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Saturday, March 30, 2013

My Sewing Space. Cleaned & Organized!

I have a very small sewing space... I sew in what is supposed to be the dining room and it is about 8 ft by 10 ft. Also, I have one full wall, plus a wall with a door, a partial wall with a window, a missing corner and then the backside of the kitchen which is a see thru wall behind the stove. I have taken a floor plan screen print and added in my furniture!
Now when I show you  my photos you have something to reference so it makes more sense! My desk takes up the entire available wall on the right side of the room. Which, before my cleaning and organizing looked like this!
Messy messy!! Tsk tsk!!! Okay you ready... I spent the entire day in that little room yesterday just cleaning and organizing... here is my sewing desk... after shot.
What a difference huh!!!?? The desk had this small 6 inch deep shelf with two drawers at the back and I tried using it but find when I sew something large, everything gets knocked off the shelf and onto the desk and before I know it I can't even see the top of the desk at all. So I bought some brackets and moved that shelf off the desk and onto the wall and what a huge difference that has made!

Next I tackled the bookshelf... and the floor around it!
I'm so embarrassed. The black and white bag on the floor is most of my smaller finished items {overflowing as you can see}. The big blue bag is actually fabric scraps, separated by colors into smaller bags. There is my 12 year old sewing machine... random crap on the shelves... and the top shelf is just a mess... but nowwwwww......
Because I wanted to use my scrapbooking storage for sewing storage also... I went ahead and pulled my scrapbooking and cardmaking books out of my white ... cube things {at the bottom left of the room diagram above} and put them on the bookshelf right next to my sewing books. Most of that shelf is sewing but having all the books together freed up an entire cube and now that cube is for my UFOs and Finished items:
I did not take photos of the rest of the room, but trust me when I say it's super clean and mega organized and I'm thrilled with it. I really am. The after was definitely worth spending the entire day in there cleaning.

And I feel a lot better having my finished projects in the cupboard instead of a bag on the floor. Plus being able to clean the cubes enough to fit any of my sewing supplies on there felt great. {I am still selling my rubber stamps if you are interested! Super great prices, see them here}

When I was finished cleaning and organizing I started sewing and made a few more blocks for what will be my new quilt for my bed.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Quilting Journal.

I saw a post the other day, but I can't remember where, about keeping a quilting journal. This is something I have decided I want to do. I guess it's basically a photo album of your quilts and stats and stuff...? I'm not 100% sure. haha

I have created a Quilt Journal board on Pinterest if you'd like to see a few that other quilters have made.

I think I like the spiral bound ones as opposed to the normal journal ones. I also like the three ring binders with page protectors.

But, as someone who spent a great deal of time as a scrapbooker I'm wondering if that would work as well or better? Or would the papers you use in scrapbooking take away from the photos of the quilts?

Decisions, decisions. I need to get on it though, sooner rather than later, because I have to play catch up and write about the ones I've already finished.

Also, another thing I really want to do is buy a graph paper book {instead of the loose leaf graph paper} because I watched Heather Jones' lecture on the Craftsy site and just listening to her talk and show her inspiration photos and how it turned into a quilt.... something in my head just clicked and even though it's a lecture and not a class, I got it, and now I want to try that, to design quilts based off inspiration I found in the world around me! She designed a quilt inspired by the yield crosswalk in front of Walmart if you can believe that, and it's beautiful.

I have all these ideas in my head and really want to get started on them, but we have company coming and this week I decided to organize and declutter. In reality that means there is now a huge mess in my house that I have to clean up before noon on Sunday when my sister-in-law arrives.

Anyway, I just wanted to update real quick. I do have a finished quilt to share and it is scheduled to post on Monday, I know I've been really slacking on the blog lately.




Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Uncommon Goods Gift Certificate Winner

I guess I could write and go on and on about this or that or whatever and leave you hanging or make you scroll forever to find the winner, but I won't.

Uncommon Goods gift card winner

Congrats Ellee! Enjoy!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday. Will I ever finish this thing?

This is a small snippet of the art quilt I've been working on. I need to get it finished sooner rather than later but so many other things keep popping up and taking my time! Ugh. Hate when that happens.

