I had to make one 6.5″ block for a secret project. Tonka was not amused.
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK TIME TO PLAY!!! I had SOOOO much fun reading through all the comments this week! It was endless entertainment! Love it. So, to decide who won, I read each comment aloud during my dinner outing at the Cracker Barrel and we all discussed their awesome-itude and laughed and ate too many dumplins. In the end, we have a winner and it’s Leanne from My Year of Crafting Dangerously! Here’s her comment:
Sew,Mama,Sew! has a Giveaway Day twice a year and I thought I’d share something very close to my heart….
These are nine 3″xWOF strips of Mendocino by Heather Ross for Free Spirit Fabrics. They are in the blush colorway and are just about the loveliest things in the world…. To win this giveaway, post a comment and tell me how you would use this fabric! Whichever answer tickles my fancy is the winnah! I’ll leave this post open until May 10 at 5 p.m. PST and international readers are welcome! I’ll ship wherever. Anyways, hope there’s someone out there who’s jonesin’ for some Heather Ross! Happy Monday! r
This weekend, I made a trip to Joann’s and perused magazines. In the March/April issue of Quilty, there was a pattern called “Bounce” by Holly Hickman.
I loved it instantly & bought the magazine right then & there. However, the wheels in my brain were turning during the drive home & I thought about how cute it would look with hearts instead of dots… & then I thought about how much extra work it would be to make hearts, so something else had to give. By the time I got home, I decided to ditch the string piecing for HST to save time & retain that angled look. Fast forward to now- 99 HST & 12 half hearts later- I’m ready to call it a night.
It’s coming along nicely! I wish I didn’t have to go to work in the morning so could make pretty things all day long… Sigh… Anyway, It’s St. Patty’s day for just a couple more minutes & I think I’ll go find something green to eat! Hope you had a good weekend! r
The Modern Quilt Guild has asked bloggers who are going to QuiltCon to write a post with five things that most people don’t know about you. So, without further ado…
One- I’m left handed! I definitely believe that it’s colored the way I see things & makes me march to my own beat. Certain tools are such a pain the the butt to use- don’t get me started on right handed mafia that apparently manufacturers most brands of scissors….
Two- My favorite food is anything made from potatoes. Anything… Just writing this has made me wish for French fries. Here’s a pic of my plate on Super Bowl Sunday:
I ignored half my riblets & did work on those pan fried fingerling potatoes…
Three- I danced ballet for almost nine years & was quite passionate about it. My schools were the serious kind where girls went to prep for the big leagues- we couldn’t wear skirts or cute wrap around sweaters to practice, we couldn’t wear jewelry or have bangs (!), & wearing your costume or even your makeup out of the theater after a performance was a mortal sin… Once, I missed a dress rehearsal by accident & while I was digging into my second helping of mashed potatoes, the kitchen phone rang. It was the artistic director of Ballet Oklahoma, Bryan Pitts, calling to tell us that my ass better be at the Civic Center in 15 minutes or else. Well, my aunt raced me across town & I was met at the backstage door by two assistants who stripped me naked & into costume within 60 seconds! Hello, Vicar! Haha But then puberty hit me with a bang & I realized there’s no room in the world of ballet for 5’8″ tall girls with big boobs! So, that dream sadly ended. But the structure & discipline of the ballet world has stuck with me. I step lightly even now…
Four- The first concert I ever went to was on the lawn of the Oklahoma City Community College & Three Dog Night performed. I think I was about seven or eight & my moms & stepdad took me. To this day, I can sing all their songs. & I’m pretty sure I was eaten alive by chiggers that day.
Five- I miss my big family. I grew up in my grandparents’ home & we always had a TON of people over. Aunts. Uncles. Cousins. Second Cousins. I HATED IT! I would lock myself in the bathroom just to read my books. Literally, there would be people in every corner & they all wanted to be up in mah bidness!! But now my home consists of me, my Steven, & Tonka the cat. I catch myself wondering where everyone is at sometimes… Last weekend, I made a quick trip home & nine of us all went out to eat at Johnnie’s Charbroiler. NINE PEOPLE! & it did my heart a world of good.
Because I’m an overachiever, here’s a sixth fact- I’m the only person in my family who sews. & if I ever try to talk shop about my quilts, they act like I’m reading verbatim from a set of stereo instructions. Oh, the yawns… This is part of the reason why I love my local guild! They not only appreciate the aesthetics of what make, they want to know about the process behind it & actually understand what I’m saying! QuiltCon is going to be so
much fun, if I can get over my terrible shyness! So, if you see me & recognize who I am, please say hello! I’d love
to hear from you. & I might even have some swag to give you from my magical QuiltCon Tote Bag O’ Mysteries!!! Woot! I’ll post a photo of it next week so you’ll recognize me! See ya then! I’ll be posting about everything on Instagram @rebsrecca!
I’ve been sewing for the past few weeks on all sorts of random things, so I thought I’d share a bit. This onesie is TOTALLY out of my comfort zone. C’mon- garment sewing??! My sister-in-law asked me to make it for her brother’s daughter, who is set to be born in the next few weeks. His favorite video game was Halo, so she wanted to incorporate that into something a little girl would wear. Anyways, I hacked apart a Garanimals onesie to see how it was put together & then cobbled together all kinds of different parts to make this garment. All it lacks now are snaps & then I need to make a matching hat or headband and some shoes. My embroidery could be MUCH better, but hopefully she won’t be too upset about it. I didn’t want to use the preset fonts in my sewing machine, so I designed it on the PC and then thread painted the words. It’s not a smooth satin stitch & that’s my one regret… Here’s the back:
It’s three rows of tulle ruffles, which are adorable! I could sit here and fluff them for hours.
It’s only about two feet high, so it didn’t take long. It’s my first finish of 2013, so that’s something!
I’ve got several other projects sitting in the wings. A Valentine’s quilt. Another Madrona Road mini quilt in the citrus colorway. A tote bag! Oh, the tote bag. It’s going to be so awesome, I can’t stand it! There aren’t enough hours in the day… Well, thanks for reading! & I’ll try to post more leading up to QuiltCon! rebecca