Saturday, May 31, 2014

To The Coolest Chick Ever

I've had this idea rolling around in my head for a few months.  This petal pattern is all over the internet right now so I decided to do one of my own.  I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.  I just used 4.5" blocks of left over black and white fabric for the background and an embroidery hoop to make the curves of the petals just the right size.  And, wouldn't you know, I had enough green rickrack, down to the last inch, to use as the flower stalk.  It was meant to be.

Cadence's baby quilt finally got finished.  I think that's how they're spelling her name... 

I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.  Can you believe that there was supposed to be another border?  That's one of the reasons it took me so long to finish.  I couldn't find the right outer border.  I don't feel like anything is missing and it's a great size for a baby as it is.  I just stitched in the ditch again, since that's about all I can do anymore.

I also finished Megan's graduation quilt.  She is Rich's other niece that graduates high school the first week of June.  Yeah, I've procrastinated as long as I can. 

And, then there is the April gift.  Rich's birth mother passed away and while at the funeral, we received his baby photos at long last.  It's a long story but we've waited for 21 years to see what he looked like as a child.  He was so happy, he got Gone With The Wind style frames for both of our baby photos.  The middle one was taken when I was 6 weeks pregnant with Hunter.  I think we'd been married about 6 months but I call it our engagement photo.  He had that repaired for me a few years ago for our anniversary.  It was water damaged in one of our moves and had to be digitally remastered.  

 Awwww, aren't we cute!

He also printed a copy on paper and signed it, "To the coolest chick ever".  It's hanging in my cubicle at work.  That smile kills me!  I still get that look when he's trying to get out of trouble.  For such an insensitive man, he can be awfully sweet!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

You're A Wizard, Harry!

Honestly, I could swear I made more than 2 of these dang blocks!  Paper piecing is so convoluted, to me.  And ripping out stitches sucks just that extra bit more when you do it wrong.  These are the latest of my Project of Doom, Harry Potter bookcase.  I added the link, if you're interested, just click on it.  I did all of the top shelf but I haven't gotten them put together yet.  I need to do some  fabric shopping.  A few of the upcoming blocks need metallic gold and I don't really have any.  And, I need something awesome for Hedwig's block.

And here is the progress on Quilt Stitches.  She skipped an update last week and I was devistated!  I get pretty excited when the new block is posted!  If you'd like to follow this stitch along, I added her button on the side bar.  It was a great project to have during prom season.  Almost no prep work.  You just draw the design on your Aida cloth and she's kind enough to include the thread numbers, too.  Recently, I spent a few months collecting DMC threads.  I thought I had them all, but a few that were sold out.  Naturally, those are the few that she uses in the project.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Welcome to my new blog!

After much thought and consideration, I've decided to start a new blog.  Welcome to Fabric Mayhem on Kimberlin Street!  Oh So Sweet - Heather was intended as a baking blog and it just didn't work out the way I intended.  When I bake, I usually manage a photo but never get around to sharing the recipe or anything.  Then we eat.

Now that prom season is all but over, I thought I'd take some time to post the odds and ends I've been working on but didn't blog about.

I was able to keep up with Bethany's shoe quilt block of the month.  I think my working title is Her Best Foot Forward.  It's actually Angie Padilla's "Shoes".  I've been having lots of funs so far.  I'm using an invisible machine applique method with applique paper and glue, then stitching it all down with monofilament.
I asked Bethany what stilettos she wanted.  Her immediate response was black with gold heels.  Apparently, she'd put some thought into the idea already.  She does work in a shoe store, afterall.  I wasn't sure how that would look considering the quilt is in pastels but, I'm totally feeling it!  I'm calling them her prom shoes.
Don't you love the flip flops?  They represent her trips to Florida with some friends.  I used ribbon for the tops and they're loose so that it looks like she could just slip her feet right in.  Eventually, I'll do a hand stitching around the sole, just like you see on real leather flip flops.

These are ballet shoes.  I'll add a draw string bow on them to make them look more authentic.  She's just finished her dance season this last weekend.  Lots of tears for the both of us.

This is the first strip of blocks all together!  Excuse me, quadrant... Ethan gave me a lecture the other day on how I should stop referring to them as blocks.  Because they are clearly, quadrants.  I told him to wash out that math mouth before I smacked him.  Aaaannnnyways, me likey!  I may have trouble giving this up when she graduates!  I'm pretty sure I shared that top block before.  I'm such a dork.  While I was looking for the stuff to get started, I tore my room apart looking for the slutty shoe block.  Probably an hour later, I realized the slutty shoe didn't have it's own block.  It's the bottom shoe on block 1 that was clearly in front of my face the whole time... Yeah, that happened.  Pretty sure that sort of stuff is why I never had a career in anything.

I haven't been baking a whole lot but when Rich and Sierra went to an Anime convention in Chicago, I sent some Circus Cookie Cupcakes with them for my nephew and family that they stayed with.  I used the same recipe as the strawberry cupcakes except I used crushed cookies instead of strawberries.  Delish.  Even Ethan ate them and he doesn't love cupcakes.