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Trying Something New

June 29th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts - (1 Comments)

I don’t know what came over me, except maybe nostalgia for those hippie craft books I grew up pouring over…but I just got the itch to try something new, micro-macramé! I ran across this website. knotjustmacrame.com, if you have a few minutes click that link now, you won’t be disappointed. She does amazing things with thread and beads! (more…)

Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild Show

June 26th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (1 Comments)
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The artists’ reception for the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild Gallery Show this Sunday was a real treat! I walked in on the tail-end of all the quilters standing in a line in front of an audience and was immediately asked to speak about my quilt…yikes! But really, it was impressive that there was such a nice audience who all seemed genuinely interested in quilting, modern quilts and the pieces we had in the show. We had some nice conversations with the audience and each other! And I really have to say there were some lovely quilts in the show!! (more…)

Writer’s Block WIP

June 10th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (1 Comments)
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Work-in-progress photos, because I have writer’s block bad! I have three posts in draft stage…one is literally just a title! So this post is just photos of what I’m working on. I’ll write later…promise. (more…)

Crafty Morning

March 31st, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts | Tutorials - (2 Comments)
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Brennan frequently wants to go into the studio and make a project…regardless of the time of day. Before I even had my coffee finished this morning he wanted to start! I guess it’s my fault for making our bedtime reading a Family Fun magazine full of craft projects!

Oh but spring projects are soooo fun!!
Do you want to see what we made? (more…)

Project Quilting 4:6 Spring!

March 29th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)
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So sad that this is the last challenge of Project Quilting Season 4. I had a busy week in store, including a trip to Minnesota, so I went for a smallish project, something I knew I could get finished in time for the deadline. I based my inspiration on this piece, which just sold from my etsy shop. (I was sad to see it go!) The challenge was simple, “Spring”! (more…)

Happy Worldwide Quilting Day!

March 16th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)
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Happy Worldwide Quilting Day! I’ve been celebrating it with my friends in the Quiltsy Team of Etsy. They decided to make and sell items made with the “Sawtooth Star” quilt block. So I made this little mug rug this morning. I now have a nice little stash of bright/pastels with white in geometric patterns and they all go so well together, I want to just keep making scrappy projects with the same little stash! It’s a great way to simplify things and just get right to sewing, actually! (more…)

Cat Tent

March 11th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Crafts | Tutorials - (1 Comments)
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I made a project a while back that I should show you! It’s super cute, not as useful as I hoped, but super cute!

It’s a Cat Tent! (more…)

Rainbow Picnic Blanket

February 25th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (2 Comments)
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I’ve been quilting like crazy lately!  You wouldn’t be able to tell it from my blog though, so I hope to post a few of my recent projects over the next week. Since I can’t decide what order to show them to you in, I’m going to start with the one I just busted my butt to finish today!

Upon receiving an email 10 days ago that my son’s school needed donations for the silent auction basket and our theme was “Family Fun in the Great Outdoors” I asked an innocent question, “did they have a picnic blanket yet?” It was on the list of suggested donations, so I couldn’t resist! I was thinking of a few great fabrics I had been saving for a picnic blanket (with ladybugs and watermelon…) Well, I probably should have thought that through a little more, because I really only had a week….but I managed to do it! In three days, actually! (more…)

UFO: Sashiko

February 10th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (1 Comments)
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I recently finished a long-time UFO! Yippee!  I received a pre-printed sashiko panel and supplies from my good friend Teresa for my birthday not long after I met her. It was a pleasant and unexpected surprise and I was grateful for it. I worked on the panel for a while, getting about half-way through the stitching when I set it aside in a UFO basket not to be touched again for a few years. Sad!! (more…)

Project Quilting Bonus Challenge

February 4th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)
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Kim from Persimmon Dreams is going to take over my blog today and tell you more about an extra challenge and a chance to win so you can participate.

Hello everyone! This is Kim from Persimon Dreams, www.PersimonDreams.com, and I’m so happy to be here sharing some exciting Project QUILTING news with you. We are currently in the midst of Season 4. The first two challenges inspired over 100 quilts to be created – so amazing! The third challenge went up on Sunday, February 3rd and I can’t wait to see what comes from it (still time for you to join in!) (more…)