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-

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Iron Work by Michael Miller

Another recent Ebay find.
Love, love, love!!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Love this fabric I bought on Ebay last week!
Now that the kids are on their way to Israel,
I have time to start the sewing room planning
and time for sewing!!!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Their bags are packed!

They're ready to go!
Matthew and Marisa leave for Israel
tomorrow night for 6 weeks.
They are participating in a program
called Ramah Israel Seminar.
They have spent the past 7 summers at
Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in Wingdale, NY.
They are so lucky to be taking this trip
with their closest camp friends!!
Truly the trip of a lifetime!

They decided to take travel pillows,
and I made covers for them today.
I love how they came out!



48 hours!

Approximately 48 hours from now, my kids
will be on a plane headed for the summer of a lifetime!
I am so excited for them!
We have been busy getting everything together,
and tomorrow, we pack!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pen and Ink

I got an email recently
showing this fantastic new fabric collection
Take a look- now to find them!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Fabulous Batik!

I found this great Robert Kaufman batik
on the clearance rack at my local fabric store
over the weekend.
At $5 a yard, I took the rest of the bolt- 2 yards!
Love it!

Sorry I haven't been updating every day-
these 2 weeks are an insanely busy time at my house,
between the end of school, 
and getting the kids ready for their
summer program in Israel!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fabric Trends for Quilters

I picked up the
Summer 2010 Issue
today. This is a new to me magazine.
I hope to have time tomorrow to read it.

Anyone read this magazine? Thoughts?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Featured on the Selvage Blog today!

My new pillows for the room o'selvages are featured today!
Welcome to everyone stopping by from
The Selvage Blog!
Here are some in progress photos
of my pillows!
Loving the new Sew Steady Table!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mail Call!!!!!

Pat, whose candy bag I featured,
sent me an amazing assortment of selvages this week!
They filled my new 24 x 36 Olfa cutting mat!
I can't wait to use them!!
Close up:

Thanks again Pat!
You are the best!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sew Steady Table Arrived!

I am already wondering how I
sewed for all these years without one!
Hands down, one of my best
Mother's Day presents EVER!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Selvage Pillows!!!

I have been thinking of making new
pillows for my daybed in the
room o' selvages for sometime now.
I wanted them to be mostly black and white,
with some reds, yellows and tans.
I won this awesome fabric on Ebay recently,
and knew it would be perfect for pillows!
I thought 5 selvage pillows would be too much,
so I made 3 out of the fabric,
and 2 out of selvages.
(click to enlarge)
mid selvage transformation!
I love how they turned out,
and I think they give the daybed
a nice look!

Sunday, June 13, 2010


last post about the recital!
Marisa's friend, classmate and graduating senior Cristina
took this awesome picture!!

The tap performance special dance was ONE
from A Chorus Line.
and it was sensational!
This was the best picture I got of Marisa:
(click to enlarge)
she was in the second row
at this point of the dance.

Wonderful weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Rehearsal and 2 shows down, 1 to go!

Marisa in her pointe costume!
Fantastic shows today!!!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Recital Weekend!

My beautiful daughter Marisa
is dancing in her 14th recital this weekend!
Here is how she looked at her first one.
She was three!
Break a leg, sweetheart!
We love watching you dance-
you light up the stage with your smile!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mentioned on the Selvage Blog today!!

What an unexpected suprise to be mentioned
on the Selvage blog today!

Karen writes:

.....Can you imagine if Chelo from Spain, Jill from New Jersey, and Jodie from Ballarat (Australia) were neighbors? No, I can't either! All together they've made upholstered chairs, window cornices, dresses, and lots more, all with selvages. I guess that's why God spread them out around the world.

What a wonderful selvage neighborhood that would be!!!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Pat's Candy Bag!

Isn't this fantastic??

I am so fortunate that Pat sends me her selvages.
She is the person who told me about all the great
fabric shops I visited in Lancaster, PA.

Recently, I gave her instructions for making a tote similar to
my selvage tote that I made for my Lancaster trip.

She wrote:
Just thought you might like to see my version
of your selvage bag.
I quickly realized my selvages were not enough to
make a large tote bag.
Having plenty of candy fabric in my stash, this is what
I came up with.
Using your instructions, I randomly cut different widths of my
favorite candy fabric and stitched them to my foundation fabric.

Pat, your bag is absolutely amazing!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Promises, Promises

My daughter and I saw the
matinee of Promises, Promises today.
Kristen Chenoweth and Sean Hayes were
absolutely outstanding and we loved it!
It was delightful, and a really adorable show.
If you get the chance to see it, GO!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Shoe Collection photos

I collect
Just the Right Shoes by Raine.
Here is my collection,
housed primarily in Bertby
cabinets from Ikea.
This is the entrance hall of my house.
The second bertby,
close up.
My shoe quilt,
hung from the second floor.
!7 feet up!


Friday, June 4, 2010

Baby steps.....

in my quest to turn my
unused living room into my studio!

I ordered this book today,
and can't wait to read it!

I picked up the latest issue at
AC Moore yesterday.

Lots of ideas are starting to develop!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Recently, I decided to make some pillows
for the sectional couch in my family room.
The center one is made from fabric
leftover from my window cornices.
The secnd from the right is made from
leftover pieces randomly sewn together
from my strips n curves quilt, which is hung in that room.
The other 3 are made from square decorator fabric samples
I picked up a few years ago at the fabric store and
never got a round tuit!
Finally, I got one!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Paisley Bohemian by Anna Maria Horner

More of the fabulous out of print Bohemian fabric!!
I have some listed on Etsy and Ebay,
but I am keeping plenty for myself!

Good news,
I thought I was running out of walls for quilts.
Tonight, I figured out a great spot!!!
My wheels are turning,
and I hope to have more details tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Jenny Mail!!

I was suprised today with another package from Jenny.
She has been so kind to send me awesome selvages again!
I really appreciate her sending me such wonderful selvages!

I spent the day listing lots of fabric on cre8fmom on ebay.
I was at my fabric store and
found more wonderful Bohemian fabric from
Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit!