Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Getting A Head Start

Sew Fresh Quilts
Hello! I hope you all had a wonderfully crafty weekend. I finished the second layer of my Nested Churn Dash and I'm really excited about how this is turning out! 2 layers to go!

I also started another cross stitch. It is based on quilt blocks and done in rainbow colors which I thought looked really cool. I stumbled upon it at The Crafty Mummy. I'm not sure what I'll do with this one.
 
Both of my bee queens for August have already posted what they'd like so I've gotten a head start on those blocks. For my newbee hive, the queen wants to do an all green quilt. Each 12.5" block should have 8 different greens, 4 light and 4 dark. I am not a green person and have a very limited supply of green fabrics. So, rather than have me go out and buy green fabric (this is a stash bee), she asked me to make a blown up version of 1/4 of the block to use as her quilt label. She is planning on embroidering the name of the quilt onto this block. I think that's a cool idea!
For my busy bees hive, the queen would like a hexagon log cabin block. I have the fabric pulled for that. The center will be a fussy cut hexagon and the outer layer of "logs" will be from the same fabric. The whole thing will be framed in white.
 
My goal for the rest of the week is to make the hexagon log cabin block, get the labels made and sewn onto my son's quilt (Under the Sea) and Huggy's quilt (Traintastic!), complete my July $5 quilt blocks and possibly finally finish the quilting on my I Love 2 Quilt wall hanging. Whew! That's a lot. But they're all small things so I think it's doable.

Until next time, have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

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.

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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