Monday, February 25, 2013

Modern She Made Swap Mosaic

I'm hoping that I'll be able to join in the fun for the Modern She Made Swap Round 3! Sign ups are today, so fingers crossed. The theme this time is stars, which is something I've been learning more and more about.  As a part of it, you're supposed to make a mosaic for inspiration for your secret swap partner! Here's my mosaic! 

Ideally, I'd LOVE it if my partner made me a divided basket by Anna at Noodlehead! I love them and I think it'd be so helpful to use on my bookshelf in my sewing space.  It'd house my charms and mini charms. Like most modern quilters, I adore colors of all kinds, especially mixed together. Some of my favorite fabric designers are Anna Maria Horner and Heather Ross. Someday, I'd love to have a bit of ALL of Anna Maria Horner's fabrics for a quilt. Sigh. Someday!
Modern She Made Swap Inspiration Mosaic
1. Divided Basket in Color Me Retro, 2. that's a quilting Miracle, 3. A brighter shade of pale quilt - binding detail, 4. tribal chevrons table runner, 5. Groupie Alert :) Working on my @annamariahorner blocks to bring to her Composing a Quilt Class on Friday. #quiltcon, 6. Ship Shape Tote Bottom, 7. yummy, 8. Leftover Swoon Pillow, 9. MQG Challenge Madrona Road, 10. Color Me Retro, 11. Finished this quilt top yesterday. Now to make the backing and baste it before I leave for Atlanta today #quiltygirlstakeatlanta, 12. Heather Ross Fabric, 13. Vintage Tangerine!14. Not available15. Not available16. Not available

As you can tell by my mosaic, I like a little bit of everything. :) Really, I'm hoping for something fun to add to my sewing room (since it's off the main living space in our house!).

If I don't get in, that's okay too! Yall will have just had some pretty eye candy for the day! Happy Monday yall! 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Amy Butler Swap Update

So excited to be swapping Amy Butler Charms with lots of quilters out there! The group has been really good about posting on our Flickr group, but I thought I'd share the list of what everyone's submitting so far.

Daisy Chain Line:
Clemetis in Green
Dandelion Field in Mist
Daisy Bouquet in Turquoise
Moaic Kiwi

Lark Line:
Button Flowers in Navy
Sparkle in Midnight
Heirloom in Jade
Dreamer Treasure Box in Ocean Blue
Gpysy in Cobalt

Midwest Modern:
Honeycomb in various colors
Fresh Poppies Green
Ripple Stripe in Gray
Garden Maze in Sky
Garden Maze in Sand

Midwest Modern II:
Honeycomb in pink/gray
Martini Ice
Optic Blossm olive/pink
Wavy lines olive/Pink
Park Fountains Fuschia

Soul Blossoms:
Twilight Peony Amaranth

Love:
Sandalwood in Turquoise
Paisley in Wine
Paisley in Lime
Paisley in Blush
Memento in Burgandy
Bali Gate Periwinkle
Memento Midnight
Paradise Garden Periwinkle

Cameo:
Josephine's Bouquet in Cobalt
Forget Me Knot Midnight

Others (because I can't remember where they belong):
Morning Glory in Linen
Tumble Roses in Pink
Lotus Wall Flower Cherry

I'm so excited about the fabrics!! Great choices! I'll try to update this list in a few days once more folks have added their choices! WE STILL HAVE 13 SPOTS OPEN!!! Come join us! :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Whew!

Saturday, my sweet hubby let me sleep in and got up with Reagan. It was so relaxing to wake up when my body was ready to, instead of to an alarm clock. It was much needed! It's amazing how the daily grind of up and at 'em for work can really wear you out. I also spent the rest of the day in my jammies (don't worry- I showered)... and sewed. It was glorious. :) Plus, there's something really relaxing to be a home, baby girl playing all over the house, and just relaxing! P.S. Reagan is now standing (with help) and oh my goodness, she loves to be able to do that!! Yikes!!

