Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas is almost here

I just had to post about this lovely wreath that Holly (from A Fish in the Water) made me for Christmas. A fantastic smelling greenery wreath with her awesome handknit stockings and some sparkly bling baubles. It lives above my mantleplace and makes me so happy. Thanks, Holly!

It's been quiet around here lately and I am entering the Christmas home stretch feeling like things are under control. Packing frenzy for the move to our new house in mid-January has begun, and with that, my sewing room is mostly packed up. Maybe I can share pics of the new space as we get settled...I'm thinking there won't be too much making going on!

From both Sara and I, thanks for reading, and all our best wishes for a peaceful Christmas and a fantastic 2011.

- Donna

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Solids + Polka dots = dreamy

A sweet little baby girl was born last Sunday, a few weeks early. I had begun her quilt many months ago and thankfully had it done just in time to gift.

I knew as soon as I saw the Fat Quarterly Quilt Along posted back in August that it was a perfect way to use the Kona Rainbow Roll I had picked up ages ago. I stocked up on some great polka dots at our local Fabricland and away I went. I have learned several lessons over the years I've now been sewing. Squaring off? Muy importante. It's not perfect (Gah! How did two yellow polka dotted middles get beside one another??) and there are some wonky lines, but it's bright, colourful, and soft. It was nice to do some free motion quilting again, and I think I love scrappy bindings! This was my first, but I don't think it will be my last.

- Donna

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Craftalicious 2010

A week later I'm recovered enough to write about Craftalicious 2010.

Ok, that's a lie. It wasn't the craft sale that wiped me out this week...it was a cold, too little sleep, a a 24 flu bug for both me and my husband, and oh yeah, we bought a new house. More on that last one later...

This year, I may have mentioned that I shared a table with Holly. Waaay less stress and waaay more fun. I had a wide variety of things on offer:

  • an assortment of fabric covered button, vintage button and cabochon hair pins
  • doll quilts
  • scallop christmas garlands
  • quilted mug rugs
  • a few patchwork ornaments left from last year's saleedible treats: candied curried pecans, chocolate almond butter crunch, peanut butter and chocolate assorted goodies, caramel cream sandwich cookies, and ambrosia macaroons.
  • paper and fabric gift tags

Nadia from Red Sonja Designs did my labels again this year and they looked fantastic. She is so talented. Buy her photo lamps! They're beautiful!! Or if you're in the market for graphic design, she's your gal. End plug.

We started the sale an hour earlier this year, and the traffic steady from the getgo. I can't believe how many people came through. We didn't pay for advertising this year, beyond having posters and postcards (designed by Nadia) printed up. We relied on social media, in large part, to get the word out. I can tell that Ottawa is hungry for handmade goods as most sellers seemed to be happy with their sales.

I packaged my edible goodies in clear bags this year, as another food vendor instructed me to do last year. It made a huge difference and I sold/bartered nearly 60 bags of goodies. My hair pins almost sold out, so those will be repeated next year. I think some clever packacing on the garlands would help folks figure out what they were: even though we had strung some up on the wall and on the front of the table, lots of people asked 'what are these??'.

Here are a few pics from the day; even one of me to start them off!

Are any of you participating in or organizing craft shows this year? I'd love to compare experiences!

- Donna

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sara's November Block - Part 1

This month Sarah asked us to do a liberated churn dash. I'll admit, this one was the most challenging for me, yet. I liked the part where you cut up the block willy nilly, but keeping track of what went where and what size the 'liberated' pieces should be was no small task for someone at my level of quilting!

It was an interesting block to see come together and will be a gorgeous quilt once it's all finished. Thanks for the challenge, Sarah!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Craftalicious Countdown

Originally uploaded by Kindred Crafters
I'm busy getting ready for Craftalicious. It's Nov. 13! - go here and check out some of the awesome vendors.

I'll be selling a hodgepodge mix of doll quilts, mug rugs, fabric garlands, gift tags, hair pins, candy, and cookies. Something for everyone!

My friend Nadia took this photo of three of my little doll quilts. These are made up from leftover blocks from a baby blanket I've working on. Sara was here last week and bound them all for me. She makes her binding differently than me, and RIPS the fabric and MACHINE BINDS. Her way is much quicker and her mitered corners are so straight! I wish she lived here always so we could sew together often. I would learn so much!

