Friday, April 26, 2013

block quilt

happy to have a finished project!! this bad boy was suppose to be finished last week but the binding ended up turning into this huge annoying ordeal! 
i was hoping to bind this quilt in orange but came up short (doh!) . . 
 . . so the teal was the next best option (even if it's teal on teal on the back - oh well) . . project completed and i'm a happy camper.
you can't really tell by looking at the back of the quilt (at least not in this picture) but i decided to quilt around each block . .and then each block inside a block. quite the patience builder.
it's kinda funny that it sat and sat without a binding and i thought "eh . .it's alright" . . but now that it's complete it's really growing on me!! i'm sure you could easily find a tutorial for making these square/block quilts but i learned from these books.
aside from a sporadic rain storm this week, the weather has been quite charming . . maybe i need to have a double date with that quilt and that swing sometime soon!

thanks to alison over at little bunny quilts i heard about an awesome swap by april over at kool beenz. she is putting together a fat quarter friends swap for the month of may. i signed up yesterday and i'm super excited!  who doesn't love a good swap?! only a few more days to sign up so if you wanna get in on the fun then hurry on over!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

deals and squeals wednesday

this past week seems to have been a busy one. i finally finished this quilt from last week which i'll post about on friday. so glad i snagged some pictures yesterday because the forecast is nothing but rain today! still working on the grocery bags from here . . why oh why it takes me so long to finish the "easy" projects i'll never understand! those babies should have been finished, wrapped, and delivered weeks ago! it's like i have to have my hands into every project that nothing ever gets finished - just ask my stack of quilt tops :)

well onto the deals and squeals for this week. i did a little shopping . . are we surprised?! before i show the goods i must first say that i love bloglovin!! it lets me follow my favorite blogs by delivering updates to my inbox every night so i just check it once before bed and i'm good. it has really cut down my screen time and allowed me to spend more time sewing.

so . .  the other night i was reading my daily updates and came across a fabric sale over at little lady patchwork (and it looks like it's still going on.) i picked up these charming little packs of pb&j. ever since this line has come out i have been dying to get my hands on it! so excited when they showed up in the mail!

 i also headed over to joann fabric where they were having some super sale and picked up these fun prints (it keeps switching the direction of the photo when i upload it) . .oh well you get the idea. i have this thing for floral prints, i don't know what it is but i'm always picking up the flowery stuff. i do LOVE that bold orange print though . . and i couldn't just leave the birds hangin. (ha!)

these next prints came from contemporary cloth . . they have such cute fun prints . . but i found these in their clearance section (big surprise) for $4.40/yd . . .totally thrilled and hopefully my 4yr old will be too when she sees what mommy is going to make her!

and now for a little work in progress . .

started this little baby quilt years ago when i was first learning to quilt. sadly once it was pieced i wasn't in love (anyone else go through that) so instead of just finishing it i found a new project and forgot about this one!
it's time to dust her off and get some things finished around here!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

deals and squeals wednesday

this is a deal i came across last week - seems this week we've stuck around the house a little more. found these cute little party supplies at target . . which is perfect for my little monkey that will be turning 3 in december! my friend kara threw the cutest monkey party here and after finding these steals i can't help but want to duplicate it :)

you know it's hard being born the day after christmas, especially when you want to have a "friends" party because most people are still celebrating with their own families. this year though we will be out west spending christmas in arizona with my family so we'll get to have a party with aunts and uncles and cousins (oh my!)

most normal people would just buy party supplies if they needed party supplies . .i on the other hand . .well . . i just buy what's on sale and work the party around that! might not work so much when the kids get older!
reg price: $7.24 
(includes birthday banner, lunch napkins & beverage napkins)
clearance price: $1.12

now onto what's been happening in the craft room . . 
this has been a work in progress for quite the little while . .it hasn't taken quite as long as this one here . . but i'm hoping she'll be ready to reveal on friday (crossing fingers!) . .i don't know why i keep referring to this quilt as a "she" it definitely is more boyish if anything. my sister and mom both happened to give me the same fabric bundles (one for christmas, one for a birthday) and it was enough to put this large quilt together - maybe that's where the "she" comes from!

i pulled out these two books last night . .both can be bought at joann's fabric. they were the first books i got when i started showing interest in quilting. lots of cute, easy to put together quilts inside. the quilt above came from a design in one of these books that i altered a little bit. great books for beginners. different cutting techniques and variety of quilt styles. i was reminded that there are still a few designs i want to try out! happy sewing!

linking up to: wip wednesday and anything goes

Friday, April 12, 2013

pretty in pink blankey/mat?

have you ever know weeks in advance about an upcoming event and still didn't do anything about it till last minute??  . . well that's how this quilt was born! yesterday it hit me that i needed to put something together for a baby shower i would be attending tomorrow, so i quickly went to my pinterest boards and thought this would be a cute, fun gift! it came together quickly and that was key. i started it yesterday during nap time and finished quilting it tonight (stitch in the ditch style) while my husband and kids watched a redbox and ate popcorn to their hearts content.
i loved the idea of using a bunch of different textured fabrics and i loved even more that i had everything on hand.  . .well minus the binding, which i ran to hobby lobby and got this morning. :) . .i think the satin binding adds perfectly.
the plain pink fabric is supposed to be the minky with the little raised bumps in it - you know the stuff i'm talking about? after i sewed the first two strips together i was ironing over the seam and didn't realize the hot iron caused some of the raised bumps to disappear . . so i couldn't have half minky with a raised surface and half without so i had to iron the whole darn thing and make all it's cuteness disappear! i hate when i do dumb stuff! 
oh well i still think it's cute. since i backed it with flannel (like i did here too) i didn't use batting. so.much.easier! after rounding the corners i don't know if i should call her a blanket or a play mat??
p.s. i really love little children's silhouette print!!

