September 18, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I wasn't satisfied with my Swoon/Dutch Rose block for my BOM/Sampler quilt...so I drafted a new one!

I based mine off ofhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/10566707@N07/6974813145/">this
one
I found, combined with the stitch and flip technique and measurements of http://doublenickelquilts.blogspot.com/2012/03/scrappy-nickel-swoon-quilt-block.html">this one, to create this:

These things take a long time to put together!  thankfully, its not difficult, just a lot of pieces!



September 11, 2013

WIP Wednesday


I made a decision early this year to only work on UFOs.  I did pretty good, worked on a few, even if I haven't finished any.  That lasted until this week.  I sorted out my scraps into color coded bins, and after failing to compress all the blues into their bin, I decided its time to scrap bust!  So, super duper scrappy log cabin quilt it is.  

I grabbed a handful of scraps from each color bin, threw them together in a large bag and blindly draw them out to sew into 9.5 inch wonky-ish log cabins.  These go together super quick due to the not having to think about anything.  It'll never be a pretty quilt, but it will be interesting!  I'm making sure to be truly random, using any piece I pull out, no matter how ugly.

(and after making 16 or so blocks...my bag of scraps doesn't  seem to be dwindling!  I swear, they are multiplying in there...)



A little progress on a block for the BOM/Sampler quilt...I am finding I dont like paper piecing that much.  Its too fussy, finding the right size pieces, lining them up...I love the precision, but just cant stand making these.

I'm also making progress on several other WIPs, trying to avoid the siren song of starting any more new projects...

(a christmas table runner may have snuck in the WIP pile while I wasn't looking...)




August 28, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Today's WIP Wednesday is my BOM/Sampler quilt.
 


Specifically, the Swoon block and the (sort of) greek cross.

I'm  not really into the Swoon block. I used an alternate tutorial that gets rid of some of the seams in the larger pieces, here is the tutorial I used .  its a little small, 16.5 inches instead of the 18.5 I need, so this particular block will be put to use somewhere else.  which is fine, I dont think the colors work with the other blocks in this quilt... yes, it is a scrappy quilt, but the rest of it is so bright, and this one block so pastel, it sticks out.

Anyways, the (sort of) greek cross I drafted out myself, having wanted the cross to still be orientated the right way while on point.  I put in the QST center in for the heck of it, and liked how it turned out a whole lot!  I'll probably post a quick little pattern or tutorial for it eventually, its not really that difficult to figure out.  

I also noticed this week, (or, my husband pointed out to me) is that two of my blocks are too small! both the modern dresden and the spring bloom blocks are 9.25 instead of 9.5.  

gah!  I'm not sure if I should re-make them entirely, or figure out a way to still use them.  I'm not super fond of the spring bloom block anyways, (thats the one on the bottom left)  its very dark.

So, thats what I'm working on this week.  What is everybody else working on?

August 22, 2013

I know, my BOM updates have stalled for a few months..but I ran out of white fabric scraps!  I have several blocks started, but not able to finish because I didnt have enough whites for the background.

I think I'm covered now.



2.5 in squares cut from 10 different kona whites. (some will be put towards a specific block for the BOM, the rest will be tossed in my 2.5in square bin for use in my Granny Square quilt.) 

August 15, 2013

Finished Object!

It happened!  I finished something!

But...I forgot to photograph it.

So quick text to the recipient and we have a photo!

Thanks Mom!


Its a wallhanging, about 16x20 inches. I raw edge appliqued on the circles over the background stripes.  Then quilted the whole thing.

In retrospect, it would have been way easier to do quilt as you go for those stripes instead of piecing and then quilting. (I ended up with some droopy curvy stripes because I forgot to alternated directions)

Anyways, the story behind this wallhanging:

The children's pastor at my Mom's church decided to move on to another church for personal reasons after many many years.  No bad feelings, just was time to move on kind of thing.   My mom and the pastor were good friends, so my mom wanted to give her something special to sort of commemorate her time as the children's pastor.  

