Wednesday, May 26, 2010

{ blogger's quilt festival spring 2010 }

I am so excited that I finished this quilt in time to participate in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. With everything that has been going on the past couple of weeks, I wasn't sure I could, but I did it! And I love it! Seriously, I love this quilt, and while I'm so happy that it will soon be going to a friend's new baby boy, I have to say that I'm going to miss it.

This is the first quilt I finished since becoming obsessed with making wonky quilt blocks. I came across Quilt Dad's tutorial, which is the best I've seen, so I have to thank him for sharing his technique and inspiring me with these blocks. I'm hooked on them, and am already planning out my next two { or three } wonky quilts.

I used five patterned fabrics in this quilt: Spotted Owls in Natural by Alexander Henry, Riley Blake's Firecracker in Brown and Stripes in Green from the All Star collection, and Amy Butler's Full Moon Dots in Tangerine and Sun Spots in Olive. The solid is Kona in Ivory.

The quilt measures 36 inches wide by 48 inches long, and each wonky block is 9 inches long. I fussy cut the owl fabric to start each block, so every square has a different owl in the center. The back features a patchwork pieced vertical stripe of all five prints used in the front.

I quilted it { myself! } and used my machine's foot as a guide, so each quilted line is just about a quarter of an inch wide. It took a lot longer than I expected it to, but I really love the contrast between the wonky blocks and the regularity of the quilting lines. I think this may be my new favorite way of quilting, so I better stock up on thread because it takes a lot. And I mean { a lot } , but I love it. Did I mention that I love it? :)

Please be sure to jump on over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival to see tons of amazing quilts. I know you'll be inspired by them!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

{ what I've been up to }

I feel like my poor little blog has been neglected, but I've been sooo busy lately. I'm working on a really big wholesale order that will soon be on it's way to New Zealand. { Yay, Olive & Ollie is international!! } Plus, on top of orders for my shop, a custom quilt order, and life with my two sweet munchkins, it's been a little hectic, to say the least. Thankfully my { awesome } husband Jeff is finished with school, so I've been able to get more done during the day. But of course, along with working more hours in the day, when Aidan and Olivia are awake, instead of late at night, comes feelings of guilt. Sigh. But, you have to do, what you have to do, right? Here are some photos from my little world.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

{ happy mother's day }

Thank you, Aidan and Olivia, for making me a mother, and for being the inspiration behind everything I do. If it weren't for the both of you, I would not be where I am, doing what I do. You both have given me the confidence to follow my dreams, and the strength to work hard every day, because I do it for you, and for our family. You have shown me what true love is, and I will be forever grateful to both of you. I love you both more than you can ever imagine, and I am so proud to be your mother. Today, and every day, is for you.


{ and the winner is }

Using the random number generator, the winner of a custom appliqued initial tee is Angela, who wrote:

Yay!!! Congratulations, Angela! I'll send you an email and we'll get started on designing your shirt together. Thank you to all who entered, and keep your eyes open for more giveaways!

Friday, May 7, 2010

{ The Creative Connection Event }

If you're a reader of my blog { I thank you! } you know how excited I am about The Creative Connection. It's taking place September 16-18th in Minneapolis, and yours truly will be there, along with many fantastic women. I am truly honored to be participating in the HandMade Market, and I have to tell you, I get giddy thinking about all of the fun I'm going to have. But I really think it will be such a great place to learn about growing, both as an artist/desginer and as an entrepreneur as well.

The Creative Connection is the brainchild of Nancy Soriano and Jo Packham. I have admired Nancy for a long time, especially with all of the work she did while at Country Living. And Jo is simply a genius, and if you haven't picked up a copy of her magazine,Where Women Create, you must { now }. Check out this video for more information about The Creative Connection Event!

Let me know if you're going to attend too!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

{ crafting with fabrics scraps: how to make yo-yos }

Making yo-yos is a great way to use up your pile of fabric scraps. They’re easy to make, don’t require any special tools, and they’re pretty cute, too. Let’s get started!

{ gather your materials }

You’ll need scraps of fabric, a needle, thread, a pair of scissors, a pencil, and something with a circular shape that you can use to trace a circle on your fabric. You can use a coffee cup or a small bowl, but my favorite thing to use is a DVD. I think they make the perfect sized yo-yo.

{ get ready to sew! }

Begin by tracing a circle on the wrong side of your fabric.

Carefully cut out the circle with your scissors. Thread your needle and tie a sturdy knot at the end.

Turn down the edge of the circle about a quarter of an inch, and insert the needle into the fabric.

Sew a running stitch along the perimeter of the fabric, turning down the edge as you go.

When you’ve stitched along the entire circumference of the circle, gently pull the end of the thread to gather the fabric.

Insert your needle into a few of the gathers and tie a secure knot, then snip the thread close to the fabric. Voila! Your yo-yo is done!

{ finished yo-yos are a lot smaller than the circle you started with }

You’ll notice that the finished yo-yo is much smaller than the original circle of fabric that you started with. In fact, a standard sized DVD makes a yo-yo that is approximately 2 ¼ inches in diameter. There is no right or wrong size to make a yo-yo; just keep in mind that there is quite a difference in size when you’re choosing your circular object to trace.

{ cute, cute, cute }

I think fabric yo-yos are so cute. They’ve got a vintage charm, they’re a little kitschy, and a lot of fun. You can use them in all sorts of crafting and sewing projects. Stay tuned, because I’ll be sharing a simple technique to use them to make sweet little hair clips in my next tutorial.
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