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Month: February 2013

The deal.

The sad news is, not a lot of sewing has gone on over almost the past two months now. The exciting news it….I have some gorgeous new fabrics calling my name && we are only a few weeks from making our big move to HAWAII!!!

Yes, you heard that right! Some of you may remember me mentioning it a few months back, but now it’s really happening! Needless to say I’ve been a little stressed & A LOT busy, but we are overly excited! I am hoping to do a little sewing in the next few weeks (depending on when the movers come), but I’m REALLY ready to get there so I can get back in the swing of regular projects!

I did a little fabric shopping last Friday at a LQS after squeezing out of work a little early. I had a bit of a hard time controlling myself since I haven’t been fabric shopping in a while. When I was checking out, I spotted the cutest bird one of the ladies in the shop had made, from a recent magazine (does anyone know which magazine it came from?).

Adorbs #premovingdamage

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I stocked up on some new treasures & replenished some of everyday favorites.But what I didn’t know is that mom had also ordered us some pretties from Fabric Worm
That order arrived today, on the front porch, even with a dog biscuit from our amazing mail lady!! Bella was pleased to know she had a present waiting too!
You know you have an awesome mail lady when you come home to fabric goodies + a dog biscuit!
 photo DSC_0005.jpg I’ve really been wanting Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study. Mom surprised me with the WHOLE line!!! Eeeek!!

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I have a few ideas of what I want to do with some of these beauties, now I just have to get to my sewing machine! 🙂

The deal.

The sad news is, not a lot of sewing has gone on over almost the past two months now. The exciting news it….I have some gorgeous new fabrics calling my name && we are only a few weeks from making our big move to HAWAII!!!

Yes, you heard that right! Some of you may remember me mentioning it a few months back, but now it’s really happening! Needless to say I’ve been a little stressed & A LOT busy, but we are overly excited! I am hoping to do a little sewing in the next few weeks (depending on when the movers come), but I’m REALLY ready to get there so I can get back in the swing of regular projects!

I did a little fabric shopping last Friday at a LQS after squeezing out of work a little early. I had a bit of a hard time controlling myself since I haven’t been fabric shopping in a while. When I was checking out, I spotted the cutest bird one of the ladies in the shop had made, from a recent magazine (does anyone know which magazine it came from?).

Adorbs #premovingdamage

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I stocked up on some new treasures & replenished some of everyday favorites.But what I didn’t know is that mom had also ordered us some pretties from Fabric Worm
That order arrived today, on the front porch, even with a dog biscuit from our amazing mail lady!! Bella was pleased to know she had a present waiting too!
You know you have an awesome mail lady when you come home to fabric goodies + a dog biscuit!
 photo DSC_0005.jpg I’ve really been wanting Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study. Mom surprised me with the WHOLE line!!! Eeeek!!

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I have a few ideas of what I want to do with some of these beauties, now I just have to get to my sewing machine! 🙂

Friday Favorites 2.15.13

1. P1060709, 2. pixelated heart pillow, 3. My finished #modernmaples quilt! I love it! This is a cell phone pic, real (good) ones will have to wait ’til I’m home during daylight hours this weekend., 4. Project Mini | January | Sweetheart, 5. XO quilt tutorial., 6. T-Fantasy Flamingos, 7. The closest old lady Penelope will get to catching a squirrel., 8. Cupids Arrows 1, 9. with love…

Take note.

Just when I thought I was finished making Lone Star(burst) blocks, I began thinking how awesome one would look curled over the spine of a notebook.

My love of low-volume meets color pop has run vamped in my projects for months now, I just can’t seem to get enough. I’m a little obsessed with a good black & white stripe, burst of aqua, & osnaburg, too, now that I think about it! So that’s how the notebook cover evolved.

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I have to admit, this was quite the project for me….I don’t know what I was thinking…
But! I got the whole top together when I quickly realized I hadn’t made the top big enough to make the sleeve pockets, where the notebook fits into the cover. haha, dummy me. Fortunately making it a little bigger wasn’t too difficult. I ended up completely lining the the cover.
After my small mishap, some serging, quilting, & construction, I had this beauty!
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Too bad it’s off to live with someone else, but I am quite confident it will be loved!

Jill’s Quilt

Who’s Jill you may ask? Well that would be my new sister in-law! That’s right, Since I was last on here, before Christmas, the boy & I got married! It’s been quite an exciting and busy time for both of us & our families!

Every year, someone in my family gets a quilt for Christmas, from me. This year, since I was welcomed into my wonderful, new, family I knew I should make the quilt for one of them. I chose Jill, who is one of the most amazingly talented, kind hearted, best cookie making, people I have ever met! Jill is just a bit younger than I am, so I knew she would be the perfect person to make something from my best stash!

