Wednesday, October 1, 2014

85 Days 'til Christmas!

Hello everyone and welcome October, one of my favorite months! Today marks the 11th anniversary of my first date with my husband and in 13 days we will be celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary. :) But, on another note, can you believe we are less than 3 months away from Christmas?!? Yikes!

Wow, what a busy week so far! Errand after errand had me hopping on Monday but yesterday I took a class at my local quilt shop that was so much fun. I got mostly finished with a set of 4 Christmas ornament placemats. There is an attached loop at the top for a napkin, which I still have to make. The napkins will match the back of the placemats. One of the girls who works at the shop suggested that I not make all the placemats exactly the same and I thought that was a cool idea. Since I used 4 fabrics, I was able to rotate the placement of each to get 4 different placemats that still go together nicely. And they're all tied together with the backing fabric and the napkins. I haven't decided if I'm going to keep these or try to sell them at my craft fair next month.


Over the weekend, I was able to make 13 more mug rug tops. They are turning out so cute! 7 of them are made with the rest of my Miss Kate charm pack and the other 6 are made with a Horizon by Kate Spain for Moda charm pack. I still have enough Horizon pieces to make another 6 or 7 mug rug tops and then I need to get quilting them!


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

Jenn

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mug Rugs - a Semi-Finish and a Sale!

Hello everyone! Unfortunately I don't have a lot to report today. My son has been sick with a cold the last 2 weeks and this week his asthma flared up really bad. We got some new meds for him yesterday but he's been home from school for 3 days so I haven't had a lot of sewing time. I did get my secret quilt top done but I can't show you a picture of that yet.

Last night, after getting Max in bed, I managed to make the tops of 4 mug rugs for my craft fair. I used part of a Miss Kate charm pack by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics that I recently purchased on sale from Shabby Fabrics. And I'm going to be using these Toscana fat eighths (Deborah Edwards for Northcott Studio), also from Shabby Fabrics, as the backs. I love these bright colors!

I'm linking up today to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and crazy mom quilts' finish it up Friday.
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I hope you all have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Christmas Around the World

Hello! I hope you all had a sew crafty weekend and are enjoying your first days of fall! It kind of feels like summer around here these last couple days except the cool temps in the mornings. I was busy, busy all weekend long and finished all of my microwave bowl cozies. I just love how they look all stacked up! :)

I am so excited that I received my last bee block in the mail this week. Now I need to make 2 more blocks to get my 4x4 layout and figure out my fabric choices for borders, backing and binding. I was originally going to add sashing between the blocks but I have decided, thanks to some input from other quilters, to skip it. I think it would take away from the scrapiness and the pattern itself. Without the sashing, this is going to look cooler than I even imagined! I'm calling this quilt "Christmas Around the World" because some of these blocks came from overseas. I love that! :)

I have made great progress on my "secret" quilt. There are 15 rows and I have pieced and pressed all of them. Now I just need to sew them together and get the backing ready to go. I'm going to quilt this with a spiral which I've never done before but I think it will look really cool. I can't wait to show you pictures! To get your imagination going, the quilt is called "Technicolor Dreams." Hmmm...

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

Jenn

Friday, September 19, 2014

More Craft Fair Prep

Hello! I have a pretty quick post today and then it's back to sewing. I've been a cutting fool lately, cutting lots of fabric for my 12" microwave bowl cozies and key fobs. I'm setting the key fob fabric aside right now because those are super quick to make, and focusing on the more time consuming products. I have all 21 of my 9" bowl cozies done and I just finished the first 12" cozy. It is a perfect fit for bowls 8-10" in diameter. The bowl I have is about 9 3/8".



I've got 20 more cozies pinned and ready to go so I better get to work! I plan to also work some more on my secret quilt project this weekend. Here's one more sneak peak but that's all you get until this is in the hands of the recipient! ;)

I'm linking up today to Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn