Thursday, July 26, 2012

Long time, no post...

Well, not like anyone is reading this blog anyway. I guess I should explain myself though. In a nutshell, we have moved back to TX, so that process was taking up a good portion of my time. What little free time I had after taking care of a 3 year old and baby, was either spent with the hubby or actually sewing. I'm currently working on a quilt for a very dear friend of mine who is finally getting married! It took a while for him to find a woman that appreciated just how special he is, but based on their wedding plans it seems like a match made in heaven! I really can't wait to meet her. My friend J (who also quilts) and I are making them a quilt together. She is doing one side, I'll do the other, quilt it and bind it. She is also making something else for them so I have taken on a good portion of the quilt work. I wish I had some good pictures to share, but I don't. I just felt I should post something since it had been so long. Next time though...

Friday, March 30, 2012

Mother's Day Placemats

So, onto my next project... placemats for my Step-mom who's birthday falls very close to Mother's Day. For Christmas last year I made her some Christmas placemats, but I thought I'd make some she could use every day. I was going to use fabric from my stash, but when I saw this fabric at JoAnn's I couldn't pass it up!

She loves dogs, has a dog, and I thought this would make for some cute and fun placemats. I actually have all 4 pieced already but I can't show you a picture because I don't want to ruin the surprise. I guess I kind of ruined it already though!

I do have some sad news though... the quilt shop closest to my house is going out of business. I did manage to make it over there and get a few yards of some beautiful Art Gallery fabric, Revive!
They had six fabrics from the line, so I got one yard each, at 40% off! I also got an extra yard from their Paradise line to go with what I already have in my stash, also 40% off. I'm sad to see this shop close though. :(

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Finally done!

Well, I wanted to do a freehand swirly motif on N's quilt. Something reminiscent of the path an insect takes as it flies through the air, but I cheesed out at the last minute. I'm just not ready to do such complex quilting on my first large quilt! I ended up just quilting along the sashing and leaving the inside squared alone. Hopefully the batting in these areas wont get too messed up as it washes and wears. Here's a picture below. Not sure what to do next!

Friday, March 9, 2012

How to quilt?

So I've made my "sandwich" for N's quilt, and even a little "mini-sandwich" with the extra block I made. I've been experimenting with different quilting patterns on the mini version, but I just can't decide how I want to quilt it. I even tried some freehand quilting and was rather unimpressed with my attempt! I'm feeling a little lost at this point, and would much rather start a new project and put this one on the back burner for a little while. Does that make me a bad mom? The piecing part is so much more fun! My Aunt suggested I tie it, but it's such a modern graphic design I think tying it would look a little too country/shabby chic. Besides, I would really like to quilt something in a more interesting way than just stitching in the ditch (my default). I guess I should ponder this a few more days...

Sunday, February 26, 2012

N's Quilt

So, I've been working on a quilt for my older son N. I decided to do a wonky 4-square, but I wanted to put sashing inside the block as well as around each block. Sort of like a stained glass look. I looked for a tutorial online on how to do this, but didn't come up with anything so I just made it up as I went along. After I finished the top I realized I should have taken photos of my process, then I could have made a tutorial! But in my excitement to cut into my fabric and get it done quickly I neglected to do so. I'll have to use the same technique again and make a tutorial when I do it.

I got the fabric at Cottonseed Glory, not exactly close to me, but they are right by the birthing center where my son's were born so I often dropped in to check out the fabric. They have an AMAZING selection and were very sweet, and patient with N my 3-year old! Its a good thing its 45 minutes away, otherwise I'd spend too much money there!

Here's a picture of the top after finishing the main section but before adding the outer border. You can't really tell in the picture but the border is cut and just placed next to the main section. It's been attached now, so the next step is to make my sandwich and, baste!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

On the agenda

So I think now would be a good time to list some crafty goals for the year.

- finish my raglan sweater (September)
- hunting mittens for my dad (August)
- quilt for N's bed (ASAP)
- something for my mom with the asian brocade (May or July)
- placemats for my MIL (May or November)
- placemats for my step-mom (May)
- 2 baby mini-quilts (July)
- nursing tops (ASAP)

Now that it's in print, maybe I'll get it all done!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Late to the game!

I know, I know, I'm super late to the blogging game! So why start now? Why am I bothering? Well, I have debated it for a long time. I see all these other crafty bloggers out there making tutorials and sharing ideas and I think to myself, "Self, you can do that. You have interesting ideas to share too!" Then my evil twin gets the better of me and convinces me that I have nothing interesting to say, and nobody will bother reading my blog anyway.  Well, I decided to show her "what for" and I'm going to blog anyway. If nobody reads it then at least I'll have a great record of things I have made and how I made them.

On that note, here are a few things I have done in the past. I apologize if the pictures are less than stellar as I took them before I decided to start blogging. Most were taken with my iPhone, which has a decent camera, but certainly not as good as a stand-alone camera.

Here's a little sweater I made for my firstborn. It's my design. I used Alice Starmore's Big Book of Fair Isle Knitting for the motifs. Unfortunately he outgrew it before it was cold enough to wear! :(
Here's a hoodie I sewed from upcycled materials (my husbands old t-shirts). I got the idea here. Again, I made it too small. I forgot to account for him having another shirt underneath... DUH!
Here's a sweater I knitted for my sister for Christmas 2010. My design again... sort of. My sister saw a woman at whole foods wearing a similar sweater, took pictures, sent them to me and asked if I could make her one just like it. I had about 3 crappy iPhone pictures to go off of, and this is what I came up with. Thankfully she loved it!
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Here are some placemats I made for my sister for Christmas 2011. We have this ongoing joke about roosters, so when I saw this fabric I HAD to buy it and make something for her. Did I mention I make her dinner napkins for her wedding? I keep saying I'm done making her stuff... but then I keep making her stuff!
Here's a little dress I made for a friends daughter. I used a modified T-shirt pattern to make it. The circles are reverse applique. I love reverse applique!
Here's a hat I made for a friend's daughter. The pattern is Tuppence's Aran Cloche by Danny Ouellett. I got the pattern through Ravelry.It's a great pattern, highly recommend it!
Here's a slinky cabled tank that I designed. I had the pattern almost complete, but then I lost the data so I'll have to re-do it sometime. Hopefully soon.
Here's another tank I designed. I DID write this pattern down and you can get it through Ravelry (it's called Dropsy) or through the LYS I used to own (shameless plug) here.
Swirly mitts I also designed. Had it nicely charted on some scrap paper that I lost. I also lost one mitt. I'll have to write this pattern down again too.
Training pants for my oldest. I used the Tinkle Time Training Pant pattern from Ladder Hill Designs. You can get it here.
Another one of my designs. No pattern yet.
Yeah yeah, I know what you are thinking. "Write your patterns down already!" For those of you who have never written a pattern I will tell you it's VERY time consuming, especially if you have to grade it for various sizes. If I had someone to watch my kids, clean my house, and cook my meals then I'd be able to get it all done in a reasonable period of time. Any takers? ;)