Friday, December 23, 2011

Quilt for Abuela

Last summer my husband started making plans to go visit his Grandmother. When he started making his plans, he requested that I make her a quilt. The only information he gave me is he wanted it to be her favorite colors: pink and purple. I picked up this fabric at a local quilt shop that was having a moving sale. It is Eden by Lila Tueller for Moda. The pattern is Diamond Diva by Heather Mulder Peterson. I love her patterns. I originally picked up this pattern to make a quilt for my family room (which I haven't done yet). This pattern was so easy to piece and went together nicely. While this quilt isn't done in colors I would choose for myself, I am very happy with the results. I will be using this pattern for my family room quilt.
In other news, I picked up some beautiful Christmas fabric today that will match my family room perfectly.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ready, Set, Snow Stocking

I was out shopping for fabric one day, and I saw the Ready, Set, Snow fabric by Me & My Sister. I loved the colors and whimsy of it! Immediately, stockings for my kids came to mind. I bought a jelly roll and a few yards of some of the different fabrics. I finished this up, and decided I wasn't in love with it. It is just a little too small, and I'm not sure I love the diamonds, either. So I ended up giving this away. My daughter was so disappointed that I gave it away. So this week, I will be making stockings that look a lot like this, only longer.
I am hoping to have enough fabric left to make a little Christmas quilt for the kids to snuggle under.

Last Minute Skirt & Headband

I think this skirt is adorable and will likely make this again in the future. The story behind why I made it, not so adorable. My husband was getting ready to go out of the country on business several weeks ago. I knew this. What I did not know, and what he did not tell me is that he would likely be seeing his cousin and her daughter while he was there. They live in a different country, thus, I didn't think he would be seeing them.
We had gone out shopping that day, for several hours and several different stores. 
At about 8:30pm, the kids were in bed, and he is packing his suitcase. My husband comes to me and says, "I am going to see M & A. Do we have any presents for A?" 
Me: "No. When I asked you about this a month ago, you said you weren't going to see her. Why didn't you mention this when we were shopping today?"
Husband: "Do you think you could make something for her before I leave in the morning?"

This is the result of digging through my fabric stash and pinterest. It's a good thing we have pinterest.

I know it isn't a great photo, but I didn't have the option of waiting for daylight to take a good photo. 
The fabric is Sultry by Basic Grey. I wish you could see the true colors of this fabric, so pretty. The skirt tutorial is from The Crafty Cupboard and is her Lovey-Dovey Skirt. This skirt was a breeze to make. I followed the tutorial exactly, no time to reinvent the wheel. The not fun part was fighting with my old-and-worn-out-machine.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Less is More Silhouette Challenge - Week 42

I recently came across the Less is More challenge blog and was immediately smitten with the beautiful and simple cards I saw. I didn't have time to complete the challenge last week, so this is my first attempt at the Less is More challenge. The theme this week is "Silhouettes". I love the idea, but this was much harder than I thought it would be.

The flower silhouette is from a CTMH stamp set "Treasure Life" and the sentiment is from a CTMH stamp set "You're Invited". The black ink is CTMH black. The cardstock for the card is a DCWV textured white cardstock. The cardstock with stamped image is Bazzill Basics Coconut Swirl. The black is from my stash and have had it forever. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Finished! - 2 x4 Christmas trees

Sorry it took so long to get this posted, but I did finish it on Thursday! These are just the first two I made. Ya know, to make sure it was going to work out OK. I am making a whole slew of these trees to give as neighbor gifts this Christmas (along with some yummy treat). I am considering putting a little garland of red berries. Now, I just have to find a tiny garland of red berries.
I loved the wood block trees I saw on The Wood Connection blog, but I don't live anywhere near there. And, I recently got a double bevel compound miter saw, so I thought a wood block tree with angled edges would be more fun to make. These were easy and fun!
The only hard part was getting the stars right. I started out buying some pre-cut wood stars and they didn't work for a variety of reasons. In the end, my good friend, Kathy, cut the stars for me with her scroll saw. So much better. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A little bit of everything and a whole lot of nothing

I find that I am starting a lot and finishing nothing lately. Not good. Must prioritize and focus.

I will finish at least one project today. Come back tomorrow to find out what it is! I wonder what it will be.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mini Quilt Challenge

As I was browsing through the Bloggers' Quilt Festival, enjoying all the quilty goodness, I came across Amylouwho and her Mini Quilt Challenge. I totally relate to the not quilting as often as I would like because it takes too long to complete a big quilt. I now have to figure out what I am going to make!

What are you making?

Patriotic Table Topper


I love the Bloggers' Quilt Festival! It's so fun to see what everyone is making.

This year, my favorite quilt is actually a table topper. I love this block and thought it would make a fun patriotic table topper. It turned out so much better than I thought would! I made a few mistakes when calculating the border, and I am OK with that. It is a lesson I won't forget any time soon!
I machine quilted this topper. I don't love machine quilting on my machine, but I like to hand quilt even less. There are a variety of fabrics in this quilt, some from my stash and some fat quarters I picked up over the summer. Overall, I am happy with the results, and I definitely learned something in the process.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

This wreath is one of my favorite projects I have completed lately. It's hard to get a good picture because the entry is dark and the wreath is dark. Hope you have a fun day planned!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Quilting on the Rim - Quilt Retreat

 Last weekend I spent a delightful weekend at Quilting on the Rim in Linden, AZ. Pictured below is the charming house we stayed in. Barbara is a delightful hostess and an excellent cook. All of the food was absolutely delicious! Fortunately, she is working on a cookbook. I can't wait to get my hands on that!

 Here are a couple of projects that some of the other ladies were working on. There were six people in our group and I failed to get a group photo. Boo!

This was one of Sue's many projects. She is a speed demon on her machine. I think she probably accomplished more than anyone at this retreat!

Kathy is another speedy one. She put together 29 blocks from a Block of the Week program she signed up for! This quilt top is for her guest room, and absolutely perfect for the space. Can't wait to see this one finished and in its new room!

This is my daughter's Christmas quilt. At least it will be, once I get it quilted. I precut all of my fabric and sewed the entire top at the retreat. This quilt will go on her bed at Christmas time. The fabrics are The Caroler by Mary Engelbreit for Moda. I bought the fabric a couple of years ago, and life got in the way. Now that the top is done, I am sure my daughter will be getting this for Christmas this year.

It really was a great weekend, productive and fun! And to top it all off, we booked our weekend for next year while we were there!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Jefferson's final words to America on her Jubilee

SALT LAKE CITY -- In 1824, President James Monroe extended an invitation to the Marquis de Lafayette, a Revolutionary War hero, inviting him to come to America for an extended tour of the nation he helped liberate. Monroe’s hope was that this visit would launch Jubilee festivities and help instill the spirit of 1776 in a rising generation.
From the moment he arrived at Staten Island, America rolled out the red carpet to the French “adopted son” of her beloved George Washington. As he toured all 24 states, he discovered the extent of America’s gratitude. Children, colleges and cities had been named for him, and monuments to him were found across the nation’s expanse.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Most poignant was the attention Lafayette paid to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, and to the family of his deceased but adored friend. He spent time at Monticello as well, visiting Thomas Jefferson in his home, and for a few days, two lions of liberty were again assembled.
The mayor of Washington established a Jubilee Committee to plan a 50th celebration for the nation's capital. Similar celebrations were planned for cities throughout the 24 states, but the mayor of the nation’s capital had the clout and distinction to request the attendance of a special set of guests. The three surviving signers of the Declaration of Independence — Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Charles Carroll — were invited, as were the surviving past presidents of the United States, which included Jefferson and Adams as well as James Madison and James Monroe. None were able to attend that day, but the request for their attendance reminds us that they remained larger than life, a nation’s last physical connection to its past.
Each wrote letters of regret that ran in Washington’s newspaper, The National Intelligenceron the day of the Jubilee, July 4, 1826. It is in reading Thomas Jefferson’s letter that we capture the final mindset of the author of the Declaration of Independence and his charge to a nation he would soon leave behind.
Ill and bed-bound, his words did not flow easily, as his heavily edited first draft reveals, but he persevered until the passion and spirit that consumed him in 1776 again revitalized his mind. The final version, written and sent on June 24, 1826, is below.

