Wednesday, March 28, 2012

W.I.P. Wednesday 3/28/12

So I have cleaned up most of my UFOs and am ready to start some new projects! The first one is a Sparkle Punch Baby Quilt, made in Ruby, for my college coach's baby, expected this summer. I have been wanting to make this quilt since I saw the Quilt Along several months ago and now is as good of time as any!

Sparkle Punch Baby Quilt - in progress

I bought a Ruby layer cake when a LQS was going out of business and I love it but I personally have seen too much of it in blogland so I realized I needed to use it in something I am giving away. I really love the brightness of the colors and how they are popping off the white background!

I also have been meaning to make a camera strap for the longest time, so I finally made one this weekend using LBG Studio's Camera Strap Tutorial. I really like this one because it has a lens cap pocket and I never know what to do with that thing when I take it off!

Camera Strap Closeup

I used some of my Malka Dubrawsky line, plus now I can spot my camera from across the room.

Finally I made a phone sleeve for the boy. He just got a new job and now has 4 phones, it's ridiculous. This is a sleeve for his business one so he can tell the difference when multiple phones are in his pocket. I tried to make it look manly...

Phone Sleeve

I'm working on some other stuff that I'll show you this week! Thanks for visiting!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

My First FMQ!!!

So I have tested my FMQ skills on lots of test sandwiches and even have completed about half of a queen sized donation quilt, but I have never trusted myself enough to actually FMQ a quilt that I truly love. Until now.

This quilt is made out of Joel Dewberry's Heirloom collection. I bought a couple of yards as soon as it came out, I LOVE this collection! I tried to go to sleep that night but couldn't, so I went up to my sewing room about 1:30a and cut out and "designed" this quilt. I say that loosely because I did not follow any pattern or see anything like it before, but after I made it I saw several that were similar, so I'm not going to infringe on their design, but I swear I came up with it on my own!

When I was deciding how to quilt it and had gotten the nerve up to actually FMQ it, I realized I hated the way stippling looks, sorry if it's your favorite but I just don't like it. I'm a loopy kind of girl. So that's what I went with.

I did meandering loops all over the center and then loopy lines on the borders. I had a couple of mishaps, but this was my worst one, not too bad, just set me back about 15 minutes.
Quilting Mishap

Overall it took me probably about 2 hours to quilt this lap sized quilt. I love how quickly you can finish one doing it this way!! I love hand quilting but as I have been hand quilting my best friend's wedding quilt for about 6 months now, and the wedding has already passed and I'm still not done, I can see the benefits of machine quilting.
Another Close Up of Laura's Quilt

Here's a close up of the quilting that I did.
Laura's Quilt Close Up

And here is the finished quilt! This will be for one of my best friend's from college who is getting married this weekend. It is in the washer now and when it gets out I will embroider the To:/From:. Oops I forgot to do that before..
Laura's Quilt

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Some Progress

So I am officially done with all of my bee blocks for March. I have yet to mail everything off so I literally have a suitcase worth of stuff to take to the post office tomorrow.

Here are my 2 blocks for the Sew Bee Joyful Bee for Jenna. She sent us the fabric and let us decide what to do with it. I decided to do two of the blocks out of my Modern Blocks Book.

The first one I did was the ____ block.
BeeJeebers - March 2012

The next one I did was the ___ block.

BeeJeebers - March 2012

I have also been working on my first FMQ experience. Luckily I have completed the quilting process and it wasn't near as bad as I thought it would be! Only one mishap.

Quilting Mishap

I will show you the finished product once I finish up the binding. That's my favorite part!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Man, a lot has happened since my last post! My best friend's wedding was this past weekend and I was the Maid of Honor so I've been busy helping her especially the last couple of months, and the last week was dedicated to the wedding. It went off without a hitch and they are at Lake Tahoe on their honeymoon as I type.

