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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Love of Circles-Blogger's Quilt Festival

Hi all. I love putting my quilts in the Blogger Quilt Festival. There are soooo many wonderful quilters and quilts that are in all the groups. I will probably spend hours over at Amys Creative Side just looking at all the lovely quilts.


This time, I am going to put in one of my favorite mini quilts that was for the Schnitzel and Boo swap. My partner likes Kate Spain and circles. Which led me the the mini circle quilt here. I am going to call Love of Circles.

Love of Circles is 20"x20" Mini Quilt

I pulled all the pretty colors and had no low volume. I still have very little low volume in my stash. So, I thought why not mix it up a bit with black and white and a dash of grey for the background to set off these wonderful bright colors. So, I mocked one up to see how it would go. 

This is where the magic happens in the den by the window. I love the natural light, I cute these plastic template guides at 3 inches and cut them down to 2.5" and then sewed them all four pieces together. 

I made some of the favorites first. Don't judge my little pink flannel design wall. It totally works, and it was the only flannel I had on hand. 

Then, the bottom block happened. I stepped back in horrow. Oh no. I threw it out, immediately. Sometimes, something funky gets in the mix. When something like that happens, I take a break. Sometimes, taking a photo can help eliminate the ugly ducklings or whatever you want to call them. 

I decided on the straight line quilting with charcoal thread. I framed out each block from the middle in a big L shape and echoed it out from the center. I love the texture that it gave the mini. I binded this in a qreenish teal for my partners preference of color.

I backed it with the Britten Numbers. It does make a good backing fabric. 

My partner loved it, and I enjoyed making it. It was featured in Make Modern Magazine in an article of Schnitzel and Boo. You may be tired of seeing it pop up, but I am still in love with it. If you made it this far. Please go vote for me over on Amy's Creative Side

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog and leave me a comment so I know you were here. I love hearing from ya'll!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

QAL3 Top finish

I finally got this off the list. It has been sitting for 2 or 3 year...IKR! I should have gotten this done a long time ago. I have no idea why it sat, but it did. I didn't want to post this on IG or Flickr because I am kind of shy of selfies. I took this as my normal everyday look. Just pretty plain jane. 

The armholes are a bit wonky, but it is a walmart pattern. So, I really can't complain. It will be really nice in the summer which we are wrapping up here. 

My original QAL 3 list is here:
My bathroom hasn't been renovated. It is on the list and came with the funky paint job. 

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Finish Along 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

241 Tote Finish

I am  really excited to finally be sewing up some stuff lately. My introduction to Instagram really distracted me. School is getting back in session in two days, and I can land some more focus here. Yay!

The pattern is from Noodlehead. http://www.noodle-head.com/2011/03/241-tote-pattern.html

I got in Secret Tote Bag Swap 5. I am totally addicted to swaps. I have passed up on 3 within the last week. I had to run and take my temp to see if I was feeling ok. Temp is still good! Ha!

 I took mine out for a little photo shoot at the park. I am trying to upgrade my skills with the camera. It's not a fancy one, but outdoor shots are so pretty. Plus, it's 2 for 1. I took the kids to play.

I made my hubby a little Birthday Star Wars wallet. He loved it.
I was in a little Ice Cream Pencil Case swap on Instagram. The first one came out a bit too small for pencils found @a spoonful of sugar blog.  I the second one just made it a little bigger. I used a ice cream pattern found on google. I can't find the website, again. Sorry.
I did a little paper pieced ice cream. Her favorite flavors were Strawberry, peanut butter, and coffee. I love the Munk HR ice cream truck. I got from a destash. I just love all Heather Ross!  

I added  some more HR strawberries. I love a colorful zip. I did a quilt as you go with some medium weight interfacing. I used some ribbon to make the tail.

Plus, I added the little ice cream pull. Cute, and it's Joanns. I love the shiny fabric too. It's also joanns. My favorite. Anything shiny is my favorite!
I was in a little Ice Cream Pencil Case swap on Instagram. The first one came out a bit too small for pencils found @a spoonful of sugar blog.  I the second one just made it a little bigger. I used a ice cream pattern found on google. I can't find the website, again. Sorry.
Paper Pieced Latte Pattern here.

As I said, I love a little Heather Ross! This was a little extra for the Strawberry Swap I was in recently. Really, passing up the last 3 swaps I saw was probably a really good idea.

