“What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don’t let fear of failure discourage you.”
― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Thursday, September 29, 2011


We are big mermaid fans around here. So when I saw this mermaid pattern by wee wonderfuls, I knew I wanted to give it a go.

The directions were clear and very easy to follow.  I used scraps for the whole doll.  Perhaps I should make more.  I love that I am finding ways to use up scraps.  This one was for my middle girl for her fourth birthday.  It was a success!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Three Little Owls

I bought this kit at the Quilts Etc. sale.  It was half off and Sophie really liked it.  She thought the big owl should be for her big sister and the little owl should be for her little sister.

The owls are super easy to make. The instructions were clear and there was plenty of scraps. The pattern is by McKay Manor.  You could really use any scraps to make the pattern, but the minkee is so soft.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Black, Pink, and White

This is an easy quilt/blanket.  It's not really a quilt, I backed it with soft minkee type fabric, so I didn't add batting, too much bulk.  I used a bunch of black, pink, and white fabrics I had on hand.  The result is super soft.  The momma I gave this one too liked it, which is always a plus.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Broadbents Modern Quilt Group

I got an email about a month ago that my local quilt shop was starting a modern quilting group.  I waffled over it for several days, really wanting to join, but seeing we have so many things going on already, I just wasn't sure I should try and fit it in.  But I am so glad I did.  The first meeting was in August.  We got scrap packs to make a strip quilt.  This is what I made:

I think it looks like steps and like how its turned out so far.  I have a backing that is orange with flowers and butterflies.  I am quilting it with a large stipple and throwing in some butterflies for good measure.  I haven't decided on a binding yet.  I will bring it to the next meeting and see if anyone has any suggestions.  The background is a solid called woodland I believe.  It looks a little gray in the picture, but in real life it's a pretty warm color.  I am using variegated thread for the quilting.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Loot!

Every year just before labor day Quilts Etc. in Sandy as a huge clearing out kind of sale.  The sale runs for three days and they supposedly bring out new stuff everyday.  I have only ever made it to one day-so I can't verify that information.  I don't want to subject my kids to that much fabric shopping, seems like I would be pressing my luck.  This year I put Tessa in the wrap and Sophie held my hand.  She behaved so well!  Ladies were complementing her left and right about how good she was being.  She's my most mischievous-so I was pleasantly surprised.  Tessa slept almost the whole time.  The top row are all 3.99 fabrics.  A few years ago they had a lot for 1.99 and 2.99.  No such luck any more.  The bottom are Kate Spain fabrics and they were half off.  I always leave knowing I could pick out so much more but I try and restrain myself.  It's a great time to get some backings, you can't beat the price.  The one thing I was looking for were solids, I didn't see any.  Maybe they put those out on the other days....