Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Quilting Anyone ??

I have freed myself this year! I did not promise any christmas gifts that had to do with quilting or any type of sewing craft!! While I may be making a little something here or there,(or finishing previously promised gifts); I have found that by taking away the promise of a quilted gift I have opened myself back up to the joy of giving something handcrafted. I have eliminated the undo stress of the deadline that takes so much of the pleasure from our craft. I have decided that any quilted gift I give will be given as a surprise to the receiver who has no idea that I might have been working on the item for a year....or three!
Additionally, I will be giving when items are completed and that will add to the joy of the surprise....everyone loves a gift when it is not a special occassion makes the gift and giving even more special.
Let me know how you all plan to handle your homemade holiday giving..be it quilting; baking; or other crafting.
Robin

Winner!! Quilt Goodie Bag

Mystica was the only person to comment on my green energy post...so please forward me your shipping information @ robquilts@comcast.net and I will get your quilting goodie bag off to you!! Thanks!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Quilting Fabric Giveaway Countdown

Only 8 days left before i pull a random winner for my goodie bag giveaway. See prior post and comment on green energy and you can win!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Going green and Fabric giveaway/ contest

I have just recently been enlightend!! I learned that in NJ (and possibly other states), you can actually choose your electric provider!! Your electricity will still be delivered by your local utility and you will still see the same bill, but you can choose where your energy comes from. I have recently chosen a company called Virdian. They are a company that provides green/renewable energy. Through the link below you can change your provider to Viridian, choose how much green/renewable energy you would like to receive and possibly save money while doing your part to save the planet. Simply go to www.viridian.com/CHSBand (copy and paste to your browser) to save money on your electric bill and help save the planet. Grab your electric bill, click the link. At the top of the page click the tab that says energy service, click on enroll now and follow the instructions. If you choose 20% green you can save up to 10% on your electric bill...if you click on 100% green in might cost you a little more but you are saving much more of our planet for future generation.
Let me know if you have something similar in your area or if you join up through my link!! I will be giving away a quilting prize for a random comment to this post....so let me know what you think!! It will be a goodie bag of fabric swatches and a pattern from my last shop hop! The contest will run through November 27th (my birthday!!)
Just think how much longer we can run our sewing machines while reducing our carbon footprint...lol (that is my sewing nod to this soapbox posting).

Friday, October 15, 2010

Back in the Groove

Well, it only took about 4 months to get back into some kind of groove. I think that the driving factor was having to complete a swap project that I had committed to prior to rejoining the work force. Along with this, I had purchased and started an alphabet quilt for a neighbor's new baby. Needless to say that quilt did NOT get completed prior to the birth. But like all good quilters, I did have a back up baby quilt made to gift.

I have since completed the alphabet quilt and hope to have it machine quilted in time for the birth of my newest granddaughter on 11/22. We shall see. So glad to be back and will update with photos soon.

I also started a block of the month ummmmm.... a year ago and am 5 months into it with that also falling by the wayside in June....Let's see if I can get back to that. They were matching black and white quilts each with a different accent color intended to be christmas gifts for my two oldest children....don't think that will happen this year...MAYBE EASTER???? To top all of this off I had the nerve to go out and buy fabric/pattern/supplies for an applique quilt!!

I think that I have determined it is not the job that is slowing me down as much as the renegade creative imp that always needs to be feed new projects and inspiration faster that I can keep up.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Back to the Grind

Well, I have just re-joined the full time work force after a two year lay-off. Needless to say I am exhausted as I try to re-acclimatize myself to the schedule and the additional stress of my son's wedding being 6 days away. I will be posting pictures of my granddaughter in her flower girl dress and updating you on the tips and tricks I will be using to still fit my beloved quilting time back into this insane schedule.
I'm sure many of you out there are juggling full time jobs, kids, and much more and might be able to share a tip or two with me also.
Let me know how you handle it all, and I'll keep you posted on my progress. I am currently working on an alphabet quilt which I hope to give my neighbor for the birth of their first child; however, looking at the progress (or lack of)that I am making and the size of her belly...I'm not sure i'll make it.... Just before returning to work I made a shop sample for the local shop where I also teach and as soon as that comes back to me I will be posting photos. It is a vibrant flannel quilt perfect for a tween and fast and easy to make. The cutting actually takes longer than the assembly.

Happy Quilting,
Robin

Friday, May 14, 2010

It's Wedding Season




Well another project that doesn't involved quilting. My son is getting married in July and my granddaughter will be flower girl. I decided that since I don't have enough on my plate, I would make her dress. This is the 90% completed dress. I will not hem or do the final finish work until the week before the wedding in case the little princess decides to have a growth spurt!! The back is also much cleaner than it appears in the photo, I have it pinned to the dress form with is definately a little slimmer than my Maggie!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Playing Dolls.....




