Friday, October 24, 2014

Technicolor Dreams Revealed!

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a wonderful week. I'm excited to show you all my secret quilt today, Technicolor Dreams! I made it for my friend, who's baby is due 10/29, and who I had a baby shower for this past Saturday. They don't know the gender of the baby so I chose to do a brightly colored quilt that will work for a boy or a girl. My friend and her other children love the quilt and her daughter, the oldest, said that her little sister will look very beautiful on it! She's really hoping for a sister because she has 2 younger brothers. :) Once the baby is here and we know the name, I will make a personalized label and officially finish the quilt. And get some better pictures. I tried to get a picture of it as my friend was holding it up but she ended up having a hilarious, yet unflattering, look on her face so she asked me to crop her out. ;) You can't really tell in these pictures, but all of the fabrics have tiny dots. They are Connecting Threads' Classic Dot basic prints in charm squares, which are on clearance right now.


I also got all of my mug rugs finished and started on the Christmas hot pads for my craft fair. I have 6 done and 6 more to go. They are super quick, though, so they will for sure be done this morning. So far, I have my microwave bowl cozies (21 in each size), 22 mug rugs, a set of 4 Christmas ornament placemats with napkins and soon-to-be 12 hot pads to sell at my craft fair. I also have 20 key fobs started, that I hope to be able to personalize on site. The craft fair is 4 weeks from tomorrow so I think I'm making good progress!


I had 2 bee blocks to make this month and I got both of them done this week. One is a pinwheel star and the other is a hexagon called Spin Wheel. It is supposed to have a pinwheel in the center but I chose fabrics that aren't very contrasting so my pinwheel is sort of hidden. Once I got it done, I was worried that it blended too much but the queen for that hive really likes that the pinwheel is hard to find so that worked out!

This weekend I need to finish my son's Halloween costume. He is going to be a monkey but I refused to pay $50-$60 for a costume. So I bought him a fleece hoodie and some fleece pants on sale at Kohl's, a 6-ft chenille stem to wrap around his waist for a tail and I'm going to sew on a felt tummy and make felt ears to attach to a headband. Easy peasy and around $20! Plus, he can continue to wear the pants and the hoodie after Halloween. Here he is without the tummy and the ears. I think he'll be a pretty cute monkey! :)

I'm linking up today to Crazy Mom Quilts' finish it up Friday and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn

Friday, October 17, 2014

A couple small finishes

Hello everyone! What a busy week. I can't believe it's Friday already! I only have a couple little finishes to show you but I'm okay with that since there's so much other non-sewing things going on right now. I was able to make my $5 quilt blocks yesterday so I'm all prepared for my meeting tomorrow.

And I was able to finish a few mug rugs. I have 15 more to go.

I spent the morning with a bunch of other moms setting up the school gym for my son's Fall Festival tonight. We plated and wrapped tons of baked goods for the cake walk and when I left at 11:30, things were looking pretty good. Tonight will be a lot of fun. My son is looking forward to winning cupcakes at the cake walk like he did last year. ;)

Well, it's back to the grind for me. Lots to do before my friend's baby shower tomorrow evening!

I'm linking up today to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts finish it up Friday.
Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mug Rugs, continued

Hello! I'm posting late, and short, today because it's been a busy day. I had a guild meeting this morning and then after lunch, I started back in with my mug rugs. I got all my tags sewn to the backs and now I have a stack that is ready to be turned right-side out and top stitched. I have another stack ready to have the backs sewn on. I know you can't tell by this picture, but these are looking so cute!

Tomorrow's agenda includes getting my $5 quilt blocks done because my October meeting is this Saturday, getting supplies for nut-free banana and zucchini bread for my son's fall festival at school Friday evening, making said bread and whatever cleaning I can get done because I'm hosting a friend's baby shower Saturday evening. I won't have time on Friday because I have to help set up for the festival and then help run the festival! Yikes!

I'm linking up today to Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedSew Fresh Quilts

Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn


Friday, October 10, 2014

Quilting, Quilting and more Quilting!

Hello everyone! Well, I finished the spiral quilting on Technicolor Dreams. I did run into a snag, though. I made my half-square triangles with charm squares (5"). Originally I planned to cut them down to 4" so they'd be 3.5" finished. I ordered backing fabric according to those measurements. However, when I actually made the triangles, I decided to cut them down to 4.5" because I could and to not waste fabric. But I didn't consider the fact that the finished quilt would then be 7" wider and 7.5" longer. The length was not a problem but the width was. I ended up only having about 1.5" inches of extra backing on either side. I figured I could make it work and it's okay, for the most part, on one side. But it did shift quite a bit diagonally so on the other side, one end of the top extends almost 1" over the backing. :( So my plan is to cut off one column on either side and one row from the top and bottom. My plan to not waste fabric backfired! But the quilt will still end up being about the size I originally planned and the spiral will still be centered. So all is well and lesson learned!

I am now working on quilting my mug rugs. After that time-consuming spiral quilting, I need something quick and these definitely fit the bill. I've decided to quilt them without the backing because I don't want to bind them. So I will add the backing last. I've gotten several done so far with zig-zag echo quilting and cross-hatch quilting. They're turning out quite nice!

I'm linking up today with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts' finish it up Friday.

Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn