Monthly Archives: January 2014

Swoon #2

Well, I didn’t get any sewing done this weekend. I kind of didn’t feel like it and I know from past experiences to not push it. It is just a hobby for me and I never want to feel like I *have* to sew.

Although I have nothing to show for this past weekend, I did get another Swoon block done last week.

20140127-084314.jpg
I definitely liked this one better when it was matched up in the pile, than I do complete. Contrary to what I think the picture shows, there actually is a lot of orange in the dotted fabric so it does match in real life. The solid just didn’t bring out the amount of orange that I thought it would.

I know in the end it will look good mixed in with all the rest, so I am not worrying about it. I just hope that this doesn’t become a common feeling.

2 down, 14 to go!

🙂
Jess

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Swoon

Fabric, Fabric, Fabric

Do you guys Instagram? I have played around with it in the past but just recently actually started using it. Its amazing!

I am a very visual person and I love looking at pictures, and patterns, and diagrams. So, turns out, Instagram is the perfect medium for me. Who knew!?! I am on there as @mugirl113

I discovered last week, through someone else’s posting, that the quilting/sewing world on Instagram was gearing up for an epic destash. In other words, everyone was cleaning house and yard sale-ing their fabrics. It was insane! Once it truly started, you had to get your name on something in under 10 seconds or it was gone. (Its a first come, first served kinda sale) I may have drained the batteries on both my iPad and iPhone from refreshing the page so often. Haha

With some quick typing, I was able to score a few deals!
Here’s what I ended up with:

20140122-092458.jpg
3 Nest by Tula Pink charm packs
1.25yds Aqua Nest by Tula Pink yardage
2 Cuzco by Kate Spain charm packs
1 Kona Solids charm pack
3 Comma charm packs
2.3yds Green Frogs by Tula Pink yardage

Mmmm…look at that pile. I love charm packs because of their versatility. I already have projects in mind for pretty much everything.

20140122-092251.jpg
Stuff (fabrics, supplies, books, notions, etc…) is still being posted every day and most sellers are accepting offers so, if you have some time, go check it out at #thegreatfabricdestash

Up next, more Swoon!!

🙂
Jess

Leave a comment

Filed under Fabric, Not a Quilt

New Years Eve Fun with Swoon

So, let me preface this by saying that I am not a night person. I am an asleep by 10pm person. I am the girl that doesn’t like to be out late. Yep, at 31. Completely unashamed folks. I like my early mornings.

Ok, moving on. I wanted to stay up for New Years. I haven’t been awake for the ball drop in multiple years. We could possibly be talking about double digits number of years. I knew if I was going to stay awake that I would need something to keep my brain busy.
Enter Swoon. I decided to make my first block.

20140107-143735.jpg
Fabric is Tula Pink’s Acacia and the white background is Kona Honeycomb.

I spent 2 weeks, off and on, cutting all the fabrics for this gigantic quilt. 16 squares. 61 pieces in each square. 976 pieces. I changed out my rotary blade twice. I thought about cutting as I go, but I don’t leave my big cutting mat out and I didn’t want this to get pushed to the side because I may not feel like cutting one day. Its a nice feeling to know that I just need to grab the next block and can be sewing in minutes.

I had some trouble with my flying geese ending up a bit small. I still made it work, but I am going to have to play around with those and see if I can figure out why.

Starch was definitely my best friend and to be honest, after writing out this sentence, that could be what happened to my flying geese. (Starch = smaller/Water = larger)

Also, these blocks are huge! I have read that online but until it is sitting on your table in front of you, it doesn’t compute. At 24″ square, definitely the largest blocks that I have ever worked with.

1 block done. 15 more to go.

Go check out Julie’s!

Oh, and on a side note, I am bound and determined to figure out how to budget myself in order to buy this Tula Pink fabric panel for the back of this quilt.

20140107-144215.jpg
Completely gorgeous! Unfortunately, seeing as how this averages out to $50 a yd (Yikes!) I don’t know that it will actually happen.

Oh, and just cause it’s funny, I will tell you that I was officially asleep at 12:02am on New Years Eve/Day. I watched the clock turn over and was done. Hahahaha!!

🙂
Jess

Leave a comment

Filed under Swoon

Christmas Surprise…The Zelda Quilt

Every year my sisters and I do a secret Santa for gifts. We draw names and have a price limit. For the past year (or more) I have been working on this quilt for a sister. When it came time to draw names, I figured out how to get her name. (I am a sneaky girl!) It was the perfect motivation to get this quilt finished and gifted.

Alright, here it is. The Zelda quilt.

20140105-074746.jpg
Zelda is a strip quilt that was done using 1.5″ pieces. Luckily, it wasn’t my first one so I had a great organizational system in place for all the pieces.

I handed this one off to Julie to quilt for me. It was during finals and I didn’t want either one to suffer in quality. We decided on a simple meander, as to keep the design front and center and blend all the strips together once washed and dried.

20140105-075258.jpg
This was completely made out of Kona cottons. The pattern is from Carolina Patchworks. The backing is a Star Wars comic book fabric that I found on Etsy a long time ago. She loves both and I figured why not. There are no rules in quilting! At least not in my household.

A few more pictures…
All quilted, ready for binding:

20140105-080324.jpg
Binding on and sewn down. Washed and dried:

20140105-080626.jpg
I love how the strips get lost in the quilting and it becomes a large picture from far away and not a patchwork quilt.

It turned out amazing! It took a while to get finished but completely worth the time. I was so excited to give it to her for Christmas. I think she was as happy with it as I was. I hope that it is used often and loved well.

Oh, almost forgot…the quilt label! I do themed quilt labels and I was undecided on which theme to go with on this one, so I did both.

20140105-082111.jpg

🙂
Jess

6 Comments

Filed under Completed Projects, Finished Quilts