Another quilt finished!

29 July 2011

I finished my last project for Meg's "Finish It Up" challenge!  Well, I had a sewing cover on my list that I didn't do but I have a good reason!  I just joined For the Love of Solids Swap and I might have mentioned to my partner that I am wanting a sewing machine cover!  So, I decided to hold out and see what amazing item my partner sends my way.  But other than that, all my WIP's have been finished!  Thanks so much Meg for putting this together, it was a fantastic idea!  Now that my WIP's are finished it's time to start a new list of projects to do, I'm sure it won't take long for it to become a mile long!

New skills!

29 July 2011

Well, this was my first attempt at embroidery.  I have a few more elaborate patterns that I wanted to try but I thought I should probably start with something easy.  I have found something new to add to my arsenal!  

School starts in 2 1/2 weeks and I am not ready to go back!  I have too many projects left to do!  Well, I must get back to my sewing machine, my quilt's binding is calling my name! :)

Awesome Giveaway!!! Check this out!

23 July 2011

Calling all Wantobe Quilters? 

"Hello friends and followers, I would love to welcome you
to a Wantobe Quilters Campaign over here. (
 They are having quilting supplies to giveaway 5 x a week for 12 weeks. 
Supplies that will have you quilting
before you know it...From sewing machines to irons, to die cutters,
to mats, to rotary cutters, sewing baskets, scissors, batting, needles,
rolled sewing machine bags, patterns, books, magazines...everything
you could imagine to assist you in being a NEW Quilter. 
Even if you are already part of this community you can win
quilting stuff too...Tuesday and Thursday are days for us..
All you have to do is give me your name and phone number 
and email sew I can submit this to the organizer, because if you win
anything I can win something too. 
All you have to do is be my follower and a follower
That is all! There are over 49 Sponsors involved.
I am pretty excited to be part of this, sew should you.
I love being a QUILTER! 

( p.s you will not be eligible to win anything if you do not register
with a blogger where you see this message)

My new tote!

18 July 2011

For the past two days, I have been busy working on my new tote!  I only have 4 more weeks of summer vacation left and then it's back to my teaching gig.  Well, as much as I love teaching, I love my vacation a little bit more.  I decided that I needed a super bright, cheery bag to take to work with me.  These probably wouldn't be the colors/patterns I would choose on a regular tote but my elementary kiddos will love it and so will the teachers.  Plus how can you be in a rough mood when you look at this thing! :)  So I decided happy and cheerful was the way to go!  Maybe I will be ready to go back in four weeks, but then again .... maybe not. :)

Farmer's Wife Quilt Along: Week #1

15 July 2011

My local quilt shop started a Farmer's Wife Quilt Along and so of course I joined in with the craziness!  I figured 2 blocks a week wouldn't be that bad, right?!  Well, I finally decided on the fabric and I got to work this morning and produced my first two blocks for week #1.

I decided to try out solids for this quilt.  Every week will have white as a base color and then I will change the solid color.  This week was a bright yellow with a little bit of a yellow print added into the mix.  I'm thinking next week might be orange or pink, we shall see!  

The book comes with templates to use for piecing the quilt and this is the first time I have used templates.  It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be; I am pleasantly surprised!  I probably shouldn't speak too soon though, I have only done two blocks. 

I know the blocks are traditional but I was hoping to jazz them up a little with some modern fabric.  Hopefully that won't offend anyone. :)  Has anyone else done any of the Farmer's Wife blocks?  What kind of fabrics did you choose?  How did you piece your blocks? (paper piecing, templates ...)

My new quilt block keeper!

11 July 2011

I am starting a Farmer's Wife quilt-a-long and I wanted something, other than a plastic bag, to keep my blocks protected.  I got to thinking a couple of nights ago and I came up with this. 

This is the front of the quilt block keeper.

This is the inside where the blocks will be kept.
 Basically the blocks lay nice and flat underneath the elastic.  What I liked about this is that they won't get wrinkled!  When I am ready to piece the quilt together I will know right where they are located and I will be ready to go!

I designed this myself, and this is the first one I have made.  After completing the first one, there are some things I would do differently the next time but hey, you live you learn!  And this one will get the job done, so no worries from me!  

I put some leftover blocks from a previous project in here so you could get the idea.


Modern Meadows Quilt Block

09 July 2011

This week I have been working on my Modern Meadows quilt.  I finished cutting all my fabric and finished my first block.  The block measures about 20" x 20", so it is pretty large.  There will be 5 different block designs but they will all be similar to what you see.  With 12 blocks total, the quilt will measure approximately 60"x80", the perfect size for lounging on the couch!  Hopefully it will turn out alright.  There was so much cutting involved and trying to keep all the little pieces straight is quite a chore.
As you can see I used tons of sticky notes.  I'm hoping to have this done in the next week or two.  I will keep you all updated! 

My first "for real, for real" clutch!

08 July 2011

I needed a break from my "modern meadows" quilt so I decided to practice a few pouches before I make my pouch for the pretty "little" pouch swap.  Here is my first attempt!  I was pleasantly surprised with the results.  It's nothing fancy, all I wanted was to get the general idea of how to put it together.  Next time I might try to do something to make it a little more creative.  I love learning new things!  Time to get back to the quilt, I'll post pics later of my progress. 

Scruffily Quilt!

02 July 2011

I finished the binding on my scruffily quilt today.  I love how productive I have been!  If only I could be this way in all areas of my life!  Well, I was planning on making this a lounging around blanket for my house but I think I have decided it will be going to my sister-in-law.  I had planned to do a quilt for her using the modern meadows fabric but I just realized that she picked out all of the fabric for the scruffily quilt.  So it only seems natural to send this one off to her and her new husband!  All it needs is a label and it will be on it's way.

How do you label your quilts?  Do you use a printer?  Do you hand write them?  You get the idea .... share with me your intelligent ways of labeling your quilt.  I have not found one that I am particularly in love with!   

Pretty {little} Pouch Swap

01 July 2011

I just joined the Pretty {little} Pouch Swap and I am so excited for it!  This is my first swap and after seeing the pictures in the flickr group I know I am really going to have to step up my game!  The pics from the last swap were absolutely beautiful!!   The talent and creativity just blows me away!  Hopefully this will be inspiring and a great learning experience!  Anybody have some good patterns for pouches that they could direct me towards? :)
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