…and it’s OFF!

Well, I finally finished up the quilt for Craft Hope (a few weeks ago, actually) and wanted to let you admire *cough* the finished project, which is snug as a bug on it’s way to Jessica.

The front:

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…and the back:

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I apologize for the low-light photo – we’re having some funky weather here in CLE.

There are some imperfections (!!!), but overall I’m so happy with my work and I will definitely complete this quilt again.  It was a great intro to the craft!

Be well and remember to wear your rashguard at the beach!

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It’s June!

Can you believe it?!?

I’m very excited for summer and having the kids home from school!  Lots of crafting and camp and beach and garden food…YAY!

I was recently asked to make a very specific towel and potholder set for someone who was visiting a hotel this month.  What a considerate idea!!  Can you imagine walking in to a hotel room to find something extra special, just for you?

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This kind soul did a search on Etsy and found a set that I’d made with this garbage/recycling truck applique and reached out to me to make this set.  

This leads me to mention that anything can be made with any design that you find in my shop or on this blog.  I have so many designs, I’m not quite sure that I’ll use them all in my lifetime!  So, if there’s something you are considering, whether it’s for your home or for a guest that you’d like to make feel extra special and right at home, hit me up!  I’m certain I can find something you’d enjoy…

Enjoy the end of the academic year and enjoy summer!  Gardening is easy – grow some food this summer!  

Craft Hope – Project 21 :: Rally for Roma!

First: I’ve missed being here.

Second: I’ve kept busy while I’ve been away!

If you’re not familiar with the Craft Hope movement in service, please check out my post from November 30.

Here is a description of the project from the shiny new Craft Hope website.

*sigh*

My mom is a quilter.  I am not; I make clothes. My mom used to make (lots of!) clothes, but over the years, her skills (and her patience) evolved and she took up quilting, though she does bust out some cute clothing these days.  Maybe it’s just a natural progression, I don’t know. BUT, I now understand why quilters love what they do so much!

There is something so soothing and slow and easy about quilting.  The way one can get lost in the fabrics and the colors and the hum of the machine and the sound of your heartbeat while you’re cutting and piecing and…  You know what I mean, don’t you…you crafty little goddess?!?  If it’s not quilting, it could be something else that speaks to you this way, right?

I am not a quilter.

My mom has given me loads of her scraps over the years, as I enjoy applique’ing clothing quite a lot.  I use what she gives me and I try to remember the quilt that has the same materials in it.  I have a huge stash of her scraps, as I can’t applique THAT fast!  I’ve often wondered if there is anything else I could be doing with these scraps that my mother so painstakingly measured and cut.  Anything besides making a quilt, because (say it with me, now)…

I am not a quilter!!!

BUT!!

I popped in to Stitch Cleveland, my local sewing shop, and was talking to the owner about my pondering.  She knew right away how to help me and picked up a book named The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman.  She said that it was a great introduction to quilting and had several patterns inside, from novice to advanced.  She pointed me to the Small Plates pattern and here is what came of that:

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I am rather impressed with myself!  This is the first quilt that I’ve made, and I’ve done it slowly and carefully and poured the best of myself into it AND…

(the connection)

…I’m going to be so pleased to send it off to Romania!  It’s rather primitive, but Heidi was right – it was the perfect quilt to start me off!

Lookout world: I AM A QUILTER!

(the pieces haven’t been sewn together just yet – I’ll pop on with photos of the finished project!)

Happy Weekend!

Ahh!!  I am so happy the weekend is here!  Hope you all have some spontaneous fun with your families sandwiched between spontaneous quiet and stillness…and that you try hard (as I will be doing, as well) to appreciate every precious little moment!

I’ve listed the wool interlock pants on Etsy, so send your friends, your mail carrier, your 2nd cousin and/or your neighbor to the shop to check ’em out!  Is there another design you’d like to see?  Message me!  I listen well (a tidbit which firmly contradicts what my mother told me while I was growing up)!

xoxo

Interlock MADNESS!

Sticking to my plan, I’ve burned through some wool interlock that I’ve had my stash for some time.

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So, all of the natural colored pants are made of 100% wool interlock and the one gray pair is made of a recycled lamb’s wool/angora blend sweater.  They were all made the same day and it didn’t feel right to leave the cousin out of the photo.  ; )

Which is your favorite?  What would you like to see more of?

Find me on Etsy!  : )

Oh, HEY!

There you are!!  Been looking all over for you!  : )

I know I’m not the only one in the world to neglect her blog, and I can’t be the only one in the world who feels badly for it…right?

I have been working on so many things, I’m having a difficult time wrapping things up!  I have so many UFO’s that I’m overwhelmed!!!  and I don’t like to be that way, soooo…

I’m committing to finish my UFO’s before I take on anything else.  *gulp*

Here are just a few things I’ve been working on:

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On top of this, I have a spring sweater/bloomers set, legwarmers and the beautiful sweater for my sweet friend Shannon.

Hope you all are well and are able to get outside, if even for just a moment.  The fresh air does wonders for the brain!!

xo

So, I’ve been thinking…

I knit longies and machine-embroider Onesies to match.  Lots of you know this already.  ; )

It hit me as I was doing dishes (have no idea what that relationship is…) – Wouldn’t it be helpful if I offered more than one Onesie or shirt for each pair of longies?  Thinking back, I went through more shirts than woolies when my kids were babies, and it would have been nice to have had more than one shirt available for the set.

I have been working on more sets that will be listed soon, but if you spot a set in my Etsy shop currently and would like a second, more customized Onesie for the longies you’re admiring, get in touch with me!  I can do lots of custom embroidery and can coordinate favorite colors, too!  

Just now, fold yourself in half (doesn’t matter if you’re sitting or standing – I’m not picky).  Bend your knees as much as you need to to release your low back and stay for at least a minute.