Multiples of Everything

Apparently I seem to want to make multiples of everything. If I were in my own fantasy dream world, everything I make I would make two, one for whoever is getting the item and one for me. I almost ‘miss’ my items once I send them off, often thinking of them at the most random times. haha. I swear, each item I make is almost another ‘baby’ to me. Yep, I’m weird. I am ok with that. Weird is good. Weird is interesting.

This week I have been working on finishing up a project I was asked to join in on late last year for Fat Quarter Shop. I am super excited as I am loving how it is coming together. I took the picture above when I wanted to see where my contrast was at. I know I could have used one block with a deeper contrast on the lower left, but I don’t think it looks entirely out of balance either. I’m farther along than what this picture shows, but I can’t show you just yet!

I chose to use August by Cotton + Steel along with this lovely orange, it is in between a rich and burnt orange; it’s called Carrot by Kona Cotton.  It really blends nicely to the rest of the line in with still adding pop to it. Be sure to check out the full reveal in the upcoming weeks!

Awhile back Fat Quarter Shop came out with a Jelly Roll Jam II quilt, made with ONE (yes, ONE) Jelly Roll! How awesome is that!?!? I knew I had the perfect jelly roll to do this in, with perfect colors to make a boy and a girl based quilt. While I should have been working on other projects, I needed something simple and mindless and so I dove right into these.

They came together really fast and quick… I also have these farther along than what is on here as I also have a whole new design wall up. These are the only updated photos I have taken though that are worthy of posting. These are definitely Sew Stitching Cute and I think they would be perfect for a brother and sister or fraternal twins! Don’t you think? Who doesn’t love polk-a-dots for a baby, either? I have already selected the perfect backing for each of these… again coordinating. Now it’s just a matter of getting them basted and quilted! I do still need to make a binding, which I haven’t settled on anything yet. We shall see.

Two? Again!? You wouldn’t say! I have actually made quite a few of these over the past couple of weeks. These are (as you can’t tell) clear vinyl decorated bags, with an I.D./Badge up front. A few friends needed some and I needed one myself, so I made a few proto-types as I was learning how I wanted to do these exactly; once the ladies got theirs… it has grown and more and more continue to want to purchase them. I’m not complaining! I currently have 5 more to make by this Sunday, but these come together really easy that it shouldn’t take me long at all. I do need to go in search of some zippers though. They also future inside a divider to help keep things separated.

The ladies tell me what colors and/or specific design requests and I go off what they tell me and my thoughts, and select it as is and just make it away. I have discovered a better way to deal with vinyl, which is with lots of steam, because it is otherwise very stiff and does not bend or give well. At. All. So as you can see, I have quite a bit to be sewing and apparently not enough time to do it in! It’s ok, us quilters MAKE the time, right!? What all do you have going on in the middle of the week? I know it’s beautiful, as I can’t wait to see!

I am linking up today with WIP Wednesday w/ Freshly PiecedLets Bee Social w/Sew Fresh Quilts and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop w/Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Join in on the party and show your stuff off!

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WIDTW #2

This has been the first official FULL week of 2015! How has it started for everyone this year? Feeling the way you thought you would feel… differently… in between… ? I know that I am in between feeling the same and knowing that changes are happening. I think I am struggling and always will struggle with the comfortable habits you get yourself into.

Pattern by Noodlehead

I did make these beautiful Open Wide Zipper Pouches as Christmas gifts for a co-workers wife and daughter. The fabric is what really drew me to make pouches with these. I also knew his daughter loved bags and purses and his wife travels a lot. What woman doesn’t want a cute little bag to use? I am sure you can guess which bag went to whom?

If you guessed the beautiful purple with bright flowers went to the wife and the lovely red/pink and rainbow mix went to the daughter, you’d be right! I’m sure you took some time to think about it though. hehe. Both his wife and daughter loved them, which always makes a sewist/quilters heart super happy and smile big. I wouldn’t even be able to begin to explain the beautiful flowered fabric softness and the feel of it, it is almost as if it has a slight bit of flannel to it as it is super soft without being fuzzy. It would honestly make a great quilt back, especially with all of those bold colors. I could make tons more of those bags just like that though… they would look pretty awesome all lined up, right?

For the lining, I used RJR Fabric Chambraye, it’s a beautiful deep tones purple with a slight mix of red in it that brings it to the dark pink side as well. The pictures don’t do justice. It fit the bag well, though. The inside of the rainbow pouch I used the remainder of the red/pink fabric as I thought it suited it best, with of course a fun yellow zipper!

I finished the zipper pull ends with cute charms; a butterfly and then the first letter of the wife’s name along with a fortune telling ball (because we all know mothers can predict the future!). I love finishing zipper pull ends with charms, it’s a fun and really personalized way to add that extra touch!

