Sunday, April 13, 2014

Galaxy Quilt Ribbon

I have been steadily working on Galaxy for a long time. I am sure everyone in blog land is finished with this quilt. So am I. This quilt was a labor of love. I designed it, pieced it, and quilted it all. You may have already seen the photos on facebook or flickr, but I wanted to share it here as well for all the bloggy goodness.

 
I couldn't believe that it got Honorable Mention. I literally cried and almost passed out. I was so happy! The judges comments were vibrant, wonderfully modern design. good eye movement.
 
In the future, I will not use a sheet for the back. I will plan out the quilting better. I felt that I was on a time crunch. I thought that I would be able to go back in and add quilting after taking it off the long arm frame. The rings were able to be quilted on the home machine, but I was afraid of further distortion on the rest of the quilt. So, this was also a learning experience.
 
It was an amazing  having my quilt in a show hanging for hundreds of people to see among so many other amazing quilts. I will be completely honest though, the level of raw emotion felt here was a 10 across the board. I had panic, excitement, and relief all wrapped up in a ball. It melted away though when a group of ladies were admiring something that I created.

The following are just other quilts that were done by other quilters in the guild. My kids wanted photos with them. Plus, they are pretty. I thought I would share some.

 
These are the slice quilts based on a famous landmark. Our Pensacola Beach sign. Each person quilted there own representation with the basic picture given to them. This one is going to be displayed in the downtown library. I didn't participate in this one or the other.

 
This is the second slice.

 
 
This is my cute kids in front of one of the winning quilts. I wish the picture wasn't blurry. I didn't take that many photos.

 
Normally, I am not into Santa, but this is pretty.
 
I don't know why they are being so funny faced, but this is a pretty one too. We all loved the flowers. Our theme was in full bloom. This  won 2nd in it's category and 2nd in theme.


It was a great show, and lots of friends and guild members came to see it. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

In the Sewing Room

Do you read blogs and think, Wow, they just turn it out! I mean, literally, how are they getting those quilts done so fast? It boggles my mind. Normally when I am cleaning, all I can think about is  really want to sew, but priorities win.
I just have to say, I need the coffee you epic bloggers are drinking. Mine doesn't seem to be that strong. :Giggles:

What's been going on here. We are right in the  middle of a big renovation. I am so happy to report that the ceiling was retextured and the walls are back up. Yay!  I have begun taping the seams. We didn't prime the ceiling though before we textured, and it will have to be painted. No worries, hubby bought a new paint sprayer!






With all this work, I decided on a whim to take a  break and went to visit my friend Ayna. I quilted her hemispheres (pattern here) while I was there. That walking foot bar is awesome! I am going to have to invest in it. I thoroughly enjoyed using it. I had a lot of fun checking out Orlando. I got to go to Ikea, but they were sold out of the fabric that I wanted. Boo!





I also received this wonderful package from Kelli The Stitch Fairy in the Sewing Room Swap on flickr. I have put the sewing machine mat to good use. 

I've started on some potholders for a friend. Pattern is here. Thank goodness there was no special timeline on it. They are in the mail.


I'm got in on a Instabee.


One of the ladies in the group started out with the Stacked Windmills. We are going off patterns from the book  Modern Bee 13 Quilts with Friends We have some really great people in our group. I love all the blocks that have gotten done for this month. I picked Ziggy Stardust. I am sew excited!  My month isn't until December.



I got these lovelies by bringing in fat eighths of Denise Schmidt for a swap at ECMQG. It was really fun!We are going to be swapping AMH next. My heart is singing. YAY!


I acquired these awesome fabrics from Kim's destash. Yay for destashing. Thanks Kim. She gave me a great  price on all the following fabric. 


All of these. I believe Joel Dewberry. I love pink! I was thinking that these would be awesome for the 100 modern blocks. Thoughts??


Some more wonderful scrappies.  My cabinet is getting full. I am going to have to start making a quilt. I got 1  quilt done in the first quarter, but I didn't get pics. I wanted to wait and share it after the quilt show. So, stay tuned for that. Blog at ya later. 

Happy Sewing













Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Liebster Nomination

Wow, I am so excited to be nominated for the Liebster Award.


