June 28, 2012

Pin Cushions

Remember when I told you about the pin cushion swap that I was a part of? Well yesterday I had "royal" mail waiting for me. I would love to receive a package from England every day, because their stamp reads "royal" mail. It makes me feel like a princess :)

Anyway, sweet Virginia, who lives in Bath, England made me the cutest pincushion AND the coolest pin on the planet. I adore tartan plaid, and think this will look so cute on a cardigan when the weather cools off.  Thank you Virginia!!

Have you seen the tutorial Trish over at Notes of Sincerity shared for granny squares? Granny squares of the quilting variety?  I absolutely love them, and couldn't wait to give it a try.  I ended up making, what else, a pincushion. I totally copied Clara's over at Clover and Violet :) I had a little trouble keeping the points when I sewed the backing on, but all in all I think it's pretty darn cute. Thanks Trish for the awesome tutorial. I am definitely making more of these!

June 26, 2012

This Week

Here we are cruising towards the end of June!! The summer is flying by so quickly. I have been sewing up a storm this week.  I finished a quilt for my shop. Cute Vintage Modern by Moda!  I am still in love with prairie points and am putting them on every quilt I sew, along with red and white polka dot binding :).

I've also been making lots of bunting banners for summer weddings, picnics and birthday parties. I really love working with the lovely colors of  vintage sheets. The combinations are endless and I love mixing them up.

I am so looking forward to a day at the water park on Thursday!  I checked some summer reading out at the library and am stocking up on sunscreen.  I also bought a new swimsuit. My other suit was 15 years old and 2 sizes too small :)  Land's End to the rescue!!

Hope you are all enjoying what is left of June. I am slowly but surely checking things off my summer list, and there are few things I may still add!!

June 23, 2012

Birdie In White

I don't think I have shown this to you before.  I took the Happy Little Pin Cushion, made it larger, and voila, the most adorable ring bearer pillow!!  I love the Tanya Whelan fabric and the gingham ribbon! I never get tired of making cathedral windows, and I think this pattern is just so perfect for a wedding!

Hope you are all having an awesome weekend!! We have blue skies, sunshine and no humidity!! YAY!

June 19, 2012

Ana's Quilt

I just wanted to share this finished quilt. It is almost too cute not to!
The sweet floral backing, and shabby pink binding.
Prairie points and patchwork.

This quilt is on it's way to Ana, but I enjoyed making it so much, that I have a listing in my shop for your very own custom quilt!!

June 15, 2012

Vintage Sheets and Prairie Points

A new stack of vintage sheets waiting to be pressed and cut into 5" squares...
and then sewn into a sweet patchwork of cotton candy confection
and prairie points to top it off.

This is a quilt top for a custom quilt I am making for a sweet customer. She requested a quilt to match the vintage bunting banner she purchased a few weeks ago.  This is going to be sandwiched with some white and natural batting, the binding is going to be a shabby pink floral and the back is going to be a cute teeny floral print on white.         

I love this so much that I want to make one for me!!

June 11, 2012

My New BFF

I want to say "hello" to all of you who are visiting from Inspired By Charm! Michael was so sweet to feature my quilt on his Facebook page and Pinterest, and I know lots of you have stopped by to take a peek!! So welcome!!!

I want to tell you about my new BFF who I spent all of Sunday hanging out with.

Here she is
My new walking foot!!! She is making my quilting life sooooooo easy! I was able to get this quilt quilted in half the time it normally takes, and NO puckering. Zero puckers!!! Yahoo!!!!!!!

She is attached to my modern Brother machine. I love this little machine so much.  This was given to me by my sweet aunt who purchased it a few years ago and never used it. It is now used EVERY day!!
Using a walking foot makes attaching binding a snap. Who knew??
And here is the finished quilt!!! A little mix of patchwork and prairie points. I LOVE making prairie points and think they add such a cute touch to girly girl baby quilts!! This fabric is Folk Heart by Lecien, and I know, no red and no polka dots!!! But I love the sweetness of the pink and yellow. And I loved making this, thanks to my new BFF.

The quilt is in my shop if you are interested!!

June 4, 2012

Weekend Sewing

Wow did this weekend go by in a flash! I spent most of it in my sewing room with the TV tuned to BBC America so I could watch and listen to the Diamond Jubilee while I was sewing. I love all things British and am so fascinated by the whole idea of royalty.

And it is kind of appropriate that I was listening to BBC because I was working on a pin cushion for a swap and my swap partner just happens to live in England.  I am pretty sure that she doesn't read my blog so I am going to show you what is on it's way to her.

This is the first time I have worked with Kokka fabric and it is so lovely. I love this print and thought it was perfect for her pincushion because she is a seamstress!! She also knits and crochets, so I also made a cute little project bag with the same fabric. I hope she likes them.

I am also starting a journal inspired by Melody Ross of Brave Girls Club. Have you visited their website? It is truly inspiring, and I would encourage you to sign up for their daily emails called A Little Birdie Told Me.  I have been looking at these smash journals for months, but didn't know what I would use it for. And I wish I could find fabric that matches this paper. Too cute!!

And if any of you are on facebook, I would love for you to follow my new Happy Little Cottage page! There is a link over in my sidebar that will take you there!