Finishing Quilts and Glamping!

School has started friends. Even though it’s only 1 class, its a lot of time spent not in my sewing room. I finally turned on my sewing machine last weekend (and not since!) but it was only to work on trying to get some unfinished quilts off of my sewing room floor. 5 of them to be exact. All waiting on binding.

So, I made binding. Lots and Lots of Binding. Probably close to 2000″ of binding. Whew.

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Than I had a sewing marathon. I got 3 of the bindings sewn on in an afternoon/evening. Not too bad! The one below is the PB&J quilt. Julie did an AMAZING job quilting this one. We went with a more dense design and did a coordinating one in the border. It looks fantastic. And, it is heavy. I will show it off more once I get the binding completely finished.

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This is the Waterfront Park Churn Dash. Julie did a really simple swirl all over this one. It did a great job of softening the quilt design up a bit. It isn’t too dense so this will make a great snuggling quilt. Not for me though, Maybe for you?

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Oh, and I got my fabrics in for my Thimble Blossom Mini Quilt Swap. Once you join one, its hard to not join any others! I have the pattern picked out for this one and as soon as my first test is over on Tuesday, this is what I will be working on. I hope she loves it! Picking out the fabrics is the hardest part of a swap. You just don’t know if the they will like it or not. Here’s hoping! :-)

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Autumn Woods Fabric Bundle

Ok, I know everyone is wondering about Glamping. What is it and why is it in the title of my blogpost? Glamping is, by definition, “Glamorous Camping.” And I am going to partake. In a sewing way. Confused yet? hehe..stay with me.

Pink Castle Fabrics is an online fabric store that hosts retreats every year for a small amount of participants. This year, they decided to do something new and bigger and opened up a 2015 retreat called “Glamp Stitchalot” (get it, instead of Camp…) for 200 people with some AMAZING teachers. Guess, who just happens to be one of them?? Come on, surely you know this answer? Did you just say Tula Pink? Correct!

Needless to say, when I saw spots were opened, I texted Julie as fast as I could and whipped out the credit card. I was not missing out on this one and I was making sure that she was going with me. Its being held in Ann Arbor, MI next November at a super nice looking hotel for 3 days. I know, its a long time away. Commiserate with me.

In the meantime, while Glamp Stitchalot is in the back of my mind, I will be studying and trying to fit in small things when and where I can. I did buy a whiteboard for my sewing room so maybe seeing everything actually written out will help me to stay on track when I have the time.

:-)

Jess

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Assorted Ramblings

Today is a going to be a hodge-podge mismatched post. My hands have been in quite a few things lately and I want to share.

It’s that time of the year. School started back for me last week and with a few other things added to my plate, it’s gotten a bit busy around here. I actually haven’t been on my sewing machine in over a week. *GASP!* I know, its heartbreaking. But, I have been productive on the sewing/crafting front in other ways.

I finished Space Dust! I mentioned in my previous post that I was thinking about leaving the sides off; I did, and I love it.

Space Dust

Tula Pink Pattern and Fabrics

Its about 60″ x 60″. It will be large on my wall, but absolutely perfect. The colors do not do well photographing in this room. There is no natural light.  They are rich, vibrant, and very saturated colors. Right up my alley. My goal was to get it done before school started. I finished sewing the last row on at about 9pm the night before.

Ok, whats next.  Christmas! Well, not really, but kind of sorta.

Christmas Quilt

See, I have a few quilts that I want to enter into the quilt show in a couple of months and in order to do so, I need to get a TON of binding done.  This Christmas quilt, the saltwater quilt, and at this point, who else knows. I have about 7 I would love to enter but I am not superwoman. Unfortunately.

Those August evenings of 95 degree hotness when I didn’t want to be under a quilt were spent working on my Mario cross-stitch. Well, the hubby’s Mario cross-stitch.

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That blue background is going to be the death of me

I had put this aside a while back because I needed a frame but wasn’t sure what to get. I stumbled upon this one and its absolutely perfect! Makes it so much easier and faster to stitch now. So, this one is back out. Plus, I am a sucker for all things Halloween and I just got a terrific Halloween cross-stitch that I really want to start. But, I have to finish this one first.

Next up, Instagram. I have never been in a Swap before and Instagram is full of them. I always miss the signups though so when this popped up I jumped on it and had Julie do the same. Swaps are a great way to stretch your comfort zone and not only get a great surprise in return, but get to make something wonderful for someone else.

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Now, anyone who knows me knows that I can’t just do something halfway. Oh no, its all the way or no way. After signing up, the call than went out for volunteers to be Swap “Mama’s.” These are people who take a grouping of participants from the organizer and coordinate all of the swapping and partner details between them. Yep, yours truly signed up to do that also. But, it has been a blast so far! Partner assignments go out tomorrow and I am so excited to see who I am going to be making for and also to send out all my emails to my group so they can know the same!

