Thursday, March 21, 2013

Modern Madness: Join The Fun!

March Madness. The time of year when Americans go crazy over filling out tournament brackets to see if they can pick the NCAA college basketball championship team.  Well, if you are not much of a basketball fan and more of a fabric fan, then Fat Quarterly has just the challenge for you. Each year, they coordinate what's called Modern Madness where fabric lovers, like me, can fill out tournament style brackets for the most popular fabric lines of the past year. You can download and fill out your own bracket here. Participation is just for fun. The first round of voting begins today and will continue through April 8th.

If you aren't familiar with all the fabric lines, I suggest doing a Google Images search, but Fat Quarterly will also be posting links where you can view the collections. I have to admit, there were some tough choices to be made. There were so many great fabric lines from the past year. For me, it was close for the Madrona Road collection by Violet Craft, but in the end, I picked Pearl Bracelets to take it all. I just love this fabric line. It is simple, but versatile, and there are so many colors from which to choose. Below is just a sampling. It is definitely a stash staple.

Collection: Pearl Bracelets
Designer: Lizzy House
Manufacturer: Andover 
Will you be participating? What fabric line did you choose as this year's champion?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Marguerite Herringbone Quilt: Work In Progress

I was able to assemble all the blocks that I will need for the herringbone quilt I am making for my friend. As you can see, I have paired the prints from the Marguerite collection with a Kona white solid, which I think works beautifully.
Now, I'm just auditioning the blocks on my design wall to see what block arrangement I would like for the quilt. I'm loving the color combination and the feminine feel.
I'm on a roll, but unfortunately I am having to put aside the quilt for a few days to work on some other projects for which I've committed myself. I'll be back with more on this beauty soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Marguerite Herringbone Quilt: Getting Started

Happy Friday!

I am still working on getting rid of my cold, but the good news is that I have some renewed energy to start sewing again. I'm tackling a new herringbone quilt pattern that I purchased recently and am busting open my Marguerite fat quarter bundle by Stitch Studios for Riley Blake.

 I am making this quilt for a dear friend  and I am hoping the pretty prints and lovely colors will make her happy.

More to come...

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I Surrender: My "Must-Do" Kind of Week

After making Mr. Polka Dot Pillow for my nephew and cleaning up my sewing room from the mess, my sewing machine has been pretty well neglected. The past week or more has been consumed by my other "to-do" list. The one with items that I'll get to but rarely do because I push them off for more fun things like quilting or sewing. Unfortunately, I reached the point on several items where I just didn't have a choice to push them off anymore, so I surrendered.
Clean vacuum filter every 3 months. Oops! 

The vacuum cleaner kept turning off on me. Before I took the time to have it looked at, I figured I read the manual. Yeah, that booklet that comes with every appliance you buy that usually gets tossed in a drawer. I know how to operate a vacuum. Why do I need to read it? Turns out the vacuum cleaner needs to be cleaned beyond just emptying the canister, duh! I had no idea the vacuum could be dissected into so many parts. Parts that need to be cleaned. I would have known that if the manual. So I spent the time to properly clean that sucker and replaced any filters. Wowza!! Once I started it up again, that vacuum was like new! I forgot how much I loved it when I bought it. And that was all it took to jump start my cleaning spree for the next couple days.

My all-or-nothing personality was in full force after that.  I tore apart and cleaned the dust buster. I cleaned the oven. I cleaned floors, sinks, nooks and crannies I haven't paid much attention to in my normal cleaning routine. How often do you clean your washing machine filter? Goodness, I like a clean and tidy house, but I was feeling foolish that I neglected some of these tasks for so long.
I didn't even notice this little guy on the front of my washer until my husband pointed it out.

Back to the "Must-Do" list, my car could no longer go without an oil change, tires rotated and a cleaning, so there went two hours of my life waiting for that to be done.

My son's soccer jersey wasn't clean so that sparked me to wash every single item in the house. Moderation or a schedule might do me some good. A day spent there washing, folding and putting away.

Then, in the middle of a design project, the warning from my computer that I have been ignoring reared its ugly head. Go away. I have work to do and I don't want to spend hours purging and backing up files. But, that is what I had to do. A good day spent without a computer and continuously checking on the oh-so-slow status bar from transferring files. However, I am glad that I finally took the time to back things up. I would feel horrible if I ever lost any of my precious family photos.

And, now that I feel like I can take a break from cleaning, I've come down with a cold and very sore throat and my overall motivation is gone. Watching TV and relaxing became the priority. Reality TV overload. I hope for the sake of my husband, I get better soon because I am the WORST sick person.

I will again surrender as hard as it may be. When I'm feeling better, I'm sure my go-go-go, do-do-do personality will yield some pretty fun projects.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Polka Dot Pillow Friend

My nephew just celebrated his 2nd birthday. As a gift, I've created this super soft polka dot pillow friend out of a variety of fabrics.

The body and face are made out of cuddle fleece. The whites of the eyes and the green hands and feet are made from terry cloth. The arms and legs and the "hair" are made from a variety of cotton prints. I added  some scrap black twill for the eyes and used black floss for the mouth.

I sure hope he likes this cutie.

Happy Birthday Aaron!

Now, to clean my sewing room. If you ever worked with cuddle fleece, you know what a disaster it creates.