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Wednesday WIP08.27.14

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What a busy couple of weeks it has been!  I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel sending my youngest off to Kindergarten but I am enjoying it more than I thought that I might.  The Kindergarten in our school district, prior to this year, was an all day/every other day Kindergarten.  We found out just weeks before school started that they were switching to an all day/every day Kindergarten program due to receiving a much needed grant to implement the program.

I am amazed at what all can be accomplished when the house is quiet and I am by myself.  So far, this has meant some serious cleaning time–what a treat to have uninterrupted cleaning time!  I have been catching up on podcasts as I work..Modern Sewciety & American Patchwork and Quilting Radio are 2 of my favorites.  BTW, do you have any favorite podcasts I need to add to my list?–I’m always looking for good ones!

Yoder Sign

Getting back into the swing of things and then tackling some household chores has left me with little time to work on my WIP’s.  I did finish up my Yoder mini quilt and it is now hanging above my kitchen sink just where I had in mind for it.  I used my faux piped machine binding technique that I shared a tutorial for here.  I love this technique, and so far it’s the only type of machine binding I haven’t felt compelled to rip out because of the way the back looked.

Corner Sink

Now to figure out some curtains for these windows.  I am the most indecisive curtain person ever!–I don’t even know how many different curtain options I have tried out on various windows–I’ll leave them up for awhile and then decide I want to change things out.  I like a lot of natural light so often I prefer windows without curtains/blinds that might block the light.

I have a few projects that I’m working on right now that I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks.  And I hope to get some more WIP’s banged out–I still need to add borders to the Metro Rings quilt and finish up the white stitching on Quilty Stitches.  But, what I really want to work on is this mini:

Future WIP

Those squares finish at 1/2″–it’s the cutest little pattern ever!  I’m thinking about using a little bit of my Cotton & Steel basics bundle:

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I’d only need about a 5″ square from each fabric.  With such small piecing, I have to be careful about my fabric choices for this pattern.  I kind of want to dive right in!(and I just might) =)

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Spell It With Moda08.11.14

Fabrics

 

Do you guys ever wake up in the morning and you suddenly want to make something new and totally not on any WIP list or project list you are currently working on?

Well, I got bit with the new project bug on Saturday.  Some of you may have jumped on the Spell it With Moda band wagon earlier this year.  All of those cute little letter quilts and handy free letter patterns–it was hard for me not to dive right in.  But then, Saturday morning, out of the blue–I “needed” to make a little letter mini of my own.

Spell It With Moda

Moda Fabrics has a wonderful Spell it With Fabric pinterest board with links to all of the blog posts that feature the free printable letter patterns.  I printed off Y,O,D,E,R and pulled together a fun mix of scrappy red fabrics and low volume background prints.

Last Name Mini

In about 2 hours, I had a completed “Yoder” mini quilt.  These letters fly together–including cutting time they probably took about 15-20 minutes each.  And with a short last name (so much handier than the “Hershberger” I used to be!) my little quilt came together quickly.

The quilting took a little bit of time–I opted for a one inch cross hatch and finished that part up yesterday afternoon.

Quilting

Now, all that’s left is to add the binding!  I have wanted a Yoder sign above my kitchen sink for years.  I thought I wanted a wooden sign–but this little quilt was much more cost effective (I had all of the supplies) and just as cute! =)  Can’t wait to get the binding on and hang it in it’s new spot.

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Friday Freebie {Weekly Goal Checklist}08.08.14

Cleaning Routine

Happy Friday everyone!  Sad, as I am about summer coming to an end and the kidders heading back to school (Elonie starts Kindergarten this year!), I know that it’s a good time for me to get back into a regular routine.  It is very easy for me to get off task if I don’t have a list of things I know I need to get done.

Last year, I ran across this cleaning printable which works very well for helping me complete what I need to each week.  As I have been working on sewing goals as well as other goals, I decided I wanted a printable that combined everything into one tidy place.

