“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

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Add Some Kick to Your Pesto

I'm having a pretty busy day today but I was wanting something yummy and quick for lunch, Pasta Pesto, yum! I usually keep frozen pesto in the freezer for just such an occasion. I decided to add a few embellishments for a little zing and it was awesome. Instead of the usual parmesean try sprinkling your pasta pesto with crumbled feta, fresh lemon zest and hot chili flakes. So...darn...good! You really need to try this, the perfect lunch, and probably dinner too!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Little Urban Inspiration

I love looking through online catalogs of those house ware stores such as Pottery Barn, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, just to name a few of my favorites. Being the uber-frugal lass that I am I have never purchased anything from these stores, but I certainly acquire mucho inspiration from them, which is totally free, free, free! While exploring the pages of Urban Outfitters recently I took away some awe-inspiring ideas for some future Mama Roux creations! Feast your eyes on these dreamy images...

Definitely food for creative thought!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen...It's Fabric Time!

I got my latest fabric delivery and I just had to share it with ya'll. I ordered from Pink Chalk Fabrics, a snazzy little fabric shop that I just adore.

The fabrics are always packaged so nicely with a sweet sticker.
This fat quarter set of Greenfield Hill in Cranberry is most likely going to be turned into a vintage inspired quilt. Have you see Denyse Schmidt's latest quilt pattern, the one with the spools? How cute is that!
A few Hope Valley lovelies!
This Hot Flash fabric was only $3.95/yard. I bought 2 yards. It's so fun and funky!
This Flora and Fauna Luna Moth was a bargain at $4.95/yard
The postcards that come with each order are so handy with a Quilt size chart. I refer to mine often.
Well, that's all I have to say on this wet and rainy Thursday. Stay dry, now.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Bag for Moi

I rarely make anything specifically for me. I usually carry around one one of my "less than perfect" creations that did not make it into my shop. I decided that I wanted a Mezzo Messenger Bag for myself. I used up the last of my Innocent Crush Loves Me, Loves Me Not in Grape and accented it with Metro Living Tiles in Grass. I LOVE it! If I get enough positive feedback I can always replenish my fabrics and duplicate the bag for the shop. In the meantime, I'm luvin' my new bag, created just for me!

I added a little interior side pocket, perfect for sunglasses, pens or a cell phone!

I'm participating in Fabric Tuesday today. Head on over to see more fun creations!
Fresh Poppy Design

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Quilt for Elias

A perfect opportunity to create a baby quilt...a new baby boy named Elias! I considered using Ready Set Go, by Anne Kelle but then remembered my charm pack of Wee Woodland by Keiki. I had purchased it months ago because it was just so gosh darn cute and now I had an excuse to use it. I simply sewed the charms together, making a panel of 5 charms by 6 charms. I then added a boarder of Kona Maize and then another boarder of the remaining charms, cut in half and sewed together, end to end. Another boarder of Kona Maize and a funky, cocoa, zebra binding! I didn't have enough charms for the back so I used Night Owl and added strips of Garden Party and Meadowsweet and more Kona Maize. I absolutely love the cute little woodland creatures, the charming acorns and mushrooms and the kooky owls on the back with the stars and moons. Measures 32" x 36", straight line quilted with Warm and Natural batting.

I hope this quilt keeps Elias warm and cozy in his little house in the woods!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mama Roux featured at Quilt Story!

Wow! I was so flattered when Heather and Megan of Quilt Story contacted me and asked to include one of my quilts on their wonderful blog. They chose to feature The Disney Quilt, and I couldn't be happier! Thank you Heather and Megan, you guys rock!

Disney Inspired Quilt

Check out the feature here...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Mezzo Messenger

My latest creation is the Mezzo Messenger Bag. Medium sized, it's perfect to use as an everyday carry-all! I like to keep my bags as affordable as possible so I just took my regular messenger and "shrunk" it! I also shrunk the price, woo hoo!

Berry Bouquet, Mezzo Messenger Bag is a medium sized messenger bag created with Denyse Schmidt's County Fair cotton canvas and Hope Valley fabrics.

Pink Hound, Mezzo Messenger Bag is a medium sized messenger bag created with designer fabrics, Anna Maria Horner's Drawing Room, Summer Soiree by Paula Prass and Metro Living by Robert Kaufman.

Festive Plum, Mezzo Messenger Bag is a medium sized messenger bag created with wide wale corduroy in wine, Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks and Metro Living by Robert Kaufman.
All the Mezzo Messengers have three pockets and a magnetic snap closure. Nice and roomy measuring 15.5" x 13" with a 40"strap. Heavy interfacing, cotton duck interior and reinforced straps make this bag very sturdy! A super stylish bag for everyday use as a generous carry-all, sassy diaper bag or fancy knitting bag. In the shop!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Innocent Crush Guest towels / Cloth Napkins

A few months back I picked up a couple of Innocent Crush charm packs. Not nearly enough for a big project, like a quilt. I finally decided to create some cute guest towels out of crisp white muslin. These would even make very nice cloth napkins!

Innocent Crush, Guest Towels / Cloth Napkins are 100% cotton muslin. Fresh and crisp. An elegant touch for your guest bath or kitchen table as festive cloth napkins. Measures 14" x 17.5". Embellished with fabrics from Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush fabric line. Perky decorative stitching around the edge. Preshrunk. Set of two. In the Shop!

Sunday, March 6, 2011


A gloomy day here in this neck of the woods. Time for a little sunshine via the lovely blog Pretty Inspirations.

Happy Sunday.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Pink Topaz Quilt

I really need to spend more time making quilts. I have thoroughly enjoyed making the last two quilts and I've decided that once I finish a quilt I will start another one in order to have a continual stream of quilts for the shop. The Pink Topaz quilt was started months ago, inspired by my Pink Topaz Quilted Hipster. I love the look of pink and gold together, it's just so regal and sassy at the same time. This is my first "random patchwork" quilt. There was almost no measuring, no sashing, no plan to follow. I just allowed the quilt to create itself as I randomly sewed fabrics together. It was a nice break form my usual style of quilting, involving blocks. It's a wonderful way to use up those larger scraps. I will be making many more "random patchwork" quilts as I have a mountain of scraps packed away in my closet. It will be nice to see some of those fabrics I used oh so long ago and finally give them a proper home. (Speaking of scraps, did anyone catch the Fat Quarterly issue #2, titled "Scraps"? I purchased the issue simply for all of the Scrap ideas. Well worth the price, just sayin'!!)

Pink Topaz Quilt. This gorgeous quilt will brighten your day! Created with a multitude of designer fabrics in a random patchwork design. Backed with more of the same fabrics. Bound with a groovy, mod polka dot. Batting is 100% Warm and Natural. Machine stippled. Washed with a mild soap and tumbled dry for that crinkly, soft touch. Measures 55" x 38". Perfect for adding a little ZING to the couch, bedroom or nursery!

In the Mama Roux shop!