If you live in Ottawa, be sure and swing by the sale, St. Matthew's Hall in the Glebe, Saturday Nov. 13, from 9-5!

- Donna

Sunday, October 24, 2010

My turn to play catch up

I am mailing off September and October blocks for Tong and Clivee...tomorrow. For reals.

I have had a heck of a time sitting down to get these ones done, and if I'm being honest, I'm sending a half finished project at best. Tong had asked for wonky scrappy stars for September. I was super happy to get going on this one...but a work trip, misplacing the fabric for several weeks, two bouts of cold en famille meant that I left this and left this and left this. I finally sat down in front of the machine last night to work on them. I cut out my cream coloured squares for the background, and made to scrappy centre pieces. But somehow in the way that I laid out the fabric I didn't realise that I had only half of it pulled out of the bag....I think I then tried to wonk the heck out of the squares and they ended up too small, as did the overall block. I put in several hours to get one block done, and it's wee, so in the end, I'm sending just one block and returning the lovely scraps to Tong with my apologies and a few treats. I'm so sorry I didn't complete the task!

I also miraculously got October's blocks done too....and even finsihed the two requested....Hope you like 'em Clivee.

Sorry about the poor photos. It's grey, grey, grey and cold and wet and it feels like almost-snow. I'm not ready for that yet. I would like some pointers on taking better photos...I have only a point and click but winter is nearly upon us so can't rely on sunny days so much....and also, how do I take a photo so it doesn't make the square look so wonky??
I had a lovely impromptu one night only visit with Sara this past week and we set up a little sewing room in my kitchen, joined by the ever crafty Holly. While Holly worked on packaging up the fabric tags we had sewn up months ago, Sara put herself to work binding four of the doll quilts I had sewn up for the upcoming craft show, while I worked on some potholders. What a productive evening! Thanks for the company Sara and Holly, and thanks for the sweat labour, too. Pretty good deal for the price of a steak and blue cheese salad (dinner!)
More to share soon!
- Donna
- Donna

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Catching Up

Wow! How I have missed this part of my life! I've been quiet on the blog for the past while and I feel like I have a good excuse. I'm doing an accounting designation and that is taking up whatever time I have left after working full time and being the mom of a busy middleschooler. I've sang the praises of this quilting bee before, but had it not been for this bee, I wouldn't have forced myself to take a bit of time out for something I LOVE and MISS dearly.
September blocks are finally finished. Almost two weeks late, but finished and ready to be mailed out. October blocks are also finished which I am relieved about. When I saw the blocks that Cilvee chose, I have to admit, I was seriously nervous but I had no reason to be. These were some of the more fun blocks I've sewn in my block sewing career! They come together quite easily and quickly.
So there. I'm caught up in the quilting bee world. Now to catch up in the studying world! Will I ever be caught up on all fronts? Probably not!

Until next time...


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

August Blocks for Alison

Remember me?

These blocks were finished up a month ago, almost to the day..though I better share them out. And look - almost the end of the month and i've (gulp!) not started my September blocks. Maybe this weekend!

Life has been hectic around here, as it has been for Sara. I'm still working on stuff (a baby quilt from the FatQuarterly quiltalong), things for the craft show...hopefully something to show soon.

How do you make time for sewing? I've been fitting it in a minute here, a minute there, but haven't had a good stint in a long while. with working out twice a week, yoga once a week, the craft show to plan, a demanding full-time job and two kids (one of whom requires lunch now!!)...I feel burdened by too many things to do and not enough time.

I miss hanging out in this space and contributing to this community though so I'm going to try and get back here mor often.

- Donna

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sara's August Blocks

Thank you, Alison! This was exactly what I needed for a busy August. Something I knew how to do and love doing. Can't wait to see this quilt together. As a matter of fact, I am anxious to see all of the bee quilts so far, together!
Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful summer we're having!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sara's July Blocks

Finished and in the mail on time, thank you very much! My comfort zone was certainly streeeetched this time around...circles and handstitching.

I had been wanting to try my hand at circles of some sort for a while now, so this was just the push I needed. Not sure I'll rush in to my sewing space and start a king size quilt like this, but happy I tried it at least!

This Bee is fun! If you're not already in one, I recommend seeing about getting yourself involved. New fabric and techniques each month for a whole year! What's not to love?


