Monday, January 27, 2014

Apple-licious In Progress

I love Lori Holts over at Bee In My Bonnet and I love her book Quilty Fun. As soon as I got the book I knew I wanted to make two of the quilts in the book for sure! This is the first quilt.

I got the center done and just have to make the border. I feel like it's very happy and a little vintage.

My favorite apple is this pink apple with a silhouette of children playing. It's from a Moda line that I've had in my stash for quit some time.

On a side note these are two blocks that I made to contribute to my guilds Block Of the Month. I particularly like this months block because it is a Bonnie Hunter block and I had fun making it in these bright fabrics. I hope that other people go the bright route as well. Who knows? Maybe I'll win the blocks at the end of the month!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

My First Quilt

Yesterday I meet an aspiring quilter who was asking me for some advice on choosing a good pattern to start with for a beginner. The conversation made me want to share my first quilt with her, and then I realized that I never blogged about it!

Here it is. (Side note, I love that I have a big open floor in my sewing room to lay out small projects!) The pattern is called Yellow Brick Road and it is a fat quarter quilt. I made it in a class at a quilt shop and this is were I learned all of my basic skills like measuring, rottery cutting, seam allowance, and how to use my machine. Somehow, I got extremely lucky and was the only one who signed up for the class but the shop didn't cancel the class, so it was like I had a personal trainer. 

I still really like the fabrics and still have scraps of some of the fabric left in my stash. I don't love the pattern, because I love very organized thought out quilts, I knew that already when I signed up for the class but I knew I needed help learning the skills so It was worth it to me. 

This is where the quilt lives. On this bench next to the window in my bedroom so my cats can lay on it while they look out the window. When I make me bed (virtually never honestly!) It goes across the bottom of the bed because the blue in the quilt matches an accent blue wall in our bedroom. 

On a side not, I would have had a new quilt to share with you but these two little ladies are slowing me down! We are babysitting two chihuahuas for one of my husbands co-workers. They are adorable but they are needy little critters. We've had them for a week and a half and we'll have them for another week and a half. Now that I'm a little more use to them I am getting more done so I should have something new to share soon!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Chevron Chenille Quilt

I have been eyeing up the Chevron Chenille Quilt tutorial over at Aesthetic Nest for a while now, when my guild asked if I would be willing to do a demo on cutting Chenille. I agreed and hurried to get this done so I could have it as an example.

I think this is a very chic modern blanket that would make a great baby shower gift! I love the yellow and grey/block combination which is also in style right now.

I love how the yellow binding looks on the back of the blanket! I did a non-biased (because I don't like how chevron looks when cut on the bias) double fold binding, where she used a different binding in her tutorial. 

I think this is the kind of thing that you make once and that's it. sewing all the chevrons was tedious but not terrible, but cutting them all by hand was terrible! I love the affect but I think now that I can say I made one I'll do the tradition biased chenille from now on so I can use the chenille cutter and not have to sew all those pivots and valleys! 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

City Sampler Pieced Back

Yesterday I made my pieced back for my Gridlock Tula Pink City Sampler, and I am in love!

I love it! I loved pieced backs (as you may know from my Oriental Dream quilt) but this one is just over the top wonderful, if I do say so myself. It has all of my favorite things!

Even though the sides are yards of racoons I couldn't help but add more!

I really wanted to incorporate the witch from Nightshade in somewhere and I had left over pinwheels from making another project. 

I put all of my favorite salt water prints here, doing a little bit of fussy cutting with the octopus. 

And I also wanted to include some trees!

I got to use more of the Parisville print that I love so much and even the swans from Hushabye. And I love that you can see the whole flower from the other Parisville print. 

I pieced my backing to 96 inches so there is plenty of room for it to be long armed. When I made the peiced back, someone in my guild asked if I was worried that because it's a pieced back the quilting from the front might fall in odd places and look odd, but I don't worry about that. In fact I think it would be cool to see a bunch of different things quilted into one fabric. 

So now my top is done! 

I finally got a picture of all of it!

And my back is done, and my rainbow binding is all together! All I have to do now is wait for the contest to be over so I can figure out quilting!

On a side note, my polka-dot challenge quilt left for Linus today so Im sure it will be in good hands soon!

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year, New Studio

I finally have a sewing room all to myself! I have taken over the second bedroom and converted it into my studio!

Before taking over this room, my husband and I shared our loft as both of our offices and my sewing stuff. I was so cramped before that I had trouble finding anything and it stressed me out. My quilting stuff also had a tendency to overflow onto my husbands stuff and would stress him out. Now our loft is only used as our office and I have my own space and we are both so much happier! 

I  love my corner desk because it utilizes the space in the room so well. I essentially use it as 3 spaces. The left for cutting, the middle for my sewing room (which is really nice because there is a lot of room behind it for pushing through big projects), and an open space to the right. I actually have extra space!

I made this cork board a long time ago but switched out the fabric that covers it when I moved it into the new wrong. How could you not be inspired by pink and orange squirrels? 

The room has shelving on both sides which really helps with organization!

And of coarse, having a big closet doesn't hurt! I can't get a picture of both sides of the closet because it's glass, so you can only have one side at a time open, but you get the idea. Now I have all my fabric organized into bins instead of crammed onto a overflowing book case!

I love this wall art! All it is, is scrap-booking paper that I bought very cheap frames for. It's a super inexpensive way to decorate a large wall space, not to mention that whenever you get tired of the prints, just flip them out for new prints and put the old prints back into your stash! You don't even waste the paper!

My absolute FAVORITE addition to my sewing room is this pressing table! I followed the tutorial at Oh, Fransoon!. It's made from a desk I got at Ikea for $20 (the legs come in multiple colors, but I LOVE the red). It's a pieced of plywood on top of the table, 3 layers of low-loft batting (removable) and then the removable cover! The fabric is a Amy Butler print, and that is easy to change out as well once it get damaged and dirty the way ironing surfaces do over time.

In case you were wondering how big of an upgrade this is for me, here is the little ironing board I have been sewing on for the past two years! It was all that would fit in the space I shared with my husband in the loft. This little ironing board has no padding and is just worn to pieces! I appreciate the two years I had it but am so happy to be past it! I think I have about 3 times more space with so much padding and stability! I couldn't be more pleased!