Now that is What I Did This Week… What did YOU Do This Week? Show it off and feel accomplished in every endeavor you take on! I can’t wait to see! Make sure that if you share on Instagram, you use the #gettingquiltywithit

I am linking up to Finish it Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF host this by with M-R of Quilts Matters.… Show your stuff off too!

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Thankful Thursday

A quilting friend Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl has created Thankful Thursdays. It’s a time where you can reflect on what you are appreciative and thankful for, you can find out more details over on her blog. I love that it forces you to really think about what you are grateful for and most of all, thankful for. No matter the reason, big or small… they all matter.

This week, I am thankful for having the funds to support my LQS. Each time I go to the LQS and rent time on a Long Arm, I always purchase a little something. It’s my way of supporting the shop. I’m thankful that I have the allowance to do this and a husband who allows this. The past few times I went I picked up this cute little ruler fabric, bright silver thread and a long arm ruler.

I also picked up some fat quarters that she was having a sale on and I couldn’t just pass up. Aren’t they all fun!?!?! Oh ya, I also splurged and purchased a 10 1/2” square OmniGrip ruler! I love those rulers!

I did also purchase that cute little pink box you see on the right side. This is my sewing desk, which originally was a computer desk and I purchased this at Target, literally… almost 10 years ago! It’s held up pretty well. Go Target! Since I converted it to my sewing desk, I love that I am using the keyboard tray as a place to store all my immediate items I need while I am sewing and always having to switch out. As you already saw, I have now made that little pink box hold all of my sewing feet. It’s perfect as I can snap the top on quickly, put in my sewing box and I am on the go! How awesome is that!?!?! Now that I am really loving those boxes, that is what I am going to purchase more of when I go back. (sssshhh…. don’t tell) What have you purchased recently? Most importantly, what are YOU thankful for this week? I hope you share and join in on the gratefulness as I am eager to see!

I am linking up with Yvonne w/ Quilting Jet Girl for thankful Thursday’s! Be sure to link up as well!

One Step = Progress

“One project step at a time.” That is what I keep saying to myself. Each step I take, each project I make any progress on, is the right step in the direction and one step closer. One of these days, I will have all of my WIPs down to only a few. I will always have tons of ideas… but starting them before finishing so many other prior ones has needed to change. Now that I ranted a little, I do have a few pretty pictures to share and for what I have been working on. There is progress being made in the back end of this blog, I promise!

I’ve been working on a baby quilt for awhile now, off and on. The picture above is actually not part of the quilt, but a little extra something I am making that will go along with the quilt. I have finished quilting it though, just have to finish putting the binding on. It will soon be in its forever home. I am quite excited about this one, as I wasn’t initially as it isn’t what I would really go for on my own.

I really just quilted a lot of loop-de-loops on this one, with the occasional spelling of the baby’s first, middle and last name. It really blends in so you don’t really see it which is nice, but it is also nice knowing it is there and it gives it a bit more of a personalized feel to it.

I have finally began my block piecing for my 30’s Quilt, and let me tell you how. good. it. felt. It felt so good to finally have begun the processes of making blocks for the FOUR (Yes 4) Supernova Block Quilts. Since there will be 9 of these total, I have 8 more to go for just my personal quilt and 27 more for the other 3. Do you think I can have these done by the end of this summer? Lets just see!

Even more exciting, and this is more of a finish but I am sharing it anyway as it has a WIP on it; I finally got around to re-doing my design wall and I now have a whole new design wall that is slightly larger and MUCH more sturdy. I did the same method as I did before, but went in to it with a little more knowledge of how to put it together a bit more securely and which type of batting to use. I have officially learned that the quality of batting being able to adhere to the batting enough to stay on the board makes a huge difference. First I used cheap polyester batting which works great, but it has more “fluff” to it and doesn’t allow for the fabric to stick very well to it. This time I got quilters dream batting while on a major year end sale at Joanns and it is a HUGE difference. So much so that I did little video clips to show the drag that each batting allows. I will be sharing more of that later.

Now it’s time I get back to it so I have more to share and hopefully a FINISH for this Friday!

I am linking up today with WIP Wednesday w/ Freshly Pieced and Lets Bee Social w/Sew Fresh Quilts. Join in on the party and show your stuff off!

QuiltCon Charity Quilt – Sylvia’s Place

Happy DAY AFTER NEW YEAR! How was your FIRST day of the NEW YEAR of 2015? I hope not suffering from too much of any hangover, even though that can be the sign of a great night. All depending who you speak to! hehe. I myself, spent the evening in my sewing room, sewing away and when the clock struck midnight, I BROKE THE THREAD. ha! Not really, that just sounded cool. I did get to moving on some sewing though.

