12 Days of Christmas & a Free Pattern

Hello everyone! I’m proud to say that I was able to join in with Sarah’s (from Confessions of a Fabric Addict) 12 Days of Christmas blog hop this year. Thank you so much Sarah for hosting this again this year!!! You are the bomb! 🙂

Today I’m bringing you a cute little embroidery / quilt project that can be used as either a table runner (my original thought), a mini quilt wall hanging, as the center of a larger quilt, or even a pillow cover (if you reduce the pattern and sizes by 50% so it finishes at 11″).

Originally I was thinking about a snowman bluework hand embroidery project. However, after googling snowmen and the sheer abundance of hand embroidery patterns for them, I wanted to go in a bit of a different direction. 

Anyhow, I hope you like her! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN

Some details – the download is only for the hand embroidery pattern. You simply copy the pattern onto fabric and then using 3 strands of embroidery floss complete it all with back-stitch (there’s a very good tutorial here) and French knots for the buttons and eyes. I cut the fabric for the center at 13″ and trimmed it down to 10.5″ with the embroidery centered once the embroidery was done. I cut 4 background squares at 5.5″ for the corner blocks; and 4 background and 4 contrasting squares at 6.25″ to make 8 HST’s and trimmed them to 5.5″. I plan on adding a 1″ border of the contrasting fabric before I quilt it (I simply ran out of time). The measurements shown on the diagram are the finished sizes.

Yes, I ran out of time… The past 3-ish months have been chaotic at best. To make this: 1) I had to dig out my clothes iron (which hasn’t been used since we moved about 3 years ago) since I cannot find mine; 2) I had to measure everything with my little girl’s 12″ plastic ruler; 3) use a pair of scissors to cut all the fabric; and 4) dig out my sewing machine (that’s not been touched in over 3 months) and remove the little spider and it’s web along with at least 2 pounds of dust that had collected on it… Where is everything? That’s a darn good question. Other than to say that everything is still in my house somewhere, I really cannot tell you. But if you want to come help, I’m more than happy for any assistance since I’m laid up with a turned and severely swollen ankle and knee along with a bruised and swollen triceps since falling down the stairs with a huge garbage bag full of my granddaughters toys over a week ago. 

Now some words from Sarah regarding the amazing give-a-way she’s put together for everyone. 

And as if great holiday ideas and a tutorial weren’t enough, this year we’ve got something extra special!  The lovely folks over at Free Spirit Fabrics have donated not just one item for a giveaway, but THIRTEEN!  And it’s pretty drool-worthy stuff, too – it’s Tula Pink’s new holiday line, Holiday Homies!!!

I have six design rolls, six layer cakes, and one fat quarter bundle to give away – and here’s how we’re going to do it!  Visit each stop on the hop, including this blog, and leave a comment on each post for the day.  At the end of the hop, I’ll do a giveaway for each day by putting everyone’s name in the hat who commented that day (from all that day’s hop-blogs), and drawing a winner for that day.  That will be twelve winners – the design rolls and layer cakes.  Then I’ll put all the names from all the days in a hat and draw out a grand prize winner for the fat quarter bundle!  Only one prize per person, though – let’s spread it around a bit!  So carve out a bit of time to visit all the blogs and comment – it makes the time spent on each post worth it when you see what people think about your work!”

The other bloggers to go visit today are:

Mel’s Quilting Blog

Resourceful Momma (that’s me!)

Cheryl’s Teapots2Quilting

Winterbird Shawl Finish

Back in August 2016 I discovered Ravelry. Along with it I found numerous groups in which there’s pattern testers looking for people to test their patterns before they are published. I came across Emily Connell looking for testers for her Winterbird shawl. I loved the look of it and jumped in with both feet even though I never tested a crochet pattern before and had only been crocheting for about 9 months at that time. I started it on August 7th, 2016 and finished it on August 31st.

That one was made for a best friend for her birthday. On September 20th I finally posted up a finished picture showing the entire thing on Instagram and my oldest daughter seen it and commented: “mother this is so gorgeous, i want one, i’ll pay you”. ROFL Like most moms I told her I’d gladly make one for her and I wasn’t going to take her money. She gave me an idea for colors and I sent her pics of different yarns till she picked the ones she liked. I got started on her’s on October 4th, 2016. I -LOVE- the way the metallic strand in the gray picks up the purple!

