Super (insert name here) Woman: Introduction

This week I need YOUR help, that’s right, I need YOUR help. There has been a lot going on behind the scenes and it has been almost annoying that I can’t share it with you just yet. In just a few weeks I shall be able to though! With that being said, I have been working with my gracious and wonderful babes of a husband and his designer as I have had this crazy idea in my head and my babes made it flourish!

There are a few other ideas that will slowly come as things roll out but I first wanted to start somewhere though. Lets just say that all I gave to the designer was that I wanted a “sexy sewing machine” with a “wonder woman” like silhouette with it… indicating a Super Quilt/Sewing Woman. I am also having trouble with settling with Super Quilt Woman or Super Sewing Woman; but without further ado… I introduce to you one of two possibilities…

Super (insert name here) Woman
I need YOUR votes for which one you visually like best! I have mixed feelings for either and for different purposes; however need to keep with just one! (Limitations. Psh.) Please let me know so I can finally show you what is happening with this! I am super excited to share it with you so help me decide so I can help you and tell you!
Votes:
Left or Right Silhouette 
– and –
Super Quilt Woman OR Super Sewing Woman

Thank you in advance everyone!
Really the Super Quilt or Sewing Woman isn’t the biggest deal, as it can be what anyone would call it… but I think I am just wanting to settle on what I would always refer to it as. Maybe I would refer to it as both at times? Then I start over thinking and think that would just confuse the issue more times than not (OCD problems). Either way, I am looking for others opinions and thoughts!
I am closing this with a thank you directed towards my husband. He has been working hard and surprising me with other things here and there when it comes to his support and dedication to helping me achieve my goals with my sewing and quilting. He is pretty amazing. Sometimes we can lose track of where our appreciation is and I don’t believe I have showed it very much his way lately as I have been so focused on other things. With that being said – Thank you, babes! 
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Feather Paper Piece: Learning Curve

Last year, I took part of my first swap. Ever. It was scary and intimidating as I do not qualify myself as a great sewist when it comes to bags, purses, pillows, etc. Although I do love to sew me a good pillow (I am obsessed). I am still always much more amazed at others work and their ability… yet many took years to get there, too. The swap I joined was the Liberty of London Tana Lawn Swap Round 1 and in the end of the experience was great, I posted about more of my feelings here

Earlier this year, I decided to join again and go for Round 2 of the Liberty of London Tana Lawn Swap. I had been stuck on what to make for my secret partner because I was limited to the Tana Lawn lines of fabric I had on hand as money was tight at the immediate moment and Liberty fabric isn’t the cheapest. :o(   Nobody likes to disappoint, but I definitely stress about it more than I expect others to ever stress about anything they make me. As a matter of fact, I would hope they didn’t stress at all. In the end, along with a few other things, I decided to attempt my first paper piece block. The paper piece block I decided to give a try was the Free Feather Block Pattern + Tutorial by Blossom Heart Quilts. I thought this would be a great block to be able to use the small pieces of Liberty fabric I have as well as display an array of them in the leaf. 
Do you see the error I made? If not, let me graciously point it out to you. The original paper piece is split to them be cut and taped together to make the complete block. 

Well, once I got done with the first portion of it I thought I was on a roll, and I was feeling quite proud of myself. I even decided I would finish the rest of the next day as it was getting late and I still needed to take care of a few other things before going to bed. So here it is, the following day at work and going to make the blog post for my WIP of the week. While grabbing the link for Blossom Hearts Quilts on the Feather Paper Piece + Tutorial, skimming through it, I instantly realized the mistake I had made. 
When I had originally cut the pattern out from the paper, I left the pieces on the page separated. I thought I would just be sewing those on after I put the fabric on them. Nope… they were to get attached from the beginning… UGH! I resigned to the fact that I could still make it work… and I intend to. I will be finishing this tonight and hopefully my improptu doesn’t ruin this entirely. I mean, I did use Liberty fabric on it!!! I will have to add the fabric to the bottom section and then just sew it together from there. It will have my own little twist on it I guess!
If only I had not been so eager to get moving on it and read through the quick picture tutorial and I would not have this problem. I am REALLY hoping this doesn’t make me have to re-do everything I already have done. Not because of the time, but because of the fabric. This would definitely be a lesson to practice on scrap fabric before using the fancy fabric! Go me! This is what my paper piece should have looked like. Oh well. 
So lesson learned here, my friends. Be sure to read directions and don’t get too excited when trying something for the first time thinking you have it all covered!!! hahaha It won’t always work out! Do you have any bloopers you got overzealous on? 
I still think it is pretty with all of those Tana Lawn fabrics…
I am linking up and showing off at Let’s Bee Social w/ Sew Fresh Quilts and WIP Wednesday w/ Freshly Pieced, be sure to show your stuff off, too!

