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Friday, April 11, 2014

Lucys Crab Shack Quilts

Of course, I've been holding on to this darling Lucy's Crab Shack fabric for a while. Because it's just so darn cute, I kept waiting for the perfect project to use it on. Finally one night I just yanked it down from my shelf and went to work with no actual pattern in mind. Midway through, I got the idea to make some wonky stars out of the white number fabric that came in the line. And of course to separate the colors. I couldn't have planned it better! I just love the way they came together.

 For the boy version, I quilted it using a small loopy star pattern. It measures 40.5" x 35.5".

For the girl version, I quilted bubbles. This one is just a bit smaller than the other one, measuring 35.5" x 35.5". 

These quilts are for sale in my ETSY shop. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Auction Update

Lauren from Charlotte's Grace for a Cure's auction finished up on Saturday, raising over $4,100 for The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation! Isn't that so great?!  
 We were lucky enough to be a small part of it by donating two quilts of our own and quilting these two quilts that Lauren and her friend Tracy pieced. The quilt above is titled Maritime Modern. We quilted it with bubbles in the star and waves through out the rest of the quilt. Darling for a sweet baby. The Hashtag quilt below uses the Glimma fabric line and was quilted with a "square dance" pattern. Both of these quilts are fantastic.
I think it is just so amazing that Lauren, a busy mom of 4 and caretaker of three year old daughter Charlotte who has cancer, has been able to turn her hobby into an amazing fundraiser that will benefit so many! If you don't already follow her blog, Charlotte's Grace for a Cure, you should! She shows of great quilts and her darling family. I love this awesome quilty community that we're all part of!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Charlottes Grace for a Cure

My good quilty blog friend Lauren from Charlottes Grace for a Cure is such an amazing person who is using her quilting talents to benefit brain tumor research, which with help children like her 3 year old daughter Charlotte who has brain cancer. Lauren tells about it all on her blog, here
She runs a quilt auction that kicks off today. It will benefit The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Last years auction raised over $3000!
When my mom and I heard about what great work Lauren is doing, we wanted to do something to contribute. I was able to make this Puddle Jumping quilt out of Deena Rutter's So Happy Together line. My mom also donated this Chocolate Cherries Quilt.

 From what I'm hearing Lauren will have over 20 quilts to be auctioned off, so make sure to check them all out! Make sure to bid and be generous, it's for a great cause!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Chain Linked Quilt

Today I woke up to snow! The cold and I do not love each other. Actually, I just don't love the cold at all. Forget about what it thinks of me. So once March hits, I consider it spring and don't want to hear about the cold for several more months. 
Saturday, however, was amazing weather! The kind I really love. And it was perfect for snapping a few pictures. 
This quilt was pieced by my friend Wendy. She decided she wanted to learn to quilt a few weeks ago and here we are! She was so fast, especially for her first. I quilted it up for her using a large orange peel pattern. I think it turned out great! She's so in love and I think she made be hooked. She's already bought the fabric for her next quilt. 
 I shared another picture on my Instagram the other day that shows just a bit of her fun chevron minky back. I don't know why I didn't get any pictures of it on my regular camera and I'm sure there's a way for me to post that here but I'm just not figuring it out.
I'm linking up with Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday. I'm also linking up with Someday Crafts & 733 Blog. Be sure to check them out!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Confessions of a Fabric Hoarder

Hi, my name is Laurie and I am an addict. 
Here is my story. January of this year my husband and I moved from Draper to Lehi, Utah. All but one child is grown and they all have moved on to their own lives so we decided to downsize our home.  My quilting room was a bedroom with a small walk-in closet.  It was very neat and organized. Everything had a place and there was a place for everything.  I didn't feel like I had an excessive amount of fabric or projects.
My dear sister and her husband were visiting from Louisiana and were kind enough to help us pack and move. I had left my sewing room to be packed towards the end because I thought it would be an easy room to finish up with.  As we started to box everything it was becoming apparent that I had a lot more accessories, fabric, projects and quilts than I realized. It was so bad that my sister told me that I needed therapy for fabric hoarding. She is not a crafter so she doesn't understand. I began to realize that maybe I did have a problem and as we packed and packed box after box I was embarrassed of the amount of "stuff" I had. 

 Here are some pictures of my "stuff" in our new place.  As you can see I have a big area to put my "hobby" in. These pictures are actually after I had un-packed several boxes. This space to work in is actually larger than my space in Draper. As you can see I have made a walk-way to my sewing machine and cutting table that way I can sew even if I don't get everything put away.  I didn't want to give any of my stuff away so I bought more plastic drawers to house my addiction.  And as a hoarder, I may need this stuff some day (don't know when, but I may need it.)
 Because I work long hours on quilting, I decided to add a bed to my area.  That way I can take a nap and then continue on sewing, haha. Actually this space doubles as my quest room.  The bathroom is just around the corner so all I need now is a small refrigerator.  My husband refuses to let me add this fine addition to the room because he said I would never leave my sewing room and the family would never see me.  He is probably right.
With all the boxes I still have to unpack, I Hope I can find a place for everything in this area. I don't want to be known as a fabric hoarder so if I can neatly organize and hide all of this I can deny the "truth" that I have a weakness, some would call it a sickness and as my sister said, "I need therapy".
My new year's resolution this year is two fold.  One, reduce my trips to the fabric stores since obviously I have no control of my spending there and two, complete my unfinished projects using the fabric I already have.  So for now, I confess, I am a fabric hoarder.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine Finishes

Are Valentine's festivities in full swing at your house? My boys and I stayed up way too late last night putting all of the finishing touches on their Valentine boxes and their classmates cards. As they were working, I told them about how in elementary my friends and I would look at all the cards to see if the boys we liked had written anything special. The next thing I knew, my 9 year old had a few secret messages himself. Ha! I love this day! 
It's funny that even though I love the day of love, I don't have a whole lot of decorations and no pillows, so when Kimberly of Robot Mom Sews posted a cute tutorial for a heart pillow, I jumped on it. And I'm sure glad I did! Luckily I had all the fabric in my scrap buckets. I only had to grab some red polka dots for the back.
The screen printed pillow is a new purchase as well and I am loving it. My friend Shannon makes and sells the cutest decor. She's super crafty like that ;) 
And since I was in the  mode of quilting for Valentine's, I made my mom finally finish up this darling table runner that's been sitting in her WIP pile for far too long. So dang cute! Maybe I'll add one of these to my own (ever growing) list of projects...next year. 
I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts. Go check it out!