Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival, part 2

As I wrote my other post for my entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, I couldn't stop thinking if I should enter another quilt (we get two entries).  Why not?  I was pretty proud of this finish last summer.  It was a lot of firsts for me, thinking "out-of-the-box". 


This is my finished quilt from The Forest QAL.  After I finished all the paper pieced blocks, I put them up on my design wall and designed my filler pieces around them.  It ended up being in five sections that I did a quilt-as-you-go method to finished it up.  I love how it turned out!  But don't we all love our own quilts? :)

You can read more about this quilt here as well as get the link to all the patterns in the QAL. Now jump over to Amy's Creative Side to check out all the quilts in the festival!  Voting starts tomorrow!!


Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's that time of year again!  The Fall edition of The Blogger's Quilt Festival @ Amy's Creative Side.  With several quilts entered in each category, you can be sure to find inspiration for that next quilt project.   

With a stack of quilt tops waiting to be quilted and bound, I don't have much to pick from to enter.  We have been so busy I haven't had time to work on them.  Maybe I will have them done by the spring festival :)  I decided to enter my Arkansas Crossroads quilt in the Bee category.

With the temperature dropping here, we have been getting good use out of this quilt.  The flannel backing I used is soooo cozy :)  You can read more about it in this blog post.  Good luck to everyone who has entered the festival!  I can't wait to look at all the beautiful quilts. 
Voting starts tomorrow!!!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A New Camera Bag

I have always had an interest in photography, even taking a few classes.  Of course back then it wasn't digital yet.  Now I can hardly find a roll of film in my town, let alone have it developed.  I started saving money here and there over two years ago and last spring finally had enough to go get a new camera!  After much research and the love of my old film camera, I chose to stick with Canon.  And to my luck a new version was coming out so I was able to get a great deal on a Canon Rebel T4i.

Love. It.  Of course I seem to have forgotton a lot of what I learned in my classes way back when but that is something a few tutorials can change :)  I've pinned several to my Photography Pinterest board

Since I still have my old camera, I still have the bag it came with but it isn't very pretty.  I should have taken a picture! :)  I came across a tutorial on how to make a purse into a camera bag here. I changed it up a little to fit the purse I bought.  It was super simple and so much nicer looking!

I found this purse at Kohl's on the clearance rack.  Originally $108.00 (Ackk!!) but at 70% off it came to 32.40.  I had $30 Kohl's cash from a previous shopping trip so the purse only cost me $2.40 :)  I was beyond excited.  What a steal!

The middle section fits my camera perfectly and the two side sections can hold my extra lense, filters and my wallet that hold extra memory cards.
I chose to hand stitch the closings instead of hot glue.  I don't own a glue gun :)  I also used sticky tape made for fabric to adhere the velcro strips on the dividers. 

You know, Christmas is just around the corner!  This would make a great gift for that photographer on your list :)

Linking up to the following parties:

Sew Cute Tuesday
Fresh Poppy Design

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Some Halloween Quilting

I always have grand plans of projects for the holidays but never seem to get them done in time.  Usually because I don't think of it until it's too late.  But who thinks of Halloween or Christmas in the middle of summer?  Better planning is definatly in my goals for the new year (which is less than 3 months away).

I have finally finished my Halloween Spider Web quilt. Well, the top anyway :)  These were some more Bee blocks from last year.  I collected black, white and orange prints for quite a while with the Spider Web pattern in mind.  I sent everyone in my group a pack of strips and some Kona Black and had them follow this tutorial.

I have actually had all the blocks stitched together since the first of the month but decided I wanted borders.  It looked like it was missing something.  I'm glad I did.  I love how it turned out.
I couldn't find an orange I liked and didn't want to go the novelty route.  I chose these black and white prints which helps frame it nicely. 
It was a great day to take some photos.  This local park had tons of leaves that helped set the feel of fall and the upcoming trick-or-treating :)
My binding is made and ready to go so I will spend the next couple of days quilting.  Hopefully I will get it done to enjoy it the last week of October :) 
And you can't have a Spider Web quilt without a picture of an actual web!!

Linking up to the following parties: 

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

My Quilt Infatuation

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My First Bee Quilt...Finished!

I have been in several Bees over the last couple of years.  5, I think, and tons of blocks to show for it.  So I thought it was time to actually put some of the blocks that I received together into a finished quilt.  I am so glad I did--I absolutely love it :)

This is my Arkansas Crossroads Scrap Quilt made with blocks from the ladies of Stash Bee, Hive #2. I was Queen back in December 2012.  Tutorial can be found here. I asked for super scrappy and everyone did such an awesome job!!  After putting them up on my design wall, I decided to make more so I would have a bigger top.  Plus it made the overall design more even.

I basted it and then it sat for awhile. Sometimes I hate that part...trying to think of what to quilt.  I'm new to FMQing so my library of patterns that I can do is pretty limited. One in fact :)  Ha!  The ever famous loopdy-doo.  I've been dying to add to that.  My last quilt, the Forest QAL, gave me a chance to play around a bit.  I tried stippling again and it actually came a lot easier than when I first started FMQing.  So that's what I settled on and it came out great!

