Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A little bit of crochet

Last February, I bought a new sewing machine. My Viking , which I have had since I graduated in the early 90's, had finally had enough.  I hoped a tune up would work but I think it was too worn out.  I decided on a Bernina 550 Quilters Edition. I love it!!  So glad I bought it.  Now that I've been on it almost on a daily basis the "check engine" light has come on so in for a service we go.  Nothing wrong, it just needs a deeper oiling than I can give it.  Hopefully I will get it back by the end of the week. 

Without it, I,m BORED!!  I am in need of a project at all times. So I picked up my crocheting again.  I started a few years ago.  Bought a book and taught myself.  I haven't made too many projects. A few scarves and an afgan that is not quite finished yet. So I thought I would start something new while I waited to get my machine back. Cowls seem popular as I have seen them everywhere.  I jumped on Ravelry and picked out a few freebies. 


This is the Soft Stitch Cowl by Elizabeth Trantham . Very simple and fun.  I used Vanna's Choice in Marble Grey.  Here is a close-up:


I went back to the store, purchased some more yarn and started on the Fiona Button Scarf by Jennifer Dickerson.  Again, very simple and fun.  I finished in just a few hours. It is out of Lion Brand Yarn Hometown in Napa Valley Pinot. I added a couple buttons that had a vintage look to them.  I really like how it turned out.




 
Now I have gone back to the store for the 3rd time.  Do you think I'm hooked?  Stay tuned....

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sewing Catch Ups, Quilt Bees and School Starts

Phew!!  The kids are off to school!  Thank God we can get back into a routine and not be so busy.  I thought our summer was going to be laid back, easy going, have plenty of time to get things done.  Whatever!!  I think we were busier!  Of course summer is rodeo season and we traveled quite a bit on the weekends, but the week itself never seemed to end! So here is to a new school year and some "Mom" time in the sewing room.  Who's with me?

September is my month to host in the "String Me Along...Again" Bee.  I chose the Spider Web block using this tutorial from Heather @ {House} of a la mode. I liked it and I can see everyone else does too.  There are tons of quilts out there using her tutorial.  I thought it would be fun to do it in black/white and oranges for Halloween.  I've been collecting FQ's for quite a while. Here is my sample block:


There really isn't any actual Halloween prints in it except for one--black with white skulls. I'm very happy with how it turned out.  Have any of you ever attempted this block?  Here are some pointers on getting things matched up perfect:

After marking your triangles, lay them out to make sure they match up. I like using the "sewline" quilting mechanical pencils. You can buy white or yellow (which I used here) to mark on dark fabrics.

 

When you start with the first strip, place a pin where your mark is. It's hard to tell when the mark in underneith your strip. This way you know exactly where the mark is and each section should line up perfect.



I'm slowly getting caught up with my Garden Steps QAL.  I'm only halfway. I'm going to make a point of working on these in the evenings.  I'm reading right now but almost done with the book so these blocks will come first before I start another one.

I also joined the Super Mario Bros. QAL@ Cut To Pieces.  I'm not going to make each block so for me I guess I'm caught up with that one. I'm just waiting to see what will be posted next to see if I want to make it.  Here are my Mario and Luigi blocks:

 
When summer started, I decided to start a quilt for the up coming soccer season.  I like to take a quilt with me to the games in case I get cold.  I made these blocks and loved them! I decided to make some for myself.  Our school colors are black/gold so I thought all yellow stars would be perfect. Here is what I have so far:
 
 
I actually have twice this many now.  I work on them after I get caught up with monthly Bee blocks.  Next time I should have some quilt top finishes to share!

 
 


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My Sewing Space

Sewing room, Mom Cave or whatever you would like to call it.  I've been working on it for over a year now.  It use to be the kid's playroom but as they get older, the less toys they have, so I kicked them out and took it over!  It's a large room (350 sq. feet) above our garage so it has that funky ceiling from being at the peak of the house. My walls are only 3 feet high so finding furniture to fit was very hard.


I chose to make my own custom shelves. They were very easy and fit my space.  Exactly what I wanted but couldn't find ;) They each measure 3' high X almost 4' wide X 12" deep. I made 3 of them from pine 1" x 12" boards and pine 2x2's. Sanded and put a coat of satin clear on them.
I love them!!



This one holds my vintage sheet collection, men's shirt collection (for a future quilt) and my clothing patterns.


