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