Friday, October 24, 2014

Technicolor Dreams Revealed!

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a wonderful week. I'm excited to show you all my secret quilt today, Technicolor Dreams! I made it for my friend, who's baby is due 10/29, and who I had a baby shower for this past Saturday. They don't know the gender of the baby so I chose to do a brightly colored quilt that will work for a boy or a girl. My friend and her other children love the quilt and her daughter, the oldest, said that her little sister will look very beautiful on it! She's really hoping for a sister because she has 2 younger brothers. :) Once the baby is here and we know the name, I will make a personalized label and officially finish the quilt. And get some better pictures. I tried to get a picture of it as my friend was holding it up but she ended up having a hilarious, yet unflattering, look on her face so she asked me to crop her out. ;) You can't really tell in these pictures, but all of the fabrics have tiny dots. They are Connecting Threads' Classic Dot basic prints in charm squares, which are on clearance right now.


I also got all of my mug rugs finished and started on the Christmas hot pads for my craft fair. I have 6 done and 6 more to go. They are super quick, though, so they will for sure be done this morning. So far, I have my microwave bowl cozies (21 in each size), 22 mug rugs, a set of 4 Christmas ornament placemats with napkins and soon-to-be 12 hot pads to sell at my craft fair. I also have 20 key fobs started, that I hope to be able to personalize on site. The craft fair is 4 weeks from tomorrow so I think I'm making good progress!


I had 2 bee blocks to make this month and I got both of them done this week. One is a pinwheel star and the other is a hexagon called Spin Wheel. It is supposed to have a pinwheel in the center but I chose fabrics that aren't very contrasting so my pinwheel is sort of hidden. Once I got it done, I was worried that it blended too much but the queen for that hive really likes that the pinwheel is hard to find so that worked out!

This weekend I need to finish my son's Halloween costume. He is going to be a monkey but I refused to pay $50-$60 for a costume. So I bought him a fleece hoodie and some fleece pants on sale at Kohl's, a 6-ft chenille stem to wrap around his waist for a tail and I'm going to sew on a felt tummy and make felt ears to attach to a headband. Easy peasy and around $20! Plus, he can continue to wear the pants and the hoodie after Halloween. Here he is without the tummy and the ears. I think he'll be a pretty cute monkey! :)

I'm linking up today to Crazy Mom Quilts' finish it up Friday and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn

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.
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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

Friday, October 3, 2014

Festive Placemats, 50th Post!

Happy Friday everyone! It is a rainy, dreary day here in West Michigan but that's good sewing weather, right? I'm getting an early start thanks to my husband taking our son to school this morning. That's a nice treat. :) Oh, and this is my 50th post! When I started this blog, I really had no idea where I was going with it. It's so exciting to know that I've kept up with it regularly for 5 months and actually have followers! So thank you to everyone who has enjoyed keeping up with this quilty journey that I'm on. :)

I finished up my Christmas ornament placemats and napkins yesterday and they are beautiful! The pictures really don't do them justice at all. The napkins measure about 16.5" square. I folded them in half and then accordion folded them to fit into the loop on top of the placemat. That was probably the hardest part about making these placemats - getting the right spacing on the accordion fold to make them look good! ;) When my aunt saw pictures of just the placemats, she thought they looked too small for regular place settings. So I actually set the table to show that they are, in fact, big enough and would make a beautiful addition to someone's Christmas dinner table.



I also finished my mug rug tops. These are the last 5 for a total of 22 that now need to be quilted. I just need to practice my free motion quilting before I get started.

My husband and son are going to my in-laws for part of this weekend which means I will have time to myself to work on my secret quilt. I'll be using my walking foot to spiral quilt it and I can't wait to see how it turns out!

I'm linking up today to Crazy Mom Quilts' finish it up Friday and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn

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!


I also have a fun announcement from Craftsy. If you enjoy paper crafting, as well as quilting, you'll want to check this out. They have new paper crafting kits and the one they are advertising right now is for adorable Halloween decorations. You get a kit of supplies to make several projects and free video instructions to help you create them! Check out what Craftsy has to say and if you click on my links or my banner, I will receive compensation for any purchase you make.


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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