Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The most amazing quilt I have ever seen

I am sorry, but I just had to share this with you all. I kid you not, this is the most amazing quilt I have ever seen. So what are you waiting for? Go check it out!

<3 Kelsey

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In Results

Unfortunately, I don't have any fun progress or finish pictures to share for this FNSI. I spent my sewing time this week testing this pattern for Sewplicity. I'm not sure yet if I'll be allowed to show pictures, but if/when I can, I'll be sure to post it here. If you missed it, I did post a sneak peek yesterday.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In

Getting ready to start my FNSI, which may or may not involve this little pretty. ;)


<3 Kelsey

UPDATE: Oops! I realized I should have linked to the creator of this lovely hedgie pattern here too, not just when I reveal the finished product! Please go check out all the great paper piecing patterns over at Artisania. Sonja has some mad paper piecing skills!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Scrappy Mug Rug Swap Round 3

Round 3 of the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap came to a close at the end of last month. My partner was ellesquare,  who listed that she liked birds and trees, among other things. Our swap mamas were good to us, and we had a lot of the same likes and dislikes.

After appropriately stalking her Flickr and blog, I pulled together this set of fabrics from various shops online:

Mug Rug Fabric Option 1

It includes Lotus Dots from Amy Butler in Tangerine, Wallflower from Amy Butler in sky, eggs from It's a Hoot, and some green Henna Garden. Both the Amy Butler and Henna Garden were from her ISO list on her Flickr profile. After mulling around some various ideas, this is what I came up with for a design:

I made a couple of modifications along the way, and here is the final product:


The sky and grass are pieced (my first curved piecing!), and everything else was hand-appliqued using a blanket stitch. For a stabilizer I used some sheets I picked up at my LQS that are designed for applique and dissolve once washed. This helped keep all my little pieces from getting wonky while I was stitching. I also purchased a glue stick when it got to the bunting - that was a super help on keeping the edges down on all those little triangles and preventing stray threads from escaping.

I packed it up with my Henna Garden scraps and an extra FQ in Raspberry along with a couple Godiva chocolates, and got it mailed off at the very last second. In retrospect, I wish I had used a solid blue for the sky and kept the wallflower for the back of the rug, but I still think it ended up cute. I am a work-in-progress when it comes to combining prints - I am much more comfortable with solids.

Meanwhile, I received this { a d o r a b l e } hedgie mugrug from karensc0sm0s. I love the tiny piecing, and hedgehogs have a special place in my heart. When we were back in college, my husband and I had a pet hedgehog named Dot. She was crazy cute, but someone stole her from her cage when we were gone for a couple days. (There was maintenance being done on our apartment.) It still makes me sad. Whether they took her for themselves, or thought some crazy college kids trapped a wild porcupine and thought they were "rescuing" it, or whatever happened, there was no way she got out of her cage and the apartment without leaving any trace outside of her cage. Who steals someone's pet?

But back on topic, I love this little hedgie!

A lovely little package.....

In fact, I love it so much, you may see me reuse the hedgie pattern in a project soon. ;)

This was my first experience in a swap, and it was definitely a lovely experience. :)

<3 Kelsey

UPDATE: Linking up to Hoo's Got Talent.

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