Friday, November 30, 2012

You realize if we played by the rules right now we'd be in gym?


I'm in a good mood. It's Friday. It's 65 degrees outside with tons of sunshine. We're going to see Santa this weekend. My alum's playing some good football which means I get to pig out on football snacks. I get to sew tonight. What could be better? Oh yeah. A fabric giveaway.

The sweet and so very talented and generous Shanna (Fiber of All Sorts) is having a giveaway to help get over her social media fears. Go Shanna! Go Shanna! Isn't the bundle below sooooooo dreamy? I mean, my heart goes pitter pitter just at the sight. Julie at the Intrepid Thread is helping Shanna giveaway 3, count 'em, 3 yards of Joel Dewberry's new line "Notting Hill." (Just saying the name gives me goosebumps.)



So thank you Shanna for your giveaway. Thank you Intrepid Thread for being a wonderful supplier. And thank you Joel Dewberry for being a fabric designer genius (and letting us crush on you some more.)

Oh, he's very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude.

So get over to Shanna's blog and start following her immediately. You'll be so happy you did.

Ferris Bueller, you're my hero.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

I love the smell of mustache in the morning.

 You had me at mustache.

If anyone is interested, please grab a button! Great response so far on this new Bee group. We are going to close it soon- share with your friends and encourage them to come along for the ride.



Did I mention we're going to have giveaways??

Have a great week and weekend, my friends. Make cool stuff.

Louis, this is a start of a beautiful mustache.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Go ahead, make my mustache.

Say hello to my little mustache.

There is a new quilting bee out there. One you have to join. One you have to be a part of. One you can't miss out. It's called "The Modern Stash Bee" and it's a modern blocks bee for fabric stashionistas. It will be led by Deb (Trio Stitch Studio) and yours truly. Yep. I know you secretly call yourself a stashionista. Why not come out of your fabric closet and join the rest of us? We want to make quilts. Period. If we help each other do it together, it'll be more fun.

Luke, I am your mustache.

*Tom Selleck photo courtesy of listall.com.

C'mon. you know you want to join us. Those leftovers are driving you nutty...

Nobody puts mustache in the corner.

Seriously. Tom Selleck's mustache alone should persuade you enough to join in with us. It's only 6 months and you'll only have to complete 2 blocks per month. At the end of your month, you'll have enough blocks for a quilt. AND, it's just dang cool.

You can't handle the mustache!

Click HERE to get started...

Mustaches have more fun.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

You look so good with blond hair and black roots its like not even funny.

I'm still in my "Post Sewing Summit" buzz. Still recovering from the amazing amount of knowledge I ingested. Still getting back into the swing of fall without one iota of a moment to sew. Okay, that's a big of an exaggeration. I have an hour here, an hour there. I've actually come home for lunch just to squeeze in a few minutes with a project. Lots on the plate. Luckily, my time is freeing up with the near-completion of our kitchen remodel. Who would have thought it would take this long? Pictures later.

You know, even though we've watched Pretty Woman like thirty-six times, I never get tired of making fun of it.

I'm not sure if I'll write an official post SS entry, but I did want to share a few photos of my incredible experience. I can't emphasize incredible enough. Sewing has always been something for myself. I've always been very uncomfortable talking about or even doing some sewing in person. This trip to Salt Lake City to meet lovely people I've gotten to know through Flickr was a huge step for me. I was so excited about the classes and being taught techniques I've only ever learned through the internet. Luckily, my pal Deb went, too. I swear I would have never gone if it wasn't for her. She shares in the same lack of social comfortablness as I, which made mixers, meals and classes so much more enjoyable. She is my bud. I just adore her.
(apologizing ahead of time for the terrible photos...)


A regular view during SS (although typically there was dark chocolate not too far...):


Favorite Moments:

Creative Fabric Selection class with Jeni Baker.
English Paper Piecing class with Katy Jones. (She's awesome!)
Two words: Joel Dewberry. Nuff said.

Friends met-

Deb, Julie, Kait, January, Diane, Katlynn and Tiffany. Hearts you guys...

Needless to say, it was a weekend I hope to never forget. If we met during that weekend, trust that I remember and I'm sorry if I didn't get a photo of us together! I am thinking of SS2013...

Last week, my Mouthy Stitches tote was sent off. Today, I finished my partner's package for the Modernista Handmade swap and will send it off tomorrow. Although I have finished my Modern She Made project, I'm gathering little things and will send off soon. PTS is coming together nicely, Fab Little Pincushion pattern and fabrics are ready for my attention. Mini QT design is ready and I'm excited to get started. Mini Me project(s) are also sketched and I'll be tackling them, soon. And finally, my Ba{M}S project is designed and will be ready to go on time. I'm not even going to list my personal projects. Thank goodness I adore handstitching.