That's about it around here. I have a giveaway going on right now... super very low entries. Enter for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Uncommon Goods.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Uncommon Goods. Review & Giveaway.

Have you heard of Uncommon Goods? I hadn't before last week! And let me tell you... I love it!!!

They have a lot of really cool, uncommon, gifts under $50 {right here}. Including this felt Mosaic game I got. I tell my five year old I got it for her, but the truth is I thought we could share it. It'll help her to learn and it will help me design quilt blocks.

Felt Mosaic Game from Uncommon Goods

Hannah had a lot of fun with it so far and she's only had it for two days. There are a ton of cards that come with it and a big board to make the designs on. Most of the designs are a little hard for her right now so we do them together, but there are some easier cards in there too.

Felt Mosaic Game from Uncommon Goods

I also got both my older kids this "Let's Make Some Great Art Book". And let me tell you... it is.... .awesome! Both my kids like to draw and they've already sat and done quite a few pages.

Let's make some great art book

With pages like this, my kids were busy for hours.... and quiet... with no fighting or arguing. It was awesome.

let's make great art book from uncommon goods

let's make great art book from uncommon goods

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Since their founding, they have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur - our goal is to sell no product that harms humans or animals.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My lame attempt at quilt math.

I had bought these jelly rolls which I just HAD to have because they were GORGEOUS and I thought they'd be PERFECT for my bedroom. They're the smaller jelly rolls... 24 strips per roll and I got the last six rolls on the shelf.

I did a lot of Googling trying to find a jelly roll pattern that was also queen sized. I couldn't find anything I liked and finally decided on a square block I drew below.
Don't even try to use the math above to make yourself a similar quilt because the math is ALL WRONG. I am horrible at math, which I have always known, but I guess I'm worse than I thought because even the simple math was wrong.

I cut up an entire jelly roll before I realized I was wrong. I cut up one full jelly roll and made a test block which came out to 10" x 10 1/4" which was way off from the 10 1/2" square I was aiming for. I ended up trimming the block to 10" unfinished... which will be 9 1/2" finished... an odd size for a finished block, I know...
But 9 1/2" finished blocks just just fine by me since I already cut the whole jelly roll... plus it's just so pretty right?!!? So I started piecing more blocks.
I am just randomly piecing them. There are 8 different fabrics and each block has 12 pieces so in each block some of the fabrics are repeated. But they're all random for the most part. I do make sure I don't have two of the same fabrics in each of the same strip of five.

So far I am up to 8 completed blocks and I need 90... so I've got a ways to go. And sometime today I need to buy fabric for the next art quilt, which will be a gift for someone so I can't say what.... but I should make it to the store today for fabric and then this queen quilt of mine will be on hold for a few days.

That's what I'm working on.... what are you working on?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Wheelchair Bag

I finished the wheelchair bag to match the lap quilt I made the other day. I started with a Simplicity pattern but really only used the dimensions and not the pattern itself or the directions, because I don't have a wheelchair around to use for measurements.

Anyway... here it is hanging on the back of a chair...
There is a zipper at the top making it a pretty deep bag, but then two smaller velcro pockets on the outside. No velcro in the actual pattern, I just felt they really needed something to hold them closed.
Here it is... folded and with the matching lap quilt, ready to ship.
It went together pretty quilting, I can't say how the Simplicity directions are because I didn't use them but usually Simplicity is pretty good.

What have you been up to?

Friday, March 8, 2013

One lap quilt: finished!

This is a smaller lap quilt I just finished. It is meant to be a lap quilt while in a wheelchair. It finishes at 30" x 39" so it should not interfere with the wheels of the wheelchair.
I know... grubby grass! No pretty snow and no lush green grass... we're sort of in limbo here in Central North Carolina!
I just did a simple straight line quilting for this quilt, since I was trying to make a manly quilt.... which is why I used the camo leaves fabric and the browns and green with it. Hopefully you can still see the leaves even though I cut up the fabric into squares...

The back is just a single piece of fabric. Super simple, but the quilting looks wicked cool!
And here it is... folded and ready to be packed and shipped!
I still need to make the matching wheelchair bag before I can ship this out. It'll be a bag to hang off the back handles. I found a pattern which I'm going to use after modifying it a little bit.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Another W.I.P. Wednesday

It's not very often I get to participate in W.I.P. Wednesday because I tend to finish things quickly. I don't like to have unfinished projects around and I really don't like starting a new project when I have one that needs to be finished.

