Friday, September 27, 2013

Fall Giveaway

Head over to Instagram and enter to win all of this @greenletterday. I'll be drawing a winner on Sunday evening. Happy Fall!

Sunday, May 26, 2013


Confession: Instagram has made me lazy! At least when it comes to blogging. I know I've been absent from the blog lately, but that doesn't mean I haven't been a busy little bee. There are a ton of projects I've completed that I haven't had time to blog about, including my Millwater Cowl! I'm hoping to get it photographed and blogged very soon. I also started homeschooling AJ and writing a book! Like an actual written book, not a sewing related one. So you can find pics of my progress and all my projects on IG. My sn on there is greenletterday.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Texty Churn Dash Quilt

I am so in love with my new quilt. I finished it early last month but haven't been able to blog about it until now. Hubby got me a new laptop for our 8 year anniversary (yay!!) so I'll be able to blog more and work on some new patterns.

For this quilt, I made twenty 12" blocks using a variety of pink, yellow, grey and texty fabrics. I have always loved the churn dash block and have used it on smaller projects like bags and pouches but decided it was time to make a cozy quilt out of them. I really enjoyed fussy cutting some of my favorite prints for the centers of each block. I think my favorite block is the yellow dog print with the pink frame. Why are Heather Ross prints so adorable?!?

Quilt Stats
block: church dash
fabrics used: variety of designer prints (heather ross, melody miller, echino, etc)
completed size: approx. 48" x 60"
binding: machine stitched in front, hand stitched in back
quilting: vertical straight lines along seams

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mug Cozies

So ever since the Love Day Swap, I've been obsessed with this pattern. I can't get my fill of cable knit mug cozies.

I finished this one off for a friend and then started a purple one. Have I mentioned how much I am in love with Madeline Tosh yarn? It's a sickness.

And I have to watch the Tudors while I knit because... Well, look at Henry Cavill. Can you blame me?

The purple color way is called Flashdance and it has hints of hot pink. Pictures don't do it justice. The color and feel are beautiful!

And guess what... I finished my churn dash quilt top!! Wooo! Thanks to all of you who kept me on track and encouraged me to cut into some cherished prints I'd been hoarding! I love how it turned out and I will post pictures as soon as I finish the whole thing. Until then, I'm starting a pretty pink cowl with my new Madeline Tosh yarn! Have a Happy Easter!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Works in Progress

I've been obsessed with churn dash blocks lately. Combine that with my love of text print and we have a new quilt in the works.

I love fussy cutting cute prints for the centers of my blocks but unfortunately, that results in very slow progress. It also doesn't help that I've made a handful of blocks that I ended up hating and have eliminated. I hope to finish this quilt by the end of the month. Hold me accountable!!

Earlier this month, I received a lovely surprise in the mail from Shari, the fabric designer behind Doohikey Designs. I met her via Instagram and she is the biggest sweetheart. She was kind enough to send me this entire collection!

I didn't waste any time getting started on a log cabin baby quilt. These prints are so adorable and the color palette is perfect for spring.

As you may recall, I made a knitted mug cozy for my Love Day swap partner last month. I used a beautiful cable knit pattern that I found on etsy awhile back. My partner loved it so much, that she requested another one in a pink/mint combo.

I'm almost done with it and then I plan to make a purple one for another friend! This pattern is so fun. What have you been working in this month? Leave links in my comment section of your WIP's. I'd love to visit you!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

iPad Mini Case

My sweet husband gave me an iPad mini for Christmas. I burst into tears when I read the engraving in the back. It's a quote from my favorite childhood book, Love You Forever.

I used to love it when my mom read this book to me before bed. After I had AJ, I immediately went on the hunt to buy him his own copy. Upon reading it again as a mother, I cried so much. I was an emotional mess! This is now AJ's favorite book too and he insists on me reading it to him every night. It meant so much to me to have my husband remember how much these words mean to me. Goes to show they really do pay attention to the little things!

I bought a hard case for it right after I got it so that it wouldn't get scratched, but I knew I eventually wanted to make a case for it. I played around with some blocks before deciding on a scrappy selvage look. I've been collecting selvages since I first learned of their "worth" a couple of years ago. It's always fun to sort through them and create little masterpieces with all my favorite collections.

