Saturday, May 30, 2009

One A Day Week Three

Yeah, I know it's like Week 5, but I got terribly behind with two out of state trips and a husband coming home after 2 years. It's been a bit busy :)

I think I'm still doing ok, though, since I've been shooting for 12 a week. I'm pretty close to on target.

I have to say that I just LOVE doing a quilt this way in between my other projects! I'm planning on continuing this after my nine patches are sewn. It really helps me use up those scraps and it's just so easy to whip one of these up. So, what's next? Any ideas for a simple block that will work well in a scrappy quilt? I've been thinking of improv log cabins.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It's Here! May Giveaway Day!

I'm really excited to participate in SewMamaSew's Giveaway Day! It's been such a busy month 'round here and I really intended to sew something great, but alas time got away from me. I still have some cute stuff to offer so go ahead and leave me a comment on this post about one of my previously posted projects and I'll enter you to win a box of goodies including my handmade soap...

A beautiful 1 1/2 yard cut of fans with a hint of gold from Hoffman Fabrics...

And a Kleenex Pouch made from AH Mocca Line...

I will ship internationally and this giveaway will stay open until May 31. Thanks, SewMamaSew for hosting this!

Memorial Day

Memorial Day has certainly taken on a new meaning since my dh has been a veteran. I can appreciate more deeply the sacrifices made by soldiers and their families. I think of the families who didn't "sign up" for duty, those who were drafted into war.

Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

My sister posted this quote on Facebook and I hope she doesn't mind if I share it here. :)

“We all share the love of peace, but our sons and daughters must learn two lessons men everywhere and in every time have had to learn: that the price of freedom is dear, but not nearly as costly as the loss of freedom - and that the advance and continuation of civilization depend on those values for which men have always been willing to die for…” Ronald Reagan

I also thought I would share the quilt that I made for my husband during his last deployment. Thank you, Sam.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Table Runner....Done! And a WIP

I spent a beautiful weekend with some old friend

s, well, they are actually quite young like me, but we've been friends for a long time. We shopped, and talked, and laughed, and watched chick-flicks. Perfect!

Before I left I finished up this summer table runner. I think I'm a little afraid to set it in the middle of my table. The first time it sees use, I can almost guarantee it will have some sort of tomato based stain on it!

And I thought I'd share just a peek of my Spring Mini Quilt. I think I'm going to call it Mini Modern Dutch. I'll explain more later.

Monday, May 11, 2009

One A Day Week Two

One A Day Week Two, originally uploaded by myittybittyquilts.

Ok, so here is my set for week two of the nine-patch a day quilt along with crazymomquilts. I broke my rule just a little bit this week by using a Japanese Snow White fabric. It was just to cute not to add AND it doesn't scream novelty to me. I'm slightly worried about that Mango Orange. It is a bright, bright color. It's and Aunt Grace fabric, I believe and it looks GREAT thrown in a 30's quilt. (As a matter of fact, I read just this weekend that a 30's era quilt HAS to have some Mango in the mix to be authentic looking.)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Patchwork Cards

CardSwap, originally uploaded by myittybittyquilts.

I think almost everything is better handmade, don't you? Especially cards, well ...and quilts, and clothes and food :)
I joined a card swap at Sewingmamas and just finished up 5 sets of 5. Actually, each of these sets are the same. I just switched up the card on the top.

*I was also pleased to find a use for some of the Moda twill tape that I just can't bear to part with*

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Overzealous...Who me?

goodone, originally uploaded by myittybittyquilts.

Ok, so the deal was, ONE nine patch a day until June something or other. I couldn't help myself. I got into my scrap bins and couldn't stop!
I figure that there will be plenty of days when I won't get near my sewing machine, especially when summer is here, so I'm doing ok, really.

I'm going at this with TRULY SCRAPPY in mind. I don't want to cut into yardage for this project, only use my scraps, so the colors are going to be all over the place. I like scrappy and I plan to make extra blocks so I can throw out anything that just can't play nice with other fabrics. The only thing I did limit was, I didn't want to use any children's novelties, like fire engines, rockets, etc...

I'm not sure why, but I seem to notice things a little more when I take a picture of my projects. Like, now I see that I have some polka dots going the wrong way in the first block in the third row. Will I change it? Ummm....probably not. I'll just call it whimsical :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Oh, Happy Day!

You know what makes me happy? Yep, fluffy mail! Even the kids are very familiar with my shopping habits. My littlest guy, age 4, came running in the house with this package, all excited, saying "Mommy, Mommy, let's open the fagrit!" The boy seriously has very clear speech and this is one of his last hold-outs and I'm selfishly treasuring it :)

Here is what was inside...

2 Tula Pink Neptune Layer Cakes
Some coordinating FQ's
20 beautiful yards of Moda White Muslin (on sale for $2.26 a yd.!) I love my LQS and try to support her, but I use a lot of this stuff and I couldn't beat the price.