Monthly Archives: January 2012

Feeling wishy-washy with my Swoon

I had ordered some fabric to make a Swoon wall hanging for my powder room. I didn’t love it when I put it in my powder room. Then I also started thinking that the block may be too big to even put in my teeny powder room.

So I looked through my fabric and found my lovely Jennifer Paganelli fabric from two or so years ago. Gasp! I can’t believe I haven’t used it before now. I just wanted to try out the pattern and see what it would look like size wise. I love everything about my Jennifer Paganelli fabric.

It is so much softer than regular quilting fabric. I did make a skirt out of the yellow. I didn’t want a skirt out of the brown and blue too, so they have just sat for all this time.

I’m not sure I love the block I made with it. I didn’t have a solid to go with it and I think that makes is a little chaotic. I also changed the color placement a little because I had three prints.    But I do kind of like it…I think.


I taped it in my powder room to see about the size, and I actually think it is the perfect size. I almost love it in there. I think.

I went back to my fabric I pulled to go with the grey and started cutting it up.

Now I REALLY don’t like that.


I wonder if I should just go back to the Sweetwater line only (above) or if I should finish up the Jennifer Paganelli and put it in there.

It went together really quickly. There are some places where all the fabric doesn’t want to lay perfectly flat. I tried to trim it up nicely and it doesn’t bother me now.

If I were to make a whole quilt with this block, I would stick with the pattern as it is written with two fabrics + one solid for each block.

I do have a problem with following directions exactly. I always seem to see things differently than they are written. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t. I do love to play either way! This block looks beautiful with a big print and contrasty solids. Both of those things I just typically don’t buy. I love that this one pattern has made me rethink the possibility of larger prints.

Personalize your walls with BIG prints for about $30

So, I’ve seen all kinds of posts about creating your own canvas prints, or how to make large prints using a plotter to print out black and white images and making a poster out of them and the like.

personalize your walls with big prints

After Thanksgiving, my little family and I froze our buns off out back of our house, snapping some pictures for our Christmas cards. I set up a tri-pod and used my remote trigger. (You can see the trigger in my hand, but I am ok with that. It is how I roll.) I’m pretty sure many of you dressed your family up and snapped some pictures for Christmas cards, right? It is the one time of the year, we always have a family picture. Getting everyone together in one place, looking decent is a once a year miracle in my house. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

under 6

I ran to my neighborhood Sam’s Club and had them print it big. I mean REALLY big – 16 x 20 big. I don’t know why I never thought about it before. But they make lovely prints. I know sometimes the plotters or blue print printers that I’ve seen posts about, are usually not photo quality. I want photo quality! I also want color! I don’t know why I’ve never looked at Sam’s Club for big prints before. I can totally do $5.96 for a large print. I ran to Michaels and picked up a discount frame for $25.00. Total is just over $30! I now have a large piece of artwork for my walls, that is personal to me.

I have a lovely canvas that I spent a pretty penny for years ago. And I love it. But I am not going to be able to get a new one every year to stay current. But now, I just need to change out my big frame each year with the most current Christmas pictures. I can totally do $6 a year on updating my walls!

16 x 20 big print

How big is 16 x 20? This big. It is half the size of my oldest son!

(I would note that it is a lot more difficult finding a decent price on frames any bigger than 16 x 20….at least where I was looking.)

Now, why didn’t I think of this sooner?

How do you keep current pictures in your house?


First finish of the new year!

heart wall hanging by Anjeanette 1

Ok, so I should have finished this in less than a week, but I have a head cold and didn’t spend much time on the sewing machine.  I do love it though. It gets so dark here in the winter. (Which makes pictures really crazy too. Must learn how to shoot in the dark we have here.)

The outside border is all HST and let me just say, I’m not a super huge fan of them. I do think it turned out nicely though. This quilt from A Blond Quilts was the initial spark for my wall hanging. Her piece has lots of bright colors in it.

I knew I wanted a black and white damask pattern. It gets crazy in the picture, but in real life, it is lovely.

 heart wall hanging by Anjeanette

I just appliquéd the hearts on with a machine blanket stitch. One I did a random swirl on it. I love it!

 heart wall hanging by Anjeanette 2

First finish of the year! Yay!

