Sunday, January 23, 2011

Vintage Sheet Quilt, part 1!

I've been collecting vintage linens at yard sales and thrift shops since early last summer, hoping that someday I'd have the time to make a pretty quilt from them. It's hard to make time to commit to such large projects these days as my sweet little girl is now in her "MAMA MAMA MAMA" phase :) On a whim I pulled them out last week and started cutting squares. These sheets are so very large, it's impossible to measure them out and cut in bulk, so I cut each one using my square templates. I felt like maybe this was a little amateur-ish of me, but after reading that Miss Sparkle Power herself cuts her squares by hand ;) I knew it was okay to cut each square individually. I've never had anyone teach me how to do these things so I'm always worried if I'm doing it right or not! I ended up with 100 4.5" squares, and while my Belle was asleep this week I arranged my squares, sewed them all up, did lots and lots of ironing, lots of bobbin winding, lots of pinning, and finished the quilt top!

vintage sheet quilt top :)

Does anybody else use sticky notes to help keep things straight and organized while quilting? My memory is so terrible and since becoming a mommy I've also become quite scatterbrained, I don't know what I'd do without my heart sticky notes. I use them to help me keep track of rows, measurements, fabric direction, etc. LOVE them. Just make sure you don't sew over your notes. oops! :)

I taped a big sheet to the floor (remember to sweep first!) ;) and used some white flannel as my batting (I heard that it's a nice way to make a lightweight quilt, but again, I'm not sure if this is what the "pros" do) :) with help from my hubby I got the quilt top on and everything appeared straight, so I held my breath and started pinning. I started using safety pins but then I ran out. I would have gone to get more but I was trying to finish this during a naptime, so I just grabbed my pins and used them to finish the rest. No project of mine is complete without blood. My right thumb was the victim this time. I pinned every square, some of them twice, so that's over 100 pins. Only one injury is pretty good, right!? ;) Once everything appeared pinned and in place, I drew lines using my little pink ruler and purple quilting pen and started stitching away. Stuffing a 40 inch by 40 inch 3 layered blanket through my machine was a booger, and there's another lesson to learn here: clean your workspace first!... it's so pretty to have a cluttered desk, but it's not very practical at all. Let's just say the quilt made room for itself by pushing everything else on the floor, including a little box of pins. Oops...

(My husband got me this Lalaloopsy doll for Christmas and she happily sits on my desk... unless I'm sewing. and then she's hangs out on the floor.)

Part 2 to come soon. :) Naptimes last for only so long, you know! What fun would it be if my chicky slept for long enough for me to finish a quilt?!... :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Glitter Felt & Little Stitches

Hi! My name is Cindy and this is my blog. I called it "Glitter Felt & Little Stitches" because those are two of my favorite things. My other favorite things include my husband, my daughter Emmabelle, my little chihuahua Switch, IKEA, the Spice Girls, houndstooth prints, anything turquoise, photography, thrifting, hoarding fabric, cupcakes, wearing colorful socks with my ballet flats, organizing things in rainbow spectrums, Christmas ornaments, the dollar spot at Target, the smell of clean laundry... am I getting carried away here? I swear all of those things are some of my most favorite things but if I named my blog after them you wouldn't remember the address so you could visit again. So I just stuck to Glitter Felt & Little Stitches. :)

working on some tooth pillows :)

I've tried blogging before but I was pretty terrible at it. I forgot to update and when I did I was too self conscious about what I wrote. Was I too wordy? Did I not write enough? Does anybody care? Did I put enough pictures?... yuck! That is no way to blog! Let's try again.

I started my business in 2007 shortly after I married my best friend. We had no ornaments for our tree that Christmas so I made some. He encouraged me to try to sell some after we stumbled across this little website called Etsy. I called it The Cupcakery because I sold little felt cupcake ornaments, complete with hot glued button sprinkles and puffy paint smiley faces (oh my!)... and people bought them! and I've been selling things ever since. I don't sell those hot glued neon button puffy paint cupcakes anymore but I kept the name. So much has changed since those days and it's nice to remember where you came from. :)

some of my first ornaments... don't hold it against me! ;)

My full time job is staying at home and raising my daughter Emmabelle. She is my entire heart. I am smitten with her. While being a stay at home mom is my dream job, it's tough on my heart. I don't get to get out into the real world and connect with people and make friends. I don't get to dress up fancy every day and wear fun jewelry (she pulls necklaces right off my neck!). and I don't have super powers to keep my house clean every day. My patient husband listens to my ramblings when he gets home from work and he helps me with housework but at the end of the day often I feel like I've done so much but have accomplished very little. This is why it's important for me to make things. My heart is bursting at the seams with ideas at any given time. For years I felt very silly about the things I like to create, but it's important work to me and now I take it seriously.

I want to inspire Emma. I want her to wholeheartedly pursue her passions and dreams. I want her to know that with hard work you can accomplish many many things! Please don't think I'm tooting my own horn here ;) I just never thought in a million years that someone would want to buy a silly little something that I made, especially when for so long I felt so uncool. I'm no corporation here, just a Momma who makes things during naptime. I'm proud of my little business and what I've accomplished by sewing things that I've designed with my two hands. My ornaments hang on Christmas trees all around the world. Lots of girls wear rings, charm bracelets, necklaces and hairbows that I've made. Countless "Cupcakery" creations have been given as gifts and I love knowing that. I hope that my husband and I are blessed with more children, and one day when they're not babies anymore I'd like to open up a shop here in Richmond, VA. I joke around (secretly hoping) that Emma will be my "shop girl" one day and that we can make pretty things and set up a pretty boutique and work together. For now, it's just crafting during naptime, with Glitter Felt & Little Stitches.

I tried so hard to work this into my layout & it just didn't work out at all... sigh! Atleast it's a pretty picture!

I read a lot of blogs, and I'm constantly inspired by the creativity of others. I hope I can inspire someone with the things I have to say, photos I have to show , and ideas I have to share! I don't want to make money off of this blog. I don't want to beg you to buy things that I make. I want to document my art, make some friends online so the days are a little less lonely (I can't be the only secluded crafty mom!), and inspire.

Whew! I hope that wasn't too wordy for you! ;) Welcome to my blog! <3