I am currently working on the #ecmqg scrap swap. Hehehe! I couldn't pass it up. Happy sewing!
Blog at ya later!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Starbucks Mug Rug Swap

I am super duper excited to be hostessing my very first swap. It will be flickr based. I will also be taking IG people too. We will be using the #Starbucksmugrugswap. For this first swap, we are going to do US only, but if there is interest. The next round will be open international. The shipping is just really costly. Sorry international friends.

Sign up open HERE until 8/15/14.

Picture courtesy of Kira @labellacolori

I was getting so jealous of all these Starbucks city and state mugs going around. I wanted in. So, I brought the idea up to my friend, Kira @Labellacolori. She got really excited and offered to help out.  Yay! So it begins.

Background details- I got hubby to help me figure out the google documents. It was pretty easy, and it helps that I have been in several swaps. I was paying attention good people. At least I hope so.
I created the group and right away people started joining up.  WOW! I don't even have a cute logo photo at this point.

:: I love all my swapper friends. You guys just rock! ::
This morning I got up and I talked to Kira first thing. I was like did you see the members list?!?
You guys found me.
So now, I have plans for hubby to make me a shelf so that I can put up all my mugs. Because I am hoping that we have more than 1 round. If nothing else, I will have 1 mug. LOL
Hop on over and take a look!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Free Motion Quilting-Woodgrain

I just wanted to share what I am doing today. For all you people wondering, maybe none, lol. If you were wondering...I am getting my FMQ (free motion quilting) on and I love this part! 

I also spray basted the quilt sandwich together. I tell you what, I have read other blogs, and they kept going onnnnn about it. I was like, seriously?!?! Really, it is awesome sauce! So easy and less time consuming than basting with pins. I don't know anyone that loves to pin and pin and pin...you get the point. Spray basting had me at hello. 

On to quilting, I decided to go with some nice wood grain for this quilt, and so far I am really happy with how it is coming out. I mapped it out a bit on paper, first. There's no quilting frame today.So, I am sitting  with my trusty sidekick Janome 1600P DBX. I am using some gutterman cream thread. Nothing fancy there. Just sewing my heart out. Quilting makes me happy. I am going to get back to it. 
Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Strawberry Swap WIP

Fabric pull for Strawberry Mini

I am working in my sewing nook on my Strawberry Swap, today. I wanted to make a cute strawberry mini, but I don't have the money for the pattern. So, I just figured out the hst sizes and mocked on up.  It's cute. I may add a leaf to some of these, but this is my WIP for the day and there's a basket too.

On a side note, did anyone let you know that I am a Swapaholic. Well, I really am! I had a conversation with my friend Ayna (amanicustoms on IG) and this was conversation.

Me: I need to stop with the swaps.
Her: Yeah you should start SA (Swaps Anonymous)..an hour later or so
Me: I just signed up for another swap.
Her: Stop the shenanigans!
Me: I can sew a mug rug in my sleep.
Her: You should be the president of SA.


The strawberry swap. There's just so much cuteness here. Kira @Labellacolori told me about this berry basket over here. I decided to make one, but my printer is out of ink. So, I just got my cardstock and kinda made a template.

It called for heavy interfacing, but I had some Buckram laying around that I made a hat out of last year. So, it feels nice and stable.

I thought I would share how I got the binding on here.

I just squish it and move it around 'til it was right next to the other side and chain stitched it together.

I did a fold where the binding goes together and slipped one side in under the folded edge and sewed that down.

This is about 3 inch square. I just turned the binding and sewed it down. Fiddly, but it looks good, and it's reversible.

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Happy sewing! Thanks for stopping by...blog at ya later.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sewvivor - That's Sew Creative

  Sew-vivor is happening, and it is quilter's addition. I decided to throw caution to the wind and enter. Yeppers! Because this is what I love to do and the competition is fierce!  I will be one lucky girl if I make it to the top 16.  I have tons of things I could have chosen, but the camper just mixes all of me in one little mug rug/mini.
There's no pattern just some free hand drawing and fun.  This one is for the mug rug revival swap too.
I love this red with the measuring tape fabric, and the cute little text  curtain.
I added the flowers to give it a homey vibe. My mom always says, plants make the home feel more inviting. She was right. I could totally live in this little camper.
Plus, who doesn't bring their cute little doggie along for the ride. ;)
 That's my little camper entry. I hope this makes a big enough impact to get me into the top 16. A girl can dream! I'm getting on my quilty game face and will be sewing non-stop. If I don't make it in,  I am definitely going to be following and quilting  along.

Happy Sewing!