Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jingle All the Way & Little Joys

Ann Kelle's
latest fabric collection!

Photo from Ann Kelle blog
 
 
Photo from Ann Kelle blog
 
Red, Green, Aqua, Blue -
all the colors of the holidays.

These Jingle folks are dressed up
 and ready to celebrate.
Photo from Ann Kelle blog

Fun and festive
Christmas collection from
Robert Kaufman Fabric.
 
The Jingle Precuts are in the shop!

 
Another fun little reindeer is in the shop too...
Little Joys by Elea Lutz from Penny Rose Fabrics.
 
 
If you had to choose,
which reindeer do you prefer?


 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Patience is Not my Virtue

 
What does summer bring?
 
-Kids-
 
-Bored Kids-
 
-Kids who want to run a sewing machine.-
 
It sounded like such a good idea in February -
"Yes, we'll make a Pokémon quilt this summer. Yes."
 
I sort of sold all the Pokémon fabric,
thinking of course,
I can get more.
  I can't get more :(.
 
We settled on Playball by Riley Blake.
I cut 6" squares for him.
 
 
It's not that I don't love kids sewing.
I just don't love teaching my own kids sewing.
 
You've been here, right?
 
The project is ready. 
The child is attentive for an hour
and then it gets too hard.
And then the project sits.
 
But... today was different.
This boy has perseverance.
He just sewed ALL of these rows
in a looong afternoon.
 
He didn't want to stop.
 
I've never had it go like this before.
He really can sew by himself.
 
 
He learned all about unpicking
 
 
and ironing. 
 
 
I did the pinning, babying the machine
and cheering him on.
 
 
And just like that, the top is done.
I'm still impressed.
 
 
We can check this off
the summer list!
 
 
I'm off to machine quilt this
which I've never done.
And will probably be whining and
saying "this is too hard" after an hour. 
  
 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Starry Sewing

 
Working on our Craft Taffy
Retreat stuff today.
 
Can't show much,
I do like surprises.
 
 
We'd love to have you join us,
there is still room in the first session
which is September 20-23rd.
 
Registration is closing mid-month, so if
you are interested, please contact me soon.
 
Here's a little sneak peek. 
 
All the details are at:
 
Grab a friend and come along!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

I'll Keep It Real

 
So…my husband was in NYC on business,
in meetings with 
Etsy.
 
ETSY!
 Do you think he could snap a picture,
steal a coaster,
a business card,
anything for me? 
 
Nope.
Nada. 
He was just telling me about the bunting
in the Etsy Museum and
how one of the conference rooms is named
Oreo Speedwagon and
another one is named Buns and Roses. 
Seriously.
 
 Oh wait, he remembered he got an Etsy temp tattoo. 
It says, "Keep It Real". 
Thanks honey.
 
www.quilttaffy.com  :)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Spring Babies

At our last little getaway in the Tetons
(Calgon....take me away)
I took 2 small projects. 

This cute, little triangle baby was 
just what the mama ordered.  
I hope!
 
I cut the triangles out with the Accuquilt and it was super slick!
I used the triangle-isosceles - 5"x6"
It was really quite fun to make and the the Accuquilt made everything so ACCUrate. 
Hence the name, I guess. :)

I love a big, fat binding on the back. 
It looks like a little border. 
I cut my binding 2 1/2". 
It is single fold.
The next Mama requested a Chevron in gray and white. 
I love how this turned out.  

Spring babies are the best. 
Lilacs fill the air.....

We'd love to have you at our Fall Retreat!
Imagine how many baby quilt YOU could whip out??!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Toys R Us - Homestyle

I'm really fortunate to be able to work on a project at Church to help our community through the year. 
This year we decided to get a head start on Christmas.  
We challenged our wonderful ladies to make or buy a doll or toy this year.

Our community has an organization set up to help over 100 local agencies.  It's serviced through churches and volunteers from all over.  So far we've collected over 40 soft toys and dolls.  You might recognize a kitty or some monkeys!


We had a work day where women came and helped tie quilts and make wooden puzzles and matching games.  It was fun to see little kids eying the toys on the table.  Every once in while you'd see a little one wandering around with a doll or two.  

These puzzles are two sided.  
I just scanned a bunch of Golden Book pages that I thought would be interesting for little kids.  

Bought the wood cut and ready to go.  
I love Craft Parts

These matching games are the 
brain child of Caravan Shoppe.  
Their illustrations are so darling.  
Materials:  2" circles from Craft Parts 
Hard Coat Mod Podge 
Olliblocks Matching Set



Many of these items will be filling Salvation Army stockings and numerous agencies in need for children's toys.    

It's only May....I can't wait to see what else comes in to help fill the shelves for Christmas.