Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WiP Wednesday: Working it Up

I've been crazy busy making crochet things for the shop this week but I've also made time for a bit of sewing. I managed to finish my first project on my Q2 FAL list too! I'm linking up with WiP Wednesday.

First up is my finish! This adorable stuffed sheep is for my baby's Easter present. I love it! The pattern is free and can be found here. This is the first project off my Q2 FAL list.

I also managed to sew my I Spy squares together. This finish from my Q2 FAL list will be shared later this week. I love how it all worked up! If you'd like to make one of your own I have the squares listed in my Etsy Shop.

I made my boys these fun crochet bow ties. Aren't they just adorable?! If you'd like one for your little man you can find them here.

My tiny girl didn't have a diaper cover for under her Easter Dress. I thought that was silly so I whipped this one up really fast. The pattern can be found here or it is listed in my shop as a custom order here.

I also got a custom order for this adorable baby formal wear set. I just love it even if the sparkle yarn is a bit unconventional it's totally fun.

I have a lot of friends having babies and have become known for my flannel swaddle blankets with matching burp cloths. I make them huge at 38" square so even the biggest baby can be snug. I make the six burp cloths double sided to match and they are about 9" by 19". You can get all of that out of two yards of each print. This is also on my Q2 FAL list and I hope to get it done this week.

I got my fabric this week for the Michael Miller Modern Quilt Guild Challenge!! I'm so excited. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it yet but it's going to be good. I also got a bit of extra from the Intrepid Thread to match so I have more fabric to work with.

Finally I'm working up one last crochet thing for my shop. It's going to be an adorable denim diaper cover made to look like a pair of jeans. I seriously can't wait to see how this one comes out and it may even be finished today!
Well, that's my craziness. I prefer not to be quite this busy but I love when orders come in, especially custom orders and I get to try new things! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Second Quarter Finish Along Goals

Once again it is time to make goals for another quarter. I love doing this! It's fun for me to pick through my fabric and decide which projects I'd like to focus on. There are 22 in my list but I plan on only finishing about half of them. The trouble is I don't know which half so I included them all just to be safe. I'm linking up with the Second Quarter FAL post. I'm also linking up with WiP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced because all of this certainly qualifies as a WiP. Without further ado here are my projects...

#1 - These 324 I spy squares that I've been collecting are going to be made into a giant picnic quilt for me. I think it's going to be so fun watching parades and fireworks on it and it will give us something to do while we wait for the festivities to start.

#2 - These 81 charms squares are going to be turned into an i-spy baby quilt. I had a ton extra from the fabric I bought to make mine so I'm going to make a small quilt and then sell the rest. You can find the listing for these squares here.

#3 - I'm going to make these leftover 2.5" by 5" rectangles into a baby quilt, probably for charity.


#4 - This is going to turn into the Twists and Turns quilt found on the Moda Bakeshop. I've had this fabric for well over a year now and even had a pattern I bought it all for. Well, I fell out of love with the pattern but still love the fabric so we're going to try again and see what happens.

#5 and #6 - Quilts for my Etsy shop. These two are going to be the Jelly Roll Jam pattern (you can make two with one jelly roll) using the Apple Jack line.

#7 - This one is going to be a queen size using the Simply Woven tutorial from the Moda Bakeshop. I started it well over a year ago and was so discouraged with how the first block turned out I put it away and never picked it back up. Look at it now it doesn't look so bad. It's a little bit off but not as horrible as I remember. Pregnancy hormones may have had a hand in this one.

#8 - This Scrumptious is going to be the Pinwheel Baby quilt from the Moda Bakeshop. The pattern for this one is so adorable complete with tiny prairie points.

#9 - This pile of lovelies is going to turn into the Honey Honey Layer Cake Quilt found at the Moda Bake Shop. It will be for me and I can't wait!

#10 - I'm a little late to the game but I'm going to use this layer cake and the yardage to join in the Layer Cake Sampler over at Material Girl Quilts.

#11 - This Bluebird Park fabric is going to be a Line Dance baby quilt and the pattern can be found at the Moda Bake Shop.

#12 - This cute charm packs are destined to be a Carm Pack Cherry quilt. I saw the free pattern from the fat quarter shop around a lot of my favorite blogs and want to give it a whirl.

#13 - I'm going to turn this cute little candy pack into the Contact Print Pillow found over at Crazy Mom Quilts. It should be a fun pop of color for my couch.

#14 - These will be another Happy Weekender quilt but this one will be for me. I recently made this pattern and then I fell in love with this fabric and just had to have a quilt out of it for me.

#15 - This flannel yardage will be four blankets with matching burp cloths for my friends with upcoming babies.

#16 - These bits of fleece and fur are going to be a stuffed sheep. It's going to be a fun Easter toy for my tiny girl.

#17 - These adorable fat quarters are going to turn into a baby quilt using the Starburst Pattern from Melissa at Happy Quilting.

