work in progress
I shared my quilting studio space via Instagram yesterday, and thought I better keep it real, and put it up here too! It looks pretty messy still, but it’s all picked up and I can walk around a bit – huge improvement!
My Melody is dropped into the little table on the left, Crown Jewel is slightly covered with projects I’m currently piecing, the aluminum table at the right is on casters and moves where I need it easily. Fabric, my patterns, and notions are on the book shelf, there’s a matching shelf out of frame, to the left full of books, and magazines. It’s definitely not perfect, but I do look forward to spending time here, and know where everything is. Which is key!
There’s more decluttering to be done (always), but for now I’m back to my projects.
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Hi there! I knew my time at the computer would be much less with the kids home from school the last two weeks, but after a couple of days of trying, I decided to just leave work to wait, and enjoy my time with them. It has been such a nice couple of weeks with the family!
Of course I did sneak in a little time at the sewing machine here and there. I had planned ahead and cut two projects so I could easily have fabric “therapy” sessions when our little house got too crazy!
Little HST units, and 9-patches, along with flying geese that didn’t get a photo, have been finished, and are waiting for me to put them together.
The fabrics are Gardenvale and will be in quilt shops in April.
I also spent some time last week getting my calendar … Read More »
I have been sewing in masse the last few days – I love Christmas Sewing!
I have a group of seven pouches for various teachers and friends. I found my zippers at zipit on etsy, where you can get as much or little variety in color as you like. I currently have three finished and four more pinned and ready for my next sewing session!
These are the backs and bindings of three table runners I have in the works too! I pieced and quilted them over the weekend, while I indulged in my newest tv addiction : Gilmore Girls. My only question now, why wasn’t I watching them while it was on tv?
The bindings are mostly on, I just need to join the ends, and flip/stitch the binding to the front (by machine).
I am now fully stocked with Think Big! If you … Read More »
Last week, I was actually feeling pretty bad – I think I overdid it and stayed up a bit too late one night, and paid for it the rest of the week, in the form of a cold. boo! Thankfully, I’m feeling much better, and had a chance to work (play) with my new upgrade – the Pro-Stitcher!
I pieced a backing for this quilt I pieced back in February, and loaded everything. I selected a design, and sorted out the details to quilt, and pressed go! I watched the first couple of passes, then left it to do it’s thing, while I started dinner upstairs! SO cool! and just what I need!
**My girls came in from playing outside about this time, and were rather confused and amazed to see my long-arm running without me. Usually they gloss over whatever mess I … Read More »
Are you making gifts for the holidays? There’s a mere six weeks to get everything done!
I always make something personal for my kids’ teachers, and my oldest has a knack for asking me to make gifts for friends at the 11th hour. My solution is to keep a collection of great ideas on hand to select from at a moments notice! Thank goodness for the beautiful fabric stash :)
I shared this last week in my Quiltcast post, but it’s so packed with great gift ideas I wanted to share again-The Stitched Gifts pinterest board is full of gifts to be made for friends, moms, kids, teachers and anyone else on your list! Here’s a glimpse at the most recent pins added to the board :
It’s a board that I will continue to post to as great ideas are found online, and … Read More »
I spent the last week or so catching up on my pattern and personal responsibilities, with those out the way, I quickly decided it was time for some fun!
First I pulled these fabrics, and printed out the paper piecing guide for a feathered star. I’ve been admiring these patterns and wanting to make one for a couple of years now, but didn’t have the right reason to make one.
(L-R Basic Grey Persimmon, Grunge, Crossweave, Joel Dewberry True Colors, Basic Grey Persimmon)
Sorting out the pieces at this point was a little challenging, then deciding which pieces to put together first was a puzzle. I’m not sure I would do it the same way again, but it did go together pretty quickly.
I worked on it off and on over the course of 18 hours, ignoring my email, and a few other things that … Read More »
I have a quick finish to share with you today!
Nancy Zieman’s new book – Quick Column Quilts is full of beautiful and useful patterns for any quilter!
This table runner is based off of the Quilt to Give pattern in chapter 13 – I’ve admired this quilt, for a while now, and knew it was the quilt that I wanted to stitch up! I have been stitching from my scrap box lately, and knew that I wanted to make a more masculine table runner for our dining table in my Modern Neutral fabrics. Sometimes it’s a little odd to celebrate my husband or son’s birthday with a floral runner on the table, and this will be the perfect solution.
While there’s lots of instruction for cutting from yardage, I had a blast pulling scraps from my bin and pairing them up! Since … Read More »
A week ago we went camping. Came home, and unpacked everything but the camera. Thankfully pictures stay on the camera, until I’m able to get to them! This summer has been all about keeping up with my kids, while trying to get my work done too. Camping was great, because I could no longer work, and just enjoyed our family time. Here’s a bit of a picture overload for you – it was beautiful up in the mountains! The stream we camped near: Big climbing tree on our campsite: The meadow we were camping in: Fishing in a nearby lake: Bald Mountain, above the treeline at 10,000 feet: I love the play of light and shadow:
Just a few of my favorites :)
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Last week, I decided I needed a project that was just for me, and that hand work would be better than machine sewing for right now. So I went to my library, and pulled all the books I could find with some hand appliqué projects included. I was a little shocked to find so many books already in my stash! (I’ve listed them all below)
Fresh Picked Posies: 12 Quilt Blocks to Applique from Piece O’ Cake Designs
The Rose of Sharon Block Book: Winning Designs from the EQ6 Challenge
A Batch of QuiltSoup: Fun Patchwork and Easy Appliqué Patterns
Home Sweet Quilt: Fresh, Easy Quilt Patterns from Jillily Studio
Scrap-Applique Playground: Turn Quilting Scraps into Fun Applique Fabrics
Hand-Appliquéd Quilts: Beautiful Designs & Simple Techniques
Hand Quilted With Love
All of these books have a slightly different method, and directions – I’m learning that it really is … Read More »
Happy Friday! This week has been full, and I’m excited to share my Star-Crossed quilt top with you!
I made it with Botanique by Joel Dewberry, and Bella Eggshell (281). Star-Crossed is from my second book, Modern Basics II and a great project for large scale prints!
Now I’m looking forward to quilting up that negative space with something fun! Let me know if you have any ideas! I spent the week working on this, and one other secret project so that I would be ready to manage this box of fabric :
50 pounds of sample yardage, of fabric that I designed! I’ll share more about it as soon as I can. On the docket this weekend :: I’ll be sewing up patterns to go with the fabric, … Read More »
Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend – it’s been warmish here, with lots of sunshine (45-50F) and the outside time has been beautiful! Along with family time, I found some late night, and early morning sewing time, to work on my Star-Crossed remake – which I’m super excited to get into a top this week!
Here’s the stars for the centers ::
Strip pieces for the edges ::
And my first completed block ::
I’m loving the colors in Botanique – I pretty much have the whole line represented in this quilt, which is always fun!
I’m headed back to the machine and will share the top soon!
What are you working on this week?
I was looking through my blog over the weekend, and realized that I never shared my finished quilt top for the #apqquiltalong project! I had a few little deadlines pop up on me and I folded up the top before I got it posted here – sorry! My quilt measures 75″ x 93″ – which is a great size, and it would be simple to add or subtract blocks to make it the size you would like to snuggle with!
Making this quilt has been a journey! I will mention that using an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance makes all the difference in these blocks, with so many seams, it would be easy to have problems.
Thankfully, my quilt top lays flat! It’s not a difficult quilt to make, I suggest anyone that wants to make one to go … Read More »