Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap

30 January 2015

Back in November I signed up for the Schnitzel & Boo mini quilt swap.  I received my partner info and got to work.  I ended up using a Thimbleblossom mini pattern.  I would highly suggest using starch when working with pieces this small.

My partner loves red and turquoise so hopefully this will be something that she appreciates!  I also added in some extra goodies in with her package.  I love making the lined drawstring bags.  The pattern is by Jeni Baker.  They are so easy to make and are perfect as little gift bags.

Hopefully my partner will like what has been sent her way.  Now that this swap is over I can't believe it but my sewing list is empty.  I have nothing on my "Need To Do" list.  So now I guess I get to move onto my "Bucket List" for quilting!

Patchwork Heart Mug Rug Tutorial

25 January 2015

This is super easy to put together.  But I thought I would write it out just in case anyone wanted to give it a try!

You will need:
106 - 1" squares in low volume prints
 74  - 1" squares in various pink/red prints
12" x 8" piece of batting
12" x 8" piece of backing
Minimum of 50" of binding

Helpful Hints:
1. I starched all fabrics before I started cutting.
2. Make your 1/4" seam as consistent as possible!  There's not extra wiggle room in this project.
3. I sewed mine together in four different quadrants before I pieced the whole top together.
4. Press seams open!!!

Project will yield:  9" x 6" mug rug

1.  Arrange all of your 1" squares like the diagram below.
2.  Sew together one quadrant at a time.  I sewed the entire row then sewed the rows together.
3.  Once your quadrants are complete you can sew the quadrants together for your completed mug
     rug top.

4. Baste and quilt as desired.

5. Bind! And you have one impressively tiny pieced mug rug.

If you have any questions feel free to ask.  I will help as best as I can!  Enjoy the tutorial and if you end up making something I would love to see pics.

McKinney MQG February Swap

23 January 2015

The McKinney MQG is swapping Valentine related mug rugs for our February meeting.  I decided to make a mug rug that had a patchwork heart and I wanted to use 1" squares that would finish 1/2".  So I opened up EQ7 and started playing around and I came up with this.

It's not perfect but working with those tiny squares isn't easy!  I hope whoever receives it will enjoy it.  I also added some extra goodies to the swap package.

I can't wait to see what the other ladies come up with!!  I always love seeing all of the different ideas when we swap items.  There are so many talented ladies in our guild, we are one lucky bunch!

2015 Bee - The Stash Sewciety

18 January 2015

In December, I was asked to be a part of The Stash Sewciety Bee in 2015.  I don't usually sign up for bees because they are normally such a long commitment but with the amazing ladies that make up this group I couldn't say no.

January's blocks are going to the amazing Jennifer (@jjarchowa).

I love how these turned out and judging by the other blocks that she's already received, these should fit in nicely!

I have been busy sewing lately, but unfortunately I can't share what I have been working on.  But soon ... I promise!

Around the World Blog Hop

29 December 2014

The wonderful Ginny of Fishcreek Studio invited me to join along in the Around the World Blog Hop.  During this hop, bloggers are sharing what they are working on and about their creative processes, what fuels their creativity, why they create or just about how they create.  What's awesome is that you can go check out what Ginny had to say about her creative process and you will be able to go check out two of my quilty friends and what they have to share next week.

First I will talk about what I'm working on.  The past few weeks I have been wrapping up a couple of Instagram swap projects.
I made this mini for the IG Mini Swap.  My partner was the amazingly talented John Adams.  He requested something outdoorsy and woodland like.  As a swapper, you always want to make something that your partner would like but this was a tall order for me.  I definitely felt a little intimidated, but I put forth my best effort and hopefully I didn't disappoint.

The other swap that I'm trying to finish up is the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap.  My partner has a wide range to her style but I think I might be going in the right direction.  I'm planning on some basic straight line quilting for this mini so that it doesn't take away from the pattern.  By the way, those are 3" blocks!!!  I haven't tried piecing anything that tiny before so I was pretty happy when I saw the corners matching up pretty well.

Showing what I'm currently working on is the easy part of this blog hop.  The difficult part for me is describing my "style".  I don't know about you but I feel like my style is always changing and evolving.  When I take a moment and look back at quilts that I made when I started quilting 4 years ago, I can honestly say that I would never make those same choices now.  I'm not saying they were "bad" choices but they just wouldn't be choices that reflect who I am creatively at this moment.

As of right now, I would have to say that my style would be "thrifty scrappy".  I'm not really sure that's a real thing but after just having a little one my fabric budget has disappeared.  Did you know that kids are expensive?  Friends always joked with my husband and I about that when we were expecting but it's a real thing!!!

Consequently, I have grown to love taking odd shaped pieces of fabric that others might see as useless and making it into something beautiful.  I love getting the most that I can out of a yard of fabric!  My steampunk quilt, which is pictured below, is a perfect example of this.
All of the fabrics used to make this quilt, except for the sashing and inset triangles came from scraps!!  These are scraps most people would have tossed after a project.  I will admit that it took forever to cut everything out for this quilt because it didn't come from pretty yardage but my goodness look what could have been "tossed out in the trash".

Ever since this quilt, I have had a new appreciation for scraps.  I have a feeling I will be digging through my scrap bins and sewing through my stash for several upcoming projects in 2015.

As quilters we all have different reasons why we create, but it all boils down to the same core belief.  Being creative is simply who we are.  It's what makes us tick, it's what fuels us to keep stretching our minds, it's what brings us pure joy, and for some of us it's how we give back and show love to others.  And that my friends is why I quilt.  It's simply who I am. 

If you search through my blog you will see my evolution over the past few years.  Who knows who I will be at the end of 2015, but I am excited about what another year holds for me in my "creative world'.

Now to introduce you to two very talented blogging friends of mine.

I really hope that you will check out these two amazing ladies.  They will be posting about their creative process next week!  So I present to you ......

Hadley from Flying Blind On A Rocket Cycle.  Who makes some of the most gorgeous projects ever!

And Julie from Jolie Maxtin, who I have had the pleasure of hosting swaps with.  She is such a sweet and amazing person.  I know if you go check her out you will adore her as much as I do.

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