Quilting wise, I have been doing a lot of things in my spare bits of time because I know how much I have to do in March and I have another Bachelorette party next weekend out of town and then the wedding, again out of town the weekend after that. But...I am doing really well! I just need to go to the post office. :)

3x6 Bee Blocks
Beejeebers Block
Stash Bee Block
Cutting 5 yd Rainbow Swap fabric

Almost done:
Wild Olive Stitch Swap
Hoop Up Swap Piece #2

Need to do:
Sew Bee Joyful Block
Rainbow Swap #2 cut fabric

But look at what I've done! This is the March block for Ursula for Beejeebers. She wanted us to use 48 different fabrics and I achieved that! I love this block and I'm sort of jealous that I can't use the same block for my month.
March Beejeebers Block

And the back(I pressed open because of the bulk and I think the back is almost as pretty as the front!)
Back of Mar. Beejeebers Block

I also received my Name Game Swap Mini from Lainey this past week! How awesome is this??
Name Game Swap
Name Game Swap Close Up

I absolutely love it. It is completely me and I am so happy that I was able to be a part of this swap! I have some more to tell you, but I will save it for another post. Thanks for stopping by!
Fresh Poppy Design

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

W.I.P. Wednesday

At my last guild meeting I learned about leader enders. I had no idea what they were or how they worked, but I did some research and it's a really cool idea. You cut up squares or any shape and sew two together at the beginning and end of any seam that you are working on to ensure that your fabric doesn't get caught in the feed dogs.

The awesome thing is that you don't even realize you are doing it after awhile and you are making progress on another project at the same time you are working on your current one. I bought a 2in square die for my accuquilt this weekend and went about cutting hundreds of squares so that I could start my own leader/ender project.

This is what I had after about an hour of sewing. I have about 4 times that now, after only one day!!
Leader Ender Project Progress

Raccoon Creek Quilts is also having a leader ender challenge this month, so join in here if you are interested!

My quilt guild also is doing a Pizza Box challenge. Each month we get a box with a block we need to make, and at the end we get our own box back with 12 blocks made by 12 different people. This month was a paper pieced block. I was doing so well at paper piecing back in the summer and was becoming fearless, but I had a really big oops block and it scared me and haven't paper pieced since.

With all the awesome paper piecing quilt alongs going on that I am dying to join but too scared to, this was the perfect way to force me into it again. This is what the quilt will look like:
Karen's Pizza Box

And here is my block. She asked for us to do the "C" shape, following the lights/darks in the picture.
Quilt Guild Pizza Box Feb.

I also am working on an iPad cover tutorial. I made a test one yesterday and it came up about 1/2in too short, so I have made the adjustments and hopefully will make it tomorrow and get the tutorial up some time next week.

iPad cover trial
Linking up to:
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

This Weekend

This weekend I got a lot of stuff accomplished. The biggest accomplishment was doing all of my 3x6 Bee blocks.
3x6 Bee Q1 2012 - Hive 5
I am really happy with how the turned out. I had an assembly line thing going on so it probably took me about 6 hours from cutting to finishing all of them.

Jkae1989 (Jodi)
3x6 Bee Q1 2012 - jkae1989
Kritta22 (Krista)
3x6 Bee Q1 2012 - Kritta22
Melly314 (Melissa)
3x6 Bee Q1 2012 - Melly314
TheNewMrs2011 (Mallory)
3x6 Bee Q1 2012 - TheNewMrs2011
TinkingAlong (Lynne)
3x6 Bee Q1 2012 - TinkingAlong
MadewLove (Marta)
3x6 Bee Q1 2012 - madewlove

I also finished my We Bee Modern Too Block for March. Doing things early this month!
We Bee Modern Too March Block + Siggy
This block probably took 15 minutes from cutting to finish. One of the easiest blocks ever. It's Boxed In from the Modern Blocks book.

I also baked some this weekend. I made Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. Mmmmm....
Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies - Inside
Mike, the boyfriend, also sewed this weekend. I have been churning out Danni's Box Pouches in the last week. They are so useful and cute!! I had originally made one for Mike but it was too small for what he needed it for so we took another trip to JoAnn's and he picked out some more fabric and suggested that he try to make it himself this time.

This is a pretty easy pattern so I was all for it. He did so well. I cut the pieces, he put it all together, EVEN QUILTED IT! I helped a little bit with the zipper, but other than that he did it all by himself.. :)
Mike Sewing Pouch
Mike's Pouch
Mike's Pouch Outside
Mike's Pouch Lining
I think he did pretty darn well.

