Friday, March 28, 2014

A few baby things.

Since we are expecting and we know we are expecting a girl (second ultrasound confirms it's a girl) I decided to make some small things for the baby with fabric and stuff that I have on hand.

This is supposed to be a burp cloth, and I made two before I decided I don't really like the size... kind of small. (pattern here, I added over a quarter inch to the printed pattern). With all three of my other kids I never used burp cloths. I had a ridiculous amount of receiving blankets and I used those instead. So for me, this was too small. 

So I decided to just make some rectangular ones and make them longer and wider. I made five of these ones and I like the size of these ones much better! They are 9" x 18" (if memory serves).

I also used scraps from the baby triangle quilt I made to make a matching bib. I'm not happy with the size of this either. I found the pattern here. I guess if you like the smaller bibs, I prefer ones a little larger so I found another pattern to use, but haven't made a bib with it yet.

I plan to make a few more bibs and burp cloths. There isn't much of a rush since baby isn't due to arrive until August. I want to get started on Christmas gifts as well. I do sort of feel like I need to get as much sewing done as I can now because for one... once the baby is here I won't have a whole lot of time for a while, and two... I'm not that big yet but already my belly kinda gets in the way of sewing and makes my back hurt.

One thing I found on Pinterest that I thought was cool and I'm going to make at least two... are these, well I'm not sure what you would call them. Bottle leash I guess. (well I just checked the link and it is called a bottle leash.. haha) Picture and tutorial here. I think I might make mine a little differently, but the idea will be the same. I think it's genius.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Finished: Triangle Baby Quilt

If you read a comment or two on a picture I posted on my Facebook page, then you already know, my husband and I are expecting. I am due in August :) According to the ultrasound technician we are having another girl (this will put us at three girls and one boy). I can't say how accurate the ultrasound is, but I trust what I saw and trust what I was told so I went ahead and got started on a baby quilt.

These are the fabrics I choose from my stash. I really love these fabrics. I just think they are so pretty!!

I have always wanted to make a triangle quilt, so I got to work trying to figure out how many triangles to cut. I messed up my math pretty bad. I didn't stop to consider that because they are triangles I would need to double the amount of triangles I needed across the width. Not only did I not realize this at first, it didn't occur to me until all my triangles were stitched together and the whole thing was done. I had this long skinny quilt top up there on my design wall.

My solution was to add borders but because I had the length I wanted but not the width the borders would have to be on the sides only. I wasn't sure how that would end up looking but I went ahead and did it anyway, what else was I going to do? This was fabric from my stash and now I didn't have enough fabric to make enough triangles to finish the quilt. So I added a border to each side, with three smaller triangles in each border.

Then came time for back, which I pieced using some fabric I had won a while back from SewMamaSew. I think it was a half yard maybe? Not enough so I had to add a strip in there, which I did using the border fabric and a chunk of what was left of the teal colored fabric with flowered trees.

After that came quilting, which I did on my new sewing machine!! I bought a Juki TL 2010Q and let me say that I LOVE it. I have free motion quilted before on my Brother and it skipped stitches constantly and wouldn't fmq to the left or to the back and it was always a mess no matter what I did. I figured it wasn't me even though I was new to fmq because the machine would work some of the time, but not most of the time. But the Juki? Perfect. EVERY STITCH. Perfect. I love it.

I just free motion quilted some wandering clover in the triangles and then straight lines in the border, also with the free motion foot, so you might notice my lines aren't exactly straight or even. But I'm still happy with it and glad I used the free motion foot instead of switching to the walking foot.

 The baby quilt is 38" x 40". Not too big, not too small. Definitely big enough to throw on the floor and let baby play on, and big enough that she should be able to get a lot of use out of it for a few years, not like most smaller baby blankets are. What I actually did for size was to measure a baby quilt my youngest daughter has (she's 6) that she is still able to fit under and still uses sometimes.  This one isn't quite the same size but I am happy with it now that it's finished. 

And I am really happy with the borders, I like that mistake I made and having to add the borders, I like the way it looks.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Circle of Geese Quilted Tote Bag

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I have had a few finished blocks and/or projects that I had started a while ago and never finished. For some reason I have decided that I want to get them all finished. This flying geese block was supposed to be part of the Craftsy Block of the Month quilt, but I didn't end up putting all the blocks I made into the quilt. So this flying geese block has just been laying around waiting on me to do something with it.

