Another Mario, Another Season

Well, baseball season is over and our beloved Mets were defeated in the World Series.  Can’t lie, it hurt, but soon we will be remembering the good times, and how the most unlikely team made it that far.  Plus, my husband and I WENT TO A WORLD SERIES GAME…  How cool is that?  It was game 4, the Mets lost, but let’s not talk about that.  We saw 8 innings of amazingly fun baseball, and then an epic melt down, blurgh.

As for the quilting front, another Mario went out yesterday.  Leaving only 2 more quilts in the queue for the Etsy shop, and 1 more that I volunteered to make over the summer for a benefit, and eek, the benefit is in like 2 weeks.  WTH?!?  How did that sneak up so fast?!

Well, I should be off, I have to get some more cleaning done, my studio has been neglected as I have been doing just sewing and so much travel.  I haven’t been cleaning it up between sewing sessions, and I now have to pay the piper.  It looks like a bomb went off in here!

Wish me luck, and Piece!


Meet the Mets and A Cavalcade of Quilts

IMG_3108Well, I have been working my behind off lately.  I have made and sent out 6 quilts since my Uncle’s Chemo quilt, and yesterday I shopped borders and finished the top of my donation quilt for Family Promise.  The main body, center of patchwork I did using two charm packs as leaders and enders.  The Moda Mill Book Circa 1852 collection and Kona Snow.  So I’m a busy beaver right now.  IMG_3095Add on top of that my husband being a die-hard New York Mets fan (who advanced to the World Series for t
he first time in 15 years earlier this week), between making a trip to New York (a 4 1/2 hour trip one-way), watching games on TV, and trying to keep up on the TV that we actually watch outside of baseball, it’s kept nights fairly full.

Days have obviously been spent quilting.  Oh, and then there’s those two Pibbles of mine.  They have been enjoying the cooler fall air in the back yard, and they had birthdays.  Pixel turned 5 at the end of September, and since we don’t know Taco’s age, we celebrated 2 years of having him in our family in the first week of October.  They both scarfed down a Wendy’s Cheesy-Cheddar burger on Pixel’s birthday to celebrate.  Like, scarfed, like, I didn’t have time to take a picture before they were gone.  Like HAPPY puppies (with HORRIBLE gas after that).  With the cooler weather, it is also the start of snuggle season.


October is also Pit Bull Awareness month, so I have been doing what I can to
share some educational information on Facebook and to anyone who asks (oh yeah, I had a “I’ve heard they can turn on their owners…” this month), luckily I have some good talking points when stuff like that comes up.  Thank goodness I do my research.

My other six quilts for work were two sets of Mario and Luigi twin quilts (I have had those in my shop for 4 years, and not sold one, and this year, I’ve sold 4 sets, crazy!), a Princess Peach, and a Kirby (all of which are in my shop, feel free to check them out if you so desire).  I also have two more Mario quilts on order, to get out within the next 2 weeks.

My husband picked out curtains for his man-cave when I dragged him to a quilt shop on our way back from New York on Monday.  IMG_3109Also, yesterday my Moda Frovol, #3 arrived!  YAY!  This one contains fabric for a whole top (28″ x 32″), as well as a small notepad, a pattern for the top, and a bonus quote card with a block pattern on the back (as per us).  The fabric is very Civil War repro-y, which isn’t totally my thing, but I think that it would make a great gift.

So, that is my Cavalcade of Quilting news, I will be trying to keep up a little better now, but who knows, it’s hard for me to set aside time to do all of the necessary jazz to blog, and my photography set-up right now, not optimal, but I will do my best going forward.

Ugh, SO long…

I know, it has been forever since I blogged last. I have been working, a lot actually. I made a lap/chemo quilt for my Uncle, who is battling esophageal cancer right now. He loves fishing, so I set out to make something masculine that was fishing related. Here’s what I came up with. 

The “shirts” under the fishing vests are all other hobbies or interests of my Uncle, bowling, the Cubs, football, John Deere. I love how it turned out. I might try to write up a pattern if I ever get time. 

Speaking of time, I have sold 7 quilts in the last month. I am keeping up, but barely. With one other quilt that also needs to be finished in the near future, it has been a lot of work, but I am not complaining, because the money is pretty darned good. 

This weekend, we are working on some construction in the basement. We are finishing a part for my husband to use as his man cave/music room. We have most of the construction done, so next we will be on to painting. Then ceilings, then floors, then furniture. We are trying to get finished this year, we will see how it goes. 

So that’s the quick version of where I’ve disappeared to. There’s more, but that will have to wait for another time. 


