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.