Bee Hive Swarm Mara Love

I have spoken about the Bee Hive Swap I took part of from Blossom Heart Quilts. I have taken part of a few other swaps here and there, like the Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Rock’n Round Robin but I had not actually taken part of a block swap. It seemed simple and easy enough, so of course why not. I came down sick last week (hence no WIDTW as I was literally that sick); I even stayed home from work for two days and I am known to NEVER stay home from work. Anyhow, I was much better come Monday morning but I was still very tired and very worn down and so I was happy when Monday came to a close. I came home knowing that I had one package in the mail to expect and that already had me happy… but then I pulled up and saw two packages. Then I opened my door and saw two more packages (they were in between my door and storm door)… you bet I SQUEALED! If you were my neighbor, you would have seen me doing a slight happy dance (seriously). It instantly perked me up.

Left to Right: @thesistyuglers   @mishamakes   @chelengeorge   @michaelannn

I know anyone would agree that this would instantly make you smile during any bad day! Coming home to this amount of smiles is irresistible! The remaining has all been posted on my Instagram, so I apologize if you already follow me there, too!

Instagram post:
@thesistyuglers

I was in bed at 7:30p last night… this resting while sick business is real! Check out the #starplusblockand lovely goodies from @thesistyuglers those frogs are killing me, and she so graciously charmed a piece of each of the fabrics as well! The frog charm, I can’t wait to start making my charm bracelet! And those bag of gummies, you ask? They may or may not be 80% gone already. And I don’t even have kids. thank you for the awesome froggy goodness! #beehiveswarmmara

Instagram post:
@michaelannn

I wish you guys could see that awesome sparkly pencil! It really BLINGS! I have now dubbed it my doodling pencil! I need to know where this gorgeous green frog fabric came from @michaelannn because it speaks to my frog soul! Haha how cute is that amazing frog pouch? And the cutest littlest notepad! Aaah! #beehiveswarmmara

Instagram post:
@mishamakes

I smiled ear to ear when I unwrapped this BEAUTIFUL frog princess stamp! How cool is THAT!?! This is perfect for my signature stamp mark! @mishamakes you know how to make a froggy girl feel oh so purtty! The #openwidezipperpouch and the bee hive fabric… along with embroidery thread which is perfect to get started with! So mich crafty goodness I almost don’t know what to do with it all! I have so enjoyed becoming closer “virtually” with you these past few weeks! #beehiveswarmmara


Instagram post:
@chelengeorge

Last one from my #happymail Monday! Look at the astoundingly lovely mug rug/mini from @chelengeorge and all of the other goodies! Girl, you did such a great job on that arrow and I am jealous of myself! Haha those fabrics also!!! I am going to have to make something super awesome with all of these fabrics you ladies have graciously shared! I LOVE the post card, too… it will be on my board forever! Thank you over and over again! #beehiveswarmmara



The experience with swaps and others alike continues to grow and I believe I will forever be a part of something within the quilting friend community! I love Instagram for this main purpose as it helps bring everyone together directly with very little to have to shuffle through. I have one more block to receive and she is helping balance with the colors that are already selected… putting in some more Orange. I just know that this is going to be one LOUD quilt that is going to be like having a party going on even when I’m peacefully sleeping or snuggled underneath it! Just look at how lovely all of these play together already; Yet they are a huge contrast from one another which is my favorite part. If you haven’t learned yet… I really don’t like ‘order’ and I like to just live it loud and love it all!
Has anyone joined any other swaps or anything of that sort recently… just finished one? I am sure your experience was just as pleasant, as I love how even if someone slips or has to unfortunately excuse themselves from it there is always an angel to save the day. No hard feelings, either! Quilty friends really ARE the best! Agree?
I am linking up and showing off at Show and Tell Tuesday w/ I Have to Say…, Sew Cute Tuesdays w/ Blossom Hearts Quilts and Thankful Thursdays w/ Quilting Jetgirl so be sure to stop by and show your stuff off, too!

