Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I'm excited to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop! I've seen several bloggers I follow get tagged and if it came to me I knew exactly who I was going to tag. Well, she tagged me! The lovely Izzy of Dizzy Quilts is my partner in the Supernova Friendship Swap. Izzy and I have participated in several of the same quilt-a-longs and it's been fun to follow her and develop a friendship with someone I've never met in a part of the world I've never been.

So the blog hop has four questions I'm supposed to answer so here goes...

1. What am I working on?

- So I used to be a monogamous quilter. I wouldn't even look at other fabric let alone buy any until my current project was completely bound. Well, now I'm no longer faithful to any one project. I've come to appreciate the ability to sew my wild oats, so to speak. You can see my Q3 FAL list on the side of my blog here. They are linked when complete. At the start of this quarter these were all the projects that I had everything I needed to complete them - including binding and backing fabric.

This is my current project. A pixelated BYU quilt. Tutorial found here.
So here is what I spend all my time dreaming about when I'm with my BYU quilt. Isn't it awful? I can't even be with one project anymore - lol. I have plans for these, big plans.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?  

- You know - I don't know that it does. I think the only way it can be different is that I don't let what other people love influence me. If I make a quilt or use a fabric line I don't do it because it's popular or because everyone is making them. I do it because I really want to try out that fabric/pattern/technique. Some times that makes my work modern, some times super traditional. As long as I'm true to myself I think that's good enough for me.

Just so you can have a picture to do with that question here is my current favorite quilt. It's my Kate Spain Charming Stars quilt. You can read more about this here.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?  

 - I quilt because I love it! I love so much about the process. The excitement of finding new fabric, the precision of cutting, the relaxation of piecing, the growth of quilting, and the joy of finishing it off with a fun binding. I find the whole thing rewarding and I love that I will leave something behind and with my skills have made the world a warmer and more beautiful place. I love to give quilts as gifts - especially to people who appreciate their value.

I made this quilt for my SIL who just adores Harry Potter. It was such a fun project to work on for her and you can read more about it here.
- I also have an Etsy shop - That's Sew Julie. There I sell things to help fund my projects and to buy little extras for my big family. I have a few quilts there but it is mostly crochet things like hats. I adore crochet about as much as quilting. It's relaxing and I can do it while watching my kids. Here's a collage of some of my creations...

This is some of what is in my shop. I love to create custom hats so I let you choose your yarn colors and size from Newborn to Adult in nearly every hat. Visit my shop here.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

- This is a tricky question for me because I'm really all over the place creatively. I can either get my inspiration from fabric and find a pattern that works well with it or I find a pattern I love and search for the perfect fabric. Rarely do I create something I love just from my brain without the use of a pattern. I'm okay with that. Not all singers write their own songs or even have to in order to create beautiful music - I'm mostly the same way. Every once in a while inspiration will strike and I will create something I love that is solely me. Here are two examples...

This one was all me from the fabric choices to the design and the intense echo quilting. You can read more about it here. I used a double wedding ring template and turned it into appliqued flowers and I just adore how it came out.
For this quilt I combined a lot of different things that I love to make an all-new quilt. These are a collection of my favorite stars popped into a layout found in Vintage Quilt Revival. You can read about this quilt here.
Thanks for stopping by! This is the part where I'm supposed to tag someone else and keep the hop moving. Well, most of the bloggers I follow have already done it. If you're interested let me know and I'll keep searching for someone to pass it on to. I'll update the post with a lucky someone when I find them. ;) As for now I'm linking up with WiP Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BYU Quit Start with an Order and Bag Finish

I had a great visit with my mom. She was here for six days and went home yesterday. While she was here we got a few things done including a quilt start, a bag for her, and an order for my shop.

I collected the fabrics for this quilt over several months. When I first saw the BYU Quilt Tutorial over at Kitchen Table Quilting I just knew I had to make it and started collecting navy and white fabric. I would love to finish this for my September ALYoF goal.

I finished cutting out all the squares this morning. I am a tall girl and the original was intended for a baby so I increased the size a bit by adding four more rows to the skinny side and cutting the squares at 3.5" instead of 2.5". It will finish at 75" by 87".

