Monthly Archives: July 2014

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!

Sewing Room 1

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. Mostย 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.

Sewing Room 3

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!




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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 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!



Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for her Finish It Up Friday


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