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
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