Long-Arm Quilting

Stippling

One of our local quilt shops has a long-arm quilting machine that you can rent for only $15 an hour. I took their lesson on how to use it a few weeks ago, and let me tell you. Amazing. I started out with some stippling,

Flowers

attempted some flowers,

Pebble Quilting

some pebble quilting (and some terrible tulips, sorry you had to see that),

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some more flowers that I couldn’t keep up (my hands didn’t work at the same speed as my brain),

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and then this sort of happened. Waves upon waves upon waves. Isn’t it neat?

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It even looks a little like flames if you look at it the other way. This quilting is going to be so much faster than using my little machine at home. I can’t wait to do an actual quilt on it! For those that are local, the store is The Sewing Station. I highly recommend checking it out!

Sling

The only other project I managed to finish recently is a sling I made for a friend who just had a baby boy. She picked out her fabric (yay for customizing gifts!), and I used this tutorial from think liz, which was super easy to follow. Congratulations, Brooke! I hope you like it!

Three months of sewing

Ho-lee-cow. I just checked my old posts and found that I haven’t written about anything crafty since September. Where have the last three months gone? I guess I’ve been busier than I thought. Looks like I need to sit myself down at my machine this weekend!

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I had the pleasure of attending my friend Denise’s baby shower at the end of October. She is having a little girl, so I took advantage of the opportunity to sew something girlie. I sewed up the Market Skirt with a fun fabric that isn’t super pink but is definitely feminine. This tutorial was really easy to follow and turned out super cute. The only thing that slowed me down was finishing all the edges with my machine. I wish I had a serger! I really love how it turned out. I hope little Contessa enjoys it when she gets big enough to wear it!

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I also sewed up my first Buttercup Bag for my friend Wren’s birthday. This pattern was so much fun! I did make the oval with buttons to attach, but they didn’t look right at all, so I didn’t put them on. It was so hard to part with this bag; I really wanted to keep it for myself! Happy Belated Birthday, Wren! I hope you like it!

More recently, Beth, Ellie, and I threw a baby shower for our wonderful friend Amanda, who is also having a little girl. We thought it would be fun to sew up a quilt for baby, so we hatched a plan, gathered our stashes, and spent an afternoon sewing up this baby.

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Ellie sewed the orange blocks, Beth sewed the pink blocks, and I sewed the green blocks.

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We backed it with this super-cute fabric from Joann’s that has an entire story about mother and baby and love written on it. We snatched it up the moment we saw it.

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We also used this fabric flower tutorial to make a bouquet to go in her nursery.

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My other gift to Amanda was a Market Skirt and a nursing cover. I can’t wait to meet all of these sweet babies that are on the way!

Saturday Sewing

Sorry about the lack of posting recently. School has been really busy, which limits my free time to do sewing and crafting. I did get a little in last week for my friend Danielle’s baby shower. She’s having a little baby boy soon, so I sewed up some goodies for her and baby.

Denim Bibs 1

My friend Katie pointed me to this denim bib tutorial, and I fell in love. How adorable are these things?

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And I love how they are reversible. It’s like having two bibs in one!

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Best of all, I’ve found a really great way to use these adorable ribbons I’ve been slowly collecting.

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I just KNEW I would find a use for them. (Ok, maybe I just bought them because they were cute. But it paid off, didn’t it?)

Monkey Blanket 2

I also sewed up a little monkey swaddling blanket. How great is this stitching? I think my favorite part of sewing blankets is the fun stitches you can use for the top-stitching.

Wonky Log Cabin Strips 2

Last night I finally cut the strips for my mom’s non-wonky log cabin quilt. It’s going to be a Christmas quilt! Yay! We had bought most of this fabric on clearance last year, so it’s fun to see it made into something.

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This is going to be a fun quilt. I can’t wait to start sewing the blocks!

Zig-Zag Quilt

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I finally finished my quilt!

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I’m really happy with the result. I like how the back isn’t only a solid this time.

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It’s all crinkly after going in the wash.

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The binding took a while to get on, but it looks great, even up close.

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It’s nice and soft like the rest of the quilt. All in all, I’m not too sure if I’ll work with triangles again (they were a bit fussy), but this quilt is much fluffier since it has less quilting on it than my last one. I can’t wait for winter to get here so that I can use it.

Next up is a Christmas log cabin quilt for my mom for a combined birthday and Christmas present. We picked out fabrics from our stashes over the holiday weekend, and now I’m ready to cut into them and get started. Quilt Dad is running this quilt-along if you’re interested in joining.

Zig-Zag Quilt




I'm almost there!



