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Finally Quilting

21 Jan

Wednesday again already?

I’m thrown off because Monday was a holiday for me. It was also one of the rare days that my work is closed but daycare is open! My initial plan was to spend the day in sewing land, but then reality set in. Gregg and I had a house project that really needed to be finished and with Davy out of the house it was the perfect time to do it. Our townhouse has 6 concrete steps leading up to the front door, and last year our metal railing rusted through at the bottom so Gregg took it down. It took a ridiculously long time to source a replacement that wasn’t a super expensive custom railing, and once we got it it’s taken us forever to get it up due to some quirks of installation and needing some heavy duty tools. But Monday, after hours of work and multiple hardware store runs, we got the final part of the railing in. It still needs caps on the uprights (they were included but there are no instructions so we still have to figure out how to install them) but it’s at least usable – timely, because we’ve gotten several inches of snow today.


Luckily, we did finish before daycare pickup so I took the opportunity to start the quilting on my Winged Quilt. I played around with designs on a practice block as well as taking a photo and doodling in one of my apps before I made the decision to do angled lines following the piecing. Until I get better at FMQ, walking foot quilting all I’m comfortable with. Luckily I think it looks pretty good! I’ve gotten maybe 1/3 of it quilted.


Last night should have been dedicated to quilting Winged but instead I started my first project for the Curves Class, from Rachel at Stitched in Color. It’s a scallop bunting, and I decided to use up some of the Christmas fabric leftover from my tree skirt. I’ve only made one of the scallops (because I frittered away my time making bias tape) but it came out really nice so hopefully I can get some more sewn tonight.

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!


Christmas roundup

07 Jan

I had grand plans for Christmas this year, but some persistent ick in my house took it’s toll toward the end of the year. We all got sick mid-November and it was just one thing after another. We’ve been through an ear infection (Davy), sinus infections (Gregg and I), pinkeye for the whole house – once for Gregg and twice each for Davy and I! Davy doesn’t sleep or eat well when he’s feeling crummy, which meant Mama was up a bunch in the middle of the night and thus not inspired to wake up at 5AM to sew. A good lesson to me in planning though, and luckily we are all on the mend and none the worse for wear.

One of my goals for Christmas was a handmade gift for everybody. How did I do?

My mother-in-law and father-in-law got some socks I had fortuitously made earlier in the year:

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My poor husband got nothing – I started a pair of convertible mittens but didn’t get gauge and threw in the towel. It’s really hard to make projects for him in secret.

My son got some more handmade pillowcases, which I just realized I never posted about so I’ll throw all of them up here:


My sister got the Mod Sampler Quilt – yes, I did finish it (barely) – luckily she was so moved to tears that she didn’t notice my crappy quilting:

My mom got a finished quilt top – I might have been able to finish the quilt but I realized I didn’t have enough fabric for the backing and decided I’d wait on that and finish it later:


She also got a Snappy Manicure Wallet (minus the snaps, because I purchased the wrong snap fastener and so used velcro instead):

My sister’s best friend Kim joined us this year and she got two drawstring bags – one to use for projects and one filled with knitting notions like a tape measure, cable needles, stitch markers, point protectors, and teensy scissors:


I had big plans to make some things for my extended family but only my brother-in-law got something – I whipped up a very fast Soft Structure Cowl for him:


And I even started a quilted tree skirt for our tree!


So really, not too bad in the scheme of things but I’m hoping with some planning ahead I’ll do better next year.

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday – I really do need to finish both Mom’s Winged Quilt and the Tree Skirt asap!

Also linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes January 2015 goal party – though I’d love to finish both, Mom’s Winged Quilt is my January goal.


Mod sampler and some finishes

19 Nov

I’m still sick (Boo!) but since this cold seems to have come with a heaping side order of congestion-induced insomnia I’ve gotten a bunch of stuff done (yay!)

First of all, I finished the top for my mod sampler quilt, pieced the back, and basted it together:




Next up is quilting – I’m thinking I will do my first attempt at large-scale FMQ and do interlocked squares – hopefully I will get started on that this week.

I have a couple of finishes – I completed the Hedwig Owl for my nephew and it (along with the Unicorn bag for my niece) has already been mailed off and delivered to them. Pattern is Obligatory Owl and full details are on my ravelry page.



