Quilt Qwazy Queens Hop & Scrap Organization

Hello everyone

In case you didn’t notice the button in the sidebar, I wanted to introduce you all to the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew. This hop is to celebrate WorldWide Quilting Day which is March 18th. 

Here’s the complete line up. Now, keep in mind that there are LOTS of give-a-ways (thanks to Marian). Many are good for just that day, so make sure to go visit the blogs on their specific day for a chance to win some really awesome prizes!

March 16

Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Resourceful Momma
UCanQuilt2

March 17

Freemotion by the River
KwiltKrazy
FunThreads Designs
Pink Doxies

March 20

Jane’s Quilting
Seacoast Quilter
Words & Stitches
Quilting Affection

March 21

Thrift Shop Commando
Batts In The Attic
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sew Many Yarns

March 22

MooseStash Quilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Seams To Be Sew

Also the blog host Marian was able to arrange for an amazing coupon for everyone! Who wants 30% off of EQ items
Promo code: EQHOP2017
The code is good from 3/16/2017 to 3/27/2017
Exclusions: Electric Quilt 7, EQ7 Migration Kit, Upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Academy classes, and EQ University classes.

Today is my day and I’m going to share with you my organization system for scraps and small pre-cuts. For those of you who don’t know me, here’s a few things to keep in mind – I don’t like throwing away even the smallest of scraps and I prefer reusing/upcycling over buying something if something else will work just fine. With that in mind, let me show you my *ahem* system.

Anytime I pull fabric off my shelves and there’s less than a F8th-ish left, it’ll get shoved into one of these drawers. The top drawer is for the bigger pieces and the bottom drawer is for smaller pieces. 

However, I wanted a better way to keep squares and rectangles that are in typical precut sizes and more. Instead of rushing out to the store and buying plastic storage containers, I looked around my house and found more plastic empty baby wipe containers than I care to count (my little girl likes to use them for her toys). Currently I have 6 of them that I’m using for this purpose. These are just the right size for the short shelf under my cutting table and I can fit them 2 deep. Other that the baby wipe containers, I use 2 plastic shoe storage containers and 1 of those Sterilite containers designed to hold Christmas ornaments (you’ll understand once I get to it).

Once I get into the groove and mood to cut the scraps down, I’ll start with the largest size scrap I can fit and work my way down. I have a baby wipe container for just 2″ squares and another for 2.5″ squares. There’s another baby wipe container for the 3.5″x6.5″ bars. Another holds strips that are 2.5″ wide by varying lengths. The 5th baby wipe container holds triangle bits that were scraps from making HST’s, Flying Geese blocks and similar. And the last baby wipe container holds random cuts that I need to sort into the bins.

The 2 plastic shoe boxes hold 5″, 6″ & 6.5″ squares. As you can see they’re perfect for the 5″ and 6″ but a bit too small for the 6.5″ squares to lay flat.

The most recent discovery was the Sterilite container used for holding Christmas ornaments in their individual little compartments thanks to my dear hubby. He buys me random storage containers when he spies them on sale because with all the various crafts and things that me and my little girl collect, he knows they’ll be put to good use. He got me 1 of these when they were on sale for under $3 from Wal-Mart after Christmas.

While I was working on wonky, improv log cabin blocks for the Deer Head Silhouette quilt I’m making, I needed to put the strips away for a bit to work on other things. I spied one of those containers hubby bought me. It’s perfect for strips! If you cut strips, or work with fabric strips a lot, you may want to consider getting one of these. I actually had hubby go back and get me the rest (there was only 2 more) once I thought about using it for fabric strips. My plan is to sort the strips I have in the baby wipe container into another of these, sorted by length when the stars align and I have time, the energy and actually think about it. πŸ˜‰ 

To make matters worse, I won’t throw away even the smallest bits. Why not you ask? These leftover odd bits and bobbles that are either too small for paper piecing or the micro piecing I love get saved along with thread scraps in a container. They are either given to a lady in our guild who uses them as stuffing for pillows for the homeless or I’ll use them to stuff various sewn or crochet toys and whatnots.

Sometimes I’ll cut scraps right away, and other times I’ll wait until I cannot shut my scrap drawers anymore. LOL I have no rhyme or reason for the when part of my system, other than when I feel like it. Sometimes I won’t cut them smaller at all because I do a lot of paper-piecing and most paper piecing involves odd, unusual shaped pieces. 

