Friday, June 26, 2015

Library Bag, AMH Mini, and Pouches

I was so close to a few finishes last week which makes for a big finish this week. I finished up my library tote bag, my Anna Maria Horner mini swap quilt, and two pouches. The AMH mini was my ALYoF goal for June and I'm so happy with it. But first, the library bag, take a look...

I finished our library bag and have already put it to good use at the library. It was so helpful! You can find the pattern for this here on Craftsy. It is a bit smaller than I expected but holds books nicely as long as they are mostly picture books or small chapter books. For the letters there is a paper piecing option as well as an applique option.

The kids all chose fabrics from my stash for the books and the letters making this another fabulous stash project.

I didn't love anything I had for the lining so I grabbed this from my LQS. Isn't this print fun! Totally worth the splurge especially how the rest of the bag was all stash.

I also finished up this mini for the AMH swap. I'm so happy with how it turned out! This is the Raindrops pattern from the Fat Quarter Style book. I just took five blocks from the pattern and it was the perfect mini size.

I was worried it would be a little plain so I jazzed it up with some great quilting. I did spiraling straight lines on the drops and then pebbles in the background. I'm so happy with the results!

When making the geese for the mini I sewed another line 1/2" away from the first. I always do this and have many tiny HST lying around. These were pretty good size and the second geese for the center of the drop blocks made these cool castoffs so I created a pouch out of them.

The sides are different due to the scrapy nature of the project. It's a nice little pouch and a great size for the extras I included in her package.

I also whipped up this pouch for a swap partner. This is for the Animal in You Swap and my partner likes white tigers. It's AMAZING how difficult it is to find white tigers for any craft. There are a few orange tiger things around but they are mostly geared toward babies so I couldn't even change the colors. I was so excited when I remembered this print from Cotton and Steel and made a large size Open Wide Pouch for her.
My last project for the week was cleanup. I should have taken a before picture but image things piled so high I couldn't see surface or fit a fat quarter on my cutting mat. I'm about to start quilting a twin-size quilt for my little man and needed the space. I hope I can keep it like this for a while because it's so much nicer!
That's me for this week! Thanks for stopping by! I hope I have a Fancy Fox quilt to show you next week but we'll see how it goes. I find I'm having less time to craft with the kids home this year. I keep wanting to play with them instead. I love that my productivity is taking a hit for such a great reason! I'm linking up with the June ALYoF party, TGIFF, and Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Knit All the Things!

My house has been taken over by a love of knitting and I couldn't be happier. However, that does mean I don't have a sewing project for a finish this week. I do have several knitting things for you to enjoy and the promise of a sewing finish in the near future.

I finished putting these together for my AMH swap and a library bag. I was so excited to finished these up but I got distracted with a few things.

First was this. I love how it turned out. It's based off of Thimble Blossoms Norway pattern. I got the piece of wood from Hobby Lobby and just worked out the pattern.

Then Hobby Lobby struck again with knitting looms! LOVE! My three big kids were able to do it totally on their own! The baby made a good effort and Alex would try for a few stitches and move on. They were so fun to work on. My kids even sat and knitted with me as we watched a movie last night. My husband says he needs better power tools or something to bring them over to his side.

Then we got this awesome pom-pom maker in the mail and had to make some of those to add to them.

Here's our finished projects. One for each kid and an extra.

The big three in the back made their own with very little or no help. They all picked their yarn, one new skein from the store and one from stash.

In between helping them I finished up this! This is the North Star Hat you can find the pattern on Craftsy here.

I'm pretty in love with it but can't decide if it is for me or to sell. The colors and pattern are perfect but I'm kind of in a hat knitting craze lately and have so many hats.
Well, that's me for the week. I'm so excited about what's been happening here. The kids and I are having great fun in the Summer so far. We have activities for each day of the week but our happiest times are on Library Monday and Crafty Thursday. I'm linking these up with my favorite stops. TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Road 15 Pillows and Elephant Hat

I marked some great things off my list this week. I finished up my Road 15 pillows which are on my Q2FAL list and also the knit elephant hat that I've been working on. I also started my AMH mini which I know I am going to love. Let's start with the pillows.

Here they are! I used the Candy Dish pattern from Jaybird Quilts with the Hex N More ruler. The fabric is Road 15 by Sweetwater for Moda with Kona Snow for the background. How's that for source citing! ;)

I originally had these pillows planned for my couch but after I finished the quilt that was to match I wasn't as in love with it as I hoped I'd be. Enter my mom who needed fun, bright, and modern pillows for her basement couches that included deep red. Winner winner chicken dinner! She even has a thing for houses so this is perfect. Also, enter Father's Day for my step-dad as the perfect gifting opportunity. Don't worry he'll love them too and gets really excited when I make them things.

