Friday, March 28, 2014


Thanks to everyone who entered my bag giveaway - Mr. RNG picked comment 8:

That's a super happy bag! Thanks for a chance to win and congrats on the mile-marker!

I'm emailing Ella with the happy news. I really appreciate everyone who stops by and comments, THANK YOU everyone and here's to another 300 :-)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Triangle Quilt-a-Long

Hi you guys! I'm so excited to join the Triangle QAL that the Sassy Quilter is hosting, triangles are on my list of "sewing goals" for 2014 and this is just the kick I needed to get started. I've always loved the look of triangle quilts of all types but I've been too intimidated to try them.

I'm planning on starting small, with this group of solids, to make a pillow cover. That seems like a completely manageable goal, right?
Then on to my massive goal - turning this gorgeous bundle of Indie half yards into a quilt for our king sized bed! I've been in love with this fabric since it was released and I knew I wanted a quilt for our bedroom - one wall is painted purple and these fabrics will look great in there. I just couldn't decide what pattern I wanted to use. But after seeing the triangle quilt series that Crafty Tiger did on their blog last year I knew it had to be triangles.
Now to dive in and get started! I'm excited and nervous - the way most learning starts out :-) Wish me luck and follow along. You can find all the QAL details on the Sassy Quilter blog right here. Today is the last day to link up your fabric choices and next week is on to cutting. You can also follow along on IG, I'm darcychildress and the group hashtag is #triangleqal.

Today is the last day to enter my bag giveaway - drawing results posted tomorrow morning!
Thanks for stopping by :-)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Happy Monday and a Giveaway!

So last week I had the opportunity to test a new pattern for Schoolhouse Patterns - Granny's Pocketbook - how fun is that? This bag is a great size and a quick and easy sew! Very well-written and photographed instructions, so even if you're new to making bags I feel confident you'll be successful with this pattern. It has an adjustable strap and a large front pocket. Great size if you don't need to carry stuff for little people!
I used all Denyse Schmidt for this bag and I'm thrilled to report that I had *everything* on hand to get it done - no cheating on my fabric diet for this one :-) The photo below gives you an idea of the size it is. You can find this great pattern RIGHT HERE on etsy, available as an instant download.
So to celebrate all I've learned through 300 blog posts and to thank everyone who stops by and leaves comments, I'm giving this great bag away! All you have to do is leave a comment here (make sure I have an email address for you if you're a no reply blogger). I'll leave the comments open until Thursday night and announce the winner on Friday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Sneak Peeks

Happy Friday everyone! I'm busy learning my new machine and testing a couple fun patterns, I can't share too much without giving them away but I thought I'd share a little peek. I am in love with AMH - full on girl-crush, want to be her when I grow up type situation. Her fabrics make me so happy!
Denyse Schmidt is another of my sewing girl hero's and Chicopee, one of my all-time favorites of her lines. I know I'm going to super sad when my stash of this runs out, I've heard a couple people say it won't be re-stocked after this batch so get it now if you need some.

Guess what? This is my 300th post! I'm kind of in awe and I think a celebration is in order, which means giveaway of course. Check on Monday for some goodies you can win to get your week started on a fun note. Hope everyone enjoys their first weekend of Spring!

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Arrow Churn Quilt :: version 2

Hi all and Happy St. Patrick's Day! I thought this recent finish would be fun to share today and it does have a little green in it ;-) I was lucky enough to get to test the Arrow Churn quilt pattern for Caroline at Nightingale Quilts and this is the second one I made.
This quilt is actually a variation of her pattern, the flying geese in this version are reversed from the way they're laid out in the pattern. I just liked the way it looked as I was laying it out, so I went with it! Plus I think it speaks to what a versatile pattern it is that it looks great both ways. This measures about 60" square and it's the perfect size to snuggle under on the couch or lay on at the park. It also works up super quickly and is a perfect skill-builder for a beginning quilter. I'm not getting paid to say any of this, just my own opinions :-)

Caroline has a craftsy shop with some lovely patterns and I have no doubt we'll be seeing more great patterns from her - I've got her Swift Wreath pattern very high on my "to sew" list after seeing a few gorgeous ones on IG.
This one is made with Anna Maria Horner Hand Drawn Garden and Dowry, with Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids for front and binding. Lime green flannel on the back from JoAnn's and WHY haven't I been backing every quilt in flannel? After snuggling on this one I might just do that from now on.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hi March!

 Out with the sparkly and in with the green! I ready for a little spring so I started with the cupboard.
Check out those gorgeous succulents which will remain ever-green thanks to Target ;-) Ironically even though green is my favorite color I have a decidely UN-green thumb.
 Wreath from Itz Fitz, cupcake stand from Vessels and Wares both on etsy.
If you are a new parent I would encourage you to take as many ridiculous photos of your child as possible in their first year, while they will still (somewhat) let you. Awesome mug rug by Terri at Sew Fantastic Handmade (she does more IG sales than etsy right now but she has one of these sweet guys listed in her etsy shop).
Still one of my favorite mini's - a little sting pieced square with so many of my favorite shades of green.
One last fun shot - I hope your month is starting to show some signs of green wherever you are (and if you're in Chicago or St. Louis or New York or anywhere else getting cover in snow yet AGAIN, I'm sorry - hang in there people!).

Thanks for stopping by :-)

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