Sunday, March 16, 2014

Gettin' my SEWjo on

I decided to join Kim over at My Go-Go Life for SEWjo Saturday.  I think we all know how many projects I've started but haven't finished (I'm workin' on that). Well, I wouldn't want to disappoint so I started yet another one.  I wanted one that I could just finish in a very short amount of today! And let's face it, the Mini Swoon by Thimbleblossoms that I started recently is not a quick pattern like I thought it was going to be.  Look at all the pieces! 
So....I switched gears and cut into my Joel Dewberry stash of Notting Hill fat eighths that I bought from Winter Creek Cloth sometime last year.  I flipped through Quilting Happiness because I remembered a little project in there that I wanted to make.  These little churn dash blocks. Just too dang cute! 

I was able to sew these two blocks fairly quickly today.  I made a promise to myself that I would sew one block at a time, quilt it, and bind it and be done with it before I started the next.  Ummmmm.....yeah, that didn't work.  I pieced one, LOVED it, and then wanted to start another.  I'm afraid that if I don't stop and just finish these two that I might end up making enough to make a quilt, and that's not what I want to do.  These two blocks, along with others, will be hung around the house, maybe all in one place, maybe not. They're only 6.5 x 6.5 inches! So cute and so easy! 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

My Big Scrappy Dresden Quilt

I recently finished a pretty dang big quilt for the Riley Blake Basics Challenge for the Modern Quilt Guild.  All MQG members who signed up were given a fat eighth of six different fabrics....and these fabrics were not all from the same line.....and actually looked like they would never look good all in the same me.....because I have a very difficult time with being scrappy.
My favorite one was the orange!  Even Mr. QJ liked that one and said "We have to get some more of that one!" Since I always do what he tells me to do (ha ha ha! only when it has to do with fabric), I'll stock up on that one!  

I decided that I would make something small.  That way, I could finish it within a short amount of time since I'm always waiting till the last minute to get started.  We were allowed to use all of the fabrics or just some of them, and we could add any solid and/or any other Riley Blake print.  I started going through my stash and found several Riley Blake prints that worked!  Yay stash!  
I thought about making a small Dresden plate or just a scrappy postage stamp mini quilt.  But then I came across a few Giant Dresdens online and fell in love. One of my favorites is Rita's at Red Pepper Quilts. I just sewed together six 2.5" strips of fabric, then used my Fons & Porter wedge ruler to cut out each Dresden.
I worked day and night on this thing, and it seemed to take forever.  Here are a few in-progress pics.  Yes, I drink wine when I'm sewing, and I've been known to spill red wine on my quilts.  It always comes out or gets covered with an applique of some sort.  

I used a bunch of Madhuri as well as all of the donated fabric from Riley Blake (except for the solid gray), and also some Riley Blake Gingham and Sunny Happy Skies, Dress Up Days by Doohikey Designs, and Bake Sale by Lori Holt

I'm not quite sure how mine ended up with a much bigger center than Rita's. Must have been a different degree of ruler??  Then I had the challenge of how big I wanted it to be.  Would I ever hang this on a wall?  Did I want to just make it a lap quilt?  Or did I want it to be big enough to have as an extra quilt on my bed?  I went through my stash and found a ton of yardage of this beautiful Sugar & Spice green tonal flowers from The Quilted Fish.  So I made it big.....big and green. 
Now.....the challenge of attaching this huge Dresden to the fabric.  I remembered seeing a great tutorial for starch applique by Natalia & Kathleen @ Piece n Quilt.  I had a question or two about the process and sent Natalia an email.  I know she's a busy lady, and I knew that she would eventually reply, but I really didn't expect to hear from her within just a few minutes!  She was so helpful, gave me some tips, and also recommended that I cut all the excess fabric off the back of the Dresden after I sewed it onto the background fabric to reduce the bulk - brilliant!  

I used my handy little guide to quilt circles about 2 inches apart all the way around.  The center ones don't look all that great, so I'm not even going to show them to you up close, and I thought I might end up redoing them, but I'll most likely just leave them that way.  This thing was a pain in the rear to quilt, especially the center circles.  I really want/need a bigger machine.  One of these days.....

So, here's the finished quilt. The lighting isn't so hot in this pic. I have the best studio for taking pics in the daylight with a big 8-foot window, but this obviously didn't get taken during the day.  

 I knew I wouldn't win any prizes with this, but it was great to challenge myself with a scrappy quilt.  Heck! I even did a scrappy binding!  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Quilt As You Go Pillows

Way back in October, I ordered the Quilt As You Go class on Craftsy by Tara Rebman. Tara blogs at and is amazing at the quilt as you go technique! 

