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WIP Wednesday Progress Report07.30.14

Scalloped Binding

Well–I made some progress on my WIP goals this past week.  First off, let me start with my finishes.

My Moda Bake Shop project, check!, finished–sneak peek up above & the tutorial will be posted on MBS this week!–You won’t have to wait long to see the finished project.  I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s up over there. =)

If you remember, my Sew Together Bag looked like this last week:

Sew Together Bag

Check!–Finished:

Sew Together Bag Front

I used my Mini Posies block tutorial for the little pieced posies--tutorial here.  If I were to piece these again for this bag, I would move them up and forgo that little fabric border at the very top.  That would center them better on the bag.

My Fabric!

The back of the bag uses my fabric–exciting! =)  I stippled the back and did a little bit of straight line machine quilting on the front of the bag.

The inside of these bags is always the coolest part.

Inside Sew Together Bag

This was my first time sewing zippers–not sure why I held off for so long–not really any more difficult than sewing a straight line. =)

Unzipped

I’m not gonna lie, this bag did kick my butt a little bit.  I managed to cut all of the pocket lining pieces 1″ too small–which I didn’t realize until after sewing in all of the zippers and side panels.  At that point in time, there was no way I was going to rip everything apart, recut, and resew.  So, I went with it and adjusted sizes as I went along.  I broke 3 sewing machine needles (I think I can say that I don’t even break one a year–so to break 3 in one day over the course of a couple hours was quite extreme).  One even broke while I was sewing just two layers of fabric together–no pins in sight or anything heavy to push through–I think my machine was just over it.  My walking foot rebelled as well–totally quit working.  So, I’m very glad to have a finish on this one.

If you want to try a Sew Together bag for yourself you can find the pattern over on Craftsy.  And once you have purchased the pattern, you can follow along with The Quilt Barn’s excellent set of Sew Together Bag tutorials–Heather walks you through sewing this bag together.  The cute factor of this bag makes it all worthwhile!

And now, my Metro Rings, not quite finish–here it was last week:

Metro Rings

I made a lot of progress over the last week but couldn’t quite get it finished.  All of the blocks are almost finished:

Metro Rings Blocks

The one on the bottom is finished and all of the other 47 blocks stacked on top need the aqua triangles added and then trimmed up.  After that they are ready to be sewn into the quilt top.

By next Wednesday, these are my goals:

-Finish the Metro Rings Quilt

-Complete the next Quilty Stitches Block(this actually needs done by Sunday)

-And finally turn these blocks into a quilt top.  This one is going to be so amazing when it is finally finished!:

Blocks

Here’s hoping for a productive week!

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WIP Wednesday07.23.14

MBS Project

I think it’s time to let you all in on a secret…drumroll…I am a serial project starter–much less so of a project finisher.  Ha!–I know many quilters claim to have this same dilemma.  But, seriously ladies–sometimes the unfinished projects take over!

When I started quilting over 15 years ago, I told myself that I would only purchase enough fabric to work on one project at a time, finish said project and then move onto the next.  I even said this out loud…to other quilters…I am sure they all had a good laugh at that one!

So, my hope is that by sharing a couple WIP’s with you every Wednesday, it will give me the motivation to finish the project by the following Wednesday so I can share the finishes with you.  Hopefully it will help a bit, but I know that my personal projects often get pushed to the back burner for other deadlines.  Well, and of course, it is still summer and that means all kinds of summer fun with the girls!  I’m curious to see how my schedule pans out this fall…the littlest miss will be heading off to Kindergarten and it will be the first time in 9 years that I will have days with no kids at home.  Our school district is still deciding as to whether our Kindergartener’s will be going to school every other day or every day.  Either way, there are going to be kidless days…weird!

So, the project at the top of the page is MBS project–I won’t be able to share the finish with you next Wednesday but it will be completed by then!

My 2nd project is my sew-together-bag….it still needs sewn together. =)

Sew Together Bag

And the last project I would love to finish in the next week is a Metro Rings Quilt.

Metro Rings

I’ve been wanting to try out the Quick Curve Ruler and when I was asked to make a quilt to donate to auction off, I knew now was the time.  I am very excited about this quilt–the lady(a relative of my husband) left the pattern design and fabric choices 100% up to me…but, she mentioned several times during our conversation how much she loved my Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt(my pattern is available on MBS).

Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt

Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt

I showed her the new Miss Kate line of fabric knowing it was a sister collection to Ruby which was used in my original design.  I got the feeling she wasn’t entirely sold on Miss Kate(much as I would have loved a good excuse to purchase some more of this line!)–so I raided my stash and pulled fabrics with a similar color palette to make a scrappy quilt with the same feel.  I cannot wait to see this quilt finished, I think it is going to be beautiful. =)  And, I think she will love it!

So, those are the 3 projects I would love to have finished by next week at this time…fingers crossed! =)

Tell me, what are your tried and true tricks for keeping the unfinished projects under control?

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Posies Quilt Block Tutorial06.19.14

Image Courtesy of Moda Bake Shop

Image Courtesy of Moda Bake Shop

 

Hello All!  Are you all following along with the Trifle Dish Sew Along over on Moda Bake Shop?  It’s running the month of June and about every other day there is a new tutorial for the next row.  Today, my Posies Quilt Block is featured.

Posies Quilt Block

I think it’s the cutest little thing–finishes at 4″ x 8″.  I am super tempted to make a mini using these blocks sized down to 2″ x 4″–it would be so cute.  Although, really, just using four of the blocks as I originally sized them would make a super cute mini.

This version would be 35″ x 41″:

Posies Wall Hanging

And if you made it just 3 blocks by 2 blocks, the center would measure 14″ x 17″.   You can snag the free pattern here.

I made a little sample block to double check my measurements when I was designing this block and it’s now hanging right by my computer:

Posies Block

It’s right beside an adorable little print that the “sweet as honey” Bonnie Christine sent to me.  And, I’ve got to explain about that little drawing there right above my computer–my daughter Elonie drew that for me.

Ryan and I had been wanting to purchase a new grill since last year and had meant to as our b’day gift to ourselves but we never got around to it.  So last month, my birthday rolled around again and I mentioned that I’d still like a grill.  Elonie drew me a picture of a grill to give to me for my birthday so I would finally have one. =)  She was so proud that she was able to give me one for my birthday.  So that little picture has the prime spot on my desk where I see it every time I do any computer work.

And, I’ve got more goodies to share with you!–I’ve been wanting to share some of the other things that I made for Quilt Market and just haven’t gotten around to it–so here they are.  I decided I needed a little patchwork goodness to wear at Market–I had planned to purchase from Patchwork Threads.  Many of you have seen her cute Patchwork tees.  Unfortunately, when it came time to order, all of the tees I was interested in were sold out…so, I designed my own tee and had it made:

Pinwheel Tee

So fun having a quilty shirt!–I may need to make some more in different designs!

I also made 40 pincushions to hand out during my book signing at Quilt Market.  And of course they needed to have a petal theme!

Pincushions

I had 2 pincushions left when I returned home and I just listed them for sale in my Etsy shop this morning.  You can find them here.

I also had new business cards made!–Aren’t they cute!

Business Cards

So, there you go!–A bunch of LMS happenings. =)  Enjoy the rest of your week!

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Liberty Bag06.04.14

Liberty Bag

One of the items that I made for myself before heading off to Quilt Market this past May was a Liberty Bag.  I didn’t really have a nice handmade by me bag and I knew I wanted something roomy to carry all my goods in.

I shared my bag making progress over on Instagram, but I realized that I hadn’t shared over here!

Liberty Petals

I made the petals using HeatnBond lite (my go to fusible) and a wonderful stack of Liberty Fabrics.  I like using Liberty Fabrics where small bits of fabric are needed so I can stretch them further.

Progress

I didn’t really have a pattern for my bag although I started with this Moda Bake Shop pattern initially.  I mostly used the tutorial for the basic construction technique.  My bag is larger and of course pieced differently and appliqued.  And, I made the handles longer so I can wear it cross body if I want to.

Quilting

I machine appliqued using a 50 wt. Gutermann thread and also machine quilted using a 50 wt. Gutermann thread.

Liberty

Picked up a nifty big button from my LQS to finish off the bag.  It’s roomy, durable, and has come in handy for more than just at Quilt Market.

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More International Quilt Market Pictures06.03.14

 This week is such a busy week for me!–School is out which is always excited and we go right into frantic VBS prep.  Our VBS starts on Sunday and as one of 2 VBS directors that means this week gets quite busy for me!  I love it though–I have always wanted to be involved in a serious way with Vacation Bible School and am so excited to be involved every year.  I could almost get a little bit teary about it–it is just so fun to plan for & exactly where I feel I am supposed to be right now at this stage in my life.  I am sure that those of you who have been plugged into your perfect ministry know just what I’m talking about. =)

With that being said, I have found that as my mind gets to going 100 miles an hour, sitting down and spending some time at the computer whether it’s via blogging, designing, or just to answer emails, gives me a little bit of down time and I feel ready to tackle my to do list in a much more productive way.  Whew!–That was a long sentence! =)

So this is my VBS downtime Quilt Market report round 2. =)

Fig Tree

I wanted to kick off this round with pictures of one of my favorite booths at Quilt Market–the Fig Tree booth.  I love this line of fabric–I love the new patterns–large and mini.  Just beautiful!