 From what I understand, it's for new blogger's to get to know other bloggers. It's bloggers with less than 200 followers. 
*******Thank you, Kira @ La Bella Calori for nominating me.*******

You should really go check out Kira's blog. She makes amazing things and has wonderful tutorials.  We have become fast friends meeting at the ECMQG. What's funny is that I saw her beautiful piece here at the meeting.  I couldn't believe my eyes. I knew I had seen it in blogland. It's amazing to meet someone in person that you follow their work. Then, to find out that they are an amazing person. It's just a plus!

I am honored to answer these next 11 questions for the Liebster nomination. If you are a new reader, I hope you take a look around and welcome to my little blog. If you follow me already, I am so happy to have you stopping by, and I hope you keep coming back.

1. Why did you start blogging?  When I became a stay at home mom, I had some extra time. A lot of my friends wanted me to show them how to make a quilt or do something, like binding, potholders ect.  I thought I could put it on a blog and they would be able to make it whenever they wanted to, and it snowballed into something that I just really love. 

2. What is something this year that you are really looking forward to? I am really looking forward to the Traditional Guild Show in Pensacola. April 11-12. I am putting a quilt in my first quilt show. *Squeal* I am so excited and nervous that I can barely contain myself. It's called galaxy.


This picture was taken before it was quilted. More to come in the future.


3. What is your favorite thing to do to unwind? I love quilting and hearing the zing of the machine. 
 Reading is also a favorite. 

 4. Photo's say a thousand words so share a photo that means the most to you. Why is that picture important to you? My husband Jason is the most amazing man I've ever known. I love him so much. Then, God blessed us with these two children, Kenzie and Jared.  My little family brings my heart joy and happiness that I can't even put in words. Everyday I am blessed!




 5. What quote inspires you the most?  This is my favorite one. 





6. Name a quilting tool you can’t live without & why? Seam ripper, I hate to even say it out loud. I mess up so many times. If it goes missing, which it does pretty often, everything comes to a screeching halt. I call it my frienemy. 

 7. Where is your favorite vacation spot? Vegas! It was where Jason and I got married and honeymooned. It was wonderful. We were never bored and the food was good. There's tons of shows. 

 8. What is your favorite blog? There's really too many to say that I have an absolute favorite. I think I follow almost 300 blogs. If I follow you, you're a favorite. ;)

9. What is your favorite way to work out? I like to workout with my friends or family. Dance/Aerobics is a fav when I do workout.

10. Where do you like to shop? I like A & E. It's our local shop. Everyone there is wonderful and nice. I love to feel the fabric. 

11. What's the best advice you've ever been given? My grandma told me to follow my heart. It has never led me wrong. I make enough decisions with my brain. Let the heart have a turn. 





I nominate the follow five blogs:


Melissa@My Fabric Relish

 Ok bloggers now its your turn to answer some questions.
1. Why did you start blogging? 
2. What is something this year that you are really looking forward to?
3. What is your favorite thing to do to unwind?
4. Photo's say a thousand words so share a photo that means the most to you. Why is that picture important to you?
5. What quote inspires you the most?
6. Name a quilting tool you can’t live without & why?
7. Where is your favorite vacation spot?
9. What is your favorite way to work out?
10. Where do you like to shop?
11. What's the best advice you've ever been given?


I hope this gives you a nice peak into my life. I tried to share some things in here that you may not know about me. I hope you come back again. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Name Tag and some Demolition


I haven't posted in a while. I have been really busy and also passing a kidney stone. It was being really resistant to coming out. It took a month and a half. Two doctor's visits and a lot of nausea.Finally, it passed. So, I am back to sewing.  

                                                This morning I made a name tag for the guild.

It just a swatch of fabric.

I used my heat bond. Traced out the name.


I made a mess.


I heat bonded the letters on and quilted the top and batting just a bit. I used the same fabric as the name for the backing fabric. I used a midweight fusible interfacing to the backing fabric to  make it a little stiffer. I sewed around the outside,clipped corners, and turned it.


Wallah, cute little name tag for guild meetings. Plus, I have the cute notebook that matches.


I hooked up with a skinny swap...meaning pincushions. ;) This is my skinny pinny. You can see how to make a skinny here. Unlike getting skinny for real, this is super quick. Here's the flickr group here. There's tons of wonderful skinny pinnies over there.



In big news...not sewing related...we got a beautiful new fridge. Our old one was on it's last leg. The freezer didn't work, and it really affected the fridge. That is OLD news! Buh-bye lame fridge. Hello, happy day! Demolition of living room has begun!!