#18 - I just adore every single thing about this quilt top. I really don't want to mess it up with bad quilting so I have been waiting. I think I just need to bite the bullet and get it done.

#19 - I made this quilt top around 18months ago and even quilted it a little bit but then my machine freaked out and I never picked it up again. Now I have a glorious new machine and I think it's time to tackle this one again.

#20 - The center squares were orphans from my husbands great-grandmother. He wanted me to put them into a quilt but make what I added on pretty plain. So I went with a giant border. It needs to be quilted and bound.

#21 - This one needs a couple of quick repairs and then to be quilted and bound. This is the second quilt I ever made and it has been hiding in the garage ever since. It's huge at around 112" square, which is also why it's not been quilted yet.

#22 - This crochet blanket just really needs to be finished. It's for my baby who is now 8 months old. I've never gone past a birth on one of their blankets but I guess that's what happens when you get to baby number five. I only have about 20 more rows to do  or five colors so it shouldn't take that long.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

S'More Love Happy Weekender Quilt

I finished yet another quilt! It is the first quilt finish on my new machine - the bag I finished Friday was my first finish. Since today is the last day to link up with the 2014Q1FAL I can safely say that this will be my last first quarter finish. It was #19 on the original list found here. This makes eleven finishes from my list this quarter (I finished several more things that weren't on the list) including three bags/pouches, one pair of pajamas, and seven quilts. You can see them all by clicking here.

I just adore this quilt! I made it with the intention of putting into my Etsy shop but I really don't know if I can now. It is a great size lap quilt at about 59" by 67". I'm six feet tall and can fit comfortably under it. The pattern is found on the Moda Bake Shop and is the Happy Weekender quilt. My sweet daughter took this picture for me. I was impressed with her photography skills at the young age of seven. My hubby will probably be glad to have someone take over his job.

While we were out taking the picture she decided to take this picture of the sky/tree. I loved it so much and its artistic quality that I had to share.

Here is the back side of the quilt. I love these two fabric especially together.

Here's a closeup of the adorable fabric and the quilting. I just love this fabric line. It is S'More Love for Moda. The quilting is straight lines done every 1.5" and was made really easy with my Hera marker, my new favorite tool.

I decided to quilt it in this fun green color. I think it adds to the woodsy feel of the quilt. As usual I did a zigzag stitch on the binding. I love the way it looks, it's much easier to make it look straight, and it prevents the binding from curling when washed.

I changed the pattern just a tiny bit. In order to use two charm packs instead of three I made the pieced border have four fewer squares. It was a pretty easy change and I think it still looks good.
I have so many projects lined up to start but I am currently not working on anything. It's a crazy feeling. This time last month I probably had at least five different quilts going at once. Now I just have to try to not start too much at once. I'm linking up with Fabric Tuesday, Finish It Up Friday and TGIFF. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Emily Bag with Dewberry's Bungalow

I bought the sparrow fabric Joel Dewberry's Bungalow line several months ago knowing I wanted to make a bag with it and it finally happened. The fabric and the pattern I used work so well together! I picked The Emily Bag from ithinksew.com. This is on my list (goal post here) for the 2014Q1FAL and I finished it just in time!

I love everything about it! It really shows off the fabric and the pleats in the front are such a fun and classy touch! The pattern went together so much simpler than I expected. The cutting stage took a while, but then again I'm used to a ruler and rotary cutter so doing it with scissors is just naturally going to take longer.

The lining fabric, while I love it, is making me a bit dizzy in this picture. I installed my first ever zipper like this and it turned out so well! It might have something to do with my awesome new sewing machine. It is now day three in my house and with it I have made a quilt (except the binding) and now a bag. My new Juki has breezed through both no problem. This was also my first magnetic clasp and it's crazy strong.

This bag is quite large and lovely at the same time. I really like how it combines form and function.

I'm six feet tall and a lot of bags just look tiny on me but this one really fits nicely!

It's so big it can even hold a baby! My little cutie is eight months old and sized like her crazy tall parents (my hubby is 6'6"). The bag is also really strong. It held her no problem so it would be fine for anything else I'd mange to shove in it.
So, in the end I'd totally recommend this pattern for anyone. I don't have much experience making 3D things but this went together so nicely and it's tempting me to venture more into bags. I'm linking up with Finish it Up Friday. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

S'more Love with Juki

Very exciting news here today... I got a new sewing machine!!! I'm over the moon excited! The timing went out on my Singer (again!!) so the choice was fix it for the millionth time or just get a new one. Not a hard choice. It's a Juki HZL-F600. I only got it yesterday and while I am absolutely in love I'm not ready to write a full review yet. I did make an entire quilt top with it already which is at the bottom of this post. This machine is whisper quiet. Seriously you could sew in a library and no one would care. I could hold normal conversations with my hubby and kids while sewing, it was glorious.

