Laptop Sleeve

23 January 2012

The last time I was in my local quilt shop I spied Melody Miller's new line, Ruby Star Shining.  I couldn't pass it up, but I limited myself to two prints.  I was so hard to choose between all of her amazing fabrics.


Well I opted for the vintage clocks with the teal background and a mainly orange fabric with tan dots.  They were too cute together.  I had no idea what I was going to make with them, but I knew I would think of something!  So here's what I put together.


I used Amy Hodge's, Laptop Sleeve Tutorial, and I was so pleased with the results.  The tutorial was so easy to follow and I completed this project in just a couple of hours.  The fabrics are absolutely perfect, I can't wait to go pick up a couple more.   I absolutely adore those typewriters!



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One Thing, One Week Challenge

22 January 2012

I'm getting closer to getting my niece's quilt done.  My goal was to finish 18 blocks this week.  I sat down at my machine all day on Saturday and cranked out 18 blocks!  Only 14 more to go!  So here's my goal for this week, and it's a lofty one .... I am going to finish the last 14 blocks, piece the top of the quilt, and piece the back of the quilt!  Whooo!  It makes me tired just thinking about it.  I am hoping to be all finished with this quilt by February 6th.  



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For The Love of Solids Swap

21 January 2012

Alright, so one of my goals for this year was to limit the amount of swaps that I participate in.  And I promise I had every intention of making that happen.  But when the second round of the For The Love Of Solids Swap opened up, I just couldn't resist.  I absolutely love this swap and there are so many talented people participating.  I'm looking at it as more of an educational experience rather than an extra "project".  Well, partner's have been assigned, and I have the best partner ever!  I love having a partner that knows exactly what they want and isn't afraid to be specific.  I have ordered and received fabric already.  This isn't a color combination that I would usually go with but it's really growing on me.

I might switch out the light grey for a darker grey,  I'm not sure though, I'm still thinking about it .  I have a design in mind, but it involves paper piecing.  And as of right now, that is a skill that I do not posses.  So, it looks like for the next week or two I will be trying to master the art of paper piecing.  Wish me luck, because I think I'm going to need it.  Does anybody know of any good tutorials that explains the process? :)

One Thing, One Week Challenge

16 January 2012

I came across Amy's One Thing, One Week Challenge and decided it was exactly the motivation that I need right now!  I have been working on a quilt for my niece that is made up of string blocks.  After I had already started making the quilt, I quickly realized how time intensive these little buggers were!  Before last week, I had completed a measly 8 blocks.  I need to get this quilt done pretty quickly so last week I began Amy's challenge with my goal of finishing 10 more blocks this week.  Well, I finished 16!!!  Whooohoooo!!!  I still have a long way to go but I put a good dent in it this week.


My goal for next week is another 18 blocks!  Here's hoping for some good sewing time!


A quilt for my new baby niece

10 January 2012

I absolutely love the "Ruby" line and when I heard that we were going to have a new baby niece in the family, I knew exactly what I was going to do.  So I ordered my fabric and got to work.  I used the Shortcake pattern by cluckclucksew.  I saw this pattern and fell in love.  Well when you combine that pattern and Ruby fabric you get .....


I was so pleased with how this quilt turned out.  New baby Stella, will look so cute with this quilt.  I personally think the Ruby fabric can make anything look phenomenal!  I used the Aqua dots fabric for backing and it's just too precious.


I still have some of this fabric left over; I'm sure I can find some sort of project to start! 

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2012 Finish-A-Long and WIP Wednesday

04 January 2012


 It's hard to pass up a challenge, especially one that motivates me to get projects marked off my list!  So I decided to link up with Quilter In The Gap's 2012 Finish-A-Long and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.  For this quarter I have three WIP's that need to be completed!  So here we go ....

First .... I need to finish a mug rug for my Dad.  The pieces are leftover parts from a quilt that I made for him last November.  It needs to be layered, quilted, and bound.  It shouldn't take too long.

 

Second ..... I need to finish the binding on a quilt for my nephew.  Last September I started three quilts for my brother's three kids.  I finished two of them before Christmas but I still need to finish up the last of the three.  Almost done!



Third ...... This is the biggest project by far!  I am in the process of making a quilt for my niece.  She mentioned she would love to have a quilt for her dorm room.  So, I took the hint and now I need to finish and finish quickly!  I'm making it x-long to fit her whole bed.  You gotta love those x-long dorm beds!  I have 8 blocks done and I need 72 more..... holy moly, I need to get to work!


I am hoping it will end up looking something like this ....


There you have it!  My goal is to have all of those completed by the end of January.  It's going to be tough because my parents will be visiting during that time but I think I can make it happen!  Alrighty .... it's back to the sewing machine for me!






A Tote for a special lady!

02 January 2012

One of the very special ladies that I work with requested a tote.  She is a fellow teacher, so I can relate to the love of totes that she has!  She requested certain fabrics, and I think she did a great job choosing; her combinations look great!  So here it is!



I kind of went on a whim when creating this tote.  I didn't use a pattern, all I knew is that I wanted the quilting to resemble a Vera Bradley bag.  I'm not sure how close I actually got to my goal but it's done.  Hopefully she will like it.

New Year's Project List

01 January 2012



Instead of a New Year's Resolution this year I decided to make a "want to" sewing list.  There are so many techniques and projects I would love to try so here's my 2012 list.

1. I would love to try curved piecing.
2. Make a king sized quilt for our bed.
3. Finish a top secret project, which cannot be named.
4. Make a tree skirt for next Christmas.
5. Make some table runners for next Christmas.
6. Set up an etsy shop and stock it full of wonderful items that buyers can't resist. :)
7. Finish my Farmer's Wife Blocks
8. Turn the guest room into a sewing room!  Whooo that's an exciting one.  No more sewing at the kitchen table!
9. Put together at least one pattern this year.
10. Try working with a purse frame for the first time.
11. Work on my photography skills.  They aren't so hot right now. :)
12. Make a chevron quilt, possibly out of solids.
13. Dive into the world of free motion quilting. (I will admit I am terrified of it!)

These are just a few goals I can think of but I know my list will grow.  Hopefully I can get through this list by the end of 2012.  Here goes nothin'!

Also, Lily's Quilts has put together a Small Blog Meet and I have decided to give it a try.  I have only been sewing for about a year and discovered the quilting blog-land in the last 6 months.  I had no idea how many wonderful quilters were out there and how many resources were available.  I have learned so much and am so grateful to be  involved in this community.  I am inspired by something new every day. 

Wishing you a blessed New Year!



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