The children's ministry uses a curriculum or philosphy called "Orange"  which is based on the principal that the child's time with the parents (red) mixed with the time at the church (yellow) work together to teach the child. (orange)  or something like that.

So I used the colors to create this.  Its not my style at all, but I think it is perfect for the children's pastor.

Its bound with a knife edge (or known as facing, I think.) so that the binding doesnt take away from the quilt.  This was also the first time I sewed on a hanging sleeve.  Its not very neat, but it'll get the job done!

August 7, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Today's WIP Wednesday is brought to you by my broken brand-new-to-me awesomesauce Elna.

Yes.  I said broken.  As in, had her 4 days and now cant use her.

*sigh*

I was trying to bend the thread take up lever back to its original postion (it was scraping the side of the machine!) and it snapped.  I found a replacement lever on Ebay, but I dont know if I have the skills to replace it myself...


Anyways, back to the fun stuff - WIP Wednesday!


Granny Square time!

Yes, I am behind on the Granny Square quilt craze...i've been saving 2.5 in squares forever for making a super scrappy version.  But, this being the year of finishes and all, I thought, why not just start the darn thing.  I'm going to make one little change though, and not sash it.  I dislike sashing immensely.  Not the sashing itself, mind you, but the actual process of sashing.  Its hard to line up, long strips get wobbly and unwieldy...

Plus, piecing it on the diagonal like this eliminates waste from trimming the blocks!  I'm trying to use up scraps, not create more!

I've also made it  my goal to cut as few squares from yardage as possible...im going through the scrap bins, people. Already found some treasures I forgot I had.  Like that blue seashell-y print on the top left...thats leftover from my very first quilt! (of course, its low quality fabric from a big-box store, but it has sentimental value! and it has held up rather well in that first quilt...)

Anyways, I'm off to do something to take my mind off of sad broken sewing machines...maybe its time I cleaned this house..

August 5, 2013

New baby...

of the sewing machine variety, that is!



She's an Elna Transforma, from the mid 50's. I've been scouring the thrift stores around me for an inexpensive free arm machine for quite some time and finally I found her!  She's a bit worn, obviously been used many, many, many times.  the paint is worn completely off a good portion of the free arm.

I knew nothing of Elnas prior to bringing her home, and truthfully, was quite nervous because she has some features I didn't recognize.

Anyways, I got her home, nervously showed the husband, who sighed and said all right. (had to show the boys too, they were ecstatic that I brought home a fun new toy...even if it wasn't for them! Ha!)  after some Internet research, learned about the knee pedal ( I thought it was a presser foot lift...no foot pedal on this baby!) Oiled her up and away we went!

I'm in love. L.O.V.E. love.  Love the knee pedal, love the sound, love the army green color!  She sews so straight...so much more accurately than my old singer.  which I still also love.  ( Think the Singer is jealous.)  He (yes, i have a male sewing machine.  he's a cranky old man.)  decided to sew perfectly after I put the Elna away and got back to finishing up a UFO on him.  Singer and I have a rocky relationship.  Threats work. 

 The only thing is that She doesn't fit well into my sewing table, because of the knee pedal.  Its a pain to get in and out, plus I'd need an insert to get a smooth surface for non-free arm needs.

But!  The genius Swiss designer who designed this thing, did a really amazing bit of product design on the case.  It folds open to become A FREAKIN' EXTENSION TABLE!  



Yes.  that green thing is the case folded open.

Ingenious.  Why cant product design these days be so useful?

I don't know if I want to use the case on a daily basis, so I might get the husband to cut an insert for my current table.  Or something.  I can tell you though, that this little lady might just become my primary machine. 

Sorry Singer 301.  You were fun, but its time to move on. 

Some notes about her, just in case someone is looking around for more personal reviews and whatnot, there isn't a whole lot of info beyond the history and specs - She's not hard to thread, just feels a little backwards from most other machines.  The thread goes around the back and comes up the front.  The bobbin I find tricky to load, but its not too hard.  just have to finesse it into the tension spring.  Knee pedal takes some getting used to, but I'm digging it.  Oh, and the only oiling spots that the manual says is necessary are painted red.  I think there's three spots.  maybe 4.  I oiled more places though, because I didn't know how well it was taken care of previously. Important!  the needle goes in with the flat side facing back. thread it from front to back.  this caused me hours of Internet searches to find out. It will not work any other way.

