Thursday, December 31, 2015

Doctor Who Quilt : One Last Quilt for 2015

I finished my Doctor Who Quilt, and only a week after Christmas. Good thing my hubby didn't mind!


I was able to quilt this in secret, but knew I wasn't going to be able to get the binding done in time for me to give it to him for Christmas. So I showed him and he was quite excited to have a quilt that was just for him! Well today I managed to finish with the binding and crinkled it in the washer and dryer and I must say I love it too! There is just something about a quilt fresh from the dryer.

I'm so happy to have finished this one before the end of 2015, because I am going into 2016 with one unfinished project!

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Building Block from Think Big by Amy Ellis
Dimensions: 54.5 inches x 72.5 inches
Quilting: organic wavy lines
Fabric: Doctor Who fabric from JoAnn, Cotton + Steel Basics, Art Gallery Prism, Allison Glass Sunprint, and Tula Pink True Colors.

Have a Happy New Year!

Linking up with:
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Week in Review


Not much sewing happened this week, though I did manage to finish my last baby quilt for the year late Friday for a baby shower next weekend. My week mainly consisted of holding a teething, tired, and cranky baby. I do enjoy my snuggles, but I could definitely tell by the end of the week, that I had not done much sewing. Goodbye to last week and hello to this week. I'm ready for you, kinda! (Time to finish up Christmas gifts!!)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Patchwork Baby Quilt

I'm actually amazed that I finished anything at all this week, since Enna is teething and Nora is potty training.


This is my last baby quilt for the year! I decided to just do a simple patchwork with some of my favorite fabrics from previous quilts. It was fun going through and seeing and using old fabrics, it was like seeing old friends again. Kept a pretty gender neutral color scheme.

The simple patchwork is still my favorite. And I kept the quilting nice and simple and I love the effect. This will be a perfect play mat.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Bernette Seville 4


As a bit of a Christmas gift, I picked up a Bernette Seville 4 from my LQS (Stitched Studio in Grand Rapids, MI) on Small Business Saturday. I've been needing to take my Viking in for some routine maintenance, but every time I try something comes up and I need my sewing machine.

I was going to use my Mom's Singer 99K, but still working out the kinks since it hadn't been sewn one in who knows how many years. So I was kinda in the market for a small portable, mostly mechanical machine that would be great for piecing and sewing small projects to tie me over until my Viking came back and I would quilt again.

Well after sewing for a few weeks on the Seville 4 I have to say I'm pretty impressed. Yes, it doesn't have a lot of the bells and whistles like similar machines in the same price range, but here is what sold me, metal components, no plastic (minus the casing!) and for someone who uses her machine daily this is a big one for me. There are eight stitches, including a buttonhole stitch and if I'm honest I don't use most of the decorative stitches that come with most of the computerized sewing machines. About the only time I do is when I'm quilting and that's usually just a handful. So I don't miss the extra stitches. You have your basic straight line, straight line positioned to the right (for quilt piecing), zig zag, triple zip zag, blind hem, and a few scallop stitches. Plus at 13 pounds this machine is light enough to travel with. I am already planning on taking her on a few retreats I hope to attend in the coming year.

This machine is distributed by Bernina, but not a true Bernina, so it using a low shank adapter for feet. So you can find feet for this sewing machine pretty easily. I bought a 1/4 quilter's foot with guide off Amazon since I plan on piecing a lot with this machine.  I also love the zipper foot, in fact I like sewing zippers better on this machine than on my Viking! I've had much better results with zippers.

So over all if you are looking for a good sturdy machine to take to classes, or retreats I can't recommend the Bernette Seville 4 more. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

WiP Wednesday : Scrappy projects

Another week, another set of wip's!


I finished piecing the Doctor Who quilt blocks and managed to get them sewn together for a top. I even have my backing fabric prepped, now I just need my girls to cooperate so I can baste while my hubby is at work. I want to surprise him with this quilt on Christmas morning! Wish me luck!!


I started a few postage stamp blocks for my next Quilt the Book projects. I'm going to be making it scrappy and use up some leftover fabric from other quilts. I think it is going to be cute. Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss?!


In my spare sewing moments I have also been working on the Moda Sampler Shuffle. I'm hoping this week I can get caught up.

Well that's all for now, Happy Sewing!

Linking up with WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced & Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Week in Review

What a crazy fun week it has been. Managed to get the house a little decorated for Christmas. Spent some time sewing, stitching, and lots of snuggles with my little people.