I joined in with the MQG and along with a group of other lovely ladies, we made a quilt for QuiltCon – Charity 2015. BIG SMILES!

Nothing like last minute, right? I have had two family emergencies happen in the past two weeks and it kept me away from everything. All I had left to do was put the binding on and sew the label and sleeve on. Luckily, those don’t take too terribly long. I finished it up Tuesday night, took pictures Wednesday late morning and mailed it out Wednesday afternoon. Phew!

In this Charity quilt, I volunteered to be sub-leader, as I didn’t have the time to ensure all ran smoothly but was willing to help in any other way with direction (sometimes being told what is needed and just doing it, is mindless activity for me rather than having to think ahead and prepare). Chrystine Hendrickson with Chrystines Custom Quilts was our leader and she came up with the design as well as pieced the top together; the other ladies sent her blocks that they were assigned to. I am really loving this quilt and wish I had one for myself!

The back, quilting and scrumptious scrappy binding was done by yours truly. Originally Chrystine and our chose to use Ash for the back; however going to every store possible and they either didn’t have it or didn’t carry it. There was plenty of SNOW though. I didn’t want to have to wait and order it (which at this point for when I got it done, wouldn’t have mattered. Ugh). I went ahead and purchased the SNOW for the back. With that, Chrystine and I also had originally decided on the ASH color for the binding as well… I went with approximately 20” a piece of scrappy binding. I was hesitant at first, but REALLY love it now. Don’t you? I have found that I love both solid and scrappy bindings just the same… and I honestly don’t think there is ever a right or wrong with it on ANY quilt.

For the quilting I did a lot of straight-ish lines along the empty space, and kept it to straight-ish lines throughout aside from a few curved angles to help give it more appeal. I did what I call “looped straight lines” (I am sure they have a more official name), where I went back and forth but gave it a curve to continue on down through the shapes. I have a few spots where I got stuck, but overall I was really happy with myself and the quilting. My quilting has come a long ways in just the past year. I also wanted to emphasize the color shapes on the front and not the specific blocks, so I made sure I quilted those in a whole rather than separately.

In the end, I really love the texture on this quilt and the weight of it. I really was sad to have to see this go and am tempted to make one for myself because I loved it that much. But someone else out there needs it more than us which is why after it’s brief stay at QuiltCon in February 2015, it will be sent to Judy (contributor – who was first to send her blocks in) to then be donated to a locate battered women’s shelter near her called Sylvia’s Place. I am so honored to be a part of this charity and to have been a part of such a wonderful, giving and inspiring set of women! I look forward to it again next year! What have you donated in 2014 and any plans to donate in 2015?

Block Piecing:
Jane Adolf – Kentucky
Susan Clay – Ohio
Ginny Fisher – Indiana
Judy Habetler – Michigan

Design & Top Construction:
Chrystine Hendrickson – Missouri

Back, Quilting and Binding:
Megan Jorrick – Kansas

I am linking up to Finish it Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts… Show your stuff off too!

2015 – My Year of Change

Happy New Year

Tomorrow, I will have been 30 years old for exactly one month. I have been starting to speak about my journey of re-creating myself. I have known for months awhile now that I would be walking into 2015 with a new outlook. I knew I was going to also set my goals accountable on my blog and had been thinking about goals I really wanted to focus on. I have enjoyed seeing other quilt bloggers resolutions and even more excited to see where we all end up in a year. 

After some intense thoughtful planning, I have broken my goals up into a total of 11. If you know me, I really dislike even numbers. Not so much that I should would need to be placed into a hospital, but you know. I do actually have a total of 12; however I am leaving the last one unknown for the end of the year for me to analyze my year throughout and see what resolution/goal came about without me even realizing it, or maybe that one that was to be added once other things fell into place. In my head, I only have 11 and am “adding” 1 more, so I am still using odd numbers, even if the result is 12… well; it doesn’t bother me so much and I just don’t think about it! (Don’t worry, I don’t understand it either)
While I will be focusing on all of my goals throughout the year, each month I will be reflecting more intensely on one specific goal and analyze myself for how I may better it, how I may alter things or who knows. (insert shrugging shoulders) These are placed in such a order that I feel will work as the year flows (but please don’t hold me too accountable) and I may switch some up as the year goes so make sure to check back as I will update this throughout the year with the posts that specifically identify to the goals! 

So what are your goals or resolutions for 2015? I am eager to hear them and for the year to play itself out to reflect how well we all kept to our own accountability. Here is to 2015 and each year to follow! HAPPY NEW YEAR again everyone!
I am linking up with Yvonne w/ Quilting Jet Girl for thankful Thursday’s! Be sure to link up as well! 
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