Tuesday, December 15, 2009
But, I think I forgot to factor in the baking, shopping, wrapping, shipping, card writing, etc. that goes along with the holiday season. I've also been helping my future M-I-L re-launch her Etsy shop with her knitted items. Because, here it is - just over a week from the big day and I'm going to be scrambling ot get it all done!
So, let's see where I'm at...
Two table runners? Check! (Ok, we can mark that complete). One's made with a "Merry & Bright" charm pack using the disappearing nine patch. The other is made using a "Crazy Eight" mini-honey bun.
Three Santas? If only 33% were a passing grade. Perhaps I can work out some joint custody arrangement between family and friends, but that might get complicated as they all live in different states! Here's one of them complete and ready to mail. However, the rest of them still have their heads (sans beards) sitting to the side on the coffee table and the clothes are just a figment of my imagination. Must get stitchin'.
I do like how this guy turned out though. I used a pattern provided by a friend that she based on a kit she bought a while ago. The htb keeps asking if we can keep him, but maybe next year I'll have time to make one for us!
Tonight will be spent on the Santas' beards, and maybe even a little bit of clothing while watching the So You Think You Can Dance finale. And then wrapping up Santa #1 to get him into the mail tomorrow!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Below is a photo my parents sent me of the Thanksgiving present I sent them this year. I'm absolutely horrible at taking photos of my own projects before they go to the intended recipient, so I was happy to get this sent to me in my inbox. I've named him "Turkey Frank 2.0". Why 2.0? Well, I made myself one last Thanksgiving, so this is the new and improved version now living in New York!
My sister and I are planning a big shopping trip on Black Friday. I was never brave enough living up North to shop on that day, but found that down here it's much calmer - kinda like a typical shopping day up in NY. So, we'll see what deals we can find!
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Friday, October 9, 2009
This was a wedding gift made for a good friend and his now wife. It made it in 2007 for an October wedding. The quilt block is called "Peace and Plenty" and is made from Teresa Kogut's "Williamsburg" fabric line. The groom was a year ahead of me in college and we met through several activities we both participated in. He really served as a great mentor and big brother figure in my life, and I was thrilled when he got married. Since he and his wife met in college, and we all went to school in Williamsburg, I couldn't resist when I found this Williamsburg related fabric. Now, I will admit - it took me a little while to hand quilt it, so while they were married in October, the gift arrived in November to them.
However, I am pleased to say that we have gotten quite a bit accomplished - at least on the wedding front! We have a chapel, a reception site, a caterer, a photographer and a DJ! So, almost all the big decisions are made. I'm wedding dress shopping next weekend, and then it's just a ton of smaller details!
But, with some big decisions made and work winding down, it means I get back to blogging and sewing.
Next up on the blogging front? Participating in the Quilt Festival hosted by Park City Girl (see the button on my sidebar!)
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I hope everyone's Fourth was delightful. Mine was spent on the couch watching TV, though did manage to get to the fireworks display in town the night of my wisdom teeth removal. Don't remember much, but I did have a sno-cone...yum!
We did try to celebrate here...
...this was the celebration at my house while watching the Boston Pops on TV. I just love the Boston Pops. The HTB (husband-to-be...we'll try it and see how I like it), and I were able to see the Boston Pops play on the fourth when we lived in Boston. We also had the chance to visit the barge where they set off the fireworks in the Charles River, which was a really neat experience. (A little scary too when you think about how much firepower you're standing on).
Anyways, now that I'm up and running again, I'm hoping to get some sewing done again. However, having your wisdom teeth out does allow you some time to catch up on blog reading. One of the blogs I follow, Green Fairy Quilts, is having a great giveaway, as well as doing some real great things - so you should go check it out!!! Tell her I sent you!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I'm killing a little bit of time until another friend comes over tonight to watch So You Think You Can Dance. Has anyone else seen that show? I love it - been hooked since season 2!
Anyway, the real reason you came was to see who won. As you can see below, I used a very technical method to choose my winners. And the winners are...