linking up to: tgiff, confessions of a fabric addict, finish it up friday, richard and tanya quilts

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

deals and squeals and a WIP

well this week's "deals and squeals" comes from target! that's right, the store with the big red ball (that's how the kids reference it). let it be known that target has never been my favorite store (**gasp** . . is she human?) . .  however, since moving to nashville that has all changed. mostly due to the fact that it's one of the closest shopping places to me (and i do like to shop) . .  sooo, i've forgiven myself for my anti-target ways and now we get along great!

this past week while perusing the isles i came across these little beauties

they were just sitting there with the rest of the shoes and were the only pair with that red clearance tag . . and do you want to know what that little tag read?

original price: $12.99
clearance price: $1.98

what the what?? so i scooped those little pretties up and tried to justify another pair of shoes for the baby. . . and when i couldn't do that i text my sisters to see which lucky niece would be the proud recipient! man finding a great deal makes me feel good!

and just so we all know my time hasn't been spend ENTIRELY  shopping . . i did find some time to do a little sewing. i was admiring all the link ups for fabric tuesday over at quilt story yesterday and was inspired by the grocery bags from lea and lars

i have a friend who had a birthday dare i say last month and i've been meaning to get something sewn up for her. she is a coupon mama so i thought these would make a great gift for all her grocery needs . . plus it gave me an excuse to use up some of the fat quarters i've had since who knows how long.

all they need is a little lining and a handle and it's off to the market we go!

linking up to:  wip wednesday

Friday, April 5, 2013

the five year quilt

when i was first married i joined a quilting group that was put on by some of the ladies from church. i had a sewing machine and a love of fabric and wanted to learn more. i didn't realize until i showed up how hardcore they all were :) big fancy machines, beautiful printed fabrics, and gorgeous quilts to show and tell about! i was AMAZED!  . . . but more importantly i felt welcomed. here was a circle of very talented and experienced quilters and for the short time we were there they welcomed me into their little flock, encouraged me, and taught me to make a handful of different quilt blocks. it was there i started this quilt.

 a year later we moved to new haven, ct where my husband would get his masters degree . . .i pulled out the pieces and started sewing my little heart out . .nothing fancy . .i just knew i wanted it ALL GREEN :) while in connecticut i finished the top and back and started quilting. 

 after our 2 years were up we moved here to nashville where we currently reside. i found that cute quilt (in all it's greenness) stashed away in the never ending pile of stuff i call a craft room. i pulled it out and realized all i had left to do was bind it!! yay!! so after a  little sewing my 5 year old quilt is finally done! 

something else that i've come to love about quilting is getting to name your quilt. i've come across beautiful quilts all over blog land and no matter if it's an original pattern or someone else's the quilt itself if yours and you get to give it a fitting name!

my name choices were either "green with envy" or "the green machine" . . my 4 yr old thought it should be called "greeny" or grassy" . . she may be on to something!! :)

linking up to: too cute tuesday, handmade tuesdays, we did it wednesday, whatever goes wednesday, wow me wednesday, tgiff, confessions of a fabric addict, finish it up friday, richard and tanya quilts, spotlight saturdaysew darn crafty

Thursday, April 4, 2013

deals and squeals wednesday

it's no secret i love me a good bargain . . and if you ask my family they'd tell you it's no secret i love telling them about my great finds :) that's why i'm starting "deals and squeals wednesday"!! it gives me a chance to review my week and share my awesome finds or just share things that made me squeal with delight that week - which is usually my great deals - ha!! 

let's get started shall we?

this last week i had a kohls 30% off coupon that i wanted to use before it expired. i love kohls, you can really find some nice things at great prices (in my opinion). i was able to score a few christmas items that i'm thrilled about (*squeal*squeal*) but it does mean hidding them away for the next 9 months . . if only we had more space :)

original price : $39.99
clearance price: $3.99 
my price: $2.79

 original price: $39.99
clearance price: $7.99
my price: $5.59

 these little gems had me DYING!! are they not hilarious??!!  . .and perfect for the "not so easy to shop for man" (i.e. brother & brother in laws) . .if only my husband was a hunter we'd for sure keep the deer head!
original price: $40.00
clearance price: $4.00
my price: $2.80

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

just in time for easter

this year i've some how been a week behind with each holiday. i realized last tuesday that easter was on sunday and not the first week in april!! i had one little dress to make and didn't get started till thursday night. it wasn't hard but it's always the easy projects that you end up unpicking because of some dumb thing you overlooked. . . and that's what it was for me :)

 i finished the dress friday and hand stitched the buttons on sat night. i used this pattern for the top of the dress. i'd never done a peasant top/dress and didn't realize how easy they are . .especially since you have an elastic collar! 
 i got my older daughter's dress from kohls clearance last year and wanted little sis to coordinate. the best part was using up my stash - fabric, buttons, elastic, ribbon - all on hand! yay!!


couldn't resist this one!! :)

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