Friday, December 16, 2011


My Papa is a quiet, strong man. He loves fishing, tying flies, watching football, and the color orange. He's the one who taught me how to whistle (we started with the Andy Griffith theme, of course), and build a birdhouse.

My Gram is a kind, fiery woman. She loves country style, gardening, visiting with just about anyone, and any color but orange. She's the lady who taught me how to count back change, play a scale on the piano, and who started (and has unfailingly enabled) my skeleton key collecting.

Of course, I had to make them a quilt. With orange. When I saw Joel Dewberry's new Heirloom line with the Citrine palette, I knew what I had to do.

Quilt pattern modestly borrowed from Faith at Fresh Lemons

6 selected prints from Joel Dewberry's Heirloom in Citrine cut into 6.5" blocks
The sashing and binding is Kona stone
The backing is some camel-colored flannel I bought from Joann's on sale.
It's approximately 54 x 64 inches in size.

Merry Christmas Gram and Papa!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Checking In


Just checking in to say it's probably going to be just a bit before any more big finishes. Student loans are sucking, and I've been working as much overtime as they'll let me trying to make ends meet and have just a little bit leftover for Christmas. Needless to say, it's not going as well as I'd like.

So, fabric budget is officially non-existent. Here's hoping that there'll be some Heirloom left in the Citrine colorway by the time my loan consolidation goes through.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Baby H's Quilt

Again, I apologize for the crappy cellphone pictures. It was like 11 at night, and I forgot to have my mom hold it up the next day for pictures.

1 charm pack Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hooey
Sashing and backing is Kona Medium Gray
Binding is Sherbet Pips
Pattern is a modified Charm Squares baby quilt by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson!

Baby H - I hope it's ok I didn't make you a Christmas themed quilt, even though you are going to be a Christmastime baby. I figured you'd get enough of that in your life. I can't wait to meet you little girl. See you soon.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Receiving Blankets

(Bean's quilt, Baby H's receiving blanket, and Bean's burp cloths)

I've made two of AMH's receiving blankets so far; one for Baby H, and one for Bean. I'm not wonderful at sewing the binding on properly (I can't get both sides to be straight!), but I'm overall quite happy with how they've turned out!

Unfortunately, I only have a picture of Baby H's, as Bean's is packed snugly away in my hospital bag to bring to them when K has the baby. But something is better than nothing, right? Of course right!

I gave H's blanket to my step-sister D on Labor day. D and I have had an interesting past; as kids we didn't get along. As teenagers, we had a distant respect for each other. When we were forced around each other, we were friendly. Sometimes we spent some time together. But we were always STEP-sisters. I never felt close with D, or like she ever really considered me, my brother, and my mother to be part of her family.

But as soon as she had L, everything changed. She's loving, she's gracious, she's wonderful to be around. I genuinely enjoy spending time with her. I love making things for her; both her and J absolutely gush over anything I've made, thanking me 1000 times for the thought, using whatever it is as often as they can. For the AMH blanket, D&J have both thanked me at least twice, and commented to my mom how wonderful the blanket is and how much they appreciate it.

My mom says it's hard not to love someone who loves your kid so much. We definitely love L. He's basically my favorite person. Seriously, how can you not love this?

L, can you give Auntie a big smile?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Coolest. Project. Ever.

In case you were wondering what I was up to this weekend.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bean's Quilt

I finished Bean's quilt yesterday. Please forgive the poor picture, it was taken with my phone on a cloudy, pre-hurricane-y day.

2 charm packs Dream On by Urban Chiks
Binding is from Carolyn Gavin's Spring Street
Backing is a solid piece of Robert Kaufman flannel in Celery (I *think*)

Bean- I can't wait to meet you little girl. I hope you have your daddy's eyes. I'm a sucker for green eyes.

Friday, August 26, 2011


It is like 1000x easier to finished a quilt with a sewing machine. Holy cannoli.

Pictures later.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

So There's That

Today, I called my mom, got in my car, and drove to Joann's. There, I picked up a pattern (Simplicity 2274), a half yard of DS Quilts cotton (the name escapes me... Kitschy is involved, I think), and I bought a new sewing machine.

My old Kenmore was just that: old. My step-aunt bought it at a yard sale for 20 bucks. It was kept in her (Hoarders-esqe) house for x amount of time, then she gave it to me. It was a lovely, lovely thought. But it was not good. The tension was always off, it wouldn't pick up the bobbin thread any longer. I'd abandoned it a few months ago to go back to hand sewing.

