Wednesday, October 31, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Happy Halloweeeeeen!! again...two posts in one day!  Yahoo! 


-Halloween costumes: We had our ward Halloween party last night and the kids ran their costumes around, and one of them got barfed on...yuck...but they looked sooooo good! And they were so excited to wear them!

-I made TWO Wiksten Tova Tops this week and am already planning out the next ones. 

My husband was pretty impressed that I could sew myself a shirt and not look like a homeless pilgram.  He said I should make one in blue (which obviously means I need to buy some of this fabric right?!). I highly recommend this pattern.  I didn't make a muslin and both shirts turned out wonderfully.   And this was the first real garment I've ever made for myself.  It was wonderful.

-I finished up these Fly a Kite pillow covers that have been sitting on my dryer for way too long!  I don't know why I waited so long on these, they were so easy and I kindof want to keep them all!  But they'll be in my shop soon.

-I got two small quilts quilted, binding cut and made for another one, and found a solution to a problem I was stuck with in another quilt top!  Weekends are productive for me : )

Still To do this week:

-I've got bee blocks to finish, and if you're waiting for one from me I promise this is the week I am getting caught up!!  And I apologize for keeping you waiting...being late is really anti my usual way of operating.  I'm usually 10 minutes to things and then wondering if I'm in the right place because I'm the first one there, haha! 

-I've got bee fabrics to cut and mail as I'm in charge of a couple bees in November, so that also means directions to post to Flickr.  I'll share these since I'm pretty excited for what I've come up with! 

What do you have going on this week? Is your week as busy as mine?  Probably busier, I can get a little dramatic in my head sometimes ; )

Linking up as usual to WIP Wednesday at Lee's! 

Blogger's Quilt Festival

My Halloween quilt is done!!!  

 So I have to enter this quilt into the Blogger's Quilt Festival, of course.

And I had to wait until Halloween DAY to enter it, obviously.  And since my Giants won the World Series this quilt is even more appropriate!  As a bonus, Ben's school colors at ISU are black and orange so I can pretty much keep it out all year, right?  Right.

I came up with this quilt from seeing so many amazing chevrons and zig-zag quilts and desperately wanting to make one.  I also wanted to make a Halloween quilt that was purely black and orange (ok, maybe grey also) as a tribute to our family's annual Black and Orange Halloween dinner we have around Halloween time (tonight we're having black rice and salmon, carrots, olives, oranges, dirt get the idea).
I sketched out what I wanted to do.... have varied widths of white space between the zig-zags, which would be a combination of black and orange fabrics to give it a scrappy look.

I have always wanted to make holiday quilts with non holiday specific fabrics.  Though I love holiday specific fabrics too, and there are some ghosts and candy corns in this one, I began by pulling all the black and orange fabric I had and cutting a bizillion 5" squares and making them into HST's. Then it needed some pizazz, so I added the Halloween specific fabrics and loved it even more.

"helper" dog

I hand quilted it with Perle cotton thread and it was lovely.  I love how it looks simple and special and didn't take as long to quilt as I thought it would! 

I backed it with black flannel that is so snuggly warm, and with some leftover orange fabric.  I love that the quilting of the zig-zag from the top shows on the orange of the back, like a rad surprise detail that looks really awesome.

I had a hard time getting a picture of this as the stitches blend into the pattern, but in person it looks really awesome! 

Quilt Stats:
Halloween Quilt/Black and Orange Zig-Zag
Hand quilted with black Perle Cotton thread
Measures 63" x 80"
Category: Favorite Throw Quilt

Tonight I'll be sitting under this awesome quilt watching Ghostbusters and Young Frankenstein if you need me...and raiding my kids trick-or-treat bags for the all the milky ways and pink starbursts from the neighborhood...!

happy halloween and happy blogger's quilt festival!!

go have a look if you haven't already, and be prepared to be inspired!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

And the winners are....?

...comments #14 and #4, congratulations!!  I've emailed you both.

#14 GillOctober 19, 2012 9:04 AM
Congratulations Marian!
I'm just re-reading(Because I love it!!) 'The Timetravellers Wife'
Thanks for a fabulous giveaway!

#4 Heather D.October 18, 2012 5:49 PM
Congratulations!! I'm reading Cutting for Stone. EXCELLENT book. A lot longer than what I normally read (I think it's over 600pgs) but it's not feeling long at all.

I used the random number generator (but I couldn't figure out how you put the results here.  Anyone know?)  so, if you didn't win, stick around, I'm sure there will be more giveaways!  Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

Some of the ladies in our kids playgroup formed a book club and we're supposed to have The Last Promise by Richard Paul Evans read by November 6th (I just got my copy yesterday and honestly would much rather sew... Has anyone read it?  I'll start it tonight and we'll see how it goes).

