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Precut Fabric Junkie

The path to becoming a precut junkie is an easy road to take.  I resisted at first – but now I’m on the path and I am here to stay.  Honestly, it took me a while to warm up to the little sweets -but now I love them so!  Let’s do a quick lesson for those of you, who like me, are new to the precut world.  These pictures are from Lila Tueller’s newest collection, Soiree.  The precuts are here and the yardage should arrive next month!

The Jelly Roll:

This sweet little bundle contains 40 2 1/2 inch strips from the collection. That’s about 3 yards of fabric – and you didn’t have to cut one single strip!!!!  Just imagine what a time saver that is for you!!!!  It’s huge.  🙂

And for those of you, who like me, are not avid quilters – there are other uses!   I plan to make Haley a strip work skirt with this little beauty!  Can you just imagine what a cute little spring outfit this is going to be?  I can’t wait.  (And if I can get my work done today, sewing this skirt is precisely how I plan to spend my evening!  And just FYI, it’ll make several skirts – you’ll just need yardage for the waist band and bottom ruffle if you choose!)

The Charm Pack:

Perfectly cut 5 inch squares!

PERFECTLY CUT! Now listen, I’m not so bad with my rotary cutter.  And I can get a few perfect 5 inch squares here and there- but to get the ENTIRE collection of fabric in perfect 5 inch squares….well that’s another story! Moda has made it so easy!

I love the charms.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!  I’ve made Haley skirts and jumpers – I’ve made patchfolio covers, quilt tops, and pincushions  I just love them!

The Layer Cakes:

Here we have 40 precut 10 inch squares.  What, oh what can you do?  A LOT!  Obviously you can leave them as 10 inch squares.  You can also cut them into 4ths for 5inch squares (aka 4 charm packs!), cut them diagonally once or twice,  cut strips, and the list goes on!

I can see these getting more use in my future, for sure!  In my opinion, if you don’t know exactly what you want to make, this is the perfect precut, because the possibilities of cuts from these squares are so great!  You can make it into charm packs, jelly roll strips, turnover triangles, etc. etc. etc.

At fall market, Moda introduced 2 new precuts as well.  I had a chance to talk with Mary Jacobson from Me and My sister Designs about these new precuts.  They are the Honey Bun and the Turnover.  I’m not sure why I didn’t order any while I was there.  That must have been before my precut understanding!  😉  So anyway, I don’t have them in stock, but watch for these to arrive as well!

The Honey Bun: precut 1 1/2 inch strips. (a smaller version of jelly roll love)

The Turnover: precut 6 inch triangles

There are a tons of quilt patterns that take advantage of precuts – and when using precuts, you have little or no cutting!  A huge huge time saver!!!  But remember, precuts are not just for quilting.  🙂  Also, I should mention that I am working (it seems like non stop) on making improvements to my website!  I added a new section just for precuts!!!  It’s not the biggest section yet, but I can guarantee that it’ll be growin’.

PS The cupcakes we made at my sewing group were from Sandi Henderson’s cupcake pattern.  They have sold out on my site, but will be restocked soon!


Creating Cupcakes with Fabric

Last night was the night!  We got together to sew (and laugh and eat). It was a blast!!!! A few of us even managed to finish the pin cushion before heading home.  😉   Thank you to all who came – and those that couldn’t make it – hopefully you can come next time!

PS Does anyone have pictures of a finished cupcake? ha ha! 🙂

Starling is back!

This fabric sold out so quickly last time that I never had a chance to sew something with it!   I reordered it and it has just now shown up at my doorstep again! So what should I make this time? Maybe kitchen accessories (like Rachelle)? An apron? Another dress for Haley?  😉

Love is in the Air

Thank you so much for all your kindness. 🙂  I’m so excited to see who wins!!!  I have started a spreadsheet to keep track of all the entries.  Whew!  Who knew I was creating so much work for myself?!?!?  I’m also TRYING to respond to each comment – but that is a ton of work too and it might take me the full 2 weeks to get it done!

So yesterday I was having one of those computer days.  You know the ones?  Where you want to do something seemingly simple – and it just won’t work?!?!?  I was at a point where I had 2 options.

A.) Throw the computer through the window.

B.) Go sew.