I finished the quilting a few days ago and finally got around to taking some pictures. I quilted on each side of the zig-zags using my walking foot for the first time. I found out that my walking foot is nearly as exhausting to use as free-motion quilting. The weight of the quilt caused it to move extremely slow (and therefore stitch tiny stitches) unless I helped it along. Other than that, it worked perfectly.

I used the leftover pieces from the fat quarters to put some color in the backing this time in a coin quilt-ish pattern. I love that you can still see the zig-zag pattern from the back due to the quilting. Hopefully I will find some time this week to make and attach the binding!

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Saturday Sewing

I'm still working on my quilt, but I also got to attend my friend Rebekah's baby shower on Saturday, so I did a little bit of sewing for it. I already had some burp cloths set aside, ready to go, but I wanted a little something more, so I decided to sew up a cute little swaddling blanket. Rebekah and her husband are waiting to find out the sex of their baby, so I chose some cute neutral prints - dinosaurs in flannel and a green and cream polka-dot in cotton.



I did the top-stitching in a leaf pattern that mimics the leaves around the dinosaurs. These are my favorite types of sewing projects - fast, easy, and beautiful!


On a side note, I won a giveaway! Tiffany at TiggleGiggles ran a giveaway for Make Your Own Contemporary Quilts and a few fat quarters. This book has so many beautiful ideas for quilts! I love it! I'm going to save the fabric for a future quilt. Thanks, Tiffany!

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Saturday Sewing



Last Saturday a bunch of friends and I got together and sewed at our second Ladies' Sewcial.


We had a bunch of fun sewing and chatting all afternoon.


I ended up bringing some of my homemade jalapeño jelly to share, and it was quite delicious. So delicious, in fact, that once I brought the rest of it home,


it shortly looked like this.


Looks like I'll be making more. I think this is my number one way to use up the jalapeños in the garden.


I didn't quite finish my quilt-along quilt top at the Sewcial, but I kept working on Sunday, and I finally finished last night.


I'm getting really excited now that it's coming together. Next up is piecing the back, buying some batting, making the quilt sandwich, and quilting. I'm thinking zig-zag lines mimicking the fabric. I can't wait to see how it looks.

Sneak Peak


I finished cutting and pressing my squares tonight. Here are the first four rows laid out. I think picking the cream solid for half of the rows is looking really nice and puts the focus on the pretty Freshcut fabrics. :) I can't wait to get the quilt top done!
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Zig-Zag Quilt


After I finished my first quilt in a quilt-along led by Dana from the Old Red Barn Co., a group of quilters from the corresponding Flickr group decided it would be fun to do another quilt-along. We are doing a zig-zag quilt this time, and I decided to snag some of Heather Bailey's Freshcut from Pickled Pear Lane for this quilt. I knew it had been discontinued, and I wanted to get some before it disappeared, but I didn't have a reason to buy it until now. I love how soft and girly it is. (By the way, isn't Pickled Pear Lane's business card adorable? I love it.)

So, I'm really behind, but I'm try to catch up as quicky as I can. In the first week, we cut our fabric into squares and designed our quilts. Check. In the second week, we sewed and cut the squares into squares of triangles, followed by pressing seams. I'm done with the sewing and am in the middle of cutting and pressing. This week involves piecing together the quilt front, which I'm guessing is what I'll be doing this Saturday at our Sewcial, because goodness knows I won't find the time to finish the quilt top before then. I'm really enjoying the process of making this quilt, and can't wait to show you more of it.
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My first quilt




I'm done! I finally finished hand-sewing the back of the binding last night (week 7 of the quilt-along).



It turns out I did half of the hand-sewing wrong. I saw this tutorial on the ladder stitch and actually yelled out loud, "Oh!"



It went a lot faster once I figured out how to do it correctly. And it looked a lot nicer, too.



I didn't want to part with it, but I threw it in the wash today (after sleeping with it last night). Now it's super wrinkly and comfy. If only it wasn't 100 degrees outside. I'm tempted to crank on the air conditioning to 60 degrees to get to use my quilt, but I don't think my husband would be too keen on that. Or our electricity bill.

I love, love, love my quilt! The whole process was a lot easier than I expected, especially the stippling. When I finished last night, my husband asked me what I was going to do now that my quilt was done. Apparently a lot of the participants in the quilt-along wondered the same thing... so now we're going to do another quilt! YAY! (I think I'm hooked on quilting.) Amy from Park City Girl is going to lead us in sewing a zig-zag quilt. I've ordered my fat quarters and now I need to buy some solids and thread to finish it out. Stay tuned!
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