There's hubby in full demo mode.


It has completely spread to the kitchen.


I am proud of my hard work. Notice demo is as tall as me (I am 5'4)...lol.


This was a shocker. There was brick pavers in the entry. It was definitely not tile. No foundation here. Hubby had to  hammer and chisel  them out. The entry was not level with the living room foundation. So,  I filled it with cement. Yes, me. First time for everything. Brother-in-law made it for the cement mixing. Yay, a family affair. We made good progress. High fives to all DIYers! 

 We are also thinking...about taking our the entry way walls and it will be completely open.  We have renovated our den. Pics are here.
 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

In progress

It's been a crazy couple weeks here in the panhandle of FL. We got some ice on the ground. It was pretty amazing. The kids got to slide down the little hill. It was sooo much fun! Scary but fun! Jason and I joined in the sliding too. No video of that. ;) For some reason, we don't have boogie boards. I know, who would have thought. We live right by the beach. So, we cut some thick sheets of shelving plastic and slid our butts off!

video
  
I sent off  my pouch for the sweet pouch swap over with Ros @ Sew Delicious.
 
 
I used this wonderful tutorial here. . I just added a little tail.
I filled it with treats and sent.
 I tried two different interfacing ideas. The first boxy pouch I made was for our guild swap. I used Pellon 72F. It was fusible on both sides. It really only needed to be fusible on one side. It still  held shape well. When I made the one in the pic above, I just used batting, and it was lighter and I was able to fold it easily for shipping. I was impressed with how it held it's shape though.  I liked both, but I think that the pellon looked more professional.
 
 
I received my pouch from Bronwyn in Australia filled with tons of yumminess. I love this international swap! I don't usually do selfies. This was impromptu, and hubby was home to take a photo.

 
This is my January block for Sew Kitschy. The button is on the right of this post.
 
 
I made this cute paper piecing for a swap.

 
Finished this mug rug and sent it off Monday for our swap on Ipernity. You should check it out. It's an open group. We are about to start another swap soon....
 
 
 
My Riley Blake Challenge is finished for ECMQG. All the lovely ladies will get to see this in person on Saturday. It really goes with our master bedroom d├ęcor. Valentine's is also right around the corner. ;)  If you would like a tute. Let me know. It's super easy.
 
 Linking up with Kelly

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Modern Maple Piecing

I just thought, I would post my process for getting this block together. Maybe, it will be helpful or fun to see my process. I was really glad that I was sewing with friends, and they told me how they put it together (meaning the stem). It was easier with their help. I made this one this morning. Which brings me to 3 maples. Woohoo!
 
 
Linking up with Lee 
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

 
I know everyone has seen these beautiful modern maples quilts all over the web. The free pattern is here, and it was designed by Amanda Woodward-Jennings.

 
 I draw my 1/4 inch, sew on either side of that line 1/4 inch. Cut them in half on the center line.
 
 

 I use the  the 45 degree line on my ruler and line it up on the seam. I make sure all sides are within the 4.5 inches needed for the block size and trim.

 Sometimes, when ironing, the seam can shift because of being cut on the bias. I just try to line it up as close as possible.


  I cut a 4 1/2 inch block from point to point. I just tried to line up the triangles and center it on each side of the stem. Also trying to make sure that they are sewn on at the same spot on each side.


  I lined up the  45 degree line on the ruler and kind of guessed at the middle of the stem. I made sure that there was plenty of room around the block to cut it down to 4.5 inches.

This is the reason for sewing the triangles onto the middle of the stem too, that part is key.


 I lay out my block right by my machine.





I sewed them into 3 rows.

 



 When I pin the rows, I pin the seams together by I nesting them. That's the picture where I have my fingers on the seam. Each seam needs to go the opposite direction. You can kind of lock them up closer by moving your fingers back and forth. (sounds silly, but true). Pin right at the seam.


 Then, when sewing , I sew right up to the needle. I have the needle in the down position. I pull out the pin. Sometimes, they can still be a hair off. It gets better with practice.

 

 
This is really how I sew in general. I love this pattern. It's pretty simple. The hardest part is the stem. I got passed that, and it has been smooth sailing. I am going to knock this off the finish along list. Then, I may have to make another, cause they're soo darn cute. ;)
 
Keep calm and sew on.