I made the case to fit the hard case but then decided I didn't like the zig zags all that much. I went in search of a Gelaskin and found the perfect one for me! I adore this cute little girl standing on a pile of books. I knew she belonged on my iPad.

Hope you're having a great weekend! I'll be back soon with a little Easter giveaway! (There may or may not be a hint on my Instagram feed @greenletterday)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

My Duffel

Last year I bought the Studio Cherie Duffel pattern with the intention of making one for myself right away. Didn't happen. I waited until a week before we went on our family vacation to Ruidoso, NM last month to whip one up.

I had so many excuses for waiting this long. It was an intimidating project, I was undecided on fabric choices, I didn't have time. In the end, it wasn't very hard at all. The most tedious part was making and attaching the straps. After that it came together pretty quickly. It's huge. It fits a queen sized comforter inside with plenty of room to spare.

Traveling handmade is so fun. It makes packing a lot less painful. And it matches my Multitasker Tote perfectly.

My duffel has already gotten plenty of use. It's perfect for quick getaways too. We took it to the San Antonio rodeo a few weekends ago. I can't wait to take it to Sewing Summit later this year. I see a pretty patchwork Weekender in my future!

Monday, February 18, 2013


This month, I participated in Ros's Sweet Pouch Swap over at her blog. My swap partner lives in Australia and said that she wanted something with a pink/black/white combo. I pulled out my scraps and made these adorable star blocks.

I can't get enough of the scrappy look lately. I've been using it a lot with my projects lately. I love the combination of scrappy patchwork and straight line quilting.

I hope she enjoys this little pouch along with all the Mexican candy I sent her. I'll be back later this week for the Love Day Swap features!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Love Day Swap Sent

I had so much fun hosting a Love Day Swap this month. I was blown away once again by the girls participating in this swap. Looking through all the awesome pictures in the Flickr Group, my heart swelled with pride at all the generosity and attention to detail that these girls put into their love packages. It's going to be hard choosing my favorites to feature on here and pick a winner from!

This past Wednesday, I had the pleasure of meeting up with my swap partner, Ruthie, for lunch a Subway. We exchanged packages in person and chatted it up until we lost track of time! Here's what I gave her:

Can you tell how much I love Valentine's Day??! Next to Christmas, it's my favorite time of the year. I say it every year and I'll say it again: Everyday should be a celebration of love! If you follow me on Instagram (@greenletterday), you've no doubt seen endless pictures of my works in progress and our gift exchange. The best part about a face to face swap is working on the presentation. It's true that great minds think alike because Ruthie showed up with a wicker basket full of goodies for me as well! (You can find her on Instagram too @threadofhearts)

I knew I wanted to make her a boxy pouch but besides that, I was stumped for awhile. I started off with the pixelated heart with the intentions of making her a notebook cover. The heart ended up being a big too large for that (even though the tiny squares were only one inch) so I went for a mug rug instead. I had already bought her a cute mug at Target along with a Starbucks gift card so the mug rug ended up being the perfect addition. I cable knitted coffee cozy was a last minute project. I had bought the pattern on etsy ages ago but was too afraid to try it because I'm a beginner and knitting and this pattern uses three needles! Like many other things I'm too intimidated to try, it ended up not being scary at all! It was a lot of fun to make and I look forward to making one for myself.

Along with the items pictured above, the basket included vintage fabric, some adorable embroidery scissors, stamps, stickers and lots of candy! Ruthie, I hope you enjoyed all your goodies!! Have a wonderful and romantic love day, friends!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Square in Square Pillow

I am so behind on blogging about my sewing projects. I've been spending all my free time watching Catfish and reading books. This is a pillow I made sometime last year before my bloggy break. If you follow me on Instagram (@greenletterday), I'm sure you've seen it before.

I used Tamiko's paper piecing template and fussy cut some of my favorite novelty prints to make nine blocks. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to make a pillow or a mini quilt but when I pieced them all together, I knew it had to be a pillow. I chose not to quilt it for fear of taking attention away from the beautiful design of the blocks.

I used a regular 14" zipper to piece a really quick pillow back. I love the simplicity of it (not to mention how easy it was).

I'll be back soon to share some more projects with you. Have a great weekend!