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Cutting and piecing the strips of fabric for the Old Red Barn Co.'s quilt-a-long. I'm pretty far behind, but I'm making a push today to catch up! This is one of the fabrics I'm using from a line called the Power of Healing!
Nametags for next year's staff. I supervise six wonderful women and I try to make them nametags for them to post on their doors. This year, I decided to go with fabric.
It's getting to be lunchtime, so I'm going to find some food and then maybe visit a brand new indoor flea market in the area. Hopefully I'll get through some more sewing later today!
And don't forget about my giveaway! Leave a post there to be entered!
Friday, June 26, 2009
So, to you, the dirty dishes in the sink - get comfortable, because you're staying there. And the dinner waiting to be made? You're bumped in favor of some form of take-out, that may even be delivered! Same goes for you laundry - you get to see another day in the hamper. And dust bunnies? Well, I'm coming for you tomorrow before company arrives...but you've got at least 12 hours.
Wish me luck - I'll give an update later!
Oh, and don't forget, I've got a giveaway going - scroll down. Leave a comment on this post or the one below and I'll enter you. Open until Sunday!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Some big news here in Gnomemade world. The BF is no longer the BF! After 7 years, 6 months and 4 days (but hey, who was counting) of dating, he proposed on Friday night! I can't begin to explain how happy and excited I am!!! He did a great job with the proposal and I'm so thrilled to begin this next chapter in our life together!
Well, since I'm so ecstatic, I felt like a giveaway was in order. I'm going to do two items for a giveaway...
Giveaway item #1: A Flutterbys and Flowers pattern designed by Sarah Tuttle. The finished measurements are 58" x 74".
Giveaway item #2: A cute little pack of three blue and yellow themed fat quarters!
So, if you want to win - simply leave a comment! Anything will do. I'll give you an extra entry if you're a follower - so, please let me know that in your comment section as well! I'll pick two winners in a random drawing. This giveaway will close next Sunday (June 28th) at midnight!
Oh, and now that he's no longer the bf, any idea how to refer to him on here? The FI? I don't know...hmm.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
On Friday and Saturday we held a garage sale at her home. It went really well, thanks in part to the three other garage sales in a two block radius! While hanging up signs for our garage sale, my mom and I took a look at the other ones. One was held by a fellow quilter - who was selling her quilting frame (too tough to send to SC). But, she also had some great fabrics for sale. Below is the stash I picked up...
The whole stash cost $12! That's right - $12! Each bundle had at least 4 fat quarters. And the darker Thimbleberries fabric is a yard of each print.
Monday, June 1, 2009
I just ordered some fabrics off the web for CHEAP! It's the only way I could justify participating (I struggle finding coordinating fabric within my own stash). I'm excited to get started. The fabrics I found are perfect for a gift for a wonderful woman who has been especially kind to me over the past two years.
The fabrics should be in the mail tomorrow or the next day, so hopefully, I'll get started once I get back from vacation (not exactly in line with what the quilt-a-long suggests, but I'm already two weeks behind, so what's another two?)
On another note, I realized as I was reading through all my comments from the giveaway, I never let people know where the patterns I used came from. The tablerunner was courteous of P.S. I Quilt's tutorial. And the bags came from a pattern in Better Homes and Gardens "Quilts and More" Fall 2008 issue. So, if you want to make your own, now you can!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in my giveaway. The response was overwhelming!!! I really enjoyed reading through all your comments and checking out some of your blogs (and I'm definitely going to check out more as I have time!)
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Patriotic Table Runner (in honor of Memorial Day just past and 4th of July coming up)
Black, White and Red All Over Bag & Coin Purse
And to tempt you even more, I just recently went to a quilt store garage sale, and picked up bunches of fun things for future giveaways - so become a follower if you want to get in on some more upcoming giveaways!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
For my first real embroidery block, I'm pretty happy with it. I'm looking forward to trying the others she has - I'm 4 months behind (soon to be 5), but at least I'm ahead of the game for my Christmas gifts!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
There are also four dozen cupcakes just waiting to be iced and loaded into the car to take over to the church. The bride and groom decided they didn't want a traditional cake, so their family and friends are baking funfetti cupcakes with white icing. She's got a cute cupcake tower that I've been made responsible for - so wish me luck!!!
