Remember that time I joined a quilt along in 2013 with the intention of finishing the quilt before that Christmas? Well a year and month later I can finally say: She done!
I gotta say Lil Miss Penny (as I call her) is an absolute disaster. I know I’m my own toughest critic but between sloppy 1/4″ seams, not squaring up blocks and an ill attempt at a new quilt as you go technique (there’s some kinks to work out there) it’s literally full of mistakes! You know what all those mistakes add up to though? A warm cozy quilt. Do the mistakes even matter? I thought so when I looked at the quilt myself but when I looked at the photos I realized they’re barely visible.
I had my friend Katie hold Penny up for us, Brooke was trying to be helpful. Emphasis on trying.
I usually hand stitch my quilt labels on but this time I machine sewed it on and it looks great from both the front and the back that way so I this will be how I do them from now on.
I’m still really pleased with how the Farmer’s wife blocks look in the quilt. It adds just a little pizzaz. I really need to get started on my FWQ at some point. Can you keep a secret? There may be a quilt along to do some farmer’s wife in future, hopefully with giveaways! ;)
It felt really good to finally finish this quilt. Now to just figure out where it’s will call home.
I couldn’t help but give it the longest title ever cause I love it so much :P I am so excited to share this latest update to my camper appliqué pattern, It’s subtle but now there’s a Shasta lightning bolt version of the camper.
I used this pattern update to work on my own appliqué techniques with my machine and while I can definitely improve on my small curves I still love the shabby chic look of this camper project.
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About the Pillow
To demo the appliqué update I used all fabrics from my scrap stash to make a pillow for my mom for her birthday (remember, 2015 is the pillow gift year.) I appliquéd the pattern onto Essex Linen in Natural using Heat n’ Bond lite and a mix of Gunternberg and Metler threads to do a zig-zag appliqué stitch.
This is the first time I’ve used the really neat taper corner feature on my Pfaff machine. I’m happy with how it came out and I’m excited to practice this technique more with a couple upcoming projects this spring! (Jenn, I’m looking at you and your quilt on this one!!!)
I used a 3/4″ strip of Kona white fabric, also from my stash, to add a flang to the pillow for a little extra detail. I love the look of the crisp white cotton against the natural linen. So shabby-chic pretty!
Happy birthday Mom!!
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Finish it up Friday
I was so excited to hear about the tree bird blog hop through Sew We Quilt. I had been lightly following along with their Tammy for all Seasons hop in January and it had me itching to connect with other bloggers through a creative project too.
Unlike past blog hops, this time I knew exactly what I wanted to make when I signed up. After I got the email back from our cheerleader for this hop, Lana from It Seems to be Sew, I immediately went to go find the fabric. It took a little leg work to find the fabric online but I did eventually find Beautiful Birds by Tracy Lizotte for Elizabeth Studios on the Hancock’s of Paducah website. I let out a big sigh of relief when they had the panel I needed to make the project I had in mind.
I’m really excited because part of the fun will be displaying and photographing this neat project with these beautiful birds! Of course I must be a glutton for punishment with this deadline in early March and another quilt deadline in early April but I’m up for the challenge!
Are you joining in with us in this blog hop or do you have any other blog hops coming up? I’d love to hear in the comments about your experience with blog hops in the past.
Whilest packing I keep coming across neat things I have forgotten were in my stash. Having taken this time to re-familiarize myself with my stash has really inspired me to push myself to use more stash items in my next projects.
First up my favorite hobby fabrics, sewing & photography!
I picked up this neat camera fabric on a whim at the LQS about a month ago and it seemed fitting to have a camera fabric in my stash, especially one as stinkin’ cute as this one!!
The sewing one I got a while back during a sale online.
These other two fabrics have a sweet vintage appeal. I love the vintage style sewing machines and while I don’t have a project in mind for the purple typography-newsprinty-gardencluby fabric but it’ll come to me!
I’ve been doing more photography recently and to expedite editing I picked up this white balance card from Amazon (affiliate link). It made editing these photos super fast and I can’t wait to put it to use for both crafting and photography freelance!!
Now that I’ve photographed, posted and oogled these items from the stash it’s time to pack them away and revisit their inspiration in February! Still looking for tips on packing up the stash for moving, please send any ideas!!
