Thursday, May 31, 2012

May AYOS Finish!

My little man has decided lately that napping is for weenies ... so I don't have a finished AYOS to share!  Fortunately, I was able to finish piecing the top and barely managed to sneak outside for a few pictures this afternoon during one of his little cat naps.

This month's Schnibbles pattern was Doc.  I made my version using Pure by Sweetwater for Moda.  I'm so happy that I've been able to make all five of my AYOS projects {mostly} using stashed fabrics, but since I only had a partial layer cake left for this month's project, I was a little limited in my color placement.  I'm happy with the way everything worked out, though!


Since this quilt is intended for a little boy, I did away with the white sashing in between the Card Trick blocks (to me, it made the quilt look more feminine), and opted for dark brown corners instead.  I really love how they came together to form a secondary design in the middle!!


My plan is to finish the whole thing up with some basic straight line quilting to echo the block outlines, and use the same dark brown polka dot fabric for the binding!


Be sure to stop by A Quilting Life and Pink Pincushion tomorrow to see the parade of quilt finishes!

PS - Luigi couldn't be budged from his nap in the shade in order to have his picture taken ...


... but Lily, diva that she is, was happy to pose.  Happy Sewing!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Stuck!

I'm making great progress on my AYOS project for May ... or at least I was until I finished my 8th block this morning.  I've made four pairs of matching blocks ... and I love how they turned out!



But, I can't figure out for the life of me how I want to finish the center!  Any suggestions??  Right now I'm leaning towards maybe white and dark brown ...

I've decided to deviate from the pattern with my sashing ... so hopefully by the time I've finished I'll find some inspiration for the center!

Linking up this week with ...

Friday, May 18, 2012

Patterns now available through Craftsy!

Happy Friday!  Just wanted to pop by and share my new storefront:

Craftsy is a new-to-me site, and I'm still exploring all of the fabulous tutorials, downloadable patterns (both free and paid), and classes.  Most exciting, though, they have a beta-pattern feature for Independent designers ... and there are no service or commission charges, which means that I can offer my patterns at a discounted rate!

The best part is ... wait for it ... the .pdf patterns are available for you to download as soon as you've paid through PayPal.  You don't have to wait for me to email them directly to you!

I'll be slowly adding patterns to the shop over the weekend, and I'll be posting a couple of freebies too!  My etsy shop will still be open, too.

Speaking of Poplun Designs Patterns ... have you made a project using one?  Please share your projects in one of our new Flickr groups!

Quilting Projects: http://www.flickr.com/groups/poplun/
Crocheting & Knitting Projects:  http://www.flickr.com/groups/cottongarden/

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday Evening Sew-in!

Happy Thursday!  After last week's chaos, I'm happy to say that I'm finally steroid free.  I decided to celebrate with an evening of sewing.  Hubby carted little man off to Grandma's house for kisses and I ended the house to myself for a whole four hours!  Seriously ... I think it's been almost seven months since I've been alone for more than 20 or so!

I have to admit it took me a little while to figure out what I was supposed to do with myself ... and I came out of my sewing room at least three times because I swore I heard my little sweetie crying ... But, after gloriously "wasting" some time catching up on my blog-reading (and discovering some new friends!)  I settled down for some serious sewing on this month's AYOS project.

May's project is Doc by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co:

Carrie's beautiful version!

Since the family has lots of baby boys headed our way this summer, I decided to dig into my stash of Pure by Sweetwater left over from my Puppy Dog Tails quilt ...


... for this month's project.  I've heard from my fellow Schnibblers that there has been lots of seam-ripping associated with the Card Trick block so far.  Don't get me wrong - Carrie's instructions are great ... there are just SO many little triangles ... and it's so easy to get off track!!  So, rather than try and rapidly assemble as many blocks as I could in my few precious hours, I just sat down and made two {identical} blocks.  There's something so peaceful and almost meditative about sewing just for the sake of sewing.  I'm happy to say that my two blocks were assembled without the assistance of a seam ripper, and even though I only finished two ... there was such a deep satisfaction in watching all my little corners come together perfectly.


Hope your Thursday evening has been equally as satisfying and peaceful - happy sewing!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

It's a slow weekend ...

... but not quite by choice.  Thursday night, I had an unfortunate run-in with some peanuts.  Hubby brought home some Thai take-out from a restaurant on the way home from the office.  He has eaten there several times and we even had lunch there together earlier this week without any problems.  Each time he's been there, Hubby was assured that there were no peanuts in the yellow curry.  They said that it was perfectly safe for me to eat their food!

Well, Thursday night, they apparently switched up their recipe ... and added peanuts, just for fun ... and my face swelled up like Will Smith's in Hitch ... and we had to rush off to the hospital before I stopped breathing all together ... since all my EpiPens were expired ...


We ended up in the creepy, ghetto ER in Sacramento - if you live in the area, you know exactly which one I'm talking about - and four hours later came home with orders to take Prednasone and Benedryl for the next couple of days.  Taking Prednasone is what I can only imagine taking speed is like.  It's a steriod that makes you all dizzy, jittery, and makes it feel like your heart is beating out of your chest.  Taking Benedryl at the same times makes all those symptoms feel like they're happening in slow motion.

So, since I'm too tweaked out to sew, I picked up my crochet hook and made some Trinity Stitch cotton washcloths.  I can't believe how quickly these little guys come together!  I love the Trinity crochet stitch because it goes so quickly - the pattern is really easy to memorize, which means you don't have to pay a ton of attention to what you're doing!  The resulting washcloth has just enough texture to give a nice scrub (without all the bulk of the popcorn stitch) but is soft and gentle at the same time.  And the best part is that with the nice cotton yarn, the more you wash them, the softer they get!

If you're interested in a little weekend crocheting, here's the pattern!  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/trinity-stitch-washcloth

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday WIP




Fabric pressed and cut? Check.
Sewing machine dusted and spare bobbins wound? Check.
Ice-cold Diet Coke in stock? Check.
Good audio book downloaded? Check.
Little man settled down for a long afternoon nap? Check.

Full-sized Southern Belle ... here we go!!


Head on over to Freshly Pieced to see lots more lovely Wednesday WIPs!