I was going good with it and on October 30th I had just 2 rows of gray left and the 2 edging rows of purple when I ran out of gray yarn…

The yarn is Ice Yarns from Turkey and I had to order more… By the time I ordered it and it arrived, the almost finished shawl was buried somewhere in my craft disaster area… Yea…… *hanging head in shame*

Anyhow, fast forward to early last week (about 1/10/17) – I found out my oldest is going thru some serious medical problems and while thinking of how I can cheer her up from over 350 miles away, the thought of the uncompleted shawl popped into my head. I dug around my disaster area multiple times over 2 days till I found both the yarn and the shawl. Like the fingerless gloves finish I shared with you last month, this finish was right around the corner! It took me a few hours to finish while playing with my youngest in between. So here it is! Finally finished!!! Now to send it to her so she’ll get a nice warm hug from her momma anytime she needs it just by slipping it over her shoulders.

Another item on my #2017FALQ1 list complete! WHOOP WHOOP!!!

 

 

Crochet Plant Hangers Tutorial

I’m happy at how my table area is looking. Most of the time, it’s just a dumping ground but with the #LGO2017 I’m trying to get things more organized and neat. The vast majority of the inside time during my day is spent sitting at the dining room table. Even though I have 2 beautiful desks in my craft / sewing room, I can’t sit in there because my little girl would have a fit. So, the dining room table has become my base camp. Hubby works lots and is on a different eating schedule than her and I so the 3 of us only eat at the table together maybe once a week. The rest of the time it’s just her and I. 

We do everything at the dining room table: do her home schooling, paint, craft, sew, play, and oh yea, eat. It’s looked so bla in the living room / dining room ever since I took my potted plants out when I found our little girl pretending that the dirt in one of the pots was her Barbie’s sandbox… Wanting to add some greenery back into the room, I decided I could make some crochet plant hangers but I didn’t think I’d like the way they would look done with regular yarn so I put the idea on the back burner. 

Then I stumbled across this skein of fabric yarn that I had recycled. Sometime last year I found a tank top made with this fabric yarn at a Last Chance Goodwill for $0.75 and knew I could make something pretty out of it. That evening, I took the top apart at the seams and then unraveled the whole thing winding it into a ball as I went. When I do this, I save any tags that were sewn into the clothing with the skein because I won’t remember otherwise. LOL

I just knew it would be perfect for what I wanted and the look I was going for. Happily, it all worked out! Here’s what my table looks like now (when it’s clean anyhow LOL).

You can see a little bit of my clutter on the left side. I have a small end table over there and one of those 3 draw plastic storage bins on wheels under the table on my side all with the “stuff” I deal with on a regular / daily basis. And yes, my new Silhouette Cameo 3 has a permanent place on the table. 🙂 

The table piece was adapted from a pattern Dream Catcher by Sherry Welch which you can find for free on Ravelry. The only reason I adapted the pattern was because I ran out of yarn. 🙁 But, I still like the way it turned out! 

As for the plant hangers, I sat there with my basic knowledge of crochet, the yarn, a size 9mm hook and one of the pots and started to crochet. LOL 

If you like them, here’s the basic info for making these:

Round 1: Chain 6, sl st to 1st ch
Round 2: * Chain 5, sc into next ch, repeat from * 5 times
Round 3: Sl st into first ch space 2 times, sc into same ch space, * chain 5, sc into next ch space, repeat from * 5 times, sc into first sc
Round 4: Repeat round 3  
Round 5: Repeat round 3
Round 6: Repeat round 3
Round 7: Repeat round 3
Round 8: Repeat round 3
Round 9: * Sc into ch space 3 times, ch enough chain stitches to desired length you want your plant hanger to hang down (I made approximately 75 on one of my hangers and approximately 50 on the other), sc into each of the ch stitches you just made, once you’re back down, sc into the ch space 3 times, sc into the next ch space 5 times, repeat from * 2 more times, fasten off. 

This will fit most 5 to 8″ pots.

In other news, sometime when I blinked, this entire huge bush went into a mass of blooms which the honey bees are loving!

Now, I’ve tried multiple times to grow pretty things with not much success. However, if it’s a veggie, I can grow it! Anyhow, I’m not sure what it is. I’ve been told they are camelias as well as roses. They do have some serious thorns on them just like roses do. My neighbor claims that it’s a very old heirloom variety and they love it when it has a year that it blooms massively because they collect the rose hips off of it. Sooo. Regardless, I’m clueless and think they are pretty! If we are still in this house when it’s time for the rose hips, I’ll be collecting them this year (if this actually is a rose-bush). If not, I’m hoping to collect them from the various other rose bushes around the neighborhood at the old empty homes. 

Enjoy your day!

WIP Wednesday #3

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all doing well on this Wednesday. I know after having a girls day yesterday with my little girl and my bestie that I’m feeling recharged. Hopefully going to get some projects worked on today. Here’s what’s in my line-up and what I’ve been working on. 

Remember the woman who I said organized the hop I was just in – Marian from Seams to Be Sew? Well, I’ve been really excited for this BOM she’s doing. It’s called Twas the Night Before Christmas and each block is going to be a different scene to go along with the storyline of the book. 🙂 I got all my fabric pieces for block 1 cut out using my new Silhouette Cameo 3… It really turned into a mess… But I don’t want to get into that now. If you want to see some of the photos from this attempt at cutting fabric (and when I finally gave up and went back to using a pair of scissors) you can check it out on my Instagram account. Now I just have to sew down the pieces. I would like to get this done by this weekend – but we’ll see.

Next up is the mini quilt I’ve been working on for the #miniappquilt on IG. I’m very happy with the way this one is turning out. I have about half of the pieces stitched down. Once I’m finished stitching I’m going to get out the watercolor paints and watercolor pencils and give everything some dimension. Then I’m going to quilt it. I’ll need to buy some thread though because I don’t have a pretty sky blue in a nice thread. I’m hoping to finish this one this week. Fingers crossed!

I’ve cut out all the pieces for block 1 of Buttermilk Basin’s 2017 Mystery BOM and tacked them down. Now I have to sew around the edges and add in the embroidery detailing. Now, I know that Buttermilk Basin does their stuff in wool – but this just shows you that wool applique and cotton can be interchanged with no problem. I don’t know why, but I’ve actually had people give me a really hard time saying that you can’t make an applique pattern designed for wool in quilting cotton and vice-versa… Yeeeaaaaaa. That baffled me beyond belief. Exact same pattern pieces and directions, just change out the fabric. Whateva… However, the background that I’m making these on – it’s 100% wool suiting fabric. Someone brought in an entire bolt that had some moth holes in the first few layers. I simply cut around the holes. I’m using it because I wanted a medium tone gray so that the rest of the fabrics would pop, didn’t have enough yardage of a solid gray that I liked, and didn’t want to buy more. All the other fabrics are from my scrap drawer. 🙂 

Next up is block 1 & 2 from Caught Ya! BOM by Fat Cat Patterns. There’s going to be 26 different fishing lure designs and their layout for a twin sized quilt uses 24 of the blocks and finishes at 63.5 x 93″. That’s just not big enough for my hubby. Therefore after playing around with some math, I decided to make mine using 28 blocks – 4 rows wide by 7 blocks long. This should allow it to finish around 77 x 101″ which is a much better throw size for my hubby. So, since there’s only 26 blocks and I need 28, I had to double up on 2 blocks and I figured I’d just get that over right away. 🙂 The background fabric I cut from a bolt of white fabric I have. The fishing lures themselves are being made from pieces out of my scrap drawer. The hooks are being made from 1/2 yard cut of a gray glitter Thanksgiving fabric I bought at Joann’s when their red tag fabric was half price. 🙂 I’ve sewed one down and didn’t realize until after I had finished that the hook had shifted while I was sewing… *sigh* Now I’m debating if I want to rip out the satin stitch done in invisible thread that covers the edges, or if I dare to leave it and hope that the quilting will hide the slight pucker in the fabric – it’s really not as bad as it looks in the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other than that I’ve decided that I really would like to move my Christmas Cactus plants somewhere near the dining table (where I spend most of my time) and am debating on making some crochet plant hangers so I can hang them over the table but out of reach of my little girl. Not that she’d hurt the plant intentionally, but I’ve found her playing with her Barbie dolls in another potted plant acting like the Barbies were in a sandbox… O_o 