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Exciting news! I’m moving soon, the beau and I are moving in together and I’m just to thrilled. Trouble is: it’s a short notice move! We signed the lease last weekend and
I’m we are moving into the new house 15 days from today. Thank goodness I’m only packing up a one bedroom apartment but the idea of packing my stash is scary!
I’ve already got some fabric packed in my giant Rubbermaid bin to prevent my “craft start temptation disorder” from bubbling to the surface. After packing some of it away I needed my “fix” so I decided it would be wise to finish trimming the HSTs I have laying around for the HST of Doom quilt.
I was curious know how many HST I’ve done, I counted up 10 of them, weighted them, then weighted all of them and mathed-it-up. Turns out I’ve got approximately 361 HST’s all trimmed up! Only 39 more left for a 60×60″ quilt top!
I’ve got all of Essex linen and various squares of fabric prepped for the remaining HST but I did the smart “adult” thing and decided that since there is no deadline to finish this quilt I should I packed it all away together to be revisited upon unpacking in February. Being a grown up and making grown up decisions is the worst.
This one goes in the scrapbook box so nothing gets too smooshed and messed up, read also: I don’t have to press everything again after unpacking.
Oh but see that SWEET other scrap I slipped in there? It’s a textured faux leather swatch, I’d picked up a swatch to check it out with my last order from Fabric.com and it’s really neat, can’t wait to move and get it up on the design wall for inspiration time!
Now, I need your advice!
This is the first time I’m packing being a quilter with a stash. Any tips for packing up crafts for moving? I’m armed with some space bags & large Rubbermaid bins but I’m all ears for your tips!
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This is the first time I’ve done a block of the month and I’m excited that I’m on the ball for the first month (11 more to go!) and phew was it a doozie!
This block is based on a traditional block called Lady of the White House. It’s so neat combining little checkerboards with the pinwheels and the stripes.
It took a lot longer than I expected but it’s also cause I’m accustomed to doing a majority of the cutting for a quilt upfront not on a block-by-block basis. I know my blocks look different than the sample cause I’m using prints in the blocks rather than just using solids but I like how it’s going so far, it feels more me this way.
I put a lot of work into sewing a good scant 1/4″ seam for these blocks and I was able to actually hit the 9.5″ unfinished size (which I’m super proud of). One thing I will pay more attention to in future blocks is how the primary color of the prints come across after having been cut. Join in the with Moccasin BOM with me!
Sometimes I’m hit or miss with gift giving but this year I want to try and break that habit, so this other day when I was scrolling through my Pinterest boards & bookmarks I came across an anchor quilt block and thought of my friend Amanda. She loves all things anchors and when I’d shown her this anchor quilt block last year and she liked it so I figured I’d whip up a pillow for a birthday gift since we were all celebrating it this past weekend.
It’s not a hard quilt block to make but it’s also not quick. There’s 49 pieces to this block!
Since this block would be a single focal point on the pillow I was very careful with my scant 1/4″ seam and pressed my seams open for the most part to keep everything lined up. Extra best press on these pieces too!
I made the mistake I knew would probably happen at least once with this project. the low volume I was using for the background was TOO low volume for me to notice I stitched one of the pieces on upside down. So I unpicked the stitched and re-sewed that seam. Then like clock work I did it again on the next section of the block (of course.)
Then it happened: my very first quilting related injury, aside from the typical pin pricks and needle scrapes, that is. I nicked myself with the rotary blade but don’t worry it was not an off the ruler super scary cut ER worthy cut but more of a not-paying enough attention knuckle to blade “tappy-tap” action. I wrapped it with a paper towel and hair elastic and finished the block. I know it was the quilting gods way of saying go to bed but I had to persevere: I was so close!
Then boom, it was done and so pretty!! It took about four hours for me to put this block together. I pulled the solid blue and the low volume (bear essentials) from my stash so I figured I’d choose the border and pillow back from my stash too. I auditioned some fabric but while I loved how the pink thin border it was too close to the finished edge so I went with just the Cosmo Cricket Salt Water scraps I had won through a blog giveaway last year to add the final border.
Weird fact, sometimes I think the back of a quilt block is as neat looking as the front. Am I the only one!?
I used the fancy letter embroidery stitches on the back to add a personal message: “Happy Birthday Panda”
I quilted the front of the pillow with straight lines ~1/2″ apart from each other using a white Aurifil thread. The invisible zipper install wasn’t perfect so I’ll want to try that again. Overall very happy with the end result. I’m so proud I only used fabric from my stash for this and only had to pick up a pillow form and zipper from the store!