Secret Quilt Pic

IMG_0088I got a picture of my secret quilt today!  My niece was nice enough to help my hubby hold it up out on the patio this afternoon.

The quilt is the logo for a rather obscure Progressive Rock band called Spock’s Beard, my husband has been a fan for many many years, I have been a fan for a couple of years now.  Their music took more than a few listenings for me to really wrap my mind around it, but it’s worked its way into my brain now, and I am a fan.

Anyway, even if it’s not your bag, I think the quilt is still pretty cool graphically. :)


Do you Frivol?

IMG_2908The other day, my first Moda Frivol arrived!  I am in love with the little tin, and I have really, only briefly perused the contents.  I have to say, though, I love the fabric selection, and I love the modern little pattern that comes with this month’s Bonnie & Camille “Hello, Darling”.  There is also some darling ribbon that says “Handmade” and “Made with Love” that would be cute little tags to tuck into the binding of a quilt.  The tin also contains the fabric and pattern, and a cool card (ala the Moda Modern Building Blocks Patterns (that reminds me, work on Moda Modern Building Blocks), with a Nonsense block.

My Secret project is finished, and gifted, this weekend, I will get a picture snapped, my husband wants to put a picture up on Facebook.  Mostly the quilt came about as a design challenge to myself, that decided, yes, I wanted realized in fabric.  The design work, which I did on paper, then translated into EQ7 was very time consuming, and required a lot of iteration to get to where I felt it was “just right”.  I first started with tracing on graph paper, then I tweaked, then I tweaked again, then I put it in EQ7, then I tweaked again, but I think, in the end, it came out perfectly…  Even if you don’t understand, I think it’s still a really cool art piece.  Anyway…

Pics coming soon, hope all is well in your studio, and until next time…



Two Done, Few Pics

Well, I got two quilts finished finished this week.  One had been sitting binding unturned for a few months, the other I really just started last week.  It’s funny the projects that suck you in and you just have to start to finish, while others that you want to make, have been on your radar for months (or years) sit partially finished for a while.

The one I blazed through is my secret project (all can be revealed next week), it was all set, binding turned yesterday.  It really could stand a run through the wash, but I haven’t decided whether or not to do that as it is a gift for my husband, so it won’t be going anywhere, and can be washed anytime.

The long-timer was a wedding gift for mIMG_2697y husband’s cousin who got married in June (not bad, just 2 months after the wedding), it was all set to go binding on, just needing to be turned, I believe in early May, and I just never sat down and did it.  Well, today I did, and stuffed it in a box and sent it on its way. :)  I, of course, assumed that I already had pictures of it so I didn’t shoot the big “ta-da” shot…  grrr…  I am always doing that to myself.  But you can see other pics here and here.  Oh and here’s one that I didn’t blog before.  I can’t imagine why that rumpled mess wasn’t on the blog…;)  I also found an up close of the awesome variegated thread that I used for the quilting from Connecting Threads.  That’s the Featured Image, which doesn’t always work the way it’s supposed to, but…

Anyway, that’s what I have been working on.  I am planning on basting and quilting my Baby Strip Race and I have a TON of quilts in the closet that need to be quilted as well.  (Ok, a ton is hyperbole, but there are at least 6-7.)

So keep your scissors sharp and Piece!

Pixel especially loves when her cousin visits.

I’ve been working

Our niece is staying with us for a couple of weeks during her summer break, and so I don’t have a lot of extra time to blog, when I’m not working, we are playing games mostly.  One of my husband’s designer board games or one of a million video games that both she and my husband like to play.  Mostly I am at the back of the pack, but it’s fun to participate, luckily I am not ultra-competitive like the two of them are.

IMG_2875Anyway, early last week I finished a work quilt.  A Mario that went to his new castle in California.  This, I believe is just the finished top, no biggie that there are some wrinkles.  I did new background and border colors, and I like the way they set off the Mario Character a little more than the light blue usually does.  Much cooler contrast.

IMG_2880I also made much progress on my secret project:  here’s a tiny preview:  I am hoping to finish this one before vacation, but I’m just not sure if I will get there, I should probably be able to after our niece leaves next week.  Obviously on vacation, I won’t be doing any work and little to no posting.  Then my parents and Aunt and Uncle are visiting for 2 weeks just a few days after we get home from vacation.  So basically my early fall is all booked up and I won’t be around much.

I do, however have a few priorities to get finished before the fall really gets underway.

Today is the perfect day for sewing, it’s cool and raining hard, but I need more fabric to finish my secret project and I don’t really want to venture forth in the rain, so I suppose I will have to figure something else do do with myself.  Until then…