Friday, June 26, 2009

Hobby Lobby

Have you ever been to a Hobby Lobby?  I may or may not have peed my pants yesterday when I went for the first time.  They had tons of cute home decor stuff for 80% percent off, and such cute mirrors, and frames for cheap.  I could have stayed their for hours if my grumpy boys weren’t trailing me.  They didn’t have tons of fabric, but they had some really cute, nice quality stuff on sale.

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I picked up this bunch for a project I need to get crackin’ on.  Because packing, organizing, cleaning and my other 100 projects weren’t enough. Ha.  Now I have to hurry and see if I can get my hands on this to watch tonight, so I don’t have to watch this:

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Again.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Red Quilt Finished

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I really really love this one. It turned out even better than I thought it would, I think its all the polka dots that won me over. I used a solid cream sheet for the back, and I’m not sure what the binding fabric is called, but its a pretty muted red that isn’t too bright. I did simple quilting, just straight stitching 1/4” from the seams to frame in the triangles. It was hard to smoosh the quilt under my machine doing those angled seams, and I certainly got a workout. Which is good since I’ve been sitting on my bum for two days.

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I got the royal eye roll when it was time for my husband to hold the quilt up for a picture. He seems to think when its picture time I get really cranky, and picky, and bark orders. Can't imagine that can you? ahem. So I used a door instead, he's officially fired as the quilt holder. :)

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Now I’m off to make this pound cake from Martha and pretend its lunch.

P.S. sorry my blog feed is being weird so you'll probably get this feed twice. And does anybody know why it takes like an hour for the feed to get sent out? Maybe that's normal. I'm feeling old with all this blog feed blah blah blah stuff, technology is leaving me in the dust!

Monday, June 22, 2009

URL Change

If you haven’t noticed already my URL changed to www.cluckclucksew.com . Google has been redirecting everyone till now, but now you’ll have to update all your links and readers with the new URL. Sorry I know its a pain….but I’d hate to lose any of you!

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I enjoyed a day at the thrift stores getting more crap to pack. But I did score some cute linens, a dirty airplane to keep “someone” happy, and plenty of bacterial diseases. I don’t know what it is about moving, but it makes me want to buy more junk. Mostly other people’s junk I plan to fix up but then it sits un-fixed in my house for a year. Lately I’m looking for one of these to hold my quilts. IMG_9534

Or something like this. Except preferably from the garbage, or a thrift store, or the side of the road. :)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Vintage love

I spent some time yesterday cutting into my collection of vintage sheets and fabrics before I pack them away to move. I have some really pretty stuff I’d forgotten about. And since I probably don’t need 12 fat quarters of the same fabrics I put some cute fat quarter stacks in the shop.

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I found the find of the century yesterday while garage sale-ing. And now my husband is gloating because he had to DRAG me out of bed and into the rain to find it. I found the CUTEST little wooden rocking chair. I haven’t decided if I’ll paint it white or just leave it. It sort of has a wooden vintage look now, but I do love me some white. These two are my favorite vintage fabric finds:

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I’ve been saving up all these fat quarters and pieces to make a picnic/car quilt for summer. Something the little guy can drag around in the grass and I won’t care. Now I just need some time to make it!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Pretty things..

Some pretty things to start your day, or dream about at night.

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I’m in love with black gingham. And this is the same pattern of this skirt.

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visit Kelly’s tumblr for more.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Seeing Red

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I have a recent thing for antique quilts. This was inspired by a quilt I saw in a magazine (Country Home?). It was solid red and tan, super simple, but made such a big impact in the room. So here’s my take on it, with some really fun red fabrics. And now I have a fabric stash totally void of anything red. Luckily there’s an easily solution for that. This quilt top is going to lay at the foot of my bed, and once again reminds me that simple is (almost) always better. And even better if its red.

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This quilt top measures 61” by 83”.

If you’d like to make it yourself here’s a quick tutorial.

( Adding to the 100 triangle tutorials already out there. Make that 101 triangle tutorials now. )

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Chain piecing comes in handy here and they whip up really fast.

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Now do this 83 more times. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Stack 2 or 3 at a time for cutting to make it go faster.

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My quilt was 11 squares by 15 squares. If you want it to fit a twin sized bed, I would account for some shrinkage and add one more column, making it 12 squares by 15 squares, or 67” by 83”.

The tan fabric I used is from Joann's. If I remember right it was country classics in ivory? Double check that because I'm not positive, it was the same color as the linen.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Better.

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This skirt will get more wear than its much brighter counterpart. Again its a tablecloth, one I got for $5 at Kmart and also the same one Vanessa used in her tutorial. ( sorry V, I couldn’t help it) I like this one a lot, it will definitely be a summer staple since it goes just as nicely with a t-shirt and flip flops.

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And look what I got at the thrift store today? I’m glad I didn’t pay 20 bucks for it after all. This baby cost me $2 and its good as new. We’ll see how much I use it, I’ve heard you either love ‘um or hate ‘um, and there must be a reason it was at the thrift store in the first place right? We’ll see.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Progress

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Progress on my 9 patch quilt along blocks.  Its not going so fast, I think its the fact that there is a deadline, if you’d even call it that.  When I have to work on something, I don’t.  Like cleaning the oven or organizing my food storage, I’m trying to convince myself it will be really fun.  Anyways, I have 29 of these done, and realized most of them have yellow in them.  I’m going with a red, yellow, green and blue color scheme.  Most are retro-ish prints, since that was the initial idea.

