Bowl of Cherries

It must just be this time of year, because I seem to have very little time to sew and quilt.  When I do find time in the evenings, I’m just too tired to do anything other than curl up on the couch under a quilt and watch some tv.

Even with the motivation to want to get this quilt started and completed on a pretty quick schedule, I’ve had a hard time actually doing it.  I need to get it done though, because it’s for my aunt who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and I’d like for her to have a cheerful quilt to help keep her warm during her treatments.  I also need to finish so that I can start and finish a baby quilt for my cousin who’s daughter is due to arrive in February.

Needless to say, I need to get busy.

For my aunt’s quilt, I’m using one of my all time favorite patterns: Jelly Filled.  I’ve had a jelly roll plus some yardage of Recipe for Friendship by Mary Engelbreit for Moda for about a year…just sitting and waiting for me to do something with…waiting for the perfect occasion.  I thought the cheerfulness of this fabric would be a good choice for this quilt.

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Dear Santa,

The ladies at Jolly Jabber have the fast track to Santa and his elves, so I thought I’d share my letter to Santa.

Dear Santa,

I know you’re super busy this time of year

but have no fear

I have only one wish.

I’ve been waiting patiently for the arrival of Blush,

you see, I have a HUGE crush

and fabric and fabric oh how I love thee,

so I ask with childish glee,

pretty please?

p.s.: here’s a picture of exactly what I want–1 Blush Fat Quarter Bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop

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♥ Rachel

Christmas Gift For Ethan’s Teacher

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I remember as a kid that some kids gave their teachers Christmas gifts.  I don’t think my mom ever did that…if she did I don’t remember.

A friend of mine reminded me that in the school’s directory there’s all sorts of personal info about each teacher like their favorite restaurant, favorite place to shop etc.  Kind of like a huge hint on what to give them for Christmas.

Well, I didn’t want to go out and get a gift card (I’m sure sometime in the future I will), and I wanted to give something homemade.  I decided that dish towels would be a nice festive gift.  The idea comes from Moda Bake Shop.

I originally bought the flour sack dish towels, but after washing, drying, and ironing them, I didn’t like the way they looked, so I bought a 2-pack of microfiber white dish towels instead.  I also didn’t use jelly roll strips…I just used some cute red and white fabric I already had.  To keep the fabric from fraying I cut each strip 1 inch wider and 1 inch longer than I wanted the finished strip to be.  I then pressed each edge 1/2 inch down (so if I wanted a 2.5 inch finished strip x 16 I would cut a 3.5 x 17 inch strip and press the 1/2 inch down all the way around the strip).

I love the result.

Don’t you just love ric rac?

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Gulp

I donated the Chocolate Covered Raspberries quilt to the silent auction at my daughter’s preschool.

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I’m not sure how much I thought this sweet homemade baby quilt would fetch for, but I wasn’t prepared for this.  The starting bid was $5, and with increments of at least $5, after 6 bids it was up to $35.  Now the auction doesn’t end until 6pm tonight, but I could barely stomach seeing the $35.  That’s just about the cost of the materials, which means my time was worth $0. :(

Gulp.

I just swallowed my pride.

Urban Nature: Final Quilting

It’s been taking me a long time to quilt the Urban Nature quilt.

It’s big.

It’s heavy.

Today was the home stretch.  One row 19 x 95 left to quilt.  Almost there…that’s what I kept telling myself.  Here I am about to quilt the very last corner and remove those last 3 basting pins!  I could barely contain myself.

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It’s big.

It’s heavy.

Binding is next, and oh how that scares me!!!  To think that I’ll be working on the outer 1/4 inch edge of the quilt with all the quilt’s weight pulling against me as I sew the binding is really intimidating.  But I’ll have plenty of time to frett about the binding, because I need to put this project on hold while I get a couple others started and completed.  When it rains it pours!