Victim of Christa Quilts Fabric Destash

Wondering where I have been? Other than sulking in my sewing room corner as I am unable to make it to QuiltCon this year and watching everyone’s fun and anticipating posts and some of them already arriving, it has me definitely feeling slightly blue! Next year is 100% guaranteed for me (thank goodness they have it locked in already) and I am literally already counting down the days! Other than that, I have unfortunately been working on things behind the scenes. I can’t show you just yet, which makes it difficult for updates but it does leave for lots of updating in about a month or so! I have been busy though, I swear! If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen the below picture… but I would want to see it more, too!

I have confessed before and I am confessing again. My name is Megan, and I, am a #fabric junky. I have used it almost daily for the past 3 years and when I am not able to get my hands on it within 24 hours I suffer from brain lapse, cold sweats and hand tremors. I can’t stop thinking about it every second… I swear if I don’t get it for a steal I will miss out forever. My hands carry the track marks of late nights with the sharp blade. I am a fabric junky and hope to one day come clean and #sewmystash but; when you have such fabulous ladies like @christaquilts and her awesome destash (@cqdestash )… it was right in front of me and I could not resist. I went a bit crazy and could have done more damage (still might hehe). Now off to enjoy my fabric high! I have lots to share! Haha Please excuse my mess.

Speaking of Instagram, it is the death of me when it comes to fabric destashes. (sigh) Oh well… the more I can make, right? Not so much, I think I have almost but given up on the #sewmystash2015 because I have too much stash to sew for the remainder of the year! Anyhow, the amazing @christaquilts has a fabric destash account @cqdestash and she recently did a new destash. Hello fabric cravings!!! I might have overdosed but I am slowly recovering from the delivery of my purchases with her destash that came last night! It was a pleasure seeing 3 boxes at my front door when I pulled up! I swear, that feeling of having fabric mail at your door, the excitement, the anticipation, the urge to use it immediately… it never subsides with each package. Anyone been doing this for longer than 5 years still experience that ‘fabric high’? I believe I  we are not alone in this!

Look at all of this! This isn’t even the top stack of fabric that had yardage cuts. All of these pieces range from 1-ish yard (give or take) all the way down to a fat quarter… most are at least 1/2 yard! If I told you how much I got all of this for, you’d wonder why you didn’t snag it up! I won’t brag here! But if you ask, I might just tell you! hehe. Last week I shared an updated post of how I organize my fabric with fabric bolts. I did the same thing with this fabric, or at least started on it last night. I love making my own fabric bolts… it never gets old putting the fabric up and seeing it displayed. I sometimes feel like I am in my own fabric store.

I got right away to cutting self made fabric bolts into 12” x 10” for the yardage cuts and used the extra for some of the larger but yet still small fabric cuts (anything 3/4 yard and under). I then also cut bolts in the size of 10” x 7” for the panel pieces I purchased. These were large panels and I do cut these typically smaller on other panel pieces, all depending on the size of the panel. I also generally keep them separate from all other fabric as I normally have a specific purpose/idea for each panel and don’t want it confused with any fabric yardage with the rest of my stash. I keep these and other specific type fabrics that I don’t have a lot of in my closet for now.

Top:
Fleece and panels
Knits and Flannels
Middle and Bottom:
Vintage sheets and Wide back
Husband clothes to cut into a quilt
I probably need to move my husband old teenage clothes out from the closet so that I have to see it all of the time, I have been promising to make a quick out of him clothes for almost 2 years now, ever since I made his mom a tshirt quilt out of his clothes for her birthday one year. It was nothing too intricate in design, just simple squares… but it was what it was made out of that made it so great. 
See… I just can’t ever seem to get bored or tired of seeing fabric on a ‘bolt’. It’s so pretty. Also, that top fabric, with the green modern design on it? The moment I unfolded it to bolt it, I instantly knew what I was going to use it on. It almost seemed too perfect… I am thinking it would be great to go with the Foothills Mystery Quilt top I just got done piecing together last week… what do you guys think? Need a better visual? I can always take a better picture of it… but I really do thin it is the perfect green and design to match the very green and pink top! I would love thoughts and opinions!
I told you I was at least doing something and not being totally lazy! I am linking up and showing my stuff off with WIP Wednesday w/ Freshly Pieced and Lets Bee Social w/Sew Fresh Quilts. Join in on the party and show your stuff off, too!

