“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for.”

~ Georgia O'Keeffe

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Another Week in My Kitchen :: Blog Hop

Not a whole heck of a lot going on this week in my kitchen. I should have some very delicious things going on this weekend, though! I'll be sure to share next week.


Smoothie makings

Sauteed Chard with garlic and lemon

I made new seat cushions!

 Be sure to hop on over to Heather's blog, Beauty That Moves to see the others that are participating in the Blog Hop. LOTS of great ideas in those kitchens!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This Week In My Kitchen - Blog Hop

One of my favorite blogs to follow is Beauty that MovesI love Heather's gentle way she lives her life and nourishes her family. In a recent blog post of hers she states: 

"Each day I find myself snapping a picture or two in the kitchen - a pile of ingredients, a table waiting for us to gather around, a sink full of soapy dishes, a cup of tea, dinner as it comes out of the oven - simple, everyday moments in the kitchen. These photos serve as a reminder of days gone by and as encouragement to carry on in this busy kitchen of ours when inspiration is lacking.
Every Thursday morning I'll post my photos from the week, no words or recipes needed, just glimpses into my kitchen and you're invited to do the same!"

What a wonderful way to observe the moments in the kitchen (my favorite room of the house) and to share those moments with others! I LOVE it! So today I share with you a few images of This Week in MY Kitchen!

Make sure to head on over to Beauty That Moves to visit the others that have shared images of their Week in the Kitchen.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Little Selfish Sewing

These scrappy patchwork pot holders are just what I needed to make today... and nothing else!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gotta Love Lotta

Lotta Jansdotter's fabric collection, Mormor has arrived and I think it might be my favorite collection of hers, although I fell very hard for her first collection, Echo, which I still am in love with. I'm sure that I was not the only fabric fiend that was happy to see some fun bright colors pop up and I wasted no time in creating a colorful, girly baby quilt... so, so bright and springy! 

 I also put together a few other fabric combo's for more future quilts. This bundle combines Mormor, Echo and Bella collections.

I put this bundle together for a LARGE quilt for our King-sized bed. I added a few favorites from other designers and one from the Echo collection. I can't wait to climb under this quilt. It's going to be a big one so I had better get started!

Blomma, (blossom in Swedish) Little Girl, Modern Baby Quilt, Crib Quilt, Toddler Quilt, Baby Quilt. A bright and colorful patchwork quilt created with Lotta Jansdotter's Mormor fabric collection. Backed with Pearl Pink Kona Cotton and bound with Squared Elements in Shadow from Art Gallery Fabrics. Batting is cotton Warm and White. Machine quilted by me in a random meandering pattern. Measures 33" x 44". A perfect size quilt for the crib or as a take along nap time quilt for a toddler.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

WHAT...another project?

 I know, I know... do I really need to start ANOTHER project when I have three others (crochet afghans) currently in various stages of completion. I couldn't help it. Honestly, how could I resist this scrumptious needlepoint pillow kit by Anna Maria Horner? I couldn't...I just couldn't!

Floral Centre Tapestry Kit purchased here. I DARE you not to buy one!

Friday, January 31, 2014

How Mama Got Her Groove Back

I was in a bit of a sewing slump. After over three years of having an Etsy shop with slow but steady sales I was not yet in the place I had hoped to be. I couldn't find my "Mojo", if you will. Through the years I attempted to try new (to me) quilting techniques and patterns, wanting to become an avid and respected quilter. My fabric stash became larger and larger but my sewing output was a bit stagnant. I finally realize some of my issues...I'm lazy and want instant gratification, right NOW! I just do not have the patience for following a quilt pattern with lots of small, precisely measured pieces in which one beautiful block takes a day to complete...ugh! I struggled to figure out a way to create quilts using my ever growing fabric stash that would inspire and excite my creativity. I had found I was more inclined to create random patchwork quilts, as this technique allows the freedom to use various sizes of fabric pieces in every which way, without the need for measuring. It is a wonderful way to use up those precious scraps. It was my go-to method. Then the other day I watched a video in which the instructor was explaining how to line up points in a traditional patchwork: Lay out your squares, sew into strips, iron seams in each row opposite of the next row, pin rows together at the seams by "nesting" or "locking"them together, sew rows together accordingly. Pretty simple...with some practice.

I started out slowly and then things started heating up from there. I began creating quilt tops in a matter of hours.  I wasn't creating the much beloved quilt block (although I do still love piecing together simple quilt blocks). I was just sewing beautiful fabric squares together, kind of a no-brainer. I was pulling out all my fabrics, creating fun combos and whipping them together in a flash. I wasn't worried that my traditional method wouldn't be worthy to be considered a modern application. The thing about Modern Quilting is that it is vast in it's definition:

From the Modern Quilt Guild web page ~

Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. "Modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.

I can totally relate to modern traditionalism in that I'm using a traditional design with bold, modern fabrics. Yay me!

So, for now I'm really liking this new/old (modern/traditional) way of using up many of my long neglected fabrics. As I see my stash dwindle and my Etsy shop expand I can feel oh so much better with buying even more bold, modern fabrics. Because that's what it's all about anyway...a reason to buy more fabric without the guilt, right?

You can find these new quilts in the shop!