Friday, February 29, 2008
Posed next to it is a little matryoshka I got from Ravenhill at her Etsy Shop. She is very darling. I'm going to sit her next to my other ones on the shelf in my sewing room.
I think I might have one more matryoshka project in me. We'll see. I'm enjoying these little women.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Lots and lots of pictures for a quilt I am so proud of and so happy with. I made this quilt for my boyfriend of two years. He is part Navajo American Indian and part cowboy at heart, so I made this cowboy/indian quilt. I appliqued the stars (almost 90 total) and it took me nearly six months to complete. He is a good sport and shows it to anyone who comes to visit him. He says he is proud to be dating a creative woman, and I am proud to be dating someone who supports my hobbies and talents.
It was my first quilt - EVER - so it took a lot of coaching from my mom to get it done. It is nearly king size but I was stubborn and wouldn't compromise my "vision" in order to have a managable first project. I learned a lot and though there were difficulties, I would do this again in a second and have all sorts of baby quilts in mind with the same theme. A lot of the fabrics are vintage, antique or reproduction. You'll probably recognize a lot of them from popular recent lines as well. - Natalie
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
How to play the game . ..
1. When tagged, place the name of the person and URL on your blog
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Write 7 things about yourself
4. Name 7 of your favourite weblogs
5. Send an e-mail letting those bloggers know they have been tagged
I'm actually flattered because I admire Pam so much but now I have to play the game. And you know, this was harder than I thought it would be. I'm all about the "vintage" so of course there are lots of vintage things in my 7:
Disclaimer: Some of the pictures of my 7 things are really terrible recreations of pictures not digitized. Sorry about that.
1. I am a mom to 8 kids, some of the girls share this blog with me. Starting at the very top middle and going clockwise is: Chelsey - 20, Shelbie - 24, Tracey -22, Jamie - 17, Laurie - 15, Whitney -22, Natalie 25, and in the very center is Mason - almost 13.
Tracey and Whitney are identical twins. And Mason was a complete surprise to be the boy. Ultrasound (in those days) said he was probably a girl. I went to the hospital with a pink blanket and pink outfit. Needless to say I didn't bring him home in Pink.
This picture was taken a few years ago as a Christmas present to me from my kids. I love it. It was taken at the perfect time before any of them were married and off too far on their own.
2. I am the youngest of 5 sisters. I have all sisters so it wasn't unusual to me to have 7 daughters. In the back left to right is my dad Paul, mom Freda, and sis Susan. The front row left to right is Paula, Teri, Michelle, and me. I won't give ages here to protect those OLDER than me!
3. In 2003 between the middle of October and December 24, I made 54 quilts. They were all lap sized. I cut, sewed, quilted most of them myself, and bound them all in that time. I have to say my familywas a HUGE help. Wren Woodland, a local machine quilter, quilted 15 of them, I believe. Some of them were gifts, some of them were sold to several customers but the bulk of them was an order by 1 person that owns a large local company and they were given as company gifts. I will never do that again! I used the money to buy my husband a plasma cutter. His hobby is metal work. It was a fun surprise for the kids and me to do for him. Again, without the family help this would never have happened.
(If you look to the left hand side of the picture you can see stacks of quilts ready to be photographed)
4. I have been married for 28 years. This is Dave and me when we were young, a very long long long time ago. We met in 1976 and dated until we got married in 1979. (I know this is a scary picture and I have to apologize to my kids for putting it on the internet. They are all horrified that I would put this up. But hey, I think any picture from that long ago looks fantastic.)
5. This is another frightening fact about me. Since we moved to our current home 13 years ago we have had more pets than we can count. I would scare you if I told you our estimate. When we bought our lot it was open country with fields, farm and cattle ranch around us and cats from the barns behind us roamed our property. They adopted us and over the years we have fed and cared for many many cats. We also have had dogs, guinea pigs, pet mice (thank you whitney! ew) and chickens.
7. If you look in the mini fridge in my sewing room you will see mostly diet Mt. Dew. Its my favorite. And I even have some caffeine free. Where else but Utah County would they make caffeine free soda?
I'm going to tag 7 blogs now. Of course T from Purple and Paisley. She's a great blogging bud. And because I like to feature locals I will also tag Lola Again, Busty LaRue, Kairle, and Thimbleanna (well, she's not local but some of her family is from here), and Janet Clare (Janet is absolutely NOT local) because I admire Janet's style, love her name, and I'm inspired by her work. And if you girls have already been tagged. Oh well. Too bad.
