Monday, February 7, 2011

i lOVE flowers and fabric!

i have been the biggest sucker for Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts for as long as i can remember, but i never wanted to start one for fear i would choose the wrong fabrics... and with all that hand stitching, well... let's just say, i would have been very "put off" not to love the quilt when i was finished! after quite a while it came to me to use Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley! this is a collection that grew on me over time, but luckily i did grab up the entire line... which i think will lend to the most beautiful garden! this puppy will take some time, but i think she'll be worth it!

i also have been buying some of the most fabulous fabrics lately, but haven't shared them with you all... my bad! i know i'm always hesitant to buy before seeing true pictures of fabric ( not the little shop images ) haha...

here's some heavenly Tammis Keefe prints!

some yummy new Jeneane Morrison prints!

Ooohhh yeah... crocheted flowers ( for those of us that don't crochet!! ) haha...

Tula Pink's Parisville in sprout!

new Munki Munki { bikes on flannel } & Cosmo Cricket!

New Munki Munki { Day of the Dead} !! fierce hugh!!

more delicious Tula Pink's Parisville!!

some fabulous staples!

and this is my new ( travel ) sewing machine! i am very excited about having a cute, little second machine to cart around with me to all my Sweet Hot Yam's houses for play dates! Now to name her... any ideas?? the one i pick.... i'll send a treat to the "namer"! ;)

Have a fabulous Monday my sweets!!!

XO, Heather

75 comments:

  1. Well...since you love flowers...
    Name her Petunia! Not really a good reason. I was just thinking about the Yams thing and then thinking sweet potato and I got to Sweet Petunia. LOL

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  2. She looks like a Justine to me.
    Scrummy fabrics, girl!!! I was just drooling over those Tammis prints at Mrs. Schmenkman's yesterday. So fun.

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  3. I think you since you love flower Garden quilts name her after a flower... Daisy, petunia,rose, lily, tulip.

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  4. Call me crazy but I think this, as you say, "sweet hot yam" of a sewing machine's name should be Bessie.

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  5. I have a Janome and I love it. Now a name, keeping with the French theme the French for fabric is Tissu so you could call her Tish, or Tiss or Tissu if you like (but people may think you are sneezing) LOL.

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  6. Name:Sweetness!!! It's a thought. I love,love,love my new Janome MC6500P!!! Lucky girl to have an extra machine;) (I do too!!)

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  7. I love flowers and fabrics too.

    Your cute little machine looks like a Jasmine to me.

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  8. How about a little spunky retro Jenny. I have a Janome also love it!

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  9. Matilda comes to mind. Or Jewel...after Jewel Yams.
    I love the Jeanne Morrison--I want to get some of that, too! I wish I'd gotten the Hope Valley line, too, but I didn't. One of those moments when I think I'm being "good" by not buying what I don't have a plan for...isn't that crazy?

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  10. Oh, I love the thought of naming her Petunia, however I thought more of a Jenny but since that one is already taken how about Jane?

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  11. I am also having a naming problem..I think mine's going to be Marvellous Marvin the magical machine..and your young lady ummm..Tantalizing Tallulah the travelling topstitcher?

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  12. I' m loving your new saftey pin fabrics! Too cute! Great new machine too :-) I think her new name could be Naomi (kinda short for Janome?)
    Other options: Jani, Jane, Janey or Annie

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  13. Oh, I love the idea of a smaller machine for travelling, maybe one day . . . :)

    How about Travelling Tina?

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  14. I think you should combine our alter names, LaVonne and Donna, and call her LaDonna.
    And I'm off the week of the 21st thru 25th, and hope you will have me over to sew. Maybe a little FD or IKEA....

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  15. I like jeanne or janey. Maybe even jemma. Congrats on the new machine!

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  16. Gorgeous flowers! I've never been one to name my sewing machines but...It's a Memory Craft or MC so how about Micki?

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  17. I would name her Sweetie Pie. Flower Garden quilts are beautiful....but too much for me, have fun with it.

