Monday, November 22, 2010

More Fun Mail!

Check out what else I got in the mail:

mug rug

Mug rugs from Jen! Can you believe the cuteness of these trees? And that perfectly matching mug? I use both in my studio every day.

She also sent a sweet vintage sheet mug rug that I meant to take a picture of but then it snowed and everything is wet and I haven't been able to take pictures outside. Stupid Minnesota. You can see it here, though. Check out that orange binding! Isn't it perfection! Thanks again Jen!

Friday, November 19, 2010


Look what I got in the mail:

owl hat

It's the cutest hat with the cutest owls knit by the cutest girl! Do you know I haven't worn a hat since I was five? I was a serious girl with a serious objection to hats. My parents thought I'd come around after a few icy winter days but 24 years came and went with nary a hat in sight.

Then I turned 29 and just as suddenly, I decided that hats were a good idea. At about the same time, J asked me if she could knit something special for me.

Fate? I think so.

owl hat

I'm afraid my "I live in the midwest where it gets dark at 5pm" photos do not do this hat justice. I simply adore it! Thanks J!

Also, in case you're interested, J says this is a mash-up of two patterns: "Who" and "Odessa". Check out J's notes on Ravelry.

Monday, November 8, 2010


I bought an "It's a Hoot" charm pack the other day and couldn't wait to start making a quilt. I was especially pleased with the colors...the combination was so perfect! Check out these beauties to see what I mean. I put them up on the design wall, tried it without the yellow prints and fell in love.

its a hoot charm squares

I thought about it for a while, picked out some coordinating solids and decided to make my favorite style block:

its a hoot blocks

This is just not working for me. I don't know why...maybe I don't like the dark blue?...but mostly I'm just not feeling this block with these fabrics. I was annoyed at first but only because I really wanted it to work. And maybe I could make it work but I don't feel obligated to keep trying.

To me, quilting without obligation means knowing when "enough is enough". So, back to the ol' drawing favorite part!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Quilting With Obligation: Love

My mom is the best. She's always positive and supportive. She actually cares about people's problems and cries when they cry. She takes care of people when they're sick and she's never crabby. My mom and I are so different...I wish I could be like her but I'm just not. She's the better woman and she makes me want to be better, nicer and more thoughtful of other people's feelings.

I love my mom...and that's the only thing that got me through making this quilt:

rainbow quilt

It's flannel, it's rainbow, it's huge...and it's going on their bed. It's backed with, of course, penguins:

rainbow quilt back

And it's just what my mom has always wanted.

I made it because I love my mom. It's most definitely NOT a quilt I'd ever make otherwise...which is why it took me four years to finish. I'm not a very good daughter. But I did spend two of my vacation days working on it...that's right, four years of procrastination and it only took two days to finish. *Sigh*

rainbow quilt

Quilting with obligation still super sucks...but it's a little easier when it's for someone you love.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival, Fall 2010

I'm a little late to the Blogger's Quilt Festival this year but I hope you enjoy my entry all the same.

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

A few months ago I found out my friend was expecting a baby. I worried about what I would make for them...obviously it would be a quilt but what kind of quilt? What fabric? Then a shipment of Castle Peeps landed on my doorstep and it all fell into place.

Castle Peeps Quilt

Stacy and I met at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival years ago and we both share a passion for ye' olden days.

Castle Peeps Quilt

Stacy loves horses.

Castle Peeps Quilt

The nursery would be green and brown.

Castle Peeps Quilt

I love improvisational and slightly wonky log cabins.

Castle Peeps Quilt

Making this quilt was a dream from start to finish. I enjoyed every second of its construction, something I've never been able to say about a quilt before. Everything went together perfectly, the improvisational front and back turned out exactly how I envisioned them...even naming the quilt was easy.

It's called "Couchant on a Field Vert". Do you remember when Springfield Elementary had a "Medieval Faiyieyre"? Millhouse's coat of arms was a Spider-Man couchant on a field vert. Couchant means lying down and Field Vert is a green background.

Just think of a baby couchant on this quilt...sweet, right?

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and if you haven't already, please check out the rest of the amazing quilts up for display at the Blogger's Quilt Festival. And thanks to Amy for hosting it again this year!