Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Scrapbook Supplies Destash

I am not sure how many scrapbookers or paper crafters follow this blog, but if any of you are scrappers or paper crafters you might be interested to know that I am getting rid of of my scrap supplies to make room for more sewing supplies.

Everything is packed and ready to ship. I have three medium flat rate boxes and one padded envelope so far. Still cleaning out my stock so more to come.

First there is a "sticker box".  Box is full of: 'thickers' letter stickers {several colors}, Close to my Heart journaling prompt stickers, some die cut shapes, border papers, tons of various letter stickers
To view more photos and to purchase this box, click here.

Next, I have a box full of:  chipboard shapes, chipboard square coasters, chipboard round coasters, stickers & 3D stickers, metal plates, various 6" papers, a mat pad of 5 x7 paper, a Close to my Heart 6" display album, a handmade squash book, a Close to my Heart 3" album.
To view more photos of this ready to ship box and to order, click here.

The last box, "for the stampers" contains: 4 shape scissors, Close to my Heart Pretty Pins, Close to my Heart journaling cardstock, K & Company 5x7 paper pad, 5-6 Vellum quote packs, Various card bases, Various 6x6 scrapbook papers, Various 8x8 scrapbook papers, 6 brand new never used Stamping Bella mini stamps, 3 unmounted rubber stamps {2 brand new never used}, 4 mounted rubber stamps, 4 packs of clear stamps {most never used}, 3 single clear stamps, 1 box of chipboard letters, 1 clear stamping block.
To view more pictures and to order, click here.

And last is the envelope, which is all Girl Scouts:
Can be purchased here.

US Orders Only. These are all packed and ready to ship, will ship the day after purchase.

W.I.P. Wednesday.

I have nothing finished to share at the moment {or I do but I don't have photos?} so I thought I would share what I'm working on right now.
This pattern is from Magical Jelly Roll Quilts, a class on Craftsy. This lonestar was the whole reason I joined the class, and I'm glad that I did. So far it has been pretty easy, Kimberly Einmo is a great teacher  and fellow Military Spouse {or past military spouse???}.

The only quilting left to do is the solid background and the border, then I get on to adding the binding. I'm really excited about this table topper, it's beautiful already and it's not even done yet.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Saturday Sewing.

I was asked to make a lunch bag from the book "Lunch Bags, a design collective". I was asked to make the one on the cover.

Here is my finished bag:
And the inside:
I seriously have got to start remembering to Google the book site and check for pattern updates. I still haven't checked if this pattern has been updated or not, but I do know when I was making it... um... I had to cut for the lining and exterior an extra 8 1/2" x 9" piece "for the flap" which was never used. As you can see, the flap is all once piece... so those two 8 1/2" x 9" squares are just scraps on my table now. Oh well.

I'd say "lesson learned" but this is the not first time I've done this... ha. I need to print a giant sign and hang it above my cutting table that says "CHECK FOR PATTERN UPDATES FIRST". Seriously.

Do you make the same mistakes over and over? Or is it just me who doesn't learn?

I also had a friend come over {our girls are in the same class} and we made our girl dresses! Sheena hasn't sewn since high school, one, and two, did not know how to read a pattern. So together we walked thru everything, and I did my best to explain, guide and show her. We both bought the same pattern {New Look 6613} but made different dresses. My dress is on the left {Dress C}, hers is on the right {Dress A}.
And of course the girls were super excited and both can't wait to wear the dresses without their clothes underneath... haha. They came out beautifully, and Sheena did a great job, we only had to rip her stitches twice, which I think is pretty impressive for a first dress, and the first time on a sewing machine in so many years. Don't you think?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Fold over snack baggie - tutorial

I've been so focused on making quilts lately that I haven't sewn much else and haven't shared a tutorial in a long while. So yesterday I snapped some pictures while I was making a little snack baggie and thought I'd share with you:)

Start with a piece of cotton fabric that is 8" x 16".

Fold and press each of the short ends 1/4" toward the wrong side, then fold over another 1/4" and press again. Top stitch to secure, back stitching at both ends.
With the wrong side up,  fold the bottom short edge up 6 inches and then fold the top short edge down about 2 1/4 inches.
forgive my whacky lighted photo, not sure how this happened!
Pin and stitch along the raw edges 1/8" on both side, making sure to backstitch at each end.
Slightly trim side seams being careful not to cut your stitches. Flip wrong side out, press side seams.

Stitch the sides again using a 1/4" seam this time, back stitch at both ends to secure.

Flip right side out and you're done! It's just like a plastic sandwich baggie, only much better!
Finished size is 7" wide by 6" tall making this the perfect Baggie for chips, carrots or even a sandwich. Just put your food in then flip the top over to close.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pricing and selling handmade quilts.