Declaration of Independence

Respected Sir: The kind invitation I received from you, on the part of the citizens of the city of Washington, to be present with them at their celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of American Independence, as one of the surviving signers of an instru-ment, pregnant with our own and the fate of the world, is most flattering to myself, and heightened by the honorable accompaniment proposed for the comfort of such a journey. It adds sensibly to the sufferings of sickness, to be deprived by it of a personal participation in the rejoicings of that day; but acquiescence is a duty under circumstances not placed among those we are permitted to control. I should, indeed, with peculiar delight, have met and exchanged there congratulations, personally, with the small band, the remnant of that host of worthies who joined with us on that day, in the bold and doubtful election we were to make, for our country, between sub-mission and the sword; and to have enjoyed with them the consolatory fact that our fellow citizens, after half a century of experience and prosperity, continue to approve the choice we made. May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains, under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind them-selves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. The form which we have substituted restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened or opening to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few, booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. These are grounds of hope for others; for ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.
Nine days later, this brilliant, questioning mind took its final rest, leaving behind counsel that remains timeless and timely. May we all reflect and remember.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Family Fun!

For the last 10 days, my family has been here visiting. We had such a good time! We spent a lot of time at the pool, ate really good food, and had a birthday party for my sister. I made this birthday banner for her using purple cardstock (her favorite color), zebra print glitter paper, white cardstock, ribbon and vinyl lettering from  Cinderella Suzy's. She has a lot of really cute things on her blog. Check her out!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Table for the Entry

We bought a house a year ago. A big house. A house that is way bigger than anywhere we have ever lived before. And, we need furniture. A lot of it. In all my searching, I came across the most wonderful website with free furniture plans! I am sure many of you know about it, but it was news to me. I found Ana White and her wonderful plans.
The plans for this console table can be found HERE. Please go check out Ana White and her plans at
The only change I made, or rather, omission is the shelf on the bottom. The directions were clear and easy to follow. It was a good beginner project. I will definitely be building more things for our home in the future.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What I'm Working On

This is the second block I am working on for the Winter Wonderland quilt by Crabapple Hill. I saw this quilt and decided to learn embroider. I'm not great at it, but I enjoy it. Plus, it's a great project for hanging out with the hubby in the evening after the kiddos are in bed. I don't have much time for crafty anything these days, but that's OK.

I have been busy having fun with my little guy.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Pardon my dust

It appears it is time for me to really get my act together and make this blog look the way I want it to look. This will take some time, so bear with me during this construction phase.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Girly Car Seat Canopy

A while back I made a car seat canopy for my little guy. My daughter's Kindergarten teacher saw it, and immediately wanted one for her upcoming arrival, so I made her one. This one is my favorite! It's so girly and fun! I think I need another girl.

Of course my husband freaked out a little when he saw this canopy on our little guy's car seat, mostly because I told him I made it for our little guy. :-)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pay It Forward Challenge

My friend over at Katherine's Chronicles is having a Homemade Pay It Forward Giveaway. I thought it sounded like fun, so here we go:

I promise to send something handmade to the first 4 people who leave a comment here.
To be eligible, you must also post this on your blog, offering the same thing to 4 other people.

The rules:
It must be handmade by you (me)
It must be sent to your 4 people (you!) sometime in 2011

I promise to send you something fun! Leave your email address and a link to your blog in the comments.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Snowman Quilt - Finished!

I loved this quilt when I finished piecing it, but life got in the way (new house, new baby) before I could get it quilted. I finished the top over a year ago and just got it quilted a few weeks before Christmas. I got to quilt this myself at my friend's house. It was so much fun!

The back didn't come out quite like I planned, but I still like it. I had planned for the pieced part to end in colors other than red, but I didn't do the math quite right. At least I learned something for the future.
The pattern is "Done in a Jiff" by Heartspun Quilts. The fabric is Holly Jolly Snowmen by Kathy Schmitz for Moda. You really must check out Kathy Schmitz's blog! Her chalkboard doodles are so fun! I think I need a chalkboard...