Heather Ross, New Book Available for Pre-order!

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As some of you may know Heather Ross is one of my favorite fabric designers. So, I couldn’t be more excited about her new book being available for pre-order on Amazon. The book is titled Heather Ross Prints: 50+ Designs and 20 Projects to Get You Started.

Earlier this year Heather had a blog entry that outlined what 2012 will bring. She wrote “And in July I have a brand new crafts book coming out. Its another Melanie Falick book, and it was so much fun to work on. The book is all about fabric design and digital printing (on paper, on fabric, and on wallpaper) and includes twenty projects that I couldn’t be more proud of. Did you know that you can print anything you want on rice paper and make  a hanging lantern out of it? Or a string of lights? YOU CAN. Did you know that you can have just about anything printed on wallpaper? YOU CAN. But if you you would rather use my artwork, you can use one of the forty plus prints (a combination of old favorites and new designs) that are included on the disc in the back of the book….”

I am excited for this book not only will there be 20 great projects, you can use Heather’s great artwork to complete them. Her blog post in January states that we should expect the book in July, but the publication date is saying October.

But, to curb your Heather Ross appetite until October I do believe that her nursery rhyme fabric is still coming out this summer! Which is prefect since we are expecting a new addition to our family in October so that will give me plenty of time to make a baby quilt out of it! When I hear more about the release date on that I will let you guys know!



 

Spring Fabric Destash! Prices $5/yd or less!

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There still are some pieces left, I have reduced the prices AGAIN!!!… get these out of the my house! : ) All are $5/yd or less!

Time for some spring cleaning! As some of you know I have a fabric problem, I buy too much. So, here is all the fabric that I don’t have an immediate project for. Thanks for looking and enjoy.

Bundle of Larger Cuts by Alexander Henry and Robert Kaufman, total of about 2.25 yds.

-Yellow Daisies, by Monaluna Mingle Collection for Robert Kaufman (14 inches)
- Orange Geometric, by Monaluna Mingle Collection for Robert Kaufman (1/2 yd)
- Green Leaves, Monaluna Mingle Collection for Robert Kaufman (1/2 yd)
- Green beads, Monaluna Mingle Collection for Robert Kaufman (1/2 yd)
- Large Flowers, Mille Fleur by Alexander Henry (was a 1/2 yd cut that I cut a piece out of 22×8″ piece attached to an 18″x22″ piece   $13.50 $11.25


Summer House by Lily Ashbury, Pink Floral Large Scrap and Fat quarter $7 $5

1 yd of Sole by Valori Wells for Free Spirit $6 $5


1 yd Peggy Paisley by Michael Miller $6 $5

2.5 yds of Machenzie by Anna Griffin for Windham Fabrics $14.50 $13 $12.50


Destash Fabric Bundle about 3.5 yds, $11.00 $9 $6
- Pink floral 1 1/4 yd (unknown, I bought it at Joan Fabrics)
- Brown floral 39 inches (Heidi Grace, Joan Fabrics)
- Cream floral 1 1/4 (Heidi Grace, Joan Fabrics)

And I also have 1 1/2 yds of Summer House by Lilly Ashbury.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Spring Cleaning Destash Prices Reduced Further

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There still are some pieces left, I have reduced the prices… get these out of the my house! : )

Time for some spring cleaning! As some of you know I have a fabric problem, I buy too much. So, here is all the fabric that I don’t have an immediate project for. Thanks for looking and enjoy.

Anika by Monaluna 100% Organic Bundle- 1.5 yds of Polka, Charm Pack, and .25 yds of Hens- great start to a baby quilt, just need some white for sashing! $40 $38 $36
Great deal…. Charm pack was $15, and yardage would retail at $28, total package worth ($43 + shipping) You would just need some white for sashing and you have a baby quilt, quick and easy!

Below is a better picture from Monaluna of all the prints in the charm pack, real cute!

Taali by Monaluna Organic 1 yd Chevrons $15 $14 $12


Bundle of Larger Cuts by Alexander Henry and Robert Kaufman, total of about 2.25 yds.

-Yellow Daisies, by Monaluna Mingle Collection for Robert Kaufman (14 inches)
- Orange Geometric, by Monaluna Mingle Collection for Robert Kaufman (1/2 yd)
- Green Leaves, Monaluna Mingle Collection for Robert Kaufman (1/2 yd)
- Green beads, Monaluna Mingle Collection for Robert Kaufman (1/2 yd)
- Large Flowers, Mille Fleur by Alexander Henry (was a 1/2 yd cut that I cut a piece out of 22×8″ piece attached to an 18″x22″ piece   $13.50


Summer House by Lily Ashbury, Pink Floral Large Scrap and Fat quarter $7 $5

1 yd of Sole by Valori Wells for Free Spirit $6 $5


Brown Chambray Fabric 2 yds $14


1 yd Peggy Paisley by Michael Miller $6

2.5 yds of Machenzie by Anna Griffin for Windham Fabrics $14.50 $13


Destash Fabric Bundle about 3.5 yds, $11.00 $9 $6
- Pink floral 1 1/4 yd (unknown, I bought it at Joan Fabrics)
- Brown floral 39 inches (Heidi Grace, Joan Fabrics)
- Cream floral 1 1/4 (Heidi Grace, Joan Fabrics)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Spring Cleaning! Fabric Destash! Priced to Move!

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Time for some spring cleaning! As some of you know I have a fabric problem, I buy too much. So, here is all the fabric that I don’t have an immediate project for. Thanks for looking and enjoy.

1 yd Echino Ni-Co by Etsuko Furuya for Kokka (linen cotton blend) $16 SOLD

Anika by Monaluna 100% Organic Bundle- 1.5 yds of Polka, Charm Pack, and 1.25 yds of Hens- great start to a baby quilt, just need some white for sashing! $40 $38


Taali by Monaluna Organic 1 yd Chevrons $15 $14 $12


Bird Seed by Alexander Henry 1 yd of Cream, 1 yd of Turquoise, OOP (out of print) $24 SOLD!!!!



Bundle of Larger Cuts by Alexander Henry and Robert Kaufman, total of about 2.25 yds.
-Yellow Daisies, by Monaluna Mingle Collection for Robert Kaufman (14 inches)
- Orange Geometric, by Monaluna Mingle Collection for Robert Kaufman (1/2 yd)
- Green Leaves, Monaluna Mingle Collection for Robert Kaufman (1/2 yd)
- Green beads, Monaluna Mingle Collection for Robert Kaufman (1/2 yd)
- Large Flowers, Mille Fleur by Alexander Henry (was a 1/2 yd cut that I cut a piece out of 22×8″ piece attached to an 18″x22″ piece   $13.50


Summer House by Lily Ashbury, Pink Floral Large Scrap and Fat quarter $7 $5

1 yd of Sole by Valori Wells for Free Spirit $6 $5


Brown Chambray Fabric 2 yds $14


1 yd Peggy Paisley by Michael Miller $6

2.5 yds of Machenzie by Anna Griffin for Windham Fabrics $14.50 $13


Destash Fabric Bundle about 3.5 yds, $11.00 $9 $6
- Pink floral 1 1/4 yd (unknown, I bought it at Joan Fabrics)
- Brown floral 39 inches (Heidi Grace, Joan Fabrics)
- Cream floral 1 1/4 (Heidi Grace, Joan Fabrics)

Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey Bundle 1 yd total for Westminster Fabrics $6.50 SOLD


Flea Market Fancy Flowers and Dots 1.5 yd bundle by Denyse Schmidt $10.50 SOLD!!! Wow, all my flea market went fast!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!


Not So Scrappy Challenge w/ Bloomerie Fabrics

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A couple weeks back I entered to win 6 fat eighths from Bloomerie Fabrics. I won! The catch…

  1. Each bundle includes 6 fat eighths, shown above. You must use each fabric in your project, but you do not have to use all of each one.
  2. You can add 1 more solid or blender fabric from your own stash. You can; you don’t have to.
  3. We want to see what you make, so you have to blog about it and post pictures of what you make. {Think of this as the runway show, so to speak.}
  4. You’ll have until March 3, 2012 to complete your challenge and post about it on your blog.

Soon after I got the fabric in the mail. I looked through my pinterest board for inspiration on what to do with the fat eighths. I settled on the spiderweb quilt block. I used a tutorial by House of A La Mode. The tutorial is the best I have found on this block, very clear and many photos.

I cut all the fat eighths into strips 1.5-2 inches, but then reserving 2.5 inches of each for the back and binding.

I got half way through the project and then the basement/sewing room turned into this….

My parents and the hubby and I got to work on our basement remodel. That space will be my official sewing room, and where I stood to take the picture and behind me will be another family room/ toy room.

This morning I finally go to finish my project! Here is my table topper…

The back I used a couple stripes of white and the rest of the fabric scraps I had left over from the spiderweb.