Fig Tree Quilts

Next up is Hatched & Patched, “Gossip in the Garden” quilt.  Every time this quilt pops up somewhere I think it’s the cutest ever.  This quilt has it all–embroidery, applique, great blocks, all over cuteness.  I was excited to see this one in person.

Gossip in the Garden

 

This is Moda’s Modern Building Blocks quilt which is pretty stellar.  Definitely caught my eye every time I walked past.

Modern Building Blocks

I had to snap a picture of Playful Petals in the United Notions booth! =)

Playful petals

I chatted a bit with Vanessa of Lella Boutique.  She was debuting her first line with Moda, Into the woods.  She was the sweetest ever! =)  Her fabric palette is beautiful.

Vanessa

 

Next up Violet Craft’s new line, Brambleberry Ridge.  Really pretty line & some great patterns coming out.

Violet Craft Booth

 

This pillow was adorable.  On another note, I used the word “adorbs” to my husband last week just to see what he would say.  I thought he was going to fall over laughing–I don’t think I’m an “adorbs” saying sort of person.

Violet Craft Pillow

 

So, there you have it!–Some more photos to wet your fabric buying appetite! =)

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Great Granny Squared Blog Tour and Giveaway05.05.14

GG2-SewAlong-HeaderHello!  Welcome to my stop on the Great Granny Sew Along blog tour!  If you are here for the first time, I welcome you to browse around my blog a bit as I share what’s been going on in my quilty life.  I am a new author, long time designer, and passionate about fabric.  There is always something fun going on around over here!

Great Granny Along

I have been enjoying following along each week of the Sew Along!  This week we will be making the Mama Blocks for our sampler.  And I just finished mine yesterday.

Mama Blocks

There are 20 of these blocks to make for the sampler.  When I started cutting them on Saturday, I thought no way was I going to be able to finish them in time to share all of them on Monday.  I got a late start Saturday–and I try not to do a lot of sewing on Sundays.  But, much to my surprise these little blocks whipped up in no time–just a couple hours including cutting time(I should have known as all of Lori’s patterns are so user friendly and quick!).  So, I finished all 20 of them with no problem–and here they are:

Blocks

You will find all of the information to follow along over on the Jolly Jabber.  You will need a copy of Lori’s book Great Granny Squared, & the pdf instructions for each week.  Here is the pdf for this week.

Great Granny Sew Along

The Fat Quarter Shop was kind enough to send me an extra copy of Great Great Squared to give away to one of my readers!

So just leave me a comment about your current favorite fabric line to enter. =)

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Also, make sure to add the Mama blocks you make this week to the GGS flickr group for a chance to win a Creative Grids 6 1/2″ Square it Up Ruler.  This makes squaring up those Mama blocks a breeze!

And stop by Amy’s,  Amy’s, Lori’s , and of course The Jolly Jabber for more Great Granny Squared Fun today.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Great Granny Sew Along Week 104.21.14

GG2-SewAlong-Header

 

Today kicks off the Great Granny Sew Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!  This week’s basket block was so much fun to make and I was so excited to cut into this lovely pile of fabric:

Fabrics

The block is based on one of the blocks from Lori’s book Great Granny Squared.  Here’s my center block:

Basket

This block has yarn balls in it which is an addition to the original block from the book.  You will need a copy of Lori’s book and a copy of this pdf companion sheet to complete the center block.

I love the addition of the yarn balls!

Yarn Balls

You can find more info. about the sew along on the FQS’s Great Granny Sew Along Page.  Be sure to stop by this weeks sew along blog hosts:

Why Not Sew?

Pam Kitty Morning

A Quilting Life

Hope you all join in–there are fun prizes along the way. =)

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Sweet As Honey Blog Tour03.11.14

blog-tour-image

I am so excited to be taking part in the Sweet as Honey Blog Tour today!  Bonnie Christine’s fabrics for Art Gallery are quickly becoming some of my favorites.  You’ll remember that I used her Reminisce fabrics for this little quilt top last fall:

Sampler

And I have been having just as much fun playing with Bonnie’s 2nd line of fabric for Art Gallery, Sweet as Honey.

fat quarters

Over the last couple of weeks I have been sharing peeks of the mini hexagon pillow that I have been working on using Sweet as Honey.  I just finished stitching down the binding yesterday to complete my little spring pillow.  And it’s a good thing I have a little bit of Spring going on in here today as I think we’re gonna get another winter blast tomorrow…enough already!

