Sunday, March 2, 2014

my February block report

Well, I'm afraid there is not much to report in the way of sewing for this past month. Other things in my life took priority.
I made two wee heart blocks for a Valentine's Day card for my hubby:
I did machine embroidery around the edges and mounted it on felt and cardstock. I often make cards to test out blocks. I'd love to make a table runner now, of hearts for Valentine's Day.

Also, to decorate for Valentine's Day, I made this heart garland out of craft felt:
You can find the tutorial HERE for it. It was easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, as my little girl likes to say!

And that's it! Hopefully March will be more productive in the sewing room.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

my January block report

As part of Shelly's challenge on Prairie Moon Quilts, each month I'll do a post of my progress for the month.


I made a mini bear paw quilt top. This was for Kathleen's challenge of making a small quilt each month from one of her books. You can read about it HERE.  I haven't decided whether to quilt it by hand or by machine, so it sits for now.

Since it's basically four 'paw' blocks, figured it could count as four. Then there is the disappearing pinwheel block I mentioned in my previous post, so guess that makes my monthly grand total of 5...considering some participating in the challenge already have over 100, think I'd better pick up the pace, eh?!
Oh well, at least it's some. I'm sure next month will be better, as I've bought some yummy fabrics from the Jefferson County line of Windham Fabrics, and can't wait to get started on that quilt.
And just for fun, I'll add a pic of my 5 year old's latest card coloring. She made it for friends of ours, that had generously given their old toys to her...think she does a great job of it!


So till next time, happy sewing!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

experimenting

I'm experimenting here with two things...making a new block and learning how to watermark my pics.

I'm a big fan of the Missouri Star Quilt company's video tutorials. Recently Jenny did one on the 'disappearing pinwheel' and i thought it would be fun to try. Here is my attempt at it:
Also, I'm trying out Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 to watermark my pics. I've been meaning for ages to do this, and just never got around to it. But since I recently had my blog content stolen, I figured that I'd best learn now, as I do hope to post much more this year. I'm still not quite sure what I did, so hope I can figure it out again!
If anyone cares to suggest an easy, free way of watermarking, I'd love to hear about it!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

350 blocks in 2014!

Shelly, of Prairie Moon Quilts, is once again hosting her challenge of making 350 blocks or more, this year.



You can read all about it HERE. I've never joined in, because I'm rather new to quilting compared with those that have quilted for years, and am not exactly speedy when it comes to making blocks. But I have so many quilts that are incomplete, that this year I thought, why not? Give it a try and maybe I'll finally get those half-finished projects done!
So what about you? Up for the challenge? There are even great prizes to be won, as well. Hop on over to her blog and check it out. I'm sure it's going to be lots of fun!

Monday, January 13, 2014

a denim tote

My first finish for 2014, is a denim tote for a friend.
This one took about six pairs of my son's jeans, to make. I'm finding as he gets older, he's harder on his clothes, so I mostly have to use the backs of the pant leg. But I love working with the worn denim...it's so soft! The tote has lined outer pockets on either side and a large pocket inside. It also features a bottom plastic canvas piece slipped into a pillowcase sleeve, for added bottom strength and structure to the tote.


I also did a wee notebook for my friend, to use as a grocery list. I plan on making more of the totes for her to use as shopping bags.
You can find the Idea Notebook tutorial HERE, on Wedding Dress Blue. I love Deanna's tutorials! So fast and fun to make.



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Final Countdown ~ last task

The final task Shelly has given us to do for the Final Countdown is to:

Make a list of 12 projects.

Her thoughts to do 12, is so that one project could be done each month, so that by the end of the year, we've got 12 UFO's (unfinished objects) completed.
A number of mine are mini quilts for the wall or doll size for my daughter. They should not take long to finish, so I'll list a few more in the hopes I can do two projects in one month sometimes...well one can hope, anyways!

Here are my easy ones:
Scrappy Pooh Bear baby quilt ~ needs to be sandwiched, quilted and bound.
Mod Sampler quilt ~ twin size quilt that is so close to being finished. just needs binding.
Pink scrappy log cabin quilt ~ needs to be sandwiched, quilted and bound.

Here are the mini ones:
Pink D9P ~ need to quilt and bind.
Square block mini ~ need to sandwich, quilt and bind.
Blue star mini ~ need to sandwich, quilt and bind.
Blues and browns mini ~ need to sandwich, quilt and bind.
Pink doll quilt ~ need to sandwich, quilt and bind.

Large quilts that will take some time:
Dresden plate quilt ~ need to applique blocks, piece, etc.
Oh, so bright quilt ~ made years ago. still need to finish borders, sandwich, etc.
TAT quilt ~ need to finish 3 blocks, piece together, etc.
Scrappy Trip quilt ~ not sure where I'm going with this one...to make it larger or not?
Thread Head quilt ~ more blocks to finish, piece, etc.
Blue and white log cabin quilt ~ many more blocks yet to make.

Now, I realize this list means nothing to anyone but me, but it will be good for me to see it all written down and to refer to it, in the coming months. When I go to finish any of these, I'll be sure to post a pic of where I'm currently at with the project. I might even add to the list, as there are likely ones I've long forgotten about!

And to get myself started on this, here's a quick pic of the Mod Sampler quilt, which just needs binding done:
Gee, silly this isn't done yet! I even had the binding all ready to put on! Well maybe in the next few days, I'll finish it up!

Thanks Shelly, for getting my New Year off to a great start! Here's hoping we all have super, productive years in our love of sewing and needlework!
Happy New Year, All!
And Happy Birthday, love and best wishes go out to my big brother! ((hugs))

Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Final Countdown ~ second task

Today's task that Shelly of Prairie Moon Quilts has asked us to do is:

Organize something.

My sewing room was in bad shape, with doing that pansy quilt. I'd had to move things so I could access the full length of my design board, and lay it all out. I really wanted to start the New Year with a cleaned-up room. So I picked it to organize. This is what it was like this morning....just a crazy mess! I could barely get into my machine and computer, there to the left; it just was not working!
Yes, those are my cats to the left, if you can see them through the mess...one likes the change table and the other one, the ironing board! They often keep me company in here.

So after working all day on this, with the help of my hubby, this is what it looks like now:

Ahhhh, much better! What we did...
- moved the change table down and put the larger sewing desk in it's place.
- put the smaller desk at the end wall, so I could put a desk with my laptop beside it.
- moved the drafting table back to being against the design board, and rearranged the bins underneath it.
 I do have a pile of mending and some other junk not in view, but that's out of the room for now, and hopefully I'll go through that soon. Just to have the center space to move about in again, will be nice!
I'm so glad to get this done!

I'm beat, so the dishes and laundry will wait till tomorrow!