What I Did This Week #7 – WIDTW

Beginning last September, I joined Cheryl with Meadow Mist Designs with her Foothills Mystery Quilt Along and it is unfortunately almost done. Do you ever experience the feeling of while you are working on something you are anxious for it to be complete but when it is complete, sometimes you are sad to see it end? That’s kind of how I feel with this one. It has been fun connecting with everyone who has taken part of this as Cheryl did a lovely job with the entire QAL. I am hoping she does this more than once…. (here is to crossing fingers). I didn’t write too many progress posts about it unfortunately as late last year was super busy, but if you are curious of my thoughts, they are here:

As I stated, it has come to a near end as February was the instructions for piecing the entire top together. I would have never guessed the design to be as it is. This was most certainly kept very well a secret throughout! Job well done Cheryl! 
I originally chose to stick with one fabric for each of the specified A, B and C fabric groups; however when I received the December instructions, it called for piecing together squares, which in turn would create another square that should really be ‘scrappy’ per-say. Because I didn’t know the ending design of the quilt, I began to panic within myself if I was going to have enough contrast with different fabrics and if really I should have done different greens but with a solid background and all sorts of other things questioning in my head. I also had questioned that if I were going to stick with the green squares and turn them into larger squares, I would rather purchase more of the Kona Sprout (green) fabric (of course I would be low or out of it) and cut the squares so there are less seams… but then I was back where I started and wasn’t sure if I should now add more contrast. I contacted Cheryl just for her advise in the matter and she said either one would really work. I like scrappy and thought adding a scrappy look would be nice, so off I went to put together some scrappy 4-square blocks. 
I really didn’t like it when I put it up on the wall. Right away I knew I needed to change back to the solid, but then I would have all of those seams when really I could have cut just one larger square (ugh). Thank you OCD. I figured before I sewed everything together I needed to see how I liked it with the solid green color and as you have seen, I loved it. I ended up finding a true appreciation for the scrappy once all was said and done and liked how it looked, but I didn’t think it was best suited for what I was going for with this quilt top. I like that I stuck with the solid color and allowed the ‘star’ shapes to really show rather than get lost with the 4 patch square since everything else is done in one fabric. 
I really love this quilt design that I actually intend to make another one… that one will be scrappy. I am not quite done with this one yet, as I would like to make it a bit bigger. I have ordered more of the Kona Sprout so once that comes in, I can get to really finishing this top. This top here was the big finish of the week, but I did accomplish some other things, as well as get spoiled more by my #beehiveswammara ladies!
I am really appreciating what WIDTW has helped me with; that I have accountability each Friday as well as what it forces me to do throughout the week or at the end of the week. I have already experienced the week of feeling I did nothing when in fact when I look back, I very much so did and this week each day I came home from work I almost had no enthusiasm to sew and when I would convince myself to hold off, in the end I realized that if I didn’t then I really wouldn’t have anything to post for my weekly link up! I am loving the benefits of this and hope to continue to grow with it and hopefully everyone else does, too!
Now that I just showed my week off, show us all something or all of what you did this week! 

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My Sisters Quilt: The Beginning

So late last year, my younger sister inquired about a pair of quilts. Specifically for her guest bedroom which has a set of twin beds in it. She has it decorated pretty cute; however she definitely loves things to be in ‘order’ (thanks mom). She wanted them as her Christmas gift… and as I am sure you can tell as I am writing this post now a month and a half after Christmas that it did not happen. Is it just me, or does it seem that when it comes to making something for a family member it seems to constantly be put on the back burner? Whether it be because it was a request or something I want to do, I have a good running list. I don’t believe my WIPs will ever end.

