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Never Enough Buffalo Plaid

 When I first decided to make these buffalo plaid quilts for the kids, I really didn't expect them to be so excited to receive them.  They were super patient watching me piece and quilt them throughout the month of November, but once the quilts were finished and in the wash the kids could hardly wait for them to come out of the dryer.  And they've been sleeping with them every night since.  💝 I had so much fun making these...sometimes simple patchwork makes the best kind of quilts.  And buffalo plaid is a classic pattern that will never go out of style.   The best thing about these quilts is definitely the flannel backs.  They are so warm and cozy.  It makes me want to back all my quilts in flannel.   I love a good sunset quilt picture.  You can see our sweet cat, Cookie, in the background of this picture...she's an outdoor cat, but she thinks she belongs inside the house and loves all the soft snuggly blankets.  I'm sure she was just waiting for me to lay this quilt d

Christmas Patchwork Plaid

 It feels so good to finish another quilt top!  I took advantage of the gorgeous light tonight and bribed my daughter to snap some sunset pictures for me (she wanted hot chocolate...she's not too hard to bribe 😆).  You can't tell by these pictures, but it was actually freezing out...my fingers were numb after only a few minutes. 😳 You can totally see my giant shadow holding up the quilt, but I love the way the sun shines through the quilt top...it almost makes it look like stained glass and showcases the beautiful plaid pattern created by the color arrangement of the fabrics.   I'm thrilled with the way this quilt top turned out and I can't wait to get it quilted.  On to the next project...which I confess I've already started cutting out.  I just may be Christmas sewing clear until July, and I'm totally ok with that!  

Festive Christmas Patchwork

 I've been spending lots of time in the sewing room the last couple of weeks and it feels good to get some projects checked off my list!  I finished quilting the buffalo plaid Christmas quilts for the kids, which I'll share in another post.  I also started sewing together my Christmas Patchwork Plaid quilt from Maker Valley.  When I first saw this quilt from  Maker Valley  I fell in love with the design.  It's a simple patchwork quilt, but the way the colors are arranged creates a plaid pattern...which I think is such a creative idea!  There are 238 squares in this quilt 😲, but once I finished cutting it out, the assembly went surprisingly quickly.  I think I had the most fun just arranging the squares on my design wall (there were three rows that wouldn't fit).  I still have a few rows left to sew, but I'm loving how it's turning out so far.  And I'm getting lots of practice nesting those seams!  This will be my third Christmas quilt, but the first one I&#

Thankful for My Messy Sewing Room

 My sewing room is a bit of a mess right now, and I'm totally ok with that...I'm feeling especially thankful this week for this creative space that I have to work in, even when it's a disaster.  Currently, there is a quilt top spread out on the floor in the process of being basted, a finished quilt draped across my chair awaiting binding, and a new quilt project being cut on the cutting table!           I love the feeling of finishing projects, but like most quilters, I typically have more than one project going at once.  Today, I was in the middle of basting a quilt when I ran out of basting spray...I immediately ordered some more from Amazon, but with shipping delays it won't be here until next week 😞.  I miss the days when Amazon packages were delivered in two days.  While I wait, I decided it was the perfect time to start cutting out a new project!  I ordered a Patchwork Plaid Christmas quilt kit from  Maker Valley  several months ago and I absolutely love it!  If

Quilting has Begun!!

 I'm not going to lie, shortly after I decided to quilt this rather large quilt top myself I had a huge "what the heck was I thinking?!" moment 😳.  Just spray basting alone was a huge undertaking...my knees still hurt from kneeling on the floor.  This is the largest quilt I've ever made...I'm used to making lap or baby size quilts.  But once I got over my initial fear of "omg...I'm going to ruin this quilt" 😂, I realized even though it would be a challenge, I could totally do it.   I decided to straight line quilt a 1/4 inch from each seam...there are a lot of seams!  😲  But my trusty Baby Lock just kept chugging along and before I knew it, I had half the quilt done.  The throat space on my machine isn't super wide, so it's been a bit of a challenge squishing all that fabric through my machine.  But it's doable.  So far there's only been one minor set back...I was almost to the end of a row when my bobbin thread ran out...I had to

More Buffalo Plaid

 It smelled like fall in my sewing room this weekend, but it felt like Christmas!  I started on the second buffalo plaid quilt kit I ordered from  Maker Valley  and it's coming together just as quickly as the first.   This second kit also includes prints from the Swell and Sweet Christmas fabric line by Urban Chiks.  I love the snowmen just as much as the Santa faces...they have a similar vintage vibe.  And it's hard to see in the pictures, but the low volume white fabric is printed with little snowflakes which are a perfect compliment to the snowmen print.   I'm hoping to finish piecing it this weekend, and then I'll be ready to move on to basting and quilting!  All of this Christmas sewing is making me want to get out the Christmas decorations...and I'd be ok with some early snow days this year too.  

