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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


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.


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




Quiltcon Blocks

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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


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!



The Nautical Quilt

Nautical Front

Here is a Nautical Themed quilt for a special little addition to our extended family. The quilt is made using the “Sweet Dreams Sailboat” pattern from the book Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts. The pattern was perfect for this occasion and went together beautifully. I used all Kona Solids on the front.

Nautical Themed Quilt Back for a Friend

Nautical Themed Quilt Back for a Friend

For the back I found this cute sailing-themed print that just worked perfectly.

I was really stumped for the longest time as to how to quilt this one. Then I decided to follow the diagonal of the sails, but have them meet at a point in the center. Might have to follow this quilting again, as it was quick and gave some nice movement to the quilt.



The New Orleans Quilt

I wanted to create a quilt that had a New Orleans/Mardi Gras feel without being too literal…i.e. green, purple, gold and beads. I ran to my favorite local quilt shop, Strawberry Patches, and begged the assistance of the owner, Suzanne, to help me find the perfect fabrics for my vision. I think she wanted to call the police and have me admitted…but she persevered and hooked me up with the perfect fabrics. I wanted that purple and gold feel with some brown, green and blue undertones. A little mystery and a little gritty-ness…

New Orleans Quilt front

We selected four fabrics for the background: 3 batik fabrics and one quilting weight cotton. The Fleur-de-lis is made with two gold fabrics: one quilting weight cotton and one batik. The darker Gold is used as the binding. The back shows off all the main fabrics in larger scale.

New Orleans Quilt Back

Some detail shots:

Detail of New Orleans Quilt Front

All quilting was completed on my Bernina 440 with my trusty walking foot. Applique is raw-edged to give it an aged feel.

Quilting Detail of New Orleans Quilt Back

This one is headed off to a friend living in New Orleans. As soon as I can get my tush to the post office.

Front Detail

got me thinking

I have been reading Camille Roskelley’s blog Simplify for a while now.  I love the styling she uses.  The turquoise with red.  I think she has delicious quilt designs, fabric and she just seems like a really nice gal.  She’s giving away a copy of her book and some goodies on her blog…you should go enter!

But in that specific post she talked about her 3 goals that she set out for herself.  She calls them unrealistic, but with her talent, it is obvious she would succeed.  But it got me thinking about my goals.  And how I think I’m a bit all over the place when it comes to aspirations.  And if you have 50 different goals in 50 different subjects…odds are you aren’t going to succeed at any of them.  So I guess I need to do a little pondering and maybe focus my goals a little.  Like maybe down to 25 :)

I kid, but in all seriousness, I really need to sit down with pen to paper and flesh out some goals.  You know…in all my spare time…

The Robot Love Quilt…Finally…

Seems like it has taken me f.o.r.e.v.e.r. to post these pictures.  Probably because it has been forever.  I actually finished this quilt back in December…I think around December 10th.  Well, I forgot to take pictures…until we were outside a bowling alley at 8pm at night.  So the pictures were a little less than spectacular.  So the wonderful people who took this quilt all the way to Canada to give as a wedding gift took some pictures for me. I know…excuses, excuses.  So without further ado, here is the Robot Love Quilt:

Robot Love Quilt Front

For a refresher, here is the link to the inspiration for this quilt.  The very talented artist behind kindlime’s creations allowed me to re-create the Robot graphic in Applique for this quilt.  I first blogged about the fabrics here.  Close up of the applique:

close-up of applique

The graphic is so cute and really made this quilt very special.  The wedding couple originally sent out this invitation, so we wanted to incorporate that into the quilt.  I played off the other design element of the invitation, the gears, with the rest of the design.  Choosing different greys and blacks to make each individual gear.  Once I had all the fabric cut and the design worked out on graph paper, it came together really quickly.

The back was very simple since the front really needs to be the star.  I quilted in the ditch for most of the quilt and then just outlined the applique and added vertical lines around it.

Robot Love Back

I think I will try the gears idea again in a future quilt.  It was really fun to play with the placement and color value of each gear. 

A very sincere thank you to Sara Funduk of kindlime for allowing me to use her design.  Please go check out her kindlime shop on etsy and her new shop, MrHandsomeface, opening up February 1, 2011 .



Robot Love Quilt

This is such a fun quilt to work on!  Recieved a request from a customer to make a quilt based off a wedding invitation.  The invitation is super cute and really speaks to the couple’s personality.  I have something pretty cool in store for these little beauties.

You can check out the wedding invitation here.

(Disclaimer: I have contacted the maker of this invitation to request permission to use her designs in this one-time quilt.  Please respect her creative genius…I sure do!)