Kona White: 9 yards
Bella Solids – Sunshine: 13 yards
Kona Pewter: 15 yards

That is quite a lot of fabric for two quilts! My sister wanted something simple, chevron in grey and white with the back of the quilt being yellow. The guest bedroom is yellow so she didn’t want to overwhelm it and wanted it to be just a pop underneath. Simple enough. You’d think. Until it came to deciding larger or smaller chevrons which in turn also determined how many rows of chevron due to the size that was measured specifically for the beds. Oy-vey! Really it wasn’t that rough :::cough:::. In the end, it was decided on 10” finished HST which would create the chevron pattern which would allow for 7 rows and 10 columns (this is bigger than the finished size to allow for squaring and shrinkage at the end). 
I will be cutting my blocks at 11 1/2” to allow for squaring as I will be using the method that allows for making two HST at one time. That means for each quilt I need to cut 35 Pewter and 35 Kona White squares = 70 total of each color as this will be two quilts. Then… I have a long assembly line to create by massive amounts of HST’s. The best part about all of this is that I know my sister reads my blog, and she knows that this is for her… and she is now very excited that she saw the actual fabric in my sewing room. I can’t speak of the details as to how this has been able to begin happening now just yet… but she will have no idea when these will finally be coming her way. What I will say is that I am extremely thankful for the family that I have and how we all come together in the end for one another. I have watched us all grow and connect more in the past few years, relationships changing and new ones forming; it’s been a graceful and liberating journey to experience and one I am looking forward to as the years continue. 
I am excited for something simple and almost mindless sewing if you will. It looks like with 170 squares to cut, I better get to it! 
I am linking up and sharing my thankfulness over at Thankful Thursday w/ Quilting Jetgirl, so come on and share yours!

WIP Wednesday and Frogs

I absolutely LOVE frogs… have I made that obvious yet? If not, I have completely failed at the true love I have for frogs. I am constantly asked why I love them and I truthfully wouldn’t have an answer for you. I often find myself asking the very same thing. The only thing I can remember last from any memory early on is after my parents separated and my mom bought a new home in 1993, my younger sister and I were able to decorate our bedrooms with the whole shebang. I remember telling her all about green and frogs, but I didn’t want a green room and I was not into all of the ‘fancy’ (prissy) colors (pink, purples, aquas, etc.); my mother told me how much a soft pink would look great with the green and all of the frog items. Looking back on it, how much I literally despised pink most of all, I have no idea how she convinced me to do so. Low and behold… my room was pink full of green and frogs. What I also remember, was going shopping for decor in the room and my favorite piece was this Silverchair Frogstomp poster. The best part, you ask? I nor my mother knew who they were, it was just perfect because it had a frog on it. I don’t know what happened to that poster but I definitely need to get another one. 

So following my absolute obsession and love for frogs, when I had seen Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts newest QAL had a frog block in it, I was all over it! Unfortunately I kind of found myself stuck on what fabric to use for the block as my idea was to use my vintage-y and older fabric in my stash. I had already used some pretty awesome fabrics to make super cute elephants for the #Elephantparadeqal but found myself not liking any of the fabrics for the frog block. There were tons of ideas, but nothing for the feel that I was going for in the fabric selection for this quilt. Until my wonderful #beehiveswammara ladies came through… with their generous giving of fabric scraps and frog fabric… one had sent me this adorable story time frog fabric and some other scraps (of course, mostly green). 
Once I had remembered about this, I immediately got to figuring out the rest… which wasn’t that hard as she had sent me scraps from her block that was made for me and it had the perfect green fabric for the legs! Off I went to sew one of the most adorable frogs… EVER! Isn’t he the cutest!?! I am obsessed with him! I love the frog sitting reading… I love the fabric on the legs… I love the eyes (which were another great steal from scrap fabric of mine that had those awesome circle designs on them) as they work perfect for frog eyes! 
I have plans to make lots and lots more of these amazing frog blocks! Thanks Lorna for these, they are going to be used tremendously by me! 
I am linking up and showing my stuff off 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, too! 

Fine Tuning Tips & Tutorials: Making Your Own Fabric Bolts

Hey everyone! Quick update today, I am joining the fun Linky Party with Stephanie and Michelle over at Late Night Quilter! The Linky Party is to bring together Tips and Tutorials, old, new, revamped, updated and every which way between! I hope you decide to hop on over and join in… grab an old Blog Post of any tutorial that you believe would be helpful and useful to many others!

For my participation, I have updated a prior post from MAY 13, 2014 – Fabric Bolts – Making Your Own. If you’re like me and like to visually see your fabric for consistent inspiration and well, just because you like to look at it and think it’s pretty (either excuse wins it for me!) and like them on fabric bolts and haven’t figured out how to go about doing that or the store bolts are too large for your space or the fabric pieces you have, this post is for you! It’s totally affordable for anyone and everyone’s budget! Plus, you have all of the material already, all you have to do is go buy PROJECT BOARD! Just go check my tutorial out already.

UPDATED:

This is where it all started and my bolts, before the sewing room makeover
After the sewing room makeover; doesn’t the fabric look scrumptious all bolted up?

The above picture shows two blue striped fabric boxes; however this now holds all of my 8” x 10” Color Inspiration Club 1/2 yard cut bolts. I love them!

