31 October 2014

     I am a huge admirer of Jen Kingwell's work and when her Steampunk quilt pattern came out it quickly made it on my "bucket list" of quilt projects.  So over the summer I decided it was time to tackle all of the curves.  The majority of the fabrics that I used were from my scraps.  The only fabrics I purchased were for the sashing and the backing.  I spent countless hours at my machine during nap times just stitching up those curves.  I have never pinned so much in my life!!!  Eventually it started to come together and I was falling in love.  My goal with this quilt was to step outside of my normal fabric choices and to be a little more eclectic.  I tried to stay away from my usual brights and lean more toward low volume, muted or dark tones. 

     Making this quilt was such a good exercise for me.  I had to step back and really think about making different choices.  So often I feel like I fall into a rut where many of my projects start to look the same after a while and this really helped me feel creative again. 

I did make the quilt a little larger than the pattern called for.  The hubs is a tall guy so we like big quilts around our house!  I now have my eye on the Gypsy Wife pattern. 

I am linking this quilt up with the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.

And I'm Back!

30 October 2014

     So much has happened in the past year.  There's a new member in our family!  The hubs and I were blessed with the most beautiful little boy last March.  Since then, I have focused all of my time and energy on the little guy.  Being a new mom is awesome but to be completely honest, it wasn't easy at first.  I'm finally feeling like things are getting back to "normal" and that there is some semblance to life.  So now that we are getting adjusted with the little guy, you might see me blog a bit more.  That is, if there's anyone still out there!

     Even though I haven't been blogging, I have been sewing a bit and one of the projects I have been working on lately is a mini quilt for the #igminiswap.   I can't wait to send this off to my partner, I really hope they like it.  Feathers are arrows are really popular right now and I have been wanting to give them a try so I figured this might be the perfect project for experimenting.  I have to say that I am so pleased with the final result and I hope my partner is too.

I had some pieces left that I added to the back.

   I'm linking this mini up with the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.  There are some amazing quilts linked up ya'll should go take a look!

August Stash Match

05 August 2013

You guys have to go check out the August edition of Stash Match over at Ali's Blog, a.squared.w.  Every month she picks an inspiration fabric and then she finds 6 different bloggers to create a fabric bundle off of the chosen fabric.

Well I happen to be one of those 6 bloggers this month.  I have put together a bundle from my stash and I am planning to give you a little hint to help you figure out which one is mine!  So here you go ...

My bundle contains a variety of colors both bright and dark.  And for those of you who know me .... it also has a print from one of my most favorite designers!

Good luck!  Make sure you go check out the other hints and enter to win a beautiful AMH fat eighth bundle.

The Scrappy Trip Quilt Is Finished!

10 July 2013

It feels like forever since I have completed a quilt.  I think I was on a small project binge for a while.  So beware, this post will be picture heavy!  I am loving this quilt and am actually using it as I write this post!

Normally when I make a quilt I am very precise and intentional about fabrics and color placement.  This time I wanted to stretch myself.  I didn't want to worry about color placement and I swore to myself that I would only use scraps!!!  This is actually the first quilt that I have completed entirely from my scraps.

For those of you who might not have heard of the scrappy trip along, it was a quilt along that started earlier this year and is based off of Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy Trip Quilt Tutorial.  There have been some amazing quilts that have been made and you can see some of those in the Scrappy Trip Along flickr thread.

So without further ado ..... here's my lovely!

I will be honest, it was really difficult for me not to plan anything with this quilt.  But I have to say that I am pleased with the final result!

Have I mentioned that I love how this turned out!

So there you have it!  I am not the kind of quilter that makes a quilt a second time, but I would love to make this quilt again.  I think it's because there are endless possibilities with color placement and the eventual design or pattern. I might have to give this another go!  And thanks to Bonnie Hunter for a spectacular pattern and tutorial!

Third Quarter Finish-A-Long 2013

08 July 2013

As the third quarter begins, I am looking around my sewing room seeing all of the projects that I need to finish!  This is the quarter of the year where I have the most time for sewing, therefore, I'm going to pile on my projects for this quarter!  So here we go ....

1. I need to quilt and bind my scrappy trip along quilt.  I know I can finish this one.  It's already basted and since I used basting spray it needs to be quilted asap!

2. The next quilt that I really want to finish this quarter is my Single Girl Quilt.  I have all my pieces cut and several blocks done but there is a lot of work left to be done!

3. I really would like to finish two pillows for the Christmas season this year.   I love the polar bear and penguin FPP patterns in the Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays book.  They will look great on my couch!

4. I have sketched out plans for tote and I am really wanting to try my hand at writing up a pattern so this is definitely on my to-do list this summer.  I have all of the blocks pieced, now I need to construct that bag and figure out how to write a pattern with the software that I have.

5. Jessi from Inside the Paper Box showed her amazing Birdie Sling at our last McKinney Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  After I saw hers, I knew that I had to make my own.  So I purchased some fabrics and will be starting on this project tomorrow!  I want to be able to use this bag this week so I should have a quick turn around time.

6.  And of course I have my sewing kit that I need to finish.  This has been on my list forever!  I just can't seem to get motivated to finish this.

I am sure there are many more projects but I think this is a good start.  What projects are you working on?  Are there ever any projects that you just can't get motivated to finish?  Please tell me I'm not the only one who has that issue.  
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