Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Wow, I've been busy quilting these past couple of weeks.  I've got three special orders going on and I can't wait to get the fabric in so I can get started.  Each one has got their loved one's special touch added to it too.  It's fun working with others and having them select their favorite fabric and designing it according to their tastes.

In the meantime, here are two more quilts added to my Etsy site.

This one is definitely for the sophisticated mommy and baby!

I adore the backing on this quilt.  The fabric is divine!  I used the Fandango collection by Kate Spain for Moda.

I'm really loving this block pattern.  It makes the colors in the fabric pop.

Here's another quilt using the Riley Blake "All Star" collection.  I used what I had left from the two other quilts and pieced this together. 

The backing is kind of fun too- not part of the Riley Blake line though. 

Off to quilt some more!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Day of Green

 Coraline says Happy St. Patrick's Day . . .


Monday, March 14, 2011

Turquoise and Gray Quilt using Michael Miller's "Retro Mod" Collection

Oh my, I'm in love with this fabric!  The colors are so fantastic!  Gray is a very hot color right now in the quilting world!  This fabric is from the Michael Miller "Retro Mod" line.  Look closely and you'll see elephants, giraffes and hippos.

I used a basic patchwork style.

Love, love, love the animals.  I used the gray/turquoise polka dots for the back of the quilt and the binding.

So cute!

It's on Etsy if anyone is interested.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Clothes for Coraline

This post is long overdue.  I made this dress about 4 months ago and am just now blogging about it!  My friend, Jan, sent me a tutorial on how to make a very easy and adorable dress. 

I'm very nervous with clothes construction (can't read a pattern to save my life); I think I do better with visuals.  So, this tutorial was made for me- easy to follow and I was able to make this dress in one evening.

I did find that this dress runs small.  It won't fit my daughter even as a shirt (the armholes and neck are to small), but all I need to do is add an inch to the bodice and I think I'll be fine.  Also, I needed to increase the slit in the back of the dress so it fit over her head (found that out the hard way).

This is definitely a 0-6 month size.

My favorite part of the dress are the pleats.

My second favorite part are the covered buttons. 

Unfortunately, this does not fit her anymore, so no pictures of her in it.  I did make another one with piping, but it needs a little tweaking.  Once it's ready, I'll blog about that one.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Baby Bieber

 Baby, baby, baby ohhh

Like baby, baby, baby noo

I don't know anything more about Justin Bieber except for his hair and those lines in that one song.   Really.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Homemade Butter . . . really.

My friend, Krystal, posted the neatest link on how to make your own butter.  I've always wanted to try it, but never got around to it.  After seeing how easy it is, I decided to give it a go.  I happened to have heavy whipping cream in the fridge (doesn't everyone keep that as a staple?!), so I poured about a 1/3 of a quart into my chilled mixing bowl. 

After about 7 minutes on high, I realized that my mixing bowl wasn't scraping the edges properly to form butter, so I switched it to a mini food processor (just like in the video). 

It took about 30 seconds for the butter to separate and form.

Then I put it through two cold water rinses (see the video link).  I added a touch of salt and mixed it some more.  Then I transferred to a small dish and squeezed the excess water out with a spoon.

It was so easy and it really does taste so much better than store bought butter- much creamier.  I don't know what the cost analysis is yet, but it may be worth it in the end.  In any event, it tastes divine.

This is one super easy and super tasty treat that is sure to impress people at your next dinner!