Friday, January 30, 2015

A Scrap Happy Finish!

Hello! I have a quick post today because I'm getting ready to go out to lunch with some friends. I got the handles on my Scrap Happy Purse! The purse finishes at about 10" wide at the bottom, 12" tall and 5" deep. The handles are long enough to go over the shoulder.

It was kind of a pain in the butt to hand sew these on, especially with some mild pregnancy-related carpal tunnel going on. Several choice words were said but in the end I think they look pretty darn good from the outside!

However, since they were sewn on last, the stitches can be seen on the lining. I'm not super happy about that and for the next one, I'm going to try to attach them to the outside of the purse before I sew in the lining. The only way to "fix" this one would be to deconstruct the purse and that's not going to happen! Hopefully my friend will think like me: that these stitches are just a funky detail added to the lining! In hindsight, if I had realized this was going to happen, I would have chosen a perle cotton that matched the lining.

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, January 28, 2015

Scrap Happy Progress

Hello! I am very excited today because my first Scrap Happy purse is almost done! All that's left are the faux leather handles that need to be hand stitched.


I absolutely love this purse! I did a couple things differently from Amanda Jean's pattern. I used by Annie's Soft and Stable that I purchased at my local quilt shop, instead of batting which allows the purse to stand up on its own. This was the first time I've used it and I love it! It was so easy to work with and the final product looks and feels so professional. I also added a third pocket on the inside and used hidden magnetic snaps for the closure. Those were another first for me and they're so much fun! I love that you can make the installation completely invisible. I used this tutorial but used Pellon 809 Decor-Bond instead of Peltex. It worked great!

I also made a bit more progress on my aunt's placemats and anticipate finishing the tops today.

I am linking up today to WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.
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So far it has been a good week. I hope you all have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Monday, January 26, 2015

To Do Week of 1/26/15

Hello! I hope everyone had a sew crafty weekend. I did not get a lot of catch-up done but I did get 3 more Scrap Happy Purse panels almost done. It's just hard to get sewing done on the weekends because that's family time. And that's what it should be.

Looking at last week's to-do list, I really didn't accomplish much. That was mostly because Max was sick Thursday and Friday but also because I was sidetracked on Monday by one of my pattern ideas. My EQ7 software came on Friday and I was able to play enough with it that I felt confident enough to create one of my patterns with it. Now, I just need to get yardage finalized and figure out what fabrics I want to use to create the quilt. But not this week.

I had 5 projects that I wanted to have completed by 1/31. One is done - the apron - but I can say with every confidence that the other 4 will not get done. And that's okay. I gave myself a light load in February. So if I can get 2 more projects finished, or really close to finished, I'll be happy. Here is this week's to-do list:
  1. Finish all the panels for the Scrap Happy Purse and hopefully start constructing the purses.
  2. Finish my aunt's placemats.
  3. Piece December $5 quilt blocks and figure out placement of all 24 blocks.
That's it. But really, that's a lot! I'd love to hear about what you're working on this week.

Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sick child = no finish Friday

Hello everyone. I have certainly not had a sew crafty couple of days. My son has a cold, and almost every time he gets a cold, he ends up wheezing and barking like a seal. :( This time we went from barely a cough to wheezing and barking in almost no time flat. So we had a lot of cartoons and cuddles yesterday and that's the agenda for today as well.

I did get more chain piecing done on my aunt's placemats Wednesday but that's it. I'm hoping to be able to play a little catch-up this weekend.

Yesterday, I got a happy package in the mail. I'm queen of one of my Threadbias bees this month and my first blocks came yesterday. They are gorgeous! And Sue even sent this adorable fat quarter along as well! I can't wait to see what my other hive mates create for me. This quilt is going to be fun! It's the Cosmos Baby Quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival.


I should receive my EQ7 today and I can't wait to start playing around with it! I already downloaded the user manual for it and have been doing a little reading but it will be so much better when I actually have the software loaded on my computer.

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, January 21, 2015

Slow progress this week

Hi everyone! I have not made a ton of progress yet this week but I did get the apron done. For real this time! Here it is on my not-so-willing assistant. He REALLY did not want to wear it. But it's so cute! Oh well.


I tell you what, I'm glad I made this because I learned some new skills, but I hope I don't have to see another ruffle for a long time! That was kind of a pain in the behind. Now that I know what I'm doing, though, I'm sure the next one will go easier. If there is a next one!

