Sew-n-Tell Friday: Wuthering Heights

Yesterday was a busy but good day. I’m really having issues with being cold though. It seems to especially be my right hand. I just cannot seem to keep it warm. *sigh* AppleBlossom does not seem to mind anything though. As a matter of fact her room is so cold that I cannot stand to go in there to change her diaper. So I’ve been running in the room, grabbing a diaper, then we’ve been on the rug in the middle of the living room to change. Silly, but warm and effective. In her room we have a convertible bed that is currently in toddler mode. She loves it, but won’t sleep there at night (hasn’t for months) and I say that is because it was too cold in there at night. During the day, if she’s really tired, she’ll go down in there, but if she’s not tired, she’ll. . .

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Quilting Through Thursday

I was trying to think of a title for this post and remembered BTT, so why not call this QTT. 😉 Yesterday in sharing some of my WIP I became very inspired and went up to find something to work on. I’m so excited! Beginning to end I made a small (AppleBlossom size) rag lap quilt. It’s so cute and already fluffed. I cannot believe how quickly it seemed to go! (Then in the evening I started to read The Girl in the Gatehouse that came in the mail yesterday. Jealous? 😉 ) Enjoy my Lamb Baby Lap Rag Quilt (for AppleBlossom for Christmas) So soft! Now I’ll be gone for the day as we’re having lunch with the Enginerd! Now for the actually BTT… Inspired by this post: Do you ever crave reading crappy books? Um… how to answer that? In according to other people’s opinions sure, I guess. . .

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Work-in-Progress (WIP) Wednesday

Have you noticed the background of my blog? Do you know what that is? It’s a quilt block. When was the last time you saw something quilt-like on my blog? 🙁 This blog started as a way to share my current quilt projects with my mom and sisters. (I know one sister reads daily, and my mom has started reading more and more…) But there are hardly any quilt projects here. *sigh* Frankly I’m unhappy with my blog. With blogging in general. I feel like I keep getting disappointed about lack of interaction and this that and the other. (Woah, that was a different blog post that has merged into this one, sorry.. more on that later.) I need more sewing, quilting and cross stitching in my life in addition to in my blog. In case you missed it, www.MadebyMardi.com is up and running and I’ve been busy filling some. . .

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Amy Butler’s Style Stitches: 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags!

Amy Butler’s Style Stitches 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags! Photographer: David Butler Genre: Sewing, Craft, Hobby Pages: 7-1/2 x 9 in; 184 pp ; color photographs throughout, 9 pattern sheets in a bound-in pocket, semi-concealed Wire-O binding Hardcover Date Published: August 2010 Publisher: Chronicle Books Celebrated designer Amy Butler’s most coveted products are her handbag sewing patterns. In Style Stitches, Butler presents an array of new bag designs for her fans across the globe. The book offers 12 basic patterns with enough variations to achieve 26 unique looks. Ranging from chic clutches and delicate wristlets to pretty hobo bags and handy coin purses, with instructions for altering dimensions, straps, and embellishments to get the desired look, each project incorporates Butler’s fresh, modern style and attention to detail. With illustrated step-by-step directions, a comprehensive techniques section, and a bound-in pocket filled with the patterns themselves, Style Stitches is an. . .

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Cross Stitch

Last year was the last time I finished a cross stitch project (well there are these bibs that are complete except for some outlines, but AppleBlossom is too far beyond using them – wouldn’t use them for food so much as for a drooling baby). The quilt was for my niece, SisterL’s #5. Now I am making a Baby Hugs Bunny & Bear matching sampler for my new nephew, SisterL’s #6. I’m also going to start a different one soon for my brother’s son (four months younger that AppleBlossom). And just started today, I’m going to make a birth sampler for my AppleBlossom. (I’ll come back to the boys…) this one just arrived in the mail. It could not be more appropriate or perfect. So how about it do you want to keep track of my journey with status photos?

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The Art of Tangled by Jeff Kurtti

A lighthearted twist on Rapunzel, the beloved fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, Tangled brims with thrilling adventure, a distinctive cast of characters, a daring heroine, and, of course, seventy feet of golden hair. Featuring the stunning concept art behind the newest Disney masterpiece, The Art of Tangled also includes a preface by John Lasseter, a foreword by Directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, and interviews with the artists, animators, and production team—including Art Director David Goetz—that shed light on the history and artistry of this landmark film.

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Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family

Here’s a treasure trove of exciting ideas that will enable your family to focus anew on preparing for the holy time of Advent and Christmas!

