Welcome to my entry to The Blogger's Quilt Festival! I'm super excited to participate this year.
This a twin sized quilt (about 70x90 inches) which I made for Modern Day Quilts' Central Texas Wildfire quilt drive. This is my fourth charity quilt I've made... and third for the Central Texas Wildfire quilt drive. I have fallen in love with making charity quilts! I love the idea that something I make helps somebody, in some way. Plus, a charity quilt doesn't have to be perfect. I am allowed to work with fun fabrics and try new methods. No one is going to criticize the imperfections. Not even my own inner perfectionist.
I'm also excited to say I made this quilt on a budget! Most of the fabrics were donated by The Quilt Haus, who collects fabrics for Project Linus and donated them to the Austin Modern Quilt Guild. I only had to add a few fabrics from my stash, some which I had bought on Black Friday at the Crate and Barrel outlet. Yes, Crate and Barrel! Did you know they were selling fabric for a dollar a pound that day? I scored big time. I added a vintage pink sheet, purchased at Savers, and batting purchased on clearance. Besides thread and wear & tear on my machine, I have at most $20 invested in this quilt.
I took all the photos for this quilt at the top of Mount Bonnell on a gorgeous fall day. My dog Chauncey and I had just gone hiking at Turkey Creek and stopped at Mount Bonnell afterwards. This is a must-stop for any visit to Austin. There are great views of downtown and Lake Austin.
Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to visit all the other quilts at the Fall 2011 Blogger's Quilt Festival.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
In July I co-hosted a baby shower in my home with two wonderful ladies. Our little ranch house is less than 1000 square feet, so with 20 guests, food, drinks, and gifts, it was cozy! We still had tons of fun and got to shower a great friend with lots of pink baby gifts.
For decorations, I made ruffled streamers in pink, white, and black, hung up a photo collage of the parents-to-be when they were wee little ones, and added bunting to the cake.
For the cake, I followed these Martha Stewart chocolate cupcake and cream cheese frosting recipes. All I have to say is... delicious! It wasn't that much more effort to make the cake from scratch and its 1000 times better than a box! I still need to work on my food coloring skills, though. I heard investing in gel coloring is worth it!
By the way, I apologize for the quality of the photos! Most were taken with my iPhone because halfway through the party I lost my camera... I went to the fun room to show a party guest my quilting projects. While we were in there, I set down my camera and forgot where I put it! You get me talking about quilting and I lose focus on all other things!