Friday, April 23, 2010

sew & tell - i get by with a little help from my friends

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Hello everyone!  I am so thankful for all of you that come here each week to share what you have been doing!  It's so inspiring to see your beautiful work and motivating too.  I was able to finish the quilt top this week (see previous post) and I was really planning on having the quilting finished.  Then when I went to put my quilt sandwich together I saw that my backing fabric is about 2 inches shorter in width than my top.  Dang it!!  I didn't want to take any columns off (that would have been a LOT of seam ripping) so I made a new column of selected leftovers to add to the back.  Maybe when I show you the baby next week, I'll be able to show you the quilt too!  (yes, you heard me.  NEXT week!! woohoo!!)

So today, I wanted to show you what some of my friends have been up to.

I think most of you know Dana, from Old Red Barn Co.  I've said this before - she was my inspiration in turning my non-kid blog into a sewing blog.  It was the summer of 2008 when I was recovering from an appendectomy (and taking care of a 6 month old) when I came across her fabulous quilt giveaway.  She's a wonderful bloggy friend and invited me to be part of A Notion or Two quilt bee last year.  This is the quilt she made from all of our blocks last year.  (Mine is the purple one.)  You can read her post here.
(image courtesy Dana)
I just love how bright and happy it is!!
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Next up, Penny of Sewtakeahike!  We met, well, I don't really remember how - just emailing back and forth one night and I offered her some hot pepper jelly and she suggested we do a swap.  However she lives in Colorado and I don't.  So we've never met, met.  But she is a dear friend too.

Penny posted cute pictures of this quilt a while ago.
(image courtesy Penny)

It is so fun to see her style - it's always so original, fun and happy.  Imagine my surprise when this lovely showed up in MY mailbox!  I love it!  It's going to find a place of honor in our new house.  Maybe I'll let the baby use it.....  You can read her post here.

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And then yesterday, I got ANOTHER package in the mail.  This time from E. at Pink Suede Shoe.  (You'll have to ask her about the russian mafia and why she uses pseudonyms....)  We met through sew & tell - so a lot of you may be very familiar with her blog.  She is a regular participant and we bonded over our love of Sandi Henderson's Farmer's Market and VW bugs.  Kindred spirits, totally.  Her blog is full of beautiful creativity and lots of awesome vintage blue things she picks up at great thrift shops.  Me = Jealous.

So back to that package.  She saw this skirt I made for Alison.  And this was in the package for baby girl #2.
How adorable! but wait!

It's reversible!  (See her post here.)
I know.  Dying over here.  She told me it just uses 2 fat quarters and she's planning a tutorial on her blog.  Who knows, maybe you'll see it here while I'm on maternity leave.  Yep that's right, I'm calling it maternity leave, even though you probably won't be able to keep me away.  :)

Thank you dear bloggy friends.  All of you!

Your turn! Can't wait to see what you've been doing this week!
Please refer to the sew & tell page if you have any questions or wonder why your link may have been deleted.
1. Link to your specific post about a sewing related finish you had THIS week.
2. Please mention sew & tell in  your post and link back to this post (link or button) so everyone can join in.
3. Pat each other on the backs in the comments!

31 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Sarah said...

Wow! What great quilts and that skirt is super cute.

Lizzy @ Lizzy Designs said...

Thank you for the linking! Wow, that skirt is amazing. :)

Me and Madeline said...

I'm dying over that first quilt. Gorgeous!

em's scrapbag said...

Beautiful sew and tell. Very inspiring and motivating. But to be honest I can't wait for next week to get to see your precious show and tell. Good luck with everything! Best wishes.

P. said...

Such unique and amazing things you've shown here today! I love those quilts, especially the one with the triangles. And that skirt is adorable. Best wishes to you for next week's arrival!

Sew It UP! said...

Thank you for sharing those. They are all so unique and beautiful! I'll have to check out the tutorial now for those lovely skirts. I have a niece who would look adorable in one of them.

