Project Linus at Pacific Fabrics

This Sunday Pacific Fabrics hosted a Blanket Bee for Project Linus. I just heard about Project Linus which collects and makes blankets for children and families in need. Here are some pictures of the sewers and tie-ers in action:

What "The Wave" can really do

Have you been practicing "The Wave?" Okay me neither. There's been a lot going on lately and I accidentally haven't posted here in a week or so. Back to the point. Threadbanger recently posted a great quick sewing project that features what we're supposed to be practicing - "The Wave!"

Here's a tutorial for a colorful Scrappy Hot Pad via My Byrd House featuring "The Wave." Time to practice!

Happy Hour: The Deauville Cocktail's been a wild week. This week's cocktail is a classic, little number created during the 1930s in New Orleans (or so the story goes).

The Deauville Cocktail

1/2 oz Brandy
1/2 Triple Sec
1/2 oz Apple Brandy
1/4 Lemon Juice

Combine ingredients, shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

Peacock bracelet

I was a little too busy this weekend to make anything, but I wasn't too busy to splurge and spend my monthly "clothing" budget to buy this:

I could have an entire blog about peacocks...

Quilting Drill - The Wave

Here we go! Practice makes perfect.

You'll need:
A sewing machine
A free-motion quilting foot
"Quilt sandwiches"
2 bright colors of thread (to see how your stitching looks)
Clean gardening gloves to hold the fabric better (recommended)

For my quilt sandwiches, I used 2 pieces of cheap, plain quilting material and basted a layer of batting in between.

Each day take a quilt sandwich and practice making wavy line after wavy line. Start excruciatingly slow and watch that tension when you first start out. You will want to adjust it a bit to make it just right. Here's my first attempt (we'll see if I get any better by next week!):

Don't despair - drink instead!

Feeling anxious? Don't despair. Try this recipe for a blended version of the infamous Blue Hawaiian.

1 oz light rum
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
1 oz cream of coconut
Fruit decor: cherry, orange, pineapple, and mango...yummm

Blend light rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut in a Magic Bullet (or blender) with one cup of ice.

Pour contents into a very large glass or bowl. Add your favorite fruit. Consume.

Crafty candidates: foldus!

The power is in the palm of your hand! Check out these foldable, wearable, controllable candidates.

Photo via folduscandidate on Flickr

Obama bag part 2 & 3

My first Obama bag made it's way to Ecuador, where my friend Ann posted some pics on her blog. Yay! The second bag, I gave to my mom for her birthday. Unfortunately for me, I only had a small amount of canvas left so used blue fleece to finish one for myself. Here they all are:

I posted a tutorial awhile back to make the reverse-appliqué logo: it's here.

If you like Obama and crafts, be sure to check out Julie Ree's Crafters for Obama group! (Note the new Crafters for Obama button ----->) :)

Quilting Drills: Before we begin

Before we begin our drills, let's take a look at where we want to be. You know, like The Secret, let's visualize how we want to quilt someday. Here's some inspiration:


When it comes to machine quilting on a regular sewing machine. There are two main choices: Straight-line and Free-motion. You can use both techniques on the same quilt.

This post on Machine Quilting 101 from Anyone Can Quilt helped me with finishing my first official quilt. Check it out to get a detailed overview on how to machine quilt.

For our quilting drills, we will be practicing the free-motion technique. Next week we'll start the first drill: The Wave.