Friday, December 11, 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Wow, it sure has been a while! I haven't posted but I haven't stopped sewing and I have a lot of pictures to share. Life sure has been crazy! Back at the end of October and beginning of November, 3 of my family members had surgery all within a 2-week period of time. So helping each of them with their recoveries was my #1 priority. I was supposed to do a craft show right before Thanksgiving but with everything going on, I just didn't have time to properly prepare so I backed out. And I'm so glad I did. I would have been way too stressed out!

Back in October, I finished 2 more mini quilts. My son has claimed the zig zag one. Maybe I'll be able to finish it for Christmas.

In November, I worked on some English paper pieced hexagons for a special project along with the Midnight Mystery Quilt instructions and a bee block.



At the end of November and beginning of December, I made 2 large sleep sacks for Annabelle. She has outgrown the Carter's brand, which goes up to 9-months, and the Halo sleep sacks are so expensive. She sleeps better in sleep sacks, though, because she moves around so much and they help slow her down. Not a lot, but every little bit helps! These are a good 6-8" longer than she is and there is still plenty of room across for her to grow. And they don't prevent her from getting up on her knees and scooting. I think she'll be crawling before long!

My quilt guild had a Christmas luncheon party this week and we were all asked to make floating 4-patch blocks. They were to be used as entries into a raffle to win all of the blocks. I made 4 blocks because they are simple and quick. And I ended up winning all of the blocks! I think I'm going to add a frame around each block because they are not all the same size and some are kind of wonky. This way, I'll have uniform sized blocks and the quilt will end up a bit bigger. But that will be a project for next year! :)

Also, I've been working the last couple months on another custom order. The same lady I made the Seattle Seahawks bowl cozies, key chains and zippered pouches for, wanted 4 table runners and 36 (3 sets of 12) napkins made with that same fabric. I finished all that last night and shipped everything out this morning. It feels good to have that big finish done!

Now, I have 2 quilts to bind, a few small Christmas gifts to make, 2 more sleep sacks to make for Annabelle and some things for myself that I may or may not get to for this year. And Christmas is 2 weeks away! Aaaaahhhhhhh! I better get crackin'!

I'm linking up to Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP?, WHOOMP, There IT Is! and crazy mom quilts' finish it up Friday.
A Quilted Passion

I hope you all have a Sew Crafty weekend!

Jenn

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Couple Finishes

Hello everyone! I'm a day late posting this because my computer was having Internet issues yesterday. But that's okay. Max was home from school Mon-Wed of this week with a wheezy cough but is now feeling much better. So I didn't get anything done the first half of this week. We did work on his little sewing project for a bit on Wednesday. He added some more decorative stitching and some ribbons around 3 edges. He wants to make another square and sew it to the first one so we're waiting to add more ribbons. Then he wants to add some minky to the back to make it like a Taggie blanket. Here's his progress so far.

Cheryl, of Meadow Mist Designs, released the October directions for her Midnight Mystery quilt on Thursday and I was able to get those blocks done. I'm very excited to see how our flying geese and SiaS blocks will fit together with these giant courthouse steps blocks but I have to wait almost 5 weeks for the next instructions! Aaaahhhhh!


I was also able to sew up my mini Swoon quilt top. I really like how this one turned out. I'm loving my mini quilts and I'm wondering if I'll really be able to part with them if they sell at the craft fair!


I'm linking up today to Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP?, crazy mom quilts' finish it up Friday and WHOOMP, There IT Is, a new Saturday linky party hosted by Zenia at A Quilted Passion!
A Quilted Passion



Have a Sew Crafty weekend!

Jenn

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New Projects

Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying this official first day of fall. It is beautiful here! Cooler mornings but then sunny and warm during the day. Pretty perfect if you ask me. :)

Now that I got Double Crossed and my $5 quilt off to the quilter, it is time to start focusing on the craft fair I have coming up in November, about 2 months from now. I did just well enough at last year's craft fair to try again this year but I'd like to have more variety. I have my microwave bowl cozies and snack mats but I'm also going to make some mini quilts, coasters, rag quilts and perhaps a few more small items as well.

