February 17, 2014

Penny Sampler Finished

This was such a stretch yourself/be open to new ideas process for me.

I go back and forth between being head over heels in love with it and just sort of being proud of myself for being adventurous. I do love the Nordika fabrics that I used throughout.

Here are a few of my favorite parts. The dala horse (where I finally felt like I knew what I was doing with paper piecing):

The spruce forest:

I'm linking this up to Show and Tell Tuesday!

After a surprise 6 day stretch of no school/work, it's back to our regular schedule tomorrow! The snow is almost gone and we're supposed to be into the 60s this week. What?!?!

February 14, 2014

My Kind of Valentine

This is the upper right corner of my Penny Sampler. My first work with sketch applique. It's not my favorite look but was a good thing to try and is featured more than once in the Penny Sampler.

A lot of good snow here over the last few days so we're getting a surprise snowcation from school. Wake Forest University even closed for two days which never happens!

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 2, 2014

Back In Time

We got 2" of snow last week and were out of school for 3 and a half days. The boys went out to play that first morning and I snapped some pictures. Check this out:

On the left is Bigger Kid Starfish in 2009. On the right is Littler Kid Starfish last week. My husband remembered the older picture and the similarities. Same hat, position, style of shoes! Almost the exact same ages!

I'm still working on binding my Penny Sampler but that didn't stop me from picking another big project to begin. This is happening:

I'm going to work on Gypsy Wife throughout 2014. There are at least two QALs happening for this pattern right now. It's a riot of color and once again, juuuust outside my comfort zone.

I'm using fabrics pulled by The Intrepid Thread.

I can't wait to post my progress of this as we go along!

January 26, 2014

Prism Quilt

I finished and gifted my altered version of the Prism Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts.

I am certainly getting the hang of paper piecing. I altered the pattern to include lots of negative space that shows off the quilting.

It measures 53"x63" and is a great size for throwing over yourself on the couch. I gifted it to my principal as an internship thank you and she loved it. I love the back as much as the front.

Thanks for looking!

January 19, 2014

Pasta and Quilting

Two good things.

I tried a new recipe that Mr. Starfish and I really loved. 30 Minute Caramelized Shallot, Spinach and Goat Cheese Garlic Butter Pasta:

Easy to follow recipe and yummy, yummy results. I used slightly less goat cheese and didn't miss the rest at all. You can find the recipe HERE.

I'm attaching the binding to this quilt:

It's a present for my principal who was so fantastic while I was interning under her. I hope to give it to her on Tuesday when I head back to work.

I'm on the hunt for some Malabrigo Rasta to make these MITTENS. What are you working on?

January 12, 2014

Updates on everything!

Whew. No blogging. Let's talk about that. I have been crafting. Quilting. Baking. Knitting. We've had fun stuff going on. Christmas. Trips to museums. Vacations. Why no blogging?

I think partly I'm relying on Instagram. I really love the format of quick and easy and many of my crafty friends and using it a lot, too. On the downside....You can't explain your photo as much and the photos are small. I definitely get more feedback on Instagram than I get here.

So, I'm going to try something new. I'm going to set a short-term goal to post here once a week. Maybe a routine and habit will keep me posting here (which I enjoy when I do it) more often. I am also cutting back on the time I spend on Facebook. It has become a time filler for no real reason. I considered getting rid of my account but that seems kind of extreme especially since a lot of my college friends keep up with each other that way.

On to crafty-ness: My Penny Sampler is quilted and ready for binding! Here is a sneak peek before quilting:

This quilt is very busy and crazy and I love it. It is such a departure from my usual style. I really got the hang of paper piecing through this class - check out that dala horse! I love the Scandinavian motifs and the cheerful colors and that little village. I hope to bind it this week.

I also finished a Taffy Quilt top.

I have eyed this pattern since I saw a shop sample many months ago. Then I saw a few made by Lee and I was smitten. I wanted the circular pattern to pop in mine so I chose my fabrics carefully. I think it works. I will post a picture of the whole things once it's quilted and bound.

Okay, if you're still here thank you! I will plan to post again on Sunday and plan to have at least one finished quilt by then!

October 20, 2013

Penny Sampler

I really enjoy Rachel's work over at Stitched in Color. The Color Wheel quilt that I made was from one of Rachel's pattern. Oh boy. I fell in love with her Penny Sampler and had to dive in! It is so different from my usual style but I am really smitten with it. I joined the party late so I'm in catch-up mode but I've already gotten several blocks finished:

I'm using the Nordika stack that I showed a few posts ago. Stay tuned!

October 14, 2013

Just Keep Swimming!

We've been watching a lot of Finding Nemo at Casa Starfish lately. I think it helped inspire this baby quilt for a sweet little guy born one month ago.

I cut into my Heather Ross for this quilt that measures about 39" square.

There is a lot of great texture in this one and the back is a simple navy chevron.

The baby (Grayson) is the first baby for Kid Starfish's 1st grade teacher. We went over to see him yesterday and delivered the quilt then. What is it about holding those brand new babies? So sweet.

October 5, 2013

Rib-A-Roni Hat

I love fall weather. This is not fall weather. I knit a hat for Kid Starfsh and made him model it in very warm temperatures:

This was an easy and well-written pattern called Rib-A-Roni. The red is Malabrigo in Ravelry Red and the blue is Dream in Color Classy. I used leftovers from my stash and barely had enough red to finish!

The color is off in this next and last photo but look at my sweet guy. He is getting so old!

October 2, 2013

Frenetic Project Starting

So, here is the thing... I have a lot going on in my life right now. New job, last semester of my post-Master's certificate, submission to the state for licensure, some catch up on Drunkard's Medallion-along, etc. When I have a lot of things going on that I "have to" do, I have this bad habit of starting a million little things that are unrelated to the necessary tasks. Anyone else?

I bought this:

I know exactly what I'm going to do with it and I'm very excited. It's Nordika by Jeni Baker and I love it.

I love the aqua and pink and I LOVE it when a line includes black. It doesn't happen very often.

I also started pulling fabrics to make some sweet little Christmas trees:

This is going to be a table topper or wall hanging for Kid Starfish's teacher. More on that later.

It's October. It's still hot. I'm waiting for it to feel like fall!