This Crab Hat has been my most popular hat by far. I worked up this order from my shop including a diaper cover to match (found in a separate listing here). I've made a surprising number of this for adult males but this one is for a cute baby Halloween costume.

My mom saw my adorable bird bag (left) and decided she needed one. We had fun shopping at my favorite LQS to pick her out some fabric and make her a matching Emily Bag (pattern here). I think I may like hers better than mine.

The outside of her bag is canvas weight but I can't remember the designer. I love this raspberry color and this other print from Joel Dewberry's new line Birch Farm looks so great with it! I love Joel Dewberry!

Here's a better shot of the Birch Farm print. I used a gold-ish colored snap and I convinced my mom to let me do a pop of color on the zipper. I love it! It almost didn't make it on the plane with her. I do have extra fabric from this project though so I may need to make me a little something with it.
Well, that's my week. It was fun and I can't wait to see progress on my BYU quilt! I'm linking up over at WiP Wednesday.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Dining Chair Redo with Good Fortune Laminate

I have been really busy with family here and am just not getting to my post about the chairs we finished on Wednesday. I'm in love! I finished just in time this being my ALYoF goal for August. The first few pictures are what my hubby dubs the "gross you out section."

Here's a before of one chair and an after of another. I bet I don't have to tell you which is which!

Ignore my foot and look at that awesomeness by Kate Spain! I love the good fortune line and it looks so great on my chairs.

One last nasty picture, I promise. I had no idea the fabric for our stool was that white! We've had it for ten years and it has oh so slowly gotten darker.

Even the boys love our new chairs! Alex loves the orange flowers because orange is his favorite color. Spencer sat on one and said, "I am sitting on Kate Spain and it's nice!" Miya said, "She is really good at designing fabric. I'm glad we picked this one." Amelia finished our fun conversation with, "I want to spill something on it!" She wanted to try out the wipeability of it.

They look so good in my dining room and they really brighten up the whole room.

The stool is so pretty now and it cracks me up because I keep wondering who left my nice fabric on the stool in the kitchen.
I'm linking up with my favorite places: Finish It Up Friday, Fabric Frenzy Friday, and TGIFF.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WiP Wednesday: Small Progress and Big Squishy Mail

My mom is coming for a visit tomorrow and to prepare I've spent most of my time cleaning the house - well, and fabric shopping. I may be addicted! My shop has picked up again with the nice fall weather and I've been enjoying the fruits of my labors. I'm linking up over at Freshly Pieced.

In order to prepare for my mom's visit we've also started recovering our chairs and stools. I'm really excited about this project! The Kate Spain Good Fortune laminate is really going to make these so much better. I hope to have a finish post on these either tomorrow or Friday because they are also my ALYoF goal for August.

I finished the most adorable Sleepy Owl hat for a Canadian Mommy to match her little baby for Halloween - and promptly mailed it out without a picture! So you'll have to trust me that it was cute. This is from my latest order. It's going to be another Crab Hat. My most popular one right now. She also ordered a matching diaper cover. It's going to be so cute!
Here's me all jazzed up about my new Miss Kate bundle. I'm so excited about this one and have to pick carefully what to use it for.

Miya also got a squishy package this week. She turned eight on the 25th and one of the things she asked for was some Daydream by Kate Spain for Moda. She loves bright colors and animals and was so excited about these prints. She wants to get started on this right away even though her other project isn't done yet. Typical quilter. ;)

Here's my happy squishy mail. Isn't it a lovely stack! There is still a bit more coming.

Here's a better view of what I got. The top left are for my upcoming BYU quilt (tutorial here) I literally had no low volume prints for the center so I had fun going around and picking someone that had mostly white with black, gray, or navy. Top Left is Mochi Linen Dots by Moda. I got a FQ bundle of the whole collection and don't know how I'm going to use it yet but it's lovely. Of course next in line is Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. There may have been some squealing when this one came. Last but not least is a full collection FQ bundle of the Cotton and Steel Basics. I love these!! They are going to become the Aviatrix Medallion. I will start cutting into this next month but couldn't wait to own this collection.

So that's it for this week. Lots of great things to come!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Eclectic Finishes

Miya and I both have finishes to share today. I made a hat, a zipper pouch, and 12 two-page scrapbook layouts. Miya made an adorable name tag for the guild meetings. I'll start with Miya...

