Friday, November 28, 2014

Mini and Two in One Pouch Finishes

I'm so excited to have my mini all finished up for my Instagram mini swap. It pushed me to try new things and I just love how it turned out! The mini is #7 on my Q4FAL list. I'm linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Here it is in all its glory. The pattern is from Vintage Quilt Revival. I was a little nervous about the colors at one point thinking maybe it was a little too 80's track suit but I think it turned out well.

The quilting was so fun!! I did a sort of straight line spiral thing in the diamonds and squares. I think it adds fun texture. You can also sort of see my binding method. Most people were hand stitching them and I just can't make that happen. It actually looks better when I machine stitch mine so I stuck with it.

This is just for the cool texture shot. I really like the quilting on this one and I may have to do something like that again. I was going to do more quilting but the people all polled all agreed that it was better like this.

I wanted to throw in an extra little something in her package. A zipper pouch seemed like just the thing but I didn't know which one until Svetlana from S.O.T.A.K. Handmade came out with her Two in One Pouch.

Aren't they adorable?! I did a little patchwork with some leftover Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille.

One more shot just because I love them so. I have one more cut out and ready to sew but then we had the holiday and I didn't get to it. I highly recommend the pattern. There are a lot of pictures and good explanations. You can get it here.

As a side note I got to the part with the double pointed needles on my hat. This is my first time ever attempting them and I was a bit afraid of it. Now, a few rows in, I've totally got this! I'm ready for my next challenge - any suggestions?
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WiP Wednesday:Fox and Knit Progress

I always like to share my finishes on Friday because of the fun linkups so even though I finished my mini and some pouches they will have to wait. I did get some progress done on my foxes and knit hat though and they are fun and worth sharing in a quick post and linking up with WiP Wednesday. If you want to see what I'm up to in between posts check me out on Instagram @julieschloemer.

This is SLOWLY coming together. I keep setting it aside for other more pressing projects. I only have three more seams per fox! I might just have to finish it up this week so I can move on without this cookie sheet on my table.

I'm loving this hat! My third knitting project is going well and is so fancy! I can't wait to get it done and wear it. I think I'll make mine a little less slouchy but otherwise I'm doing well following the pattern. I'm almost to the point where I use double pointed needles. I've never done that before and I'm a little nervous.
Well, that's my little update for now. I'll be back on Friday to share my finishes. I can't wait! For those in the states I hope you enjoy your holiday. I'm off to make a lot of pie. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Knit Finish and Basting Party

I finally have the internet in my new house!! It took nearly three weeks and I've done so much in that time that I can't wait to share. I have a few WiPs going but for today we'll just stick with the ones that are finished or nearly so.

So this is my second knit finish. I'm pretty in love with it. It is a seed stitch cowl using this really cool yarn that gets variably bigger and smaller. It is #10 on my Q4FAL list.

The yarn made for a really cool texture when combined with the seed stitch. It was a fun project and with record low temps in Iowa I've already gotten some good use out of it.

Next up I added the borders and basted my Supernova Friendship Swap quilt. Izzy from Dizzy Quilts and I did this together over several months and I just love how it turned out! I added two more blocks to the set that we made so it would be bigger. With me being 6' tall and my hubby 6'6" longer quilts are always welcome.

I also finished up and basted my April Showers quilt. I love how this one is pretty basic but really fun too. It shows off the fabric without being terribly obvious that that's what I'm doing.

The basting party was fun. I only have hard floors under my dining room table so I had to move it and all the chairs to baste these. I waited until I had three to make it worth the effort. The last one was my Instagram Mini Swap quilt. I just love this and have even started to quilt it already. It is turning out so well! My kids keep telling me they can't believe I'm just going to give this away and suggest I make another for myself. I may just have to do that.
I'm linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Well, there's my productivity for the week. I am also nearly finished making the foxes for the orange twin-size fancy fox quilt and have made good progress on my knitted hat. Not to mention how the boxes are going away and it's feeling more and more like home here. I hope to have the mini finished this week as the posting deadline is December 1st. I can't wait to show it off! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I'm back - Sort of...