I got my first mini quilt top done and have a 2nd one planned. I'm using some Thimble Blossoms patterns as well as a few from the book, Fun-Size Quilts. My mini Saltwater is ready to be quilted once I figure out what backing I want to use and my mini Red Letter Day is all planned out. I will be using these same fabrics for a mini Swoon quilt as well. I'm just getting into the whole mini quilt craze and I love it so far! They are super quick to piece and I see a lot more of them in my future. :)

I've also been working on some charity quilt blocks. Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl shared on Instagram and her blog about a call to action she learned about. The Butte fire in California has destroyed over 500 homes, some belonging to quilters who have now lost everything. Kerrie of Kerrie's Quilting in Lakeport, CA, is putting together some quilts to give to as many of those quilters as she can and is asking for 10" blocks in pastel colors with hearts appliqued on the center. I am making 16 blocks.

If you would like to help out, see Yvonne's tutorial for making the block. Sign your blocks with your name and town and mail them, by October 8, to:

Kerrie's Quilting
1853 North High Street
Lakeport CA  95453

I'm linking up today to WIP Wednesday and Let's Bee Social.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedSew Fresh Quilts


Have a Sew Crafty day!

Jenn

Friday, September 18, 2015

2 Finished Quilts

Hello everyone! I'm excited to finally have 2 of my quilts finished and ready to go to the long-armer tomorrow. These were supposed to be finished in March but going into the hospital and having my daughter 12 weeks early put a hold on them! So now they are ready and should be done in time for Christmas. First up is Double Crossed. The yellow under it is the backing. It is twin size at approximately 70x84.

Then it's my $5 quilt. Now, I should clarify. The entire quilt did not cost $5. One of my local quilt shops does a BOM quilt every year. The way last year's was run, you paid $5 in January to get your first block. Then, as long as you brought in your completed block each month, you didn't have to pay another cent until the end of the year when it was time to pick out your finishing kit (sashing, borders, backing and binding). They did basic blocks and intermediate blocks and the intermediate blocks cost an additional $3/month. So I paid $41 for 24 blocks, plus the finishing kit. Not too shabby in my opinion! I ended up getting my backing and binding from a different quilt shop so they are 2 fabrics that are not otherwise in the quilt, but I think they coordinate quite nicely. This will be a Christmas gift for my grandpa. The red under it is the backing. It is also twin size, at approximately 69x95.

I am linking up today to Needle and Thread Thursday, Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP? and crazy mom quilts' finish it up Friday.

My Quilt Infatuation


Have a Sew Crafty Weekend!

Jenn

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

All Caught Up

Hello! I'm all caught up with the Midnight Mystery quilt. Now everything is put away awaiting October's instructions. I like how these units came together and I'm really loving my fabric choices so far. I can't wait to see what's next and how everything will go together!

August brought us flying geese:

September brought us square in a square blocks:

All 4 fabrics have now been used but there are a lot of cut pieces that still need to become something. We have 2 extra flying geese, some squares that I'm envisioning becoming half square triangles (the 3 pairs at the top) and some larger pieces that I have no idea what they could be. I guess that's why it's a mystery quilt! ;)

Now, it's back to work on Double Crossed and my $5 quilt. I need to come up with a good name for that one. I have 10 days to get these tops and backs finished!

I'm linking up today to WIP Wednesday and Let's Bee Social.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedSew Fresh Quilts
Have a Sew Crafty week!

Jenn

Friday, September 4, 2015

Midnight Mystery Quilt

Hello everyone! Back in May, Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs, announced a mystery quilt that she designed to run from June 2015-March 2016. I have never done a mystery quilt before but I like Cheryl's style so I thought I'd give this one a shot. She's calling it the Midnight Mystery Quilt and you can click on the button below, or in my sidebar, for more information.
Meadow

Connecting Threads ran a sale on their Patriotic fabric line in June so I picked up the yardage I needed for the entire quilt, including the backing and binding. I've been wanting to make a Patriotic quilt so I decided to combine the two. And then I fell behind because of my $5 and Double Crossed quilts. I need to get those tops and backs done before 9/19 so I can get them to my long-armer and since I made pretty good progress on them this week, I took a break to get going on this mystery quilt. I was able to get all the fabric pressed and cut and now I'm ready to go with August's instructions - flying geese using the no waste method. I've never made flying geese this way so I'm excited to give it a try! I'm also excited about September's blocks - square in a square. I've never made them before but I think they look really cool!