Sweet As Honey Pillow

The fabrics that Bonnie sent over for me to work with were: the hexagon background fabric(I knew I “needed” that one for sure) and the fabric I used on the pillow back(I’ll share that with you in just a bit).  I already had a fat quarter bundle of Sweet as Honey to pull additional fabrics from as well as Reminisce scraps left over from my SuperSized quilt.  The green stems are from various Art Gallery fabric lines.

Closeup

This pillow went in a completely different direction than I had originally intended.  I had planned on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden type layout, filling up the whole pillow top with little 1/2″ hexagons.  However, Bonnie’s description of her fabric line led me to my flower/bee themed design:

Sweet as Honey is a collection with a story.  It’s a woodland themed line full of nestled deer, wildflowers and honey bees.  I was inspired to create the line after exploring nature and spending a summer growing a garden that generously allowed for freshly picked flowers.  It takes me to a most lovely place, where the sun is always shining, the birds fly free and the honey is extra sweet.

Bee

After I appliqued the stems and leaves and stitched the mini hexagons in place, I machine stippled the pillow top.  I left the applique portions of the quilt free from quilting.  I then went back in and added in the bees–and finished them with some stitchy applique.  The bees were fussy cut from one of the fabrics in the line.

Bee 2

I love adding in hand quilting to many of my smaller, as well as larger!, projects.  So, I completed the pillow top with some long stitch hand quilting using an 8 wt. perle cotton thread.

Pillow

The binding is a print from Reminisce and the backing is “Orchard Blossom in Spring”.  The pillow back is a simple envelope enclosure.

Pillow Back

You can read more about the making of this pillow here and here.

Amy shared a wonderful project on her blog yesterday using Sweet as Honey that you can check out here.  And tomorrow, I’m excited to see what Amanda of Material Girl Quilts will be sharing!

To see the complete Sweet as Honey Blog Tour line-up pop on over to Bonnie’s blog.

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WIP Wednesday03.05.14

Sweet as Honey

I’ve been working quite a bit on the little hexie project I shared with you last week.

If you are an IG follower you have seen more hexies made:

In Progress 2

the beginnings of a pillow layout:

In Progress 3

more layout:

In Progress

and some applique taking place:

In Progress 4

This design of this pillow has changed so much since my initial planning stages.  I knew that I wanted to use the hexagon fabric(the background fabric) and mini 1/2″ hexagons inside the hexagons printed on the fabric but I had initially planned on more of a Grandma’s Flower Garden type design.

It wasn’t until I had made 75 little hexagons that I decided to change things up a bit.

Hexie Flowers

For  you applique lovers, I use Heat n Bond lite (almost always) and in this photo I am appliqueing using a blanket stitch which is a pretty standard stitch on most sewing machines.

Stem Applique

To the hexagons, I added just a small piece of Heat n Bond lite on the back of them to hold them in place while I straight stitched around them.  I still have a number of flowers left to make and then I’ll be ready to start quilting.

I have an idea in my head for some hand quilting–we’ll see if it turns out like I am picturing of if I will end up changing things! =)

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WIP Wednesday02.26.14

Mini Hexes

I have been working on some mini hexagons using Bonnie Christine’s Sweet as Honey line of fabric for Art Gallery.  These little hexagons are pretty cute!  They would be considered 1/2″ hexies(hexagons in the quilting world are measured by the length of one of the sides).

Mini

These fabrics just scream, “make me into hexagons”–it’s all the wonderful bees/hives/hexagons sprinkled throughout this fabric line:

Bee
Bee Hive
Hexagons
Bonnie even designed a free hexagon quilt pattern for this line which you can find here:
HoneyPot Quilt
I still have more little hexagons to make but they are a fun little winter project.
Squares
By the way, if you ever want to print out your own hexagon paper pieces for english paper piecing, this site is a perfect resource.  You can set your hexagons at whatever size you need and print them out(I print mine out on card stock).
Paper
Cut apart, and you are all ready for making hexagons. =)  My hexagons are destined to be made into a pillow or mini wall hanging–I haven’t decided which yet.  For those of you who have been sucked into the mini craze, where do you hang all of your mini quilts?
Happy Sewing!

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