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.

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Recent Sewing Projects – Solids

As I said in my last post, I had nearly two weeks of non-stop sewing. Here are a few non-quilt related items I made.

I purchased a charm pack of Bella warm pastels. I didn’t really have a plan for it but liked the colors. I just started cutting and sewing and it turned into this little panel. I wasn’t really sure what to do with it, but I decided the pillows on my couch were starting to look a little tired, so I turned it into this little pillowcase.

I had sewn a string of these little squares together and liked it with the Kona gray so much, I decided to make a super simple quilt.I really love the simplicity of this quilt and it was so fast. I currently have it for sale in my shop.

 

I also decided to make a quilt for myself. It’s sort of a lap size. The colors are a little different in person. I love it.

I originally had it laid out like this. I wasn’t really loving it so I ripped it apart and redid it.

I love this way so much more.

I had some pieces left over so I made this little pouch. I hadn’t done much quilting, so I used this as practice.

 

That’s all for now. Even more projects coming soon!

It’s been a while

Clearly it has been a while since I’ve posted anything here, but it wasn’t because I wasn’t making anything. I’ve actually jumped head first into quilting. I’ve actually finished several and have several more in the works. A friend told me about this awesome new little fabric shop near my house that’s all modern fabrics. I go to open sew there every other Saturday and get to hang out with some other sewers since sewing can be sort of a loner activity. Also since I work at a school, I still have winter break. I had two weeks of nearly non-stop sewing.

Want to see some of what I’ve made?

After I made Clara’s quilt, I had more of the same triangles left over so I made another similar quilt. My co-worker ended up buying this one for her youngest daughter for Christmas.

With another set of the same triangle pieces, I made this rainbow stripe quilt. This was the first quilt I sold from my shop! Very exciting.

 

Sorry for the bad iPhone pic. I wasn’t really thinking about documenting quilts while I was working on these earlier quilts. I did this one for a co-worker. She commissioned two quilts for family members who were having babies.

This is the second quilt. I cut up all of the triangles for both quilts at the same time because they were using the same fabrics. My co-worker, Angi, just asked me to make two of the same quilt because the two babies were from opposite sides of her family and would probably never meet each other. After the first quilt, I decided to play around with the triangles and showed Angi this style and she LOVED it. So two quilts with the same fabric but different looks.

Just a few of my earlier project. More on the way!

Aesthetic Outburts 20 in 20

I have been following Abbey Hendrickson of Aesthetic Outburst‘s 20 in 20 projects for a while now.

One of my favorites so far is this vintage darning sampler.

It’s so pretty and simple. Her projects always inspire me. I can’t wait to bust out my embroidery threads and give this a try.

To see more of Abbey’s 20 in 20 projects, visit Aesthetic Outburst or her flickr.

Here are a few more of my favorites:

 

New inspiration galleries from Creature Comforts

One of my favorite blogs, Creature Comforts, has created Inspiration Galleries.

The inspiration galleries are divided into categories of diy projects (shown in pictures, who wants to read about pretty projects?) including packaging, printables, fashion, and holidays.

Vintage Book Projects

My most recent obsession is vintage books. I scour shelves at Goodwill, Library Book Sales, and garage sales for them. Once I find them, I feel guilty just letting them pile up on my shelves, so recently, I’ve been trying to figure out how many projects I can create from a single book. That way, these books that may have just collected dust have a new life (maybe even several new lives).

When I get my books home, the very first thing I do is scan them.

You can see more books on my flickr.

I scan the book covers at a high resolution so they can be blown up into large prints. I have them printed at Costco, which is fairly inexpensive. I’ve also used Snapfish and been pleased with the results.

(Sorry for the bad photos. I took them at night)

Next, make a notebook from the book. I cut the binding and take some of my favorite pages to disperse them throughout the notebook.

I was having trouble thinking of something to do with the cut off spine. They’re often my favorite part of the book and couldn’t bear to throw them away. I was trying to figure out a way to salvage them, when I saw this post from poppytalk. Featured on poppytalk handmade was Able and Baker. They have tons of awesome stuff, but these Modern Library Bins really caught my eye.

Aren’t they perfect? I can’t wait to make one. Of course if you don’t have a bunch of spare book spines lying around, you can always get your own from Able and Baker.

Then of course there are all of the left over pages. I’m still working on projects for those, but I will be sure to share them as soon as I come up with some things.