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!
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!
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!
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!
So I've been eyeing the Dog Gone Cute Quilt Along over at Sew Fresh Quilts for the past couple weeks since she announced it. I kind of wanted to make a quilt, but I have a lot going on and didn't know if I wanted to commit to a whole quilt along. So I decided to try a block out.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous when I looked at the first block tutorials she posted! I'm a pretty proficient sewer, but I'm still new to complicated quilt blocks and those seemed a little intimidating. But I eventually took the leap and got one done. And they were really fun to make. It was easier than I thought, and I liked learning how to construct the pieces.
I'm pretty happy with the way it came out. It was a little mismatched in the nose, so I have a 1/2" seam allowance in there to fix it...shhhh! :) That extra seam allowance makes it a 11.5" block now...not sure if they were supposed to be a full 12". I knew I was making the "big block" but for some reason it was bigger than I expected. I might try the little guy next. If I don't end up using this for a quilt, I was thinking about making it into a pillow.
The only thing is that I don't think I want to use such a dark patterned fabric if I'm doing to do a black background...definitely not enough contrast. I'll probably try a few more with some hot pink/black/white fabrics from my stash and see how it turns out. Not sure who I'd give it to yet though! I'm thinking maybe my friend Mary's 4 year old daughter since I'm making the new baby a quilt.
Good news...those dark spots on my fabric that I found yesterday came out!!! I'm so excited because I was sure they weren't. So, I was able to stitch up the quilt top. Here it is:
The lighting in my craft room was kind of crappy (plus the quilt top blended in with the carpet), so I took a few more up close.
I love the colors together, but man did that dark green really make that light green pop! It looks WAY brighter than I thought it would. So my next step on this one is to quilt it, but it's probably going to be a couple weeks before I get to because I have a lot of projects in the works. Plus, I'm not the most skilled at the quilting part, so I'm not sure what I want to do with it yet.
All in all, I'm pretty happy the way that my first pinwheel project turned out, especially since I didn't really have a plan when I started. :)
I started on some pinwheel blocks the other day. I finished the 4 yellow pinwheels that I had already cut in addition to the 4 pink ones I made, but I just didn't love the yellow and the pink ones together for one quilt.
Then I found some fabric in my stash that would I thought look great with the pink pinwheels, so I chose some green and lime green fabric to accent them with. For some reason they look neon green in this photo, but they aren't that bright in person!
So I ended up making 8 more pinwheels and then putting the green borders around them. So now I have twelve 9.5" blocks. I decided that I am going to use these for a baby gift for my friend Mary.
I was originally thinking about a simple layout like this:
BUT... then I discovered dark stains on my multicolored fabric (you can actually see it in the pics above). I think it came from washing it with another fabric. UGH! I hate when that happens! So now I may have to rethink what I'm going to do because I might not have enough of that fabric. I'm rewashing the fabric now, but I doubt it will help. Back to the drawing board...
Anyway, I thought I'd show everyone my helper Gully...he's great getting in my way when I'm moving around my craft room. But he's too cute to be mad at!
I've been an ADD sewist lately and obsessed with quilting. I've done a few quilts in the past but nothing more elaborate than squares and bricks. I saw this post by Pat Sloan and totally wanted to make one of these blocks.
But when it came down to it, I just couldn't decide what fabrics to use...especially for the middle section. So, I had several of these half square triangle blocks and decided to do a pinwheel quilt instead. So here are my first 4 blocks.
I'm going to use yellow to do the next set of blocks. Then who knows! I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. I have a friend having a baby this month, but I'm not sure if I'm going to do another project for her yet.
I'm posting this to A Lovely Year of Finishes over at Fiber of All Sorts. I'm determined to get this project done in September...quilting and all!
My first 2015 holiday decorations are officially done! This is my patchwork pumpkin wall art.
We moved into our house last summer, and I haven't done much decoration in general...let alone any holiday decorations. In fact, we were gone for Christmas last year, and I didn't put up many decorations in 2014 other than a few Halloween ones which were mostly outside.
I really wanted to do some fall decor this year, so I decided that my entry way was going to get tackled first. I saw this and table runner pattern and was inspired:
I decided that I wanted to make some patchwork pumpkin wall hangings. So, I found an outline of a pumpkin and printed it out. Then I used some 2.5" squares in orange to form a large enough piece of patchwork to cut out my pumpkin applique. I backed the applique with Steam-a seam and then ironed that applique onto some linen. I then stitched around the edges with some zig-zags, then stretched it on some stretcher bars on top of some batting.
I didn't take any pictures of the steps of my process...sorry! But I found this blog post by Connecting Threads that basically did the same thing.
Actually I made two of them to go around our photo wall. Here they are in my entry way...
I'm happy with the way they came out, although I feel like I probably could have quilted them and put in a little more embellishment to jazz them up. Oh well! I was really just trying to get this project done though so I could move onto the next one! Maybe next year I'll do a little something more with them, but I'm good for this year.
When Christmas rolls around I'm going to put some new wall hangings in this area anyway.
Until later, happy crafting! Jamie <a href="http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/14401467/?claim=s2dvzcng2pp">Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>