I have a huge pile of chain pieced 2 1/2" squares for my aunt's placemats. I still have a lot more to piece, though. But I love chain piecing because it makes everything go so much faster.

And the reason I haven't gotten any more done yet is because I got sidetracked by one of my pattern ideas on Monday and spent all day working on that! I ordered EQ7 because I got 20% off from being a member of the American Quilter's Society (AQS) and then I got an extra 10% off and free shipping because they were running a special discount code Monday and Tuesday. So I saved over $50 which is huge for that software! I know it will take a bit to learn but then it will be so much easier to design patterns. I'm excited!

I am linking up today to WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.
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And now I'm off to a guild meeting. Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Monday, January 19, 2015

To Do Week of 1/19

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a sew crafty weekend!

I had said on Friday that I was going to piece my aunt's placemats but that didn't get done. I got a headache that lasted most of the day so I just took it easy. Actually, I started working on a couple pattern ideas I have and that probably just compounded my headache! So the placemats will be near the top of my to-do list this week.
  1. Fix ruffle on apron.
  2. Piece the front of all of my aunt's placemats (10).
  3. Finish 12 more panels for the Scrap Happy Purses.
  4. Piece December blocks for my 2014 $5 quilt.
  5. Cut sashing for the $5 quilt.
  6. If I have time, then:
    1. Start constructing my aunt's bag.
    2. Work more on my patterns.
Well, that's a lofty set of goals for this week but if I can get at least the first 5 done, I'll be happy. :)

I'd love to hear what you're planning this week so please share in the comments.

Have a sew crafty week!

Jenn

Friday, January 16, 2015

Well, I thought I had a finish...

Hello everyone! I got the apron done! Isn't it just adorable?

But then, if you look closely at the ruffles...oops!

I think the problem is that the gathering at the seams is not tight enough. So it's time to get out my seam ripper and re-do this. Plus, one of my seam allowances flipped over and that bugs me so I'll fix that while I'm at it.

On a positive note, I got 4 out of 16 panels done for the 2 Scrap Happy Purses I'm making. They just need to be trimmed to the correct sizes but I'll do that after I get all the panels done. And I got all the pieces cut for my aunt's bag. I plan on starting to piece her placemats today.

All in all it was a very productive, very good week. I accomplished everything on my to-do list and then some!

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

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Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Many WIPs Wednesday

Hello everyone! I'm so thankful school is back in session after all those snow days and I have been taking advantage of my time. In fact, I have been so productive that I've had to revise and add to my to-do list! Here is what I had planned for the week:
  1. Finish trimming HSTs for my aunt's placemats. - DONE! Here is what the the front of the placemats will look like. The blue dot fabric on the right will be a border all around each placemat.
  2. Piece November blocks for my $5 quilt. - DONE! Here are all 22 blocks so far. They are in the order I made them, not the final order they'll be in the quilt. I have to pick up the fabric for the December blocks on Saturday and then I can figure out the placement of each block. There will be sashing between each block and a couple borders. This will be a good-sized twin quilt for my Grandfather. Auntie, if you're reading this, don't tell him! :)

  3. Press fabric and cut all the "scrappy" pieces for my friend's purse (x2 because I'm making a second one to list in my Etsy shop). - DONE! Look at this little basket of fun!
  4. Prepare paper pattern pieces for the apron I'm making for my aunt's coworker. - DONE! And since they were out, I went ahead and did one of my "If I have more time..." tasks. I pressed the fabric for the apron and cut out all the pieces.
Since I got all that accomplished already, I'm adding one more item to my list - make the apron! The construction seems pretty straightforward so I don't think it will take long. It certainly is different working with paper patterns but I'm glad I'm learning how to do it. I'm also learning how to gather fabric because I have to do that for the apron pockets and the ruffles at the bottom. I found a great tutorial on how to do that here at Made.

Once the apron is done, I will move on to the rest of my list and check back again on Friday.