Lastly, I made a purchase on Massdrop last month and I am glad I did. It was my first purchase from them and they were offering Patchwork Threads t-shirts at a really good discount.

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If you are at all into sewing/quilting, you will love her site. These 2 make 3 total that I have. Hands down, the softest, most comfortable t-shirts I have ever bought. I love everything in her shop so if anyone would like to get me a gift of any kind, at any point, please head that way and pick up a size M crewneck shirt. ;-) I think the #sweatnsew tank is next up on my list of wants.

I think that’s all of the bits and pieces that I have for you this week. We have a road trip this weekend so I see lots of binding in my immediate future. Perfect opportunity.

Have a great holiday weekend and see you in September!

:-)

Jess

 

 

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Quilting, Piecing, and some Space Dust

Sometimes I don’t know how to start off a blog post. Hi? Hi y’all? Hola? What’s up yo? What about just, Hello? Ok, Hello.

Whew, now that the awkwardness is behind us, lets move on to the good stuff. And I do mean good stuff. Because anything that begins or ends (or sings in the middle) of Tula Pink is all the goodness I need in life. And, this one ranks right up there. I got to spend the past weekend with Julie and on top of getting 8 Block of the Month blocks done, and 2 other backings, we got this ray of sunshine quilted.

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I love this quilt. The colors. The design. So much so that I already have another one planned!

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Close-up of the Nautical themed quilting.

Salt Water Curves

On the frame, being worked on

I just need to get binding made and then get it sewn down. Debating on putting this one in the Fall quilt show here in New Bern. It’s not perfect but it’s pretty dang awesome.

Moving on, but not really too far, is the QAL that I mentioned I was starting. It is being hosted on Instagram by John Adams and Paul Hallinger. The pattern is Space Dust by Tula Pink and I am using the same fabrics that she did in her original design. I have had them hoarded for a while not really knowing what I wanted to do with them. When I saw this happening, I knew it would be perfect.

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Fabrics picked out, 45 page pattern ready to go

I sat down a couple of weeks ago and got my first row sorted and ready to go.

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The whole quilt is paper pieced, which I am no stranger too, so I was able to whip up my first few blocks pretty quickly. I will say though, paper piecing with larger sized pieces is much harder than doing it with smaller squares. These bad boys end up being 7″ x 10″ each.

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After getting the hang of this particular pattern, I was able to get 2 rows busted out in about a week.

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I am almost done with Row 3 now and I can’t wait to get back to work on this one. The original pattern calls a LOT of extra white to be added to the sides to bring it to a large Queen size. I think I have decided that I am going to leave mine without the sides and make it into a wall hanging for my sewing room. It will be a very large one but how could all this Tula Pink fabric yumminess not be amazing as a backdrop for my new room??!!?

See you soon!

:-)

Jess

 

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July Catch-Up

Wow, its been almost a month since I have posted. This has been a busy month. The Mr. changed career paths which took a lot of our free time to get him up and running. Once he was out of the house and in his own workspace…I got the extra room in our house! That’s right folks, I officially have a sewing room. Woo-hoo!!!

My first order of business, buying something to sew on. See, I am a researcher. I research everything. If there is something to be learned online, I will learn it. Want to know what I learned about sewing table/desks? They are flipping expensive for not a lot of usable space. And the ones that do have usable space? Well, those bad boys cost more than my sewing machine. I have been sewing/quilting perfectly fine on the dining room table for 5 years. Lots of room for cutting and whatnot. *Lightbulb* Buy another dining table! So, I did. I found an extremely nice one at Walmart. Now, normally I wouldn’t use those words (nice, walmart) together in a sentence, but let me tell you, this one is nice. Sturdy. Doesn’t rock. Has really good supportive legs. I LOVE it!

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Nice Big Dining Room Table

Once I got my table and my tv stand/desk moved around, I rounded up all my supplies. Yep, rounded up. You see, while I have been extremely lucky to have a nice place to sew, since it was the dining room, all of my stuff was scattered. Some in the dining room. Most in a closet. Some under the bed. It took a lot more trips then I thought it would.

Sewing Room 2

Hmmm…needs a lot of organizing!

But eventually, I got it all moved and was able to start putting things away. It is heaven. I love having a place that is mine that I don’t have to clear off to eat dinner. I actually find myself sewing more now during the week than I have in a long time.

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My Panoramic View

Hmmm…what have I been sewing you ask? Well, since this is a sewing blog and not a furniture one, I will tell you. Metro Rings and Churn Dash.

