Sunday, January 27, 2013

Cutting it up

It has been another long week here at the MadebyMomma house. 

I have gotten both the boy and girl versions of the Salt Water Taffy quilts cut out. 

I am using the Oh Deer! by MoMo
 for Moda line. 

I just had to have this fabric and I got it at a good price so it was meant to be:)

No need to adjust your monitors; the boy version has ivory accent and the girl's is white!

This particular pattern takes one pattern jelly roll and one accent color jelly roll as well as one charm pack. 

I am working on a post/review of the Simplicity bias tape machine. The big man got it for me for Christmas and I'm using it to make the bias tape for the The blue-green sea quilt.

On top of that the little man was sick this week. Throwing up Tuesday and Thursday. Big man took him to the pediatricians on Thursday and he has a double ear infection and according to big man the biggest tonsils on a child his age the pedi has seen...

So he is on antibiotics again and I'll be taking him back in 3 weeks for a recheck. Unfortunately, his tonsils have been this size since the beginning of the month, we already did one course of abx for this. He might be heading for a tonsillectomy but we'll see!

An unrelated question : 

At what age would you let your child go on a vacation/cruise with out you?

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Blue-Green Sea Quilt

I finally finished the blue-green quilt top using a jelly roll
All but three fabrics came from my stash

Which I promptly replaced with other fabrics from JoAnn's; but, in my defense, I only meant to buy the 5 yards of kona white for my other two quilts! I came home with over 15 yards of miscellaneous yardage
...and five patterns. 

I now just have to pick a border and get the binding made.

I like the movement in it. It was VERY hard to keep the pattern/non-pattern straight. I messed it up a couple of times! 

I pieced the quilt top and labeled the rows by number lengthwise and letter width-wise on the seam allowance. I didn't start doing this until I was part way done though.

I'm feeling like this quilt needs a solid border fabric or else it will be much too busy. 
What do you think aqua green or olive green??

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Well not really chicken but a jelly roll!

I've already sent Donna her winning E-mail. However, like 99% of giveaways if I don't hear back within 2 days another winner will be chosen.

 I look forward to hearing from you Donna!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Another finish!

I've finished a quilt that I have been dragging my feet on. I always seem to do this. I love to start the quilt tops but hate the actual quilting process.

This one is a present so I can not show the whole thing but here is some snippets!

I decided to go out on a limb here and use a wide double needle for the quilting. It worked just okay. 

This is a picture of the front in the left lower hand and my hand made bias tape. On the top right hand is what the quilt looks like on the back using a double needle. I kinda like the zigzag look there.

For a tutorial on how to make bias tape go HERE.

As much as I drag my feet finishing a quilt I jumped right into another. While my sewing machine cooled down I started using up MY jelly roll to make these.

I used the some of the fabrics that are in my GIVEAWAY . It is only going on for ONE more day and if you were looking for some inspiration....go and enter:) Low entries here so you have a good shot at winning!

I used this VIDEO posted by MissouriQuiltCo. This was made by 3 Dudes Quilting originally though I believe. The only thing that I did differently was that I only used 3 strips vs. their 4.

Liebster Award


I'm so excited to have been nominated for the Liebster Award! Thank you so much to Elizabeth over at Blending a Family of Dorks for nominating me!

This award is for up and coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. It's great to know someone is reading my little blog and really enjoying it.

The rules for this award
1. List 11 facts about yourself
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you
3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award
4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate (this one may be hard as I am not sure if I know of 11 bloggers under this criteria)
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

11 Fun Facts About Elizabeth
1. I love to read and am typically in the middle of multiple books at once.
2. I try to spend a little time each day being creative.
3. I speak a little Spanish, even less German and two phrases in Gaelic.
4. My favorite cartoon character is Tinkerbell.
5. I have a Nook and read a lot of books on it but still love the feel of reading a real, physical book.
6. I enjoy burning scented candles at home but cannot stay in a candle store or even aisle within a store for too long or I start sneezing and cannot stop.
7. I have a wicked sweet tooth and my favorite dessert is cheesecake.
8. I never liked coffee until I was pregnant with Davis, then I craved coffee like crazy. Now I drink coffee every day.
9. My favorite board game is Scrabble and I cannot wait until Davis is old enough to teach him how to play.
10. Matt teases me because I listen to country music. (But he has started to like some of it too! LOL)
11. My favorite animals are whales and dolphins. (I have two dolphins tattooed on my back)  

Here are the questions Elizabeth had for me:
 1. What are you currently reading? or What is your favorite book?

