Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
I actually have a new WIP! I started a pillow that will eventually be my sister's Christmas Present :) I don't have to worry about spoiling any presents on here, because nobody reads it :)
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Yesterday was so busy that I really didn't get on the internet hardly. A little facebook while I was at work, but no time for more than that.
My car rental ends on Thursday of this week, and I'm pretty sure my car isn't gonna be done by that time. Who knows, though? I can only hope.
I need to go to the store today, and really just don't feel up to it. I don't feel up to much today. It's a down day, even though it's gorgeous outside for the supposed last time this year. Bah.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Sorry, just a tad bitter. Maybe working with the general public may not be the correct calling for me. Whoops.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
What are you thankful for?
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I'm currently washing my quilt for the first time, and I can't hardly wait to see it all dried and crinkly and soft and awesome :) This is really the first quilt I've made myself, and I'm proud! I have three more that I'm doing, and none of them are for myself, either :P
My biological father sent me a Layer Cake of Kate Spain's Fandango, and I believe the fabric is gonna go into the pattern Easy As Cake from the Moda BakeShop. I had thought of making a quilt like the Tiger Lily pattern from Crazy Old Ladies, but this one is so easy on the eyes, and not to mention my silly machine :).
Monday, November 8, 2010
Haven't touched my sewing machine today. First I still have to cut that stinkin' binding before anything, so that might take a few days to gather up courage, haha. I've finished my quilt from the 3-in-1 and it's gorgeous. It's nice and big, and I'm glad it's big enough to cover. Definitely my largest quilt to date, but that's not saying much. Soon I'll have a bigger one if I can gather the courage to start the dang thing, haha! I'm planning on taking Natalia's Gobble Gobble quilt and changing it from a fall to a Christmas quilt with Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas! I've had the fabric for a while, but just haven't really done anything with it yet. It feels like I have so many more things to do before I get to it, unfortunately.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I've been listening to quite a few awesome artists lately. Mumford and Sons, Stellar Kart, Firelight, Counting Crows, Dropkick Murphys, Relient K, and just whatever pops up next on my music lists :)
I've finished straight quilting April's baby quilt this morning, but I just can't seem to get myself to cut out the binding for it. This is gonna be a mess if I say so myself, haha. Not bad, I just can't seem to pull myself to cut hardly anything. Gah!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Haha, either way, I figured instead of loading them to my blog I could create a Flickr account! Smart idea, right? Yeah, no. I can't figure out how to make the darn thing work! So what I CAN do is give you a link :) Shows my new fabrics, my quilting endeavors (Including two finished quilts!)
If anyone can help me figure out Flickr, it would be greatly appreciated!!!
Does this work by any chance?
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I've come across some awesome stuff on the web lately. cute zippered pouches, Christmas stockings, diaper bags, and many more!
I'm thinking about putting some music on here. I'm not sure everyone would agree with my type of music, though. I love some Fireflight, Pillar, Skillet, and more :)
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Once it hits into September everything will be back to normal, and I just can't wait for this intense heat to disappear!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
In other news, I guess in my long absence I forgot to take pictures of the fantastic fabric I won from FabricWorm in the Bloggers Quilt Festival! It's a bit dark for me to be taking pictures this time of night, so I believe you shall have some pictures headed your way soon!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
However, my camera is willing to cooperate (somewhat) and I have pictures for you!!!
Here is quilt 1 of the 3-in-one I've been going on about. It's the largest, and is 4 blocks by 3 blocks. Our grass was wet at the time, so you only get a partial view ;)
This is the quilting of the pillow (below) that I tried my hand at. I believe I did alright, but it definitely could've been better. Sometimes my machine knows just when to man-handle me!
Here is the overall pillow. The sun is bright outside and really made the cream fabric pop!
This is the smallest quilt. It's fuzzy because I don't have the best camera in the world. If you notice, two of the squares aren't like the others!! This top isn't 'finished' because I have fabric on order to make a border for it. Other than that, this is what ya get :)
Here is the middle sized quilt. It was actually the easiest to make, no angled cutting or crazy corners to work with. I'm truly proud of my three!
I'm especially proud of this gem! It's the additional change purse to the actual purse I made for my best friend in the entire world. She saw the fabric and instantly fell in love. I figured she deserves something for putting up with crazy 'ole me. But this was the first time I'd ever used 1. zippers, and 2. ric rac! I found out what was making my machine not 'quilt' right - I was using horrible horrible batting! I bought some different batting for the purse and change purse, and man did it change my life! See those little curley-q's? IT'S A MIRACLE!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Now, the 3-in-1 quilt set is finally pieced and ready for some basting! One small problem is that I need to go buy some fabric for the backing and binding. Whoops :) I just LOVE fabric shopping!
There are so many new projects that I'd love to start working on now that the Pride and Glory and trio are finished. I started an apron that I quickly lost interest in. I don't think I'll ever be making any dresses or shirts or anything. Making cuffs and seams just isn't worth it!
Unfortunately, I think I may have worn out my old Singer sewing machine. I not only broke a needle in the middle of the sashing, but it's starting to skip stitches, the feed dogs aren't pulling like they should, and my tension is all wonky. I'll take it to the doctor as soon as I can, really. After all, I can't even finish the tops I have now if my machine won't work, right?
Which also reminds me... I know that for one of my Christmas presents I'll be receiving a new sewing machine. I've been looking at the Brother PC-420. Does anyone recommend this machine? Also, what are some good sewing machines for quilting?
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
However, I am in blog-land reading each of your blogs. I want to read as much as you guys can put out, because it distracts me from the other stuff.
News to note:
Since winning the Fabricworm giveaway for the Bloggers Quilt Festival, I have chosen my fabrics and received them. I'll post pictures when my heart stops breaking. I also stopped in Fancy Gap, NC (on the way home) at their pottery and fabric outlet and bought a few things. Just 4 fat quarters and 2 embroidery hoops. (Yes, those darn hoops).
I'm out, and I hope you all are doing MUCH better than I am :)
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
This brightened my day even after I found out that Wally World doesn't sell Embroidery Hoops! Ah.
God Bless each and every one of you!
Monday, May 31, 2010
I have been reading these super awesome blogs about cakes, icing, fondant, and wonderful cuteness. So being the explorer I am, I decided to do such on my own. While it's alright, I think that the fondant will not be made again. I won't be putting the websites up for the fondant recipe and instructions up due to my uneventful-ness, but if anyone wants the site I'll be happy to give it to you! I think it just may have been a little too much for the cake I made, and I may have had it a *weensy* bit too thick. Maybe. Or positively. Either way it took more time for me than what I would readily have on hand for baking a cake. I will, however, give the link for the homemade buttercream icing! This stuff is insanely yummy. My mother actually took a spoon and cleaned out the mixing bowl! I will say it's definitely not your average icing, and I love it :).
Went to our local Wal-Mart (because that's basically all we have) to get some groceries and stuff. The whole time through the store I kept on thinking to myself that I was forgetting something, even though I remembered to get the elastic thread (shirring, anyone?). I get home and not ten minutes after I realize I wanted embroidery hoops. AH! This has to be the 5th time I've happened to forget them. I must tattoo this on my arm until next shopping day!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
These past few days have been hectic, and - unfortunately - near quilt free. With the holiday weekend upon us, it's been hot days, cool nights, and shindigs that require my presence. I've gone to two birthday/graduation parties, and at 4 other peoples houses for a grill time.
Luckily today I was able to get back to my machine and supplies and get something done around here. I finished adding my third piece to each of my strips so now I'm totally ready to start cutting for my three in one quilt pattern. Wish me luck, guys!
Speaking of said three in one, I was thinking about adding a little something to make it my own, and then submitting one of those beauties for the mini quilt swap. What a way to kill two birds with one stone, right? Good times.
I found an old apron mom had hanging up decorating the kitchen. Yes, I've seen it a million times in the kitchen, but today I really looked at it. It's absolutely gorgeous, and I believe that I will make one for myself! I have so many new ideas to try out, but sadly my pocketbook doesn't have the same ambition ;).
Before leaving the house for said shindigs yesterday, I got my cakes in the oven and baked. They're sitting in the freezer right now, chilling out so I can get the ingredients to make the icing and fondant to decorate said cake. This is another new adventure I'm taking on, but the more the merrier, right?
Alright, enough time on here, it's back to the cutting board I go!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Big thanks to KarrieLyne at FreckledWhimsy for giving me a heads up on a mini quilt swap! I've not done this, and figured it would be an awesome adventure! It's called Another Little Quilt Swap 4 and if anyone else is interested, you can find the info here. As much fun as it seems like it would be, I don't know if I want another project on my plate :P
For my patriotic quilt, I got the binding finished, and washed and dried it yesterday. Now all that's left is to add the star applique on the sides, and I'm finished! Well that and the label :) i'm so excited for this, you have no idea. I'll post pictures probably tomorrow with the finished product (I'll be sewing tonight, ladies!)
i also have a quilt trio i'm still working on. it's, however, on a standstill because I wanted to get my other quilt finished in time for the ending of the bloggers quilt festival. I may just keep it on a current halt while i create my mini quilt for the swap. Who knows, I may have crazy amounts of projects at one time :)
Another thing to mention, is that instead of using yet another pattern to try to quilt, I have decided to come up with my own little design. I admit that I've seen quilts like it before, but I'll be putting a small twist on it to make it my own. I never figured that i'd be making my own creations! Especially at such an early stage in this project!
wish me luck!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I've never been to a quilt festival, market, or anything of the sort with a quilt of my own, so this is a completely new experience!
I apologize, because I have to enter the festival with a quilt that is not completely finished. See, this is my second quilt ever made and my first quilt was made for a gift. I have no pictures or anything of the sort from my first baby, but I have oodles of this one!!
I began this quilt in April (It's only a table runner) and will probably finish it before June - or at least I'm hoping I will! My first quilt was made because of pure interest. I bought a how-to book and taught myself. This quilt, however, was made because I wanted something for myself. I love the red, white, and blue pattern. It was made from a pattern from Pieces from my Heart - #335 Pride and Glory. When all is said and done, I will have appliqued two stars on it - one on each of the blue sides. I love the 'Americana' look, and I believe this will do fantastic on a coffee table or side table.
When quilting, I decided to try my hand at more than just straight lines - I trid adding wavy lines. I think I did alright, but I know it could've been better. I was just so excited to do anything but just stitch-in-the-ditch!
As of current, I have the binding sewn on the front of the quilt. I'll begin hand-stitching the back either tonight or tomorrow after work. The stars will be added once that endeavor is over :).
Hopefully by the fall I'll have a more interesting (and finished, to boot!) quilt to post for you all!
As of today (5/27/2010), my quilt is finished. I finished the binding, and decided to not add the applique stars. Once I got all my fabric together, I thought the stars were just too busy, and I rather like the look of this already.
UNFORTUNATELY, my camera is being stupid (yet again) and refuses to work. I will post pictures as soon as I possibly can!
Yay for quilt # 2! This teaches me a lesson that no matter what pattern I use, I still have the ultimate decision in how the quilt is to be made. It's mine and no-one elses :)
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I got off of work at 5 this evening, and got home from the gym around 6-ish. Probably a quarter after. Ate a little something, then just jumped on the computer for a 'quick check' of the new blogs, email, facebook. I'm still here. ACK! I didn't do anything sewing related today, and that makes me super sad :(. Tomorrow I get off work early, so I'll have a little time to make up for my lacking in sewing today and yesterday. I'll also get some new fabric for backing, binding, and the borders for four (yes, four!) quilts!
Hope yall's days were a tad more productive than mine :)
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I did, however, get to iron my two strips together (that being 12 sets of two strips of a jelly roll which were sewn together yesterday). Also, I went to the store, bought some Heat n' Bond, and created some tags for my quilts. Thanks goes to Rachel from p.s. i quilt for the easy peasy tut!! After I get my paycheck and buy my backing fabric for my quilt top, I'll be able to test this out. I'm already excited :)
I hope you're all having a wonderful day out there in bloggerland. Hope the sewing's coming along just fine!
(even though it's generic, this background is actually REALLY cute!)
and while i'm thinking about it, who else rocks out to some tunes while sewing? please tell me it's not just me, yall!