Hey Romy, remember Mrs. Divitz's class, there was like always a word problem. Like, there's a guy in a rowboat going X miles, and the current is going like, you know, some other miles, and how long does it take him to get to town? It's like, 'Who cares? Who wants to go to town with a guy who drives a rowboat?

I have no idea why that cracks me up. It does every time... I'll check in tomorrow for a new group will be started on Flickr and you do NOT want to miss out.

Have a "Romy and Michele" day!  

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

FQBH: Friendship Braid Tutorial

It's here! Welcome to the

Are you a child of the 80's? Do you remember teased bangs, beaded safety pins on your Keds, shirt clips, parachute pants, barrettes with dangling ribbons, cut off sweatshirts, leg warmers, but most of all, friendship bracelets? What great memories we have with our friends. Although majority of these items were introduced to me in the later part of the decade, I remember them all too well and certainly participated in quite a few bracelet making sleepovers. More photos and stories later in the week. In the meantime, here I am circa 1982 in first grade. Yep. Pigtails and a turtleneck. Man, my mom knew how to dress us!


When Diane asked me to be a part of this blog hop, I was truly honored. Then I became terrified. Then I was back to feeling warm and fuzzy, then terrified again. I've come to realize after all the projects I've completed and gifts sent off, that I'm more methodical, scientific and precise when it comes to my projects. I figure if I get the techniques down, the creative will follow. And, you can never have too many tutorials saved in your favorites. I'm constantly going back to my most basic of tutes- to make sure I really get it down and understand what I'm doing. I'm surrounded by some pretty incredible people. The best thing I can do is share what I've been taught.

So today, my dear friends, I will walk you through one of the most basic of all basic piecing of a Friendship Braid (which is also known as the Prairie Braid or Herringbone.) This is a great start to what, to me, looks like a friendship bracelet. Taking a very basic technique like this, you'll be able to expand and work to create other strips that resemble those really cool friendship bracelets that, like, those really cool girls with the big bangs and neon hoop earrings used to wear. In the 80's, it was all about looking, like, cool. You know.

When I think about the 80's, I think about my older sister. Although she is 8 years older than I, she was my very first friend and someone I've always looked up to. Now as an adult, I am still quite intimidated of my older sister but know that no matter what, she will always be there for me. So, this project is dedicated to my older sister, Leigh. Leigh is a first grade teacher here in the town where we live, so I made her a pillow for her "reading chair" in her classroom.


Prairie Braid/Herringbone Strip Tutorial

The length/size is completely up to you. You can make them super small or large enough that a few rows can fill up a queen sized quilt. Experiment with the sizes- you'll end up learning exactly how you like it to look. My pillow is 14" x 20", so I felt comfortable making a strip 24" long. This is a great scrapbuster project! You can turn the basic idea/technique into something mah-vel-ous. Since I am making a pillow, I needed to make sure I had enough backing, binding and accent fabric. (The only fabric not shown here is black.)


I started off with 1 1/2" x 4" strips of Kona solids.


Lay your strips left to right, starting at the bottom. (Lay piece 1, followed by piece 2 of the same color in front- making a point.) Continue laying the strips.


Using a 1/4" seam, sew the tops of your two first pieces together.


Some like to press everything as they go. I am one of those people... Pressing seams open or in one direction is up to you. Since I am making a pillow that will have a cushy inside, I pressed to the sides to make it easier on myself.

 

Add your next fabric, sewing along the left edge on both of your first fabrics. (If you're like me, you have figured out a way to spill your glass of ice water early in your project construction- splashing water around your fabric, machines and onto the floor.. Hence, the water spots.) Press as desired.


Line up the second piece of your second color along the right side. Sew and press.


Continue building your pieces. You'll see your "braided" piece coming together nicely!


Since my pillow was 20" in width, I needed to make sure that my braided piece was long enough before I trimmed it down. You can always go back and add on more pieces BEFORE you trim the the shorter edges.


I make sure to line my ruler on the right side of my project (you can start with the left side if you so desire) just enough where I'm getting all of my braid, but not having any holes when I attach my braided piece.


And do the same to the other side.


When trimming my end, I made sure, like above, to get as much of my braid without extra holes or gaps.

 

Same for the other end. And your piece is done!


What are you going to do with your friendship braid? With my piece nicely trimmed, I added some black sashing and additional white pieces to make those colors pop. I used 1 1/2" wide pieces for my black horizontal sashing and 2" wide pieces for the vertical (part of which will be covered by the binding. For my pillow, I added fusible fleece to the back and quilted straight lines on the black.


