Friday, April 20, 2012

Ode to the Jelly Roll!

When I first started quilting I couldn't understand why people bought Jelly Rolls. I sure do now! I took on quite a challenge with my current project. It requires 1500 pieces. The size will be over 90 by 90 when its done. That's pretty big to me since I make mostly children quilts. So lots and lots and lots of hours cutting! This is where the Jelly Roll is worth its weight in gold. Its a bunch of  2 1/2 in strips that  are already cut for you. Boy that could save me lots of time. Now if you have a cutting system like the Accuquilt then you can bust out these strips pretty fast. Ive been doing it the old fashioned way. :/

There are a ton of cute quilts you can make using jelly rolls.

Like this one!
Or this one
Want awesome Jelly Rolls... go here

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dear Mr. Postman!

I love you!

      Today the postman brought Ace his own glorious sewing machine. I know what your thinking but it is safe. Trust me! It's wooden! No sharp needle. It uses yarn and Ace's manpower to move the components! Hopefully this helps him with his desire to touch my machines. So far it hasn't worked. Ha. I think it's very important to teach our young children a skill that could come in handy in daily life especially if we have to revert to trading to make a living. So Ace gets to learn how to sew. I'm sure daddy will teach him how to weld too.

This postman also brought us some goodies from our family out of state. We moved during Christmas time so they had been keeping them until we got settled in. My sister bought me this lovely owl! It is absolutely beautiful! My mom bought Ace his Grinch ornament and I got the Willow Tree figurine. Its called The Quilt. How fitting. I love it! What a wonderful day at the mailbox! Yay :)