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I might have slight problem

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I might have a bit of a hoarding problem…but only with fabric…and maybe notebooks (I can’t resist a spiral notebook…or office supplies for that matter, but that’s another sickness).

For as long as I can remember I have always loved fabric. And not just quilting cottons. I can remember going to the fabric store and just walking up and down the aisles touching the fabric…tell me I’m not the only one who did this. I still do it. I can also peruse any number of online fabric shops, filling my cart to the brim, even if I have no intention of buying anything. It just feels good to look at fabric…to dream about the possibilities.

But my problem with fabric goes much deeper…I’m afraid to waste it…so much so that I sometimes stand paralyzed looking at a project because I don’t want to screw up and waste any fabric. I will even adjust a pattern if I think I’m going to waste too much fabric.

So what’s a quilter to do when you want to sew, but don’t have the guts to just cut into that stack already?

Tooth Fairy Pillow

Hi there!

My daughter is of that happy age when teeth start wiggling and jiggling and popping out.

Can I just say right now that wiggling teeth give me the heebie-jeebies. I’m talking spine-tingling, stomach-turning heebie-jeebies. Luckily my hubby can handle this. Whew!

My daughter was super excited about the tooth fairy…and all the goodies he/she might bring. Being the totally unprepared, fly by the seat of my undies parent that I am I had to whip up a tooth fairy pillow the day of. My daughter said it had to be a pillow she could set on her bed…not a little pouch to hang on her doorknob as I suggested (hoping for a little easier tooth fairy duty). So here’s what I came up with…

Tooth Fairy Pillow for Sarah

Ta-Da!

The pillow fabric is left over from a skirt I made my mom. The tooth and heart are felt. I just free-handed the shape of the tooth and had my daughter help me with the heart. Both of the felt pieces are open at the top to create pockets. The tooth goes in the heart and the tooth fairy leaves his/her surprise in the tooth pocket.

And yes…that is a $5 bill…apparently the tooth fairy rates have increased exponentially since I was a kid. Maybe the tooth fairy will deliver a quarter or a dollar next time…just to keep things interesting.

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And just a little teaser…something really exciting is brewing around here. You’ll have to stay tuned to find out!

Cheers,

Liz

Quiltcon Blocks

Hi There!

Have any of you heard about Quiltcon? It is a conference put on by The Modern Quilt Guild for all things modern quilting. This year was the first ever conference held in Austin, TX (my hometown). I heard it was spectacular. If you are interested click on the links above. You can also check out the lectures from the event for free on Craftsy.

I didn’t get to go. Totally bummed and still a little bitter about that. But I got to go to Craftcation instead, so I can’t complain. Anyways, The Modern Quilt Guild held a contest for the conference. Quilters from all around the world entered up to 3 quilt blocks for the chance to have their blocks featured in a final quilt that would be raffled/auctioned (can’t remember) at the event. The remaining blocks would be assembled into several quilts that would be donated to charity. How awesome! Sign me up!

So here is what I came up with:

My three quilt blocks for The Modern Quilt Guild QuiltCon Challenge

My three quilt blocks for The Modern Quilt Guild QuiltCon Challenge

 

The challenge required us to use the colors of the Quiltcon Logo. Love the colors! Here is a little look at each block and the inspiration behind it.

First up…Random Squared

Random Squared

Each little square measures 1 inch by 1 inch. The pattern is totally random, however I can’t tell you how many times I moved little squares around, snapped a pic, then moved some more. I decided to leave out the charcoal gray color because it felt a little overpowering.

Next up: Stereo Levels

StereoLevels

Do you see it? It reminded me of the sound bars on a stereo. I can’t remember the dimensions of each piece exactly, but I believe each little piece finished at 1 inch by 2.5 inches.

And finally: twist and turn

Twist and Turn

This is a doodle I’ve been drawing on graph paper since I was little. I was inspired by the drawings of M.C. Esher and celtic designs. The idea is that the colors all flow into one another and then come back full circle, but with lots of twists and turns. The inner squares finish at 1 inch by 1 inch.

It was a lot of fun to work with this challenge. While I didn’t make it into the final quilt, I did make it on the stage. They used some of the charity quilts as a backdrop for the presenters at Quiltcon. Can’t wait to see what challenge they come up with next year. Crossing my fingers I get to attend next year!

Cheers,

Liz

My Top 3 Reasons to Attend Craftcation in 2014

Get your tickets here

Get your tickets here

I was lucky enough to attend Craftcation this past weekend in sunny Ventura, CA. **Huge shout out to the hubster for taking over my job for 4 days while I attended. Not only were all three kids still alive and healthy, but he even did laundry and kept the house clean-ish. So kudos to him. Did I mention he now has a cold and feels deathly ill…**

So what is Craftcation exactly? Here’s what their twitter profile succinctly states:

“Craftcation is an indie business & DIY workshop conference. This three-day event is a retreat to inspire, network and build upon the independent craft business.”

