Sunday, May 8, 2016

Swoon x2 and one tiny raindrop.

I made this little rain drop because I wanted to try hand quilting, and I figured while I was at it I would try hand sewing too. I did not touch my sewing machine at all while making this little quilt. Here is the binding being hand sewn on.

The finished quilt, if you can call it that, is 4 3/4" x 7".

Hand quilting!!! I am not sure I could hand quilt anything much larger than this.

Mini swoon which measures 9 3/4" x 9 3/4".

Swoon which measures 17" x 17".

That is what I spent my Mother's Day doing. My girls made pancakes and sausages for breakfast and for whatever goofy reason my stack of pancakes came complete with two lit candles. And I took some time to take two loaves of banana bread, which came out great.

I hope everyone is enjoying their Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sewing Machine Mini Quilt

Finally finished this mini. I started it in December and it was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my aunt, who also quilts. I worked on it for a couple hours then stopped.

I finished this late Sunday afternoon. I still need to add a label but all the rest is complete.

I guess it will just be a "Miss You and Love You" gift instead of a Christmas gift. I'm not completely happy with it, but I am glad it's finished.

Pattern is from the Snapshots Quilt Along.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Llamas everywhere.

I have finally taken some time to do something crafty! First I started by crocheting this llama baby hat for my friend Mike, who is expecting his first child.

Then this morning I spent three hours on this stuffed llama toy for the baby too. I hand drew it on freezer paper after some llama Google searches.

I was most worried during sewing that the ears would be too small after the seam allowance but it turns out the ears are fine and it was legs I should have been worried about. I feel like the legs are way too skinny!! Ha.

Oh well. I think it's kinda cute.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Started my Bullet Journal!

Yesterday the notebook I ordered finally arrived from Amazon. I bought three Sigel Conceptum hardcover notebooks(affiliate link). They are smaller than the ones I see other people using for their Bullet Journals, but one of the best things about them is that you use what you like and what works for you. So this is what I went with.

While anxiously awaiting my order I put what I thought I would like as some pages drawn on sticky notes and then when the book finally arrived I placed the sticky notes inside the book as a planning method.

Here is my Key/Legend. Nothing fancy at all.

My Calendar Index (Calendex). I am not entirely sure I am using this correctly, but like I said the point is to customize the entire thing to you and your own needs and preferences. So for me, instead of adding my monthly spreads to the Index, I add the page numbers of the monthly spread to the bottom of the Calendex. And in the top section of the Calendex I add what page my daily notes are on (for instance my notes for March 1 are on page12). I really don't know if this is the correct way to use this... Here is the original explanation of what the Calendex is.

My Future Planning page, which is pretty self-explanatory I think.

And this of course is my monthly spread, which I might change next month because I'm not entirely sure I like it this way. That's the beauty of the Bullet Journal.

I found some pages on Pinterest where it's a calendar type set up, one box for each day of the month and this lady draws so she doodles in one box each day of the month. I was thinking I would do the same except I would doodle some free-motion quilting designs. The pin below is what she has, I can't wait to try it with FMQ designs! At least then even if I don't have time to actually sew I'm at least doing something quilty.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Have you heard of the Bullet Journal?

I hadn't until I saw one on Pinterest the other day. So of course I Googled it because that is what I do, I need to know things. Oh my gosh, so many people use a Bullet Journal, and so many of them look amazing. It's kinda crafty if you want it to be, so of course I immediately went on Amazon and ordered a couple, along with some colored pens.

It's basically all of your post-it notes, your schedule, your hopes, dreams, lists, goals, time management, etc all in one book. How amazing is that? The best part is there are no rules, you can add whatever you want to it, and it's better than a planner because months and days aren't pre-printed, so if you've got nothing you want a track for a month you don't feel guilty with the blank calendar staring back at you.

Google it. I dare you.

Here is the original website of the guy that started it. And here is his other website which explains how it came to be (found this on a Google search).

The great part is you can get started right away. You can use anything for your Bullet Journal. I ordered a couple books online but you could use a composition notebook, a spiral bound notebook, basically whatever floats your boat, whatever makes you happy, whatever makes sense for you.

I can't wait to get started. I'm hoping the time management part... which I will be including in my Bullet Journal, will somehow get me to find time to quilt!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hexie Quilt Confusion.

I realize this isn't anything even close to a "finished" project in this photo. All my hexagons are hand sewn together though, I swear. For a while it's what I did in between phone calls at work.

Now I have completed two small tops, maybe to be little mats to go on side tables or something, I don't know... I didn't really have a plan, I was just trying to pass time.

So now I have these two tops and no idea how to add a backing to them, so I did what I do when I want an answer, I did some Googling and I came across three tutorials I thought I would share in case you have trouble backing odd quilts too.

The first is specific to Hexie quilts and I really love this one, although my hexies are kind of large and finished tops are kind of small, I think, to use this method. It has you add more hexies around the edge of your quilt on the back, it's pretty neat. It allows you to quilt your quilt layers as you normally would before adding your hexie "binding". You can view that here.

The next one is also hexie specific but has you attach your backing by sewing around the edges then using an open seam in the backing to flip the quilt right side out. I like this method also but it would not allow you to quilt the layer until after the layers are all sewing together, so you'd be quilting a "finished" quilt. You can view that tutorial here.

The last one has several methods, including appliqueing your hexie top to a square or rectangular top, sort of like your hexie top is floating I guess. Kinda neat. It also uses both methods above for other shapes. You can view those here.

I'll let you know what I decide! As far as quilting goes I think I'm going to hand quilt these, at work between phone calls, and it should be interesting because I've never hand quilted anything before!!