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Sew Yummy is sew gonna be here soon!

May 2nd, 2014

Sew Yummy
I’m beyond excited to be sharing more about my Sew Yummy collection with Cloud9 Fabrics. Crazy excited. Beyond belief excited. Squee all over myself excited. And my hope is that lots of people will be using it to sew and quilt some really fun stuff! Sew Yummy is just about here, getting itself ready for it’s big debut at Spring International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh.
Sew Yummy

Quilt Market is kinda like a farmer’s market - where everything is fresh and just picked, but also juicy and ripe. Because fabrics are so fresh, there’s a hurry up and wait urgency to get projects made and finished in time for market. This can mean being ready to go while waiting for the UPS truck to back up in the drive way. It’s a crazy, hectic and sleepless rush to get things done - but I wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world!
Ready, set, sew!

One of the projects I’ll be making that will be in the Cloud9 booth is my Yo, Stitch! pattern. It’ll be available free at Cloud9’s MAKE IT SEW PROJECTS section of their website. There will be some other projects to show, too, a little bit later on. For now, I hope everyone who’ll be attending Quilt Market will visit the Cloud9 booth (1713). Maybe hang out and browse all the beautiful delights Cloud9 has to offer.
Sew Yummy

In the coming future I’ll have more pics to share. For now, here’s a sweet little peek at the entire Sew Yummy collection.  Stay tuned!

[squeeeeeeeeee!]


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ID / Badge Holders!

April 7th, 2014

A ways back I made a little iPhone bag slash ID & badge holder for the 2011 Summer issue of Quilts & More. I’ve since revised my pattern and it’s now available in my shop.  A superfly little badge holder & wallet PDF sewing pattern for fashionable neckwear.

The BADGE HOLDER is for everyone and great for retreats, guild meetings, kids’ field trips, trade shows, work ID’s and people who like having their chest looked at. The front of the badge holder has a clear vinyl window pocket, and the back has a fabric pocket. Business in the front, party in the back. Vinyl ID window is sourced from a clear vinyl show curtain (available for under $4 USD at stores like IKEA, Target and Fred Meyer).
Badge Holder PDF sewing pattern

Big, roomy center for all kinds of little goodies like business cards, hotel key cards, transit passes, credit cards, candy, gum, keys, lipstick, stickers, coffee punch-cards, love notes, coupons, ear buds, tissues, mints, iPhone/cell charger cable, mad money, happy money, drivers license, blood donor card, “I voted” sticker, ICE - in case of emergency card, hair barrettes, rogue gummi bears, work ID card, movie tickets, etc.
Badge Holder PDF sewing pattern

Super yummy in all kinds of fabrics, especially fabrics from Cloud9 Fabrics.
Badge Holder PDF sewing pattern

My BADGE HOLDER PDF patten now available in my shop!
ID /Badge Holder PDF sewing pattern

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Mobile Sewing Center

March 6th, 2014

Last October I brought Walt home and into my life - my little white (celery) 1964 Singer 221K Featherweight.
Singer
Since that time, I’ve been trying all kinds of storage and travel solutions for him. Plastic bins with handles. An Ikea cooler. Even a Trader Joe’s bag. Sigh, nothing was working as I wanted it to. I was like Goldilocks in search of finding Just The Right storage for old Walt. While my Featherweight fit in all those containers, there still wasn’t enough room for my tools, fabric and other accoutrements. Because just like that, I had become my grandmother (not a bad thing) with all her many totes and bags. Four, five, six bags… all for only a few hours away from the house.  No.  I need to lug ONE thing only.

Me with my shopping cart hauling ass down an aisle in Home Depot… I spotted It… Walt’s cherry new ride.  I Fred Flinstone’d my cart’s breaks, backed up, stood in front of It, and then I cried a little. A muffled whimper of glee.  I found It… Eur friggen eka I FOUND IT! By accident I discovered the Stanley-3-in-1-Rolling-Workshop. This has got to be too good to be true. For certain Walt was going to be a smidge too big to fit. I figured I could always take it back if it didn’t fit.
Mobile Sewing Center

Not too tall, just tall enough. Two cats high, to be exact.
Mobile Sewing Center

Nice big wheels on the side so no tipping over. Instead of a telescoping handle it’s got squeezy release action handle. LOVE that.  Best part, is when I have my handle down and the top is nice and flush/flat - I can put my pressing board right on top and I’ve got myself an awesome little pressing station.
Mobile Sewing Center

Oh hi, happy face.
Mobile Sewing Center

Not too many compartments, just comparmenty enough. Three perfect compartments meant for sewing.
Mobile Sewing Center

Bottom unit for Walt, small cutting mat, rulers.
Mobile Sewing Center

Middle unit for my tools.
Mobile Sewing Center

Top unit for my iron, water, Flatter, fabric, etc.
Mobile Sewing Center

Actually, my Featherweight fits in either the top or the bottom case. This is just so dreamy. All that’s left now is to decorate my mobile sewing center and make it cute. The wheels are turning. Literally.

