Sunday, December 27, 2009

Stacked Coins Baby Quilt

I finished the Stacked Coins Baby Quilt using the fabrics from Moda Collections for a Cause. I saw this quilt pattern over at Moda. It is from one of my favorite quilt blogs, Crazy Mom Quilts.
I did a couple of new techniques on this quilt. For one I did this loopy loo thing on the seams instead of stippling. I also strip pieced the binding using left over rectangles. Lastly, I added a stripe to the back.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

QuiltFab App


My DH has an iPhone. And he found this wonderful quilt app for me. The QuiltFab App helps you calculate how much fabric you need for a project. I have used it twice to calculate how much fabric I should buy for the boarders, binding, and backing of a quilt. It works great. You can change the settings to calculate exactly how much fabric you need without any waste. If you don't have an iPhone (such as myself) you can email the calculations to yourself. Then you can take them to the sewing store with you.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sewing Room


Here is my new and improved sewing room. I have my home made project board which I love. The color and pattern do not match the rest of the room but I just love it. I have my thread holder which used to be in a closet. I have my super cute Ikea chair with a ribbon I added. And I have the curio cabinet my mother-in-law donated to the room. There is still a queen size bed in the room by I don't care. I love this space. It is my own. The boys love it too. They have played Star Wars in it, used the bed as a trampoline, and crawled under the bed to play who knows what. Every night I go into this room and work on my projects. If I am lucky I get to be in there by myself for a little while. Now I will begin to work on the closet. It needs a little something!!

In this side view you can see the bed and the wall colors. The family who owned the house before us had a little girl and this was her room. I loved the stripes and the bead board. I already owned a yellow bedspread that went perfectly in here.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Project Board

Yesterday the boys helped me make a project board for my sewing room. We took a bulletin board and glued down scrap pieces of batting. Then I covered the board with a great piece of design fabric I picked up in the salvage section at Joann's. Since I don't have a staple gun I hot glued the fabric to the back of the board. I used brown ribbon and tiny white buttons to complete the board. I really like how it turned out. I am just not sure it matches the room decor. I am trying it out to see if I want to keep it. If not I may donate it to the Twins Brunch.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Vinyl T-Shirts

I made some more T-shirts for the boys. I got the shirts at the dollar store.
This pirate shirt is for Z. I let each boy pick out their picture from the Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge. I also tried layering for the first time. The pirate face was ironed onto the ship.

The rocket ship was for D. I added the lightening bolt to give the design something extra since it was hard to tell it was a rocket ship. It looks more like a mini sub. I am almost finished with the Stacked Coins Quilt. I have had a lot of fun making it. I tried two new techniques I will highlight when I post the finished pictures. I also planned out my next two quilts. I will be making one quilt to donate to the Twins Mother's Day Brunch. The other one I will make out of my stash. I found a great quilt on one of my favorite blogs Crazy Mom Quilts that she made out of only scraps and her stash. I realized I have been saving fabric for years that I never used. Time to use it up. I laid it out last night and I can't wait to get started. I want to have my stash cleared out by the time of the Quilt Fair so I can re-stock.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Red Sox Beer Mugs

We love the Red Sox at out house. Hubby bleeds Fenway clay. So I took some of the million beer mugs we got for our wedding and using the B from the Storybook Cricut cartridge etched these mugs.
Go Bo Sox!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Baking Marathon

I did a baking marathon this weekend. I made pumpkin bars from Martha Stewart for my Twin Moms meeting on Tuesday. Then I decided to make holiday cookies with the kids. I had intended to use cookie cutters but then at the last minute decided to try my cookie press. I have owned a cookie press for about 6 years but never opened it. I never even took it out of the box.
Well let me tell you a cookie press is so much fun. The boys and I had a blast trying out each of the designs and then delighting in the shapes that came out. We made so many that I had to break out the spare cookie sheets. Did you know you can bake cookies on tin foil. I didn't. Makes clean up a lot easier.