Recently, I have been playing with doll clothing. In 2 weeks my niece will make her First Holy Communion and I had her dress for hemming. Both my niece and her younger sister are big American Girl fans so I decided to make a communion dress for her American Girl Doll. It is a close facimile to my nieces' dress so I think she will be thrilled....(much more than I was trying to sew 1/4" seams with shredding satin..)


The next problem I faced was her younger sister. I just knew she would have a total meltdown if she didn't also get something for her doll. As her birthday is just days away from her sisters big day, I found a great pattern set for a little girl "sack" dress and matching 18" doll dress. I quickly whipped these up and will give her an early birthday present to avoid little girl meltdowns. The dress pattern is from Mindy Leone and you can find her both at etsy and her website www.froglegsandponytails.com

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Catchin up or not.....

Unfortunately, it seems that almost everything I have been working on is either test pattern for a designer (which I cannot share until the pattern is published) or a deadline item for a class that I am late submitting...(as usual) and therefore didn't have time to photograph or share before I ran out the door with it needle still in hand.
Not only have I not had time to share my stitching with you, I just this morning sat down and caught up on WEEKS worth of blog posts that I follow. Hopefully, photos and fun to share with all soon.
Happy Easter.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Update on my Checklist


Ok.... Ice skating costume for my niece...done...check.
Class description for Spring classes, dropped off - Machine Applique with Quilt As You Go..check, check.
Fabric purchased and ready for class samples...check, check, check....
snowed in again to make even more progress...priceless..lol

Monday, February 22, 2010

Catching Up

Happy Monday All,
Sorry to have been quiet for so long, I am in serious catch up mode!! In 3 days, my class description is due for spring classes at The Little Shop....with the samples being due 10 days later....I have been hemming and hawing over what to do. I finally spoke with the shop owner and she indicated that she feels she needs to introduce more on machine applique. I have been up all night rolling this around (if you remember I did a class last fall on this technique). The question becomes, how to bring something new in order to inspire and motivate people. Well, I think I have it. I am going to do a small growth chart (you can pick either stacked sheep or a giraffe) from the book quilts, bibs, blankies...oh my! by Kim Schaefer. The twist to this is that we are going to machine applique and quilt at the same time. If the decorative stitching looks good on the front of the quilt, why isn't it just as lovely on the back as your quilting stitch?! What a great way to get those handmade gifts made in a jiffy and be the hit of any gift giving event.
Also, my niece is into competition ice skating. My brother was pricing the costumes and nearly had a heart attack over the price of a skate costume given the fact that she will be on the ice a grand total of one minute 20 seconds. This, of course, is where I come in...so now I must venture into the world of dancewear....4 way stretch lycra....NEED I SAY MORE?!
I just dropped my camp quilt off to the machine quilter along with a gorgeous mariners compass made from a foundation package.
I will share everything as it comes off the machine...wish me luck!
Oh and did I forget to mention the HUGE fundraiser that I am helping to coordinate that falls right smack in the midst of all of this on March 6. It benefits our HS Marching Band and with all the continued budget cuts in the schools these types of fundraisers are the only way to keep the Marching program alive...so000000000 we must trudge on in the name of art whatever form it may take.
Kisses,
Robin

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day & Winner


Good morning all hugs and kisses all around. The winner of my fabric strips is Michele. Please email me your shipping information at robinlaino@verizon.net and I will get your winnings out to you.


Hope everyone has a happy day !!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Stashtopia !!


Yes....I said Stashtopia....right now it describes the name of my completed "camp" quilt and this feeling I am having. I finished my "camp" quilt last night and have one of the biggest senses of accomplishment I have had in a long time (quilting related..lol). As I previously mentioned, I had been cutting 1.5" strips from my leftovers for a long, long, long...time. It was one of those things where you had good intentions, but if I honestly dig deep, I don't think I ever realllllllly planned on using them. Now, not only did I use up a good portion of those strips, but both the black and white fabric in this quilt was also in my stash!!! Only a very little scrap of the white left over and just enough of the black for the binding. Yea, for me and now you get where this indescribable feeling is coming from.

Now, if only I could find enough fabric in my loot for a backing I would probably have to go dance in the street. Given the fact that this quilt is 74" square, I seriously doubt that I have 4.5 yds of anything...or even enough of anything large enough for a pieced back. Instead, I will reward myself for both completing this in almost the weekend camp time frame and using up what I had on hand with some new yardage for the backing.

