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So, my lack of blogging in the latter part of 2012 is embarrassing to say the least. I was busy though, I promise. I’d hate to think you guys thought I was just goofing off and being unproductive so I’ve gathered a few pics of some of the projects/fun things that we were up to.

Here we go… This is a commission quilt we made for a customer we met at Madison this year. Made for her granddaughter, Mimi. It’s a modified Sassafras. I tagged this one “I’m a Barbie girl”. It was so so very pink and girly!

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Became a very popular one of these…

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Did a lot of daydreaming about one of these…

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All of those hexies I made became one of these…Is this the cutest place mat or what. Still workin’ on my 2nd one! This was a sample for when we were asked to vend at a local Modern Quilt Guild. We did a demo on hand and machine hexies.

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We made a commissioned breast cancer throw for someone’s Christmas gift.

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Started a spool quilt with Elsie’s Girl, Shelley, which we work on weekly. This is my progress so far…

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I had some life changing decisions thrown…definition(Pushed or forced violently and suddenly into a particular state.) upon me. Which caused this…

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And let’s just say this…you can’t hide from Karma peeps. At least I’m hoping anyway;) More on that subject at a later date.

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Spent a total of 3 weeks over the last 2 months like this. Which probably was a result from all of the stress caused by the above…

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Had a Christmas crafting party..

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And we made these cute button trees…This one’s mine.

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And this is Paige’s..

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New fabrics arrived at the shop. We now have all of the Oval ELements in stock and this great new line from Blend called Gabbie. You can find it here…

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Did some of this…

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But then ate a lot of this..

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We found a perfect cupcake stand for SewMod. So we ate even more of this deliciousness just to decorate the stand….

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Paige and I went shopping and found these SewMod Christmas decorations in our colors…

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That matched these trees! How could we possibly resist…It’s Christmas, SewMod Style!

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Spent some time catching up with the nephews in OKC…

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And finally made more progress on my December fun project, Rendezvous..

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Whew, 2 months of blogging done! Here’s to a great 2013! We made a lot of progress this year and we couldn’t have done it without all of your support. We made wonderful friends and met so many people thru social media and our experiences at the quilt shows and local guilds. Thank you everyone! We are looking forward to another exciting year!

What to do when work is the farthest from your mind, your teen is away for the week, and the pup is at the doggie spa for the day? Shopping of course! So me and my bestie friend Susan took a couple of hours for a midweek break. We started off by doing some errands but as usual the shenanigans started and we found ourselves on a tiny spree:)

We didn’t make it to Target, but that was only because we ran outta time. We went to K-Mart and I picked up some new dishes. On sale for only $7.00! And I like them! I need to go to Target for matching brown bowls and small plates now.

Next we headed to World Market. A dangerous place for sure! Just look at this adorable vintage like cake carrier we came across. It’s tin and it’s in the robins egg blue…love it! I picked up the tea towels at K-Mart too . I could add an embroidery design and display them with the cake carrier.

It even has a removable top for a pie…I’m actually giddy over this find!

I love pretty much anything for the kitchen, so these cute nesting measurement bowls jumped into my basket as well. Each one has a different design in the bottom.

The ceramic measuring spoons came home with me too.

Check out this awesome vintage looking bird cage wall hanging that holds photos or post cards. Mine now:) That’s the perfect spot for it.

A cute sitting chair in a linen fabric and each button was a different fabric. So cute and I wish I had a place for this. I don’t, so it had to stay at World Market even though I know it wanted to come home with me.

I picked up these bicycle paper clips for me and my friend Vicki, who also has a love for cute bicycles.

We stopped by our favorite grocery store…The Fresh Market.

Lots of goodies to keep you…um …healthy;) Isn’t this cake beautiful? This did not come home with me. Unless having my teen away for the week counts as a special occasion…hmmm.

Even though work was a distant second today, it was still in my thoughts. I managed to find the new issue of Mollie Makes.

So now that Daisy has made it back home from her beauty appointment, I’m going to relax after all that shopping and read my new issue. I hope there isn’t anything in there I want because I don’t think my wallet will be very happy with me:(

Thanks for letting me brag about all of my great finds. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

I still am unable to sew or do much handwork, so I thought I’d share some pics from fall and Halloween projects this week.

I love Fall and Halloween for many reasons..

Chill in the air, listening to the leaves dance outside and all the changing colors we are so lucky to see up here. This pic is the pond in our backyard. I was lucky enough to find the perfect day for the reflection of the trees. I wasn’t the only one out there taking pics that day. It was beautiful!

I decorate my front porch every year with this cute scarecrow I made after I first moved here and our local nursery grows their own mums. When I drive by and see the baby mums growing, that’s the 1st sign fall’s on it’s way. I made that cute wall hanging too. It’s a perfect fit!

I take down all of my normal decor in the kitchen and replace it with fun fall things like pumpkins, fall vines and wool mats.

And here’s the 2 wool table mats my mom made me…love these!

And last is the table topper I made for my kitchen table.

Try to take a walk today and enjoy the fall weather. It won’t be around for long!

As promised I’m back with the results from mine & Daisy’s stroll.

Here is my neighbor, Gloria’s, flowers. Baskets of Geraniums and Cranesbill Geranium ground cover.

My flowers aren’t so impressive yet. July/August seems to be my best bloomers. Daisies, Cone flowers, Daylilies, and last year my Impatiens were a whopping 30″ tall. So, we’ll have to wait for mine to catch up. This is my Clematis. Pretty decent this year but not loaded with blooms. Why? Too much shade maybe?

This is one not too far from my house…beautiful.

Daisies and I can never remember the name of the hot pink ones… Coreopsis maybe?

I visited the pond and saw this crane across the way.

And a mamma and daddy duckie protecting their babies. You can barely see them..I didn’t want to get too close.

If you really want to see some beautiful pics of flowers, you should check out my tea buddy, Joyce’s, Flickr photostream set. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing Joyce:)

A place for friends to gather and to work on projects. Relax, have a drink, learn something new, and show off your latest project.

We started with our inspiration….the colors in our logo, robins egg blue and chartreuse green.

We painted the walls Robins Egg blue. It’s so soothing and none of the fabrics seem to clash with it. They actually seem very happy in their new home. Ikea bookshelves were the perfect choice for storage.

We had tables, but we needed seating. I found green chairs! They’re perfect. Enough seating for seven.

I bought a kitchen cabinet from Home Depot and Nick attached a decorative top to it for the cutting surface. We took a peg board, painted it green, and attached a frame around it to fancy it up. I can hang all the tools and rulers on it. I got that idea from Creative Little Daisy’s blog.

The ironing station stayed the same.

Design wall…

And Daisy still has her perfect view.

We didn’t stop there though. Our friends need may need to use the restroom and it deserves the same attention to detail. Don’t you love a pretty restroom? I found perfect whimsy bath mats..polka dots!

I moved the quilt rack in there. I like seeing them while I put my makeup on. It makes me happy.

And I organized the storage in the restroom with the tubs I found at Wal-mart on my last shopping trip. And yes, every time I change a bathroom, I need to have matching towels. It’s a bit obsessive, I know:)

Ahhh…it feels so good to be organized:) Now it’s time to get to work!

A special thanks to Fix It Nick who did all the hard work for me. I couldn’t have done it without him…seriously..thanks Nick, Paige and I LOVE it!

I soon discovered when Paige and I decided to do Etsy that I had out grown my small loft as my sewing space. I was in denial for quite awhile. But as I was making the OU quilt it became apparent that I couldn’t sew a quilt that is actually bigger than the space I’m sewing in.

So, I made the decision to turn my master bedroom into a studio. I hired my neighbor Nick to help me out with the project. First things first….the design wall. We removed all the furniture and hung a 8′ x 8′ design wall on the largest wall. It’s 2 4′ x’4′ insulation boards taped together and covered in batting and screwed into the wall.

I bought 2 6′ tables for sewing. Now the SewMod girls won’t be squished around the kitchen table when we get together at my house. I still need to find some chairs for the tables. And when sewing machines aren’t occupying the table I can use it as an extra cutting space for the bolts.

This wall will soon have bookshelves for the fabric that are coming in.

I did have to leave the treadmill in here but tha’s ok. Daisy uses it to jump into her favorite spot on the window ledge. She likes to sit on her quilt and terrorize the neighborhood:(

I moved my dresser, which didn’t even have any clothes stored in it, onto the loft. I’m using it as a desk for Etsy, designing, and storing some of the Etsy merchandise in. It fit so perfectly there. It was like it was meant for that space. And I’m definitely replacing that awful chair. I’m stalking something at Ikea:) Just haven’t committed yet.

My Aviary quilt looks so awesome on the banister.

Now my bedroom is downstairs in the tiny “office”. Iv’e adjusted pretty well. We painted my bed, which was the color of the dresser that’s on the loft, black,  and I ruffed it up a bit to look worn. I think it turned out really nice. I wanted to that for some time now. I’m glad I went for it.