As for my goal of blogging every day, well I missed yesterday, but I'm not going to stop me from trying to get something posted everyday. Here's to a new week!

Friday, December 4, 2015

A Quilt for Nora

Nora, my almost 3 year old has been sleeping in a twin bed since she was about 16 or 17 months. I had every intention to make a twin quilt for her bed pretty quickly. Well we know how life goes, I started on other projects mainly operation handmade Christmas, all the while pregnant with #2. So I never got around to making her own quilt until about a month ago. I finally decided it was time.

I was able to pull all of the fabric from my stash (yeah for stash busting!) including the flannel backing. I chose a nice mix of novelty prints along with some of my favorite prints as well.


To say Nora was excited about her own quilt is a bit of an understatement. This girl loves quilts and usually is under one in our family room playing or watching a movie (silly girl). She loves pointing out her favorite fabric, it just makes my heart sing. Plus I love tucking her in at naptime and bedtime under a quilt of her very own. Now if I can just finish my a bed quilt for my husband and I, we will all have bed quilts of our own.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Fat Quarter Fizz by Fat Quarter Shop (free pattern)
72.5 inches by 90.5 inches

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Cross Stitching

I am participating in the Geeky Science Swap on Instagram. Since this swap is not a mini quilt swap, I decided to step outside of my usually sewing zone and try my hand at cross stitch.



Well needless to say I'm loving cross stitch. A great little hand project that I can take with me. I can't wait to finish my first piece, so I can start on a second one. (I'm trying to keep my wip's under control, I think this is going to be a goal for 2016!).

Now to find my next cross stitch project!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

WiP Wednesday : Patchwork Baby Quilt Top

This year, there has been a baby boom on my mother-in-law's side of the family. So I have been making lots a baby quilts. Well I have one more to make this year and decided I wanted to just make a simple patchwork quilt.


Now to just add a border, quilt, and this will be ready for the baby shower in a couple weeks.

Happy Sewing!

Linking up with Freshly Pieced.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Hello December

I both can and can't believe that it is December 1! This year has been flying by. In an effort to make blogging a habit, plus it is nice to just put my thoughts out there, I am going to be (hopefully) blogging for the next 31 days. Now not all blog posts are going to be long or about hard hitting topics, but I still am going to try and post something everyday.


I recently reopened my Etsy shop and started selling some zippered pouches and key fobs, for quick ready to ship gifts. I love a quick project and these are a great way to help use up my stash!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Swap Redo

So a few weeks ago I created a new mini quilt for the Lori Holt Mini Quilt Swap as the original mini has been lost by the post office. Needless to say I was not a happy camper.

On the bright side I actually like this one better than my original mini.


For this mini I used the Welcome Block from Farm Girl Vintage and set it in the Quilty Barn Block. Added a scrappy border to make it a little bigger. I have been really enjoying scrappy borders. Plus this was a great way to use up some of the leftover scraps from making the first mini and this mini.

If all goes well (and so far so good as it's made it's way to Australia) this should be arriving at my partner's doorstep in the next day or two. 

For those curious here is my original mini quilt I made for my partner for this swap. I made a mini sampler from blocks in Farm Girl Vintage. 


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WiP Wednesday: Doctor Who Quilt

Last year I handmade every single gift that we gave as a family. It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed every minute of it. So for me it has kinda become a bit of a tradition that I would like to continue, maybe not at the same scale as last year (8 lap quilts, 3 mini quilts, and 4 or 5 totes of varying size), as I have two girls to care for and a house to keep. 

Since I started quilting I have not made a quilt specifically for my husband. I have made for my girls, my family, friends, and even myself. But my poor hubby has been left out. So for Christmas this year he is getting a quilt. Of course this means I have to be sneaky about sewing. Hoping the girls can entertain themselves every now and then so I can sneak in a little more sewing time. 

Well I started today and have completed 3 of the 12 blocks needed for his quilt.



And I have block 4 cut out and ready to be sewn together. I'm hoping to have the quilt top done before Thanksgiving.

Pattern: Building Block from Think Big by Amy Ellis

Linking up with WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, October 30, 2015

Last of the Mini Swaps for 2015

I have finished all of my swaps for 2015! I worked this week to finish up extras and stitching on bindings and labels. I'm kinda excited to start sending these mini's out into the world.

First up is my mini for The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 2015 swap.