I also got The Preschooler's Busy Book that has 365 activities to do with 3-6 year olds.  It snowed yesterday so the days of creative indoor activity have begun...and I need all the ideas I can get! 

I'm compiling a list of all the books you recommended that'll be ready tomorrow! 

We were going to have a Halloween party tonight but nobody can make it anymore : ( so now that my day has opened up again, maybe I'll get my Wiksten Tova made and watch Young Frankenstein with Ben tonight and eat carrots and olives anyway : )

Thank you again to everyone who entered!  I loved hearing your recommendations and what you are all up to!  It really is so nice to hear from you all!  Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Halloween Edition

So, this week is going by faster than it should.  We are having a black and orange Halloween party at our house on Friday (yeah, two days away Friday...) and so I'm narrowing my sewing this week to catching up on Bee blocks and Halloween sewing.


(or almost finished...) I basted the heck out of some small quilt tops.  Now I just need to finish quilting them, but at least they got moved one step ahead!

Halloween Quilt: 
-So excited to get some good pictures of this.  I love it.  It'll get it's own post soon too, promise ; )

Halloween Bunting and Tutorial:
-You can find that post here.  I love mine.  Adds some happiness to the blank wall!

Bee blocks:
-one day this past week my kids fell asleep at 6:30 so I had a great night of sewing.  I apologize if you follow me on Instagram because you'll have already seen 90% of these pics : /

I got so much done I had time to work on my fun time just for me project.  I sew scraps together, mostly strips, with no direction or editing in mind, and it's pure blissful therapy to see what happens!  Here's what I've got so far:
 I love how it's turning out!

Halloween Costumes:
-Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony - DONE!  I'll have a better picture (I hope) after the thrill of having a tail has worn off.  This is the best I got, she just wouldn't sit still for it!
 This was made by following a tutorial on Craftiness is Not Optional that Jess did for her girls this Halloween.  I tell you what, and it might sound silly, but I was able to make this and it totally doesn't look like a craft project disaster!  I'm actually much more confident that I understand how patterns work and how pieces go together so I'm going to plunge forward and make more clothes!  As you'll see further on in my list.
If you have a little pony in your house, this is a great tutorial!!

Still need to make:
-Mario costume for the monkey boy
-Halloween pillow (just needs to be quilted and assembled)
-Black and Orange shirt for me!  I'm making a Wiksten Tova Tunic and Tank but hope to have one done to wear Friday and the other done to wear on Halloween!  Most of all I'm excited about the fabrics and scared to mess them up.  Wish me luck!

I'm linking up (in time!) to WIP Wednesday over here.  I've already seen some great projects I want to add to my "someday make this" list.  Go look!

Thank you to all who have entered my giveaway so far!  I'm enjoying your comments so much!!  I'm going to compile a list of all the books you've suggested so y'all can see, it's a great variety!

If you haven't entered, there's still time!  Here is the post, and you've got until tonight when I'll close the comments.  I'll pick a winner tomorrow! 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Halloween Bunting Tutorial!!

Sorry I didn't get this up yesterday.  I got sick really suddenly Friday night, slept most of Saturday except for a Target trip, and then I slept the rest of the day away.

I'm feeling better today though and since Halloween is only a week and a half away, it's about time I got this put together!

In cutting strips for my Halloween quilt I had those end of the row extra pieces that I wanted to do something with and came up with this.  There are lots of ways this can be fancied up or personalized so I encourage you, if you make this, to feel free to make it your own.  That's the fun part!! 

Here's what you'll need:

-fabric scraps (we'll be folding them in half so keep that in mind if you choose something with a design you want to feature).
-ribbon (figure out how long you want your bunting to be and cut ribbon accordingly.  For me this means, look at the wall it's going on and then guess, or hold up the ribbon and cut.  Not very scientific but that's ok).

1.  Iron scraps in half, right sides together.
2.  Stitch 2 sides closed, be sure your opening is at the top if you have an "up" to your print.

3.  Turn right side out and iron flat.

4.  Stitch around all sides.
 (I didn't follow my own advice on this one, and it probably isn't a huge deal if you don't stitch up the top first, as you'll stitch over it when sewing it to the ribbon.)

5.  Grab your ribbon and on a flat surface place, or pin, your pieces on one side of the ribbon.  This will be the back, so keep in mind when placing any pieces that have designs or prints you especially want to feature.  This is also helpful in deciding how big your bunting will be and therefore, how much ribbon you'll actually be using. 