Craftcation is Awesome…but let me tell you my top 3 reasons to attend:

1)      Connections, networking, awesome people. Everyone at this conference has something to share, something to give—even you. I think I finally get why people go to Star Trek Conventions…because it’s a weekend spent around “your” people. If you dig crafts and dig indy biz…then these are your people…let the crazy out.

The organizers told us to bring a lot of business cards…they were right. You hand them out like crazy. You also get them like crazy. I met so many wonderful, crafty people. And I get to continue these friendships online after the party ends. Plus you might just meet someone in your own neighborhood that you didn’t know existed before.

2)      Genuine, Real advice from Genuine Real experts. I am an introverted person by nature, so confrontation and asking for advice—basically talking to people—can be daunting. I can do it. It just takes a lot of pep talking and deep breaths. However, this conference has such an open, supportive environment that it feels safe to talk to these experts. It feels safe to start-up conversations because everyone is so open, genuine and supportive. Also, the advice gets personal—specific to you—not just canned answers you could read in a book.

3)      Open for all. It doesn’t matter where you are in your business. You may not even have a business (I’ll go ahead and raise my hand here). But if you have a dream of a business, there are people to help you, encourage you, and generally kick your butt in gear (I’m looking at you Tiffany Han). **In all seriousness, Tiffany Han rocked my socks…if you need a supportive kick in the pants to get going, she’s your life coach.**

If you are even remotely interested in this wonderful event, click over to their website and check it out. And if you are still questioning if this is for you, here are some questions they suggest to help you figure it out:

have you ever thought to yourself…

  • i have a great idea for a business but i don’t know how to start.
  • i want to turn my passion into my full-time job
  • i have a successful business and i’m ready to take it to the next level but i’m not sure how
  • i want to connect with people in my field but i don’t have the time or opportunity to make it happen
  • i’d love to learn something new and better myself/my business at the same time
  • i want new ideas to make my business more successful and inspire me

if you want to start, maintain or grown your indie business or take a break from your routine and learn something new while networking with fellow crafters…then craftcation is for you!

I sincerely hope I see you there next year!

Cheers,

Liz

Hi.

Hi.

It’s been really quiet here on the blog…because life offline has been CRAZY. Here’s the rundown:

Mr. Aaron Patrick made his entrance mid June. Yes, I might have been walking thru target while in labor…and I might have given birth 3 hrs after checking out. He is the most challenging baby of my three kids. He has the most devilishly handsome smile ever. He hates to be left out of anything. He loves food and hates to wait for it to be prepared. But he’s healthy and chubby and seems to like us. I think we will keep him.

We moved. Found a great place. The weather is beautiful. Couldn’t really ask for more out of a roof over our heads.

Sarah started kindergarten. My baby, my firstborn, has started her school career. Part of me still can’t believe it.

Lots of firsts: Sarah is reading now…everything…every sign we pass, every piece of text that flashes on the tv…everything; Aaron is crawling…nothing is safe anymore; and Sarah has lost her first tooth.

Bryan is a major character. He’s started the lovable habit of saying inappropriate words like “butt” hoping to get a reaction. He has taken to wearing some 3D glasses he got at a movie and button up collared shirts, so he can look like daddy.

I’ve managed to fit in a fair bit of sewing. I’ll post some pics in the coming weeks.

Otherwise, life has been crazy busy good. Sorry for the silence, but life has been full and I needed to be there instead of here.

And on another HUGE note…you’ll never guess where I am…Craftcation in Ventura, CA. My hotel room looks out over the ocean (turn 90 degrees and you see hwy 101, but lets focus on the positives here people). Having a great time and learning a lot! The people are pretty awesome too!

Here’s hoping I become a regular around here again…

Cheers,
Liz

The wedgewood blue quilt

Another baby, another quilt…and its so much fun!!! I love that family and friends are having babies left and right. It gives me the opportunity to make quilts for a special little someone. The nursery is Wedgwood blue with dark brown furniture. I had the perfect blue fabric in my stash. It’s a simple quilt, but I really liked the color combo.

Front

Simple straight-line quilting across the diagonal of the blocks and then a few rings around the borders to complete it.

Back

A pieced back to use up the scraps.

Such a great color combo!

Xavi’s Quilt

One of our dear friends had Baby Xavi a few months ago. Unfortunately they had to move to a new state shortly after Xavi made his entrance. We will miss them. Here is the quilt I made for the little man.

Front fo Quilt for Xavi

I was inspired by a few patterns I’ve seen floating around blogland right now. And of course, I finished up the back with the leftover scraps.

Back of Quilt for Xavi

All nice and crinkly…ready for a snuggle.