On a side note, I devised a way to keep my thread spool from flying around while my machine is tripping the lights fantasic across the west coast - I pop the spool in a small yogurt container…
Spool cozy for traveling

… snap on the lid that has a small hole I cut in it and then jam the spool holder thing into it.
Spool cozy for traveling

The container kind of rests on top and pretty much stays put depending how close the lid of my storage is to it. But even should it fall, at least the spool is safe and not getting tangled on everything.  My spool cozy for traveling.
Spool cozy for traveling

Damn I love to sew.

RESOURCES:
- stanley.com: info
- homedepot.com: info

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The Traveling Quilts Bee: Another 2 rounds

February 26th, 2014

TTQ button for meAnother round of the Traveling Quilts Bee was just at my house, not once but TWICE with both Faith’s and Jacquie’s beautiful quilt-in-progress quilts. If anyone isn’t familiar with our Traveling Quilts Bee, be sure to check out our Traveling Quilts Bee flickr group.

I started with Jacquie’s, and it took me a few days of looking at it to figure out what I was going to do. It was not unlit I looked at the quilt through my iphone that I saw the big “t” in the quilt. Again, my iphone is one of my favorite quilting tools. Thanks, Apple! I took that “t” and ran with it, and I added a row of t’s to the top. My favorite one is the “one of these t’s is not like the others” t. I think it’s the one constant in almost all my additions to everyone TQ’s - is I make one or two of block grouping in kind of reverse. A little zig amongst the zag.
My addition (on the top of the quilt) to @jacquietps quilt in our bee. I took my cue from the diagonal

On Faith’s, it was a bit more challenging, but in a good way because there was the quilt-in-progress plus a handful of block made by others. I could either do something with all the blocks or I could add to the QIP. I chose the latter because I LOVE MAKING STARS.
Traveling Quilts - Faith's Quilt

I made 12 little star blocks, a few that were zigged instead of zagged.
Traveling Quilts - Faith's Quilt

I made two rows of six blocks. Twilight colors in one row, sunrise colors for the bottom row. I heart seams.
Traveling Quilts - Faith's Quilt
Traveling Quilts - Faith's Quilt

Get ready Daniel, I’m sending Jacquie’s and Faith’s TQs off to you today!

RESOURCES:
- My Traveling Quilts Bee blog posts: tagged Bee Serious
- The Traveling Quilts Bee flickr group

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Homemade Dog Food: Chicken Liver & Veggie Stew

February 16th, 2014

So I’ve been making homemade dog food, and now my dog thinks I’m practically the Pioneer Woman. At breakfast and dinner time I am a rockstar.

My older dog, Liberty, a 12 year old Golden Retriever has been suffering her entire life from a bucketload of food allergies that affect her skin. While we did find a semi-good-for-her bagged food, it still wasn’t enough. It only took me 12 years to figure out I could make Liberty her own food. I’ve had Liberty tested and do know what she’s allergic to (pretty much everything), so I used that as my starting point. I also googled an s-ton of info of do’s and don’ts. Most important I consulted with our veterinarian, first.

Homemade Dog Food

Disclaimer: This is my recipe and I’m happy to share it. Please know I made this specifically for my dog and I recommend consulting your vetrinarian first if anyones wants to use my recipe.

Ingredients:
Homemade Dog Food
2 lbs raw chicken livers (3 containers)
2 C. cooked brown rice, set aside
1 C. chopped carrots
1 C. chopped broccoli,
2 C. water
1 T. olive oil for pan

Homemade Dog Food
I chopped the liver into bite sizes that my size dog would like. Same with the carrots and broccoli. I’ll skip photos of raw, chopped liver. So gross. I browned the liver in a hot skillet with the olive oil, and after it’s browned I added the water to make a simmering “gravy”. I also used the left-over liquids (blood) from the containers. While it’s tempting to add salt and seasonings, I don’t. Dogs don’t need (or want) any additives.

