Saturday, March 31, 2012

Easter Bags

Well, I had good intentions of making a fabric Easter Basket for my kids, but it ended being a Fabric Easter Bag instead.  I saw on Jeni's @ In Color Order blog her cute nesting buckets, and thought, I can do that, and well, a bag happened instead haha!  The bag is pretty much the same thing as my Scripture Tote tutorial, but I made it a bit bigger.

Here is Jessie's bag.  I had fun making her initial, and adding ric-rac!!
And Curren's bag.  I have had and LOVED this airplane fabric for several years, it was great to finally cut into it.  I've been waiting for "that project" you know?
Their birthdays are on Easter weekend. I am going to try and make them extra special this year.   The are growing up so fast!!
Jessie has been cross stitching with me, she doesn't have a lot of patience, but she is trying.  She lasts about 20 minutes and she's done :)
My girlfriend's and I went to see Wicked, and wow wow wow, it was incredible!!  I know I am one of the last people to see it, but I loved it.  If you haven't seen it, you should for sure.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Star Lights Quilt Finished

Well, a long standing UFO (unfinished object) is now, FINISHED!  I am thrilled about it really.  I finished this quilt top in May of 2008, so that was 4 years ago.  It's a huge quilt, a king size.  That is the reason it sat unfinished.  My friend Charissa pitied me, or got sick of hearing me complain about it, and she took it home and quilted it on her long arm!  I know, I have the best friends in the world.
The pattern is called Star Lights, and it is from a magazine, and honestly, I have no clue what magazine!  It was a fun one to put together, I think it'd make an awesome scrap quilt.  I believe that is what it was intended for.  I loved the stash of plaids I had though and used those instead.
Charissa quilted an all over pattern of stars on it, in a grey thread, which is perfect!  I have a dark blue flannel on the back.  I cheated and machine stitched the binding down, I wasn't about to hand sew it, it's too big.
I am happy to have this finished.  Charissa quilted this quilt and another one for me!  I know, she's great.  It still has to have the binding sewn on, so when it is done, I'll share it with you.  Yay for finished projects.  That left some room in my bins, so now I can buy more fabric *wink, wink*

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A confessed Neptune Hoarder

I love the Neptune fabric line.  There are a lot of us "Neptune Hoarders" out there, you know who you are!  We are as bad as the Flea Market Fancy hoarders haha!  When Neptune came out in 2009, I bought a lot of it.  It's right up my alley with the aqua, green, and sea theme.  Now, it's all sold out and hard to find.  Tula Pink designed it for Moda, and she now designs fabric for Free Spirit.  How do I know all this?  Because I love Miss Tula's fabric.
I have made a Schnibbles quilt using Neptune, the pattern is called X-Rated.
Cute right?  I gave it to my friend Charissa, who likes ocean themed stuff as much as I do.  I pulled out my Neptune fabric a few weeks ago, I want to make something with it so badly!  Last year I came across this quilt, it was on some brochure I got in the mail.  I loved it.  It uses Neptune in the blue/green colors.
So, I had that pattern, and I pulled it out.  It's by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company called Radio Flyer.

This book has been great.  I've used patterns from it to make Stella Blue and American Pie.  Great book Carrie!!  Instead of going with just the blue/green colors (which I love, but have plenty of blue and green quilts) I added coral pinks to it too.  Since Tula Pink's new line Prince Charming matches so nicely, I added that in as well.
I've started cutting up the fabrics!  YAY!!!  I think this is going to be an awesome quilt.  It feels good to be using this fabric that I've loved for so long.  What fabrics are you hoarding??? I know you do, come on!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy Skipping Squares

So, this fabric is super cute right?  Monica of Happy Zombie designed it for Lecien, it's called Holiday Happy.  I’ve been working on this quilt for well over a year now.  I wanted to make a red and aqua quilt, and this fabric line was perfect!

I won this fabric and pattern from Randi at Fresh Squeezed Fabrics on Etsy.  Randi was having a giveaway on her blog.  So, thanks again Randi!  The pattern is by Cluck, Cluck Sew, called Skipping Squares.
 The directions for the pattern were perfect, you needed fat quarters and white yardage.  You use up almost every bit of fat quarter you have, I love that!  The quilt is a great size too.
I had this pretty Bliss Flannel (which you can find on sale at my fave quilt shop Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe) in my stash for a long time, and it went perfectly with this quilt top.  I love this flannel!  It is really soft.  I can’t wait to wash this quilt and use it.
For quilting I used white thread and did big free motion loops across it.  It wasn’t the easiest to do, big loops were a bit hard to push through at certain points in the quilting, so some of the loops are wonky.  That’s okay though, I still like it :)  I put striped binding on it, because it reminded me of candy canes. 
Have a fun weekend everybody, it's National Quilting Day and St. Patricks day tomorrow all rolled into one!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Here we are again, how on earth is it Wednesday again already??  I meant to post over the weekend because I finished a quilt!  However the weather has been so grey and rainy there has not been a good time to take photos of it.