Everything I needed ft in here, including Daisy’s bed, and most importantly my flat screen. I don’t think I would have made this move if my most loved tv wouldn’t have fit in here:)

The tuffet is being used as my nightstand.

I even had room to display a few quilts.

I think it’s time to have the girls over for a little sewing, don’t you?

The SewMod Gumdrop Party was Sunday. We met at Vicki’s house and I wish I had taken a pic of the food bar she had set up where we each made our own calzone and sodas. Kelly brought chocolate chip cookies and Pattie brought gourmet chocolate cupcakes stuffed with marshmallows. I know, you’re hating on me right now for the lack of pics. I’m so sorry!

We had a great time, as usual! Thanks Vicki for being a great hostess!

Meet SuperCool Kelly. She made her gumdrop in a black and tan with a cute polka dot top.

Vicki made a kids one for her nephew Kenny.

Looks like Auntie Vicki is taking a break on your gumdrop Kenny:)

And finally, mine and Paige’s. I used Central Park by Kate Spain and Paige used some calming green prints from her stash. I found hers to be very soothing colors.

These were so easy to  make! I’m definitely making more. I think maybe a Cubs one for Russell and an OU Sooners one for the Etsy shop. Wouldn’t that be a fun one!

What’s next you say? How can we top tuffets in February and Gumdrops in March? Well, April’s party is going to be cooking lessons from Kelly’s friend, the chef at Cooking Fools, in downtown Chicago. Unfortunately, I won’t be attending this party but I look forward to Paige’s post and seeing what foods everyone learned to make. I’m sure I’ll be missing a great party…bummer:(

**UPDATE 6/12/2015 The Tuffet classes are Closed at this time.
Please visit here for the pattern and the blog post with Tips & Tricks for piecing and assembly of your Tuffet! Thank so much. Lorrie:)

Paige finished her tuffet this week! She used a full range of bright batiks. Can you believe that all 64 prints came from her stash! It looks like a jewel and I really love how she centered the flower batik as her button.

The only thing left to add now is the tuffet feet. But I don’t think Paige’s Kitty minded:)

For all you lucky local residents of the Chicagoland area, SewMod is interested in holding a Tuffet Class using the pattern by Myra Mitchell. We were thinking a Saturday or Sunday in the month of May or June. We are flexible. If we get 3 or more interested then we will hold the class. **Class requirements are intermediate sewing levels with knowledge of foundation or paper piecing. If you’d like to purchase the Tuffet pattern, it can be found in the HERE!  Please contact us below if you are interested in the class simply fill out the fields and clicking submit. Have a great weekend everyone!

**Update: 2/23/15 If you’re looking for the Tuffet Demo & the foundation piecing tutorial, it can be found here

The tuffet party for the SewMod group was a success!

We met on Sunday and I couldn’t be happier with how everyone’s turned out. Let’s start form the beginning, shall we.

1st there are tuffet “cakes”, 6″ foam and heavy plywood, sprayed together with upholstery adhesive.

Jelly roll strips are foundation pieced onto muslin and sewn together.

Cover the cakes and staple underneath.

And if you work really, really hard….

your cakes grow up to be tuffets.

I used a Soul Blossom jelly roll on mine. I still need to paint my feet.

SewMod tuffet pattern

If you’d like to make your own Tuffet. You can purchase the pattern by clicking on the pattern pic above!

I had a great time and I hope the other girls did too. Vicki suggested trying the Amy Butler Gum Drop Pillows next.

Sign me up Vicki. I’m in!

Tuffet…eating her curds and whey…

The SewMod girls have decided to do a group project in a couple of weeks and since  Paige & I proposed it, we thought we’d try it out before we get together to help things move along smoothly.

We’re making this cute little tuffet.

I used a Blessings jelly roll for this practice one but I really wanna make one using the Amy Butler Soul Blossoms jelly roll.

It took us quite a while to get this done, mostly because I’m the absolute worst paper/foundation piecer ever. I had to keep asking…now where do I start? I’m surprised she just didn’t take it away from me and do it herself.  She’s very patient!

I think I’ll use my tuffet as a little bedside table in the guest room. Anyone up for a sleepover?

It will be so exciting to see everyone’s choices and finished tuffet.

I don’t think we’ll be eating any curd though. What is that anyway?…doesn’t even sound good…unless it’s Wisconsin cheese curds…yum,yum!

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