March 30, 2013

Happy Easter!

Apparently the expiration date on the Peeps package is no joke... who knew Marshmallows could turn so evil... but still so cute! hehehe

Being the strange Aunt that I am, I made these little cuties for my niece and nephews who are visiting my Mom this week during their Spring Break. Heading over for an early Easter dinner today since they have to head out tomorrow morning for the long drive home. Hoping they like their new little friends! 

Happy Easter! 

Modernista Swap Received

Last week I came home to find this cute swap package on my doorstep from my Modernista partner:

The pillow cover allows for a bed pillow squished in there, which makes it super big and snuggly! The bright basket and coasters will be well used in our apartment ~ always love getting such cheerful gifts!

I am always sad at the end of a swap, even when I receive a lovely package and have a happy partner who has received there's. After months of plotting, posting pictures, commenting, and wondering what package is mine when I check out the Flikr feed... I always feel a little lost when it is all wrapped up and over. I aimlessly wander through Flikr... waiting for the next Swap to begin so I can start obsessing all over again haha. Anyone else feel this way? Or is it just me who is OCD about stalking Flikr lol.

Luckily for me, I was already signed up for another swap on the tail of this one! Modern She Made is focusing on stars this round so while it is time to say goodbye to Modernista, it is also time to start plotting my MSM project... stay tuned for updates :)

March 24, 2013

Weekend Sewing

Saturday I spent the afternoon with a friend of mine who I haven't seen in a month since she found a new job and we don't work together anymore. After we went out to lunch we decided to make softies. Generally I thought we would make a few and have a good ol' time together... but both of our softies thwarted those plans and between fabric choices and pattern issues, it took us around 5 hours to finish lol. We did however have a FABULOUS time together... and both finished our softies... so in the end I would say it was a success!

I made a crazy little bug and she made this cool Jamaican pony... or at least that is what we are calling it lol.

I was pretty lazy most of today because I have a headcold again... or the same one that just decided to flare up and make me very sleepy and stuffed up, ugh. But I was able to get my 2 bee blocks for the month finished this evening so I am VERY happy about that!

This month's Queen Bee wanted tangerine/orange/lemon colors for a beautiful citris dresden wedge quilt. I was disappointed on Thursday to see that my Joanns did not carry the Easy Dresden tool but luckily I was able to order it on Friday from Amazon and it arrived on Saturday, much to my surprise and delight! I had til the end of the month to mail these but I'd prefer that she receive them by the end of the month, so I was glad to finish them up today. It was fun trying a new block and picking out these bright Summer colors for my bee member. 3 months down and 3 more to go!!

Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend! Booooooooooo to Monday morning looming just around the corner tho, agh!

March 23, 2013

Yay ~ she liked it!! :)

My partner received her swap package today ~ that is the advantage of us only living about 1 hour apart, quick shipping! She seems to really love it and I'm soooooooooo glad! It looks great on her couch too!

 Always makes me so happy to receive a happy email from a partner when they receive their package. I was pretty sure she was going to love this because she commented through the whole process, but actually having her see it in person and be excited is even better :) A job well done, another swap almost over, and I'm wishing I had a break ahead of me but alas... I signed up for A LOT this spring hahaha. 

We'll see what lovely package comes my way for this swap ~ end of the month is the last day to mail so I could have a couple weeks to wait but that is ok. 

Now on to bee blocks to finish out the month! Dresden tool, here I come!!!!!!!!!!

March 18, 2013

Aeroplane Bag ~ A Sew Sweetness Pattern

Sara of Sew Sweetness just released her newest pattern ~ the Aeroplane Bag ~ check out her blog post for more information!

This big beautiful bag comes in a regular and long version, I chose to make the regular version. The pattern calls for By Annie's Soft & Stable for the top panel to add padding and shape, along will Peltex for the bottom panel to add more stability. This was my first time using Peltex and I have to say, I am a fan ~ it certainly gives a nice solid base to this bag that holds its shape well.

As soon as I saw this pattern I knew this was a bag I was going to want to keep so I pulled out my hoarded Melody Miller fabric and went to town making a patchwork panel for the front and back. I have to say all in all I am pretty pleased with my work and am super excited to have a unique travel bag to use next time I have to carry around sewing supplies or go on a short trip.

If you are looking for a supply/over night bag that is large, functional, with easy to follow instructions that are achievable for an intermediate sewer, I highly recommend you check out this wonderful pattern by Sara!

Swappy Update ~ Finally!

Hellllloooooooooooo! I'm back from our quick week trip to Germany for a family reunion and getting back into the swing of things ~ including sewing!

I am soooooooooo excited to show you all the newest bag I made as a tester for one of Sara's patterns but that will have to wait until she releases it. Mean to tease you, I know! All I can say is large travel bag + Melody Miller fabric = I'm in love! As soon as I got back from Germany I hit the ground running to get this beauty done by Sara's deadline ... glad I volunteered for it tho because I am loving her pattern for this one and soooooo happy with my resulting bag! Stay tuned later this week for pictures!

Outside of making that big beauty, I've been working on my swap item for the Modernist Homemade swap. This round they are focusing on the living room ~ which to me really means ANOTHER PILLOW! hahaha Not that I don't have a bazillion... 1 more can't hurt right?? I also requested a mini quilt to hang on my sewing room wall since that is the room I mostly "live in", I figured it counts :) We'll see what I end up with! We have to ship at the end of the month... I am a bit nervous but keeping my fingers crossed that it will be awesome!

My partner had some rather specific details in her mosaic and information, from which I created this lovely pillow cover for her. I am in love with these x & + blocks and her color scheme is not one I normally would have chosen but I really like the way it came together!

I decided to go with some straight line quilting in a X formation and was a little more daring than usual by choosing mustard colored thread. Not sure if you can see it here but I got the right side quarter finished last night. I really love the texture it adds to the pillow cover without taking away from the fabrics/design of the blocks themselves. Hoping to get this finished tonight and start working on her small item this weekend. I have until the 31st to mail so I am doing great with time... just love getting things finished up and on their way!

I also have 2 Dresden blocks to make for my Bee this month which are on the agenda for next week at the latest. My group is soooooo fast and everyone else is done with their blocks but I figure as long as I am not late, it works out! I need to head to Joanns and get an EZ dresden ruler to make this month's blocks ... will add that to my to-do list for the week which is just growing and growing, yikes!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful and productive week!!

March 8, 2013

New Page ~ Handemade Items For Sale

In an attempt to curb my hoarder tendencies, I will be listing items for sale from time to time. Take a look at my sale page and contact me if you are ever interested in anything listed there or having a custom item made! I love all my creations but sometimes they need to find a good home so I can keep sewing and learning!

In other news... I'm back from a quick trip to Germany! I will post a couple pictures soon... we got home Wednesday night and jumped back to work already Thursday morning so I haven't even had time to unpack!

Pictures and crafty updates soon, I promise... hope everyone is having a great week!