Sunday, February 2, 2014

Beautiful stars!

2 quilts finished this weekend in my Hothouse Flowers line. One for each color way. I love how this line looks all together but I thought it might be fun to have one for each.  This gorgeous, fast and fun pattern is the work of the talented Kira over at La Bella Colori.  I recently participated in the mini quilt swap put on by Schnitzel and Boo which was so much fun and the quilts people made were so fantastic. I saw Kira's on our Flickr group and fell in love! I emailed her to gush over her beautiful quilt and ask if she had the pattern in a bigger size. She did not but was so dear to put it all together so we can all have these quilts! This pattern is addictive and I love that the larger pieces allow the prints to shine. I am collecting Christmas fabrics for my next one. She is so kind and wonderful that she is sharing the pattern and you can find it right here: Bel Fiore Star Quilt.  You can also see her original gorgeous quilt that started all of this!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Winner winner turkey dinner!

With the help of my kids we have a winner of the fat quarters! Hey kid, pick a number between 1 and 37-the number she chose was...2! So congrats Laurel! Send me your address and I will get them in the mail for you.
 Here is my new favorite recipe. It takes so little time and it is reasonably cheap and the kids go nuts for these. Here is how you make what I am calling Turkey Sliders:
1.Go to Trader Joes and buy the following:
Pull apart rolls
turkey gravy
cornbread and sausage stuffing
cranberry sauce (aka really thick and delicious jam. It is basically jam!)
turkey lunch meat

2. Slice the top off the rolls to make a top and a bottom.
3.Heat the stuffing and then spread it over the bottom half of the rolls. That's right people- put a layer of hot yummy stuffing bread on the other bread.
4.drizzle gravy over the stuffing.
5. Add a layer of turkey slices that you have heated a bit in the microwave
6. Drizzle a bit more gravy.
7. Put the whole thing in a 350 degree oven for 8 minutes.
8. Take out of oven and cut into the squares using the rolls as a guide.
Add cranberry if you are so inclined.
They also heat up really nice for breakfast- not that you will have any leftovers! You are welcome.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Welcome + a giveaway!

If you are popping over from Sew Mama Sews Handmade Holiday then Welcome! Handmade Holidays is one of my favorite online holiday traditions and I am so happy to be a part of it this year.
I hope you like the list of tutorials I put together. I got a start on some of my sewing and made this adorable Tea Time Trivet from Rashida Coleman Hale- it's on the list I put together for today. I also have a Daschund Pencil Case from Jessica Abbott  in the works and it is the cutest pattern!
 I love the idea of these gifts being a jumping off point- the tea time trivet is perfect packaged with some of my favorite tea and some cute teacups and I have some amazing Japanese pens to go in the pencil case. On my sidebar over there on the right there is a list of printables just for you including a few different designs of tags, cards and the recipe cards I showed on Saturday. And in the spirit of all this holiday fun, I am giving away a set of fat quarters of my new line, Hothouse Flowers. Just leave me a comment telling me something you can't wait to make for Christmas or the best gift someone has made for you. I will draw a name next week.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tis the Season!

I love Christmas! Really though what I love is the Christmas Season. I love the lights on the houses and happy holiday music and getting to gather with friends and families in such a festive way. The actual day is nice but I am not a big fan of the consumerism that goes along with that. I think, as sewists and crafters and makers, it is a wonderful time to get to use those skills for those we care about. (But of course you already know that!) One of the things I love to do is put treats together for all of our neighborhood friends. Usually cookies or baked goods though this year I am going to try some of those soup in a jar starters. I made these free printable recipe cards for all of you to use in your gift and treat giving too.
 When I give plates of cookies I like to use pretty thrifted plates I find and use bakers twine to attach the recipe card.  I think since the jars of dry soup fixins are pretty self explanatory I can print out the cheesey biscuit recipe to make with it. (oh my gosh or just eat plates and plates of cheesey biscuits. Tooooo yummy.) 
The recipe cards come in two sizes: 4 x 6 and 3 x 5. You can download them here:

                                                                    3 x 5 download here
                                                                    4 x 6 download here

A note about printing: make sure you are printing it as "actual size" so they print out how you expect them to. The 3 x 5 print four to a page and the 4 x 6 print two to a page. I printed mine on cardstock with a subtle glittery finish. (if you look carefully you can see it in the photos above) It dulls the colors a little but looks nice. They would work equally well printed on nice bright white cardstock. I hope you enjoy them! They are for your own personal use and are not to be sold. (I feel like I have to say that because I have run into that recently with a free giveaway so sorry to sound naggy!)  If you have a minute (and have read this far!) let me know in the comments what your favorite holiday treat is- I am always looking for new yummy recipes to try!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Introducing Hothouse Flowers!