I also finished a hat and mittens for Davy – the mittens are the same yarn, the photo is just crappy.


I love this shot – he has his hand out and is telling me “pocket” which means he wants me to put my phone back in my pocket and stop taking photos.

The hat pattern is the Dragon Baby Hat, made in the toddler size, which I really like – the hat fits him well but has room to grow, and the pattern was interesting without being too complicated. The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh DK  which I’ve used before and really love – the subtle variations in color look really good with this hat pattern.



I could not find a free basic toddler mitten pattern for the weight yarn I was using. Luckily I long ago purchased The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and the smallest size mitten worked well for him. At one point last night I got him to try his hat and mittens on and he ran around the house in glee shouting “mitten! mitten!” Toddlers are hilarious.

I also started a cowl last night for my BIL – I was going to make him socks but I’m starting to feel like I may need to pare down my holiday projects, and a cowl should be much faster. It’s a pattern that I’ve made previously for Gregg and it’s leftover yarn from a hat I made BIL last Christmas so it will match. Hopefully I will have enough yarn!


Thanks for reading! Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!



Unicorn bag Finished!

14 Nov

So that bag I showed off on Wed? It’s completed! I only needed one more evening of work to make the strap, add the magnetic closure (pro tip – do this before you attach the lining to the bag) and sew it all together. Here is is all assembled – the sides with the built in Unicorn pockets (they have the same fabric lining as the main bag):







And the lining with additional pockets on each side, one of which is a divided pocket:



I’m thrilled with how well this bag came out! There aren’t many changes I would make if I did a similar project – I’d probably cut the lining just a bit smaller so it didn’t have that bunchiness on the sides and I’d make sure to add in my magnetic closure first – it was really a pain trying to hand sew that in, especially doing the second side because the magnets kept grabbing each other.

It might be a bit on the large side – the final measurements came out to 12″ tall by 8″ wide – but those were somewhat constrained by the fussy-cut unicorns on the pockets, and it’s a nice deep bag for my niece to store her treasures in. I hope she loves it!




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November Birthdays

12 Nov

Two young family members have November birthdays and so I decided to make some handmade gifts.

First, the 3-year old wanted a bag to carry toys around in. After some consultation with my SIL, I decided to use some Heather Ross Far Far Away fabric and coordinating solids to make a bag with some fussy cut unicorns. I looked and didn’t find anything I liked as far as a pattern so I’m making it up as I go, though it’s heavily influenced by the QAYG Guild Bag (though with all different sizes). This is my first time doing QAYG and it’s definitely fun. I did a little (bad) FMQ on the unicorns and the wavy lines were done with the regular presser foot. Here are shots of both sides of the bag and both sides of the lining (the lining is inside out at the moment in preparation for assembly). The color is more true in the first one – oh, the perils of taking photos in my basement at night.




I’m very close to being done; I just need to make the strap and then the final bag assembly. But since Davy gave me a wicked cold and I’m still feeling crummy from a night tossing and turning I’m going to do the smart thing and finish it when I’m not exhausted and prone to making dumb mistakes.


The 8 year old is very into Harry Potter and requested a stuffed animal so I’m making an owl to look like Hedwig. The pattern is a free one called Obligatory Owl, and details of yarn etc are on my ravelry page. I just got the eyes yesterday so I still need to knit the beak, feet, and do the assembly but we’ll call this one 80% done.

Also, this guy is now less than a month from being 2! How time flies… (slightly blurry because I promised him a cookie if he’d pose for a photo and he was REALLY EXCITED about the cookie. Which he barely nibbled)



Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!

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Giant Plus Quilt

10 Sep

So I’ve been working on this quilt for a few weeks now. I began with a 1/2 yard bundle purchased from Fabricworm back in 2011, with the idea that I would make a queen-sized bed quilt for Gregg and I. The colors are not my typical style but he helped pick it out (we have an ongoing joke that his favorite color is chocolate brown because when we met he had identical versions of the same brown tee shirt). I added some additional print fabric along the way, as well as some coordinating solids.  So far, all I’ve been doing is pressing, cutting, and playing with the layout


The squares are 6.5″ on a side, and I need 15 squares across the quilt to get a good queen size (90″ finished). I started playing on my design wall but it’s way too small. There aren’t really any other good surfaces in the house to lay it out either – the only floor space large enough is in the middle of Davy’s play area and as you can imagine, that would not work out so well for me.

So I decided to play around with technology. I downloaded a quilting app on my ipad, and while it was pretty much doing what I wanted it to do, the maximum grid they had was 10×10 (I’ve actually emailed to request that they increase the size but haven’t heard back). Then, I asked Gregg to help me, and we decided to use Photoshop because he knows it pretty well. It took a bunch of fiddling but we finally had some pluses made up and I was able to move them around. I spent a ton of time playing with them.

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This is what I think will be the final layout. It’s hard because everytime I play around I see something different that I want to adjust, and since I have “rules” for what pieces can go next to each other, making one change has a cascading affect. I can only do this from our laptop at home, which technically is shared but Gregg brings it to work with him. And I can’t do anything on it when Davy is awake, so time to fiddle is limited (possibly a good thing).

Since the layout isn’t perfect and the colors are not that great (fabric photos were taken in the evening with the not-great lighting in my studio aka the basement), I decided to take the cut pieces and lay them out in a little tiny version with 1″ squares on my cutting table, just to make sure that I wasn’t going to hate it once I actually saw it.


Also imperfect, but I think the contrast between the colors is easier to see. I thought this was going to be the final layout, but didn’t like all the yellow pluses in the middle so I switched them around in the photoshop image above. Still not sure if that will be my final layout – I’d love suggestions! Here are my “rules” that I’ve been working with – I don’t want the same colors butting up together, I don’t want the same print in different colors to be right next to each other, I’m trying to mimize solids touching each other, and I’m trying to spread out the low volume prints throughout the layout.

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!



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Stalled out

04 Aug

I haven’t posted about the Charity Baby Quilt because I have made exactly zero progress on it. I want to FMQ it, and I haven’t done it, and so I’ve decided to take a class at my LQS. So it is on hold until then.

In the meantime, I decided to start a new quilt project (So much for that “one project at a time” thing I was attempting). My MIL and FIL were visiting in June and my MIL bought me a jelly roll of Hubba Hubba as a hostess gift (yeah, she is awesome). So I decided to bust into that and see if I could size up the Modern Crosses pattern from Modern Log Cabin Quilting to use with the 2.5″ strips. I think it looks good, and if I did my math right I should come out of it with a nice large quilt – twin to full, depending on how many crosses I end up doing.

I spent a bunch of time cutting my center squares and strips out of my neutral fabric (Kona White) and getting them assembled into sets of 4.



Here is my first cross block:



And here are the first two together:



I’m pleased with how they are coming out so far. I definitely need to work on my precision and my 1/4″ seam but I think I am getting better, and hopefully the less-than-perfect parts won’t be noticeable once it is finished and quilted.


My favorite little helper – he picked up his sit & spin, carried it into the little space behind my sewing chair, sat on it and just happily spun around for awhile. Toddlers are so funny. And no, I don’t actually get quilting/sewing done while he is in the basement with me – at most I can do some pressing and cutting, but he is fascinated by my sewing machine and wants to push all the buttons and grab the knee lift and stick his hand under the needle. So the cover stays on and the machine stays off when he is around!


But he’s just so darn cute I don’t mind.

I’d hoped to get another post together on Wed but since that didn’t happen I’m linking this up with WIP Wednesday!

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WIP Wed – Hexie Fever

16 Jul

I think I’ve caught hexie fever and I’ve got it bad. I’ve been busy and sick and not doing much sewing but every time I sneak down to the basement I try to cut some hexies from my (meager) scraps. Since my homemade set of EPP templates were not as uniform as I would like, I ordered a set of 600 1″ hexies from Paper Pieces. I also ordered one of their acrylic fabric cutting templates; the nice thing about this is that it has the outline of the piece minus seam allowances, which helps with fussy cutting.

So here’s what I’ve done so far. These are cut from scraps of the only two projects I’ve made with quilt-shop quality fabric – Davy’s quilt (which I should do a post on) and another quilt that’s been in the UFO pile for awhile.


They mostly coordinate, but I don’t have an immediate plan for them – I think I’ll try to find a nice container to store them in and save them for a future project. To that effect, I’m making the hexies with thread instead of glue basting – I worry about the stability of glue over years and years.

Irresistable, right?

Linking up with WIP Wednesday!

Oh, and my little guy turned 19 months last Fri so here is a shot of him (with his quilt in the background).