It's happening....

I did it. I got the Tova pattern by Wiksten. And I have the perfect vintage plaid in a heavy weight cotton to go with it.
It's gonna happen and fingers crossed, I will be wearing it for Thanksgiving.
Cheers! Enjoy the weekend! We're going to the pumpkin patch!

Handmade Holiday Tutorial Round-up & a winner!

Hello Holiday Makers! You are all a busy bunch this year...so many great projects that it gave me an idea. How about a Handmade Holiday Round-up! There were a lot of great handmade gift ideas left in your comment entries so I went searching ol' Google and Pinterest to find a few great tutorials for you and me to try. (I started a Pinterest Board here which I'll be adding to throughout the season)


But first how about a winner for the pretty little bundle of fabric? Yes...let's see Mr. Number thing...the winner is #37 Emily Ricketts who summed it up by commenting 'Homemade gifts!'. So happy to send off some Christmas cheer to you. Thanks everybody for entering and bringing your holiday traditions, family & gift ideas! : )

So onto the Handmade Holiday Round-up! I feel the need to say 'ye-haw' after that!

First up there are place mats...these simple quilted ones are over at Ellison Lane Quilts.
Make Infinity scarves for all your Sisters-in-Law and un-crafty lady co-worker friends. Tutorial from How About Orange.
And aprons for your favorite cook, or lady who likes to look nice while trying to cook ;~} This is a 15 apron round-up from the Quilt Inspiration blog.
Or the classic stocking...this is what Christmas looks like. A pattern from During Quiet Time.
And no holiday would be complete without the cookies.....these have less sugar than the norm so you have extra calorie space! Recipe at Green Little Bites.
Less-Sugar Sugar Cookies

I hope you all enjoyed these ideas...I know I'll be trying the place mats  infinity scarves  cookies and maybe something else for my PMQG holiday swap partner. eekk! My first swap in like a year.

With the holidays come the craft fairs & Christmas bazaars and that is what I will be working on and doing for the next 2 months. I have many things to sew, organize and create between then so please excuse my absence from this space...or the blatant self promotion I might mall you with (I'm only kind of kidding on this).  But also wish me luck. I'm putting on the big girl panties and stepping into the circuit as I've been calling it. hee.hee.

Enjoy your weekend!
Cheers!
Kelly

Christmas is Coming get Inspired: A Giveaway!

***This giveaway is now closed...stay tuned for a winner post*******


Hello there! It maybe October but it is not too early to start working on a handmade Christmas. Have you wanted to make a Christmas quilt or stocking, how about a quilted tree skirt?


I have a small mountain of Christmas fat quarter bundles and charm packs with vintage fabric and metallic prints ready to ship in the Etsy shop. Fun vintage patchwork prints, snow men, candy canes and holly are in the charm packs (42 5"x5" squares). Vintage holly and berries, cute stockings and hearts with stripes are in the fat quarter bundles of 5. There are also Hoffman International metallics in fat quarter bundles and charm packs. Mix and match!



So now the fun part I have a fat quarter and 26 charm squares to give away! It's easy to enter just leave me a comment and tell me what your handmade holiday is going to be about this year. And for an extra entry share this giveaway on your blog, facebook, twitter, pinterest...where ever you socially network ;) and then tell me about that too!
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I'll leave comments open until next Friday 10/19 at 8am PST and announce the winner shortly there after, Friday or Saturday morning! Random number generator will pick for me!
Good Luck & Happy Holidays!

Kelly 

This week: {Photos} Life Renewed

(Fair Warning: Super tons of photos in this post!)

So I'm gonna be honest. It's been a hard September in real life. Without the personal details let's just say that October is a welcome guest; 31 days to have my life renewed. To celebrate the completion of the month and the projects in it I allowed myself to start a brand new quilt that has been in the works for over a year. 
The Cowboy Wild Goose Chase. I've been swapping and saving fabric since June of 2011. Such fun boy fabrics! 
This quilt will be for my son, for his future big boy bed. I might have it done in time for Christmas, I might not. There will be no pressure to finish. 
Why no pressure, well look at this pile. Those flying geese...they are 2"x 3 1/2". There are over 1300 of them. I think I will gladly take this one block at a time. 1 one, 41 to go for a twin sized bed quilt. 
Here's a look at the projects I've been working on that spurred on this new quilt. A couple of vintage tops I've had for over three years. This one here, the vintage patchwork red spools and scrappy rings came to me via my Aunt. It was already a quilt sandwich waiting for quilting. It's also a monster coming in at 82" x 95"
But I quilted the Beast! A mirror image of loops with a little four leaf clover for good luck in each spool. Now to find the moments to hand bind it. I can't wait to wash it and see the vintage goodness all crinkled up.
Op, another vintage patchwork from Auntie. This began as a huge quilt of 16-patch blocks in a slew of colors that didn't really work together. I did what any quilter would do. I hacked it up and sewed it back together. This time matching colors, not lines. 
The result is 3 separate quilts in 3 separate colorways. The one below just screams fall! Love vintage. 
And life renewed wouldn't be complete with out a few photos from my...October garden. Am I really typing that...yes this is going to be a great month for the garden. Portland is forecasted for 70 degrees plus this whole coming week, for like the billionth week in a row.
The beans love it as does this lovely Praying Mantis who landed in my front yard yesterday. 
Greens of a lush tomato bush. 
Another honest view. That's me in a grape vine, hello. 
Also, I need to say thank you. Thanks so each person who checked out my newest tutorial and baby quilt and commented and featured me. Wow, thanks ladies - it makes a girl feel good!
And hello handmade shop owners; come and link up your shop and get some tips for your online shop at my monthly meet up: Store Front Meet Up.

So what is renewing you this month? 
Cheers, 
Kelly 

This week is linked up with Lee at Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday. 
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
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