Friday, December 4, 2009

New Projects

Thanksgiving weekend was a total cricut crafting event. I spent my entire four days off doing cricut projects. It was so much fun. Two of the days I had friends over to craft. I made Star Wars bookmarks for the kids. I stenciled glass jars for hours. I made a demo of a monogram I am working on for the fireplace. I definitely filled up on cricuting. We did some furniture rearrangement so now my sewing machine is in the guest room aka craft room aka sewing room. I finally have my own room. I got a new chair and am going to decorate the room. I plan to get a project board to put above my sewing table and I want to install a new shelving unit in the closet. It is so much fun to have my own space. A space I can shut others out of when need be.
I ordered some iron on vinyl from Leslie at A place to be happy! I wanted to try it out before I invested too much in vinyl. The boys love their new Star Wars T-shirts and it was so easy to make. I can't wait to make something for myself.

I decided my next quilt project will be for me. I have two more sets of charms packs that I had earmarked for myself. I finally found a project at Moda Bake Shop that I decided to make. It is called a Stacked Coins Baby Quilt. I thought the cutting would be hard but I finished it in no time and my hands don't hurt. I think the Yoga I have started doing is really helping. Tonight I hope to begin the sewing. Then I have to find a project to make for the Twins Mother's Day Brunch. I plan to donate my first quilt to this event for the raffle. I might also donate the weekend tote I made. I am still deciding. It might make someone a cute diaper bag.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Aunt Lindsay's Quilt

I made this quilt for my sister. She and her family live in New York. This was made with a charm pack from Moda called Beach House by Blackbird Designs. The boarder is a Debbie Mum fabric I got at Joann's.
I tried a different approach to stippling this time. I sewed two lines, one on either side of each seam. I saw this on one of my quilting blogs. It made for quick sewing and was less pressure on my hands.
I added a quilt label that I made from an iron transfer and colored with fabric pens.
I had to get this quilt to my mom in time for her to transport it to my sister in New York. So during a two hour car trip I finished off the binding.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Skirt

I hate patterns. I shy away from sewing clothes. I can't sew in a straight line. So I always make quilts. It doesn't matter if the lines on a quilt are not straight. No one can ever tell. But sewing clothes. That is like baking, it has to be precise. Then I found this amazing blog called V and Co. She has amazing stuff and all kinds of tutorials. She made a skirt out of a table cloth. I thought that was so neat. And she found the table cloth on sale no less. I started to keep my eye open for something I could make a skirt out of. I found this curtain at the Goodwill and decided to try the skirt.
Everything went really smoothly. I even did a zipper. My first zipper! The only problem is that a curtain is not the best material to wear next to the skin. It is pretty rough. Even with a slip underneath I can't wear it. I found some other material at the Goodwill this past week that I think will make a better skirt. I am really proud of myself for attempting this. It gives me hope that I can make other simple items. Now what to do with this curtain skirt?

Grandma Maxine's Jean Quilt Bag

This bag was made for my mother-in-law. I strip pieced the bottom on quilt batting. Then using a pair of my nieces old jean shorts I attached it to the jean. After adding a strap the bag was complete. This project was a lot of fun to make. I used only scrap pieces so it was fun to combine the colors and patterns of several different quilts together. Thanks to Cattinka for the great idea.

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Mooon

In honor of the opening today of New Moon here are two bookmarks I made for some friends. We are all going to the opening tonight of the next installment of Twilight - New Moon. We will probably be in the theater with all teeny boppers but we don't care. We are so excited! Yell if you love Twilight!
Thanks to

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Water Color Quilts

These are my beloved water color quilts. They were made from kits. The squares came pre-cut. Your just ironed the squares onto the interfacing and sewed down the lines. The appliques were just ironed on.This shows a close up of the squares and the trellis.
This is my absolute favorite quilt. This used to hang in my boys playroom and when they were babies they would stare up at the bright colors. Whenever I needed to escape I would imagine myself sitting on the wooden bridge with my feet dangling into the water.
Both of these quilts now hang in my office, uh um I mean cubicle. They brighten up the drab space.
This shows a close up the the plum blossoms hanging over the bridge.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Kids Projects

I love to make things for the kids. Here are two projects I made for my boys. The first was a portable play kitchen. This can be rolled up and taken to Grandma's. It was made from some scrap fabric and felt pieces. Just add measuring cups and spoons and the kids will be entertained for hours.