With a fresh, lively set of suggestions that will attract young and old alike, Joy to the World will help lay the foundation for long-lasting family memories.

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Designing a Vintage Nursery Decor

This is going to be a wordy post. As this was originally a conversation response on Facebook, but then it got too long for my wall… The nursery originally was painted with a satin kitchen and bathroom sage green paint below a natural wood chair rail installed by the Enginerd with a Vanilla type color above it. The doors to the closet and the door inside the nursery was also painted with the green. The far wall with the window had paneling that we put up that was a beautiful natural color. It was gorgeous. We then had sage green curtains that went to the floor as well. About the week, the Einginerd finished with the chair rail, we found out that he was going to lose his job with 90% of everyone else and we had to sell our house. We now live in a rental, and AppleBlossom is. . .

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Time Out Quilts

Time Out Quilts by Atkinson Designs Genre: Quilt Pattern Book Pages: 28 pages Date Published: 2008 Publisher: Atkinson Designs My rating: 4 of 5 stars TIME OUT QUILTS #ATK-607 Traditional quilts in less time. If you can take the calories out of cheesecake by using low fat ingredients, why not take some of the time out of traditional quilts with a few shortcuts? 7 quilts in multiple sizes $16.95  I really loved making this Bricks and Stones quilt (~page 19). All of the other quilts in this book look great as well. I’m mostly finished, just adding the border and then the top will be complete. I found that the instructions were clear and the pictures were great. All and all this is a better of quilt books than some others I have messed with. In the future I would not hesitate to buy more books from Atkinson Designs. *I bought. . .

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Bricks and Stones ♥Update♥

The other day I mentioned that I was working on my Bricks and Stones quilt… see that post HERE with pictures of the pattern and fabric I’m using. I just wanted to give an update. All my blocks are pieced. Now I’m in the process of squaring them up. As AppleBlossom just went down for a nap, I’m hoping to be very productive! I have stitched the top row together and when the blocks are squared up then I plan to chain piece some of the rows to make it faster and easier on my machine. La ti da!!

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I’m Quilting, what are you doing?

Yes, you read that right. I’m quilting. Or at least that’s the plan. As soon as I leave the computer. With the hopes that AppleBlossom will let me (as she adventures around squealing on the floor… eight steps, crash, five steps, tumble…). Current project comes from the Atkinson Designs Time Out Quilts book that I bought at Sweet Home Quilt Company in Georgia. (Hey Melisa miss you!) I’m making the Bricks and Stones pattern (see the example from CottonQuiltsandFabric.com ‘s website in a kit they sell) in some Robert Kaufman fabric also from Sweet Home Quilt Co. How beautiful are those prints!! This is my first Asian inspired quilt and I’m so ready to see it completed. I will not tell you when I bought the material and started…

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Namemaker Sewing and Custom Clothing Lables

As I go through some of the clothing that is from my childhood I have discovered some cloth labels that say in a blue print simply, “Made with Love by Mardi” or “Made Especially for you by Mardi”. I love those labels. They remind me of how good my mother is with a sewing machine and make me smile. As we have started to try to get MadebyMardi up and running over on etsy (madebymardi.etsy.com) I have been thinking about labels. There are limited things that I can do with my sewing and embroidery machines, but it would take forever to make labels that I really like and that is not something that I really want to spend my time on. Plus they would never look as good as those that my mother ordered from a catalog back in the day. But I have found the solution!! *Thanks to ChicExecs. . .

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Dr. Hess Udder Oinment

As a hand quilter and as person who cross stitches (in my spare time…) my fingers get pricked quite a bit and it just a part of the trade. When it has been a while, and I go back to it, there is always a day or two of sore finger tips until I can get a bit of a callus to protect it. Yet all the time, my saving grace for pain has been udder cream. I first discovered it in the check out line at a craft shop and now I cannot hardly live without it. Just rubbing a bit on my finger tips is all I need and I receive extreme relief. In years past I have always used the brand Udderly Smooth Udder Cream and I love it. But just recently thanks to ChicExecs I discovered Dr. Hess Udder Oinment. “Simply the best healing skin cream. . .

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Incredibly Useful Tools and Tutorials

How to transfer Google Friend Connect – (from your Blogspot blog to your new WordPress.org blog and others) Blogger to WordPress Plugin – Blogger to WordPress helps you to redirect from your blogspot post to the corresponding wordpress post (Imported from blogger). WP Greet Box Plugin – Then there are helpful people. Karen McCullough of Karen’s Web Works Lindsey of Kindred Spirit Mommy Trisha of Momdot

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