Monday, February 8, 2016

Birthday surprise

Last Friday was, quite possibly, the happiest birthday I have ever had! Just after breakfast, hubby loaded me in the car and drove me to the airport, where this sweet girl arrived from New York! What a delightful surprise. It had been several months since we had seen Leigh Anne and having three full days to just hang out with her was an awesome treat!
The day was filled with greetings from dear friends and family and phone calls from Steve and Ally to wish Mom a happy birthday. These beautiful flowers from Ally were delivered later in the day too.

In addition to wonderful meals all weekend (breakfast tacos, gluten free french toast, omelets, I could go on and on!) hubby, Leigh Anne & I decided to check out the Perot museum of nature and science on Saturday. It was fun to wander into Dallas for the day and explore! 

 The museum was lots of fun, lots of interactive displays and interesting exhibits.
Throw in some shopping, church, and just some downtime, it was a fabulous weekend and it went way too fast! Luckily we'll be seeing Leigh Anne again next month.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Simplicity 8052 pattern review

One day recently I saw this pattern featured on the Simplicity Instagram feed. I really liked the look of it, but given recent failed attempts at making decent looking garments from big box patterns, I was hesitant. After much hemming and hawing, I decided to give it a go!

I had picked up some beautiful Moda lawn at Stitched with Love without a real plan. A little searching yielded a nice quality cotton knit with similar weight and drape and I decided to take a risk and combine the two fabrics into one garment. Success!

I thought using the knit for the outer panels would create a cardigan effect and it did! The two fabrics played very nicely together, the pattern stitched up quickly and easily and IT FIT! Big bonus! I love the way it dips down in the back, and continues the contrasting panel theme (although I think next time I make it I might do it in all one fabric just for variety. Yes, there WILL be a next time!)

I recommend this pattern highly! It's a win. Guessing soon there will be several in my closet!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Hello February!

I love February. Mostly because it's my birthday month - woohoo! Also, I love it because I live in Texas and it's much milder here in February than in, oh, say Cleveland where I spent most of my life!  If you've been calendar journaling along with me, here's a link to a blank February calendar for you to use. Happy February!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

My Small World section two

In case you were worried that I had replaced my passion for sewing and quilting with a love for weaving, I wanted to prove otherwise! I've been working on My Small World quilt some more, and just finished up section two...
My favorite thing about making this quilt is riffing through my stash and finding fun fabrics to fussy cut for each section. Like the guitar playing horse inside the yellow house....
Little Red Riding hood made her appearance in this section too. And a double decker bus in London, to remind me of the trip Hubby and I took there for our 25th anniversary in 2012.
I'm waiting to sew all of the finished sections together, but I couldn't resist laying sections one and two side by side for a photo shoot....
The riot of color makes me so happy! What have you been working on?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

exploring a new hobby

I have a birthday coming up in a couple of weeks. It's one of those big ones (for me the ones that end in five are the big ones. don't ask me why but those bother me more than the zeros). Anyways, there was something I had been wanting for a long time and hubby decided to buy it for me. This box arrived the other day......
I thought I'd spend the weekend assembling but I couldn't stop myself, I tore right into the box....
This was inside! It's a rigid heddle table loom, 25 inches wide, and a stand to put it on.
By the end of the day I had the loom assembled and after watching multiple you tube videos and a Craftsy class I had purchased, I began to warp my loom....
when hubby came home I recruited him to help me finish the warping
Next thing I knew, he had assembled the stand for me and I was ready to weave! 

You can see how big it is. My new loom is 25 inches wide! I wanted one plenty big to accommodate future projects. For now I settled on a narrow scarf. I thought I'd get it started yesterday and spend a few days on it...
my edges were a little rough at first but otherwise I felt good about it. It got smoother as I got the hang of it. My friend Kathie, whose weaving I have admired for years, encouraged me. I really meant to stop but next thing I knew....
I had a scarf! It isn't perfect and it's not very soft (I chose cheap acrylic yarn for my first project) but it really isn't too bad! My poor sewing machine is crying out to me for attention. I'm going to need to find some kind of balance. But for now, I am so excited about weaving and I wanted to share with you!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

My Small World

Last summer, when everyone was making My Small World quilts (by Jen Kingwell) I searched high and low for the magazine with the pattern in it. No luck. When Jen released the pattern separately in the fall I jumped on it and bought one right away! Shortly after, Nicole  (aka @Saphre1964 on Instagram) announced that she would be leading a quilt along in the new year, and I jumped right on board!

Yesterday I finished up section one of My Small World....
I am having a BLAST making this quilt! Digging through my stash & adding fussy cut bits & bobs here & there has been so much fun. Here are some close ups of parts of section one....
 a ballet studio in honor of my girls! A baker with a gluten free birthday cake in honor of my upcoming birthday, Goldilocks & Mama bear on the top floor of the Happiness Hotel and festive bunting in the window.

And this colorful party on the bottom....
 I love the puppy parking his fancy car in the garage. Oh and look closely in that little red house.....
It's the big bad wolf! I pointed a big arrow right at him so he can't hide and cause trouble.

I can't wait to continue on this fun journey and plan to share more with you along the way. Check out the hashtag #mysmallworldqal2 on instagram for more happy inspiration.

Monday, January 18, 2016

English Paper Pieced Arrow Pillow

Please tell me I'm not the only person who lays awake in the middle of the night designing things in her head. One night, earlier this month, the design in my head was so insistent that I had to get out of bed at 3AM & sketch it up on graph paper so I could go back to sleep! After some tweaking along the way, the end result were this English paper pieced arrow and bonus heart...
When I showed it to Lynn at Stitched With Love where I teach, she asked if I would make it into a pillow for the shop and create a pattern. Of course I would!
Kits for the pillow, all made of grunge fabrics just like mine, are now available at the shop. The finished cover fits a 16 inch pillow form. Oh, and that little heart....
I appliqued it onto the back of the pillow.