Friday, July 24, 2015

Modern Dear Jane in Progress

Today I'm finishing up chores around the house and spending the day working on Rusty's Dear is so very modern and bright!

I am using one layer of batt provided by Rusty - I believe it's Hobbs 80/20 - Glide thread for quilting.  I thought about using monopoly in all of the color patches but I'm not a fan of the shine it creates.

After working on these blocks (I believe there are more than a 100 of them) - I think I'll be able to get away with solid black only.  I am loving this quilt...I have never wanted to make a Dear Jane so badly as I do now after seeing it in this rainbow colorway!

*cough cough*  Just a reminder that I may have something to help you make your own rainbow quilt...
Kona Solids Skinny Roll - $24 ($4 shipping anywhere in the US)

Psssst...also if you follow me (pumpkinpatchquilter) on Instagram - you'll find a code for free shipping!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


I am so excited!  I have decided to sell fabric!  I am starting small for now - just ordering some items for my own work/projects and additional to sell.  I just ordered a boat load of Kona Solid Pre Cuts and have added them to my Etsy shop!  I pre-ordered a few more Kona bundles/rolls that will be here early August.  Orders will be different each time but I will try to get what's new and popular...but also what I like!!  :)  This batch was solids - looking at some 30's Repro/Traditional/Civil War items next.  I will make every attempt to keep prices competitive and reasonable - and shipping rates as low as I can.  If you are looking for something specific just ask - I may be able to order it - I am excited!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cheryl's Sew Spooky - Finished!

Woohoo!  My third Sew Spooky quilt is on the books, I had a great time working on this.  I kind of thought I might get bored only because I've quilted it so many times - but I really didn't!  I had a lot of fun!

I think part of the fun was in thinking up new designs for blocks I have already quilted.  I love the design process.

At Cheryl's request I used double batting (and I am so glad she asked because I LOVE the definition of double batting) - it really helped fill the appliques with little or no quilting.  Love this look!

I used Glide thread in black, orange, and a tan color called "wheat" for the entire quilt.  The majority of the ditch work was with "wheat".

I really love diagonal lines - though of course you need to space them as accurately as possible, I think with a quilt like this with an almost folk art feeling, I didn't worry if they weren't absolutely perfect.  Just neat and not goal was to give this quilt life with textures - not just quilt it o death.

I think it turned out great!  I love this quilt!  

I am catching up on emails over the next week - I found about a dozen stuck in my spam folder, so if I didn't reply to yours I apologize!  I have some big exciting things happening over here that I'm thrilled to share with you...I've been quiet I know, but absolutely working the entire time!  :)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Cheryl's Sew Spooky

Trying to get back in the quilting groove and really enjoying myself.  I have made quite a bit of progress on my dahlia quilt but I get side tracked and enjoy working on other things.  The string of patriotic quilts on display around the quilting blogs and Facebook have me inspired to make some decorations!

Here are a few in progress shots of Cheryl's Sew Spooky quilt.  This is the third Sew Spooky I've worked on in the past year so I'm trying to make it different...I want to include some of the fun elements that she liked that drew her to ask me to quilt it for her...but also some fun new details to keep it fresh.  Here's what I've got so far...

Keeping it short and sweet today as I hear bickering children in the other room where the baby is sleeping.  Gahh!!

Happy fourth of July to those in the states!  :)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

New Pantographs at Urban Elementz!

I'm a little behind in sharing these - but check out the two newest pantographs at Urban Elementz by Patricia and I!

Lather Rinse Repeat

Lather Rinse Repeat on Patricia's quilt using Appliqué Elementz!


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Princess Livvie is Here...Update

I am so sorry for neglecting my blog - I know I promised to update during my maternity leave and I have been horrible at it!  The first few weeks of May were spent mostly organizing, cleaning, and preparing for our little Olivia's arrival.  Of course I had planned to work on my own projects, and I have some, but I think I needed the breather from crafting and sewing as at 9 months pregnant my energy was waning.

Olivia arrived as scheduled on May 30, 2015 via c-section.  I started having contractions the morning of my scheduled surgery so I feel pretty confident that she was coming pretty soon on her own if we had not already had a repeat section planned.  She came about an hour later than expected, at 1:37 and weighed in at 6 pounds 11 ounces and 20 inches long.

Part of why I haven't updated is that 24 hours after Olivia's birth she failed a routine newborn heart screening.  I don't remember the name of the test but from what I understand it's a new one they do at our hospital, and it's only been in effect for about a year.  My daughter is the second child ever at this hospital to fail the screening...and because of that she was sent to Rainbow Babies and Children's NICU in Cleveland, Ohio.  Our hospital also eliminated it's NICU unit since the last baby we'd had there - I was very saddened by that.

We are so fortunate and blessed to report that Olivia's problems were very small.  She had a small hole in her heart - a flap that hadn't completely grown closed, something that was supposed to happen in the last few days in the womb.  She also had quite a bit of fluid in her lungs...the cord was wrapped twice around her neck when born and she didn't let out the loud cries that you normally hear from a newborn baby...though she did cry.  She scored 8/9 on the Apgar so she seemed in good condition, until she started throwing up everything she ate and wouldn't keep anything down - and she began breathing strange to compensate for the lack of oxygen she was taking in due to the hole in her heart.  We spent four days at Rainbow with Olivia on IV nutrition and oxygen until her little heart grew enough to be on her own.

It was hands down the most terrifying ordeal I have ever been through - but absolutely NOTHING compared to some of the stories we've heard since.  I have a new compassion for parents who've had children with illness.  From what I understand the doctors explained that Livvie's issues are very common with preemie and c-section babies...and luckily for her not life threatening.  She needed round the clock care and monitoring until she grew enough to breath and eat on her own.  She had two echo cardiograms while there both showing that her heart is growing on its own and they determined she will likely never need surgery...but she does go in for a follow up echo in six months to be sure it's doing what they anticipate.

On top of all of that I was discharged with Olivia so I could be with her - 24 hours after having a c-section which is not the norm...I had my own set of complications when I came home, so it has been quite an overwhelming month!!  Things are starting to get back to normal now - thank goodness - and I am looking forward to resuming quilts in just a few short weeks.

I'm so sorry for the delay in updates!  Thank you so much to those who sent me messages and emails to check in on us!  :)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Our Recent Family Photo Session

Just sharing a few of the family/maternity photos my good friend Amanda from Edward Rose Photography took of us on Saturday!  I cannot wait to see the rest of the photos, they turned out so beautiful!  We are hoping to hire her again to take family pictures after Olivia arrives...and some newborn baby photos too!