Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Inspiration


 I was recently at the Crate and Barrel Outlet in Chicago and was inspired by a couple of things I saw there.  The top picture is an Advent Calendar made from many bright, fun fabric scraps.  Easy enough to do!

I don't have my Mac computer - it is in storage and I am having some trouble editing my photos - so bear with me.
I liked this pillow top too.  Great use of bright solids and I have a lot of them!


And this cute pillow with winter houses.
So fun with the different textures.


I also visited a quilt shop in OKC and found it really fun and modern.
 These were a couple of pillows on a bench. 
 I really like the background fabric on the yo yo pillow.
 

 And the other pillow has such a great affect with how the fabric is cut.
I bet I have some fabric that will do just this.


And then I thought this pieced pillow was fun.
Easy to do.  Great use of random scraps.
 

Wow!  I thought this idea was great!
Solid fabric stretched on a wood frame
and yo yos - some up some down - color coordinated.
Lots of Kaffe fabrics too!!

Are you motivated???

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Dancemakers Christmas


The Christmas display at our new dance studio is amazing!!!


An artist did the drawings of the dance couples and Michael, one of the owners, copied each one in a variety of sizes, glued them to foam core board and cut each one out with an exacto knife.




Wowza!!

CDs as 
ornaments!

Mirror ball
ornaments
from
Hobby Lobby!

Simply
amazing!!







Tomorrow night is the Holiday Sweater Party!!

Can't wait!

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1st !!!

I am so excited December 1st has arrived.

Why?  You ask?

I can start my 24 days of tea from David's Tea.


Yes, a different tea each day until Christmas.


The tea for December 1st is Forever Nuts.
It's in the little tin sitting there in front.

If you have never had David's Tea - you do not know what you are missing.

This is the second year for the tea Advent Calendar 
and they sold out online the very first day.

A great Christmas gift is the Perfect Tea Mug, the Perfect Spoon and some holiday teas.  Oh My!!  
There is a shop in Chicago in Bucktown on Damon Ave.
but it is also super easy to order online.  
Free shipping over $50 or $5.00 flat fee shipping from Canada.

I was at David's Tea on Saturday and had a hot drink to go - 
a Chocolate Macaroon Latte.

Yes - you can make any of their teas into great lattes and use your soda stream to make bubble teas.  All of these are great hot or iced.

I also purchased the Advent Calendar from Starbucks this year.


The tins are stuck on a magnetic chalk board.
Sweet treats inside!!

A little bit of cheer for me this season in my little apartment in Oklahoma.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Denyse Schmidt Quilt

I am always excited when I am asked to make a quilt designed by
 Denyse Schmidt.

I think her first fabric collection for Free Spirit Fabrics was Flea Market Fancy.
I had this in my shop back then 
and one of my own favorite quilts is from this fabric line.
I would include a picture of it, but that quilt is in storage right now!!

Her newest quilt is very clever as it is reversible
 and is made from two solids and a 10" square charm pack.
 
This is the top and front side of the quilt.
The machine quilting is very modern and I think it is City Windows.
If you follow Denyse Schmidt Quilts, you know she thinks simple is best.



 This is a close up of the quilting.
Cami Cress offers many modern machine quilting designs.
 
 
I will show you the backing in the next post!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

To Market To Market

In the midst of all of our relocation, I did make several quilts for
 Fall Wholesale Quilt Market in Houston.

I think it was a great distraction!!

This is a quilt designed by Tula Pink in progress.  
Yes, curved seams, but quicker than hand applique!!


And the finished quilt -



Machine quilting by Cami Cress.

One more quilt designed by Tula Pink from the same fabric line 
for Free Spirit Fabrics.




I think this is most interesting 
because of the three different colors of background fabric. 

 I also like the different directions of the flying geese in this quilt.

The choice of linear quilting on this quilt makes a great finish.

Hot diggety dog!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

RELO to OKC!!!!!

As many of you already know, my husband and I have relocated to the Oklahoma City Area.

Why?  You ask??

We did alot of research
 and can list many reasons why we are giving this area a try.

1.  Midwest Location + Warmer Climate + 4 Seasons
      We can head out on a road trip in any direction plus be back with friends and
     family in a day!!!

2. Tier Two City
      Everything we need is here!  Affordable golf, dance studios, yoga, great 
    restaurants and food trucks, Big 12 sports (not ever an Oklahoma fan), 
    shopping, shooting clubs, theater and very big churches!!!

3.  Very friendly people.  Oh my goodness!!!

4.  Affordable housing.  We are building a new home - 2100 sq. ft. - (4100 sq. 
     ft. in our last home) in a new neighborhood called Town Square. All homes
      will be1930's home designs - including bungalows, tudors and mission 
     homes. Stay tuned for more details.

5.  3 Month Apartment Lease
       We are staying in a one bedroom 800 sq. ft. apartment - even a gated 
     community with a fitness center and an outdoor pool - open all year round.

What a difference not to do yardwork!!!  
We needed rest and relaxation
 after getting everything packed and moved out of our house. 
 Then the drive and moving in here!  
We are both really enjoying this time!

One of my friends called us pioneers - moving to Oklahoma City - 
but we did not come by covered wagon.

One of my dancing friends said I would be dancing with a Bible under my arm.
Actually, no one here is doing that!!

Plus, in the last month I have made a number of quilts and will be posting pictures soon.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Off The Rails

A project for Westminster Fabrics
featuring Kaffe Fassett fabrics.


Three different stripped blocks come together for a very scrappy quilt.

Nice spot to shoot the photo.

This twoo may be a quilt kit soon for sale on craftsy.com