Homemade Dog Food
After adding the liquid, I let the liver simmer on medium heat until all traces of pink are gone. Once the liver if thoroughly cooked I add in the carrots and broccoli and let them cook for a few minutes. I cook them only long enough so they become one with the liver stew - but hard enough so they retain as much raw goodness and nutrition as possible. Add water as needed. My dog could drink this gravy. Let cool. Cute, matching Japanese spatula optional.

Homemade Dog Food
I’m still weaning my dog off the store-bought food, so for now she gets 2 big spoons of kibble, and 2 big spoons of rice…

Homemade Dog Food
… next comes 2 big spoons of the chicken liver stew plus some drizzles of the gravy. My dog gets this once at breakfast time, and once at dinner.

Homemade Dog Food
I store the chicken liver stew in the (washed) containers they came in, and put the rice in a baggie. I keep the stew and the rice refrigerated, and store the other containers of stew into the freezer until about 2 days before needing it (and thawed in the fridge). I serve cold, I feel the love.

Oh, and this:
1. My dog has been on this diet for 2 + months now, and not only does she seem more active and perky, her licking and scratching has dropped by 80%.
2. An unexpected side bonus, Liberty is shedding less and her coat is soft and silky.
3. I’m saving money. Chicken livers are so economical.
4. After making brown rice for my dog, we as a family have switched from white rice to brown rice. Yummier and healthier.
5. I really enjoy making my dog her food. Like, really enjoy. It’s a very nurturing feeling. Really makes me feel good to be doing this for her and I know she’s getting healthy, whole food.
6. Our dog food travels well, we just pop it in a cooler when we drive to my parents house for a visit.
7. My dogs LOVES her Chicken Liver delight. Like crazy, love. When I make Libby her plate she barks at me. Not that crazy UPS or FedEx alert barking - but that PLEASE FEED ME NOW OR I WILL DIE bark.
8. My dog madly loves her breakfast and dinner. And me.

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Happy Sochi Yum Yum revisited

February 14th, 2014

While I’m on the subject of the Olympics - also revisited is my Happy Sochi Yum Yum blog post from May 2011 (Wow, really… 2011?! That seems like a lifetime ago.)

In 2011 we first got a glimpse of the patchwork we’d be seeing in Sochi. I loved the previews and even more I love how the patchwork has become so prevalent at the Sochi Olympics. Wow. Just wow. Olympics + Sochi patchwork is pinging my two loves. I hope there’s some fabric company in talks right now with Bosco/Sochi Olympic Committee to license the patchwork design into fabric. I need to say that again… I HOPE THERE’S SOME FABRIC COMPANY IN TALKS RIGHT NOW WITH BOSCO/SOCHI OLYMPIC COMMITTEE TO LICENSE THE PATCHWORK DESIGN INTO FABRIC.


IMAGE SOURCE: Roustem Adagamov

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Olympic love + Norwegian curling pants revisited

February 12th, 2014

My family and I are huge fans of the Olympics.  HUGE fans.  Especially the Winter Olympics.   The Olympics transcend sports and competition, but through sports the world comes together.  In peace.  In awesomeness.  Global conflicts are set aside (for the most part), and people represent countries - not the politicians, or monarchies, or leaders, or dictators, or rebels, or evil doers… but people like you and me — our kids, our siblings, our parents, and our friends.  Global happy.  I get really irritated with the Internets dogging the Olympics (I’m talking to you AV Club), and I feel bad when the magnitude of the Olympics is just. not. got. Go, happy, go!

When the last Winter O’s were in Vancouver, BC, we drove up there just to be there. No events. Just to be there. My blog post about our trip Vancouver is here.   I heart Canada people. Go, Canada, Go!
Vancouver 2010

One of my favorite things about the Vancouver Olympics was the Norwegian Curling team’s uniforms. Pretty much my MOST FAVORITE THING EVER, Olympics or not. And the Norwegians are at it again (and some other teams, too). My head exploded and little bubbles of joy floated out of my skull’s cracks when I eyed this on google images today:
nord4

I got all nostalgic thinking about Vancouver, and I how I want to celebrate with fabric, needle and thread again. So for now, I’m revisiting my Norwegian Curling Pants Market Bag project. I heart curling people. Go, curling, go!
Norwegian Curling Pants Market Bag

In other Olympic awesomeness, this story made my heart swell - and I bet even the anti-olympicite Internets would experience some heart swelling from this, too.

