Monthly Archives: August 2014


As I've been folding and organizing all my stash, I've come to the realization there are some holes. I'm terribly low on yellows and oranges, but I have virtually no neutrals other than black and white prints. So when The Intrepid Thread advertised that they had moved stuff into the clearance section and had 1000+ items in the list, I decided to focus my efforts by filling one of those voids. I keep seeing beautiful quilts with grey fabrics, so I just thought I needed to have some. I'm so delighted with these and can't wait to use them. What's your favorite color(s) to pair with grey?

listed in order shown, left to right

  • Nouvelle - Laced Up Gris
  • Chromatics - Pointelle in Shade
  • Picture Pie - Scribble in Grey
  • Emmy Grace - Ripples in Pond
  • Just My Type - Type Keys in Gray
  • Shades of Black - Leaves in Line in Gray
  • Woodwinked - Confetti Dots in Pewter
  • Stitch - Stitch Circle in Charcoal
  • Queen Bee - Honeycomb in Grey
  • Stitch - Stitch Square in Charcoal
  • Empire - Typhoon in London
  • Emmy Grace - Stitched Road in Granite

Bekko Home Dec - Swirl in Stone: Oops... didn't realize this one was a home decor fabric until it arrived. I'll be making a pillow for someone.

I'm linking up to Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.


I can't believe it's been over a month. So, quick party highlights. The Boy turned four last month. He'd helped me decide on airplanes and helicopters for the party theme. (Note: he's planned out the themes for his next 12-15 birthday parties. I think #18 is supposed to be a space theme.)

Party Favors. I missed getting pictures of the goody bags, but I was able to find airplane and helicopter themed books at a variety of reading levels for the 1- to 8-year olds that were at the party. I also included these cute little foam airplanes.

The Cookies. I featured the Birthday Airplane Cookies in a post last month.

The Cake: We added helicopters (and that awesome helipad made by Uncle Chris!) to a two tier cake by Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Activities included the art table, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and various backyard games. We also had paper airplanes. I love the feel of a relaxed backyard party with lots of different options.

The Outfits. Bonus pics of The Girl and The Boy in previous posts.


Around about 2002 I decided I wanted to start quilting. I grew up in a house where my mom was always sewing so I had picked up basic sewing skills, but none of my close friends or family members quilted. My mom made exactly one quilt when I was a kid, and vowed never to make another. I got myself the book Quilting for Dummies which I found to have great information on the basics for getting started.

This is actually the second quilt that I finished, but it is the first that I pieced. I didn't realize before I started piecing it that they hadn't left seam allowances for the corners of the 9-patch blocks to not get cut off when the borders were added. What a major bummer for my first project! But it taught me always to double check a pattern before using it. I used a walking foot to do some very basic quilting and the binding was done by folding over the backing fabric (the one and only time I did this, before moving to using a bias binding). I stitched a "label" on the top of the binding. It reads: My First Piecing by Sarah. It wasn't really my first quilt, since I finished a lap quilt before I actually finished this one.

My 9-patch blocks are 6" finished squares and the whole quilt finishes out at about 21" square, a perfect table topper size. These are not currently my colors... I'm not sure they ever were or how I settled on them for my first project. Mom loves them though, and I'm glad that she enjoys the quilt.


I'll be linking up to Quilty Flashback Friday.