This isn't a definitive post, I've just been reading a lot about this lately and wanted to share some of my findings with you, in case any of you are or were as clueless as me.

The first article I read was an article on the BryerPatch Studio website. Here is the q & a.

First, I learned... well I'm a pretty quick worker in everything I do and so most of my quilts don't take as long as you might expect. I also learned I should be making more than minimum wage but less than, obviously, someone who wins quilts shows would make.

Mostly what I found interesting was that a lot of quilters generally price their quilts by the square foot. So from this article I went on to research ways to determine square footage price. My understanding is that it's a flat rate price, depending on the type of quilt and the size of the quilt.

From what I have read so far, smaller quilts have a higher price per square foot, while larger quilts have a lower price per square foot.

Then of course you can always add to the price depending on the density of the quilting, and another price entirely if you're hand quilting.

So there is quite a bit of info out there and I'm going to try to share some of the info and links with you as I come to understand it better. For now though, that BryerPatch Studio link is a good idea to read if you're curious.


Right now I'm currently working on a lunch bag for one of the librarians. As requested :) Nothing to show right now because I've only managed to get one piece cut for it, but I should be able to work on it today when Hannah is at school. Hoping anyway.

I also have finally ordered a few quilting rulers I've been wanting, the Dresden ruler, the 60 degree triangle and a flying geese ruler. They were all on sale at so that was some exciting shopping for me! I can't believe they charge so much for some of those rulers, it's crazy. I also added some template plastic to my cart and a package of safety pins because I never seem to have enough when I'm basting a quilt.

Nothing has shipped yet though... It hasn't even been 24 hours but I really cannot wait til they get here. Especially because one of the lessons in Sarah Fielke's Big Techniques class uses the 60 degree triangle and I have been dying to make that quilt....

So that's it for me. A lot of reading and a lot of pacing the floors... I get like that when I'm itching to quilt but have nothing in particular to quilt. What about you?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Weekend Sewing.

I spent the weekend {okay... one day this weekend} sewing up some drawstring bags and another eyeglass case. While I was working on the patchwork bag my 5 year old brought a chair over and sat next to me. We watched some Tinkerbell and she played with scrap fabrics. It was a fun bonding time.

This one is not the same on the other side, the other side has a pink square :) It is also padded with a single layer of batting and very lightly quilted.
Here are two more, we keep a few of these around the house for small toys. These two are not padded at all.
I love the bright fabrics, they are so fun!
And the eyeglass case is pieced with scraps from the bags.
All of these have been listed for sale in my Goodsmiths shop.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Pebbled Table Topper

I am pretty excited about this one guys! My free motion quilting gets better every time I do it. Here is a little table topper I made with the leftover white fabric from the Retro Flower Table Topper/Wallhanging.
This is a small table topper... 15" x 10".... so pretty small. Great size for a bedside table or maybe on the kitchen counter... or even the bathroom counter if it's large enough {we have no counters in the bathroom here  unfortunately}.
I did some spiral quilting on the center circles and there you see the detail of the pebbling.
I think the free motion quilting is just as pretty on the back as it is on the front! So I guess that makes this double sided!

All the colored pieces were hand appliqued to the squares and then I machine pieced the squares together and of course machine quilted. Machine stitched the binding to the front then hand stitched to the back so you can't see any stitches.

I love to look at this little quilt and touch it... hahaha. It's pretty sweet, I'm pretty proud.

This pebbled table topper is for sale in my new shop at Goodsmiths. As of yesterday I am making the switch from Etsy to Goodsmiths. So far I prefer Goodsmiths category system over Etsy's and Goodsmith is a small place. Also I like the way it looks better :) BUT! Today I just discovered StorEnvy. So now a new decision to make. I'm going to play with both and see which I think is best. Have you worked with either of these? Do you prefer one over the other?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Whimsical Flowers Art Quilt

I drew this art quilt design myself, the two flowers, the circle around it, etc.
I am pretty happy with the way this came out. Not perfect, but really what does anybody ever make that's actually perfect? I don't think anybody makes anything perfect.

I really love the red and blue and green together, the red and blue especially.

I pieced this myself using Wendy Butler Berns' turned edge machine applique technique. And I free motion quilted this myself too.
Sorry for the washed out photo above... it was hard to get a detail shot with the flash on....

This is 14 1/2" square. There is a hanging pocket on the pieced back.
I do think I'm going to sell this once I figure out how to sell things from this site, as I said earlier this week... I'm just not happy with Etsy.

***edited to add: this art quilt is now for sale at Goodsmiths. Right now I am also trying out a StorEnvy store too, see which I like better. It's hard to decide!! But I do know I need to pick ONE and only ONE!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Drawstring gift bag.

