Monday, May 28, 2012

Scrappy Sew

Happy Mochi Yum Yum Scraps - Monica Solario Snow...Block designed by Angela Pingel

I'm taking part in my first sewing bee called Scrappy Sew bee it!  This block is called Stargazing and it's from the book Modern Blocks. This block is not only for the month of May but also for my new blogging friend May who lives in Germany! The queen bee of the month choses the block and we pull out our scraps. No problem there. I have lots of those.  Our bee members are from all corners of the world!

I used more of my Mochi scraps to make a quart size traveling pouch. The TSA requires a very utilitarian quart size plastic bag for all liquids carried onboard a plane. But who wants utilitarian  on a getaway? It seems much more agreeable to slip the plastic bag into something prettier after reaching a destination.

I love the selvage strips. Can you see the smiling faces in this close up shot?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fiesta Pincushions Round 2


I used my Fiesta collection for more color inspired pincushions. When I lined them up for their photoshoot on the mantel, I thought they looked good enough to eat. Or drink. 

I could probably get away without pointing this out but I did something very annoying. I forgot to put the batting and top stitching in that I used on the first set. It makes them look so much more finished. But what's done is done and I'm moving on.

Unless I find I can't bear it, in which case I'll redo them. 

The green fabric is a little off in this picture.

 The new pincushions will be getting their matching mug rugs any day now.

On May 21st I'll be joining Sew, Mama, Sew's giveaway. I hope to see you then!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Good Day Sunshine! a.k.a. Happy Mochi Yum Yum

I just pulled my newly finished quilt out of the dryer.....crinkled just so.

It looks and feels like sunshine to me. Not hot, sweltering sunshine but the kind that just envelopes you in its warmth. The kind of sunshine that I'd like to send to Hadley!

If my patience wasn't on hold, I would have waited until     tomorrow to take pictures with better lighting. 
Mr. White Socks indulged me. He really is behind there. No need for a sock fashion show.

I used the pattern Taking Turns designed by Monica Solorio Snow.
Quilts and More Spring 2012
I'm a featured follower over at Jennifer's lovely blog Knotted-Thread. Every Friday Jennifer does a fun post where you can learn more about one of her followers. It's a fun way to find learn about other bloggers and what they are up to. 

Have a delightful weekend! XOXO

Monday, May 7, 2012

Cuppas, pinnies and mug mats.

These are the simple pincushions nested in Fiestaware cups that I showed you last week. M-R from Quilt Matters and Kat from Ladybug Hugs suggested that I make some mug rugs to go with the cups. And there was a second on that motion. I listened and here they are.

I used Treasures and Tidbits and Half Moon Modern for the squares and Essex Linen for the solid portion and the backing of the mats.

I used up almost all my dots on the binding and squares.  These dots are precious to me so I guess this qualifies me for Kelby's My Precious QAL. My HMM dots are almost gone!

I'm still tempted to add a few more pincushions to my Fiesta collection along with a few more mug mats.

                       Sometimes it's the simplest of things that make us most happy.

Crocheted Pincushion for Nat
Take care! xoxoxo

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Taking it Slow

For the last couple of weeks I have been unable to work with both sides of my brain. My left brain has been so-so but my right brain has been slow-slow. In simple terms, the left brain is the logical, analytical side of the brain, while the right side serves the creative forces. I'm not sure of the moment when I came to a creative and blogging standstill.....but I became aware of it one morning when I couldn't find my oomph.

I decided that I needed to get back on the proverbial horse because I was missing my friends.  I was missing the rhythm and the "excitement" of making something and being able to share it. 

So these delightfully simple pincushions are my attempt at shaking up my right brain and getting back in my groove. I love Fiestaware and I have quite a few of the different colors. Wouldn't it be fun to make a pincushion in every color? 

I'd like to thank Connie from Quilting by the River for featuring Simply Miss Luella and my mochi quilt on Linky Party Tuesdays. Connie is one of the kindest, most creative bloggers around. She has a way of making people feel special!

I'm excited about my very first one on one swap with Lizzie from Tasmania. It's a thrill to think about getting a gift all the way  from Tasmania and from someone as talented as Lizzie!

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