Saturday, May 23, 2015

It's been gifted... Pats Quilt

I finally made it to the Camarillo farmer's market this morning. I've been wanting to go for the longest time. I used to go every week when I lived down that way and it was always a fun way to start the weekend. It certainly didn't disappoint!

But the big news is... I can finally reveal the quilt I made for my friend Pat! She should have it by now and even if she doesn't I doubt she has time to read my blog. Her daughter just gave birth to twins... a girl named Claire and a boy named Noah. Congratulations Granny!!

Pat was the first one to see and fall in love with this quilt pattern. I have misplaced the name/information for it right now, but I know I will find it and then I'll update this post. Anyway, it was hanging in Ventura at Superbuzzy when we first saw it. In their version, they kept their colors together and did it more as a color wheel. That's what I planned to do at first, but then I got started and really liked this layout. Let's hope Pat does too!





I had planned to quilt it myself, but I ran out of time so I sent it to Karen at Cosmic Quilting in Laguna Beach. My friend Johanne referred me and I was extremely happy with the results. Karen provided quick service, did a beautiful job of the quilting, and was very reasonable.

Anyway, I'll be anxious to hear what Pat thinks!! :)

Take care,

Friday, May 08, 2015

I forgot to share this...

I finished this bag about two to three weeks ago and although I shared it on Instagram, I forgot to share it here. I'm very happy with my version of the Caravan Tote (pattern by Noodlehead).It was designed to be a knitting bag, but with just a couple alterations, it works well as a general purpose bag. It's a good sized tote bag with lots of great pockets - a little too big to use as a purse, but I think it would make a great carry-on tote for flying.


That front pocket flap is supposed to have two snap closures. I keep going back and forth about them. I'm not sure I need them or want them so I'm giving myself some more time to think about it. :)









One of my alterations, was to add a recessed zipper across the top. I made it about 2" too long, but I'm not going to re-do it since it works fine anyway. I love having a zipper to contain everything in my bag.

The photos are not the best. I've sorta lost my enthusiasm for photography right now... I'm in a slump. I'll get it back soon, I hope! :)

Oh... and just so you know... I finished the bedskirt! I'm so happy to get that crossed of my to-do list and I love the way it looks on the bed.

Take care,

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

It's been awhile hasn't it?

I just realized how long it's been since I wrote a post... wow! It caught me by surprise.

I've been cleaning, gardening, giving away/donating, cooking, reading, walking, etc... lots of fun stuff and even a bit of sewing.

I have also been working on my embroidery panels/blocks for the Vintage Tin Route 66 quilt. I'm renaming mine since I'm a Highway 395 girl rather than a Route 66 girl! :) And, I've made a few changes to some of the blocks to reflect that.


Believe it or not, although they were much more detailed, the next two blocks were my favorites. I love motorcycles and these remind me of my motorcycle riding days. The "Woody" with the little trailer takes me back to my childhood and the memory of many, many happy trips to Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport/Twin Lakes.





I'm about halfway done with the number of blocks required (I've done 5 of 10), although I have the three largest blocks still to do so maybe I'm not completely halfway. And, I need to give them all a very good press job when I'm finished.

Take care,

Monday, April 20, 2015

I made a "mini"...

I just finished up this little mini Sew Together bag. It seems tiny compared to the original size, but it's cute and very easy (and quick) to make. In order to make the mini version, you must purchase the original pattern from Sew Demented and then use the tutorial/worksheet provided by Occasionalpiece-Quilt.





The true colors are just a bit more muted. I took this photo in a room filled with that beautiful, warm, late-afternoon light so it makes everything pop.

I've been putting together some fabric "kits" for the regular-sized Sew Together bag. My quilting friends asked me to teach them how to make the bag and wanted me to provide kits (there will be a charge for the "kit" but no charge for the instruction). We'll take two Thursdays and work our way through the bag. I know we'll have a lot of fun!!

It started me thinking about whether I should put some kits together to sell in my shop. Got an opinion?

Take care,

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Our weekend...

We had a very lovely weekend and I was sorry to see it end. I enjoy these "simple" kinds of weekends where it just feels good to be alive.

We spent Saturday afternoon at the original Farmer's Market (3rd and Fairfax) in LA. It's been well over 20 years since I was there last and my husband had never been. Isn't that amazing? We take these local attractions for granted because we know we can visit them anytime. Anyway, it's just as I remembered... lots of good places to eat and lots of places to shop for groceries, produce and gift items. We had sandwiches at Magee's Kitchen and ice cream cones at Bennett's Ice Cream and then we took a walk through the Grove, which is just next door. And, just so you won't think that life is perfect out our way... the drive down and the drive back weren't without traffic, but unfortunately we're fairly used to that. It's rare when there isn't any traffic.



This trolley runs the length of the Grove in a loop. It's the same feeling there as being at Disneyland. It's an amusement park without any other rides, but it does have great shopping and the people watching is entertaining too! :)


I'm not sure I would make the trip just for the shopping at the Grove, since shopping is not one of my favorite things to do, but combining it with the Farmer's Market made it lots of fun!

Sunday afternoon, we drove north to the Channel Islands Harbor farmer's market - a much, much smaller farmer's market than Saturday's - where we found some beautiful red chard, celery and the best carrots!! It was such a lovely day weather wise and it felt good to be outside. Then a ride home along the beach. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area of the state.

