Let's Get Aquainted Blog Hop Week #8

 Sunday, July 28, 2013

I can't believe this is the last week of the 2013 Let's Get Aquainted Bloggers Blog Hop.  It really has been a lot of fun and I know that I have enjoyed reading all the great posts and learning more about my fellow blogging friends.  Thank you so much to Beth at Plum and June for hosting such a great event.  See below for the final week's bloggers' posts:

RobinSue @ RobinSue Quilts
Emily @ Sew E.T.
Elise @ Lovelea Designs
Elizabeth @ In The Boon Docks

Happy quilting!


Let's Get Aquainted Blog Hop Week #7

 Sunday, July 21, 2013

I just got this cute little shipment in this week from the Fat Quarter Shop.  I needed some border material for a quilt I am working on.

I just wanted to remind everyone to stop at the following blogs that are part of this week's 2013 Blog Hop:

Alison @ Making Happyness
Kelsy and Amanda @ Everyday Fray
Ella and Nesta @ Ella & Nesta's Little Room
Nicole @ Modern Handcraft
Aylin @ AyliN-Nilya

Happy quilting!


Let's Get Aquainted Blog Hop Week #6

 Sunday, July 14, 2013

I was so excited because I have never won a contest before until several weeks ago.  Sherri, from A Quilting Life, held a contest on her blog which was sponsored by the Rustic Rooster.  Trina from the Rustic Rooster Quilt Shop was giving one of Sherri's lucky readers, which happened to turn out to be me (Yea!), this adorable charm pack and jelly roll of "Simply Style" by V and Co.

Aren't they just adorable?  I am very excited to add them to my fabric collection.  Trina really carries beautiful fabric in her shop.  She has both precuts and yardage available.

I actually do have a very special plan for these fabrics.  Someone close to our family was just diagnosed with Cancer.  It is a very rare form of cancer and she is only 28 years old.  Her type of cancer is extremely rare and there have only been 12 documented cases of it in the world.  No one in Michigan would actually even treat her, so she has to travel to Texas in order to receive her treatments.  She has to have 6 different treatments, one every 3 weeks.  She just finished up the first treatment and is now back home with her family, which consists of a husband and a son who is 1 years old.  For some reason this has really hit close to home for me.  Maybe because she is so young, or maybe because she is a wife or mom to a small child like myself.  I just feel that I really need to make a quilt for her.  Something to keep her warm as she undergoes her treatments, or to cover her as she rocks her son to sleep at night.  However, she intends to use it, I really hope that it comforts her to know someone is thinking about her and praying for strength for her to beat this.

Now on to a more "happier" note, I do encourage everyone to visit this week's blog hop participants, which are shown below.

Friday, July 12th
Anne @ PlayCrafts
Cath @ Wombat Quilts
Sarah @ {No} Hats In The House
Christen @ Love by Hand
Julie @ 627handworks

Happy quilting!


Just a Little Crazy - Part 2

 Thursday, July 11, 2013

My friend Heidi, at the Fabric Mutt, made the most adorable bags for her girls last weekend in preparation for the trip she was having.  You can find her post about them here.  Her husband thought she was a "little crazy" in trying to make something for the kids when she should be packing for their trip.  However, I totally understood.  I will do whatever it takes to avoid packing as well!  Plus anything you can do to make the "drive" a little bit more tolerable is even better.  She had an 8 hour trip with 3 girls under 7!  Yes, she is super courageous.

Anyways, this weekend we are taking a weekend trip to Detroit to visit my husband's brother and his family.  Well this trip is 2 1/2 hours long and let's just say, my 2 year old does not travel well.  Which meant what?  You are correct, my girls needed "travel bags" as well, so I immediately hopped on the bandwagon and started sewing.

I used a couple of fat quarters from Riley Blake's collection "Sweetcakes", which can be purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop here.  The rim and the handles were made from the red and white polka dot of Camille and Bonnie's Vintage Modern collection.  I used the following tutorial by Ayumi, at the Pink Penguin, which can be found here.  I have never made a bag or a wristlet or anything of that nature before.  I usually am rather slow in stretching my "sewing chops", so this was first time using a fusible interfacing.  Surprisingly enough, it was rather easy to use.  Also Ayumi's tutorial was awesome.  The directions and pictures were great!  It took me only 3 days to make 2 bags!  I was so happy with the results.  My girls will just love these.

The only thing I would have done differently on Melia's bag (2nd picture down) is I would have made the "cakes" going vertical rather than horizontal, but I was 2 inches short on fabric the vertical way, so what can you do.  I am really trying hard to use fabric from my stash because I placed myself on a "fabric diet" in May when I started to clean up my sewing area and saw how much fabric I actually did have.  It was kind of scary, so I am really trying hard to use up what I currently have as much as possible!  However, if someone is selling Boo Crew or Flats and has a sale, I could be easily persuaded to purchase more fabric.  

I couldn't believe how much stuff fits into these bags!  I still need to add the fruit snacks and the goldfish crackers yet!  I think the girls should be all set for our trip.  What do you think?

Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday with Kelly.

Happy quilting!


Let's Get Aquainted Blog Hop Weeks #4 & #5

 Sunday, July 7, 2013

Not much sewing has been going on around here lately due to all the holiday festivities; however, I do plan on making more of a headway over the next couple of weeks on my Flower Patch Quilt Along wall hang using the fabrics shown above.  I am making mine smaller then the required pattern because I want some smaller quilts to hang in my new quilting studio.

I am pretty excited.  My studio is in the basement.  It will actually take up the majority of the basement, but we never did anything to that area of the house when we moved in.  The previous homeowners sort of finished it but they didn't completely finish it I would say.  They painted some parts with white and gray paint, just primed other parts, and left bare wood on the remainder, so my plan is to finish what they started.  I do think they were on the right track with what they were doing, but moved out before they completed it.  My plan is to have it completed just after Labor Day so I can take on customers in the fall.  I want them to have a nice area to come and drop their quilts off at.  My plan is to take before and after pictures all along, so I can post my progress here on the blog.  I am excited to see how it will turn out.

In the meantime, please don't forget to stop by the following blogs this week to see some of their great posts.  I have been following along and I think everyone has done a really great job sharing more about themselves as well as different quilting tips and tricks.

Week #4
Green @ So Sew Green
Gwendellyn @ The Rainbow Revolts
Jessica @ Stitched In Thyme
Kathy @ Kayak Quilting
Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts
Kris @ Sew Sunshine
Camilla @ Faffling

Week #5
Christa @ Christa Quilts!
Stephanie @ Quarter Incher
Kristy & Shayla @ Sassafras Lane Designs

Linking up with Plum and June Let's Get Acquainted Linkup.

Happy quilting!


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