Busy times keep coming

The kitchen looked almost exactly like this, except for the turquoise counter tops.

I might have mentioned this before, but my husband and I currently run a catering business. Lately it has been picking up and this past weekend was no exception. Friday we had two events, one at a winery and one was a private memorial luncheon at a BEAUTIFUL home. It was really amazing, it looked like it had been built and decorated in the 1950s and not changed much since. I loved it. It reminded me so much of the home I grew up in.

The antipasto platter we made for one of the events.

Saturday we had THREE events; one was appetizers at a private home, one was a wedding at a winery and the last was a birthday party at a private residence. They hired mariachis to perform, it was so cool. I spent a lot of time last week getting ready for them, boy am I glad they are over. It was exhausting! But overall I had a pretty good time. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up on my blogroll this week!

Me and Some Sewing Machines

I completely forgot about this picture my husband took of me while we were in Las Vegas this past December. Judy’s post about her old sewing machines reminded me of it, so I thought I would share. We went to the Cosmopolitan hotel and walked around the shops there, when I saw one of the shops (it might have been Stitched) had a HUGE window display of all these old sewing machines, it was so cool! I absolutely loved it!

And yes, that is an alcoholic beverage in my hand, which may account for my goofy face and pose… :blush: But anyway, they had a TON of sewing machines lined up, from floor to ceiling. It was so cool, a little bit of my quilting hobby found in Sin City. I’d love to get my hands on an old sewing machine like these someday, when I actually have some place to store and display it! Someday!

Happy Thursday everyone :)

WIP: Positively Perfect

What, you think just because I finished one quilt, I should stop and catch my breath! You must be joking ;)

Here is my Jelly Roll all ready to be cut into pieces for this Positively Perfect Quilt

And here they are all cut! I ended up not using the AccuQuilt (even though I have a 2.5″ square die). It was too hard to get the fabric in there perfectly. It was easier to use a rotary cutter… Hopefully I can use the AccuQuilt on my next project. I got it for Christmas and still haven’t had a chance to use it :(

Happy Quilting!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Chasing Chevrons Quilt: Finished!

Another new finish!

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Well, my Chasing Chevrons quilt is finished! It ended up a LOT bigger than I thought it was going to be! I used the measurements for the Twin size, but as you can see… it fits nicely on my queen size bed, the finished size is 90″ x 74″.

I used Kona Coal fabric for the background and part of the binding, and these Michael Miller fabrics I won from Stitched in Color and Marmalade Fabrics this past October. I used five of the six fabrics for the chevrons, and used the black circles on the grey background for the binding. It didn’t contrast enough with the grey to be used as a chevron, but I think it looks great as the binding!

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I quilted in a grid pattern… I figured my FMQ aren’t advanced enough to handle a quilt of this size just yet!

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The backing COMPLETELY does not match the front, but I’m OK with that. I wanted to use this flannel fabric (more on it here) on a quilt for myself and figured now was as good a time as any. I had to fill in with some white flannel at the bottom. Machine bound, I’m so happy I did! It would have taken even longer if I didn’t!

I’m looking forward to cuddling with this guy. :) Happy quilting!
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InvisibleGirl.Org is Now Mobile!

I just activated a new plugin, WP Touch, to make my site mobile friendly. I love it! The plugin is so easy to use and it’s so simple to customize the look. Best of all, the site is much easier to browse from a cell phone now.

I never realized how important accessibility from a cell phone was until I got a smart phone myself! Normally I use the Google Reader App to read websites, but if I need to visit the site to comment or read the rest of the post, it can be quite challenging when a site is not mobile-friendly. So now you can read invisiblegirl.org easily on the go. :) Enjoy!

New WIP: Positively Perfect

Now that I’m wrapping up my current quilting project, I’m already looking ahead to the next project! I have a whole list going:

  1. T-Shirt Quilt for my Husband
  2. This doily quilt (for me)
  3. Quilt for a friend’s wedding gift
  4. Quilt for Mike’s cousin’s wedding gift

My list goes in reverse importance order… just when I think I’m getting to the end of my list, new things crop up!

