I’ve been a bad girl. That’s right, I’ve been sewing with my “bad” foot. Hey, one of the exercises I’m supposed to do involves pointing and flexing my foot… so pushing the pedal counts, right?

In Progress

Anyway, here’s a shot of one of the things (one of many) on my sewing table. It’s going to be a quilt for the boy child. I haven’t worked on it much in the past few days though… I’ve got another deadline on my plate, but I’ll let you know more about that in a few days.

March was my month in the Dream circle of do. Good Stitches to be the quilter. That just means that I got to pick the block everyone made, and then was the person responsible for putting the final quilt together and getting it sent off to our charity, Project Night Night.

do. Good Stitches - DREAM - March 2012

For March, I chose to do the string block that Ashley demonstrated on her blog ages ago. I really love the white line down the center, it seems to tie all the blocks together even though they are made from so many fabrics. I decided to alter the layout in this quilt to get a more “chevron-like” pattern. I like it, but I think if I were to do it again with this type of block I might make the white “centers” a little less centered so they could come to points.

do. Good Stitches - DREAM - March 2012

On the back, with the extra blocks, I used the same criss cross pattern that the tutorial shows. I had to search my stash for a fabric to fill out the back. I knew I wanted to use a solid because the blocks themselves are so busy, but I didn’t have enough of anything (except Kona snow and other neutral fabrics) to do the entire back. In the end, I chose these two bright solids. I really like the way it came out. (Sorry, I have no idea what colors they are…)

I quilted it 1/4 inch from the white center lines for a nice wide zig zag. The quilting shows up wonderfully on the back and I really love it.

Binding was a big headache! I had no idea how to bind it without it looking really really busy. After many suggestions from a lot of wonderful ladies, I ended up going with bright prints. I used 3 leftover pieces of binding from other quilts. The scrappiness of it just goes… you know?

do. Good Stitches - DREAM - March 2012

I forgot to add the label before I basted and quilted, and so I attached it after the fact. The front has so much going on though, that you almost can’t see the stitching line.

It’s going to be really hard to let this quilt go… She’s definitely one of my favorites! But I know that the child who receives it will need it far more than I do. I hope it brings security to that little person in their time of need.

Entries for May’s Giveaway Day are now closed. I will choose the winners using a random number generator before Monday May 28, 2012!

A while back, I lost my mind and started buying up all the Mendocino I could find. Ok, not all, but I decided I must have at least a bit of every fabric. And in the process, I ended up buying a few duplicates, partly because I couldn’t remember what I had already, but also because a lot of these fabrics are sold in small bundles, and to get one that I’m missing I might have to buy a couple that I already had. I really wish I hadn’t completely missed out on these fabrics when they first came out!

Well, what better way to eliminate duplicates than to share with you! So I actually started looking for some dups on purpose! These are by no means all the extras, but I think I’ll save a few for future giveaway days. :)


The first lucky winner will get these two fat quarters of Heather Ross’s Mendocino Presentation Mermaids in Aqua and Blush!


The second winner will get this little bundle. It consists of two fat eighths — Brown Kelp Forest, and Gold Swim Sisters, and a small 9″ x 11″ (ish) piece of the Kelp Stripe in Brown.


All you have to do to win is leave me a comment telling me either what you’ll make with these fabrics, or which fabric line you totally missed out on!

For a second chance to win, follow my blog and leave me a second comment saying you are a follower!

International Entries welcome!!!

I will close the entries at 7pm CST on Friday May 25. I will randomly choose the two winners with a random number generator.

Happy Giveaway Day! I hope you are one of the lucky winners!

Just dropping in to include a few photos of all the things that have been happening over the last few weeks. Hopefully later this week I’ll be adding a post or two about some stuff that’s been going on in my head, but no guarantees. :)

We added a pool fence to keep the boy out… Now he can run around the backyard without one of us chasing him constantly!


The garden is producing! This is our very first harvest of beans, but we’re wondering if anymore are coming. The bean plants don’t look so hot. But the tomatoes are taking off! I can hardly wait for them to ripen.


April’s Do. Good Stitches block. Lindsay chose the knee socks block but using colorful solids and prints. I can’t wait to see the quilt!

do. Good Stitches - April 2012

And this:
do. Good Stitches - March 2012 (everyone's blocks)

Became this:
do. Good Stitches -- March 2012 (Dream circle)

March was my month to be the quilter for Do. Good Stitches, and I chose Ashley’s String block. Though, I also chose to lay them out in more of a herringbone pattern. I have the whole thing quilted now, but I am stuck on the binding. If anyone has suggestions, I’m open!

And stay tuned… I have a bit of my Mendocino Madness planned for Sew Mama Sew’s May 2012 Give Away Day!

Busy Book #2

Remember the Busy Book I made for the boy last year? I mentioned I might write a pattern for it, and guess what? Fat Quarterly has added it to their Issue #9 which is all about sewing with and for babies and kids!

I hope you’ll go check it out. The issue is already being sent to subscribers, and will be available to everyone else starting April 30. I read through the whole issue and there are so many great patterns and tips in it. I’m really excited to show it to Alexis. Time for some mommy & daughter sewing time!

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