She's a joy to sew on.  Really.  If you are into sewing on vintage machines, The Elnas are fantastic.





July 18, 2013

Whats up?

I've been sewing, I swear!  I've actually got a few projects to blog about soon - or as soon as I photograph them.

My Weekender bag is done and field tested.  Its awesome. I probably won't ever ever ever make another one though.  I'll get a whole post devoted to it in the next week or so.


I've joined a swap between the Modern Quilt Guilds of VA/DC/MD.  We're swapping lined drawstring bags from Jeni's awesome tutorial.  I cant wait to get that going!

The one project I *do* have a photo of is this one:


Its just a sneak peak for now, I'll write up a whole post about it sometime.  I'm hoping it turns out how I imagine it will!

I've been keeping on keeping on working on my BOM/sampler quilt.  I've been putting a lot more paper pieced blocks into it than I originally envisioned, but what can I say!  I'm hooked on the precision of paper piecing! Plus, they use up those tiny weird shaped scraps everyone denies having...

I've also been stabbing at some older UFO's here and there, but nothing really exciting happening on that front.

Thats it for quilty sharing today.  My family is still trying to get into the summer groove (we took a couple weeks to go back to Minnesota right after school got out, so getting in the swing of things at home has been delayed)  So I dont know how much I'll be able to post this summer.  We will see how it goes!

June 12, 2013

WIP Wednesday



More blocks from my BOM/sampler quilt.

From left to right, there is the Lone Starburst, Infinity Loop from the book Shape Workshop for Quilters, 2013 Craftsy BOM from April, 2013 Craftsy BOM from June (partially sewn together).

In real life, the neutrals are a lot closer together in value, they dont stand out against each other as much.  I have terrible lighting in my office.  I am in love with the random neutral look - it makes the quilt sparkle!

The Lone Starburst block is 12.5, the two smaller ones are 9.5 and the LeMoyne star will be 18.5 when finished.

June 11, 2013

BOM update

I'm working on my Block of the Month quilt, I swear!

I did get a little behind though, due to life getting in the way.  But I'm slowly working on getting back on track!  I've got 3 new blocks to show you, but first I want to talk a little about what I'm doing with this thing.

First, I'm not totally following a block of the month format anymore, its turning into a bit of a modern sampler quilt, where I make a block or two as I feel like it.  A little of this, a little of that, new techniques, a whole bunch of blocks and all sorts of fun!  (Though, I'm still using Craftsy's 2012 & 2013 BOM videos for some of the blocks.  I haven't done June 2013's LeMoyne star yet, and I am super excited to get to it!)

I'm also not putting these blocks into a standard block of the month layout.  (Straight sets? Boring.  The weird layout the craftsy 2013 quilt has?  I'm not going to say anything.)  So I pulled out my graph paper and went to town.  I think I drew up three or four layouts before I found one I like.



Even this one went through several versions before I settled.  you can see my original corners on the right.  I then discovered my math was off, and the quilt I thought was going to be around 60x66 would actually be 40x50.  Which is a size I have no use for.  I first enlarged the quilt by adding more of the 12 inch blocks, but it still wasn't big enough.  So, I am going to make some super large 18 inch blocks!

I put all the blocks on point, well, because I love doing it.  I cant say why, but it makes almost everything look awesome!

My favorite part is that the blocks get larger as they radiate out from the center!

I am aware of some of the issues I'll come across when piecing this thing, but I'm pretty sure its doable with partial seams.  Lots of them.

So to wrap it up, I need block ideas.  there are 50 some blocks in this thing.  I'm not afraid of doing anything!  What are some blocks that you have always wanted to make, but have been afraid to?  I've already conquered my aversion to paper piecing, the Lone Starburst block is my current favorite! (which is one that I will photograph and share tomorrow.)

