Monday, August 3, 2009

happy monday!

Monday, August 3, 2009
i had a very productive weekend!
did you?
i vowed to spend 95% of my free time sewing and 5% of my time on the computer... it wasn't easy but well worth it!

i got the pincushions done for my giveaway winners! vicky & amy they will be on their way to you both today!

i stuffed my bakeshop pincushions with fiberfill to take all the pictures... but i knew that wasn't the best thing for pincushions... i just ran out of time... but i didn't want to send vicky & amy ones they couldn't use so i went on the hunt for crushed walnut shells... because they are apparently the best for pincushions... i also had heard you need to go to the pet store to get this stuff... well i don't have a pet and i've never been to a pet store... but i did this weekend... and apparently the actual purpose of crushed walnut shells is lizard litter... who knew?

i'll also be mailing out this cute yellow chick fabric today to julia she has an etsy store and a blog... we met earlier this year at Art Star Craft Bazaar.... i bought her dress from this tula pink fabric and i think she knew i was addicted to tula pink!! she offered to swap me all her scraps for some bright and fun fabric... her package arrived while i was away and i was excited to get it when i got home! then i was off to find a suitable swap fabric which i did on saturday...


last package going out today is to rachel.. just cause...an arcadia honeybun i got her at quilt festival... my patisserie pincushion... an aviary charm pack and some leftover simplicity layer cake squares... she knows about the honeybun... but not the rest... the pincushion is hers b/c the strips were hers!... but rach.. don't use it... cause its got fiberfill.. just stick it someplace to look pretty.. like near your lamp... and then the charm pack... well that charm pack has been sitting on my table for months talking to me and asking to be made into something... and i love it but i don't know what to make... and it told me i better use it or give it to someone that will... so rachel get out that matching mini honeybun and use this charm pack and layer cake squares ok? good. thanks.

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and best of all i finished my gypsy rose disappearing 9-patch topper!
kit from lani @ the quilt shoppe
pattern by rachel over @ modabakeshop


how it arrived... all cute and with a treat... but that isn't in the picture cause i ate it as soon as i opened it... i love skittles!!

blocks started like this...

and ended up like this...
i love it!!

it is a perfect size to be a topper or to lay over the back of the couch... or hang from a door...

sittin all pretty on the bench i made when i was 10.. or 11... somewhere around that age... all i know was i said dad i want to build a bench... all out of 2x4s!!!

again with the bench...with the pieced back peeking out...

here is how i did the back... i could have done it solid but i wanted to try something new...

instead of adding the label after the quilt was done i pieced it into the backing... i used 2" strips around it to frame it and then used the extra fabric from my sashing and binding... (if you want to do this make sure you cut your binding strips first so you make sure you have enough!)

and lastly... i just had to share this one... cause i think its funny... that would be me standing behind the quilt waving it around... one person photo shoots are fun!!
so did you have a productive weekend?
let me know!

29 comments:

rachel griffith said...

a rachel package!!!
yayyy!!!
yayyy!!!
yayyy!!!
can you include that gypsy rose topper???
tehehehe.

V and Co. said...

oh it turned out super cute!!!!

Molly said...

Oh I love your topper! I really like how you built the label into the backing--very nice! :)

PunkiePie said...

It's awesome! That nine patch tute is on my to do list. I did some sewing this weekend but not as much as you did. Great job! I love weekends like that.

What Comes Next? said...

I wish I could say my weekend was as productive as yours, but not a chance. I looked at fabric, but didn't touch my machine all weekend. The computer, on the other hand, saw a lot of action! Your Gypsy Rose topper is gorgeous. Rachel's tute makes it so easy. I've got the fabric all ready to go. NOw, to ust get off the computer...

Blue is Bleu said...

That quilt's beautiful!!! I love the subtle colours on it :) I was very productive this weekend too and barely spent time at my comp. Let's hope this continues lol

Di~ said...

great quilt Julie! Tell me, what is the cream fabric there? on the back that you used?

Juliejaz said...

My weekend was productive, but yours looked more productive than mine. I love the disappearing 9-patch topper that you made...it's beautiful! It's on my list of things to do.

And I did not know that crushed walnut shells would work in a pincushion. Thanks for that bit of info.


