Saturday, February 13, 2010

Finished KJR Pillow

The pattern is very simple, but I just adore the the Katie Jump Rope fabrics with linen. It has been a long time since I've sewn with linen; I'd forgotten how much I hove working with it. I love the drape and hand.

I'm going to look into the Essex linen/cotton blend as an option for the quilt top, but Kona Stone also looks like a good option.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Katie Jump Rope + Linen = Love

Yesterday's snowfall was a record for the DFW area. The official total was 12.5"! School is out again today, so all the neighborhood the kids are having a blast playing outside.

Here's my most recent fabric purchase.

Well, this is some of it. I decided that since I missed out on Flea Market Fancy, I'm not going to miss out Katie Jump Rope. The stash above is from three different places with two more orders on the way. I was able to find everything with the exception of two of the dot prints (the yellow and the light blue/green).

I want to make a quilt for my bed and it's king size. My dream pattern is the Single Girl quilt, but I've read that it can be a little on the challenging side. So, I've had this quilt at Wise Craft bookmarked for a while which has the same feel as the Single Girl pattern, but looks much easier. The pattern is called the Marquee Quilt and it's in the Modern Quilt Workshop book from FunQuilts.  I ordered the book but decided I wanted to play with the fabrics right away.

Using 100% linen on the front of a kind sized quilt may end up being much too expensive, but wouldn't it be gorgeous! I decided to try some of the fabrics with linen while I wait for the book to arrive.

After some quick pattern drafting, I had a design that worked and feels a little like the Marquee quilt.

I love the way the front turned out. Love it! I was tempted not to wash it, but I went ahead. It's in the washer now, so I'm anxious to see how it looks washed. Hopefully I'll have the pillow assembled tomorrow to show you.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The most snow in a generation!

I can't remember this much snow here. Probably because the last time north central Texas got this much snow was in 1978. (I was six.) And, it's still snowing! On the news they just called it the most snow in a generation.

We went sledding on the golf course. You can't buy a sled in our neck of the woods. Luckily, we brought these home from Colorado a few years ago.  

School was cancelled today and will likely be closed tomorrow too. We Texans aren't know for our ability to drive in snowy or icy weather; we just don't get much practice. 

This sure is fun while it lasts. It's supposed to be back in the 50's in the next few days. 

Monday, February 8, 2010

It's Monday

Shea and I baked my favorite chocolate chip cookies tonight.

The recipe on the Ghiradelli semi-sweet baking chips bag is to die for! I slightly undercook them and they come out chewy, gooey perfect. 

I had a close call on Saturday. When the box below arrived in the mail, I was panicked! The crushed, open end of the box was soaking wet and the entire thing was sealed in a clear plastic "We're sorry" bag from the post office.  

Why the panic?  Because this...

is what was inside! Doesn't the USPS know that Flea Market Fancy is irreplaceable! Don't they know how much crazy women who quilt pay for this fabric!

Luckily, the fabric was tightly wrapped in plastic and completely escaped damage. I missed FMF when it was in stores and this was my first purchase. I don't have plans for it yet. I'd love to find some blue, green, yellow or orange to balance out my pink-heavy assortment. It's silly expensive on eBay, but a little more reasonable on Etsy, so I keep watching!