Tuesday, June 25

Quilt Shop Review

Last week on my way home from San Antonio I made up my own quilt shop hop.  I stopped at three stores on my way home.  All three were terrific but Valli & Kim in Dripping Springs, Texas southwest of Austin took my breath away.

Here are a few pictures I snapped with my phone.  These pictures do not do the place justice.  It's a good thing this place is more than 4 hours away or I would go broke!


Owl Pillow

This is another one of the gifts I made for end of the school year.  This pillow was for the school librarian who is expecting her first baby girl.

The colors in the nursery are pink and lavender and the theme is owls.  This is what I came up with.

This pillow measured 12x12 stuffed.  The little owl was fun to applique but a little time consuming.  Towards the end of the stitching I opted for button eyes instead of doing fabric applique.  I think it turned out pretty cute. 
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Friday, June 21

Harper Kate's Items

One of my friends/customers recently talked to me about making some baby items for her friend's daughter who is expecting her first baby.  The baby will be named Harper Kate, isn't that a beautiful name.  My friend was particular about the fabric so we met at one of my local quilt stores The Quilt Asylum so she could make the selections.

The first item I made was a pillow using "Cute Patchwork" fabric by Michael Miller.

I love how eclectic this turned out.  The pillow was 15x15 inches square.

The second item I made was a burp cloth and bib set.  The fabric my friend chose was Riley Blake's "So Happy Together" by Deena Rutter.  I apologize for the not so great picture. 
I absolutely love this bright cheery little hexagon fabric.  This is the first time I have done two large applique initials using this font, I love how the initials turned out.   I hear the "Mom to be" really loved her gifts, that made the late night sewing all worth while.  Thanks for stopping by!

San Antonio Trip

I've been in San Antonio for the past week for the Keep Texas Beautiful annual conference.  We drove to San Antonio over the weekend and had the opportunity to spend some time with my parents who met us here before the conference started. 
One of the things we did was visit the Hemisphere Tower of the Americas.  The Tower was opened in 1968 when the World's Fair was in San Antonio, it is 750 ft tall.  The last time I was at the tower was when I was around five years old.  The best part of the trip was having dinner at the Chart House restaurant.  It was wonderful to have dinner in the rotating restaurant above downtown.  Micaela was so excited!
After dinner we took a stroll around the observation deck. 

I love seeing our daughter spend time with my parents. 

It was quite windy as you can see.  My Dad hardly has any hair but Mom and Micaela's hair was blowing big time.  I love this picture!
I hope Micaela remembers this like I remember my trip when I was five years old.  Thanks for letting me share. 

Thursday, June 20

Patriotic Fabric Basket

Here is my first project completed while away from home. 

This Patriotic Fabric Basket is for the American Spirit Sewing Swap I am hosting.  I looked at many tutorials for fabric baskets and finally ended up following the larger basket pattern featured in this:  Sew 4 Home tutorial.  I found the tutorial easy to follow and I plan to make more of these. 

Sewing Away from Home

It's been a busy couple of weeks since the end of May.  I am traveling for work and at the last minute I packed my sewing machine to bring with me to the hotel.  The family spent the weekend with me but headed home on Sunday evening.  Here is my little sewing area set up on the desk in my hotel room.  I tend to be a night owl so this will be a nice diversion from just watching tv. 

I don't expect to have a lot of time to sew but I figure any sewing is better than no sewing.  I have several things to work on, my patriotic stuff for the sewing swap I am hosting, a fabric bin for the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild and some gifts to start.

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End of the School Year Gifts-- catching up!

Wow, the last two weeks have flown by.  I've done alot of sewing. 

These are a few of the zipper pouches I made for some of the teachers and administrators at our daughter's school for end of the school year gifts the first week of June.  Each pouch was specifically made for the recipient.

This one was for the art teacher.  She is kinda funky modern artsy and I thought this fabric was a nice match for her.

This one is for the school principal.  She has two little boys under 5 years of age and LOVES baseball.  I thought this fabric would be fun.  I monogrammed an A for her last name in gray.
 This one was for the assistant coach.  She is a modern beach babe kinda lady and I thought the sunglass print would be fun for her.
 This one was for the front office manager.  She saves the day for us often when I deliver Micaela's forgotten lunch money, glasses, and books.  Sandy likes jewel tones and coffee so the inside of this one was lined in a brown polka dot print.  I also included a Starbucks gift card for her. 
 This one was for the assistant principal.  She loves the beach and sun so I thought the flip flops on yellow would be fun for her.
 This pouch was for Micaela's BFF, Emma loves monkies especially sock monkies.  I love this print!
Well, that's the zipper pouches.  I also made two pillows.  I will show those in a seperate post. 

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Sunday, June 16

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my hubby.  Here he is the day he became a Dad and today. 

Time flies.  Can't believe it's been 8 years!  We love you!