Friday, January 20, 2012

Book Review : another Bite of Schnibbles

another Bite of Schnibbles
by Carrie Nelson

I love all the quilts by Carrie Nelson.  She designs the kinds of quilts I like to make.  They are all pieced, which is my very favorite part of quilting, and all her designs are amazing.  Each design works well in whatever fabric preference you have, which is the true test of great designing.  For each quilt design there are two patterns:  you can make the quilt using 10" squares or using 5" squares.  I love that for each quilt, you get to see 2 colorways because she makes them with different precut lines.

My favorite? The Getaway pattern is really fun.  It can blend well, or it can be striking and stark.  I love it.  I think it would be perfect for all my stacks of precuts.  Yes, I have stacks of precuts waiting and longing for me to make use of them.   If you are like me with stacks of fabric waiting to be sewn and cut, you should totally get this book.  You will love it.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Book Review of back to Charm School

by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene

There are 20 cute and fun quilts to make in this fun book.  All the quilts are small, table or wall sized, and they will take you very little time to whip up for yourself or a loved one.

My favorite quilt is the pattern called..."Don't Tip your Chair at the Table."  It is the fun method of piecing a quilt, and then cutting out squares and repiecing it to make it look wonky and like windmills.  I am a sucker for quilts made in a different and unique way.  I love it, and I totally want to try it out.

There are also patterns for a fun and funky pillow, and a super cute tree skirt.  You should totally check this book out.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Book Review of Urban Country Quilts

by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks

The cover quilt on this book is so super duper cute.   Check it out here.   I love it. I want to make it right now.  It is totally my style.  As I thumb through the pages of the book, there isn't one quilt that I don't like.  That is saying something!  All of these quilts are cute and fun.  They are traditional with a twist of modern that appeals to this young (ish) quilter.

There are patterns to make a variety of sizes of quilts, wool wall art, and pillow cases.  I love that there are a bunch of patterns to choose from, and I like all the instructions.  I really enjoyed learning how to frame the applique patterns.  I have been wondering how to do my own framing for awhile, and now I have the information I need.   ya hoo!  I love having good information.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Book Review of everyday Handmade

by Cassie Barden and Adrienne Smitke

I love the idea behind these everyday Handmade books.  I love the return to making things yourself.  Everything from wallets, bags, stuffed animals, aprons, etc...  Returning to self reliance, to giving gifts made from the heart, to spending time and energy to make something special, it all kinda makes my heart go pitter pat. 

If you are looking for an easy project or something a little more complicated, this book has something for you to try out.  I SOOO want to make the messeger bag, but I know it is going to take hours (something I don't really have).  But, the cute fun iPad case I could totally take care of in 1 hour.

Go to amazon and check out all the projects.  I guarantee there is something there you will just have to make!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Book Review of Fast and Fun First Quilts

by Sara Diepersloot

I loved it when my sweet kiddos saw this book on our counter.  Mitchell leaned over to me and asked me if I wrote this book.  After I said no, he said, "Did she steal the name of your book?" ....the answer is NO!  Okay, it is similar, but this book wanted to stay away from the flirty idea which has earned me some funny looks.  I guess the other Sara is a little smarter than me.

Okay, onto the Book Review. This book has 18 fun projects to choose from.  The author clearly loves large scale prints (as do the rest of us quilters), and the fabric does most of the work here, so you don't have to.  Any quilter who needs to get a quilt done in a hurry will love these quilt designs, they are perfect for weekend projects, and great first quilts for those who are beginning their addiction to this fun art.Check it out....and have fun.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

After getting my super cute business cards printed from I had to make a business card holder to take care of them.

I found a great tutorial on The Crafty Cupboard.

The only real difference with mine, is I used laminated fabric as the outer fabric.  Yes, a little hard to work with, but it will stay cleaner.  And, we all know that mothers with 4 little children need all help we can get.  ALL THE HELP!!!!! ( am I getting this children have been messy lately, breaking more things than I would like to say, but at least I can protect some all important business cards)

Okay, to not scare you off, I have to say this project took me 1 hour.  That is it.  I was even acting as a parenting referee for part of the time, and trying to get dinner on the table.  If I can do it, you can!

All my supplies.

I marked the center to put my button in by folding 
the fabric in half.  You probably didn't need that explanation,
but someone did...and this is for them!

Showing all the layers, ready to go...yep, that is a
red hair elastic for the clasp.

Maybe it is just me, but sewing on laminated fabric,
especially Moda's is challenging.  It is thick, and 
doesn't glide well.  Oh well, the seams were almost perfect.

Clip those edges.  I almost always forget to do this 
before I turn the edges.

The finished project.  Everything looks
way better after a good ironing (on the non-laminated
side of course)


Open....those are my cute cards inside.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012's ART.

Remember a while back, I posted about this

and this...

and this?

Well, now we are asking for more help to further the cause.

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and as such I am a member of the Relief Society organization.    Our purpose of Relief Society is to provide support to those in doesn't matter where they live, they could be neighbors, or live in distant lands.  We simply want to lift the weary hands that hang down (Hebrews 12:12).

As part of our efforts to help others in need, we have organized a project called's Art.    We are working to provide wall hangings for orphanages and institutions around the world.  On Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LDS church building  at 939 W. Chapala Drive there will be an exhibition showing all the great wallhangings, after which the quilts will be sent off to their new homes.

  We would LOVE to see your wallhangings join ours.

YES, I am asking you to contribute to the fun.  Go to the's Art website, and follow the instructions on how to make the wallhanging.  Nothing could be simpler.  Plus, there are so many that will benefit from your generosity. Not only will orphans from around the world get to see something beautiful, but you have the chance to learn a new skill.  Maybe there is a new method you would like to try out?  Maybe you want to work on your binding skills?  Maybe you have always wanted to tackle curved piecing....maybe it is machine applique?  Whatever you want to learn, try it out on this small canvas.  Not only will your skills improve, but your heart will grow in size as well.

I know as I put aside my own to do list, and help others, magically I am blessed.  I  find time to get work for others done, as well as the things on my list.  The small things I have done to help others, blesses me much more than I bless others.  I am constantly in debt to a loving Heavenly Father, who wants to bless the efforts I make to serve Him.  

I hope you will join me in this effort.  It's a small thing, but will mean so much to those for whom you do it.    When you are ready to send it, you can send it to me.  Just email, and I will let you know my address.   

PLEASE read the guidelines page before you start.  A couple key guidelines are:

quilt any size between 18"x18" and 40"x40"
(as this is going to many different countries and religious organizations)

THANKS for being willing to help in this cause!