I was just thinking about how long I've been blogging and how much it's changed in that time. I started blogging in June 2006 - almost 9 years ago - and at that time it was a new and exciting thing. The world of technology didn't feel nearly as crowded as it does now. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram... they all compete for what little free time we have. I used Google Reader to bookmark many wonderful blogs and read them all - and, in those days, I had the time to leave comments. I still have them all bookmarked (via Feedly and Bloglovin) and have even added more to the list. But sadly, I rarely get a chance to read them all, let alone comment. Blogs are still my favorite medium though. They're like reading a beautiful magazine only you don't have to wait a month for the next edition. 

Take care,

I love these bags...

Today I'm making a dust ruffle for a Cal King bed using black yarn-dyed essex linen. I think it's going to look really great when I'm finished, but I have a ways to go yet.

In the meantime, I needed to take a break and it seemed the perfect time to share this latest Sew Together bag since I just finished it this morning. This is my 3rd and I already have another planned. I'm sure I'll be making many more of these!








Take care,

Elle King - Under The Influence



Have you seen TCM's March promo video that is underscored by the song "Under the influence"? It's very moving.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I couldn't share this until today...

I recently made a second Sew Together Bag. I truly love this bag and encourage you to try one. I know that zippers intimidate many people, but I promise you it is not difficult at all to sew this bag. Just take it slow. Quilt Barn has done a 5-part sew-along with a multitude of photos that make the instructions much more clear.

Pat and I gifted it yesterday to our friend Johanne, who invited us to her lovely home for lunch. While there we saw all of her gorgeous quilts, both finished and in-progress and her very organized studio. It was such an enjoyable and inspirational day! Thanks Johanne!

Johanne's favorite colors were the inspiration for the fabrics we chose. These were pulled from my stash. I couldn't believe I actually had these beautiful fabrics buried on my shelves. Anyway, both Pat and I were happy with the way it turned out.



I always like to use fairly light colors on the inside of zipper pockets since that makes it so easy to see what's inside.

After spending the afternoon with Johanne, we drove over to Sun Dried Tomato Bistro in San Juan Capistrano for dinner. Truth be told, we really went for the Black Cherry Lemon Drop martini's and dinner was secondary. :)) Those martini's are so, so good! My Angel Hair pasta was excellent too.

Today I tried to work on my Caravan Tote, but I think I had to rip out as much as I got sewn. Tomorrow will be another day, right?

Take care,

Thursday, March 05, 2015

I've reposted for a reason...

I'm still in need of 5/8 yard of this gorgeous fabric by Nel Whatmore. It's a 2014 Free Spirit (Westminster Fabrics) fabric and the line is called Merry Go Round. SKU #PWNW049-Grey

I've got it listed at missingfabrics.com, on instagram, and at the Sew It's For Sale yahoo group site in addition to here on the blog so I'm hoping to find it somewhere!!

If you have any of this fabric (or know someone who does) and you can spare 5/8 yard of it, please contact me at imquilternity at yahoo dot com  or terricohen at gmail dot com to provide me with payment information.

I'm reposting because Karin Vail left a comment on the original post stating she had a yard she was willing to part with. However, I never received an email nor do I have any kind of contact info for her (since she is "no-reply") so I'm hoping she'll be reading this post and will try to contact me again. If I don't respond, please make the assumption I haven't received the email and try, try, try again! :)) Also, in answer to yesterday's comment regarding the houses fabric, it's by Michele D'Amour for Benartex fabrics. I can find the style # if you want it.

I've also had an email from Lori and she is looking for 1 1/4 yards and if I'm contacted, I'll let her know about it.

Thanks so much!

Take care,

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

I almost forgot to share this...

Today I completed this Classmate Bag/Caddy. I've been working on it off and on for a couple of weeks, when I had a spare moment. I made it for a friend and I'll be giving it to her tomorrow. I can't wait to see how she likes it.






This is such a wonderful and fairly easy pattern to make. It's just a bit time consuming, but it is very rewarding to see it finished. Here's the one I made for myself and which I use all the time!

Take care,

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Lovin' this lazy day...

It's raining and that's such a treat for us here in So Cal. That makes it a perfect, cozy day for making chicken noodle soup. We finished off the very last container from the freezer last night. Believe me when I say that if you like chicken noodle soup, you will want to make this recipe. It's soooo good! And, it makes 12 servings. I'm also working on taxes -ugh- and the smells from the kitchen make it somewhat more bearable. :)

I made scones this morning from here, only I substituted chocolate chips for the strawberries. Mmmm... good! The extras went into the freezer for future morning treats. DH loved these and ate quite a few in one sitting.

I've been lax in getting this Sew Together Bag posted here on the blog. It's been finished for over a week, maybe two. It was fun picking out all the fabrics to use and easy to sew. I'll be making more for sure. Now, I'm in the process of cutting out a Caravan Tote to begin at quilting on Tuesday. I must say that the instructions are a little confusing, but I'm sure I'll muddle my way though it. It's worth it cuz it's a cute bag!

This will be a busy week for me as we're having company for 10 days beginning Monday next week. Not quite sure I'm ready for that...

Take care,