June 5, 2013

WIP Wednesday






Making this thing is both totally fun and totally annoying at the same time! Quilting the panels was a lot of fun, kind of a zen bit of sewing to soothe the nerves.  Making the handles and piping was a pain in the rear though!   

I've already had to use my seam ripper plenty of times.  Make sure to read the directions folks!  I know every blog post everywhere says that, but really.  Read the darn directions before every step!  It is so easy to get excited and skip something! (for example, attach the outer pocket before the piping.  and dont forget to line the pocket before you attach it.  and attach the handles before the pocket.)


First tips for the Weekender bag:

Have lots of thread on hand for the quilting.  You'll use tons.

Spray baste that batting down! (especially the long skinny around piece. it likes to shift!)

Finger press instead of iron. Or at least test your batting before ironing over it.   I had problems with my batting shrinking.  I'm not sure why though, I've used the same batting forever, and not had that problem.

Joanns duck canvas frays like no ones business.  Fray check is not really helpful.

I bought a 30" parka zipper and had my husband figure out how to reverse one of the pulls so it zips into the middle instead of the ends.  I haven't installed it yet, so I cant say if it works or not...

I used a different method to join the ends of the piping than Amy uses in the directions - I found different instructions

May 29, 2013

superhero quilt finish!

 I dont really know what to say about this quilt, it seemed to fight me on each step of the process!  Overall though, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. 


I cut the triangles without really planning anything, and ended up futzing around with them on the design wall for awhile.  Tried out random placement, zigzags and almost went with one giant hexagon (kinda looked a little like Captain America's shield, but more colors!)   




Quilting this one took awhile to decide on too.  (and thanks for the suggestions from the NOVA MQG..even if I didnt use them!)  I went with a random cross hatch, with the lines being grouped up to 3, and at semi-random intervals.  Truthfully, it got a little less random than I would have liked, but it still looks great.
 

I love this backing print.  Its so fun!  I wish I had more of it, but its an out of print fabric, and was hard enough to track down a yard for this quilt.


I had extra half triangles from strip cutting the triangles, so I pieced them into the back.  Finally, bound with scrap bin kona greys, and washed for the extra crinkly-ness, and another quilt done!

May 24, 2013

Taking the plunge!






I've been eying the Weekender bag for a long, long time, and motivated by an upcoming summer full of traveling, have finally decided to give it a go!

I'm going to use the Quilt as you go method from Oh Fransson instead of interfacing.  I love the scrappy look that the quilt as you go has rather than a single all over print ...I'm all about scrappy these days!

I purchased a

May 2, 2013

Superhero quilt pt 2

Superhero sneak peak!


 I'm not really sure where I'm going with these triangles, but I know I want to do something bold and graphic...so I'll keep on keeping on with this thing and hope something good comes out of it. 

April 24, 2013

A Quilt all for MEEEEEE!

As quilters, crafters and artists, how often do we make things just for ourselves?  I sure don't very often.  And I'm pretty sure that is quite common.  We get so wrapped up in creating for others that we neglect ourselves. 

Because of this, it feels so decadent that I made this quilt just for me.  A whole quilt that I dont have to share with my husband at night.  Just the right size for one on the couch snuggled up watching tv.  But also the right size for sharing. (If I want to).  Filling out play forts.  Picnics in the grass. (which my 3 year old and I were doing before I took the photo)


Made from Chicopee and Amy Butler dots charm packs, plus a handful of stashed prints and solids (mostly Denyse Schmidt from JoAnn's, but some random konas and stuff I stashed long ago and have forgotten...)

But, my favorite part is the "back" of the quilt. 



Made exclusively from my scrap bins, I went with a super improv design.  If anyone ever doubts the value of crafting as therapy...just come talk to me.  I started this just before a stressful time, and this was the only way I could stay sane.  Somehow, being able to just create and not worry about color, pattern or layout was a super stress-reliever.

Quilted with a quick and easy cross hatch, bound in kona eggplant and a print from hope valley, this quilt is done! 

April 22, 2013

Superhero Stack!

