Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New toy for mama.

I have been sewing in my Husqvarna Viking Madison for almost 9 years and love how simple and easy is to use and care for her. It's a super reliable machine. My husband gave me that on our second Christmas and I just love to sew on it, but since I started quilting and actually since a long time ago when I used my sewing friend and mentor semi-industrial Juki, I've been wanting one for my collection. I am used to industrial sewing machines, so I would love to have a fast straight stitch, with knee lever, and bigger space to use for my projects. This year, my loving husband gave me a Juki 2010Q for our 10th anniversary. He knows me so well. And I love it! This machine sews very smooth - fast and quiet. I love the thread cutting and needle up/down features. I'm still figuring out the threader, sometimes I get it, sometimes I don't, but most importantly, it quilts very nice. Now I can leave one machine set up for piecing and my Juki for quilting. How fun?! I'm feeling so fancy. 

Okay, don't judge! I'm still learning to free-motion quilt. :)
What do you sew on?

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Hello there!
If you read my blog you might have seen this table runner before, but here it is at it's final destination. I've made it for my in-laws and without even knowing, it was a perfect match for their hutch. I'm actually proud of my work as they said that they always get compliments for it. Plus it is so easy to make, just 4 blocks that finished at 12" with 1" sashing and borders. I wanted the Greek cross design and the colors chosen (blues, greens, white and sand) to remind them of their time in Greece. What do you think? 

Happy sewing!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

And back again

I have been away for a while again, I know, but this time I have a really good reason. My life is a wild ride right now with a toddler and a newborn (can I still call her NB at almost 3 months old?). 
Isn't she so cute?

I do still try to squeeze in a little sewing time as much as I can, which is not much at all. 
I am loving working in these two Quilt Alongs (QAL)/Block of the Month (BOM). It is just enough to get me sewing with my little to no time and I am so looking forward to see them become a quilt at the end of the year. Here are the first 4 months for the Sugar BOM:

The first 4 months for Classic meets Modern QAL:

And this is a little wall hager design by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr from Modern Quilt Studio that still needs to be quilted:
Those are 1/4" seams. Really hard to keep straight, but oh so fun! 

That's all for now. 
Keep on sewing!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Waiting for Spring

I think this is an understatement, but I cannot wait for Spring - warmer days, flowers blooming, and hopefully lots of outdoor activities with plenty of sunshine.
Until then, I will just wait while working on these Brazilian patterned fabric (called Chita -- chee-ta).

I have had these fabrics for a long time and haven't work much with them since it is a really open weave and not very soft, even thought it's 100% cotton. I made all my blocks lined or foundation pieced so it would have a better structured feeling.

I am enjoying working through the techniques while working on this sampler and think it will be a happy and fun wall hanging for my girls' room. I am afraid to tackle the free motion quilting for the first time on a finish project, so I am taking my time doing some practice sandwiches. I am not really good at it yet, so it might take a little while.

Sneak peak of the front all pinned and ready to be quilted. Now, I just need the courage to do it.
Nonetheless, I am really proud of my back block (bummer, I wish I had it on the front) that was done using a paper piecing technique.

That's all for now.
Happy crafting!
xo, S

Monday, February 10, 2014

There is a new quilter on the block!

I feel like I have abandoned this blog, but recently I took on a new hobby and decided to post again to register my projects.

Hand binding the quilt is a very relaxing task and so rewarding, because it's the end of all the hard work.
Simple and modern - I am really proud of my accomplishment.

Before anything, I have to say that it is really hard to move fast on any project when you have a very active 19 month old crawling at your feet. To add to the "problem" (not really a problem, but maybe obstacle while trying to sew), this winter has been so cold, so we have been stuck inside with little options to channel all that energy. Therefore, we are two -- and a half! I am 7 months pregnant -- crancky bodies. Whenever she naps I have to nap too, because it is exhausting to chase around a little one while carrying the extra weight of pregnancy. In fact, all I want to do is sleep sometimes.

I do feel that when I sit down to sew a little, my girl goes to play by herself for a little while and explore (including mommy's purse, craft drawers, kitchen tapewares, among other things in which I'll sometimes "scream": OMG no!!!!). But don't worry, most of the time, this is what she does when I am trying to sew.

 All that to say that it is really exciting when I do get to finish something on these long cold days.

Let's start crafting!!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Time is flying

I cannot believe that Zoe will be one soon. I'm prepping for her party and even though it seems like time flew, it is also awesome to see my little girl growing up.  
For her party we only have about 20 something people coming (counting the  kids). I want it to be cute but also laid back, but it is easy to get distracted while looking at my inspiration at Pinterest (if you want to check it out, look for Zoe's 1st birthday). Often, I have to remind myself that: 1) I can't spend much (I haven't officially worked on a budget but I'm trying to make things myself as much as possible and cut costs as I dream of the perfect party). 2) there is no perfect party and she won't remember much. Mainly, she will look back one day and just be happy that we were celebrating. 3) don't make it a big deal, there will be more years to come and she will even enjoy it more later. 4) this big 1st birthday party is a late trend. Don't just do things to be cool, do it for your baby. Too much IS too much for them. Keep it simple, have fun and work around their schedule. Zoe's party will be a 2 hour pool party on our building, so if she gets tired we can be home in 1 minute. 
I do have to remind myself of those things because I do get distracted and want to get more decoration or order food or bake perfect little cakes. As long we have a cake, family and friends, and a birthday song it will be perfect. 
The garland I am making for decorating the walls. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

We are back

So, we were away for a while visiting family and friends in PA/NY. Here is a photo journal of our last couple weeks. 
Working on our place in Easton, PA
Playing with aunt Becca

Growing up fast

Touching bunny with Mimi

Walking in NYC - Madison Square Park

Turning 11 months old

Hiking with mommy and daddy at Laumeier Sculpture Park, MO