Friday, July 13, 2012

I have been waiting to make something with  Aneela Hoey's Little Apple line.  A friend's daughter is having an October baby, so what could be better than an apple themed quilt.  I love the children on this fabric and I also love the colors.  I made two quilts from her Little Pips line and  I think I have one or two more planned for this line!  I machine quilted it with straight lines since I was on vacation without my stitch regulator foot for my machine!

Ahhh, Vacation!

Voila... Voile!  I have been wanting to make a simple patchwork with 4 inch squares from a stack of fat quarters I ordered from Anna Maria Horner last year.  I finally had the time on vacation to sew them together.  I did have a problem with my quilt not being square when I was finished and I don't know how that happened since I was so careful with cutting and sewing.  It might have been my machine quilting process.  For the first time ever, I washed my quilt before sewing the binding on-in hopes that it would square itself!  I finally decided that it is one of those 'live and learn' experiences.  I should have squared it up before I quilted or added a border which I could have squared up.  Oh well!  It is so soft and wonderful!  I love it!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Around the Block

Around the World
Last January, my mentee, Lauren asked me to make her a purple quilt.  She had graduated to a queen size bed and had outgrown the pink one I previously made her.  I loved this Kate Spain line and since it was purple, it worked.  I used Around the Block, a pattern by Sue Pfau.  The only problem is that the finished size (which I thought I made a lot larger) is 66 X 66!  What to do.  I haven't added the border yet, so that may have to be a bit bigger, but not sure I am going to reach the true queen size for this one.  although I like it, I don't love it-too much orange, I think.  But you never know until it is bound and quilted!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ink and Spindle

An Ink and Spindle throw for Aretha's new apartment!!!  She says it is the best cape ever!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wiksten Tank

Wonky Nine Square

I have managed to squeak out one quilt during the craziness of the end of the school year!  Here is my very first wonky nine square made with Lotta Jansdotter's Echo line. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Flea Market Fancy Dress

Spring has finally come and I feel like I could just plant myself in my garden with my new Flea Market Fancy dress made with Linnet - Simple One-Piece With Roll Collar purchased and inspired by Phiona at Nido's in downtown Burlington, Vermont.  I haven't figured out a quilt to make with the collection yet.  Maybe Ashley's Converging Corner's Quilt

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Loulouthi Swoon
Well, I finally finished my Swoon quilt.  I can't seem to get over using Anna  Maria Horner's Loulouthi in quilts.  The patterns and colors unexpectedly work and they make me so happy.  This quilt has alot of mistakes in it!  But, it looks great if you don't examine it too closely!

It is Spring Break for me and I have been huddled inside with the stinky doggies for a week of cold rain and sleet and snow!  Today the sun came out and I bathed all the dogs, but it is still too cold for them to dry outside, so they are toasting by the fire. 

I also made two Spring shirts.  One is made from some fabric called Soul Garden which I purchased from Alewives Fabric in February. I used the Built by Wendy shirt pattern and so far, this is the shirt pattern that works best for me.  I made the other from some Nani Iro Phiona sold me last summer for a dress.  I had purchased a Hot Pattern for a placketed shirt and I used that to whip up this fun shirt.  Unfortunately, it is a bit big.  Next time I will go down a couple of sizes.  It think it will be ok belted. 

Soul Garden
Nani Iro

Monday, April 9, 2012

Urban Cowgirls meet Yellow Brick Road

 My friend, Barbara Commeau, inspiration extraordinaire made a Yellow Brick Road and of course I had to copy her.  When I saw Urban Chik's Urban Cowgirl Fatquarters, I thought it might be a good fit.  I love how it turned out.

I was going to have it quilted with a  long arm, but my frugal, New England, Do-it-Yourself nature took over and I did a little stippling on my frame with my machine and although it is not perfect, it is just fine for me. 

The back looks great patched together and especially with Moxie as a model!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Works in Progress/End of February Break

Lisette Passport Dress
 Well, it is Sunday night and my week long February Break is nearing its end.  I had such a delightful week of sewing, starting with a trip to Portland to see Rhea and Barbara at Alewives Fabric and ending with a 3 hour long lunch with Phiona at Nido's.  I haven't made anything with my purchases from Alewive's yet, but I did make some good progress on Lisette's Passport Dress with some Liberty of London purchased at Nido's.  Phiona thought I should make it two tone, but I wanted something light and fun for my daughter, Aretha's graduation from University of Vermont this Spring (Yea!). 

