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:
Crazy Mom Quilts
Let's Bee Social

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!