Monthly Archives: May 2014

Salt Water Curves – WIP Wednesday

Well, a quilt bug has hit me. For the first time in a while, I found something that peaked my interest and I jumped on it!! When inspiration/motivation hits, you have to strike while the iron is hot.

The pattern that I bought is one that I have looked at in the past, but thought that it was too advanced for me. You see, even though I have paper pieced (like a champ!) and hand quilted, and mastered binding, and even made an Amy Butler Weekender Bag, this quilt has….curves. Lots of curves. Curves and Applique are my 2 fears. I have bought many a kits that require applique and inevitably, I always end up giving them to Julie. (She does it all!!) They just freak me out.

My Work-In-Progress for this week is this pattern, Metro Rings by Sew Kind of Wonderful and I think it is gorgeous.

Metro Rings Pattern

Picture from Sew Kind Of Wonderful

I finally decided that this was it. I was buying this pattern and to make it more interesting, I was going to make it out of Tula Pink fabrics. After all, she makes everything more interesting. Well, her fabrics do. I imagine she would too but I haven’t had the starstruck moment of meeting her. Ok, back on topic.

I picked up these 2 Salt Water jelly rolls (2.5″ strips) from Missouri Quilt Co. If these fabrics look familiar, its because they are the same ones that my Hexi’s are being done with. Can you tell that this is my favorite line of hers??  I already have patterns picked out for all of the other Salt Water fabrics that I own (a charm pack (5″squares) and a fat quarter pack and the second jelly roll below) but they may never get cut up. We’ll see. 🙂

Salt Water Jelly Roll

So, I got to cutting! After a whirlwind weekend of family and fun, this was a nice relaxing morning. Once all my strips were cut and sorted, I started sewing. This was my first batch of curved pieces:

Curved Strip Sets

I took 2 of these and some background fabric (Bella Bleached White) and sewed up my first block.

Metro Rings Block

I used 2 of the same curved strips for this test block. From here out, I am going to make all of the curved sets first so that I can mix and match them in the blocks. Half of my corners will be this pink/coral seashell print and the other half will be a blue print that contrasts nicely.

Believe it or not, I actually can’t wait to continue working on these. No pinning. No hassles with the curves. Sew Kind of Wonderful also has some great video tutorials on how to cut these pieces using her curved ruler and also how to sew the curves. Really took away a lot of the nerves.

And, because I love pictures, I thought I would do 1 more. I don’t have class this summer so in an effort to try to give us back our dining room table, I moved my sewing area to my desk.

Sewing Area

Turns out, all it did was give me the ability to now not only use my desk, but also the ENTIRE dining room table. Oh well, I had good intentions! Not sure if it will last but its a nice change anyway. On a side note. I love having the natural light on this desk. Makes sewing feel really different compared to the yellow toned dining room light.



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Hop, Skip, Jump BOM Finish

Okay, I really did not intend to have another finish to show this week. I promise. I am such a slow sewer and do not get much done during the week. but, we have an anomaly! I killed it last Sunday.

This quilt actually started a year ago. I signed up for my first BOM (Block of the Month) thru Sew Lux.  They are a fantastic shop that I have become quite fond of. They are located in Raleigh so it’s nice to know that I am supporting a local (well, not really local, but 2 hrs is not TOO far away) store. I already have reservations for the next BOM and for 2 kits arriving in the fall.

Ok, back to the subject at hand. They sent out a new block (fabric and instructions) every month. I procrastinated until about halfway thru and than I caught up and stayed with it. Last Sunday, I pulled out the last block in the series and proceeded to put it together.

Here are all 12 blocks laid out together:

HSJ Blocks

The fabrics look a bit dull in this picture but they have some great coloring to them while feeling a bit vintage at the same time. The fabrics are PB&J by Basic Grey.

As I started packing away the extra fabrics, I thought “why not go ahead and just cut out the sashing and cornerstones so that they would be ready.” Well, than that turned into, “why not just go ahead and get a few blocks sashed” which was followed by “oh hell, just put the whole thing together and be done with it.”

So I did!

PBJ Quilt

Sew Lux had offered up Border/Binding kits to go along with the quilts and as always, I procrastinated and missed out. I looked online and saw that she had yardage available so when I emailed her she was super helpful and nice enough to put together a kit for me and send it out.

I already have the backing for this one so now, it just goes into my pile, to be given to Julie for quilting. Man alive, I have been loading her up lately. Thanks Julie!!!!

