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!

Completed Projects in 2013 ~ part 4

Here's the last few projects of the year, that I completed...
Pajama's:
My daughter needed a pair of warm jammies for a pj day at school...for some reason, the school has a few of these days throughout the year. She's grown so fast recently, that all her jammies were too short. So I grabbed some flannel and used a Simplicity 8943 pattern to make the pants. I didn't have enough fabric to make the top too. So I found an old white shirt of her brother's, which had some stains on it, and appliqued flowers and a patch over the stains. The pattern had a little cap to it, so I made that for fun. It actually works really well to keep her hair up in curlers, to dry overnight!

Pansy quilt:
Here is a quilt that I mentioned in a previous post, on her bed. I'm so glad to have it done, though I still might do some free-motion quilting on it.

The cat seems to like it a lot, and I'm often having to make the bed overtop her, because she won't move, lol!
Ornament:
This was a fast and fun ornament to make. I plan on doing more of them over the coming year. You can find the video tutorial HERE.
The back I like just as well as the front!

And lastly, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year!
Here's my daughter with an elf picture she drew and colored herself...
And incase you're wondering, that's a little kitty purse she's wearing that she got from Santa, and just had to have on for the picture, lol!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013 Final Countdown

Shelly, of Prairie Moon Quilts, is doing a 2013 Final Countdown challenge. She's done this for a few years now, and it's lots of fun! It's a great way to start the New Year off! You can read about it HERE. Please join in!
The first task was to...
Pick the one project of yours that is the closest to being finished and work on it. 

I had some scraps in a baggie that had been lying around for quite some time. I couldn't decide what it was to become...a pincushion or a mug rug? So it sat...

I played around with different ideas, like whether to add the large print to the scrappy piece for a mug rug, whether to bind it like a quilt, and so on...you know how it goes! Then in the spirit of get-er done!, I decided to just make it a simple pincushion.
For the back, I just sewed together some scraps...
It's filled with crushed walnut shells, which I like best for my pincushions. They come in a big bag found at pet stores.
So it's now done and I have a useful pincushion, instead of scraps in a bag!

Now I'm looking forward to the next challenge tomorrow!


   


Completed Projects in 2013 ~ part 3

Perhaps the best thing completed this year, was finishing my sewing room! I keep re-arranging the desks and tables, but for the most part, it's done. Perhaps I'll do another post on it, explaining how I store things in more detail, but for now, here's a quick pic:
I love it and can't believe I have this room all to myself! And all the credit for doing it, has to go to my wonderful hubby, who gave up his workshop so I could have a sewing room! He took it from a room without drywall, ceiling tiles, flooring or lighting to a finished room! He's the BEST!

See my ironing board against the wall? That was another project. I took an old, cotton sheet, which I think had been used as a drop cloth for painting!, and used the best part to cover the board. Instead of using a drawstring to tighten it, I put in thin elastic around the edge. I find it works better to keep it nice and tight. The print is rather bold for me, but I like that it hides the water marks and stains better than a solid.

Another pincushion:

  This was made from the last pieces of a charm pack, that I adored. I just had to make something with them! You can find the tutorial for it HERE.

Needlecase:


This is a handy little thing for my sewing tools. I was inspired by Kimberly's needlebook found HERE. I wanted to add the lace flaps to help with things not falling out.

Crinoline:

This was made to go under my daughter's flower girl dress. It has a solid white slip underneath, attached to it, which she said made it comfy. Glad it turned out because I didn't have a clue as to what I was doing, lol!
Here she is on the big day...my nieces' wedding. And no, I didn't make her dress. It was actually my nieces' which she wore for a wedding when she was little!
There is still a few more projects, so I'll post this for now. Gee, I'm realizing that I did a lot more this year than I thought I did, lol!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Completed Projects in 2013 ~ part 2

Here's a few more projects...
Large Pincushion:

I love the size and weight of this pincushion. I filled it with crushed walnut shells. It's made basically by fussy cutting the center piece and adding the strips around it like a log cabin block. Then I added the binding just like one does with a quilt.

Wall Art:
Now this one, was made largely by my little girl. She loves playing with my scraps and one day started this project. I gave her bits left over from making my Dresden plate blocks and she started laying them out...