Thursday, August 5, 2010

July Sew Modern Bee Block for Nicole

July's theme for the Sew Modern Bee was circles. I had been eying up the tutorial for a Stripey Circle Block from the Block Party blog, and this was the perfect chance to try it. I thought that the fabric lent itself very well to something stripey! I hope you like it, Nicole!

- Donna

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Craftalicious Preparation

We're going ahead and making plans for the second Craftalicious Craft show..to be held this year on November 13 in Ottawa. We've got the applications almost ready to go out, and we'll be able to announce to applicants around mid-September if they've secured a spot. The folks from the Craft Co-op are helping out this year and I gotta say, this guys are consummate professionals. They've got a mailing list set up, so if you're local and want to join us this year, get on their mailing list and you'll receive the call-out.

I'm still throwing around ideas of what I could make. Last year I went with an assortmet of appliqued baby tees, Christmas ornaments, candy and cookies, pushpins, magnets and hair pins. I also sold some of Sara's lovely things.

The shirts were a hit, I sold some candy and cookies, and the hair pins went over well, as did Sara's crayon rolls.

People asked alot of questions about the buntings, but I didn't sell one, which shocked me, since they were pretty and so well-made. I had whipped up a wicked bad one made of Christmas colours to decorate the front of my table, and several people tried to buy it. This year I decided to see if Christmas garlands will sell...so I whipped up 5 scallopy ones in Christmas fabrics. I figure if they don't sell, my home and office will look great come December.

Way back in the throes of near spring, I stitched up a few doll quilt tops, and I finished them up recently. I figured I'd make up little pillows and coordinating pillowcases and sell a few doll bedding sets. Not sure how many I'll get finished, but two sets done (minus the pillows, which I figure I'll do later in a bunch).

A few doll quilts for craft sale

So in addition to these few items and the gift tags I made with Holly, I'm definitely planning on making hair pins again and will make candy, only will package it in see through bags to show off its glistening buttery glow. (I tossed the unsold candy into the freezer and I did end up selling it a few weeks after the sale at a home based craft show...that stuff is like crack - important to give out samples!)

I've got a few other ideas up my sleeve which I'll share as I get moving on them...!

Have you sold things at a craft market before? What kinds of things do you like to buy at a craft sale?

- Donna

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Handsome Hexie Swap Round 2

The wonderful Handsome Hexie swap round two has come and I whipped up a little pile for my secret partner. I think that they should suit nicely....a blast of colour, some grey, black and white, and as much Denyse Schmidt as I could muster. I'm proud to say that most of these were stitched up over beer at a local pub. And I only got a few weird looks. Any of you take hexies to pubs? Such a portable craft!!

Don't hexies look so great all piled up and coordinated by colour? Something so appealing about such an image, even if it's not millions and millions of hexes, it still warms my cockles. (Do I have cockles? Not sure!).

Anyhoo, secret partner, I hope you enjoy!

- Donna

PS - I'm not sure if I ever got around to showing what I received in the first round..but ta da...lovely lovely lovely.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Christmas all the way..Inspiration for Savvy Seasonal Swap

I signed up for another swap this week: Savvy Seasonal Swap. I'm kinda hoping I get assigned to a partner who's into Christmas as much as I am, but I am sure I can handle anything that comes my way. Stay tuned!

- Donna

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sara's Late June Block

First things first, I am so sorry I am late on this one, Arianne. Life got in the way. I was hoping this Bee would get me in front of my machine a lot more, but so far that isn't the case! If it's any consolation, I have July's block half complete. It requires some hand stitching (yikes!) for which I don't have the right color floss yet. Note to self: get proper floss before weekend and finish block ON TIME. At any rate, here is my June block for Arianne...for better or worse:

I hope to be back in this special space soon!



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Red Velvet for Canada Day

Remember when I signed up to make something for five people on Facebook within a year?

Yeah, I also kinda forgot about it. Seeing as how the year is now about half way gone, I figured I had better get started.

July 1 is Canada's national holiday (Happy 143rd!!), and to celebrate, I dropped off a half dozen red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing and red sprinkles to my American friend Steph. She was the first person to sign up, so fitting that she gets the first handmade thing. She is a big lover of cupcakes so I always knew I would make her some.

Hope she liked them!