I had a nice move and we're getting settled in our house but still don't have internet until next week. Here I am with my nook in the Barnes and Noble store writing a post... good times. In the mean time I have been sewing. Here's an update of what I've been working on.

I finished the top of my April Showers quilt. I'm pretty taken with this one even though I wasn't in love with the line and first it grew on me the more I played with it. This is twin size.

Having finished my first two knitting projects I decided to try a hat. The yarn is so much thinner than my other projects so it feels slow going but it looks so classy! I've actually done a lot more than this but don't have a more updated picture.

So it is annoying that this picture is sideways but it shows nice progress on my Fancy Fox quilt. I have one of 80 complete. This will also be twin size.

I also finished my mini top. I started cutting yesterday and finished piecing last night. I'm pretty in love with this! Now I just have to figure out how to quilt it.

Here's the back. As far as paper pieced patterns go it wasn't crazy hard but looks pretty cool. This is for the instagram mini swap I'm in.
Well, that's me right now. I hope to post my jnitting finish later this week and be back to my usual blogging when I get the internet next week. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Black Cat Crossing - Keep Hopping

I was supposed to be part of the black cat crossing blog hop - see the button on my side bar. I had my fabric and pattern picked out and ready to go.

Here's my cute fabric from the Black Cat Crossing line. I was going to do some houses from Camille Roskelley's Dwell pattern and an appliqued cat. I even bought some awesome glow-in-the-dark thread!

Then two weeks ago my husband was unexpectedly transfered. We had two weeks to pack, find a place, and get settled. Today, when I should have been putting the final touches on my post and project I packed the moving van. I was so jazzed about this hop and don't even have the internet to play along. I'm posting from my sketchy phone. Sorry to disappoint and I hope you enjoy the hop and come back to see me when I have internet and a computer again.

Here's the sad and nearly empty state of my craft room. I miss sewing!
Here are the other stops on the hop. My silly phone won't do links. I so so wish I could have played along! There was just no time.

Wednesday, October 29

That's Sew Julie - you are here

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilting Queen Online

Sew Peace To Peace

A Stitch in Time

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Q4 FAL Goal Post

I completely forgot to link up my finishes for last quarter! Can you believe it?! I had NINE! I felt like a rockstar and then dropped the ball. I hope this time goes better. I have a list of eighteen fabulous projects. I always put a list on my sidebar and link to it as I finish them so you can follow along with me. I'm linking up with Q4FAL over at The Littlest Thistle.


#1 Ruby Crochet Blanket - Since she had her first birthday this Summer and I usually have these done before their birth I've feeling a little guilt about this one and need to get it off my list. I think I only have 18 rows which would be six color changes left.

#2 Mint To Be Swoon - The fabric is Mint To Be and I think it would be wonderful as a swoon quilt. I made a swoon block for another project this year and loved it.

#3 Zigzag Baby Quilt - This one should be pretty fast and simple. I think it will end up being for my shop. Just a zigzag pattern with a print and white rectangle.

#4 Route 15 Quilt - This one has been pushed off for way too long. It will be one for me with the Happy Weekender tutorial I fell in love with.

#5 Route 15 Pillow - Made to match the above quilt. Should be quick, easy, and fun!

#6 Supernova Friendship Swap - The last blocks are being shipped this week. I adore this one and can't wait to play with layouts.

#7 Instagram Mini Swap - I joined in with the igminiswap and am so excited about this one! It's due the beginning of December so finishing it this quarter is a must. I picked the Cut Glass pattern from Vintage Quilt Revival and some Kona solids.

#8 April Showers Quilt - This one is so much more fun than I thought it would be! I love these fabrics more and more each time I play with them. I just have to sew these together in a grid then baste, quilt, and bind.

#9 Orange Fancy Fox Quilt - My youngest son adores all things orange and foxes. This quilt is going to be epic for me. I have all the pieces cut I just need to get it put together.

