Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Simply Pure

I have had this fabric for a while and I needed to make a baby blanket for my friend
I wanted the quilt to have more piecing but with christmas and everything I have just ran out of time so I just sewed strips together.

And my friend is naming her boy Bronco so I'm sure she will
love the applique name at the bottom. I can't wait to get this quilted, it's going to be great!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

ruffles

Me and my daughter spent an afternoon making headbands like this.
She gave them as a gift to her friends.

Then I made a really BIG one for a pillow....

This is the "in process" pic. You just take strips and gather them with you machine then take the hot glue gun to place it together working from the outside in.
It's the perfect addition to my daughters bedroom. Oh and more pix of that will follow....

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas tie

So even though I have not posted much lately does not mean I have not been busy.  I have been making skirts, pillows, head bands...I'll have to show some more later but for now....

I wanted to make something for my pup to wear on Christmas Day
He doesn't like wearing things so I just made a colar and tie.
Don't you think he looks so cute? haha

It was so easy! If you know how to make a prairie point then you can do this, it seriously took me 5 minutes for the tie part. Then I just gathered it at the top then wrapped the fabric around the top.

I had a mccalls pattern for the colar.  Then I just attached the tiny button clasps for easy on and off.  Sorry I don't have a better explanation, I'm horrible at trying to explain things.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Done! Complete! Finished!


 Finally! I finished this quilt. The binding is what took me forever. (no reason why)
And for the back I just did a plain navy blue fabric with some piecing in the middle.

And here it is all folded and ready to be wrapped. It's going to be a christmas gift.
Now I have all my christmas shopping done...aside from my husband.
Thanks for looking! I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season And you have plenty of quilts to keep you warm!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

simplicity skirt...

Lately I have been sewing so many skirts.
This is a great pattern that I would like to share with you...
You are able to whip up a skirt in no time.
It is so simple, I just attached one of those elastic waistbands. My daughter can only wear solid navy blue, green or khaki to school. JoAnns only had a little over half a yard of this green color so I bought it...there just wasn't enought to put the pockets on.

Don't mind the wrinkles...my daughter has a hard time hanging up her clothes.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Secret Santa Swap

I know I showed my Snowman already but what I didn't tell you is that I have to give it away...
Yess, I made it for the Secret Santa Swap! In a couple days I have to pack it up and ship it out.
But if it puts a smile on my swap partners face then its worth it!

I attached tabs on the back so it can be hung with just a little nail. (i don't know why one tab looks smaller, I promise it's just the picture angle)

Usually I hand stitch the back of the binding but this time I did it by machine and my experience is finally paying off! It looks like I did it by hand! Tons of pinning is key.
Thanks for looking! If you jump over to  CottonCharmquilts you can visit other blogs that participated in the swap.

Monday, November 22, 2010

a new dress...

Today I am sharing a dress I made for my daughter....

My experience is paying off!  ...however, i'm not going to put away my seem ripper quite yet!

This is the best work I have done on gathering to date.

And then I managed to intall a zipper and an eyehook at the top of the zipper.

And here is the overview!
     
Mccalls 5838 is the pattern I used.

And I'm participating in Sew Cute Tuesday
Check out her blog, there are so many cute projects there!Photobucket

Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Frosty the Snowman!

I am finally done with the wall hanging!
This is all applique! I picked this pattern up from my local quilt shop and it was so fun to put together.

Here is a closeup of the mittens and cute buttons! Thanks for Looking!
 There are so many other christmas projects on Sewcalgal's Blog  
She is hosting the 2010 Christmas Quilt Show so if you have a cute christmas project make sure to post it!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Navy Stripes

Here is an update on my straight  line quilting...
 
At this point it seems like it will never get done! I started out doing really skinny lines..you can tell on the right hand side of the pix above...then I made the spaces a little farther apart because I want to get this completed this month!

I think it's looking good but takes a lot of patience at that machine!

And here is the back...my dog immediately took his place on it as soon as I layed it down!
haha, I'll show more pix once it is binded and complete.

Friday, November 5, 2010

sew n tell

So in an earlier post I was trying to decide how to quilt my pumpkin patch wall hanging, I didn't know what to do for the background.....
 So I went with stippling....
When in doubt...stipple it out.
And now it's complete! 

There are some amazing finishes on Amylouwho's blog this week.
Make sure you check them out!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

It's a secret

I figured I would post something that shows I am working on my secret santa gift. 
I cannot wait for this to be complete. I have actually quilted the whole thing, I just need to bind it then I will reveal it!  I hope everyone else is having fun quilting for the holidays.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Navy Stripes

F I N A L L Y! I finished the quilt top on this one.
It took me a while because I'm not too crazy about the fabric. I had to force myself to finish it.


I'm also going to quilt this on my machine, I'll do straight line quilting. I decided to use the basting spray and since the quilt was pretty big I didn't want to be stepping on it  to smooth out the middle so I grabbed my painting stick and a clean paint sponge to smooth it out, I have to say it was a great idea.

And even though I used the basting spray I still felt like I need to pin a little, so I did a
little not alot.


And have you ever basted a quilt on the carpet and when you go to pick it up it's stuck to the carpet?  Well by using the basting spray it made it so easy to pin because the back fabric is actually sticking to the batting instead of grasping the carpet. look how smooth the back is when i folded it over.  I guess the real test will be after I quilt it. We will see if the spray is worth it.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

how to quilt it?

So I have completed this cute wall hanging, binded it cuz I thought it was done...but now?
 Not so sure.
Everything is appliqued on there, I got this super cute pattern from the quilt festival. Now all I need to figure out is how to quilt it. What I did on this first is blanket stitch around the words and pumpkins with the batting and backing already put together but now I don't know if I should go thru and quilt the background or leave it the way it is?
...should I leave it or do something on the black background? Should I just stipple it? Or should I go thru with black thread and outline the leaves and letters? 
 I don't know  :(

Friday, October 29, 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival

I am presenting  Flock O' Geese!
I saw this quilt in Elm Creek Quilts books and had to make one myself! I just love the little triangles. And I made it from some leftover Urban Couture fabrics.

What I learned most is to iron..actually "Press" Press, Press.

I just love the little triangles! And another thing that was helpful is measure 1/4 away from the point. It is very important that you always leave 1/4 alowance or else you will just sew off the tip of the triangles...and again, press-not iron.

I also quilted and binded this myself. What I really wanted to do is straight line quilting but did not know where to run the lines thru so I just did an allover stippling on the long arrm.

The binding is also from the Urban couture line and I did a blind stitch on the back of the binding.
Oh and It's kinda exciting to mention that I entered this is my local County Fair and it won 1st place in it's category.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about my quilt...Make sure to check out all the others.


Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

To quilt or not to quilt?

I saw this saying in a local quilt shop but it was written on a wood block.
So of course I thought it would look great on a mini quilt hanging on my sewing room wall!
To Quilt or not to quilt??  That really is a silly question...haha.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Book Cover

My daughter needed a new book cover for her history book, it is required from her teacher that she has one and since it is the middle of the year none of the stores had book covers so I had to make one..Darn! :)   And All a Dollar had a pack of 2 bandana's for 1buck so I decided to make the bookcover out of it.
I did some straight line quilting going thru it.

And I just left the batting exposed, with the book on it no one would see that part anyway.

Oh and it was cool because there were no raw edges which made it super fast to make.

And it fits like a glove!
Thanks for looking.