Friday, April 16, 2010

National Race for the Cure


In 2003, I lost my mom to breast cancer.
She fought for 11 years.
She was very brave.
She was my hero.
The following year, her mother ... my grandmother ... died from the same disease.

I am a huge advocate for early screenings and prevention, 
and am involved with the Charleston Breast Center on a local level.
But, I also feel that it is important to be involved on a national level, too.

That is why,
on Saturday, June 5th,
I will be in Washington, DC ... running the National Race for the Cure
in memory of both my mom and my grandma.

And ... as a measure of support for the Susan G. Komen Foundation,
from now until race day,
a portion of the proceeds from the sale of any PINK items in my shop
will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation
(in addition to my regular donations to the Charleston Breast Center).

So, if you've been wanting a pink coffee cozy
or a cute pair of pink baby mary janes for the new baby in your life
or a reusable shopping bag like this one

then there is no better time than now!

Additionally, if you would like to donate in support of my race,
there is a button on the right that will take you directly to my support page.

Let's do what we can to kick breast cancer's tail!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Quilts

I am currently working on 2 new quilts :




One is being made from these fabrics.
(This picture is for you, Heather!)



And the other is being made from my scrap basket.

Looking at this picture, I'm pretty sure I'm out of my mind!!!

My mom had started cutting out triangles from her scraps
before she died, and she had two ziploc bags full ... about 360 triangles.
When I read the instructions, I discovered I needed 700 more triangles!  Yipes!



So, I've been - slowly but surely - cutting out more triangles from MY scraps.
I figure that the combination of triangles will be a fun union of mine and my mom's styles.

I've decided to sew this quilt together by hand.
This will be my first attempt at hand-piecing, so we'll see how it goes!
(Again ... I think I might be out of my mind!)
So, I'm sure it will take me ages and ages to finish it,
but it will definitely be an adventure while it lasts!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Dresses!



This is a dress
for a sweet baby girl who is not yet born.
I tried out a new smocking pattern on this one,
and I decided that I really like it!

I'm pretty sure that I'll be using the same pattern
on this dress, too :


I haven't started smocking this one yet.
I only just ran it through my pleater last week.
And, I have to say ... it went through like a dream.
No broken needles (yay!)
And only a one or two dropped pleats (double yay!)
I think it's the weight of the fabric ... really light and soft.
I decided to smock this with bubblegum colors.
I can't wait to see how it turns out!!!


And, although it doesn't look like it now,
this, too, is a dress ...
... for a baby girl I just can't wait to meet.
She has some of the coolest parents I know.
I think I'll smock it in either red or white, or both. 
Maybe with a touch of black, too ... not sure yet.

Hmmm ... I guess I'm in one of those seasons of life
where all my friends are having babies!!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Projects, Projects, Projects ...



I'm pretty sure I'm the queen of the unfinished project.

At any given time, I usually have at least 5 short term sewing projects going
in addition to the long term projects I am working on (like quilts!)

For example, here's a picture of the project basket beside my big comfy chair
(I like to sit in this chair and watch TV or read or talk on the phone,
and I hate having idle hands ... 
... except when watching LOST, which requires my full concentration!)


Can you spy :
1 pair of yummy brown and aqua baby shoes 
(for a friend who will be having her first baby - a boy - soon!)

2 green soles for another pair of baby shoes
(my pastor's wife just had her fourth - a boy - who will hopefully be wearing these really soon!)

1 purple smocked dress 
which only needs some snaps, and then it will be finished!
This is for a sweet baby girl who is due in the next couple of weeks!

1 green dress
pleated and ready to be smocked in fun bubblegum colors
This is for an adorable baby red-head that I'm visiting in June!  yay!

And this doesn't even show the 2 quilts I'm working on in my studio
and the American Girl PJ's that I'm making for my best friend's daughters
(an attempt to bribe them into liking me when I visit them in June!)

I'll post some closeups on some of these projects soon!
Needless to say I've been busy!
What have you been working on?


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Go Orange!

I've been wanting to add orange fabric to my shop for a while now,


but I haven't found anything that I loved ...

... until now.

Check out the newest coffee cozy in my shop.


Isn't this Sandi Henderson butterfly fabric yummy?
It makes me happy.



And fun dots on the inside.  
I love the little touch of red.
(of course!)

This one is for all the Clemson fans out there.
Go Tigers!
:o)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Custom Cozies for a New Customer

This week, I made three custom coffee cozies for a new customer.




I love the fabrics she chose!
So colorful!


I love this brown paisley with the aqua filigree!
It has quickly become one of my favorite fabric combos.



This one is a new twist on an old favorite ... 
usually, I reverse these fabrics, but I really like it this way!

Mary, these are on their way to you!  
Hope you love them!