Remember the apron I made for my daughter's friend, Lola? Well, instead of wrapping it I made a drawstring bag for it.
It's very cute, pretty pink and purple.  I used purple ribbon for the tie instead of matching fabric.
I boxed the corners, as usual. And this was made using the Craftsy class "Bag Making Basics, Drawstring Bag & Bucket Bag".

On an unrelated note... sort of... I don't get a ton of views or sales on Etsy so I've been researching other ways to sell my quilts. I've also been reading more into how to price quilts. I think I'm going to set up a sale page here on the blog... after I do some more research into everything. I'll let you know what I find out, if you're interested.... save you some research yourself... ha

Friday, February 8, 2013

I could really use your vote :)

   I have entered my "Getting Along" art quilt into the Quilting Gallery Quilter's Show & Tell. This week's theme is Commemorative Quilts.Quilters’ Show and Tell

Here's a link to the blog post!
Please vote for "Getting Along" {as pictured below} I would really appreciate it!

"Getting Along" art quilt by SewSimpleLife

Thanks in advance!!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

An Apron for a Little Girl

One of the girls that Hannah goes to school with is having her 5th birthday party! So I asked mom if she likes coloring books? Or does she need a purse? An apron maybe? And mom said "Oh she loves to cook with me but she doesn't have an apron!" So I made her an apron for her birthday {which is Sunday}
my Hannah modeling for me!
I used some decorative stitching to stitch Lola's name. My sewing machine has so many decorative stitches it was hard to pick one. But I finally decided on one after much testing and just wrote her name with a disappearing ink marker and stitched on those lines. I added buttons just for show :) They don't serve any other purpose, except to be pretty.

Here is the tie in the back and there is also a tie around the neck. Keep in mind this apron is for baking with mom, not for pretend baking in a pretend kitchen.

Here is the backside where the apron meets the bodice... I made some bias tape to cover the raw edges so it's nice and neat. You can also see that the bodice is lined.

Just for fun, I am not a photographer but I thought this was cute:

This was my first time making an apron. I didn't use a pattern and I'm actually thinking about either A} Writing a pattern and selling it or B} Making the aprons to sell. Maybe my photos don't show it well enough but this apron is so adorable in person and just the right size for kids 4-8 I'd say. I really had fun making it. I think it might be fun to make another but add some applique to the bodice instead of stitching the name... really it depends on the fabric and style you're going for I guess.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Retro Flowers Wallhanging or Table Topper

I finished this wall hanging/table topper Sunday morning. You might remember I started it weeks ago. It started as a pattern in a magazine but the templates and cutting sizes were wrong in the magazine, so I just decided to do my own thing.
I'm really happy with the way this came out. I free motion quilted "wandering clover" design on the white on white butterfly background fabric. It's hard to see in the photos but the quilting was done with a light lilac thread.
All the corner pieces, flowers, stems and leaves were hand appliqued onto the block and then I stitched the blocks together.
The back is solid blue, same as the binding. The binding was machine stitched to the front and then hand sewed to the back. I really enjoy hand sewing the quilt bindings, it's very relaxing. There is also a blue hanging pocket on the back.

This finished at 14 1/2" wide by 15" tall {not sure how I lost that half inch... LOL}. I am selling this on Etsy if you're interested.

I'm working on another one, though this second one will not have the flowers, just the corner units on all the blocks and since I'm using the leftover butterfly fabric I had only enough to cut six squares instead of nine, so the next one will be a little bit different... maybe just the right size to add some color to the back of the toilet :)

I don't know what's going on exactly but I am finding myself spending more and more time sewing and less time cleaning. I know that's not awful, but it's very addictive... I can't even sit and watch tv with my husband anymore unless I have something in my hands that I can sew {he doesn't mind though... for now haha}. And I'm finding that I really enjoy free motion quilting.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Twice nominated: Liebster Award

First nominated by Toye from Quilting Adventures of a Ginger, and then by Sara from This Little Life of Mine plus 2.... This is the first time this blog has gotten a cute little award. It is nice to know people other than close friends and family are reading!

The Liebster Award, otherwise known as the Love Blog Award, is given by a blogger to a new blogger to promote appreciation and recognition in the blog-o-sphere. The blog must have less that 200 followers or be less than 6 months old.  The nominated blogger must write a post with the following:

11 Random things about themselves
Answer 11 questions posed to them by the blogger that nominated them
Choose 11  blogs to pass on the award to
Post 11 question for nominated bloggers to answer

My first set of questions from Toye are:

1.  What is your favorite meal to make at home?
My favorite meal to make would have to be my BBQ Kielbasa... because it's quick, easy and soooo good!

2.  What is your favorite color?
My favorite color... absolute favorite, is the crayon color "Cerulean"... but really any blue or purple will do.