Now there are plenty of ways to store your fabric and everyone likes to do it differently, this is only just how I personally like to display and store my fabric. Don’t get me wrong, I have some in my closet that is stacked! That tends to be more of my flannels, fleece, sheets, etc. but for the real fabric, I love for it to be surrounding me!

I am linking up and showing my stuff off to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday w/ Late Night Quilter, be sure to stop by and show your stuff off, too!

Layers of Charm: Fat Quarter Shop

Good Morning everyone and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and their week is hopefully starting off well! If you asked me, I’d say mine is! It’s starting off so well because I have an awesome, quick and yet versatile quilt pattern to share with you from Fat Quarter Shop called Layers of Charm!

                                                  Fat Quarter Shop Video Tutorial: click here

A few months ago I and some other quilt bloggers were asked to participate in their newest quick pattern! Don’t you just love them!?! I was so excited that they asked that I couldn’t resist! While this is my first quick fun patterns in a full quilt form from them, I have completed two of their other patterns being the Color My Heart and Let Them Eat Cake. They were simple, fun and yet made great patterns and were used in two very different ways! I can see many things being made! Back to this awesome Layers of Charm quilt, isn’t it great? I know, I already asked, but I figured I’d ask again. For this quilt, I chose to go with a Layer Cake of Cotton + Steel August line by Sarah Watts and matched it with a Kona Cotton solid, Carrot; isn’t it yummy? Truth: I was really scared matching that Carrot color with this line, but I really thought it matched with the very deep tones of Winter going into Spring. Everything is so dead and yearning to grow again, but it just isn’t time yet. All of the colors together remind me of that and knowing that I was probably going to keep this for my own, I knew it would be the perfect quilt to cuddle up under during this time of year. Another reason I kept the quilting simple, I really wanted the each fabric to shine on its own and I really love the colors. 

Layers of Charm fabric requirements:
1 Layer Cake
1 Charm Pack
1/2 yard for binding
3 3/4 yard for backing

Really, that’s it! Well, of course aside from your own amazing quilting talent, some batting and some extra love once again, all from you! I definitely see myself making more of these quilts for a quick come together when I need to make a quilt last minute… or maybe just because. ;o) I hope you jump on over to Fat Quarter Shop’s blog and video tutorial they have for this quick pattern for more details as it is free (I mean, come on, who can beat a free pattern? AND from Fat Quarter Shop!?).

 

The basics are selecting how you will lay out each of your fabrics in the end. As you can you see, I laid all of them out mixing more of the empty space background fabrics with busier fabrics so I can mesh them well together throughout the entire layout. There are lots of possibilities you can have with this quilt, by using solids for the layer cake and patterned fabric for the charm pack… you can do this in a rainbow or fade effect… just all over there are lots of possibilities. Again, hence why I am sure I will be making more of these. I had a lot of fun putting this together… I love the ‘wheel’ effect that the diamond gives in a large spectrum from snowballing an edge on each layer cake.

The finished product is a healthy (approximate) 54 1/2” x 54 1/2” quilt! For simple reasons I only did a simple grid work quilting, by quilting approximately 1/2” on either side of the main seam lines. I love it as it has left it very drape-y and soft, exactly how I wanted it. Snuggle resist this, I dare you!

For the backing, I chose this perfect matching grid work which had literally just about all of the colors that are in the top of the quilt! I thought it was perfect and meant to be, especially since it is from my stash! Yay for #sewmystash2015! High five! It did take a nice chunk out of it and I don’t know what this fabric is, as I got it from someone last year as a grateful hand me down. I do have more of it… and what was better about this was that I didn’t have to do any piecing! Can I get another high five!? Thanks! I also used the same fabric for binding, as I thought it would be nice to keep it the same look for the back and from bringing the back of the fabric to the front by bordering it. I think it fits perfectly as it has long hints of all of the colors mixed from the top.

Not only did I get to use up a nice chunk of my stash, I also got to use my new satin quilt labels from Ikaprint.com that I recently got about a week ago! Yay! No joke… I kind of giggled and squealed all in the same time once I saw it done and actually sewn in there. :::Insert ridiculous face here:::

I highly recommend you go check out the pattern with Fat Quarter Shop and I would like to forward a HUGE thank you to them for inviting me to be a part of this pattern! I can’t wait to see what all of you and everyone else comes up with! So many possibilities with such an open pattern… and quick! Did I mention quick!? P.S. it is really easy to even make bigger or smaller! Customize it to your size! Maybe even by using a charm pack and a mini charm pack!?!?!

