Wednesday, May 8, 2013

deals and squeals wednesday

oh wow i'm really excited to share with you my squeals for week . . . so i'll jump right into it! friday was the day i submitted my design for the briar rose quilt competition. (p.s. if you haven't gone over there to vote yet click  here and vote for your favorite quilt . .or if you can't decide on a favorite you could just **cough**vote for mine **cough**) how was that for subtle?? voting ends in 2 days!! 

 . .back to the story . . so i submitted my design and later that night i pulled out my trusty composition book where i like to doodle new designs. so i sketched up this little baby
 (sorry forgot to flip before i uploaded)
well you get the idea . . all the scribbles are sashing . . i wanted to visually keep them separate from the blocks even though they will be the same color as the star blocks.

later that night i pulled up my bloglovin and was enjoying the updates from the blogs i follow and one of my favorite quilters had posted one of her new patterns that was VERY similar! well the block on the right is actually what her quilt is made of ( i sketched that after i saw her update) but i got that little kid happy (giddy)  feeling while reading her update like we were on the same page or something :)  that just goes to show what a newbie i am if something that simple makes me squeal with delight!! i wanted to link over to her blog but didn't want to take away from her new pattern design?? what do you think?? you might already know who i'm talking about.

well i just put this little picnic quilt (that's what i'm calling it) under the machine and hope it gets quilted soon.
 i was just going to quilt through the diagonals of the squares but have seen this straight stitching done so much i wanted to try it out. maybe i should have made my rows bigger - it might take me all week (and then some) to finish! 

linking up to: wip wednesday, anything goessew cute tuesdaywhatever goes wednesdaysew darn craftyfabric tuesdaywe did it wednesday

Friday, May 3, 2013

friday finishes

well i'm happy to report i FINALLY finished the grocery bags that i started (dare i say almost a month ago) here! and look at them . . does anything about this project scream "hard? time consuming? really tricky techniques used?" . .the answer of course is NO - simplest project ever . . should have finished them the day i started! anywhosers . . .
they were made from 4 fat quarters (2 for the outside and 2 for the lining) and some cotton webbing since i was too lazy to make fabric handles. great way to use up some stash though.

 and if you haven't noticed already . . they hold A LOT!! and maybe their best feature yet . . machine washable folks! 

here is my second finish! a virtual finish is still a finish right?
this was the design i submitted for the
i'm calling it Miss Match Berry Patch

if you haven't heard about it or are wanting to submit a design, follow the above link as submissions are due by the 5th and voting will take place may 6th - may 10th. there are already so many lovely quilts and designs. at the very least show up and be inspired by the quilts and vote for your favorite one!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

deals and squeals wednesday

sorry a little late with today's post. this week i've been busy sewing . .  but you wouldn't know that by my lack of posting about it :) only a small portion of that time has been spent on quilts (hoping to change that) . . here's a sneak peak at my latest work in progress . .
love me some animal print and this quilt has lots of that going on!

in a few short weeks we will be in arizona for a wedding. on that same visit, my husband and his brother will be hiking the grand canyon (rim to rim to rim) in less than a 24hr time period. i'm not jealous . . just thinking about it pretty much gives me blisters on my feet! however, i did spend all day monday making him this little do dad for his back packing adventures!

a little water bottle holder . . not perfect but made with love! 

i spent yesterday hemming a concert dress for a friend. which actually made me a little nervous. it was a beautiful black polyester dress with a sheer overlay. you know how that sheer stuff is so flimsy . . ahh i was cringing the whole time just praying not to botch the whole dress. i dropped it off at her house today and she exclaimed how "perfect" it was, ahhh . . my little heart was happy!

which brings us to today's deals and squeals! have you heard about this going on over at threadbias??

just heard about it yesterday over at the sewing chick . . and i may or may not have stayed up till the wee hours of the morning last night playing around with different designs!! :) when i figure out which design i'm going to submit i'll post it here on the blog!

happy wednesday!