Tuesday, August 30, 2011

halloween/second anniversary quilt - binding finished!

I'm on travel this week, and the co-worker I am traveling with LOVES to drive. Good for me, I can sit co-pilot and get a lot of hand-quilting and crocheting done! One of the things I was able to finish was the Halloween quilt for our second anniversary this year.

This was my first sampler quilt. I have to say I love the idea of different blocks, but the lack of uniformity in the quilting because of the different blocks drive this little OCD quilter a bit nuts...

I free-motioned (or at least, I tried to) the spiderwebs. The effect is pretty cool, but I wish I had worked a little harder to make it cleaner. I still have some practice at FMQ before I feel really comfortable with it.

First time with applique...

My favorite block...

Despite my original uncertainty about the hubs fabric choice, I find that I LOVE the way the fabrics came together, and I don't think the other options I was originally considering would have turned out quite as well.

The back.

Overall, I am pretty happy with this. There are definitely some minor errors (some of my blocks didn't turn out perfectly 9"x 9" and there are pinches on the back from trying to force the fabric tree flat...), but I think this is definitely a big step ahead with my quilting. And I am enjoying it more and more as time goes on, so bring on the next challenge! Now...how can I hide the neverending fabric purchases from the hubs...


Saturday, August 27, 2011

halloween decor for me!

I went to my salon this week, and they had this at the counter!

I bought everything they had! Love this stuff - too bad I can't wear it at work...I see a lot of nail polish remover in my future! There is a glow in the dark polish and the OPI Shatter collection just screams for a Haunting Halloween!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

happy birthday, miss Hailah!

So it's my neice, Hailah's birthday. And, she's One! How exciting. I made this for her first bday gift - since it is such a special occasion!

Happy Birthday, sweet little girl! I love you very much!!

Monday, August 22, 2011


...thinking about joining my first QAL. This one seems like a good starter. Hmmm...what to do, what to do.

I could make a quilt for my neices 3rd Christmas using one of these palettes...

Floating Hues

Glazed Hues

Sweet Hues

Hens and Chicks

Water Colored

Cabbage Hues

Color Pick

Or I could devote it to the gray and yellow guestroom...

Charred Hues

Decisions, decisions. Either way, I might just have started a new obsession browsing the palettes over at Design-Seeds.

Friday, August 19, 2011

mediterranean quilt finished

I posted about this a while back. I finished the binding a while back also, but finally got pictures. I didn't allow for enough space in the corners for the binding...lesson learned.

All the fabric is from JoAnns. I absolutely fell in love with the Mediterranean packs they have and this was an easy quilt top to put together.

The backing is also from JoAnns. Another fabric I love.

This was also my first attempt at free motion quilting. I learned several things:

1. Take breaks - it's hard on your wrists!
2. Use the biggest surface area you can find so that moving the quilt around is easier.
3. It takes up a lot of thread!
4. This is a pretty quick and (once you get the hang of the pedal speed and how quickly to move the fabric) easy quilting method.

The more I immerse myself into the world of quilting - the more I find I absolutely love it. I also find it feeds my fabric addiction quite well. This could be very bad...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

new curtains! (again...)

Hubs and I have been spending several weekends painting some of the smaller rooms in our house. One of those rooms was our guestroom. I had made some curtains with a fabulous Amy Butler fabric. But, as our luck goes, the curtains looked just wretched (and, no, I am not exagerating) once the walls were painted. Unfortunately, walls can't be un-painted and the damage was done. Down came the curtains :(

...but, there is always a silver lining, right?

So, I went fabric shopping again and tried my hand at curtain making a second time...

I am pretty darn happy with the way these came out - much happier, in fact, than I was with the old ones. I used a bit of the same fabric from the curtains to cover the cushion on the sit in window, as well. And I had to get the yellow in there somewhere - throw pillows come in so handy for that! And I've been just obsessed with chevron patterns lately.

Another project completed! Unless, of course, I find some irresistable fabric to turn into another throw pillow. And, against my best attempts to thwart this habit, the pup has found a new sleeping spot. Glad I could make it so comfortable for him, huh?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

halloween swooning over at hwtm

Just came across this post (although it was posted waaay back in December!). The Hostess always brings a bit of party planning genius to the table, and this certainly is genius at it's Halloween inspired finest. This genius was borrowed from Maison Des Reves for a Nightmare Before Christmas wedding shower.

You can see more at the HWTM blog.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

pillow power!

I've been on a pillow cover kick lately. I'm trying to spruce up the sit-in window in our guest room, and I thought a few throw pillows might do the trick. The room is a bluish-gray, and I wanted yellow, black and white accents in the room. Here is one of my pillows so far!

I used a collection of fabrics, most are from Robert Kaufmans Night and Day collection.

More to come!

Monday, August 1, 2011

haaaappy anniversary... okay so I'm a little early...

Remember this post about my attempt at a Halloween quilt? Well, I've finished it! The quilting, at least; it still needs binding. And it's a little early for an anniversary gift for the hubs, but oh well. Here it is!

The quilt design comes from the All You Ever Wanted to Know About Quilting class at Capital Quilts. Here are a couple favorites out of the sampler blocks. The fabrics were Jason Yenter - Hallowgraphix.

It just so happened that the fabric I fell in love with for the back of the quilt (Owl By Myself by Michael Miller) was not wide enough for the quilt backing, so I got creative...sort of.

This was WAY above my skill level as a quilter. I tried to design my own paper piecing pattern for this at first...and gave up, quickly. Instead, I just tried my darndest to get everything to lay as flat as possible, while still (at least) resembling a tree. I think it turned out okay, aside from the few pinches - it looks pretty good. Now...on to the next project! ...whatever that may be!