I was having such a difficult time deciding what to give my son and his girlfriend for Christmas.  Then one day my son was over and was looking through my quilt tops. He saw one that he liked, so I thought I'd just quilt it and have it done in time for Christmas. Ummmm....then I hit the point where I just knew that I wasn't going to have time to bind it, and then I remembered my Craftsy class and thought I'd try sewing a pillow for each of them. Brilliant!  

I knew that I would make his girlfriend's out of Madhuri because she's really into elephants right now.  

I love how this turned out!  I loved it so much that I wanted to keep it and make her a different one! 

For my son's, I wanted to make his with a bike theme because he rides his bike everywhere.  He doesn't even own a car.  He is also a bike delivery person for a local sandwich shop, so pretty much lives on his bike. 

If you want to make a quick gift for someone, check out the QAYG class on Craftsy.  This pillow isn't one of the items in the class, but I just basically followed the instructions for the pot holder, and then got some tips for dimensions and basic pillow construction on Sew Mama Sew.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Winner of Giveaway

Thank you all for participating in my 2-year blog anniversary giveaway! I appreciate each and every one of you, and love that you take the time to read my blog....or even just stop by to enter my giveaway. And all of you were so kind and left a nice I requested :) 

I used the Violet Cottage random number generator to pick the winner of the Winter Creek Cloth gift certificate.  There were 38 entries, and the number generator picked Karen (#35), who said "Congratulations! That's so great!" Congratulations, Karen!  I'll be emailing you with the info on how to redeem your gift certificate.  

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The randomly picked number is: 35 

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Little Giveaway to Celebrate Two Years!

The other night, I sat down to start a blog post and thought "I bet my 2nd blog anniversary is coming up pretty soon!"  So I checked my blog and discovered that it's TODAY! Woo hoo!  I would like to thank all of my readers for following me here on my blog, on Facebook, and on Instagram!  And now let's have a little giveaway to celebrate!  

Dana & Lynn of Winter Creek Cloth, who sponsor my blog, were kind enough to help me celebrate with a gift certificate for their shop.  I'm going to make this SO easy, mostly because I'm on my lunch break at work and don't have much time.  All you need to do is leave a comment below....anything you want to say, but make it nice :)  

If you haven't checked out Winter Creek Cloth's website, hop over there and check it out.  They have Hoopla by Jennifer Heynen! Have you seen this??? It's so flippin' cute! So colorful! I just happened to get a peek when I was hanging out with Dana & Lynn the other day.  

She also has Modern Solids II by Alissa Haight Carlton, which I apparently need a lot of (yes, need) because when I recently reorganized my sewing room, I discovered that I don't have very many solids. 

I could go on and on about all the new arrivals they have, but you should go and check them out yourself. And don't forget to check out the sale section! 

So....if you'd like a $20 gift certificate to Winter Creek Cloth, all you need to do is leave me a nice comment about anything. And feel free to share this post with your friends!  I'll pick a winner on Sunday, January 26th.
Thanks for stopping by :) 


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Happy New Year, Baby Jane

Wow! I can't believe I finally sat down to blog! I sit down a lot, and you'd think I'd just blog while I'm sitting here, but I'm usually reading other blogs...or reading posts on Instagram....or just looking for ideas, like I don't have enough on my plate already. 

What's funny is that this post was originally titled "Final Post of 2013" to motivate me to post one final time for the year. But here I am on January 7th 8th  9th finally posting....when I should be finishing my swap item for the Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild  Finished my swap item, swapped it, and now it's time to blog. 

I've been keeping busy with all kinds of things, but we'll just take it one at a time so you don't get bored :) I finally finished my Baby Jane quilt. This was made with a charm pack of Baby Jane by Eric and Julie Comstock for Moda that Winter Creek Cloth gave me to play around with many months ago (Thank you, Dana and Lynn!)

This quilt was heavily inspired by the Play a Card pattern that I saw in Quilty that was designed by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic, but that pattern was HUGE.  I really didn't feel like making a big quilt so made a smaller one, just the right size for me and two small dogs named Giacomo and Dutch :)  Unfortunately, my husband is now left out, and is over on the other couch with no quilt, no wife, and no dogs :(  

We recently had quite a snow storm, which is very unusual here in this part of Oregon.  Perfect opportunity to take some pics of Baby Jane, but SO flippin' cold! 

I absolutely love this whole line of fabric, as well as the pattern.  And look at that backing fabric! It's my favorite :)  My hubby took lots of pics with his "real" camera, but he's sleeping right now and I want to get this posted while it's still the 9th, and I think my phone takes a pretty decent pic! 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I wish you all a very happy and productive (especially quilt-wise) new year!