Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New logo? Blog name?

Remember this post? Well I am still looking around for that perfect logo for my blog.

I am getting tired of the look of my blog and am wanting something cleaner, fresher, unique to me.

So in my search for something better I was wondering…..what do my readers think of me?

When they read my name what do they think of? Cats? I am not a cat lover, they are adorable from far but I am more of a dog lover than a cat lover. My name? Which is Actually Amy and not Allie…..

The name AllieKat is actually a nickname for my daughter. My grandfather (who passed away when she was 2) asked me if he could call her Alley Cat for short and of course it stuck. She was his one and only great grandchild. Of course since she is my pride and joy I decided Alliekatmom is the perfect name……what do you think?

As far as a logo design…do you all think I should have a logo with a drawing of a little girl in it? Should I just keep it simple with some pretty writing and a little design….or maybe add a sewing machine or some scissors so everyone knows this is a quilting blog?

It of course will be purple, orange and gray. My blog is looking too green and blue these days.

I would love some input from my readers on this.

If you want to design one for me even better….LOL

Monday, April 25, 2011

My first pouch

Well I have done a few zippers but this is my first pouch that I made. I made it for my secret partner in the Pretty Little Pouch swap.

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I used AMH on the front of the pouch. The squares are 1/2 inch each.

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The back I just used some scraps, the square with the hand stitching has an initial of my partners name in the middle.

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A scrappy inside of the zippy.

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Also some extra goodies that I included in the zipper pouch. I hope my partner enjoys this zipper, I know I need to practice a bit more.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

We had a little Easter party at our house. The Easter bunny came and brought Aliya a sand bucket with a tootsie roll bank, play dough and a pin wheel…..

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…he also hid eggs all over the house and in the back yard.

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Hope you all have a happy Easter.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Make Mine Modern swap

….coming to an end.

We are just about done with our third swap and plan on going into a summer swap. This swap has been fantastic! Just go check out some of the items that were sent here.

This is what I made my partner. DSC_0021

I made an iPad cover. I do not own one of these so I hope it fits. I used a binder to reinforce it so it is more stable. I also did some stitching on it to spice it up a little. You can see I stitched the Apple logo on it and then some hand quilting.


Then I made a sewing machine cover. It is matching fabric, so I could stick to a theme. I wasn’t sure of the height of her machine so I hope that it works. I also added some hand quilting to this.


Then some hand stitching in the bottom corner to add character.


I had a friend of mine, Christine, who has awesome talent making pins make her some Santa pins since she collects Santas. I think this is the only item I was sure that she would like….sorry, not the best picture of them.


Finally I included some fabric….yumminess


AND!! This is what I got in return! I feel so spoiled by Ali who has the cutest little blog!


I got some Parisville, HR Vans, Hope valley and cute hexi’s. I also got the coolest card from Anthropologie that I am going to frame because the colors are perfect! Then I got the cutest bunting that is going in the corner of my sewing room. A rug that is going at the foot of my cutting table. I just have to look at it every day. A sewing machine cover that is FABULOUS! Also, she forgot to add another thing that she had made for me to the package. I got yesterday but havent taken a picture of it yet. I got a zippy pouch with a needle book attatched to the inside of it, a pair of orange scissors that fold up, and a thread catcher. So very perfect! I will take pictures soon.


Here are all my goodes in their new home!

I also forgot that I have not made a post about my Doll Quilt I received.

Remember I made this one! She loved it by the way. Was sent to WestyChic


And this is what I got in return. Looks so lovely on my wall (see picture above) and who doesn’t love linen, Heather Ross and hand quilting?!? I know I do!! Made by Maydela


So I promise that I am working on a few things. I have a baby quilt in the works, a pouch to make, and a tutorial that I just finished and should be coming up on MBS very soon.

So I am staying busy, just cant reveal too much yet but keep your eyes peeled….its coming!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What are some things you would like to see?

Please don’t get too bored reading my picture lacking post.

Ive been a tad slow on the blog lately. Spring tends to get to me. I spend a lot of my time cleaning, playing outside, gardening, trying to make my grass green, and newly going to the gym.

I canceled my old membership at Golds Gym and joined The Y instead. Mainly because I wanted to get Aliya started in their sports programs. She will be starting Baseball this month. April 30 is her first game.

I have also been doing Pilates, Yoga, Zumba in addition to my regular workouts to try to kick these last 10lbs that have been floating around my waistline.

So quilting wise I am working on a few things. I am trying to finish up my MMM swap…which ends in a few days. I aslo have to finish a baby quilt for a dear friend…not showing pics because I am not sure if she reads my blog or not. She is Due this summer so I must get that finished.

So, going back to the main reason I started this post…..what would you like to see?

My readers….what do you want to see on my blog? I am somewhat of an advanced beginner. I can do simple techniques and figure out some harder ones, but I still have problems sewing straight and making things perfect….so I want to help others that may be beginning out there. Quilting is not a cheap hobby and to have to pay for classes on top of all the glorious fabric and tools out there, it can be expensive.

So would you like to see some posts like…basic quilting tools that will get you started? Or how I sew my bindings? Maybe a few other beginner posts like basting a quilt?

If any of this might interest you, then just leave me a comment and I will try to get to that. I want to try new things so if it helps you to see me try it first then I am all for it.

Plus motivation has been lacking, so this would be a fun to do for me.