Friday, May 30, 2014

Finish it up Friday

Hello! Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day and Max spent a good 4 hours playing outside with the neighbors. I love that we live on a street filled with boys about his age and we're on a cul de sac so I don't have to be worried about traffic when he's outside. While he was at school I finished his teacher gifts and I absolutely love them! It's a little hard to tell on some of them, but they are all personalized with each teacher's first name. I think they turned out so cute and I can't wait to have Max hand them out today after school.



I have enough hardware to make a lot more of these. They are so quick and easy and would be a great gift for anyone. And I might need to make one for myself. ;)

Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop

Plum and June

Hello! The New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop will begin on June 4. It will run for 2 weeks in June and 2 more weeks in July. I will be featured in July so stay tuned for that and be sure to check out all of the other fabulous "newbie" quilt bloggers as well!

Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Hello! I have a couple WIPs to share with you today. The first one is my cross stitch for LMS Quilty Stitches. We are up to block 10 which means there are only 6 left! I can remember starting and thinking how can I wait 32 weeks (2 weeks for each block) to be done with this? But it has gone by so fast and I've had plenty to keep me busy in between. I'm really having fun with this cross stitch. It is the first one I've ever done and since starting, I'm hooked. I've already completed a second one, except for the framing (blogged about here).



I'm also working on teacher gifts for my son's preschool teachers. He has 9 and 3 helpers! I know that seems like a lot for preschool but it is awesome. They break the kids into small groups and rotate through each learning activity. They only spend about 7 minutes on each activity which really helps keep the kids focused and engaged. And with all of those adults, there is very little opportunity for misbehavior during free time. I absolutely love his school and the awesome ladies who work there. They deserve far more than I can ever give them but I always like to do a little something.

I was inspired by Jennifer, over at Ellison Lane, who made key fobs as teacher gifts this year. She wrote up a tutorial a few days later but I was so excited to get started that I found this one at Fishsticks Designs and went with it. I did a slight modification by using a 4.5" x 12" piece of fabric and I added personalization before I sewed the sides together. I purchased my hardware from tantalizingstitches on Etsy. The price was great and the shipping was amazingly fast! I'm so excited that Jennifer blogged about these key fobs when she did because I was running out of time to get something made and these are quick and easy. 2 done, 10 to go!


Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn



Sunday, May 25, 2014

Design Wall!

Just a quick update today. Since my husband won't be home until late tonight, my dad came over and helped me hang a curtain rod for my design wall. I went to JoAnn's this morning and picked up 4 yards of gray flannel - on sale for $2.79/yd - and the curtain rod and accessories were 50% off. I had a coupon for an extra 10% off, including sale items, so I got all the supplies for less than $30! I'm so excited to have this because my next quilt will require it's use. I have 3 blocks to make that go along with the ones currently on the design wall and I need to finish the teacher gifts I'm making and then quilt #11 will get underway!


Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Saturday, May 24, 2014

New Cutting Table!

Hello! I spent most of yesterday cleaning out my sewing room. It had basically become a dumping ground for anything and everything. I ended up with a box full of recycling and a full shredder bag! My husband and son went to my in-laws today so I went to Lowe's and bought 4 9-cube ClosetMaid organizers. I put them all together in a little over and hour and arranged them in the middle of my sewing room. I had been using a 6-ft table as my cutting table but it was too short and my back was not happy with me if I had to cut more than a couple things.


So I finally decided to do something about that. Now I have a nice, tall surface for my cutting mat. I'm debating whether I should get a piece of MDF to put on top of the cubes. I have 2 24x36 cutting mats and if I put a topper on these cubes I could put the mats side-by-side. But I don't do that often so I'm just going to live with it this way for now and see how it goes.






I decided to leave the cardboard backs off the cubes because I'm not going to use baskets. And this way, the 2 in the middle have extra long compartments which works out perfectly for me! As you can see, I have a very modest fabric stash. But that's okay. I have what I need for what I'm currently working on and I guess that's the important thing.

Oh, and that big open space on the wall now? That's the future home of my design wall. I'm really excited about that!



I hope you all have a sew crafty Memorial Day weekend!

