31 October 2011

A Practically Perfect Halloween

Ahem.
I've finally made my first item of clothing.
Yup, that's right. There's nothing like the cheesy polyester costumes to motivate you to get out the sewing machine and make a quality Halloween costume. So what did I make? Lots of stuff! A pleated herringbone skirt, (adding a zipper was another milestone), long sleeves for my white blouse, a red bow tie, a vest (for the chimney sweep), and a fluffy white tail for a kitty cat. I cannot claim credit for the beauty of Olive's kitty hat. (My friend Suzi makes them). 

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I can't say that I love making clothing because I don't feel the same passion for it as I do quilting.  Maybe that will come with more experience? Regardless, I am pleased with the fruit of my labors. Now off to Disneyworld for a great party!
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23 October 2011

Fall Quilt Market

I might be a little sad about not being able to attend Fall Quilt Market next week. (Okay, or maybe a lot.)
The good news is that I will be represented in spirit by some of my latest projects--most of which can be found in the Marcus Fabrics' booth.  I got a glorious box of their new fabric a few weeks ago and have been busy ever since!
Check out the beautiful and bold colors of the"French Dress" collection by Laura Berringer. I made a fun little quilt using some of the crazy blocks from my Halloween Sew-Along. I am going to miss looking at this quilt!
The "French Dress" collection also comes in another beautiful color palette boasting of beautiful black, white, yellow, tan, and gray prints. As you can see, I did some experimentation with pillows--and hope to have a pattern or tutorial for them soon. 
I also made a simple pinwheel table runner using this collection.  My favorite print has got to be the tan with yellow polka dots!
I also worked with a new collection called "Pine Tree Lodge" by Judie Rothermel. I used some of the sweet prints to make more of my Twinkle Toes stockings and added some extra embellishments like ball fringe and fabric flowers.
I also covered wood letters to spell out noel.  I am definitely making more for my house and will have a tutorial coming up soon so you can make some too.   
Well, that's it for my Marcus Fabrics' projects! If you are one of the lucky few who will be at Quilt Market, you could also run into my crib bumpers at the Fairfield booth.

There is nothing--and I mean nothing like beautiful fabric to inspire new projects!

20 October 2011

Delicious Holiday Wassail

I love fall weather. I love the crispy leaves, caramel apples, and fall fashion.  This morning, I was ecstatic to find the temperature in the 60's as I escorted the Netflix DVD to the mailbox. I decided to celebrate by making some of my favorite homemade wassail.
 
I admit that I used to hate wassail.
That all changed a few years ago when a bank co-worker brought some for his assigned "treat day" during the holidays. Initially, I poured a cup (just to be polite) but soon found myself pouring another cup, and another, and another. Thankfully, he was willing to share his absolutely delicious recipe and I am going to share it with you. (If you are wondering what wassail is, I think its closest relative is hot cider.)
Ingredients:
  • 1 gallon of water 
  •  3 C. granulated sugar 
  •  2 cinnamon sticks 
  •  10 whole cloves 
  •  8 allspice berries 
  •  One 12 oz. can frozen lemonade 
  •  One 12 oz. can frozen orange juice 
  •  64 oz. cran-raspberry juice

  1. In a large soup terrine, combine the water, sugar, and spices.  Bring to a boil.
  2. Remove the spices.  Add juices to the pot and stir together. Reheat and serve. 
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to pour myself another cup.

11 October 2011

Miss Spunky Rose

Meet my newest little bundle of joy. Miss Spunky Rose is one sassy quilt.
I fell in love with this fabric back in May when I attended Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake.  It is from a lovely collection called "Chelsea" by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabric.  The fabric has been sitting in my fabric stash for months and months because I kept changing my mind on how I would use it. Can I please have some more?
I used soft, white fleece for the back.  There is just something special about fleece, don't you think?  All I know for sure is that babies totally dig it. (I can't get Olive to stop eating her fleece blankie...the mere sight of this quilt makes her drool.)
You can easily make one like Miss Spunky Rose using my Basic Block Quilt tutorial. (I've added 41 extra squares to make it bigger. Finished quilt size is 56 x 56", which makes it a generously-sized baby or toddler quilt.)
Or, you can always purchase the original Miss Spunky Rose via my etsy shop.

03 October 2011

Christmas {in October}

I can't wipe the dopey grin off my face.

The latest copy of "McCall's Quilting" is about to finally hit the shelves (October 1) which means that I can finally tell you all about my Twinkle Toes Stockings
Yes, Christmas decorating is still months away, but you will want to pick up the pattern while it is available. Here is the mommy and daddy pair, in all of their elf-toed glory:
 
You can check out a little preview of the article on McCall's website by clicking here.  The fabric? Most of the prints you see are from Moda's "Twelve Days of Christmas" line by Kate Spain. Such a beautiful, fresh line of fabric. I was tickled to find them while on vacation last year.
When I came up with the design last year, I used some of my favorite Michael Miller prints to make the prototypes. Here is one of the funky originals:

I'm so happy they're finally out!  It's been hard to keep quiet about them! Oh and I've made the originals available for purchase in my etsy shop.