Thursday, July 31, 2008

Should I change the border?

I am making the Bareroots wall hanging that I mentioned in the last post, and I'm wondering if I should change one of the fabric borders. You will notice in the pictures that most of the fabrics I have chosen are pastels. The larger house block is bordered by a tan floral. I'm wondering if I should change it to a lighter fabric so it will be more cohesive.
Please let me know what you think!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fabric Stash

I've been building up my fabric stash and organizing. I organized my bin of fat quarters that I use for applique. Look how pretty--

I also placed my big order at Fat Quarter Shop. I got a 20% off coupon in my email, so of course I had to buy a bunch!! I also finished another Christmas gift--

It's another pattern by Bareroots. Speaking of which, I saw a mini-quilt hanging up in one of my favorite quilt shops, and low and was by Bareroots. So I have started that one and am over halfway done with it. I'm making it just for me. I think I'll hang it in my sewing room over my sewing machine. I will post some 'in progress' pics tomorrow.

Monday, July 28, 2008


So my mom and aunt came out to stay with me while Todd was TDY. My grandmother passed away this year, and they've been bringing me some of her things that I requested. My grandmother's kitchen wall was covered with little 'knicknacks", and when I was little I always loved looking at them. So they brought me all of the things off her wall. They are little things that were important to her, and I know it would make her happy to know how much I've always liked them. So my mom and aunt spent a few days recreating the wall at my house, using a picture they had of her kitchen.

This is what it looks like...

I have a few favorite things from the wall. One of them is this picture:

My grandmother is the little girl in front, feeding a lamb from a bottle. Her mother (my great-grandmother) is behind her on the far left. The picture was taken in the late 1920s.

The other FABULOUS thing they brought me was an old quilt!!

There is no signature block on the back, so I don't know much about it, other than it is a family quilt that has been passed down. The latest it could've been made was the turn of the century.

I love antiques, and it means even more when you know the history behind them. This has been an important lesson is "Always sign your work"!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

How cute is this fabric?! It's from Windham Fabrics. My mind is already buzzing with all the projects I want to make from it! I especially like the fabric with the little birdies. I'm loading tons of projects on my plate now, because the home life isn't very hectic right now. I thought my crafting days were over, but (knock on wood), Wyatt is still being a good little baby. Now I'm going to get started on some gifts for my sister-in-law who just got engaged and is getting married May 9th. We have the same taste (country, shabby chic), so hopefully she'll really like what I'm going to make her.

Isn't she a cutie-patootie? She's marrying a farmer from outside Raleigh, NC, which is perfect, because I always said she's be a perfect farmer's wife! He's a lot like her brother (my hubby), so that should mean he'll be a perfect husband! Congrats Marci and Ryan!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Back to the Living

Little Baby Wyatt was born June 16, 2008. And I finally feel back to normal. I've even gotten back to crafting! I am currently working away on Christmas gifts. This will be the year that I finally get them all done ahead of time and don't have to rush at the end! I am making candle mats, framed stitcheries and Christmas pillows; all by either Bareroots or Crabapple Hills. Here are a few pics:

Candle mat by Bareroots

Vintage Christmas pillow by Crabapple Hill

...and two little stitcheries by Bareroots.

Now I just have to get them all done! I picked them because they are so portable. I can sit in the living room with the kids and embroider away.