Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Giveaway at Gracie Lou's!

There is a giveaway going on at Gracie Lou's Quilt Shoppe! Click the button on my sidebar and read all about it:) Good luck...there are some FABULOUS prizes!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pajama Challenged

Can anyone recommend a good pajama pattern? I am looking for something that is the traditional elastic pant and button top. I could even use some tips if such a pattern does not exist...or maybe pick up a used pair at the Goodwill and decontruct them to use a pattern. Any suggestions are more than welcome!! Thanks:)

Happy Holidays all!

Monday, December 22, 2008


Just a little something to do if you are bored...or needing a break from pre-holiday craziness:)

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

Click on the pic and go take the quiz...are you the flower you thought you were? I think I would rather be a daisy, but I guess Canna will do;)

Friday, December 19, 2008

More Quilted Wallet Fun

I whipped up a couple more wallets...one for my darling babysitter (the kiddos just adore her) and one for my son's bus driver (today was her last day driving the bus-she is moving away-and she is the nicest person so I thought I would make a little present for him to give to her-half going away gift, half Merry Christmas gift).

I brought them into work to show them off and got some requests for xmas presents..lol...looks like I am going to be sew, sew, sewing this weekend...darn! (Just kidding...I love an excuse to sew)

Winter Sassy Apron

The fair Katy of Queensland (check out her blog...she is one crafty gal)has received her Sassy Apron so I can share photos with all of you. YAY! I know you are all on the edge of your seats in anticipation...haha.

So here it is...

I did the Emmeline by Sew Liberated. I thought that would be the best way to make a holiday apron and a winter apron since it is a reversible pattern. It can be worn on the Christmas side for the rest of the month then flipped around for the rest of the winter. I added a little yo-yo pocket to the "winter side" which didn't turn out as nicely as I had envisioned, but I don't think it looks too bad.

I also included some cookie cutters, pencil box and magnets, and some list making paper:)

Happy Christmas, Katy! I am glad you enjoyed your sassy package!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Winner, Winner! Chicken Dinner!

I won the drawing for the We the People Swap III, so I got an extra pattern off of my wish list as a prize...exciting, eh?!?

So yesterday, there it was in the mail....my very own Weekender Bag pattern by Amy Butler! (Can I get a whoop, whoop!) A bit THANK YOU to the swap mama, Tracy! I can't wait til WTPS 2009 starts up:)

Now I need to whip up a Weekender and a Sophia and plan myself a little getaway;)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Doing the Peruse

Ok, so I am bored so I was perusing fabric webistes (shocker!!) and I stumbled across some yummy fabrics that are making their debut in early 2009! Here are a couple...ok a few...ok A LOT...that make my little sewing heart go pitter-patter:)

Garden Friends by Jay McCarroll (Yeah, of Project Runway fame)

Coming in February 2009...here are a couple of my favorite swatches:

Woodland Wonderland also by jay McCarroll

Also coming in February 2009

Urban Flannel by Valori Wells

Coming this month (if it isn't already out there)

Treetop Fancy by Tina Givens

Coming in January 2009

That is what I have for now...I am going to keep digging;)


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Mini Quilt Swap Goodies Recieved!

I recieved my goodies from Spinster Handmade for the Mini-Quilt swap. Such a lovely collection! I hope I can do them justice. This will be my first quilt ever! I have tons of ideas rolling around...hopefully I can channel them into sewing up something fun:)

I am hoping to get started this weekend...I will post my progress as things start moving along.

My camera is suffering from dead batteries so to peek at the fabrics click here. I hate it when I can't put pics in my posts...but apparently I hate buying batteries more...lol!


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Not It!!!

Holy moly...I have been tagged (well I was tagged like a week ago)! I have never been "tagged" before...well at least not in blogland...lol. Thanks a lot, Aunt Pitty Pat! Now I have to think of six random things about myself...

Ok here it goes...make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom because there will be six lucky bloggers tagged by me:)

The rules are simple to play......

Here goes, first let me see if I can follow the rules:
Rule #1 ~ Link to the person that tagged you.
Rule #2 ~ Post the rules on your Blog.
Rule #3 ~ Write 6 random things about yourself.
Rule #4 ~ Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
Rule #5 ~ Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their Blog.
Rule #6 ~ Let the tagger know your entry is up.

Random thing #1: I am a CRAZY driver...Probably because I am always late (which irritates my punctual husband) so I am in a constant state of hurry. One time we were on our way home from vacation (and I was driving, because I am the driver-no one else drives fast enough for me) and I was zipping along weaving in and out of traffic...my husband looks over at the speedometer then looks at me and says "Do we really need to be driving 100mph?" Guess not...I will slow it down to 85...lol!

Random thing #2: I am the BIGGEST procrastinator on the planet...anyone who has been my swap partner can attest. I may be late, but I NEVER flake...so that should at least be a little comforting:)

Random thing #3: I have had more freckles than anyone I know for my entire life (at least since I was 4) and at least once every couple of years some cute little child asks me why I have so many pimples on my face. The question sends me running for the mirror...then I remember it is the freckles. I guess I am so used to them that I forget they are there.

Random thing #4: I am left-handed...and proud of it:) It is really kind of annoying being a lefty in a righty world. I am a complete lefty...I just learned how to use my mouse with my right hand...lol. You know how some people are left handed, but the only thing they use their left hand for is writing? That isn't me...I do everything with my left.

Random thing #5: I am not very good at coming up with random things about myself...stopping at 5...

