The Longest To Do List

I think I am in the middle of more projects than ever before.

My friend Brooke got several of the usual sewing buddies to all sign up for the same class at Crimson Tate. We are doing the American Jane Merry Go Round Quilt. I am doing mine in Denyse Schmidt’s new Chickopee line. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this quilt. I really just wanted to hang out with my friends. But now that I have started it, I think I’m going to adore it.

Brooke and I are planning on doing Denyse Schmidt’s Single Girl pattern (again for me). I bought Tula Pink’s Birds and Bees line. I don’t want to cut it up. It’s amazing. The lady bugs are my favorite.

I am also working on a custom baby quilt. The woman I am making it for had scraps left over from custom bedding and curtains she had made for the baby’s room, so I used some of that mixed in with some other coordinating fabrics.
Here’s how it looks so far.

I am also working on a secret baby quilt so no photos yet. On top of those projects, a quilt for each my mom and sister are currently sitting on the back burner. I have also been attempting to finish up any projects that have just been laying around. I have a really simple queen sized quilt I am finishing the quilting on so hopefully I’ll get it bound and photographed soon.

I’ve also been messing around with designing fabrics through Spoonflower. I currently have several prints for sale. Here is my sampler I ordered to proof my designs so I could start selling them.

I’ve cut them down and even made a few items from the squares. I’ve been adding these and iPad leather accented bags on my Etsy.

Whew! In my free time (HA!) I’ve been trying to get some bags and accessories made for a show in September. More on that later.

 

Rubber Stamp Fail

I bought a “Make Your Own Rubber Stamp” kit. First attempt was a big huge fail, but I kinda fudged a few parts.

For one, apparently Home Depot quilt selling glass because it broke too often. I bought some small pieces of plexi, which I had doubts about, but it was cheap enough, I figured I’d try it. Next, I couldn’t find the light I really needed to expose the polymer.

It says on various sites that you can use a UV light or a blacklight. The “blacklights” at Home Depot are probably more just purple colored lights. No UV lights either. I bought a “plant light” whatever that means thinking maybe it would have some UV in it.

The polymer is supposed to harden after 2 minutes for each side. After about 10 minutes (or more) it was still totally mush, but I was starting to see it hardening very very slightly near the images, so I still have hope.

Also, as I set it up to expose, I realized I totally screwed up the images and forgot to switch them to negatives instead of positives.

So if I am able to fix allllll of these problems, maybe I will get it to work next time. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Goodbye Single Girl Baby Quilt

Sigh, goodbye baby quilt. I really love this quilt. I think I may have to make another…

So we are throwing a little baby shower lunch for a woman I work with (aka the one getting the quilt above). I was put in charge of decorations, which was totally fine by me. I’m not much of a cook. Here are the pretty simple baby shower decorations I came up with. It sort of went along with the shower invitation design which had balloons on it, so I just stuck with a circle theme. Can circles be a theme? I love the paper garland and had a lot of it so I actually also used some of it to wrap the gift as well.

I haven’t really been doing a whole lot of sewing, but I have been doing quite a bit of shopping. It’s a little too easy to buy fabric online while I’m taking a lunch break at work. Since I work at a school, I have TWO WEEKS of spring break coming up so I have a lot of sewing plans for that time. I am still waiting to see if I got in to the Indieana Handicraft exchange, but in the meantime, I will have a little table at my friend’s fabric shop, Crimson Tate. We have a thing here (which I think a lot of other city’s do too) called First Friday. The first friday of every month, shops, galleries, and art studios open their doors for a little party. I’m going to set up a little table and sell my goods. I’m hoping to clean out what I currently have in my inventory so I can get some new exciting stuff made.

Anyway, here is some of the pretty fabric I’ve picked up lately.

I also bought this awesome pattern a while ago from The Sometimes Crafter. I’d really like to get one of these made soon, but I’m not sure how much time it will take.

Baby Things

It must be baby season or something. Lots of babies are on their way. A woman in my office is due next month and we are throwing her a shower next week. I made a quilt and people are pitching in for it to be a group gift. I’ve posted it here before, but it’s super cute so I have to share it again. I need to be sure to get some better pictures before I give it to her.

I think this is my best quilt to date. I made a baby-sized Denyse Schmidt pattern called Single Girl. I want to make it again. It’s a tedious pattern, but in the baby size, it’s not nearly as overwhelming as when I made the queen size for my first quilt!