I am so thrilled to introduce Hothouse Flowers to all of you! This is my new collection with Andover and it should be in stores by November.  Hothouse is a collection that has been a long time coming and now that it is here, I could not be happier with how it turned out- I hope you feel the same way!
Hothouse Flowers is all about the growing season where the world starts to pop with color and fragrance and life after a long winters rest. I was inspired by gorgeous blooms, dewey spider webs and the scattering of seeds that bloom where they are planted. This collection reminds me of the warm evenings and bright mornings of my favorite time of year.

 There are two colorways that work beautifully together. (my camera is on it's last leg so I wish the photos were a bit better but they will do!) I love bright beautiful colors and it is always a little nerve wracking to see if the factory can hit the hues I love. I can say that they hit these colors perfectly! The dark purple on that floral with the orange in the top row is so beautiful in real life. And the oranges are so rich and lovely. Truly the colors can't really be captured in photos.
 I had a small window to knock out a few samples and thank goodness for my amazing friends who come at a moments notice to help! I love this mini quilt- Violet made most of it and then Gibby stepped in and I finished it. Such a sweet collaboration over a day of sewing, giggling and eating.
 This is my quilt in process. It is the free pattern that goes with the line and can be found here.  The solid base is Andover's new chambray and it is a lovely fabric to work with. I sent this off for quilting by the lovely Krista and she blew my mind with what she did- can't wait to have photos to share!
 This pillow felt like the rays of the sun to me. I can't get over how much I love these colors!
 My first try at applique- I am so happy with this little purse- though I am thankful you can't see it up close- I need some practice! The base of this is a gorgeous wool. I am having a wool love affair right now- must be fall!
                                         Some more samples by the lovely Irene and Gibby.

Here is the whole stack. I truly hope this collection makes you happy and I can't wait to see what you sew with it! If you are going to Market please come by the Andover booth and take a look!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Seahorse Embroidery Pattern

Embroidery is one of those things that I love to do anywhere anytime. In fact, that is one of the reasons I love it so much- you can do it anywhere and anytime. My hands like to be busy. If we are in the car I love to have something to do with my hands- it used to be knitting but I found that a dropped stitch here or there because I was only half paying attention sometimes was really annoying. Embroidery is perfect because you always know just where you are.  I handed out these patterns at Spring Market and would love to share this with you now. The pattern to download is
Here it is all sewn up into a pillow.

Embroidery was something I have enjoyed since I was a child. It is one of the first bits of sewing I taught my own kids to do. The colors you can get of embroidery floss make me so happy and the feel of the stitches on the fabric is so satisfying. I am working on a line of embroidery patterns that I hope to have out this fall. For now, I hope you get started on your own stitchy seahorse!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


 I have been meaning to do a post linking to all the stuff people asked about in my booth at Market in May. I continue to get emails asking about these things so here is a post of links and sources. That green chair above was purchased at World Market. People loved that chair! The wall color is Reclining Green from Sherwin Williams paint. I had more comments on that paint! It is the color of our living room and dining room at home. I love it a whole lot. The pictures don't do it justice- it is almost Tiffany Blue but better.
 If you want to make this hanging vase there is a tutorial for it that I did for the Sew Mama Sew blog which you can find by clicking here.  They take hardly any time to make and are just my favorite to have hanging around. Super quick easy gift idea.
Here it is hanging off the bench that I borrowed from my living room. The little covered ottoman on the right was purchased at and I covered it with fabric. Look in their ottoman clearance- good deals and easy to personalize.

The dresses- The one on the left is the Emmaline pattern by Violette Fields. You could make this dress out of burlap and it would still be as sweet. The pattern is the perfect mix of girl sweetness and ruffles without beating you over the head with them. The patterns are well written and their style is so lovely. The dress on the mannequin on the right I sewed up without a pattern a few days before Market so I can't link to anything there. It gave me a chance to use some of my stash of vintage trims which I was happy about.

 The basket on the lower shelf of the table that held my embroidery patterns was from the wonderful tutorial over at Pink Penguin. It is the perfect pattern for so many things. My lovely friends Irene and Liz each made me one to use for the booth. They are so sweet and practical.
This quilt here was the bell of the ball and was made by my sweet friend Elizabeth. I love that I had some of her magic in my booth with me all weekend. Now it is at home in my living room and I still can't get over how much I love it! The leaves are raw edge applique using the template from her first book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork. If you don't have that book you should have it- it is a fantastic resource.
So that should do it! Hopefully I included the information you have been curious about! I have been getting a lot of emails so if I didn't cover something let me know. Oh- the only other thing is the candy I was handing out at my booth was a big hit and you can find it here. I had people come by just for candy and more than one called them "crack mints". EW. written out it looks like the wrong kind of crack- so let's just say they were addicting!