New Fabrics from Joann’s Memorial Sale

After being on a fabric sabatical for April, I made it almost all the way through May before adding more fabric to my stash!  Talk about going through withdrawals, LOL!  Here are the fabrics I picked up from Joann’s this weekend.  An added bonus is that most of these fabric were Red Tag fabrics, which were an additional 50% off!  I am still in shock with how little Mom and I spent that day.

These two {above} are just for adding to my stash.  Thought for the price they would both be good to have on stand-by.  I got a yard of the tan paisley and half a yard of the green.

Here is Mom’s pick for a Patriotic Kitchen Curtain.  The blue broadcloth is for use on a pillow for the Guest Room, using Grandpa’s fabric.  We purchased some fun red ruffle trim to use on the curtain.  It is the same trim I used on Ms. Diva’s Fresh Flowers quilt in yellow.

I found these coordinates on the Red Tag Rack.  The background fabric is a micro-suede that is just the loveliest shade of aqua.  The three on top are all cottons that mix and match.  I used the micro-suede for a skirt that I whipped up Saturday night for church.  But… It is going back to the cutting table for finishing now.  Not entirely sure what I am going to do with these, but they are ’sew’ lovely I wish I had purchased more.  The tan paisley can also be used with these prints too.

This snuggle fleece {also on-sale, of course} is to make the girls snuggle blankets for naps over at Grandma’s.  This silky binding is a great match!  However, the binding wasn’t on-sale.  Lucky for me… I have Joann’s coupon app on my iPhone, and had % off Non-Sale Item coupons to use.

These fabrics are for the Girls’ play room.  We are decorating based on a wall hanging from my childhood of SunBonnet Sue at a farm with an apple tree.  The only new fabric from this shopping trip was the apple green quilted fabric.  This quilted fabric is going on the toddler pillows with the flannel plaid.  Thinking of putting the girls initials on the pillows to make sure it is clear whose is whose.  The apple fabrics are going to be made into warm weather blankets.  Not sure that Ms. Diva will ever give up her fleece blankets {no matter who warm it is}, but this gives her and Baby Diva options.  Plus, these fabrics look great in the room.

That pretty much sums up the trip to Joann’s.  Both girls were absolute gems, and the store clerks were impressed as usual.  Sometimes I wonder if my girls are really that good, or if other children are that much out of control… makes you wonder though.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

 

Moda May Grand Finale Giveaway at Everything Etsy

Everything Etsy teamed up with The Fat Quarter shop to host giveaways for the month of May.  Making May officially Moda May.

Now for the final giveaway they are giving away a $125 Gift Certificate to The Fat Quarter Shop.  What could you buy with $125???

Here is what I would grab…

{Moda Fresh Flowers Bundle}

Did you see that one coming, LOL?  Then I could make my Liberated Wedding Ring blocks into a full size quilt.  That would be totally awesome dude!

Or… I might mix it up and just buy a couple yards from this moda collection, then some christmas fabric… maybe one of these…

I have to make Stockings this year.  Last Christmas, as much as I looked, I couldn’t find our stockings.  Which sounds like a good reason to buy fabric and make more.  Which it is, but… it is true.  I Swear!

What would you pick with $125 to spend?

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Fabric Giveaway at Diary of a Quilter

Here is another yummy fabric giveaway! 

Amy, at Diary of a Quilter, has a sponsored giveaway for 6 Nicey Jane fat quarters.  The fabric is being provided by her wonderful sponsor Sew Obsessed.  Entries close Sunday, May 29th.  They have also offered readers a 15% off code that is posted on Amy’s blog post.

I think I have found a ‘new’ favorite fabric.  I am loving this Nicey Jane collection in pink.  But would take in the Green colorway too!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Fabric Giveaway at Tales at Wayne Manor

Want this box of fabric?  I do!

If you want a chance at it… head over to Tales at Wayne Manor and enter Dena’s giveaway.  Easy entry, just tell her what’s going on with you.  Be a follower of her blog for a second entry.  Blog about it {as I am here} for a third entry.

