Friday, July 25, 2014

Traintastic!

Hello! If any of you have preschool/kindergarden age children, you're probably familiar with Chuggington, the animated train show about 3 trainees (Wilson, Koko and Brewster) who are learning to provide various train services around the town of Chuggington. It's pretty cute and is one of my son's favorite shows. So when he saw that I had Chuggington fabric, he asked me to make a quilt for Huggy, his blanket monkey. I've had the top made for a couple months and I finally got it quilted with railroad tracks in a multi-colored variegated thread. This is the first quilt that I have free motion quilted! It's certainly not perfect but you can't even really tell because the thread blends so well. I'm really happy with how it turned out. I machine bound it with the same thread using a zigzag stitch. Both my son and Huggy love it! I named it Traintastic! because that's what the trainees say when they're excited about something. :)


Yes, Huggy is wrapped up in a bread pan! We made zucchini bread yesterday and had one unused pan which was the perfect size for a bed for Huggy. He takes naps in all sorts of places, including the refrigerator! Apparently he likes to be cold. Oh, the mind of an almost 5-yr-old (10 days)! ;)

I'm also linking up today over at Crazy Mom Quilts for finish it up Friday.

And now a word from my sponsor, Craftsy.



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I leave you now with a couple questions. Will you be doing a handmade Christmas this year? If so, what are you planning on making? I did some handmade gifts last year and plan to do more this year and need ideas! Leave me your best handmade Christmas gift idea in the comments, please. Thanks!

Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hexies and More!

Sew Fresh Quilts
Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. My husband's cousin got married on Saturday in a very nice, outdoor ceremony. I am so thankful that the weather was nice and it wasn't too hot. We were gone for 2 1/2 days so I didn't have time for any machine sewing. Instead, I decided to finally try my hand at EPP and make some hexies! I created a mobile sewing station that worked quite well. I don't have a ton of hexies made but since I'm new to this, I'm happy with my progress so far. I have a lot of 2.5" squares of many different fabrics cut up and thought they'd be perfect for a scrappy hexie project. I have no idea what that project will be yet, but these are just too cute not to make! :)

I am in an intermediate bee over at Threadbias, as well as my newbee hive, and July's queen requested the Atlantic Seas paper pieced block in grays and whites. I got that made yesterday and I love it!

This week marked block #14 in Little Miss Shabby's Quilty Stitches. I'm so excited that we only have 2 blocks to go!
That's all for now! Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Friday, July 18, 2014

Under the Sea

Hello! I am very excited to have finished my son's quilt! Well, all except the label. I was going to do that yesterday but I have been feeling a bit under the weather so I didn't get a lot done past Wednesday. :( Hopefully I will feel better quickly because we have a family wedding to go to out of town. I plan on starting some EPP hexies in the car. I haven't done them before but I'm all set to go!

But back to what I have gotten done. Here is my son's quilt, called Under the Sea. And that's my wonderful husband's head sticking out the top. ;) I used Kona Coal and 2 fabrics from the Undersea Adventures line of Stonehenge Kids for Northcott for the top. For the back I used Rainbow Isle by Paintbrush Studio. My long-arm quilter used an all over circle design that resembles bubbles and she used a variegated blue thread for the top and a solid dark blue for the back. I love how this turned out and my son is loving snuggling under it!


I was able to get the next level of my nested churn dash pieces mostly ready. I just need to trim the HSTs.

And I got 3 more lovely bee blocks in the mail yesterday! The one on the left came from Kristin in Idaho and the two on the right came from Jane in the Channel Islands, UK. My first bit of international mail! And she was so generous to make me 2 blocks! :)

I am also linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts' finish it up Friday.

Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nested Churn Dash, Binding and Bee Blocks, Oh My!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Sew Fresh Quilts

Hello everyone! The last couple days have been very productive around here. I have finally made progress on my Nested Churn Dash which I'm super excited about! The churn dash is my favorite quilt block so when I saw this pattern I knew I had to make a quilt for our bed with it. I am making a king size quilt so I will have 16 blocks plus sashing and borders. I have all 16 of my inner churn dashes done and they are so cute! They measure only 4.5" square. Again, I am using the Hampton Hues collection from Connecting Threads for this quilt.
I also got the binding for my son's quilt made, attached to the front and I'm about 1/3 done hand stitching it to the back. He chose this fabric for the binding and I think it was a great decision. It was between this one and the darker blue and I love the contrast this one has with the light blue of the back. And it worked out because the top and bottom of the front are the dark blue fabric so this contrasts there too! My little man is super excited to have his quilt done. So am I but I have no idea how I'm going to take pictures of this monster! My goal is to have it finished by Friday before we leave for a family wedding.
On the bee block front, I received my first block in the mail on Monday from Georgi in Florida. It's on the right and I love it! The one on the left is my example block. I'm so excited to see what my other hive mates have come up with. I've seen a couple online but having them in person is so much better!
I have a block to make this month for my intermediate hive. Naomi chose the Atlantic Seas foundation paper pieced block in whites and grays which will be very striking when she gets it all together. I have my fabric pulled and need to get going on it because I think it will take a bit longer with all those pieces. I haven't done a ton of foundation paper piecing but I always love how it turns out.

Well, that's it for now. Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn




Friday, July 11, 2014

Quilted Placemats Finally Done and New Domain Name!

Hello! I have exciting news! I'be been considering moving my blog over to WordPress.org but I don't know if I'm ready for that just yet. So instead, I purchased my own domain name! Now, when you visit my blog, you can just type www.sewcraftyjenn.com without the .blogspot bit. Cool, huh? :)

I also finally finished my quilted placemats that I started over a year ago! I've had 2 of them done, along with a table runner, but the other 10 got put on the backburner due to my many other projects over the last year. Now they are done and I am so happy to cross this off my to-do list! I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts' finish it up Friday.

The fabric I used was a layer cake cut from multiple fabric lines by my LQS, plus some yardage for the borders, backing and binding. The placemats measure approximately 12 x 18 and the runner measures approximately 12 x 36. When I attached the binding on the runner and the first 2 placemats, I sewed it by hand to the back. I decided to machine bind the rest of the placemats and I like it so much better. I suppose I could redo the others but I'm not too concerned about it.

Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn




Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

Plum and June
Hello! I hope you are enjoying the New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop so far. There are so many talented people in this group and I am honored to be included!

I am a wife to my wonderful husband of almost 8 years and a stay-at-home-mom to a cute, not so little guy who will be 5 in less than a month! Where has the time gone? I began sewing about 10 years ago and became interested in quilting in late 2011. I took a beginning quilt class at a local quilt shop but didn't make my first quilt until April 2013. It was a huge, king-sized bedspread for my aunt. I was able to finish the entire top in 5 days, thanks to my husband and son going to my in-laws for a long, 3-day weekend! I loved making that quilt so much that I haven't stopped. Since then I have made 9 other quilts as well as some table toppers and placemats. I always have several projects, in various stages, going at the same time. And while quilting is my primary love now, I still enjoy doing small sewing projects.

Here are a few of my favorite quilts.
This is my first quilt - the one that took me 5 days to complete the top! It measures about 102x114.

I made this Sudoku quilt for my grandpa for Christmas 2013. It's a small lap quilt that measures about 48x48. I really love how this one turned out.

Touchdown baby quilt for my friend who had her baby on 4/1/14 and I'm not foolin'! ;) They are big Ohio State fans. This pattern is a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern that I fell in love with. It measures about 46x60.

The back of the Touchdown quilt. These letters are paper pieced and some of the pieces are tiny! The letters were created by Diane Bohn and her pattern is available in her Craftsy shop. I'm really proud of how it turned out and I love how personal it makes the quilt.

Now for some tips! A couple things I have noticed while reading other blogs is that the bigger the pictures and the cleaner the design, the more likely I am to spend more time reading that particular blog. So,
  1. Make your pictures as big as possible and add something to make them stand out, if possible. I use Ribbet to add my "watermark" and a frame around my pictures after I've published them to my blog.
  2. Make sure the blog buttons you add aren't too big and extend into your post area. If necessary, adjust your column widths to make sure everything is visually pleasing.
  3. Quilting tip: Have fun and don't stress! Make what you want and enjoy the process. There are so many great tutorials and wonderful opportunities to learn new skills so take advantage of all that you can. I have learned the majority of what I know about quilting by getting involved online and taking courses through Craftsy. Check out my Craftsy button at the top of my blog. If you click on it and make a purchase, I earn a commission and you get access to amazing resources!
 So now I have a few questions for you that I'd love for you to answer in the comments.
  1. What do you look for in a quilting blog?
  2. What makes you decide to become a follower of a particular blog? Or not to become a follower?
  3. If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would go to Italy, Ireland or Australia. Or all three! ;)
Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you have enjoyed it and will come back often. Now go check out my fellow new quilt bloggers and have a sew crafty day!

Jenn



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