The quilt that I finished is Holiday Happy, I love it!  Here is a lame picture of it, it will have its own post later this week.  It's very bright and adorable.
The aqua pillow is coming along.  I had to stop my progress because I ran out of stuffing.  I need to go and buy more and haven't been able to get to the store.

I finished piecing the backing for my "plus" quilt.  I was so proud of myself because I used fabrics I've had in my stash forever, which means I didn't go and buy and big piece of fabric.
I may have started another new quilt....  I pulled out my Neptune stash a few weeks ago and wanted to make something out of it so badly.   So, cutting has begun!  I threw in some Prince Charming as well, since it matched so nicely.  These fabrics are by the designer Tula Pink.  I love her designs!
And there was a bit more progress made on  my cross stitch, the antlers are coming along.  I've been working on this while watching my son do Taekwondo.
And what's up with the Christmas themed projects?  It's funny how these fell into my list of things to do, but that is how it worked out.  My husband thinks I'm crazy.

No progress on my Single Girl, Stella Blue, or City Greens quilts.  I am starting too many new projects haha!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I have been reading several blogs where every Wednesday they post their WIP (works in process).  I loved Erin's!  She makes the prettiest things, have you visited her blog at Why not Sew? Quilts?  You should!

I thought I would play along today.  The current (bizillion) WIP that I have going on are:

This week I quilted my Holiday Happy quilt, I have to make the binding and sew it on now.
I started a new pillow using a tutorial on V&Co.  The pillow is of course, AQUA.
I finished a quilt top, I need to piece the backing for it now.
There is still work needing to be done on my Single Girl Quilt, more blocks need to be pieced, I did a few last week.
I've made good progress on my City Greens Quilt, I am dreading the layout and sewing the top together with the tiny sashing, I can do it!  (I am avoiding it like the plague)
Stella Blue needs one more border, I have yet to find the perfect backing for this quilt.
And my Christmas Cross Stitch is coming right along.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Sewing Curves, using glue instead of pins

I'd like to say I am not an "expert" in this, I've only learned to do this on the one quilt top I've been piecing lately.  Pinning was difficult and very time consuming, so after I was shown a tutorial at a guild meeting using glue instead of pins for sewing curves, I gave it a shot.

There are several glues you can use for sewing curves.  The one I was able to find at my local Joanns store is called Aleene's No Sew Glue.  At the demonstration shown to me at my quilt guild meeting, she used Roxanne Glue-Baste-It.  I think I'd prefer to use the Roxanne glue because it comes out of a tiny tube, making it more accurate to place.  Just make sure the glue is WATER SOLUBLE.  You want it to wash out when your top is complete.

The quilt I've been sewing curves on is the popular Single Girl Quilt.  There are obviously lots of curves on this puppy!!  Okay, first off you need to have all of your pieces cut out and ironed, ready to go.
Next you take your two pieces you want to sew together, fold and crease on the center of each piece, on the side they will be joining.
You then add tiny dots of glue every 3 inches or so, TINY dots, not big globs!! Down one end of your fabric.  Not the whole piece.
Now place your fabrics on top of each other, in the center first.  Line up your creases and press on the dot of glue for a few seconds until they adhere together.
As you go to each dot of glue make sure the fabrics on top and bottom line up together.  It will look gathered, but that is what is supposed to happen.
Now you put tiny dots of glue down the other end, and press together.
It will then look like this.  Now sew around the ring, take your time and get your curve right.  After it is sewn, open it up and iron towards the white fabric.
Now you want to sew on the top corner piece, so again, fold both pieces in half and make a crease with your finger in the center of each piece.  Put tiny dots of glue in the center and down one side.  Line up the creases, and press in the center dot of glue first, working your way down the side.  Then make tiny dots of glue going down the other side and press each one until you are done. 
It will look like this.  Now sew together, again, take your time sewing your curve.  After it is sewn, open it up and iron towards the white.  Trim your blocks as needed.
Sew your rings together and enjoy!!

Please email me, or leave a comment if you have questions, or need clarification.  I had to practice on a few to make sure I had it down, I would recommend you do the same!  Happy sewing!