Sunday, November 17, 2013

Wonky Crosses Wall Quilt and Placemats.

I am so late in posting this. I have just been so busy lately that I don't have a lot of time for sewing and when I do have time for sewing I don't have time for blogging about it!

Anyway, I finally finished the modern wonky crosses quilt from Elizabeth Hartman's class on Craftsy. I started and finished the quilt top quite a while ago but wasn't sure what to do with it.

My dining room needed some updating so I decided to finish the quilt and hang it in there, then I went ahead and made matching placemats.

You can see more photos here.
I really love it. But I have three kids and they are all messy eaters so I make them flip the placemats to the back side when they're eating... I don't want any stains on the fronts. Haha

Sunday, August 4, 2013

eReader Cases .:. Nook & Kindle

My cousin asked me to make a case for her Nook (first edition) because she can't find any pretty cases she likes to fit the older Nooks. So I sent her some photos of case patterns and some photos of fabric and she picked this:
And opened it looks like this... with a pocket on the left. Melissa measured her Nook for me and I used those measurements to make a cardboard Nook to make sure it fit. I hope her Nook fits nicely in it....
And since that went so well and used only two of the five fat quarters in the pack, I went ahead and made another cover for my Kindle.
The pattern can be purchased here. It was an easy pattern to follow for the most part... but you know me, I don't really follow patterns, they are more of a guideline for me. So I did not use the heavy weight interfacing as suggested. I used decor bond on the outer cover and then slipped some plastic canvas between the layers. Also instead of using fabric corners at the top I used elastic. Also I made the inner flap match the outside instead of the inside :) And I changed the dimensions on both cases. But yeah, good pattern.

Now I need to make a new case for my iPad and a case for my husband's Nook {although he just wants a pouch with velcro apparently}.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sewing Clothing for Myself

I love to wear skirts so when Craftsy was having their summer sale I enrolled in a class called "Design and Sew an A-Line Skirt with Debora Moebes". You draft your own pattern to fit your measurements. The class is great because you don't just learn the one basic a-line skirt. You also learn to add a lining, a yoke, length, fullness, etc. Not only that, but you learn to insert an invisible zipper, which is actually way easier than I thought and even my first one come out great.

Here is my first skirt, just the basic a-line.
And another using the slash and spread method.
I really love that one.
I also enrolled in a class called Sassy Librarian Blouse. The options in the class are to add a collar or not, add sleeves or not, and add pin tucks or not, so you can make several different looking shirts with this one class. The blouse was a little challenging for me but I love it!!!
And it fits!!!
I can't wait to make another shirt, I really love the look of this with the pin tucks and the sleeves.

I went and checked a few clothes making books out of the library too so I can make more things... if you follow me on Instagram you'll see my daughter is making herself a dress from one of the books. I'm so excited that she is sewing with me and wants to learn.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Finished QAYG Bag

This bag looks cute but I don't like the size of it. I decided I was going to try to make the bag from the Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags class smaller by taking a couple inches off here and there around the pattern. And I think that I did that incorrectly because the bag is too wide for the depth of it and I took two inches off the straps which made the handles smaller than I'd like. Lesson learned.

But the bag itself was easy and I will be making it again. You can also use the same techniques to make any bag really, just about any purse pattern out there can be turned into a quilt as you go purse. I'm really excited to make more of these. I already have to make a large tote for the beach for my cousin... ha {I am always making things for her}
I made it entirely of scrap fabric, just random bits and pieces. I like the bound edges, I just love the look of it. I love the look of the scrappiness and quiltiness of the entire bag!

Monday, July 8, 2013

A finished project and a work in progress.

I started walking, jogging and running in April and have always had the problem of my ear buds falling out. I had been using the ear buds that came with my iPhone 5, which comes with this handy little case to keep them neat. Well... I finally bought myself some ear buds that won't fall out when I'm running except they didn't come in a case.

I whipped up a little zip pouch for them yesterday so they won't get tangled at the bottom of my purse. I used a recycled zipper {which I think came from somebody's old jeans, but I'm not sure}, some scrap fabric and batting.





It was made the same as the keychain zip pouch, and the free tutorial is right here. The only thing I did differently was that I used batting instead of interfacing... sort of a quilt-as-you-go thing and eliminated the keychain tab.

And speaking of quilt-as-you-go... I enrolled in Craftsy's Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags class and love love love it. So far I have finished one purse panel and I started the second already and will hopefully finish the second panel today.



