Monday, June 30, 2008

Sheet Square Swap

If you're interested in participating in a Sheet Square Swap (or maybe just a fabric square swap, or both), please leave a comment on this post so I can get an idea if enough people are interested. If there's more than 10 people, I'd need to know if anyone else would be willing to be a "swap mama". Here's how the swap would work:

A group would consist of 11 people (10 + 1 swap mama). Each person in the group would choose 20 fabrics (or sheets) and cut 10 6" squares of each fabric. That would amount to a total of 200 squares. You send your squares to your swap mama, and she in turn, organizes and assembles the 200 squares for each member and sends them out. Last year I did this same swap but we did 500 squares. I loved getting all those fabrics, but it was definitely a lot of cutting. I think 20 is much more manageable.

Please note that this is NOT a sign up for the swap. I just want to get an idea of how many people are interested. If enough are interested, I'll have sign-ups close sometime next week and mail out deadlines at the end of July/ beginning of august. If you are interested, please let me know the following:
would you be interested in swapping vintage sheets or fabrics, or both?
Is 20 different fabrics too much or just right?
Are you interested in being a "swap mama"?


Thursday, June 26, 2008


I was totally psyched when my invitation for Spoonflower came a few weeks ago. I'm sure all of you have heard about it by now, but for those who haven't, it's this awesome new website that allows you to design and have your own fabric printed. I immediately started drawing and trying to think of designs. I have to give a lot of credit to those that design entire lines of fabric because it is quite challenging (well at least for me!) Anyway, when I finally decided on a drawing, I took a picture and played around with it in Gimp. I'm no computer expert and exploring Gimp was a lot of fun and easy. It's a free computer program similar to Adobe Photoshop. When I was done, I ordered a FQ of my design and I impatiently waited for it to get here. When it came, it was nicely wrapped with a wonderful handwritten note. There would have been pictures of that too, had I not ripped into the package. I'm sure you would have done the same thing ;) So, It came out pretty well, although I do wish that I had payed attention to the scale markers on their website. It would have been better had it been a smaller repeat pattern.

I'm not sure if I'll order more of this. I am, however, looking forward to creating more designs. I am so excited for this website and I can't wait to see how it evolves. It would be great if you could eventually buy other designer's fabrics. As it stands right now, the cost to print your own fabric would not be really cost effective to sell by the yard. But we'll see. The website is only in its beginning stages and I've read a lot of other great raves and reviews on it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Summertime is definitely "swap season" for me. I don't know what is it about summer, but I participate in far more swaps during this time than any other time in the year. Anyway, I've finally gotten my act together for the Vintage Sheet Patchwork Swap. I was surprised at how many vintage sheets I had around the house. Of course, that didn't stop me from buying a few more. Here's what I'll be sending in.
I can't wait to see what I receive. You can see what other people sent in here in the flick pool. There are so many good ones in there!

Cutting up all those fat quarters reminded me a lot of the best swap ever (right, Sarah?) That swap was really great and I'm still using up my squares. I was thinking, is anyone interested in swap squares of vintage sheets? I had a lot of sheets that weren't quite big enough for fat quarters. The past swap (with the squares), went something like : 10 people cut 10 squares from 50 different fabrics, so each person ends up with 500 squares. Obviously we could play around with the quantities and such. If there's enough interest, I would definitely organize one. Alright, enough rambling for today. I thought maybe I'd sew tonight, but my DVD player and I have a date tonight with Weeds. Thank you netflix :)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Thank you, Oregon!

Hello, friends. I am finally getting back into the swing of things after our fabulous vacation. Oregon was such a beautiful place and I only wish we had more time to spend there. We spent about 3.5 days in Salem, which was such a fun city. It is quite hard to believe that is it actually a city, with its wide roads and old western charm. I thought I had forgotten my camera during that leg of our trip, and subsequently I have no pictures of my own of Salem. On Tuesday, after the rest of our family left, John, Isaiah and I drove up the down the coast to Lincoln City to visit the Pacific Ocean for the first time.

It was such an amazing experience and so different from the beaches we know here on the east coast. We were driving through mountains and suddenly the ocean appeared. No indication that we were even close. The water was soooo cold there and we even walked the beach in sweaters (well John didn't).

Tuesday night we drove up to Portland and spent two nights there. Wednesday we visited Multnomah and Wahkeena Falls. Both equally gorgeous in their own ways. The view from the bridge at Multnomah was spectacular and breaktaking. I think I must have said "wow" at least a thousand times.

After spending the morning there, we drove back to Portland to visit the Oregon Zoo followed by a quick visit to Josephine's Dry Goods and Knit/Purl. And you probably wouldn't believe me, but I managed to walk out of both stores without buying a thing! We ended the night by taking Isaiah to a see the Portland Beavers, a triple A team with a beautiful park right in Portland.

Before we left Thursday morning, we managed to squeeze in a little time to visit Powell's. I sure wish we had more time to spend in that place. Isaiah didn't even want to leave!

It was such a memorable, wonderful trip that it was really hard to leave. The weather was especially great and we did not have one rainy or too cold/ too hot day. I'm sure we'll make another visit there again. There are just so many things to see and do that it was impossible to cram it all into a short period.

The flight back was equally beautiful. This picture of Mt. Hood was taken from the airplane on our way out. Gorgeous, right?

It is good to be back though. Hopefully I'll have time to get to some crafty things and check out what you have all been doing. There's at least 600 posts to catch up on!

Friday, June 13, 2008

And we're off...

This last week has been such a blur. I've been busy shopping, packing, and cleaning in preparation for this trip. This morning I scrubbed as much of the house as I could and now I'm exhausted. When I was a kid, I always hating getting ready for a trip, because it would mean my mom running around like a crazy person telling us we had to clean up the house. My sister and I never understood, always replying "why are you cleaning?!? We're not even going to be here." But Mom, I get it now. Although my house is usually messy, I don't want to come back to a mess. I can't bear the thought of having to vacuum those tiny Isaiah crumbs when I get back. It's funny how we turn into our moms, isn't it?

Anyway, we'll be gone about a week. Hopefully I'll get a chance to enjoy all the goodness Portland has to offer. Wish me luck on our long adventure tonight. We'll be getting in at 11pm, which will be 2 am our time. I hope Isaiah (and I) survive!

Have a good weekend everyone!

Monday, June 09, 2008


Hi Everyone! Part of my absence this last week is because I'm getting ready for a big trip across country to Portland, Oregon. I am soo excited, I can hardly contain myself. It'll be my first trip to the west coast. We're going to John's cousin's wedding and we'll be seeing family we haven't seen in a while. John and I decided to stay a few days longer to check out the area. So my friends, I need some suggestions of places to visit. We'd love to see some wineries, crafty places, and any good things to do with kids. We'll actually be in Salem, but we're hoping to spend some time in Portland too. Oh, and any one out there know a good babysitter?

Thursday, June 05, 2008

catching up on DBJ

Thanks for all the suggestions yesterday! I am seriously looking into buying a new machine, but it's quite the task. There are so many machines out there that it really is hard to narrow it down. Since my machine is not in working order right now, I took the opportunity to finish up some more blocks for the Dear Baby Jane quilt. I am far behind, but I am making progress. I think the two top ones are my favorite so far. If you look closely at the top right block, you can see it's bunnies. How cute, right?

These are all my blocks together so far. Geez, it looks like I have 14 or so blocks to catch up on. Hopefully I can get a few more done tonight, I already have 2 more in progress. Guess it wasn't such a good idea to get so far behind!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


Dear Sewing Machine,

I really don't like having to write these letters to you. It make me very angry. You have served me well for over 5 years and probably even longer for someone else. But why, oh why, do you have to stop working properly when I'm in the middle of a project?!?! It really makes me feel like tossing you aside for a new, more equipped machine. And I just may have to. So, if you want to stick around, could you please magically start working again? Pretty please?

Your proud but upset owner,

So yeah, I think the timing is off on my machine. The question is, should I have it fixed, or should I buy a new machine. This is an older machine, probably from the 70s or 80s that my mom picked up at a garage sale for $20. It has worked great for me, but I think I'm ready to upgrade, and this may be just the excuse I need. Although I don't really have the money to fork over for a really expensive one (or one at all for that matter). Do you guys have any good machine suggestions??

On another note, I have updated some things to my etsy shop. There are a few Dopp Kits for Father's Day and today I'll be uploading some more left overs from my craft fair in April. You think it could have taken me long enough, right?

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Monday, June 02, 2008


Last week turned out to be a little unannounced hiatus. Yet another week has gone by with barely any sewing accomplished. On Memorial Day, I decided to reorganize my sewing/dining room, which including moving around furniture and a quick trip to IKEA. You have to love an excuse to go to IKEA, right? I bought these two tables for my sewing area. The higher one has adjustable legs, and the smaller one can fit right under it. Perfect for a small space. I also hung the two shelves on the wall and organized some of the smaller sewing items into the red bins.

Luckily my MIL helped me, not once but twice last week. I sorted through a lot of my fabric and am planning to have a garage sale this weekend to sell some of it. Everything else got refolded and placed in the existing bins on the white bookcase.

Of course, right after everything was organized I felt the urge to sew right at that moment, and now it's a mess again. But at least I have a new space to play in! I have more to show this week, I promise :)

Oh, and did anyone else have trouble with blogger this morning? It was really driving me nuts!