Sunday, September 23, 2012

mini quilt for FNSI

mini quilt by JasonsMum
mini quilt, a photo by JasonsMum on Flickr.
I know I'm a little late in posting my Friday Night Sew-In results, but I decided to make a weekend of sewing, since I haven't done it in awhile. It felt good to get back into it.

Considering I hadn't thought of fabrics or anything when I started sewing Friday night, I'm happy to have the top done. It's a mini quilt which is a free pattern, so kindly provided by Kathleen Tracy. It is part of a year long challenge to make mini quilts; find it HERE.

I might just make this one into a pillow instead. Now off to catch up on all the things I should have been doing this weekend!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Sew-In time is here!

I wasn't going to sign up this time, but at the last minute, I have. I haven't sewn in a long time and I need the push. My sewing area is a disaster as my wonderful hubby is making me a new area to work in. But tonight, I'm going to dig out the machine and see what I can do. I think it will be a mini quilt. Best get going on it.
How about you? Any UFO's or new projects you can start on? Just click the above picture to sign up.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

♥ Dakota ♥

He was a wonderful dog and will be greatly missed...

♥ Dakota ♥
June 27, 2000 - September 12, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

FNSI results

I decided to pull out an old UFO to work on last night. This is what I started with...

What are they? Well it's the start of a market bag, with outer pockets on each side. 
But I didn't get too far on it. Kinda got sidetracked in watching Nik Wallenda complete the wire walk across Niagara Falls. We talked of going to see it as it's not far from us, but then decided against it due to the crowds. I'm so glad he made it!
Anyways, I did manage to get the outer part done with lots of top-stitching.

Why do cats always do this, just when you're about to take a picture? Both of mine do it all the time!

 Now I'm working on the lining with some inner pockets and the handles. So it's not done, but at least it's further along than it was, and I think I'll get it finished now.
FNSI's are great! Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pull out those projects!

Yes, it's time again for the Friday Night Sew-In!

Thank goodness for these sew-ins! Otherwise not much sewing is going on around here. I'm looking forward to tonight though. How about you? If you haven't signed up yet, hop on over HERE and get'er done!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

FNSI results ~ more dresden plates

Woohoo! My final two dresden plates are done! So now comes the applique and finishing of this quilt. I really hope to keep working on this one, so it doesn't become another one of my many UFO's.  Perhaps I'll use these FNSI's to only work on it; then maybe it has a chance of getting done!

A group shot :)

Now I can have fun blog hopping and seeing what other's have done. Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, May 18, 2012

FNSI time!

Yes, it's time again for the Friday Night Sew In. Thanks, Deanna of Wedding Dress Blue, for reminding me, as I would have missed this one.
If you haven't signed up already, go HERE.
It's always fun going through the projects and deciding what to do. Likely it will be more dresdens for me. What will you be working on?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

hand quilting at last!

I've been reading and enjoying Kathleen Tracy's blog, A Sentimental Quilter, for quite awhile. This year, she started up a challenge to do one small quilt each month, from one of her books. This was great, as I already had one of her books and wanted to make every quilt in it! So I finally joined her Yahoo group and bought her other three books...which are all wonderfully filled with history and adorable doll quilts and patterns...what could be better?!
If you'd like to read more about the challenge, please hop on over HERE and join in on the fun!

April's challenge quilt was a nine-patch doll quilt. I used Moda fabrics; all scraps from other projects.

I attempted to hand quilt it. It was my first time, and I can see that the 'rocking motion' will take some time to master and to get uniform, tiny stitches. By coincidence, when I was reading up on the method, I saw pics of a quilting thimble. I had wondered about an odd thimble in my sewing desk drawer and why it was shaped the way it was. Not sure where it came from. And it was so nice to use my travel sewing kit that I just made, for this. It was so handy to keep everything safe from both my new kitty and my little girl. I'm so glad I made it!

