Thursday, November 20, 2008

Check This Out!!

While in Houston at Market, I happened by a really neat booth. It caught my attention because there were these little flower pincushions with attached bags hanging everywhere! Of course, a lot of them were made out of Amy's fabrics so that's why I stopped. The company is called Abbey Lane Quilts (www.abbeylanequilts.com). The designers/owners are Marcea Owen and Janice Liljenquist. I decided to pick up a few of these patterns at Market and they didn't last not one week in my store. I didn't even have a sample sewn up at a show and I sold 3 of them! Anyway, in preparation for Oklahoma City in January, I thought I'd go ahead and make one of these cuties to hold some candies at the register and help sell the patterns.
I was a little worried at first, I've never attempted a project like this before, but was so tickled when I finished it! Isn't it adorable!! Even my husband said we needed more!! The back of the pattern literally says, "ONE IS NEVER ENOUGH!" and they are so right!! I'm going to make more! All of my sewing friends will get one for Christmas this year!!



It takes very little fabric, just some fat quarters, 5" squares, 1/3 yard of muslin for the pincushion lining, 1/3 yard fusible fleece (I used Thermolam Plus) and some filling for the pincushion (I used crushed walnut shells). It went together in no time flat. You glue everything together so it's incredibly sturdy. I used Aleene's Platinum Bond Super Fabric glue (Wal-Mart). Be careful if you use this stuff. Open a window! Heavy fumes but it's a heck of a fabric glue! This will never come apart!
I'm off to make more of these things! I just wanted to share this with you and if you are looking for a quick handmade gift for a sewing friend...this is it!! You can find it in my store: www.ajoyfulsoulfabrics.com

Friday, November 14, 2008

Amy Butler Crib Bedding









I have had a couple people waiting on these pictures so this will be a quick post. Just wanted to post these pictures of the incredibly cute baby bedding I made for a friend. She picked out the fabrics and I put it all together for her. Most of it is my own pattern but I followed the basic instructions in Amy Butler's Little Stitches for Little One's book. What great directions! I was able to follow the basic outline and customize the bedding how my friend wanted it. I am very proud of this project. It was my first bedding set and it turned out fabulous if I do say so myself (TOOT TOOT!!).

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day!!

It's November 4th, 2008 and it's Election Day! I have never been as giddy and excited as I am today during any other presidential election! We make history this election and I am so thankful to see it happen! Of course I have my favorite but I make it a point to not discuss politics with friends! Happy Election Day! I hope you made it out to cast your vote, it counts!!

Enough of my two cents!! I wanted to tell everyone about my appearance at the Red River Quilt Guilds Vendor night last night. I had a blast! This is such a great group of people! This is their 25th Anniversary year so the meeting last night was a celebration of sorts complete with noisemakers and everything! The members of the RRQG are so welcoming and kind. I am so grateful to them for the invitation. I was lucky enough to have half a booth at their show in September and encountered the same welcoming feeling from everyone associated with the group. If you are in the Wichita Falls, TX area and are interested in joining a group who's mission is to preserve the art of quilting for generations to come, look into the RRQG (www.rrqg.org).

I am hoping to have a mailbox full of new patterns tomorrow so I will scan some pictures for you all to see. I am hoping to receive my Heather Bailey patterns and my Pixie Girl patterns. You'll love them! I took the Abbey Bag pattern to the meeting last night and nearly sold out! This is a pattern by Abbey Lane Quilts for a cute pin cushion and attached waste basket.



Isn't it adorable? I'm almost sold out so I'll be placing another order for these! Okay, I need to get the princess ready for bed so there will be more tomorrow!