Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Random Sewing And A Giveaway

July 13, 2010

Random Sewing And A Giveaway

Recently I came across a stash of paper doilies.
(Really I was just cleaning up in the basement and found them)!
I've been trying to think of cool ways to use them.
It's not rocket science but I think they dressed up this parcel.

I haven't been sewing anything big lately.
I keep putting off sewing Freya's school clothes choosing instead to sew little tiny labels.

I want to share one of my favorite things I have ever sewn.
This is the first quilt I hand made and quilted.

It's a pattern of my own design called Baby Grandma.

I loved making this quilt.
It's about eight years old and beginning to wear.
When I finished this quilt I took it to the quilt store to show it off and the ladies asked me where I was going to hang it.
When I told them I wasn't going to hang it that I was going to use it, they thought I was crazy.

The hexagons were paper pieced then appliqued onto the linen.
The border is a hodge podge of different widths of fabric strips.
I quilted it with my own design I call Swirls Around.

From quilts to PORNO.

This sign was at the end of my street.
I had to drive back home and get my camera.

And after all that .... a giveaway!

If you would like to have this awesome, awesome book, please leave a comment.
Oliver and Freya will announce a winner Sunday morning.
P.S. If you have ideas for doilies let me know!


  1. Camille, I would love this book! Your quilt is lovely. I really like the detail around the edges. As for the doilies, a garland or banner would be sweet; or some sort of sun print using them. Have a great day.

  2. i was just looking at that book on amazon last night! what a lovely giveaway!

    your quilt is just gorgeous. i envy those with the time and patience to quilt like that....one day..:)

    just beautiful..:)

  3. What a beautiful quilt you made, the warm colors you choose give it a vintage feeling. Very nice! How long did it take?
    That sign - hilarious! I guess no one thought about what those letters would mean.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. your quilt is fantastic and so apropos now that hexagons are all the rage once again :D

    and the neighborhood watch meeting should be an interesting one...

    enjoy the rest of your week! -michelle

    oh, and i found you on the vintage swap blog...

  5. i have been on the waiting list at my library for weekend sewing for, um, about a year now, so this would be fantastic! i adore looking at all of your creations on your blog, since seeing it on vintage swaps. as for doilies, i like the idea of a banner, maybe glued onto brown paper squares or on paper for placemats. i bet you could also make them into interesting flowers. or snowflakes on windows for the winter...ah the possibilities of found crafting materials! and i love, love, love the faded colors of your quilt. it looks like it is old, worn and loved, even though it is relatively new. thanks and have a great week!

  6. So funny, like the comment above me, I've had that book in my que at the library for quite some time too. :) Found you through the Vintage Swap blog, which was linked from Urban Almanac. So nice to meet you!

  7. i have checked this book out from the library so many times that i almost get embarrassed when i go to pick it up yet again. in fact, i just returned it on sunday!
    so, um, yeah. i'd LOVE to own this book - thanks for the chance!

  8. That quilt is divine! Good for you for not hanging it and using it. They way great things should be treated. With love and used!
    I would love to be put into the giveaway please. As for the doileys? I asked my 10 year old and she said glue them onto paper, laminate them and you have place mats. I thought of the banner as well but it has already been said.
    Take care.

  9. what a beautiful quilt!!!one day i'll be brave enough to try something that big!

    that book would be awesome! i recently took 10 sewing project books out of the library and have been sewing like crazy! i am slowly finding my favs and this would fit in nicely! thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Your quilt is absolutely GORGEOUS...I wish I had your talent in that department. As for the porno sign, thank God that was not on my street because my kids would of had TONS of questions about that ;)

  11. The quilt is beautiful and I love that you USE it. How was working with the linen? I've used cotton/linen blend, but not full linen in a quilt. I usually save that for clothes.

    And the sign--too funny, and a bit scary at the same time, you know?

    {visiting from Vintage Swap!}

  12. Hi. Found you on Vintage Swap. What a nice giveaway. Please enter me.

    I love quilts. My mother does them, but I don't have a talent for them at all. And yours is lovely!

    As for doilies- I like to use them to decoupage, especially to save an old hatbox that won't stay together ;)

  13. Oh gee everyone,
    I was having a crappy day until I read all of your comments.
    I will respond to your questions here.
    (This is a new thing I am going to try on my blog. If you ask me a question I will respond in the comments.

    To cat, 'time' was spent in front of the tv when I only had Oliver.
    Patience - hand sewing is like Valium to me.
    To Old World Knits, the quilt took me two months but I worked on it 2-3 hours a day. I worked on it everywhere... at grandmas, riding in the car, in long lines. It was a great take along project.
    To Willowluna, linen is wonderful for everything. If the linnen is a loose weave I stay stitch it before I sew. I love linen because it is so hardy and it softens and gets better with age.

  14. awesome giveaway - how exciting ot find a new cool blog!!

  15. baby grandma is so beautiful, camille! you are a great designer!

    thanks for the chance to win. i've been wanting that book for a while now.

  16. I'd love to be entered into your giveaway. I made a doily garland by folding them in half. Not terribly original, but pretty!

  17. Oh, this book is on my wish list!!

  18. congratulations on your quilt! it is lovely! i need to buy this book - you are so generous to gift it! my current overdue fine on it = 5.50!

  19. what a gorgeous quilt. so so beautiful and im so happy to hear it is well loved and well used!! would love a copy of this book!!!
    we used paper dollies to make tussy mussy's (is that what they are called??) for decorations at my wedding!!

  20. the quilt is incredible. wow! i like the subtle colours and the details. it's no wonder it's your favourite, and i LOVE that you planned on using it and not having it remain untouched. wow.

    i heard something about a giveaway but got totally sidetracked by the quilt! lol

    ~ ana

  21. Fun book! Would love to own a copy!

    What an amazing quilt as well - thanks for sharing!

  22. I just (re)learned how to thread my new sewing machine last week... So much fun! Can't say I'd mind owning this little book :o)

    (Your quilt above is GORGEOUS, by the way ;o)

  23. Your quilt is very beautiful.You did an amazing job!

    The book looks great also.Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Just found your blog via vintage swaps.
    Loove your quilt ...beautiful
    Have a great week ahead
    Julie x

  25. Needless to say, that sign is pretty awesome.

    It reminds me of a sign I once saw in front of a dry cleaner's that said, "Drop your pants here."

  26. lovely sewing by you! you are a rare talent! the book is amazing and inspiring, I own it, and the sign, it made me laugh out loud about how bizarre our society is!