For the back, I used Heritage, Collections for a Cause by Howard Marcus for Moda, which I love! The corner pieces are for a dowel to hang it by. I asked for ideas on methods of hanging small quilts on the Yahoo group, and I got lots of information. Everyone is so helpful there. I decided to try this way. I hope to one day have a wall of small quilts.

  I'm really happy with this one and can't wait to start on another one.  My kitty seems to approve too. I think I need to make her one too!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

dresden plates ~ my FNSI results

It was a good evening of sewing for me, last night. I managed to get three plates completed. This makes 10 done and just two to go; woohoo! Looking forward to the applique part now, and then the final piecing of the borders.

Life has been busy lately, so I'm glad to just do these FNSI's.

Looking forward to seeing what other's got done last night now.
Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

it's FNSI time again!

Yes, it's tomorrow night! Can't wait! I'm not sure what I'll be working on. It will be a toss up between quilting a little doll quilt or making more dresden plates.
If you haven't signed up yet, you still can over HERE. Lots of time to pull out the projects and make plans. What will you be working on?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Friday Night Sew-In results

I joined Anne Sutton's Scrappy Plate quilt-along awhile ago. It's not too late if you want to join in the fun too. All the details can be found on her blog over at Bunny Hill Designs. 

I decided to use the fabric line, Patisserie by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda as I had four charm packs I'd been hoarding, waiting for just the right project. This seemed like a good opportunity to use them up, and  made it quick work to cut up all the blades. I then divided up the colors into 12 baggies for each dresden plate. So far, I have 7 done; woohoo! Well, not appliqued yet, but I'm still deciding on the background and borders. The centers will be solids from the charm packs. 
So here's the two I got done last night for my FNSI results:

dresden plates

Hope everyone else had a good time sewing last night, too.
Thanks for stopping by!♥

Friday, February 17, 2012

it's FNSI time!

Yes, it's tonight!

I've got so many UFO's to choose from, that it won't be hard to find something to work on. Most likely, it will be some dresden plates or dolls for my 3 year old.  Looking forward to it!

How about you? There's still time to sign up

Friday, January 20, 2012

a travel sewing kit

Amy, of lots of pink here! has this wonderful travel sewing kit tutorial, that I just loved from the first time I saw it.  So with all my applique projects lined up to do this year, I just had to make it!  I think it will be so useful, whether I'm doing applique, embroidery, cross stitch, needlepoint or petit point.  
Except for the binding, which is Aviary, I used Patisserie by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.  To do the patchwork, I used THIS method of Elizabeth's from Oh, Fransson! It was a really quick way of doing it. 

travel sewing kit

Then I just did some machine embroidery over the seams to quilt it.

travel sewing kit

Inside, I added an extra page for my needles and added the fabric cover to it. I plan on using this for various forms of needlework, so I'll have a page for each type of needle. Then I put in a pocket for my needle threader, as with age, this is becoming more and more handy, lol!

travel sewing kit

travel sewing kit

It was great fun in piecing this together.  If you need a sewing case, I'd definitely recommend this one. I know I'm going to get lots of enjoyment out of using it, and it's so handy to have it all in one place! 

Monday, January 9, 2012

"Bouquets for Hazel" quilt-along

It starts today! Yeah! I'm in-love with this new quilt called Bouquets for Hazel, designed by Shelly of Prairie Moon Quilts.  She is so kindly sharing her pattern with us and offering tutorials and directions along the way, as we read about the adventures of her mom, Hazel, back in 1953. I learned so much from Shelly on the last one, I just had to join in on doing this one too.
HERE is a good place to start reading, with lots of links to the information about this new quilt-along.

