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) ivyarts.com and we’ll keep you in the loop. (No spam, we promise.)

May 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm 1 comment

A Pox on Thee!

And by thee, I mean me and by a pox, I mean the dormant evil spawn of chicken pox – shingles. When reawakened, the  virus erupts in crazy painful inflammation of nerves. That has been my world for the past eleven days. I thought I had pinched a nerve in my shoulder to start and after a few days, a visit to the chiropractor and my primary care, shingles was diagnosed. Good grief.

I’m irritated at the word “shingles”. It sounds so innocous and it so isn’t. I mean, who names these things? I would have named it Gratingly Irritating Fiery Constant Annoying Pain, GRIFCAP for short. So much more accurate.

I still can’t sew. (Curse you, GRIFCAP!!) But it’s slowly improving. In the meantime, here are some crazy blocks I made before I was stricken to compliment the Stash Busting Bee blocks I’ve been receiving using the Arcadia line.

And some signs of spring outside…

Hopefully I’ll be back to normal soon. Until then, Happy Spring!

April 7, 2010 at 9:46 am 4 comments

Smile when I’m sleeping

The big boy showed up for breakfast this morning with a gap in his bottom teeth. Unbeknownst to any of us, the thing was ready to come out and disappeared without fanfare. I suggested to him that we write a note to the tooth fairy saying the tooth was missing. Shortly after, he came up with Plan B …. Mom, I can smile when I’m sleeping and she’ll see the tooth is gone.

I really love that boy.

March 23, 2010 at 8:48 pm 2 comments

Donkeys in Wellies, oh my!




I jumped when the sound of the buzzer from the dryer went off. I was talking to Becca when she remarked that she stalks the dryer when a new quilt is about to come out with all it’s lovely crinkles. Me too. This is for my nephew born last month. It uses Laurie Wisbrun’s Donkeys and Wellies. How great are they? I mean really. I am beside myself with how adorable they are.

I chose a nice fuzzy flannel for the backing and did my usual free-motion quilting. I will really be sad when I piece a quilt that really shouldn’t be stippled because I love doing it so much.

Be sure to check out Laurie’s blog to see her new line of fabric with Robert Kaufman, Tufted Tweets. Becca and I have placed our order so Sew Fresh Fabrics will be one of the first to have it in stock this spring. I can’t wait to see it and I’m thinking of quilts to make already.

March 21, 2010 at 8:19 pm 2 comments

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