I was so happy when my partner stated that she liked Holly's Tree Farm by Sweetwater, since I was planning on getting a charm pack anyway it worked perfectly. For this swap I wanted to test the waters and try paper piecing. Oh, how I love paper piecing. Yes, a little time consuming and can be a bit wasteful, but the results are wonderful! I did a practice piece, which I turned into a pillow cover for myself before diving in for my swap. 

I used the Circle of Geese block from Piece by Number. I added a border to frame out the block and did some different quilting, which I will be doing again. I love how it turned out and hope my partner will enjoy her new Christmas mini.

Next up, finished my Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap.


For this swap I decided to use a pattern that I designed myself. I've had the idea of doing a mini with falling triangles and felt this was the perfect fit for my partner. This is in fact my first solids quilt and I love it. The way I designed the pattern is enough to make two minis to finish at 20x20, so after my machine returns from its maintenance tune-up I'm going to be stitching one of these for myself and maybe write up a pattern for it. I think this would be a great pattern to use for some large throw pillows as well!

This takes care of all of my mini quilt swaps for the year. So far I am only doing two in 2016 and they are craft swaps and due in January. After those, I'm taking time off to finish my own projects and start a handmade wardrobe for myself!

Happy Sewing!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WiP Wednesdsay : Current List

In an effort to get a handle of my growing number of wip's I decided it would be best to just list them out.

  • Nora's Bed Quilt
Just need to getting backing fabric and quilt, my goal is to have this done by her 3rd birthday in December!


  • Belated wedding quilt for my brother and sister-in-law, goal to have it done no later than Christmas.
  • Christmas quilt for a gift to my hubby. I have made plenty of quilts but not one just for my hubby, I think with all of his hard work he deserves one!
  • Geeky Science Craft Swap, going to try my hand at cross stitch for the first time and if that fails I have a back up plan. I need to have this one done by January.
That's all for now, plenty to work on in the next few weeks. Here's to hoping my girls cooperate and take their usual naps during the week!

Happy Sewing!

Linking up with WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, October 23, 2015

Color the Rainbow: A Lizzy House Quilt


I am a HUGE fan of Lizzy House. I love all of her fabric, so bold and saturated with color. And she uses the entire rainbow of colors. So for awhile now, since I started sewing back in 2011 I have been gathering (hoarding) Lizzy House fabrics.

Well this summer for the #MyPreciousQAL I decided it was finally time to cut into my stash of Lizzy fabric and create a one of a kind quilt. So I did and I love what it has become.

I used the Summer Slice tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew as my pattern. Not a hard pattern, but when sewing with 2 small kiddos, sewing can take a backseat (and with plenty of swap sewing thrown in as well). By the end of the summer I had a top complete and even had the back done. A few weeks later I even had my huge batting order come in, but did I baste that quilt and just get it done, of course not! I instead worked on a whole host of other projects and it

Well this week I decided it was finally time to get this week done! I love the saturated colors and it fits perfectly in my family room!


I decided to keep the quilting minimal since I didn't want to detract from the lovely fabric. So I quilted with a serpentine stitch on my Opal 650 with my favorite Aurifil thread #2606 in 40wt. The gray perfectly blends in beautifully. 


I used Quilter's Dream Wool Batting (my favorite!) and just love the texture and drape created when using it. Plus I just love when my quilts are puffy and warm. This quilt will be seeing a lot of use this winter.


And because it is fun to steal pictures of my quilt holder, I just had to include this one!


Now to finish up my last swap of the year, then on to Christmas sewing!

Happy Sewing!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

WiP Wednesday : Falling Triangles Mini

I have been trying to finish up swap sewing and quilting so I can return to more sewing and quilting for my family and myself.


I finished stitching up this mini quilt top for my Schnitzel & Boo mini quilt swap partner. I've had an idea for a falling triangle mini quilt in my head for awhile, so when I started drawing up ideas I decided it was time to give this one a try. And I must say I am loving how it is turning out. The mini will measure 20x20 inches when it's done. Now to just get backing fabric so I can start quilting and write a pattern for this one!

Linking up with WiP Wednesday with Freshly Pieced
  

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday Finishes

Lately I have not been very good at posting about my latest sewing ventures. I have been sewing a lot in fact, just not writing. I guess that happens when you have an almost 3 year old and a 7 month old baby. This is just part of this season of life, but I'm trying to make a more concerted effort to write in this space, especially since I'm trying to get a new business idea off the ground.

