Monday, August 31, 2009

Productive Weekend......

We had a pretty productive weekend at our house,

I finished my quasi-Jellystone quilt top for my niece.

And Cooper finished off the Gobble, Gobble box!!

Thanks so much for all the comments, I've read them all! (several times!!)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Good Mail Day.......

Don't you just love it when you come home to one of these on your doorstep?  Just a little box of happiness waiting to be opened.

These boxes make Cooper happy also.

"Oh, I think I smell something for me"


Nothing for Cooper, but something special for me!  (Sorry Cooper, maybe next time)

Gobble Gobble by Sandy Gervais for Moda.
I don't have any specific plans for this fabric.  Now I know some of you are thinking, " you mean I have to actually have a use for my fabric?", but buying fabric without a specific pattern in mind is not something I normally do.  

About a month ago I fell in love with the Morris Workshop family of fabrics by Barbara Brackman for Moda.  I wanted that fabric but held off on buying any because I didn't have a pattern.  How do you know how much to buy without a pattern?  It seemed like every on-line store knew that fabric was on my radar because for a solid week I got emails with pictures of that fabric.  I finally asked Nicole of Sister's Choice Quilts for some advice (she's one of those lovely individuals who you feel like you've known all your life when you've never even met face to face and feel you can burden with your tough questions)  "Nicole, what should I do, I like this fabric but I don't know if I should buy it, I don't have a pattern?"  Here's the excellent advice I got from Nicole, "If I see fabric I like I buy it!  Having a plan for it is definitely NOT a buying criteria.  You could pass up a great fabric collection and not come up with an idea for years and then you would never be able to find it"  So I took Nicole's advice and bought the family.  I was out of my comfort zone, but after the Morris Workshop fabric arrived, and I was able to behold its loveliness in person, I knew I had made the right decision.  

Now I've gone and done it again, but this I know for sure;

this is the back, 

and this is the binding...of be determined at a later date...and that's OK.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hanging Out With Yogi Bear......

This is the project I'm currently working's quilt top #49. I'm making this quilt for my niece who recently decorated her room with a log cabin theme. It's a surprise!

The inspiration for this quilt came from this pattern....Jellystone by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company.

I say inspiration because I've made a few changes. First, I'm making it a little smaller in width. Second, Miss Rosie's bear paw blocks are the most adorable bear paw blocks I've ever seen. I made one and loved it. In the end I thought Miss Rosie's block would not be appreciated by an 8th grader who would probably redecorate her room next year, so I went with a simplified bear paw block.

I hope to have it finished this weekend.

Speaking of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company, she is also the designer of the popular Schnibbles patterns. Sinta of the Pink Pincushion and Sherri of A Quilting Life are jointly hosting "A Year of Schnibbles Club". Each month all the members will make a Schnibbles pattern selected by Sherri and Sinta. Go check it out, it sounds like alot of fun and I'm going to give it a try.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It's a Girl......

This is quilt top #48, my first baby quilt. My daughter asked me to make a quilt for a coworker. Their nursery colors are pink and brown. I was able to sew this quilt from scraps, making it a free quilt!

I'm using pink dot minkee for the backing.

I enjoyed making this quilt, I like pink plus there was just enough applique to make it interesting but not hard. I've done very little in the way of applique. It came together in just a couple of days.

I picked the pattern up while vacationing in California, it's by Artichoke Collection and called All Wrapped Up. They have some adorable patterns, take a look....

It's currently at the quilters. I'll post a picture when it's quilted.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A rose is a rose.....

Yesterday I published my first post on my brand new blog.....just typing that sentence blows me away, all those new words, published, post,'s hard to keep this jargon straight. I recently read there are 75,000 blogs, well now there are 75,001.

I'd been mulling over this whole notion of creating my own blog for some time, not that I have anything earth shattering to add to society, but it's almost come to the point that you need a blog to communicate with other bloggers, with all this tagging and challenging that's popular, so I bought a book, studied my favorite blogs, and here I am.

I know I'm a late comer to this method of communication, some blogs have been going strong for years. It took me forever just to finally leave my first comment.

The first order of business, picking a name, sounded so easy, but that was until I selected my name, "Sew Sassy" ....taken...are you kidding me, I was REALLY wanting that name. My grandmother, whom I'm named after but who never went by Thelma a day in her life, instead went by the name Sassy. OK, so I'll go with my second choice, "Sew What"...taken. I really liked that name, oh well I'll go with my third choice, "Sew Much"...taken, "Sew Special"....taken, "Sew Unique"...taken. UGH!!

OK, I'll drop the "sew" and go with something with "sassy", "Sweet and Sassy"..taken, "Shamelessly Sassy"...taken, "Sassy Southern, Sassy Pink Pepper, Sassy Radish, Sassy Bean"....taken, taken, taken taken. OK, I really wasn't looking to be the Sassy Bean, but you get the message.

Stumped I dropped "sassy" and moved to "pink"...I like pink, as Julie Roberts once said, "Pink is my signature color." "Pink Paisley was not taken but I did not want to get confused with "Pink Paislee" which was...taken. "Pink Cupcake"..taken.

So I dropped pink and worked on something with my favorite flower...gerber or is it gerbera... daisies.....Oh my, what a mishmash of hits that got....anything flower related is popular, with all those flower shops out there.

While googling and searching I stumbled across an i-stock photo of the most adorable cupcake with daisies on top. What a happy little cupcake, who wouldn't like looking at that everyday. So even though my blog will never be about gardening or baking I went with "Cupcakes 'N Daisies", it was available and it had a cute picture ready to paste.

Now you blogless readers out there thinking about creating your own blog, get your name now, because all the good names are going, going, gone.