Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Out with the Old

Destash-ing some patterns over on Instagram.  Hoping to clear out a little elbow room and be more clutter free in the new year.  

Praying you all have fun, and stay safe tonight!



Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Teen Son's Quilt

So I finished this quilt way back in September.  It immediately vanished into the depths of the lair.  Today he had somewhere to be, and I offered to wash his sheets and quilts.  He isn't my first teen, and I have learned to be sly!
The quilt is about 72" by 96".  Plenty to wrap like a burrito in....which is what he does.  I have the block pattern pinned somewhere on my quilting Pinterest board.

It was a windy fall day to be trying to photograph a quilt!  I straight lined quilted to make a cuddly quilt.  I love how it drapes.  The bright orange binding finished it up nicely. 

Used up a lot of leftover fabric on the back.  Fabrics with a sport theme just linger in the scrap bin; better to use them now.  My boy likes them better than I do anyway.

I had four blocks that had been test blocks.  Love them, but didn't really need a whole quilt of them.  Before Treasure and I left for our trip to Houston, I practiced some FMQ on them with Violet my Singer 201.  I am rusty!!

Long story short, Treasure's business trip to Houston just happened to coincide with Houston's International Quilt Festival!  I had been wanting to try out a Juki, and I got the opportunity.

Treasure likes a good deal, so we took advantage of the show special! 

Last night I practiced using the knee lift and the thread cutter.  Love!!  I finished up these two pouches zippy-quick.  The Juki handled the zippers like butter.
Hoping to try out some FMQ today!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Crazy As Ever

Well, on my last real post I was working on this quilt.  It has been finished for a long time.  This twin size double hour glass quilt made with moda Hunky Dory was a love gift for a VIP.  I used a jelly roll and some kona solids for the top.  I also ended up finding a good deal on one of my favorite prints in the line, so about three quarters of the backing is that.  The other backing piece is a print of a girl's I can't show the back.  The simple straight line quilting makes for a drape-y, cuddle-y quilt!

I chose one of the brighter Hunky Dory prints for the binding.  

As for the social media silence...well, lets say when I think about all that has taken place in my life the last year...I feel like that quilt roll!!  It has been good to take a break and focus on simplifying life around me.

The flip side is that when I try to remember what I have sewn, I can't remember much.  In truth, I have sewn much less.  My family needed me.  For now, I am going to try to post more often.  Instagram is easier, so if you are curious about the craziness that goes on'll be more likely to find me there.

I have thrown caution to the wind and tried my hand at a quilt for a teen age boy.  Yikes.  Florals and bright cheerful colors are my thing.  There is no purple to be seen.

All that fuzz is batting from quilt wrestling...honest!

This is to be quilted with drape-y, cuddle-y straight line quilting as well.  I have only about a quarter of the gray boxes done, and little sewing time in sight.  Most of that is my own fault...I have been sneaking in projects on the side.  I am trying to open up an Etsy shop for  some smallish quilts that I have made and some crafty items I want to de-stash.  Later I hope to add some hand crochet goodies.

I'll get that going just as soon as I wrap my noggin around how to predict postage!  (Thanks for the tips Amy!)  If you have an Etsy store and the time, I would love any practical advice you could share!!