Oh, and did I mention I will NEVER be cutting 1.5" strips again from my leftovers?! Hmmmm, maybe squares from now on. Check out my previous post and leave a comment on that post to get in the running to win the rest of my leftover strips (still quite a few...)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Camp Update and Fabric Giveaway




Well I am sewing away on my camp project. Here are photos of 2 of the final possible sets for my project. I am leaning heavily toward the "star". I actually moved the blocks around so many times, that I had to start taking pictures in order to remember what I did and if I liked it. This is a great way to see your quilts from a distance (zoom out) and decide which you like after you've had time to walk away and review them all objectively??!!


I am finding that the most discouraging part of this process is the fact that I am using 10 strips per set (rather than the 5 in the pattern due to the fact that I had so many 1.5" strips pre-cut) and the bag of strips does not seem to be reducing AT ALL!!! With the star set, I only need 7 more blocks....I will NEVER be rid of these strips...and now, after this project, I am tired of looking at them. I know I will not revisit them for another project. If you are interested in winning my bag of leftover strips for your next scrap project. Leave me a comment and I will draw a random winner.....let's say on valentines day!!! A little nod to our true love...FABRIC!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Camp Anyone???

this is my first foray into an internet quilting challenge???? if you hop over to Pat Sloans website she is doing a stash buster camp. Well there are two main things that pulled my into this.....first we are using strips....I have been cutting 1.5" strips from my leftover fabrics for YEARS!! I think I had a log cabin in mind at some point...but this pattern is just a little different. Also, I had two contrasting fabrics (black and white) that should pull all this mess into some kind of order. Second, this is a 3 day sew-a-thon and we are scheduled to be snowed in for the next 2 days at least .....so off to camp I go. If you would like to join us go over and visit
www.patsloan.typepad.com
I'll add pictures as I go if I can.....i don't multi task very well I'm either sewing or playing on the computer....I get into a zone and don't like to stop and switch gears....

Monday, February 1, 2010

Yet another Direction


I am beginning to wonder if "creative" is simply a nice way to phrase an adult form of attention deficit disorder. My grannies are piling up nicely and I decided late saturday evening that I just HAD to make a handbag from some vintage barkcloth that I had laying around my studio. Turned out quite nice despite the manic way in which I attacked the project (usually when I get like this, I make more mistakes than they are worth repairing..hahaha).

This particular pattern was very easy and turned out a professional purse in a short amount of time. As with all sidetracked stitching projects, it has been listed on my etsy site. Thank goodness for etsy...at least I feel like I can share all these projects that seem to overcome me at the oddest times and places!! Might add a few more....time to search the sewing room for more renegade vintage fabrics.

Let me know if you have these sudden crafting/sewing urges and what forms they might take.

Friday, January 22, 2010

A Granny A Day Challenge


As I mentioned before, thanks to Pat Sloan, I am now engaged in the "A Granny a day" challenge. I have decided to do the hexagon squares. Attic 24 has great instructions for this particular granny. Here is the link to Attic 24's instruction page.
I have 18 completed and 4 to finish up today which would bring me current....we'll see if I get to it. The problem now is that I keep wanting more and more colors....back to the yarn shop (which is only 2 doors away from my favorite quilt shop) Might need to work nights..lol. Hope to see some of you playing in yarn and hope to meet some new friends along the way.


The link to join in on the grannie a day challenge is

http://meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com/ and click on the heading A Granny A Day.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Something a little different


hello all:

I have had an itch to work with yarn lately. I might have been pat sloan's granny square throw down lol, but I can't be sure. I have crocheted in the past and find the need to revisit this craft. I started with a little swing sweater for my granddaughter. Unfortunately, it left the house before I was able to photograph it. I have now moved onto this cute little sundress pattern I found on HGTV's website. It features a crocheted bodice and cotton skirt. I love it so much I have bought yarns in bright pink, turquoise, lime green....well you get the idea.....and cotton fabrics to coordinate with each color of yarn. The first came out waaaaayyyyy bigger than it's intended size so I have listed it on etsy while I move onto the next maybe the pink or melon and hopefully it will turn out the size I need for my Maggie.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Facebook????

I just received a "friend" request on my facebook account today from Moda United Notions. While I love to "friend" and follow my favorite quilting celebs on facebook...it seems that facebook is becoming less "friendly" and more of a place for people to cross advertise their latest wares.
Let me know what you think about this new trend.....and certainly friend request me if you are a live person and quilter lol. Robin Laino is the name to search.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Movin On.....

Well, thank goodness, I kept my quilting resolution list short.
1. I finished machine quilting and binding the christmas tree quilt...(and enjoyed it on my lap for 24 hours before it went away with the holiday decorations)
2. Caught up on my block of the month and picked up my January block.
3. Helped out at the local shop for their big inventory sale.
4. Shopped for more FABRIC!!!!!
Now I am READY to start quilting my way through 2010 with no lingering guilt.

Happy Quilting,
Robin