Life is always better with chocolate, and fabric!

I feel like today is my birthday or something. My mother in law texted this morning to see if the kids wanted to come play at her house and on her playground for a bit this morning. Yes please. And, she made lunch for me for when I came to pick them up. YUM. And, my in laws are planning to take my kids to see the new Monsters University movie tonight.

It is always great to live near family.

The icing on the cake is that this was in my mailbox today:

It’s my swap fabric from the rainbow swap I did. Seeing a package in the mailbox is always fun!

Maybe everyone is celebrating my un-birthday today… Oh YEA!

Now I just need some chocolate cake and the day will be made.

This is my second go round with this swap, so I have lots of squares. There are a few quilts I would love to make with all this wonderful color, but I keep getting the itch to design something new.

We shall see.

Here’s what I’ve had my eye on lately:


Photo credit:

1. Tumbler”>http://flickr.com/photos/89059478@N08/8111087171/”>Tumbler Quilt
2. Lilly”>http://flickr.com/photos/89059478@N08/8417333969/”>Lilly Belle Quilt
3. Back”>http://flickr.com/photos/89059478@N08/8324338274/”>Back of Pinwheel Doll Quilt
4. do.Good”>http://flickr.com/photos/29046308@N07/9019188304/”>do.Good Stitches – Bliss Circle – June 2013
5. Goose”>http://flickr.com/photos/15477137@N03/8954049720/”>Goose Creek blocks
6. Pow”>http://flickr.com/photos/89059478@N08/8169807607/”>Pow Wow Quilt
7. I”>http://flickr.com/photos/39731184@N05/8498896445/”>I finally started this quilt. I bought the pattern a year ago. @imagingermonkey’s fault. Love @croskelley’s patterns, though. This is my April finish challenge.
8. Progress”>http://flickr.com/photos/65239842@N07/8554640525/”>Progress – MSMS
9. wish.http://flickr.com/photos/29745380@N05/8492471742/”>wish.
>10. Ba{M}S”>http://flickr.com/photos/61878020@N07/8350968482/”>Ba{M}S: January Blocks
, 11. Blocks”>http://flickr.com/photos/15477137@N03/8339146098/”>Blocks 1-1912. HST”>http://flickr.com/photos/28175883@N06/7362936888/”>HST hanging
13. HST”>http://flickr.com/photos/7401290@N07/6801300399/”>HST Block of the Month: February
14. Not available
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It’s really been three weeks

I think I figured out why I couldn’t decide what to pick for my goals this month because no matter what I was going to pick it would all get completely throw out the window.

Even as I type I have a one year old attacking my face for kisses, which also contributes to why I can hardly write anymore. Glad for that distraction though!!

Grand sewing plans, yea right.

A project for a cute little bundle of joy on its way had a drastic deadline change, so instead of just chugging along with it it got pushed to the front burner.

I mean, everything came off the design wall and put into a pile. Everything.

Though, I did finish up one of the items on my list of goals for this month (I did have to wait for the backing to ship for the urgent one).

I quilted the tie-died quilt that was made by my friend’s daughter. It was her first quilt, and I think she did an awesome job!

Hopefully she loves the quilting! I didn’t want to compete with the boldness of her fabric, and I think I succeeded.

Here’s the backing for the new project, as well as some matrishka doll fabric I’ve been googly eyed over for quite some time!

Since I just got this lovely bundle of fabric today, it’ll be about a week till I show you the beauty that became urgent. I LOVE it! I need to make one for me too. (doesn’t that always seem to happen??)

Packages, Who Doesn’t Love Getting Mail?

As I mentioned in my last post, there was another delivery that I received the week our youngest was born. That sounds kind of funny, like it was forever ago when in reality it was only a week and a half ago. Oh he’s so cute, more pictures soon of him.

This was what I found in my mailbox on the 22nd:

Well, it was actually in an envelope, but I’m sure you assumed that. It’s my loot from the Rainbow Swap I did. I was sooo excited to get it! And, I will definitely be doing this one again next spring.

There are tons of ideas flowing about what to use it for. Here’s a little collage of what I’ve been goggly-eyed over:

1. I Think I Love You, 2. tutti frutti lieblingsdecke krabbeldecke quilt frankfurt, 3. Nine Patch Quilt Along Progress, 4. full view, 5. 3×6 block, 6. For Sew Chaos Kristin 4th qtr beehive 12, 7. petals mini quilt, 8. demo mdp top for class, 9. values quilt top, 10. Fat Quarterly Quilt Along!, 11. Not available, 12. Not available, 13. Not available, 14. Glamour shot, 15. 3×6 Bee 3rd Quarter Beehive 8 rsislandcrafts

Credit for:
#11: http://bolohead.blogspot.com/2012/03/packages-are-in-mail-and-on-their-way.html
#12: http://gemini-stitches.blogspot.com/2011/12/fresh-sewing-day.html
#13: http://www.fromthebluechair.com/2012/02/color-quilt-top.html

I know that most of these projects aren’t really do-able with 4 1/2 inch squares, but they’re so pretty.