The quilt I am working on currently is probably the one that has given me the most headache and indecisiveness than any other project.

The only criteria I was given to create this one was that it go with a superhero theme bedroom.  Thats it.  no specific superhero was named.

So i got to researching fabric for superhero quilts, and found mostly quilts made from big cuts of  novelty fabrics, which is so not my style.  And with me not being much of a novelty fabric person, and not wanting to reference a specific hero anyways, I decided to go with "superhero inspired".  but what does that mean?

After spending way too much time and money looking for the right fabric(I did end up with a small stack of fantastic stash fabric that might end up as a low-volume-ish quilt someday...) , I came up with this stack:

  

A little bit more superman than generic superhero colors, but I think I've finally got my stack!

I started with the bottom print - that will be the back.  That one gave me the most grief, its out of print, but I had to have it!  Several etsy and ebay sellers flaked out on me on that one piece of fabric, I almost gave up!   I tried to mostly match up with the stripe colors, but didnt add the really dark blue/black or greens to avoid it being too rainbow-y.  

The rest of the fabrics are mostly dots and solids, to reference the comic book half-tone printing...or something. 

Next step:  figure out what to make out this...ack!  It should turn out to be a bright cheerful quilt for a special baby boy!

April 11, 2013

Where I sew

I've been slowly working on improving my sewing workspace this year, and am finally in a place I think it will work well for me.  


Key things I had to work with for this:  try and keep my grandmothers desk, keep the shelving in place (taking down shelves and moving fabric is a pain!  and a total of $100 for new things.


My main problems was with quilting, and the drag that was created by shoving too much quilt over my tiny desktop.  So I went to Ikea's As-Is section and got a piece of wood to extend the tabletop. I decided I needed more storage in my room anyways, so I also got the bookcase to support the tabletop from the As-Is. 

(I may have an Ikea As-Is addiction...I've bought fabric, random knick-knacky things, wood pieces, and even that chair you see (and three others just like it!) from there.)

Anyways, I topped the extension table with a home-made pressing board, and voila.  sewing space that works for me instead of against me!  And total cost: $50 bucks.  Score!

I tested out the extension table by pulling out my chicopee quilt to be quilted, and it works like a charm! it really cuts down on me fighting the drag of the quilt, which makes quilting a lot more enjoyable!

Next up is making an actual design wall, instead of the (too small) piece of batting thumbtacked to the wall..

(the colored bins on top are my scrap bins, scraps are sorted by color into corresponding bins.  They're from Target, but that pattern isnt available anymore.  also, they have yet to sell an orange or yellow one, which makes me sad. and a little ocd that I dont have the right color for my orange and yellow scraps...)

April 4, 2013

Craftsy BOM March

Finally finished the March Blocks of the month...but like always, with modifications.


2012 on top 2013 on the bottom.

I'll be honest here, spiderweb blocks are not my favorite.  So when I saw that they were the focus of March 2012 blocks, I was hesitant.  I ended up abandoning the spiderweb block for a string block of my own making.  Its paper pieced instead of foundation pieced like the instructions I liked paper piecing the small strips, it helped keep everything straight and even!

2013's block threw me for a loop this month for sure.  I actually did try and draft my own block, but for whatever reason the numbers were not working out for me. So I just started with a center square (around 3 inches, I think) and figured I could always sash it to bring it to size.  I rather like how it turned out, even if I didnt piece the larger triangles like the instructions said.

I've got big plans for April sewing, a couple of finishes and a sample for a demo I'm teaching the NOVAMQG in May.  For now though, I am entering into the realms of soccer mom with my nearly 6 year old, so blogging may be few and far between.

Until next time.

March 26, 2013

March sure has been a busy month around here.  Between school, daylight savings, company and now spring break, it seems like something is always getting in the way of sewing!

Nevertheless, I have been sewing, if not blogging.  I'll have a photo post later this week of some of the things I've been working on.  I also added a list on the sidebar of projects I currently have in progress...some have been shown here, some have not.  I'm just trying to keep a list somewhere so some poor project doesn't get lost in the giant pile of UFO's and scraps that litter my office.