This one holds all my mini bolts. I wrap all my cuts of fabric that are 1/4 yard or larger on comic book backing boards.  I like to be able to see everything!  Under a 1/4 yard and full fat quarters are stored in small baskets on top of the bookcase and sets are stored in totes in my cubbies.


This is the last shelf and it holds my scraps, yarn, embroidery supplies and my vintage crewel kit collection.  The black boxes are from Ikea and are meant for dvd's.  They work great to organize scraps by color.  Anything under a fat quarter goes in these.


Here is my cutting table.  A cheap dining room table from Craig's List that I painted black and made a new top from pine boards. It's nice to be able to walk all the way around it. The large floral boxes are from Ikea also.  They hold all my batting. I plan on getting a few more.

 

My sewing table is also a Craig's List find.  I painted it black to match my cutting table.  I love the large work space it gives.  Especially when quilting large tops.  I have my thread stored on top, as well as my wireless printer. That tote on the floor is full of tops to be quilted :) Now I need to paint the chair to match!!


This is the newest addition.  I made this bookcase back in June when I couldn't find anything to fit my odd shaped wall.  It matches my storage shelves and measures 3' wide x just under 5' tall x 12" deep.  It holds all my quilt books and magazines, gardening and DIY and other books that I have read or plan to anyway.  If I'm not doing hand work in the evenings, I'm reading.


Here are my cubbies.  A hand-me-down that I plan on maybe painting.  It seems to be missing something.  Maybe some trim pieces and bun feet.  Then it would look more like a piece of furniture.  It holds my extra sewing machine, serger, fabric kits and mailing supplies.  I have one tote full of charms from all my swaps I've participated in, one is full of strips for string blocks and one tote I store my blocks from block swaps waiting to become a quilt. I store my Accuquilt and dies in a basket on top. Like my vintage teal fan?  That's an antique from my great-grandma.  It still works!!

I also have a pine blanket chest full of fabric for clothing such as rayon, knit, polor fleece, linen, ect.  It also serves as my coffee table in front of the couch. Sorry, no picture of that corner of the room.  So there is my space!  My get away to quilt, read or just watch what I want on t.v.  Where do you sew?  In your own room or the kitchen table? 

I'm linking up to the "Show Off Your Stash" linky party at Moda Bake Shop.



 





Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Well, my first post...finally!

It's so hard to put together a blog when you aren't that good with computers.  I played around with a "test" blog for along time and finally came up with what you see now.  Not too bad for the first time!  But then it sat here, empty...forever. 

I joined some swaps and a few bees and suddenly got busy.  That gives me something to blog about, right?  So here is what I've been up to...


I made a few of these wonky star blocks for the Happy Scrap Quilt Block Swap. This group swaps monthly with each month posting a different block.  You get out of it what you put into it.  So if you make 6 you get 6 back.  Plus 1 gets made for the administer of the group.  You can drop in and out--sign up for only when you want to participate. This was my first block swap.  I haven't received my blocks yet.

I joined a few rainbow charm swaps and am "impatiently" waiting for my charms in the mail :) Fabric swaps can instantly be addicting!  I'm already signed up for a 3rd one.  If you think you might want to join a fabric swap, a Flickr group has been put together and posts upcoming swaps.  The button is also in my sidebar.

I have also joined a few bees.  So fun, but also addicting!  I'm in four.  First up is the Stash Bee (I'm in Hive #2 and #3.  I love it so far.  It's based on your scrap stash so no need to purchase fabric.  Post your block and the bee members use their scraps.  My only problem is my stash is not very big.  I know, weird huh?  I'm working on that though! :)  Here's my latest block for Hive #2...


I'm really happy with how it turned out.  Tara requested a tree block that is modern and bright.  It took me forever to decide what to make. I sketched this tree which turned out to be a paper pieced pattern.  I absolutely love paper piecing!  And then I improv pieced the sun, which I have never done before.  It was fun!  I liked it and would definitely do it again.

The next bee is String Me Along...Again.  It just started for the month of April. Carla chose the ever popular String block.  I received here package of fabric scraps last Saturday and made her 3 blocks yesterday.


I have also joined the Modern 99 Bee. I think it started at the beginning of the year but someone has dropped out so I'm taking her slot.  My book is on it's way, as well as my package of fabric from the April hostess.  I can't wait to get started!
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