Yearly Archives: 2014

Prepping for Chestnut Hill’s Fall for the Arts

Fall is around the corner, which means Chestnut Hill’s Fall for the Arts is fast approaching next month – October 5!  This year, I am excited to be one of the artists to present my quilts in one of the booths along the avenue!  I will be displaying my t-shirt quilts and “Guest Book” quilt kits for future commissions.  Also, I will be selling children play tents and my maze quilts!  Here are some examples of my works:

“Guest Book” Quilts

Know someone getting married? Need a wedding gift? Want to capture the notes of your family and friends at a reunion, shower, or other special event?  I make “guest book” kits that turn into a memory quilt / table runner / wall hanging of the special day!

Each square is prepared with a backing for stabilization and attached to a customizable instruction card with a guide to ensure signatures are centered and not extended beyond the sewing lines.

Pick colors to coordinate with your wedding theme, home décor, or favorite colors. Each quilt kit comes with fabric archival ink markers.  With a collection of handwritten notes from family and friends, you will smile as you remember your special day!

E-mail me if you are interested:

Notebook Covers

It is a moleskin cover!  A perfect graduation gift — embroidery available too!  For this one, my brother-in-law earned his Doctorate in Mathematics.  We found a graph lined moleskin notebook and pair it with a mechanical pencil and pen set in the form of a #2 pencil.  The notebook cover with pockets and embroidered name just tied it all together.  Also, it was fun to make!

Let It Snow…next year!

Let it snow — well, next year!  I am done with snow this year and it looks like the snowperson quilt will move into the closet to hibernate until next winter.  Spring is here and if I put the quilt away, maybe the weather will start acting accordingly!  I finished the quilt at what I thought was the tail end of the season.  We only had several major snow storms after putting the quilt on display in the living room.  To see the progression of this quilt, check out my previous post, Building a Snowman.

5 Quilts in 2013

Over the weekend, I sorted through all of the baby pictures to dig up the few pictures of my quilts that I finished in 2013.  I made 3 quilts last January.  Then, I went on bed rest, delivered Johnny a couple months early, spent over a month in the NICU, and I didn’t turn my sewing machine on for 4 months.  Over the course of the year, I somehow completed 2 more, bringing my grand 2013 total up to 5!

As I sorted through pictures, it was evident that my blog has a real back-log of content.  With the new year, my sewing machine took over my living room.  With its new location, I have been sewing almost every day — even if it is only for 10 minutes!  It is only February and I already have nearly 5 finished quilts — including two large ones.  I have lots to share!


Building A Snowman

…and it is another snowy day!  It has been 4 years and my husband has only requested one quilt — a snowman wall hanging.  I finally found the pattern at the Oak’s quilt show this past fall. It is Art To Heart’s “Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow” pattern.

Even though I saw a sample of the pattern and read the directions, I didn’t notice the enormous size of the snowman until I made two and then realized that they were snow giants!  I adjusted the pattern layout and made an entire wall hanging with one lonely snowman.  I wish that I determined that I would only have a single snow person before I cut and assembled the crazy number of rectangles involved with a second!

The evolution to this snowman started with a Philly Modern Quilt Guild’s Last Stitch Sewing Night back in December.  In just 5 hours, I cut up too many rectangles and created the 2 main snowmen.  Since then, I have been making snowflakes and this past week, I determined a layout and finished it off with a few trees.  I added all of his accessories — a carrot nose, buttons, and even eyes.  It is comical that I sew all the time, but when it comes to buttons, I still have to resort to you tube videos for a refresher!  It is all basted and ready for some creative quilting.

It actually may still be winter before I finish this creation!