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I would LOVE to have your input!

Posted on November 12th, by Amy in random. 87 comments

I’m in deep. And I can’t share a thing – but I want to keep connecting with all of you!

I’m wondering what you would like to hear from me. Do you have questions about me, our family, sewing, quilting, parenting – anything!?

I’ve been toying with the idea of posting “a day in my life” – but I’m not so sure that it’s all that interesting. . .

I DO have a couple of questions for you —

Have you read any good books lately? If so please share titles!

How many loads of laundry do you do a week?

Aside from fabric, what is your favorite thing to purchase on Etsy? or what are you buying for Christmas presents on Etsy?

Random, I know – my thoughts have been very scattered this week! But please do leave me a comment … Read More »

Quilt Festival Winners – Housekeeping

Posted on November 11th, by Amy in bag, Bloggers Quilt Festival, pattern. 7 comments

I have heard from some of you, but if you have not received your prize – please email me or leave a comment! I would love to help get things squared up for you :)

I also want to let you know that this pattern is still available in my sidebar – I had to update it this morning when I realized that I had left out the strap measurement! Oooppps – If you did not get an updated pattern and already purchased it please let me know, I will verify and get it off to you right away!My little Sassy Tote. It measures 9″ wide and tall, and 3″ deep. With 2 interior and 1 exterior pocket.

I think my favorite feature is the outside pocket – I’m limiting my keys and phone to this pocket, so … Read More »

Around the Web —

Posted on November 10th, by Amy in Blog Info, give away, random. 5 comments

A few things that have come through my inbox recently!From Lark —
We’re very excited to announce an online Quilt It! Contest running from October 15 to January 5. The contest will be open to the public and invites crafters to create and submit a photo of a quilt. And there’s a cool catch: the quilt has to be made with 3 of 5 elements-birds, mountains, silver, recycled materials, and paper. Sound like a fun challenge? We hope so! Read more about it here. We’re offering a grand prize as well as 4 additional category prizes.

HEN is really excited about the launch of the first issue of their new online embroidery magazine ‘NEEDLE’ later this month. If you would like to submit an article or interested in FREE advertising follow the links!

Remember Charlie and Lindsey at Fabric Supplies? … Read More »

Embroidery Color Wheel – Stitches

Posted on November 9th, by Amy in embroidery. 22 comments

Are you making a color wheel!? I would love to know if you are :) leave me a comment or email me and I will make a list in my sidebar, so I can keep up with you!

A quick project recap –– In this post I showed you my large color wheel done in embroidery.– In this post I shared the DMC numbers with you.– In this post I showed you how I like to get started.

Now to start stitching! I start with 18″ of floss, work one color at a time, and plan to go back with a second length as needed later. Let’s start with a quick back stitch to mark the circle (if you want to!) –With the back stitch you start in the center and move to the back of the drawn … Read More »

Quilt Scene Inspiration

Posted on November 8th, by Amy in Inspiration. 11 comments

After seeing the cover of this magazine online – I had to have it!! I waited and waited, a coupon came up to use via the Interweave store, and I went for it. If I were to buy it now I would go see Kathy. So glad to have this mag in my collection too – beautiful inspiration on every page! Even the advertisements were inspiring :)A couple of the winning quilts in Houston —They featured a few of the 900! quilts on display —And there’s projects in the magazine as well!I need to go read through it again, looking at the pictures makes me want to get my sewing machine out too!

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I Did It!

Posted on November 6th, by Amy in Uncategorized. 15 comments

Some of you probably remember this post where you strongly encouraged me to join the local Quilt Guild. I finally went last night!! Thanks Natalia for the invite :)

I met a fun bunch of quilters and learned a little too. The show and tell was so much fun – but of course I forgot my camera at the last minute, sneaking out of the house is easier said than done. I’m pretty sure that Rachel will have all the quilts up soon.

All that said, I’m hoping to be a regular guild member real soon!

The Arts Night at school was lots of fun – here’s a few pics of the girls and their Eric Carle inspired artwork.Emmalie’s leaf
Ella’s fox

Emmalie and Sophia with a super cute owl!