I love this text-ish grid print and used it, in various colorways, on the back of all three pillows.

I finished the pillows before dinner and then jumped right into cutting my Anna Maria Horner swap mini. Excuse the dark picture. I haven't touched it since this other than to mark the lines on the back of the squares. I hope to make great progress this week.

I did finish the elephant hat though! This is the Tembo pattern but a little altered. I removed the big elephant because I wasn't feeling it. I love it like this though. I will have to make more of these. This one is being sent off on another swap adventure.

Just for kicks I gathered up all the things I have knit thus far for a fun photo. I started mid-October 2014 and have been fairly obsessed with it ever since. It wasn't a whole hour after the elephant was done before I was itching to start another project, which I have.
Thanks for stopping by! It's been a fun week. I'm linking up with my favorite stops at TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

June ALYoF Goal and Progress

I was on a little trip yesterday and missed posting my Friday finish. I made great progress on a knitted elephant hat, finished a scripture bag for my son, and picked fabric and a pattern for my next swap in line. The swap project is my goal for June since it is due the start of July.

Here is what I have for my Anna Maria Horner mini quilt. I am going to make five blocks from the Raindrops pattern from the Fat Quarter Style book. I will finish this as my goal for June. I am super excited about this one and can't wait to see it come together.

My son needed a new scripture bag. His old one decomposed at nearly every seam after only about a year and a half of use. I made this one up by myself taking the things I liked from several different bags. It took about 1/2 yard of fabric that my boy picked out and one 18" double pull zip. I'm so happy with it and already planning my next one.

I'm making great progress on my elephant hat too. This one is also part of a swap due in early July. My daughter was sad that I'm letting this one out of our house so I may need to make her one in the future.

I'm making my step-dad new couch pillows for Father's Day. I have cut them out since this picture and just love the Hex N More ruler! It made cutting out three pillows super-quick and almost fun - I am not a fan of the cutting stage.

Last week I showed off what I sent in my swaps and this week you can see what I got in return. I can't believe I was lucky enough to snag this one. I tried this block before and it was a miserable failure. I love how she did the colors and the awesome text background! The little extras were perfect too.

Here's the basket that I got in return on that swap. I can't believe the amazing extras she included. It was so fun. The basket was fun too, especially the lining fabric. The colors are so me too.
Well, that's me for the week, thanks for stopping by! Not much progress as we were out of town for three days but I took my knitting along and love how much I got done there. Next week I hope to put those pillows together and get started on my AMH mini.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Finish It All

 I had a crazy busy week this week in the crafty world. My husband is on vacation but the kids still have a few more days left of school because of snow days. So I've been taking this time to make all the things! I'm excited to show them to you but first I'll take care of the giveaway that I posted about last week.
The winner came out as comment #3 who happens to be Amy from Amy's Crafty Shenanigans! Congrats Amy! I have sent you an email.
I also finished up my Alison Glass mini for my mini swap. This is my ALYoF goal for May as well as #2 on my Q2FAL list. I am so happy with how this turned out and just love the colors and the quilting. I used the Sea Breeze mini pattern for this one and will definitely use this one again.

I alternated quilting with straight-ish lines in the three colors that appeared in each section. I think the back looks so neat and it is as awesome as the front in my book.

Here's a closer shot of the quilting. I love how it looks and how the different colors of thread really create a different feel. Speaking of feel the texture is pretty amazing.

I added my Sweetwater tag as usual but had to cover up the name. She hasn't posted that she received it yet so I don't want to give anything away.

Here's what I ended up sending to my swap partner. She is a school teacher and asked for supplies. I had fun going through my stash to pick out some good stuff for her.

I may have developed a bit of a Curvy Clutch obsession. I made seven this week and they were so much fun! I love them!

I'm amazed at how different they all came out. I am also amazed at my use of pinks for the top. I would not have said I was a particular fan of pink but this would say otherwise.

I think this one turned out pretty neat. It is double-sided. I made it with scraps I had leftover from a mini.

This one is for me and the only one I plan on keeping. I love the multicolored zip and the pop of color on the inside. I have been saving this tangram print for a while now as well as the zip for the perfect project. LOVE!

