Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Curtains

Thanks for all the well wishes…I’m starting to feel better but still spending most my time on the couch.   Luckily I have this one picture of my curtains I forgot to show you.  I have been sssslllloooowww to decorate this house we’re in now.    Last Saturday I finally got the itch and made some kitchen curtains with one of my very favorite Hello Betty prints that Lynn (thank you!) so kindly sent me after this post

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Ryan is very impressed.  Back to the couch I go!  :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Yuck

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Remember I said how I was T.I.R.E.D?  Yeah well…tired was also a kidney infection.  Super fun.  See you next week!

P.S.   Thanks for all your supporting (and funny!) comments…you guys are awesome.  AWESOME!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Letting it slide

  Yesterday hit me like a truck….I was T.I.R.E.D!  I’ll admit that there is very little free time in my day when I’m not thinking about all the crap stuff I need to do…mostly stuff that is not important and can wait while I do things that are far more important.  For instance:

1.   Washing my duvet cover…it can wait (and what a pain to get back on!).

2.  Cleaning the very bottom of the toilet that gets all dusty (hope its dust)….it can wait.

3.  Make boats with my 3 year old to float in the poopy duck pond…it was important, and    he’s  been talking about how fun it was for days.

4.  Taking/downloading/editing/uploading pictures for my blog(s)…it can wait.

5.  Pulling out the video camera to catch my 6 month old sit up before he’s crawling away…important

So today when I was overwhelmed I made a decision to let things slide.  One less important thing each day will be swapped for something that is important…like making boats.  But not quilting…that’s not swappable.  See?

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And since I’m on the topic of “life” I’m going to add…thank you for visiting this blog.  Thank you for putting up with my “life posts”, and thank you for remembering that even though it says Cluck. Cluck. Sew. in the title…. I have a life beyond sewing.   Kind of.  :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Grey Chain Reaction

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I never properly showed you this quilt…its a grey version of the Chain Reaction pattern.  The grey is Kona Ash I believe, and its backed with Kona Aqua.  I love the light grey for a boy…although I think I still love the aqua version of this quilt better.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Eye candy

I’ve had this fabric stack sitting out for three days.  I don’t have the heart to put it away because its just so dang pretty.

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Except for that grey Hello Betty fabric…I already used that up. :)   Everything except the grey floral is from this shop.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Binding

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I had a some questions regarding the zig zag stitches along the quilts edge in this post.   I zig zag the edges after I finish the quilting & squaring to prepare the edges for binding.  It only takes a few minutes to do since I do a large zig zag, and it makes the edges so tight and neat while I’m sewing the binding on.  I started doing it along time ago after Amber posted about serging the edges…and since I don’t have a serger, the zig zag works just as well.  Try it……you’ll like it. :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Swirly Pop

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You know all those other 100 quilts I called my "favorite"? Yeah well…I lied. This one is my current favorite. The quilt is based on a traditional quilt block that uses templates…but this one doesn't use any templates, is easy enough for a beginner, sews together quickly, and can use charm packs.

I started making it with two City Weekend charm packs but I got sick of waiting for yardage (it comes out later this month) so I made this aqua, grey and red version instead. It’s going to be fabulous in City Weekend…and wouldn’t it be great in Bliss? I might have to make that one too.

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For now it’s sitting at the end of my lackluster bed…hopefully this week I’ll get my headboard made and have some pictures to share. I usually don’t add borders to quilts, because 1. I hate sewing on borders, and 2. I really hate sewing on borders. This one however needed it, and I like the way the inner border ties it all together.

The finished size is: 60” x 68” with the borders, and 47” x 55” without borders.

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How great is that binding? The fabric is a discontinued Moda fabric..it was from the sock monkey line awhile back. I had lots of questions about the zig zag stitches when I was binding…I’ll post about it soon.

The Swirly Pop Pattern is available in a Hard Copy version or a PDF version in my pattern shop.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Candy Stripes

A perfect stripe binding is like candy without calories…..  More to come!

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PS. this little guy is 6 months old…6 MONTHS!!

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(that’s his FAVORITE toy ever..its like a dog toy for babies)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wild thing

My Mom & I worked on this quilt while I was visiting home.  Its made from a Hello Betty layer cake.  I love that line (its discontinued), especially the grey. I made this quilt from it…but I still wish I had more of that pretty grey floral.  The pattern is Camille’s Wild Thing Pattern

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(Now that I look at this picture Seattle looks like a little blurry hill)

Thanks for all the preschool starting well wishes.  I tried to act like I was really sad he was leaving me for three hours but really I was doing cartwheels in my head.  I’m sure I’ll feel differently when he’s gone all day… but for now, I’m glad he enjoys school and I get a break from his 3 year old-ness.  Cause his 3 year old-ness is driving me BONKERS!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

What to do…

Today my Ben started preschool.  What in the world am I going to do with that extra time ?

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  That was a rhetorical question….obviously.

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Oh and just to brag because I can…I got that Pottery Barn backpack with his name already on it for $3.00 (!!!!) at a local discount store that caries all the Pottery Barn mess-ups.   Deal of the century.

I also forgot awhile back to introduce my two newest sponsors Fresh Squeezed Fabrics (love her fat quarter bundles!) and Meriwether Essentials a cute new shop full of natural yummy soaps….Welcome!

Monday, September 6, 2010

MIA

I just realized I’ve been a little MIA on this blog.  Its kind of a nice feeling when I have so many other fun things going on I just forget about blogging. Anyways…I hope you all had a great Labor Day.  Today we were driving by my favorite quilt shop, so I gave them a call hoping they were open on Labor Day.  Unfortunately they were closed…but lucky for me, the sweetest lady just happened to be there and opened up the store for me to shop away all by myself. I was in HEAVEN.IMG_5832

That’s like 1/8th of their fabric…and its so much fun to browse through their finished quilts and patterns.  I left with a nice little stack for an upcoming project, plus some extras. :)

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  Have a great week…I’m going to be unpacking (uggh!) and finishing up a quilt (yay!). 

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