A Lovely Year of Finishes: February Finish!

25 February 2013

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This month I had a goal to finish a pillow cover for a class that I am teaching!  You can see my original post about it here.

Well I was able to finish it in a pretty timely manner, and I was really pleased with the result.  I have done quite a few foundation paper piecing projects and this one went quite quickly!

This pattern is out of the Sew to Swap book, which is amazing!  I'm so glad to have this done to make time for some other exciting things coming up!

Modern She Made Round 3 Starts Tomorrow!

24 February 2013

Sign ups for the Modern She Made Swap start tomorrow!  We are accepting the first 50 swappers that sign up, as long as they meet the requirements!
In order to be considered for this swap, we will be looking at your previous swap experience and making sure you are in good standing with your prior commitments.  You can find the sign-up info tomorrow in this flickr group.

 Over the past two rounds, we have had some amazing talent!  You can see some of the high quality projects that have been swapped and I can't wait to see what the ladies come up with this round!

Let's Make A Deal!

19 February 2013

If you follow me on instagram or threadbias you might have seen the progress on this quilt.

It's Denyse Schmidt's Point Me quilt pattern.
This quilt was meant to be for our king size bed in our master bedroom.

Well .... there's a story that goes along with this quilt, and after you read it you might think I am a tad bit crazy.  And truthfully, you are probably right.  This quilt was a pain to piece, but eventually I completed the top.  

I laid it on our bed to see how it looked in our bedroom and it was the exact same color as the walls.  There was so much tan in our room.  I wasn't quite sold on the quilt but I had spent so much time cutting those tiny triangles and piecing all of them together.  Not to mention, all of the money that went into the fabric.  This is a huge quilt people!  At 95"x104"  I couldn't just forget about it and put it in a closet.  So I pieced the back and took everything to the long-armer.  

It sat at the long-armer for a week before I called them and said "Don't do it!!!".  I asked them to not quilt my quilt.  I just couldn't pay all of that money for something that I wasn't going to be completely happy with.  I was prepared to rip it all apart.  I planned on making the triangles into a table runner and save the large panels of linen for another project.

A few days later, I went to the quilt shop to pick up my quilt and Cindy (the long-armer/quilt shop owner) was so upset that I didn't go through with it.  She was in love with the quilt top and she wanted it desperately.  Well being the resourceful girl that I am, I mentioned that I love bartering!  So guess what!  I get to trade my "Point Me"  quilt top for long-arm services!  Heck yes!!!!
And you better believe I know exactly what will be getting quilted!
I love the low volume look and it is exactly what our bedroom needed!  I used the charms from the Low Volume Charm Swap that I hosted plus a few other prints to make this quilt top.

Once I get some pillow shams made I think it will look perfect! 

Another quilt bound and done!

15 February 2013

A friend of the family asked me to make a quilt for her granddaughter about 6 months ago.  It was one of those requests where they say, just work on it whenever you have time.  So here we are 6 months later and the quilt is finished.  I used Faith's tutorial, which is pretty fantastic!  I made another quilt using the same pattern and both times the quilt went together so quickly!  I had to change the dimensions of this quilt a bit to fit what the family friend wanted, but I was pretty pleased with the result. 

She also requested that her granddaughters name be added to the quilt, so I decided to put it on the back.

I did have one requirement when I said I would make this quilt.  I requested that they pay for long-arm quilting services.  Since my surgery back in September I haven't basted a quilt.  Normally I am not one to take things easy and to take recovery slowly, but I promised my husband that I wouldn't baste a quilt until April.  And to be honest, I do not love basting quilts, so I was okay with that promise. :)

The long-armer did a great job!  I love that the swirls contrast the blocks!

I can't wait to deliver the quilt.  I am so curious to see her reaction!

I need advice on restoring an old quilt!

11 February 2013

About 6 months ago, my Dad brought me an old quilt that was made by my great-grandmother sometime between the years of 1927-1935.  It's the only quilty thing that I have from any previous generations of my family.  None of the ladies in my family were big into anything regarding fabric while I was growing up.  Therefore, this quilt means so much to me, because it is one of very few pieces that I have that links us together in a creative way.  But this quilt is in desperate need of some serious help!

