quilts for sale!

Why, hello! I know, I know… it’s been forever! I keep thinking that having two of the three kids back in school will provide me with more time for sewing, but alas, it seems that is not so. I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve made a quilt, and I’m itching to get back…Continue reading »

happy valentine’s day!

I’ve made a few Valentine-y quilts over the years (2013 (maybe my favorite?),¬†2014¬†with baby Hazel!, 2017 in a snowstorm…), and while I hadn’t had one in mind for this year, suddenly the other day I got the urge to make one. I love Allison’s heart block pattern, and thought it’d be fun to make up…Continue reading »

Aria quilt top

I had a finished quilt to show you last week, but my computer crashed and took with it all the photos I had taken of said quilt (and all the photos from Henry’s first year – ah!). Luckily, Morgan was able to recover most (all?) of them and has replaced the hard drive in my…Continue reading »

Henry – months 9, 10 & 11

Oh man, I’m not doing well at keeping up with these monthly updates! I figured I better get these up before Henry turns one in just a couple short weeks! 9 months – 10 months – (Henry’s favorite toy – better when it’s all tangled up in a giant mess!) (yes, I had to bribe…Continue reading »

a bit of shopping?

It’s that time of year again – Black Friday is upon us, and my inbox is filled with emails about sales. As usual, I like to put together a little post highlighting the sales offered by my fabulous sponsors – I hope you find something to tempt you! _ _ _ Jones & Vandermeer –…Continue reading »

ds scrap string quilt

Quite a long time ago (2009!), I had a chance to go to Denyse Schmidts annual studio sale. It was such fun to see her studio space, to admire those beautiful and inspiring quilts, and a bonus to be able to take home a couple scrap bags. I bought scrap bags then trying to get…Continue reading »

quilts for sale!

It’s been noted that we may have too many quilts in our house (what?!). So many of the quilts I make have never been used – some haven’t even had their first washing! – and despite the fact that I’d like to keep them all, even I can admit that it would be far nicer…Continue reading »

new pillows!

Recovering our pillows has been on my list for far too long. Somehow it always gets pushed down the list in favor of a new quilt (or new Linden sweatshirt, if I’m being honest!). The other day a neighbor and friend asked for a little lesson on making zippered pillow covers and I thought I…Continue reading »

les fleurs giveaway, thanks to lady belle fabrics!

Today I have a great giveaway for you all, courtesy of one of my sponsors, Lady Belle Fabric. I’m always pleased when Brooke suggests a giveaway, as she always picks a bundle that I’d love to have! And indeed she’s done it again with this giveaway, offering up this amazing collection, the full Les Fleurs…Continue reading »

fabrics (or potential quilts…)

Sometimes it takes me a while to get into a fabric line, and I think that might have been the case with Anna Maria Horner’s Honor Roll. I bought just a fat eighth bundle of the line and wasn’t immediately sure I could see myself using it. Then suddenly a week or two ago I…Continue reading »

painted paddles

(hey look, more snowy ice photos — I have to take advantage while I have (willing) helpers!) Long (long!) ago, I made the blocks for this quilt. I just took a look back, and in December of 2013, Hawthorne Threads sent me a bundle of their new solids, Hawthorne Hues. I made up several fun…Continue reading »

welcome, new sponsors!

Hello! Today I want to take a minute to introduce two new sponsors to the site. First up is Lady Belle Fabric, a relatively new online shop owned and run by a husband and wife team, Rob and Brooke Becker. They specialize in beautiful modern fabrics, sold by the yard, by the bundle as well…Continue reading »

shopping, anyone?

I hope all of you in the US had a wonderful (and tasty!) Thanksgiving. We enjoyed a great meal and I had perhaps more than my fair share of pie! I’m thinking about spending the rest of the evening on the couch handsewing the binding on this little quilt I’ve been working on, and I’m…Continue reading »

the 5th annual Action Kivu fundraiser

It’s time for the Action Kivu fundraiser, organized by Alissa Haight Carlton. It’s a really wonderful way to raise money for the women of the Congo (and maybe win yourself a great prize at the same time!). This nonprofit offers sewing workshops to the women of the Congo, teaching them skills to be able to…Continue reading »

city gym shorts!

The free city gym shorts pattern was posted on the Purl Bee recently, and I had it printed out the same day. [And yes, it’s as great, and as fast!, as I thought it would be!] Since then, I’ve been a bit obsessed with making (and wearing!) these shorts. I like the chambray paired with…Continue reading »

voting time!

Happy Friday! Just a quick little post today to let you know that you can now vote for your favorites in the Umbrella Prints Trimmings competition. Head over to the Umbrella Prints 2014 Pinterest board and vote by repinning and commenting on your favorite(s). There are so many beautiful entries this year – I’m happy…Continue reading »

Welcome, HoneyBeGood!

