Good tidings

 Well! That was fun. And it’s good to see most of you are on the same page on colors you’d like to come back (hello eggplant and orange!!) and some other additions of yellows, corals, neutrals, reds, blues, more greens…but yeah it was the eggplant and the orange and the yellow. NOTED! Now lets pick […]

Becoming a Midwesterner

 Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m a little over winter. This winter has been the coldest I’ve ever experienced no seriously…like…EVER… I’ve experienced negative degrees before…but this winter we’ve  experienced negative degrees that made my past experiences childs play. We’ve been been in the negatives with -45 windchills. It’s insane. You would think […]

a little love

i heart you quilt pattern and textured pillows pattern braided pillow shown  Well! I do have to say that you guys were cracking me up on the last post with some of the crap your kids have said! WOW!!!! Fantabulous! And thanks for making me laugh!! So with Valentine’s being kind of around the corner I […]

He’s 12 and he loves Domo

 My second Noisemaker turns 12 today. I can’t really wrap my head around that but it’s true. The other night I caught all my kids looking at the computer laughing. I asked them what they were looking at and one of them answered “We’re reading about the UGLY Christmas tree.” And then one of the […]

around here

So it totally snowed and snowed yesterday. Made me a little grumpy. So to kind of cheer me up I started working on teacher Christmas gifts. Sort of worked.  Oh I have learned over the years to tolerate winter. Trust me. But with snow comes days filled of shoveling. And while I no longer am […]

V and Co: how to make: ombre dutchman free quilt pattern

 welcome welcome! i’m so excited to finally have the time to share this with you! it’s been sitting here since last may when i made this quilt for quilt market. but as you all know the kiddos are in school now and i did my “go and do everything i’ve not been able to do […]

V and Co: first quilt over at Gen X

today is the first day of school. but i also just got back from a vacation that our family drove 4, 438.8 miles to california (and to utah and Disneyland and so forth) and back. we are still toasted. i am totally celebrating with having my car detailed to get rid of all gooey/stickiness/sand and […]

V and Co: another finish

this summer is passing me by quite quickly.  anyone else having a super fast warp speed summer too?  not that im complaining. we’ve had a great summer. we’ve relaxed, we’ve done some fun family stuff, and we’ve done a family vacation. which i’ll show pictures of that soon too.  i’ve worked on my new fall […]

V and Co: selvage zipper tote for BERNINA

well, the day has arrived where i get to talk a little about my relationship with BERNINA.  i bought my first bernina 5 years ago.  actually back up. my husband bought me my bernina for my birthday 5 years ago. it was the best birthday gift he has ever given me.  second best was my […]

V and Co: tips for small hexagon paper piecing

 phew! well i said i would get this out on wednesday didn’t i? i didn’t mention that it might be at 11:59 on wednesday night…but with all the kids home for summer, that’s how we’re rolling today. anyways, here’s my helpful hints for small hexagon paper piecing. i’ll talk about getting your hexagons started, and […]

V and Co: the tale of tiny hexagons and english paper piecing.

 our summer vacation is halfway done. actually more than that. we go back to school in middle of august much to the children and my sadness. my summer vacations growing up didnt end till labor day. anyone else out there like that? what ever happened to having summer during the summer? hmm. one thing i […]

V and Co.: summer happenings

 we are in full swing summer mode over here. our strawberries are growing and are super sweet, there’s something incredibly cool about eating from your own yard. i miss our days in the middle of nowhere when we had an acre and had our raised beds of veggie’s but strawberries make up for it as […]

V and Co: getting my embroidery on and 15 years

yesterday i continued to work on things for market.  i am doing a school house with Aurifil threads and i will be showing off a few things i’ve made (including this little bag) with my line of threads with them.  one person asked if i did the embroidery by hand. uh no. but thank you […]

V and Co: reverse hopscotch done

 i finally finished quilting and binding my reverse hopscotch quilt for my friend. and keep getting asked the same question: how did you make it. okay well here is how i made it: *first i got my hopscotch pattern *and where the stars are i just reversed it and placed the printed fabrics where the […]

V and Co: check it out appliquΓ© love

hey hey hey! so check it out. i have a nice little project in this next issue of Quilts and More  this time around i made a cute little rice bag to take care of aches and pains in your neck or to warm up those toes! and well i think you all know that […]

still here

i swear. just having to be better about taking pictures taking a break and writing about what i’m doing. πŸ™‚ i’ll try to get better at it. ps i tried on bathing suits the other day…and we’re not going to the pool this year. seriously…why do butts decide to migrate lower and lower down your leg […]

V and Co: reverse hopscotch quilt top done

 remember when i mentioned my friend that was having her second boy but 8th child? well i finished the quilt top for her little boy. and well now i wish i was having…no what the…no i didn’t just think that! right? :O moving along… i took my instructions of hopscotch and reversed it.  i started […]

V and Co.: friendship quilt along block # 31

welcome to my turn to the friendship quilt along. if you have been following this whole time  and have been making the quilt as we go, welcome to the next one!  if you are just hearing about it, it’s okay i think i’m going to make this quilt this summer when i have a little more […]

V and Co: how to: make a dresden plate

 okay so some of you know how to make dresden plates, others of you have thought you’d like to try it but you don’t know where to begin, and other of you are like “ew dresden plates is an old fashion block.” well then i’m talking to you if you fall in any of these […]

