Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Finish: Geeky iPad cover

In a few weeks I am participating in my first Maker Faire.  My friend Kathryn asked me to join her and two others to form Geeky Chic which will have a booth at the Maker Faire Orlando.

geeky fabric for sure
After a recent Geeky Chic meeting, I was inspired to purchase this geeky themed fabric at my LQS to make an iPad cover.  I followed Amber's tutorial which I have used before.

iPad with keyboard cover
The case is quilted and also lined with a sandwich of batting which makes it really soft and padded.  I like that the size allows for the iPad with keyboard cover.  Velcro secures the flap when not in use.

velcro closure
I believe the outside fabric is a Riley Blake and the flap is Zen Chic.  I am posting this while out of town and don't have my selvages handy for reference so not absolutely positive.





We will not be selling any items at the Maker Faire, but rather demonstrating various techniques.  If you are local, I urge you to check us out at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14; if you're not, check to see what Maker Faires are in your area.

Linking up with other Friday finishers at Crazy Mom Quilts.
Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Really Random Thursday: Speed

I really just want to post two pictures and say it is much easier to photograph a racing car than a running toddler!

photographing at Sebring
Of course on the race track, you know where the cars are going.  

Oops...
That is not necessarily the case (if ever) with a toddler!

gone in a flash
Since there should be more than two pictures in a RRT post, here are a few more.

Seattle Children's Museum
I spent a few days with my grandson playing tourist in Seattle.  I haven't uploaded all of the photographs so I'm sure Leo will reappear in next week's Really Random Thursday.

fun with TP
Apparently, Leo would rather play with the toilet paper than visit the Chihuly exhibit.  That's probably a better idea anyway.

what were they thinking?
Back to the race cars....who would take a perfectly good Ferrari and give it a University of Miami paint job?!!!  Now if it was a Florida State University makeover that's a different story.

Who let the Ford on the race track?!
 During the "everyone can go on the track" lap, my husband's uncle took his Explorer for a spin.  He was as excited as a little kid.  Cracked me up seeing his Ford doing laps with Ferraris and Lamborghinis.  You should see the selfies he took while driving.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

More Happies

When I was in Montana last month I met my IG friend Keri aka The Quilted Valkyrie.  We had tried to meet on several occasions over the last year or so, and it was nice to finally make it happen.

inside shot
can you tell the picture was taken while on retreat?!
I brought along a Liberty of London journal cover and came home with a beautiful padded camera strap.  I think I got the better end of the swap.  After breakfast, we discussed fabric while shopping at Keri's LQS.

Keri and I at Main Street Quilting
I met another IG friend after she listed her white Singer Featherweight for sale.  I was so excited to get a white machine to match my mom's that I forgot to get a picture of Leona and I together.

my new baby needs a name
Leona recently moved back to Florida, so I am hoping we will have more opportunities to sew together (and get photos).

love from Florida
 I have a bag of these Bad Ass Quilters pins and love to put them on a handmade pin cushion as a gift along with fabric and a coffee mug.

fabric love
This Don't Postpone Joy pin was found at a local gift shop and is headed to another quilty friend and lover of fabric.

It's a good feeling to send and receive happiness, don't you think?!
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy stitching,

Monday, August 18, 2014

She Did It Again

So this arrived in the mail over the weekend.  A box full of happies and a gorgeous mini quilt all from my sister!

"I smile because we're sisters...I laugh because there's nothing you can do about it!"

As Michelle pointed out, I know she loves me because she used her precious Cotton and Steel fabrics in this mini spool quilt (pattern from Thimbleblossoms).  I absolutely love the quilt, and it looks perfect hanging over another beautiful mini quilt, also made for me by Michelle!  My sister rocks!

two gorgeous mini quilts
Here's a closeup of the quilt where you can really see how gorgeous these Cotton and Steel prints are and how perfect the quilt looks on my blue walls.

closeup of mini spool quilt
Michelle sewed the fast finish triangles on the back for hanging, but I didn't have a hanger and I was anxious to get the quilt up on my wall.  