Because it was my first time paper piecing one side didn't quite have the 1/4" seam allowance it was supposed to have... so I improvised and cut that off adding a panel of fabric to the bottom. I think it sort of resembles geese diving into the water and coming back out? Ha... I don't know. Once I finished that panel I added another to the top and had to decide if I wanted this to be a tote or a wall hanging. I went for tote, as you can see.

The front and back panels are quilted. The inside has a large slip pocket and two smaller pockets for pens or scissors or what have you.

I think I'm pretty happy with the way this came out. It finishes at 14 1/2" x 11" and it is 2" deep. The handles are 1 5/8" wide.

I think this would be great as a project bag? Put some magazines in the clip pocket maybe.

Anyway... I still have two other projects to finish now, my PLUS scrappy table runner and my step-down piecing wall quilt (or table mat).

This picture was taken before I pieced it. It is completely pieced, just needs some batting, backing, quilting and binding.

And this is a top from Sarah Fielke's Craftsy Class "Big Techniques from Small Scraps". It's called step-down piecing. Looks difficult but it's pretty easy.
So that is what I have been and will be working on. I'm also slowly moving from Goodsmiths to Etsy. Not sure how long it will take so for now both shops are active.

Also, don't forget to enter to win a Craftsy Class of your choice. March 15th is your last day to enter.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Craftsy Class GIVEAWAY!!! Enter to win!

As many of you already know, I absolutely love Craftsy! The classes are pretty amazing.

Because of Craftsy I have been able to make art quilts like the one below (which won the 2013 Army Arts & Crafts Contest)... I learned this technique in Wendy Butler Berns' "Pictorial Quilting Techniques". Let me note here that Wendy's class is my absolute favorite, and while some have said she talks too much, I did not feel that way at all and I soaked up every bit of information she provided, she truly amazes me.

In Kimberly Einmo's class "Magical Jelly Roll Quilts" I learned an easy way to make this Lonestar quilt:

My Wonky Crosses wall hanging is a pattern from "Inspired Modern Quilts" taught by Elizabeth Hartman.

Not to mention the other 27 quilting and sewing classes I am enrolled in, which is in addition to the 12 classes I have enrolled in that aren't related to sewing or quilting. That's right! Craftsy also offers classes on drawing, painting, cooking, photography, cake decorating, and more!!

If you haven't already tried Craftsy, now is your chance to try one of the paid classes for FREE. Simply click to enter to win a free class of your choice (valued up to $59.99). And hey, even if you don't win, Craftsy offers quite a few mini classes for free.

What are you waiting for!!!?? ENTER NOW!!!!
(this giveaway ends March 15th)

Quilt Pattern "Gillian Goes 'Round"

I am suuupppper excited about this little 24" x 24" quilt. My lovely 13 year old daughter was doodling on some graph paper last week and when she showed me said it would be cool if that was a quilt. I agreed! So I figured out the math and choose some fabrics and got to work making a mini quilt.

This can be either a wall hanging (if you add a hanging pocket to the back) or a table topper.

Cute right!? I love it. Love love love it. I love her design and I love my choice of fabrics for it as well. I quilted it with my walking foot because I wanted to get it finished and my new sewing machine hasn't shipped yet.

I used a scrappy binding.

The back is just a solid creme color with a strip of the purple splash from the front.

This quilt pattern is available in my Craftsy shop.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spell it with Moda - D Block mini quilt wall hanging

I used the D block from Moda's "Spell it with Fabric" quilt to make a mini quilt wall hanging to hang in our front entry. I added a heart shaped applique to the letter to add just a little something to it and quilted it using my walking foot.

I am really happy with the way it came out. It was quick and easy and done in just a few hours!! Now I am going to make an M, H, and G for my children. And I think as mini quilted wall hangings these would be great for Christmas presents.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Zip Pouch Wallets.

I have spent days making these wallets. I love them, I love the way they look, I love to sew them, I just love them. I made 13 in total and sold one to a friend. The rest are for sale on Etsy (free shipping too).

The zipper pockets are fully lined.

Love this fabric, cute, bright and cheerful.
I have run out of zippers though so I won't be making more until I can get back to the store. I guess for now I will have to find other things to sew. What have you been sewing lately?