Sewing Room Shopping

Sunday, the last day to relax and enjoy any last remnants of life without a ‘real job’. Oh Mondays, how you loath me. I was productive today at least. Took care of lots of laundry and the never ending cleaning of the house. Lucky for my sewing/quilting room, cleaning and organizing on Sunday leaked in there as well. I finally decided that all loose fabric would finally find a home and all fabric large enough to be bolted, would.

Don’t they look so pretty? I love freshly ‘bolted’ fabric. I love not having to be careful not to allow the stack of fabric fall over as I try to get one from in the middle of the stack or even mess up my perfectly stacked fabric… which in turn makes me less likely to go to it because I specifically don’t want to mess it up and keep the prettiness as is. I know, I know… I have issues. I think any fabric hoarder does! It’s funny, when I began this, I swore that I would never become someone who has fabric for over a year… and here we are. haha. While organizing and going through everything I found some really fun prints I had forgotten all about that it made me feel like I had went shopping all day Sunday and came back with the mother load! My inspiration for each came back as well… now only if I can get myself to jot them down when I am thinking of them.

I got both of those lovely fat quarter stacks months back on Massdrop. They are scrumptious colors and I have yet to really think of the perfect quilt for these. One day it will come. For now, they look perfect on my shelves.

I originally bought these to create a winter emergency blanket (does that even make sense?), but this winter hasn’t been that horrible here and winter is beginning to pass. I have slowly been resigning myself to the fact that this will be coming about at the end of the year for NEXT winter. I did find plenty of fleece, small amount of canvas, a few flannel and even knits during all of my fabric clean up! Now it’s just time to make those shirts and baby blankets I have been wanting to do!

I never had any plans for any of the three photos above, I just liked most of the fabrics in them and someone on Instagram was selling them a few months back, so I snagged them up.

Color overload! I believe I purchased the purple and blue print at Joann’s, and I think I did it randomly as I liked the look of the fabric and figured I’d find something to make out of it one of these days. You know, when we have the fabric apocalypse and there is no fabric left anywhere… well I intend to be stocked! The red/pink and rainbow combo I recently made an Open Wide Zipper Pouch out of for a co-workers daughter and I loved how it turned out. It is a really fun fabric that you could get multiple uses out of but yet you find it difficult to get the inspiration for it because of it’s design. Strange how that works.

I have never been one to buy paneling for quilts, it is almost a little too ”traditional” for me; however when I saw these a long awhile ago at my LQS while I was quilting, I decided I should snag two panels as I thought these would actually make cute pillows for either indoor or outdoor. Here is to hoping my idea pans out!

And while I don’t believe this was the last of my Sewing Room shopping, it is the last of what I took a picture of. Unless it is handed down to me, cute prints like these is not something I tend to purchase. It was on sale at my LQS and it was one of the purchases I decided to make to help support the store. The only thing I am able to envision and see in this print is a receiving blanket or the back to a cute farm/vintage baby blanket. It will probably be awhile for that though. Phew! That was quite a bit of fabric!

Have you experienced a shopping day just in your Sewing Room? I’d love to see the fabric you found as I love seeing what others find… my eye doesn’t always catch what others do and then I wish mine had!

I am linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching w/Kathy’s Quilt and Sunday Stash w/Molli Sparkles so be sure to join and show off your stuff!

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Pink Castle Fabrics – Color Inspiration Club

I have officially joined the Color Inspiration Club with Pink Castle Fabrics. I joined in the middle of September and I received my first package a few weeks ago, but with family in town I have been either extremely busy or playing catch up (which then in turns continues to keep me busy). Viscous cycle.

I had been debating it for a few months as I know I have an issue with not selecting or choosing a lot of solids; even though I love solids. What seems to continue to catch the eye though for the immediate buy is prints for me. I have a high assumption that I am not the only one with this dilemma… right?!?!? (I better not be hearing crickets) I knew I needed to build my solids stash and what better way to also purchase more of a specific color if need be for a project? At least I know the color and won’t have to match with an alternating manufacture or ”best matched color”. It was a win/win which made it worth the monthly fee. So in turn, I decided this will continue to help me with my solids and keep me some-what well rounded. Plus, who could turn down all of these yummy colors?

