First FMF Project

Finally made the inaugural cut into my new Flea Market Fancy. But not for a quilt — for a bracelet!

Flea Market Fancy Bracelet 

Normally I’m not a huge fan of pink, but these prints were calling to me. Purists out there will probably notice there’s a few non-legacy patterns in there as well, from my old FMF stash.

Flea Market Fancy Bracelet

Here’s the tutorial that I used, from Destri on Mother Huddle. All you need is a covered button kit, hot glue, and a bracelet blank.

Flea Market Fancy Bracelet

I’m hoping to wear it next week, when Denyse Schmidt visits the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild. I can’t wait for our workshop next weekend!

Getting Organized

Recently, I spent some time organizing my stash of quilting fabrics by making "mini-bolts" using comic book boards.

Here’s a before, with fabric in five horizontal stacks…

Wall organizer

And a much better looking after! Mini-Bolts

Now it’s easier for me to pull out one or two fabrics without making a mess of the whole pile.

Mini-Bolts

Smashed Peas and Carrots has a tutorial on how to fold the fabric to fit. It’s really easy, and the results are so neat and tidy looking. It works well for fabric at least 1/2 yard long, up to a few yards long. Here’s a link to the comic book boards that I used. I’ve blown through two packages of 100 already!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Regardless of your marital status, I hope everyone is enjoying their Valentine’s Day!

We keep it pretty low key here — we went to the shooting range (for real!) and then had a nice dinner to celebrate this past weekend. I wanted to do a little something special for him, especially after he had orchids (my favorite!) delivered at my office on Monday. He’s not huge on sending flowers, so it was kind of a big deal. But what do you get for a guy who doesn’t want anything on Valentine’s Day?

You make him Star Wars valentines.

Star Wars Valentines

Clockwise from the top left, we have ‘You’re the Obi Wan for me,’ ‘I wanna Leia,’ ‘Don’t close the blast doors… to your heart,’ and ‘Need someone to love? I’m-a-ya-doll-a!’ Yes, the puns are terrible, I’m aware. With the exception of the stormtrooper (saw that one on the net), the foul wordplay is all mine.

Star Wars Valentines

For the backs, I kept it simple… Leia and Han’s perfect exchange from The Empire Strikes Back. And coupons for cookies, foot rubs, and some uninterrupted ‘Clone Wars’ time. I hate that show.

Star Wars Valentines, Back

Total cost: $0! I used Word to design the valentines, then printed them on cardstock that I had on hand. They were hidden in his lunch box, with his keys, in his car, and I sent the last one to him via interoffice mail. This all may sound silly to you, but I know for a fact he enjoyed it — he hung the Obi Wan valentine in his cubicle! I’m touched.

Besides the beautiful flowers, my favorite Jedi also got me a very thoughtful gift — fabric! And *owl* fabric, no less. I’m a little obsessed with owls. Apparently he’s taken note of the ceramic hoots that have taken over our house, and got me this charm pack made up entirely of different owl prints.

Owl Fabric

I need to think of the perfect project to use them for. 🙂

Sunday Stash

While driving to a customer visit in Connecticut last week, I found myself in need of a rest stop somewhere in the heart of New Jersey. Through a stroke of good luck, right at that moment I spied a billboard for… wait for it… A Crate and Barrel OUTLET! Who knew such an amazing place existed?

My first stop was the Marimekko fabric counter. It’s normally pricey stuff — $49.00/yd, to be exact — but at the outlet, these bright, bold prints can be had for a mere $3.95 per yard. Guess who walked out with eight yards worth? I don’t have specific plans for these yet, but at 54″ wide they would make great quilt backs.

Marimekko Fabrics from the Crate and Barrel Outlet

You’re not limited to fabric, though… A quick rustle through the shams and duvets revealed the gem below. It’s just a single sham, so not a ton of fabric, but I’d love to use it as an accent pocket fabric for a purse.

Pillow Sham from the Crate And Barrel Outlet

The purchase I’m most excited about is these great mustard tea towels. I’ve been mulling the idea of going all-out on a really stylish camera bag for my Lumix. See inspiration here and here. This leaf print sealed the deal. I’m already dreaming of some brown faux leather trim and metal hardware details… If I can pull this off, it’s going to be amazing!

Tea Towels from the Crate and Barrel Outlet

Sewing on the Brain

I may be without fabric and sewing tools [*sob*] while I’m at this conference in San Antonio, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have sewing on the brain

First, I’ve signed up for Don’t Call Me Betsy‘s Kaleidoscope Quilt Along. I’ve never done a quilt along before, and this looks like a great place to start. The plan is to start my kaleidoscope quilt in late June, once I’ve [hopefully] finished my Garden Under the Sea quilt top. [Or tops? More about that in another post.] Anyway, still deciding what fabric to use for the kaleidoscope quilt, but I’m leaning towards some blue and green prints from the DS Quilts line at JoAnn Fabrics.

Then, while taking advantage of the free intenet access in my hotel room, I came across a great blouse tutorial on Sew Mama Sew, aptly named the Pretty Blouse, by Amanda from The Modern Marigold. I was so excited about the tutorial that I surfed right on over to Fabric.com and bought myself some beautiful Tula Pink voile fabric to make a new summer blouse. Red normally isn’t one of my go-to colors, but I’m trying to branch out a bit.

Way back when I began sewing, I started out with apparel, which I’ve abandoned as my undying love for quilting has developed. It will be fun to go back to my roots!

Fabric Friday

I’m currently sitting at the airport, facing a weekend without my sewing machine, so I thought I’d reminisce about some amazing fabric that I’ve acquired recently to cheer myself up!

“Hello, my name is Amanda, and I’m a Laurie Wisbrun addict…” I seriously love everything she does! I have been lusting after the ‘Nesting Chairs’ collection for quite some time, so I treated myself to the blue & orange colorway, plus the twill pillow panel.

Nesting Chair Fabric

There is quite a selection of great girly fabric out there, but it can be hard (I think) to find fabric that suits little boys. Tula Pink’s ‘Prince Charming’ is just prefect for a little guy! This is going to make a really fun baby quilt.

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And a bonus shot… these are my favorite from this collection.

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Both of these fabrics from Cloud 9’s ‘Cut out & Keep’ collection just scream “PURSE!” to me. I’m in need of a new summer bag, so keep your eyes peeled for a new tote sometime in the future. I have an idea for a pattern that I’ve been kicking around for a while…

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Well, I’m off to San Antonio, TX for a conference over the next few days. Are there any amazing fabric / quilting / yarn shops in the area that I should sneak away to visit? Do share!