Monthly Archives: June 2012

Jewelry Roll-up

I was headed to WV last week for Memorial Day weekend. 4 days before I was leaving I decided that I needed something to carry home my jewelry in. I have started accumulating a few more jewelry pieces and didn’t just want to dump them into a baggie or something. I looked on Etsy but they were all very expensive. Than, I remembered that I had seen a pattern somewhere before so I pulled out my One Yard Wonders book and there it was! It was perfect. It took me a few evenings as I didn’t get the right amount of interfacing the first trip. Than on the second night I got my zippers installed. The 3rd night I was able to put it all together.

I think it turned out great for my first time dealing with zippers! The fabric was from Walmart. It was a bit more expensive than I am used to Walmart fabric being, but still not nearly as high as quilt shop fabric. And, the good thing is, the way that I cut the pattern out means that I still have about half a yd of fabric left. So after zippers and ribbon, it was about a $6 project. Love that!!

Jewelry in it:

Close up of the zippers and the earring/ring holder:

All rolled up and ready for traveling:

This was a great project for a few evenings and now that I have made one, I imagine that another would be a lot faster. I can see this being an easy gift if one is ever needed.



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The 17yr old UFO

No, not the alien kind of UFO. The quilting kind! In the quilting world UFO = Unfinished Object.

After my trip home to visit family last Oct, I came back with another project. 17 years ago, my mom made a quilt top. Life happened and it never got completely finished. I brought it back in Oct to re-baste and get it quilted and finished. I measured it at 110″ on all sides. Its a very large king quilt. So large in fact, that I actually had to borrow a great friends sewing machine as the quilt physically wouldn’t fit thru my machine.

Other than the quilt itself, there was another great thing that came out of me borrowing that great friends machine. Its a Janome Horizon and it has been on my wish list for a couple of years.

This was after I finally got it all basted. It took up my entire living room floor. Any larger and I would have had to start moving big furniture pieces.

Even with an 11″ throat space on the Horizon it was still a tight fit. There was enough room to push the bulk of the quilt out of the way but that was about it.

After I finally got all the quilting done I took it back to my king bed to see how it looked. It was a perfect fit.

Up close shot of the quilting. I did a line of quilting a quarter inch from every seam. It was a lot of quilting but in the end, the double seam quilting turned out to be great. The quilt was originally basted with a high-loft batting. I re-basted it with the same batting that she originally had which combined with the double seam quilting made it turn out to be very puffy squares. (and also the main reason why the quilt wouldn’t fit into m machine)

This was a shot of the back of the quilt after I was done. You can really see how great the double line quilting looks.

Parents Quilt Back

Spent some time with the Kona Color Card to figure out what color binding to use.

Parents Quilt

I ended up going with a seep forest green color. It blended in nicely at the edge of the quilt with the darker border fabric. You can see my use of bobby pins in quilting. They are great to hold down binding as you make you way thru the quilt.

I am glad that I was able to finish this quilt 17 years after it was started so that it can finally be used. I hope that it is enjoyed. And, thank you so much Julie for letting me borrow the Horizon for a couple of months. I couldn’t have finished this without your generosity.



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Scrappy Scatter Quilt

I have a cousin who was recently pregnant and after a loving and tough pregnancy that sweet baby girl went to heaven. When she expressed interest in a quilt that she liked, while she was carrying, I knew that I wanted to give her something that she could keep forever. She had liked a quilt on Pinterest so it was easy to replicate the pattern to make it my own.

Scrappy Scatter Quilt

It ended up being 36″ x 36″. I used a fat quarter pack that I have had in my stash for a while. We weren’t sure if it was a girl or a boy so I went with something that could be used for either a girl or a boy.

Scrappy Scatter Quilt

It was the first time that I had done a scrappy binding and I think that it turned out amazing. After washing it, it may have shrunk a small bit but not much. I just did a stipple all over and the crinkling was great.

Scrappy Scatter Quilt

I know that this was made for a special girl but hopefully someday it will be shared with her brother or sister.



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Birthday Box!

After finishing up my Terrain quilt, the world decided that it was time for me to turn 30. The best part was that family came thru and brightened the day with a terrific box of lots of goodies.

This is what it looked like after removing the multiple layers of colored tissue paper.

Birthday Box

A whole year of seasonal table runners to work on. The 4th of July one is calling my name this month!

Table Runner Pattern

After opening up all of the INDIVIDUALLY wrapped packages (there were about 50) this is what I ended up with:

Birthday Gifts

a great portable design wall, a cool wall hanging, and a ton of fabrics!

It was a great box and it made my birthday a whole lot better.

Thanks family!!!


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Terrain Quilt Finished!!

It has been months!!! I know it has been a long time since I posted. But, I am back and I have a ton of posts to catch up on!

I did eventually get my Terrain finished and I LOVE it. Its the first quilt that I didn’t prewash everything and it shrunk a lot more than I am used too. But that actually made it a great size for curling up in or sleeping under and gave it a fabulous crinkle.

Terrain Quilt

Not sure what size it ended up being. I just know that I love the fabric. and the pattern. I love the pattern so much that I have already bought another layer cake and a yd of border fabric for a future gift quilt.

Oh, and here is an Instagram picture of the backing. Its the only picture that I have that shows the print that I used on the back. I found it at walmart and while it didn’t match the front in terms of color, it was so bright and cheap (hehe) that I couldn’t pass it up.You can also see the larger stipple quilting that I did all over.

Terrain Backing


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