Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pretty lil' Needlebook

I do alot of handwork such as binding quilts and pillows, handquilting quilts and needleturn applique on a long term Hawaiian quilt I am working on. With kids in the house it was starting to get tricky leaving my little sewing station on random places around the house so I thought I would whip up a little needle book for my handsewing notions. I found this adorable tutorial from lots of pink here.
It was fun to make and brings joy to something that makes me so happy...workin away, my thimble and I:)
I added a little crewel embroidery just for fun.
This makes me happy!
Happy Sewing and thanks for stoppin by!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

WIP Wednesday

My first WIP Wednesday! Yeah!

My goal for 2012 is a quilt a month. Its a somewhat loose goal, like I won't stress too hard about it but am using it to keep productive. So far I've gotten up around 3 am and 6 am on a few days *uh I mean nights* to work on this next beauty.
So far just a bunch of HSTs on the table and ten minutes here and ten minutes there (two kids, if ya catch my drift;) and middle of the night and early mornin marathons. Just me and Downton Abbey. Happiness~*

                                                 WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Thanks for stoppin in!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Warm Cool Quilt

I have loved this quilt idea from afar for too long and wanted to whip out a quilt, if that is even possible for me. It went from an idea to quilting so fast...about 3 weeks! ;) I am shooting to do a quilt a month and haven't even started February's yet. Here is the tute from one of my fave blogs, In Color Order.

It took ALOT of HST squares to trim...I think I reactivated my carpel tunnel and wished for one of these spinning rotary mats:)
But they are so lovely when done. I can't believe how much trimming my squares has improving my piecing accuracy. It is an essential step. 
Here she is on the design wall. I loved the diamond look but you can rearrange all the squares for a few other effects, such as a zig zag.
Here she is a gettin basted. I was pretty casual about basting; I didn't use millions of pins-mainly because most of my pins are in a sampler king quilt I did last year that needs quilting;)

Its a twin sized quilt (63" x 90").
I decided to use a flannel fabric to back it up and found the cutest Amy Butler print. I washed it right up (washes beautifully) and have been quilting already.
See it? I LOVE it. I'd recommend if you are using it ( and actually anytime you quilt a quilt) to roll or fold the ends in and pin so the batting doesn't shed everywhere; it really helps on the fuzz factor.
Lots more projects to come! Thanks for stoppin in:)