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

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Spiral Quilting, a Work in Progress

Hello everyone! I have been spending all of my sewing time the last few days spiral quilting my heart out. Let me tell you, it is quite an arm workout! I am very close to being done - only the corner arcs remain. Then I'm going to take a break from this quilt and focus on more craft fair prep.

I wish I had some cool pictures to show you but this is my "secret" quilt so I can only show you the back and a very close-up of the front. I'll have some cool pictures after I show it to the recipient. This is probably my favorite quilt so far. I'm really loving how the spiral is turning out (no pun intended) and it's just a fun looking quilt! It's hard to tell from the picture but the backing is a nice bright orange. You can see a few places on the back where I got some puckers. I think I just wasn't paying close enough attention to how tightly I was holding onto the back. But the front looks great and once this is washed, the puckers probably won't be very noticeable. I'm certainly not going to pick out all that stitching!


I am using my walking foot for this spiral. I even used it for the center with not much difficulty. I used a Frixion marker to mark the beginning of the spiral so that blue line will iron out. The lines are about 1/2" apart.

I'm linking up today to Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts.
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Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn