Friday, May 23, 2014

Stephen King: The Dark Tower Series Art Quilt

My husband really loves the Dark Tower Series books by Stephen King. So much so, that he was going to get a tattoo of the K in a circle which I guess is like a language in the books or something... I'm not sure because I still haven't read the books!

Anyway, with a new baby coming and the car accident and rental car and new vehicle we just don't have extra money for a tattoo right now, so I decided to make his this art quilt.

Because I have never read the books I had to Google KA (the K in a circle) and then I looked at some of the book covers to get an idea of what to do.

I rough sketched the tower, the rose is a clipart from the internet.



I am a little nervous... my husband is very supportive of this sewing/quilting hobby of mine but I've never really made anything for him other than a solid black & red NOOK cover. Nothing fancy. I really hope he likes this!!! I'm sure he will though.

If you're wondering where I learned to make quilts like this, I took a Craftsy course called "Pictorial Techniques", taught by Wendy Butler Berns. (<-- This is an affiliate link. I will earn a small commission if you purchase anything from Craftsy using this link.) I do highly recommend her class. It is not for everybody though. It was her class and her teaching that helped me make my Getting Along quilt (as seen in the sidebar) which won the 2013 Army Arts & Crafts contest!!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

SMS Giveaway Day Winner!

First I want to apologize for being a little late in posting the winner of the giveaway.

This weekend has been busy and hectic around here. My husband left this morning and we've been preparing for that. I am so proud of him for his decision and making this choice for our family. It won't be easy for any of us (the kids especially), but we will be stronger and better for it when all is said and done. We have been through a lot in our eight years together, especially in the last seven months or so, and we always come out the other side. We have come such a long way in such a short amount of time and we just have this last hurdle to get over. I have never loved him more than I do today and I have never been more proud of him than I am in this moment. He is the most amazing person I know and I cannot wait until he is back home with us.

He will only be gone for a month and I intend to sew a lot to help pass the time... well... when the kids allow it anyway!

Anyway...

I used Rafflecopter for the giveaway entries and according to Rafflecopter the winner is...

LINDA!!!

I have sent Linda an email with the patterns. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mini Swoon Quilted Wall Hanging

I finally finished the mini swoon quilt for my cousin! By the time I was finished I kinda wanted to keep it for myself. I love the swoon blocks, even though these mini blocks were a little time consuming (it took a lot longer than I thought it would).

I used the same fabric I used for her other birthday gifts.


I just free motioned quilted some stippling/meandering. This was my first time stippling/meandering and I really feel like the wandering clover is easier for me than this stippling. It went really quick though, it was quilted in no time and the Juki makes free motion quilting much easier than my old machine did.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

It is GIVEAWAY day over at Sew Mama Sew! Make sure you stop by there to enter other giveaways!!

Enter to win ALL SEVEN of my sewing patterns! These come in PDF format and will be emailed to the winner. Giveaway ends May 16th.

Winner will receive PDF patterns via email for the following:

Gillian Goes 'Round Mini Quilt

Tri-Fold Purse

Library Bookshelf Mug Rug

Fat Quarter Grocery Bag

Fish Purse

Double Zip Wristlet

Dolphin in the Ocean Wall Quilt

Use Rafflecopter below to enter. Thanks for visiting and good luck!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, May 9, 2014

Birthday Gifts Received.

My cousin's birthday is coming up so I sent her a couple things.


A zip pocket wallet, a coffee cup cozy, a key fob, a chapstick holder keychain, and I bought her a sunflower keychain off Etsy.

I'm also working on one more thing but it's taking forever to finish! At the rate I'm going she'll get it for Christmas... haha.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

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It is teacher appreciation week and I went ahead and made a few a things for my kids teachers.

The tote pattern is a free one from a FREE Craftsy Class called "Bag Making Basics - Reversible Tote".
 I also made a coffee cozy and a notepad holder (pattern from a magazine, but I can't remember which magazine, sorry!).



The tags on the totes read "You're a Tote-ally Terrific Teacher". They were a free download I found here.


 Each tote also has some chocolate, cookies and M&M's. The labels for the cookies are here, and the labels for the M&M's are here.


For my daughter who is in kindergarten I also had her do the teacher appreciation poem found here.
 It's also a great way to practice hand writing.

I also gave the teacher assistant a small bag but with a mug rug instead of the matching items. I gave the librarian a mug rug as well.

I hope everyone likes their gifts :)