Metro Rings is a quilt that I started a couple of months ago using Tula Pink’s (surprise, surprise) Saltwater line. It was my first curves and I couldn’t have picked a better pattern to wet my feet with. I finished it up over the weekend and it is ready for some awesome longarm action.

Metro Rings Quilt

Churn Dash is one that I have wanted to do for a while. Its a simple well-known pattern that I made using a line of fabrics called Waterfront Park. They are bright, bold, and flashy fabrics. They are right up my alley. This one was also finished and is ready to be quilted.

Churn Dash Quilt

I am thinking that I am going to move my design wall to a different wall in the room. It isn’t very convenient to get to when it is stuck back in a corner like that.

There is an ulterior motive for wanting to get both of these quilt tops done and off my plate. One of them is a gift and the other reason is that there is a quilt-along starting on Aug 1st that I am joining and I wanted to have these finished before I delve into that. Stay tuned, there is more to come!

:-)

Jess

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Another Finish It Up Friday

So, I guess this whole “Finish it up Friday” thing is becoming a habit around these parts. I don’t get the chance to post every week but I love having a specific day geared towards posting about things that I have finished up.

My big finish for this week? (well, kind of last week but it strayed over into the weekend so we are calling it this week…shhhh!!) Another Sew Together Bag! I was a little afraid of making another one but best friends overtake fears. :-) Julie’s birthday is soon and she is a tough pickle to shop for. So, I started thinking about what could I make her instead. No quilts. Goodness gracious, no quilts. Tote bags are a bit time consuming with fabric choices, so I started thinking smaller. Than I realized that she didn’t have a Sew Together Bag. Score!

Reels Sew Together Bag

Sorry for the dark pictures. It was late the night before I was going to give it to her when I remembered to snap a couple of photos.

And, I also realized, I had the perfect outer fabric. Melody Miller’s Reels from way back when. I had come across a small amount of it from an Australian seller and was able to get it shipped pretty cheaply. I than pulled a Navy Essex Linen for the sides and some mustard to go with the reels and the navy.

For the inside, I cut into a new bundle of Pat Bravo ‘s Essentials for Art Gallery. Man alive, I love AG fabrics. They are silky soft. Check them out:

Reels Sew Together Bag
I tried to match the zippers somewhat to the fabrics. I don’t have a great supply of zippers but I thought it turned out nice. There are 2 blues and an eggplant color. The main outside zipper is a navy blue to match the essex linen on the sides.

Now she can fill it up and enjoy! Happy Birthday Julie!!

Oh, and before I go, I did get 3 more Swoon blocks done. Yes, you read that correctly. 3! But don’t cheer for me just yet. Apparently in my chain piecing marathon I messed up a square in the same spot in all 3 blocks. I am a perfectionist so these will have to be ripped out and resewn or it will drive me bonkers. Luckily its on the edge of each one so I can just unpick that square and than Y seam it all back together. They turned out gorgeous though! These are numbers 8,9, & 10. I only have 6 left now and than I can start putting them all together in a real quilt top.

Swoon block
The yellow one below is really a darker, deeper mustard color that plays really nicely with the army green and mustard colors in the flowers.

Swoon block
Swoon block
That’s all folks! Waiting on some more thread before I do any more Metro Rings blocks. Since I am using bright white fabric on that one, I want to make sure that I use the same thread throughout. In an effort to not burn myself out on Swoon blocks, I have a diaper to finish up (a whole other blog post to do) and than I might pull out another project. Not that I have a lack of them.

Oh, Did you guys know that this is No-Buy July?? I am going to try to go with this. I have a couple of prior commitments that I signed up for but since those were done before July, they don’t count. So, it just means no purchases on anything crafty this month. I have needles, thread, and a boatload of fabric and patterns. I should be all set. Wonder how much I could get done if I am not enticed by other, newer, shinier things?? I will report back soon and let you know!

:-)

Jess

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Finish It Up Friday

I am starting to really like these Finish It Up Friday posts. They are very motivating by making me want to carve some time out during the week to sew. Normally, I just reserve that for the weekends.

I finished up 2 things this past week/weekend.

First up, another Swoon block. This one is # 7 of 16. Almost halfway!! This one turned out gorgeous in my color choices. Since these fabrics are cut and ready to go, I already have a pile of 3 more sitting beside my machine.

Swoon 7

One of these days, if I can find room somewhere (maybe outside?), I will lay out what I have and see how they all look together. at 24″ a piece, plus sashing, plus a border…we will never have to tug on covers ever again on our king sized bed. I am making this baby HUGE for that specific reason. Poor Julie. She is going to be cursing me when I eventually hand this one over to be quilted.