Printable

I came up with this cute little printable–goodness knows a cleaning checklist needs to be cute! =)  It combines all of my weekly cleaning goals, space for my sewing goals, reading goals, misc. goals, and a don’t forget to pick-up section(for grocery items, not kids ;)

Quilty Printable

I thought some of you might enjoy a cute printable checklist of your own, so here it is in PDF for you to print off yourself if you’d like:

Weekly Goals Printable PDF

Enjoy!

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WIP Wednesday(Lots of Pics!) & Giveaway08.06.14

It’s time for another WIP Wednesday progress report. =)  My sewing goals over the last week were:

1.  To complete my stitching for Quilty Stitches this past Monday–check…you all saw the block Monday Morning.

Quilty Stitches Block 15

2.  To Complete my Metro Rings Quilt–here’s where I was at last week:

Metro Rings Blocks

And I’m happy to report that the quilt top is finished!

Metro Rings Quilt

As I was working on this quilt top and posting progress over on IG (I’m @lmshabby if you care to follow), there was a lot of talk about the difficulty of trimming up these blocks accurately.  So, I was very excited when Sew Kind of Wonderful’s, Jenny (the designer of the Quick Curve Ruler used to make this quilt), shared a wonderful tutorial on her blog just yesterday on trimming the Metro Rings quilt blocks.  If you contacted me about how to trim these blocks or we chatted on IG, you need to check this tutorial out!  If the Metro Rings quilt is on your to do list, make sure to bookmark this tutorial for future use–it is a wonderful tutorial.

Metro Rings Closeup

I really enjoyed working with the Quick Curve Ruler–I found the curves very easy to sew.  That was another question I was asked frequently..Are the Curves easy to sew?  And the answer is yes, no pins needed, very small learning curve. =p

Borders

I decided, after finishing the pieced portion of Metro Rings, to add a couple borders to the quilt.  So, this one will stay on my WIP list for one more week.

3.  The last item on my to do list was to finish my scrappy stars quilt top…here’s where it was last week:

Blocks

And it’s now a completed quilt top–check!

Scrappy Quilt

This quilt top has been a WIP for years.  The blocks were made for me in one of the quilting bees I was in…it was so long ago, I don’t even remember which bee it was from.  So, if you were one of the ladies that made one for me…thank you!  I was pretty impressed as I was sewing them together, how uniform in size they were.  With all of those seams, it was not a great decision on my part to request these blocks!–with all of those seams and slightly different seam allowances–these blocks could have been off quite a bit.  I’ve learned that simple is better in regard to quilting bee block choices.

Scrappy Closeup

I didn’t have a pattern for this quilt, but I talked about the quilt block construction on my blog awhile back.  The sashing has flying geese units sewn into it to add just a few more stars to the overall design.  I am very excited to have this quilt top completed!–I knew that I was going to love it once it was complete. =)

So, I completed all of my quilty goals for the past week.  It feels great to cross some of those off the list.

For the upcoming week, I am keeping my list a little bit smaller–hubby will most likely be off for a couple days and that means less sewing time, more family time!

1.  Add the borders to the Metro Rings Quilt.

2.  Complete my Stitcheries Quilt Top

Embroidered Blocks

Embroidered Blocks 2

Embroidered Blocks 3

Embroideries

These blocks are from another quilting bee that I was in several years ago.  I embroidered and included all of the little stitcheries(they are my own designs) along with the fabrics which I sent to my quilting bee ladies.  It’s time to get these sew into a quilt top!

3.  Work on filling in some of the white areas on my Quilty Stitches sampler…I have been getting behind on this!

So, 3 goals for next week.

And now, for the giveaway–you may have forgotten that there was one after reading down through this post!

Scraps

I have a gallon sized bag of scraps left from making my Metro Rings quilt…I’d be happy to send them off to a new home!  Just leave a comment below telling me about your current WIP or the one you are most excited to complete.

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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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