My first month was September as I got it before the deadline for receiving that month (I really wanted that coral color… I am obsessed!) and as you can see below, the colors are more yummy in person! I was so excited when I opened this up as you are with anything you only see online; you wonder if what you see is what you will actually get. This in fact was and is even better! The feel of the fabric is lovely, too! Another win/win!!! I highly encourage anyone to join one of their clubs, I really wish I could join them all! For now… Color Inspiration Club it is. 
Does anyone else use a fabric club like this? Maybe already in this particular club? Any thoughts or advice on them? If I have one fear with it, is that I may grow my solids so big I will have to stop for awhile and use some up before receiving more, but how do you stop a fabric purchase once it is already underway! That is a huge taboo for me!!! LoL 

Fabric Blunder

Monday is upon us again. Just like Karma, it always comes back around. ;o) Have you ever bought a fabric and then immediately when you got home, you were getting it out and putting it away neatly with your stack of other fabric… or may be putting it on a bolt (this is what I was doing); and then realized something in the fabric and was like, “Why did I buy this fabric?”. Well… I have heard this happen to others and it happened to me for the first time about two weeks ago.

Before reading further… what do you think I missed?

I decided to attempt my first shopping trip at Joanne’s. While I was there I looked at their clearance bin and found a really cute Angry Birds fabric. I immediately jumped on it with the idea that it would be great for a backing on a kids quilt one day… so many kids love those Angry Birds (I may or may not have at one time been addicted, but I am now attending meetings).

If you guessed it was because of all the bunny ears… you’d be 100% correct! I was so disappointed in myself for not catching this, but I was under the fabric spell! I immediately only saw what I wanted to see… and did not see all of those bunny ears. I almost wish my expression was caught on camera. My face must have been funny and whatever I was thinking was written all over me. I ended up talking myself down from the fabric purchase blunder and decided that it was so cheap I shouldn’t be “ashamed”… and decided it would still make good use on the back of a kids quilt one day. What kid will care about ears on their Angry Birds? I will and have now really made sure all details on a fabric I am satisfied with.

I know I am not alone in this… but what is your story behind your fabric blunder purchase? What do you now look for, or better yet, how many times has it happened to you?

Make a Decision Monday – #4

Happy Monday lovelies! I woke up very tired, yet very energized (is that possible?). I must be going crazy. I just feel ready and pumped for what August has in store and all months to follow as each month unfolds the new mysteries. Maybe I am just savoring the last bit of summer as best I can… either way, I am going to enjoy it.

I won all of this lovely stuff from MSQ! I went and ordered the Daily Deal which was the cute pink polk-a-dot tin with all of the cuteness included (minus the Riley Blake Charm Pack… I splurged and ordered it hehehe).

This week I am working on my first official attempt on an actual quilt… HAND BINDING. Every time I have thought of that “H— B——” word I almost would shutter. I will get more into my adventure of it later this week. I chose this binding as I thought it fit the theme of what appeared to have been made with my first attempt at FMQ. The picture really doesn’t do justice with how well all of the colors blend in while the flowers are still very defined. So far, it is turning out to be the absolute perfect binding.

I have decided to change things up with Make a Decision Monday… I have decided that it will be bi-weekly; merely for the fact that life can get in the way at any time and alter plans and reasons why you couldn’t get to something as you intended. I have found that I was rushing too much with every week. I enjoy a good push, but working a full-time job and then rushing so much that I was making sew many mistakes (NOT OK!) that were pretty easy to not make had I been focused on it instead of a deadline. Just need some breathing room on my time restraint. So… this will now be done bi-weekly. :o) I think it settles it all pretty well.

Any exciting plans or goals you have before the end of summer? Lets get to sewing!

Sew Stitching Cute

A Pop at What is Coming Up

It’s is Wednesday! I swear it feels like Friday to me though! I wish I had more to post for a WIP; however my actual full-time job has not allowed me good picture taken times… and sometimes the photos aren’t even worth posting up if they are horrible in themselves and nobody can get the feel for what you’re trying to put in.

I did have the chance to work a bit last night on something I have coming up. I am pretty excited about it – so here is a picture of the layout I did (on excel). Simple squares (a.k.a. blocks) to create a layout. I worked on my measurements last night and filled it in to make it look more appealing for visual effect while picking fabric. It will all be scraps (the squares).

This one is going to be pretty special, and what is going to make it so special for me is that it will be the very first quilt I make that is all for myself. I will finally be having something to snuggle with all on my own, and this will have a very special touch to it as well. I intend to post a lot about this quilt as I get going on it… so just a heads up you will see this around quite a lot!