And, now that I’m thinking about crochet, I really need to finish up the crochet/fabric dresses that I’m making for my little girl that are all cut out and crocheted. I have to sew them together. Those will be 4 more finishes on my 2017FALQ1 list. 🙂 

After seeing that Ivory Spring is going to be having a sew along using the pattern Spring on Bleecker Street that’s free over at Quilting Treasures, I decided that I’m going to sew along. I’ll be making this throw sized quilt for my grandma who adores birds and birdhouses. The entire pattern is already available but Wendy won’t be starting until Feb 15th. I’ve downloaded the pattern and am debating on how I’m going to cut out the bit of applique. I’m thinking I’ll try to use the Silhouette to cut fusible web and then I’ll iron the cut pieces onto the fabric which I’ll then cut out by hand. We’ll see… I’m also thinking I’ll pick out a color palette and make it scrappy but within the color palette I decide on. 

Also, I’ve been hunting for a quilt to make for my mother-in-law. After spending 2 days just attempting to label and cut out the “pattern” for the pretty Diamond Hill BOM, I crumpled it all up and threw it out. I had to stop and do some evaluating. If it was frustrating me that badly with just the first block, there’s no way I wanted to deal with that for 3 more blocks plus the 4 corner/edging blocks. Anyhow, I decided that I’ll make 2 of the Spring on Bleecker Street quilts – the second for my mother-in-law using pink for the main color. She’s a pink person 110%. 

Plus, I came across the Fair Isles Winter BOM by Morning Glory Designs which I fell in love with. I’m trying to push myself into doing things that aren’t really my style so I can broaden my thoughts and I’m hoping this will help. I have OCD which shows itself in math and patterns. It’s very hard for me to do improv quilting and truly scrappy or sampler style quilts. I need to have a pattern, symmetry, or something that ties it all together (other than just color) or else it will drive me crazy. I’m someone who used to stare at my ceiling for hours every single night for months trying to find a pattern within the randomness of ceiling popcorn… Once I finally scraped the popcorn texture off the ceiling, I slept much better. Yea… For those that are unaware of OCD and how it works, it doesn’t matter how smart you are or if you have any common sense – it’s a compulsion that cannot be controlled. Even though I was totally aware that I would not find a pattern on that ceiling, and I knew I needed to get sleep, that didn’t stop my OCD from kicking in. Reasoning does not work against the compulsion and I argued with myself in my head over that darn ceiling many times. Anyhow, this quilt seems to be the perfect blend of pattern with sampler to start with. I’m still debating what colors to do it in. I really just need to go check out my stash and make a decision. Right now I’m leaning towards black and white with pops of yellow which is one of my favorite color combinations.

Ok, time to actually go do something. LOL What are you working on?

I’m linking up with:
Moving It Forward Monday at Ems Scrap Bag
Fiber Tuesdays at Quilting Room with Mel
Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

A Fresh Snow Blog Hop day 3 – A Skirt Tutorial

Good morning everyone! This morning is day 3 of A Fresh Snow Blog Hop hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew. This hop involves sewing a winter project with anything other than cotton.

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Here’s the line up of bloggers who are participating today:

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Elm Street Quilts
Resourceful Momma
MooseStash Quilting
Any Pattern
SeaCoast Quilter

Yep! That includes me for today. 🙂 

I simply adore long, layered skirts on my little girl, and she loves wearing skirts and dresses! She balks at wearing anything other than dresses. I can get by with putting skirts on her, but her preference, hands-down, are dresses. She loves it when I make her anything! If she’s wearing something I made when we go out, she’ll proudly will tell anyone and everyone who will listen that “mom made this for me” and I melt every single time. 🙂 So I try to whip her up quick, easy but still cute dresses and skirts.  
 
 
For my project, I’m sharing with you this skirt that I make a bunch of. It does not require any pattern pieces to print out and can be made in any size. It’s made using simple rectangles cut to size. Let’s get started! (As you can see in the photo – this was from Christmas time and she was wearing a skirt I made for her a number of months ago – I made another one specific for this but didn’t have time to photograph it on her as I just finished sewing it up around 11pm last night. They are exactly the same though, just different fabric. I thought I had step-by-step photos of the previous one, but I don’t…)
 
We’re going to do some figuring now to make your skirt so get out something to write with and something to write on to make note of these numbers. Personally, I’m making this in a girl’s size large (10-12) and will include the measurements for that for reference and ease of describing. 
 
