Thursday, December 23, 2010

Finished in time!

I finished my exchange gift in time!

I am really glad I had put it into a gift bag instead of acutually wrapping it.

I remembered just a minute ago that I didn't tuck all my threads in!

Now it's really finished and ready to go :)

Made with a Figgy Pudding Turnover, by Basic Grey for Moda

~ Lisa

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A lot going on!

Always so much going on this time of year. 

I am trying to finish handmade gifts as many of us probably are :)

My plans of switching the spare bedroom with the bonus room to get a bigger sewing studio are out.

We found out my husband is getting transferred back to his old job in Chicago!

(Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, here I come!)

This is great because we will be closer to family, but also sad because I have finally met people and made some great friends here in NC.

Including one person who feels more like family then a friend, it's too bad we can't all have the people we love in one place.

So time to get this house ready to sell, I think we will need some luck in this market.

It is hard to believe this is our third house in the 5 years or so we have been married.

I really hope this time we can find a house and a  location more permanent, I so sick of moving!

I don't know how much I will get to post in the next few months but I will try.

I have finished the two baby quilts for my niece and nephew:

For this quilt I determined the different widths of strips I wanted and then cut them to random lengths.

I purposefully set most of the strips off center a little to give it sorta wonky look.

I used fabrics from Joel Dewberry, Amy Butler, and Henry Glass.

 For the quilt below I used a Moda Honey Bun to make the boxes and the two stripes made of little squares.

I added the colored stitching by hand with some embroidery floss I had lying around...

And I have started on more quilts for my other two nephews who were just born.

Here are the fabrics I am using for their quilts:

I am using them in a pattern that I think I will be calling Modern Block Stacks.

I broke into one of my Figgy Pudding Turnovers and started this table runner:

I simply paired the triangles up, sewed them together and then squared the half-square triangles up.

The package states you can square them up to 5" and use them with charm squares.

Since I wasn't using them with charm squares I actually squared them to 5 & 1/2" because they were big enough.

This will give me 5" finished squares and an approx. 20" x 50" table runner when finished.

Fabric by: Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics

I hope every one has a happy and safe holiday and that you get to spend some time with friends and family!

Take care,

~ Lisa

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Here's a little video in the holiday spirit!

OK so my BIL's brother Jeff has been making these fun video's the last few years of them putting up their Christmas tree!  

Enjoy :)

By the way I am still trying to figure out what you call your Brother-In-Law's brother.  Is he an in-law? a friend? or just an out-law I don't know, this makes my brain hurt...

Regardless of what you celebrate or believe I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!

~ Lisa

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

and the winner is!

 The winner of the 4 Glam Garden fat quarters is...

Comment #32: Kati said...

I love pinwheels. November 24, 2010 8:50 AM
All winning numbers are generated at

An email has been sent out to the winner.

Thanks everyone for your comments!

~ Lisa

Monday, November 29, 2010

Destash sale!

Use code DESTASH through Dec. 6th to get 10% off your total order! (does not include shipping)

It's my little one's Birthday today so I probably won't get around to announcing the drawing winner until tomorrow.

Have a good Cyber Monday!

~ Lisa

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving for those in the states and have a good weekend everyone!

Thanks for being here, I am grateful.

Now let's go eat pie!
~ Lisa

Monday, November 22, 2010

For us Parisville Stalkers and some { Modern } Relief

First of all I've got some major Pumpkin Pie on the brain, Thanksgiving can't get here fast enough!

Today I discovered Fabric Flair a new (to me) Etsy shop and she is having some fabulous sales!
Sign up for her newsletter to get 24% off for the next 24 hours and she carries Parisville!


While you are here please take a few minutes to check out { Modern } Relief  organized by Heather of {House} of A La Mode and some of her friends!

They hosting a great raffle to raise money for World Vision and their effort to end hunger.

Have a Marvelous Monday!

~ Lisa

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Stash - More like Destash...

 Must keep purging fabric!

I recently purchased EQ7 which I am excited about but now I have to pay for it LOL.

That's ok, reducing the stash will make it easier to switch rooms.

It will be so much nicer to have the larger room to work in, I hope to get everything moved around and the old room painted before Christmas.

These items will be going in the store tonight.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

~ Lisa

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Summer Pinwheels - Tutorial and a Giveaway!

Summer Pinwheels - A Tutorial

I am here today to share with you my first tutorial! 

If you find this useful, please spread the word!

Read more about this quilt in my Bloggers Quilt Festival post.


 All seams will be 1/4".

For the colored parts of the blocks we will be using 10" squares.

I used a Ten Square pack from Robert Kaufman which worked great because it contained 20 different designs, 2 of each, for a total of 40 - 10" squares.

Fabric is: 

(Fabric donated for the Glam Garden Gala challenge to the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild, Thanks Robert Kaufman!!!)

Depending on the Fabric line you may or may not have this many duplicates in your Ten Square.

To obtain the same look pictured here you will need two 10" squares of 18 different fabrics for a total of 36 - 10" squares.

You could also use 18 different fat quarters and cut two 10" squares out of each of those.

For the small pinwheels you will need 36 - 5" x 5" squares, (requires 3/4 yard of fabric). 

(I chose Kona cotton in white, there are many options, think another solid color or a print for the small pinwheels and different colors of solids for the 10" squares).

If you choose to make this project without borders you will end up with about a 54" x 54" quilt before washing.
If you choose to add the same size borders as I did you will get a larger version at approximately 72" x 72".