V and Co: dresden plates

 there’s no secret i have a thing for dresden plates. and where i don’t have a quilt made out of dresden plates, i do like the make them and one of my favorite places to put them is on cute little pouches. after i posted this picture of my little sewing pouch with the dresden […]

V and Co.: still sewing so here’s a pretty picture

i’m still sewing. so here’s a pretty picture to keep you excited of things to come. featured: aurifil thread (V and Co for aurifil) and simply color. on the zipper pouch (zipper pouch has no pattern i just made it but we’ll see if there’s a pattern in the works) and well…ahem a sneak peak of […]

V and Co: first quilt of the year 2013

happy new year! a few days late but whatever right? okay so here we go my first quilt and pattern of the year. i’m so excited to show you her. this one has now become my new favorite pattern. yes. i love it a lot. it’s called “i heart you.” i called it that because […]

V and Co: theirs and mine: bernina sewing machines

 the other day the girl noisemaker out of the blue says to me “i want to do what you do.” i looked at her and a whole avalanche of things that i do in the day flooded my brain at that moment. what exactly was she talking about. i think she must of looked at […]

V and Co: around the house

 i’ve been super busy cutting up fabric  creating messes and then sewing up the cut up fabric. the fabric featured here is the simply color ombre dots in aqua i love how it looks in a dresden plate. i’m working on making a few more in the green and the gray. πŸ™‚ and well…you will […]

V and Co: 2 new patterns

 well, i finally get to introduce to you my newest pattern: Barn Dance Quilt. there’s a story behind this quilt and the inspiration that went to create it. now that we live in iowa, i get to see a lot of barns on our trips to places. and on our trips i get to see a […]

V and Co: it’s my birthday giveaway

well it’s my birthday. yup. last year i turned 36 this year i’m deciding that i’m turning 29. and then next year. 29 again. sound like a plan? yeah i’m excited to turn 29 i feel like it’s going to be a good year πŸ™‚ 29 is a good year. actually 37 isn’t so bad. […]

V and Co: teaches in austin and meets the owner of BERNINA

before teaching my first class!  this last weekend i said i was going to teach in austin texas at the store Sew Much More. well what i didn’t write is that even though i’ve enjoyed interacting with my (HOLY SMOKES 3000+) students on my craftsy class, i was really kind of nervous that this was […]

V and Co: how to: simply color ombre baby quilt

first off WELCOME NOVEMBER!!! what? okay not asking too many questions, but seriously how’d we get here already? anyways, this is one of those projects that i’ve been so super excited to show off here on the blog but, has been sitting on the back burner just WAITING for the right time to make it on […]

V and Co: how to: no raw edge appliqued fall wreath pillow

hey guys, so funny how i said i would be back on wednesday with a fall how to …and here it is thursday. well we had some technical difficulties over here yesterday called “life” and i spent most of my day shuffling children from dentist and doctor appointments that by the time i finally sat […]

V and Co: how to: make a spiderweb table runner

 we are “enjoying” the last day of our four day weekend over here. give a girl a month and half of all 4 kids in school and my how i forget so quickly how it is to have them around.every.waking.moment.of.the.day. anwho   last year i was all humbug about the holidays. i think i was […]

V and Co: visits home ec in iowa city

 the other week i was invited to hang out with a few wonderful people. we went to a great shop down in iowa city, iowa. it was a pretty crazy weekend as there was a hawkeye game (and not just any game THE game against the cyclones. heaven help me i don’t even follow football […]

V and Co: moda designer’s blog hop

every once in a while i let myself think of the fact that i am part of the moda crew. just for a minute though because the rest of the time it freaks me out. i just pretend like it isn’t really true, it’s just a dream and blah de be blah blah. it’s how […]

V and Co: how to: baby girl onesies: dyeing with rit dye

so last week i got to go to a baby shower (yes, by myself during the day while the kids were all in school…but i wasn’t going to say that because i feel like i’ve rubbed that in your face enough and i kind of still want you to like me aside from the fact […]

V and Co: clouds of the midwest

this summer we’ve had a couple of firsts. this was our first full summer in the midwest. this summer we went to chicago for the first time. this summer we saw our first scary storm. well scary for us because we’ve never heard the sirens go off before that day. there was this weird look […]

V and Co: my new sewing space

 as i have mentioned before. i went from not having a sewing room to having a sewing room to not having a sewing room all within years time. our first home didn’t have an extra room for me to have so i sewed in my kitchen area. i also kept my fabric in my kitchen […]

V and Co: at spring market 2012

 summer is in full swing over here and i am working on small amount of time in between noisemakers needing something or needing to be redirected. πŸ™‚ (currently im on my couch with noisemaker’s #3 feet up in the air arguing across my lap (and laptop) with the girl noisemaker about speaking spanish and french. […]

V and Co: new patterns spring 2012

 i am sooo excited to FINALLY show you my new patterns for my company and for my new fabric line. this has been a lot of work (ahem hence the silence on the blog) but it is by all means very exciting and i hope you share the same excitement with me. first we have: […]

working working and a winner

i’m almost done. well, no. i’m almost out of time. today and tomorrow are my last days to sew. tomorrow i have to pack, and then on wednesday i drive and head to quilt market to set up.  pfew!  are you so tired of hearing i’m working so hard can’t wait to show you! yeah, […]

V and Co: and then there was yardage

first off thank you for the lovely response. πŸ™‚ and well later this last week the ups guy dropped off the rest of her. here she is in all her glory. pretty sure i scared the crap out of the UPS guy when he came to the door and i basically grabbed and dragged in […]