Here's what all I accomplished this weekend (plus a few things that I'm not ready to show but I'll mention anyways):

1. Wiksten Tova Tunic---it's almost all the way done! Just need to set in my sleeves and do up the collar, and it'll be good to go. I'll blog more about it once I'm done but for a wearable muslin, not too bad. Probably a few things I'll do differently for the next one but I'm happy with how this one is turning out. This is the fabric that I choose to use for it.... 
Pat Bravo - Oval Elements - Oval Elements in Emerald Coast
Oval Elements in Emerald Coast by Pat Bravo Art Gallery Fabrics
2. Lots of bee blocks! Here they are...
Creative Quilt Blocks - Heather

Creative Quilt Blocks - Graycefulily

Creative Quilt Blocks - Eva Marie

Creative Quilt Blocks - Corrie

Color Bee Shocked Feb
3. Pillow for Sigma State Day (you'll have to be surprised once I'm ready to share)

4. Sewed together the quilt top, quilt back, basted, and started the quilting on my Scrappy Sigma Quilt. Really love how this one's coming together - it'll be hard to let go of this one but I'm so glad it'll have a great new home next Saturday!
Scrappy Sigma Quilt Top

5. Two custom Kitchen Aid Mixer Covers (one is quilted, the other is not)
Kitchen Aid Mixer Cover

Kitchen Aid Mixer Cover

Whew. That's a lot for one girl to get done. Still have lots more to finish up on my scrappy Sigma quilt in order for it to be ready for Saturday but that's okay! You'll see a full blogpost sometime early next week for it! :)

Take care yall!!

OH, if you're in the Carolinas, did you sign up for the Joanns Girls Night Out yet? You totally should -- it's going to be amazing! 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Girls Night Out in Charlotte

Yall - I'm so excited!!! My friend, Vanessa, at Designs by Sessa, just texted me about an event that's going on in Charlotte, NC in March!! I already bought my ticket, and am ready to go! Now, I just have to wait for March 9th to roll around!! Who's coming????

I'm thrilled to share with yall that Girls Night Out, hosted by Joanns and Me Sew Crazy, is coming to the South!



The first one happened in Salt Lake City last year after Sewing Summit (go here to read more about it), and everyone wanted to go! So, they decided to hit the road and host more around the country, which means we all get to participate.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Girls Night Out Blogger Get Together is an event where online friends can gather in an intimate setting to meet and get to know one another, and share their passion for all things sewing over dinner! It's a great way to bring the online sewing community together in real life!

Join us on Saturday, March 9th in Charlotte, N.C. at 6:30pm.

To register, go herehttp://jo-annsgirlsnightout.eventbrite.com/! You might want to act quickly, since there are limited number of tickets available! 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cupids Bow

Just a short and sweet blog post to wish yall a Happy Valentine's Day! Not usually my favorite holiday but thought I'd take this moment to say that I'm thankful for the community of bloggers out there!!! :)

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Valentine's Day Swap

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Hey yall!! A couple weeks ago, Caroline over at Sew Caroline and Alissa at Rags to Stitches invited bloggers to participate in a Valentine's Day Swap! It sounded like fun to me, so I signed up! So glad I did because I ended up with a simply spectacular partner!!

I'd like to introduce yall to Lindsay! She blogs over at The Pursuit of Pink. Yall, seriously, go over there and start following her blog!
pursuit of pink
Lindsay works in the D.C. area, and guess what? She's expecting! :) Too fun. More importantly, Lindsay is such a woman of faith!! I love reading her thoughts on her faith, and seeing how much she lives it out!

Here's what she sent me! I forgot to take a picture of the box that her goodies arrived in but she had decorated it with hearts!! It made me smile just seeing it sitting at the door when I got home from work! 
Valentines Day Mug Swap
Too too cute! I've been a good wifey and sharing my Reeses hearts with my hubby!

Thanks, Lindsay!!! :)  p.s. I didn't send a mug to Lindsay because she's preggers!! So, I sent her a sweet little drawstring bag to throw in her diaper bag for all her mommy goodies!!! :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Amy Butler Charm Swap

Hey friends! So excited to announce that I'm hosting a swap of my very own! One of my very favorite fabric designers is Amy Butler, so I thought I'd start there for a fun little swap. This one is geared towards quilters, so its for 5 inch charm squares.
Amy Butler Charm Swap
Here are all the details for the swap:

Amy Butler Charm Swap

1. We are swapping 5" charm squares. You will purchase two different ONE yard cuts of Amy Butler fabric prints and cut it into 5" charm squares. 1 yard = 56 charms, 2 yards = 112 charms

2. Fabric must be Amy Butler designer label, 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabric. We are keeping this swap to only quilting cottons so no home dec, voile, flannel, velveteen, or other substrates please! Older Amy Butler patterns are acceptable too! Her fabric lines include: alchemy, cameo, gypsy caravan, lark, soul blossoms, love, daisy chain, midwest modern, midwest modern 2, lotus, august fields, nigella, and bella. (NO Amy Butler solids, please)

3. Fabric must be new and unwashed and must come from a smoke free environment.

4. Before sending your fabric to me, cut your fabric into 5" x 5" charm squares. Remember to remove the selvedges and press your fabric before cutting! You may want to purchase 1.25 yards of each in case you make any mistakes cutting your charms. 1 yard = 56 charm squares (5" x 5".)

