I just finished the quilting part of Sofia's quilt and although my legs and back are a little sore (will remedy table situation soon hopefully) I really enjoy this part of the process. It's a twin size quilt and I bought a queen size bed sheet for the backing and, despite my reservations, I'm really happy with the way it went. It was smooth sewing and easy to put together so I'll definitely use sheets again when I want a quick solution to the backing (I got a nice one at IKEA). I used my sloppy stippling method again and I'm fine with that (I know I'm a beginner and I'm happy with it).
I stitched her name in one corner so she will always know I made this especially for her. She was happy when she saw that part so mission accomplished.
Now I get to do my favorite part....a long movie (or movies) and binding. It already has the pretty kitty seal of approval so yay for me! (that's her "I approve of this quilt" look)
And now I'm off to meet our friends for happy hour which is a great start to any weekend! Have a great weekend and stay cool (in every way)!
I just love it when I happen upon somebody's blog and they're showing off their creation made from one of my patterns. Today I landed on Amy Dunn's beautiful blog (she has 3 girls, I can totally relate!) and saw this beautiful little girl wearing a sweet rendition of my Evelyn Apron skirt (here in pdf and here in paper format). I really love the Sandi Henderson fabrics she picked (and I love that they match her hair!). Oh, and Amy has a really nice etsy shop here.
Here's a cute close up shot.
And here's a gorgeous version done up by the wonderfully talented Tasha Noel (check her etsy shop here). She did a few things "outside the box" and that makes me so happy since you can really get crazy and have some fun with this skirt.
This little crocheted flower is such a sweet touch too. I have some of the embroidery patterns from Tasha's store and I want to try them on the skirt aprons (I know they'd be cute there, especially the hedgehog!).
I think I share this one already but it's worth showing again (since it's one of my all time favorites). This was Sarah Jackson's daughters first sewing project (and I'm so honored) and she really knocked it out of the ball park. I was lucky enough to visit with Sarah at her home in Portland (she used to live down here, waaa!) while on vacation and I loved hearing Annika share how she loved the fabric on the apron because it contained all of the Oz characters in one piece. Way to think through your project before digging in!
Anyway, I'll keeping my eyes open for more and if you have any projects from my patterns be sure to tell me or, better yet, add them to my flickr group where I'm bound to see them. Keep on sewing!
Name that song. I did NOT intend to be gone from my blog this long but my sister is a PC and I'm a Mac and for some reason her computer does not like Typepad so I couldn't post while at her house (yet one more reason I neeeed an iPad). But I had a wonderful vacation in Portland and even got to stay a couple extra days (the surprises of flying standby) which enabled Peety and I to go see the new Harry Potter (which made me, and other theater goers, literally sob and I'm going to see it again today with Joey).
I have so much to share but I just want to do a quick birthday post (because I'm going to a movie, remember?). The day after we arrived (which just so happened to be my birthday!) I woke up to a text from Monica saying "Come join us for breakfast!". Well I replied that, sadly, I couldn't because I was still in my pajamas and had no car. She replied back with "Get dressed and steal a car!". So I did. Well I aggressively borrowed my sister's car and got there in time for a wonderful breakfast with some of my favorite people in the world. Monica was there with her super nice hubby Tom, as well as Violet Craft, Traci Butler, and Melody Miller who was vitising town with her husband. It turns out I had just missed meeting Jen of Betty Crocker Ass, which bums me out but it was my first official introduction to Melody and she couldn't be any sweeter.
Anyway, Violet lives near the restaurant we ate at and she was sweet enough to give a home tour to Monica and myself after breakfast. It's a gorgeous, old home in the swanky Laurelhurst district of Portland and it's for sale (so go here and buy it!). Here we are on one of the sun porches.
And here's a view of the ceiling in one of the bathrooms. I won't tell you where I was sitting when I took this shot so don't ask.
Portland has the best garage sales and thrift shops and I passed this on the way to my car. Pooop. People are funny. The Jesus pictures was awesome but already sold and way too big for my suitcase anyway (but I really wanted it). Pooop.
In my attempts to make my birthday awesomer I stopped by Burgerville for a hamburger and a fresh strawberry shake. Which I then proceeded to eat in a very undignified manner. I found out later their small shakes have over 500 calories (and this is not one of the small ones). Way to burst my happy bubble.
The icing on my birthday day was a trip to Fabric Depot where I ran into my own patterns! Yay! I used to shop at Fabric Depot years ago so it was such a thrill to see my stuff there. I felt like I'd arrived!
I have lots more to share but must first unpack my suitcase and get my fill of hugs. Back soon!