Before I head off to ice cupcakes and load my car and get dressed myself, I thought I'd leave you with a photo of a past project. Since I haven't been doing much sewing myself right now (too much baking and ribbon curling!), at least I can show that I do quilt sometimes!
In honor of the wedding today, here are photos of a quilt I made for a very good friend and his bride for their wedding in October 2007. They met, went to school and were married in Williamsburg VA, so I couldn't think of a better use of all the Teresa Kogut "Williamsburg" fabrics I found on a shopping expedition. It was machine pieced, but I did all the quilting by hand.
It ended up being much larger than I anticipated - almost covered a full bed.
Here's some detail of the end - I didn't realize how blurry my photos were.
The block was called "Peace and Plenty" - I think. I figured it was a good wish for newlyweds.
Hope you all enjoy your day!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The wonderful Sew Mama Sew Blog is hosting a May Giveaway Day! I happened to stumble upon it by my newest hobby - blog-hopping!
This Giveaway Day is the second one they've held - the first being in December. It's a day for bloggers everywhere to host a give-away. The giveaway can be anything related to handmade goodness and needs to be up until May 31st! All the details can be found on the link above.
I'm planning on participating - I've wanted to do a giveaway to give back to all the ones I've entered since I joined the blogging world. So, I've got a couple ideas of what I may giveaway and I can't wait to see all the others offered. They'll have a full list of everyone participating!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
My wardrobe is in need of some updating, so how could I resist when I found the Spring Top Tutorial from Made by Rae over at Sew Mama Sew, I figured I'd give it a shot.
I've never made any clothes other than some pajama pants (well, there was that sweatshirt I made in 7th grade home ec. class...though that one is probably best still suited for simply gardening or never leaving the house). But anyways, with very little practice, I took a stab. Here's how it turned out...
I couldn't get it to hang flat anywhere that had natural light...so...off to the grass we go...
It was definitely a learning experience, and I don't know if I'll be starting another one soon. It's a wonderful tutorial and very easy to follow - I may just stick with buying my clothes and spending my sewing time on my other crafting. But, perhaps, if I learned as much as I think I did with this one, I may try it again!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Case in point...I made a basket for the May basket swap, yet taped up the box, and then realized I had no photo.
So, you would think I learned from my mistakes? Nope.
What did I do this week - finished up a project late at night, fell asleep with the best of intentions of photographing it in the morning light and then sending it off. But, looks like I missed a step. I ended up wrapping the project up, put it in the mail and then on the walk back from the post office only then realized I had no photo.
Oh well. It's a mother's day present for my mom, so I guess I can get a picture of it the next time I'm up visiting the folks!
So, I guess this brings this to my checklist idea. Maybe I need a visual reminder (more than my camera sitting on my desk just asking to be used) to remind me of what needs to happen before the tape goes on the package!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
My partner has an etsy shop where she sells thes adorable little birds - don't they just scream (or should I say "tweet") spring?
And such a lovely basket. My partner also is a paper artists - I know that's not the right term, bu the appropriate one escapes me, so this cone basket is just wonderful.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The trip to Williamsburg was wonderful. It was a lot of catching up with the BF's friends, wedding-related duties, and of course, eating! The BF and I joke that we always end up eating our way through Williamsburg when we're there.
Overall, the trip was delightful - albeit, very long time in the car. The wedding was beautiful and the bride and groom very happy. I wish I had some good pics to share, but the BF is the photographer in this relationship, and they're still all on his camera. However, I do have a couple of shots of campus (and the building where the wedding took place), as well as Colonial Williamsburg...
This is the Wren Building - the oldest continually used academic building in the country. The wing on the right is where the chapel is housed and where the wedding happened.
We also took advantage of the gorgeous weather in Wmbg to stroll through CW (Colonial Williamburg) a bit. It's always pretty in the spring.
