Monday, May 23, 2016

Baby Boy Dino Quilt

My friend at work is having a baby, so I really wanted to make her something sweet for the shower coming up. I challenged myself to only use fabric out my stash.

I picked out this cute dino fabric since the baby is a boy, but the only fabrics I could find to pair with it were these 4 solids. I don't generally sew a lot with solids. Nothing against them...I just don't have a lot of experience with them. I have to admit it made me a little nervous.


I decided to use my Sizzix 4.5" tumbler die. I love that it cut quickly and sewed together quickly too!

 



It ended up about 39" square. I figured it would be good as a quilt or even a play mat.


For the back, I didn't have enough dino fabric left, so I used what I could and put some borders around it. I find that I do well with really wide borders around the edge that don't make it so obvious if the back isn't perfectly centered. 


I really like how the wavy organic lines like I used in my little sister's quilt accentuated the tumblers and helped to break up the solids.


I'm really pleased about how this came out, and I can't wait to give it to her! I will definitely try my hands at a solid quilt one day when I get through a little more of my stash!

Until later, happy sewing!
Jamie

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UPDATE: 5/28

Yesterday we had the baby shower, and my friend absolutely loved the quilt! I was so excited to give it to her all week...I was tempted to bring it in earlier in the week, but I held out. This morning she posted the sweetest Facebook post about it, saying how much she appreciated it. 

THIS is why we quilt! Just knowing how much this quilt will be loved is what keeps us giving our materials, our time, and our effort to make things for people we care about. I just wanted to share that! :)





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Thursday, April 28, 2016

My little sister's gift quilt and my first organic wavy line quilting

My little (half) sister is turning 14 tomorrow and in lieu of the normal gift card to Michael's I get her to fun her jewelry-making habit, I decided to make her a quilt. Her mom suggested something orange, but it's REALLY hard to find a bunch of orange fabric that is cute. So I found a pattern that had navy, coral, mint, and grey colors that I think a teenager would like.
I started it about a month ago, and had I not been so indecisive, I could have definitely finished it in a couple of weeks. One issue I had to work around was the fact that I didn't buy enough of the navy floral fabric to totally cover the back. So I ended up with these arrows as the back. Now I'm really glad I did it like this because it's kind of a double sided quilt now!
I'm still not in love with the quilting portion of quilting (I love sewing the tops the most), but I LOOOOOOVE Lorna's organic wavy lines that she uses for quilting over at Sew Fresh Quilts so I decided to finally try them. I think they came out really good. I even did legit binding this time (I kind of did cheater binding before) and realized it's not so bad at all!
I'm pretty proud of this quilt! I got it in the mail today, so it'll be a couple days late. Not as late as the baby quilt for the baby born last September that I still haven't given my friend. Whoops!





I really wanted to take some fancy pictures outside, but time was of the essence to get it in the mail after I finished it last night. So, I made my coworker hold it up in my hallway at school before I dropped it in the mail.
I did cut everything in the quilt (except the fat 12" border around the arrows) with the Sizzix Fabi that I won back in October! I've been kind of crazy buying dies lately so it felt good to use them! I used these: 2.5" strip die, 3.5" strip die, 4.5" strip die, and the 4.5" HST die.

I also got a chance to use my new 4'x8' design wall for the first time! I just took pieces of wood to make a frame and wrapped it in batting and cream colored flannel that matched my wall. I love that it blends into the wall!




The funny part was that my husband asked me if I used any fabric in my actual stash for this. Hahahaha...OF COURSE NOT!

Until later, happy sewing!
Jamie

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Baby quilt...DONE! Big sister quilt...started.

I knew I've taken a little break from blogging, but I didn't realize it was a whole 6 months! Wow...the time flies!

I'm an ADD crafter and honestly I've been obsessed with my new Silhouette Cameo for the past 6 months. Now that the thrill of that is worn off a little, I decided to do some sewing again.

I actually started planning this quilt in August because my friend Mary's baby was due in September. I last blogged about it when I finished the top in October here. It sat and sat for a while. My husband kept asking me when I was going to finish it since it was supposed to be a gift from us. I had a bunch of other projects I wanted to start, but I was good and buckled down and got it done (plus I didn't want him to give me any more crap about it!). So here it is:







I think it took me so long because I couldn't decide what I wanted to do for the quilting part. It's not my strong suit, mainly because I just haven't practiced a lot. And of course I could have taken better pictures, but hey...it's done!

