Saturday, July 25, 2009

Stars of Spring

This quilt has been done for two weeks waiting to good some good pictures. This was the third time I tried, I didn't want to post pictures that didn't capture the brightness of this quilt.


This quilt was to be much bigger by adding sashing, but I was to eager for a finish. This is also the blocks that all the fabric had to be cut twice because the book had the wrong measurements so it was a little hard to piece.

Quilt Notes: Measures 29" X 36"
Also I used 3 fat quarters for the star blocks (one for each color) a good way to use up that stash.
~Maranda

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I Won!!!

I won the All Sewn Up giveaway that Vickie was having on her blog. Now I don't have to tell you that if it's fabric I'm happy, but this fabric is beautiful.


Thanks Vickie!!!
~Maranda

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Father's Day Quilt

The father's day quilt top is done. I totally love the colors in the quilt. When I get the binding on I will try to take better pictures, but the squares have eagles, deer and ducks in them.





I also started a new quilt. I hope to have this one dome by July 4th so after the BBQ, watermelon and fireworks (And sunburn if this year is like all the other ones) I can come home and have a quilt of my own.





Happy Quilting!


~Maranda

Sunday, June 7, 2009

A thrifty weekend

On Saturday I hit some yards sales with my sister and found this.






A king sized quilt top. I was debating if I should get in or not. (I know, like it was a hard decision) I actually left the yard sale and was half way down the street when I told my sister, "I have to have that quilt top" so with two toddlers we made a mad dash back to get my quilt top. Later, when I was looking over all my finds, I realized that the entire top had been hand sewn. I sure am glad that I when back to get this top.




I totally love it. I can't stop looking at it or touching it, and there are some awesome fabrics in it. It just reminds me of simpler times when you sewed with what you had. It even has polyester bits in it.

*It does have a stain on it. Does anyone know what might get it out?




Now on to Sunday: I had an off day today. I don't know it was but I was in a horrible mood. I just felt tried and cranky from the moment I woke up. And I was super emotional. You would have thought that I had a newborn in the house I was crying so much today.

Well the husband decided that he would cheer me up.



Yep, ice cream and shopping money, complete with clear instructions to leave the house. The first stop was Goodwill when I found this.





A vintage king sized sheet. This is going to be the backing for the quilt top. The grand total for my quilt top and backing...$9. It was a thrifty weekend.

~Maranda


Friday, June 5, 2009

Market Bags

Did I say Monday? Ok, since I keep breaking them, I'm not making any more blog promises. I promise.

I made these bags for my son's Pre-K teachers. He had the most wonderful teachers the last two years. Oh how he'll miss these ladies.









I got the pattern here, from Ashley at Film in the Fridge. She has a few bags for sale here.
Also if you want the fabric that I used, I have in my shop here. I used Color Splash and French Riviera. This bag was really easy to sew and the teachers LOVED them.

~Maranda

Saturday, May 30, 2009

For your viewing pleasure...

My husband brought me these lovelies home the other day just because. I know he's great and he's taken, unless you have a stash. Will Trade For Fabric!





Thanks honey. Oh and I'm kiding about trading you for fabric.

But how much fabric do you think I could get?

Have a great weekend of sewing. I'll see you back here on Monday.

~Maranda

Friday, May 29, 2009

It's been too long...

Hi everyone. Oh how I've missed blog land. I had been really busy and for about the last 3 weeks I have not have internet. We were hit with a huge storm on May 8th (An Inland Hurricane) we lost power for about a week and then had no phone or interent for the last 3 weeks. But I'm back and I really missed all of you.

I have done a little sewing and a little quilting. My lastest quilt is for my husband for Father's Day.







Maranda

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

I hope that you have a great Easter!!!



My Easter basket...

I love hippos


I got Sugar Snap-I have been wanting that for a while


New quilting supplies
Oh, the Easter bunny was good to me!!!
~Maranda

Friday, April 10, 2009

I did something right!

The other day my 2 year old, Lizzy, came running up to me outside with a dandelion in her hand. "Mommy I got flower for you" Awe, how sweet. This was really touching, as my Lizzy is very independent and almost never needs her mommy. She has to be sick or held down just to get a hug and gifts...forget about it. But every now and then she surprises me with a little something. So I must have done something right, I just wish I knew what it was and I would do it again.


She insisted that she give the flower a drink.


I got alot of sewing done yesterday. I made Lizzy a new shirt. She really like it. She said, "Much shirts in purple" Such a girl, well sometimes, I kept getting the craziest poses from her.



Could it be that she would rather be playing in the dirt then modeling for me?



I made this dog quilt for my puppy, Nero, from start to finish yesterday. I got this idea from Ariane, go check out her blog.



I also worked on two more quilts that I hope to finish next week. Are you working on a quilt, I'd love to see it:)
~Maranda

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Quilting Bee

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I might do a quilting bee. Well I am!! I already have myself and 3 other people signed up, but I still need 8 quilters.

*How it works: 12 people commit for 1 year to make 2 blocks a month. Each of us will get a turn to be the "designer". On your month to be the designer, you purchase the fabric for your quilt and mail it to the other 11 people (keeping enough for yourself to make 2 blocks) the fabric will be made into blocks and sent back to you. The other 11 months, fabric will be mailed to you, you complete 2 blocks and mail it back to the designer. This is sure to be a fun and exciting experience. So if you are interested comment or E-mail me.
Fabric Easter grass, How cool is that?
(No fabric was harmed in make this easter grass) Remember the fabric for my quilt I showed you a while back? Well I cut 160 triangles and they were the wrong size. I will now make one block before cutting the fabric for a whole quilt on any new pattern.

It rained last week. Guess where my 4 year old was after the rain.


Hope you all are having a great and Crafty week!
~Maranda

Friday, April 3, 2009

Friendship Star Block



Here's the tutorial that I promised. This is for the friendship star block. To keep it simple I refer to the fabric by the colors that I used: pink, purple, and multi. But use any color that you like.

You need:

2 3 1/2in. purple squares
2 3 1/2in. pink squares
4 3in. pink squares
1 3in. multi square

First, you need to make your 3 1/2in. squares into triangles. These are called half-square triangles. You need to cut the square diagonally to form your triangle.

It should look like this. Cut all 4 3 1/2in. squares into triangles. You should now have 8 triangles, 4 pink and 4 purple.

*Use a 1/4in. seam allowance.

Next, you sew the triangles together. To do this you put one pink and one purple right sides together and stitch along the longest side.

I chain stitch the triangles together, it goes so much faster.

Now you will have 4 squares, press and trim the "ears" off like so.


Next, you need to lay out the 4 half-square triangles, 4 3in. pink squares and 1 3in. multi square. Pay extra attention that the half-square triangles match the picture below and that you lay them out right everytime. *I've gotten to know my seam ripper again doing this quilt.


Join the the squares to make three rows and press.


Now, join the rows together and press the completed block.


And your are done. Enjoy your friendship blocks!



I tried to make this tutorial easy to follow, but if you have question comment or e-mail me and I will answer them for you.


~Maranda