After we got back late Sunday night, it's just been a whirlwind of activities. My quilt guild met on Monday night, and I had to work after that meeting. Then Tuesday, I saw "Legally Blonde: The Musical" in Charlotte. Wednesday was birthday dinner for a friend. Thursday was a bridal shower I helped host for another friend. Then came Friday, where I basically just laid on the couch, ate leftovers and watched my Netflix. Up early the next morning to proctor an exam and then do some cleaning around the apartment, which I guess brings us to right now.
After a good night's sleep, I'm ready to tackle some quilting projects. Hopefully, I'll have something to show for myself soon - especially since some of the deadlines I have set for myself are coming up very soon!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
We're looking forward to our trip. Williamsburg is home to the BF's and my undergraduate alma mater, so it's really like home for us. It's actually where we met, so it holds even more significance. We try to get up there at least once a year, though with a six hour drive, and limited vacation time, I'm not sure if that's always going to work.
But anyway, onto the project - since that's what this blog is supposed to be about. Another one of the BF's friend and his wife are expecting their second child in May. I was hoping to get a quilt done in time, but let's be honest - I dream big. Since we just found out they're going to make it to the wedding, I wanted to have something for the new little guy (yup, it's a boy) when we see them. So, this morning, I put together these...
I've made these bibs from "Bend the Rules Sewing" before for a baby shower for a colleague at work. She stopped me in the hall just a few days ago and said she just loves them - so with that ringing endorsement, I figured they might be perfect for the new baby on the way!
Well, I should make sure I have everything packed, grab some lunch, get gas, etc. Enjoy your weekends!
Monday, April 13, 2009
This was a pretty quick start to finish for me though - just about a week. On an expedition to IKEA, I purchased a TV stand for my living room. It's a beautiful wood piece, which I'm certain my heavy TV is going to scratch up like crazy. So, currently, the TV is sitting on a make-shift protective layer of some old placemats and a coaster - not so attractive.
I was browsing blogland when I came across a tutorial for a Disappearing Nine-Patch table runner over at Rachel's blog. I'd been itching to try a disappearing nine-patch and this finally pushed me over the edge - plus I finally had a good reason to make something.
So, after a bit of browsing on Etsy (I love that site), I settled on the Cotton Blossom's charm pack and waited for it to arrive in the mail.
Once it arrived, I got to work....
It matches my decor in my living room really well, so I'm excited. Plus, it's got that wonderful crinkly goodness I read about on blogs about machine-quilting and then putting it in the wash.
I was pretty happy that I could find some coordinating fabrics for the backing and binding in my stash - I'm trying to work through.
Next up is to put it under the TV - I'm just kinda sad so much of it will be hidden! It's one of the first few projects I'm keeping for myself!
ETA: These disappearing nine-patch blocks are great! I've been able to make some really cute baby quilts using them...check them out: Baby Boy Chase Quilt, Baby Boy Sean Quilt & Baby Girl Ellie Quilt! Such a versatile block!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Luckily, it's a low key weekend here in SC for me. We'll celebrate Easter with just a small dinner for the two of us (turkey, since I hate ham). But other than that, no real plans. Perhaps I'll get a project done?
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Those bunnies and gnomes are just so cute. I just love the Ninja bunny! It's so creative, and so cute!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sorry the photo's not great - I don't get a ton of natural light in my apartment.
Today is a day off from work for me - yippee! So, I'm hoping to run some errands and hopefully have some time at home to work on some of my projects. If all goes according to plan - but when does it ever - I'll have some photos of some projects up online soon!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Here are some photos of my creation...
I was pretty proud of myself for how well the seams on the side matched up (not to brag, but it's a first for me).
My partner doesn't know who I am, so even with the pics up on my blog, she will still be surprised when it arrives. Hopefully she enjoys it!I'm looking forward to receiving my bag - we're supposed to mail them out no later than March 31st! The swapper who has me left me a message letting me know she's making mine, so I'm thrilled to have met a new friend on the internet and see what she creates - it's her first swap too!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Not a great shot, but I liked the earthtone colors.
This is the bf's favorite - for all of these I complete just made up patterns based on what I thought would look cool. I was shocked later to learn that you could buy patterns for quilts!