I am loving it so far. That's what I've been up to, not a whole lot of sewing, it's so nice out that I spend most of my day outside with my youngest daughter and I've been reading books too, summertime is my reading time generally. I don't know why but I find that I read a lot more in the summer.



Monday, July 1, 2013

Working on my next art quilt.

Online Quilting TechniquesI'm sure you all know by now how much I love art quilting. Especially art quilting as taught by Wendy Butler Berns. (she's my art quilt idol)

A couple years ago my husband and I drove the Mount Washington Auto Road and I took a ton of photos up there, it was a pretty amazing drive. I went thru all the photos and picked one I really like and I'm going to use it to make an art quilt.

I think though that I am not going to use realistic colors. I feel like I want to make it artsy... I don't know, I guess I haven't decided yet. Once I've got the image traced on the wax paper then I will decide I think.

Right now it's printed out and I'm taping the pieces together. Then, of course, I need to transfer to wax paper and put all my line up marks on it. Quite a process. I love every second of it though.

Here is the photo I'm using:
I'll try to remember to update the blog more often. I just busy with other things I guess....

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monkey - Quilted Library Tote

I finished my nephew's library tote. Now that I'm finished I can mail them out.

The monkey is paper pieced from a book that was sent to me, his tail and eyes are embroidered (which I am not very good at...). Well... also I was out of brown floss so I had to use yellow...
The word "read" was made using Elizabeth Hartman's Refrigerator Magnets Pattern. And instead of an all over straight line quilting pattern I just random quilted a few stars here and there...
And there is no pattern for the bag, I just whipped it up myself. It is the same size as Lilly's bag.

Which is....hmmm... I did not measure it before posting... the front and back panels were cut at 12 1/2" by 14 1/2" and the sides were cut 3" wide {I think}. So that should give you some idea.

Of course I added a label to Andrew's bag too:
And then I went out and bought each of the kids a couple books to get them started using their bags.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Penguin Quilted Library Tote



I finished the library tote for my niece a while ago and I'm now working on the one for my nephew {his will be a monkey}. I had a lot of fun with this and I think it came out nice... even though my husband insists the penguin doesn't look like a penguin :/

I used just the same fabric on the inside and straps and I'm kind of wishing I'd used contracting fabric.... and the only part of the bag that is quilted is the front panel. It is just some straight line quilting.
I made a label for the inside... not sure if you're supposed to add labels to totes or not but I did it anyway... ha
I hope she likes it... well... she's like two so she will so I guess I should say I hope her mommy likes it :)

The penguin paper piecing pattern was from an old book someone sent me and the letters for the tote are by Elizabeth Hartman... called refrigerator magnets {GREAT PATTERN}.

I haven't been on Craftsy in a while but I was over there today and did you see they have new quilting classes!!!?? I can't decide which to join...

Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags, Pattern-Free Quiltmaking, Strip Your Stash Decisions, decisions.

Actually more than that... I don't know if ya'll know it but I like to draw and paint and my kids also like to draw and paint. Annnddddd... guess what classes Craftsy now has??

I think I want to take the landscape classes. Have you enrolled in any of these new classes??

Monday, June 3, 2013

WIP - Library Tote

I'm working on making library totes for my niece and nephew... My friend's mother-in-law sent me more fabric and more books and one of the books is just paper pieced animals. So I asked what animals Andrew and Lily would like and I was told monkey and penguin.
My husband tells me my penguin does not look like a penguin....
I know there is no eye yet... but I think it looks like a penguin... it looks like the paper!!!
The alphabet pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman, which you can purchase off her blog here. It is called refrigerator magnets. Great pattern... lotsa pages... several sizes of every letter both capital and lower case.
That's as far as I've gotten... and now unfortunately I have to stop for a few days because I have to make another barn {other barn here}.

I feel like I have really been neglecting my blog lately...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Finally finished!!!! Sofa quilt.

I am thrilled that I have finally finished this quilt. It was originally supposed to be queen sized for my bed, but I just got so impatient and tired of doing the squares... I completed 35 squares {instead of the original 90 I wanted} and stopped there.
I wanted to free motion quilt but I couldn't really move the quilt around in the throat of my machine, so that was a little disappointing. But now that I'm finished I'm so glad it didn't fit because I just used my walking foot to do some straight line quilting using a wavy stitch on my machine and I love the way it came out. I got the idea from Jacquie Gering's class, though this isn't in the actual class, one of the finished quilts she shows is quilted this way but with zig zags instead of waves.
For the back I just used some leftover jelly roll strips and added them to the middle of a piece of fabric... super simple.
Can't wait to sit under it tonight while I'm reading my latest library book.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Gifting: Felt Barn & Animals.