Our guild meeting was last night and we finished her tag just in time. We didn't have time to make something for around her neck so we just used this piece of gold ribbon. She cut, appliqued, and top stitched this all by herself.

I'm pretty in love with how it turned out. I especially love her MQG member pin. I wonder if she is their youngest member at the tender age of seven.

I finished this adorable sheep hat that was an order from my shop. This is one of my favorite patterns and again it was an adult size order. I've been getting a lot of those lately - it's fun.

I also made this fun little pouch to match my tote bag. I'm pretty in love with this arrow canvas print from Cotton and Steel and love the metallic Dear Stella dot to match.

This cute pouch was made from the Ruched Happy Bag pattern. I won this pattern (and two others) on a giveaway but I was going to buy them anyway if I didn't win. I love how it turned out and it took me a little under an hour start to finish.

I've been further feeding my metallic addiction with metal zippers. I got this one (and several more) from my favorite shop for zippers - Zipit. They have amazing prices and a killer selection. This nine inch metal zipper was only $1 and their regular zippers run about $0.35 a piece when you buy a lot of them.

The bulk of my creative time has been taken up by my scrapbook project. I'm making an album for my mother of our trip to France. These 24 pages represent about half of the trip. They still need captions but are otherwise complete.

This is my favorite layout. I like how it has the cute metro paper and even a ticket stub.
Well, those are our accomplishments for this week. I'm linking up with my favorite places: TGIFF, Fabric Frenzy Friday, and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WiP Wednesday: Little by Little

I have mostly worked on crochet things this week. I got three orders in two days and it's been fun working them up. I also got thirteen two-page scrapbook layouts finished for my France trip but it's been raining and indoor/flash pictures don't work well with scrapbook pages. I have a zipper pouch in the works too. I'm linking up to WiP Wednesday.

My first order was another adult-sized crab hat. I'm loving how popular the adult sizes of my hats have been lately. Nearly all of the hats in my shop come in adult sizes.

Look at the cute baby shark!! I also got an order for a toddler/preschooler shark hat. It seemed pretty perfect for shark week.

And from the side.... still adorable!

Even the baby is in love with it.

Kids heads grow more slowly at this age so it fits the baby who just turned one and my little man who is just over four.

So it's back to school time here in Iowa. The kids just left for their first day this morning. My middle girl just started kindergarten and needed a nap time pillow. We went to my LQS and found these two cute prints and I whipped her up a 12" square white pillow with two pillow cases.

I love how well the alphabet comes out on my new machine. I got her name all over those pillows without any mistakes. The red heart fabric is shinny metallic and I'm loving that right now.

Last this week - I cut out the fabric for my Ruched Happy Bag. I won three patterns from the awesome shop During Quiet Time a few weeks ago and I'm finally getting to them. This will match my tote from last week. My metallic zippers should come in the mail today and then I put this together. I can't wait to see how it comes out!
Well, that's it for me. Hopefully the weather cooperates and I can get some pictures of my scrapbook pages soon. I also have one more order to fill for my shop and then the cute pouch. It's going to be a great week!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tote Bag Finish

I finished my tote bag up yesterday and I'm in love! I used some awesome Cotton and Steel canvas and a metallic Dear Stella dot. I found a great free pattern here.

Isn't it lovely?! I am going to carry my quilts in this to guild meetings. I think I'll also use it for Cub Scouts. I'm the new Den Leader for our local scouting program and I'm so excited!

I lined it with the metallic Dear Stella print too. The photos don't do it justice - it's really an awesome print. I used Peltex for a stabilizer and this stuff is intense. The pattern told me to fuse it to the lining and it was an adventure sewing with it and even more exciting trying to turn it around through the little hole. There was some punching and grunting involved but I love how the bag is so sturdy.

A closeup of the fabric loveliness. I may be over-the-moon about this bag.

Here it is a perfect size for my most recent Kate Spain Quilt finish.

A great size for me. I did a double layer of fusable fleece in the handles so they're extra cushy to support the weight and not dig into my shoulder.
I'm so happy with how it turned out and I'm linking up at my favorite places: TGIFF, Finish It Up Friday, and Fabric Frenzy Friday.