#10 Pink Seed Stitch Cowl - This is my second ever knitting project and I don't want it to be forgotten. It's a bit trickier than my first project but I'm still loving it.

#11 Dottie Mini - This was a total impulse buy at my LQS. I usually don't do that. It should be fun though. I think I'll try the pinwheel one in the middle.

#12 Halloween Dwell Mini - I joined in the Black Cat Crossing blog hop and picked up these fabrics to make a Dwell Mini. I have a few changes to the pattern by Camille Roskelley to make it fit my needs and I hope it turns out as fun as it is in my head.

#13 Sparklettes Quilt - Using Far Far Away II and Cotton + Steel Basics I'm going to make the first quilt in the Fat Quarter Style book. My middle daughter is over the moon excited about this one.

#14 Hazel Hedgehog Quilt - My eldest daughter is in love with all kids of animals and wanted an animal quilt. I'm in love with C+S Basics so the two combined should be pretty epic.

#15 Primrose Quilt - Ruby is about ready to trade to a twin bed. I was poking through the Fat Quarter Style book with her sitting next to me and she freaked out with excitement when she saw this quilt. She was bouncing around and pointing like crazy then patting and hugging the book. Ruby is currently 15 months old so this is pretty adorable sharing her opinion. I thought it was a one time thing but every time she's seen this quilt for weeks now she gets really excited about it. She even knows how to find it in the book now and won't stop for any other quilt. I decided to use the Miss Kate fabric from Bonnie and Camille because it will coordinate well with her baby quilt made from Ruby by Bonnie and Camille.

#16 Aviatrix Quilt - I'm sure this is biting off more that I can chew (especially considering the rest of the list) but I just can't help myself. This is going to be for me and AMAZING!!

#17 Vintage Quilt - Using Lotus Pond fabric I'm going to make the Vintage quilt from Camille Roskelley's book Simply Retro. I may or may not let my small people touch this one. We'll see how it goes. ;)

#18 Make Up Bag - When my mom was visiting this Summer I made her a bag with this fabric. I'm going to make her a matching makeup bag too and line it with vinyl fused onto the green print.
Once again a crazy long list. I'm excited about so many of the things on it now and can't wait to get working! It will be fun to see what I get finished and what I end up working on not on the list - there's always something. I'm linking up with WiP Wednesday.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fancy Fox, Shark Hat, and First Knit Finish

I have a few fun finishes to share today. It's been a great week for getting stuff done around the house and craftiness. We also got our family pictures taken this week. I joined in the Hot Pad Swap and had so much fun. I both received and sent mine this week.

Here's my cute family. It's funny how I don't think there are that many of us until you get us all in a clump. The kids all love getting their picture taken and we went downtown Des Moines this time so it was super fun.

Here are my Fancy Fox hot pads. LOVE! I'm especially taken with the fox print from Picture Pie on the back. One of the hot pads is reversed so you can see it. They have different prints on the front.

Here's the loot I sent along. I was a little worried that it wasn't enough but I went for quality over quantity. My partner also asked for no food treats.

This is the awesome package I got in the mail! I adore the hot pads and the extras were perfect. She even went the extra mile to include stuff for the kids (which they loved). I'm especially taken with that chair pin cushion.

In yarn news I finished of another order. I love this shark hat and it was for an adult. She asked for exceptionally pointy teeth so I changed the pattern a little bit and I like it better! You can buy your own (or another awesome hat) in my shop.

I also finished my first ever knit project!! I'm so in love! I'm pretty taken with this whole knitting thing and right now I'm loving it more than crochet. I even learned the cool trick of binding off in pattern and used the invisible ending I know from crochet.

It's so cute and warm on too!

Even the kids love it! Well, mostly. #4/5 wouldn't try it on because it wasn't orange. ;)
Well, that's me this week. It was fun and I already started another knitting project! I'm linking up with my favorite places, TGIFF, Fabric Frenzy Friday, and Finish It Up Friday.