I was reading Swimsuit by James Patterson but I kind of got stalled a week or so ago. I'll pick it back up now that you've reminded me!

2. What is the last movie you saw in theaters?

I **think** it was the last Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn - Part 2. I am going to see Les Miserables next week though.

3. If you had to pick one household chore to do everyday what would it be?

Running the vacuum. I hate bathrooms and laundry. 

4. If you had an extra $500 to spend, but could only spend it in one store, which store would you choose?

JoAnn's. I love it there and could spend $500 in about 50 seconds on a new machine:)

5. When you are short on time or energy, what is your go to meal to make for dinner?

Quesadilla's. Super easy and easy to make differently for my picky little man, meat-eating big man and vegetarian self.

6. What is your favorite TV show?

The Walking Dead. I'm addicted.

7. What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Broccoli and Cauliflower on a white pizza with ranch "sauce" instead of reg. pizza sauce.

8. Are you an animal lover? or not so much?

Eh. Not really. 

9. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things. lol 
OR my Grandpops - you can pick your nose, you can pick your friends, but you can't wipe your friends on your sleeve.

10. What is the craziest thing you've ever done?

I don't think it is appropriate for the mom might be reading my blog HAHA

11. Coke or Pepsi?


And the nominees are...
1:Heather @ A frugal peek in the world
2: Kim @ Alaskim This is actually the first blog I ever started following!
3: DeeCee @ Blonde Using Rotary Cutter
4:  Dawnberries
5: I Sew Functional
6: Jenn @ Jenn's Random Scraps
7: Alison @ Littlebunnyquilts
8:  Tiffany @ Little Gems
9: Mel @ Mellywood's Mansion
10:  Tasha @ Mom N Stinks
11:  Kat @ Sew Chibi

I'm pretty sure these have under 200 followers-at least on GFC!


Finally, the new questions 

1) Are you a cat or dog person?
2) If you could go anywhere in the world for a vacation where would it be?
3) What is your favorite color?
4) If you could go back in time and re-live any experience in your life what or when would it be?
5)Do you have a favorite number?
6) Do you speak any other languages?
7) If money and time were not a problem what would you go back to school for?
8) If you could move anywhere in the world where would you go?
9) What is you favorite movie of all time?
10) Shoes or barefoot?
11) Are you afraid of anything?

Monday, January 7, 2013

Working on an "old girl"

JC Penney 6936

So I inherited this "old girl" from my mother. It has been stored under the stairs for at least 8 years. Prior to that it was in a closet in our old house in Michigan. This is the machine so many years ago I learned to sew on...we won't talk about how many years ago that was! 

Well, this machine has seen better days and now has some stiff (and younger) competition. Machines today can not compete however with the power of the older sewing machines. My harp space on my Brother sewing machine is NO WHERE NEAR the size of this one. So I really do want to "save" this machine. I've cleaned her up and oiled everywhere I can find...but she still squeals (very loudly) like a dying pig. . . I will have to keep looking for the source. 

On the off chance you have this you have the manual?? Ha I don't.

Do you remember the first machine you sewed on? Do you remember the first thing you have ever sewn?

Don't forget to enter my giveaway going on now for a 40 strip Jelly Roll!

Enter :


Sunday, January 6, 2013


Who likes a giveaway?

I know I do!

I know I was talking about doing a Jelly Roll Race quilt previously and while I was sitting cutting my 2 1/2" strips I decided, "hey, I bet I have enough to giveaway a 40 strip jelly roll."

So a giveaway was born. 

Up for you viewing pleasure:

40 - 2 1/2 inch strips made up of 6 prints. 
These are prints from my stash and come from various sources. 

This giveaway is for residents of the US only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Super Sunday Sync

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Pattern Pyramid (the plus sized edition)

Pattern Pyramid (Plus Sized)

It was conceived in the mind of Karen from "Did You Make That"......

And the newest version is being launched now!
For those of us with curves!
Some of the patterns on offer - still have to dig out the rest

Think you wanna enter???

It is going on now until January 18th!


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