Friday, October 30, 2009

Fabric Crisis

Ever had a fabric crisis?

I thought for sure I would be able to finish this hexagons quilt this weekend-- after all, I'm babysitting tomorrow night, and tonight I was watching television doing hand sewing. However, as I was basting hexagons of my background fabric (Lakehouse L03035 Frosted Dots Cerise) I realize that I don't have enough fabric to finish!

Now, I knew I wouldn't have enough to make a border out of that gorgeous pink polka dot, but what a blow. I can't even finish!

Last year I ordered what I thought was the correct fabric-- turns out I have four yards of something not quite right.

Thank god Quilter's Obsession had my fabric in stock-- despite the fact it's from summer 2007.

I ordered two yards. Hopefully it's the right fabric this time. And hopefully I will get it soon so that I can finish this thing!

Edited to add: Well, shit. Now I'm not sure if I need Cerise or Cherry! The swatches both look like my fabric! HELP ME GOD.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Coats and Clark Thread

I've been piecing with this great Coats and Clark Hand Quilting Thread. It's awesome. The glace' finish is really nice-- the thread glides so smoothly. I like it even better than my waxed thread (and I like that thread a lot)!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


All finished with the quilting, almost finished with the binding
Originally uploaded by CampFollowerBagLady

Can you believe a met my upload limit on flickr this month? I'd have something to show you if it weren't for that. Well, that and the secret project.

Until flickr unlocks its doors, and until I unveil the secret project, feast your eyes on this!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Meet Daniel V.

I have never owned my very own sewing machine. When I first started out (in my adult life), I would borrow my sister's machine. After my mother passed away, my dad gave me hers. That's what I've been quilting on all this time.

The machine is your basic Singer-- pretty noisy, mechanical, very small, and not too powerful. I've loved sewing on it and have appreciated all the sewing karma my mom left behind (thanks, Mom!). Unfortunately, I've outgrown the machine. It doesn't do what I want to do anymore, and it usually needs service after I make it try. So, when it began screeching very loudly during quilting on Aunt Stephanie's quilt, I decided it was time to move on.

Katie has been after me to pick out a new machine for a while. She thought it would make a great Christmas present.

Well, I picked one out that I thought would make a great right-this-second present. Be pleased to meet my very first sewing machine, called Daniel V.

Did I really...?

Yes, I did!

As you can see, it's the Brother Innov-is 40, Project Runway Edition. I didn't buy it because it's the Project Runway Edition, but that is why I named it Daniel V.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sneak Peek

Look what I got my hands on today! We have some shot cottons, some kona solids, and a very light tone on tone print. What could I be making?!

My Palette

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry

This is the quilt that I am proudest of, to date. It's pretty recent, so if you've seen it, sorry!


This is a generous twin One Block Wonder. I made this quilt for Gloria, my sister, upon her high school graduation and decision to go to College of William & Mary. Each of the times I've visited her at school, I've dragged the quilt off her bed and inspected it for any damage that needs to be repaired. Of course, Gloria keeps it in pristine condition-- she doesn't even use it as a cover. It's more of a decoration. She was scandalized when I suggested taking it as the picnic blanket for screen on the green festivities.

I'm so happy that she loves this quilt because it is the most labor intensive product I have finished to date. There are around 800 patches in that quilt, all cut and sewn by me.

Still, to this day, I look at it in awe and say, "I can't believe I made that."

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Guess what starts tomorrow?

Go ahead and enter; you know you want to.


Well, it sure was exhausting sorting through all those entries on my giveaway.


No one entered. I guess I get to keep the cards!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Halloween Cards

I've been pretty curious about stamping and embossing ever since I read about them in Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts. (Best encyclopedia ever, by the way.) I decided to bite the bullet and try them both this weekend!



In honor of my 50th post and first ever tutorial, I'm going to give one lucky Halloween loving reader a set of 6 of these fantastic little cards (with envelopes!). Comment on this post to enter. One entry per reader, unless you blog about me, then you can have two. I'll choose the winner on October 7, at 9PM EST.



Envelope Tutorial

Ever wanted to know how to make your own envelopes out of 12" paper? Consider the mystery dispelled.

Envelope Tutorial