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April 9, 2015

Traveling Stash + an Update

Good Morning!

A great many changes since my last post. I have switched jobs and have been keeping very busy working on an online craft course. Currently progressing through the color theory course, which is just about finished.

I made my own color wheel (for reference when picking colors).
Made a few examples of different color combinations and am currently working on more difficult colors, like Achromatic.
So that is where my spare time has been going.

A few months ago, I received a traveling stash. Unfortunately, it has paused in its travels and is still hanging out here. If anyone would like to have the Traveling Stash move on to their house, just observe the rules. 
  • Boxes should move on at a reasonable pace, please have an active blog. 
  • This is a large priority mailing box and you can save some money by prepaying online and printing the mail label.
  • Only include items that you would be proud to own.
  • Please do not include items that are from a smoker house.
  • Do not trade out items to get rid of yardage that is below quilter quality. The box is intended to trade goods that you do not use for items that you would use, not as a dumping ground for older, worn or low quality items.
Sewingly Along has an excellent post listing the rules for the stash. She was once the organizer. The current organizer is Tricia at Ramblings of a Quilter

Leave a comment, if you are interested in the Traveling Stash. The deadline is April 24th. I will draw that weekend and let you know before Monday.

February 26, 2015

Mini Update

This quilt is finally starting to get close to the halfway point. Most of the actual blocks are completed, but the long stretches of brown sashing are very intimidating. I know that I will be working with acres of green variegated thread and that brown sashing for months. Hand quilting is fun, but wow, it takes up a lot of time.
Hopefully you can see the motif in this picture. It blends in more than I intended. The motif is a leaf with a few swirls.
These blocks are just edged with complimentary thread. My stitches are not always uniform or as small as I would like them, so I am blending them into the fabric.

This is the part that is annoying about hand quilting. I have handled the quilt so much that the batting on the edges is stretching out and tearing away from the quilt where it is pinned. I will have to figure out a better fix, but for right now I have flipped the back of the quilt up over the batting and pinned it down to prevent the batting from moving.

January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy new year everyone!
New Year's Eve in Paris #The Eiffel Tower #Paris #Photography
Nothing quite like fireworks to brighten your night!

December 7, 2014

Amish Puzzle Ball

Obviously, I have been very busy lately. I did not realize exactly how busy being a temporary employee would make you. A few things have changed. We moved, I have switched temp assignments a few times and am currently at a long term assignment. I have been sewing. There is some progress on the Sweet Pea-like quilt, but not much else.

One of my coworkers had a baby shower, so I made her an Amish Puzzle Ball.

I found a tutorial at Sweater Doll, she does a very good job of explaining how to create the ball and how the puzzle works. If you are not familiar with the ball, please visit her site, I only took a few quick pictures before wrapping, as I had a tight deadline. This ball is made with scraps from the last baby quilt I made and the ellipses work really well with smaller scraps. The center of the ball is not as scrappy, as I needed 6 1/2" circles. You have to stuff these really tight, so I used a lot of scraps to fill the ball, all 100% cotton. Fiberfill, besides being polyester, just doesn't pack tight enough.

July 25, 2014

Doll Blanket Finish

A few months ago, I won some Hexie Templates from a giveaway at Jane's Quilting. I used some leftover scraps from a baby quilt and added some yellow swirl fabric, along with the monkeys, and the stars. They make such a cute combination. 
The back is a fat quarter of Barenstain Bears. The binding is more of the swirl fabric, amazing how different it looks with different applications.
I don't usually machine quilt, but with such a small project, I practiced a little straight line stitching. I crisscrossed straight lines to make a diamond pattern. I really like how the diamonds make honeycombs of some sections, while creating a frame for others. I used Gutterman Thread in a medium shade of cream, which worked really well. This will go to my niece for her birthday in September.

July 5, 2014

Happy 5th of July!

This is the day everyone sleeps in after staying up to watch fireworks. I slept in a whole 3 hours, til 8am! Hahaha.
So far I have not got much to show for the amount of time between posts. I currently have an hour and a half commute, both ways, to work. This has prevented me from doing much sewing when I get home. I can sew when we are slow at work, which is nice. I have started the 2nd Christmas stocking and am almost up to the point where I can start assembly. (I always embroider and bead everything first)
This quilt went on vacation with me(I am posting from my in laws). I have gotten a large part of it quilted, but the thread blends in so well that you can not really tell the difference.
I am also working on a very small, Sunbonnet Sue, coaster/table runner for my desk. I will post pictures of that when it is finished. Possibly next weekend if I can find the time to sandwich it during the week.

May 17, 2014

2 Months Later!

I finished my SIL's quilt.
This is the front, with the binding ready to go on. I use Clover Clips, I like how useful they are. I keep finding new uses for them.
The back side, so you can see the binding.

This is finished, shipped off and received. I couldn't find my camera at this point and have discovered that the iPad camera is not a very good substitute.
I also started a new project. I won a pack of heat resistant silicone hexagon templates awhile back from Jane, (who blogs @ Jane's Fabrics) and decided to try them out. I had been a bit intimidated by them, they look difficult. With the templates, though, they are not that bad. I decided to make a small item, to see how I like them. Many of the prints are leftovers from another quilt.
Since this project requires 150 hexagons, I have decided larger projects are not for me. I like bigger pieces. The doll quilt, that these will make, ends up about the size of a fat quarter. I have seen larger quilts, such as Grandmother's Flower Garden, that run into the thousands of hexagons. I found this fat quarter in my stash, which I think will work perfectly for the back.

The modified Sweet Pea quilt has made some progress, although progress is having issues. I really need a thimble, since my fingers are getting holes poked in them, but I have issues using them. I am then forced to take break to let me fingers heal before I can sew again. The interesting thing about the hexagon project is that it does not put holes in my fingers and I can work on that instead.

I am not sure how much you can see in these pictures. The first is a finished block, with the stained glass flower in the center. The outer pieces are just edged in a complimentary thread. My stitches need practice, so I prefer to hide them right now. =)
This is a close up of the center of the same block. There were several options here, but most I did not like. I ended up deciding to edge to flowers and quilt the leaf stems to create puff. It made a nice texture, that I like and the flowers are accented.

These are also finished, with complimentary thread edging each piece. The sashing in the center has a variegated green leaf motif. If you click on the picture, it should become large enough to see some of the detail.
My last update is for school. I have graduated with distinction. My Bachelor degree is in Business Administration and a Minor in Accounting. I am job hunting (ofc) and will, hopefully, be updating a bit more often.