RESOURCES:
– My trip to Vancouver, BC
– Make my Norwegian Curling Pants Market Bag

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Buddies

February 10th, 2014

My dog is a kitty bed - my cat is a doggie pillow.
buddies

A few months ago our younger Golden, Madison, passed. Both Liberty (our older Golden) and York (our cat who thinks he’s a dog) were inseparable and snugly with Madison. I think they’ve been sad and missing Madison, especially Libby. And then today Libby and York “discovered” each other (previous pic), and tonight they sealed the buddy deal.

buddies

This makes me so incredibly happy and comforted, and it’s such a beautiful thing to witness that I just had to share.  I’m convinced pets are just really, really hairy miniature people.

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Happy surprises!

January 28th, 2014

Wow. I was at my friend Katy’s blog today and I noticed a button on the top right, and thankfully I clicked on it. And then I had THE MOST happy surprise ever… Katy is doing her own video series! If there was EVER a person who should be behind the camera and teaching, it’s Katy. Seriously, I don’t know why Katy doesn’t have her own show on BBC (you hear that, Great British Sewing Bee?!), or HGTV, or her own show on Bravo (you hear that Andy Cohen?!).

Prepare to be enchanted.

Seriously, Katy is amazing behind the camera.  Just as she’s amazing when there’s no camera.  I love Katy’s message and thoughts on quilting, and to top it off she’s crazy super nice and adorable.   I super-love-crush on Katy.  That is all.

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Quilty Fun Sew Along

January 27th, 2014

I’m so excitied that today is my day for the Quilty Fun Sew Along book tour!
Blog Tour Header

Quilty Fun by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
PHOTO CREDIT: Fat Quarter Shop

First off, Quilty Fun is no ordinary book, and written by my dear friend Lori Holt. That would we THE Lori Holt, Queen of All Things Cute. Not only is everything one can make in Lori’s book cute, and oh so yummy - but so are the peeks inside Lori’s adorable home. Lori’s style is a fresh, happy twist on vintage.  Lori’s style is evident in her patterns (and gorgeous fabric collections), and is in a style that sings to my quilting core… where traditional meets modern, yesterday hugging today. Quilty Fun is a seriously yummy book.

Here’s what Lori’s finished sew along sampler quilt looks like. It’s also a peek inside Lori’s book.
Quilty Fun Sampler
PHOTO CREDIT: Fat Quarter Shop, QUILT CREDIT: Quilty Fun Sampler by Lori Holt

Want to jump in on the sew along? You can follow along at any time, but if you play along this week with me and make the Honeycomb units you’ll get to enter the Fat Quarter Shop’s giveaway of two boxes of Clover Wonder Clips and a packet of Alphabitties.  One can never to be too rich, too thin or have too many Clover Clips. Seriously. The winner will be chosen from the pool of submissions on the Flickr group and will be announced on Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber blog on Monday, 3 Jan, 2014.

TO ENTER:
1. Buy the Quilty Fun book
2. Get the Honeycomb companion pdf
3. Make the Honeycomb units (pg. 108 in book) and photograph it.
4. Enter your Honeycomb photo at the flickr group (which is how you enter)

(note: the book is required in order for the companion cutting instructions to be usable)

TO MAKE SAMPLER:
1. Buy the Quilty Fun book
2. Get all the companion PDF’s

Here’s my Honeycomb (snowballs) that I made with Violet Craft’s Madrona Road and Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yarn dyed in Steel.
Snowballs for the Quilty Fun Sew Along

The way I make my snowballs is I sew on all my background corner pieces to the snowball fabric. I flip it over and then square-up by trimming off the excess (Steel) background fabric using the (yellow) snowball fabric as my guide. How my corners get so off kilter is beyond me, so squaring-up is a must for me. A serious, serious must.
Snowballs for the Quilty Fun Sew Along

I then press the background fabric’s corners to the back.
Snowballs for the Quilty Fun Sew Along
Snowballs for the Quilty Fun Sew Along
Snowballs for the Quilty Fun Sew Along
Next I trim the excess off of the back and corner backs of the block, leaving a ¼” seam. Pressing before cutting is a trick I learned from watching Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting on PBS. Super slick and my seam is perfectly flat every time. A crisp, shiny, happy seam.

And bam, the messy truth-pic.
Snowballs for the Quilty Fun Sew Along

RESOURCES:
– Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
– Tour info, companion PDFs, and Bloggers
– Buy the book:  Quilty Fun by Lori Holt
– Get the Honeycombs companion sheet (pdf)
– Enter to win + join the flickr group

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