Wednesday, December 18, 2013


For as long as I've been sewing, I've been afraid of zippers.  They look really intimating to sew - especially since you have to have a special foot on your machine! 

Well, I finally tried to make a zipper pouch and discovered that zippers are actually really easy to install!  I was able to quickly sew up some cute little pencil bags for Dominic and my nephews and a treasure bag for Malcolm.  The boys love their new bags and are already asking for more.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Isaac's quilt

The lovely ladies of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild made me (well, technically it's for Isaac) a baby quilt!  These are some super cute houses.

It is beautiful and we love it!  Thank you all!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

1000 Days of Malcolm

We recently celebrated our little Malcolm turning 1000 days old. Our lives haven't been the same since his arrival.  Malcolm is a tiny little ball of stubborn energy who gives us a run for our money every day.

He is amazingly strong, very feisty, and so sweet and gentle at the same time.  He can tackle and take down his older brother (who's just about twice his size) and then sit down with the baby to hold him and sweetly kiss his head.  Malcolm has grown to be an amazing brother.

His hugs are rare but so wonderful and full of feeling when he gives them.  My favorite thing is to listen to him chat with himself as he plays - he comes up with fabulously imaginative things for his trucks to do!

Parenting him is a challenge every day but it's been a battle that has made me a better Mother to all my kids. Here's to another wild and amazing 1000 days!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Binary Quilt Challenge

The current quilt challenge for the upcoming January show for the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild is a binary challenge.  We are creating two color (binary) quilts but we can use as many different shades of a color as we want. I decided to do a green and blue solid quilt.  I am using five shades of blue and five shades of green.  I started off with a plan to make a quilt for Dominic that was all squares and rectangles of different sizes (3, 6, and 9 inches finished).  I actually started this quilt 2-3 years ago with the plan of doing it with various shades of blue, green, and yellow but didn't feel very inspired by it after starting and stopped working on it.  This challenge seemed like a great time to get it back out and try again but leave out the yellow.  Again, I just didn't feel like it was anything special and came up with a new plan.

Shortly before I started working on this challenge a friend of mine in the guild posted a simple and fun block she called a 3/4 log cabin.  When she posted a picture of the completed top on Instagram I happened to show it to Dominic who loved it and asked for one like it.  A few weeks later he was still telling me how much he liked the quilt and that I should make him one so I made it my new Binary challenge goal.  I whipped up a few blocks one night and never looked back!

They are super quick, easy to lay out, and a great way to play with nice bold colors.  I had twelve blocks completed in two nights of sewing and added more at a guild sew-in.  Even Ophelia approved and decided that she liked the quilt when I tried to lay it out on the floor to plan the last few blocks.

I might make a second binary quilt too.  My niece has requested a pink and purple quilt and while I don't have a lot of pink fabric, I do have a lot of purple so she might be getting a nice purple and white quilt for her next birthday.  

Sunday, December 1, 2013


A while back I was in a store and I saw a woman with an interesting pendant.  The idea stuck with me for several days until I sketched it and came up with a quilt.

But, after making a test block I don't think I like it.  I created this at the end of September and it's been sitting on my cutting mat while I thought about it and I can't exactly say why - there's just something I don't like about it.

Maybe it shouldn't be done with solids? Maybe the white is too much white and needs some texture? What do you think?