But the influx of nieces coming my way has made me despair at the thought of two quilts to hand-sew, two receiving blankets to bind by hand, two of everything. And I'm sick of looking at all my quilt-y blogs and being unable to keep up. And so. My new sewing machine is here. Hooray 3 paycheck month.

For those interested (if any): she's a Singer Talent. Not the cheapest model, but very, very basic. I don't need much fluff, just something that can keep up. So far she's bound Baby H's receiving blanket, sewn 5 more rows onto Bean's quilt, and made a burp cloth for Bean.

Here's hoping there are LOTS more projects in my near future :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Updates. Life Happens.

I know I post these "I'm around" posts every few months. But that's because I am.

It's really hard to motivate myself to craft with no sewing machine. It's such a production to get all of my hand sewing things out, and it's such a mess.

So, here are my updates:
  • Nannying is over. I'm now a cubicle jockey. I'm so thankful for a job, but it's definitely not what I was planning on when I got my education degree.
  • Moved into my parents house after nannying. A few months later, and I moved into my own apartment. Which is awesome. And soooooo small.
  • Moving into my own apartment has shed some new light on things for me. First things first, closets. are. AMAZING. I've never really had a closet before. Oh man. One side is for my clothes, and one side is for my never worn clothes/ WIPs.
  • Two rooms and a bathroom = no room for a desk or a sewing machine.
  • Sewing machine doesn't even work. Need a new one. SO BADLY.
  • P&K are having a baby girl, named O (I call her the Bean). I'm making her a quilt, and a receiving blanket made from AMH flannel and voile. That is, I will be once I find the motivation/4 hours to hand-stitch the binding on. Le sigh.
  • D&J are also having a baby girl, named H. L's going to be a big brother! Of course this Baby H is also going to be getting a receiving blanket and quilt. Just need to figure out the logistics.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Taking the Plunge

I'm cheap. A tightwad on a good day, but cheap when it all comes down to it. At least when it comes to spending for myself. I don't like to spend extra money, even on really little things. Movies? No way, too expensive! That pair of shoes that I'm in love with? Not practical, I'll never wear them. If there's a deal to be found, I'll find it. I pride myself on consistently feeding myself weekly in under 40 dollars.

But when I see fabric that I looovvveee, I'm sunk. No project in mind? Who cares?! I just spend he equivalent in my grocery budget on fabric. On 2 yards total of fabric. Two half yards from one shop plus shipping, and one yard from another shop plus shipping. It's 'spensive fabric. Nope, not Liberty of London. You can still find that. Far Far Away II by Heather Ross.

I've had my eye on this fabric since it came out, but I could never justify the cost since it is rather expensive. But I just found out I'm having another niece or nephew, and another sib has resumed trying. And I already have a boy quilt planned out. So, I got two of those FFA2 prints on sale. Score, good job Meg. Way to continue in your tightwad ways.

And then, all of a sudden, I was searching for Roses in Dusk (my absolute favorite of the line), and I couldn't find it anywhere! Not at any of my primary shops, not at any of my secondary shops. I was a mad woman. Frantic. I had to have this print. The collection I have in my head just would NOT be complete without this print! This print is what attracted me to the line in the first place. What do you mean it's sold out everywhere?! Someone must have it! WHERE IS IT?!

I found it, though. At a tiny little etsy shop. I found it. And I paid 18 dollars for 1 yard of it (shipping inclusive). I've never paid that much for one piece of fabric before. And dammit, I'm okay with it. Because even if neither couple has a girl, I know there'll be more to come. If there's one thing my world could use a little bit more of, it's babies.

Although I'm having trouble with the fact that I just spent 40 dollars. But I worked overtime this week (50 hours for the win), so I'm pretty sure I'll get over it.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Yeah, I'm Around

But now I'm nannying. I'm nannying for an awesome, energetic, stubborn, adorable 3 year old boy who just got a brand new baby sister on Wednesday!

That having been said, I have even LESS time to craft than I did when I was student teaching (that's possible? really??). Especially this weekend, since Mummy is in the hospital recovering from her C-section and Daddy is working/taking care of Mummy. Lil Dude is with me for 100% of the weekend. I do try to craft after he's gone to bed, but it's often interrupted by loud noises from somebody stomping their feet upstairs (who knew a 40 pound body could make so much noise?).

I usually have Sundays off, which I think will be sleep-in/sew/cook day from now on. Perhaps also let's-go-shopping-in-Boston day. We'll have to wait and see. Either way, posting probably won't be happening until I've finished something, I really like something, or I'm home in March.