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  18. I'm thinking she looks like a Daisy. Keeping with the flower theme, you know :)

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  19. I'd so name her Barbarella. I have no idea why, just that's what came to me. :)

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  20. Not sure why, but Naomi seems like a good name for her. Love the fabrics!!

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  21. Beautiful fabrics you've got there Heather!!
    I can come up with lots of names for your machine, has somebody already said Janis?
    Lets call it Ben and you can sing songs to it as it sews perfect stitches each time. Michael said so we all need a friend like Ben. Too corny? he he

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  22. i LOVE your hexie flowers!! it is going to be a gorgeous quilt!!

    for a name...i like lucy!! :)

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  23. She looks like a Roxy :) Rock on sista!

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  24. Hi Heather, love those hexie flowers! :) I belong to a craft forum where we have quite a lot of swaps going, and one is a monthly hexie flower swap. They are very addictive. I hope to eventually have enough for a quilt of my own.
    Your cute little machine looks like "Suzie-Q" the Q as in quilter, of course!
    sandangels1945@hotmail.com

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  25. Well as for a name, hmmm, Since it is a Janome, I would make it a him and name him Gnome, since he would be traveling with you...get it traveling Gnome...ok I know I am now completely in silly land! but admit it, it is clever and cute!

    Or maybe Juliet since that new Gnome movie is coming out...

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  26. Shy-la!

    Envious? me?

    Good luck with the flower garden - it's looking fragrant :)

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  27. Gladis. Sounds like a gal who likes to sub. Perhaps I'm drawing from substitute teachers of long ago... ;)

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  28. I was going to suggest Shyla but someone beat me to it! Sweet hot yams in the urban dict. ..Very funny :)

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  29. Oh, the flower quilt is going to be great! Love it! :)
    ~Jessica

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  30. I just like the name
    LOLA
    I think is very cute for a sweet machine like your's
    :)

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  31. Your fabrics are delicious. Just drop the OM and caller her JANE. Perfect!

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  32. How about Roma as she will be roaming around a lot

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  33. It will be fantastic, cant wait to see the progress!

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  34. looks like a Betty to me. Love your blog. pizzadelong@yahoo.com

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  35. I have to agree with all the Jenny votes! It just says Jenny to me!

    However, I feel I should come up with something original. :D

    How about Hattie, or Gabby? (well that's what *I* do when I go on play dates anyway!)

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  36. Fabric Love!
    Love Hex's aswell - but agree it's a long term project. I like short and sweet names "Jan" or "The Ome" (very simple!)

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  37. She is 'playful patti' to go along with your play dates.

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  38. Mini Me popped into my head. How about Mini or Minnie? Some other names I'm drawn to: Amie (it means friend in French), Bella, Zena, Jill and Jules. This is fun!

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  39. I think she looks like a Roxanne--sexy!
    Actually, you might want to think about roller derby names like "Roxy Cotton"!
    wahoo!

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  40. Such gorgeous fabric!

    And I was going to suggest Noni Janome!!

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  41. i have this exact model of janome (it is now my backup machine as well)... i loved this little machine...

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  42. Gretchen. Or Olive. It will really confuse the heck out of people when you refer to your sewing machine as Olive or Gretchen. They will give you a confused look as they scope the room and ask, "who?".

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  43. How about Glinda the Good Stitch? All magic, goodness, courage and dreams come true with your travel sewing machine.

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  44. such fun fabrics!! lucky you!

    I'd name her Poppy. It just seems like the right "shade" for her. :)

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  45. how about Gilbert. I just think a male name would be a nice change.

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  46. oh my, Hope Valley Hexies!! I'm swooning.

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  47. Hello, meet my machine, Nila....long "i" Nila. Like Nile but with an a on the end, Nila the traveling Janome

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  48. I love love love Hope Valley! I am using it on everything I am doing right now and just used some to make some fabric roses to embellish a T-Shirt!! I really want the Tammis prints too - As for the machine - That is my traveling machine too. Most of the ladies I sew with have Janome's for traveling with. How about Jo - like in "Little Women"? It keeps the "J" like in Janome and it's a little machine with a lot to it. Kind of like you Heather!

