Giveaway winner and can you believe Christmas is 4 days away?

Thanks so much for everyone who entered my giveaway, for everyone who went over to look at my shop, and for everyone who purchased from me. I had the best month I've ever had thanks to all of you!

The winner of the giveaway was Robyn. I've emailed her and will be sending her earrings before Christmas.

And can you believe it's only 4 days until Christmas? I've made 2 queen quilts, and several other smallish quilty things. I'll be sure to show you photos after their new owners have seen them. I've still got to do Christmas cards, some surprises for my kids, and neighbor gifts! I think I can do it.

Thanks again to all of you for reading my blog and commenting on my projects. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.


Giveaway Day! NOW CLOSED

Welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by! Today I'm giving away the winner's choice of earrings from my etsy shop - leedle deedle designs.

It's true I'm a quilter and totally addicted to fabric - which is what this blog is for. But I have many crafty interests and jewelry is one thing I love to make.

So just in time for Christmas I will be giving away your choice of earrings from my shop. To enter please leave a comment telling me which is your favorite pair. And right now I'm also having a sale in my etsy shop for 20% off everything. Just enter the code HAPPY20 at checkout!

A few more details: This giveaway will be open until Friday, December 16th at 5 pm PST.
There are lots more giveaways like this at Sew Mama Sew - go over and see what there is!
I am happy to ship to the US and internationally.


an interview

Guess what! I was interviewed by Melissa of The Polka Dot Chair! I met Melissa at Sewing Summit and we had a great time together sewing one night. Go read the interview here. (Just to clarify - that is not Melissa - that is Vanessa of V. and Co. - but Melissa took this photo.)

Melissa's also got tons of great tutorials and good ideas - be sure to check out her blog if you've never been there before!


a few blocks and another giveaway!

Well - I was late on these bee blocks - but I did get them done! They were for do good stitches - Harmony circle. I used this tutorial. Not my favorite block, but I'm glad to use up some white and black fabrics - I've got tons of them somehow.

I'm also having another giveaway for my etsy shop over at Amy's blog Diary of a Quilter. If you'd like another chance to enter, please head on over. She's also offering a special discount.

And last but not least, here's my littlest and me on our way to church Sunday. He's wearing a sweater and hat my mom made for my oldest 11 years ago!

I'm still working away on Christmas presents. What are you working on?


Happy December - and a giveaway!

I'm so excited it's December! I've been working a lot on Christmas presents and organizing my house, so I haven't had too much to blog about. Though I think I'll have to wait until after Christmas to post most of the presents - I will have some other fun stuff to show you soon :)

But I did hit a milestone on my etsy shop last week! After I announced that I was having a sale - I hit 100 orders sold! Yay!

And so - I'm doing a little giveaway over at my friend Amy's blog - Amy Lou Who.

Go over and take a look!


a sale

Hi everyone. I've recently updated my etsy shop with a lot of new stuff and I'm having a little sale. Everything is 20% off! (I'll refund you 20% of your entire order once I've received payment).

There are a lot of great gifts in there for your friends, your wives, your daughters, your moms, and anyone else you can think of!

Please go over and check out my shop :)


Happy Thanksgiving and a few other things

Wow - I cannot believe it is almost Thanksgiving! That means Christmas is just around the corner! It seems to go so fast once school starts. Halloween comes right away and then Thanksgiving and Christmas just speed by.

Since it is the holiday season, and my grocery store seems to have gone crazy trying to display the most holiday foods possible - I caved and picked up some nuts for the kids to crack. I got to use this pretty little Pyrex bowl a friend gave me (a set of 2 - with 1 smaller one). The kids seem to like the walnuts better than the hazelnuts and almonds, so I got them some more. The other day I walked into the kitchen to see them hammering them with a meat tenderizer and trying to squeeze them open with a lemon juicer. Hopefully from now on they'll just use the nutcracker.

And onto some sewing. I made this lined drawstring bag for my friend Angela. You may remember me mentioning something about a fabric diet and that if I bought fabric before I made 5 quilts, I would have to make her something. Well - I didn't get my 5 quilts done before I bought fabric, so this is what I made her. I love the scrappiness - I may have to make one for myself :)

A couple of bee blocks for Amber - in la beeda loca

A secret bee block . . . (thanks so much to colleen for the fabrics!)

