Sunday, November 21, 2010

I Love Fabric!

I am obsessed with fabric! Gorgeous, vibrant, good quality fabric, which usually means expensive fabric. Eeek! I said in my last post that I am in the middle of four different quilts and I am in love with all the fabrics that I have found for these quilts.

The first two are i-spy quilts for James and Makenna as Christmas presents. I first learned about i-spy quilts on a blog called Obsessively Stitching. I started collecting fabrics that I found on sale and got a bunch from my mother-in-law and one of her sisters. When I finally got to the point where I had enough I started cutting them. This was my stack 72 different squares for each quilt.

Right after I finished cutting and sewing half of the ones for the first quilt, I logged on to the Obsessively Stitching blog and found out that she was hosting an i-spy swap! You send her 20 cuts of 10 different fabrics and she sends you back 200 different fabrics!! Even though I was already started with the sewing, I couldn't pass up on the chance to have over 200 different fabrics for James and Kennas quilts. These are the 10 fabrics that I choose to send to her. I know James will love the bugs and Kenna will love the cats and animals! Most of them were fat quarters on sale at Craft Warehouse.

In less than two weeks I had this wonderful stack of fabrics at my doorstep!!

Here are some of my favorites! There is no way that I could have collected all these different types of fabrics before Christmas. I can't wait to show you the finished product!

The third quilt that I am working on is the first one that I am making just for me! For my birthday the Lynch family gave me a gift card to the Craft Warehouse. I am so glad I had a gift card because there is no way I could have justified spending as much on this fabric as I did. It's kind of hard to see the colors here but I love the soft brown and the pinks.

Yesterday I got all of the squares cut and am ready to start sewing this one. Cutting is my least favorite part so I tried to get it out of the way on all the quilts first. Here are a few of my favorites:

The fourth quilt was a huge surprise for me. I enter lots and lots of giveaways on blogs that I see but never expect to win anything. A while ago I got a surprise e-mail from a blog saying that I had won a layer cake of this beautiful Christmas fabric! A layer cake is 42 squares of fabric that usually give you one square from each of the fabrics in the line. I'm not sure what pattern I am going to use yet but I am excited that the fabric is already cut into good size squares!

I can't wait to show off the finished products! I will make sure to keep you updated on them as I go and hopefully they will be done before Christmas :) We are making homemade pizza right now and rented a redbox movie for the night. I just told Andy that I am thinking of cutting some more fabrics while I sit here and watch the movie. I told him that I am to the point where I am incapable of just sitting here without doing something. He said "you are your parent's child!"

Monday, November 15, 2010


Let me start by saying that my last blog was right before school started! No my life has not slown down since then! I am eagerly awaiting January when I anticipate a little more normalcy.

Before I show you a quick little project that I loved making, I wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to two amazing women. Kaitlin has been the one trying to get me back into my blog :) Her birthday is today! Ashley was the person who first introduced me to blogging! Her birthday is tomorrow! Happy birthday ladies!!

I use my ironing board often (not to iron clothes, that would be a silly thought). I iron lots and lots of fabric before I get started on any project. Our ironing board was ten dollars at target right after we got married and the cover never stays on it! I found a super simple pattern online and some cute fabric and after about an hour had a wonderful new cover.



Doesn't it make ironing look a lot more fun? I'm using it to work on FOUR quilts before the end of the year! I pinkie promise that my next post will be this weekend!!