Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Modern Swappers - Swap Partner Received Gifts!

My swap partner finally received her package!

Modern Swap Received!

This spread includes:

  • A hand pieced machine quilted mug rug made from pink hexagons. The back is also pink with 1 solid pink colored hexagon serving as a label. 
  • Some extra pink hexagons that match her mug rug in case she wants to make an accessory to go with it
  • Some blank hexagon templates to make some hexagons from any color fabric she chooses
  • 2.5 yards of Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt (5 pieces in orange and purple each cut at 1/2 yard)
  • A package of standard needles in sizes 14 and 16
  • 3 magnetic containers for storing little colorful things
  • A quilted chalkboard framed in blues and browns (unfortunately I forgot about chalk until the last minute and ran out of time to get any, sorry Dorrie!)
  • And of course a card from me to my partner Dorrie
Her picture makes everything look so good together! Hopefully she likes using all of her goodies!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Modern Swappers Package Sent

I'm patiently waiting for this....

Moddern Swappers Package

to show up at my swap partner's house. According to the delivery confirmation tracking number it was delivered yesterday but I am not sure if she's opened it because she hasn't said anything. I hope she likes it!

Happy Quilting

Monday, December 20, 2010

do. Good Stitches {a Charity Bee} December Blocks

It's been very busy around here. All the hustle and bustle of the season has had me very tied up still. Hopefully in the new year I will be able to post more but for now I'm keeping it short and sweet.

Here are my latest blocks for my do. Good Stitches {a Charity Bee}. Jeni asked us to make two 12.5" (unfinished blocks) checkerboard style blocks using turquoise and orange. My original idea was to make a very simple block with 4 squares and within 1 of the squares I would make a square from 9 smaller squares.

However, it didn't work out so an end-of-the-weekend-I-just-drove-7-hours-in-the-last-2-days stupor I miscalculated and ended up with a block of 9 squares too big to work for my block. I could have gotten my seam ripper out and made it work but I didn't feel like doing that. Instead, I made 2 blocks with big squares and 2 blocks with my 9 patch block bordered with orange and aqua. Jeni gets 2 bonus blocks!

Here are some photos of the unfinished blocks I will be sending to Jeni later this week: 

And all of the blocks together:

I hope these blend in well with the other blocks all the ladies in the group are making!

Happy Quilting

ps--in some of these photos you can see the new color of paint we put up in our basement. It's called Sassy Green and I love it!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Etsy Hotness

My little Etsy shop Lovie and Boo has been getting a lot of action lately! I have had several people add my items to their Treasury listings or mark them as favorites. It's very rewarding that other people enjoy the fruits of my hobby! Here are some hot items:

My Fiona bracelet was featured in the Orange Creamsicle Treasury listed by Gryphon Vintage. This is one of my absolute favorite bracelets. This bracelet is created from Joel Dewberry's orange and cream damask from his Aviary collection. Even though the scale of this print is a bit large, the pattern lends well to the button size of the bracelet. I thought this print was gone for good but I recently found some on sale at I love this pattern so much that I bought several yards!

My Poinsettia bracelet was featured in the Decorate with the Christmas Botanical Staple Treasury created by Genuine Creations. This traditional holiday print is very festive and I love the touches of gold outlining the petals of each flower and leaf. This is a limited edition bracelet much like all of my holiday bracelets. Once the fabric is gone it's gone so get one while you can!

My Blue and Silver Snowflake bracelet was also featured in a Treasury called Blue Bug created by Latika Natural Soap. I love this print because it can be worn throughout the winter season.

My Janelle's Jazzy Batik bracelet was added to the Batik Chic Treasury created by Elliesueg. This print is also the backing and a border on the second quilt I ever made (Queen Jungle Batik). I love the colors of this print and the black markings remind me of early civilization art.

Some of my other items have been added as favorites like:

Mia's Blue Blossom bracelet. This fabric was a gift from my MIL Ann from her Japanese print collection. The flecks of gold and little blue blossoms make for a very elegant bracelet, ring, and earrings.

Jayden's Jungle Leaf bracelet. I received this fabric in a scrap pack. It's actually a Heather Bailey print from her Freshcut line but cut down to this size reminds me of zebra stripes. I can make matching earrings in almost any of the colors featured on the bracelet.

And a few more:

Annabelle's Cornflower Blue bracelet

Kate's Rockin' Red  Batik earrings

And Laurie's Garden bracelet
All earrings are $4, all rings are $8, and all bracelets are $12 (I like to keep things simple). I do ship internationally but shipping is a bit more than domestic prices. It is a busy season and the post office is packed but there is still time to get your order by Christmas so if you have any last minute gift needs check the shop!

Thank you to everyone who added one of my items to a treasury or added one as a favorite. I really appreciate it!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

do. Good Stitches {a Charity Bee} November Blocks

Our do. Good Stitches {s Charity Bee} November block was designed by Emily of this little life of mine. She tasked us to create any block style in yellows and white. Since I am a little late and since I had some extra pieces of white already cut out I made 3 blocks instead of the usual 2:

I didn't really have a lot of yellows in my stash. Thankfully Aunt Ginny had some to donate to the cause. I think our fabrics coordinated well together and hopefully will look good with the rest of the blocks.
These are going off in the mail tomorrow!

Happy Quilting!

A Dozen Quilters Christmas Stocking

My blog friend Hollie recently asked for volunteers to join A Dozen Quilters, a charity bee much like do. Good Stitches but instead of quilt blocks they pick a quilted project each month to do together to benefit a charity organization.

In November we were tasked to make a stocking to benefit the St. Pj's Children's Home in San Antonio. I made mine from pre-quilted Amy Butler fabric from her love collection, some super soft fleece for the cuff, and stuffed it with a gift card to Walmart.

If I could do it all over again I would have done a French seam for the inside of the stocking but who looks in the inside of the stocking anyways??

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

I'm back!

A little bird reminded me that it has been awhile since my last post. I agree! 

The past few weeks have been quite eventful but unfortunately they've also been very time consuming and I haven't had many spare moments to write a post. Let's see, I interviewed for and started a new job, I went on a quilting retreat, we started painting our basement, I hit a deer (I'm ok and after some repairs and some paint my car is too), went to the NOVA Modern Quilt Guild sew in, moved my crafting stuff back downstairs into my new nook, my niece was born and we hosted my parents at our house when they came up to meet her, we moved our computers and desks back downstairs, went to Roanoke for Thanksgiving, bought a dinning room table and buffet, and painted the dining room. Whew!

What little spare time I did have was mostly spent eating, cleaning, or sleeping. I did manage to make a few sales from my Etsy shop and send those out but absolutely no sewing has been done since the retreat on the 5th-7th with the Cabin Branch Quilt Guild and the sew in on the 13th. I'm so behind! Hopefully I can catch up tonight after we finish the second coat on the dining room walls. 

My blocks are due for the do.Good Stitches {A Charity Bee}. This month we were asked to make yellow and white blocks in any style we wanted. This is a tough one for me because I don't actually have a lot of yellow. Hopefully I can scrounge something up and finish those up tonight. Since I don't have anything to show you, you should go check out the blogs of the other ladies in my bee: 

Krista of Spotted Stones
Muriƫl of Hopfaldera

Hopefully the next time I post I will have some great pictures to show you!!!

Happy Quilting!