But... this week I have three projects going. GULP.

First is... well I'm not sure what it is, that's why it's unfinished! You're supposed to make a whole quilt but I made one single block and added borders to it. Not sure I like the background color I went with... so it sits there... The pattern is from Magical Jelly Roll Quilts.
My second work in progress, Modern Crosses by Elizabeth Hartman, which is currently two days of work on the wall... I'm excited to get this one done, but.... there was something else that came up and needed to get some work done on.
So this is my newest W.I.P. as of yesterday and when I'm finished I will have a small lap quilt, a wheelchair quilt really, at least that is my intention. And I will have a bag for the back of a wheelchair. Very manly, right? I hope so....
So those are what I'm working on right now. Keeping me BUSY.

Did you notice my "design wall"? LOL. It's a table cloth I bought last year for Thanksgiving. Just a cheap ol' vinyl table cloth from Walmart... which I got on super sale, so it cost about $2. It's folded in half and then I just tucked it in the door. If I open it all the way I could get a king size quilt up there, I think. But I don't have room to open it. So for now it hangs on the back of the pantry door... and for now it works.

Monday, March 4, 2013

An oldie. But not the first.

I wanted to share the blanket I made one of my daughters. It was the first full {twin} size blanket I've ever made. Lots of mistakes in this one
I love the pattern and I even love the flannel fabric I picked out. There is supposed to be appliqued flowers in every square {or was it every other square?} but I didn't feel very confident in that. So instead I cut some circles and appliqued those randomly over the top.
Well.... as you can see I really didn't know what I was doing. Almost every appliqued circle is coming loose. I know everything I did wrong NOW, but back then I really didn't know. I had no idea. I thought I was doing it all correctly.

I'll say though... that for not knowing what I was doing really, this blanket has held up over the last 2-3 years. It has been puked on and peed on and dragged all around the house, tugged on and used as a fort. It's really well loved and it's been washed a bazillion times. The only real problem is that applique.
From the back you can see my "quilting". Which is just a stitch in the ditch around every other square and around the borders. Really... no idea what I was thinking!! There is no batting in this, which is why I keep calling it a blanket and not a quilt. The back is some... I don't even know! Poly/cotton blend I think.

And don't even get me going on the binding. Folded in half then raw edges in and sort of mushed over the edges of the quilt and stitched, which didn't attach all the way around so I did a second line of stitches. I had no idea you're supposed to stitch half on then flip around then stitch. And the corners?? Sort of mushed under the binding, so my square corners now look slightly rounded and since I didn't know how to get around those corners and I wasn't smart enough to cut them round, the binding is like... folded oddly over itself. LOL

But seriously, it has held up and as long as nobody looks at the corners, the binding looks good, the top looks good, except for the applique, and it keeps my daughter warm because it's flannel.

After this I had made a second one, same pattern, for my other daughter. I have no idea where it is in her room {it's not on her bed!!} but once I find it I'll photograph it. And Saturday night I found what is literally my very first finished "quilt". Oh yeah. Very first. I need to take a photo and share. It has lasted for 12 years now.... if you can believe that.

Do you ever look back at some of your first quilts or projects and wonder what you were doing?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Lonestar Table Topper - finished!

I am really enjoying the Magical Jelly Roll Quilts class. I finished my table topper!! Isn't it gorgeous! I love it!!
I did some free motion quilting in the center, then straight lines with my walking foot, then free motion quilting in the points and background, and back to my walking foot in the border.
I really seem to love the clover stitching... The back is just a single piece of fabric, not pieced. And the binding is hand sewn to the back. I did not add a hanging pocket for this one.
I think it's pretty on the back too. It finishes at 23" square.

Today the plan is to use my new EZ Geese Ruler that came in Thursday's mail. I didn't get any sewing done yesterday because we spent the day at JAG and then the courthouse. No, no bad news, but I don't want to share just yet what is going on around here. If you follow my personal Twitter account you already know, but if you don't... well you'll just have to wait.

Anyway, as usual my items are for sale on Goodsmiths. Some older stuff on Etsy.