Adventures of a Novelty Fabric and Selvage Obsessed Quilter

Glad you stopped by!

I am a busy wife and the mom of 19 year old twins, a boy and a girl who are Sophomores at Syracuse University.

I have been quilting since the spring of 2008. I love novelty fabrics, colorful and unique.

Selvage quilting is addictive! Who knew the "junk" we cut off and threw out would be what I now save! I started a new tradition when I travel--visiting quilt stores! I particularly enjoy going to stores that have been named in the Quilt Sampler Featured Shop Lists-

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Cruisin' Time!

Hours away from boarding the ship!

Have a great week and I"ll have something
awesome to show you when I return!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Black and White Selvage Zinger

I didn't want to go away without posting a quick picture.
I love how Susan at Mouse Creek quilted it,
and I look forward to finishing it when I come back
from our cruise!

I wish everyone a wonderful holiday,
and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The word of the day...


It amazes me- and this will be the sixth cruise we take-
just how much you need to bring for an 8 night cruise!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Featured again!

This time on Alderwood Quilts, the blog I talked about Monday. How fun is this!

In other news, my Black and White Selvage inger is HOME!!!!!
It looks awesome, and I hope to have some time
to start the binding tomorrow, assuming the packing goes as planned.
I will be sure to get a picture posted tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Black and White Selvage Zinger is on the longarm!!!!!!!!!!

and will hopefully be home tomorrow!
Not that I expect to have time to bind and finish it,
since we leave on Friday for a cruise.
But, just knowing it will be here waiting
for me when we return is awesome!

sorry it is blurry, I took it with my phone!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Alderwood Quilts

I was directed to a "new to me" blog today called
go take a look!
Now I am a follower of her blog!

She is having an awesome giveaway!
I just love those fat quarters and need to find out more details!
She has the templates for Strips N Curves quilts on special.
This is special to me because a Strips and Curve quilt was what
led me to quilting and was my first quilt!
I have shown it before, but here is my Strips and Curve quilt!

We are home enjoying a snow day from school today,
so I am loving reading quilting blogs!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Let it Snow!

Updated 9:15

Updated 7:30

Updated 2:50
I changed locations- the side yard isn't a
good barometer of what we are getting

Updated 11:20


6-12 inches are predicted in our area.
All the kids activities have been cancelled for today.

If you are visiting from The Selvage Blog-
thanks for looking! I'd love it if you would follow me!
What a thrill to be featured again
so soon- third time in a month!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Selvage cornices finished and hung up!!

For those who have not been following along,
I have been working on selvage cornices for our playroom.
We built the boxes last night, and covered them this afternoon.
After dinner, we hung them up!

The process:

naked cornice box:

wall before:


The pillows will be leaving as well;
The art work around the room is my kids
work from elementary school.

I will be putting my black and white selvage zinger
on the bed. It should be back from being
quilted on the longarm in the next few days!

View with my messy desk alcove:

If you have never covered cornice boxes, it is an easy project.
If you can wrap a box, you can cover a cornice :)

Finally, a picture of the valances that
had done their time, so to speak!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Laura's bag!

My niece Laura recently completed her coursework
for a Masters degree in Education.
She hopes to find a job as an English teacher
at the High School level.
When I first saw this fabric,
I knew I had to make her something from it.
It is oversized, to accomodate her laptop!

I used the coordinating black fabric for the bottom,
as well as for an insert to make the bottom more sturdy

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My Disney Menorah!

This is the one we light every night!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Kathie's prize for guessing what I am making!

I asked Kathie what her preferences are and
she loves reproduction fabrics from the 1800’s ....
Claire at mouse creek quilts helped me and chose these fabrics.
Kathie emailed today to say she received them and
"I love the fabrics and they are perfect for me!"
Happy to send them, and thanks again to everyone who guessed!
Stop by her blog and take a look!

Have you wordle'd yet?

My niece Laura told me
about this website when I showed her my
new fabric with words yesterday!
Go take a look.
So much fun!

I put in my blog address, and it randomly generated this:

It gave me a link to show the one I made,
 but that isn't working. So, I printed it out,
then scanned it into a jpeg.