If all goes well, I hope to do a Sew-A-Long with another layout I have that is similar in nature! I have no doubt either will be Sew Stitching Cute!

Vintage Pink Rose Progress

It is finally Friday… it seems to have been a long week. Yet once again, my husband prevails! I am telling you, I sometimes can’t brag enough about him.

So on my very first Make a Decision Monday, I chose to really make some leeway with my Vintage Pink Rose commission quilt. All of the fabric aside from the solids were selected by the friend/mom who requested this blanket, we also went over the layout, etc. Last week I was gone in New Orleans for 3 days which put a cramp in my style for completing anything and it also through me off sleep wise, house work, cleaning, laundry, blah. blah. blah.

I was talking to my husband on the phone last night and he asked me where I was at with my Make a Decision Monday project… I told him and his response was, “Well how are you going to Finish it Friday!?!?” (Crazy Mom Quilts) My response was simply, “Well, I’m not”. He didn’t have much to say after that other than how much he just tries to help me continue to be motivated (I’m horrible at doubting myself). Don’t get me wrong, I had been making progress, but I could have been a lot farther along.

Natural Lighting – Indoors

When we got off of the phone, I sat there and thought for a few minutes and realized how much of that small push my husband gave me was one of the biggest pushes I needed. Thanks, babes! I immediately got going and set out to complete the first part of the quilt top. I did it smiling the whole time, knowing that my husband really loves me and loves to see me excel or he just wants to get rid of me that much more because I am in my own space when I sew… hhhmmm… LoL 

One thing you may notice that I do a lot of in my sewing, is chain piecing. I can NOT get enough. I am so frugal that I try and save as much thread as I can! After all HST were trimmed to 6” squares, I matched two sets up with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, following the pattern I originally created through the App Quiltogrophy which I discussed here. I then placed a pin along side the edge that needed to be sewn together so that I may chain piece away, plus with the pin it makes me not loose which ones need to go together. 

  

Once all of them were chain pieced together, I ended up with a stack of two HST together, that looked like this. 

I should have used a different one for the top, as my point was not great on this one. How embarrassing.
What do you know?!?! I did it! I completed the first part of this quilt top. While it may not be finished enough for Finish it Friday, it sure is so close! I have to add two borders to the top, then it will be sandwich, quilting and binding!!! I was very pleased with myself and fell in love with my husband just a little more for his good motivation… always knowing what to say (and not say) to make me think and get going. 

Make a Decision Monday: Introduction

Afternoon! This is a late post – and it will be a quick post. I am going to be quite candid as well… because not all of the time can things be “easy” nor will everything “work” per-say.

I have spoken plenty of my practically over-supportive husband (Not sure how that makes sense… but I mean it, there are times I have to tell him to tell me no); and here I am, talking about him again. He is the spark plugs in my engine, because he assists in keeping the fuel going when I just want to sputter out.

Current baby quilt set – Vintage Pink Rose theme

I was talking to my husband this past weekend and sharing with him the responses and disappointment I had in the charm quilt swap that I am all jazzed about and still determined to do it, even if it doesn’t get completed until next year when I try the swap again. I expressed other concerns also and that while I may be heavy into quilting, that I was unsure that blogging was the direction to go for me; and if so, how far did I want to take it or ‘promote’ it? I told Michael about Crazy Mom Quilts – Finish it Fridays, Freshly Pieced – WIP Wednesdays and now from Polka Dot Chair – Selfish Sewing Sundays. He heard it all… from how much I wish I could join in on it and become a part of it, all the way to “I just wish I had more time!”.

I really love how MSQ neatly packages everything

My husband is always telling me to ‘make a decision’. So while silence stepped in for a few moments during our conversation, he looked at me and said, “Made a Decision Monday”. We have this weird connection that when the light bulb goes off, it tends to go off for both of us then once the initial idea is uttered out. I almost instantly admitted that it was a great idea, but scared of the commitment I still had to put towards it. He asked me a few times again yesterday about doing something and I believe he was no longer giving me a choice but informing me that this is what I would be doing.

Sew Simple and Elegant

My problem is that while I love quilting, I also love reading about quilts, staring at pictures of quilts, finding new patterns, new designs, new quilter friends… all of the above! I really do in all sincerity have TOO many WIPs, I have spoken of these before in my blog. I can’t wait to have them narrowed down once I finish quilting them. With so many WIPs, when I think about starting up on something I sometimes panic because I have too many options (I feel so weird admitting I have too much, it is almost foreign) and therefore I feel less and less gets done.

