric to you?  You totally get it, I’m sure.) and I completed it within a week and a half!

  I did a stipple design in the center, and curies with random flowers in the borders.  It is also backed in a Moda polka dot that I happened to have on hand.  (this is where my stash hoarding comes in handy!!)

Here is Selina’s beautiful quilt:

Baby Bliss

Her quilting is beautiful, don’t you think?! Anyway, we had a lot of fun making these sweet little quilts, it was really great being able to complete something so quickly again!

Anyway, here it is. The moment of truth.  The moment you’ve all been waiting for…our winner is…#17: Heather, who commented here on the blog!  Congratulations, and thanks to ALL who entered! You really made this week fun!  Until next time!


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!


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.



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?)


Thank you friends!



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!



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!


Star Quilts!

3 Dec


Lizze here.  I wanted to share a link to Quilting Gallery,  mostly for selfish reasons. =)  I have entered my favorite quilt into their Star Quilt Contest, it’s the one named “A Hunter’s Star”.  This quilt is the one I challenged myself most with.

I had been searching for a pattern for a quilt I would make “one day”, and came across this one while at my mother’s.  She has the Better Homes and Gardens, Quilter’s Favorites books.  They are spiral bound and sent quarterly.  They are gorgeous books with lots of very traditional patterns.

I kinda stole the image. Sorry!

I came across the Hunter’s Star pattern and just knew it was the one!  Not only was it beautiful, but the significance of the title meant a lot to me.  I asked to borrow the book and set off to find the perfect fabric.  It is a two fabric quilt, and I didn’t think finding “the right fabric” would be difficult.  The criteria I had was: Batik, blue and/or green, contrasting colors.  I found two beautiful batiks that worked, kinda, but my heart didn’t leap when I saw them.  They were going to have to do since I had committed to the purchase.  I had to buy three or more yards of each color, so it was a bit pricey.  The fabric sat on my table, uncut, for a few days.  I was not anxious to start just yet.  As it happened, I needed to take my mom to a quilt shop she had not yet been to to find her “perfect fabric” for a project,  (The Quilt Barn in Puyallup)  and there it was.  They have an incredible selection of batiks, and after cruising the aisles, I found this…Now, I don’t know about you, but this fabric strikes me as the night’s sky.  I fell in love, and I needed this fabric.  Which of course meant I also needed a new coordinating fabric.  This fabric spoke to me, it was “the one”.  I bought it and started the project that night.  What I was undertaking was more of a challenge that I expected it to be.  Hundreds upon hundreds of pieces needed to be cut.  Sewing on a 60 degree angle, pressing, matching points…but it was worth it.  I had made something that I was proud of, and that I loved.  It came together after the course of about a month, which is relatively quick considering the complexity of it for me.  I was able to use some of the batiks I’d already purchased for borders.  I’m kind of a border queen.  I love adding the extra size and having a canvas for my quilting.

I knew I wanted to quilt constellations into the quilt, and I was very selective about the ones I chose.  They all have a good story, or are significant in some way.  I quilted them into some of the square blocks.  I quilted a freestyle helix into the first border, and song lyrics into the outer border.  I chose  a variegated thread for my quilting so it would blend, yet also show up, if that makes sense.  The outer border fabric is darker to highlight the quilting.  The song lyrics I chose are from songs that are meaningful to me, and also star or sleep related (I like music, so it wasn’t hard to find lyrics.  It was hard to choose which ones!)  I chose 10 songs in all.  The binding was another fantastic find.  It is a blueish batik with gilded stars, and was perfect! 

As if I didn’t love this quilt enough, I backed it in Minkee.  You know, the ultra plush, super soft fabric that makes you want to rub your face in it?  That.

Would you believe after all that, I gave it away?  There is seldom a quilt I make that I don’t want to keep, but this one…*sigh* went to a good home.  I know it is loved, and that is really all I can ask for.

the finished Hunter's Star Quilt


So, there you have it.  You now know why I love this quilt, and I hope I have earned your vote for “Star Quilt”.  Thanks for reading!




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