As an extra, little gift, I bought the CUTEST baby bootie pattern off of Etsy and made some practice baby booties.

I showed them to some friends with kids and they said they would have paid an arm and a leg for them when their kids were little. The front panel has a Velro attachment so it’s easy too shove a squirmy little foot in there. My first try turned out pretty good, I think I just need to try a few more practice booties to make them just right.

There’s some hand sewing involved which is not my favorite thing, but they are so adorable. I also bought a baby boot pattern, which I haven’t tried yet.

Plans for Chevron Quilt

I kind of have a thing for chevrons. I have ALWAYS loved them, even before they were cool. Just kidding.

Anyway, I have wanted to do a chevron quilt, but I couldn’t really decide on the best way to do it. Just two colors? A mix of colors? Prints? Solids? There were too many factors and plenty of other projects so I just kind of pushed it to the back of my mind. However I recently came across this beautiful quilt from Chasing Cottons.

I absolutely adore the bold colors and the stitching around the chevrons.

I am planning on using some of the Pastel Bella Solids with a Kona gray.

I finally received them in the mail last Monday and I hope I get some free time to get this started. Here is my plan for a queen sized quilt. I can’t wait!

Purple and Orange

While at my local fabric store, I spotted this fabric. One of Erin McMorris’s fabrics from the Park Slope line. This one started it all.

I got an orange fabric from the same line and took them home to see what I could work with out of my stash.

After some mixing and matching, here is what I came up with. I was a little short on one of the fabrics, but luckily I knew my fabric shop had it.

And here is the finished quilt top.

Finished! And for sale.

This quilt was my first attempt at free motion quilting. I used orange thread. On the brown and orange fabrics, I used a decorative scallop stitch. On the pink and purple fabrics I did free motion quilting following the pattern of the fabric. It’s easier to see from the back.

I am so thrilled with this quilt! I love the quilting. After washing it, it was perfectly crinkly. I love it for a girl because it isn’t overly girly as well as bright and happy.

Finally Finished Quilt

A woman I work with started a quilt for a friend who was going to have a baby. They were going to work on it together and then the friend ended up moving away. Fast forward four years and another baby later….and the quilt had not been finished. It was mostly done, just needed a little more quilting and binding. I said I would finish it up for her.

The quilt is actually way more simple than it appears. My co-worker and her friend bought several already quilted pillowcases from Pottery Barn. They just cut them up and stitched them back together. I think it’s pretty adorable. Anyway, I just finished up the quilting and did the binding. I love the binding. It was blue stripes which made it diagonal once I made it into bias tape.

Cross Quilt

Next quilt is my first attempt at a modern style cross quilt. I sort of just made this up as I went along. I looked at the pattern I had in a book, but it was much more complicated. This one was just made by using a square in the center and using rectangles on the sides. I used Denyse Schmidt’s line of fabric for Joann’s. This quilt is also available in my shop.

I didn’t do much quilting on this one. I kept it really simple.

What do you think? Do you have any recent projects that you made with your own pattern?

 

*Also, today is my little sister’s 21st birthday! That’s insane. She is perpetually six years old in my head.*

A few new bags

While I’ve been sharing a lot of the projects I finished over break, I’d like to show you some of the stuff I’m working on now too. Every other Saturday I go to open sew at a fabric shop near my house. It’s nice to get together with other sewers and get opinions and inspiration and just hang out. Yesterday I decided to work on some Jane Market totes. I plan on taking them to get groceries so I can quit hoarding plastic bags because I feel to guilty to get rid of them. Plus these are way prettier.

I think the farm themed one might be my favorite. I am thinking about giving my sister the bird one for her birthday. I didn’t use interfacing but each has canvas as the lining fabric so it’s a little sturdier.

Squirrely Get Together Baby Quilt

Another project I wrapped up over my long break.

After seeing  David Walker’s Squirrely Get Together line, I could not resist buying some. I especially love the pink squirrels!

However when it came to actually sewing this quilt, I struggled. I rearranged and sewed pieces together and tore them apart several times. (Several other combinations not pictured. Neither are the piles of thread that covered my couch.)

I finally decided on this and here is what I ended up with. This quilt is also for sale in my shop.

I used a pretty puffy batting so it’s fluffy and soft and wonderful. I kept the quilting simple and just stitched squares within each square of fabric.