5. Put your charm stack in a ziplock bag and include an index card with your name, flickr ID, email address, and mailing address.

6. In your envelope please include:
-Your stack of charms in a ziplock
-the index card
-a PREPAID SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE for me to mail your charms back to you! This is very important! If you do not send a SASE with your charms, I won't be able to mail them back to you. To figure the postage cost, have the postmaster weigh your SASE along with the charms and purchase enough postage to cover the cost. Then put that postage on the SASE and place it inside your package along with your charms. OR- keep it simple and purchase a flat rate priority envelope with postage :)

**International swappers, I'll have to collect your return postage via PayPal. Please still include a self addressed envelope for me to send your charms.

7. Finally, upload a picture of your chosen fabrics ASAP to the Amy Butler Charm Swap Flickr group. This is really important so we don't have any duplicates! Also, include the fabric collection and name of your print so everyone knows what is what. If you are not on Flickr, please comment on a blog post, and I'll add it to the Flickr group for you. We want to ensure that we have as many different Amy Butler prints.

Signups will be open until March 1st or until we have 56 swappers!

Also, if you need help with cutting your charms, Elizabeth Hartman has a great tutorial on it: http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2010/05/charm-squares-101.html


If you are on Flickr, here's the Flickr group!

Monday, February 11, 2013

April Showers Mug Rug Hop

!Sew WE Quilt!


Hey yall!! Guess what? I'm going to be a stop on the April Showers Mug Rug Hop, running April 8 through 16th!! Be sure to check out all of the amazing bloggers who will have some darling mug rugs to show off. 

Come back to Sew Happily Ever After on Tuesday, April 11th for my mug rug! I'm excited since it's my first one! :)


Friday, February 8, 2013

In Progress

Today, I'm sharing a couple WIPs along with a related completed project! I promise that they're connected! Also, this popped up in my Facebook newsfeed this morning, and I just thought it was so cute!

Here's what I've got in progress:
1. Sigma Sigma Sigma State Day Quilt:
I have most of my squares cut out, and the center panel is pieced together. Working on finishing the cutting so I can start playing with the squares. I think I'm going to be really sad to see this one go....but hey, it'll go to a loving sister and the money will benefit our Foundation!

2. Sigma Sigma Sigma State Day Pillow #2:
Again, this one will be going to a loving sister! I'm mimicking a pillow I made in November.... It's got a cut out of the state of South Carolina. This time, I'm making SC in purple (one of Tri Sigma's colors), and doing the background in striped fabrics. So far, I've just got fabric selected for this one. I need to just sit down and get it sewn up.
SC State Pillow Close Up
this is the one I made before - it now belongs to a Sigma alumnae here in the Cola area
3. Corduroy pants for Reagan:
I've had these cut out for a while. They're an Oliver + S pant pattern, and I cut them in a 12 - 18 month pattern. On Reagan, their 12 - 18 month sizes are a little bit big on her, so I wasn't in a hurry but she's growing out of her 9 to 12 month clothes pretty quickly so... ya know.

4. Kitchen Aid Mixer Covers:
I had two orders over the last 24 hours, so once they fabric arrives this week,  I need to get these sewn up. Thankfully, only one of them is a quilted one, so they should finish up pretty quickly! The picture is one that I made last week for a customer... they had the larger size mixer and those ones always seem to take just a bit longer, ya know. Still, I think it turned out really pretty!
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Completed:
Sigma Sigma Sigma State Day Pillow #1
I finished this one up last weekend. I think it looks spectacular. I used some bee blocks from my Simply Modern Bee. I pieced them together kind of wonky, which I think looks really neat. I'm (in my head, and I guess out loud) calling this pillow "Tilted Windowpanes". For whatever reason, it reminds me of the old windows you see in old houses. I quilted it using my favorite wavy lines, going across both directions over the pillow.
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See, told ya this one related to some of the WIPs.

Plus, I'm really hoping to get to some garment sewing for me and Reagan! :) I've got a bunch of PDF patterns that are printed out---just have to cut them out and tape together. If only there were more hours in the day!