So the baby quilt is all ready to go, however I feel awkward giving the baby a gift to the baby and not something for the 5 year old sister, so I'm working on a quilt for her too. This is it so far:



I had to put this on hold though to work on a project for my little sister's birthday. I like how it's coming out so far though!

Until later, happy sewing!
Jamie

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Baby Quilt WIP

I just finished stitching up the top to this baby quilt the other night for my friend Mary's new baby. I'm LOVING how it came out. The rectangles and white sashing make it look very contemporary.


You can see the wood frame for my design wall above it. One day I'll finish that! :) The backing is the owl fabric and I think I'm going with a pink binding.



I'm hoping to be done quilting this next week. I was going to give the baby the pink pinwheel quilt (that I still haven't quilted), but I think I might give that one to Mary's older (4 year old) daughter. We'll see...maybe I'll change my mind and she'll get a rectangle quilt too!

Until later, happy sewing!
Jamie

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A new toy and a fall project WIP

First of all, I won a Sixxix Fabi!!! I'm so excited! I entered the one of the Sizzix blog giveaways last month and I actually won...yeah...ME! I've never won anything from a blog contest before!!!

I got a Fabi and the large doll die with it. I've never made a doll before, so I will have to figure it out...but appliques here I come!

Anyway, my goal has been to make things to decorate for the upcoming holidays (I did these pumpkins already), so I've been planning to make a fall table runner with some leaf appliques. A few weeks ago, I found some leaf outlines online that I wanted and even printed them out. Then I won the Fabi, which I knew would be perfect for this project. Who needs to cut when I can die cut! So I found a Sizzix die that had leaves (so many to choose from!) and ordered it for $12 on Amazon...not bad!



I bought several different color of batik type solids that were fall-ish leaf colors and used a few colors that I already had in my stash. Here's what the top looks like:




The design was super simple - linen for the main body and a leaf pattern border. I made the size to fit my hall table. Most of the work was deciding on how many appliques I wanted to use and where to put them. All the leaves were from my Fabi die and then I decided to cut out a few acorns by hand. I was worried at first that with only 3 different shapes that there would not be enough variety, but I cut out the 3 shapes in 6 different colors and it worked out just fine.

I still have to quilt it, but I'm really happy with the way it came out! I'm trying to decide now if I want to do make another one for our entertainment center and the dining table or if I want to do another pattern. Decisions, decisions!

I can't wait to buy some more Sizzix dies! Plus they will be at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this month, so I'm excited about stopping by their booth!

Until later, happy sewing!
Jamie


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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Curtains...finally!

I had this great idea a couple of months ago to do some faux roman shades out of burlap. I finished the large one in the center and for some reason didn't love it. So my motivation was waning, but FINALLY I sat down today and finished the smaller two!

Not sure how I feel about them, but they are done!!! The lighting wasn't fabulous in here so the pictures aren't great.




I'll leave them up until I finish everything else and decide I want something different. Another craft room project ticked off the list!

Until later, happy sewing!
Jamie

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ironing Station

My ironing board has been annoying me lately. Not only is it one of the standard skinny ones, but it has recently developed a bulge so it isn't flat anymore. I thought about building something out of wood so I could have a nice wide top to iron a half yard of fabric at one time. I'm super handy and like building stuff in addition to sewing, however I wasn't feeling a woodworking project right now. 

When my husband and I were cleaning out the garage this past weekend, I realized I already had something that would work! I had this 2'x4' plastic folding table that had seen better days. It is one of those that you can adjust the height on, so I put it at the tallest setting, making it around 34". Perfect ironing height!!!


I added 2" foam and a bunch of layers of batting (including thermal batting you use for potholders) and topped it with some natural colored canvas I already had.


After contemplating how to sew this mass of stuff on on...I decided to strap it onto the table from underneath using an abundance of mitten clips and elastic I had been hoarding. Yay for using my craft stash!


Then I pulled out some Better Homes and Garden home decor fabric I also already had. 


And viola! An awesome new ironing station for around $15! I only had to buy the thermal batting and a little bit of cotton batting.


It is PERFECT and fits my IKEA rolling unit with flat drawers. Plus, I have room for my silhouette and a few bolts of interfacing on the sides inside the legs. I used it tonight to sew some burp cloth baby gifts for some coworkers, and it works great!


I can't wait to use it more!

Until later, happy sewing!
Jamie