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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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Clearing my head – again!

Posted on October 29th, by Amy in random. 34 comments

So, I have taken on a big project — A big project with deadlines and secrecy. I can’t tell you about it yet, but the moment I can, you will be the first to know!

But the project (which I sought out) has got me thinking a little crazy. Like I must deep clean the entire house – this week! or that my desk and book case must be purged! I can attest to the fact that my house is much cleaner, but sadly I know it won’t last. Within 5 minutes of walking into the living room my kids have disassembled the blankets/quilts and pillows on the couches. They love to make a pile to jump in – much like a pile of leaves outside.

There are many days where I just don’t care what … Read More »


Color Wheel Supplies —

Posted on October 29th, by Amy in embroidery. 5 comments

Color wheel supplies:Have you managed to collect yours? I thought a 6″ hoop seemed more doable right now, use any size hoop that you have or want to use! I use the ruler to divide the space up.I tried measuring and it didn’t work! Just eyeball based on the number of colors you are using. I will be using 12, after dividing it into quarters, I eyeballed the thirds from there. If you are using a large hoop – you may need to put a few books under to draw your lines.If you want a circle, look around the house for a few circles and audition the sizes.Center as best as possible and trace. I used a cup base first, but it was too big. This is a 2 Tbsp measuring cup/spoon.All of … Read More »


I’m a Winner!

Posted on October 27th, by Amy in give away, moments. 22 comments

That feels really good to say! I think everyone should be able to say that every once in a while :) Such a good boost! While the Quilt Festival was going on I managed to visit a few of you and left comments – one turned me into a giveaway winner.Rene had an unannounced giveaway and happened to select my number! How great is that!? Thank you Rene! I love the kit and never would have bought it for myself!My friend Amy has started a group to share moments, all of them, not just the glossy perfect moments that often end up on the blog. So you should notice that I did not clear the entire table before taking these pictures, and I did not crop the extra stuff out either. … Read More »


SewConnected & A Notion or Two

Posted on October 26th, by Amy in Uncategorized. 14 comments

Good morning and happy Monday!

I got to work on my bee blocks for the month over the weekend. Some months are more challenging than others – but I love the diversity!

Allyn asked that we take the pieces that she cut and make these grandmother’s fans. While it wasn’t difficult, it was tedious, but I’m glad to have accomplished this more traditional block! Each square is roughly 6.5″ – I’ve left them for Allyn to trim, that way she can trim them the way she needs them :)

Dee is making a house quilt for her sewing room! So cute! You can see the collection of houses in our flickr group.

And if you are interested in getting involved in a quilting bee check the discussion group over here – someone always asks!

Time to get busy!Blessings to you … Read More »





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