Monday, August 16, 2010

Winner! And more circle news

Winner, winner chicken dinner! selected #3, Melissa. Congratulations and thank you for entering!

The circles are coming along nicely. This will eventually be a twin quilt with 108 squares. Each square is 8 1/2 inches with the circles inside measuring 6 inches.

Most fabrics are from Kaffe Fasset, but a lot are from my stash because I simply can't help myself. The more color the better in my world. I currently have 73 squares and circles done, so it is coming right along. I must say the two most helpful purchases for this quilt have been a circle cutter and Steam a Seam.

The circle cutter is a necessity if doing a circle quilt such as this. After this quilt is finished for big sister A, her little brother is also getting a twin size one. Therefore I will be cutting 436 circles (218 fabric circles and 218 interfacing circles)! I wasn't really about wasting fabric or having imperfect circles and this is exactly what I needed. As long as the blade is sharp, they come out perfect and fast. I can't recommend it enough. I bought mine at JoAnn with a 40% off coupon for less than $20. Worth every penny.

I also had an interesting predicament with the interfacing. The client's son has asthma so I had to be very careful with all the "ingredients" for the quilt. Eveything must be "non-toxic" and "no added chemicals". I was sure to wash and dry everything to eliminate any unwanted extras hanging around. I usually use a lightweight fusible interfacing for raw edge applique but we were unsure of what went into that. Thankfully I found out about Steam a Seam and it conforms to LHAMA Regulations (which means no toxins added). PLUS it washes up better than any interfacing I've ever used, so double bonus. The only downside is it is much more expensive, but at least no one will be ill.

Lately I'm pretty much convinced I'm the best mom ever.

I made the play tent from 2 Little Hooligans. They love it, I love it, everyone wins!

It consists of one hula hoop ($4) and three twin sheets ($4 each), so final price = $16. NICE! The tutorial states that it will take 2-3 hours start to finish. Um, not for me. More like 8-10 hours. But it was one of those projects I worked on when I needed a break from a quilt or something else.
Our AC went out last week (yes, in the middle of a nice long 90+ degree stretch!) so we have been frequenting the "Fairy Tent" for meals and play. You simply must be happy when you enter it, and I needed an extra dose of happy for sure. It will be great when we have to bring it in for winter as well. I'm thinking a great reading nook for them in the playroom.

Monday, August 9, 2010

GIVEAWAY! and some mini quilts

Hello my happy readers!

I am very pleased to announce another giveaway! Woo hoo! This may seem a bit random, but it actually is in celebration of my dear, DEAR husband breaking yet another item in my - I mean THE - kitchen. Usually it's your basic glass or espresso cup (that was a birthday present). But this time it was the pepper shaker. As in - part of a set. They were so cute together. *sigh*

However, you have the divine opportunity to win your very own Salt and Pepper Shakers or whatever other fancy schmancy Corelle you desire.

So go ahead and leave a comment here about what your husband has broke around the house and I'll pick a random winner Friday night. (Sorry, only US readers please.) The winner will receive a gift certificate to CSN stores which is a major score because they sell everything under the sun. It's your chance to stock up on those breakables!

Personally, I've had my eye on these pressure cookers for the upcoming canning season. Those maters just get bigger everyday!!

And in the sewing front... I'm playing with circles!

I've recently been commissioned to make two circle quilts which require a lot of practice. So here are some mini-quilts of my circle experimentation.

For a 5-yr-old girl that just doesn't want to be "little" any more. How sad for her mama!

For a 3-yr-old boy that really doesn't care! ;)

So I embroidered a road for him to drive his matchbox cars and made some of the circles bumpy for hills. Who's the coolest 3-yr-old now?!