Sunday, May 31, 2009

My First Quilting Class

I attended my first quilting class yesterday afternoon... and I had a great time! I learned a few new terms and how to "properly" square up my fabrics. :)

The quilt is a simple rail type pattern, here is a preview of the fabrics I chose:

The fabrics are 1930's reproduction Aunt Grace prints by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Brothers. The blue one reminds me of my gramma and the "housecoats" she used to wear.

I also picked up some Amy Butler, which will soon be shirred tops for the shop.

For anyone interested, there is still time to enter my SMS Giveaway... about 6 more hours to go! See my post below for details. Winner will be announced tomorrow!

xoxo, Whimsical Road

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Giveaway Time!

Today's the day for the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway!

I'm giving away one Sweet Tweet's shirred top.

This item will fit anywhere from 12-18 Months up to a 4T... however please measure for an accurate fit. Chest measurements should fall between 18" and 24".

The length is 13", and the straps are adjustable.

Enter to win by becoming a follower of my blog and leaving a comment below.

Winner will be chosen at random, and entries will close Sunday, May 31st at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. Please make sure that your e-mail is available on your Blogger profile so I can contact the winner!

Good Luck!
xoxo Whimsical Road
P.S. International entries are welcome :)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Giveaway Day!

I will be participating in the Sew, Mama, Sew! May Giveaway Day on May 27th. Entries will begin Wednesday, May 27th at 9 a.m. eastern time and end Sunday, May 31st at midnight.
I will keep the actual giveaway item a surprise until the opening day for entries.
Be sure to come back then to see what I am offering!
xoxo, Whimsical Road

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pink Lemonade Pinafore

Another new pinnie, in pink with white daisies and a lemon yellow lining. Totally reversible:

I keep finding homes for these before I can even list them in the shop. So... I'm working on a whole batch to list all at once, hopefully before the end of the week. This one is 18-24 months.


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Sunday, May 17, 2009


A new line coming for the shop: Pinafores! They are reversible, with a snap on each strap. This one is 18-24 months, and already has a new home :)
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Toy Society Drop, plus new Stash

New Toy Society drop.. a little calico kitty. My sweetie and I were visiting someone in the hospital, and he suggested we take a toy to the pediatric ward. We left it with one of the nurses to find him a new home. The pattern came from Cherryskin's blog.
Speaking of my sweetie.. he had a rare day off of work yesterday. In the afternoon, he took me to a quilting store that I've been wanting to visit for months, and while we were there, he signed us up for a 6 week quilting class!! He loved all the japanese and asian themed fabrics (his hobby is japanese gardening), and said the classes would be something we could do together... I was shocked. Next weekend, we are going to pick out the fabrics for our projects. *swoon*

Of course, while we were there, I picked up some new stash...
9 x 11 remnants, .25 cents each:

There's some Moda in here, plus Heather Ross mermaids...

And Joel Dewberry (40 5 x5 squares that I ordered from Ebay, they arrived yesterday, yay!):

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mother's Day Gift

I made this bag, card wallet, and key holder for my Mom for Mother's Day. There is a zippered pocket and magnetic clasp on the inside. The lining is in muslin, but the pocket lining is in the blue and red floral. Don't tell her, though, because she hasn't recieved it yet :).. I just couldn't wait to post, because I think it turned out pretty nicely, if I do say so myself. I just hope it doesn't get too wrinkled in the mail.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Color Blockage

I have a very difficult time picking fabric combinations. I scan the bolts in the material shop and find THE perfect main fabric for my next project.. but then it all falls apart. I cannot pick coordinating patterns or colors to save my life.

I'm always drawn to blue.. no matter how hard I try to match that pink and green floral, I always end up back in the blue section. I've tried scanning fabric websites and printing out eye catching fabric combos (like a cheat sheet of ideas).. then trying to mimic the styles and colors when I go to purchase fabrics. Nope. I always come home with single yards of novelty prints with nothing to match them, or blue tones.

I think I get overwhelmed with all the color and prints. I think maybe I just don't have the knack. How am I ever going to make my first quilt if I can't coordinate fabrics? :b

Anyone else have this problem? Like writer's block for seamstresses....

Freedom @ Whimsical Road

(p.s.) Photos coming soon of a new bag, key keepers, and wallets.. AFTER they arrive at thier destinations. Happy Mother's Day!