Without further ado, a few finishes from the last few weeks:

I made this quick and simple baby quilt about two weeks ago for a baby shower. Just used some basic building blocks to make it. Love how it turned out considering I was taking it out of the dryer at 4 in the afternoon the day of the shower! I sure do like to cut it close.

Another baby quilt for a shower I attended last weekend. For this one I used Fat Quarter Shop's free pattern Fat Quarter Fizz and just made the baby size. Best thing about this one, I pulled it entirely from my stash!
And finally I finished up m 1 in a Minion mini for the #minionminiquiltswap on Instagram. I love when the quilt that is in my head works out. I used the Spell it with Fabric for the letters reduced to 50%, created the minion eye pattern myself, and used the paper pieced minion from Fandom in Stitches. Now to just make a few Minion themed extras and I'm set for shipping!

It feels great to get a few projects done, now to just finish up my other WIP's.

Happy Sewing!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Quilt the Book : Sweet Cheeks


Well I did it, I finished my first quilt for my Quilt the Book project! Of course it has taken me nearly a month to actually post about it, but life with a 2.5 year old and 5 month old doesn't allow for much blogging time, when my free time I want to sew more often than not.

I decided that I am not going to go in any particular order, so I decided on Sweet Cheeks, since I've had this Green Eggs and Ham fabric for about a year and just didn't know what to do with it. And this pattern just seemed like a perfect fit. After adding a few other fabrics to round out colors, I was set. This quilt was sourced 100% from my stash, including the backing and binding. (The batting as well, I love making frankenbatting and it's a great way to use up scraps!)

I begin doing free motion quilting in the large square and was really getting into. Well then the pin on my FMQ foot broke and since I just wanted to finish this quilt so I could donate it to my quilt guild the next day I decided to just do a different type of quilting in the different blocks. Plus this was a great way to practice some fun quilting.

Now I have a start on my Quilt the Book project and now it's time to start planning the next quilt!

Happy Sewing and Quilting!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Quilt the Book

How I love Instagram! A few weeks ago while scrolling through my feed, I stumbled upon #quiltthebook posted by Rachel (Wooden Spoon Quilts), who was inspired by Jolene (Blue Elephant Stitches). I instantly loved the idea. I have a few quilt books and have always wanted to make them all, well this was just the push I needed.

I have a good size stash and decided this would be a great way to help with #SewMyStash2015 and have some quilts on hand to give as gifts and to donate through my quilt guild.

So I decided I would quilt from Quilts Made with Love by Rachel Griffith. I have adored this book. There is a good range of quilts to make from baby quilts all the way to small bed quilts. Plus there are some patterns that will help push my sewing and quilting skills.


I am in no rush to finish this challenge but, I am going to make a few rules for myself.
  1. I must finish each quilt before I can move onto the next quilt in the book. I don't need/want a ton of WIP's
  2. Quilts tops will be created from at least 50% of my stash, if I can create it with more that will be awesome. Borders, backing, and binding I may have to purchase since my stash isn't that big.
  3. All quilts will be created to be donated and/or gifted.
Not many rules but I want to give myself some guidelines to help keep this project manageable. I will be posting in progress pictures on Instagram (@sewjess). Once I finish a quilt I will blog about and link to Instagram as well.

I think this is going to be a fun project and will help me to continue to improve my sewing and quilting skills. Now to clear off some other projects and dive into this one.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WiP Wednesday : Swap Sewing & Quilting

Since I finished up sewing for baby #2, this week has been about sewing and quilting for two swaps that are due to be sent out pretty quickly after this baby comes. I knew this when I signed up and planned accordingly. 


My Rainbow Mini Swap Quilt. I used my favorite Aurifil threads in white and then a range of rainbow colors to accent this colorful quilt. I love how it turned out. I just finished the binding on this one this morning and now I'm just waiting for some decent light for pictures. (If it ever stops snowing!)


For the Sweet & Salty Easter Swap we are making the medium size open wide pouch from Noodlehead. After looking for a few weeks for the perfect fabric, I finally found it on Spoonflower and ordered it right away. Well it arrived last weekend and quickly washed it and started cutting out. Now to just finish the little details and the goodies and I'll be all set. 

With only 2 weeks left to go, my goal is to have all of the swaps done by the weekend, unless this baby has other plans.

What are you sewing this week?
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Linking up with WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sewing for Baby #2 : Completed Projects

So last week I decided to take a break from swap sewing and concentrate on sewing up a few projects related to baby #2. Nothing like waiting until a month before your due date to start your sewing projects!

After I made my MIL a Poolside Tote for Christmas, I just knew I needed one as my hospital bag. I just didn't have enough canvas in my stash to make one. Then I couldn't decide on what canvas I should use (go figure). So over Superbowl weekend, my favorite quilt shop Stitched Studio was having a big sale and they had some Koi Canvas on sale!!! Then I found some of Kate Spain's Daydream collection on sale for the lining and I had my fabric! I have a few of the essentials packed, just waiting until I'm a little closer before I finish packing.


When I had Nora, I was very new to the world of quilting. Heck I had just recently started sewing again and didn't really have a clue what I was doing. Well with this baby, I have a little more sewing and quilting experience under my belt and I wanted to make her a baby quilt. So I chose a range of fabrics in my favorite colors, blue & green. And the best part of this quilt is that I was able to create it entirely from my stash, including the backing and binding.


I love that is has a mix of some of my favorite fabric designers: Lizzy House, Ed Emberley, Bonnie & Camille, V and Co., and Art Gallery.

Now I have my baby related sewing done, so I guess I'm has ready as I'm every going to be. Time to finish up as much of my swap sewing before baby decides to show up!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WiP Wednesday : Sewing for Baby #2

Seeing as my due date is officially 4 weeks away, I thought this would be the week to finally get around to some of my last minute baby sewing.


Ever since I made a Poolside Tote for my MIL for Christmas I have wanted to make myself one. Well I'm using the excuse that I need a cute hospital bag as a reason to make one. I have all of the fabric and interfacing cut out, now it's time to fuse and start sewing!


And while I'm at it, what's another quick baby quilt. I love a nice plus quilt and this one is just so fun. We are having a girl, but I am partial to green and blue, so guess what both of my girls baby quilts were created with green and blue. (Don't get me wrong I enjoy pink from time to time, but does everything for a baby girl have to be pink, I think not!)

Hoping to have this finished up by the weekend so I can get back to my swap sewing that I want to complete before this little girl makes her debut!

Happy Sewing!
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Linking up with WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Project 365: January 2015


2014 was the first year that I was actually able to complete a photo a day challenge. So I'm trying again this year. It is nice to look back and see everyday moments that we tend to over look.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday Lately : Wk. 5


Completing
Sewing and quilting projects in an effort to get ahead in a few of the swaps I'm participating in. I don't want to feel rushed when it comes to my swap deadlines, especially when baby #2 comes.

Visiting
The library as a family is always fun. Nora loves the turtles and playing with the puzzles. But on occasion it is nice to just go to the library by myself and browse through books at my own pace and not at a toddler's pace.

Repeating
That everything will work out. My anxiety is starting to get the best of me lately and it is making me crazy. I know deep in my heart things will work out, I'll figure out how to be a momma of 2 and I will figure out this new life. Thank goodness for a great hubby!.

Applauding
My husband! He is my rock and does such an amazing job providing for our family. Then coming home and helping out with Nora and most nights he does the cooking. He is simply amazing and love he more with each passing day.

Scheduling
Actually I'm trying not to schedule too much. Just trying to enjoy the last month as a family of 3.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

January Book Report


Here's what I have been reading this past month:

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (The Heroes of Olympus #5)
Love how Riordan wraps up this series. All I have to say is that if you have not read any Rick Riordan, then you really should. I am enjoyed reading tales about Greek, Roman, and Egyptian gods. And this fall he will be releasing his first book about the Norse gods, can't wait!

The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell
In the kingdom of Slyvania offers a wonderful reward to anyone who can break the curse on the princessess that cause them to dance each night to exhaustion. Reveka, the herbalist apprentice is determined to break the curse despite the danger surrounding the princesses and the curse. In doing so she uncovers a mystery that will lead her to the Underworld.

I will admit the first part of the book drags a bit, but once the introduction of characters and background is out of the way this book picks up. The story really starts moving and you will not want to put this one down.

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora
Lucy, Elena, and Michael receive their summer reading list, they are excited (mostly Lucy) that To Kill a Mockingbird is on the list. But most of their classmates are less then thrilled about the list. So in an effort to get the whole town talking about To Kill a Mockingbird, the three of them devise a plan. Well the thing about the Internet is that it can take an idea that they thought was just going to occur in their little community, becomes quite the revolution.