The exciting finish for this week was a Noodlehead Divided Basket. Even though this is going to live with me, I am loving it!! Now, I am going to have to ship one out for me. This was made in Salt Water fabrics (of course!) that Julie donated.

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This basket seems small until you start putting it together. Its about 6″ deep and 12″ wide. (Those are just guesstimates) Regardless, it can hold a lot of stuff. And lots of stuff it shall hold! That’s the plan anyway.

Divided Tote 1

I did the outer binding a bit differently than the pattern called for. It wanted you to sew it onto one side and than do some flip and press thing and than sew again. whew…way to much work for me. I folded it in half, slid it on and sewed it down. Yes, you can see the stitching but my machine does a fantastic stitch and with the thread blending in, it all worked out.

Divided Tote 3

I used cotton webbing for the handles. This was my first time using cotton webbing and I have to say….HUGE fan here now. This stuff may be making an appearance in more things that I do. I don’t always love fabric handles because handles bear the brunt of anything you make so without proper support (tons of interfacing) they can look worn pretty quickly. But these? I could see these holding up for a long time with a lot of use.

Divided Tote 4

And lastly, a pic of the inside. I didn’t do anything fancy on the interior since my hope is that it will be so full that you won’t see much of it. :-)

Lots of plans for this weekend…Metro Rings, maybe start on a new venture/idea. Maybe a secret sewing session. We’ll see what the next 2 days hold. Happy Friday everyone!!

:-)

Jess

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Finish It Up Friday

Well, I don’t have a whole finish for you but I do have a lot of small ones from last weekend. (I don’t sew much during the week)

I have still been working on my Metro Rings quilt. I would have had more done but this girl did a really dumb thing and may have ruined her large cutting mat. I put it in the car to take to a sew day and didn’t lay it flat. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb. If you don’t know anything about cutting mats, when they get hot they conform to whatever surface they are on. Mine conformed to 2 lawn chairs. HUGE, rolling waves in my cutting mat. Ugghhh…I was so mad at myself. I know better than that. In an effort to not have to buy another one, it is currently back in the hot car, weighted down, trying to get flat again. We’ll see.

I got a few more blocks done with fabrics that I had already cut out. (luckily!!) They turned out fantastic! Here are all 4 blocks laid out together:

Metro Rings

I don’t know if I mentioned this in my last post but I wasn’t really happy with the first block that I made. The inside points did not look like the pictures of the pattern. So, after going thru all the steps again on the next block I finally figured out that my problem was in squaring the blocks up. This section of the pattern is the only one that I feel did not live up to my expectations. I decided to hit the internet to see if anyone else had had this problem and lo and behold, I found a website that did a blog post on just that exact thing. It was a lifesaver. So, after following the bloggers directions, I came out with an infinitely better block. Take a look:

Metro Ring Points

Left: First block        Right: Second block

See those points? The one on the left should look more like the one on the right. So glad that I figured it out. The newer ones look so much better. but, without a cutting mat, I couldn’t continue any farther. So, I got out my next project to work on…

My Spinning in the Rain BOM (Block of the Month) from Sew Lux. I figured I could go ahead and get this month’s block done and stay ahead. She also included instructions for making an identical mini block. So, I made it too. Both of these I was able to make in about an hour using my smaller cutting mat.

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Aren’t they cute? Since this is a monthly one, I am now able to put these up until July. I like these. No pressure to have to work on them. You just spend an hour one night a month and in a year, you’ll have a stress free quilt!

Sunday morning rolled around and I decided to finish up another bag of Hexi’s while watching some Netflix with the hubby. I snapped a picture of my box. They are slowly growing!

Salt Water Hexi's

Lastly on Sunday afternoon, I decided to whip out another Swoon block. I often forget about this one and I don’t know why. In fact, while the blocks are a bit time consuming, since the fabrics are already cut up and ready to go you would think that it would make it easier. Well, it does, if remember to pull one out to make.

Swoon 6

Swoon 6 of 16

This looks darker in the picture than it is in real life. This one is a slate gray solid with a golden yellow dotted fabric from Tula Pink’s Acacia line. There are gray dots in the yellow fabric. I started working on a second Swoon block last night but came up short on a few pieces of fabric. Apparently when I was cutting out fabric, I forgot my ability to count to 8. Almost halfway there on these blocks!

The Metro Rings quilt and the Swoon quilt are the 2 things that I think I am going to focus on for now. I do have a couple of bag type items that I want to make so if I start getting ancy with either of these, I may start one of those. Who knows, I love the ability to jump in between things. Keeps it interesting!

:-)

Jess

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