I'm linking up today to Let's Bee Social and WiP Wednesday.
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Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Monday, January 12, 2015

To Do This Week

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a nice weekend. I'm going to start posting a weekly to-do list to help keep myself on track with all of these projects I'd like to get done this year. And for some accountability. So, here goes:
  1. Finish trimming HSTs for my aunt's placemats
  2. Piece November blocks for my $5 quilt
  3. Press fabric and cut all the "scrappy" pieces for my friend's purse (x2 because I'm making a second one to list in my Etsy shop). I'm using Amanda Jean Nyberg's pattern for the Scrap Happy Purse.
  4. Prepare paper pattern pieces for the apron I'm making for my aunt's coworker
  5. Press fabric for my aunt's bag and cut the pieces
  6. If I have more time, then:
    1. Press fabric for apron and begin cutting pieces
    2. Piece panels for 2 purses
    3. Begin piecing blocks for placemats
Whew, I think that's enough for 1 week! I'll report on my progress in my Friday post. I'd love to hear what you'll be working on this week! Feel free to share in the comments.

Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Friday, January 9, 2015

Snow Day Finish

Happy Friday everyone! Well, this week sure didn't turn out like I thought it would. We are on our 3rd snow day in a row so I have not gotten much done. But between reading lessons, putting together a 500-piece puzzle and playing with my son, I did manage to finish a couple things.

I made the Chinese Butterfly block for Kristin, my newbee hive January queen. It turned out so cute! Kristin is going to add the antennae when she quilts it.

I also finished cutting all my pieces for Double Crossed. The only thing I'll need to cut before construction is the 4.5" squares. They need to be cut into triangles but I don't want all those bias edges to sit there and possibly get distorted. Now I need to put that away for a bit and work on other projects that I would like to finish this month.

If I meet my goals early, I'll pull this back out and start construction. Otherwise, that will happen in February. I'm going to try really hard to stick to my lists that I made. I'm using the quilt project sheets that Taryn of from Pixels to Patchwork developed. I really like them and I think they'll keep me organized and on target to get all my projects done this year. Of course, I keep mentally adding projects so we'll see how that goes! :)

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

Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

First projects of 2015!

Hello! Today is our 2nd snow day of this school year so I don't think I'll be getting much done but I have started my first projects of the new year this week. The first is a quilt using Amy Smart's pattern Double Crossed. I have my FQs pressed and 8 of them cut. 22 more to go!

The second will be an apron that my aunt's coworker asked me to make for her granddaughter, I believe. She purchased the pattern and the fabric and I received it last night. It will be the apron on the right with an extra pocket. I don't usually work with paper patterns like this so I will be learning some new skills with this project!

I am the queen of one of my hives this month and I have chosen to use the paper piecing template for the Twisted Star from the book Vintage Quilt Revival by Katie Blakesley, Lee Heinrich and Faith Jones. The authors gave me permission to email the template only to my hive mates if they did not have the book. I will be making the Cosmos Baby Quilt in shades of gray for the background and girlie colors for the star points. I don't have any blocks made myself yet but my goal is to have the quilt done by the end of April.

The queen of my other bee has requested an adorable block that she created herself and I'm so excited to work on this for her. She's calling it a Chinese Butterfly.

I'm linking up today to WIP Wednesday and Let's Bee Social.
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Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone! Well, it has been about 2 1/2 months since I've posted and that was an unintentional hiatus. Between getting ready for the craft fair I did in November, getting my son ready for Halloween and frantically trying to get a Halloween table runner done less than a week before Halloween, I kind of burnt myself out! I lost my mojo for a while. But on top of all that, we found out in mid-October that we are pregnant! I'm due late June so the last couple months I've been dealing with all the fun that comes with early pregnancy. But now that I'm in my 2nd trimester, things are going better and I'm getting back into the swing of things!

The craft fair went pretty well. I didn't sell as much as I had hoped but I did enough to justify trying it again next year. Here are a few pictures.




I also had 1 bee block to complete in November. It was a wonky star block which was fun but at the same time, a bit difficult for me. I love symmetry so I have trouble with making things wonky! But the queen liked it and that's what mattered.



Here are my Halloween projects. The first is my son's costume. He had a tail wrapped around his waist and sticking out the back as well. The table runner is what I attempted to get done but just didn't make it. I got most of the quilting done but for some reason was having a hard time tying off my knots! I was getting so frustrated so I just decided to put it away. It's on my list to get done for this Halloween.




Speaking of my list for this year, I have 16 projects on it so far! That's for the whole year and some are potentially for profit. And what's even better, I have most of the supplies already to complete all of them so I won't have to buy much this year! We'll see how that goes! ;)

And speaking of profit, I listed some things in my Etsy shop with more to come this week. Check it out!

Well, I hope that everyone had Happy Holidays and that the new year is starting out well. We are finally getting winter here which is kind of nice. At least for a bit. I'm sure I'll be over it soon enough!

Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn