Friday, April 21, 2017

Sewing Box Modern Hexies | A Finished Mini Quilt



during the end of last week, i came down with an awful stomach bug, and i didn't sew for 3 whole days. needless to say by Saturday, i needed to do a little stitching.

well earlier in the week i had gotten this mini all prepped and ready for quilting. so all i had to do was sit down at my machine and start quilting. and after feeling like crap and sleeping away most of the day, it was nice to sit behind my machine again.


plus it was nice to finally use these hexies for something. i basted these last summer and have since just sat in a pouch waiting for me to do something. these hexies helped kick start my love of english paper piecing.

i made these hexies using Sewing Box by Gina Martin for Moda Fabrics. i picked up a mini charm pack ages ago so it is nice to finally see them out and on display in my sewing room.


my love of epp has been officially sealed. this is just the perfect project for the summer months when my girls want to live outside. now i just need to prep my next project!

do you enjoy epp and if so what has been your favorite project, i need some ideas of what to do!

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Modern Hexies
Dimensions: 7 inches x 21 inches
Quilting: Straight line
Fabric: Sewing Box by Gina Martin, Essex Yarn Dyed Linen

Friday, April 14, 2017

Quilt the Book | Hopscotch and Ribbons


i finished the third quilt in my Quilt the Book series. i'm using the book Quilts Made with Love by Rachel Griffith, this quilt pattern is called Hopscotch and Ribbons, but since i decided to make it boy fabrics, i'm calling it Mr. Fox Floating Squares. as my goal with Quilt the Book is that all quilts will be donated or gifted, this one is looking for a recipient. but for now i will just build up a stash of ready to donate and gift quilts.

i was able to make this quilt top entirely from my stash! and so i could make from my stash, i change the solid ribbon border to a pieced ribbon border.

i kept the quilting simple, straight lines spaced out about an inch apart. and i just love the crinkle after a wash and dry cycle.


for the back, i pieced the backing to add a little interest. plus this was a great way to use up more of my scraps from the front!

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Hopscotch and Ribbons
Dimensions: 36 inches x 45 inches
Quilting: Straight line
Fabrics: Dapper Foxes, a little Alison Glass, Blueberry Park,  and Carolyn Friedlander

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WiP | Blooming Tulips Quilt


i love when inspiration strikes! a few weeks ago i was browsing Pinterest (like we do) when i found this quilt. a tulip quilt has been on my list for awhile now, especially since I live in Holland, Michigan, home of Tulip Time.

so i started sketching out a design from my inspiration quilt, but I decided to make my flower and stems curved to be more representative of the iconic flower.

i laid my blocks like a field of tulips, for a nice size wall quilt. now to just figure out how the quilting!?

i'm linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social and The Inquiring Quilter for Wednesday Wait Loss

Monday, April 10, 2017

2017 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop


for the last several weeks i have been participating in the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, hosted by Yvonne (Quilting Jet Girl), Beth (Cooking Up Quilts), and Leanne (She Can Quilt). while i have been blogging for a little while, this blog hop has been great to hone my blogging skills and meet other quilt bloggers.

i have been crafty most of my life, i even learned to sew when i was younger. but it didn't really stick. after college i was living in Iowa and on a whim i bought a cheap sewing machine and began a back and forth with sewing. fast forward a few years, i got married and pulled that sewing machine out again and this time actually made a quilt top (that sat for at least 3 years before i quilted it). sewing again was pushed to the side as i was finishing my master's program and job hunting. 

well after landing a job, moving, looking for a house. we found out we were expecting. though it was not to be and i miscarried in march 2011. during the next year sewing became my lifeline and helped me with the grieving process.  i started mostly with bags, but quickly moved to quilts. and after my first daughter was born in december 2012, the quilting bug had taken hold.

not long after having my first i developed postpartum anxiety (PPA) a relative to postpartum depression. thanks to my hubby who searched for answers, we were able to discuss my anxiety with my doctor and get me started on medication to help combat the symptoms. there is no shame in getting help for anxiety or depression, between my medication and quilting i have been able to manage my anxiety pretty well.

sewing and quilting really has become my therapy. i can tell when i have not sat down behind my machine or cut fabric, or just done anything creative as i can feel the anxiety trying to creep in. now i can't imagine life without quilting and through quilting i have met some amazing people both in my local area and online!

in such a short amount of time i have made quite a few quilts. many have been gifted to family and friends and it has become one of the highlights of some of the showers to see what i have made this time.  


my Cotton+Steel Modern HST Sampler is my favorite quilt as of right now. i love how all of the colors play and work together. if you are interesting in learning more about this quilt, click here!


i really love making mini quilts, either to decorate my family room or sewing room. i just love their small size and i can play with different patterns that i may not want to make into a full size quilt.


i hope in the future to write more patterns, in addition to the free pattern i've created. i just hope to share my love of quilting with the quilting world at large.

my blog name as evolved over the last two years. first i was Sew Simple Sew Jess, well that name was too long for most social media so i just started using Sew Jess for my handle. so when i started to get a little more serious about blogging i decided to just use Sew Jess and added the handmade to include my other sewing adventures.

My Tips and Tricks for Blogging

one of my biggest tip for a new blogger, try and set a loose schedule, even if it is only once a week. then you have something to work on and having a loose schedule will help you to have posts scheduled so you can proof before posting!

Make sure to visit my other blog hop mates and the hosts for a chance to enter some amazing prizes!

*April 10th*
Jess of Sew Jess Handmade
Rachel of Making a Beautiful Life
Amanda of Quiltologie
Abigail of Cut & Alter
Rose of Something Rose Made

*April 17th*
Jan of Cocoa Quilts
Sarah of 9658 Textiles
Yanicka of Finding Myself as an Artist
Vanda of Quilt in Piece
Abbie of Sparkle On

*May 1*
Sherry of Powered by Quilting
Diane of Cwilt
Liz of Savor Every Stitch
Sandra of Sandra Healy Designs

*May 8*
Sue of Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Jennifer of Dizzy Quilter
Tara of Quiltersstash
Paige of Quilted Blooms

Monday, March 27, 2017

Garden Snail Quilt : Update 3

this quilt is going to be awesome! these are my snail blocks i made during March.





all of my snail shells are made with various Lizzy House prints and the snail bodies are constructed with prints and solids that coordinate nicely. this has been a great stash busting project with the added bonus of using my favorite designers collections that i have been hoarding.

for more information about this snail paced sew along check out Gnome Angel for more details!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Finishing WiP's : Cotton + Steel Modern HST Sampler

currently i'm working my way through my current list of WiP's to clean out projects before starting any new projects! this is my list:
  • Hello Darling Easy Bake Quilt
  • Christmas Pillows
  • Orphan Rainbow Block mini quilt
  • Curve it Up Sampler
  • Tilted Stars quilt
  • Orphan block sewing machine cover
  • Checkered blocks from my bee
  • Modern HST sampler


i am in LOVE with this quilt!! last year i participated in the Modern HST Sampler hosted by Blossom Heart Quilts. plus this brings my WiP's down to just 2!!


for this quilt i used my Cotton + Steel stash with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Black for the background. the final effect with the bright Cotton + Steel fabrics is perfect, but working with the linen did present some challenges. (the linen liked to stretch) but it was a good challenge to work through.


i did not feel like adding sashing to this quilt, but i did want to make it a little bigger. so i added the scrappy 4-patch border, made with the scraps from the blocks. i think it helps to bring everything together. i decided to keep the quilting fairly simple. just a serpentine stitch that i have on my machine. and after washing the texture is just perfect. just the right amount of crinkle!


for the backing i used a big print from the Black and White collection that i just didn't want to cut up.

i'm so happy that i participated in the QAL, this quilt is defiantly one of my favorites i've made. 

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Modern HST Sampler designed by Blossom Heart Quilts
Dimensions: roughly 56 inches x 80 inches
Quilting: Straight line using a decorative serpentine stitch
Fabrics: Cotton + Steel, Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in black


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Garden Snail Quilt : Update 2

well i had great intentions of keeping up with my blocks for the Garden Snail Quilt-a-long, but life and well, i just plain forgot a few weeks. so here are the blocks for the rest of January and February.







i have enjoyed working with my Lizzy House stash and pairing it with some of my other favorite prints for the snail body. i've found it very useful to make 2 blocks at a time and i have very little waste from my background prints.

and since i'm caught back up and even ahead a little bit, i will share my March blocks at the end of the month!

if you are interested in joining the Snail Paced Slow-along-Sew-along, check out this post from Gnome Angel.

Happy Sewing!