Thursday, March 31, 2011

What's coming next? And a day off from housework.

Hi Everyone,

I have finally gotten my website ready to be unveiled. It has all of the usual info and a coming soon page so you can see what I have ordered for the shop and when it is coming in. I am going to work this morning on making all of the images clickable so you can see larger images. I was so wiped last night that it is a miracle I got as much done on it as I did. You can find the website by clicking the shop button.

I had a meeting with the Andover rep and here is a peek at what is coming from them in a month or two:



Yay! 1001 Peeps!
This Friday night  or Saturday morning I will have Happier Cottons from Riley Blake in the shop as well. Just in time for you to use your 15% coupons still. If you haven't looked yet here is a peek:





Cute!
 Now how about that housework? Next week April 7-10 I will be participating in a blog hop to celebrate National No Housework Day. I know we all need one of those! There will be quite a few of us participating. Fun projectas all across the web. There will also be prizes and giveaways. To find out more you can click on the button on my sidebar and go to "If It's Groovy".


Hugs to everyone!

Talk Soon!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I sewed....

Hi Everyone,

Up until yesterday it had been 3 weeks since I had sewn anything. I have been so busy getting the shop up and running that I haven't taken the time to touch the sewing machine.


My daughter came in and saw it laying on the table and said "Wow mom! That is so not you, but it is pretty." She is right it is not my usual style. I picked up a Pom Pom De Paris charm pack when I was at Inbetween Stitches with Brooke a few weeks ago. Something about the yellow and pink appealed to me. I had some pieces of Roueneries hanging around so I decided to mix them together and see what I got. Brooke asked what I was going to make with it and I told her maybe a coin quilt since I had never made one before. She looked at me like I was crazy (well, actually she laughed) It's true 16 yrs of quilting and nary a coin or nine patch. Hehe. The sashing is sewn on now and I will put the borders on tonight.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Don't miss out on this sweet ride...

Hi Everyone,

I just came in to tell you all about this super cool contest one of my favorite companies is having. Riley Blake is giving away a beach cruiser bike (it is totally adorable) to one lucky seamstress. Go check out the deets Here and Here

Monday, March 28, 2011

Welcome To My New Home...The Shop is Open

Let me show you around.

To the right you see the button for my shop. I just have a small inventory at the moment but I am hoping to add to it a lot over the next couple weeks. The shop address might change but it will always be available through that button. (I am always happy to do reserved listings for special sized cuts all the way down to Fat Quarters so if you don't see the cut you need in the shop feel free to convo or email me with what you need.)

Above you see my lovely new logo designed by the most talented lady ever, sweet Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish. Thanks again Amanda!

Over here, around the corner, is the fabric cabinet. Aren't these Sugar & Spice prints to die for?





And right here is where you will find a nice discount as a special thank you for following me. My followers recieve a 15% discount in my shop this week and a permanent discount of 10%. Simply leave a comment here letting me know that you follow and I will send you the coupon codes, and you all will be in the running for a $20 gift certificate for my shop. For a second chance take a look here and leave a second comment about which two new lines from Riley Blake that you like best. Finally for a third chance you can tell your friends by tweeting or blogging. Just leave a second comment for each entry and don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you are a no reply blogger.

Lastly I wanted to say the sewing room has nothing new to see today. My In-laws were in town for a week and I didn't do any sewing. I do have something fun coming in a week or so but it is top secret.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Fun day!

Hi Everyone... another great Friday! And since I know you don't have enough to do this weekend (wink wink) here is another awesome tutorial from The Quilted Fish's creative design team. Johanna brings you this adorable diamonds quilt tutorial:

Monday, March 21, 2011

Yummy new goodies....

Hi Everyone!


I am so excited look what came in the mail from Amanda and The Quilted Fish:


Sugar And Spice fat quarters and laminate. Love this line so much. And check out the adorable crown that the queen (Amanda) sent for us princesses. She is a doll! This is our fodder for new tutorials over at Amanda's blog. Aren't we the luckiest girls on earth?

I made my first purchase for my shop today, finally the paperwork is done. You probably already guessed it is this same line. I bought all of the blue and red colorway. I will have it up in my new etsy shop to start with (I am still working the bugs out of the online store).  Be on a lookout for the Grand Opening celebration :)

Talk Soon!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Fun day! A bit tardy...

I am sorry I am a little tardy for FFD. I went shopping this morning with my lovely MIL and just got back. So what is The Quilted Fish serving up for you today, you ask? A gorgeous scarf to keep that winter chill at bay. Go give Jackie some love for this adorable project tutorial....

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Use it up....

