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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Crafting and Quilty Excitement!

When my son decided he wanted to be Splat the Cat for Halloween, I knew that the eyes would be the hardest part of the costume to get right. Rob Scotton's books (Russell the Sheep is one of his other book characters) have great illustrations, and the eyes practically jump off of the page in 3D.  So off to my local craft store I went for some simple white felt and skinny elastic, hoping to make some kind of eye mask that would work.



I think I did it! I cut four circles out of white felt by tracing around a drinking glass. Then I layered two together, and sewed a quarter inch from the edge leaving about an inch open to stuff.  Before stuffing, I sewed another small circle in the middle.  Then I stuffed all the way around the small circle and sewed the outer edge closed. Then I used my seam ripper to cut out the inner circle.  It worked perfectly on the felt.  Then I just colored a little green marker around the inner circle, b/c according to my son, Splat's eyes are green. :)

The two eyes are hand stitched together in the middle, and then I just sewed a length of skinny elastic to each side.  Eye mask! It is so cute on, I hope the costume turns out to look okay all together tomorrow night.

In quilty news, I was sooo so very excited to find pics of my tools quilt being shown at the Triangles on a Roll school house at Quilt Market.  (I borrowed this photo from the Canton Village Quilt Works facebook page)



They also showed Nedra's Mod GeoCruiser at their school house. It was on Canton Village's facebook page too!  




And Nedra texted me a photo of Mod GeoCruiser hanging in the Riley Blake booth!  Aaaccckkk!  Pinch me for sure!!!  


And this is a pic of the Triangles on a Roll booth in Houston, with Tools, Baby!! hanging there!  I still can't believe it!  I really do love all of the TOAR products. 




And Nedra's ModGeo hanging on the outer wall of the booth..



It's been a fun year with some super exciting twists and turns. Thanks for following along with me!  I will try to blog about other sewing related things now, besides these two patterns. hehe  

Things like what Splat the Cat ended up looking like..  :) And what I've been sewing lately.

Speaking of Halloween, it can't be Halloween until you've gotten lost in a corn maze.




Happy Fall!!! xoxoxox (a HUGE corn maze..)







Friday, October 25, 2013

Bloggers' Quilt Festival

It' that time of year again when the Bloggers' Quilt Festival rolls around over at Amy's Creative Side.  Lots of categories to enter, and lots of prizes to be won.  A great big online quilt party! All you have to do is write a post between Oct. 25 and Oct. 31 and link it up over at the festival. Fun!



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Two quilts have consumed my life this year, but I decided to enter this baby quilt that I recently designed and made into a pattern. It's actually big enough to grow into toddler-hood, or to be made into a throw/lap quilt for a man in your life who is a handyman/crafty type. (Apologies to anyone who is sick of this quilt by now.) ;)


With the exception of the borders and backing, I used all fabrics from my stash, in polka dots, checks, a couple of robot prints and one plaid.

It was lots of fun watching it come together just as I'd imagined it.  



I loved using some of the ric-rac that had just been gathering dust for the drill bit..


And since I prefer brights and dots, sewing it up was even more fun.. 




Here is the top before Pat Roche's magic quilting..




..and the fun backing I found at my local craft store in the perfect colors.. very little boyish.



And after Pat's quilting.. she did some really, really fun things with it.. I love swirls!



And what she did with the screws and the borders was so cool. 



I swooned when I saw the little tools in the border!  There is a hammer, a wrench, a nail, and a saw.  

It was a really fun project! Thanks for listening to me ramble on about it one more time!  I can't wait to see all the quilts over at the Bloggers' Quilt Festival!  

Have a great weekend!
xoxo

Thursday, October 24, 2013

More Picture Overload from the PIQF

I can't wait to start seeing pics floating around the web of Quilt Market/Festival in Houston.  So while I'm waiting, I thought I'd post a few more from the Pacific International Quilt Festival last weekend.

Yummy colorful fabrics everywhere! This one was amazing..





Another colorful beauty..


This one was stunning.. the detail..


All of that tiny applique in the next one. Wow.



Scrappy goodness..



This one a rescued quilt top, it didn't say how old it was..


Modern..



Houses and Barns..



More color..



More applique..



Fig Tree & Co. booth..


Stitchin' Post booth..


Christmas spirit..

Wearable art.. this won a blue ribbon, and it looked oh so familiar!  When I went to Portland in May with Beth, our local volunteer who volunteered to bring a ladder, and lots of other things and drive us around took us to her house one night and cooked us dinner.  While there, she showed us this quilted jacket!  Imagine my shock to see it hanging in Santa Clara, and wearing a blue ribbon!!  YAY Kathy!!!


And.. this made me smile.  :D  Do you think I should wear this on Halloween? hehe  It was so cool in person.  It was so much fun to wander around in the middle of all of this creativity!


Happy Thursday!!
xoxo



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Buster's Stink-Eye, and the Pacific International Quilt Festival

Oh my goodness! Life has been so busy!! Birthdays, sick dogs, and quilt shows, in one week! 

Yesterday we went to Santa Clara to the Pacific International Quilt Festival.  So fun! So many cool quilts to see! Every shape, size, color, and genre.

Austin loved this kitty quilt. (I loved watching him love it.)


Modern, traditional, applique, etc.  Eye candy galore.





So cool! The train was very popular with the boy, too. ;)




So many amazing things to see.. AND.. I was so excited to meet Pat Roche, the owner of Triangles on a Roll and amazing machine quilter, and Nedra, of Cactus Needle Quilts who is a sales rep for them.  They have been so amazing.  It was great to meet them.  They are even NICER in person, if that was even possible.

Here are Nedra and Pat in their TOAR booth.


That is Nedra's Mod GeoCruiser hanging up behind them, right next to her AMAZING Indian Blanket quilt.  She was such a patient and helpful pattern tester for the MGC!

Here is a photo of my two patterns for sale in their booth with lots of others.  So exciting! (Don't tell anyone either but I wanted to STEAL that polka dot quilt hanging next to the patterns.. so cute!) All of the patterns are available on their website, too.  


And here's one of Nedra and I.. (Austin was in love with the Wiggle Worms quilt in the background, and wouldn't let me leave without a copy of that pattern-ha!)


..and a sneaky one that my Dad took of her showing Austin and I some of their product..


It was a shorter than usual trip to a quilt show, b/c when you take a seven year old and drag your visiting parents along, you can't expect to last the whole day there. ;)  But we all had a good time, and my Dad was esp. ecstatic to see the new stadium being built for the SF 49ers.  Which was right across the street from the Convention Center.

In other news of the week, Austin turned SEVEN!  Which was lots of fun having my parents and my inlaws both here for the birthday cake this year. :)  He loved his day.  I don't know where the time has gone!  He's getting to be such a big boy!


And Buster is still wearing his huge cone/satellite dish/lamp shade.. and giving me the stink eye for it at every opportunity he gets. :/


Which usually earns him lots of sympathy, and chin scratches and belly rubs.. and supervised time without his cone on.  But we've discovered he needs to be supervised even when it's on b/c he got if off somehow (he's very crafty) the other night and licked the scab off of his wound. :(  We will all be glad when this week is over and he can ditch it for good! He's healing up quite nicely, and it can't come soon enough!

Speaking of, off to give him his medicine, and get Mr. Sonny into the bath, and ready for bed! Always something to do-never a dull moment. :D

xoxo

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