Saturday, December 11, 2010

It's my month for the KC Scrappy Bee!

Hi!  I thought I'd share with you what I have planned for the KC Scrappy Bee in the month of December. 


I don’t think you guys have any idea how much I love Christmas. I really, really, really LOVE Christmas. A LOT! I love the season, the shopping, and the traditions. I have wanted to make a fun Christmas quilt for myself for a very long time, but just haven’t gotten to it. I thought this would be the perfect project to have my bee help me with.


I’d like all the blocks have a white background to make the colors really pop.  I’m giving each of my fellow bee members two fabrics: one red and one tealy-turquoise colored.




The color scheme I have in mind is kind of a fresh & cheery Christmas. I was envisioning these kinds of colors, but my bee members should feel free to add anything that fits the fresh & cheery description.

Color Palette


My size request is a little bit odd… I’d like to lay this quilt out on a 4x4 grid. Each block just needs to fit into that grid. That means blocks that finish at 4x4, 4x8, 8x8, and 12x16 all work!


Anything Christmas works for me! It could make a gingerbread house, gingerbread man, elf, candy cane, Santa, reindeer, present, mistletoe, Christmas tree, stockings, or anything else they can think of.


These are some links I provided them with:
They could adapt this pattern:

I’m in love with this little elf; not so much the mushroom.

I’ve saved some cute Christmasy things in my favorites on flickr. Here is the link:

I’ve also made a mosaic of some of the blocks and quilts I found online I liked.

Christmas Quilt Inspiration
1. Santa Block, 2. Windblown snowman mini quilt, 3. Aurora's Xmas quilt from Frolic charm pack, 4. Caroll's Block, 5. Small Santa Quilt, 6. Sept Block, 7. The quilt is done!, 8. one more block to go., 9. { a very merry! }, 10. Santa's Elf, 11. Lil' St. Nick, 12. WIP 7 - SewConnected 2 Quilt, 13. Mrs. Claus, 14. for Beth, 15. Tree and gnome, 16. building a neighborhood

The links below the mosaic are to the original photos.  You can click on the links to see them. 

I can't wait to see what they each come up with!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Robot Quilt - Block #3

Remember the robot quilt I was making for my husband?  Well... I've been pushing the bee blocks back to the last minute the past few months leaving me little time to spit out the second set in robot fabric.  I did have the time to make a robot block with Hannah's blocks, though.  Jason was so excited to see that I hadn't forgotten about his quilt.  :)
Robot Block

I think he's kind of cute.  The robot fabric is so cheerful.  :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hannah's Blocks for the KC Scrappy Bee

The KC Scrappy Bee is still going strong.  Tonight, we will turn in our 7th blocks to Hannah.  She requested  10" concentric square blocks using white, grey, light blue, and yellow. 

I couldn't find any yellow in my stash yesterday that I liked with the grey and the blue, so I skipped the yellow all together.  I think they turned out fresh & clean. 

Block A

Hannah gave us each a bit of the grey fabric.  The whites and blue are from my stash. 

Block B

I think I have to agree with Nikki, though... I'm not a seam-presser-opener.  :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Yahoo! I finally did it!

Guys!  I finally did it.  I made myself an Etsy store!  I'm a shop owner!

You can see my shop here.  Or you can go to Etsy and look me up by my name: SewbotsLab

Here's a few of the things you can find in my shop:

Santa Bag No 1 - Model
Santa Bags! I have a few for sale currently.

Owl 4 - Chair
I have several of these cute little owl ornaments ready to ship out to you.

Casserole - House - Held
Carry your casseroles to all your holiday dinners in style!

Tote - Orange - Front
Who doesn't need a tote bag?

So, go check it out!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Briarcliff Village Fireworks

Jason and I walked down to the Briarcliff Village last weekend to watch the fireworks and the lighting ceremony.  One of the main reasons I wanted to go was to try to photograph the fireworks.  I took a class at Photographx Unlimited a while back where I learned to use my camera, the Canon Rebel XSi, out of the "green zone" or auto zone.  One of the fun things I learned how to photograph is fireworks.  This was the first time we got to try it since it rained on the Fourth of July and we haven't gone to any since.  Unfortunately, we got ourselves all set up on the parking garage thinking the bursts would be happening to our North.  Instead, they shot the display off to our Southwest.  We ran down the stairs and out on a landing of the garage to get a better vantage spot.  Oh, well... we'll know for next year.  :)Fireworks 7

Fireworks 6

Fireworks 5
I think the fireworks above look like a dandelion. 

Fireworks 4

Fireworks 3

Fireworks 2

Fireworks 1

Briarcliff village
And this is the village all lit up.  We had fun trying to photograph the fireworks.  I'll definitely try it again.  :)