Sunday, May 31, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I have been tossing the idea around for a while now and with some encouragement from some special peeps, I threw caution to the wind and set up shop. There, I said it. It's out there.
Since quilts have been my focus for the large part of the year, my intention is to continue to list more as I get them finished. In the mean time, I've added the last two baby quilts I've made as well as some bundles of the vintage linens I used to make the picnic quilt. Now you can have a crack at one yourself!
The shop is named after my grandmother who was featured in this story about my favorite quilt, but I should note that it was also DI's grandmother's name.
Head on over and let me know what you think!!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I've been wanting a picnic blanket for our family for a while now and have been squirreling away that one sheet on the back for this exact project. It's one we had at home when I was a kid. With some fine inspiration from Donna's pillowcase quilt, I plunged into this head-on and stopped only to sleep. The blocks are 12" square and the finished quilt measures 68" x 68"; my biggest yet!
It's quilted 1/4" on either side of each seam which went together really fast. I had a little bit of trouble with some slight puckering where the quilting met at the corners, but nothing major. Most of them miraculously vanished in the wash!
This is the first time I've tried sewing the binding on 100% by machine. I could use a little more practice, but it wasn't half as bad as I thought using this method, or something loosely based on it! I'll definitely do it this way again. So much faster and a lot less worry that the whole thing is going to unravel in the washer.
Looks like Big E has her own plan for Lazy Daisy!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
1. Fabric Postcards, 2. car quilt top, 3. far far away dress, 4. far far away heather ross dress, 5. the swing coat in poppy, 6. new bag!!! #194 on explore!yayyyy!, 7. Quilting the quilt..., 8. babero multicolor, 9. quilted patchwork bibs, 10. yet another bib, 11. latest bib, 12. patchwork bib, 13. Patchwork Bib - Lemon, 14. Baby, I Do!, 15. minimalist doll quilt, 16. baby i do blue
Thursday, May 21, 2009
7) Donna is a wonderful mama to two little beauties. It kills me that she has two children and I've never met them (we're going to fix that this year!), but through our e-relationship, it's crystal clear to me that she is doing a bang-up, awe-summ job with those girlies.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
It's going to a new baby girl born a week or so ago. Can't wait to gift it! I haven't washed it yet, so not sure how much it will shrink up. The white fabric wasn't prewashed, not was the batting. It currently measures 32" X 44", so I'm hoping it doesn't shrink TOO much as it's a bit narrow.
I learned a little trick at my last quilting class too - clipping the corners of your quilt sandwich before mitering the corners gets rid of some bulk and allows for smoother corners. Still not perfect, but I do see an improvement.
Next up is the quilt I've been working on my quilting class. My class is now over and we're left to our own devices to get it quilted and bound. We starting quilting it in class and it was going along fine . .until it wasn't. We're supposed to qulit it as Sara did her last one, nice straight crosshatching. Mine, not so straight, not so nice. I'm going to be spending some quality time with my seam ripper in the not too distant future. I wanted to only show a completed project on that one, but I may come to you all seeking advice on how to quilt it. I'm sure you're sitting on the edge of your seat waiting, right? :)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Alright, so after a little bit of technical difficulty that sent Donna from the comforts of her home to a coffee shop with internet access, we have all of the partners matched up and emails have been sent. Please get in touch if you've signed up, but haven't received an email.
If you are doing an international swap, please be mindful of the time it will take to send your parcel 'across the pond'! I had sent a swap to Austraila and it ended up taking 2 whole, painful, long months to arrive. There are two things I could have done differently at the time: first, when the lady told me it would take 5-7 days by boat, I should have questioned her! That's physically impossible! I should have sent it by airmail. Secondly, keep the receipt. If you need to trace your package, having the receipt can make it a whole world easier. Also, if a tracking number is provided, it might be a good idea to share it with your partner so they know the parcel is en route.
Beyond that, ENJOY!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Both Sara and I are signed up to the button swap being hosted over at The Adventures of WonderMommy.
Sign up by May 20,2009.
Send at least 6 buttons of your choice to your swap partner. You can send more if you wish. Make sure you include a little note about yourself. This will help us all get to know each other better. Buttons must be mailed by June 1, 2009.
WonderMommy is going to post a big list of those who are participating, so a good chance to find some new reads.
And remember, today is the last day for sign-ups for our very own Coaster Swap. Now that those Mother's Day gifts are all done, you're free and clear to sign on up, right?
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Needless to say, we were quite excited when she featured our blog in her "Reading & Loving This Month" section. She only picks 5 blogs, people! This is pretty special in our books! She's also joined and blogged about our Coaster Swap. Isn't she sweet?
So, now it's time to return the favor. She's hosting some pretty generous Mother's Day Giveaways over there. Link yourself on over and sign up. We highly doubt you'll regret it!
How's that for a link loaded post?
~Sara & Donna
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
PS - Don't miss out on the Coaster Swap! You have until Friday to sign up...
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
PS - Isn't that gift tag awesome? My friend Nadia, of Red Sonja Designs, designed a selection of tree tags in mod colours for the Christmas ornament swap I organized last year. It was hard to use it on a gift but it complemented the paper so well, how could I resist?
It's finally off of my to do list and I am quite happy about that. There is another one in the quilting stages and hopefully will join this baby boy quilt in the finished pile by tomorrow. Cross your fingers for me, would you?