Sunday, January 25, 2009


Here's some pictures of my latest quilt project using a Moda Portobello Market jelly roll. I like this pattern because it uses the entire jelly roll, with virtually no waste! The quilt finishes at 70" x 70". I think it might make a great bed topper!

The bonus part of this project is that I purchased the jelly roll at when they were having their "Countdown to Christmas" sale. I got the jelly roll for $15! (This is one of my favorite on-line sites for fabric. They always offer great customer service, fast shipping, and regular sales!)

I just have the borders left to do. I purchased the light blue paisley for the outer border and the backing. I didn't buy the fabric for the inner border yet (I don't know why...). I'm wondering about just doing an outer border, or if I do an inner border, purchasing the red tonal for the inner border.

I've been working on this quilt mostly at night, when Nicholas is in bed. (I have the fewest interruptions late at night.) It's funny, Nicholas always says "Don't hurt your fingers!" every time he sees me get my sewing machine out. Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) I catch my fingers on sharp pins when quilting and always say OUCH! I guess he has noticed that I'm accident prone!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sock Monkeys!!!!!

Yesterday I was shopping around (If you haven't heard of Etsy before it's a website for people to buy and sell all things handmade... AWESOME place you should definitely check it out) and I came across this person who makes the cutest Sock Monkeys I have ever seen. She uses bright colored socks, and they look absolutely adorable!! When she finally gets one for sale back on her site I will definitely have to purchase one!! Here are some pictures of past monkeys!!

Sunset Girl
based out of County Durham, U.K.

(To see past monkeys look under feedback)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Shop Hop!!!

On Saturday Jenni, Jill, Little Jenny (Jill's Daughter) and I, Abby (Jenni's Daughter) went quilt shop hopping!! We had a great time, and ended up getting a bunch of new fabric!!

We started out at the Ankeny Sewing Center, and we didn't buy anything here, but they are having a huge consolidation sale with everything AT LEAST 15% off. Fabric is 25% off!!

We then made the short walk over to Quilter's Cupboard in Ankeny (Ankeny Sewing Center and Quilter's Cupboard are in the same strip mall). Jill and Little Jenny picked up some super cute fabrics while there.

After raiding the fabric at those two stores we made the trip up to Quilting Connection in Ames, Iowa. We all purchased fabric here as they have an AMAZING selection. Here I was able to find some "Very Hungry Caterpillar" fabric. I purchased it to make a baby quilt for a dear friend of mine who is due any day. Thank goodness I have already finished it!! See a post of it as soon as Jenni finishes long arming it! Jill purchased some fat quarters, and Jenni bought some really pretty batik fabric that was teal and brown with coffee cups all over it. At this point she has no idea what she is going to do with it. I guess we will see.

Then, we drove another 20 miles to Prairie Rose Quilts in Jewell, Iowa. I must say I was not impressed by this store, and the owner was quite rude to all four of us!! Needless to say I will not be back.

That rounded out our day of quilt shopping of course we hit a few other stores that were not fabric related but overall it was a GREAT day!! We only wish that Amy could have joined us on our adventure!! Maybe next time!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Perfect for a happy little camper!

Isn't this fabric line from Hoffman Fabrics just adorable?

Any little camper would love to curl up in a quilt made from this fabric!

See the entire line at Hoffman Fabric's website....