June 29, 2011

Americana Cottage

 
I did it. I finished my quilt top for the Synchronized Squares Quilt Along. And I ♥ it. Becky decided it should be called Americana Cottage and I could not agree more.  This is the second quilt top I have finished in a month, which boggles my mind. Happy Little Cottage has turned into a quilting blog during the month of June :).  I absolutely loved piecing this quilt!

I am still waiting for the darning foot and plate that I ordered for my sewing machine, so it is definitely going to take me awhile to actually finish both quilts.

Even the binding is adorable. I really love these fabrics.

June 25, 2011

Saturday Morning Stitching

This morning has been the perfect Saturday morning. I slept in just for a teensy bit, got up and made myself a  latte and headed to the craft room.

I finished cutting most of the squares for my synchronized squares quilt, and set to work sewing. This pattern is so much fun.  The mixing and matching of the squares is endlessly entertaining. Of course I always have to get ahead of myself and see how things will come together, so above you can see the initial large square, then the quarter square and then a completed block. This is turning out so stinkin' cute I can hardly stand it!!

Hope you are all having as close to a perfect Saturday as possible!

June 24, 2011

TGIF

Another week has flown by, and I have to admit I am glad it's the weekend.

I am looking forward to working on my Synchronized Squares Quilt Along. I am already behind (no surprise there if you know me) and need to finish cutting out squares, and then sewing them all together.

If the weather cooperates I may pack a lunch, grab a book and go to the beach or to the park. I can pretend that I am on a mini vacation :)

I only had one comment on the Pay It Forward giveaway, so Robin at My Nest Of Yarn and Buttons, you will receive all three items!! Thanks for playing, and I hope you are able to Pay It Forward to three other ladies!

June 22, 2011

Pay It Forward - Are You In?


I was chosen by Trish at Notes of Sincerity as one of her "Pay It Forward" recipients.  I am so excited to see what she creates! You need to check out her blog to see her fabulous quilts!

OK, so here's the deal...I have 365 days to send you your special something. When you receive my gift made especially for you, you need to then "pay it forward" and make something special for three other people...and on it goes....

And now it's my turn to pay it forward to three of you!  

If you are interested, please leave me a comment. Please tell me about your perfect craft and/or hobby weekend and you will be in the drawing!

I will post my three people on Friday June 24th.

Edited to add: Comments are now closed.

June 20, 2011

Daydream Quilt Top

Here is the finished "Daydream" quilt top. This is my first attempt at making blocks and using sashing, and I have learned that precise cutting and sewing are reeeaaaalllly important. I can see lots of boo-boos, but I am guessing that once I get this all quilted it probably won't make much of a difference. I LOVE the border on the quilt. I think this is my favorite part!



I am crazy about the  fabric that Becky chose for the back of the quilt. We found this at Joann's and really thought the bold graphic was still vintage enough for the "cottage" feel of the quilt. I don't think I mentioned where I found the pattern I am using. It is by sweetjane and you can buy it on her etsy shop. I am no way affiliated, I just really like her patterns.

I am ordering a free motion foot for my sewing machine and am going to try to teach myself how to stipple. I will wait to actually do the quilting until I am totally comfortable with stippling. How long will it take me to learn?

June 16, 2011

Quilt A Long

Rachel over at P.S. I Quilt is hosting a quiltalong.




I recently bought this fabric and think it will be perfect for the quilt she is going to show us how to make.

I can hardly wait to get started!

June 14, 2011

Tuesday

Today is such a gorgeous day. The weather is cool and crisp with not a touch of humidity! Perfect.

I should be outside working in the yard, and planting unplanted plants, but if you live in northeast Ohio and within a mile of Lake Erie, you are cursed with swarms of insects known as muffleheads aka canadian soldiers aka midges. They are everywhere.

So while deciding how to spend this gorgeous day, I put on a pot of coffee and finished cleaning the kitchen. I thought I heard water dripping, but thought maybe the neighbors were watering their plants. Until I felt water under my feet. A burst pipe. Clean up on aisle 4.

Not to be deterred by insects or burst pipes I decided to head to the craft room and work on my quilt.


Can I just say I am really loving this whole patchwork process. The hum of the machine. The steam from the iron. Cutting strips and squares of gorgeous fabric. Watching as the squares become a gorgeous quilt top.
I finished the quilt top this afternoon and now have to make some floor room so I can lay out the backing and get everything put together.

June 8, 2011

Daydream


I have spent the past few weeks dreaming about making a quilt, and the fabric that I am going to use arrived in the mail today. It is called Daydream. Perfect!


As much as I adore my beloved aqua, red and white color scheme, I am over the moon with these colors. Yummy blues, and corals, and chocolate brown and spring green! I am going to pair all of the color with white. I can hardly wait to get started.

This is the first time I have used precut fabric. I love the name of these precuts. Jelly Roll. ♥  I want to leave this on my sewing table for awhile so I can enjoy the adorableness!!

all photos courtesy of hard days knit (my sweet daughter)

June 6, 2011

Polka Dots and Patchwork Squares

 

In an attempt to pretty up the craft room, I decided my sewing machine cover was in dire need of replacing. So I decided to make a new one.  I knew that I wanted to add some patchwork, and I wanted to practice making binding in anticipation of making another quilt.

I read a few tutorials online about making a sewing machine cover, and then came up with my own design. Basically all you have to do is measure the width of your machine (mine was 16") and then measure from the bottom of the front to the bottom of the back (mine was 27"). Basically you will be making a rectangle of that size, adding whatever details you would like. I used cute ribbon as ties on the side. The picture above is the front of my cover.


And this is the back.  I used leftover fabric from other projects. I am so loving this combo of red, green, aqua and white.  I may not sew with any other colors from now on. :)

June 3, 2011

My Best Recipes


Can the cover of this cookbook be any cuter? I adore it's kitcshy vintage vibe, but what I love even more are the memories that this book holds. This cookbook was published in 1969 as a fundraiser for the Central Baptist Church in Jamestown, Rhode Island. I spent the first 9 years of my life there, and this cookbook holds memories of so many people who were a part of my childhood.

There are recipes contributed by my grandfather (who is no longer with us and who taught me to tie my shoes), my mom's aunt (one of my most favorite people ever), my 3rd grade teacher (who I adored) and several members of the small island community whose recipes have become favorites.


I have made this banana bread since I was 12 years old and my Mom first let me have free reign in the kitchen. It is so delicious, freezes well and it is a great way to use up those over ripe bananas that are lingering on your counter. Make sure you preheat your oven, and grease and flour your loaf pan (or use baking spray).

Your family will thank you.

June 1, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Table Runner


  

This is my Memorial Day Weekend runner. I am not sure where the sudden desire to quilt came from, but once it started I headed to blogland and flickr for inspiration.



 I headed to the craftroom, and dug through my fabric and set to work. I am not sure if there is anything more satisfying than cutting lots of happy little squares of fabric. I love squares.
♥ Especially red, aqua and white squares.



I spent pleasurable afternoon making the quilt top. The next day I made the quilt sandwich, and started quilting.  I bought a walking foot for my sewing machine earlier in the week, and it made the quilting so much easier. I quilted over the next few days, and then set to work making the binding strip and sewing it on. I hand stitched the back of the binding, which I found strangely satisfying.


 

I am really happy with the finished runner.  I love my table. Flowers in a mason jar, and candle holders from Ikea. It makes me smile every time I walk into my dining room. I love when a project turns out exactly as you pictured it in your mind.