There are 2 measurements that you will need – 1) waist measurement (or widest part of the bottom half of the body) (28″) and 2) length you want the skirt (22″). Now, take the length you want your skirt and divide it by 4. Since I want my little girl’s skirt to be 22″ long, 22 divided by 4 is 5.5″. Add 1″ to that number for seam allowances (5.5 + 1 = 6.5″). Add 3″ to that number for the top tier to allow for the waistband (6.5 + 3 = 9.5).
Now let’s figure out the width of the rectangles. Take the waist measurement (or widest part of the bottom half of the body) and add 5″ (28 + 5 = 33). Now take that number and divide it by 2 (33 / 2 = 16.5). Add 1″ to that number to allow for seam allowances (16.5 + 1 = 17.5).
 
The first and shortest rectangles you cut out will be the top ones. Mine will measure 9.5″ x 17.5″ and I’ll need to cut 2 this size. The next tier down will need to be 5″ longer than the top. Mine will measure 6.5″ x 22.5″ and I’ll need to cut 2 this size. The next tier down will need to be 5″ longer than the previous. Mine will measure 6.5″ x 27.5″ and I’ll need to cut 2 this size. The bottom tire will need to be 5″ longer than the previous. Mine will measure 6.5″ x 32.5″ and I’ll need to cut 2 this size. 
 
 
Each of the 3 longest pieces (all except the very top tier with the added width for the waistband) will need to be ruffled or gathered on one long edge so that it is the same size as the tier above it.
One long end on both of the 6.5″ x 32.5″ pieces will need to be gathered until they measures 6.5″ x 27.5″. One long end on both of the 6.5″ x 27.5″ pieces will need to be gathered until they measure 6.5″ x 22.5″.
One long end on both of the 6.5″ x 22.5″ pieces will need to be gathered until they measure 6.5″ x 17.5″.
This can be done in any number of ways including: pin tucks, pleats, ruffle foot on your sewing machine, or by making a large basting stitch on your sewing machine and pulling the top (or bottom) thread. Personally, since this denim is so heavy, I knew if I attempted to pull thread to gather the fabric it would just break under the strain. I decided to go with couching some cheap yarn. Basically, what you do is get a length of yarn that is a few inches longer than the length you need to gather up. Set your sewing machine to the widest and longest zigzag stitch it has and literally sew the zigzag over the yarn while keeping the yarn in the middle of the zigzag so the thread from the sewing machine does NOT get caught in the yarn! If it does, you won’t be able to pull it to gather your fabric!!!
 
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After I’ve done this to the 6 pieces, I pull on the yarn on one end and gather up the fabric until it is the length needed to match the tier above it.
 
 
Then I pin, pin, and pin some more. You can do this in numerous ways, with a raw edge from the top tier, with a raw edge from the bottom tier, raw edge from both tiers, or clean edges from both tiers. For this one I chose to do clean edges from both tiers so I matched up right sides together. Sew the seam and continue with the rest of the tiers until you have a front and a back of the skirt that has 4 tiers on it.
 
 
Then you will line up the sides of your skirt with right sides together and sew both sides.
Now it’s time for the hem. Some fabrics don’t require a hem, or you may not want one for the way it looks. However, I wanted this skirt to have clean lines so I chose to do a double folded hem. I didn’t want frayed edges from the hem hanging down below the hem. I simply folded over approximately 1/4″ of the bottom edge and gave it a light press and then folded it over another 1/4″ and pressed it again so it would hold while I sewed it. 
 
 
Now for the waistband. Once again, there are numerous ways you can do this. A simple fold over casing for the elastic, elastic sewn right to the edge of the fabric without any covering, sewn onto the fabric itself, etc. Still going for those clean lines, I decided I wanted to encase the elastic within a casing but not just by folding it over, leaving a space to thread my elastic thru and then sew the opening shut. I made a casing by folding the fabric over the elastic twice and then sewing it all together while holding the elastic fully stretched out. If you choose to do this, realize, the elastic will appear to be permanently stretched out when you are done sewing. However, this is not the case! Once you run it thru the wash it will shrink right back to the size it’s supposed to be. 
 