- Donna

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Gift Tags for Craft Show

Holly and I banded together this past week to whip up some little paper and fabric gift tags for Craftalicious. We're thinking we'll share a table this year. These were super fun to make, especially once we abandoned the method we had read about in Sandi Henderson's newest book, which involved cling wrap as a fuser...we used glue sticks and then stitched them down and added a little grommet to finish them up. We'll add some twine and package them in sets of five for the show.

It's so hot here it's hard to imagine sewing but I'm going to work on some garlands tonight. More to show later this week!

- Donna

Friday, June 11, 2010

I think I've succumbed to fabric alarmism

Yesterday I read Heather's post in which she mentioned that Laura Wisburn's Tufted Tweet line was on backorder in many stores. She listed a few stores where some was still available. I clicked over to check out the stock and found it had been cleared out. I quickly googled the line and found an etsy store (SewFreshFabrics) that had some and ordered up a bunch.

I focused on this colourway but not entirely.

Honestly, I read that post and imagined myself in two years, pining for a fabric that I could never have .... I pictured a Flea Market Fancy scenario where I would click wistfully on etsy listings like this or this and lament the fact that I just can't justify spending 45$ for a yard. So instead I horde my little scraps and use them in every project I can....

Do you stockpile fabric like I do? Am I being smart or silly...it's just fabric after all!

- Donna

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June Block

I decided to put my baby girl into our room last night so I could access the sewing machine. I worked solidly for 2.5 hours and put together these blocks for Arianne, a member of the Sew Modern Bee on flickr.

Arianne wanted a traditional block, 6-8" in size, edged in white, and then bordered in kona coal. She sent me some great fabrics and pointed us into the direction of the Quilter's Cache to find a pattern, and indicated that she really like stars. Have you found this site? What a treasure trove of patterns!

I picked the Indian Star block since I've never made a star and have wanted to try one for a while.

I was supposed to end up with an 8" block, but mine was 7.5", which I attribute to my inability to sew straight. I wonder when I will get better at this, so that i would feel like I could tackle a quilt that had more complicated piecing such as this?

This being said, I'm happy with how my block turned out, as well as the little block I made for Arianne's quilt back. I had made an error in cutting some of my pieces so I decided to use them in a little block rather than waste them. Can you tell I was using every little big of fabric so as to not waste anything?

So far I'm having a lot of fun being part of a bee. Do you take part in a bee, virtual or otherwise?

- Donna

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Move over Aqua and Red!

I mailed these off far far away today. I hope they arrive soon.

Move over Aqua and Red. I think there's a new colour combo in town!

- Donna

Monday, June 7, 2010

Inspiration Monday

I'm not doing much sewing lately. I finished up my hexes for the handsome hexie swap (will post about that soon!) that Heather organized. I have cut pieces for June's Sew Modern Bee.

But the thing I am most sad to admit is that I have come to the realization that I am losing my sewing space. My youngest daughter is not doing well at sharing a room with her sister and we're all losing too much sleep. I'm too tired to sew in the evenings. . .so it seems a bit silly and selfish, frankly, to try and hang on to the space.


So instead, I'm finding inspiration and making future plans for my sewing life. Things like this are inspiring me lately. What is getting your creative juices flowing?

1. finished and all quilted, 2. original birds on a wire, 3. Urban swap machine cover, 4. Hexagons, 5. Another coin quilt!, 6. nest improv quilted (2)

- Donna

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My String Quilt is born and she needs a name...

After teasing you last week with that quilting shot, I'm happy to report that I finshed the string quilt a while ago . . . all bound up, it's been used to snuggle on the couch several times already.

It occurred to me as I stroked it one night that it contains a good many pieces of vintage or thrifted fabric. The back is mainly a piece of rust coloured broad cloth that I got for super cheap at Value Village. A quilt like this that is largely made up of scraps from other projects + pieces of fabric that I wanted to 'use up' + some of my favourites thrown in there for good measure (even if it meant i had to cut into uncut yardage!!) is really the best part of quilting. Using what you have to make something beautiful.

But she needs a name. Ashley's callout ended up in Kaleidoscope's naming. Anyone have a suggestion?? Let's hear 'em!



Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Oh string quilt, I have not totally forsaken you.

Dear string quilt,

After last fall's foibles, you may have thought I had forgotten you, but you've stolen my heart once again.

I will finish you yet and you will keep me warm all summer.