Planning some Swooning

I wasn’t in love with the yellows that came with the bundle I ordered for my quilt for the Swoon-along. I loved the greys though. I ran to Joann’s to see fabric in person to get the right yellow. It is just too far for me to go the local quilt store for a chance to match something. (We aren’t in the city.) I found two new yellows and a black with yellow fabric. Yay!

I put together a little line drawing to play with different layouts.


I really would love a quilting program. But, alas, I don’t have one. So I played in Photoshop a little.


One grey fabric I have has large graphic circles that I want to fussy cut for the center of the block. The black is very dark, but I think the greys I have, are too close to the same color…not enough contrast. So I think it needs a little black. I’ve seen some lovely blocks that take the corners and use the same fabric, which makes it look like flowers in each corner. I like that a lot. (first sample on the top right.)

another sample

I have also seen some ladies who fussy cut the rectangles to the sides and above and below the center star like Craft.happy on flickr. Isn’t it lovely?


(craft.happy on flickr)

Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.

Ok, I may be overthinking this.

It is hard to fabric shop online sometimes

Well, it is EASY! And I do so love it. But I find it so hard to tell what the colors are going to look like in my home.

Exhibit A:20120117_999









I have a small powder room that I painted a happy yellow. It is hard to get a good picture of it because there are no windows in there and it is small. I think this is fairly accurate. I thought it would be fun to have a grey and yellow Swoon block in there. The Swoon block is fairly big and I thought one lone block would be the perfect size. I ordered this lovely fabric from Swell Fabric and it arrived today. (I loved the way she wrapped the fabric in tissue paper like a little present.) I do so love the Hometown by Sweetwater line.


But when I took it into my bathroom, the colors seemed more country than I wanted. I know Sweetwater fabrics have that cozy feel to them, but I’m not sure about the color in my room now? I think I need more pop in that small space. Something bright and happy.

I’ve been looking at every group of grey and yellow I see and I just don’t know. I think the Joel Dewberry Aviary 2 in Granite may be a better match for what I am looking for?

It is so hard to tell online. I wish I could find the modern fabrics in local quilt shops. There, I said it!

This weekend as I was waiting for my fabric for my Swoon block to arrive, I played a little bit with some damask fabric for Valentine’s day. It was a lazy weekend and I had fun playing. I appliqued some red hearts in the middle, but need to sandwich and finish it off.


And because this is a rambling post anyway, I cut my hair yesterday. My boys are growing their hair out, but they looked so raggedy that we took them to the mall for some cleaning up. I decided to cut off a few inches too.


I must be in a yellow mood lately;)

I am Swooning!

I have a short list of things I want to make in the near future.

* I have to finish a quilt for my 5 year old. The pieces are cut out and just waiting for me to put them together.

* I have nekkid walls in my bathroom. I have lots of nekkid walls in my house, in all reality. But the bathroom is painted and waiting for something to fancy it up. It is a small room, so a small wall hanging is in order. The walls are yellow, so I was thinking of something yellow and grey.

* Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I have two end tables that are also nekkid. I have a quick idea for them. I also want to make a little Valentiney wall hanging.

*My baby sister is having her second baby. This one is a girl. Out of my siblings and myself, there is only one boy. Our generation was heavy on the girls. We are all having lots of boys and only one other sister has managed to find the girl gene. Enter my baby sister who has one boy already. Now she is about to break the mold and have a girl of her own! I have picked out the fabric already.

fabric for Erika's baby girl

I also have several patterns I am going back and forth on. The design on this fabric is pretty big, so I don’t want to cut it up too small or you loose it. I have the Living Large 2 book from Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka’s Treasures. I love the spanish tiles pattern.

                (Image from Anka’s Treasures blog.)

I think that is what I’m going to do. But then I’ll have leftover from the bundle. (Maybe that is a good thing?)

If you noticed, I didn’t number anything. This is my idea of the order, but I am always adding new ideas in. These are just the ones I have specifically purchased the fabric for.

I have been seeing sew alongs all over blogland for years now. I’ve always wanted to participate, but I’m a little shy. When I read that I’m a Ginger Monkey was doing a Swoon Along, I thought I had to do it. I already had the pattern, and I’m sure I need more fabric, right? Why not add another thing to my short list?