November 1, 2011

Say It Isn't Sew!

I have been stumbling across some blogs lately.  Quilting blogs.  Oh they are so lovely, intricate, and dangerous all at the same time.  You see, I had this idea in my head when we first got married that I was going to learn how to quilt.  Hubby bought me a Singer sewing machine for our first anniversary gift. Don't worry.  I asked for the sewing machine.  So I totally didn't see it like a blender on Father of the Bride?  *wink*  That Singer has since been replaced by an awesome Janome HD1000!!  Yes, another gift requested by moi...Christmas a few years ago from my hubby and my mom.  Love it!!!  Anywho...back to my first quilting idea...

I thought I would start quilting so I put down a chunk of change for a quilting hoop, fabric scissors, rotary cutter, self-healing mat, quilting thread, needles, fabric galore, patterns...need I say more?  I worked away at tracing and cutting out my pieces for four of the many blocks of this queen size quilt that I could just imagine draped across our bed.  Well...after putting together the first few blocks its was um...obvious...quilting was not my thing.  *sigh*  So all of those quilting notions either sat and collected dust, got used over the years, or sold at a garage sale.  Fast forward 16+ years and I have to say that this crafty mama has come a long way.  That quilting fiasco was just enough to guide me into my crafting life.  I am now a stamper, scrapbooker, stitcher, crafter of all things miscellaneous (there's not much I won't try at least...well, except for knitting.  Can you say NOT happening?!).  I now know how to handle my sewing machine.  I know how to sew clothing...not that I find it very exciting (more like stressful)...but I know how to do it. Properly. Kinda.   A-hem.

I've come a long way, but not long enough. Thinking about quilting again makes my palms sweat.  Makes me weak in the knees.  Makes me start biting my lip.  Yes I do that.  A lot.  But.  I have come across some blogs recently that are just begging me to give it a try.  Again.  Luring me to come back to that part of the crafting world.  Calling my name in colors so beautiful that I just don't know how long I can resist.  (There should be a self-help group for this, you know.)  These fabrics and designs are just so beautiful that I have to share them with you!  Ready?  Hold on to your sewing machines! 

I first came across Sweetwater and their lovely patterns about a month ago.  I love their patterns, the fabrics, the style.  Well, be prepared.  I'm going to say that about all these ladies.  *smile*

Isn't this bunting gorgeous?!

Then I came across Camille and her lovely fabrics and quilt designs...
 She has a book out, too!
Simplify with Camille Roskelley: Quilts for the Modern Home
I need this one, too! If for nothing, but to drool over the fabrics and patterns.

Some gorgeous patterns by Camille.

 This pattern is for a sewing machine cover.  I think I'm going to have to make one some day, but in black, tan, and know the colors of my craft room. 

How can you deny all these lovely fabrics?!  **drool**
(Maybe what I need is just a few pretty shelves of fabric to stare at and I'll be o.k.?  Naaaah.)

I also happened upon Figs Tree Quilts.
I love the color combinations!
(Sorry for such a small picture.)  

And lastly, because I think some of you might have eyes glazing over in pure boredom here.  This is a quilt I really need to make.  Super cute!

All the ruffles!  The colors!  Love it!

O.K.  I know I said "Lastly" but more.  Kimberly has some lovely things at

She makes lots of lovelies like this...
and this...

Beautiful, huh?  I can only dream of being so crafty! 

O.K....ya'll can resume your normal lives now.  Go on.  Look for a recipe for dinner.  Make some spiced chai.  Peruse my menu plans.  I'm done talking about it.  For now.  I think.  *wink*


Kimberly said...

Oh my goodness, Girl! Thanks so much for the plug! I was out all day yesterday and busy busy busy all evening so I'm just catching up a bit now.

How are you doing? Hanging in there... or are you a new mommy again? Hope all is well!

Sometime after things settle down, we should try for a little swap!


I think you and I are in the same mood, ready to sew! Love the post, the books and do love always I love your blog. Music inspires too..

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