Also, no post would be complete with a cutie picture of my girl and her daddy! :)
Edmund and Reagan
OH oh oh---guess what yall? Today is the date that Color Me Retro hits the stores. I've been so excited about this mini collection that Jeni Baker is doing for Art Gallery Fabrics. You can go here to read more about it at Jenni's blog, In Color Order. Isn't just precious? I LOVE it! 
Color Me Retro

Yall take care! :) Have a great Friday!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Owning It

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Alright yall...confession time. I have never considered myself to be creative. Ever. I've always thought that being creative meant you had to be artsy, and well, I'm definitely not that. I can't draw a stick figure decently. And, most people assume (probably incorrectly) that creative people are disorganized. Well, I'm organized, so that just adds to it.

For the longest time in my life, I've have never considered myself to be creative. Until recently.
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Looking at my past job history, I've come to the realization that the jobs or the times in my life that I have been the happiest have been when I have had a creative outlet. Yup. Don't get me wrong. I am SUPER organized, efficient, and hard working, so I'm a pretty good employee in any field. But there are some jobs that just aren't going to give me a whole lot of satisfaction. And I've never really taken the time to pinpoint why.

But I had an epiphany. I need an outlet to be creative.

I guess that's why sewing and quilting has become such a huge thing for me. It allows me an opportunity to be creative...without neccesssarily being "artsy". It's an outlet for me. It's therapy. It's relaxing. It's energizing. It's part of who I am.

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And I've never really owned that I am creative.
That all stops now.

Yall listening out there.... imagine me...on top of a mountain...proclaiming to the world "I AM CREATIVE." Yup.  You heard me. I'm owning it now. I am a creative woman. I need to have time to be creative. It fulfills a huge part of who I am. It is who I am. 

And that, my friends, is pretty darn cool.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Simply Solids Swap

Hey swappers! Just wanted to give yall a nice little update!
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As of yesterday (Saturday), I received EVERYONE's fabric. Hooray! I went through and sorted them all by color, and took a few pictures. Yall had some lovely choies!
Simply Solids Swap
I thought yall might enjoy a few up close pictures of the different colors.
Reds, Oranges, Yellows

Yellows, Greens, Blues

Purples, Pinks, Neutrals

Packaging

Here are a few samples of some bundles. I tried to make each bundle unique, so it was lots of fun to play with all the solids. I had a system for making sure that everyone had their fabric bundle, ziploc bag, package, and a fun little note. All the domestic bundles will be going out in the mail tomorrow, and I'll be messaging all of the international folks tomorrow to get their Paypal stuff worked out!
Bundle Samples

Bundle Samples

Bundle Samples

All together, we swapped 80 yards of solid fabric with four countries! :) So fun! Thank yall so much for swapping with us! I know Erin and I had a blast coordinating this for you! :)

Also, I was short 1 blue fat quarter, so I just gave up mine! If it's stuck inside someone else's, please send back! :) Thanks!

Friday, February 1, 2013

February Finish It Up

 A Lovely Year of Finishes
So I missed the deadline for entering my January to do in the Lovely Year of Finishes. Great way to start out, right? Oh well. It's a great way to keep all of us managing what we want to get done---and to try to eliminate unfinished objects. This year, it's being sponsored by Fiber of All Sorts and SewBitterSweet Designs.

Here's how it works:

Here’s the plan: each month pick one project, anything you like (it can even be an entirely new project, so long as you can finish it in the current month) and tell yourself, “I Will Finish It.” Then write a blog post about the project and link it up to our Goal Setting linky party. Spend the rest of the month working on your finish. We will have a mid-month check, and though you are not required to link up to that post, it would be fun to see your progress! Finally, after you have finished your project, write a second (or third) post showing us your Lovely Finish and link it up to our “Finishes Party.” 
Goal setting - Required link up {Link starts 1st of the month and open for seven days}
Mid-month Check-In - Optional {Link starts on the 15th and is open for seven days}
Finishes Party – Required link-up {Link is open seven days before the last day of the month}

I hate that I missed out in January.This  month, though, I'm getting it going. Here's what all I want to accomplish this month (and as usual, it's a long list).

1. Sigma Sigma Sigma throw quilt for Sigma Sigma Sigma's SC State Day
2. Two throw pillows for Sigma Sigma Sigma's SC State Day
3. Pink/Black Plaid Dress for me
4. Drindl Dress for me
5. Color Bee Shocked February Block
6. Simply Solids February Block
7. Megan Nielson Briar Top


















8. Creative Quilt Bee Block
9. Geranium Dress for Reagan
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10. Pierrott Dress for Reagan
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11. Piece together my Color Bee Shocked Blocks to make the quilt top, and start to think about the backing.

I realize its kind of an odd combination of quilting and sewing, but hey, that's what I do!

What are yall working on finishing up in February? It's a short month, so we'd better get moving! Take care yall!
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