Friday, May 4, 2012

Still Sewing

If you follow my blog, you probably thought I fell off the face of the earth. Nope, still here. I finished up my student teaching this spring, managed to snag my first ever teaching job for the fall, and am in the process of building a new house. Life is crazy, but I wouldn't want it any other way! With a few months off before I start my new job, I am back at the sewing machine again and picking up some new skills. I am attempting to expand my horizons a little with some sewing projects other than quilts. I love bags because not only are they cute but practical too and great for organizing all the junk that somehow magically accumulates on my bedroom dresser. This was my first experience putting in zippers, and it was much easier than I expected. I didn't even have to use my seam ripper.

  I also used my embroidery attachment for the first time to personalize the bags with initials. It was a little hard to get the letters exactly where I wanted them, but with more practice I think I will get better at it. These will make great gifts for Mother's Day!

 Anytime I learn something new I tend to go a bit overboard and make a million, so expect to see more of these bags this summer. I bought a bunch of modern Amy Butler fabrics on sale specifically for the purpose of making bags so I should have plenty of inspiring fabric to satisfy my new bag obsession.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Blogger's Choice Contest

If you've ever shopped at the Fat Quarter Shop, you're probably familiar with the Blogger's Choice Fat Quarter bundles. These bundles are groups of coordinating fabric put together by well known bloggers and sold at FQS. Quokka Quilts has teamed up with the Fat Quarter Shop for a fun contest in which contestants are asked to create their own Blogger's Choice bundle. I love putting together fabric, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to practice my design skills (not to mention if your bundle is chosen as a favorite, you win free fabric!). I went with an aqua, gray, and chartreuse color palette. Here are my choices. Wish me luck!

  First Row:
Modernology Grey A la Mode Yardage SKU# MO-4806
Outfoxed Olive Fern Stripe Yardage SKU# 5574-G
Circa 52 Organic Shroom Tree Stripes Yardage SKU# JM16-SHROOM
2nd Row:
Lark 54" Wide Sateen Charcoal Treasure Box Yardage SKU# SAAB002-CHARC
Ruby Cotton Grey Sundae Yardage SKU# 55037-13
Citron Gray Gray Bird Swing Yardage SKU# CX4038-GRAY-D
3rd Row:
Modernology Aqua Mod Vines Yardage SKU# MO-4809
Modernology Cool Contempo Blooms Yardage SKU# MO-4802
Peacock Lane Gray Falling Flowers Yardage SKU# DC5084-GRAY-D
4th Row:
Lark Grass Chinese Lanterns Yardage SKU# PWAB80-GRASS
Oval Elements Chartreuse Yardage SKU# OE-907
Lark Jade Sunglow Yardage SKU# PWAB78-JADEX
5th Row:
Divine Turquoise Linen Texture Yardage SKU# 33283-4
Kona Cotton Ash Yardage SKU# K001-1007
Kona Cotton Coal Yardage SKU# K001-1080

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Looking Back on 2011

With the New Year quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to reflect on the projects I've completed this past year. Even though I just learned to sew this summer when I purchased my very first sewing machine, I feel like I've come a long way and accomplished more than I thought possible. It hasn't all been perfect, as I've shared on my blog, but I've learned a lot and I'm having fun which is all that really matters. What I've enjoyed most about quilting is the creative aspect of selecting color schemes, coordinating fabrics, and finding ways to add modern flair to more traditional quilt patterns. But, I'll admit I played it safe this year, choosing designer fabric lines that were already coordinated and went together easily. Next year, my goal is to experiment more with combining fabrics from different lines and to challenge myself to try more difficult patterns and designs (If I get really brave, you might even see some triangles!).

Here's a collage of my 2011 finished projects! Hope everyone has a Happy New Year and I can't wait to see what you come up with in 2012!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Christmas Present for my Sewing Machine!

Wow... is it really less than a week before Christmas already? In between selling my house, finishing the school semester, and moving, I've had little (make that no) time for sewing projects. So, I was super excited to finally unpack the sewing machine and release some of my creative energy that's been boiling for months. I've been wanting to make a sewing machine cover for my Babylock ever since I got it and when I saw the great tutorial on Olive and Ollie's blog (, I knew I had to make one for myself. The directions were super easy to follow and I was finally able to use my Mom's Accuquilt GO! Fabric Cutter to cut out the tumblers. Here are some pics of the finished product.

I love the look of the tumblers! I can't wait to make a quilt out of these and some pillows would be cute too. Now when my sewing machine's not being used, it can at least chill out in style. Merry Christmas sewing machine! 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I made a few burp cloths to go along with a baby quilt for my cousin and she liked them so well that she asked me to make her some more. She is expecting her third little girl in October. I have a ton of girly fabrics, so it was easy to pick out colors. Now she can burp (the baby) in style! These were fun and fast to make, which makes them perfect for gifts. I hope she likes them as much as I do!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Girl Can Dream

Oh sewing machine, how I miss you. School is fully back in session and I am again immersing myself in reading and paper-writing. In the midst of all this craziness, my husband and I have just put our house on the market. So, what was once my sewing space (a.k.a. dining room) has had to be packed away for a little while as we show our house to prospective buyers. It is kind of strange seeing my dining room looking like a dining room again. I sort of miss all the loose threads littering the floor, the fabric dust, and scraps hanging over the chairs. But, I know this neat, organized, boringness is only temporary. In the meantime, I thought I would share what my ideal sewing space might look like. Check it out and be inspired!

How cool is this table?
I'm not crazy about pastels, but there is something very relaxing and homey about this space.
Talk about organized. I could do some serious work here. My patterns would look great in those decorative binders!
It may be small, but it's practical, which is important.

There is so much color in this room, you can't help but want to hang out for awhile.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bookshelf Mini Finished!

I had so much fun making this bookshelf mini quilt. I have been somewhat down lately about starting school again and having to tuck away the sewing machine for awhile, but this project totally cheered me up. It was quick to put together, but full of creative potential.

My favorite thing about this quilt is using selvages for the book titles. I never would have thought that selvages could look so pretty!

This was my first time using Steam-A-Seam to iron on the book titles, and it worked great! I still stitched around the book titles for extra security and to make them pop.

The back is almost as cool as the front!

And best of all, it looks so stylish hanging above my sewing machine (although I need to come up with a more "stylish" hanging method that doesn't involve scotch tape).

I can envision a whole wall of these little quilts. Now you know how I'll be spending my spare time this fall, at least when I need a study break.