I am linking up and showing off my stuff at MCM w/ Cooking Up Quilts and Monday Makers w/ Hug-a-Bit Quilts, join the party and show your stuff off too!

What I Did This Week #6 – WIDTW

Good morning and welcome to another week of WHAT I DID THIS WEEK! How has your week been? If you are anywhere but on the West side, you have probably been experiencing a nice cold chill this past week. I live in Kansas City and we got a bit of snow on Wednesday, most of it has already melted. We haven’t gotten too much snow this past winter and I know one of these winters we are bound to get it pretty good. Until then… I will relish in what a lot of KC Native’s say, “We’ve had pretty good winters the past few years” because I dearly miss my ocean. Enough about my boring weather report, lets show off our week!

First up, don’t forget I still have the giveaway that I announced earlier this week! It ends tomorrow some time early evening! Be sure to hop on over to my Instagram and find the original post with the below picture and enter!

The next up and really, for me… the most exciting thing that happened this week! Well, one of them, but I’ll show you the other one next week. I have already shared it over on at Instagram if you follow me. This was something I had personally been waiting for for a couple of weeks. I avidly read Sew Fresh Quilts blog and love her fresh attitude and designs. Plus, she is really nice. With that being said, she is on her mission for her 100 quilt labels that she ordered whenever ago from Ikaprint. I have enjoyed watching her progress as she counts down. I had played around with designs of my own for about two months and finally after up-doing my blog a little while back, I finally decided on a layout I was happy with and content with to mark as ‘my logo’. It feels exciting and odd to type say that. Aren’t they just super awesome!?! I can’t wait to use my first one!

Satin: 1” x 3/4” in Cream

That was pretty exciting, right? I really encourage anyone to do the same, even if for just bags, purses, mug rugs and all of the other fun stuff we make, these are the perfect little tag labels for them! There are other cute ways, don’t get me wrong… but if you’re like me and lazy in the way of just wanting to sew it right into the project, then this is the perfect fit for you! Plus, their pricing is really reasonable! No complaints!

I also joined Patch the Giraffe with Chelsea and From Bolt to Beauty with Michelle second round for a Charm swap! Last year it was all low volume fabrics. I enjoyed participating so much last year that I definitely had to get on the bandwagon for it again! This round is a selection of Art Gallery Fabrics! I still haven’t done too much more than what I started a few months ago with the low volume charm squares, but I was thinking about it last night so I know it will be is the foreseeable future! I have just been dreading unpicking all of that quilting in that one large square! (ugh) There are just a few more spots left, so hurry on over and join! All it requires is ONE yard of fabric and for you to cut it into 56 charm squares and send it on its way with a pre-paid envelope!

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My selection for the swap

Now to recap the week! It has been fun, even though I really didn’t do much sewing. Sunday I started feeling the kink/pinched nerve on the right side of my neck start up again and it has slowly been creeping up even more throughout the week, making it almost impossible to sew as your neck is bent down a lot. I’ve had to take a seat this week to nurse it back to health without going back to the Dr. Last time I ended up in the Emergency Room as it got so bad.

My #craftybirthdaybash1 gift was received by the January birthday girl and I really need to make one of those fun Let Them Eat Cake pillows for myself! Along with that the Schnitzel & Boo Swap also was received which was the Color My Heart mini which again, yes… I need to make a version for myself now. Why do I have such a hard time making something for just me yet when I make something for someone else I want to keep it. haha. I did also receive my gift on the Schnitzel & Boo swap which was the UH-mazing mini which matches my logo on my blog (and everything else really)!!! She did such a great job and it hangs perfectly in my sewing studio! The last thing I sewed this past weekend was the Elephants for the Elephant Parade QAL with Sew Fresh Quilts and a block for another swap I am doing. I also showed off the awesome quilt I received as a gift for my 30th Birthday from a co-worker made by his grandmother and mother. Even though not much sewing from me happened, a lot of other fun stuff happened! The exact purpose of these weekly posts… because even when you don’t feel you have had a purposeful or successful week, I really did!

Now that I showed off my week, show off your week or something from this week and let us all see it! Don’t be shy! Make sure that when you share on Instagram you use #gettingquiltywithit. 

Sew Stitching Cute quilts

Sew Stitching Cute quilts


   

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