Tis’ the season?

Posted by Nina on Sep 13, 2011

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Sometime last year I began wishing I had different quilts to decorate through the holiday season.. I vowed that in 2011 I would start my holiday quilts.. I made a spring quilt and then I sort of lost my quilting mojo and now I am kicking myself for not starting that Halloween quilt in time to use it.. so I am getting a kick start on my Christmas quilt! Oh yes, I will have a quilt finished for Christmas! In one day I have completed half of the entire quilt top! It’s not pieced yet as I am still working on the lay out for the final stitching but here’s a little sneak peek.. nothing super fancy, just pretty fabric in a simple but classic pattern. I cannot wait to ship this off to the quilter!!!


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I’m going to be a farmer’s wife!!

Posted by Nina on Sep 6, 2011

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve no doubt heard somebody talk about the Farmer’s Wife quilt and the quilt-a-long… If you have lived under above mentioned rock, please see this link.. As you have probably already known, I really love just about everything Camille makes.. her quilts, her patterns, her babies!, you name it.. if she’s touched it.. I love it. She and I share the same color & pattern passions and she has 3 adorable baby boys!! Go visit her site.. I’ll wait.

Now, I had heard about the quilt-a-long and until I saw her pieces, I didn’t feel the need to make one of my own.. but now it’s become an obsession!! Grandma called to let me know she was ready to order my birthday gifts from my wishlist!! She really loves internet shopping because she doesn’t have to hunt for the perfect thing and deal with the crowds at check out.. so I casually mentioned about the Farmer’s Wife book and how cool it was that it actually has little clips of letters people wrote to the newspaper from the 1920’s when it asked “would you want your daughter to marry a farmer?”. She told me “ok and go pick some of your fabric too!” So I picked the Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree (because I have wanted to make something with their fabrics for ages!!) fat quarter bundle.

So.. there you have it. I’m going to be a Strawberry Farmer’s Wife!!


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Grandma’s 80th Birthday Quilt!!

Posted by Nina on Sep 1, 2011

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August 16th is my Grandmother’s 80th birthday.. 80 is a big deal! She’s been an amazing mother to me my entire life, she’s taught me so many wonderful things, wiped away all of my tears, given me unmeasurable love & compassion.. she’s my rock.. I love her more than anything in the world (well my husband & Bella also of course!).. she mentioned once that she’s never really had a quilt.. she has one my aunt (her sister) made for her, but it was not piece work.. it was a printed quilt kit that mimics the look of piece work.. and she’s used it until its ragged and tatty.. but it’s blue.. her favorite color is red.

I though that since she was turning 80 this year, she deserved nothing but the very best… a beautiful quilt all her own.. so I set out to make her one.. one as beautiful as she tells me everything I make is.. but this one would be her very own! When she opened it she said “what is it? oh, it’s a blanket!” and I said “a blanket!? no… it’s a quilt…” she still didn’t quite get it… until I said “you know I made that right??” her response was “YOU MADE THAT?!” I think she likes it.. :) Now what I really hope is she will use it… she promises she will but so far she just unfolds it to look at it and packs it away… I hope when fall comes it becomes a regular sofa & bed accessory!!

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This is the second quilt I’ve sent off to Donna for quilting.. as always she quilted beautifully.. I chose a Linda V. Taylor hummingbird design as Grandma is very fond of hummingbirds.. she’s always said “hummingbirds are the mos perfect little things in the world”.. so that’s what she’s got! Quilt photographed on a queen sized bed… Grandma’s bed is a twin.
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I will admit.. I am a little sad the quilt is gone because it really is so pretty.. but I am thrilled it made her so happy and that I will get to visit it from time to time! I enjoyed making it too! I think I will make one for myself in nice, bright colors! I did the applique in a taupe silk to match the background fabric and Donna matched that color for the quilting. The back of the quilt is a red check (red and ivory plaid) and the binding is a solid red.

Pattern: Tisket Tasket by Black Mountain Quilts
Fabric: Collections for a Cause: Faith for Moda
Pieced & Bound by: Nina Stoma
Quilted by: Donna Francis
Completed: August 11, 2011


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Junebug Quilt

Posted by Nina on Mar 21, 2011

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This weekend I finished my quilt and washed it. To say that I love it, is a vast understatement! It’s a perfect size to snuggle up with on the sofa and it’s also a perfect weight.. not too hot, not too cold. The colors are bright and cheery and perfect for spring! and I am so happy that I chose the ladybug quilting design.. it adds just a touch of whimsy to keep the quilt playful.

Pattern: Junebug by Thimble Blossoms (Camille Roskelley)
Fabric: Sunkissed by Sweetwater

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Little Things..

