Tuesday, November 29, 2011

pink coffee cone filter icon

I can't believe it's almost December...  I love my new job so far. I am woking on a huge software manual for a CT scanner, and the instructions direct the user to "the pink coffee cone filter icon".

November brought me so many crazy things!
1. Tonsillitis
2. 600 kidney stones (and counting...)
3. quit my new job
4. started a new new job
5. Olive was in the hospital for 3 days
6. lost my grand dad - RIP Dziadzi

You can see the top 6 are SUPER Stressy  - So #7 was sooooo awesome- and so badly needed.


I was sick as hell- but on some super antibiotics, so Dr. said I was not contagious, so i hoped in the car and off I went with my super quilting pals from Philly!!!!

We went to SEVEN glorious quilt shops.

http://fallfabricfrenzy.com -- Check out the prizes!
The trip was superbly planned by Andrew- and he really made it all possible by driving us all around. I have been waaaaaanting to go on a Shop Hop - but have never really had the cash. :-(

It would be a waste of time and gas for me if I could not shop and buy fabric. The sad thing was - that it was only from like 10am-5pm. We wanted to hit all the stores, but we had to keep it to about 20-30 min for each store. You need to hit each store if you want to win the new sewing machine!

So i am saving up my pennies for the next one!  and I heard there is a NJ Hop soon- So hope I can have another amazing trip!

Here are some photos of all my loot!
Blue batiks for my Lollipop quilt - yeah i need to finish it now that i spent all that money!



some fq's and some hand dyed wool felt

I am super into gold metallic fabric right now  

some new books we took in the car - i fell in love with them both!
on my wish list!

Please message me if you would like to go on the next shop hop!

.....And this is the HUGE STONE I passed
6mm x 4mm  Insane.

I am still kinda sick. Now my hubby is sick. :-( Everyone- please get better!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

My new iron is so hot....

It's so big. and so beautiful. I don' name most of my appliances, but this one gives me reason to.... 1800 watts...  i just love it.


Here is a little barkcloth pincushion I made for our PMQG swap.

The little "strawberry" is filled with crushed walnut shells to help sharpen your needles.

Traditionally I think you should use emery dust, but I keep forgetting to buy the damn emery...
Emery is your friend!

And this is the pincushion I received in the swap. it's simply AMAZING. I just love it. and if anyone remembers who made this- please tell me!!!

This measures 2.75" square! Shot cotton, simply elegant.

And at quilt guild Jessica brought in a bunch of gorgeous quilts...  all of which you can see in her new book, "Modern Mix"

Quilting is so much like painting.....  You can stare at quilt books and magazines (and quilt blogs!) all you like, but is nothing compared to seeing them in real life. I am so happy to get these special opportunities.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

sewing in the rain

Irene hit pretty hard- so I tried to sew as much as i could before the lights went out. They were saying on the news we could be without power for 7-10 days..

My neighbors tree sadly bit the dust.
We were very lucky to not have any damage and the power stayed on.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

That Farmers Wife (She's pretty crafty!!!)

I just started my first Farmer's Wife. I randomly picked Block 17 because i thought it looked easy... and of course, i liked the name. [Cats and Mice]

Right out of the gate and I already messed up...

Well i don't have too much time to go into it, but it was CHALLENGING to say the least. Definitely got my attention.

I learned a LOT. I thought it though be a great quilt to do in vintage scraps. I think that might be a terrible idea.

I had good intentions

I am going to re-think this whole thing. I think if I am going to put all this time, I should really just buy some coordinating  quilt weight fabrics, so the whole think won't look like complete VOMIT like my first block.

The farmer's puke


Nothing is lost- this is my test block... I can allow myself that.

Here are some pretty pictures to try and end on a good note.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

good times

Summer is my favorite season, and i swear i get so SO depressed as soon as Aug 1st hits. I actually get sad on the 4th of July, then depressed in August, and it's all down hill from there. I think they call that Seasonal Depression...

The folks at the cat shelter just asked me to design a poster for the next fundraiser. They need to raise money to help pay for very expensive eye drops for the cats when they get infections. So the shelter just sent me over 20 pictures with of cats with bleeding eyes!!  Fantastic!

In sewing news, I was very behind in a wedding quilt i was commissioned for back in April, for a May 28th wedding.  I thought I could finished it in time, and then I was a few weeks behind, and then June 6th I started a new job, so I only had weekends to work on it.

I felt soooooo bad, but the couple, Heather and Aaron were SO understanding, and happy for me to start my job, they were cool about it.

