Sunday, June 20, 2010

Shop Hoppin' and more stash buying

Boy, it's been a long time since I've posted anything. Here's an update of what I've been up to.
Little House Needleworks All Dolled Up series
Liberty and Justice
DMC colors
I finished a little patriotic sampler.  This was a fun stitch, and I did it in a few nights.  I haven't been stitching too much lately.  The sewing machine has been getting more attention, because of this...
My DD got a new sewing machine.  This is cute Hello Kitty machine, that actually sews great.  It has 9 stitches and a button hole.  The perfect machine for DD to learn to sew on.  It is a real Janome machine, not a toy, so I do have to watch her, but so far she has been really careful, and we haven't sewn our fingers yet...knock on wood!
She made a few pot holders.  My son wanted to learn too, so he made the one in the middle.  I think they did a good job, and it was good practice. She also made a couple dresses for her AG dolls.  They were both the same, and she needed a little help with the trim, but for the most part, she sewed the whole dress.  There was a slight mishap with the scissors when cutting out the skirt, somehow we ended up with a huge hole.  I told her that now we know what not to do with the scissors!
I've been working on Garden Fence by Fig Tree.  I really love this quilt.  I am having problems finding the right color of fabric to go in between the blocks.  I have a lot of orange going on here, and I'm not sure that I want that much orange.  Opinions anyone?
I finished my trench coat and bag.  (Sorry for the terrible picture.  No body was home to help me with this.) 
The weather has been so awful here, I actually got to wear this last weekend for our towns annual Heritage Festival.  It only got up to 55 degrees, and it rained all day.  I've had lots of compliments on it, and I'm glad it turned out.  Both patterns are from Serendipity Studios.  The jacket was really easy, and I got my decorator fabric for a dollar a yard...Kaching!
At the Heritage Festival I helped some friends with the trunk show.  They have a different designer come and do a trunk show every year.  Big names like Blackbird, Quaker Town Quilts, and this year...Barbara from Quilt Soup.  Her trunk show was fantastic!  I love her patterns, they are fun and happy.  Quilts that make you smile.  I bought this pattern, which is not like her work now at all.  This is one of her first patterns she designed.  The center on the star block gets cut out, and you can make a bonus quilt with the extra piece.  I love this idea!  After the show, I got to go to lunch with Barbara.  She is so fun to talk to.  I love getting to meet creative people!  Wish I would have had my camera!
Some of my stash haul from Shop Hop  Can you tell what fabric DD picked out, and what I picked out?
This week, I've been to our annual Shop Hop, in Utah.  It really is a fun event.  I suppose to meet up with Jolene on Wednesday.  Tuesday night the weather report was showing 70 mile an hour winds and DH was not very excited about my going.  He could see visions of trucks tipping over on the freeway (which did happen, but no one was hurt).  It turns out that Jolene could not get Thursday off, so she went without me!  I was plenty mad at the hubby let me tell you!  I decided to go on Thursday, and I took my little daughter.  It was fun to have a day with her, but not the same as if I had been with Jolene.   I didn't take my camera so go over to Jolene's blog to see some photos of the different stores.
 My best deal were these Joined at the Hip kits.  $5.00 for each kit, including the pattern!  I wish they would have had Fall and Winter too. 
Saturday, Jolene came to my town and we went to the last store, Village Dry Goods.  I found a few more things I needed.  I have had this quilt book for a while, and I wanted some Civil War prints to make some of these small quilts out of.  They have a great selection.  The berry fabric was on sale for $4.99 a yard, and I just thought it was great for something.  Don't know what yet...
Jolene was so cute, and bought me some patterns while she was shopping around.  Gosh, I don't know what to say!  She blows me away.  I can't wait to do some of these darling projects.  I made her a small pincushion to remember her shop hop event, and took her to lunch at the Idle Isle.  A restaurant that has been around for 90 years!  Not even a comparison to her generous gift, I know, but can you ever out do Jolene?
I started on this easy project last week.  One of my shop hop projects from years past.  I love this blackbird sampler fabric in the background.  I have lots of this fabric, in many different colors!  I am going to have projects that all look the same!  This is Joined at the Hip, Liberty Welcome.  It is one of the Hanging on a star series quilts.  You can make a quilt for every season to hang on your door.  I'm not sure if I'll get to anymore soon, but I'll try.
I started on one of my Barrick Samplers.  I have vision of a whole row of these black samplers hanging with black ribbon in my sewing room.  I'll have to take pictures when I get them done.