A winner will be picked on June 1st, 2011.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

PS ~ Don’t forget you have until June 6th to enter the Accuquilt GO! Baby Fabric cutter giveaway, and until May 31st to enter my Splash Into Summer Giveaway for $10 in Amazon Giftcards.

Friday Fun and my new project… {5/27/2011}

Happy Friday ~

I hope you have some wonderful plans for this holiday weekend.  I am certainly looking forward to three days of bliss.  Okay…. maybe I am not expecting ‘bliss’ but at least I will have three straight days to enjoy my babies.  Baby Diva is growing up so fast!  She is four months old now, and started eating cereal this week.  She is consistently rolling from her back to front {hasn’t quite figured out how to get back onto her back though, LOL}

Ms. Diva has decided the only boots to wear are these pink ones that her daddy got her at Tractor Supply.  I think the main appeal is not the little horsies on them, but the fact that she can put the on all by herself.  {and kick them off by herself too}  I have the cutest picture to share with you next Wednesday of her with her boots and her stuffed horse from her Big Bro.

Now onto the Friday Fill-in…

1. This week I fed Baby Diva her first cereal, got attacked by a tree while running {for the first time since having Baby Diva}, washed the GSD 3 times {someone needs to tell him that even if it is over 90 degress he needs to stay out of the yucky pond}, surived grocery shopping, and that is about all I can think of right at the moment.

2. Big Bro returns to Texas from spending the school year with his mom in Nebraska.  I am pretty sure that Ms. Diva is going to be his shadow, because she pretty much was stuck to him when he was home for Christmas and now she is even more mobile.  He doesn’t stand a chance, LOL!  I can’t wait to see him, and I now that Mr. SD is super excited for him to be home too.

3. It’s all aboutMe.  Oh… you want me to be serious… Okay.  It is all about paying off the debt at the moment.  I am working really hard on not spending on my crafts.  Which is super hard to do, when I have the fabric hording tendencies I have.  I decided to go through and reorganize my scraps using a modified version of Bonnie at Quiltville’s scrap system.  It is ‘almost’ like shopping at the store.  Not as fun, but it is guilt free.

4. I ran in the sun.

5. I demand nice weather for this weekend’s bar-b-q.  I would demand that I get some serious sewing time in, but… I think that would be a little on the self centered side {going along with question 3 above}

6.  Life’s path, it’s filled with plenty of characters, trouble and strife, joy and hope.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching last night’s So You Think You Can Dance {also know as SYTYCD} tomorrow my plans include laundry, cleaning, picking up Big Bro at the airport, and hopefully some sewing time, and Sunday, I want to celebrate family birthday’s with family!

Here is my newest sewing/quilting project.  It came from wanting to do something with these left over scraps from the Moda Fresh Flowers Jelly Roll I used for Ms. Diva’s quilt.  The pattern is called Liberated Wedding Rings by Anita at Bloomin’ Workshop {small world, Anita is in the same area outside of Seattle I grew up in before moving to Texas}.  Anita started a Flickr group you can join if you like to join this quilt along.

Five Question Friday from My Little Life:

1. Do you apologize to your kids?  Yes.  It is your responsibility to model proper behavior to your children.  If you don’t apologize for something to them, how can you expect them to apologize to others.  It is just like saying please and thank you.  Manners are manners.  And everyone should be treated the same.  Children, friends, parents, mentally ill, the homeless.  {getting off my soapbox now}

2. What color are your nails right now?  Au natural ~ Who has time for nail polish?  Plus, it never lasts because I am always outside doing stuff.

3. When you were growing up, how difficult was it for you to stay home from school sick? (As in, did you have to vomit or just say “I don’t feel good”.)  Just say that I didn’t feel good we enough most of the time.  But… if you stayed home from school that meant no T.V. {unless you did vomit and proved you were sick}, and you didn’t get to do anything.  You had to just lay on the couch all day.  Cured us of saying we were sick if we weren’t, LOL!