The spiderweb block was a little hard than I expected. Things just didn’t want to match up. I think I will try it again for a Halloween quilt, and maybe on a bigger scale.

Thanks Bloomerie! I had fun with this challenge!

Coming soon… Pettiskirt for Sonya’s Birthday. I am going to be up to my eyeballs in nylon : )

Crafty Chloe!

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One of my favorite fabric designers, Heather Ross has teamed up with Kelly DiPucchio on a book called Crafty Chloe.

When I found out about this book I quickly went over to Amazon.com to check it out. The preview was just too cute, both me and my husband knew we had to get it for our daughter for her birthday. Even at almost three years old she is a lot like Chloe. Glue, glitter, crayons, construction paper and tape and she is happy!

Heather Ross said on her own blog “Chloe even has her own (affordable) fabric line coming out. Its all about safety scissors and sock monkeys and pony rides. Its pretty adorable. And the best news? Its on quilting cotton. I can’t say more than that yet, but I’ll be going on and on about it soon. She’s also been begging for her own Crafts Blog for kids, and it looks like Simon and Schuster (her grandparents, if you will) are going to give it to her.”

She will be on Martha Stewart on the Hallmark channel today, we don’t get it, we cut the cord but I am sure it will be great… quick someone record it and put it on youtube for me!

I can not wait for the Crafty Chloe fabric to make a cute quilt out of it for our daughter!

And I just got a confirmation text from Amazon… the book is on its way! : )

Valentine’s Day and Chickenpox!

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I know I haven’t wrote in a while, but this New Year has been busy so far!

What I have been up to…
First I made a quick quilt for my daughter to have at daycare. I still had some charm squares and binding left from my parent’s Christmas present. I also had some nice gray yardage I used for the back. The quilt was quick and cheap, and she loves it!

I used heat and bond lite to bond the triangles to the white background. Then I zigzag stitched all the way around them. To create the “string/rope” for the bunting I set my machine for a long stitch and just sewed a line back and forth about 4-5 times to create the rope/string.

The quilting is a bit random.  It was the first time I used my hera marker and I love it! You just sandwich your quilt like normal, then “draw” on the quilt with it. It creates a crease that you can see even if you handle your quilt a lot. I just started drawing and making designs with the curves of the bunting and then intersecting them.

It was also the first time I tried out basting spray. I thought it worked really well for me, I didn’t get as much shift.

The cold and flu/season hit our household shortly after : (

Then our daughter got the chickenpox. Below is a picture of her “sick” with the chickenpox. She didn’t get then that bad at all. The hardness part of the whole thing was not being able to take her anywhere for a whole week while she was contagious. She did although ask me, “Do chickenmox last forever?”. She is too cute with her “chickenmox”!

I did manage to finish another project though…
A “man” blankie : ) for the hubby for St. Valentine’s Day!
It took me forever to find the right manly fabrics for this quilt. Once I saw Melody Miller’s Typewriters I knew that I had to incorporate it into his quilt. He is a writer, so I thought it was very fitting! I also used two of Lizzy houses prints, Royal City – Basra Blue from 1001 peeps & Castle Heraldry in Orange from Castle Peeps, Moss Ta Dot by Michael Miller, Turtle Bay by Tula Pink, Tudor Stripe by American Jane, Everglade Kona Cotton, Linen in Coco, Wood Grain in Dill & Brown by Joel Dewberry.
I thought that wood grain was a great idea too, symbolizing the desk you would do your writing at. The other prints just help the mind to wander.

I pieced the back together with some of the wood grain fabric, green linen, gray and more royal city. And bound it with wood grain in brown.

The quilt was done in time and it was a success! I gave it to him on the morning of Valentine’s Day, he gave me two rose bushes (too cute he knows I hate to get flowers because they just die, how creative!). Then we had a romantic dinner at home for 3  : )

My newest project, I get to participate in The ‘Not So Scrappy’ Fabric Challenge!
Bloomerie Fabrics sent me 6 fat eighths to play with! It is a beautiful bundle of joy!
I am almost done with my project, and I will be blogging about it soon, so watch for that!
The rules are…

  1. Each bundle includes 6 fat eighths, shown above. You must use each fabric in your project, but you do not have to use all of each one.
  2. You can add 1 more solid or blender fabric from your own stash. You can; you don’t have to.
  3. We want to see what you make, so you have to blog about it and post pictures of what you make. {Think of this as the runway show, so to speak.}
  4. You’ll have until March 3, 2012 to complete your challenge and post about it on your blog.
  5. You must be in the US to participate.