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  49. Brave move to start a Grandma's Rose Garden Quilt. My mum and Grandma started 2 for my sister & I in 1987. Nan died in 1990 and mum still hasn't finished them. My sister and I started learning to quilt at the end of last year so mabey we will be good enough to help her finish them soon.

    I would call your machine Tess (Travel Everywhere Stitching Sensation).

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  50. I am so on the same page as you with regard to Grandmother's Flower Garden, I'm tempted to try it with Michael Miller's Honey Bee fabric to echo the honeycomb design, or is that too much of a cliche? Good luck putting it all together! And thanks for the 'fabric fix', I feel better now. As for a name for your new 'portable sewing machine', it has to be Amelie, which means 'industrious and hard working", I'm sure she'll earn her keep 10 times over!

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  51. Oh Heather ....I have a Janome 6500 and LOVE her !

    I say name her JO JO !

    Jeeeze now I need to name mine !

    Lol

    Your blog stalker (HUGE FAN) !!!

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  52. Sweet-Pea or Suzie comes to mind! Little Suzie Homemaker could be a nick name!!

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  53. You should totally name her Betty so that when you walk by you'll always think of the super-cool song Black Betty!! How awesome would that be, right?

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  54. Juanita - it's a diminutive of Juana, Spanish for Jane - which is the name I thought of for my own Janome when I read your post think about ...she's pretty big.
    (I guess Janet is diminutive of Jane...hehe. But Juanita sounds cuter I think)

    SHY sounds fun - makes me wish I still lived in Portland!

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  55. How about "Hot Toddy" ~ a popular hot drink made of tea and brandy or whiskey with honey and lemon. Sounds like the perfect name for dragging along to your "playdates" ;D

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  56. Oh she's so sweet! How about Suzie? Or Suzette? I love my little Janome, though I've been remiss in naming her. Shame on me!

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  57. I like the names Lila (long I), or Lilly or Ruby. Love all those hexis. I wish I had the patience for hexis.

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  58. I'm thinking Janice, as in OH. MY. GOD. from Friends. A little throwback to the 90's.

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  59. Great idea with the Hope Valley. Can't wait to see how that turns out. :) I have too purchased my first of Tula Pink Parisville... it has yet to arrive but I'm SO EXCITED and just added my latest Munki Munki being the Marilyn Monroe-ish lady... I stashing for a yummy flannel quilt. Love all the pictures of the fabrics.

    Also, I took your advice and have started listening to the "Fever" series... so far I'm liking it... fun escape! :)

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  60. P.S. When I thought about it... the name that popped into my head was Fredrikka!

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  61. nice fabrics you got there!

    i think you should name your machine Jasmine.

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  62. I would name her Josie! I think it's a name full of spunk

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  63. Jan the janome springs to mind

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  64. Since I never got to have any Flea Market Fancy and it is still my "Oh I wish I could find..." fabric, I vote for Fancy!

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  65. How about Traveling Trina! BTW why does it have to be a she...boys are helpful. How about Jake?

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  66. I know its prob too boring.. But i would go with the obvious...Jan!! xx Love your pillow tut on SMS xx

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  67. Mine is already Heidi for Project Runway. Can't have that but you could use Mondo.

    Also was thinking of Lilo and Stitch so Stitch

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  68. All very beautiful fabrics, but I really love "Day of the Dead" one. So, seeing that most probably your Janome would have a lot of work to do with the Munki Munki fabrics, why not call her Munki Junki.

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  69. Oh!!!! Those Munki Munki Bicycles! SWOON!
    PS. 1 vote for Petunia

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  70. I am loving the hexagons! I have my own garden too. I think Ii may have to buy some that yummy DS fabric soon.

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