The machine has officially been put away for this weekend to spend time with family and friends. Not sure what is up next but I have no shortage of things to choose from. I may get up the nerve one day to show you my to-do list. Its pretty insane. I love it.



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Finish It Up Friday!! Errr…Saturday??

Well, this is technically a finish for last week but since I was out of town last weekend I think it still applies. Shhh…I won’t tell if you don’t!

Since my Classmate that I made was a bit too large for toting around my Hex on the Beach stuff, I knew that I wanted to make something smaller. But it had to be something that would be organized. Not just a small bag that you dump everything into. Enter the “Sew Together Bag” by Sew Demented.

Using Tula Pink fabrics, of course.

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(Excuse the dark pictures, I finished this at 10pm the night before my trip so I had to work with what I had)

Just like with my Super Tote, I have been seeing these little nifty things all over Instagram. They seemed to hold a positive vote among all of the people I follow and the hashtag #sewtogetherbag is bursting with bags in various stages of completion. Its inspiration overload.

Well, from the outside it doesn’t look like much. Maybe a round bag, with some binding on it, oh, and a long zipper down the top. Here, let me show you another angle (you all know how much I love pictures in a blog post)

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hmmm…now it just looks like another ordinary zippered bag. But wait, this is where is gets good. What looks ordinary on the outside, often never is on the inside.

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Its a treasure trove of organization, 3 zippered pockets, and tons of space! This thing really expands. To give you a better idea, here it is during construction all laid out flat:

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Look at all of that room!!

I won’t lie though, this thing was a bit rough to put together. The pattern did not really contain much in terms of graphics and no pictures. I am completely spoiled by the internet now and some designers that do step by step instructions. For something that is a bit more advanced like this, its super nice. So, I almost put the pattern away.

Than, on Instagram one evening (0f course, where else?) I found a Sew Along being hosted by The Quilt Barn on their blog. So, I headed over. And lo and behold, I started working on it that night. The sew along made it so much better! There were step by step pictures and she talked you thru each step. You still need the pattern for the proper cutting and interfacing information but I don’t know that I looked at it again after that.

This is what it is now being used for. All of my Hexi’s. The classmate was just too large to throw in my purse and go. This is perfect. I have about 500 hexi papers, 100 or so fabric squares, scissors, a spool of Aurifil thread and needles in there, with room to spare. Everything is organized and in its place.

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I have a feeling that a couple more may make their way onto the gift list.

Now, I am in a bit of a lull which is why I have been working on my hexi’s so much. I am not really up for a quilt but want to sew something. Going to sit down and look at my list and see what appeals to me to make next. I also have some swoon blocks to get back to so they may move up the list.



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Work in Progress (WIP) Wednesday!

Hello? Knock knock? Anyone there? **crickets. Did I lose all of you? I sure hope not!

I have been traveling so much that I haven’t really been able to blog very often. Plus traveling doesn’t allow for a whole lot of sewing. Other than hand sewing. Which is what today’s post is all about!

You may recall a few weeks ago, I posted about my Hex on the Beach Kit by Tula Pink. Well, I have been working on those quite a bit. They are really nice to sit down with for a few minutes here and there. I took my classmate with me on my flights and it worked out perfectly to store my hexi’s and it became kind of a makeshift table. They scanned it twice in security as I was leaving New Bern but didn’t bat an eye in Pittsburgh. I made sure to have blunt tip scissor (less than 4″ blade) and I had a magnet with 1 push-pin and 1 needle. It was all good!

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This was my very first one. I was so excited that I had to take a picture using my alien hand. 🙂


This picture just makes me swoon. This is going to be one SUPER amazing quilt.

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My first baggie…all done!! Aren’t they pretty!

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I took this picture a couple of days ago. I have since added 2 more baggies to this. The box is slowly starting to fill up!

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These little things are perfect for watching TV and movies. We rented the new Hobbit movie last night and I got a whole baggie done. It may not take me nearly as long as I thought it would to get all of these basted. We’ll see.

Because my Classmate that I made felt a bit large for this project, I actually made something else to keep everything in. Something a little smaller and more portable. I’ll show you that on Friday.  Be excited!!

Until than, I am actually thinking about starting a few Christmas gifts. At least the planning. I have a couple of ideas for people swirling in my head and need to get it down on paper.

Happy Wednesday Folks!!!!


Linking up to Freshly Pieced for her Work in Progress (WIP) Wednesday Link-up

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