Sunday, September 23, 2012

Completed Quilts

Completed Quilts by crazymimisews
Completed Quilts, a photo by crazymimisews on Flickr.
I have been busy & rather productive this week. The proof is above.

I completed the scrap quilt and two others. I think this would be considered as getting my Mojo back! I even cut into fabric that I was hoarding saving for two years.

Just a sneak peek here....I will post the actual photos later this week.

Now I am off to work on some pillow covers.

Have a quilty day! :)


Monday, September 17, 2012

Introducing...Jennifer from Glinda Quilts

Today I am starting a new feature on my blog where I will introduce you to a new or new to me blogger. First up I would like to introduce you to a great blogger and quilter named Jennifer that blogs over at Glinda's Quilts. She stumbled upon my blog and once I went to her blog I realized that we have a lot in common and I felt an instant connection to this sweet lady.

Go by & check out her blog and tell her I sent you! She will be glad to see you!

ME: So tell us Jennifer, when did you begin quilting and how did you get started?
Jennifer: I began quilting in January 2010 when we visited friends in Yorkshire.  Whilst our husbands went to watch a football match, Penny showed me her sewing room. She is a prolific and academic quilter (she's passed exams and all sorts of courses) and she showed me how to rotary cut and sew a 1/4" seam ... I was pretty rubbish at first and it took me hours and hours of practice to master the basics. I cant believe how far I've come since that humble start! 

ME: When do you quilt & where?
Jennifer: In my loft. I'm really lucky to have a sewing room where I can lose myself in all things quilting and forget about the real world. I quilt in the evenings after work and at the weekends. I've been known to be up there at 7am on a Saturday whilst hubby is still sleeping!

ME: Do you have any favorite fabric manufacturers, designers or fabric lines?
Jennifer: That's a toughie ... All fabric is a pleasure but if you're going to push me - I love Moda, Makower and Michael Miller ... All the Ms! And any fabric if it's pink :)

ME: What current project(s) are you working on?
Jennifer: I have started two lap quilts this week. The first is for my husband's cousin who lives in Harrisburg, PA. the second is for my dear Aunt. She is very kind to me and bought my Juki sewing machine for me last year so I couldn't refuse when she looked on my blog yesterday then emailed a request for a lap quilt :) 

ME : Can you tell us about the “Pants Bag” that you make and how it came to be?
Jennifer: I love making my "Pants Bags" - it started at the beginning of my sewing life when I didn't dare to believe I could sew anything bigger! I made them to practice rotary cutting and piecing. Everyone loves them for their holidays cos you don't have to unpack your clean drawers and put them in dirty drawers! I've definitely improved since my first one (I think I've made about 40 now for family and friends and have even been paid for a couple ... Yay!) and this is one of my most recent:

ME: Do you have an all-time favorite project that you have made or maybe one that was the most challenging, or that you are most proud of?
Jennifer:  Gosh, another toughie: I had to ask my husband and he said 'you love them all for different reasons'. Technically, I think 'USA #5' was the most challenging as it was on point and took me a while to design and, collectively,  the whole 5 x USA quilts were very special because I made them with my late great-aunt's fabric. 

ME : Is there anything else that you would like us to know about you or your quilting? 
Jennifer: I'm a perfectionist and impatient ... If I can learn to quilt, anyone can!  
I really want to get better at blogging so that I can enjoy the online community a bit more. I'm more nervous of making a mistake with my blog posts than I am with my quilting! I am so thankful to all the clever quilters and bloggers out there ... I find you all so incredibly talented and inspiring ... thank you :)

Isn't she a doll. I love her "Pants Bag" and I will never look at my vacation undies the same! LOL Thanks for stopping by and reading my first of many interviews! Don't forget to stop by & see Jennifer at Glinda's Quilts


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Love Pin Win!

I love The Moda Bakeshop! I am constantly on there looking for inspiration! And inspiration I have found!

I made all of the following projects using Moda Bake Shop tutorials.

So when I saw they announced a new contest, of course I had to be in on it!

The project I am most drooling over right now has to be this one:
Dancing Daises Quilt

It's a Drunkard's Path, which I have been wanting to try! It's a daisy pattern, which I LOVE! It's made from Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille, which I can't wait to get my hands on! This project is a total triple threat...but whether I win or not...this baby's going down!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Michael Miller Ta Dots

Michael Miller Ta Dots by crazymimisews
Michael Miller Ta Dots, a photo by crazymimisews on Flickr.
I found a great online sale on Michael Miller Ta Dots and one Amy Butler dot and since I had made me a fat stack of cash making 2 Crown Royal bag quilts for a friend, I decided to splurge.


That's over 30 yards of fabric goodness there! What am I going to do with all of these dots you may ask, well that's easy...anything I want! I love them! I want to spread them on the floor & roll in them but in the interest of hygiene I will refrain.

These lovelies arrived in the mail on a day that Mr. Mimi was off work and I was so afraid that he would hear the UPS man before I did but I got lucky. Now normally I have a "Welcome Home" routine for my new fabric. They don't get just shoved into the stash cabinet. They get a loving caress and then I open up the stash cabinet & introduce them to the neighborhood, we have a little block party (if you will) and then they can select their new home. With Mr. Mimi home and hot on my heels, I have to just shove them rudely into the sewing room and close the door until later when we could have our time for our ritual.

Anywho, all is well now. They are properly introduced/debuted to the rest of the cabinet and have selected some nice temporary homes.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Revamped Stash Cabinet

Revamped Stash Cabinet by crazymimisews
Revamped Stash Cabinet, a photo by crazymimisews on Flickr.

This weekend I spent some time, not that kind of housekeeping. I was "housekeeping" my stash. Now doesn't that look so much better? 
 It took me five hours to sort it into color order and put back into the cabinet. You should have seen the room while I was working on it! It looked like a quilt shop had thrown up in there! LOL
 Doesn't that stack of lovelies just inspire you?
 These shelves hold flannels, larger than one yard cuts and work in progress.
I have to say, this is my favorite part of the entire cabinet. Don't tell the other colors but I am a pink girl. I LOVE pink! Always have, always will!

I have some new fabric purchases that I will show you in the next few days. I needed to clean the cabinet in order to fit them in.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 3, 2012


Scrap Quilt WIP by crazymimisews
Scrap Quilt WIP, a photo by crazymimisews on Flickr.
This weekend I am busy quilting ADD style. I have four projects going on at the same time.This is not my usual style. I am typically a one project at a time kind of girl so it does make me a little nervous working this way but I will have to say it's nice to be able to switch to another project if I get bored with one. Maybe this will be my new normal...maybe not.

Up first project # 1: A little scrap quilt to manage the overflowing scrap bins in my sewing room. I love me a good scrap quilt. As far as I am concerned this mean it's a free project! FREE, now that's what I am talking 'bout!

I hope that you are having a safe Labor Day weekend! I am enjoying mine very much!