Buffalo Plaid Quilt Top Finish

  I finished one of my buffalo plaid quilt tops last weekend!  This is the largest size quilt I have ever made...so there was a lot more fabric around my sewing machine than I'm used to.  It was a fast, easy quilt top to put together and I love how it turned out!  I've already started cutting out my second buffalo plaid quilt.  Maker Valley restocked some of their buffalo plaid Christmas quilt kits, and I'm trying to avoid buying them all.  However, I may have ordered some more Christmas fabric from the Swell and Sweet fabric line by Urban Chiks.  The vintage but modern vibe is one of my favorite combos in a fabric line, and I can't get enough of these Santa faces!  I'm anxiously awaiting the weekend so I can get back in the sewing room...stay tuned for more Christmas finishes.  

Christmas in October

 It's not quite Halloween yet, but it felt like full blown Christmas in my sewing room this weekend!  My Alexa was streaming all the Christmas tunes and I was channeling my inner elf to make some headway on these buffalo plaid Christmas quilts for my kids. I finished cutting the green and white one, and jumped right into piecing the strips.  It's coming together surprisingly quickly...I'm loving the strip piecing method!  Now, I'm just working on sewing the rows together.  It's been awhile since I nested seams, so I was a little nervous about it, but it actually went well.  Except for the time when I stitched the wrong row and didn't realize it until I was pressing the seams open and had to go back and rip out the ENTIRE row...but who wants to talk about that?!   When nesting seams, the most important thing to keep in mind is that your seams need to be pressed in opposite directions.  With this quilt, it was super easy because the pattern directions tell you to

Christmas Quilt WIPs

 I bought some buffalo plaid quilt kits several months ago to make Christmas quilts for the kids and with October quickly ticking by, I was feeling the pressure today to start cutting them out.   I bought both of these fabric kits from Maker Valley ...I love buffalo check so I was immediately drawn to these kits.  They consist of several prints from the Sweet Christmas and Swell Christmas lines by Urban Chiks along with some blender fabrics.  I'm making two quilts, one in a green and white colorway and one in a black and white colorway.  I also ordered coordinating pillowcase kits to go with them!  Two quilts by Christmas time seems a bit ambitious, but the free pattern I'm using from  Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio calls for the strip piecing method, which makes it super fast to put together.  After cutting the 6 inch wide strips for the green and white colorway, I sewed four of the strips together, cut the sewn strips into 6 inch segments, and then sewed three of the 6 inch segm

Working on Applique Skills

 I pushed through my fear today and finished the applique for my daughter's Cat Walk quilt.  It's not perfect...if you look closely you'll notice several mistakes, but I'm pretty darn proud of the way it turned out and the fact that I kept going despite my fear!  I was kind of worried about how that pink ear was going to look, but I actually love it!  And I strategically placed the star to look like the cat's eye.  Applique is definitely growing on me...it allows for a lot of creativity, which I love.  Now, I just have to sew the top applique piece to the brick wall and it will be ready for quilting!  The piecing of my wall rows went much more smoothly once I switched to using a walking foot and alternated the direction I was sewing each row.  There was still some wonkiness, but not as much.   Now, I just need to decide if I want to quilt this one myself or send it to the long arm quilter.  I'm thinking a star and moon pattern would be perfect for this quilt.  P

Strip Piecing Problems

 Have you ever had one of those sewing days where nothing seems to go right?!  Today, I woke up with lots of creative energy, thinking that I was going to get a lot done in the sewing room...hah!  Joke's on me...things didn't really go as planned.  When I started piecing my strips together for the Cat Walk quilt I've been working on, I noticed right away that something wasn't right.  After a few rows, my strips started to bow, like a big fat frowny face...not good.  Thanks to my good friend, Google, I did some troubleshooting and discovered some tips to prevent this problem.  I really haven't pieced a strip quilt before so this was new to me.  According to some sources I found via Google, I needed to alternate the direction I was sewing for each row, and use my walking foot to make sure my fabric was feeding evenly.  After adjusting my stitch width with the walking foot to make sure I still had a 1/4 inch seam, I tried a few rows, and it went better.  But I still ha