Woops, season may be off but I don't care . . I'm going for it!

Love you forever,


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

So long, Marianne!

I couldn't stop singing Leonard Cohen when I was making this block! Marianne, do you know that one? This is my take on the May block for the Sew Modern Bee, which is making it's way across the country to Marianne as I type.

Marianne had some crosses in her inspiration mosaic which inspired me, but I couldn't manage to get them wonky like I'd hoped. How does one achieve the wonky and still meet the required measurements?

I should also mention how much I loved this line of fabrics, especially the green and blue prints I put in the block.

I'm really quite surprised with myself that I have the May block done and in the mail and it's still April! Let's hope I can keep up this keener attitude for the duration of the Bee!


Edited to add: Here is the answer to my question! So much easier than what I put myself through!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bees Rule! May Block by Donna

I finished up my first block for the Sew Modern Bee. Marianne set the parameters very broadly - use the fabric that was sent, and she provided a a huge variety of possibilities for blocks.

Marianne liked all of the Quilt along blocks that Elizabeth of Oh Fransson posted on Sew Mama Sew as part of Quilting Month this month, so I took the opportunity to try my hand at a dresden plate.

Hope you like it, Marianne!

It should be on its way to you this week!

- Donna

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bubble Quilt

When I saw this quilt a while back in the Fresh Modern Quilt pool on flickr, I knew I would be trying one. I had done a fair bit of appliqueing patchwork circles on little shirts for Craftalicious in November, that I thought this would be a snap.

Oh, Donna, when will you ever learn??

I decided that it would be cute to make the back out of vintage sheets/pillowcases that I've been hoarding, since the intended recipient shall be a girl (due next month!).

Therein lie my first mistake.

I'm not sure if many of you out there have worked with vintage linens much. Sara made a beautiful picnic quilt a while back. My experience was not so beautiful. The materials were all of a different thickness and stretchiness. They were all cotton or cotton blend, so stretch shouldn't have been a factor, but I'm sure some of these things were 30 years old or more! So the back is crookedy as all get out.

Moving on to the front, I assembled circular things from my kitchen cupboards and sat down with a stack of fabric to cut out circles for the front. This part went well (funny side note . . .I initially tried to do an all pink quilt but I simply COULD NOT!! It's not me. And there are far too many shades of pink out there - or at least in my stash - for it to look any kind of decent).

So with an assortment of blues, pinks, yellows and green circles of various diameters cut out I decided to take Holly's advice and try spray basting them on to save myself pinning. This did not work! I don't know if it was because my spray baste was on its last legs or what, but I ended up pinning every circle down like crazy. No time was saved, but I mighta cursed a wee bit. (as an aside, for my onesies I used fusible web and that might have been better but I was out).

Rough edges are a good idea in theory, or would be a good idea if i was a steady hand at the machine, but it wasn't, I'm not, and I ended up having to resew many circles once the quilt had been washed, since the material frayed and the circles came loose. This kind of wrecked the look of my quilting as I had sewn the circles just onto the top initially.

Does anyone out there have experience with raw edge appliqueing? Is there a better way to have done this? My experience makes me weary to try my hand at a ticker tape quilt. If the quilt is well loved and gets washed a lot, do raw edges not make sense?

Last but not least, I made the error of cutting through the binding when clipping the edges to reduce bulk, as instructed by my quilting teacher at the class I took last year. ACK! AND I didn't notice until I had washed the darn thing. I conferred via email with Sara and ended up just covering it with a little patch I made using the same material as the binding. Not too noticeable. I think.

So here it is, in all its glorious bounty. I will gift it tomorrow and look forward to a new project. Maybe my fabrics will arrive shortly for the Bee!

- Donna

Friday, April 16, 2010

Action Shot

Here we have a special wee girl hanging out on her crazy carnival quilt.



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sew Modern Bee

Sew Modern Bee
Originally uploaded by arianescrafts
Both Donna and I just joined our first quilting Bee and it's all Canadian gals. Fun stuff. Really looking forward to the challenge and stepping outside of my comfort zone.

Edited to add - if there is a Candian reader out there (Beth??) who is looking for an All-Canadian Bee, the Great White North Bee has room!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Pretty Little Mini Quilts - hooray

I got word over the weekend that I was a lucky winner in the celebratory giveaway over at the Fresh Modern Quilts Flickr pool. Recently, their membership hit 2000+! Go Pool! If you haven't checked out this pool, you're due for some daily inspiration. At last count, it contained over 10,000 images of beautiful fresh and modern quilts.