I'm hoping to get the list down to 5 by the end of the year, so we will see how that goes.  So far, three on the list are in the quilting stage, so that's good! (plus, I cant baste anything else because all my pins are in use..

Anyways, I'll be back later this week with March's Blocks of the Month (one very cool one too!) and a sneak peak at a really cool quilt I've been working feverishly on!

February 20, 2013

Stars and Tiny Patchwork

So the other day I did this:

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1 inch finished squares.  I'm nuts.  Why do I keep making these tiny patchwork?  Its sort of an addiction.

These are individually cut and pieced, but for the next couple blocks, I want to try Elizabeth Hartman's stamp collection block method.  For this one, I had wanted to try this technique but I also wanted to use scraps, which of course were nowhere near 3 inches in any direction.

Oh well.

There will be more of these blocks because I made this:

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I plan on mounting a bunch of different sizes of these to frames and hanging them in the boy's rooms.  They both love them!

It all started because Ben (three year old) told me he loves sleeping with the stars on his "star blanket" (the back of his quilt is made from one of Riley Blake's large star prints)  So I thought filling his walls with stars would be a fun way to keep stars in his room after he grows out of the star blanket...and of course, after seeing one, Elliot (five) wants stars in his room too.

The pieced/applique star block is from Fat Quarterly's Shape Workshop for Quilters book, which is fabulous.  I changed the sizes of it to suit myself, (and because I cannot for the life of me follow instructions as written!)

February 10, 2013

Craftsy Block of the Month 2



February's blocks of the month from Craftsy.  2013 on the left, 2012 on the right.

I did modify the 2013 block this month, making it slighty larger (9.5 vs 8.5)  so that it would fit in with my other blocks.  I've only made one so far because its not really my favorite of blocks.  I might make more at the end of the year if I need to fill in spaces though.  The partial seam construction was interesting to learn, but the method shown is not really conducive to using up scraps!

I'm not terribly fond of the 2012 block, we will see if it makes it into the final quilt.  I dont really know yet what feels off about it, maybe its just the colors are duller than what I'm going for in this thing?

who knows.

But I do know that I am having a blast doing these blocks and learning new techniques!

Stay tuned for next month - String blocks and more triangles!

January 27, 2013

Craftsy Block of the Month 1

One of the things I've been meaning to practice for awhile is accurate piecing techniques. That hasn't happened.  Who has time to practice?  I'm so much more of a jump right in kind of girl..if it works, awesome, if it doesn't, well, I'll use the messed up block for something else someday.

I'm sure I've improved just by doing my own thing, even looking through my past year of quilts has shown me that.  But I'm ready to move to the next level, whatever that is.

So I joined the Craftsy Block of the Month.  I plan on doing both 2012 and 2013 at the same time, with an personal goal of practicing accuracy and technique.

I'm doing both 2012 and 2013 so I can make a decent sized quilt, plus some of the blocks in both are not to my liking.  Some blocks will probably be altered a bit from the patterns, so they fit together better, but also because I am completely incapable of following directions.  Seriously.  Its bad.
























2013 on the left, 2012 on the right.  I didnt change much in the 2013 blocks, except I wasnt paying attention to ironing directions.  I ironed towards the center, and I should have ironed away from center.  2012 is a different story.  I shrunk the blocks to a 6in finished instead of 12in, and made the white strips 1/2 in finished instead of 2 or whatever it was.  I also had a hard time ironing the second set  of strips towards the dark, so the first set are ironed towards the dark and the second set towards the light.  I also decided to do two astericks instead of the wonky pound sign - not a fan.

 all 6 blocks use scrap bin whites (hopefully all konas, but some poly-cotton sheet bits may have snuck in...) I love the subtle shifts when using random whites!

I havent totally decided on a color scheme, but am leaning towards grey and/or white + a different bright color per block.  Some may be scrappier than others, but it will all be sewn from stash and scraps. (except perhaps I may need to buy more whites...)

Hopefully it will all come together in the end.


January 26, 2013

I feel like I'm busting out the quilty projects like whoa lateley...