This was a UNIQUE project for me, it was the Bride's idea to have a wedding quilt made that reflected both her and her husbands' personalities. They wanted this to to be passed down to their children and grand children. So they gave me a list of about 10-15 different things the quilt should include. (Cats, cherries, jewelry, trees, Hello Kitty, music, Disney, Jean Harlow, state birds, cupcakes and polka dots!!) She even included some clothing from her Great Aunt, so it was all very meaningful to them. :-)

My favorite part was adding a large applique "N" for their last name. (and all the Hello Kitty stuff of course!)

The happy couple and he back of the quilt.
Thank you again Heather and Arron! Especially for all your understanding and support. Congrats on your wedding and you guys rock! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

Friday, August 5, 2011


i still can't believe my block was picked...   wow! (Thank you Jay! and thank you to PMQG!)
There's a lot going on- So i will update my blog SOON!   this weekend!  i promise.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Good times with PMQG and "The Jay"!

how great are these colors?
Photos courtesy of Andrew (http://www.momotaromakes.com/)
Work and school have put a damper on all my quilting and blogging, so i am little behind!

I wanted to post about an awesome night with my quit guild. Our group was so fortunate to have Mr. Jay McCarroll  come and speak to us about his new wonderful and very MODERN line of quilting fabric! (Thank you to Julie and Candi who made this all happen!)  it was so amazing to hear him talk to us about his process and all that is involved in making a new line of quilt fabric.
 Our Guild had a great turn out, and everyone was just so excited.

Photo courtesy of Julie Herman (http://www.jaybirdquilts.com)

If you have not seen his fabric yet- go check it out here.

Happy 4th of July to everyone!!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

one crazy summer

i haven't been sewing nearly was much I would like to, but only because I just recently got a new job! I have been looking for 6 months now, and i finally found something. The commute is very far, so it seriously cuts into my personal time. I'm sad that i don't have as much time to sew now, but I'll just have to organize myself better to squeeze more time in at night and on weekends.

Currently I am finishing up a custom quilt commission. I have all the rows done, and i am dying to take some pictures, but part of the deal was that she wanted to be surprised.

She bought about half the fabric and told me to buy the rest, so i guess she kinda knows what half of it will look like!

 It's a very personal quilt and it reflects her and her husband's personalities mixed together.
They both have different tastes, but both love hand-made quilts - so that was the easy part!

During their consultation, they gave me about 10 different themes they wanted incorporated into the quilt. It's been such a challenge - but definitely the kind i like!

I won't be able to sew much this week, on top of working full time, I am also taking a night class 2x's a week from 6-10pm in addition to volunteering monday nights at the PetSmart..

 Since i was unemployed, I started to volunteer just once a night at the PetSmart, helping out with the orphan cats.  It was great when i had no job- but now with work and school- i hope i can keep it going.

And of course it didn't take long for me to bring one home!
He's really tiny- and really old.
he's as big as my shoe- (i'm a size 8)

I'd say he's about 100 years old.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

‎"Can you screen share what's going on in your head please?"

I had no idea that i could possibly be so damn busy being unemployed.
 Every day for the last 6 months have been completely packed full. The day I got laid off- I honestly thought, 'wow, i'm going to have so much time now!' and my days have just been so busy I feel i haven't had any 'down time' at all.

i'm not bragging- or complaining - i'm just amazed at how it's been the complete opposite of how i imagined.  The being completely broke part is exactly how I imagined it.

I have watched a lot of TV since i lost my job, which is not my usual thing, but when i am watching TV i am always doing something else at the same time. (like sewing! or ironing! or cleaning!)  i got to watch the royal wedding like 4 or 5 times. i also really enjoy watching the 4 o'clock, 5 o'clock and 6 pm news all in a row.  thing's you never get to do when you have a job.

in quilting news, I gave my quilt to Jill over the weekend.

 She liked it a lot and the baby shower was so nice.
isn't she so darn cute? 

Short girls rule!

Thank you Karina, if you are reading this, for the blog title. I am making you a quilt for your wall, just tell me what colors! I also think your idea of making a "print" of the Jill quilt is a neat idea! I am going to look into that. or even a painting/drawing of a quilt. i dunno. i'm going to work on that.
Me and Karina at the awesome Lykke Li show. Being short was not so fun at a concert!

Grimes opened for Lykke Li, and now she is my new favorite band.  I am sure James is happy that I am not listing to "Yolanda be cool" anymore.