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And……you know my complaining and whining that there are NO good quilts shops close to me?  (as my husband and Mom nod in unison) Well, I’m totally embarrassed to say that I found a totally adorable shop 8 dang miles from me!  I’ve lived here a year and now I’m kicking myself.   As my husband said at least I saved A LOT of money not knowing it was there.  I bought that bright green fabric because it kind of looks like chicken feet.  Kind of.  Speaking of chicken feet did you know in Mexico they eat chicken feet, especially in soup.  Time for lunch!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy Anniversary to #1

Happy Anniversary to my very 1st quilt.  Thank you for being filled with Katie Jump goodness, and for still being my very favorite quilt.  And for never talking back or leaving your dirty laundry on the floor 1 foot from the hamper. 

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I can’t believe its only been a year.   I’ve come a long way since then, and 39 quilts (YIKES!) later I finally feel like a real quilter.  Except I still don’t like Batiks.  Not gonna happen folks.   Here’s to another year, and maybe not 39 quilts more.  We’ll see.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Skirts in Progress

Thanks for all the quilt love guys. I know I’ve said it before but it means a lot! And to answer to some of your questions, it was made with one jelly roll + 6 extra strips of fabric. The one jelly roll was only enough for 26 blocks, and I needed 30. Also…I decided to close my etsy shop. I’ve had some of you notice already and I’ve recieved some What the? emails in my inbox. Mostly I’m closing it because we are moving to Seattle for a bit, and our summer is nuts. I may post the occasional quilt here and there since I only have 1 child and a baby quilt addiction. But for now, I’m closing it. So if you need a baby quilt, mine are on mega clearance till their gone. Unless I keep them for my 1 child.

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So on to this colorful skirt. We have an awesome thrift store here where everything is 50% off Monday’s. There are LOTS of interesting people there, if ya know what I mean. (like a lady who forgot to wear a shirt…….no joke, and her bra definitely wasn’t doing its job) But also there are lots of treasures to be found. This tablecloth came from the Monday sale, but really I bought it to make a pattern with so I didn’t have to cut up anything expensive. It was meant to look like this pattern.

Also here is Michelle’s block for June’s PTQB. She wanted traditional, so an Amish star seemed appropriate.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Finished

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Its been awhile since I finished a quilt and I had almost forgot how much fun it is! I put off quilting it because I knew the straight stitch quilting would take me awhile, but now I’m glad its complete and ready to use. The backing (I forgot to take a pic) is a denim colored broadcloth. The total I spent on the backing………… $3.50!!! I love making quilts, but the batting, backing and binding always get spendy. Even though I love a pieced back, I rarely look at the back once its done. So here’s to cheap backings, and I LOVE the way it washed up really soft. The binding is from the Wee Play line, and I love those letters popping up here and there along the binding! This will be such a fun quilt for my son to find the letters and numbers in.

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I did a grid pattern quilting, a lot like I did on this quilt.

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And its already getting good use watching Chicken Little for the 37th time.

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This quilt is 52" by 62" finished. And I had a couple of questions about it I couldn't find a way to reply too. Its from a Jelly roll so all the strips are 2.5" wide and there is a very similar published pattern here.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Doings

Today I’m working on this…

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And smelling this candle that smells just like Anthropologie.  I’m not even kidding, I’ve been on the search for a Anthropologie-ish smelling candle (that doesn’t cost 30 bucks) for a long time.  Problem solved thanks to this Pineapple & Jasmine candle found at TJ Maxx.   It smells so good I want to eat it.

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And next I get to change the water of my son’s goldfish.  Who were treated to a pancake breakfast this morning……….literally.  Lets just say this isn’t the 1st pair of goldfish we’ve had this week. 

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Travel Wallet

I’ve spent way too much time on the computer…..I’m imposing a computer ban on myself. But I did manage to finish this:Travel Wallet,   PDF sewing pattern

I’m really glad its done. Do you ever get ideas in your head and its all you think about until its done? By the look of my house right now, that’s exactly what happened. This was fun to make, but I knew very little about interfacings and snaps before starting this venture. Now after trying about 7 or 8 kinds I am so interfaced out I could puke. Have a nice weekend, I’m now on a computer ban. Want to join me? Do it, I dare you.

Travel Wallet PDF tutorial is available in the shop here.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Doily Love


I’ve had doily’s on the brain. I finally found a decent sized doily yesterday and appliqu├ęd it to a pillow. Wouldn’t it be fun to do this with doily’s from your Grandmother? I may have to do a doily search next time we make it over the river and through the woods to my Grandmothers house. Doily’s are making a comeback people. At least in my house they are.

Speaking of my house….there is a highchair in desperate need of cleaning calling my name. Along with the massive pile of food crumbs under it. And 3 baskets of laundry to be folded. Of all the chores I hate to do, those definitely top my list. This time I’m going to try that whistling while I work thing, or maybe snapping my fingers like Mary Poppins. Or bribing my husband to do it……that just may work. Off I go….have a nice day!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Mini Quilt

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I forgot how much fun mini quilts were to make! This went fast, and all the blocks are so cute and small. And they don’t take up a ton of fabric so I don’t have to make another trip to the store. I listed it in the shop, but now I’m thinking it would be cute at my house on a table or hung above my sewing spot. It measures just over 15" by 18".

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

May’s block



This is my May’s Pieced Together block for Colleen. I love the fabrics she sent, especially with the black thrown in there.

Today is spray painting day for me. Yesterday we did some serious thrifting and got some treasures to bring home that need some re-painting. I used to whine endlessly when my husband would drag me into thrift stores, now I love it. Its like a treasure hunt, and half the time my husband thinks I’m buying total crap. And half the time he’s right. But still, its so much fun. So now the spray painting part, by tonight I should be at least a few million brain cells lighter.

Here’s another appliqued pillow I made this weekend. The flower is very bright and summery.

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