Considering that I’ll sew and quilt with all different kinds of fabrics, I don’t just have cotton scraps. However, I do save them all the same and stored together with one exception. Scrap knit / t-shirt material. When I end up with a t-shirt that I’ve used the image off the front and have no need for the rest of the shirt, instead of leaving it lying around awaiting another knit project, I’ll do 1 of 2 things. I’ll cut it up into 5″ squares that I turn into a patchwork fabric (when I have a decent sized pile) that I use to make my little girl clothes or stuffed toys from, or I’ll cut it into strips that I then add to my growing t-shirt material “yarn” balls that I use to make reusable shopping totes and other crochet items with. I tried to find my most recent t-shirt yarn ball but considering the state of my craft area right now it was a lost cause… Oh well. 

Since you’ve stuck with me this far, here’s the awesome give-a-ways that I have to share with you for today only! πŸ™‚ 

The first give-a-way is sponsored by Northcott Fabrics and is for 3 Fat Quarters From The Garden Gate Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Next up is a bottle of Terial Magic sponsored by Marian of Seams to Be Sew. There will be 2 winners each day for a total of 10 winners! Winners must be willing to pay for shipping on this. 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

And lastly Marian is also sponsoring the give-a-way for Quilters Dream Batting 3 twin size batts of Dream 80/20 in pink, white, and natural. Winners must be willing to pay for shipping on this.

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I’m curious, what do you do with your scraps?

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!!!

 

 

Stash Report #6

Where did January go?!? I’ve seen this question a lot the past few days and have been wondering the same darn thing myself. Here’s my stash report for the past week. 

Fabric Used (or removed) this Week: 1 yard
Fabric Used year to Date: 8 1/3 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 1 1/4 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 8.5 yards + 3 panels
Net Fabric for 2017: 3 panels ADDED + 1 3/8 yards USED
I’m not sure how to count the panels so I figured I’d just keep them listed separate from regular yardage since most of the time they are less than a yard.

Ok, I bought a FQ on an IG destash sale. I don’t think I’ve ever paid $5 for a single FQ (or anywhere near $20 per yard) but I just had to. The opportunity presented itself, I asked hubby, and he said go for it. I managed to snag a FQ of Heather Ross fabric – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from Far Far Away III. It’s going for so much more online (average of $20 a 1/2 yard) that I had to jump at it when I could. The FQ I got has 1 each of the 3 scenes in full! I’m thinking I’m going to embroider some detailing on it, fussy cut the scenes and use them as the center in quilt blocks, and then frame them individually in the hallway near my little girl’s room. I know if I don’t start on this right away, I’m just going to stick it with the rest of my fabric and it’ll never get used because I’ll be afraid to cut into it to use for something that could get ruined or worn out. 

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The other yard of fabric I purchased is for the Fair Isle Winter BOM. I was going for one look but while “shopping” in my stash, I came across another piece of fabric that sparked a totally different idea that I absolutely loved! So I scrapped my original idea and started another fabric pull. I almost had enough but I was shy 1 yard of the 14 yards that is approximated for this large quilt. The fabric I bought is the black with tiny white polka dots. I’m also using a solid black for the background that’s not pictured. The blocks are mostly pieced with little applique accents. The backgrounds will all be solid black. The block designs will be done in the top row fabrics and the bottom row will be used only for the little applique accents. 

The leftover bits of flannel I had after from making my little girl those 4 dresses got used up. They totaled approximately 1 yard. A few days ago, my little girl came to me and informed me that her dolls (Barbies) were cold! Only 2 of them (the ones that slept in the beds in the Barbie houses) had blankets and the rest didn’t… So I figured I’d use those bits to make blankets. All I did was cut them into rectangles and run the serger around the edges. She LOVES them! Every night now, while we are getting ready for bed, she has to lay all her dolls on the floor and cover each and every one of them up. LOL 

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Yarn Used (or removed) this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 1,420 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 190 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 3,144 yards
Net Yarn for 2017: 1,724 yards ADDED

The yarn I bought is 2 skeins of 100% cotton yarn for a childs tank top pattern I’ve been working on that I want to submit to a magazine. Fingers crossed. 

Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle this Week: 1
Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 6
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: 6 pieces USED

I did manage to use up a piece of clothing this past week. It was a toss-up as where to put this, but since it came into my home as a piece of clothing, that’s how I’m categorizing it. You see, I purchased this tank top for $0.75 from a Last Chance Goodwill for the express purpose to taking it apart and reusing the fabric yarn it was made with. The day after I bought it I took it apart, unraveled it, and wound it into a ball. I also remove any tags and keep them with the ball of yarn. 

Anyhow, ever since I caught my little girl playing sandbox with her Barbies in my potted plant, I’ve missed having greenery in the living room / dining room combo. Last week I decided that I could hang my Christmas cactus over the end of the dining room table against the wall where no one sits. Knowing I wanted to crochet hangers, but not thinking I’d like it done in any of the yarns I have, I set the idea aside. Until I laid my eyes on this ball while I was digging thru stuff in my craft / sewing room. I knew it would be perfect! I got to work right away and made 2 plant hangers for both of my Christmas cactus. There was a bit of yarn left over from which I made a framed mandala to use as a table runner of sorts. (Is it still called a runner when it’s round or square instead of a long one???) I’m hoping to get a good picture of all of it together sometime today. Fingers crossed. lol

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How about you? Did you add to your stash this week or use some up? 