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Instead of making resolutions I’m setting goals this year. Many of them are around putting more energy into my crafting. Crafting makes me happy so I’m going to indulge myself in my happiness. I’m going to be participating in the finish-a-long in 2015 over at On the Windy Side this year, something I’ve thought about doing in the past but haven’t been brave enough.
For Q1 I am proposing that I finish the following WIP:
1. Half Square Triangle of Doom
Okay this project will have a better name when it’s done but with 400+ HST using Essex linen and a variety of prints it’s destined to be amazing. I don’t have a layout picked and I’m probably 100 HST’s away from having all the blocks squared up. This project could accidentally live on my design wall for a long time so adding it to the finish along ensures that won’t be the case. Realistically I may only get the top finished this quarter but my stretch goal is to get it 100% finished, quilted and bound.
2. Running Through Daydreams
This stinking quilt needs to be quilted and bound. It’s sat an unreasonable amount of time with the batting and backing and thread for quilting. I need no additional materials for this aside from binding but I’ve been stuck on how to quilt it for some time now. Time to make some decisions!
3. Plus what?
This quilt has also sat for far too long, I have the top, back and batting together and I’ve picked the thread as well. I’ve second guessed how to quilt this for some time but I think straight lines 1/4″ from both sides of the seams is what I’m going to do.
4. Queen Terrain
She’s a beast this one, started in 2011 this is the second quilt I ever started. This quilt had/has a lot of emotions tied to it so it was really hard to finish the top but I did an after I picked it up from the long arm a year ago I attached the binding but never flipped and stitched. I had intended to hand stitch it but I picked up some glue the other day and I think I’m going to machine stitch the binding on. It’s time to put on my big girl pants and finish it!
5. Love Wall Hanging
This is for a wall hanging I sketched up that I want to produce as free pattern by the end of January. I pulled the fabric for it from a fat quarter bundle in my stash (yay using stash items!)
6. My First Clutch
I picked up the bolt of this adorable fabric and carried it arount my LQS last weekend. The ladies asked what project it was for and all I could tell them was “I don’t know but I love it too much to not buy half a yard.” They laughed; they get me. When I found the coordinating zipper on the zipper end cap it was a lightbulb moment. This plus the leather that’s en-route right now will make the cutest little clutch *insert warm fuzzy happy sigh here*
I almost wish I had more smaller WIPs to list but most of them are still ideas in my head and I won’t buy the fabric for them till the other small projects are done. Seems like a pretty good list here though. I anticipate a couple might be hangers-on into Q2 but only time will tell, I at least want to make progress on each of these items!
This broken feather arrow paper piece block an original pattern I drafted up recently to accompany my lone star medallion quilt. It uses scraps from five different prints for the broken feathers plus a background and fabric for the arrow’s shaft and tip.
One of the reasons I felt compelled to design yet another paper piece arrow is I really wanted to add specific details like the breaks between colors in the fletching (feather) as well as a little extra detail that rounds the back of the tip just a smidge.
The block is 11 x 4.5″ unfinished and includes a bit of sashing around the block so you could even trim down the height or add length by extending the shaft piece. The block uses 4 paper piece templates per arrow and is an advanced paper piece.
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I figured I’d be a gigantic hypocrite if I created QuiltAlong.net and then didn’t participate in a program or two. After writing all the descriptions (36 listings so far) I decided that the Gen-X Quilter Moccasin Block of the month really called to me.
I signed up then sat on the floor before my stash and got to thinking. It would be nice to use primarily stash items for this quilt but with it being a a BOM it’s a risk that by the end I might run out if I don’t follow the fabric requirements and yardage.
Then I spotted a layer cake I’d forgotten about, Chantilly! I’d picked it up along with yardage of two coordinating solids and some prints. I didn’t leave myself a map to what pattern I’d had in mind when I picked up this fabric so I figured why not do it? I pulled those out and supplemented with some solids from my local little quilt shop and am excited to get started on block 1!
I’m certain I have enough for the front, backing and a matching pillow!
I’m probably nuts doing this BOM with these fabrics but I wanted to use stash items if possible. The only solids I really have in the stash were the blue and the green so why not go for it? I think I’ll know within the first block if that was a mis-calculation!
Are you doing any of the 2015 block of the months?
PS. Don’t forget there’s a giveaway going on till January 9th, 2015!
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