Jenn

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

Hello! Today I am linking up to Lee's WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced for the first time! I hope it works. :)

I joined a Newbee Quilters group on Threadbias. I'm in Hive #8 and we started in April. Emilly was our first Queen and she asked for Road to Oklahoma blocks. This is what I came up with for her:


Michelle is our May Queen and she asked us to make Anna Maria Horner's feather block. She will be making a charity quilt for Lily's Fund for Epilepsy Research with these blocks. I have never made a feather block before and really should have read the instructions more carefully before I just went for it. I got the feather halves pieced just fine but when I cut them out, I must have done something backwards because instead of the V pattern they are supposed to make, they are just diagonal lines. But I think they look cool so I decided it wasn't worth starting over. Hopefully Michelle agrees! I also pieced the bottom white piece on all funky and had to use my trusty seam ripper to pull those apart. That's when I decided I better look at the instructions. ;) Now I'm on the right track!



 Until next time, have a Sew Crafty day!

Jenn

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Finish it up Sunday?

Hello! Thursday and Friday were spent getting ready for yesterday's garage sale so today was my day to sew. It was so cold yesterday for the garage sale and it rained off and on. We even had some hail! But today was warmer and sunny and it's very hard to sew when it's sunny outside! My son was out all day playing with his friends, though, so I had to take advantage of that opportunity. I got my 2nd Quilts for Kids quilt done and they are both in the dryer right now so I can ship them off tomorrow. I'm really happy with how they turned out. I've got a lot on my plate for the next few months - finishing Max's quilt, my bee blocks and a baby quilt - so I'll have to hold off on getting any more kits for a while. But here is today's finish:



Normally I have to watch Leah Day's video to finish my bindings because I can never remember how to match up the two ends in a nice mitered seam. Leah Day is amazing and this video is so helpful. But today I did it without watching! And it worked! Woo hoo!

Last night I finished my HST cross stitch and I pressed it nicely today. So it's ready for a frame. The hard part is going to be finding one with a mat that's the right size. This cross stitch measures almost 7 1/2" square. It is the inspiration for an upcoming quilt that I'm very excited about!


I picked up Max's quilt from my long-arm quilter yesterday and I'm thrilled with how it turned out! Anne does a wonderful job. Now I need to decide which fabric to use for the binding and get it finished.




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop

Well, between Mother's Day, Tball games and preparing for a neighborhood garage sale this coming weekend, I have had no time to sew this week. But I am excited that I will be participating in Plum and June's 2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop! I can't wait to meet lots of new bloggers and get exposure for my brand new blog. I've already learned some helpful things from all of these awesome bloggers so bear with me as you see some changes being made. For more information about this blog hop, click on the button below.

Plum and June

Friday, May 9, 2014

Confession and Finish it up Friday

Yesterday was a beautiful day. It got up to the high 80s! Today has been rainy and windy and mainly dreary, although the sun is peaking out now. My confession today is that I really wanted to nap while my son was in school instead of sew. I really wasn't tired. I blame it on the rain. I have a lot of days like that, especially when I have a lot of projects that need to be worked on. I am a star procrastinator! And then I always end up sewing like a mad woman to get everything done.

Today, I didn't give in to procrastination and I have a finish. I made the bindings for my 2 Quilts for Kids yesterday and got one of them quilted. Today I was able to sew on the binding and the label. This is one of my favorite quilts. I love the bright colors and the ocean theme and the rail fence pattern is just adorable! I'm so glad the sun came out so I could capture some outdoor shots. The bright colors really show up well. I'm sure this quilt will be well-loved.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am currently working on 2 quilts for Quilts for Kids. The tops are completed and I'm hoping to spend some of my Mother's Day weekend quilting these guys up so I can mail them back to Quilts for Kids next week. They are so cute and I know that they will brighten up a child's hospital stay. I love being able to use my passion to give something back to the community.


Friday, May 2, 2014

Finish it up Friday

Hello! Today I decided to make a case for my Kindle. I've been carrying it around with me a lot lately but don't like to just put it in my purse. So I used the pattern from Kristin Link's (Sew Mama Sew) front zip pouch in her free Craftsy class. On her website, she has the fabric requirements for 4 different sizes. I used the iPad case size. It's a bit big for my Kindle but that gives me some wiggle room if I want to carry anything else in there. I can't wait to try it out!