"She seeks wool & flax, And works willingly with her hands" ~ Proverbs 31:13

October 24, 2012

Super Mario Brothers Quilt {Progress}

Two Finished Blocks

I'm not nearly as far on the Mario Quilt as I wanted to be at this point. So much for my self imposed deadlines. 

Mario and all his wrinkles and shadows

The more I stared at the finished Mario on the design wall, the less I liked it.  The gray thread I had chosen turned out to be too dark and was giving the seams a dark shadow. Then the water soluble grid I had utilized to easily lay out all the tiny pieces, left me with a very wrinkled Mario after washing away the grid. Even after pressing the heck out of Mario he was much too wrinkled for my liking. So I did a new Mario, this time with a lighter gray thread and no grid.  Much happier with the new Mario!!

New Mario -- No Wrinkles and No Shadows
Side by Side Comparison New Mario on the left, Old Mario on the Right
Next up is this cute little Mushroom Block.  For me the absence of the grid/stabilizer is actually speeding up the piecing process. Guess I'm just too picky!

Super Mario Brothers Mushroom
But, this little guy will have to wait until next week to be completely finished as I'm flying off to Houston for Quilt Market and leaving my sweet hubby in charge of the shop. He can cut fabric and I've taught him how to sew the patches on his uniforms, but I just can't say as I'll let him try his hand at this kind of precision sewing just yet. 

Lastly, while I'm away at Market the entire shop is 20% off. 
Visit the shop at: www.littlepinkrose.com

UPDATE: Jenny's question made me realize that I hadn't included the information on the pattern.
I'm doing the Super Mario Brothers Quilt Along with Angela at Cut to Pieces.


October 20, 2012

Color Guard

Last week I posted a picture of silk and lame and asked what you thought I might be making. On facebook I received several great guesses ranging from formal dresses to curtains.  

I was commissioned by a local high school's color guard to create their final flag for their competition show. I was sent a drawing of the design and asked if I could make 20 of these in 6 days. The design looked fairly straightforward and actually pretty simple. I figured if I did nothing else all week, it shouldn't be a problem.  Thankfully I was given a little bit of leeway and if time ran short they only had to have 16 for Saturday's competition.

Color Guard/Winter Guard Flag finished size: 54" x 36"

After the first day of working on these I knew that I would not be finishing much before the deadline and that this project was going to take some very late nights. By the fourth day of work I was wishing that my momma was close enough to call for help. I know she would have been hear in a heartbeat to help me out if she could have been, but with over a thousand miles between us that wasn't going to happen. There wasn't even time to call her and cry on her shoulder about how long these were taking. 

Like I mentioned they look so simple and in reality they are simple straight lines. The problem comes in two forms the fabric is lightweight, it ravels easily, it is difficult to work with and every single seam was stitched a minimum of 3 times.  In to all the seams being flat-felled seams, every seam was serged to stop the fraying process and for the added strength

In the end I finished the last flag 30 minutes before my deadline and at 4 AM Saturday morning delivered the last of the flags to the high school just as the team was gathering to load up and travel to the competition....perfect timing.

I'm left with just 4 flags to finish before I head off to Quilt Market next week. After this week four should be no problem. I'm excited about going to the fall Quilt Market and being able to expand the fabric selection we have available in the shop.  Is there anything you'd like to see us carry?

Have a great week and happy quilting! 

October 16, 2012

No time to Blog

There won't be any time for blogging the rest of the week but I wanted to stop in and say hi and let you all have a little sneak peek of this weeks project.

Tissue Lame & China Silk
This project is actually an answer to prayer. My husband is now officially unemployed with no full-time work even on the horizon. Thankfully he is still part of the National Guard and still had his drill weekends once a month. 

This past Sunday our little church meet for prayer and I was sharing how thankful I was for God's current and future provision. I had also come to the end of a big project and really needed either more fabric to sell or another sewing project and I prayed that God would send me something to work on. When I arrived home from church there was an email waiting for me asking if I could do this huge project and have it all finished by Friday evening.  My first thought? "Thank you God! How cool that You answered my prayer while I was praying!"

Then I looked at the time when the email was sent, it had been sent an hour before we had even bowed our heads in prayer.  He had answered our prayers before we had even begun to voice it. I was blown away!!!! All praise goes to my Lord and God!!

Any guesses on what this project might be? 

If you need me this week, you know where to find me......locked in my sewing room, stitching away.
I pray you all have a great week and I'll see you again Saturday with pictures of the finished project.


October 10, 2012

Fall Clearance Sale

We're making room in the shop for new inventory. Stop by and take advantage of all the great deals!


Wedding Day

 As promised pictures of the bride in her gown the day of the wedding.  She tells me that her groom, "absolutely loved the dress!" 

My favorite part of this picture is how the groom is looking at his bride!
A look of pure love!

Where the dress wraps around to the waist the bride used her grandmothers broach
for the perfect finishing touch.


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