Monday, November 15, 2010

My Weight Loss Program...

I've decided a few weeks ago that it is time I lose those last few kilo's that are still hanging around from my pregnancies. I've been having a hard time getting motivated, and as a result, I would lose a pound, gain two. Lose two, gain one. Up and down...VERY frustrating.
So now, my husband and I have put together the ultimate weight loss program. We have set one big end goal, and a few small 'in between' goals. For each goal we reach, we get to spend a certain amount on our hobbies (that would be fabric for me, and Volkswagen parts for him...). So far it has been working great! I'm almost at my first goal (and so is he!) so I am starting to look around a bit to decide what to buy, and where to get it. It has been fun! (And I haven't even bought anything yet!!)

One thing I would like to get for sure is this pattern:

I saw it at Above all Fabrics, and have had sitting in my cart for a while now! But now, there is a neat little contest/giveaway going on at Above all Fabrics, and it required me to put a wish list together...Lots of fun! I basically looked at all the fabrics, and picked out a bunch that I think would make very cute 'Sydney' dresses for my little Stella :)
I've been looking at Fandango, by Kate Spain, such lovely fabrics! And I think that the scooters in the Monaco line by Jennifer Moore are just great :)
I seem to be changing my mind just about every day though, so we'll see what I end up using my weight-loss money for!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Lunch Bags

It took me more than 2 months to finally get my act together and sew these up for my boys.
It was a little more work than I expected, but they turned out really nice, and Ben and Lucas love them:)

I used this pattern.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pretty Solid

I recently won a giftcard for Sew Mama Sew by guessing the fabric that was in the jar (on Facebook). Being on a 'no buying more fabric for now' budget, this was great!
I had been looking at buying solids, since I own virtually no solids (buying prints is so much more fun!), but I knew that more fabric just had to wait.
Then I won a $15 giftcard! I ended up getting 3 half yard cuts of Kona, FOR FREE! Yay!

I bought Kona Peony, Green Grass and White. They actually all seem to work great with my Summer Song fabrics, which I was hoping for.
Looking forward to working with some solids, yay for free fabric!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

This will be my very first time participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.
This past spring I read many of the posts of participants, but having never made a quilt in my life, I only drooled over other peoples quilts, which was a lot of fun!
Shortly after that, I made my first quilt: the Mod Sampler (pattern by Elizabeth Hartman).

It is far from perfect, but I learned so much while making this quilt!

I was to scared to do any free motion quilting on this one, seeing as I had never quilted anything before, so I stuck with 'simple' straight lines. UGH! NOT so simple...
The backing fabric started to completely pull to one side, which I didn't notice until I had quilted a third of the entire quilt. (I think that was my best lesson learned, check your quilting on the back of your quilt periodically!)
So I also learned a lot about quick and efficient seam ripping.

But taking it out and starting over was so worth it.

I love the end result, and so do my kids! Who cares about perfection anyways?!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

That Girl...That Quilt Along ~ Week 1

I'm participating in a quilt along! This is going to be so fun!
I really wanted to make a quilt for my in-laws this Christmas, and when I saw this Quilt-Along, I had just the charm pack for it.
I really like these fabrics, but I don't think I would ever keep them for a quilt for myself. They just aren't my 'style' but I do love them. Kindof weird, huh?

Can't wait to start sewing!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What's Next?

Now that Ben's quilt is finished, I'm hoping to start something new. I have been pretty good lately about not doing to many things at the same time, without getting anything finished.
I like to have my hexagons on the side, because it is nice to take along to other people's houses :)

I am thinking about starting a quilt for Stella using my Riley Blake fat quarters.
I just can't seem to decide on the pattern. I have a few patterns that I like. I am debating between this one and this one.

And then I need to figure out the size.
She will be in a crib for at least another year, maybe longer. But who might take me that long to finish! Crib or Twin. Decisions...decisions...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


He's VERY happy with this!

And because he is, I am as well.