Sunday, June 19, 2016

Crossbody Bag + Zippy Pouch

Despite it not being my "Sewing Season", I'm finding time to sew!

Early last week, I finished up the semi-secret pincushion zippy pouch and sent it off to it's recipient.  I can't wait for them to receive it!!! I absolutely love how it turned out and would like to make a few more like this. =)

Next up is a pattern I purchased a few weeks ago.  During "May is for Makers" month, somebody shared it and I can't remember who it was-- Found it!  Ellyn!.  The pattern is Everyday Hipster from Three Owls Handmade.  It was super easy to put together and I love how it turned out.  Of course-- I want to make more!  The only modification I would make is to extend the strap a bit more.  (oh-- and mix up the fabrics to have some more variety!).  I just looked at their website and I'm inspired by all the fantastic photos there.

Yesterday, I pulled out one of my eternal projects: Rainbow String Blocks.  I thought I would add a few more to the collection, but all the further I got was to play around with arrangements on my design wall.  I'm leading towards mixing the colors up, as opposed to the more homogenous layout.


Instead of making more blocks, the temperature dropped enough that I was able to spend some time in my garden and do some weeding.  Although it doesn't necessarily look like it in some of these photos, I weeded for hours!! At more than one point, I felt like I was weeding more between my beds than I was in them.  The prickers were crazy big!!

Clockwise from top: Purple Beans, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Actual tomatoes on my plant!!!

Clockwise from top left: Acorn + Butternut Squash, Corn, Pumpkin, Sunflower
Not pictured: Strawberries + 15(!) pepper plants!

Linking up with Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday,  Sew Fresh Quilts Let's be Social and (If I remember!) Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Steamy Saturday Sewing

This weekend was stormy, but only during nighttime hours. Saturday was very hot and muggy and just perfect weather to stay indoors!  I finished the sashing on the strawberry quilt and only have some borders to add before it is ready to be quilted. Woo-hoo!  In other strawberry news, I picked the first strawberry from my garden-- it is super tiny, but oh, so adorable!

I started on a semi-secret zippy pouch.  Actually, I started on a pincushion, but it was turning out too big, so it magically transformed into a zippy pouch! =O  If only I had more free time to sew.  Despite ignoring the housework that needed to be done, I did not have enough time yesterday to finish this. =/


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Stormy Saturday Sewing

Yesterday was a windy, stormy day and it was perfect weather to stay inside and sew!  Unfortunately, before I could start on anything, I needed clean!  My sewing room was a mess!  I tidied for a while and the room is functional again.  I could probably clean and organize for a full day to get it where it needs to be, but I wanted to create!!

The first thing I worked on was re-grouping on an old, old, old project.  It's Goodnight Irene.  This has been a leader ender project for me since the beginning of time.  Well, Ok, February 2014.  I've been making the 4 patches for much longer than that, but in 2014, I started turning them into this pattern.  The end is in sight!  The number of completed blocks is growing and the number of blank 'X' blocks is dwindling.  I prepped a bunch of this to be handy as leader enders and freshened up my supply of 2" squares (they get stale, you know!).

Next up was to make another zippy earbud case to gift to a co-worker.  She did a random act of kindness for me and I have been wanting to surprise her with this as a small thank you.

After that, I pulled out the Strawberries that I started at the Lutherdale Gala weekend.  The blocks were all complete, but the sashing and borders weren't yet cut.  So cut them I did! And sash them!  By the time I got to the longer pieces, the natural light was fading and I didn't feel up to cutting and measuring them.  One thing I would like to do for my sewing room is improve the lighting-- especially at my cutting table.  

The last thing for me was to start another 'Little Lady'.  Doesn't this navy make the most adorable dress!!??!!

All in all, this was a very fun day!  Oh-- and I got my toes done, too.  They match my strawberry quilt!!

I need more stormy Saturdays!! 

Linking up with Patchwork Times and Sew Fresh Quilts

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lutherdale Gala Quilt 2016

I swear that every year that passes moves faster than the year before! It does not seem like very long ago and I was attending my first Lutherdale Gala Luncheon, but it has been an entire year!  This event is to thank the people that make and donate quilts to the August auction fundraiser. Like last year, I spoke to the group of approximately 150 people and explained this year's block.  Then they send the blocks to the camp and a few of us get together and assemble them.  

Janet selected the pattern this year and it is Bonnie Hunter's "Spoolin' Around". We pre-cut the fabrics for each person and had them kitted up. The center went together very quickly, but the borders were tedious!  The math didn't always work out, but we were able to 'make it work!'.

In addition to the 'Gala Quilt', we worked on 2 other quilts: "Prairie Petals" and "Strawberry Fields".  I found the strawberry pattern in McCall's Quilting magazine and thought it would be fun to work on as a group (and it was!!).  I like it so much, I might make another one! This one still needs to be sashed, but it was quick and fun and a great use for pinks from my stash!