I think I had mentioned I was working on this felt barn for my friend's son. His birthday party is coming up this weekend, he'll be two!! I used this pattern.... up there is the front of the barn and one of the sides.

The back of the barn:
There is not a whole lot to say about this. It is a bit time consuming. I used plastic canvas in the walls, floor and roof front & sides instead of interfacing. I only used the interfacing in the top of the roof. This was put together with a combination of hot glue, hand sewing with embroidery floss and of course machine stitching. {nowhere in the instructions does it suggest using hot glue, that's just something I decided to try}

The open barn with all the pieces:
Cow. Pig and his mud puddle:
I love the pig, I think he is one of my favorites. Duck in his pond {actually it's supposed to be a goose}:
The duck/goose is my other favorite!!
Farmer Dean and his wagon filled with hay:

Horse standing behind the garden:
I can't wait to give this to Dean. I think he will love it. He has already played with a few of the animals... haha. So that's what I've been up to in the sewing/quilting part of my life.

Outside of that... we are apparently being stationed in Fort Wainwright, AK. ALASKA..... Um... it's going to be quite a change. We're supposed to be going in a matter of months, so I may not have a lot of time for sewing because I really need to start going through the house and clearing unwanted and unused items. Last time we did anything like this was five years ago, almost, and we cleared a very small apartment in two days, it was exhausting. And you can imagine in the last five years we have accumulated a lot of .... stuff.

We haven't yet decided if we are driving the 7,000+ miles, or flying, or driving/ferrying over. But I do know I'm going to cut up a ton of hexagons so I have something to work on while traveling.

Big changes. I guess since I won't be doing a lot of sewing I will be sharing here the entire experience of PCSing to Alaska. I hope that's okay!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Goldfinch & Thistle - wall hanging

Remember when I said my friend's mother-in-law sent me a ton of fabric and quilting books?

I took a pattern from one of the quilting books and some of the butterfly fabric and made this wall hanging for her.
The center is a paper pieced block and then the borders were added on to that. I am still not that great at free-motion quilting but I'm getting better. Here is some free motion pebbles in the black border and the butterfly border has what Leah Day calls "River Path"... she teaches it in her Free Motion Quilting a Sampler Class on Craftsy. Of course mine doesn't look as good as hers... ha.
The back has a rod pocket for hanging and of course my label where I also say thank you. This is only the second quilt label I've made. They don't come out that great, so I'm glad they go on the back.
I hope she likes it, and I do hope she knows just how much I appreciate her generosity in sending me so much fabric and so many books.

Monday, May 6, 2013

My very first quilt

I think I made this in 2001... maybe early 2002.

It is made of scrap fabric.. old curtains, my daughter's bassinet sheets, my old shirts, fabric taken from the pillows on the couch, fabric I bought to make her a blanket {which did not work out}, leftover fabric from the curtains I made for her bedroom. Lots of random fabric. But fabric with memories attached.
I remember when I made this and how I made this. I did not use a rotary cutter, the squares were cut with scissors and I sewed with the sewing machine on my bed in front of me... awkwardly bent over to see with one leg curled under me indian style and the other leg up and bent so I could push the pedal.
I cannot believe my daughter will be 13 this month. I can't believe I have been a mother for 13 years.

Does anyone know how I can repair this rip? There is no batting in this "non-quilt quilt" so.... should I just whip stitch it? I don't know. Ideas would be great.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Magical Jelly Roll Table Mat

This pattern is part of Magical Jelly Roll Quilts by Kimberly Einmo. You learn to make these blocks and then a whole quilt, and she shows you several variations... with one block, four blocks, turning the block, etc. It's a great class. I went with just one block and added a border.

I finished piecing this quite a while ago and it's been hanging on my wall. I have a friend who comes over a lot and she's always saying how much she likes it and how much she likes the fabric, so I decided to finish it and give it to her.
I free-motion quilted wandering clovers on the background and some curves in the flying geese. A flower in the center and some free form curves around the border. I like the way it came out. I used orange thread because my friend's favorite color is orange and I wanted the quilting to show.
The backing is just a whole cloth. It's also bound in the same fabric. Orange!!! I like the way it looks on the back too. I guess this could be double sided!!

It finishes about 17 1/4" square.

OH! I don't know if you've seen it, but Craftsy has some of the Quilt Con lectures on the site for free, and I really loved Jacquie Gering. I loved her so much that I purchased her class, Improv Piecing - Modern Design class. I have started watching it already, I'm still in the first lesson though because my iPad battery was dying last night. Are you taking her class?