Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Almost Done With My Name Game

So this weekend I have solely worked on my Name Game Mini. I was having trouble coming up with the initial idea, but once I made by ruler dresdens the rest came naturally. My partner has more of a traditional style and like applique, hence the dresdens. I wanted to make it bright but not too modern so that it would still fit her style, or what I think her style is, haha.

This is what I started with:
Name Game Swap Teaser

This is a peek of what I did with the dresdens:

This is a peek of the name, I hand embroidered it:

All I have left to do is the quilting of it. I think I am going to hand quilt it, very simply, just to highlight the shape of the dresdens and the name. I hope to finish it byt the weekend so I can send it off and show the whole thing to you next week!

Linking up to Take Your Time Tuesday!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Small Starts and Finishes

So I have one finish for the week:

This is the block for the Pizza Box Exchange that we are doing through one of my local guilds. Everyone puts a pattern of their choice and some fabrics in a pizza box and they get rotated at each guild meeting and when you get your pizza box back it has 12 of your blocks that you wanted. Pretty cool. This one went together pretty quickly, first churn dash block I've done as well.

Pizza box swap block

What I am really excited about today is my Name Game Swap Project. I have been beating around ideas and finally think I figured one out. I can't reveal too much, but this is the teaser I posted in the group.

Name Game Swap Teaser

I LOVE IT. I hope my partner does too. I hope to see a positive comment from her in the group, if not, I might have to change directions, aka just keep it for myself.

Linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I Tried Something New.

I know this is going to be hard to believe, but I have made quilts, bags, pouches, I embroider, knit, etc... BUT I had NEVER made a pillow until the other day. Shocking. Usually that's one of the first things someone does but I don't know, I've just never gotten around to it.

The motivation came when thinking of what to do for my boyfriend's birthday. He loves the NY Giants and he loves the University of Tennessee, the latter of which is hard for me to accept because I'm a University of Texas Alum, aka the "real" UT. Just to make that clear.

I put the loyalty aside and took one for his team and decided to make him a Tennessee pillow. I had to make sure it was the obnoxious orange, and some fabrics I picked up at the Houston International Quilt Festival worked perfectly.

What's cool about these fabrics is that they were printed in Africa! I thought the prints were masculine enough to be okay for a guy.

After a brainstorm session, this is what I came up with:

Tennessee Pillow

I machine appliqued the T to a Kona White background and bordered it with scraps left over from the T.

Tennessee Pillow Detail

Tennessee Pillow Detail

And for the back I went with an envelope closing, again tying in this obnoxious orange.

Tennessee Pillow Back

He ended up really liking it and it's front and center on the chair in his living room. I think that'll do for a first try pillow! This will definitely not be my last pillow, I'll have to keep this new thing going!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

W.I.P. Wednesday 1/25/12

I have two major projects in the works. My Chain Link and my Swoon. I am about half way through my chain link and am just waiting to sew together my first Swoon block.

Chain Link
Chain Link - In Progress

First Swoon Block
Swoon Block 1 - In Progress

I am also doing a couple of swaps this month. Hoop Up, which involves embroidery, and Name Game where we make a mini w our partners name or blog name. Here are my inspiration mosaics for each:

Hoop Up
Hoop Up Swap Inspiration

Name Game
Name Game Swap Mosaic

Linking up W.I.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Made By Me at
JAQS Studio!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Swoonin' Tuesday

So this weekend I picked out the fabrics I wanted to use for my Swoon. The plan is to use it as my bedroom quilt and the colors are brown beige and robins egg blue. These are the fabrics I chose:

Swoon Fabric Choices

This is the first trial with the fabrics. I think I want to pull someone more of the print in. Just need to figure out where and what I need to cut to do that.

Swoon Block 1 - In Progress

More Swooning to come!

Linking up to Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Chain Link Monotony

I've been working on a quilt from Link From the 30's for a couple of weeks now. It caught my eye because even though it's a 1930's design, it looks very modern. I have been chain piecing the heck out of this thing. I HATE CHAIN PIECING. It saves so much time and thread but man it is boring.

In order to get through it I have been breaking it up into sections of colors. Once I get through a stack I am allowed to do something I want to do, whether it be switching to ironing or working on another project, or browsing the web. This seemed to work really well for me. Gives me motivation to get through the monotony of chain piecing.

I am on the last step of construction of the blocks and about halfway through finishing the blocks. It's going to be about a full size quilt, I'm thinking of really bumping up the borders and making it a queen for the guest bedroom.

Here's one up close:
Chain Link Block

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations
Sew Happy Geek

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Trying New Things

I am in the Beejeebers Bee this year and we were asked to make a wonky tree, a wonky house, or a wonky log cabin block. Since I did a wonky tree for the Stash Bee this month and a wonky log cabin for Sew Bee Joyful in November, I decided to push my limits and go for the house.

This was my first self designed paper pieced pattern and I have to admit it was completely and utterly improvised and involved heavy use of my seam ripper. :) I was worried there were too many seams but my fellow beemates said it was fine and so I decided to press forward. I added some hand detail to give it some interest since my strength isn't in the whole paper piecing thing. :)

BeeJeebers 2012 - January Block for Jamie

I also made a siggy block to go along with it:

BeeJeebers 2012 - January Siggy Block for Jamie

Here they are together, I hope Jamie likes them!

