Owls and Turtles and Birdies, Oh My!

I’ve been busy, busy, busy making a couple of quilted gifties for Christmas.  I can’t wait to wrap them up!

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This yellow/green lap quilt uses zig-zag stitching that I absolutely love.  It’s the third quilt I’ve created using this pattern (Easy Does It! by Darlene Zimmerman).

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And this colorful quilt was created using the adorable Le Amis Fabric Collection.  The colors are so cheerful and the animals on it… SO cute!  The owls and turtles are my favorite.

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And as if I don’t have enough sewing projects to work on already, today I gathered some cute fabrics to make a wintery quilt.  Since I won’t be able to finish it by Christmas, I thought I’d avoid red and green and instead try reds and grays and aquas so it can be used all season long.  I’m thinking a checker-pieced pattern here… with double-stitch quilting… and I’ll probably change my mind ten times before I actually get started.  🙂

Reading, Writing, Sewing… updates!

Even with a little mishap (eh hem, cutting up too much of my fabric in class and having to buy extra to make up for it), I’m having a blast making my very first quilt.  Tonight I finished sewing together 40 blocks and I can’t get over how pretty the fabrics are together.  Sew much fun!

While my current manuscript is being edited I’ve decided to go ahead and start writing the next book.  So far it’s going really well – already in the first chapter the characters are surprising me with their personalities and secrets!  If you’re curious what these stories are about, you can click on my sidebar’s Pinterest logo (or my flower profile pic above) and get a visual of each book.  Lola is the manuscript that’s being edited at the moment and Kate is the story I’ve just started writing.

Reading, reading, reading… I’ve had my nose buried in some awesome books lately.  My latest favorites:

These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner…  by far the best book I have read in a long, long time.  An incredible story, characters that came to life with every page, and a love story that made my heart nearly burst from my chest.

Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins…  I can’t get enough of this author’s books.  Her stories are always comical and sweet and so much fun to read.

The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts… book two of the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy.  I’m only halfway through, but loving it so far.  Have I ever not loved a Nora Roberts book?  😉

Summer fabric

Just too pretty not to share…

These fabrics (California Girl by Fig Tree) will become a lap quilt over the next few weeks.  I’m taking my very first quilting class and am so (sew!) excited!  I can’t wait to see how it turns out.  It’s such a pretty fabric for summer.

Blueberries and oven mitts

It’s that time of year again – blueberry season!

  My sister owns a blueberry farm in northern Wisconsin so I’m becoming quite familiar with all of the time and effort it takes to get those fat, juicy berries perfected for the summer.

A few months ago I came across some adorable blueberry fabric and a pattern to make a muffin oven mitt.  Of course I thought of my sister, and finally last week I got around to making it for her.

There was so much fabric left over that I decided to make some other goodies for the kitchen…

My sister loves to bake blueberry muffins (we just had some at Easter with the last of her frozen berries from last year – yummmm) and make jams and other desserts.  Hopefully she’ll find these towels and oven mitts useful!  And maybe she’ll be so impressed with my gift that she’ll let me sneak a few of those berries when I visit….  🙂

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Hot Cakes!  oven mitt patterns can be found at www.Susiecshore.com.

Pretties and projects

I’m closing in on the final days of my editing project – the manuscript is so close to being finished (first round of edits, anyway!) that I can nearly taste it.  Yay!

When I put so much time into my writing I have to put extra time into playing too.  I can’t write well if I don’t also enjoy a little tactile creativity.  So I figured a trip to the local fabric store, the beautiful Millie P’s, was in order.  🙂

I’m not yet sure what I’ll make with all of these pretty fabrics.  Maybe some new hot pads or table runners for the kitchen, maybe a few pillow covers for my boys or my office.  There are lots of fun possibilities – and lots of inspiration as I work my way through the rest of my manuscript.   So (sew) excited! 🙂

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I’ve been overwhelmed by boy stuff lately.   Race cars and grease, Transformer toys and dirt – you name the boy toy (or sound or smell) and that’s what you’ll find around here.

I needed a pink pick-me-up.

I’ve been hoarding a charm pack (Moda’s Sunkissed by Sweetwater) for ages and decided it was time to make a quilted runner out of it.  The fabric is so girly and fun… exactly what I needed!

I still have the backing and binding to finish, but that will be the easy part of this project.   This was my first attempt at sewing triangles, and lucky for me, you can’t see too much of the stitching in the pictures.   Let’s just say I gave it a lot of… character.   When you lay it flat on a table, one end curves to the right.

I have no idea how I did that…

Originally I was planning to put this on the kitchen table.  But now that I’ve sewn it together and see how girly it is, I’m going to use it as a runner for my bedroom dresser.  I don’t even want to try to put pink on the table in front of 3 boys – imagine the eye-rolling and whining!