I love it! :)  So glad I decided to do it and I'm so glad I now have two designs under my belt.  I'm on a roll :) Ha!  I will say though that this is probably my limit size wise.  At 72" square, it was a whopper.
I went to Joann's for the backing and chose a lime green flannel and a fun multi print on brown for the binding.  Flannel always makes a quilt so cozy for snuggling under in winter.  Don't you think?
I love this pattern and would definately make it again.  It's perfect for scraps!  And a BIG thanks to all my Bee mates from the Stash Bee--I wouldn't have this quilt if it wasn't for all your blocks.  Thank you!!

Quilt stats:
Pattern name:  Arkansas Crossroads
measures:  72" x 72"
fabrics:  assorted scraps from my Bee mates with Kona white
Linking up with the following parties this week:
 Fresh Poppy Design

Lily's Quilts
My Quilt Infatuation

Friday, August 30, 2013

I'm back with a quilt finish

I can't believe summer is over and school will be starting on Tuesday!  I had such grand plans for this little blog during and after the "New Bloggers" blog hop.   As you can see, that was my last post :) 

I did sew though.  In fact I stitched like crazy keeping up on my Bee obligations and to get my Forest QAL finished.  I knew it would take me awhile since I wasn't following a pattern.  I just designed as I went along.

I love how it turned out!  I included some simple patchwork inbetween the main blocks instead of traditional sashing.  It was a fun process and a first for me.  I also decided to do a quilt-as-you-go method.  Since I am new to FMQ, this was much easier and I could still fit in straight line quilting as well.
Here is some of the  FMQ.  Stippling around the feathers and some back and forth meandering around the Pine Martin.  Both were firsts for me.  I've never tried to attempt either one of these patterns but the smaller sections were a lot easier to handle.  I'm very happy with how they turned out.
Quilt stats: 
measures about 48" x 64"
All fabric was from my stash with the exception of a few pieces picked up at JoAnns for the back.
The blocks, all paper pieced, can be found here.
The arrow blocks are my own design.
And here is the back.
Thank you to all the designers of this QAL. 
This was a lot of fun--I'm so glad I joined in! :)
I'm linking up to the Forest QAL contest--go here to view all entries. 
linking up to Finish it up Fridays too!!


Friday, June 21, 2013

2013 New Blogger Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the 2013 "Let's Get Acquainted" New Blogger Blog Hop hosted by Plum and June! 

Plum and June 

 My name is Jackie and I live in Oregon with the "Hubs" and two boys ages 8 and 11.  As much as I like to be inside sewing, we like our time outdoors. Horses are a huge part of our life.  He has been involved with the rodeo scene since he was little and I'm an avid trail rider.  Now the boys are learning to rope as well.

My oldest on his new horse
This is my horse, Claire
I have been sewing since I was little and quilting since the early 90's.  I also like to embroider and crochet.  Here's a mosaic of some of the things I have made for Bees,QAL's, ect.

1. Stash Bee hive 2 March block, 2. Stash Bee Hive #2 April block, 3. July block #2, 4. String me along..., 5. Spider web block, 6. Stash Bee Hive#3 Sept. block, 7. Garden Steps QAL, 8. Birdie Stitches BOM 2011, 9. Dancing Stars QAL, 10. Soccer quilt, 11. January Block-Grandmother's Frame, 12. Mario Bros. QAL, 13. Stash Bee Hive#2 March block, 14. Embroidery 101 QAL, 15. Block 1- Woodpecker, 16. Bee Sew Modern- April block for me, 17. "Pointy"from the Star Collection, 18. "Dizzy" from the Star Collection, 19. block #4-- Maple & Red Fox, 20. Bee Sew Modern -- April, 21. Take Time To..., 22. Bee Sew Modern - May, 23. Bee Sew Modern-May block for Anna, 24. Block #10 - Squirrel, 25. Bee Sew Modern - June for Allison

What is my style of quilting?  I don't really know.  There is so many versions of what is modern. I like a little bit of everything :) I guess I really like the modern twist that gets put with traditional blocks.  Paper piecing is my all time favorite! I also enjoy a little woodworking as you can see in my post here on my sewing room shelves.  Of course my stash has grown since this picture :) 