I have some more stuff I did over the weekend but I will save that for later on this week. Linking up to:
Fresh Poppy Design

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Snap Pouch Tutorial

The other day I made a snap pouch for one of my Hoop Up Swap partners and got a tremendous response on it. Because I created the pattern myself I figured I would make a tutorial to show you how to make one for yourself.

Snap Pouch Tutorial
Snap Pouch Angle

Outside :
1 rectangle 6in x 8.5in
2 coordinating strips 1.5in x 6in
(you can also piece this any way you want, as long as it is 10.25in x 6in when finished)

1 rectangle 6in x 8.5in
2 coordinating strips 1.5in x 6in
(you can also piece this any way you want, as long as it is 10.25in x 6in when finished)
1 piece of batting 10.25in x 6in

A snap

A button
Snap Pouch Tutorial Materials
The first thing you do is lay out the outside pieces in the way you want them to be pieced together.
1.5in x 6in outside coordinating piece
8.5in x 6in outside main piece
1.5in x 6in outside coordinating piece

Snap Pouch Tutorial Outside Layout
Next, you sew right sides together, the coordinating 1.5in x 6in pieces on each 6in end of your main outside piece.
Snap Pouch Tutorial Sewing Outside
After you have sewn both pieces on, press towards the outside, like this:
Snap Pouch Tutorial Outside Press
Next, you repeat those steps for the lining piece. Lay it out, sew the coordinating pieces to each 6in end, and press to the outside.
Snap Pouch Tutorial Lining Layout
Snap Pouch Tutorial Sewing Lining
Snap Pouch Tutorial Lining Press
You should end up with two pieces that look like this:
Snap Pouch Tutorial Outside
Snap Pouch Tutorial Lining
Now we will quilt the outside piece. I spray basted my outside piece to my batting, you can also pin if you want.
Snap Pouch Tutorial Basting
After basting the outside fabric to the batting, quilt as desired. I quilting in straight lines, .5in apart with coordinating pink thread.
Snap Pouch Tutorial Quilting
When finished, you should have two finished pieces, the quilted outside, and the lining.
Snap Pouch Tutorial Finished Outside and Lining
Lay the lining and the outside piece right sides together and trim if needed to ensure that they are the same size. (Sometimes quilting distorts the edges)

Snap Pouch Tutorial Edge Trimming - Before
Snap Pouch Tutorial Edge Trimming - After
Next, pin all the layers together and sew 1/4in seam around the edge, leaving a 2-3in opening on one of the long sides to be able to turn the pouch with.
Snap Pouch Tutorial Edge Seam
Snap Pouch Tutorial 2-3in Opening
Before you turn the pouch, diagonally clip the corners to reduce the bulk in the corners when you turn.
Snap Pouch Tutorial Clipped Corners
Next, turn the pouch right ride out, and use a blunt object to push out the corners.
Snap Pouch Tutorial Corners
Press, making sure to make sure all seams fully turned. ** Make sure to fold in the edge that you turned with so that when you make the next seam, it will be closed.
Snap Pouch Tutorial Ironed Piece
Snap Pouch Tutorial Folded Opening
Lay the piece with the lining facing you, and fold the bottom half up about 3 inches and pin. Fold the top half down to ensure that the placing of the bottom half is where you want it. Adjust if necessary.
Snap Pouch Tutorial Lining Fold
Snap Pouch Tutorial Outside Fold
Sew around the entire edge of the piece with an 1/8in seam.
Next sew on the snap (my least favorite part!) to top top edge and the bottom edge.
Snap Pouch Tutorial Snaps
And lastly, sew on or hot glue the button to the front of the pouch.
Snap Pouch Tutorial Finished Pouch
You can use one button, or layer two as I did. I just lined the smaller one up with the holes of the larger one and sewed them together and then hot glued that piece to the front of my pouch.
Snap Pouch Tutorial Finished Button
Snap Pouch Tutorial Button Sewing
And voila! A finished pouch!
Snap Pouch Front
Snap Pouch Lining

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