New Year, New Projects

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First up, sewing curtains our living room. The hubby has been on me for almost a year (maybe more) about our curtains. Currently we have those plastic shades up, but with a toddler and cats they look awful!

Our house is in town so blinds/curtains/shades are a necessity. We both grew up in the country, so we aren’t used to ppl waking by our windows. Even after two years I am still not used to it, and it often startles me! : )

Below is what I plan on making the curtains from. I bought it maybe back in Marchish?!

After I finish those I plan on making a curtain for the kitchen.

Below is the fabric I plan to use. I bought it on etsy from an international seller. So, it will be awhile before that projects gets done.

I was thinking I would do a 20″ inch high curtain since it is a panel print, it is the kitchen so a half curtain I think would look cute.

And then I a got a killer steal, or so I thought till I checked the price again! I got some Just Wing It by Momo for Moda fabric, in two colorways. I am going to make new cushions for a chair I got from my grandma and then a bean bag chair for our basement.  I got the fabric for about $4.25/yd, now it is selling for $3.32! Snatch some up, for twill or any nice fabric that is an awesome price!

New Year’s Resolution….

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Look what I stumbled across……

I am excited! This a peak at some new Heather Ross, she says it might be out this summer!

And as some of you may have heard….

Flea Market Fancy is being re-released in march, some websites are taking preorders! I preordered!

Below is A Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda. Too Cute!

And with the new Lorax Movie coming out in 2012, so does Lorax fabric. My hubby has been talking about taking our daughter to see it for a long time!

So with that said, I probably shouldn’t make of resolution to buy less fabric! : )

2012 is looking great for new fabric!

For those of you on pinterest. I have a fabric board, I pin anything that I think is great, old and new!

My life the past month and half!

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It has been awhile since I have posted anything, but with great reason! I had to be very sneaky with my Christmas sewing projects as to not ruin the surprise!

When my grandmother Rose passed away Christmas of 2009, I gathered all the old family photos and vowed to scan them all so the whole family could enjoy them. This seldom happens when our grandparents pass, I wish more people would do it, that way they aren’t just sitting in a box under some distant relatives bed never to be seen (until they die). I think those moments and mementos should be shared with all.

-Rose and Val, my grandparents, I love this photograph, he looks so happy!

Anyways… At the same time I started sewing more. I began to sew our daughter cloth diapers, then as she began to potty train I shifted my attention to quilting. I really have enjoyed quilting, so I combined my love of old photographs of my ancestors and quilting! I think handmade gifts are really the best. Just think back to all the presents you have ever received, I bet the ones you actually remember where handmade, more often then not.

These quilts took a lot of planning! Thanks to pinterest it was easy to find pin and find what quilt blocks I wanted to try. Then I drew each of the blocks out of paper,  glued the pictures to the blocks make a whole quilt out of paper… lol. I usually don’t plan this far ahead with any art project. I am not much of a planner, but all to often that “design element” was really a mistake, so I planned it all out, I actually used my graphic design programs, it helped a lot.

-http://handmaderyangosling.tumblr.com/

After all the planning and laying out the designs in illustrator and photoshop. I sized all the pictures put em together and uploaded it to Spoonflower to get them printed. For the sampler quilt all the pictures are actually cut out and pieced together like normal, but the circle quilt is just one whole printed yard piece, then the leaves are appliqued on. Again using illustrator for the circle quilt was essential so the spacing was right. I even made another layer with the leave design… just to make sure the leaves wouldn’t cover someone face.

My grandpa Val kept bees, so I choose the honeycomb and bee fabric for the backing. It took me awhile to find bee fabric that wasn’t cartoony. The other fabrics from the two quilts above are from designer American Jane from various lines of hers.

The above was made out Aneela Hoey’s Little Apples and the yard of fabric I printed on spoonflower.

And I don’t have a finished pic of the last quilt, but it is finished… : ). I made this one for my sister in law and brother. Made with American Jane fabrics.

I really enjoyed making these quilts. There have been a lot of long nights, but I have to say the end product is pretty great. One secret… I machine binded the quilts…. shhhhh, I know its a no no in the quilt world, but when you got a month and half to finish four quilts… : )

I also sewed up the following rug my mother in law, sister in law some coasters so I been busy!

And thanks to my loving husband who has tolerated me taking over our living room….

-sorry couldn’t resist posting more of those… too funny!

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