Hi Everyone,

If you remember a few days ago I had shown you some fabric that I bought while at In Between Stitches. I have not been buying a lot of fabric for myself because I wanted to save all my pennies for buying fabric for my shop (that is getting closer just a few days and I should have the last of the paperwork back). So when I buy fabric right now I have to have a project in mind for it or I can't have it. Saturday when I should have been cleaning (well I did clean some but...) I made a new bag for myself out of the Kumari Garden fabric and some linen I bought:


I have been carrying the same bag for more than a year it was time for a change. I totally love this for spring and summer. I kind of designed it while I went along so there are one or two things I would/will change, like the size and color of the sash.

I thought I would show you my last piece of art that I made for Brooke, now that she has already posted it, as well.


I gave her curly hair like Brooke too :)

And lastly for today... TTT I stayed the same... ugh I hate it when things slow down :) Hopefully next week will be better.

Talk soon!

Monday, March 14, 2011

3Cs Quilt along the borders...

Hi Everyone,

Here are the borders. Not that I didn't think you could do this on your own but just in case we have some newbies that haven't done it before. I know I promised a pre-view of the quilting but I am not ready with that yet. I got a little sidetracked this weekend making a bag and cleaning house becuase my in-laws are coming this week. I promise you show you when I get it marked and after I quilt it too... but that will be a week or two. So here are the borders...

1. From blue polka dot cut 2- 1 1/2" x 44 1/2" strips and 2- 1 1/2" x 45 1/2" strips

2. Sew the 44 1/2" strips to each side of the quilt top.


It isn't sideways and wonky. I am short and I have to get the quilt up high to get a picture over the top of my quilt frame which stands three feet in front of the design wall. You will see in the last picture. So I can't always get it straight when on my tippy toes :)
 3. Sew the 45 1/2" strips to the top and bottom.


4. From of the large blue floral cut 2- 4 1/2" x 47 1/2" strips and 2- 4 1/2" x 52 1/2" strips.

5 Sew. the 47 1/2" strips to each side and the 52 1/2" strips to the top and bottom.


You see here is my quilt frame and my ironing board :)

Ta Da! All done. Pretty painless huh?

I hope you all enjoyed the quilt along and you think we ended up with a pretty cute quilt.

Talk Soon!

Friday, March 11, 2011

It's Friday Fun Day again...

Hi Everyone,

I can't wait for you all to see what my friend Candice has in store for you today over at The Quilted Fish. This adorable pillow tutorial:


I can't wait to see how she made thos flowers... how about you?

Talk soon!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Happiness Overload!

Hi Everyone!

Oh my goodness! I had a wonderful morning/early afternoon. I took a little roadtrip up to Livermore to Inbetween Stitches. I had a special reason. My friend and fellow Quilted Fish Creative Consultant Team member, Brooke, is in California for her nephew's wedding. She and her delightful friend, Donna, met my daughter and myself there.

Here we are in the front window area (sorry Erin caught you talking, Brooke):


Dang my hair was already flat... I wish I could get a curl to stay in :)

We did some shopping (eh hem to say the least :) ) I got some Sweet Borderie and some of the new stuff from Dena Designs:





We had both brought little pressie's for eachother so we went to a coffee house and sat down to open them up with refreshments :) Look at the adorable mug rug she brought me:


I love it sooooo much! Look at those awesome dots! Sweet Divinity just makes me smile :) I will let her show you what I brought (if she wants) when she gets home.

One other thing happened before Brooke and Donna arrived... I had a star sighting... Alex Anderson was in the shop... I hid behind a shelf because I was so star struck! Hehe!

Thanks for meeting me today Brooke! It was so awesome! I agree that we need to have a retreat with all the team. How fun would that be? :)

Hugs!
Talk Soon!

We have some Winners!

Hi Everyone!

We have 4 winners. It just worked out that the three that had a preference can have what they wanted... isn't that nice?


The Rolie Polie goes to jjd05c who said :

"I would love to win the Rolie Polie. But any of the bundles would be greatly useful for the hexagon quilt I am working on :) Thanks for the give away!"

One Charm Pack goes to Lynn who said:

"I find myself making quilts from charms lately, so I'll opt for a charm pack. Thanks for sharing!"

The other charm pack goes to Miss Tiffy who said:

"I would love any of the packages - if I had to choose, I would perhaps prefer the charm packs. But any of the packages would be great!"

Last but not least the Fat Eighths go to Sunnybec who said:

"How generous!! As a new quilter I am building my stash so I would be grateful for any of them. Thanks for the chance."

I have emailed the winners.

This was so much fun you guys. I truly wish I had hundreds of things to hand out, but you know me this won't be the last giveaway :)

Talk soon!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A little bit of Art and TTT

Hi Everyone,

I was so bad today.... I spent the whole day working on these three little pieces of art..  they are only 4" square. I love them. They will be a little mini board book, a gift for a friend of mine that is having a hard time right now.



