Thursday, February 21, 2013

Quick, the kids are both napping!

After 4 months of my son being here, I'm still getting used to the idea of having kids, not just a kid. And it truly is lucky when they are both asleep for a nap at the same time. I hope to squeeze in this blog post before one of them wakes up.

The Front Range Modern Quilt Guild swapped our Madrona Road Challenge pillows on Saturday, and boy did I hit the jackpot! This beauty was masterfully made by Marti and is both foundation pieced AND hand quilted. Seriously awesome! Our guild had such a wonderful showing for the pillows. There was not a single pillow out of the whole bunch that was a dud. Of course Lyn will have delayed gratification of getting one of my pillows. Sorry, Lyn, but at least the pillow will come with a cool story!

I'm not going to win any awards for photo styling, but time is of the essence... I just made two adorable toddler/little girl aprons. The pattern is a freebie from Heather Mulder Peterson, just scroll waaaaay down. Each one only takes 3 fat quarters and they go together quickly. I can't wait for my daughter to wake up so I can give hers to her. The other is for my niece. My daughter loves to help in the kitchen and play with her food. (Thanks to Marti again, since 5 of the fat quarters I used were ones I won when she offered it up as a guild giveaway!)

I hear stirring upstairs...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentines Tablerunner

Happy Valentine's Day, a little early!

My unofficial resolution is to use my stash this year. I say unofficial because I know I won't be able to completely keep to that. I'm sure some of you understand. ;-)

In that spirit, I decided this Valentine's charm pack I had sitting around, along with a bit of yardage, needed to get out of my stash. It turned out pretty cute! Our family will enjoy Valentine's dinner in a more festive way this year.

Small projects like this are giving me a sense of accomplishment right now, but I do have to keep working on my Swoon quilt and the one for my almost 4 month old son. I also have plans for two throw pillows for friends of mine. I *may* need to go do a major clean of my sewing/laundry room, too. On to the next project!

The details...

Pattern: Geo Stars Tablerunner (free!)

Fabric: Candy Kisses by Sandy Gervais for Moda charm pack, classic dots in latte from Connecting Threads, border is another Valentine's line from Sandy Gervais by Moda (but I don't remember which one and the selvedge is now gone)

Holy cow! They like me! They really like me!

I'm feeling so flattered to have won a spot in Michael Miller's booth at QuiltCon with my pillows. Crazy! I knew I loved them but it is so nice to have recognition that others like them too. There were many wonderful entries for the Madrona Road Challenge. The coolest thing is how happy my Mom was to find out. :-)