My new quilt is hanging in my happy place and makes me smile when I walk in!
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Finish: Journal Covers

With the exception of one item, this finish was from a few weeks ago.  Traditionally, we exchange happies (small gifts, just because) at our Gruber's retreat.  This year I made journal covers using Rachel's tutorial.  I love the fact that you can pull from scraps, cut into a favorite fabric, use an orphan block, piece together selvages and customize the cover with the recipient in mind.  I did all of the above!

made in Montana
All of the above covers were made while vacationing in Montana.  When I arrived in Minnesota, I bought the composition books to go inside.  This allowed more fabric in my suitcase without worrying about that pesky weight limit.  You can use any type of composition book, but I like to use the graph paper version.  Quilters love graph paper for sketching out ideas!  

scrappy 36 patch block
I paired each composition book and cover with a fat quarter of Florida flamingo fabric. Before you ask, it's designed by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake. 

cowboy-themed log cabin
The above cover combines linen, scraps of cowboy fabric from a past project and new "scraps" of Cotton and Steel.

Cotton and Steel version
More Cotton and Steel was used to make this journal cover.

Liberty of London four patch
I cut into my Liberty of London stash to make three of the journals.
Liberty of London strip
This one features one strip of Liberty of London inserted into linen.  I don't have a picture showing the inside which uses fabric my daughter-in-law brought back from Paris that coordinates perfectly.

another Liberty of London
One more with Liberty of London and Weave by Moda.

Anna Maria Horner themed

This composition cover is for my Anna Maria Horner loving friend.

Cotton and Steel selvages
I would buy Cotton and Steel for their selvages alone!  I made this journal cover with the selvages before using the fabrics in any projects.  I must admit it was hard to part with these clever selvages.  Must.buy.more!

That's a tiger....not a cat in the center

My sister was unable to attend this year's retreat.  Being the procrastinator I am, her journal was just made yesterday ;-)))  Sorry Michelle, the QuiltCon pencil is not included!

remembered the label
For Michelle, I used a college ruled notebook rather than the graph paper.  She knows why.

Linking up with finish it up Friday!  
Thanks for stopping by and happy stitching,

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Really Random Thursday: End of Summer

My daughter started school yesterday (high school sophomore!), so I guess summer around here has officially ended.  I took the traditional first day of school photo, but she said she would disown and unfollow me (on Instagram) if I posted it anywhere on social media.

the Epcot golf ball
However, before school started back we had fun playing tourists.  Disney is quite close to us, so of course we rarely go there.  My husband's company had a retreat there last weekend which gave us an excuse to visit.  I get a kick out of Disney's merchandising and use of their logo.

only at Disney ;-))
For example, these Mickey Ear towels were placed on the beds...

room key and Epcot ticket

....and Disney has gone to wrist bands for room keys and incidental charges...makes purchasing a little too convenient...

embarrassed the kids by posing for pictures
Our weekend "away" was pretty short actually.  One day was spent by the pool with the evening being set aside for Epcot firework viewing.  

tasty
We had a quick dinner at the Mexican restaurant where I had the best margarita ever!  Mango, blueberry and basil with chili powder on the rim.  Trust me, it tastes much better than it sounds!  I may have had a second one.

lame fireworks photo
I took a short video of the fireworks to send to Leo since he loves the "boom" ;-))


Oh and tomorrow is National Relaxation Day!!  Make it a good one.

Oh yeah
Linking up with Live a Colorful Life.
Thanks for stopping by and happy stitching,

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WiP Wednesday 8/12/14

Now that my bee blocks are all current, there are several projects in the works that need attention.  I'm thinking Lee's WiP Wednesday may help with accountability.

bee blocks from friends
I brought my spiderweb bee blocks to work on at Gruber's.  I assembled all the blocks made by my bee mates (I requested them unassembled so I could play around with layouts) and pieced them into giant blocks.

not the prettiest design wall but love my blocks
While at retreat, I also decided on a layout for the quilt and determined the total amount of blocks needed (quite a few more actually but not as many as pictured below!).  I cut and marked the necessary background blocks, prepped fabric strips and even managed to sew a few blocks.

layout designed with Touch Draw app
Now that I am home, I put all the blocks back up on my design wall, prepped more strips and am excited to get moving again on this quilt!

Michael Miller challenge needs quilting
My Michael Miller fabric challenge quilt top was started during a workshop with Jacquie Gering in June and finished at Gruber's.  It just needs to be basted and quilted.  I have already picked out the backing, thread color and quilt design.  This quilt is destined for a baby quilt charity drive.

Our guild is encouraging members to finish those old WiPs, so I need to get busy.  There are a lot more where these came from ;-)

Linking up with Freshly Pieced.
Thanks for stopping by and happy stitching,