Last but not least, I made a new ironing board cover.  Don't you just love the samplers on it?  It fits my room perfectly!
Take care dear blog friends!  Thanks for all your wonderful comments.  I love them!  Until next time...Happy Sewing.


Maggie said...

How clever of your DD & DS to make those things! i'm very impressed!
Sounds like you had a good time with Jolene & how kind of her to treat you to goodies :-)
And as to the ironing board cover, well i bet it makes that chore all the easier :-) Have a great week x

Deb said...

Oh my goodness Loraine - what a great post with so many goodies. I just don't know where to begin. Your trenchcoat looks wonderful - I'll be you were so happy to be able to wear it - maybe not by the weather - but you could finally model it.

Love that sewing machine. I'm going to have to look into one of those for my daughter. We bought one similar - a Sew Cute - but it's not that great of a machine. The Janone looks wonderful and since I did promise her one for her birthday - that would be perfect.

Love all your stash - love, love it. That's going to keep you going for a long time!

Hmmmm, about the color for the quilt - I'm not sure. I'm going to have to look back at the picture again and see if there is something else that may look good. I'm not a huge fan of orange either.

And do tell where you got the ironing board cover. Mine's on it's last legs and I use a smaller ironing board like yours for my quilting. I need one of those covers!!!

Siobhan said...

Your kids have your talent with sewing--they've made some wonderful stuff! Love the new stash that you all got. Your trench coat is adorable! I like your LHN piece, too. I really need to get stitching patriotic stuff! I think the quilt is fabulous... I normally am not crazy about orange so I'm probably not the best to answer, though I do think the quilt looks great! Great job on the ironing board, too.

I'll e you this week! :)

Margaret said...

What a lot of eye candy! lol! Love your daughter's new sewing machine! Hers does more than mine does. lol! Your trench and bag are fabulous too, as are your kids' sewing! And everything else too -- so much stash and lovely things! Love the ironing board cover! I always love seeing what you're up to!

Cari said...

Oh my goodness may not post often but when you post....YOU POST! I don't know where to start! Love all your goodies, fabric, starts, finishes, You go girl!!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Oh my gosh, Loraine! So much to comment on - where oh where to begin??? I love your LHN finish! The Janome your DD got may be what I should get, too! It's cute and Good for her for sewing the doll clothes! I'm very impressed. Speaking of impressed - love the quilt you're making. I'm no help on color selection though - just don't have a good eye for that.
The coat and bag you made are so darn cute!!! Love them and bet you just look darling in them!
Great stash haul, too. Whew! I'm sure I missed something - oh yeah, that cute ironing board cover - perfect!!!
Have a great week! I've got airline tickets in hand and can't wait to get out there!

Jane said...

Hi Loraine! What a fun day you had out but a pity Jolene couldn't go with you on the same day. Still, you got to spend the day with your daughter which would have been nice.

Both she and your son have done some wonderful work with their sewing. As have you also.

Now that ironing board cover - it's fantastic! Do tell us where you got it from. I've never seen one like it. I have a plaid one in country green, burgandy, and mustard. I was so happy when I found it as it goes with my country decor. Just because it's an ironing board cover, doesn't mean it can't look good.

Not much happening my way, just trying to keep warm. Hugs!

woolwoman said...

OH MY Loraine - I just don't know where to start - So much wonderful stuff in this post WHEEEEE - first the LHN finish is darling - tooo cute - I'm coveting your DD sewing machine - I'm with Terrie I think "I" need one of those too ! your kids sure take after their talented mommy. I love your trenchcoat - just darling and your stash haul- WOW WOW - going back to peruse the photos again - Mel

Ranae said...

Wowza! What a post.
You sure have beeen a little buzy bee.
Cute sewing machine!
Stay dry!

Michelle said...

Wow - such pretty things you've been working on. Love the quilt and your new trench & bag. Plus the ironing board cover is absolutely fabulous!!!

Mylene said...

A great post, Loraine. I always enjoy my visit here, sorry i am so late this time. Your kids did a wonderful job on their sewing.

Hope you are having a wonderful week.

Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitcher said...

Drooling at all your pretty stuff! You're going to be very busy ;o)

Carin said...

I love your stash and the ironing board cover is just beautiful. I love it !!

Cathy Lloyd said...

Hey Loraine! We have Addy at our house...and I want to know where the heck you got the fabric for the ironing board cover?? Or where you got the cover! So cute! You are quite the seamstress!

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