Now 6 people...hmmm...I guess I will tag:

Everyone! If you are reading and want to play along go ahead!

Friday, November 28, 2008

WTPS III Swap Package

I just walked out to the mailbox and there was a surprise waiting for me!

A BIG thank you to Shari for putting this AMAZING package together for me! I love the Flea Market Fancy bag she made me! I just love that fabric line!

Thanks again, Shari! I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving:)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Swaps and Such

I recently participated in the We The People Swap (III) over at itching 2b stitching which was great fun! I recommend joining up if she hosts another round of them next year!

My partner was Hope and here is what I sent her.

Just kidding...she has received it so I can show you the goods:)

The swap requirements were 1 pattern and 1 charm pack from your partner's wish list. I sent her the Urban Chiks 1974 charm pack from Moda (which I have now decided I must have!) and the Cupcake Pincushion pattern by Sandi Henderson (also something I now must have...lol). We could throw in any little extras we wanted-it wasn't required, but I threw in a couple things. I added a couple 1930's repro fat quarters, a fabric covered button (covered by me-which is a fun little hobby), and a couple lengths of ribbon that match the charm squares.

I had a good time getting all of this stuff together and I mailed it way early!! Cha-ching...I am usually a late mailer. Score 1 for Heather, procrastination ZERO! I am trying to turn over a new leaf;)

BTW, I also finally got my Mini Quilt Swap goods into the mail...they are on their way to Spinster Handmade...can wait to see she does with them!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fabric for Grabs!

I found a giveaway! This one has 2 yards (yes, 2 YARDS) of Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy fabric up for grabs!!!

I was having issues making a button so click here to be redirected to Little Blue Cottage. The drawing is Wednesday so scurry your little behind over there and enter!

Good Luck (to me...lol)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fabric Finds

Everyone who reads my blog (all 6 of you...lol) knows I LOVE fabric. I just thought I would share some faves I have stumbled upon of late. You all have probably seen them before...I am not the most informed fabricaholic:)

Feathered Friends by Wendy Slotboom

Bell Bottoms by Jennifer Paganelli

Alexander Henry Novelties & Geometrics

Sugar Snap by Melissa Averinos

Also, a couple sewing patterns I must make room for in my pattern box(es)...

Fresh-Picked Pincushions ~ Heather Bailey Sewing Pattern

Happy Stacker Ring Toy ~ Heather Bailey Sewing Pattern

Cupcake Pincushion Sewing Pattern ~ Portabellopixie

Claire Sewing Pattern ~ Portabellopixie

Feather Your Nest ~ Amy Butler Sewing Pattern

and oh so many more:)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pug Shots

The cuddle pugs were looking cute the other day so we had a little photo shoot.

It is so hard to photograph Dudley...he just looks like a black blob next to Percy.


Awww...look at that face!

Percy looks like he is getting a little irritated by all the flashing going on...lol

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Quilted Wallet Fun

Graham's teacher had a birthday last Friday so I whipped her up this wallet as a gift. It was inspired by a tutorial I found at This Darn Kat. I am pleased with the way it turned out...I was kind of nervous because this was my first wallet and I didn't really have time to start over if I messed up (since, in true Heather fashion, I was sewing it Thursday night and it had to go to school on Friday). The only part I had a little trouble with was the folding of the credit card slots...I must have folded it backwards because the design on my fabric ended up being upside down, but oh well that seems to be my tradmark:) I have posted the photos below...

Here is the front...

(I LOVE that button!!!)

Here is the inside...

Here is the inside being useful...

And here is the backside...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Trolling the Blogiverse for more giveaways...

and lo and behold I found one!

The Old Red Barn Co is giving away 3 (yes, THREE) awesome quilts to 3 lucky winners!
Click the button for more information.

Check out the quilty goodness...

My fave is the one in the middle. It is fashioned from Tula Pink Nest fabric...one of my new faves!

Good luck everyone:)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Another Bloggy Giveaway-HipHipHooray!

Lola...Again is celebrating reaching her 300th post on her blog by giving away some AMAZING prizes! All you have to do is comment on the post and to receive extra entries post about it on your blog and let her know.

Now click the button and go try to win some stuff:)

Good Luck!

Decisions, Decisions (and fabric sales)

After much consideration I have finally selected my fabrics for the mini quilt swap over at Scrap Happy Quilts. Here is a picture..

I chose the Katie Jump Rope fabrics by Denyse Schmidt. I LOVE this fabric! Imagine my heartbreak when I found out this fabric has been discontinued!! WHAT?!? Why do they always discontinue the good stuff!? So I hopped onto Etsy and grabbed up as much as I could...go here for a great sale!


P.S. Rural Fabric is closing their Etsy shop..stop by there for great deals on some awesome designer fabrics!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fun Projects for the Heather-do List

I was blog surfing (yeah, again-it has become my favorite passtime) and came across this neat tutorial over at SewMamaSew. It is all about making fabric wall art. It sounds super easy and looks AMAZING. What a great inexpensive way to dress up a naked wall!

Here are a couple of pictures I snagged so you know what I am talking about...

I think it would be cool to expand on the idea even further and make a padded headboard or something...the possibilites are endless! Plus I am planning a little road trip to IKEA at the beginning of December (doing cartwheels-LOVE Ikea!) so I might have to grab up some supplies while I am there!

Another tutorial I stumbled upon was one for making reversible appliance covers.

Think how HOT your kitchen will look when you dress your counter-top appliances up in these fancy duds!