10 almost.


This circle quilt is almost finished!  I started quilting it last night and hopefully will get the rest done today.

I've had the plague this week (which disguised itself as a sinus infection) so it's been kind of slow on the sewing scene around here.  Thankfully I'm feeling much better just in time for the weekend!  Hope you all have a great one.

8 swap progress.


I finally joined my first swap this month (the Make Mine Modern Swap) and I am so happy that I did!  It's been a lot of fun so far.  I did some work on my first swap item this weekend, and I love how it's coming along!

This is my first time making string blocks....albeit slightly non-traditional ones (and I refuse to paper piece them) but they are coming out great and are really fun to make!  I see more of these in my future.

9 the bathroom plan.


Well the kitchen changes are almost complete, I'm hoping to get our curtains hung this weekend so I can share some pictures with you.  We've already started planning for the next project...our first floor bathroom.  I'll share the "before" pictures of our bathroom soon but first I want to share what we're planning to do with the room.
We've already purchased the vanity set, toilet, towels, and bath rug, and we found some hardware and lighting that keep with the theme of sleek, clean lines for a very modern look.  I can't wait to get started on this project, hopefully this weekend!

12 WIP wednesday.


I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

1 velveteen.


So soft and lovely.

The plan is to make pillows for my sewing room.  That is, if I can stop petting it long enough to cut into it!

2 project 365: week 2.


5 healing.


Well our little cousin Abram is doing much better!  He even got to come home from the hospital this week.  Of course, he is without a kidney and has a long road ahead of him with chemo starting soon, but at least the surgery is behind him and the tumor that was taking up half of his abdomen has been removed!  I finished his space quilt so he'd have something to snuggle with during his recovery.
I made this one completely from my stash.  Since I started making it on a whim at about 10pm one night last week, it was nice to have all the fabric I needed without having to buy anything!  Have I mentioned there are ZERO fabric stores around here?  Literally, zero (unless you count Walmart, which I don't).
The quilting isn't groundbreaking, just the usual straight lines.  I wanted it to feel cuddly and soft so I backed it in flannel and didn't quilt it very heavily.
I hope this quilt helps little Abram feel better!  Thank you to those of you who said a prayer for him.

1 swatch 4.0.


Oil painting on cardboard by Theo Altenburg via Design Milk.

5 the one that got away.


See this chandelier?
I was almost the proud owner of it for $20, that is, until the store employee at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store tried to take it down for me and my dreams the glass domes all came crashing down on us!  Apparently they were not attached, and they all fell out when he lifted it up.  Of course, they all fell at once in slow motion and I didn't think it would be a good idea (nor possible) to try to catch them all.  Thankfully no one was hurt (other than the shattered domes and my heart), but now I can't stop thinking about that chandelier!  It was so perfectly modern and would be a vast improvement compared to the one in my dining room now.  Does anyone know where I could find replacement domes?  I am tempted to go back and get it just in case I can find some.

3 thrifting treasures.


I really love walking around the thrift stores around here, you never know what kind of treasures you'll find!  Last night I hit the jackpot and found a few milkglass vases, brass fruit, a pretty footed bowl, and a lovely Vera Neumann scarf!
I also picked up a bunch of antique pant hangers, which are perfect for hanging prints or quilts!
I think a shopping trip to another store is on tonight's agenda, and this time I'm in search of furniture.  Wish me luck!

4 circles.


All done cutting circles!
Now to start the applique process...

2 project 365: week 1.


I've decided that 2011 is a good time to improve my photography skills, so I've joined the 365 Project and plan to take a picture every day this year!  Here are the pictures from the first week (I do apologize that you've seen a few of these already).

5 swatch 3.0


Happy Friday!  Here's a new swatch to inspire you this weekend.

8 spacey stripes.


This one needs to come together quickly for a little boy who loves Star Wars!
Our little cousin Abram has to get a cancerous tumor that has wrapped around his kidney removed tomorrow (and sadly the kidney is coming out too) so I figure the least I can do is send him something to snuggle with while in the hospital.  4 year olds should not have to deal with cancer!  Please keep Abram and his family in your prayers.

8 random.


A few random thoughts on this Wednesday afternoon...
  • Sometimes it's fun to just sew things together without any sort of plan.  I'm not sure where I'm headed with this one but it's a good way to use up scraps. 
  • I started on my circle quilt last night, the colors in this one make me so happy!

  • My sister bought me a little notebook for Christmas to sketch my ideas in.  Usually I am too afraid to write in my notebooks for fear of making a mistake (yes I am aware of how ridiculous that makes me sound) but this time I actually started writing in it...in ink!  That's progress for me.  Nevermind the fact that I wrote it out on scrap paper first.  The best part about my little black book...it's graph paper!  Brings me back to my college days, and it's perfect for sketching quilt designs.

  • I've been thinking of joining a bee or swap this year...does anyone have one to recommend?  I've never joined one, but I think it would be a good way to improve my skills and make new blog friends.  
  • Is anyone that reads this blog from the UP/Northern WI area and interested in sewing/quilting?  There have got to be a few of you I hope!

4 2011.


Just wanted to wish you all a happy new year!
We had a little get together at our house to celebrate last night with lots of good friends and wonderful food.  All was well minus the 2 hour power outage!  Luckily the lights came back on in time to ring in the new year!
I made some crepe paper chandeliers to make our house feel a little more festive, and while most of the guys at the party made fun of me for them, I still think they're pretty cool!
We got a little extreme with the decorating and decided it was necessary to paint the living room before the party.  Even though it was a lot of work (including 4 coats of paint on the ceiling...don't ask), I am in love with the way it turned out (the gray is Behr Pewter Ring).
 I'm so happy we have the rest of the weekend to relax.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2011!
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