Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pieces cut for Single Girl Quilt

Hooray, the Single Girl Quilt is happening!
Finally my pattern came in the mail.
Here are my cut pieces--with wine glass and lip gloss in the corner of the pic--essential. :)

It took me two days to cut out all the pieces for the rings.
31 templates for 31 pieces.  12 of each.
That's 403 pieces total.
A good Bruce Willis movie and This American Life helped me to finish.
Bruce Willis is great for quilting by the way.  When he speaks, you know what facial expression he is using and have no need to look at the screen.  Not a dis, just saying it works with quilting. :)

Now all my ring pieces are organized in labeled envelopes.  
My mother has got to be so proud of this organization!
She is a woman who has all her stuff in boxes in the attic...
The boxes are numbered...
She has a chart showing where each box is in the attic...
 and another chart showing all the contents of each box.
Seriously, that woman knows what she's doing.

Me on the other hand...sure I have boxes.  They are full of stuff.  I'm not even sure what's there.
And my last quilt was made completely and wonderfully haphazardly, one unique square at a time.  I decided when I was finished by being done. 

So, this is a new thing.  Thank you to all the ladies helping me along in the Single Girl Quilt Along (check out button on the side bar)!  And thanks to my mother.
I'm on my way to DC tomorrow for a vacation and plan on getting even more behind on this quilt.
But, I'm so happy it's started and organized.
All is well in Quilt Land.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Single Girl Quilt Along

I am super excited and just have to share with you.  I am going to join 200 amazing ladies (how could they not be) in quilting Denyse Schmidt's Single Girl Quilt.  The Single Girl quilt along begins now!

Step-by-step instructions, help and enthusiasm is found here
and here

I love how humorous this quilt is, playing off the traditional double wedding ring quilt.  
And since mine is going to be for my son Solomon, I'm calling it a Single Boy Quilt.  It will have a brown background with rings of blues and whites.
I have to admit, it took me a bit to sign up for this because honestly (don't laugh...ok, you can), when I read about the Single Girl Quilt Along, I thought it was for single girls.  Doh!  Then I looked carefully and realized this was just the right project for me!
So, I'm still waiting for my pattern in the mail, making me a wee bit behind.  But I catch up fast. 
This will be my first twin quilt.  I've only made crib sized ones until now.  

If you want to see the 200 quilts in process, follow the links above or click the button on my side bar.

Friday, February 11, 2011


My husband said we need more fun stuff in our house.  
Not so serious.
Thus, an octopus made his way over to our kitchen.

Freezer paper stencil of an octopus.

Waves with a free-motion foot.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ten on Ten February

Here is my day documented in photography.

This is the Ten on Ten Project.
Take a photo every hour for ten consecutive hours on the tenth of each month. Document a day of your life and find beauty among the ordinary moments. 

This month, inspired by the Beauty Collective on Ten on Ten, I decided to take two photos for each hour. Then I put the two together.  Two perspectives, one square.

Waking.  Walking.



Brittle sunflower.

Airstream--Artstream (parked at our school filled with clay wheels).



Rear view mirror.


Seed germinations.

I continue to love this ten on ten project.  
My days feel fuller, and the moments captured seem to grow larger and fill  my consciousness.  
These moments do not document what I "did" but rather what I chose to notice during the day.

Blessings to all of you on this tenth of the month.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Paper Craft Inspiration

Ok, I admit, I'm a fabric girl.  I'm pretty much obsessed with fabric these days.  I mean, when I made cards recently, I made them out of fabric, and they are really supposed to be made of paper.  

However, with a bit of blog searching this week, I have to say I am newly inspired by these paper crafts!  I can't wait to try them out.  Home--look out!  You are about to be enlivened by some fun paper adventures.  If you want to join me, click on the links under the photos to find tutorials to make each of these awesome crafts.

Thank you to all of you amazing and creative bloggers out there who are 
rekindling my love for paper!

Check out these bright orange snowflakes from How About Orange!  Aren't they amazing.  These aren't your elementary school scissor crafts, y'all.  I have got to make some of these.

My love for owls continues.  3eyedbear makes the sweetest 3d paper creations!I am going to make some of these little guys this weekend to set on my boys' bookshelf.

Dozi Design, I am in love with you.  Look at these fun and elegant paper roses.  Valentine's Day is going to feel much more festive now that I've found you.

Friday, February 4, 2011

For the love of car washes

I must say I do love car washes.  
Especially when my children are giggling and Postal Service is on the stereo.
And I have my camera with me.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fabric Cards

Making Valentine's Day cards was so fun that I decided to make more fabric cards.

I got this fun set of stamps from my mother-in-law for Christmas.

After using them on paper, I got out some fabric and started printing little trees, houses and bicycles.

I folded up some cardstock and then cut my printed fabric to sizes just larger than the front of the cardstock.

With the fabric the right side down, and the inside of the card facing up, sew around the edge of the card.  The fabric stays pretty flat just from the weight of the card.  However, if you want it to look really nice and neat, with no slack at all, spray a fabric adhesive on to the back side of your fabric to adhere it to your card.  

I plan on making a little vellum tag with a message on it for this card, but I'll wait until I know who I'm giving it to and what I want to say.

Here too I'm hoping to add a little message just above the lowest blue strip.  

I let my three-year-old play with the stamps too.  This is the creation I made from his work.

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