Speaking of love my littlest girl got an upgrade this week. I really wish I would have taken a picture of the sad state of her toy stroller before but you're just going to have to trust me that it needed this. We went to the fabric store together and she picked this cute whale print. With the help of double fold bias tape it was finished in less than an hour and she has been dragging it all over the house ever since.

I think this Hour Basket may be my favorite thing I created this week. Once again with Alison Glass scraps (I may be obsessed) and some quilters linen. The inside is one of my favorite prints from her Handcrafted line. This is also for a swap but let me tell you it was so hard for me to ship it out.

My partner posted several times about how she didn't need any extras so I tried to keep it light while still being fun. This was a great swap and I can't wait until she gets it!

As if all that wasn't enough I also finished up this adorable sheep hat from a shop order. This one is adult size and they look so cute on! You can find this, and many other styles, in my shop.

Thanks for stopping by! I can't believe how much I was able to finish this week! We're going on a trip next week so I know it won't be as productive but it may just be more fun. I'm linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Cute Finishes and a Giveaway!

So, this week my blog reached over 100,000 hits! I'm so excited that this little blog I started to keep a record of my projects is doing so well. Even more amazing is my Instagram account. I already have nearly 500 followers there. I love everything about Instagram. So, I made a few things this week a knit hat, an hour basket, and a Curvy Clutch. I'll get to the giveaway at the end.

I finished my second Fair Isle hat and I love it even more than the first! The colors of this one are so much more me and the hat was a little more loose so it fits my head better.

I love how neat the insides of these hats look. I used to be love to cross stitch and I always thought the same thing about those backs too.

Here are the two hats together. The one on the left I just finished and the one on the right follows the pattern. You can find the pattern by Feral Knitter here.

Also, I am in a hour basket swap so I thought I'd whip one up so I knew the ropes before making a fancier one. I adore this Cotton and Steel print with the metallic dots from Dear Stella and have three things from this combo now. The basket went together really well and I can't wait to whip up another one.

I've also started working on teacher presents. This is the Curvy Clutch from Pink Door Fabrics and it is amazing! Seriously, if you don't own one you should. Which brings me to the giveaway...

I am giving away two curvy clutches in the colors or designer of your choice. One giveaway will run on Instagram and one here. Feel free to enter both. When the giveaway ends next Friday I will pick a winner and let you know. Then we'll work together to get the fabric you love.
To enter the giveaway here simply leave a comment telling me your favorite fabric designers or colors. I've been branching out lately and love hearing new names to try and new color combinations. The giveaway will close with my post next Friday and I will announce a winner. PLEASE, make sure I have a way to contact you. If you are a no reply blogger leave an email. If I can't contact you through email you will not be eligible to win. Followers are always appreciated but not necessary to win. Since I know my hits are coming in from all over the world to celebrate I am willing to ship anywhere you happen to be.

You can also find me on Instagram @julieschloemer and enter to win there as well. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! To help get the word out I'm linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Bag, pouch, and Mini Top Finishes

I had some fun this week. None of what I made was for me but I love it all and had/will have a hard time parting with each of these things. I finished the top of my mini which was my ALYoF goal for May. I also made a bag for my sister-in-law and finished up a swap package with a cute little zipper pouch.

I had some free time and finished up this adorable mini for my Alison Glass mini swap partner. I used the Sea Breeze Mini pattern and I just love how this turned out. I would love to finish it this month but I am waiting on some fabric which is on back order so it may not happen.

My Sister-in-law has been my best customer lately. She's been ordering gifts for her fellow teacher friends. I've loved making things for her and this bag was no exception. It is a Super Tote. The guidelines I received for this were: red, blue, and longer straps.

I did this adorable print as the lining for the bag. I made the pockets to match too. I skipped the zipper on this one and don't think the bag is any worse for it.

I just love the print on the outside. It's a Japanese print that I found in my LQS and it's stealing my heart. I may have to go back for more because I barely bought enough for this bag. Also the green on the outside is a Dear Stella print and the dots are metallic, love!

To finish off my pincushion swap I added this cute little pouch. It's based on the Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial but I had to change the measurements a bit to fit the fabric I had on hand.

Here's what I mailed out to her today. I love the miniature sewing machine that you can barely see. It's so adorable! I hope she loves it and I can't wait to see what my partner came up with for me this time.

That's me for this week. It's so fun to sew for other people sometimes but I'm excited to get back to a little selfish sewing next week. I'm doing the Farm Girl Vintage QAL and I also have some more swoon blocks using Miss Kate to work up. I'm linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.