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

Thursday, April 2, 2009

New Item in Shop...

I really love how this pillow came out. If was my first time doing applique and I will defiantly be doing it again.




Block tutorial coming in next post, I promise!!!

~Maranda