And, we’re done! (Seeing as how I just finished this at 11pm last night I’ve not had time to wash and dry it to show you how the waistband will really look. But, like I mentioned earlier – it’s the exact same as the floral one.)
 
 
Structurally, the skirt is finished. However, it is not quiet “done” yet. Huh? Well, my BFF seen me post pics of it on IG yesterday and offered to embroider a unicorn on it for my unicorn-loving little girl! How sweet!!! So, one it comes back with that done, I’m going to sew some detail seams in a matching color. 
 
Just in case you think your limited by the type of fabric you can use to do this with, I’ve done this same skirt in many different fabrics – corduroy, demin, cotton, fleece, flannel, vintage bed sheets, upcycled sweatpants she outgrew, cheap lining satin, knit. The list goes on! 
 
Anyhow, I hope this has sparked your interest. If you make one, I’d love to see it! Please feel free to email me or tag me on Instagram
 
Still here? That’s good! Because there’s a give-a-way!!! Whoop whoop! Isn’t Marian from Seams to Be Sew simply amazing? Not only did she organize this hop, but she also donated the prizes! Today’s prize is this awesome kit:
 
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I hope you liked my project. By for now!
 

Fingerless Gloves Finish

Way back in early September I splurged and bought a skein of Haute Knit Yarn in the Haunted Forest colorway from a destash sale. The yarn was so pretty and it was a great price – I couldn’t resist. It was also my very first skein of yarn that I purchased that wasn’t from a big box store. 

I knew I wanted to make something for myself that was “me” and after some online hunting, I found a free pattern for fingerless gloves that I loved and I got started right away. 

Look at the texture on them! *swoon* They crochet up flat and you have to seam the edges together and then add the buttons. I had both gloves crocheted up in 2 days! Since I didn’t have any buttons that I thought looked just right with them, I set them aside. And they collected dust. 

And a bit more dust…

I finally picked them back up 3 days ago (1/13/17) and had them finished within an hour. It took me almost 4 months to finish that last little bit of work to be able to call them completed!?! WHAAA?!? Anyhow, they are all done now and I absolutely love them and the yarn!

I really need to get my hands on more of that yarn. It was an older skein of sock weight yarn so I’m not sure about the base it’s on. I’d LOVE more of this colorway or any deeply saturated jewel tones if anyone has some that’s sitting in their stash that they’d be interested in selling. Just sayin’. LOL It’s not like I’m on a craft supply diet or anything like that. 😉 

Anyhow, it feels great to have an item on my #2017FALQ1 list complete! 

Stash Report #2

Here it is! The first stash report of 2017 that has something other than all zeros. 🙂 LOL 

Fabric Used (or removed) this Week: 1 7/8 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 1 1/8 yards
Fabric Added this Week:  6.5 yards + 3 panels
Fabric Added Year to Date: 6.5 yards + 3 panels
Net Fabric for 2017: 4 5/8 yards + 3 panels ADDED

Yarn Used (or removed) this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 0 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Yarn for 2017: 0 yards used

Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle this Week: 5 
Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 5
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 0
Net Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle for 2017: 5 pieces used

I know I wasn’t going to buy more fabric, however, when we went on our girls night sleepover we stopped at a really big Wal-Mart… They had LOTS of fabric on sale! The 3 panels are Halloween (and was only $0.75 each), there’s 3 yards of a lightweight stretch knit (that was only $1 per yard) I got to make my little girl some summer things, there was 1/2 yard of a pink and metallic silver butterfly print that my little girl picked out herself (so the price didn’t matter), and the rest was all Christmas fabric that was on sale (for $2 a yard or less) that I just couldn’t resist… Hey! At least I didn’t add any yarn! 😉 

Of the fabric I used, 1 1/8 of a yard was fussy cut for 120 hexies for the Pick Your Theme Hexie Swap hosted by @shawngorlich on IG. There’s some scraps left over that I can’t bring myself to throw out so I’m trying to think of a way to use them up. I’m think of doing something similar to Helen’s (Archie the Wonder Dog) Penguins in the Sewing Room. I think they are too cute! And I think Helen is amazing at improv piecing. I’m hoping I can use my scraps up, be brave and just go for it. We’ll see…

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I was really surprised at how much fabric it took to fussy cut these hexies… :/ Oh well. Now to figure out what to do with all the little jars and the remaining fireflies.