I knew A might make me feel temporarily victorious over the computer – but even in my frustrated state, I realized it wasn’t the best long term solution!  So sewing won again – plus I wanted to make Haley a Valentine’s dress with some cute Andalucia fabrics.  Oh, how I love that fabric!  Of course, as soon as I showed it to Haley, I knew there was no chance it would make it until Valentine’s Day.  😉  She wore it today.  I took a couple pictures while we were at the park playing.

I’m hoping she’ll let me make her a belt with the Andalucia ribbon – but she is an opinionated little girl.  She already has a matching headband, but try as I might, she refused to wear it today.  Now, if I can come up with a way to make her think it’s her idea…..

One Fabulous Year

Today marks the one year date for my business!!!!  (Or I really should say one year ago today, I had my first sale.  🙂  )  It has been quite the year.  I could go on and on about how much I have learned.  How things are so different than I had thought they would be, the ups, the down, etc. etc.  But really I think most would find that a bit on the boring side.  So then, we’ll skip the boring and go straight to the exciting!!!! A bit of  free always excites people – right?

4 gifts – 4 chances to win!!!!

(I had a hard time deciding!)

$50 Gift Certificate to buy wonderful glorious fabrics, patterns and kits in my shop!!!

Fat Quarters of the Earth colorway of Andalucia (my fall favorite) by Patty Young!!!

Adorable Scrumptious Sandi Henderson pattern – Ruffle Pants!!!

Whimsical Fun Woodland Bloom charm pack and pattern from Lila Tueller!!!

Now, is this fun?  or is this fun?!?!?!

How do you enter?

1. Leave a comment on this post to say hello or congratulations or how much you love me.  Ya know, in general, flattery is good!

There are 4 gifts – so I’ll give you 4 chances to increase your odds!

1. Blog about this contest and receive 5 extra entries. (Be sure to let me know!)

2. Add some pictures to my flickr group for 3 extra entries! (not per picture, pictures already there do not count)

3. All purchases between today and Jan 31, 2009 to receive 5 extra entries.

4. Place my button on your blog or website and receive 5 extra entries.

I can help with the html 🙂

Above All Fabric

The drawing will be on February 1st, 2009.  That gives you 2 full weeks to get out there and have some fun and Above All (win some) Fabric!!!!

Thanks for a wonderful first year!

Caramel + Chocolate = Yummy

First things first – the cake WAS super yummy and I WILL share the recipe. (Sorry there is no photo of the finished product….the lighting was bad and everyone was anxious to start eating.)

Caramel Filled Chocolate Cake

1 box Chocolate Cake Mix (I used Devil’s Food)
1 pkg chocolate Pudding (4 servings, instant)
4 eggs
8 oz Sour Cream
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 cup water

1 Bag (14 or 16 ounces) caramels (you know – the soft chewy kind…)
1/2 cup Evaporate Milk

1.  Preheat oven to 350°.  Spray a 9×13 inch cake pan with Pam.

2.  Mix all cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Spread half of mixture into the cake pan and bake for 15 minutes (or until it is set up a bit – so the caramel doesn’t just sink to the bottom!)

3.  Meanwhile in a saucepan, heat caramels and milk on low heat, stirring often, until smooth and melted. (This can take a while – so you may want to start this before you mix the cake together!)

4.  Pour caramel filling over the top of the bottom layer.  (Leave a little border of cake around the whole edge so the caramel doesn’t touch the cake pan and stick!)  Spread the remaining cake batter over the filling.  (This is a bit difficult because the batter is so thick.  So I put globs in various places and try to smooth it together with a knife…)

5.  Bake 35 to 40 minutes longer.  Cool completely before cutting.

Super-d-duper delicious!  If you try it, please share your thoughts with me!!!

Secondly? Well, I guess I’ll save secondly for another post.

Sometimes you need cake…

to fortify you.

This is going to be one of those weeks.  Or maybe it’ll help me recover from last week.

Whatever!  I felt like making a cake  🙂

Yummy Chocolate

Carmel goodness inside

I’ll share with you if you’d like!

PS.  I got the quilt top finished.  Pictures are over on my flickr.  More info coming…

PPS.  The one year anniversary of my business is coming up and so is some fun!

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