A little something extra I ordered on sale for $2.95!

So, I took up my husbands idea and said I’ll go for it and introduce it and begin. This week will be simple, as I do have a commissioned Vintage Pink Rose baby quilt set to make and send off in just 3 weeks (I spoke about it here). This might be it for those next few weeks… but maybe I’ll just sneak something small in.

All in all, the concept is each week (Monday) it is a fresh start of the week and a fresh start of what to work on for the week. I welcome anyone to join in (even if you do stray away)… the point is to try and focus on one specific project that week, not that you have to abandon everything else. This will hopefully help me (and you too) to continue getting something done when things can be overwhelming with life getting in the way: kids, animals, husbands, and too many fabric decisions sometimes keep us from completing what we set out to do!

Hope to see you around for more Make a Decision Monday!

2014 Blog Hop Introduction

It has come around to my turn of introducing myself and my blog… So welcome to Sew Stitching Cute! My name is Megan Jorrick, I am married to my husband, Michael and I am obsessed with him, quilting and frogs. I am pretty eccentric and I believe the smallest of things also deserve huge applause and gratitude, as they seem to be the most heart felt. I was born and raised in Southern California until I moved to Kansas with my husband a little over 4 years ago. Huge change and I am still adjusting, I am not a fan of winter longer than 2 weeks.

Here I am!
I am being stubborn and not finishing my quilts until I take my Tin Lizzie Long Arm Quilting class on June 29th, which I am gaining more and more anticipation each day. I have too many WIPs (did I really just say that?). I wanted to share with you completed projects from when I crocheted and a glimpse of what I have going, these were the last of my final products before I went full force into quilting about two years ago but have only devoted true time to it since last August when we moved. I like to push myself outside of the normal comfort boundaries I tend to steer with, I am always looking for something exciting and something to challenge me outside the box. I love meeting new people and especially when you find someone else with your love for being expressive in color and art, blanketed around the world.




 

 

 

 

Please be sure to check out yesterday’s post for a 2014 Charm Pack fabric swap/exchange… I still need people to join and swap with me!

   1. Blogging Tip: Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Easier said than done as I struggle with it, always finding and admiring more and more, then questioning, “no way will anyone love mine like they do theirs”. Yet, that is not why I began blogging. I enjoy writing and being expressive, sharing with others is just a bonus let alone a way to show what you’re proud of. I decided to blog for my memories alone and wanted to still share with others. Just always stay original, as that is what makes any one individual thrive as a human.

   2. Quilting Tip: NEVER be afraid to ask a question! Every quilter has been there, done that at some point or will… And you will only be there and do that when you choose to recognize you aren’t alone and every quilter continues to learn. I see sew many mistakes made more crucially from not asking (yes, speaking from experience as well).

   3. What drives you to read someone blog? What interests do you tend to draw yourself to when it comes to color, shape, size, etc? I love reading let alone quilting, and sometimes I am more drawn to reading others blogs than actually quilting as I get lost with all the creativity I am reading!

   4a. Your Dream Vacation Spot: Australia or Africa
   4b. Favorite book: The Love Dare
   4c. Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing
   4d. Favorite TV show: orange is the New Black… But I’m not an over achiever of watching shows.
   4e. Random fact about me: Nobody would be aware of or think I have any tattoos, let alone as many as I do have. They are a part of me and the creative body art, each holds some meaningful part of me. Just so you know, this is how crazy I am about frogs. To top it off, I quilt and well… Friends and family call me Grandma Megan and I say I have a genuine old soul.

I have truly been honored to be a part of this blog hop as I am loving the others I am meeting and speaking with, learning more and more each day. I hope you continue to stop by, and I hope you continue to for the following others that are a part of this as I think every person a part of it is worth following!

Camelia @ Camelia Elliott
Nurdan @ Hug a Bit Quilts
Lori @ Sew Psychd
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Christina @ Wips and Tuts
Marcia @ Cozy Capatiller
Judy @ Quilt Paradigm 
Jasmine @ Quilt Kisses

Baby Blanket Crib Set – Layout Playaround

I literally just got done ordering the remainder of the fabric I need (hopefully) for my first full order of a baby crib set. The set includes:

  • 2 crib sheets (we all know sheets are always changing; spills, overflowing diapers, the niagra falls of a baby’s spit up and so on)
  • 1 quilt 
  • 1 set of breathable baby bumpers
  • *A little something extra that is different each time

I have made baby quilts; however a full set I have not done for one specific person. I am lucky enough that a dear ex co-worker/friend from back home in CA is having her second precious baby girl in September and she has asked that I make a crib set.

