Sunday, February 22, 2015

Unexpected Blog Hiatus

Hello everyone. Unfortunately you will not be hearing much from me for the foreseeable future. I was admitted to the hospital on Friday in pre-term labor. I'm only 22.5 weeks now so am on medication and complete bed rest to prevent further labor and hopefully reverse the process. I will be here at least 2 weeks, hopefully much longer, so I will obviously not be sewing/blogging. I will try to provide periodic updates and appreciate all positive thoughts coming my way.

Thanks.

Jenn

Friday, February 20, 2015

Goals Met!

Hello everyone. I'm so happy that I have met all of my goals for the week! I got all of my February bee blocks done and they will go out in the mail today or tomorrow.

I finished my "little things" - mended a pair of my husband's pajama pants that I found in my cabinet from who knows how long ago, shortened some hunting overalls for my dad and added button holes to the sides of his face mask so he can comfortably wear his glasses. His overalls are made mostly of wool and the raw edges were serged rather than hemmed. I don't have a serger but my sewing machine has several overlock stitches. I have never used them before but it was super easy and I'm really glad I learned something new! That's always exciting. :)

I also got all of the sashing cut for my grandpa's quilt - the $5 quilt - and started piecing the top. The directions wanted each sashing strip to be cut before sewing them to the blocks but since all of my blocks were not exactly 11", I decided to leave the strips long and pin them to 3 blocks at a time. That way I was sure that my sashing strips would be the correct length.

All of my rows are now complete and I just need to add the long sashing strips in between each row and at the top and bottom, along with 2 borders. My plan is to have this quilt and my Double Crossed quilt ready to be quilted by mid-March so I can get them to my long-arm quilter, Anne, and get them back mid-May to finish. I think this quilt will make a great Father's Day gift for my grandpa.

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, February 18, 2015

Icicle Star Blocks

Hello! I hope you've all had a sew crafty week so far. I have gotten my (4) 6" Icicle Star blocks pieced and they are absolutely adorable! They take a while because each one has 48 little pieces but they are so worth it!

Now I just need to make (2) simple Garden Fence blocks and my February bee blocks are done. I'll have pictures of those on Friday.

I'm linking up today to Let's Bee Social and WiP Wednesday.

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Have a sew crafty day! And to everyone attending QuiltCon this week, have fun!

Jenn



Monday, February 16, 2015

To Do Week of 2/16/15 and Craftsy Sale

Hello. I hope you all had a nice weekend. One of my local high schools, the one I graduated from, is putting on the production, West Side Story, right now so I went to see it Friday night with a couple friends. One of my cousins had a main role and the daughter of one of the friends I went with ran the sound board. Everyone did a really good job! I'm always impressed by the talent of these high schoolers. The show has been so successful that it's being held over for 2 more performances this coming weekend. How exciting for these kids!

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My goals this week are going to be a bit lighter because I always seem to make them kind of lofty and end up not finishing everything.
  1. Bee blocks - I have 1/2 of 1 icicle star done with 3 more to go, along with 2 other blocks.
  2. Catch up on small things - my dad's hunting pants and face mask and a pair of my husband's pajama pants.
  3. Cut sashing for $5 quilt. Begin piecing top.
I'd love to hear what you're all up to this week! I know a lot of people will be heading to QuiltCon this week and I can't wait to read about all the fun!

Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Friday, February 13, 2015

Double Crossed Progress

Happy Friday! I made some good progress on my Double Crossed quilt this week. All of the white strips (240!) have been sewn on and pressed. Next week, I'll add the triangles and cut the blocks down to size. After that, the top should come together pretty quickly.

I have pulled all of my fabric for my February bee blocks. The fabric on the right is for some paper pieced blocks using Elizabeth Dackson's Icicle Star pattern that she offered free on the Sew Mama Sew blog. It's such a cool block and I'm excited to make it. The queen asked for either (1) 12" block or (2) or (4) 6" blocks. I'm going with the (4) 6" blocks because I think they will be just adorable! The fabric on the left is for my other February queen who requested 1 Garden Fence block but I'm going to make 2 because it's such a simple block and it only finishes at 10.5". She'll add the outside white sashing when she puts the top together.

So now it's time to start constructing these bee blocks!

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



Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

My best WiP so far - It's a Girl!

Hello! It has been a slow week so far but we did have an exciting Monday. I had my 20-week ultrasound and we took our son so he could see the baby and hear the heartbeat. We already knew the gender because I had the MaterniT21+ blood test done at just over 11 weeks so this was really just confirmation and we were hoping to not get a big surprise! We didn't. It's a girl and she's perfectly healthy so far! :)

After spending all morning at the doctor's office on Monday, I was able to make a bit of progress on Double Crossed. I got all the fabric sorted into combinations that I liked and began chain piecing the white strips.


