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?

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Flea Market Fancy Banner Quilt

As I mentioned in my last post, that whole banner quilt pattern I was working on didn’t turn out so hot on the first try. I really wanted to have this finished by First Friday so I can show it off. I did it in a bit of a hurry, but took time to make sure everything was just right and record all of my steps so I can make a really good pattern for it.

I am sort of in love with this one. Here is the top (that I managed to crank out in just a few hours). I think Oliver (one of the kitties that lives in my yard) liked it too but wasn’t too keen on having her photo taken.

And here is the finished quilt.

And the back.

I am finishing up writing the pattern for this quilt and plan on having it for sale in my shop pretty soon.

I think I’ll be slowing down quite a bit since my break is almost over and I’ll be heading back to work. I’m really happy with everything that I completed though!

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.

Swoon Quilt Ideas

I probably won’t be working on this quilt for quite some time. I don’t even have the pattern yet. I have a lot of other projects I’ve got in my head and already bought fabric for so I feel like I should work through those before I get to a swoon quilt. I really really love it though. Here’s my color palette for what I’d like to use in my future Swoon quilt.

Here is my color palette.

I LOVE these colors. I hope I can eventually get to it soon!

First Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild Meeting!

For me anyway. It was at my usual fabric store this past Saturday, so I decided to go check it out. I had a great time. Even though I sat at a table with some ladies I already sort of knew, I discovered one woman is my neighbor! We shared stories of awful neighbors because the neighborhood is a little sketchy. She calls it “transitional” which I thought was fitting.

The best part of the meeting was show-and-tell. It was so awesome to see what everyone else was working on and had finished. There were lots of people with different levels of experience so there was a wide range of designs and styles. Here are some of my favorites.

Sorry the photos are not the best. It was a packed house. There were over 20 attendees which was apparently the biggest turn out yet. I’m excited for the next meeting and getting to know these ladies better and see more of their projects.

If you are in the Indianapolis area and interested in joining, you can check out their blog for more info.

 

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.

Makeshift Curtain

The window over my bed faces east so on sunny weekend mornings, sleeping in is almost impossible. I am not a morning person and love to sleep in when I can so I decided to make a curtain for the window. Originally, I just grabbed some extra solid fabric and make a fast curtain.

But then I saw this beauty.

(via sotakeahike on flickr)

Aren’t these perfect?! I love the way the light coming through makes it look sort of like stained glass. I pulled down my curtain immediately and cut it in half. It took a little longer than I had expected (mainly due to being down and out for a few days due to food poisoning).

Here is mine.

And in the morning.

I put muslin on the other side of the patchwork part so it looks a little more finished from the outside. I am planning on making another for the other window in the bedroom. I think I may plan the fabrics a little more. For this one I just pulled out scraps I had and started sewing.

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.