Happy Spring

spring 2Spring is finally here.  Hello flowers, warmer weather, and of course allergies.  I will take allergies over sub-zero temperatures and snow.  Let’s put this image out of our memory for a few months.

snowmageddon 2014 (2)To celebrate the arrival of spring I made something for myself.  At one of our Indy Modern Quilt Guild meetings earlier this year I won the stash box.  Each month someone would win a box full of fabric, notions, patterns, etc that others wanted out of there stash.  If you took anything you had to replace it with something from yours.

I found some coordinating fabric, wooden purse handles and lace.  Making a purse immediately came to mind.  I used this pinned tutorial to make my purse.  I’m pretty happy considering the first purse I ever made.

Yesterday was the first day I used the purse and it coordinated with my outfit.  I’m going to make another and actually follow the tutorial and make it big enough.  I can’t open my purse more than 1.5 inches.  OOPS!

wood handle purse

Ladybug WIP

Ladybugs have invaded my sewing space, luckily only on fabric.  This project is someone’s first quilt and they are unsure how to quilt it.  So I volunteered to do the quilting for them.

The creative roadblock hit pretty quickly.  Normally I would opt for just wonky lines but this a larger baby quilt, it could get heavy fast.  My free motion quilting skills are not where I want them to be.free motion quilting attempt


More practice is needed.  I opted for something classic.  Diagonal cross hatches.  Not easy always marking the lines, but I love the look.

lady bug quilt quiltingI had to send hubby to get thread at Jo-Anns.  Luckily he picked the green I really wanted…lime.  Almost done with the quilting then on to the binding.

Vintage Modern Monday – Kitchen Reno

Usually I discuss items I find that I like with the vintage modern feel in this series.  Over the next few weeks I will be living this theme.  As we take our 1927 bungalow and update it to have a more modern kitchen.

kitchen reno

Original 1927 hardwoods under LAYERS of terrible flooring options.

When we bought the house a few years ago, I thought it just needed some new countertops and we would be good.  Once we started using the space it was apparent we needed more counters and prep space.  Let’s not forget the frozen pipes in the winter due to poor planning on the previous owner’s behalf.  We have pondered and really tried to figure out what will be the best for us.

A few weeks ago we agreed on a color palette that will flow with the rest of our home.

kitchen colors

Loving the gold streaks. I think they will look great as pops of color with our current hardwoods.

Down goes the wall.  I may have gotten sledge hammer happy.  wall bashing 2 wall bashingLook at all that original lath we found.  Those were each done by hand.  I hated to tear it down but it had to go.  We need something more open and makes the space look bigger.  Plus we want a bar area we can eat at.

kitchen reno 2  open kitchen

After lots of cleaning this is the opening now into the kitchen.  We would love to keep the original hardwoods exposed but they have been damaged over the years and not well maintained.  Plus the water damage from the dishwasher leaking for years has left some dark spots permanently.

Once this kitchen is done, look for new features on the blog with more recipes and ideas.  Prior to this I wouldn’t do any photos in my kitchen with the terrible light and layout.

April Sewing Goals

There is a lot happening in the sewing room but not much to really share recently.  New fabrics, new ideas, and some new projects.  However, my arch nemesis of a grown up job is sucking all of my time.  We have been on 7 months of mandatory overtime which has just become draining.

tshirt quilt 1 tshirt quilt 2When I do have time to sew, it’s limited and uninspired.  For April I need to get a couple of big projects out of the way so I can move on to something more original.  I’m glad to have the commissions of two t-shirt quilts, but really need some creativity right now.

My goal for the month is get one of the tops completed.  That will be a huge relief and make way for some more projects in the sewing room.

Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes.

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March Finish

This Rainbow Charm Project has been one of my favorite quilts.

rainbow charm quiltFelt good to really use up scraps and be creative.  It’s been done for days but I have been pondering what to do.  I considered submitting it over to a couple of magazines or writing the pattern.  Look for the pattern soon.  I’m working on a couple of different versions.

Indigo and violet were nixed because the scraps I had were too dark.  Plus, I was having the borrow scraps to finish.  Kind of defeats the purpose right?

rainbow charm quiltI quilted in a light yellow on the front in the white and aqua on the back.  It’s amazing how a design starts out one way then ends up something completely different.

rainbow charm quiltThe aqua back is a thrifted sheet.  The binding is a print a randomly picked up that really coordinated well with the original design.  Good thing there are some scraps left to make that happen.

Linking up to a ton of other great projects for the month with three hours to spare.

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