What will you wordle about???

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Shoe menorah

This was given to me by my sister in law,
brother in law, and nieces 
a few years ago for my birthday.
For those who don't know, I collect
Just the Right Shoes by Raine.
I love it!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Menorah of the day!

Musician's Menorah by
Karen Rossi

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Hanukkah!

Wishing all those who celebrate
a Happy Hanukkah!
I will share my collection of
menorahs over the next few days!

Family Menorah by Karen Rossi

Fabric Friday #4

I bought some new novelty fabric today.
Not sure what I am going to use it for yet!

I love fabric that has words written on it!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A suprise in the mail!

Look at what Helen sent me!
It is beautiful, and beautifully crafted!
Thank you so much!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I have a correct guess!

Kathie said...                 
 valances? cornices...
curtain panels?
or maybe a strippy quilt  what fun!

I am making new cornices
for our playroom!!

Kathie will be receiving a prize.

Thanks to everyone who guessed!
It was so much fun, and a great bunch of new ideas!

Another clue!

Thanks to everyone who has visited, and
those who have left great guesses!
So many great ideas!
No one has guessed correctly yet,
so here are two photos of the pinned projects!

Care to guess again??

Monday, December 7, 2009

Featured on the Selvage blog again!

I was wonderfully suprised this morning to read an
email from Karen Griska that my latest project in progress
would be featured on her blog today.
If you haven't already, please take a guess
at what I am making!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

No time for sewing AGAIN today!

hoping for a more productive week!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

No sewing today.......

so I thought I'd post a picture of the invitations my daughter
and I made for her sweet 16 this past March

We were saying tonight, we need to get busy on the scrapbook!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Special thanks to CH!

Today, I received a box of great selvages from CH.
I will add them to my selvage stash!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Anyone care to venture a guess?

At what my latest project is?

It involves muslin, batting, pins, and selvages, of course!

Leave a guess in the comment section, and
I'll come up with a small prize if anyone guesses correctly!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Selvages from Down Under!

Helen, who has been following my blog since the beginning, generously offered to send me some selvages. What an awesome suprise when the mail came today! I love them, and am touched by your generosity. It is so cool to see Australia printed where I am accustomed to it saying USA. I love the assortment of fabrics- so colorful! She also included a fat quarter of Australian themed fabric! Visit her blog- and say hello!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


to everyone who is visiting from Karen Griska's selvage blog!
What an honor to be featured!
Take a look around, and please leave comments for me.
If you like what you see, follow me!

DD's bag is finished!

I love how it came out, and found the
pattern and directions quite easy to follow.
What to start on next?

Monday, November 30, 2009

New notion!

In all my years of sewing, I have never gotten a fabric turning tool. Today, that all changed.

A quick trip to Michaels- mid project- and I now am
the proud owner of the
Clover- Easy Loop Turner

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Heather Ross - Lightning Bugs and Other Mysteries - Goldfish in Bags, White

I was fortunate to win a fat quarter of this hard to find,
out of print fabric on ebay last week.

I also love the selvage!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Check these out!

I found these great "containers" about a month ago at TJMaxx,
and now I have a collection around the house.
Is it just me, or does anyone else think
of selvages when you see them?
No matter, I love them, and am finding many uses
for them. I think I NEED more :)

Nightstand for quilting books and magazines:

Kitchen for mail and fruit

Sewing room for thread

Friday, November 27, 2009

Fabric Friday #2

I am using these Alexander Henry fabrics to make a bag for my daughter.
All pieces are cut out, and I am at the beginning stages of construction.
I hope to show the finished project for the next fabric friday!


Thanks to my friend SL who saves selvages for me :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

My favorite things about Thanksgiving....
spending time with familyu, and of course
stuffing, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, and pumpkin pie!

Thankful for so many things; a wonderful day with my family

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Selvage placemats are finished!

and I love how they came out!

the background fabric

I used Insul-bright so they also function as hot pads!

I'd like to send a huge thank you to the women who have shared their selvages with me!