Mike’s cousin is getting married in April across the country in Baltimore, MD. Unfortunately we won’t be able to make it, but I still want to send her a present. I’d like to make this Positively Perfect quilt posted last month over at the Moda Bake Shop:

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Positively Perfect Moda Bake Shop Quilt

It looks simple and quick enough, and I love the little plus signs. Mike’s cousin is a nurse so they reminded us of the Red Cross medical symbol. :) Jelly Rolls were on sale over at Green Fairy Quilts, so I ordered one to make the process even quicker and easier for myself. I ended up ordering Moda’s Cape Ann by Oliver and S:

Cape Ann by Oliver and S

I love the sweet prints and I think they will translate nicely for this quilt. I think I might make it a little bigger than the pattern calls for by adding another row & column, but I’ll have to see how it goes. Hopefully I can get this one done in time for the wedding!

Progress: Chasing Chevrons Quilt

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Please forgive the yellowness... took this on my phone!

I made great progress on my quilt last week and this weekend. I’m WAY behind on the quilt along, but I am determined and hopefully I can get this sucker done this week! I got the quilt top all done (even though I had issues matching the seams), got the backer put together, basted and started quilting yesterday while I watched the Oscars.

The backing TOTALLY doesn’t match the front, but I’m not too bothered by it. It’s a cute flannel print and I wanted to use up some of my stash, so I did. :P

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Vintage Fabric Scraps: Any ideas?

You may remember about six months ago, I went to my Mom’s house and relieved her of some of her fabric stash. When I was there, she also gave me a ziplock bag full of tiny vintage scraps:

Vintage fabric stash

I have no idea of the age of the fabrics and my Mom wasn’t sure who cut them up, they could have been her grandmother’s but she wasn’t sure. Some of them are clearly fussy cut, there are different fabric types and varying amounts of each. For example, there are a TON of the white flower with the yellow/orange background, but I’m pretty sure the purple flower below it is the only scrap from that fabric.

The problem is that they were clearly hand cut and not very accurate. They are all around 2″ square but some are bigger, some smaller. It would be a shame to toss them just because of that, so I’ve been thinking of re-cutting them all to be 1.5″ square to use in a project.

Maybe I could use them as cornerstone pieces in a scrappy hourglass quilt…


Source: ayumills.blogspot.com via Erin on Pinterest

Or maybe some Granny Squares…


Source: stitchedincolor.com via Erin on Pinterest

Or something like this…


Source: redpepperquilts.com via Erin on Pinterest

This could be cute, too!


Source: flickr.com via Erin on Pinterest

What do you think? What would you do with these scraps if you had your way with them?

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New Phone: MyTouch 4G

I got a new cell phone!

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It’s a MyTouch 4G from T-Mobile and I love it so far. It’s my first smartphone and I’m still getting used to being able to check my email, Facebook and tweet from ANYWHERE… it’s so cool and I love it!

Here are some pictures I’ve taken with my phone using the FX camera app (boo, no Instagram for Android!)

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The Magnetic Fields!

The Magnetic Fields

I’ve been a huge fan of the band The Magnetic Fields since I discovered their album, 69 Love Songs, in 2005 when I was in college. I listened to that album (it’s actually three albums, 69 songs split into three volumes) obsessively for at least six months, possibly a year. I’ve wanted to see them perform live since then, but combine my limited college funds with their sporadic tour schedule and it seemed like it wasn’t going to be.

Until I saw the other day that they were scheduled to perform in Los Angeles at the legendary Orpheum Theatre in March. I was so excited, I convinced my brother (my frequent concert buddy) to go along with me and he agreed!

The show is a couple of weeks after my birthday and I can’t think of anything I’d like more than to see one of my favorite bands LIVE. I can’t wait to see them!

Do you like to go to concerts? What was your favorite concert going experience?