The giveaway was great and featured fantastic prizes from the likes of Rita at Red Pepper Quilts, Ashley from Film in the Fridge, and Elizabeth from Oh Fransson, among many other talented bloggers, quilters, fabric designers...

I'm not sure who donated the book I picked as my prize, but thanks!

Pretty Little Mini Quilts is on its way to my hot little hands. After the last round of Doll Quilt Swap, I've got a bit of a love on for minis!

- Donna

Monday, April 5, 2010

Quilting in Children's Books

I love reading books to my girls that mean something to me. Two of my favourite children's books feature quilting and I wanted to share them with you.

Oma's Quilt, written by Paulette Bourgeois and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch is an excellent book that features a grandmother (Oma) who is set to move to a retirement home. She's leaving behind a lifetime of memories, and her granddaughter Emily gets the idea to make her a qult so she can remember everything. This book is a real tear jerker and makes me want to get going on the memory quilt project I'm brewing up for my daughters. This book has been adapted into a short film by the National Film Board - check it out!

Sara gave my youngest daugther a fantastic book for Christmas. The Quiltmaker's Gift, written by Jeff Brumbeau and illustrated by Gail De Marcken is a BEAUTIFUL story about an amazing quiltmaker who creates wonderful quilts and gifts them to the poor. A greedy but unhappy king is searching for the one thing that will make him happy. He tries to force the quiltmaker to give him a quilt but she refuses, instead telling him that she will give him a qulit when he is poor, after he has given away all his possessions. He reluctantly agrees and experiences increasing joy and happiness with each possession he passes on, until finally, years later, he returns to the quiltmaker's cottage to gift his final belonging - his throne. The image of the quiltmaker handstitching away atop the king's throne to keep the needy warm at night is a fantastic one.
Do any of you have books that feature sewing or quilting that you love reading to your children? I'd love to hear about them!
- Donna

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hoppy Easter

I remember saying that as a kid . . I thought I was so witty.

Hope you are all enjoying your Easter weekends. It's a four day weekend here which has been so great. The Easter bunny tapped me on the shoulder while I was sleeping to ask if he could use those easter eggs I made last year to leave a trail for the kids to help them find their easter treats. I agreed; what a smart bunny to think of those little eggs all forgotten in the basement.

That's my story and I am sticking to it. I think next year we'll make a point of putting them out for the Easter bunny to use. I may smell a tradition in the making!

I am working on a quilt that isn't going super well. More of that to come . . .

. . to assuage myself I've signed up for the FQ swap over at Sew Mama Sew. Swap is open until Monday.

Off for a little walk around Hog's Back Falls with the family. Trying to distract M from her easter candy ..I didn't buy very much but the sugar intake has already been quite high this am, topped off with some of my husband's famous crepes for breakfast. Yikes!

- Donna

Sunday, March 28, 2010

dqs8 received!!

dqs8 received!!
Originally uploaded by Kindred Crafters
I received my doll quilt swap a few weeks ago, too. Life has been ridiculous so just able to post about it now and share it with you all.

It comes from dave and susi and I just love it! Look at those neat points! Impressive, I tell you. AND it features several of my all-time favourite fabrics . . primrose tile and lotus dots . . yummy!

I will definitely sign up for another doll quilt swap. It was great to work on a small scale piece and so fun to see it arrive in its new home!

- Donna

Monday, March 22, 2010

DQS8 received

My mini quilt arrived in the mail today! Have a look:

Isn't it creative? Robin did such a great job with the applique, too! Thanks so much, Robin!


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Liberty of London Crazy

I was down in DC this week for work, and made sure to hive off a bit of time to hit Target to scout out the new Liberty of London clothing line. I was sad that the women's dresses that I found weren't cotton, as I was hoping to grab one for cutting up purposes. I also couldn't find any clothes in my older daughter's size (5). But the toddler things, oh the toddler things. I walked away with these little gems. Little m has already modelled them all and cute doens't begin to describe these items on that girl. Come on summer so she can wear these things around town. Is it weird that I'm already mentally throwing them in the memory quilt box for m's memory quilt?

- Donna