I got my swatch sheet filled out and here's a look at my fabrics:
supplies for Hazel Ilene quilt-along

They are from the Aviary line by 3 Sister's for Moda.
I didn't have the 3 yards in the large green floral for my Fabric #1, so it will be the outer border and the rest of Fabric #1, will be the smaller green floral print.
And for the block pieces and applique, it will be an assortment of Aviary prints in pinks, blues and greens. I just didn't have the yardage so it will have to be rather scrappy.
I haven't decided on what method to applique yet.  I'm leaning towards trying machine applique with a monofilament thread but still not sure.
This is going to be great fun! Please, if you're looking for a quilt-along with a bit of applique and piecing, and a wonderful instructor, come join us!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2011 Final Countdown Challenge, Task Three

This is a really great idea of Shelly's to do for Task 3...

"Fall in love again. With an old UFO, that is...."

I chose my A Tisket, A Tasket, 12 Months of Baskets quilt.  I'd love to get this one done.  It's been shelved for quite awhile.  Not sure exactly why. So here are my finished blocks...

I have 4 to go before I can start the piecing.  Looks like I had scraps picked out for the one and the background cut for the others. 

I had these fabrics picked for the finishing of it. Starting from the left, the paisley will be for the binding and wide border, next is the thin inner border, the red for sashing posts and tan for the sashing.  For Christmas, I got this wee mini iron to help with the applique, so I'm all set. No excuse not to finish it now!
Yes, I really do love this one.  It was my first attempt at applique and I learned alot by doing it.  I really want to have this up on my wall this year. 

Thanks again, Shelly, for doing this challenge! It's been great fun!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011 Final Countdown Task Two

Thank you, Shelly for pushing me to get this task done!
Task 2 of the Final Countdown challenge was to:

Pick one sewing task you've been putting off, and do it!

I chose to recover my sad ironing board.

It's an old thing, given to me by a neighbour because it was too heavy for her to use any more. I really like it as it is nice and sturdy, but it's larger than any covers I've come across. As you can see, I had just pinned an old cover on from another board I had. Not great!
I've put off doing this for ages and then just before starting to do this task, I found THIS great tutorial on using the casing from your old cover! Brilliant!
So I set to work. I just decided to use white for now. I know it's boring, but that's what I grabbed and had enough of. I enlarged it and put darts at the wider end. I'm really happy with it! 
Now onto Task 3...

Monday, January 2, 2012

sewing space clean-up

Shelly of Prairie Moon Quilts is holding another year-end challenge. I participated last year and it was a great way to start the year off with a cleaned up sewing space. Plus I won some wonderful prizes. You can see some of what I did HERE. So I just had to join in again. You can read about the 2011 Final Countdown challenge HERE. We have until the 5th to get'er done so it's not too late to join in on the fun!

The first task: Clean up a pile.

Well I had lots of those so I've been working on this for a few days now.
Before shot:
before clean-up

After shot:
after clean-up

So what I did:
- removed unit that had got stuck in front of my hanging fabrics and bins (it now has toys in it in the family room)
- removed hanging fabrics and folded and placed into unit on back wall
- removed yarn bags from up high on shelves and put bins of sewing notions
- cleared out Christmas things
- placed old sewing machine table beside my current one that will fold out for pressing purposes
-yellow desk will soon hold sewing notions instead of kid's crafts, paper, etc.

Behind my desk is another unit that just needed dusting and clearing off a bit. Like Shelly, I have a helper too! That basket used to hold my current sewing project, but not anymore. It's been taken over!

Then there is my cutting area...lots and lots of bins!
Before shot:
before clean-up

After shot:
after clean-up

What I did:
-removed desk and put the bins by the staircase
- made table smaller
- put yarns in wooden unit
- though you can't see it, behind a stack of bins is a built in shelving unit that I took everything out of and reorganized it
- moved bins about so I can get around the sewing table better

I know it looks cluttered, but this is only temporary. My dear hubby is working on a new sewing room for me so hopefully one day, all these bins will be behind closet doors. He's just framing the room now though so it will be awhile yet. For now though, I think I can work again in this area. It had been so crazy, that I just didn't feel like sewing much. So this will be a great way to go into the New Year!

So I think I did my share of cleaning up piles. Now onto the next challenge...