Sunday, December 19, 2010

The secret colorwheel project revealed!

My first post on the colorwheel surprise was mentioned here.
I followed this tutorial from Chez Beeper Bebe for colorwheel numbered beanbags.
I think they turned out great!

I made two sets: one for a special cousin and the other for a good friend.
Let's hope they like 'em!

Purple Plainspoken for my niece, Ashley

I finished and gifted the Purple Plainspoken quilt to my niece, Ashley.

This is Ashley á

This is her quilt â

She chose purple camo for a fun, warm, flannel backing:

Fake-napping for Aunt Patticakes, so I could see it in action:

Sunday, December 12, 2010

First Snow!

Winter's finally here!
We woke to our first snow....

Stella couldn't be more pleased.

You can't see it too well in these photos, but Stella's sporting a new collar from Dublin Dogs!
It's the eco-Lucks Blitzen. It's a nice festive splash of color.

This is the "come out and play" look she's perfected.
The gods have given us snow... let's not waste it.

Tho, she's been in the holiday spirit for weeks!

Snowy weather is perfect for sewing....
I have been working on two very similar quilts - one for my niece, Ashley, (commissioned) and another, smaller, quilt for a new friend I met when I bought something from her through craigslist.

Here's a sneak peek of them.

This is the smaller one, created for my new craigslist pal:

I finished and shipped it and realized I didn't photograph the finished piece.
Take my word for it: it turned out great!
I think she'll really like it. The cobalt blue flannel on the back will make this a great lap quilt for her.

Next, is Ashley's quilt laid out on the floor.
The key to the plainspoken pattern is variety within the palette!

And, for the back - purple camo flannel!
what a hoot.
I hope she likes it.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Night of Baking Pumpkin Goodness

By special request, I made a pumpkin pie for my niece, Ashley:

There's the pumpkin wonderful in the oven -

(she loved it)

Once the pumpkin pie was done,
I started on the pumpkin ginger caramel
pecan cheesecake.
This is where Stella sits to oversee
all kitchen activities.
Usually, in a puddle of her own drool.

This is her classic look-away when I catch
her zeroing in on me, drooling

"What, me, expecting something from your bake-athon? Never!"
Cheesecake in the stand mixer.

Pecan and gingersnap crust.

Stella's focusing on the baking tools for good reason...

The clean up crew:
Just a quick once-over before the dishwasher.

The cheesecake before it goes into the oven.

And, after it's baked. Cracks and all.

And some bonus caramel sauce on top:


Thursday, November 11, 2010

My next project: colorwheel surprise

I've just begun my next project.
I've chosen some bold fabrics in a colorwheel.
This is just a sneak peek at the fabrics... stay tuned for the finished project!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lunch of Squash & Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Today's Birthday Culinary Delights:

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

And a lunch o' squash - butternut, acorn, and hubbard
(gratuitous avocados and pineapple)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

New Project: Pinwheels

I'm using the Moda Botany charm packs I picked up
in Paducah at the Quilt Show this year.
Here's a snapshot of all the fabrics in the Botany line -
This weekend, with the help of the first two seasons of Californication, I sewed 13 complete pinwheels and the other 197 half-way complete.

Here's 6 on my sewing table.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hourglass Updated: FINISHED!

My hourglass quilt is finally finished!
The reproduction fabrics are so fun!

This is another huge one - the total size is about 100 square inches.
Again, shadowing from the trees hides the sharp & crisp quilt colors.
I used a reproduction light blue fabric for the backside, and a solid red binding.

The patterned white contrast very well to show off these fantastic fabrics!
Light showing thru to the back side:

Stella's none too pleased :(

Around the Purple World! Finished.

This purple "around the world" quilt was made for a pal who loves purple.

Here it's blowing in the wind.

This is a huge monster - over 110 square inches.
A purple print on the backside and purple with polka-dots for binding.

Shadows of trees hide the quilt's real color.
I hope she loves it!