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

Friday, September 11, 2015

Dog Gone Cute Block

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.

Until later, happy sewing!
Jamie

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Pink Pinwheel Quilt Top

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'm linking it up:

     Sew Fresh Quilts    WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Until later, happy sewing!
Jamie

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Pink pinwheels

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!


Until later, happy sewing!
Jamie

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pinwheel blocks

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!

Until later, happy sewing!
Jamie