I’m pleased to welcome a new sponsor to the blog, HoneyBeGood! I always enjoy learning more about the online shops I buy from, so I asked the owner, Karen, to share a bit about her shop and how it came to be. The name HoneyBeGood is mostly whimsical but it does reflect a serious commitment….Continue reading »

Liberty winner!

Thank you for all the wonderful entries this weekend! I love that so many of you also love Liberty of London fabrics! And now, the winner of this great Liberty bundle from DuckaDilly — Comment #347, Terri Henderson, who said “i have always loved liberty fabric though i do not own any. sigh”. Well, good…Continue reading »

A winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Llama Fabrics giveaway! I enjoyed hearing what you were working on, and how you were spending your weekend. Our weekend? Not quite as much fun – Max was sick and then kindly passed it on to me, so I had ample time to read through all your fun comments…Continue reading »

goodbye 2013, hello 2014!

On this first day of the new year, I thought I ought to post a little mosaic of a few finished quilts from the last year. Despite losing my job, 2013 was a pretty good year around here. I made several quilts, but of course the best part of 2013 was Hazel joining our family….Continue reading »

a FabricBubb giveaway

Phew! Those last couple of weeks flew by, and while I intended to blog (and even took photos of several things that need blogging!), clearly that didn’t happen. Computer time seems to come last these days – but not today, because today I have a great giveaway for you thanks to one of my sponsors,…Continue reading »

Action Kivu – 4th annual fundraiser

Are you ready? It’s time again for the annual Action Kivu fundraiser, organized by Alissa. If you’ve been reading for a while, you may remember this fundraiser from years past, but if not, here’s a brief description of the fundraiser from Alissa’s blog – Action Kivu is a nonprofit that helps women who are victims…Continue reading »

the quilts are on display!

Nido is looking especially lovely these days – filled with great fabrics and quilts! If you live in the Burlington area, or are visiting for the annual Vermont Quilt Festival, I hope you’ll stop by to take a look this weekend! The artist reception is tonight, from 5:30 – 7:30, and the quilts will remain…Continue reading »

4 (of) hearts – an umbrella prints improv quilt

I’m thrilled to have finished this quilt! I was hoping to get some good photos, but lately I’m having a harder and harder time finding time for quilt photos. While in the past we could drive around until I found the perfect spot, unfortunately Max doesn’t find driving around aimlessly to be fun. So these…Continue reading »

Sew Fresh Fabrics news

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a happy Easter! We hunted for a few eggs and Max discovered a real taste for jelly beans. I think we may be in trouble! Just a quick note to let you know that Peg of Sew Fresh Fabrics has a new dot com site which launches today!…Continue reading »

Wiksten tops made out of rayon

I’ve been curious about Anna Maria’s rayon challis since she first mentioned it on her blog. I had never sewn with rayon, so I hesitated buying any, but finally curiosity won over and I added a bit to a recent order from Hawthorne Threads. And I’m so glad I did! Have you felt this stuff…Continue reading »

Welcome FabricBubb (+ giveaway!)

I hope you’ll help me in giving a big welcome to my newest sponsor, FabricBubb! Kristina runs her shop through Etsy at this time and stocks many modern designer lines, a nice selection of organic fabrics, some home dec fabrics, and even minky. I spent a lot of time browsing each section and I managed…Continue reading »

winner, winner!

We have a winner! Good old Random.org selected comment #407, Genevieve – congrats to you, Genevieve! I hope you’ll have fun sewing with the lovely Glimma fabrics! And a big thanks to everyone else who took the time to comment, and who left such nice comments about my two Glimma quilts – thank you, thank…Continue reading »

winner, winner!

Thanks for all the comments on the e-course giveaway! I wish I had a spot for everyone, because I certainly love to hear that there are so many people who want to start quilting or want to improve their skills. Alas, there can only be one winner, and that’s Cori, from Let’s Eat Grandpa. Congrats…Continue reading »

welcome new sponsors!

Just an extra little post this weekend to welcome a few new sponsors to the site! I’m very pleased to have these three wonderful new fabric shops as sponsors – I imagine many of you already shop here, but if you haven’t hopefully you’ll take a little peek at what they have to offer! _…Continue reading »

a giveaway winner and a perfect new pillow!