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I also cut 3/4 yd of a pretty tie-dye looking fabric (that I got off an IG destash sale for $2 a yard) for 6 background pieces for the Project Quilting challenges. Aside from the self-imposed theme, I’m using the background to tie them all together. I’m telling myself by using the same background, I can feel free to go crazy with the rest without worry of them matching in style or color. I guess we’ll see if my OCD wins or not once all 6 mini quilts are done… 

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Plus, it’s not yardage, but it’s pieces of clothing from my craft room stash that I also cut up this week for the deer head silhouette quilt I’m making for hubby. So that counts for something right? PSSST – if you seen the sheer quantity of big garbage bags I have full of clothing I bought to upcycle / restyle you’d agree that it counts. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m going to go add a new line above so that I can keep track of that stuff as well. 🙂 BRB

Ok, I’m back. Yep, I cut up 5 pair of khaki pants (that I mentioned the other day) that I’m hoping to improv piece together for the background for hubby’s deer head silhouette wall quilt I’m making for him to hang in his office. Or maybe I’ll hang it in the living room when I’m done. 😉 I’ve not cut out the paint stains or little holes here and there yet. I’m still debating on if I should leave them in it or not. I’ll decide once I start piecing. What I did do was to cut out all the seams, the waistband and pockets. I also saved all the buttons, hook & eyes, zippers, and any other reusable hardware. Waste not want not.

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Plans for the coming week that involve using my stash include:

  • Cutting approximately 3 yards of background fabric for the base blocks for the Caught Ya! BOM. I’m planning on digging thru my scraps for the applique before I cut from my stash. However, I think I’m going to dig out the gray/silver fabric with silver sparkles from my stash to use for all the hooks for a bit of uniformity.
  • Digging thru my stash ISO 2 different blues (at least 3 yards & 3.5 yards) for a snowman quilt I’m making. I’m thinking (hoping) that I have some that like for this project and that are big enough in my stash… It’s already been started, so if I need more fabric, I’ll wait till the next time I go to Joann’s to use my coupons and their sales. 
  • Making the mini quilt for the Applique Mini Quilt Swap. I’m hoping to get all of it done, with the exception of the hand embroidery, this week. Wish me luck!

Have you used up any of your stash this past week? Or planing on doing so this coming week? Let us know!

I’m linking up to:
Patchwork Times Stash Report
Moving It Forward Monday
Monday Making
Fabric Tuesday

WIP Wednesday #1

Hello everyone! 🙂 While you’re reading this, I’m having a girls break so you’ll only get to see how much I’ve done up thru Monday evening (when I’m writing this). My little girl’s Aunt came and picked up her & I and we went for a girls day on Tuesday; crafting with her, her daughter-in-law and her granddaughter on Tuesday night complete with a sleep over; and checking out a new thrift store in that area (we’re about 1.5 hours from my house). I’ll be back sometime later today. lol In the mean time, here’s what I’ve been working on this past week.

Hexies, hexies, hexies! (That’s them almost all packed up ready to go to our girls night of crafting in my portable zipped case)

I joined an IG swap hosted by @shawngorlich back in late November. Thankfully the due date isn’t until January 15th which is the only reason I joined. There was no way I’d get them done before the new year and I knew it. Each set is for 20 hexies: I joined in for 2 sets of animals, 2 sets of cats, and 2 sets of florals for a total of 120 hexies. 🙂 I got this. 
#cathexieswap #animalhexieswap #floralhexieswap

The deer head quilt, well I pulled out the pile of khaki pants and the magazine for it. It’s on my to-do list to hopefully finish by the end of the month so I can start out the year with a UFO 2017 finish, a 2017 FAL Q1 finish, and an #apqresolution finish all in one! Nothing more to see other than the previous pic I shared except I’ve cut a number of seams out of the pants so far. But hey, that’s something! LOL I’m really hoping that I can do this as I’m imagining. I have OCD that involves numbers and patterns so doing anything improv or without a noticeable pattern or order really stumps me. BUT, I’m going to try! I can “see” it in my mind. I just hope that I can implement it satisfactorily. 