3.  Mountains or Ocean?
I prefer the mountains... I think. Or maybe the ocean... mountains... no.... ocean.

4.  What would be the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
FABRIC! ha. KIDDING! I would pay off my car loan.

5.  What is the name of your favorite teacher in school and what made them special?
I want to say Mr. Hammond was my favorite teacher. Total hippie... he was so laid back, he made learning easy and fun.

6.  If your house was threatened by a wild fire, what would be the first thing you would pack in your car besides your family and pets?
Scrapbooks, photo albums, my latest art quilt, and a 32 year old Curious George stuffed animal.

7. Rock or Country?
Rock. I do like country though, but if I really had to choose just one, it would be rock, for sure.

8. What is your biggest accomplishment?
Gillian {pronounced  Jillian} , Matthew & Hannah, of course.

9. What is your favorite song from the 1980's?
"Nothing's gonna stop us now" by Starship... Best movie song... EVER. {Mannequin... which I have watched at least two hundred times, and yes, I know all the words of all the characters}

10.  What was the name of your first pet?
a goldfish named Charlie... who died because I overfed him :(

11.  Bungie jumping or Sky diving?
Oh jeez... NEITHER! I'm afraid of heights!

And now for Sara's questions:

1. What's your favorite crafty activity (sewing, gluing, stamping, crochet etc.)?
Definitely sewing & quilting. So addicted.

2. Have you met other bloggers in "real life?"
Nope, not yet.

3. Do you have children?  Ages?
Gillian, 12 - Matthew, 9 - Hannah, 5

4. Where did you meet your significant other?
Whitefield, NH

5. Does he/she accept any crafty obsessions?
He does. He is very supportive of my quilting :)

6. Favorite season and why.
Autumn. The smells, the breezes, the colors. Everything is so fresh.

7. Do you have an Etsy shop?
I do. It is here.

8. House or apartment?
Fourplex... I guess kind of an apartment, kind of a condo. It belongs to the Army though.

9. Something crazy you did as a child.
My friends and I tied this cinder block {the big rectangle ones with two square holes in 'em} to a rope then threw the rope over a tree branch and we took turns standing under it until it fell on my head. We also used to... there was this streetlight with faulty wiring out of the ground and if you stood just so... and touched the street light you could feel the jolt... we used to take turns feeling the jolt. So fun. And when I was 16 I thought it might be a good idea to sit on top of a waterfall, but it turns out it wasn't such a great idea and my right foot is permanently ruined... LOL Although other than buying shoes it's not really a problem.

10. Glass half empty or half full?
Half full is what I would say if we were really talking about a glass of water on the counter, but since that's not what we're talking about here... I'm not an optimist and I'm not a pessimist. I'm realistic about things.

11. The farthest place you have traveled to from home.
Florida from Massachusetts. I was 9 or 10, visiting my grandparents.

11 Random things about me

1. I support pretty much everything that is apparently controversial {equal rights, a woman's right to choose, going green}
2. I am an only child by my parents together but they both went and remarried so actually I am the oldest. I have 2 brothers and 3 sisters.
3. I can only eat small things in even numbers {M&Ms, chocolate covered raisins, bottle caps, grapes}. If there are three left I will eat two and throw the last one away or give it to my kids...
4. My cousin is my best friend.
5. My non-family BFF {other than my husband of course, because he is always number one} is a guy I met in science class in high school.
6. I'm 7 years older than my husband.
7. I have a stuffed animal that is 32 years old and I don't plan on ever getting rid of it!
8. My favorite candy/chocolate/snack is Cadbury Creme Eggs.
9. I'm afraid of heights.
10. I enjoyed Disney World as much as the kids last year.
11. I wish, really really wish, that I could make a living off quilting.

And that's that. I'm not going to nominate 11 other blogs, I follow over 200 blogs and it would just be too difficult to pick 11 of them. So feel free to nominate yourself because I think all 200 blogs I follow deserve to be loved!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Recap: January Finishes

Not much I guess... I made a coneflower quilt using a design by Wendy Butler Berns... I edited the coneflower a bit and made a second flower quilt, I made a dolphin quilt for my mother-in-law, a birdy quilt to sell, a needlebook, which is also for sale, a w.i.p. bag, and Getting Along quilt.

I guess seven projects isn't bad... even if they are pretty small.

And leftover from last year I still have two tops that I need to finish but I'm just not feeling it at the moment...

First is the plus table runner, which is stitched together, it needs batting though, and a back, and quilting and trimming and binding...
And my step-down piecing top.... which also needs batting, backing, quilting, trimming and binding...
I do feel like I am getting more done in a shorter amount of time though, not that it matters much because it's pretty much all for me anyway... haha. Or gifts for family and they can wait!

What did you finish in January?