So my tenth wedding anniversary is later this month and my hubby and I kicked around the idea of getting me a new sewing machine to celebrate. I looked and looked for the best one in my price range. There are seriously no bad reviews on the internet for a Juki. I thought that was a really good sign. I picked out the one I wanted and unbeknownst to me he bought it! He told me the day it was coming in the mail! It was an awesome surprise.

The very first thing I noticed was that the handle is so beefy! I didn't like carrying my old one by the handle because it felt like it would pop off. I would always support it from the bottom. This one is so awesome I'll never have to worry about that again. I am holding on the bottom for the picture though because it got really heavy posing like this.

Here it is in all its glory. It has like a million stitches and comes with so many awesome accessories and features! The needle threader is one of my favorites. I never used the one on my old machine because it was difficult and time consuming. Frankly it was faster just to thread it myself. This one is so easy! You just slide it in a giant rubber notch and trim the end and push a button. Another feature I love is the thread trimmer. Either rocking back on the foot pedal or pushing a button on the front the machine cuts the thread off for you. It's really lovely.

Here it is all opened up, you can see all the stitches on the top. It has a 1.5" more throat than my last machine which I love already. It also came with an extender table (not on) and a slew of extra feet including a 1/4" foot, a walking foot, a FMQing foot, and an automatic button hole foot. The last one is so awesome. You pop your button on the back and just go. I love how organized the compartment is with a place for everything and the little tray that pops out.

Here's the top I made all basted and everything! I made the back and the binding yesterday too along with the entire quilt top. I couldn't stop playing. The fabric is S'more Love and the pattern is Happy Weekender from the Moda Bakeshop. I changed the pattern a little bit to use only two charm packs instead of the required three. It's just as big but the pieced border has four fewer squares.

Here's a closeup of the adorable fabric. I love it! This is my April goal for ALYoF. I'm cruising right along so I bet it won't be a last minute finish like march was.
So now I'm off to quilt my first quilt on my new machine. I know I'm going to get a ton of sewing done this week because I just can't stop playing. Thanks for stopping by! I'm linking up with WiP Wednesday.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Last Minute Finishes

I usually like to front-load all my projects and finish with time to spare but I have probably been over scheduling and thus have finished things just in time. Some of these were from orders from my Etsy shop, one was from a quilt along and the last was a goal from my 2014Q1FAL and March ALYoF.

This adorable viking hat (found here) was from a shop order. Isn't it adorable on a baby?

Here it is off a baby. I love the cute little horns and the detail around the bottom.

That completed this order and I got it shipped off. I learned something about Etsy from this order. When you put a processing time on a project they don't add them together when people order more than one. So all of these things were supposed to be finished in five days. It was totally pushing it and they got mailed off on day six. I think that's still pretty good.

Here's another order from my shop. It's a bunny preemie hat for a sweet little baby in the NICU for Easter. I love the idea and it is so cute and tiny! It's about the size of my hand for scale.

A friend ordered this quilt from me for an upcoming granddaughter. The pattern was so fun to make and I love the color combination. It was a fun and gratifying finish.

It measures about 46" square so too big for yardage. I added a green stripe down the middle and did some straight line quilting. I'm loving the look of lines these days.

Here's a bit of a close up of the blocks. This pattern came from the book Simply Fat Quarters and went together really easily. The binding however was a horrible pain!! The timing went out on my machine and it was a nightmare trying to sew it on. I tried to borrow a friend's machine and hers was worse than mine. After several attempts I settled on just going for it with mine in a straight stitch (I usually zigzag my bindings) and it worked out really well. I'm not as good at the straight stitch but I went really slowly and kept telling myself no matter how long it takes it is faster than hand stitching.

This quilt was my March ALYoF goal (post here) and on my list for 2014Q1FAL (goal post). I'm glad I got it done just in the nick of time. Excuse the shadowy picture. It was crazy windy and rainy today and this is the best I could do. Since it's the last day of March I couldn't really wait for better conditions. Hurray for procrastinated finishes!

I did more straight line quilting with this one -- see, addicted. And again I love it! I also used my new Hera marker, also love! It works so well and I love that I don't have to worry about how to get the markings out. There were a few spots, especially on the dark fabric, that were a little tricky to see but I could see enough of it to keep my lines straight.

I adore the back of this quilt! The fabric is so fun and the stripe of snow fabric is fun. My little man is in the upper corner holding it down so I could hurry and take a picture before it blew away again.

These pillows were made as part of the Star Light Star Bright Quilt Along from Happy Quilting. I love how they turned out! I did a bunch of straight lines (obsess much?) in a variegated thread. I accidentally switched some of the block pieces so it is a little different from the original but I still love it.

The back is an envelope type in black. I seriously love them! I've always wanted festive pillows. Halloween may not have been the best choice for this time of year but I love them anyway and I'm going to leave them up for a few days just to enjoy.
Phew that was a lot! Can you believe I finished all of that since Wednesday! That's less than a week! Nothing like last minute deadlines to get the fire under me started. Thanks for stopping by! I'm linking up with Finish it Up Friday and Fabric Frenzy Friday.