Thanks Amy and wishing you the best next week! I can't wait to see the baby :o)

Jen said...

oh such a cute skirt! It's tough to make cute stuff or a boy, but I'm working at it :)

Jan said...

Gorgeous quilts! I especially love the second one. And who can resist a sweet little baby skirt? Can't wait to see next week's show and tell -- the baby that will wear that skirt!
Thank you for hosting Sew & Tell!

pinksuedeshoe said...

Oh that first quilt is just delicious! I'm inspired... it's going in my todo pile. (And thanks for the shout out :o)

Candied Fabrics said...

Ooh, what a nice mail week! And I love the Roy G Biv-ness of that 1st quilt!

Lauren said...

I love the first quilt, how inspiring! Good luck in the next week finishing your quilt, and of course having the baby! How exciting. Best wishes!!!

Anne said...

thanks for the link party! I haven't sewn in so long...that it is really fun to be able to show off my latest project! finally i'm back in the sewing mood!!!

Anne
Floralshowers.com

carol said...

Love the quilts. I also have been plotting reversable clothes, shirts and tops for traveling. Off to more sewing. Hope to see the baby soon. Carol from MN

Kristen said...

I love that skirt! That swap is coloricious! Can wait to see that little bebe!

Sarah Craig said...

Great quilts and skirt, but I can't wait to see what you post as your "finished project" next week! Thanks for the forum - I so look forward to Fridays now, so I can see what everyone's finished!

beth said...

fun inspiration here today! Thanks for hosting this sewandtell party!!

Elizabeth said...

I love Pink Suede Shoes! She is adorable! Dana's quilt is awesome and good luck on getting your baby quilt finished!

Michelle said...

The "Notion or Two" quilt is just so cheery! It reminds me of rainbows.

Lucky you! Penny's quilt is very unique. What a cool gift. As is the skirt from E at Pink Suede Shoes.

Sorry about the backing problem. I totally sympathize. I've had that happen too. So aggravating. But your "fix" is going to look great!

nima said...

Wow..gorgeous quilts

Sarah Craig said...

Woohoo! I finished piecing a top that's been plaguing me for weeks - so I posted a second Sew and Tell! You have no idea how good this "virtual deadline" is for me!

Dayna said...

Don't you just LOVE Penny? She's so great!

And your purple block is so cute! Love the quilt!

I really like E.'s skirt, too. How adorable! I've wanted to make one for our youngest daughter, but I keep putting it off.

Thanks for motivating me to keep finishing projects.

Rene' said...

Another wonderful post Amy! I can't wait to see your most special Sew and Tell baby next week!!!!! So exciting! Best wishes to you for a quick and easy delivery. Maternity leave...I like that.

P.S. Can you tell my husband posted to mister linky? I left early this morning with instructions for him on how to do it...guess he forgot to capitalize the "r".

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

A baby next week!! I hope you are staying comfortable if you can:)
These are great projects from some talented bloggers!

Kim D. said...

Beautiful Quilts and love the skirt. I have some of that Sandi Henderson fabrics as well and love it too. enjoyed the link up.

Sarah said...

Super cute skirt!!! I wish I could buy more Sandi Henderson fabric- - it is so happy. :)

sewtakeahike said...

your finish next week is going to be the best Amy! I can't wait to see her little face!

Mary St. John Nielsen said...

I'm so late posting ... it's already Saturday a.m. BUT - I'm doing it now!!!

LOVE the little skirt!

Can't wait to see a "baby finish"

Vicki said...

I love the quilt of rainbow blocks! And how cool that you got to do purple--definitely an underappreciated color in the quilting world. In my opinion.

Can't wait to hear more about your baby!

The Tripp Family said...

adorable! love the triangle quilt and reversible skirt!

trish said...

Those are great completed projects! :o)
Oh and nothing compares to a new baby in our homes! :o) I am so happy for you.
Sincerely ~ Trish
Ps. I look forward to seeing all the sew and tells on Friday. :o) I look forward to when I can post too. :o)

LollyChops said...

I see my square way up there in Dana's quilt! I was the brown one!

What an amazing job she did!

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