Whew. That is a lot to post!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
As I have said before about knitting, I sometimes have a hard time finding clothes that fit the way that I want them to, look the way that I want them to, and are made out of fabrics that I don't absolutely hate. And on top of that, there is the constant struggle to wear something somewhat chic, not too trendy, and just a little bit unique to help me show my personal sense of style.
I found this dress pattern from Vogue Patterns -- I have made a few alterations - like how the sleeves fit, I hate elastic in sleeves. For the dress fabric itself, I used a beautiful green fabric from Yuwa from their Sketch Flowers collection that I got from Purl.
The dress came together quickly, and since I got to alter the pattern to my personal measurements, it fits just as well as I could have dreamed that it would.
The only thing that is funny, is that it has such a spring tone to it, and it snowed all weekend while I made it. Oh well.--
Friday, February 22, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
But . . . I really like Sandi Henderson at Portabellopixie. I think she's a great person and very talented designer. I got all 19 fabrics - the whole line - at Fat Quarter Shop (fat quarters of each, of course). I think they are pretty fierce (its ok I'll never use that word again, I really hate catch phrase words). There is a mix of vintage, fresh and traditional about them. I love the colors and I think she's really going to be successful with this line. Anyway I decided to make my baby tumbler quilt with it. I think it will turn out really interesting. I've made the baby tumbler quilt about 5-6 times but not with fabrics like Sandi's. So it will feel fresh to make it again in this different fabric. I love baby quilts that are unexpected and more of a fashion accessory for the mom.
The finished baby tumbler babushka quilt picture is taken on my awful 80's mauve sofa I am planning on recovering. I'm scared to start it but it needs to be done. Its one of those 8 way hand tied couches that is in such good shape and such a clasic style I think it will be great slipcovered. I just have to get up the nerve to do it and stop putting it off.
In the mean time I have been hand appliqueing my leaves on my bird quilt (yes, another picture of the birds). I haven't stopped working on it. I'm enjoying that so much I'm savoring it and in no hurry to finish.I think Sandi's fabric will make a good weekend project. I hope I get enough time to work on it. I haven't felt too great the past day or so. So we'll see. I'm having fun thinking about it in the mean time. Half the fun of a new project is dreaming about it and enjoying the imagination part of it. Don't you think?
I visited some friends in Vegas and Phoenix over the weekend and was so excited to try out (again) the elephant pattern from this book. It was hardly easy going because I get frustrated, but I was so thrilled to get them done in and time and so happy to see them in the hands of my friends.
The quilt was a lot of fun once I got going, but I also had to be nursed through it by my mom. It was staggered strips of fabric and I just loved how it all came together. It has a minky back and is so cuddly and soft! - natalie
Monday, February 18, 2008
The little doll in the middle I got from Erleperle at her Etsy shop. I think its really cute.
Blogspot is really acting up today. I'll be surprised if this actually posts. - nanette
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I bought a pattern for matryoshka dolls from Aimee Ray at her etsy shop. I adapted it and made it bigger so I could use her basic pattern to come up with my own version of a matryoshka tea cozy. This weekend I got it mostly done.
Mine is definately not the same face. Thats where I ran into trouble. I think I need to make the eyes bigger. I'll work on it a little. I have to cut out a back for her and hem her, too. It was fun do something different. I'm definately not a doll maker but its not too bad for a first attempt. - nanette
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Also, thank-you for all the great comments and the great e-mails we have received since starting our blog. We are so glad to have the great input and participation. Thanks!
These two were made by Cherrie Neameyer and her friend (sorry I didn't get her name) and I'm not sure which one is Cherrie's and which one is her friend's. But they are both darling. Cherrie is from North Dakota and contacted me about putting the valentine pattern in her quilt group newsletter and of course I was very excited to have my pattern go to her group and even more excited to get these pictures. They are wonderful.
This is Darlene's Valentine Quilt from Arizona. I love her valentine fabric. It couldn't be sweeter. Darlene has a great blog that I read.
This is Heather from Virginia's flag. Heather's has a lot of texture to it and I love the pink, its lovely.
This is Kim from New Jersey's really cute flag. I love the rich dark red and the extra red block in the corner. Nice job. Kim has a great blog, check it out.
These 2 come from Denise in Saudi Arabia! Its hard to imagine my pattern going around the world. That is the magic of blogging. Denise you did a super job. I just love both of them. Well done!
My biggest fear is that I missed someone's email or (scatterbrained) didn't add it to my valentine folder. Please e-mail and remind me or me if you have a new picture I can add it today.
All get a prize! This was really fun. Thanks again. - nanette