Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Side Note

So, In other news, I have written up and released my first pattern.  It is an idea that I have been toying with for a while.  And after a little firm nudging from friends, I decided it was finally time.

The pattern is for a Knitting Needle Wallet to store you circular needles in.

The pattern features instructions with detailed pictures on how to make your own.

So if you knit or you have friends/family that knit, this is a great project that goes together fast with just a few fat quarters and some ribbon.  I have it listed over in the shop if you're interested!


Let me start by saying that I am SO lucky to be in the Wonky Quilt Bee bee with such talented ladies.  I give them mere suggestions of things that I like and, BAM!  It's like they reach right into my brain and know the perfect things to make.

For this quilt, I asked for GIANT bear paw blocks. And man, they delivered.  I love every single block in this quilt.

Melissa started it off by taking my request for a giant bear paw and turning it into the most wonderful scrappy blocks I have ever seen.  And everyone followed suit and the results are amazing!

I didn't want to do a traditional sashing so I decided to use one of my favorite Lizzy House fabrics and I think it fit the bill perfectly.

I backed it in an Anna Maria Horner Little Folks flannel along with a little Michael Miller flannel and it is so soft and snuggly.

I sent it out to Christina for quilting, and just told her to surprise me and I think the all over leaf pattern is beautiful.

 This quilt is one of my most favorite things and I am happy that it is all mine.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

5 Years

Now I usually try and keep this space crafting only and keep as much of my personal life out of it as I can. But since this is relevant to why I made this project I am allowing myself to share a tiny bit.  :)

5 years ago, on October 29th, which happened to be the day before my youngest daughter's 1st birthday and 2 days before her favorite holiday, my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 renal cancer.  The outlook was NOT good at all.  Tough times, people, tough times.  5 years later, she is still here, and she is my hero.  She has gone through a lot and I love her so very much. 

I decided to surprise and make her something to celebrate this amazing 5 years.

I went with a Wiksten Tank because I have made quite a few of them before, including some for my mom, so I already know that she looks awesome in them.

And of course, I had to use my most favorite of the Halloween fabrics.  Lizzy House's emoting ghosts print from Guising.  This fabric just makes me happy.  And I decided to do all the topstitching in a fun purple variegated thread.

I think that my mom will really like it when she opens up her mailbox and sees a surprise waiting for her!

Here is a little sneaky peek at what my next post will be about.  Two words, my friends, In. Love.