BeeJeebers 2012 - January Block and Siggy Block for Jamie

I also decided to purchase my birthday present to myself early. Joann's had the Accuquilt Go! Cutter on sale for $199 and I just got a gift certificate for $40 from a family friend so with all of that + tax it came to $176. The regular price is $349 so I think I go a pretty good deal!! I have cut just a few pieces on it but I am really waiting to do Drunkard's path and Isosceles Triangles on this baby! (P.S. it's not a baby, I got the big mama version!) More to come on this adventure soon!

Linking up with Melissa at Happy Quilting for T.N.T. Thursdays!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I'm Taking My Time

This past week I got a good amount of hand quilting done. I'm currently hand quilting 2 quilts, one for my Best Friend for her wedding in March (I've already told her to expect it as a belated present due to the huge amounts of hand quilting I'm doing on that baby). I'm doing another for a friend from college that was an Art major, that plays off the work she did in school, dealing with proportions.

Here's some of the detail of the wedding quilt, I am quilting it with size 5 pearl cotton in off white. I can't show too much because she follow the blog..

Here is the base quilting that I finished this past week:
The Wedding Quilt Hand Quilting

Here is some of the extra starburst detail I'm adding within each of the base quilting negative areas:

I still have a couple of months left on this one.

The other quilt is solids quilted with opposite color pearl cotton as well. I learned that next time I need to scoot a little more than 1/4 in off the seam allowance because I'm right on and quilting through all of that bulk is not very fun.

Proportion Quilt Hand Quilting

And what it looks like after my dog has decided to lay all over it.. My fault for leaving it on the bed.

Linking up to Take Your Time Tuesday at So Happy to Sew!

My Geese are Flying!

So I recently bought the Fon's & Porter Flying Geese Ruler after hearing a really good review on it and so today I tried it out. It is as good as the review said it was. Everything fit perfectly together and from cut to finish of 24 individual flying geese blocks, probably 30 minutes total and all of them turned out well. I used Kona Ash and a Plum Purple.

The issue I'm now having is what I want the layout for this mini to be. I know I want to hand quilt it in the grey negative space with plum pearl cotton but I don't know how I want to orient the blocks.

Here are some of the layouts I've been toying with and I need your help to decide which one to do. Please leave a comment on which layout you like best and I'll make the one with the most "votes". Also if you know of a different way to lay them out that you think would look better, let me know, these are my first geese so I'm open to anything.

Layout 1 (Diamonds)

Layout 2 (Cross Directional Arrows)

Layout 3 (Alternating Directions)

Layout 4 (Diamonds and Arrows)

Layout 5 (All one way)

Layout 6 (Centered Diamonds)

Layout 7 (Hourglasses)

Help! What should I do?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Makeup Bag

So I had bookmarked Keyka Lou's Dumpling Zip Pouch Tutorial several weeks ago and after visiting a local quilt shop this morning decided to turn some of my findings into a makeup pouch for myself.

Some of my loot:

Here is the Dumpling Pouch I made today. From cutting to finishing touches it took less than 30 minutes. I could whip up a whole slew of these things..

And the inside:

Linking up to Sew Happy Geek's Manic Monday!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Finish It Up Friday

I've been doing some embroidery work lately. I really enjoy how well embroidery projects travel and how quick they are to work on and put away to fill that time throughout the day that would be wasted otherwise. I started a set of owls a couple of months ago and just recently picked them back up again.

This was my first one:

I then added another..

And then my dogs decided to drag the bag with my hand work and everything in it all over the back yard. I was able to salvage most of it except for the hoop. A few holes in the first piece, but I can do patchwork around the edges and make it work, don't you think?

I have finished 2 pieces and started my third today. I think I have 7 total. Might have to do my own design to make it an even number. I'm trying to decide what to make with them though, any ideas?

I also wanted to feel like I actually did something start to finished so I decided to make a new case for my iPad, using City House Studio's iPad Case Tutorial. I used some Michael Miller fabric I bought at the Houston Quilt Festival and am very happy with the way it turned out!

I feel like I might be making a few more as gifts. ;)

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilt's Finish it up Friday!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bee Block Progress

Finished the hand stitching on Sunni's block:

I wanted to add some hand detail so I stitched around the trunk and tree and then put I <3 SB for Stash Bee but then when I went to mail it today I realized Sunnis last name also starts with a B! What a coincidence! Meant to bee, (get it?) I also did a siggy block for Sunni:

I also included some scraps with the package to incorporate into the quilt. So I mailed that on off but I also mailed off all of my 3x6 Bee blocks today!! I should also be receiving some in the mail soon as well. Everyone else is starting to get some but I haven't gotten any yet.. :'( Bees left to do: - Beejeebers (wonky house or tree) - Name Game Swap (partners noot received yet) - 4x5 bee (hives not assigned yet) Linking up to Kristen at Sew Happy to Sew for Take Your Time Tuesdays!
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