For Colleen - la beeda loca. This one was hard. I will not be making a circle quilt ever.

For Jen - Bee Tweet. I love these blocks and I would love to make a similar quilt.

And last but not least - some ornaments for a family ornament exchange. I totally stole this idea from here. Sorry if that offends anyone. They were quick and easy and I didn't mind buying a few things for them.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

p.s. I've recently become addicted to instagram photos. If you're on there - look me up at leedledeedle. I'll try to get some photos together soon for a post.


busy little bee

I cannot believe how much sewing I've gotten in lately! I feel like super woman!

Last week I finished up this mammoth quilt for my mom for Christmas. Pictured are 10 of the 100 blocks in the quilt. It is off to the quilter.

The day I gave her the mammoth quilt she brought me back this one. I love the Denyse Schmidt quilting on it. I could be happy with that quilting on every quilt.

Here is the whole quilt. It's Erin McMorris's line Wildwood. I took out a few prints I didn't love and I love how it turned out! It is twin sized and I can't believe I forgot to take a photo of the pieced back! I bound it the day after she brought it back.

Not sewing, but I made these cupcakes for my baby's first birthday! They were fast and easy and the tutorial is here.

I made Jeni's lined drawstring bag for my knitting project. The directions were excellent and I love how it turned out! I think I need to make 10 more of them.

This scarf is slowly getting knit. It may be finished before spring :)

I have also been working on bee blocks (of course) and Habitat challenge quilts for Modern Quilt Guild. What have you been working on?


bee blocks

At one point last month I made enough bee blocks to make an entire quilt! I do enjoy learning new blocks and working on things that are sometimes out of my comfort zone. Here's what I've got since last time.

First up - these are for the 4x5 modern bee on flickr. I also made one that was grey and turquoise, but I can't seem to find the photo. I used Oh Fransson's tutorial for her map of the states block. It was time consuming. I think I'll look for a cheater way next time.

This one is for Amisha in Bee Tweet. I enjoy hexagons a lot. And I love the idea of using lots of different sizes. I also love that background fabric (moda crossweave I think?)

These 2 are for do. Good Stitches {a Charity Bee}. We all did a greek cross with pink center or background fabric.

This one was for Brooke in La Beeda Loca. I totally did the block wrong. It was supposed to be Lee's Supernova, but I inverted the corner pieces. Oh well.

This is another bag I made for sewing summit. It's the Jane Market bag. Several other girls had the same pattern. I wish we could have gotten a picture of all of them.

2 more for do. Good Stitches. I did these ones at the very last minute. I think I'll make a quilt with these colors . . .

And 3 for Rachel from Bee Tweet. I copied one of Ashley's blocks, one of Cara's and made one up. I really liked making these blocks. I think I need a quilt with these kinds of log cabin blocks . . .

These were for the Super Secret Sewing Summit Bee. We (Ali and a bunch of other people) made 2 quilts - one for Erin and one for Amy. My blocks were used on the backs.

Wow! 16 blocks! Could have made me a nice little quilt!


Halloween 2011

Henry was an owl this year. I used the Martha Stewart costume pattern. He kept pulling on his little glasses until they stretched out so much that he couldn't keep them on. But luckily everyone still knew he was an owl.

Luke was a fish this year. I have made this pattern before - and it was so hard I swore I'd never do it again. But Luke asked for a blue one, so I made him a blue one. What a good mom I am.

Charlie also wanted to be a fish. He used the costume I made a few years ago. Thankfully he didn't want new colors. (Fish costume pattern - Simplicity 4926)

Sam was a robot. I told everyone this summer that I'd love it if someone were a robot and Sam obliged. He's good like that. He ended up ditching his arms after a few blocks of trick-or-treating because they made him too hot. He also couldn't hold his candy bag and put candy in at the same time, so I held his bag the whole time. (Robot inspiration here).

Jack was a viking. I had asked if someone would be a viking too because I really wanted to make this beard. We were going for Stoic the Vast, but we ran out of time on the armored skirt thing and the arm bands. I think it worked out okay. I'm loving the beard. (Beard inspiration from this girl).
And that's it until next year! Time to start working on Christmas presents :)

If you'd like to see my Halloween costumes from years past click here.