Our very focused girls! They were copying the shapes that they saw … Read More »

6 Takes

Posted on November 5th, by Amy in random. 7 comments

–This week seems to be flying by! Today is the end of the first quarter for my girls in school, and so tomorrow is a day off for us – love it. I’ve got lots to do and I’m hoping it’s nice and warm so they can play outside all afternoon! I actually got my shorts back out to go walking yesterday – crazy warm (70F) for this time of year.

–The dishwasher is getting two new parts. Did you know that you can turn it upside down, find the problem and replace the parts? A little help from google and the GE site, and we should be back in business this evening! Just so we are clear – Joe did the hard part, I did the google part :)

–Thanks to everyone who has … Read More »

Christmas Stocking Tutorial

Posted on November 3rd, by Amy in Tutorial. 65 comments

I’m so excited to share my Stocking Tutorial with you! Thanks for all your sweet compliments the other day – my family is excited to have special stockings made by mom!
There are a lot of little steps, but they are so fun to put together! I hope that you have a go at it. I used a total of 12 fat quarters (2 per stocking) and a scraps for the stars. I used 1/4″ seams for the star construction, and 3/8″ for the general construction of the stocking.

1. Trace a stocking or find a pattern. (Google stocking pattern if you need a pattern) I used this little one as a starting point, I didn’t want them too big, as we usually just put candy in our stockings. Mine measures 6 1/2″ across the top, and 16 1/2″ long – at … Read More »

Family Dinner Swap

Posted on November 3rd, by Amy in In the Kitchen. 17 comments

Let’s swap recipes! I need some serious help getting creative in the kitchen. I even checked out a pile of cookbooks recently and hardly looked through them – it’s hard to know if they will turn out good, or if my family will eat it! That’s why I love this community – you all are willing to share what you know :)

I’ve mentioned Alfredo here a few times – it’s a family favorite. One recipe that I know everyone will eat, and usually can stretch for two dinners! If not dinner, I at least have good lunch for a few days :) It’s a little involved, and dirties at least 3 pans – but worth it!

Alfredo with Broccoli & Chicken

2-3 broccoli crowns, just the florets2 Tbsp butter2 Tbsp flour2 Cups milk1/2 Cup parmesan cheese … Read More »

Christmas Stockings

Posted on November 2nd, by Amy in finished project. 50 comments

While I wasn’t mopping up the kitchen or soaking my hands in dishwater I was working on these over the weekend! Last year when I made our tree skirt, my family suggested stockings. I wanted to make them, but had purchased enough fabric for the tree skirt only. Well, earlier this summer I was blessed, when the charming Kelly cleaned out her stash, and I knew that stockings were a must!

I love the maverick stars and this is my first project with them. I love the gentle reminder of Christs’ birth with the star – even Emmalie noted while I was sewing that they were like “Jesus’ star”. She’s such a smart girl :) I put everyone’s name on them, that way there are no squabbles year to year. And I had fun … Read More »

Weekend Moments

Posted on November 1st, by Amy in moments. 14 comments

Friday evening sewing with Ella —I have a set of stockings nearly complete and ready to share with you.

Saturday evening trick-or-treating —Ella’s a cat, complete with robe tie tail. Emmalie pulled her Sleeping Beauty dress out of the dress up bin. Sophia found the Tinkerbell dress up clothes. And Owen is just being himself – he didn’t go out :) Halloween is low-key in our house.

Currently — I’m making the most of having to slow down and wash the dishes, for today.You ask – “Amy, are there dishwasher parts on your messy counter and floor?” Yes! Yes there are! As many of you guessed the dishwasher made a big mess for us overnight on Friday – what a joy to wake up too – sarcasm – Joe has found the trouble … Read More »

I Am Thankful : : 16

Posted on October 31st, by Amy in Thankful. 23 comments

Today is one of those days that started out rough, and has had a hard time gaining momentum — I need to remember to be thankful.

I am thankful for –

– my handy husband, who can fix the dishwasher– healthy children– blue skies and sunshine, even though it is cold– good coffee– my mom – Happy Birthday mom! – she always encourages me in my creative endeavors– finding solace with my creativity– my functioning washer/dryer, to clean all the wet towels

You are welcome to join me in being thankful! I would love to know the blessings in your life – leave a comment and let me know :) Or post your own list.

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