Some pieces are torn, and there are a few stains here and there.

 And as you can see, it wasn't quilted but it was tied.  

I am prepared to spend a lot of time on this restoration if I have to.  I want to try and keep the integrity of this piece in tact!  So here are my concerns.  

1. It looks like the quilt was made from old men's dress shirts, finding fabric to match might be really difficult.  Where can I find the right fabric?  Thrift stores, maybe?
2.  I would like to cut all of the ties so that I would be able to quilt this, but I am afraid that there would be permanent holes in the fabrics where the ties currently are located.
3.  Would machine quilting hurt the quilt at all?  Will the quilt top hold up under the stress of machine quilting?  Or should I try old fashioned hand quilting?
3.  The quilt does not have batting and the binding is folded over from the backing.  Is quilt shop quality cotton fabric going to be bad to use for the backing?  Will the quilting be difficult with the use of different materials?

The fabrics are extremely thin, so I don't plan on using this on a daily basis.  Once it's repaired, I will probably hang it on a quilt rack in my bedroom. 

So do you have any advice?  Have you ever restored or repaired a quilt on your own?  Are there are dangers that are lurking nearby that I haven't thought of?  I want to do this right!  Feel free to point me in the right direction, because this is uncharted territory.

Triple Zip Pouch

09 February 2013


You guys really need to go over to Debbie's blog, A Quilter's Table.  She is such a great person and she is hosting the Triple Zip Along!  I'm sure you have seen the pictures of the Triple Zip Pouches flying around flickr or instagram but if you haven't you need to take a look!

In fact, I think you should join the Triple-Zip-Along because last night I chose fabrics, cut everything and sewed up the pouch in about an hour!  It was such a quick project and I absolutely love the end product!  Here is what I sewed up.

Here is a pic of the front.

Here is a pic of the back.

I just decided what I will be using mine for.  The hubs and I use the Dave Ramsey cash system.  I have a cash envelope wallet that I made but it doesn't have enough envelopes for the extras like miscellaneous, vacation fund, and medical.  Well I have decided this will be an extra little cash wallet.  I have put it to use already and it is perfect!  I might have to make a few more of these for some gifts.  They go together pretty quickly!

A Lovely Year of Finishes: February

06 February 2013

A Lovely Year of Finishes
After linking up in January to A Lovely Year of Finishes I realized that it's the exact motivation I needed to keep on trucking with some of those extra projects!   There are so many projects that I need to finish this month but I have one that is on a deadline!  It's the first project on my list, I mean it's urgent people!

It just so happens that one of the quilt shops that I absolutely love, asked me to teach a class for them.  So now I'm going to be teaching foundation paper piecing and am so excited.  I need to get the class sample done really quickly.

The colors in the picture are horrible, it's much better in person.  This project will end up being a pillow.  Right now the pillow top is done and I need to finish this quickly!  Hopefully by the end of the week.

Long term project!

05 February 2013

I have been working on a long term English Paper Piecing project lately.  I really enjoy working on it a little at a time.  I realize it's going to take me forever but I would love to have a bed sized quilt eventually!

I have loved Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley for such a long time.  And when I finally bought some I knew I had to have the perfect project in order to use it.  

Do you have any long term projects that you are working on?  Do you know how to English Paper Piece?  If not, I would love to show you!  It's so addicting, and it's a great way to spend your time while watching TV!

Pillow Pop! Book Review

01 February 2013

I don't know if you guys have heard of this new book but you should definitely check it out!  Pillow Pop, has been complied by Heather Bostic, and let me tell you, she has done a great job of finding some awesome pillow covers!  I already have picked out a few that I would love to make for my bedroom.

I believe my bedroom quilt is going to be a low volume quilt so this pillow would be a perfect addition to our room.  I love the little splash of color!
Unfortunately, I can't show you the entire book but I do highly recommend it.  It's a low price book with tons of amazing projects, this definitely should be a must-have book for 2013!
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