Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sew Quick

Hi all,

In about a half an hour I managed to make the cutest little change purse.  Remember I had picked up the supplies in New York.  The instructions are all in Japanese, but the shop where I purhcased the fabric and handle at, have it in English on their blog,  Its a darling little purse if I do say so myself.

Its hard to tell but the handle has little light green marbles on top and the fabric has a nice small light green print.  I think I will just sit and look at it for awhile!!

I would like to send out a hugeTHANK YOU to Karen at  I was a lucky gal and won her draw for a darling little "wavy wipers" bundle.

Wavy Wipers

I Love, love, love getting neat little packages in the mail!  That and magazines, I am a magazine/book junkie!! Thanks again Karen, they will be put to good use in my busy little house!

I am also working on some mittens for my 3 and 5 year old  great nephews.  I am a lucky aunty that gets to babysit them twice a week as well as their little brother (one year old).  We have a lot fun.  When I knit, they like to throw the ball of yarn in the air or hold my needles and knit along with me.  They put in their orders for yellow mittens with some rainbow colors and red mittens with some rainbow colors!!  Tall order I know but I shall fill it.....

On another note.......Fall is in the Air!  It is very damp here so harvest is moving along at a snails pace!  I am anxious to see the combines in the fields and the dust in the air.  I really hope we have a bit of an Indian Summer..........soon!  Fall draws me towards fabrics in red, orange, rust, get  the picture!  Still not sure on what to make but I want leaves in it and maybe a few pumpkins....ideas?



Saturday, September 11, 2010

New York, New York

Well we are home safely from an awesome trip to New York!!  My daughter and I were a block away from the ever so busy Time Square!! It really is "The City that Never Sleeps". What an amazing place.
When in New York, what do you do,shop and shop some more!!  I was happy to find that there was a little quilt shop a short Taxi drive away.  It was called The City Quilter.  Great shop,  when you get there you have to ring the doorbell and they buzz you in.  I am assuming this is for safety.  Chalsie and I both managed to find a few goodies too bring home from this friendly shop.....shocking I know!!
My purchases from The City Quilter in New York
They carried a lot of nice little florals.  I would like to do another Aunt Amy Quilt (aka - Bulls Eye) sometime in the future, so I decided to start collecting the fabric now.  It (the quilt) looks so old and vintage if done in a bunch of soft florals.  Something else to add to the list of to-do's!

We also found a nice shop called Purl Soho in the Soho District.  They carried yarns, notions and some fabric as well.  This shop was a little slice of heaven!!  They carried Reproduction fabric.....3 cheers....and some of the nicest, hardest to find fabric..............London Lawns!!  I absolutly love lawns, however they are $35.00/yard....yup you read that right!!  So I picked out 5 of my favorite prints and had them cut long quarters for me.  I could not resist!! Also, lying all around the shop were these darling little change purses.  I aksed the girl about them and she said they carried the clasps there and the pattern is free on their blog or website, I have to check it out since I bought enough to make two!!  Plus some gorgous yarns and a book....

Purchases from Purl Soho in the Soho District of New York

So as you can see it was a great trip.  We hit many more shops and cafes along the way and had an awesome time.  Can't wait to go back.....

Until next time,


Oh and when I got home my new Quilt Mania arrived in the mail while I was away!!   

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Pheonix Arizona

Just a quick note.  I am on my way with my daughter to New York.....its Fashion Week!!  We have a short layover here in Arizona!!  Just enough time to catch up on blogs and work on a few of my little baskets.  I told you you can take them anywhere :)   I am hoping to find a quilt store near our hotel....keep your fingers crossed!!
Happy Quilting


Sunday, September 5, 2010

My Week in a Nutshell

Where to begin....I have been working on wayyy to many quilty things!!  If I would stick to one or two I might actually get something finished!  I am a quilt junkie :)  So I will share a few of the things I have been working on this past week:
These are a few basket blocks I just started on a few days ago.  My inspiration for these came from two sources.  One was the new McCalls Quilting magazine, a quilt in there called Cocoa's Baskets, the other place of inspiration was from a fellow bloggers site, Karen at . She has a great picture of a basket quilt she just completed.  Still not sure on a layout or anything, I just enjoy applique so I will keep working on them until I think I have enough!!

 These are my little baskets from the book, When the Cold Wind Blows.  I started on them this past spring, during a snow storm.  Our power was out and I needed something to work on that didn't involve my sewing machine or anything using electricity.  These little guys fit the bill, and I can take them anywhere to work on.  They are 5.5" and very portable.  Definatly a work in progress!!  Believe it or not, I never used to like basket blocks...not sure what changed, but I seem to be going a little overboard with them lately.  Still not sure I would like machine pieced ones...but you never know what might happen if the right one came along!!
Here is another one of my Lynette Anderson BOM blocks.  Still working away on this one, but not much left to do.  Instead of doing the Satin Stitch in all of the flowers I am coloring in some of the petals.  I like how it looks and it speeds up the process a little.  They are adorable little blocks that really don't take to long.
Can anyone guess what this is? Its not quilty, thats for sure, however it is taking up some counter space where i like to work on my quilts!!haha... Its crabapple juice!  I am in the process of making jelly.  Yesterday me and a few of my peeps were pickling and today I am working on jelly.  It has to Drip for at least 2 hours or over night before I move onto the next step.  I have two batches going and enough crabapples to make at least another dozen!!

Well that is my week in a nut shell, other than basic chores and such!  On Wednesday I am off to New York with my oldest daughter.  It is fashion week and she just had to go.....there was no way her dad was letting her go to New York on her own, so I guess she gets to drag her mom along!!  I told her, we can do all the fancy shops and such, but if there is a quilt and/or yarn shop near by we are going!!

Oh and I almost forgot....I am a winner.  I entered one of Messy Karens  blog draws and won. Yaa hoo!! I won a stack of her Wavy Wipers....can't wait for my package to arrive.  I am thinking it will show up when I am in New York so it will be a good treat when I get home.  Thanks bunches Karen :)

Take care all, and have an awesome long weekend,