Mickey & Minnie..and her pretty shoes

Mickey & Minnie..and her pretty shoes

IMG_2910My four year old loves Mickey and Minnie.  He watches Mickey Mouse Club House, was Mickey for Halloween last year.  He LOVES that mouse!  So to celebrate his new bedroom I decided to make a Mickey quilt for him.  That decision turned out to be harder than I thought it would be…

My first issue was that none of the major fabric companies have Mickey fabric, many have Marvel, DC, Star Wars, etc.  But none of them have Mr. Mouse and friends.  I like to buy from my local quilt shop, it’s supporting a local business and they know me there.  But this time around I had to make the rounds at Handcock, Joann, and Hobby Lobby.  Now there isn’t anything WRONG with these stores mind you, but when it comes to fabric, I like certain things, and I don’t normally find them in a Big Box store.  Anyway, I digress, I found enough Mickey fabric to put something nice together.

I took all of my fabric home and the first thing I did was wash it call in cold water with Synthrapol.  I had several reds and was really nervous about them bleeding all over my lighter colors.  The next thing I did, washed them in cold water with Synthrapol AGAIN…just to be sure.  ( I NEVER pre-wash my fabrics….so this was very long a tedious process for me)

Then I dried them and went to the ironing board to get them all nicely ironed.  I set out with a specific pattern in mind, and then changed my mind after making a few audition blocks.  With some input from my friend Donna, I ended up with what I thought was a great looking quilt.

I then showed it to my 4 year old.  He’s response was this, “Well, I just thought Minnie would be in it wearing her pretty shoes.  Because I just love Minnie.”  So it was an easy swap out for some Minnie fabric and we were in business.  (And my son was happy)

Now to get the borders on and then it’s off to Charisma to get it all quilted for me!

Pardon My Growing Family!!

Pardon My Growing Family!!

11402984_896526417049892_3493969184854224607_nI know I’ve been gone a long time.  I’ve been going through an adoption journey, and although I can’t go into details things are going great!!  It’s exciting, tiring, sometimes scary, but a really wonderful experience.  So I have been kept away from my sewing room for several months, and this leads me to a dilemma…

I’m not really a UFO person, I start ONE project and work in that project until it is completed.  Then I move on to the next project.  I don’t multi-task well when it comes to quilting.  I’m not sure why, but it’s just not something I do well.  So I currently have a quilt in the works, but am making a new quilt for a special someone who love Mickey Mouse.  So for the first time in my quilting HISTORY I’m going to be working on 2 things at once…I hope the OCD organizationalist in me can manage.

In other news the I have some wonder “True Colors” by Tula pink coming my way, and I can’t wait to tell you about the fun project I have planned for that.IMG_2003

And last, but certainly NOT least I plan on trying to make some Wild & Goosey blocks….call me CRAZY!  My friend Charisma inspired me, I LOVE her quilt so much, that I decided to try my hand at my own.  See more about her Wild & Goosey quilt here!

 

Lone Star Love & Personal Updates

Lone Star Love & Personal Updates

My strips are cut and arranged in order. Time to strip piece them.

My strips are cut and arranged in order. Time to strip piece them.

So I have always loved the Lone Star quilt pattern.  I decided to try one awhile back with a small quilt, from there I went to a very large quilt.  Now, I’m making one that will be “just right”.  It’s still in construction, but I wanted to share some of my progress with you.  I’m creating this Lone Star using 10 colors (3 of them are repeated).  I’m SO excited and happy about this color combination, I really love it!!  Two of the “burst” sections are the same multicolored fabric, that for me was moving out of my regular comfort zone.  However seeing the end result, I think it adds a bit of magic to the entire thing.

Creating the "blades" for the Lone Star

Creating the “blades” for the Lone Star

 

I start my new job this coming Tuesday, I can’t tell you wait a relief it is that.  I was laid off from my job in October of last year and was given the end date of January 1st.  So I was off and running on the job hunt, then my current job extended me until the end of February.  Luckily I found a job at my local hospital and begin there this Tuesday.  If someone would have told me this would all work out this perfectly I would never have believed them!  So now I am employed again, and will have time to focus more on my quilting once again, instead of resume editing, job searching, interviews etc.  So I’m very grateful and thankful for that.

Lone Star on the design wall after it has been blocked and pressed.

Lone Star on the design wall after it has been blocked and pressed.

On another personal note, we are one of 3 couples who are being considered to adopt a little 3 year old.  We are the only couple of the 3 who have had any interaction with him (we’ve provided respite for him the past 6 months).  So we’re really crossing our fingers on this one.  A really special little one, so we are cautiously optimistic things will turn out well for us.  (If you have any spare good vibes to send our way please do!)

So now that everything seems to be falling into place, please expect to see new projects and posts on a more regular basis.  I know I was sparartic at best for awhile.  😀