A Yellow and Gray Quilt

yellow and gray quilt

Before I head off to Art Fair Jackson Hole, I wanted to share one last quilt with you.  Yellow and gray is so trendy these days, and I sincerely love the combination.  I hope you do too.  I’m really pleased with how this design turned out.  Enjoy!

a yellow and gray quilt

yellow and gray quilt

yellow and gray quilt

My Summer Sewing Projects

custom machine applique quilt yellow flower

I’ve been busy sewing lots of summer projects as I prepare for Art Fair Jackson Hole and Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival.  Along with that, I currently have 11 custom orders that I’m working on, and I’m teaching kids at a few summer camps.  Needless to say, my summer has been more work than play.  The good news is, I have some work to share with you today, and I’ll have more work to share in the days/weeks to come.

custom machine applique quilt yellow flowerHere’s a quilt I just finished.  I love the simplicity and the brightness of it.  And as always, the raw edges on the applique are turned under.  Here’s the back:

custom machine applique quilt yellow flowerAlong with that, I’ve also made a few more applique wall art pieces for kids, with vinyl photo pockets.

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Each of these has vinyl pockets to hold photographs.

applique wall art pieces for kids, with vinyl photo pockets

Lastly, I’ve made a few more applique textile art pieces with a wedding theme.  These pieces of textile art are meant to remind any married couple of their actual wedding day, yet the mirror in the image reminds them of everyday there after, spent together, side-by-side.  Marriage starts with one happy memory, and yet opens a door for a future full of many more.

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I’m honored to be featured on Amy’s Creative Side today, as a Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter.  Check it out. Thanks 😉

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County Fair Themed Birthday Party

county fair themed birthday party

We had a county fair themed birthday party last weekend, for Monet’s 2nd birthday.  Once again, I did a horrible job of photographing our decorations, but nonetheless, I’m still going to share.

Here was the invitation:

county fair birthday invitation

We provided the drinks; rum and Coke, lemonade, and tea.  Along with that, we also had a fancy dog bar where we had a host of toppings for the nitrate free hot dogs, brawts, chicken sausages, and tofu dogs that we grilled.

hot dog bar county fair themed party

Guests also brought sides, pies, and appetizers to enter in our “blue-ribbon” prize, county fair food competition.  The winning items included a rhubarb-apple pie, homemade bread with homemade strawberry-rhubarb jam and hand-churned butter, and a variety of homemade pickles.  The winners received a ribbon and a prize from our prize table.  Prizes included: coke glasses (just like these on Etsy, but made by my hubby), chicken screen-printed t-shirts and little farm animals for the kids (idea from tip-Junkie), along with other random prizes.

county fair themed party

I decorated the tables with simple burlap tablecloths, and I placed vases of flowers, picked from the garden, down the centers.  Along with that, we placed candied almonds, salt water taffy, and freshly popped kettle corn on the tables.

county fair themed party

county fair themed party

county fair themed party

Guests drank out of mason jars, and Coke glasses, like the ones I mentioned earlier.

county fair themed party

The kids played in the yard, the sandbox, and played an adorable game of pin-the-tale-on-the-donkey.  I hate that I didn’t get pictures of the game being played.

county fair themed party

Here’s Monet and I, eating kettle corn, while resting our tired feet.  A few guests even wore cowboy hats and boots, including Josh and I.

All in all, the party was a huge success, and fun was had by everyone.

Custom Wedding Scene


machine applique textile art wedding scene

I just finished a custom wall art piece for a client who recently got married.  She had a lovely pink dress, and a destination wedding –what a dream!  The wedding colors were turquoise and pink, and so I incorporated those into the scene.  What do you think?

Custom Wedding Scene Textile Art

I think they are going to live happily ever after.


Handmade Gifts for our Little June-Bug

county fair birthday invitation Handmade gifts are a part of the family traditions Josh and I are building.  Ever since we have dated, handmade gifts have always been something we have made for each other.  And now that our family has grown, handmade gifts continue to be a theme in our holiday and birthday celebrations.

Monet turns two in about a week, and Josh and I are spending our spare time getting ready for her County Fair themed birthday party, along with finishing up the handmade gifts we have made for her.

This year, for Monet’s birthday, I made her an interactive photo album of her birth.  Since I’m currently pregnant, and the baby’s ultrasound is scheduled for the day before Monet’s birthday, I wanted to take this birthday as an opportunity to talk to her about her birth.  Do you remember the Moda Bake Shop feature I had a few months back, where I wrote a tutorial on how to make a Fabric Photo Album?  Well that’s the book I used for Monet’s gift.  Here are a few pictures of the book:

handmade gifts fabric photo album

The book is filled with photos and memorabilia that Monet can touch and play with.

handmade gifts fabric photo album
handmade gifts fabric photo album

The book also has slots for scrapbook pages and the last page of the book is one big vinyl envelop filled with cards, letters, and other precious items that Monet can pull out and look at.  Each piece tells a story.

handmade gifts fabric photo album

Josh finished making Monet a play kitchen for her bedroom.  Can you believe how cute this is?  Here are a few photos:

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Oh, and did I ever show you the bike that Josh made for Monet a while back?  Here are a few photos:

handmade gifts a wood bike for kidshandmade gifts a wood bike for kidsMonet loves this bike, and I can absolutely see why.  I think she senses how special it is, since it was made for her.  Soon we will be able to flip it over, to make it taller, and turn it into a two-wheel bike.