For TTT it was 1.5 lbs this week. I just can't believe I am still losing... Weight Watchers seems way to easy. It probably helps that I work out an hour a day now. I love it :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

3Cs Row 5 and some other stuff ...

Hi Everyone,

I got to be lazy this week with the quilt along you will see what I mean :)

1. From your blue on blue fabric and pink on pink fabrics cut three 7 1/2" squares each. From your cream background fabric cut 24 - 2" squares, or if you pre-cut them when you cut row one go and find them :)


2. Make this row just like the one in row one :) Here alternating the pink and blue blocks.

3. Add the 5th row to the bottom of the quilt.


I know what a naughty trick huh?  Sorry... but next week it is borders and I will give you a peek at how I am going to quilt it.

Here is my Urban Home Goods main swap item. We are to keep it to two items this time so it is this and the little linen zipper bag a showed a while back.
   

Hope to have some more fun stuff in the next few days so stayed tuned :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Wow! Tons of messages this evening.

I was out all day at my Modern Quilt Guild Meeting  "BAMQG" and came home to lots of messages. Thanks everyone I will be answering tomorrow.

Talk soon!

That's Two,Two,Two giveaways in one (post)

Do you guys remember double mint commercials? Am I dating myself? Actually, little known fact, I know one of the twins that was in one of those commercials when he was a baby LOL .... I digress...

I was cutting the last row for the 3C's quilt along and realized I still had a ton of Sweet Divinity left so I decided to cut it into bite size pieces and give some of it to you (don't worry I still have a ton). I had bought yardage before Amanda sent me some more. I cut up the rest of the yardage I had and I am passing it along to you. There is a small fat eighth pack (7 pieces), a small "Rolie Polie" (Riley Blakes version of a Jelly Roll) (19 pieces 2 1/2 by 22, cut from fat quarters 10 fabrics total) and two charm packs (34 pieces each with some multiples). I am giving away one bundle to each of four people.


The rules do each of these in a seperate comment to get more chances):

1. Leave me a comment telling me which bundle you prefer.
2. Blog or tweet about it and come back to tell me you did.
3. If you aren't a follower become one and let me know that you did. If you already follow let me know that too.

I will end the giveaway on Wed 3/9 at midnight Pacific time.
And for goodness sake make sure that you are not a no-reply blogger or you leave me a way to contact you in your post (there are instructions in my comment form to check this).

Good Luck Everyone!


The second giveaway is from my friend Jackie (also on The Quilted Fish creative Consultant team) it is her blogaversary and she is giving away some cute easter fabrics. so go give her some love and join her giveaway too.


Friday, March 4, 2011

It's Friday Fun Day!

Hi Everyone,

Head on over to The Quilted Fish and checl out my friend Brooke's adorable quilt tutorial. While you are there enter that giveaway that Amanda is doing for a bit of her latest fabric line, really, you don't want to miss it. Amanda also has the kits available for all of the past Friday tutorials in her shop.

Check out the adorable-ness...


Talk soon!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

More Art and... A huge (at least for me) announcement.

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to show you a peek of my new art girl. I am so loving this workshop. Christy Tomlinson is so inspirational and generous with her time and encouragement. I highly recommend her. The group in  the class are all so encouraging. I promise that I will be back in the next day or two with lots of sewing and quilting stuff so don't run away okay?


It says "She gave her dream wings" which is what I am doing this week.

Now for the announcement... this is so scary because once I say it then I have to do it... (deep breath)... Starting soon after Spring Market in May I will be having a Grand Opening for my online fabric shop. Phew not so bad... kinda like ripping off a bandage. This week I am getting all of my business licenses lined up and it is so scary and fun. In the next couple weeks I will make my first purchases and hope to have a soft opening sometime in the next month or so. To start out it will be very small but I hope to build up as quickly as possible. I know there are a lot of online shops out there but there are not a lot of modern fabric shops in my area so this is for me as well as my Modern Quilt Guild.

I know a lot of you have told me that you like my blog because I am not trying to sell stuff so, in an effort not to alienate you all, I promise to keep my shop announcements to a minimum. I still want this to be a fun play blog and I want you all to want to be here as well. I am thinking of doing shop announcements for sales etc on Saturdays... and you know me there will be giveaways galore.

I hope you all will celebrate with me. This is a huge dream come true and I have my amazing husband to thank for it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

TTT and an apology

Hi Everyone,

Just want to apologize to all of my friends on The Quilted Fish Creative team for being so quiet the last few days. A few things happening here... daughter had a state composition test today and I went to one of my favorite blogs this morning and got a computer virus (thank heaven I can fix that, benefits of being a computer geek) and I have been working on my class as well...love you guys I am sorry I haven't been commenting much the last three days or so.

And for TTT 2 lbs this week I am up to a total of 25.5 lbs...weeeeeee