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A Quilt for Nana

010This small quilt was a long time coming for my mother in law. Years and years ago, I had bought fabric that matched her newly decorated basement and attempted a quilt that was far beyond my skill level at the time. Understandably, I got incredibly frustrated and set it aside.

Fast forward almost a decade to when I came across the leftover fabric that I had bought, I decided to make her a simple, fast disappearing nine patch. I pulled as much of the original fabric as I could and then added some white on white prints and some of my favorite texty print, How to Make Chicken Soup.I decided to make it very random by making my nine patches all different. Anything went as far as placement of the fabrics and colors. After I cut them down, I tried make sure there was balance and flow.

017I had a bit of fabric leftover and decided to get creative piecing the back with a few extra blocks. I quilted vines and leaves along with some loops. I even quilted a hidden message in it for her to find later.

021I love how this came out. While it is a small quilt, it fits her really well and it looks amazing in her not so newly decorated basement!

WIP Jacob’s Ladder

I’ve been working on the pieces for a Jacob’s Ladder quilt for about a month now here and there. I had just finished all of the scrappy four patches when germs distended on our home. First, the little man got the flu. He lovingly shared it with my mother-in-law and my hubby. I was fortunate to escape the bug. I thought that sanitizing the house and not sharing kisses protected me and while it did from the flu, I caught a nasty head cold that gave me a sinus infection. So for the past week and a half, progress on this top came to a screeching halt and all energy was spent on getting a the house healthy again.

I managed to sneak in a bit of time a few days ago to sew the half square triangles and today, I finally managed to get them pressed and trimmed. I pulled a lot of aqua and teal from my stash to make these. I even cut into a few of my top ten favorite fabrics!

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I was just going to call it a day there but I couldn’t wait to see some of the possible layouts. I don’t have a real design wall, just a cheap flannel backed table cloth that I hang from the open beams. It works for the time being. Making a design wall is pretty low on my priorities at the moment.

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I realized after I had changed the layout again that the bottom middle of this one wasn’t quite right but I hope it’s good enough that you see what I was going for.

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I’d love to hear from you about which layout you like the best. I’m struggling to decide myself and would love some feedback from you guys!

(Sorry if you got this post twice! I’m learning wordpress on my new kindle fire and had a hiccup with some of the pics not showing up!)

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These adorable Corgi pillows went to my sister-in-law, owner of the cutest Corgi, Scooter. I made the silhouettes by going to her facebook page and tracing pictures she had posted of him. Then, I traced it on the wrong side of my fabric and used needle turned applique to finish the edges.

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This was the first time I had also tried paper piecing. Once I got the feel for it, and a better eye for judging how big my fabric needs to be for each piece, I had fun making the stars. I will definitely be using paper piecing again, it is a great way to make complicated blocks and have all the points meet.

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On the second pillow, I pulled all the lime, aqua and teal fabric could find and made these tiny plus blocks. The finished squares are only an inch! Some of the smallest piecing I have ever done!

Check out Pillow Pallooza Part 1 andPart 2 to see the other cute pillows I’ve made! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope every one has a great day!

Pillow Pallooza Part 2

I had a blast making these three pillows for some of my husbands extended family. They are very near and dear to my heart and I wanted to show them that. The first is a swoon block I made for my Aunt-in-law. 024This was my first time meandering and I am really happy with how it came out and how much fun it was to quilt. I almost wish I had put borders around the block so that the pattern is easier to identify. Lesson learned.050Next is a pillow I made for my Cousin-in-law. I decided to try machine applique for the first time. It wasn’t as intuitive as I had hoped it would be and I struggled a bit with it. I hope that as I work on these techniques that they will become easier, or maybe machine applique is not for me.022My Grandma-in-law had been hospitalized for 2 weeks just before the holiday and I really hope that this brightens her living room a little and reminds her that her grandson and I think of her often and love her very much. I LOVED making the granny square and hope this year to make a quilt with this block. I quilted it simply, hoping to emphasize the lines.

I’ve been enjoying taking a much needed break from sewing to get through the crazy holiday rush and catch my breath from the five christmas celebrations. Then yesterday at work, I managed to cut my finger really well. At first I didn’t think I needed stitches, but hours later, I decided to go to the urgent care. Sure enough, I needed 6 stitches and now the break I’ve been enjoying has become mandatory until the stitches come out, or at least until I can bend my finger a bit better. I’d post a picture, but I’m not sure how many of you would appreciate that.

I hope everyone has had a fabulous holiday season and very happy new year!

Pillow Pallooza part 1

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I’m excited I can finally start sharing the many Christmas gift projects I have been working on! These pillows are for my Mom who is going to use them in a John Deer inspired office for her husband.