If you also want to make handmade, here are some past handmade gifts we have made that could inspire you:

A Handmade Holiday Fabric Photo Book

Handmade Accordion Fold Book

Handmade Sock Monkey Art

Handmade Charley Harper Quilt

Handmade Gift Tutorials

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

I realize that this post is about a week and a half late, but none the less, I wanted to share my quilt market experience.  Overwhelming is the first word that comes to mind –along with amazing and inspiring.  I tried my hardest to take great photos for you all, but at times booths were too busy, or I was too distracted by all the talent around me.  Nonetheless, here are photos of my favorite booths.

The fabric I use most often:  Robert Kaufman Kona Solids

Lately, Kona solids seem to be all I use.  I sometimes use them alone, or I mix them with my favorite prints.  Either way, they are a must have!

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

My favorite new organic line:  Pick a Bunch by Nancy Mims of Mod Green Pod

I’m excited to see all the new organic fabrics that are coming out.  It seems that Robert Kaufman is behind a lot of these new and affordable organic lines.  Hopefully, one day, they will pick me up as a designer too.

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

My favorite local fabric designer:  Lizzy House’s 1001 Peeps

Lizzy lives just a few blocks from my house –can you believe that?  She is very talented.  I love her new line of fabric as it is unique, has great fillers, and comes in great colors.

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

My newly discovered favorite designer:  Tula Pink

I’m embarrassed to say that before this years quilt market, I didn’t know who Tula Pink was.  I’m so glad that I stumbled across her fabulous booth –instantly I was drawn in.  She was incredibly nice, and her fabrics and patterns are amazing.  This is a new name I’m going to look for when I’m shopping design fabrics online.

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

The kindest and most humble designer:  Amy Butler

I’ve met Amy Butler a few times now, and each time I’ve “met” her, I have been blown away by how warm and humble she is.  Her talent and success is obvious, and know by all –except her possibly.  Again this year, she has come out with more great designs.  I’m especially excited about her amazing prints on corduroy.  What a fun textile for bags, clothing, and home decor.

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

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International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

My favorite booth overall + my favorite quilt patterns:  Zen Chic by Brigitte Heitland

“Oh my word”, was all I could say when I stepped into Zen Chic’s booth.  I was absolutely stopped in my tracks.  When you are at quilt market, after a while, all the booths start to look the same.  Well, that was not the case with Brigitte’s booth.  Every aspect of her booth was perfect.  I absolutely adored her and her work!  Her patterns are unique, innovative, and completely modern.  Along with that, she also had a neat collection of fabric designs that I really liked.  She was a complete joy to talk with.  I wish her the best of luck, as this was her very first year at market –just amazing!

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

My favorite children’s patterns:  oliver + s

My style for children’s clothing matches Liesl Gibson’s designs perfectly.  I’m always looking for patterns when it comes to clothing, and I’m happy to have stumbled across her fabulous booth at market.

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

Other fabulous designers and booths on my favorite list include:

Pat Bravo & Art Gallery Fabrics

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

Riley Blake Designs

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

Izzy & Ivy Designs

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

Bari J.

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

modkid by Patty Young

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

Anna Maria Horner

international quilt market salt lake city 2011

international quilt market salt lake city 2011

international quilt market salt lake city 2011

Jen Giddens

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

Piece O’Cake Designs

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

Carolina Patchworks

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

So, what do you think?  Do you have a favorite?


Fabric Applique’ Greeting Cards

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2011


Blogger's Quilt FestivalLast week I shared a personal story with the blogosphere and I was touched by all the warm and encouraging comments I got both on my blog and on my Oh my! Handmade Goodness feature.  So for today’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I though I would share a more in depth story behind one of those quilts that was featured.

I made a series of Interactive Play Quilts and the Americana Appliqué Scenes was by far my favorite.  I was born in 1980, and the baby blanket I had was made up of bold primary colors, no pastels: red, blue, navy, white, yellow, and green made up the quilt.  These colors were very popular in my childhood, and I find myself still loving them today.  Along with that, the applique scenes in this quilt were also inspired from my childhood.    My favorite memories inspired the scenes in this quilt:  playing in the front yard, going to the zoo, playing “school” with my sister, along with all the other toys we had.  When making this quilt, really it was just a walk through my childhood.

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

The idea behind this quilt was that kids could take a visit to a few classic locations and create their own stories with movable play patches.  Each Americana applique scene is a pocket, and each pocket is full of patches that can be moved from one scene to the next, making this quilt interactive and fun to play with.

Here are the Americana applique scenes/pockets with the patches:

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And here is what they look like without the patches:

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué ScenesInteractive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

All in all, I really love this quilt, and all the memories it brings back from my childhood.

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

Sharing a Personal Story

machine applique interactive play quilts and wall art

I’ve been holding onto some emotions for a while now, since December to be exact.  I decided that the best thing to do, was to share my feelings with the world, as a means to move on.  Along with emotions, I’m also sharing a handful of work that I’ve yet to reveal.  The two are connected, and you’ll see why when you read my story.  This is my moment for the week –letting go of the past!

You can read my story over at Oh My! Handmade Goodness

Also, check out my shop if you would like to see all the new items I listed this week.

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, is truly what makes a house a home, I hope you enjoyed this weeks “moment”…

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om [one moment] meet upOM is *one moment* and is a meetup designed to notice & relish a moment in everyday life. The meetup idea was created by Linda at her blog, a la mode stuff.  If you’d like to participate in OM, just click the button and you’ll be taken to Linda’s post explaining it all.

Everyday Napkins Published in Bridal Magazine

everyday napkins

A set of my everyday napkins were featured in a styled table-scape challenge, and were photographed by the talented Kelsy & Butch McCartney, a Wisconsin-based destination husband & wife photo duo.

They are super talented, so talented in fact, that the photos they took were published and made the cover of The Best Wedding Sites Magazine.

You can head on over and view the online edition of The Best Wedding Sites Magazine to take a look.  You can also read more about how this happened here.

Amazing, right!?

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