Deer Quilt Complete

This quilt was for my dad’s neighbor who helped build the screened-in porch. When I started it (about 5 months ago) I didn’t realize how Christmasy it was! Now I wish I had made the deer’s nose red. I hope he liked it!

It’s made from a pattern in Dare to Be Square Quilting by Boo Davis. The fabrics are mostly Kona solids with some random blue prints (Lizzy House, Jay McCarrol) and some random plaids. I also got a yard of the brown plaid print for the back from Joanns.

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Giveaway! Win a Camera Strap with Moxy!

In my fervor to make the 10 straps for the Casual Blogger Conference, I ended up making 11! So, I’ll be giving away the extra one on Friday, April 30. To enter to win this lovely handmade dslr/slr camera strap, made with my current favorite KEI Honeycomb fabric, you have to do three things:

* Become a Moxywares fan on Facebook. (I think you just hit ‘like’ now.)

* Join/Sign in to follow my blog in the top right corner.

* Leave a comment on this post.

Deadline to enter is noon pacific on Friday, April 30. Good luck! And thanks for stopping by!

**Update – Congrats to the winner, Janice! Comments are now closed.**

Casual Bloggers Conference

I got a message from LeeLou requesting camera straps for the Casual Bloggers Conference, and although I’m only donating 10, I feel like the conference peeps will be stoked to get them in their goodie bag – unless they don’t have a DSLR camera. What do you think of my packaging? My days as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator really come in handy sometimes. Thanks for the piles of leftover supplies, Stampin’ Up!

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Stitch Craft

One more new design. I plan to play with the colors and layout on this one a lot more. But this is the first version. I was aiming for a design that I could do in a lot of colorways…I doodled these little icons.  I figure I can do just sewing, just embroidery and just knitting or combos, with and without the background circles, etc. And, of course I need to add a crochet hook, since I don’t even knit. Anyway, pretty versatile!

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They’re actually really small – more like polka dots. Here’s the Spoonflower 8×8 swatch:

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Some new fabric designs

These are in my spoonflower library now. I’m ordering swatches to see what the colors really look like.

I’m still fiddling around with layout. I can’t seem to get my vision of safari animals at the watering hole to work out. But the costume dudes are still fun. I’d love your feedback, you lovely multitude of reader :) (‘s’ omitted on purpose!) These are the fat quarter views.

Update – here is my first version. I didn’t include it in my initial post because I wasn’t crazy about it, but the concensus is a need for a closer grouping of the dudes. I’m not sure if it’s the green or the drop shadows I didn’t like, but I disliked this enough to leave it out. I think my real problem with these guys – closely grouped or not, is that I can’t see using them in a quilt. So while I like the idea of gathering around the watering hole, I probably wouldn’t ever use the fabric. That’s no good. So I need a way to use them in a design that is conducive to sewing.

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But here’s a better view of the costume dudes – the spoonflower pics are always blurry and hard to see.

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Weekend Sew!

Earlier this week, I finished the binding and the label on my sister’s crazy nine patch (tutorial from Oh Fransson!). So it’s officially ready to mail. But I wanted to bring it with me to the weekend sew to have a show and tell, and I still needed to flickerize it. So here are some photos:

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I had a ball yesterday sewing with some of the girls from the LA Modern Quilt Guild. Did I accomplish all the projects I hoped to? Of course not. Too much talking, not enough sewing. But I definitely had fun, and I always over plan what I can accomplish at these things. So here’s what I did accomplish – I got a good head start on my hot cross quilt. I have been inspired by Latifah’s amazing color choices, and am doing all kona solids, using coal as my base. These are 6″ blocks, and they’ll be sashed with more coal so the crosses don’t touch. I may offset them also, I’m not sure yet.

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Over the weekend, I also assembled all the packets for my Bee Happy spiderweb blocks! Can’t wait to see how they come out. I’ve asked everyone to make one block each, and I’ll make the rest. So everyone got their 12.5″ coal square and 8 random strips. I tried to include some special fabrics – some of my prize Heather Ross prints and someone got a strip of FMF yellow seeds. Everyone got totally different fabrics, so I think it’s going to be great. I think I’ll need 20 blocks for a good nap size quilt. Also using coal on these – I’m going coal crazy, but I think it’s a nice departure from my white craze.

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I just checked in over at Wondermommy and filled in my stashbusters yardage and project totals for the week. Not very impressive – 2.5 yards used and 18 items made. 18 sounds like a lot, but camera straps just don’t use much yardage. I just need more sewing time!

Someone sent me a convo today on my Etsy shop asking if I had any of MY fabric for sale. My little unicorn and dragon! How awesome is that? She didn’t actually buy it yet, but I set up her custom listing, so I’m hopeful. I’ve also been working on some other fabrics – still costume dudes. Here’s a preview:

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I love those guys! I think my addiction to grey and mustard is seeping into my new fabric design, as is our frequent visits to the San Diego Wild Animal Park. The only other thing I can tell you is that the theme is “watering hole”…it needs a lot of work, but so far, I’m liking my dudes.

I’m also working on organizing a virtual quilting bee. We are all members of the LA Modern Quilt Guild. We’ve got all our members, so now I’m just gathering all the contact info and figuring out who has which month. So far so good. We’ve got a name – Bee Happy. I’ve got to make us a button for all of our blogs and set up a flickr group for our finished projects. Easy enough.

I volunteered to be March, and I already know what project I want to do – a little village. I’ve been eyeing these quilts all over the place, and I think I NEED one.

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Big production line weekend around here. I managed to make a bunch of new straps for the shop. I didn’t manage to make half of what I hoped to, so I clearly need to speed up the process. My slow progress may be caused by watching the whole first season of LA Ink on Netflix while sewing :)

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The good news is that I finally figured out how to make the vinyl move a little more smoothly under my foot (sewing machine foot, that is). Apparently, my trying to FORCE it or sew it really fast is all wrong! Which I learned by doing that repeatedly, having terrible results, and having to seam-rip the vinyl off and start over.

So, then I started sewing very slowly, and barely holding on to the vinyl, not pushing at all, and it fed through just fine! Who knew?!

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I also had my quality tester make sure all the straps were up to standard :)

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