I also purchased and received a large scrap bag of fabric that Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew was "destashing" on her Instagram account. It is mainly boyish scraps so I think they'll come in handy teaching my son to sew. He eventually wants to make a quilt and I think there's plenty of fabric here to get him going. :)

I'm linking up today to Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP? and crazy mom quilts' finish it up Friday.

Have a Sew Crafty weekend!

Jenn

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

So much to blog about, so little time!

Whew! I never thought having a second child would cut into my blog time so much but it sure does! I tried twice last week to get a post up but it just didn't work out. Oh well. Family comes first!

I got my freezer meals done last week which meant I didn't get much sewing done. But I made up for it this weekend and so far this week. I got all of my Double Crossed blocks trimmed and have the first 2 rows sewn together. And my points look pretty darn good, especially from afar! ;)

I also sewed the center of my $5 quilt so I just have 2 borders to do and that top is done! I need to have both of these done and the backings ready to take to my long-armer on 9/19.

One thing I did get done last week was an insulated lunch bag (or is it a hat? ;)) for Max for school. I bought him one last year but it's not machine washable and after a year of use, it's not looking very good. So I decided to make one out of PUL (water-proof knit) and Insul Bright. He loves it! :)
              

Max has been expressing an interest in learning how to sew, so he and I spent some time this weekend playing around. He had so much fun!

I'm linking up today to WIP Wednesday and Let's Bee Social.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedSew Fresh Quilts
Have a sew crafty week!

Jenn

Friday, August 21, 2015

WIP Wednesday/Finish it up Friday

Warning: This is a picture heavy post!

Hello! I hope you've all been well. I've been reading about so many kids going back to school already and even though Max has been doing the summer program at his school, he doesn't start his new school year until 9/8! That seems so late but they typically start after Labor Day and that's late this year. Oh well. I'm just thankful for summer school and a happy, easy baby so that I can get some projects done!

I finished up my custom order on Wednesday but didn't have a chance to blog about it. I did post a couple Instagram pictures so if you follow me over there, you've seen the completed order as well as what I'm working on now, my Double Crossed quilt. Here is the custom order:

I was able to get half of my triangles sewn onto my Double Crossed quilt blocks yesterday and finished about 24 sets last night. Only 36 more to go and then I can trim and square the blocks and start arranging them. I'm really excited to see this quilt come together!

Last week, I received some new fabric, Pie Making Day by Brenda Ratliff of Just a Bit Frayed, the owner of Pink Castle Fabrics, and spent some time planning a Swoon quilt (Camille Roskelley) and a Wheels quilt (from Joanna Figueroa's Craftsy class) using the 1/2-yard cuts that I got. This is my absolute favorite fabric line right now and I can't wait to dig into it! These are the ones I chose for my Swoon quilt but I'll end up using the whole line for my Wheels quilt. Aren't they just gorgeous?!?

I've also been doing a little home decor after living in this house for almost 5 years! I guess it took having a second child to finally get the inspiration I was looking for. :) I recently discovered Life Expressions Decor, which is a company that was started right here in Southwest Michigan. They sell custom vinyl that you see everywhere these days. They have a huge everyday catalog as well as seasonal catalogs but they can make a vinyl sign for literally anything you can think of! They also do make and take parties where you can paint a wood board and apply a vinyl saying to it. I hosted a party about a month ago and it was so much fun. I ended up making 5 boards and ordered 5 more! Here is what my wall currently looks like along with the photo collages of my kids that still need to go up. All of the signs are Life Expressions Decor signs. I love them!


So that's my life right now! I am linking up today to Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP and crazy mom quilts' finish it up Friday.  And by the way, Sarah, who rungs Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict just passed 1,000,000 page views on her blog and hit 300 followers on her Instagram! She's having an amazing giveaway so check it out! Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn