Monday, July 27, 2009

A new clothes line

I told my husband that I would like him to put up a clothes line for me to dry clothes on. After a quick glance to see if I was serious, he went to the garage and pulled out some line that he says is clothes line wire. Not sure if that is true, but if he says it is, it must be!!

He told me that he would make a quick line between two of our trees and we would 'try' it for awhile and if we decided we(or mostly I) like it he will work on something bigger. So far, I love it. My husband loves it too. He says, "the more money we save, the more money we have for cool gear!" He is a gear guy...loves his biking gear, camping gear, hiking gear...and so on and so on.

Here is our quick clothes line. I'll let you know if we ever get anything more. I have read that the clothes dryer accounts for ~6% of the average electric bill. We'll see if we actually save that much by line drying.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

'Wild Thing' Quilt

I finished Hunter's quilt!! This is only the second quilt that I have pieced and quilted on the sewing machine. I am trying to get brave enough to try stippling, but until then, I will continue straight stitching:) For Hunter's quilt I used Camille's 'wild thing' pattern.

This quilt was a lot of fun! I wish the backing was a little lighter, but I used what Hunter chose. I used Moda's Arcadia fabric purchased from Cotton Patch Quilting. Right now they have the Arcadia charm packs on sale for $4(a GREAT deal).

One handmade Christmas present can be marked off my list. Now, if I can wait that long to give it to him. I'm going to have to hide it so that he will forget about it:)
Back of Quilt

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ruffle Pillow

I made this pillow this morning for a birthday party that we will be going to tonight. I think it turned out pretty cute. I the 'D' isn't actually as dark as the pictures make it look. I wanted the 'D' in the bottom corner, but now I wish I would have moved it in just a little...oh live and learn right? I'm also thinking, MAYBE, I should have just done the D in white...what do you think?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Grocery Bag Dispenser

I found a tutorial for this at Moda Bake Shop. I Love that site!! They have SO many fun projects!! In Rachel's tutorial, she said she made hers in an hour. This one that I made took me at least two hours. BUT I was very happy about it considering I am a VERY newbie to the sewing world!!

My Mom will be getting this in the mail for her birthday in the next few days:) Can't wait to make one for myself:)

p.s. I used a Moda Soiree charm pack for this one. I ordered the charm pack from cotton patch quilting(wonderful company, great prices and super fast shipping!!). I wish this had been on sale when I ordered....might be sold out before I can order again:( oh well, maybe they will still have some on sale next time I order.