Sewing and Sleeping

I’ve been attempting to get a lot of sewing done, but work has been so busy, I’ve been coming home and passing out on the couch. Gus has been attempting to keep me motivated.

I sent more patterns off to Crimson Tate.

I finished up that baby quilt I was working on. It turned out really great. Joanna was really happy with it.

I’ve been working on my Merry Go Round quilt in class at Crimson Tate. My friend Brooke talked me into it. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it because the pattern looks really traditional. With a little Denyse Schmidt fabric, I fell in love. Here it is up on the design wall. Heather, the owner of Crimson Tate put it up on the shop facebook page and Denyse Schmidt LIKED IT!

I also started taking an online calligraphy course. I probably could have chosen a better timing, but I’ve really been wanting to take it.

I’ve also been sewing bags and getting ready for the Fountain Square Art Fair here in Indianapolis on September 22nd.

This one is my personal favorite.

So that’s what’s been going on here. What have you been working on?

Sewing Non-Stop

In my last post I mentioned how I am planning for a super awesome show here in Indianapolis in June called the Indieana Handicraft Exchange. On top of that, I am planning on having a table at First Friday coming up in just a few days! I have been frantically trying to get as much finished as possible including getting my finished quilts photographed outside since the weather has been so great. Some I already had listed in my shop, but others are new. I’ll share everything I get wrapped up over the next week if I have enough time to sit down and write about it.

Here are the older quilts that I just rephotographed.

Check in tomorrow for all the new ones!

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.

Single Girl Baby Quilt

I am so thrilled! I finally finished my Single Girl baby-sized quilt. I just worked on it a little at a time. The quilting was kind of difficult. I can’t imagine doing it on a larger quilt. I’m planning on taking some better pictures, but it was fresh out of the dryer and I was too excited.

Here are a few work in progress photos.

New baby quilt layout and Valentine’s dessert

So things have been busy, as usual. Just lots of work things. I haven’t been able to do a lot of sewing, not to mention once I get home, I don’t really feel like doing much of anything except lay on the couch and watching trashy tv. I did recently start watching Archer, as in I started it to days ago and finished the first season yesterday.

I have been doing a little sewing. Last Saturday, I went to Downtown Sewcial at Crimson Tate. However, I forgot my phone so there are no photos of this awesome time. I got a request from the shop I sell stuff at in Chicago for some iPad cases, so I whipped a few of those up and got them sent off yesterday. I think I am going to make more and in different styles. I also have three (or maybe four, but I’ll save that for another day) quilts in the works. I have my personal project, the Solid Chevron Quilt. I’ve been pressing seams like crazy mostly. I got all of the squares sewn, now I just have to put them all together.

I’ve also been working on the quilting for the baby-sized Single Girl blanket. I love it, but the quilting is totally exhausting.

Then, while going through some boxes, I found a stash of pieces left over from the Bow Tie Quilt I made a while back. Instead of making a matching one, I mixed the pieces up and started sewing them together. I didn’t get much done, but it’s a start.

For Valentine’s day I made these. They are super intense. It’s a lot of chocolate. I wanted to dip them in white chocolate, but when warming up the white chocolate…I kind of burnt it…and totally ruined it. There was no salvaging it. Oh well.

Also, I applied for a pretty awesome craft fair here in the summer, so I am hoping I get in.

That’s all for now. Hopefully I will have more for you next week than I did last week. I have Monday off for President’s Day and I’ll be going to my first Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild meeting on Saturday. Hopefully it will fire up my motivation to actually finish something.

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.*

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.