I needed something creative to do this past week to let off some steam  (raising two energetic boys is hard, man!)

So I pulled out some wonky star blocks that have been sitting in a UFO bin forever.  They're not my oldest UFO, but close.  I'm thinking of making them into a wall hanging for my bedroom...headboard style!

Yeah.  I dont have a headboard.  Or anything on my walls.  At least we got the room painted shortly after we bought the place.

It was purple.  Plum even.  the ceiling too.  and doors. and pipe under the sink.  and who has a sink in the bedroom?  (I'ts oddly handy, by the way.)

Anyways.  Quilted things.

The wonky stars are scrappy pieced, including the white around them.  I'll fill in the rest of the quilt with more scrappy neutrals. (I'm planning on adding some more neutrals, and they look more diverse in person too.)



I'm totally digging the scrappy look lately...its so much fun to just veg out and not really care about fabric choices.  The scrappy log cabin bits you see above the stars are my couch pillows that need finishing.  Someday.  At least I got them pieced and quilted...

Baby steps.


January 16, 2013

I got a Nook for Christmas this year!  I've been reading so much the past couple of weeks, its not funny.  But it was about time to get a case on the thing, and I had a hard time finding a case that was comfortable to hold and cute too. 

So I made one.



 I used this pattern from Jennie at cloverandviolet.com I found some orphan chevron strings and quilted it up with a canvas back for the cover.



I used this Cloud 9 organic for the inside, and modified the pattern to use fabric triangles to hold the Nook instead of elastic (mostly because I couldn't find any elastic in my drawers...)  I probably should have made the triangles a little smaller, but I haven't had any issues with readability in the corners yet.  I'm also not fond of seeing the canvas between the pockets, so I may stitch in a patch down the middle.


The full outer cover, bound in Kona Navy.  I still need to figure out a closure for it, I'm thinking some sort of magnetic snap.  I'm not terribly fond of Velcro. 

It was a really quick project, especially with using orphan blocks for the cover.  It is sturdy, and should protect my Nook for awhile.

January 11, 2013

First project of 2013 is underway!


My couch is in dire need of help, so I'm making up some new pillows!  this one is 21" square, and entirely made of scraps! (two birds with one stone! yay!)

I simply took handfuls of scraps from each color basket, mixed them up into a brown paper bag, and told myself I'd use whatever piece I pulled out.  No thinking, no placing fabrics just so, just pure randomness.  I rather love it.  There is something almost magical about super-scrappy quilts...I almost want a whole quilt like this!

I did this one as a Quilt as you go (QAYG) project, so each log cabin block is pieced and quilted at the same time.  So quick!  

For kicks, the back.  I wasn't terribly concerened about being neat, being that its a pillow and this side wont be seen.  I didnt attach the blocks together in any standard QAYG method, I just treated them like regular unquilted blocks.

Oh, but I did sew down the seam allowances so they'd lay flatter on the pillowform.  the stich lines blend in with the quilting on the front - hardly noticeable.


I cant wait to get a form and finish up this and a couple more pillows for the couch...my back will be thankful!

January 9, 2013

Another year gone, another begun.

2012 was an interesting year, for sure.  I didnt get as much sewing done as I would have liked, it seemed 2012 was a year of huge indecision and procrastination. Quilting got pushed aside as I explored other crafts, like soft toy design (which I still play with, but dont share much about on the blog) and dabbled back into knitting, drawing and painting.

Final quilt of 2012:


 20x20 mini quilt; used the Garden Fence pattern found here.  Its hard to tell, but several of the fabrics are glittery, which caused all sorts of grief in my sewing machine.  Backing is same as the binding, and also glittery.  so much glitter!

So far, 2013 has been pretty horrible, I've spent most the first week with the flu!  But onwards!  I have high hopes for 2013, as we all do at the beginning of the new year.  2013 will be the year of creation, of finishing projects, and starting new ones. 

I have plans for some really cool quilts this year, one of which may be entered into a show.  I hope to sew a little more for myself this year, my house needs some cozying.