I had these wonky circle blocks stuck in my head for months thanks to pinterest. I am very new to curves and wanted to practice a design that is a little more forgiving than more traditional blocks. I used a variation of stack and whack to make these. I stacked up squares of fabric and clipped the top right corner. Then I cut a curve in all of the fabric and shuffled the cut pieces until I was happy with them and sewed them back together, Then I’s stack them together, using the clipped corner as a guide and cut again. I did this several times until I was happy with the look. Then I measured them and cut as big of a square as I could and put them together. I think it makes a really fun and playful block. I’d love to try this technique again and make a wall hanging for my living room! It also makes a lot of fun scraps that could be used in an improv quilt somehow.

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I used several different quilting designs in each section of the pillow. I like the look that it gives it and it was excellent practice and gave me a feel for each design. I used a variegated yellow thread from Aurifil. I love Aurifil threads for quilting and piecing.

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The pebbling is my favorite part of both pillows. It was a lot of fun to sew and I really like how it changed the fabric to look like a print in a way. Here are a few more close up shots of the quilting. These smaller projects have really given me some confidence that I can fmq a larger project!

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I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas or just a great day if you don’t celebrate the holiday! Thanks for stopping by!

Hexie WIP

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My Mom gave me a Jelly roll of Kaffe Fasset’s 2011 fall line for my birthday this year. After debating many possible uses for it, I decided cut it all into 2 1/2 inch squares for making hexies. I also got a Sew Line glue stick from my Dad and have been loving how fast I can make these babies now,

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I love the bright, busy and bold look of them when they are all together. I’ve been working on these on my break at work, and in the evening whenever I can, mostly after the little man has gone to bed on my weekends.

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The plan in my head so far is to make the rectangle hexies a square by adding a solid fabric on the top and bottom, then turning every other block. I am stuck on what to use for the solid fabric. Looks like a trip to the fabric store is in my future!

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Have a great day everyone!

My “Studio”

I am very fortunate to have a space in my house where I’ve set up my sewing stuff. In the past, I’ve used a table in my in-laws basement and before that, I used my dining room table. Both worked at the time but nothing beats having a space in my own house that I don’t have to set up and tear down every night! My basement is unfinished so it lends a certain shall we say, charm to the space.

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Notice the books and bricks my tables are propped up on to make them taller so I don’t injure my back! Even then, they aren’t quite tall enough for cutting or ironing comfortable for long periods of time. A few years ago, I invested in this cart for cutting and ironing.

my cutting/ironing table!

my cutting/ironing table!

I love my ironing mat. I just move my cutting mat to one of the shelves underneath when I’m done with it and unfold the ironing mat! The cart is built for my height (really tall!) and is on wheels so I can move it when I need to. It is one of my favorite tools because cutting fabric isn’t painful anymore! Using it as an ironing table is just icing on the cake.

Fabric storage

Fabric storage or rather fabric and batting explosion

As you can see, my storage method for fabric lends to the messy and disorganized side. I’ll need to invest in some proper cupboards down the road as my stash slowly increases in size. Sometime soon, I also need to reorganize my scraps. I have a little, rolling, plastic bin thingy for smaller scraps. My ideal organization for this set up that I currently have is for anything over a half yard to be on the shelves and then anything smaller in the bins. I just need time to go through everything and refold it. If only we had an extra hour a day, right?!

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Threads and bobbins

My hubbie got me an amazing drop down sewing table over the summer that we found on craigslist that had this nifty thread storage system I love. My aurfil collection is very slowly growing beyond off white! I love aurifl thread and in the past have only bought it for piecing, but as I practice my free motion skills, I’ve been getting colors for certain projects!

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The machine in all her old glory

And here is the machine behind the projects! She was given to me by my mother-in-law barely used. I haven’t named her yet, but I will in time. She is a great work horse of a machine. She also free motions like a champ! I wished that I had some newer features on her like needle down or an automatic thread cutter. Oh well, things to dream about for when I buy a new machine in the long off future! I can’t really complain too much because this is an amazing machine for my skills to grow on and I am so grateful to have been given it!

As you can see in these pictures there are some unusual items in the basement. A spare bee hive in case our hive swarms in the spring, patchy concrete walls and lots of extension cords. Just your typical unfinished basement turned quilting studio! I’d love to have a design wall, but the ceiling is pretty short, and I’m not sure if it is worth the hassle to figure out how to hang it on the foundation. I am dreading the day that we go full speed ahead on finishing the basement. Eventually we want our master bedroom and bathroom down there and my sewing studio in our current bedroom. I’ll have to move my sewing items to my in-laws house while that’s happening as there is no other space to set up in my very small house. Thankfully, we aren’t going to be starting that for a while and I can enjoy having my space in my own house. I’ll leave you today with an image that I see often while I am quilting, my son peeking through a hole in the ceiling, calling for me to come and say hi to him.

Hi Mom!

Hi Mom!

Have a great day everyone!