These are capes. The pattern called for a super hero pattern but I wanted my boys to wear them for Purim. Of course they didn't. Now they just use them for play.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fleur-de-lis

Here is another glass etching project. This time I used contact paper instead of cricut vinyl. I picked up this tip from the cricut forum. It worked just as good and was a ton cheaper. I picked up three huge rolls for $2.00 each. The candle jars were used at my bridal shower. They held flowers. The larger candle jar is also a left over. Probably from a flower arrangement. I used the fleur-de-lis from the Home Decor Solutions Cartridge.

African Folklore Embroidery

In 2003 I fell in love with an amazing craft called African Folklore Embroidery. Leora who started the company returns to her homeland of South African every year and brings back amazing designs. You purchase the design and then do the embroidery. The design is printed on the fabric so you just follow along on the lines. She has hundreds of different patterns.
This is a matza cover used at Passover. The main stitch is called the Daisey Chain. Before airline security was so tight I used to do this for hours when I flew across country.
Beads are added for embellishment.
I made tons of these projects before I got tendinitis. Sadly I can't do this intricate handiwork any longer. I am glad I made so many projects while I could. Go over to aflembroidery.com and check out her beautiful site.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bee My Honey Quilt

I saw this quilt in a quilting magazine and decided to use up some scarps to make it. I embroidered all the flower stems and bumble bee flight patterns. I also used embroidery thread to frame the hives and the flowers. This quilt came out crooked which is a trade mark of mine. For a long time this quilt hung in one of the courtrooms I worked in at Children's Court. It was fun to come to work everyday and see one of my quilts up on the wall.
This quilt was made in July of 2002.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Winter Candles

A fun holiday gift that is easy to make is these candles decorated with Dazzle stickers. I added some ribbon to give them a festive holiday look.Front
Back

Light House

This little guy was a kit I ordered from the back of magazine. I think it was Better Homes and Gardens but I can't remember. I had this hanging in my cubicle at work to brighten up my work space. I made this quilt in 2003.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bird Brain Designs

A couple of years I ago I fell in love with the projects at Bird Brain Designs. I have made tons of their things. This is a table runner. It is made entirely from felt. When I was on bed rest with my twins their projects kept me entertained for hours. Because no sewing machine is required I could work on these projects while laying down. I made this table runner in 2005, right before my boys were born.
Check out their amazing site at www.birdbraindesigns.net.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Red Sox Quilt

This quilt was made for my hubby, a die hard Red Sox fan. I searched a long time to find the right pattern. I finally settled on a pattern from Spring Creek Needle Arts at http://www.patternco.com/. This quilt was very different from previous ones I had made and required a lot of new techniques. I came up with my own idea for the lettering. And when hubby said the quilt had to have red socks on it I had to free hand a pattern copying one of his T-shirts. The results - well the quilt speaks for itself. I made this quilt in 2004. This quilt takes up residence on the couch every year between April - October.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Min-Rag Brick Quilt

I bought this kit at the Glendale Quilt Fair. I fell in love with the pattern and the soft fabric the minute I saw it. The directions were tricky and had to be followed to the letter. I spent a lot of time on the floor putting the pieces together.
I had to buy a special scissors to cut the seams so they would fray properly. The trick to this quilt is you have to wash it when you are done. That causes the pretty fraying look.

This quilt was probably also bought with that I am saving this for my baby girl idea. This quilt sits on the quilt rack next to the heart quilt. This quilt was made in 2003.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ladybug Quilt

This is the Ladybug quilt. I found this pattern in a nursery quilt book. Each ladybug and flower had to be individually zigzagged.


The boarder is a checkered pattern and looks much harder then it was. At least that is what I wrote in my quilt journal. It sure looks hard to me now. This quilt was completed in 2003.
The best part of this quilt was the super cute ladybug fabric I found for the backing.
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