I was feeling a bit more tired yesterday so I decided to take a day off and it was wonderful! I took a nap, did a load of laundry and just vegged out on the couch. I haven't done that it a quite a while and I needed a break. I did receive a phone call yesterday from a customer who purchased a bowl cozy from my Etsy shop. She is sending me some fabric so I can make her more! I'm excited about that!

I am linking up today with Let's Bee Social and WiP Wednesday.
Sew Fresh QuiltsWIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced



And now it's back to work! Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Monday, February 9, 2015

To Do Week of 2/9/15

Hello! I hope you all had a nice weekend. Mine was pretty low-key and was very nice. I actually got a nap in yesterday! I'm really excited for this morning. I have my 20-week ultrasound and I can't wait to see this little peanut! We're taking Max with us because we think it would be cool for him to see his little sister and hear her heartbeat. He's excited too and I can't wait to see his reaction. :) Unfortunately, I think he's coming down with another cold so this week might be another slow week as far as sewing goes. I sure will be glad when winter is over! Here are my goals:
  1. Begin constructing the Double Crossed quilt and finish as much as I can. Here is where I left off:
  2. Make my February bee blocks. I have 2 queens to sew for this month.
  3. Work more on my aunt's bag. I have everything for the body cut so I just need to start the construction.
  4. Cut the sashing strips for my grandpa's quilt.
  5. Shorten my dad's overalls and add button holes to his face mask.
I'd love to hear what you are working on this week!

Have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Friday, February 6, 2015

Finished placemats - a late Christmas gift

Happy Friday everyone! I am very happy to announce that I have FINALLY finished my aunt's placemats that I had planned to give her for Christmas. They are winter on one side and spring on the other. They measure about 13.5" x 19.5" and will shrink a bit. The winter side is made from fabric by Connecting Threads and the spring side is from the Mint Condition collection for Camelot Fabrics purchased from Hawthorne Threads.

I also finished the December $5 quilt blocks that will go into the twin-sized quilt for my grandpa and I decided on a layout that I like. I had to use the floor because the blocks kept falling off my design wall! There will be sashing between each block, along with 2 borders. I wasn't too sure about these fabrics at the beginning of last year but I think they all came together nicely and this will be a great masculine quilt. I'm excited!


So, considering we had 2 snow days this week, I did pretty well on my to do list! I am 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, February 4, 2015

Winter/Spring Placemats

Hello. Today is my son's 1/2 birthday so Happy 5 1/2 to Max! :)

Well, despite 2 snow days this week, 1 completely unexpected, I was able to get the tops of my aunt's placemats done. I still have to trim the top and bottom borders but that will be super quick. Then I need to finish the "spring" side, which will be a solid piece of fabric, and get them put together! Assuming the weather holds off and we have no more snow days this week, I will have these done for Friday.

I've also received a few more of my bee blocks and I'm really excited about how this quilt is going to turn out. I think it will be so cute! I'm still waiting on a few more and then I'll have to piece a few to make up the difference. I need 12 in order to complete the quilt.

I'm linking up today to Let's Bee Social and WiP Wednesday.
Sew Fresh QuiltsWIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced



I hope you all have a sew crafty day!

Jenn

Monday, February 2, 2015

To Do Week of 2/2/15

Hello everyone. First of all, I can't believe it is February already! January flew by! Today marks the halfway point of my pregnancy. We are going to 39 weeks (hopefully) with a planned c-section on 6/19. So I'm 19 1/2 weeks today with 19 1/2 to go!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Here in southwest Michigan, we had another Snowmageddon and got dumped on. Over a foot of snow with winds making drifts even deeper! Schools were closed before 6pm last night which made Max very happy! Here are a couple pics of our snow. The 2nd one shows the "waves" in the snow because of all the wind. It's kind of pretty.


And, of course, it was Super Bowl weekend. We aren't big sports buffs but Max was so excited and really wanted to watch the game so we made snacks and had our own mini Super Bowl party. His only request was to have rice crispy treats so we obliged and had some other "once in a while" snacks. Max arbitrarily chose to root for the New England Patriots and wanted me to root for them too. He told my husband he had to root for the Seattle Seahawks because we couldn't all root for the same team. Max made it through the entire game and was very excited in the end! Several times, when the Patriots were down, he wanted to switch sides but I wouldn't let him and we came out victorious! It was a fun night!

With the crazy weather, who knows how much I'll get done this week but here are my goals:
  1. Finish my aunt's placemats. I have the tops almost done so this should be attainable this week.
  2. For the 3rd week in a row, make the December $5 quilt blocks and figure out placement of all 24 blocks.
  3. Cut the sashing strips for the $5 quilt.
  4. If I get all that done:
    1. Start putting the $5 quilt top together.
    2. Shorten my dad's hunting overalls.
    3. Add button holes to the sides of my dad's fleece face mask so he can comfortably wear his glasses.
That's another lofty set of goals but a couple things are very quick so we'll see. I'd love to hear what you're working on this week!

I hope you all have a sew crafty day!

Jenn