Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Little Magic with Moda ...

What a whirlwind week we had last week, I am still recovering from our "Explore Houston" Spring Break adventures. We visited a lot of places that we always say we will go but put off until "another weekend" because we live so close. The Children's Museum of Houston was a full day of adventure, Space Center Houston was "out of this world", and we even burned some energy at a local trampoline park (and by "we" I mean Lil Monkey).

I didn't get a lot of time in the studio or at the sewing machine, but I did get some projects done. In addition to Blocks 6 & 7 of the ongoing Sewcial Bee Sampler which I will post later this week after I finish block 8 since it comes out tomorrow, and the Pinwheel Project, I also started this cute mini quilt made with a few "orphaned fat quarters" I found at the Cactus Quilts in Texas City, Texas. (By far one of my top 3 favorite quilt shops!)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Pinwheel, Pinwheel Spinning Around ...

... Look at my pinwheel and see what I've found.

Oh, my goodness. Last night I may have reached a new level of tired when I decided at about 8 p.m. to pull out a pinwheel project I had started on more than a year ago and alter the table runner into a small quilt. I finally finished it at 11;45 p.m. and was so excited with the outcome, but I must say this theme song was running through my head as I worked on it.

If you don't remember (or weren't born yet), Pinwheel was a children's television show that aired on the Nickelodeon cable network from 1977 to 1984. I couldn't even tell you how I remembered it considering it ended when I was barely 5 or 6 years old, but every time I work on a pinwheel block or quilt, it pops into my head, so of course I had to look it up. I added a clip of the opening credits at the end of the post for those who are a little nostalgic. For the record, my 7-year-old was not a fan.

So back to the pinwheel quilt. I started working on it a table topper featuring fabrics I'd found at JoAnn Fabrics. Initially it only had two fabrics, the pink paisley and a yellow. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Someone's Lost Heart

In the summer of 2014 as school was ending I was prepared to kick off the break with a stack of books, so I headed to Half-Price Books to stock up. A few weeks later while sitting through Little League T-Ball practice, I pulled a new book out of my bag after getting settled in and found a little surprise ...

Thursday, March 9, 2017

It's Inherited, I have Proof ...

For years my poor husband has gingerly lived amid my crafts and creations. He's never been negative about it, waits patiently when I drag him to stores and agrees to rearrange the occasional weekend schedule so I could attend some meeting or such at a quilt shop. In turn, I've tried to keep my purchases to a minimum (when I can), make sure I don't leave projects laying about the house and try mot to disappear for hours into my studio, known in the virtual wold as The Teacup Cottage. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler, Block 4 & 5

On February 3, I started a weekly stitch-a-long called Sewcial Bee Sampler, hosted by Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland. Each Wednesday they will post a new block for 25 weeks. You can start at any time and check their blogs for all the blocks from week 1 to current week.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

You're A Cute One, Mr. Grinch ...

As I painstakingly hand drew the Grinch's face on a green shirt, I marveled at the fact that the kid it was for was currently upstairs lamenting that I had ruined his life in the most Grinch-like behavior. 

{Life at The Teacup Cottage}