I had every intention of adding in some sort of 80's phrase or words used constantly in that decade. Rad, totally, excellent, dweeb, gag me, chill, gnarly, bogus, have a cow, o-rama, poser, hoser, spaz, tubular, wicked... Of course, since this was something for my sister, I kept it simply "awesome." I downloaded the "Neon 80's" font for free from here. It's totally rad! Used a bit of under wonder and hand appliqued on the letters. Then, I sat with my girls and hand quilted lines while watching "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure". It's okay. You can admit that you secretly loved that movie, too.


Pressed and pressed some more, added interfacing to the back pieces (this pillow has an envelope closure.) Layered and sewed all the pieces. Finally, I added a binding just as I would do with a quilt. And, TA DA! A totally 80's throw pillow for my awesome sister.


I hope you were able to pull a few ideas from my post. PLEASE PLEASE visit my other blogging partners as they create different projects in the style of friendship bracelets. I know I'll be taking their advice and creativity and plan to make my good friends little gifts a la 80's friendship bracelet style.

So, tomorrow, head on over to January's blog Sew Go Sew for another "awesome" tutorial and project idea. For a complete list of bloggers participating, or for a list of bloggers for the month, click here.

Come back here starting the 24th and link up your totally rad and awesome projects for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!!!!

Thank you, Diane, for inviting me to share in the hop! And, thank you to our sweet sponsors for their support and prize donation.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Friendship Quilts Blog Hop

Ya'll, I'm still in shock... The lovely and talented Diane (from blank pages) asked yours truly to be a part of the Friendship Quilts Blog Hop. Seriously? Me? Oh what a feeling. I have under 100 followers- someone must think I'm destined to be a part of something bigger maybe?


It all starts in September which is filled with awesome tutorials, incredible stories and maybe even a pic or two from your fellow bloggers when they were in the 80's. Most of all, a month dedicated to making things for our friends. Click on the button above to learn more...

The schedule runs Monday through Friday with weekends open for spotlights and recaps.

 September
3: Friendship Quilts Kick Off! at from blank pages...,
4: Diane of from blank pages...
5: Whitney of The Peacock Tree (that's me!!)
6: January T of Sew Sew Go
7: Melinda of Quirky Granola Girl

10: Courtney of Mon Petit Lyons
11: Jill of Made with Moxie
12: Danielle of Fresh off the Spool
13: Kelsey of Kelsey Sews
14: Kristy of Quiet Play

17: Marika of Live, Laugh, Love... Sew
18: Karen of Sew Well Maid
19: Rachael of imagine gnats
20: Katie of There & Back
21: Lori of Lori H. Designs
   - LINKY FOR YOUR PROJECTS OPENS

24: A SURPRISE LINKY PARTY OPENS!!! (You do NOT want to miss this one!)
25: Secret
26: Secret
27: Secret
28: Link up closes for projects
30: Suprise Linky closes

October 1st: at from blank pages...  Judges Picks announced, Random drawing for the rest of the prizes...

So what are you waiting for? Dust off those keds that may still have the friendship pins hooked on them, grab your t-shirt clip, hairspray and torn sweatshirt and plan on joining us for the fun!

And, since you may have realized by now I like to include movie quotes, here is one of my favorites from way back when... “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

Monday, August 13, 2012

My Little Buttercup...

Our brief end of the summer getaway to Gulf Shores.

And we now return to our regularly scheduled programming... This has been a whirlwind summer for many reasons so I'm glad to feel slightly cooler weather and the hint of chili cravings in my tummy. C'mon fall- my favorite time of year.

I had thought, at one point, that I would take the summer off from Flickr swaps to concentrate on a few personal things that I had hoped to sew for myself. "Hi. My name is Whitney and I am a Swapaholic." Hello, Whitney. Needless to say, I kept busy. Thank goodness for my love of handstitching and brief moments at home with my machine. Plus, I was able to also do a bit of sewing with my girls- which, to me, is so very awesome.

Doing a bit of jumping at The Wharf.

Faaaaarley, Farley, Farley, Faaaaaaarley!

I created and gave away quite a few items to sweet swap friends over the summer. It is such a joy to sew for others. Really. Truly. It's something that brings me more joy than completing something for myself. If fabric could talk, however, a few current piles would gang up on me and share some taught words. They are neglected. Sadly neglected... However, that will all change this coming weekend.

Trying a bit of boogie boarding...

Well we really dont have a plan B. We didn't expect for the first plan to work. Sometimes you can overplan these things.

You can catch up on my swaps and projects here. One of my bigger items, however, is coming up on the 5th of next month where I'm featured on an actual blog hop and will conduct my first tutorial right on this here blog. It'll be, like, totally rad.

My WIP: A list of my WIP's.

One of the best movies ever...

Good Night, Ned!