Linking up with:
Patchwork Times Stash Report

WIP Wednesday #5

Good morning everyone! It’s been an off and on kinda week here. There were times when I busted out a lot of sewing and crafting, and others where I literally sat here like a lump staring off into space.

There are times when events happen that make us realize our mortality. I’ve been thinking a lot since the January 22nd when those storms ripped thru. There was bad weather across multiple south-eastern states that weekend on the 21st & 22nd. There was a severe level threat of 5 for that weekend. The last time a 5 was issued in Georgia was during those horrible Mother’s Day storms in 2011. Having lived in Florida for most of my life and gone thru more hurricanes than I care to count, seeing lighting strike objects that were within a football field length away from me so many times (for those of you who don’t know I lived near/in Tampa which is the lightning capital of North America), storms really don’t scare me too bad and I typically am prepared due to the canning, gardening, and storing food that I do anyhow. 

However, when they were showing that HUGE, long life storm track live on the news, my blood ran cold. The news was reporting wind speeds of at least 154 MPH. It’s been officially recorded as an EF3. I was so scared I almost threw up. As prepared as we are, the house we are renting would not have withstood that. It’s a little, old wood frame house that was built about 70 years ago and is about 2′ off the ground. We feel the house sway when there’s a strong breeze. We were dressed, shoes on, I threw our electronics in a bag along with a change of clothes, and we were ready to bolt out of here if it hadn’t dissipated when it did. We were literally ready to get in the truck if it hadn’t weakened when it did. Now, before anyone chimes in talking about how you need to stay put in a storm, that’s fine if you live or are in someplace secure. This house would crumble like a pile of match sticks. Plus, we have a large heavy 4 wheel drive truck and a plan. The tornado was moving between 60-65 MPH in a relatively straight path so we had time to escape. 

Unlike so many others, we got lucky. The storm dissipated right before it got here. The purple X is where we are. See that long orange line headed right towards the X, that’s what had me scared.

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So, with my staring off into space, I’ve not really gotten much accomplished. But, I did manage to get the rest of the Caught Ya! BOM applique pieces sewn down. I used invisible thread on all of it. Plus, I decided to leave the first one as it is. I’ll probably do heavy, wavy quilting on everything except for the applique to make it look like water waves. The rest of the hooks I managed to sew down without incident thanks to a bunch of school glue stick. πŸ™‚ I got these done just in time since the next 2 blocks came out this morning. LOL

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I also got all the pieces sewn down for the mini I’m making for the swap. I told hubby to pick me up some “pretty sky blue” thread so I can (hopefully) get this quilted today or tomorrow. I think he did pretty good picking out a color! πŸ™‚

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Plus, I also got all the pieces for the Buttermilk Basin Mystery BOM sewn down as well. Don’t worry, the bunny isn’t going to always look like a zombie. I still have to embroider the details.

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The dress I’ve been working on for my little girl – well, I got most of the sides sewn up. Now to do the hems and then attach the crochet tops to the fabric. 

I love Project Quilting and am working on this weeks challenge. The theme for this week is texture. So far, I have a plan and have gotten my background fabric painted. Does it look like a hole to you? Fingers crossed it comes out like I’m hoping. Once it’s done I’ll share and no explanation will be needed. πŸ™‚ (but if you follow me on IG you may already know what I’m going to do)

While I manage to make some progress on the deer head silhouette quilt (pattern is actually named Stag Nation by Rana of Sewn into the Fabric), I set it aside for now. I’m altering it a bit from the pattern. The pattern calls for a solid, single piece of fabric for the background. I’m piecing the background. Wanting something improv, I decided on unplanned 3/4 log cabin blocks made from the strips I cut out of those 5 pair of khaki pants that were headed to the garbage. So far I’ve gotten 9 blocks made. Since the background needs to measure 40 x 55″ I’m making the blocks either 10 x 10″, 5 x 10″ or 10 x 5″ and will randomly piece them together. These blocks are very hard for me to do. My OCD is having a fit with them and wants some order / pattern to them.

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Those blocks got set aside after I realized that my father-in-law’s birthday is this coming Wednesday (2/8)! I came across a rag lap quilt I started for him before my little girl started walking (back on Christmas eve 2013) that I had completely forgotten about. Hopefully, I’ll get it finished up in time for his birthday. Wish me luck! There is also a partially made one for my mother-in-law in the box too – that’s what the pink is. 