If you look at the quilt you will see the center is made up of 9 large blocks each consisting of 4 smaller blocks.

We will learn how to make one of these large blocks, once all 9 are put together they will create additional pinwheels at the intersections.


First cut your 5" squares from your 3/4 yard of fabric (or you can use precut 5" squares).

Cut five - 5" WOF (width of fabric) strips, cut these strips into 5" squares, (you should be able to get at least 36 from regular (42" - 44" wide) quilting cotton).

Next choose 36 squares from your Ten Square pack or cut the 10" squares from your fat quarters.

Separate into 18 stacks each containing two 10" squares of the same fabric.

Now we need to decide which fabrics play well together.

Arrange the 18 different fabric stacks into pairs that have some contrast so that you now have 9 stacks.

Keep in mind not only color but the scale of the print, (example: I tried not to place 2 fabrics with a large scale print together.)

I chose to place a large scale print with a smaller scale print to obtain some contrast.
You should now have 9 stacks containing four 10" squares, 2 each of 2 different fabrics.

For each large block you will use one of these stacks plus four of your 5" squares.

We are now ready to start on our first large block!

Choose one of the colors from your stack to pair with your 5" squares.

Here I chose to pair my white 5" squares with my brown 10" squares.

You will use two of your 5" squares for each of your 10" squares chosen.

 Place one of your chosen 10" squares right side up.

Take two 5" squares and place them right side down in opposite corners, fabrics will be right sides together.

Draw a line diagonally from one corner to the other of each of your 5" squares as shown in the above photo.

To get bonus half square triangle blocks draw another line 1/2" away from the first toward the outside of the block (yield: 36 bonus HST blocks).

Stitch on these lines.

Repeat with the other 10" fabric square of the same color and 2 more 5" squares.

  Cut between the lines of stitching and press (I press open most of the time, do whatever makes you happy).

Now we have 2 sets like this of a 10" block and 2 bonus half-square triangle blocks.

Place the bonus blocks aside.

Place your 10" block and one of the other 10" squares of contrasting fabric from your stack right sides together.

Note: If you are using a directional print you might want to watch which direction the print is going when placing your fabrics together again when we repeat this step...

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner making sure to bisect the white triangles.

Sew 1/4" away from the center line on each side.

Cut on center line, between the two seams you just sewed.

Open blocks and press.

Repeat for the other 10" block and the remaining 10" square.

You should now have four blocks.

They should each measure 9 & 1/2" x 9 & 1/2", square up at this point if needed.

Place your four blocks together and arrange to form a pinwheel in the center.

Sew the top two blocks together and then the bottom two blocks.

Sew the two rows together, pinning to match your points up to yield one large block.

Repeat this process with your remaining 8 stacks to create 8 more large blocks.

Arrange these 9 large blocks in a 3 x 3 grid, rearrange until you get the blocks into a pleasing color arrangement.

Sew together 3 rows of 3 large blocks each and then sew those 3 rows together.

Add borders if desired. 

I cut my border strips 9 & 1/2" wide for a 9" finished border on each side.

Add batting and backing fabric and quilt and bind as desired.

I am currently adding some hand stitching in pearl cotton to my white border, will update pictures when finished :)

Use your bonus half-square triangle blocks as you choose.

I used some of mine to create the pinwheels you see in the corners of my quilt.

I also used some to make hour glass blocks for this charity block.

 I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and thanks for stopping by!

If you make this quilt don't forget to add pictures to the Flickr group so we can all see!
Giveaway has ended! Thanks everyone

Four fat quarters from the Glam Garden line!

As always thanks for being here :)

~ Lisa

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

EQ7 and Aurifil contest!

My EQ7 just arrived!  

I can't play with it quite yet because I told Xander I would take him to the gym to swim.

Alex Veronelli of Aurifil just announced this Christmas contest and will be giving away some awesome thread to the winner.  

Join the flickr group here: Flickr Group

See his facebook page for more details:

I heart Aurifil!

Don't forget to share all your Aurifil pictures here: Aurifil Threads

~ Lisa

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tea is good...

Tea is good, and warm.

We drink a lot of tea in our house this time of year.

I love the way the TAZO tea bags are so colorful.

Do you drink tea?

What is your favorite?

See the Victory tea in the photo, I think that's my favorite.

More stuff in the Etsy shop. 

Also, I now have an Iron Man to guard my stash!

Stay warm!

~ Lisa

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A few new items in the shop and Parisville is here!

I have added a few new items to my Etsy shop, some hard to find Tula Pink stuff.

For those of you anxiously awaiting Parisville my LQS Wish Upon a Quilt has received theirs!

~ Lisa

Saturday, November 6, 2010

More Destash

It's getting a little chilly outside to be taking so many photos on the front porch, but it really is the best lighting I have for taking fabric photos.  

I am getting ready to go outside and snap some more pictures for items to go up in my Etsy shop in the next few days.

Here is some of what I have left in my shop right now.

I am really trying to move things out of here to pay for the Juki TL-98Q that came in the mail yesterday!  

So far I have quilted on it using the walking foot.  I am loving the large harp space underneath.  

I hope I get to try some piecing or free-motion quilting on it later tonight.  

Next goal, to purchase a real sewing table to put the Juki in.  Sewing on the dining room table is just not cutting it!

Stay warm out there...