6.  Make a loop knot, for hanging, on each end of your ribbon.

7.  Stitch each fabric piece to the ribbon in any order you want, and continue until you are out of ribbon or out of fabric, or until you come to the loop.  Just keep an eye out for the end so you don't have to unpick stitches. 
(I asked him to smile for me and this is what he did...But! He was a great helper and handed me each piece so I got a very random distribution and only edited so that two of the same weren't next to each other)

8.  Trim any loose threads, turn over so ribbon is on top of fabric.  Hang up your bunting and enjoy!! 

i am so excited for when i won't rent a house i can pick the wall colors....

If you have any questions, of if anything about this is confusing, let me know and I'll do my best to help!  Hope you all have a great week!!

Don't forget the giveaway for my 100th post is open until Wednesday night so go here to enter!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

100th post!! Giveaway and discount code!

Hi everyone!!

This is my 100th blog post!  I hope you have all enjoyed some of the last 100 posts, I've had a lot of fun playing around with the whole thing!  I have some more fun stuff planned for future posts, and am hoping to get a bit more organized so I can be a bit less scattered.

I am waiting on my tutorial for Halloween Bunting until tomorrow but I do have something to share!

I made cookies today and they're my favorite (It's the recipe on the back of the Toll House Chocolate Chips).  And when a day like today comes along, they're wonderful to put together in 15 minutes.  You could just make the dough, I won't judge.

I don't feel like I am super good at tons of things, but I've been making chocolate chip cookies (from this recipe) since I was 5 years old.  That's almost 20 years of experience!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks (1 cup) softened butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar*
3/4 cup granulated sugar*
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1 scant tsp. salt
1 generous tsp. vanilla (to be honest I don't measure this....vanilla is the best)
2 cups flour*
as many chocolate chips as you want :) (I don't measure those either)


1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Combine butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a med-large bowl until creamy and smooth.
2.  Add eggs and mix until combined.
3.  Add baking soda, salt, and vanilla and mix again.
4.  Add flour and chocolate chips and mix (if you like your cookies cake-y then feel free to add more flour).  Taste to be sure of it's deliciousness
5. scoop onto ungreased baking/cookie sheet and bake for 9-12 minutes.  I set timer for 9 minutes, check them and add time.  I hate burnt cookies.
6. Devour and then make some more.

*Living in Idaho I've modified the recipe a tad to get good results at this elevation.  I use 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2 1/4-2 1/2 cups flour.  Basically, the more brown sugar, the chewier the cookie.  If you like crunchy cookies add more granulated sugar, and if you like cakey cookies add more flour.

Now for the GIVEAWAY!! 

I have 2 i-spy charm packs from my Etsy shop to give to two of you!!!

There are 56 5" charms in each pack and the fabric came from my stash (This is just an example of the type of charms in 1 pack).  All quality fabrics, even some Japanese and organic fabrics! 

To enter:

1. Leave me a comment telling me what book you've read lately that was awesome.  And fair warning, if you say Twilight I'll assume you're being sarcastic ; ) Or, if you haven't read anything lately, what have you done lately that was awesome!

*You don't have to be a follower to enter this giveaway!  I love having followers but that's not why I do this.  Follow me if you want to but I'm not going to make it a requirement.  That's up to you!!  

Giveaway will be open until Wednesday night, Ocober 24th and I'll pick a winner on Thursday. 

I also wanted to give you a discount code (100POSTS) for 15% off in my Etsy shop.  The discount will be good until the end of October! 

Thank you all for being such amazing supportive people!  I enjoy reading your comments so so much, though I don't always respond quickly I assure you, your words are read and so appreciated!! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Discounted Rainbow Baby quilt in the shop!

Monday's aren't too cool with me so I wanted to show you this quilt I finished over the weekend and listed in my Etsy shop.

I used charms from a rainbow charm swap I did over the summer to make it, and think it'll be great for a little one to carry around.  It'd be great too as a playmat for a baby to roll all over and stare at and learn colors!

I've taken $20 off the price of this one because I wasn't happy with the way my "straight line" quilting turned out.  There's nothing wrong with the construction, it's just that the lines aren't I'm still hopeful that someone will enjoy it and not care that the lines are a little wavy!!!

The quilt measures 45 1/2" square and is backed with a leftover Ikea sheet that is super cozy and a great blue with red dot print. 

You can find the listing for this quilt here.

Thanks everyone!

My next post (100th!!!)  includes a tutorial for a super cute Halloween decoration and a giveaway!!  Be sure to come back soon :)
(Ok, I'll tell you, it's bunting!!)