Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Turning Twenty progress, Hexagons and Learning Applique

I am totally back in the swing of things and more inspired than ever!  I am working on so many projects right now.  I might actually have to finish something one of these days.

Turning Twenty Quilt Update:  My rows are begging to be sewn together into a top  My color photos turned out all blurry.  Here is my "value checking shot."  Sometimes it is hard to tell if your colors are balanced when looking at a quilt in person/in color.  Taking a black and white photo helps me figure out if my placement is too clumpy.  Even though I checked and rechecked, I see one block is turned the wrong way.  I wonder if I should rip it out...I probably won't!

Modern Meadow Turning Twenty Quilt

For the love of HEXAGONS!  Not sure what to make with these little cuties but I have been hand sewing these like crazy.  Its an addiction. This is a picture of every hexagon I have made to date.  :)  I ran out of paper pieces otherwise I'd have more already!

English Paper Piecing Hexagons

Also, I am learning applique.  I love learning a new is a progress picture for you!  I plan to have a whole post dedicated to this awesome little turtle or Honu as the Hawaiians call them.  All the fabric you see here I picked up at a fabric sale held in the Fitchburg Library, what a score!

The ocean is ready for my honu!
Honu Mini Quilt Applique

Next up in my sewing news, I joined my first swap!  We are swapping Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet Charm Squares!  EEEE!  My color to send in was peach.  Super cutie!  I will be receiving back two charms squares of each color in the line.  I cannot wait to get my hands on them!
Lizzy House pearl bracelet charm square swap ready to ship!
Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet Peach Charm Squares

This months Stack Stash Club arrived from Pink Castile Fabrics.  I think this months (violet) stack
is my favorite!  Love the leaf print the most.

January Stack Stash Club from Pink Castle Fabrics!

What should I make with my Lizzy House charms?!

What are you working on?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My First Sewing Nook

I thought I made myself a tv tray ironing board.   In reality I made a cat bed for Abbey!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fabric Picks for my Turning Twenty Quilt Class

Hello Everybody! As most of you know, I am teaching a modern quilting class at the Electric Needle this month.  I am so excited to teach my first class!  (You should sign up!  Yes YOU!)  The pattern is called Turning Twenty.  Twenty fat quarters are needed for a throw size quilt.  I decided to make a queen since its such a fun pattern so I needed 30!

This quilt has huge blocks that are perfect for showing off large modern prints.  I decided to break out 10 fat quarters that I bought on my Honeymoon in Hawaii at Kilauea Kreations II.  (I was so surprised to find so many great quilt shops on the big island, we went to four over the course of the week!)

I purchased the rest of the prints from Etsy's Lilla Bella Fabrics and Via's Place.  I am using the navy herringbone for the binding but I am not sure what to do for the backing since I need eight yards.  Eight yards! 

 Check out my fabric choices:  Free Spirit, Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow

Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow - Free Spirit Fabrics - Turning Twenty Quilt

Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow - Free Spirit Fabrics - Turning Twenty Quilt
 What would you do for the backing?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Special Request from my Hubs

Check out the boxer shorts I made for my husband!  He requested these if you can believe that!  

Pattern:  Kwik Sew 1672 Mens Boxer Shorts 
Fabric: Joel Dewberry Woodgrain Bark purchased from the Sewcial Lounge in Madison, WI.

Doesn't this pattern totally crack you up?

Okay, leave your wood boxer shorts jokes in the comments! :)


Thursday, January 3, 2013

My 2012 Craftys and New Years Goals

Here are a few things I made this past year!  

  • Sewing Machine Caddy inspired by Kristin Gumbinger!
  • 4 Zipper Pouches Tutorial by Dog Under my Desk
  • Quilt for my mom: Moda Opps a Daisy Fabric using Cluck Cluck Sews Easy Bake Pattern
  • Tote bag using purple denim and Micheal Miller cats -  McCalls Pattern 4851 
  • TV tray ironing board using a crate and barrel table cloth for the cover 
  • Kindle Touch cover using an old book as a base
  • Patchwork Chevron Quilt using a tutorial on the Moda Bakeshop site
  • Finished the binding on first quilt ever! 
  • Plus Sign Quilt
  • The people picture is of a few MMQG members and I taking down quilts at Expo. Kristin, Me!, Amy, and Jen.
2013 Goals 
  • Make 2 Queen Sized Quilts for our bed
    • Windham Fabrics Lotta Jansdotter Echo Line
    • Free Spirit Fabrics Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow
  • Teach classes at the Electric Needle, one on the calendar already!  
  • Write a sewing tutorial to post on my blog
  • Create my first pattern to sell
What are your crafty goals for 2013?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Patchwork Chevron Baby Quilt

Here is my latest quilt finish!  Its roughly 36" square.  This pattern is adapted from a tutorial made by MadMod Quilt Guild Member Jeni Baker for Moda Bakeshop called Patchwork Chevron.  The pattern uses four charm packs however,  I only had one so I made a mini quilt.  Each charm square was cut into four pieces to spread the wealth a little.  This little quilt was great for learning how to make half square triangles.

Here are a couple of progress photos...

A Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey Moda Fabric
The gingham binding was left over from a quilt I made for my mom which you can see on the Completed Quilts page.  

Fabrics used: 

  • One charm pack of A Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey 
  • Gingham print scraps from the Moda  Opps a Daisy line
  • Kona Cotton Solid in White
  • One miscellaneous scrap  as seen in the picture below - bottom row, second from the right - metro circles maybe?
  • Also a grey and white polka dot (whose name escapes me right now) from Joannes.

Check out my first pieced backing!  (With a touch of Joel Dewberry's Wood Grain Fabric!)

Front Close Up.  I love the little fox print in this line.  It reminds me of the family of fox that used to live under my porch.  The mommy fox was so mean but she made cute babies!

This is my "Going to the Vet Quilt."  It fits nicely in the carrier for extra kitty comfort!  Now abbey uses it everyday as her little bed.  So cute! 

Check out my friend Amy's version of this quilt made with another Aneela Hoey, Moda fabric line called Little Apples.  Too cute!