Happy Friday! Let’s get right to that giveaway winner, ok? Random.org selected number 490, which is Lynn, who commented that she loves polar bears. Congrats Lynn! I know you’ll love these polar bears. Thank you all for your sweet comments on my quilt. I’m so happy you like it, and I’m glad to hear that…Continue reading »

a little delay

Wow, thank you all for all your love for my Converging Corners quilt! I had hoped to have the tutorial up for you earlier this week, but unfortunately I’m experiencing some WordPress issues (ugh, hate that!) which I’ll have to resolve before attempting any kind of lengthy post. Just wanted to let you know I’m…Continue reading »

one more shirt…

Can I show you one more? I promise, this is it for a while! As you know, I’ve been a little, um, shall we say obsessed?, with the Tova pattern. I’ve made it several times, and it’s really wonderful, just as it is. But if you know me, you know that I can’t help modifying…Continue reading »

6 months!

It’s hard to believe that Max is 6 months old already! He continues to be a wonderful baby and we continue to have so much fun with him. He’s loving sitting up, eating solids, playing peekaboo, and hanging out with dad. And now he’s got his eye on anything that’s not meant to be a…Continue reading »

wild world scrap winner!

Thanks so much for all those great comments about the latest quilt! As always, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments about your favorite fall activities and also about what you’re busy working on at the moment. So many of you commented that you’re already working on your Christmas crafting — you’re making me think that…Continue reading »

Action Kivu Fundraiser

Alissa is holding a fundraiser on her blog this week for Action Kivu, an organization in eastern Congo that runs a sewing workshop for victims of the conflict there. (You can read all the details on her blog.) Action Kivu is a homegrown operation founded by Congolese educator and interpreter Amani Matabaro Tom and his…Continue reading »

weekend sales.

You know I can’t resist a sale, especially a fabric sale! In case you feel the same way, here are a few sales I came across: Pink Chalk Fabrics – Kathy’s offering free shipping this weekend on orders over $50. Good through Monday. No coupon necessary! I’ll be heading over there to stock up on…Continue reading »

a blogging break

I need a little break. It turns out that blogging can be hard work, and while I usually really enjoy it, I’m currently in a bit of a blogging funk, and that certainly doesn’t make for interesting reading. Unfortunately there can be some negative ramifications that come with putting your work online. Usually I try…Continue reading »

scenes from the weekend

I’ve started to really enjoy the fall weather we’ve been having. It’s a bit cool in the mornings and evenings, but it’s been warm during the day and really crisp and clear. We opted to spend some time at the beach this weekend, enjoying the sun and the views. We did some necessary end of…Continue reading »

Do you do this too?

save teeny tiny scraps of fabric? I finally bought a plastic container in which to store them. But at some point I need to say enough is enough. There might be a point where they really are too small to save…

scenes from the weekend…

…one great annual yard sale, where I found this little folding bag on a wood frame. It looks to me like something you’d use to store your knitting, but of course I could be completely wrong. For some reason it really makes me inordinately happy. I love that hexagon printed fabric, and even the cheap,…Continue reading »

a boca grande wedding

I think most of you know by now that Morgan and I recently got married in Florida. You may even recall his proposal, back in October. We both knew that we didn’t want to spend too many months planning and stressing over wedding plans, so we opted to get married in March. We wanted to…Continue reading »

the honeymoon is over…

But what fun it was! Thank you to everyone who left comments congratulating us and sending best wishes. I really loved reading them all! I think there will be one other wedding-related post once our photos are more organized. (hopefully three wedding posts isn’t too many!) We spent our honeymoon on Boca Grande in Florida,…Continue reading »

a few more wedding photos

We’ve been wading through the hundreds of photos we took of the wedding and thought we’d show a few of our favorites. Many thanks again to my sister, Whitney, for her excellent photography skills!

for all you flea market fancy lovers

I’m not supposed to be blogging, or shopping for fabric while on my honeymoon, but I just can’t help myself! Anyway, you know how I love the Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy prints, and I know there are a lot of you who love it as much as I do… In case you’re looking for…Continue reading »

A fabric winner (or two!)

Thanks for all the comments! I’m pleased to see that I’m not the only one hunting for certain fabrics… somehow that makes me feel better! (Morgan still thinks I’m crazy, and now he thinks that some of you are kind of crazy as well… but I say that he just doesn’t understand!) So, the giveaway……Continue reading »

happy birthday

to me! My sister gave me this beautiful package this morning. I love it when the wrapping is as wonderful as the gift inside. (She does have an advantage, working at a store that sells such lovely paper products!) Inside, I found this wonderful letterpress calendar This beautiful calendar is made by Linda & Harriett…Continue reading »

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

My birthday falls two weeks before Christmas (this coming Friday, actually…) and as I was growing up, it was always a tradition to put up and decorate our tree on my birthday. One year, after I had moved to an apartment, my family surprised me with a Christmas tree. Of course at that point I…Continue reading »