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September 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm 1 comment

Summer Wrap-up

And then the summer was gone. While I’m totally down with Blogging without Obligation, I’ve just been neglectful this summer. My time management skills just melted in the heat. The humid, oppressive, stagnant atmosphere that characterized the majority of the summer for me. I don’t do well in humidity. I began to feel like a mushroom trying to seek solace in one of the two rooms in our house that have air conditioning. Neither room affords any productivity at all. (Unless you classify watching Phineas & Ferb with the boys as productive.)

Nearly no sewing was done and now I have 6 quilts to finish in the next 6 weeks, for my Guild show, for their charity drive, for the gallery and two for the boys. Thankfully the cooler air is on its way back. I did finish the cowboy quilt top for the small boy. (Still haven’t figured out the fish-eye thing that distorts all my pictures, grr.) I sashed the prints in a denim colored Kaffe shot cotton. I’m not a huge fan of this shot cotton, it’s very thin and stretchy, but the dungaree look was exactly what I was going for.

Nearly no cooking and very little bread baking, save simple grilling (which is often the best choice in summer anyway). Last week I made some Potato Bread with leftover mashed potatoes and yesterday I did try a standout dish from the Smitten Kitchen, Blue Cheese and Red Potato Tart. So good!!

So lastly, dear readers (if there are any of you left after my hiatus) is that I’m folding up this blog after over 3 years and will now post only to our Sew Fresh Blog. I need to whittle down my to-do list and one blog is plenty. I hope you join me there for more fabric, food and fancy!

Many thanks.


September 8, 2010 at 10:42 am 1 comment

Bloggers Quilt Festival

This quilt features Laura Gunn’s Lantern Bloom fabrics and warm, rich Kona solids. I first fell in love with the Lantern Bloom line because of the jewel tone colors, painterly quality and wonderful design. I chose four fabrics and wanted to find a way to highlight both the large scale designs as well as the small organic prints. Solids seemed like a great choice to show off both. I chose three warm browns in Kona solids – coffee, brown and cinnamon – for most of the blocks but added some pop with thin strips of berry and cyan. After the main blocks were done, everything else followed the same improvisational path. In other words, how much of each fabric did I have left to make borders and a back. I think I pieced almost every bit of these fabrics, wonky as all get out, before all was said and done. The quilting was stippled with a variegated thread that ran from eggplant to rust (a happy find in my thread bin from an earlier project).

Thanks for visiting my blog and enjoy the rest of the festival! Be sure to check out my Sew Fresh business partners’ house quilts for her daughter, they’re drop dead gorgeous!

May 21, 2010 at 6:33 am 22 comments

Another Amazing Quilting Retreat

A kooky assortment of fabric purchased along with the Stitch magazine featuring the Project Improv quilt tops. One of my blocks is right there in the blue and green quilt top!

A new project to start for my rodeo obsessed little boy (after the nearly complete quilts I worked on over the weekend get their bindings sewn).

And lastly, though most importantly, a quilting lesson was learned. It goes a little something like this. Your top thread keeps fraying and breaking. After rethreading umpteen times, changing thread spools, changing needles, winding new bobbins, changing bobbins, cursing more than a little …. take a look under the metal throat plate of your machine. It is possible that there lies, unseen, a maniacal dust bunny of gargantuan proportions that is the root of this evil. The exorcism is simple and alas, quilting goodness is restored. Sigh, if only I had suspected earlier, I wouldn’t have a hundred top threads to sink on a lap sized quilt. Grrr.

May 20, 2010 at 8:33 am Leave a comment

Had to Pass it on.

Dirty Little Truths about Sewing.

May 13, 2010 at 8:49 am Leave a comment

An Early Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to Moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters and other good womenfolk everywhere!

And now for something completely different – Sew Fresh Fabrics continues to grow and do well. (A thanks to all readers who have visited the shop. Yay!) Please favorite us on Facebook (button in sidebar) to get all the latest news on the new arrivals. In addition to Laurie’s fabulous line in the last post, Becca and I are really excited about Castle Peeps, the new line by Lizzy House of Red Letter Day and Lizzy Dish fame.

There are whimsical Castles and modern medieval “peeps” who inhabit them. It’s really fantastic and set to ship towards the end of the month.

I just got a small amount of sewing in myself in the last week. A partially numb left hand is the remaining symptom of the shingles. Luckily I’m right-handed. But mostly I’m lucky that I’m mostly feeling better in time for our twice yearly Quilting Getaway weekend. My Sew Fresh partner Becca and a few other girlfriends get away for a long weekend of fabric shopping, sewing, great food, great company, decent enough wine and no whining from the kids. Heaven!

May 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment

Is it May already?

Why yes, yes it is. I’m still here, mostly mended. Still some residual effects of shingles but I’m much more functional than I’ve been in the last five weeks. Egads. I’ve lost five weeks of 2010. That’s just not fair. Anyways…

Becca and I went to a fabric show this past week with our spiffy Sew Fresh Fabrics credentials. A big thrill for us upstarts. We had already ordered Laurie Wisbrun‘s Tufted Tweets Line from Robert Kaufman. We ordered so early that neither Laurie or our sales rep had materials or bolt numbers for them. It’s so great. We can’t wait until it ships.

Lots more fabric to announce but I’m still taking it a bit easy. I’ll post more new lines asap.

Next on the agenda is to get the Sew Fresh Fabrics blog rolling. Until then, if you’d like to be notified of new fabrics arriving to the shop, favorite us on Facebook or email sewfresh (at) and we’ll keep you in the loop. (No spam, we promise.)

May 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm 1 comment

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