Monday, January 10, 2011

Heather Ross giveaway!

Have you headed over to my new blog, Fussy Cut, yet? If not, make sure you do! I'm giving away these Heather Ross fabrics.  Click here to enter!

Heather Ross giveaway!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

time for a change

Guess what... I have a new home on the web!

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Flea Market Fancy quilt top

Good morning! I finished my first quilt top of the year yesterday. It is the Flea Market Fancy quilt I started back when Finley was born in July. I put the blocks away a few months ago in order to work Christmas gifts and orders for the shop, and I'm so happy to get back to work on it. I took a couple shots of it while I was ironing.

I spread it out on our bed yesterday to show Steve. His comment? "It looks great, but wow is it girly." Hehe. :)

Happy Monday!

xoxo, Angela

Friday, December 31, 2010

crafting in 2010

This morning I spent a little time browsing through my photos, remembering all of the sewing and crocheting I was able to squeeze in this year. I'm a little surprised by how much I was able to accomplish during this crazy time. I was pregnant with our third child, we moved from our first home to our place in the country, and we had our baby. Between morning sickness, packing, spending time with my husband, parenting the two little men in our house, unpacking, starting our little farm, and having our beautiful little baby girl, it has been quite the year.

I thought I'd answer a few of the questions from Sew Mama Sew's Reflection & Prediction post to help wrap things up for the year.

Looking back on the sewing scene of 2010, what trends stand out in your mind?

Hexagons! That is the first thing that came to mind. I've loved watching this traditional quilting style came back to life this year.

What were some of your favorite things? (Trends, fabric collections, patterns, blogs? Whatever you really loved.)

A technique that I loved this year was raw edge applique. I had never done much of this in the past, and I really enjoyed making a couple hoops with it this year.

I've really enjoyed my sewing friends this year as well. I finally met a fellow quilter in the real world (no kidding, before Mary I had zero sewing friends), and have formed some really great friendships with fellow bloggers. I am thankful for them and the constant stream of emails, tweets, inspiration, and encouragement that they are always sending my way.

What was your very favorite fabric collection or print? (If not listed above.)

My favorite fabric line of the year has to be Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush. This is the first full collection from her that I have purchased, and I absolutely love it. The colors are so deep, rich, and very different from what normally catches my eye. I've only used bits and pieces of it so far, but I can't wait to make a quilt out of it in the new year.

What was the best thing you made in 2010? (Be sure to share a photo!)

I don't know about the best thing that I made, but I definitely have a couple favorites. I'm pretty fond of the set of quilts I made for Weston and Elijah's bunkbed this past spring. They were simple patterns that they picked out themselves, and I enjoyed using some of my favorite fabrics.

I also loved making this Girl on a Swing hoop. It was the first time I sewed anything like this and I loved every minute of it. And my fall pillow set was a lot of fun to make as well.

What is one of the best things you saw that was made by someone else?
My favorite quilt that I've seen online is this gorgeous snail trail made out of Flea Market Fancy by Silly lil Doe. Make sure to click on the photo to see the picture in her photostream.

Anything you’re ready for the sewing world to get over?

I'd like to see people get over their favorites, in terms of stepping out of their comfort zone and using new patterns and color combos. I hope to do that myself.

What’s on your sewing agenda for 2011? What are you excited about?

One thing I'm excited about this coming year is meeting some of my blogging friends in real life. My goals? To stay true to myself and what I like. I don't want to be swayed by what is trendy and popular, but continue to make what I love because it makes me happy. And my sewing agenda? I'd love to make a quilt comprised completely of solids (remember this post?) and a quilt with curves (either a pickledish or the single girl pattern).
If any of you take the time to answer these questions, make sure you let me know! I'd love to read them. And I'll leave you with a mosaic of some of the things I made this year. If you'd like to see the photos in detail, just click on the picture and it will take you to the links.

creating in 2010

Happy New Year friends!
xo, Angela

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas


I hope that you and your loved ones have a very merry Christmas. My family and I will be spending these precious days together celebrating Jesus. He really is the greatest gift ever.

With love,

Thursday, December 23, 2010

more Christmas gifts.

I made several gathered clutches for Christmas for the ladies in my family. I used Anna's wonderful tutorial, which is really great. I had a lot of fun picking out fabrics, that is always one of my favorite parts.

Hopefully they'll be a big hit. I just wish I would've made one for myself!

xo, A

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

ornament swap

As I mentioned in the past, some friends and I had an ornament swap, and check out the amazing treats I got from Jeni!
She sent me these amazing ornaments! I absolutely love the house and the fabrics she chose for it, and check out the stars! They are so beautiful and intricate.

As you can see in the top two photos, she was kind enough to send me some extra goodies, like a beautiful set of vintage sheet fat quarters and some yummy tea and hot coccoa for the little guys in the house.

She also sent me two pieces of vintage Pyrex for my slowly growing collection.

The Friendship bowl is my absolute favorite piece, and the snowflake print is right up there at the top of the list.

The bowl is currently holding our Christmas cards on my dining room table, and I can't wait to use the divided dish during the holidays.

Thanks again Jeni! xx

xoxo, Angela

PS - If you are new to vintage Pyrex like I am, be sure to check out The Pyrex Series.