Julie

beth said...

good work! you outdid yourself! love the quilt, and i'm glad you told us where to get those crushed walnut shells...looks like you have enough to make MILLIONS of pin cushions. :)

Cora said...

Good for you. I had a relaxing weekend. Thanks on the tip to find crushed walnut shells - do they come in smaller bags??lol

Barb said...

You did have a wonderful week-end. Love the topper...just loved it all...

Heather said...

Lovely - that 9 patch quilt is on my list of things to make - I love it - yours turned out gorgeous!!1

Kris said...

I love disappearing nine-patch quilts and yours is fantastic! I had a productive weekend making some witch blocks for a Halloween swap I'm doing and also got some quality Harry Potter reading time in too. I'm rereading them from the beginning and it's a lot of fun!

Gene Black said...

The disappearing nine-patch quilt it wonderful. I have made ONE block once to try it out. Now I can see I need to make a bunch and make a little quilt.

Did you quilt it on a longarm or on your regular sewing machine? The quilting is excellent.

Jessica said...

i wish my weekend had been so productive. the disappearing nine-patch is really quite the cute lil quilt, and the backing is great.

Laura said...

Lizard litter???? Who knew that even existed! I love your quilt! I had a VERY productive weekend at home with my parents. Went through lots of stuff in my childhood bedroom, worked on my wedding scrapbook, and did some quilting.

Nicole said...

oh my heavens, I love this quilt. I'm not just saying that either, I really, really, like it. So much I think I need to give it a try. Ok, I think you've helped me get back in the sewing spirit!

Vicky said...

Oh, wow, I love my pincushion! You are SO talented! The quilt is gorgerous. I haven't tried a disappearing 9P yet, but it's on the to-do list. And lastly, a productive weekend? If you call cleaning the Quilting Condo productive, then, yes, I guess. So ready to sew, though!! xo

amylouwho said...

I'm excited to get my pincushion too!! And thanks for filling it with awesome stuff! I don't love any of the pincushions I own, but I think I may now!

That topper is so cute! You guys are all killing me with cuteness - I just can't keep up!!

(i heart skittles too!)

Thimbleanna said...

Boy Julie...you've been super busy! It cracked me up when I found out that crushed walnut shells were for lizard litter -- ewwwww. It sure makes good stuff for pincushions though (minus the lizard poop.) I LOVE the new way you did your label -- very, very cute!!!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Mine was not nearly as productive as yours! Way to go girl, and Rachel - I'm a little jealous :) Maybe I should send you my address Julie! jk :)

Amy - Park City Girl said...

I forgot to say how I LOVE the way you worked your label into your back! And the whole quilty is adorable!!

searchfamilies said...

Congratulations to the winners, & well done on being able to be so productive love the quilt.
No i haven't been productive, i have cut down on some online groups so i don't spend as much time on the computer, that said i did print off some rotary cut patterns for some blocks i had some but needed to print of the rest for a sort of swap but it just me & a friend we doing 2 set of 18 blocks each keep a set & send to the other we doing it from the Dear Jane but we don't want that smaller blocks so we doing them larger so hope to work on them plus some other blocks i need to get done over the coming week or two
Hugs Janice

Vickie E said...

It's fun to see the 9 patch quilt done in different fabrics. I do LOVE how you encorporated the label in the back..awesome. I can't believe we are going to meet at market woohoo!

Micki said...

You really have been productive and I enjoyed seeing all that you did! Lovely job!
Micki

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Oh you definitely did have a VERY productive weekend. The pincushions looks great, and thanks for the tip on the crushed walnut shells, never heard of this product before. Love the disappearing nine-patch quilt, beautiful!

Hope the rest of your week is just as productive.

Rita

Michelle said...

Wow, you have done such incredible work. The bench is amazing too. So much talent, you need to share it. I spent part of the weekend working on my spider webs. I think I have the hang of it, now I just need a chunk of time to get it all done.

Jackie said...

Wow were you ever busy! So much quilty goodness going on. Yes, walnut shells are great for the pincushions and one bag goes a long way. Congrats to everyone, especially Rachel.

Rose said...

I love that quilt! Beautiful...we went camping for the weekend and it was busy! The kids had a blast and we're all exhausted lol