4. When is the last time you bought a new comforter for your bed?  My comforter is over 5 years old {probably older than that, LOL}, but Mr. SD’s {we don’t share blankets, LOL} is just a few months old.  I finally found one that he would let me trade out for his old ratty one.  Thank you Lord!!!!!  I have been trying to find the ‘perfect’ one for a year now.  Talk about being a Goldilocks of comforters.

5. Favorite website(s)?  The Fat Quarter Shop, Sewing and Quilting blogs, I am currently in love with Twitter and finding giveaways to enter.
Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Scrappy Mug Rug Swap 4 Wrap-up

We just finished up the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap No. 4, and it was a lot of fun.  A little anxiety thrown in for me, since it was (a) my first swap ever! (b) I wasn’t sure if I would be able to finish and ship in time (c) this is the first Mug Rug I have ever made, and (d) the first item I have done a ‘true’ binding for!

Just a few things to worry about on that list, LOL!

But… it came out just fine.  I got my Mug Rug for Wendy, The Stitch Duchess, finished and in the mail with some fun goodies in plenty of time.  I even got it mailed before the close date!  A minor miracle I know, but it is true.

The flowers were cut on my GO! Baby fabric cutter using the Rose of Sharon die.  I fused double fusible ‘stuff’ on the fabric before I cut the fabric.  The two flower pieces are actually from the same piece.  I just cut out the biggest flower, then reran it through over a smaller size to get the ‘cookie-cutter’ effect, and used the cut-out for the smaller flower.  The flower centers were made using two different sizes of circles on the same die.  I did not have the fusible stick-ems on these fabrics.  So, I just used my handy, dandy Lapel Stick to stick the centers down while I sewed them on.

I love how the securing stitches that wander a little make the flowers seem more ‘current’ and just a little crazy.  A definite plus, since Wendy is a big fan of crazy quilts.  I secured the binding with a straight stitch, and then went back with the blanket stitch.  I love how it adds that zing of lime to the overall look of the Mug Rug.  There were a couple spots where it didn’t feed right, but overall it came out okay.

As for goodies, I included several of my favorite colors of seed beads that remind me of peacocks and saturated colors.  {Other things that Wendy loves} Several scraps pieces of fabric, and fun/fuzzy trims that Wendy can use for her projects also went into the envelope.  Throw in a couple tea bags of my favorite teas, and this package was on it’s way.

My swap partner {the one I received my Mug Rug and goodies from} was Karin from Sweden.  Yes, she did include some chocolate, scraps, and a lovely Mug Rug.

The bird applique is so wonderful.  I just love how free the bird seems to be, winging it’s way across the fabric.

After having more fun than stress with this swap I can’t wait to participate in my next swap.  Not sure if it will be a mug rug swap or something else.  Hmmm, something to think about.

My next project group on Flickr is going to be a Liberated Wedding Ring quilt by paper piecing; hosted by Anita from Bloomin’ Workshop.  I am going to make a smaller version using my Fresh Flower scraps left over from Ms. Diva’s Fresh Flower Brick Quilt, and make a table/dresser runner.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Linking up at:

Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story

Works in Progress at Don’t Call My Betsy

Show and Tell Wednesday at Blue Cricket Design

Birdie in Circle {ME Design Review}

This is a very cute, embossed machine embroidery design I received from Maddie over at Domestic Anarchy.  It stitched out smoothly, and the finished design is gorgeous!

Here is the finished stitch-out before washing.  I used a tear-away in the hoop, pinned the towel to the tear-away, and then put a layer of thin wash-away on top.  This design does a great job of taming the terry cloth, and it wash beautifully.  I expect these embroidery design will look fantastic even after many, many, many washings.  This blue is from my Christmas Gift to Myself , the brand is Polystar and works well with my babylock.

Here is a final picture of the completed kitchen towel hanging on Mom’s oven.  You can see how well that blue embroidery thread goes with her cabinets. 

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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DISCLOSURE: I received this Machine Embroidery Design from Domestic Anarchy to test.  I am simply sharing this delightful design with you.  I received no compensation for posting this review.

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I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!

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