On the opposite end of things, I made the classiest PJ bottoms ever with the softest Nani Iro, also purchased from Nido's!  They are so comfy.  I have been day dreaming about making a robe in the same colorway, but it might be a bit of an extravagance! 

Finally, I have been working away at a Yellow Brick Road quilt inspired by my quilting muse, Barbara Commeau!  I bought some coordinating Fat Quarters by Urban Chiks called Urban Cowgirl.  I just love the homey look of it. 

Nani Iro
Urban Cowgirls in Yellow Brick Road Quilt pattern
Sigh... I love my job, so I don't regret returning, I just hope I can squeeze in some sewing time to finish my projects!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Lynn's Birds

Last summer when I had my one and only debut as a woman of craft business, my friend, Lynn was about to purchase a bird bag I made when a very saavy, aggressive shopper scooped it up!  Lynn said, "I want that bag!  Can you make me another?"  Well, 7 months later, here we are!  Was it worth the wait?  I made this one with Anna Maria Horner's pattern for the Multi-tasker Tote with Echino's Etsuko Furuya's Wish in raspberry with complimentary grape and mint Dots.  Hope Lynn likes it!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Well, I can't help myself this February break.  I have been working such long hours, I haven't had a chance to be creative with my fabric.  All I can muster up enough energy for at the end of the day is to look at other people's projects.  When I read my friend, Rhea's Blog about the Swoon quilt, I knew I had to give it a try.  I love Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi line and I started playing around with the colors.  Not sure how happy I am with the first one, but sometimes you don't know til you give it a whirl.  I had such a hard time with the visual spatial aspects of putting it together on the first square, but the second one was much less effortful.

As an aside, I had the pattern on my desk at work and one of the other psychologists asked me if I was learning a new intelligence test.  I said, "No, but learning this quilt has been a humbling experience!"  I like the second colorway a bit better.  I think this is the kind of work where you just have to make a bunch of squares and see what looks good!  I photographed the second on some rare snow we got this week!

Love Letters

 Well, I am a little late for Valentine's Day, but not too late for Leap Year!  I spent the entire day yesterday, well actually two days without a car, home bound with the dogs and look what kind of creativity I got up to!  First of all, as soon as Melody Miller's Ruby Star Shining came out, I ordered up a 1/2 yard of each and I am so glad I did, because it is so hard to come by these days.  So here is what I made.  I use my Ink and Spindle bag pattern and made a handbag with lots of zippered pockets on the inside for glasses, cell phone and wallet.  Then I experimented with putting a zipper in on top-I  think I am done with the magnetic snaps-doesn't quite do it for security purposes!  I have to say that I wanted this bag in the turquoise/orange colorway, but after I cut the body of the bag, I became forgetful and cut the bottom out of the same piece!  Thus leaving me with too small a piece for the body which then became a basket (see below).

Now the basket is also an Ink and Spindle pattern and this basket is going to be a gift for my great friend, Pat who loves to watch romantic comedies.  Being a guy, that makes him tip top in my book.  I am going to put a bottle of wine and my new favorite romantic comedy- The Switch with a bag of microwavable popcorn.  It all fits perfectly in this basket.  The only problem is that I love it so much that I don't want to give it away, but as I told my daughter growing up, it is important to remember to give away the things you love the best to the people you love the most.

Finally, and I am not done yet with my Love Letters-I think I can still squeak out another bag and a zip pouch, I made these nesting bags for my friend Betsy who will be at the same March Birthday dinner.  She is traveling up a storm, so these Amy Butler Origami zip pouches could be very useful and the Love Letter part might bring her good luck in the dating department.  My typewriters seem a little low, don't they.  Should have fussy cut a little better!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Leftover Christmas

Does anyone else have Christmas projects that just didn't get finished?  I started this Turning Twenty-yes, I am a little stuck on this pattern.  The fabric is a group of 20 fatquarters from Robert Kaufman's Holly Jolly line.  My friend, Connie and I had an idea that we were going to sell crafts at our local town Christmas bazaar, but neither one of us had enough time to really create enough inventory.  I just finished this quilt today.  I think it will go on one of my stepdaughter's beds for next Christmas.  Either that or Moxie will claim it for her own!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Children at Play

This is the last of the baby quilts I have been making out for friends who are having babies or grandchildren!  This one is for Margo Cousino's brand new baby boy, Camden Amos Roleau!  This Turning Twenty is made from Sarah Jane's Children at Play.  So hard to find really good fabric for boys.  I like this group of prints alot!  I hope Camden likes it too!