Thursday, January 30, 2014

And the winner is....

I turned to lovely Mr. Random and he said #17 is the winner, so Sharon Eshlaman, this book is yours! Please leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you (you are a no-reply blogger). If I don't hear back from Sharon by Monday, I will pick a new winner.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Book Tour: Quilting Isn’t Funny by Megan Dougherty

Hello, hello! Well, I knew I had been away for a little bit, but little did I realize it's been 6+ months! Maybe it was the end of Google Reader or all those changes on Flickr that sent me into blogging hibernation, but yes, I realize I disappeared for a bit. But I knew I had to re-emerge when I was asked to join Megan's (a.k.a. The Bitchy Stitcher) blog hop announcing her book, Quilting Isn't Funny.

Megan has had us laughing up a storm with her blog and columns in Quilter's Home and Generation Q. She's now made it easy for us to read them by compiling them into this self-published book alongside two never-before seen pieces! One of my favorites is the essay "How to Talk to Your Teenager about Quilting." Or maybe it is "Quilting with Kids." Or maybe it is "The Break-up." Decisions, decisions!

Want to find those essays that really just make you smile and laugh because this woman just gets it? Head on over to Megan's blog to purchase a soft cover or PDF copy. If you have the patience to wait for a soft copy, which could be difficult, you should know that she will sign it! Or if you have greater patience, then leave a comment below to be entered into a chance to win a copy of the book. (your chances are pretty good since I've been dormant!). I'll announce the winner next Friday, Jan. 24.

And before I forget, here's a list of all the blog hop participants-- pop on by their blogs to see what they have to say about Megan's book and drool over their work!

Dec. 2
 - Maddie Kertay  - Bad Ass Quilter’s Society

Dec. 3 - Sam Hunter – Hunter’s Design Studio

Dec. 4 - Carla Crim – Scientific Seamstress

Dec. 5 - Scarlett Burroughs – Craft Gossip

Dec. 6 – Jill Dorsey – That Moxie Girl
Dec. 9 - Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumble Beans Inc
Dec. 10 - Lynn Harris - Little Red Hen

Dec. 11 – Teresa Coates – Crinkle Dreams

Dec. 12 - Joshua Helms - Molli Sparkles

Dec 13 - Liz Kettle – Stitch Journeys

Dec. 14 - Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Project

Dec 16 - Lisa Sipes – That Crazy Quilty Girl
Dec. 17 - Charlotte Newland – Displacement Activity

Dec. 18 - Teri Lucas - TerifiCreations

Dec. 19 – Cheryl Sleboda –

Dec. 20 – Kelly Biscopink – Stitchy Quilt Stuff

Jan. 6 – Generation Q

Jan. 8 – Rose Hughes – Rose Hughes – Quilt Artist

Jan. 9 – Janice Ryan – Better Off Thread

Jan. 10 - Flaun Cline – I Plead Quilty

Jan. 13 – Heather Jones – Olive and Ollie

Jan. 14 – Meg  – Without A Stitch On

Jan. 15 – Laura Lochore – Quokka Quilts

Jan. 16 – Elaine Wong Haselhuhn – Dashasel Sews

Jan. 17 - Kim Lapacek - Persimon Dreams

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Parsley shorts

So while the babe was napping and the boy was doing quiet time (and actually being quiet!) I decided to make a pair of Parsley shorts.

The pattern breaks at a natural spot that made them the perfect length for shorts and then I just measured them against a pair of current shorts to make sure the length was right. Easy-peasy!

a little Parsley

Hello! I haven't had a lick of time to sew lately, but how could I turn down the chance to pattern test Rae's Parsley pants!?!? She's got about a gazillion options of how to make the pants super cute-- I opted for the elastic waist with pouchy pockets. 

Ta da! They fit perfectly!

Little guy thinks that they are just perfect to pair with his animal masks.

If you are a big butt pattern fiend, these are the perfect next pattern for when your kiddo outgrows those! Rae should be releasing this pattern next week, so keep your eyes peeled!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Finish it up Friday

Happy March 1! I have a girlfriend in the Midwest who considers this the official start of spring and wears flip flops starting on this date.... yep, even with the snow that some of you still might have :)

Today my finishes are for my bees. This month I moved to the circle. Our host for this month asked us to make low volume words. Our quilts will go to a women's shelter so with that in mind, I picked:

Haven. Makes sense since this is our first charity quilt together!


And then for my Sewn Together bee, we were asked to create strips and then put them together with the larger bit of fabric. Since there were the first, I pieced using gentle curves-- hopefully that comes across!

I've been sketching a couple of other things and can't wait to work on them this weekend. Hope you have a great Friday! Linking up to Finish it up Friday.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sew Thinky Thursday

It's time for Sew Thinky Thursday! Today Emily has us thinking about our sewing friends and asked: Have your fabric tastes changed by having friend who likes to sew? Do you like the same things or are you completely opposite? 

This is supposed to be an easy question, right? Here's a gratuitous friend photo because it wouldn't seem right to post without a picture!

Most of my sewing friends are people that I've met on Flickr through swaps and bees. I've met a few of you in real life too (especially now that we've been to Quiltcon!). I've always been a fan of bold and colorful designs, so I didn't need Emily's influence on that one. I've also liked the whimsy of Heather Ross's designs, so I didn't need Courtney's influence on that one either. But my love of rainbows and more vintage, soft, feminine palettes? Well, I've definitely been influenced on that one by my Flickr friends. Just look at some of my recent favorites and tell me how you could not fall in love with rainbows? :)

for more details on each photo, click here

Here's a recent rainbow make:

And vintage, soft, feminine palettes? Well, that's all my sewing buddy, J's doing :) I can't think of pink, blues and reds, without her coming to mind, even though lately she is into oranges and blues! I'm pretty sure she inspired me to do this:

A Walk in My Woods

So yes, my friends inspire my fabric selections and I wouldn't have it any other way! 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Quiltcon: Day 2

Day two was my day to wander the show floor. But it had to start with a breakfast at IHOP, which was Charlotte's request as she had heard dreamy things about their pancakes. 

It was really exciting to see many of the quilts that I've seen on Flickr and blogs up close. Of course, there were a lot of other distractions on the floor, like this Moda photo booth. I met Lindsay and we had fun playing. 

MODA Bake Shop

I also got to try out a long arm!!! It was so much fun. On top of that, all the practice attempts that were created were going to be bound off and sent to a local animal shelter to serve as dog beds. 

Emily and I had fun playing in the rain in the Michael Miller booth. They had neons!!! Woot. I may have bought a bit of this. 

I also got to see a few demos, such as Heather Ross's journal making demo (a project from her latest book too). 

She was at Stitch Lab signing books, but of course, I left mine at home. Her Weekend Sewing book is one of my go tos, but my copy is a hardback and let's face it, I had to save luggage space for fabric shopping!

I just loved this display. I think J, my sewing buddy, would too. 

And just in case I got bored (never!!!) by the quilts, the other convention was offering up this deal (which one of the security officers also made sure to offer to any poor fabric-carrying hubby):

And I finally got to meet Alyssa, Christa and Rachel at the dinner that Alyssa hosted. Alyssa also planned a few party games, including Guess the Kona and Guess the fabric/designer. I failed terribly at the Kona game (2/10 despite loving and using a lot of it!), and I faired better with the Guess the Fabric game (11/15, I think).