Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Awesome Bobbin Earrings

I LOVE Etsy!  I have bought allot of stuff on Etsy!  I’ve bought fabric, patterns, jewelry and so much more!!  Sooo, guess what I found on Etsy this time?

bobbin earrings

These earrings called my name because they look so much like the bobbins on my sewing machine!!


Don’t you think so??

So, I ordered them, and when they came, I put them on immediately!!  I was home all afternoon, doing cleaning and such in my house.  When my husband came home from work, he told me I was missing an earring.

monkey sad

ACK!!  OH NOOOOO!!  I only just got them and had them on only a few hours!!  I spent the next few hours searching frantically for it.  I looked EVERYWHERE!!  To no avail…

That night, I wrote a review  for the earring purchase on Etsy.  I wrote how lovely they were and how happy I was with them and then also how I lost one within hours of receiving them.  The owner of the shop read my review and was sooooo wonderful!  She sent me a message saying she had read my review and was sending me another earring to replace the one I lost. 

happy monkey

Can you believe how sweet she was to do that?  I received it yesterday in the mail!!  I wore them today to bee and everyone loved them!!


So, if you want to buy some gorgeous silver earrings that look like bobbins, be sure to check out limegreenmodern on Etsy!!  THIS is the link to the exact earrings!!

postage stamp 1

If you are wondering what I’ve been doing lately…

postage stamp 2

it’s cutting…and cutting…and more cutting…

postage stamp 3

I have wanted to make a postage stamp quilt from all my many Halloween scraps.

postage stamp

I sure hope I have cut enough 2” squares by now!!  Tomorrow I will start sewing them together!!  Finally!  YAY!!


So, Yogi wants to know what have YOU been up to lately??


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thank You All for the Quilt Love!!

First and foremost, a big huge THANK YOU for all your lovely, kind sweet comments you left after my last post about my Water Dance quilt!  They made me feel so happy that you liked my quilt!!  I like it, too!  :-)


I had another space for a wall quilt down in the bedroom in our basement, so I had been thinking of doing another floral art quilt when I saw the quilt on the front of the latest issue of Quilty!


I loved the simplicity of it and the scrappy look!  But I decided to do it “my way”, of course.  I went through my scrap drawers which are full of piles of  5” charm squares leftover from the four years of making a Schnibble a Month, and pulled out all the soft pinky/peachy/beigy ones for the background, assorted green squares and a handful of bright pink, orange and purple ones for the leaves, and enough brown ones for the bottom row on the quilt.  I also pulled some brown scraps for the long thin sashing strips, which would become the stems.


The blocks of the Quilty quilt were PIECED with the leaf part off center.  I chose to go the applique’ route by making a cardboard template of a leaf shape that would fit nicely on a 4 1/2” finished background square.  I chose an 8 block row across and an 8 block column down of the light background squares with a 1” vertical brown stem sashing between every other column and then a bottom brown row for the soil.


I traced the template on the paper side of some fusible, cut them out, and pressed them onto the green and assorted bright charm squares.  Then I cut them out, peeled the paper backing off and fused them in the corners of the background squares so that they just barely touch the brown sashing stems, pointing up!  Super simple and fun to assemble!! 


Pinned the sandwich and time to quilt!!  YAY!


I stitched close to the the edge of every leaf and returned back up the middle to create the center vein.


Then I free-motion-quilted a woody looking design down the sashing stems and a meander in the soil row.  Then I did some echo stitching around the leaves and stem.


A quick project that was fun to make and quilt!!  Plus it was FREE as I used up lots of orphan charm squares from my scrap drawer!!  Woo Hoo!


And now it’s hanging in place in our basement guest bedroom!! 


I think it looks great in there!!  I named it “Sprouts”!


I like it with the quilt on the bed in there!!


The quilt on the bed is 2 years old… I made it for our guest room in the old house.  The quilt on the wall is even older!!


Now, I can finally get started on the scrappy Halloween postage stamp quilt I’ve been itchin’ to make!!  :-)

yogi's nappin 

So, what are you up to this week?


Monday, August 4, 2014

Water Dance

I had a big blank wall in our master bedroom that needed something on it.  It’s the first wall you see when coming up the stairs and looking into our room.
bedroom wall quilt space
I made the king sized quilt and shams on our bed with cool aquas and blues, purples and lime greens.  I have a quilt of those same colors on the bench at the bottom of our bed and on the quilt rack in there, too.
I saw an art quilt on Pinterest that had weeping willow branches over water.  It was so pretty and Monet-like.  It inspired me to do my own take on such a scenario… and the colors were just what I had in mind.  So, I went through my stash and pulled only those colors.
I pieced the background using 5 1/2” squares laid out in an offset ten rows by 10 columns design, giving me a 50” square quilt size.
Next, I pulled a brown for the branches and lots of different greens for the long thin willow leaves.  I pressed fusible onto the back of them and just freehand cut some long wavy branches from the brown and lots of long thin leaves from all the greens.
With the fusible on the back, the branches and leaves would not stick to the vertical background on the design wall, so I laid it out on the guest room bed.
And fell in love.
I just loved the whole look of it.
After I had it all laid out, I used a dry iron to tack the pieces onto the background while it was laying on the bed, so that I could lift it and carry it to my Big Board ironing board in my sewing room to fuse the pieces down permanently.
Next, I cut out the backing and batting about 2” larger all around and pinned the quilt sandwich all over… on my awesome kitchen island!
I stitched around the edges of all the fused applique pieces,
then the design thread lines, then fill in the background with wavy watery stippling.
Bound and labeled-
my new “Water Dance” quilt is on our bedroom wall.
Making me happy every time I come upstairs and see it!  :-)
What are you up to this week?