Monday, September 26, 2011

you can....SEW the PERFECT GIFT

It's a wonderful surprise to find a manila envelope on right outside your door.  It's an even better surprise to open it up and find a book with a few of your projects inside.  It's been so long since I have worked on this, that I almost forgot about it.  Phew.  Now, I am wondering where my projects are....but that is another story.

HELLO...this book is adorable.  I had no idea what to expect from this book.  We authors are all a little different in our styles, project preferences, I was excited to see how it all came together.  It came together perfectly.  It is so fun.  It's very rare that I look through a book and want to make all the projects.  They are all so super cute.

So, who wants to win one??????  Just enter your name, and where you are from for a chance to win!  I'll draw the winner next week.

Okay, here are my projects.  When I was making them, I so wanted to share what I was up to.  That is what is hard...I can't prepublish my stuff...but I totally want to.  Okay, so here is the pillow I designed....I had almost forgotten it.   Hello friend, I can't wait to see you again.

And below...that is my take on the "three trees,"  I can't help but be a little funky.  I absolutely loved how these turned out.  I loved making them, I loved it all!  So fun.

Okay, below are some of my favorites from the book.  This is a super cute bag pattern, and guess what I just bought at Quilt Fest?  Tons of fabric.  

This apron below is perfect.  Not too big, not too small, and I LOVE seriously LOVE the use of laminated fabric.  Man, I love that stuff.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Here I am, in Provo, Utah at the Annual Quilt festival for the Utah Quilt guild.  I have gotten in trouble a few times today for my lack of awesome blogging.  Oops.  At least there is always room to improve, right?

Today I met some blog readers, and that was a treat.  Sometimes, I feel like no one is really out there in blog land, and it is fun to hear readers stories.  The woman I met today, is around my age (probably younger, I am getting to a ripe old age).  She became acquainted with quilting by reading my blog, which she found from my friend Summer...(thanks Summer for directing people my way).  Now, she has started quilting, and brought friends along for the ride, and I feel so excited.  Excited, because the whole point of me writing a quilting book was to help others to LOVE quilting.  It sends warm fuzzies all over my little heart to know I have made a difference in at least one persons life.

Now, I am preparing to return to my sweet family (thank you Facetime for letting me see them each night).   I can't wait to see my perfect little babies and the fabulous love of my life.  Yet, I am sad to leave my home state, the wonderful FALL weather, and the inspiration which surrounds me at Quilt Fest.  

There is always next year....

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Isn't that the cutest little guy you  have ever seen.  Yep, I am a little partial to my sweetheart of a baby.  But, oh my goodness, he is heart melting.  Yummy.    Okay, moving on.

What are these itty bitty tiny quilts?  They are little wall hangings I made for our church.  We are doing a service project for sweet little babies in other countries.  These babies are having a hard time developing the ability to see because they have no contrasting colors..staring at white walls all day.  

Here comes the little quilts.  So, to do our part to help these little ones, we are making little quilts for them to gaze at.  

My goal for this project: 1) get it done in a couple of hours, 2) make the quilts using lots of contrasting colors.  So, I sorted through my scraps, I used only left over quilt blocks from samples I have made, or blocks left over from big projects.  Get it done in a couple of hours.....CHECK.  This really was a fun project to do, it took so little time, but I still got to sew (I am missing that with my little joy ...shown in the pictures above and below), and I know it is for a good cause.

If you are looking for a small project to tackle, maybe you need to get your feet wet in this new hobby, consider sewing a little something for someone in need.  It will fill your bucket! 

 I promise.