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I still need to hang the plant hangers I made and take a picture of them with the table runner I made. Not to mention the shawl I finished for my daughter that I still need photos of! Maybe I’ll get that done today. 

In other news, the small art farm I ordered finally arrived. It’s filled with gel and will be a good learning experience for my little girl. The good thing about the gel is that not only can you see their tunnels and them better, but it also serves as their food and water! 

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If anyone is interested, there’s 3 new swaps on IG that just opened up (I signed up for 2 of them) – but if you’re interested you need to hurry since they are limited to a certain number of people.
Lunardreams1 is hosting the #rainbowhexieswap2 – see the link in her profile for more information
shawngorlick is hosting the other 2 – see the links in her profiles for more information on these
     * First is the Pick Your Theme Hexie swap – there’s 6 themes to pick from including: animals, black &                   white, solids, low volume, & elements
     * Next is for a Hexie Mini Quilt 

Plus today is day 1 of #sweatandsew1 hosted by @thecursivequilter and @studchic1 on IG. 

What about you? What have you been up to?

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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 

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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 

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 4

Good morning everyone! This morning is day 4, the final day, of A Fresh Snow Blog Hop hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew.

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This hop involves sewing a winter project with anything other than cotton. Here’s the line up of bloggers who are participating today: 

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So go visit those whose day it is and I’ll see you later for WIP Wednesday. Bye!

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:

 Jan 24

Elm Street Quilts
Resourceful Momma
MooseStash Quilting
Any Pattern
SeaCoast Quilter

Yep! That includes me for today. πŸ™‚ 

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. πŸ™‚ 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!
 

A Fresh Snow Blog Hop day 2

Good morning everyone! This morning is day 2 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:

 Jan 23

Quilted Fabric Art
Sew Many Yarns
Ravellry
Bdieges

 

So go visit those whose day it is and I’ll see you later. Bye!

Project Quilting Challenge #2

I decided this year I was going to join in for Project Quilting to see what I could come up with in such a short time and following the inspiration given. However, as I mentioned in a previous post, so I didn’t end up with a bunch of random mini’s that didn’t quite go together, I also decided that all of the mini’s I make fit into a theme. Since I adore Alice in Wonderland so much, I picked that as my theme. So, not only do I have follow the Project Quilting rules, but my own on top of it. 

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This week the inspiration for Project Quilting was the Carolina Lily. I immediately thought of the garden in Alice in Wonderland with all the singing flowers.

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So using this image as my inspiration, this is what I came up with. 

There were a few more things I was hoping to add, and I think I may still, but I didn’t get a chance to before time ran out to enter the challenge. I was hoping to add a face to the lily and add a rocking horsefly like in Alice in Wonderland. Anyhow…

I started the lily from a drawing I made and cut out of a solid color fabric.

As you can see, it wasn’t looking like much of anything. Just kinda, blaaaaa. So I got out my watercolor pencils and this is what it looked like after a bit of playing around. But, it still wasn’t “enough.” 

So I dug out my watercolor paints and embroidery thread and here’s the end result which I’m very happy with – but having a really hard time capturing the true colors and depth of! The photo just above is the most accurate for colors.

As far as the quilting, it had me stumped for a little. I wanted something that was a bit, umm, off, like the Alice in Wonderland movies themselves. I decided to go with a diamond-shaped spiral. Good idea but it was a headache going around all those edges! LOL

With those flowers I also used watercolor paints to edge the white fabric with red and just let the fabric suck the red up into the middle as it wanted. 

So, that’s it! It finished at 12″ square and was made in Eastman, GA. Whatcha think? Do you like it as is or do you think I should add the rocking horsefly and give the lily a face?

Sorry for the short and sweet post, but we have severe weather here and I really need to get off anything plugged in. Hubby about had a stroke when I refused to turn off the sewing machine to finish quilting it while we were having a lightening storm… Bye! 

Linking up with:
Persimon Dreams for Project Quilting Season 8

A Fresh Snow Blog Hop

Hi everyone! In case you’ve been under a rock, today is day 1 of A Fresh Snow Blog Hop hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew. She hosts the best hops IMO. Anyhow, this hop involves sewing a winter project with anything other than cotton. Here’s the line up of bloggers who are participating:

Jan 20

Jane’s Quilting
Lulu & Celeste
Quilt In Piece
3Patch Crafts

Jan 23

Quilted Fabric Art
Sew Many Yarns
Ravellry
Bdieges

Jan 24

Elm Street Quilts
Resourceful Momma
MooseStash Quilting
Any Pattern
SeaCoast Quilter

Jan 25

 
Don’t delete this! That way you know who’s day it is so you can go see what they’re sharing with you AND so you can enter the different give-a-ways!!! WHOOT WHOOT!
I’ll see you later on with the LGO2017 post. Bye!