Lutherdale Gala Luncheon

Gala Quilt assembly weekend
(l to r, Me, Janet, Heather, Janine, Jim)


Linking up with Patchwork Times and Let's be Social

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Tiny House

Last week, I had the immense pleasure of participating in the Tiny Homes workshop by Laura Wasilowski and then listening to her speak at Mad City Quilt Guild's evening meeting.  Let's talk about the talk first--- I was dying of laughter!!! I don't think I've ever been to a quilt talk that was this funny!! We laughed. We cried. We sang!!  If you ever get a chance to see Laura-- DO IT!   =)

Here are some photos of her work that she brought to share.  There was a slideshow that accompanied her talk that was full of her mini-quilts.  They were so much fun and rich with detail:

Laura and her wares

The hand dyed fabrics were incredibly vibrant! 
(this photo doesn't do them justice)
These pretties came home with me!
This is my project!  It needs the embroidery to make it sing. =)

I was loving the improvisational, no-rules style of the workshop. It was rather freeing to play with fabric in this way.  I wish we could have had multiple days to explore all of the techniques she presented, because the time went way too quickly.


Linking up with Molli Sparkles - Sunday Stash and Sew Fresh Quilts - Let's be Social

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Zippity Doo Dah!

I haven't had a lot of free time to sew lately, but I have managed to work on a few zippy pouches.  I do have that new 100 pack of 9" zippers!!

For the first time ever, I joined an online swap.  These type of things make me a bit nervous.  I want to make something F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. and I worry that I won't get things done in time for the swap.  One of my friends mentioned they were joining a zippy pouch swap and I thought--hmmmm, that is something I feel comfortable with.  The coordinator is Heather Valentine and she has a website, "Scrappy Girls Club", along with a Facebook group.  To join, we fill out a form with what types of colors we like or dislike, our sewing skill level and whether or not we want to swap within the US or internationally.

My partner is from Texas and likes Reds/Blacks/Oranges/Browns/Greens/Yellows (pretty much everything but blues!!).  I wanted to try something new, so I scoured Pinterest and the interwebs and came up with all kinds of inspiration.

The first thing I made was a vinyl front medium sized pouch.  Several years ago, I did a few things with vinyl and found it to be difficult-- but, that was the time before clover clips existed!!  What a difference those make!!!  Overall, I'm pretty happy with how this turned out, but the machine stitched binding was tricky (It's not perfect), so this will stay with me!

Next up was a cutie pie pouch with a bow.  The process to make this was ---painful---.  I followed a free online tutorial and it was not good.  =(  I love the style and creativity of this pouch, but it was so frustrating to follow along, that I was rather crabby by the time I completed it.  After giving myself some distance, I came around and thought it was totes adorbs.  So much that I gave it to Heather for her birthday! =)

Well-- I'm 2 pouches in and I don't have anything for my swap partner! Back to the drawing board!  I found this pattern at the Polka Dot Chair.  The original size was 8 x 12 and that was a bit bigger that I was interested in, so I scaled it down to 6 x 9 (I think?).  It turned out fantastic and I sent it off to my partner, along with some goodies!

All in all, this was a fun swap to join and I might try another one someday!  I'm wondering how many of the 100 zips I've used so far? =)


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Eternal Paper Piecing Projects

I have a tendency to start projects without a plan.  Things that don't have patterns, but are interesting. And I'm ok with this!  For me, quilting is more about the process than the final result.  A few years ago, there was a talk at our knitting guild that discussed how people either are either focused on having results or feel satisfied merely by the doing.  I'm a process quilter!

Yesterday I pulled out all kinds of my 'Eternal Paper Piecing Projects'.  I don't know what motivated me, but I was ready to 'move the needle' (a phrase people use at my work!) on a few things. I was working on 5 different projects at once!! Bananas! But as long as I was paper piecing one project, might as work on others.  It's hard to alternate between 'regular' stitching and paper piecing, because it is too much to change the stitch length back and forth.

At my January retreat, I started a project that makes me question my sanity.  It's a log cabin diamond pattern from "Little Bits".  I've done 2 other patterns by them and really loved the results.  The diamond shape definitely adds a bit more difficulty! I decided to use the scraps from the many yellow and grey quilts that I've made in the last 2 years.  In the picture below, the middle diamond is from January and I started the other 2 yesterday.  There are 24 diamonds in the final pattern! I don't know what I have gotten myself into!! =O

Another project I worked on yesterday was my 'Little Ladies'.  I'm not sure exactly when I started this? 2008? (yes! I looked in my blog history!) The little ladies went missing for a bit after my move last summer. They turned up in a box that hadn't been unpacked yet.  I thought it would be fun to put them up on the design wall and see how they have progressed. I have a few more light background than I do dark, so I decided to work on a another dark background yesterday.  They look animated and fun when they are in their parts waiting for the final block assembly! =)

I've had these trees for a while.  Some of them were not 100% completed, so I finished those up.  I have patterns for quite a few more, but I don't have very much of the grey in large pieces (but I have a ton of little chunks from trimming up another quilt).  What to do?  I could try and order more of the Moda Bella that I used? I know the dye might not match up perfectly? I could make more with black? I saw a cool pattern on Pinterest that might be a fun layout, where the trees are spaced far apart with quite a bit of negative space.  For now I will let them age!

And the last eternal paper pieced project I'll share today is my micro-itty-bitty pineapples.  Of course I can't seem to find a photo of the other colors I've made.  I have quite a few others completed- 10? There was a purple and I'm pretty sure it committed suicide by falling off my design wall into the garbage!! =O  The grey has been sitting half finished for quite a long time (notice a trend!!).  This photo is still not complete-- It needs another piece on each corner. The clover clip and foot are there for an idea of scale.  These guys are super tiny!

Linking up with Judy's Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.