She had a very bad cold at the time and was feeling rather blue about missing so much school. This really seemed to lift her spirits! She was so careful doing it. I then took them exactly how she laid them out, and quilted overtop each little panel that she made.
We then had to figure out what to do with them...we decided to piece the blocks together to make a wall quilt, and came up with this:
I machined appliqued her name in the center and bound it like a quilt. It now hangs on her door above the little decals she likes to rearrange all the time.

Lorax pillowcase:
My daughter loved the Lorax movie, so when I found this fabric, I just had to pick it up. It became a pillowcase for her. I made it using this fun video tutorial, found HERE.
Well there is still more to come, but I'll post this for now. I forgot how time-consuming this posting stuff is!
Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Completed projects in 2013 ~ part 1

Thought I'd do a quick summary of the projects I completed this year. Next year, I hope to be more diligent about writing as I complete them, as it's hard to recall details now. But I'll see what I remember...


Triple Zip Pouch:

 Tutorial used can be found HERE.  I recall some issues with the pattern, but if one checks on flickr, there is lots of help. Sorry, I can't link to it as the site does not agree with my computer. But it's a handy little pouch to have for my camera and phone.

Wall Quilt:



This was made with old scraps from the 80's and 90's, which I think my Mom used in making dresses for my nieces. I then used some old buttons that my 5 year old picked out.

Wall Pocket Tidy-Totes:

Tutorial used found HERE. I made these for my kids. They are great to hang on a door knob to toss wee toys in, as I find them on the floors. I made my son's from a pair of his camo pants!

Story Board:



I made this for my 5 year old. As I read the Grouchy Ladybug story to her, she can find the pieces and stick them on the board. The pouch for the pieces I'd made from scraps. The board has batting on it and the pieces have a tiny bit of Velcro to help stick them. I sandwiched the pictures between Contact paper, so they'd be durable. When I recall where I found the printables on the net, I'll add the link. We had a lot of fun making this together!

Okay, that's all for now. I'll be back to add more later.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

I entered a sewing contest!

Yeah, I can't believe it either, but I did. I entered the Missouri Star Quilt Company's, Iron Quilter 2 contest. Basically, the challenge ran from September 23rd to November 30th, and you had to buy and use at least one full charm pack of a fabric line called Lovely, by Debbie Beaves of RJR Fabrics. That was the only requirement.

Now this Lovely line was something I just had to have, because it's all pansies. It's beautiful, bold and bright and just lovely to both me and my 5 year old daughter. We both love our gardens and pots of pansies in the summer. So I thought it was the perfect opportunity to motivate me to make her a large quilt for her twin bed. And it didn't hurt that there are some major prizes to be won!

It was easier said than done though, as I ran into some issues, which I won't bore you with now. But thanks to the support of my family and friends, I worked through the challenges and got the quilt done and submitted on time...that very day of Nov. 30th! There were some very late nights in there!
So here is my submission:
I used a tutorial by AmandaJean of Crazy Mom Quilt's blog, for the block construction and layout. I thought the solids and prints in the Lovely line would work well for this pattern. It measures 74" x 85", which is my largest quilt to date. I tried some different ways of piecing to speed things up, and learned how to miter a corner in the border, which was new to me. So I learned some new things and my daughter now has a warm quilt to cherish. It's been well worth the challenge!
Oh and the back, looks like this:
My thoughts on piecing it this way, is for it to be reversible. The row of blocks looks like a bedrunner effect, if it's at the foot of the bed. I plan on making some pillowcases and throw pillows to match, to dress it up on the bed.

So now the first round of voting commences till December 8th. Then the top 25 with the most votes, move onto the final round of voting. I'd sure love to make it to the top 25!
The voting is on Facebook, so if you belong to it, you can vote by 'liking' any of your favorites. This link should take you to their album.
You can also vote on their Google+ album found here. Note that you must have google+, not just google, inorder to see the numbers on each photo in the lower left corner, which you click to add a vote.

So if you'd like to be inspired by some amazing sewing and quilting projects, please do check it out!
It's well worth it!
And many thanks to my family and friends that have already voted for me. ((hugs))

And thought I'd add a pic of my little girl, picking her pansies...
ETA: Voting is now over and I didn't make it to the top 25. But it was fun trying! Thanks again to all who supported me with their votes! ♥