Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Scrunchy Strips Washed

Well, we are sick.  I was hoping it would just be a 24 hour thing and pass on by, but the two wee ones are down, and although I am not sick, yet, I feel like I am.  (Probably due to the lack of sleep from getting up with the sickies :)  But, this morning I found a little silver lining to go with this sickness.  Remember my Scrunchy Strips tutorial??  Well, this is the bedspread that I made for Kami's bed and many of you asked what it would look like after washed.   Well, thanks to an upset tummy last night, I can now answer that question.

It looks as Scruncy and Sweet as ever!!!  It came out of the wash just the way I was hoping it would ;)  And the texture, fantastic!!!  Oh, this made me super happy this morning, and I tell you what, I really needed that!

Oh, but I should warn you, be prepared to spend a good 5-10 minutes cutting loose threads from the strips.  My girls had so much fun pulling on all of the threads trying to get them to come loose :)

Scruncy Strips is back on Kami's bed ready to be loved again and again ;)

And now, I am off to snuggle some sick little girls :)  Being sick is never fun, but it is nice that they are so tired that they actually will hold still long enough to snuggle and maybe even fall asleep in mom's arms ;)
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Inspiration from Everywhere

It never ceases to amaze me where inspiration comes from.  Honestly, it really is everywhere.  Case in point.

Yesterday I woke up thinking about a block that I needed to make.  The block was one of those, "any choices under the sun" blocks, which often seem to stump me as I can't decide between all my options.  This particular time I was stumped on what colors to put together.  As I was contemplating this, my daughter came out of her room dressed for school.  Yes, she likes to dress herself.  My first thought . . .  "Go back and try again".  But then I figured, shes 4 and wants to be independent, no sense in squashing that over a small thing.  And then it was funny, because the more we hung out that morning, the more the colors started to resonate with me.

And after she went to school, I went down to my studio and pulled out these prints for my block.  Yup, Orange from the shirt, Magenta from the dress, Carnation Pink from the bow, a Lighter Yellow from the pants, and a pop from the socks, although I went with Green instead of Blue.  (The blue was just a little to much of a stretch :)

Isn't it funny how it works out like that sometimes ;)  Who would have guessed my daughter's crazy mix and match wardrobe would end up inspiring a fantastic color grouping :)  

So, now it's your turn to share.  Do you have some funny story of finding quilting inspiration??  Everyone likes to start their day with a good chuckle ;)
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Visiting the Superior Threads Wharehouse

This weekend Barbara and I cruised on down the I-15 to St. George to visit the Superior Threads Warehouse.  They were having a Thanksgiving Sale and it doesn't take much more than that to count me in.  I was delighted to find, that upstairs from the warehouse is a fabric shop.

Oh my, I just love it when stores put bolts in color order.  They just look so pretty.  Pinks and purples.

So many blues . . .

And oh, the blacks and whites!!!

Then I found the shelves of Riley Blake and Moda.  This is where the fabric petting really began.  And after drolling for some time, we finally headed downstairs to check out the thread, you know, since that was the reason for the trip :)

Now wharehouse pictures aren't all that fun for looks, but Oh how I wish I could show how many aisles stacked with thread were there.  Rows and rows and rows!!!

Superior Threads has so many choices of thread and the folks there were so helpful.  It can be a little overwhelming for newbies like us and so their assistance was so great!  We have been having problems with some shredding of a certain thread and after chatting for about 2 minutes came to find out that we were using the wrong size needle for it.  Learn something new every day :)

In the end, we left with a ton of spools, all in wonderful creamy neutral colors.  (That is really what we needed).  But the spools are down at Barbara's and I forgot to take a picture.  Sorry :)

All in all, it was a super fun little trip!!!  And smoothies for the trip home was the perfect finish :)

I am hoping to finish up a quilt back so I can get down on the long arm today and use some of those new creamy neutrals :)  Do you have any quilting plans for today??

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

100 Blocks Wrap Up

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 8 tour is coming to a close.  I always have so much fun during this blog tour.  I love checking out everyone's blocks and all of the fun layouts they put it in.  And I got a special little package yesterday that was the perfect ending to the tour.  My 100 Blocks Mug!!!  I just love that Quiltmaker sends these adorable mugs out.  They are such a fun little souvenir of being published.

And speaking of 100 Blocks, I owe you all some winners!!!  The three winners of a copy of the magazine and a choice of 3 of my patterns are . . .

Who just happen to be . . . .

Congratulations!!!  I will be emailing you shortly :)

Thanks again to Quiltmaker for another fabulous 100 Block Tour!!!  It was so much fun :)
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Friday, November 15, 2013

By the Number 3

Today I have three fun places to send you.  So fun!!!

#1 - Today is my day for hosting Handmade Holidays over at Sew Mama Sew.  My day is filled with lots of tutorials all revolving around some of our favorite Holiday Traditions :)  Yup, lots and lots of Holiday Fun Tutorials to be found :)  You can check out the tutorials  (and enter to win some great prizes) right here :)


#2 - The ever so sweet Christa from Christa Quilts is highlighting me in her Show and Tell Friday post!!  She is sharing lots of fun pictures from her visit a few months ago.  I didn't realize how many pictures she took (including this one below that I am totally stealing because it is so precious :)  while she was here.  So fun!!!  Pop on over and check it out :)

#3 - Today is the day!!!!!  Registration is now open!!!   So exciting :)  Click here to go to Registration :)

Alright, Let the hopping begin :)   Have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

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