Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Finally...Some Sewing!

My mom is a cook and needed a new apron for work.



It had to be white.



So I couldn't resist adding pretty lining.



Happy Sewing,
Maranda

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Table Runner

Welcome all my Sew N Tell friends: Scroll down to see 2 quilts in progress and a finish. And consider following:)

I'm in the middle of alot of projects right now, but I needed a finish. So I started another one, crazy right?

A new table runner for the table.


I LOVE the fabric on the back



Happy Sewing,
Maranda

Monday, June 21, 2010

Playing with Color

I cant be put into a box or easily defined. My likes in style and hobbies are vast. One day Im drinking hot tea and listening to classical music (I love Chopin) and the next I'm blaring country while shooting guns.



I'm the same way when it comes to quilts I love traditional, modern, funky...OK I'm quilt obsessed. But I have been trying to get more bold with color...at least in some of my quilts because I always play it safe.



So I pulled out some scraps and got to work. (I keep them in vases so I can always see them in the studio) Which is finally more than a corner but more on that later.

Heres what I got so far:



What do you think? I love how scrappy they are and they are anything but safe:)

Happy Sewing,
Maranda

PS: A quick picture of the blocks the kids and I made. Its coming along and quickly becoming a favorite.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Blocks & Questions



So I had a bunch of 2.5in squares that I had gotten for my birthday and the kids wanted to help mommy make blocks last night.

My blocks:



Lizzy's Blocks:



J.J.'s Blocks:



I had 3 cut of each fabric so I told them to pick 3 colors and make 2 matching blocks.

When we were done, J.J. (my 6 year old) said: "Thanks for letting me help, It was really fun. But my block came out too uniformed, it wasn't what I was expecting." Oh my, I guess next time he need more creative control.

*Questions*
I have gotten a few emails lately and I turned them into questions to get everyone covered:)

1) Wasn't you adopting? Yes I was, but quickly realized that since it was family I would have to move away for it to work. (Basically they wanted me to raise him and they still play parents, well went they wanted of course.) I found them a wonderful couple to adopt but in the end they decided to keep him. So no baby for me.

2) You and your husband is separated, right? Yes, different houses for 10 months, unfortunately its becoming clear that this will be permanent, but we will see. He didn't cheat or anything, just grew apart. We got married really young, I was 16 and he was 20. Some days I love him and some days I want to kill him. (You know what I mean if you have been through this)

3) Why haven't you been sewing? Well pretty much because I feel like crap. See questions 1 and 2. But I think I have been bitten by the sewing bug. Some days are better than others.

And finally whats next for M&M Studio:

I will be teaching sewing and quilting classes. The 1st class is June 26th. Wish me Luck.
I have a few patterns that should be out soon.
And hopefully I can get in a little fabric designing since it my love.

~Happy Sewing~
Maranda

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Green with Envy

*Sew & Tell Friday: Click here to learn more.*

Everything I have sewn has been green.




I Love the scrunch fabric. Pattern here.



This bag is reversible and came together very quickly. I stock both of these fabric in my shop. It's more lime than my camera picked up. (But the photos in my shop are a true match) Pattern here.



This is my own pattern, needs a little work but its coming together.

Happy sewing,
~Maranda

PS: I have gotten a few question and will be answering them in the next post as well as whats next for M&M Studio!

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Finish!



I finally finished something!!! This cute little baby quilt.



Ceramic buttons, who knew?

Also I have a couple patterns on the way.

XO~M

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

An Idea for Spring!

This was suppose to be a tutorial, but since it went something like cut, sew, cut again, repeat, I'm bring an idea instead.





Cute right?


I can offer some advice. I sewed this flower pot cover in 4 sections and I sewed each section at an angle with a 1/4 in. seam allowance at the top and a 3/4 in. seam allowance at the bottom.
If you make one, Id look to see it.
~Maranda


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Giveaway!

Lovely, right? 3 yards of Color Splash!!! Perfect for summer. It's coming I promise:)






Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Aprons!

The kids needed new aprons and I needed a break. I have been bouncing back and forth between 4 quilts and just needed a project that I could finish quickly. So I whipped up these:

Excuse the paint on the table: we are all painters in this house.

And its a good thing because JJ and Lizzy wanted to bake a cake:
~Maranda
PS: I'll be back with a giveaway!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Circus

Isn't it lovely? Karen from Fabricpalooza sent me this to help with "Project playground"



I was rushing out the door when I decided to check to mail.





You'll notice the cement for the backdrop. I literally torn into on the front porch, but the packaging was so cute that I couldn't open it without a picture.



I later came home and took the appropriate blog pictures.



I have never seen this line before but I love it. It's called Circus.





Thank you so much Karen. The fabric is beautiful and I can't wait to start this quilt.

Happy Monday Everyone!

~Maranda

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lizzy's New Quilt

Well it worked! Here is Lizzy all ready to go to the Pre-K's Pajama Day on Friday.



I put her name on it and she was super happy. She is learning her letters and has been getting her quilt to practice writing her name. Too cute.

The back.



She needed a new pillow too.


For the binding she got pink sparkly fabric.


I finished the quilt and pillow in 2 days. My tips of my fingers are so sore.
Happy Monday!
~Maranda

PS: YES, that sunshine you see. And it was beautiful and short lived.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A new addition...

Her name is Butterscotch. She is a stray that I'm trying to rescue. I have been feeding her for a week and she has been inside twice. The last time she spent about 8 hours inside, mostly curled up on a pillow watching me sew, before begging to go outside. You can't tell by these photos but her fur is so matted that she will need to be shaved. She is a very loving cat, I sure hope that she sticks around.





Lizzy has pajama day at school tomorrow and to stop her from taking the boy cars blanket that she is so attached to, I'm going to entice her with a girly quilt. So this is what I did yesterday while butterscotch looked on. The pillow is now stuffed and the binding is half way sewed on. This is the fasted I've ever put together a quilt.



I also started a scrap quilt, that I've titled "How small is too small?"



I actually got alot done yesterday considering that I'm sick and I had 2 sick kiddos.



Lots of Popsicles at my house!



Tip: The best thing for a sore throat: chips or fries, and soda. Just try it. The carbon really gets your throat wet, and the salty and crunchy chips/fries scraps the "Yuck" of your throat.

~Maranda

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Friday Night Sew-in

Happy Sunday to you! I hope everyone is having a relaxing day. Strangely I am. I'm catching up on blogs while enjoying hot tea. I share a house with a 5 yr old and a 3 yr old, so this is a rare moment. Right now JJ is playing video games and Lizzy is taking a bubble bath, which she does 2-3 times a day but I got her to quit going to bathroom in her pants just so she could take a bath, now she says "Mom can I take a bath since I didn't go in my pants" Too funny.

Friday Night Sew In

I had so much planned but Friday was a day from hell for me. First I locked my keys in the car and then my bank denied my check at Walmart because they wanted me to verify my account. Now its embarrassing when this sort of thing happens, but its horrible when you have the money. I still don't understand why they didn't just call or send a letter or something, freezing my account seems a little extreme. With all this I didn't get to sewing until 10:30pm.

Here's what I did:












I even had vintage thread.

And here it is. Beautiful, right? I found this quilt at a thrift store for $5. I was truly happy. I also cut circles, tutorial coming soon.

~Maranda