I’m really leaning towards doing a sampler and using most of these to get inspiration for my blocks. Clearly I’m not fully committed yet, but thankfully I’m not planning on making this for a gift – it will be all for me! Ok, maybe I’ll share with the kids… if I have to.

Helping Hands Mystery Quilt – The Start

The Helping Hands guild is doing a free mystery quilt this spring, and I decided to sign myself up.

What was I thinking, right?

New baby any day now, 4 kids and a husband to take care of on top of that alone is a lot.

Apparently I need a little excitement in my life, hahaha.

Monday of last week they gave out the instructions for the first part. We were instructed to pick out 3 fabrics: main (3 1/2 yds), accent (2 1/2 yds), and background (3 yds). The main fabric was to be the focal and medium, the accent fabric was to be dark, and the background to be light with high contrast to the other two.

I had just the fabric in mind (which is partly why I decided to sign up, trying to use up the stash pieces that I’ve had forever that were ‘meant to be used together for something great’). All I needed to get was the background color, and I knew exactly what I wanted to get. It was almost too good to be true, meant to be I tell ya.

Here they are:

The main fabric is a Marie Osmond print from Quilting Treasures 2007, I can’t find the name of it anywhere. The accent fabric is a chocolate with cream dots by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics . The background fabric is Kona Celery. I think I’m officially in love with Kona solids! The main and accent fabric I got from Sauder’s in Lancaster in September 2010, 5 yards of both for only $1 per yard – SCORE! And of course I used my JoAnn’s coupon for the Kona, it’s miraculous that they carry it!

On Friday night, I was determined to cut all the pieces for the first part, and I succeeded! I even got all the strips sewn and pressed, ironing just may be a way to induce labor if done for long periods of time….

In bits and pieces I’ve cut up all the strips to the sections for each block. I have six of the twenty-eight 6 1/2 inch blocks done, but none of the twelve 3 1/2 inch by 12 1/2 inch rectangles done. All in all I’d say I’m about 2/3 the way through the whole first part. Since all the sections of each block are done, it really won’t take long to finish them up and press them. Hopefully I can get the rest done in the next few days, I would like to be done by this weekend so I can make a new diaper bag and so I can have some time to take some decent pictures of my progress and a few other projects I’ve got in the works!

My First Swap

I have to admit, I have never done a swap before.

Shocking, I know.

The thing is, I’m pretty nervous about some things, some things like criticism. There, I said it. I would be crushed if I spent time making something for someone just to find out they hated it.

So, why am I signing up for a swap? Well, because it’s a fabric swap, a rainbow fabric swap. Yum. It’s being hosted over at Bolo Heads, and she’s actually doing 3 different rounds of the swap so go sign up.

Next question: Why am I signing up for a swap when I’m due almost any day now?

Simple, because I’m crazy… see:

Ha ha ha. I think my belly looks even bigger because a six-year-old took my picture… bad angle!

No really, I figure I can cut out about oh 200 squares in the next week and have them shipped out. The way I see it, it’ll be my little present to myself that I can play with after having the baby (or dream about playing with). And, it will only cost me shipping since I’m pulling it all from my stash. Even better.

Denton Shop Hop

Last night I was lucky enough to escape to a shop hop at the fire hall in Denton, Maryland. It was a pretty small town, either that or I only saw one side of it.

There were some of my local shops there:

Delaware Sewing Center

Lil Country Shoppe. They had a book called Jingle All The Way – Art to Heart that I really want to buy now. The fabric line with it is simply delicious too!

There were also a few shops that I want to venture to now:

Serendipity had some super cute rolls of fat quarters, one of the lines had blue crabs and starfish ~ Loved It!! They also had some beach bags kits that were really cute, and lots of fun toys – I mean tools.

Shady Lane is a quilting shop owned locally by the Amish in Dover. They had really good prices, and lots of cute fabrics. I will be going there within the next few weeks.

There were also a lot of shops from Maryland that of course I don’t remember their names.

Lots of raffle quilts too, one was a blue and white hand quilted- GORGEOUS! I would’ve entered, but the thought of winning that quilt then having to put it into storage for a few years would just make me cry. I would be petrified if the kids got a stain on it!

The thing that bugs me the most is that I took my camera, and of course didn’t even take it out of my purse- errr. I did take my 2 year old with me, so that will be my excuse.

I did splurge and buy some 30s FQs:

The snowman FQ is the one I got when I paid to get in- free fabric is always great. But, I paid $3 to get in, so what exactly was I buying?? My FQ I think…

I’m collecting them for a quilt I want to make for myself, maybe my husband will be lucky and I might share with him hahaha. I already have some darker colors, reds and greens, and a few yellows. There was this one orange one I wanted, but they didn’t have it in a FQ. Bummed is not the right word.

I got them at a booth with an online shop, quilts123.com. I really wanted to get their FQ pack of the full line they carried with 30s fabric, but I didn’t bring $100 with me (shucks…).