Posted by Nina on Mar 18, 2011

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As far back as i can remember I have always wanted to be a wife and mother. I never really set any goals or limits of things I expected to achieve by the time I was 20, 30, 40,.. but one thing was constant.. I always wanted to be a mother. I never thought I would be in my 30’s and childless.. now, do not get me wrong, I am perfectly happy with my life.. I love my family, I love my job, but more than anything, I love the simple little things. New quilts, new yarn, new patterns, and all things sparkly.. but we’re thinking the time might be soon that we would like to add to our family and so.. while we are not expecting yet .. I’ve begun crafting little things.

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and it’s on it’s way!

Posted by Nina on Feb 8, 2011

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The top is finished and it’s beautiful! It’s bright and cheery and everything I hoped it would be. If I had seen the fabrics in person before ordering I would have chosen another backing but I think it’s going to be just beautiful all quilted up!

I’ve chosen to have Donna @ Donna’s in the attic quilt it for me. She’s even purchased a design just for my top! :) I know it’s going to be fabulous! I just cannot wait to get it back and add the binding! The photograph was taken on a queen size bed.. the finished quilt will be approximately 65″x72″. It will fit perfectly when washed and quilted right in the center of our king size bed. I will be on pins and needles until it arrives safely at Donna’s door.


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June Bug Quilt – In Progress

Posted by Nina on Jan 29, 2011

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For a long time now I have had this quilt in my mind.. I didn’t really have a pattern in mind, more like a color scheme… one of the things I remember most about my childhood summers are watermelon, freshly cut grass, and Grandma washing our bed linens and hanging them on the line to dry. Remembering childhood summers mostly comes back to food and smells… Did your grandma hang her bed linens on the line to dry too? Do you remember how wonderfully awesome they smelled? It was almost like the magic of summer followed you inside and you could wrap yourself up in it. I LOVED it.

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I’ve known that I wanted something yellow and white, because that just seems proper for summer, and then I found the Sunkissed by Sweetwater fabrics and everything fell right into place. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Camille’s patterns.. I love the way she designs and I really appreciate the straight forward, easy to understand instructions.. and I purchased Junebug when she first released it but never found the right fabrics until now.

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Here is my progress on Junebug. It’s going together very quickly and is just beautiful! I plan to do traditional applique and it will be my first quilt going off to the quilter since I do not own a long-arm.. or in fact a machine with a regular sized arm! but, more about all of that later :) I am really enjoying quilting this little beauty.. I cannot wait to see it finished! The quilter has told me that she will not be able to start until the end of February or the 1st of March but I am hoping to have it finished quickly after!


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Cupcake Quilt – In Progress

Posted by Nina on Jan 20, 2011

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Everyone who knows me knows that I am more than slightly obsessed with cupcakes.. so what is a quilter to do to cure cupcakitius? Quilt one of course!

I found this adorable pattern and just had to make it up. I chose a bunch of fabrics from different collections and the backing is an adorable cupcake print! Everyone keeps telling me that the cupcakes look like sailboats so I am a little sad about that but I hope that changes once I add the plates.

The pattern is meant to be a baby quilt or a wall hanging but since we use a heavy white comforter during the winter months, I think it would be perfect on top of our king size bed. I cannot wait to finish it!! Maybe if we eventually have a little girl I will hang it in her nursery some day :)

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An American Boy Memory Quilt

Posted by Nina on Aug 18, 2010

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Now that the baby shower is over and the mom-to-be has this quilt in hand, I can finally share pics with you! Mom-to-be had a really hard time over the last couple years and I thought I would do something special and make a memory quilt for her and her little boy.. something they could touch and cherish for years to come. I asked her family to donate special items that could be used in the quilt top and asked for the colors to be kept to red, white, and blue.. I heard rumors that, that was the colors they were using in the nursery.

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Many of the family donated jeans, a couple work shirts from the family business that just recently closed, pj bottoms, a blouse, and a few other things were all used to make the quilt top.. I then found a red and blue star backing and a matching blue and red plaid fabric that has little silver threads for the binding. I used a light loft batting because the denim fabrics in the top are quite heavy and I wanted to make it light enough for a toddler to carry around. It’s still quite warm, which is good because the baby is due in October!

P.S. Nursery in the photos is not the actual nursery of the Mom-to-be, just one used to show the size of the finished quilt.

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Decembers Quilt Kit

Posted by Nina on Aug 11, 2010

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Moda has finally released a photo of Decembers club quilt! Some of you might remember my disappointment about Septembers kit so I was pleasantly surprised by this one! I hadn’t expected a photo to be released so soon but it’s really beautiful! Not at all the holiday quilt I was hoping for but the colors will go well in our home. I am really loving the fact that everything is more or less pre-cut because that’s the part everyone hates the most about sewing!


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