I had been hearing quite the buzz about this one, so I had to pick it up when at the library. And I'm so glad I did. This was a nice quick little book. If you enjoy reading books that are about other books this is one for you. I promise it will be a fun read.

The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith
So I've read the Nesting Place blog for awhile now. But something about all the information in one place as really triggered my need to redesign some space in my home. (This could be part of the nesting phase of this pregnancy as well, I want all the things CLEAN and cleaned right NOW) I didn't really learn anything I didn't already know. I already decorate for my family and the life we are living right now. I don't care if it is not on trend or the colors I have chosen to paint our walls are bold and not safe colors if we were to ever sell our home. But I don't care, we bought our home to work for us and this book just is helping me reaffirm that I'm on the right track.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WiP Wednesday : UFO to WIP

So just about a year ago I started cutting out a queen size quilt for our bed. I cut 5 inch squares and the sashing during a couple of naptimes. Then started a layout and even got all of the rows sewn together. Then I started working on other projects, then Christmas quilts and gifts. So needless to say this was just left in an unfinished state.

Well a couple of weeks ago, the hubby mentioned something about needing to sew up the top, so the crib would be available for our new addition. (I had all of the strips draped across the crib) Well last week I had finished sewing for my current swap and didn't really need to start working on the next one, so I decided it was time to finally start piecing our quilt together!


After about a hour of sewing I manged to get about halfway through the quilt top! Bonus points because Nora was still up and actually let me sew, she just pretended to iron some fabric (with an unplugged iron, of course!). Well I used the next couple of naptimes to piece the last half of the rows together and then piece them into another large half section. Then after an evening of pressing my two sections, I finally sewed them together for a completed quilt top!


I was so happy that this quilt will actually fit on our queen size bed. I started making this quilt when I first started quilting big time last January. I have learned so much in the last year about quilt making, so it was a little frustrating to finish up this quilt now more than a year later. Some of my seam allowances are not correct and therefore some of my rows are a little short, but as my hubby would say this quilt is just for us and who cares if it's not perfect! I have decided I will just cut an equal amount from either side to even it out.

For now the top will remain like this. I have decided that I'm not going to try basting and quilting this beast while I'm 8 months pregnant. So for now I will just enjoy the fact that this quilt went from being a UFO to a WIP and will be completed in the next few months as I will need something to do combat my anxiety from dealing with two kiddos.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Pixel Heart Mini Quilt

I love decorating with mini quilts. Perfect excuse for me to create something for my home and bonus, I've been using up my stash and scraps for most of them. So after I made that cute baby girl quilt, I had cut up a bunch of 2.5 inch squares from the leftover fabric and thought it would make a cute pixel heart quilt for Valentine's Day.

I was inspired by the pixel heart t-shirt from Patchwork Threads. I decided on 2.5 inch squares, since that's what I had cut my scraps down to, then added some low volume squares to surround the heart. I love how it turned out. This was my first time actually doing a low volume background and I must say I am now addicted. I NEED more low volume fabric!


To enhance the heart shape, I quilted in diagonal straight lines. I also quilted a couple of lines in the heart itself. I quilted this mini with my favorite thread, Aurifil. And instead of my usual white that I have been doing for my mini's, I used a beautiful yellow (#1135).

With the exception of two new low volume prints, all fabric came from my stash. This project was a wonderful way to use up left over fabric and some smaller batting pieces as well. Looking forward to my next #SewMyStash2015 project.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Lately : Wk. 4


Updating
Trying to work on updating my nursing appeal, that I will need in about a month. Thankfully I have found some awesome patterns, that would work well for nursing a little one, but without flashing the whole world
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Reminding
Myself to not let my anxiety get the better of me. After I had Nora I suffered from postpartum anxiety. And after talking with my doctor, I think we have a plan to help me lessen the anxiety and allow me to enjoy the first few weeks at home with a newborn (which I didn't get with Nora).

Needing
To finish one more book for this month.

Amusing
Nora is quite amusing when she is in a happy go lucky mood, which is most days. And she tolerates momma when I just need to lie down mid-morning.

Being
Present to Nora has been a challenge the last few weeks, since I'm in the homestretch of this pregnancy, I'm pretty worn most mornings after doing a few minor chores around the house. But I know this is just a small window of time and Nora seems to be doing pretty well, she just has learned that momma can play, but it's most likely going to happen while I'm stretched out on the couch and she is driving cars over my belly.

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