This was the final decision

No sugar-coating anything here, I am scared sh*tless about her loving it the way I want her to. It is one thing to create something and then someone falls in love with it who then decides to purchase, because well, they already love it; however it is scary to create something out of commission when you aren’t sure the other person can really see your vision and yet still have this confidence you’ll do great. One thing that I have found that has helped me was this UH-MAZING app that I found months back for a small price called Quiltography (it is on sale for $9.99, original is $14.99) for my iPad that I use obsessively. While there are some things I wish you could do further with it and some things that could be updated, it does its job and gives you a good visual measure. It really has saved me tons of cutting up fabric for no reason because in the end, well… it just didn’t end up looking that great. I don’t use it for everything, but when I am trying to create something in my head of a look/design, I use it as it saves pulling fabric out left and right and sometimes the fabric uh-oh’s. My favorite thing is it has helped me not purchase fabric that while I may love it, didn’t end up going with my design afterall… because I can place the fabric picture in my design and save myself some money!

Above is the picture directly from the App that I was able to send, along with several others (another plus of the app). The vintage floral print was hand selected from my friend as that is the theme of her new daughter Emma’s room will be. As I said, there are a few things I wish you could alter or do more with the app, such as the border will not be as thick as it appears it would be in the picture/design; however they only have one standard size for a ‘border’ – it gives the overall feel though. You still have to use your creative juices people! :o)   Here are a few other layouts I had sent/played around with.

How does everyone else deal with their creative overflow? Do you have tons of pieces of paper around your home or sewing area, with all of the ideas that you have in your mind… do you keep it all on Pinterest for future ideas… or do you have multiple ways of saving ideas/designs so that you don’t lose it for later? I’d love to hear what others do and how they manage it all, as I sometimes swear I can’t fall asleep at times until I calm my brain down enough and assure myself enough that ”all will be fine”. Another great thing about the App that I just thought of, is that while one blanket may lead to tons of different designs, you can still always create the other designs as well! 
Now… I hope you stick around and be sure to follow me (links on top right) on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Blogger and see how it all turns out along the journey and hope that the end result is Sew Stitching Cute!
P.S. I lost count of how many WIP’s this makes me have in progress. Oh my!

The 2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop – at Plum and June

HELLO! I am excited to announce that I am so lucky enough to be part of The 2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop with Plum and June!

I will be posting my introduction on Tuesday, June 11th and I am very excited! I will be honest, I am still learning about how a Blog Hop works, but while I am nervous about doing a good job and anxious to get it going, I am giddy excited to see and hear from everyone participating (and even those that aren’t). Sometimes my husband will say he never hears me talk with such excitement unless it has to do with fabric, quilts or sewing in general for that matter. I am nervous of what I will say or share in it; however I love sharing also so I hope I don’t make it too boring!

It. Is. So. True. I can’t help it! I thrive off just viewing, seeing or reading about it. Sometimes I wonder if I just want to admire it from afar and not actually do the sewing or creating… but then I’m like NAH! I’ve gotta join in on the fun! I still find myself up late at night on my tablet or iPad catching up on my Quilt Blog reading… and then I wake up tired in the morning; only to find myself driven by what I will be doing when I get home with sewing or quilting and ready to tackle the day just so I can get home. I also, practically think of nothing else but quilts while I am at work (speaking of which, I am writing this while I am at work hehehe). Am I alone in this or does anyone else share my neurotic obsession with quilts, fabric and sewing that is almost disrupts every thought of yours?

On another note – my husband finally pushed me to take the class for the Free Motion Tin Lizzie 18!!! My class is on Sunday, June 29th and I decided on an individual class because I am a serious note taker and intend to really dive into it.

I am taking it at a local shop Show Me Quilting that I love and honestly, I can walk there if I really wanted to! Could you imagine, seeing me with all my quilts going to the Quilt Shop to complete my fabric art?!? I almost might do this one day and snap a photo and share with you all just for the laughs… I am always up for some good humor. Stay tuned my friends… stay tuned…

(Photos of Show Me Quilting and Tin Lizzie from RaytownOnline.com)