Thursday, June 26, 2014

Back to Sewing?

My husband had been gone for a month and then he came home and was out of work for a week so we spent that whole week doing fun family things, which hasn't left much time for sewing.

Now that he is back at work and I think I have most of the house organized and cleaned the way I want it, I can finally get back to sewing during the day.

I started an art quilt... well... I don't know if you can really call it "started" since all that I have done so far is sketch the quilt on a piece of freezer paper :/ Anyway... I saw an art quilt on Believe Magic (love love love her quilts) and decided it was perfect for a friend of mine. So I sat and sketched it out on some freezer paper referencing the photo as I went along.

I have tweaked it a little bit since taking that photo. Anyway I am working on this for a friend who has helped us out immensely in the last few months. I want to give her something and quilts are something I'm kinda good at (some of the time) and she loves taking photos so I am going with this.

I'll also be making her a table runner if I can find the right fabrics.

We have just over 6 weeks until the new baby is supposed to arrive (unless she's like two of her siblings and decides to come late which I'm hoping not because I'm miserable), so I really want to get as much done as I possibly can before that.

I also need to make a seat organizer for the new car (SUV, van? I don't know what to call it, it's an SUV but I feel weird saying SUV haha).

Friday, June 6, 2014

M is for Matthew. A mini quilt.

This is the letter M from the Spell it with Moda series. (See my letter D mini quilt here). I made this for my son because I rarely make him anything. I do plan to make one for each of my two girls, plus the new baby girl coming.

He seemed really excited about it and likes the fabric so that's good. I was worried. I've only ever made him one other thing and I feel soooo bad about that!!! I make stuff for the girls all the time. Does anyone else have trouble making things for their little guys? 

The quilting on the M is a quilt design from Leah Day's Craftsy Class "Free Motion Fillers Vol. 1". (affiliate link). I  love Leah Day!!! I'm enrolled in all her classes...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Quilted Pillow Covers

I've wanted pillows in my living room ever since we bought our living room set but pillows are so ridiculously expensive. I finally bought some pillow forms so I could make my own pillows.

The small pillow is just scraps and stippled. It wasn't supposed to be that small!! I bought 16" pillow forms but when I was making the pillow cover I glanced over at the bag and somehow read "41cm x 41cm" as 14 inches... so I made the pillow cover 14" square... OOPS. I didn't want to trash it so I made my own pillow form with some scrap fabric and stuffing.

The bigger pillow cover I actually made the right size. It is just framed wonky crosses using leftover fabric from another project. I quilted the center with wandering clover and did large pebbles (pearls I guess) in the white border and then just wavy lines in the outer border. I am pretty happy with it I think.

Forgive my crappy cell phone photos!!!

I have another pillow form and might work on another pillow cover later this week. I realize my pillows don't match but nothing in my house really matches anyway and I love the colors against the huge chocolate couches! 

I'm finding sewing and quilting difficult lately, my big baby belly gets in the way and makes it awkward and usually after just a couple hours my back is killing me and I have to go lay down or sit and read. Only ten weeks to go before we welcome baby though.

I managed to read two books in May. I don't read much in the winter for some reason, most of my reading is done during the summer months. I finished "Doctor Sleep" by Stephen King and "NOS4A2" by his son. Both decent sized books and both pretty good. Love Stephen King, his son writes like him too, this is the first I've read by him, but I'll read his other books I think. Not too bad. This morning I started another book by an author I've never heard of. I keep track of the books I've read on GoodReads. Are you on there?? Add me!!!!