Such A Doll

Right now, I am working on my doll quilt swap mini quilt. It’s due Thursday, so there’s no pressure or anything. I am not sure what happened to the last three months, but I am blaming it on this little dolly.

Such a cute girl, but she is not on board with Mama’s need to sit down at the sewing machine. She loves to sit on my lap while I sew and push all the little buttons on my new machine. The results show this may not be the best thing for my little pieces of handcrafted goodness.

So, in the wee small hours of the morning, I created this:


It is a little matryoshka doll and I created the paper piecing pattern myself. I think I may do a quick how-to on how to create a paper piecing pattern and share what I learned with the world, if anyone is interested.

She has a long way to go, but I have a couple of days. I am sure it will come out all right!

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Pillow Talk

I thought I would share the fairytale ending of my little foxy friend. He is off to see the world in New Mexico with Ali, although I am sure his adventures won’t end there!

I am pretty happy with how this turned out, and I am thrilled that I was able to use the tiniest of tiny scraps gifted to me by Emily. The colors of FMF make me so happy and I really loved sewing with them!

I chose a hot air balloon because New Mexico hosts a hot air balloon convention every fall. I really want to attend! It is something on my bucket list.

I chose to make it into a pillow since I have no idea what to do with mini quilts, myself. I love them, I think they are adorable. But as of yet, I haven’t figured out what to do with them, other than let my little girl use them for her dollies.

I have been lucky to purchase and swap for a wee bit more FMF, so I think more playing with these lovely colors will be in my future!

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Off To See The World

I chose the name of my blog because during the scrappy hoops swap, I made up this little fox based on the illustration from ‘Hello Dear’ that hangs in my daughters room. It is the only piece of original art in our home and I love it dearly!

This little fox has picked flowers, shared his lolly, and now he is off to see the world. I am doing a private swap with Ali and I hope this little guy will brighten her living room!

I’ll share a few more pictures once he is done, but for now, he is sailing away from the land of mushrooms and bluebells…

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My Name Is Amanda

and I am completely addicted to fabric. It’s true. I am embarrassed of my stash (mostly because it is strewn in piles throughout my house). And after stumbling upon some of this at my LQS, I found a new type of love. 

I had no idea it was this pretty in real life. I am hoping to trade pieces of it for enough unique squares of FMF to make this quilt for my daughter. I am completely inspired by Jessica’s over at Twin Fibers.

So, in one of my (many) moments of weakness, I broke down and bought this for a screaming good deal. I feel a bit guilty, and yet totally thrilled. It was pricey for fabric, but not for FMF.

And the dear woman, who I hope I can stay in touch with since we have  a ton in common, sent along a piece of matryoshka fabric. I LOVE the dear little Russian dollies. Someday, I will post some pictures of the beautiful matryoshka doll my sweet husband picked up for me in the Ukraine – before we had ever met. He’s amazing like that.

Feel free to send along any FMF scraps! I promise they are heading to a good home!

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Gonna Make It

This year, I want to cut back on my fabric buying. I am not saying I am going on a fabric diet, but I am going to try and buy only fabric that I really love. You know the kind; the ones that keep you up at night, dreaming of all the fun creations you could make with it. I am going to try and not just buy gorgeous fabric because its available.

My second ‘resolution’ is to use the fabric that I don’t really love and make it into something that I DO really love. My first experiment is going to be with this Basicgrey Blush I bought last year for some unknown reason. These aren’t colors or styles I normally enjoy working with, but I am going to try my hand at making them somehting that I am happy with.

I am also going to try and use every pattern in Camille’s book. So far, I finished Sugar Rush (twice) so now I am on to ‘Coming Home’.

Wish me luck!

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Out With the Old

I am lucky enough to be surrounded by fabulous quilt stores, here in the mountains of Utah. What that means for my tiny little sewing area is not necessarily as lucky. I have mountains of fabric that needs to be sewn through, and very little time to do it, now that I have one very active one year old!

So, now I need to thin my stash a little bit.

If you have always wanted some Hello Betty Retro or Erin Michaels Lush, send me a little note. Perhaps you have a little GOod Folks you would be willing to part with?


I will miss them though!

PS: Thanks to everyone who bid on my foxy! He is on his way to Amber in Hawaii! Thanks, Amber, for helping such an AWESOME cause!

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A Crafty Fox



The flooding in Australia and the stories that are coming out of that corner of the world are simply devastating. Families are losing children, homes, everything they hold dear.

If you are interested in reading more about what is happening in Australia, there are some heartbreaking blog posts here.

I would like to offer up a little something that perhaps can add a few dollars to the Premier’s Flood Relief Fund.

I will ship this little fox anywhere in the world. If you like him, and would like him to come home to live with you, today is your lucky day!

He is currently up for auction! He lives in an eight inch hoop and he is desperately trying to pick some bluebells to brighten your day. If only he weren’t so small!

If you would like him to come live with you, and you would like to help our friends in Australia, here is how this auction will work:

  1. Bidding will start at $10.00.
  2. You can place a bid by leaving a comment on this blog post with your bid amount and email address (or make sure I have some way to find you if you win!).
  3. Pretty Please make sure that your bid is higher than the previous bidder.
  4. Please keep your bid to whole dollar increments.
  5. This auction is open to everyone, anywhere in the world.
  6. The auction begins NOW and will END at 10pm on Friday 21 January, 2011 (MST).
  7. Saturday, January 22nd, I will contact the winner   The winner will pay the winning amount directly into the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal and send me proof of payment via email.  Once proof of payment has been received, I will safely package Mr Fox and send him to you.
  8. Thank you and happy bidding!



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Kimber’s Quilt

I  finished my first full sized modern quilt. It is soft, cozy, lovable, wonderful and I am still having a very hard time with the fact that I *must* give it away. I love the fabric. I love the flannel back with just a bit of the stripes from the front making their appearance at the edge. I love that with the exception of one border, the whole dang thing came straight from my stash.

Now, many many quilters are here on the internet, and I am awed by the talent. I am not going to say this quilt turned out perfectly. There is a rough spot on the binding. There is a sewn in wrinkle on the back. It would not pass for a perfectly rectangular quilt.

This quilt does, however, keep toes warm and I quilted in quite a bit of love. I hope it will take my love safely to its new home.

Merry Christmas, Kimber!

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