Project Quilting challenge 1 – I’ve been working on this, but I’m not going to share pics until it’s finished. However, I will share this. Aside from the theme that is given for the week, I’ve also given myself a theme that I want to follow for all 6 challenges! My theme is going to be Alice in Wonderland. So, I’ll have to somehow fit the challenge theme for the week into my theme of Alice in Wonderland. This first one was easy. I’ll be excited to have 6 mini quilts on my wall, in a theme I love, that I made specifically for myself. 

project-quilting

Other than that I’ve made a solid plan for another swap I joined on IG hosted by @thesouthernbobbin for an Applique Mini Quilt #miniappquilt which needs to be finished by 2/5. I’ll be using one of France Nadeau’s Downtown House patterns as the feature. I love all her house blocks! I’ll be starting on this as soon as I put down my Project Quilting project. 🙂

downtownhouses

Plus, I’m joining in for the #threedandelions100 which already started. Remember the #100days100blocks following Tula Pink’s book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks where everyone was attempting to make 100 blocks in 100 days? Yea… Well, I fell off the bandwagon. Finishing these up is actually on my to-do list for 2017 (“these” as in I started on 2 of them at once). Anyhow, you can join in too! It’s for just 2 blocks per week. Go visit Three Dandelions Shop on IG for all the info.

I’m joining up with: 
Moving It Forward Monday
Monday Making
Fiber Tuesday
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River
Fabric Tuesday
Midweek Makers
Let’s Bee Social

What are you working on?

One Monthly Goal for January

What do I want to make sure I finish this month from my WIP list? Hmmmmm. I’m going to go with the silhouette deer head quilt that I want to make for my hubby. It’s been on my to-do list for numerous months now and I’ve not even started. 🙁 I do have the pattern (it’s in the Simply Moderne 2 issue) and the fabric set aside.

It’s going to be done in the #makedoquilt style using things I have instead of buying new for it. Plus, it’s going to be made from recycled clothing instead of off the bolt fabric. A friend gave me a stack of about 12 pair of khaki pants from her daughter-in-law that was going to go in the garbage (she works in a paint store and there’s random paint splatters on them). I’m going to cut those up and piece those randomly to form the background. The silhouette will be made from hubby’s old camo clothing that he was going to throw away (most have holes and have been greatly worn). Since this is going to be a wall quilt, I don’t have to worry about it standing up to being washed frequently.

Even though I’ve not even started it, I’ve already been debating between either doing echo quilting or straight lines radiating from the center point on just the background. I really want to deer head to pop and will not be doing any quilting on it.

Why did I pick this one? Because its corresponding number #3 was chosen for this month for the UFO 2017 challenge on my UFO 2017 list. 🙂

I’m linking up with:
Elm Street Quilts for their One Monthly Goal
Patchwork Times for their UFO 2017

 

A New Toy

Hello! I’m so excited you have no idea. UPS delivered a package of pure awesomeness to me on Monday. This!

cameo-unboxed

It’s the Silhouette Cameo 3. I found it on an amazing deal on the Sunday after Thanksgiving and now here she is! Lemme tell you, this technology is completely new to me – the only kind of cutting tool I’ve used is a paper-cutter, scissors and a rotary cutter. Yea… I’m so lost it’s not even funny. LOL Well, maybe kinda.

When it got here I fought all my instincts to open the box and start examining. I made a grown up decision and determined that it would be best if I waited for the little one to go to bed first. That was the best decision I’ve made all week! After unboxing and reviewing to make sure everything was here, I plugged it in and attempted to see what I could do. HA! Well, I could sit and stare at the computer screen while everything installed, updated, and all that good stuff. Needless to say, I fell asleep waiting for it. When I woke up around 1:30am it was finished. YAY! However, by that time I was too tired to do anything more than straighten up and crawl to bed.

I’m really excited about the possibilities of what this machine can do. I’ve been spouting to hubby and my bff about all the different things I could use it for, plus ways that it could potentially make me money.

Sizing Hexies

Instead of hopping right on and making things just cuz, I got right to work on some templates for me that will hopefully earn me some money in the new year. Aside from starting up this blog / website, I’m also completely revamping Cloth and Paper Studio as well and plan on a new beginning with the new year and this new toy will take center place. 🙂

Yeppers – exciting times here! Now, I really need to put it away and attempt to dig out Christmas decorations.

Till next time!
Mel