Summer Kick-Off Quilter’s Giveaway!

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I love summertime. Baseball games, fresh fruit, swimming pools, amusement parks, sandy toes, caramel corn from the Fisher’s, fireworks, and so much more awesomeness!! 

Since Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, I figured why not start with a giveaway.

What better way to start is there? (Besides a kick-butt beach trip, sorry that’s not the giveaway…)

So, here is what one lucky winner will win:

Included in the prize package is:
– 74, 4 1/2 inch I-Spy squares
– 1/2 yard Picnic Parade, Book Stripe Blue
– 10 yards of binding (2 1/4 inch, straight grain, pressed in half)
– 1 package Heat N Bond Lite
– 1 spool Gutterman Cotton Thread, 250 m, color #1040 (off white)

Here’s how to win (leave a separate comment for each):
-Leave me a comment telling me what your all-time favorite summer activity is (censored please).
-Follow my blog.
-Follow me on Twitter.
-Like my Facebook page.
-Post or blog about the giveaway and include a link.

That’s a total of five entries!

Giveaway ends Wednesday, June 1st at 8pm EST. Winner will then be chosen at random. Please leave your email address with your comment.

Current WIPs

Lets just say that I do have a very extensive “works in progress” (WIP) list. So much so that if I were to photograph and blog about each project, it may just take me until summer. Seriously. It doesn’t help that I only have naptime and bedtime to blog.

With that said, I would like to share a few quilts I am working on right now (actively, mind you).

First up, my first king sized quilt that I’m making needs to get quilted, hopefully that will get started by February. It does have a need-to-be finished by date, so I’m on the wire.

Next up is the second king I’ve ventured into making. My dear Mom is redo-ing her room again, and what else could possibly grace her bed besides a quilt that we will make together (my Mom’s first). It has been very nice to work on it with her, I’m hoping we get in some more sewing days!

This is a rough layout with only 5 of the many prints.

My Mom and I decided to do a repeat snowball block, with her colors being pink and green.

Only about 170 squares.

The only drawback is that we are doing a 6in finished block. That translates to roughly 324 blocks. Yea. 324 6 1/2-inch blocks to cut, and 1296 2-in blocks for the corners. All the corners will be a white on white print, with the colored prints as the main fabric.

He wanted me to take a photo of him with the fabric, funny face 🙂

Quilt #3 on the sewing table this week is an ORANGE and GREY. Man, I love me some orange. I’ve wanted to do a zig-zag quilt for quilt a while now, and this will be my first. I’m excited.

I know, the spots don’t match up… maybe they will after sewing it together.

It’s funny though because I love just about all colors, but Blue and Orange are by far my favorite!

This quilt will be close to a twin size, and is going to my adorable nephew The V-man. He’s a dirt-bike loving, 2-wheel riding little boy who’s turning 3 at the end of this month. Yea, he’s 2 and he rides a 2 wheeler, he’s awesome.

And last, but not least, I’m doing a patchwork quilt with the leftover block parts of the custom Boy Oh Boy quilt I did a couple months ago. This one will be backed with minky (yum), and is going off to my shop. I really need to make some more inventory, maybe once I have some more time.

Where has time gone?

I thought that things were supposed to be calmer, a little less stressful, and far more productive after your kids start the school year.

Well, I feel like I just managed to get out from under the proverbial rock.

Mind you, I have been less stressed, there is two less monsters to reek havoc around the house all day, and, yes, I have been much more productive (especially during naptime).

But I feel like I haven’t done anything since school started…

We have been doing lots of this:

And I have gotten a lot of this done:

I am cutting pieces for I-Spy Bag Service Project at Church, as well as cutting my scraps into 1 1/2″ & 2 1/2″ strips and 2″ squares (so I can actually use them… haha).

I have added quite a few things to the “To-Do” list, and am trying to reorganize a lot.

We have officially lived in our first house for a year now! And… I’m looking around at everything that hasn’t gotten used or even unpacked yet, yea.

Granite, most of the unpacked boxes are books. We have accumulated quite a few books since both my husband and I love books (at least we have collected all the ones we want to read, with 4 young kids it’s kinda hard to fit in some peace and quite…)

Thankfully, bookcases are a part of re-doing the living room. Finally decided on a paint color for the living AND dining room (they are kinda one big room with a railing and 2 steps between), and even bought it too. YES! I really want more definition between the two, what do you think (both colors are from Sherwin-Williams):

Hep Green- Living Room Color
Vanillin- Dining Room Color

The Vanillin is a little more yellow than is pictured on the Sherwin-Williams website.

Another completely awesome thing that happened lately was that my mom gave me her buffet since she got a new one! Ohh, it’s so nice to have more storage for kitchen/dining things. But, the best part of it is that I finally have a place to put decorations and my chachkies!! oh yea…

Now I have something to make a table runner for, cause making one for my actual table would just be silly (haha). But, no, my kids would wreck it if it were on the table, between the food and projects.