 What brand of sewing machine do I use?  I just bought a new one.  A Bernina 550QE with a stitch regulator.  I love it! Learning to FMQ has gone pretty smooth with that feature.  I love being able to finish my own quilts.
What is on my design wall?  A lot!  I have 2 quilts going on at the same time.  First is the Sister's Ten BOM from Gen X Quilters.  I am loving that quilt so far.  It is the first time using yarn dyed essex linen. I love it and would definitely use it again.  Second is the blocks from the Forest QAL.  Now that its time to put them together, I'm going to have to move the other ones.  I have sketched out my plans for a layout and can't wait to get started.  Here are the June blocks for the Sister's Ten : Contrary Wife.
What is in my stash?  I like bright rainbow colors with small scale prints, solids, black and whites, text prints and some neutrals to even everything out.  I don't care for batiks.  I also belong to the Stash Stack Club so every month Pink Castle sends a bundle my way.  If you would like more info on this club please click on the button in my side bar. 
I also like all the low volume prints that are out now.  I would love to build a stash of those as well.  In fact, I just started sign ups for a low volume fat eighth swap over on flickr.  I am hoping to get 16 slots filled so if you are interested in swapping some of those low volume beauties head over and sign up.
Well I hope you have enjoyed learning a little about me.  I know I have really enjoyed reading everyone's posts.  I have found lots of new blogs to follow.  Thank you Beth for such a great hop and all your hard work in putting it together!  Here is the rest of the schedule:
Friday, June 21

Leigh Anne @ Ella's Cottage

Sarah @ Quilt Candy

Jackie @ NW Patchwork  *That's Me! *

Erica @ Happy Fabric

Stephanie @ Simple Sewendipity

Lauren @ Seraphym

Friday, June 28

Green @ So Sew Green

Gwendellyn @ The Rainbow Revolts

Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts

Kris @ Sew Sunshine

Camilla @ Faffling

Friday, July 5

Christa @ Christa Quilts!

Stephanie @ Quarter Incher

July 12

Anne @ PlayCrafts

July 19

Ella and Nesta @ Ella & Nesta's Little Room

Aylin @ AyliN-Nilya

Kelsey and Amanda @ Everyday Fray

July 26

RobinSue @ RobinSue Quilts

Elisa Lea @ Lovelea Designs

Elizabeth @ In The Boon Docks

Emily @ Sew E.T.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Monthly Fabric Swap Group

Over the last few months I have participated in the Monthly Fabric Swap Group over on Flickr. Since it is held on a month to month basis, you can sign up or sit out when ever you want.  Once partners are assigned, swap your info, likes and dislikes and then put your package together.  You swap 4 Fat Quarters, 1 sewing/quilting notion, a card/postcard and some chocolate.  It's a lot of fun and a great way to meet other quilters.  I swapped back in March and again in May.  Both went really well.  I received some really great fabrics. May also had a bonus since Mothers day was during the month.  We got to swap 1 small handmade gift along with our fabrics.

My partner for May liked any red, aqua and pink fabric, she liked owls and no pouches!  So I thought a pin cushion would work.  I had just come across this owl pincushion on Pinterist.  So I pulled some scraps in her colors and made it.  Isn't it cute!?  I love how it turned out.  I put some needles in the wing and a Frixion pen in the pocket. I got a big thank you when it arrived so I think she liked it. I want one for myself now :)
Linking up to:

Better Off Thread

Fresh Poppy Design

Monday, June 17, 2013

Ready To Blog Hop

I'm sure you have all heard about the Let's Get Acquainted New Blogger Blog Hop.  It's been going on now for the past 2 weeks but I've been so busy I'm just now posting it.  That is such my down fall! What can I say.  School is out, summer is here and everyone and everything needs my attention with not enough time for it all.  I can't be the only one, right?   I sure admire the bloggers that can manage it all. I will have my act together this week!!  I'm up Friday in the Hop so make sure you come back :)  Here's Fridays line up:

Friday, June 21

Leigh Anne @ Ella's Cottage

Sarah @ Quilt Candy

Jackie @ NW Patchwork

Erica @ Happy Fabric

Stephanie @ Simple Sewendipity

Lauren @ Seraphym

By clicking on the link above, you can view the whole entire line up which carries through to July.  Lots of blogs full of inspiration and I'm sure lots of friendships to be made.  Some I was already following but some I didn't know at all until now. So this has been a great experience! 
This is some of my sewing lately.  My Bee blocks from my last post have become a quilt top. I love it! This was the first time finishing a Bee quilt and I can't wait to get to the rest in my box.  I have the backing and binding so I hope to have it finished by the end of the month for the June link up to A lovely Year of Finishes. 
I'm getting caught up on my blocks for the Forest QAL. Only 1 more to go!  And then I have until August 31st to put them all together and link up to the finish party.  I have an idea in mind so I will be clearing off my design wall soon :)
Bee blocks for Bee Sew Modern are done early!  It helps when one of them was already made :)  Sara asked for any paper pieced star in rainbow colors with black as the background.  I was in luck--I had one sitting around.  Months ago I pattern tested for Ester (blogged here) and had made a rainbow star.  I knew it would be perfect for Sara's quilt so I added a black border to make it the size she requested. That was easy:)
"Dizzy" from the Star Collection
And here is Allisons block, also from Bee Sew Modern.  Her tutorial can be found here.  I love this one! I'm adding this to my "want-to-make" list :) 
Double Gears


That's been it for me so far in June!  Not too bad :)  Come back on Friday for my stop on the hop.
Plum and June
Also linking up to :

Plum and June
Paper Piecing Party
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