Her favorite color is green & she love mustaches, so I ran with both. With the talented help from my pals in Bee Weave It or Not, they helped me make green, gray, & black basket weave blocks! Since so many people in the bee were setting their blocks in a traditional pattern, I decided to be a little different & off set the blocks. & of course, you can’t forget the part about the mustaches…thanks the Alexander Henry, you can find them on the back!

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As you can see by the feet, my FIL is getting a taste of how a quilt photo-shoot works!

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Here’s Jill & I on Christmas morning (hope she doesn’t mind this picture, haha). 
As much as I love the design of this quilt, I think my biggest accomplishment on this project was the quilting! This was my first go at doodling a whole quilt & I’m in love. Doodling is the type of quilting I have been working up to over the past few months of longarming & although I still need some practice, I am over the moon as to how it turned out. This quilt was truly on of the hardest to part with. Although it helps a lot knowing where it’s living & that it’s loved! 

Friday Favorites 2.8.13

1. Full On View!, 2. amazing mini space dust pattern gifted to me by @littlecreateable !!! #tulapink #patchwork #sewing, 3. Finished Inside Out quilt!, 4. Wonky Bee -Nicke, 5. Field of Triangles #3, 6. Ok This is ready to be sent to #blueiguanas @iamkateyz, 7. Fly a Kite, 8. Journal with lucky stars 6″ block, 9. Orion

StudioCherie Travel Duffle

I’ve been itching to make the StudioCherie, Travel Duffle for a while. After trekking through my Amy Butler, Weekender Bag experience, I was curious as to how easily the Travel Duffle went together.

I knew I had the perfect opportunity to make one when my swap partner was wanting either the Duffle bag or the Weekender. Since I had already made the Weekender, what better time than to make the Duffle?

Most of the Duffles I had seen previously were made from one to two exterior fabrics. I loved the scrappiness of my Weekender so I decided to give it a go. I still followed some of the suggestions that Elizabeth Hartman in regards to making the Weekender, with cotton duck & batting. Although I didn’t use the quilt as you go method on the Duffle as I did on the Weekender, you very easily could.

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I used a 16″ piece of solid black cotton canvas for the bottom of the bag for added durability & to save my focus fabrics for the visual parts of the bag.
The pattern calls for one exterior side pocket & one exterior end pocket, with a zipper. I wanted a unique exterior side pocket, so I made a 5″ wonky, scrappy star. I also added a simple pocket on the inside of the bag for added storage during travel.
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I quilted the Duffle with simple straight line quilting, vertically, which enforces the bag’s shape.
In her pattern, Cherie gives you the option of using one solid “quilt” for the main part of the bag, or two. I chose  to keep it simple & use the one “quilt option. I think the best part about this bag is how relatively quick & easy it is to put together. Although I love my Weekender bag & will likely make more, I highly recommend the Duffle bag as a contender!! I also found that the Duffle bag is an easier pattern for beginners & less bag friendly people (like myself)!
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So! In short, if you’re considering making the Weekender bag, but you’re hesitant, you might try making the Duffle bag first! It’s slightly bigger than the Weekender & has wonderful space! I’m definitely going to have to make another one to keep for myself, to go along with my Weekender bag, for travels!!

StudioCherie Travel Duffle

I’ve been itching to make the StudioCherie, Travel Duffle for a while. After trekking through my Amy Butler, Weekender Bag experience, I was curious as to how easily the Travel Duffle went together.

I knew I had the perfect opportunity to make one when my swap partner was wanting either the Duffle bag or the Weekender. Since I had already made the Weekender, what better time than to make the Duffle?

Most of the Duffles I had seen previously were made from one to two exterior fabrics. I loved the scrappiness of my Weekender so I decided to give it a go. I still followed some of the suggestions that Elizabeth Hartman in regards to making the Weekender, with cotton duck & batting. Although I didn’t use the quilt as you go method on the Duffle as I did on the Weekender, you very easily could.

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I used a 16″ piece of solid black cotton canvas for the bottom of the bag for added durability & to save my focus fabrics for the visual parts of the bag.
The pattern calls for one exterior side pocket & one exterior end pocket, with a zipper. I wanted a unique exterior side pocket, so I made a 5″ wonky, scrappy star. I also added a simple pocket on the inside of the bag for added storage during travel.
 photo DSC_0988.jpg
I quilted the Duffle with simple straight line quilting, vertically, which enforces the bag’s shape.
In her pattern, Cherie gives you the option of using one solid “quilt” for the main part of the bag, or two. I chose  to keep it simple & use the one “quilt option. I think the best part about this bag is how relatively quick & easy it is to put together. Although I love my Weekender bag & will likely make more, I highly recommend the Duffle bag as a contender!! I also found that the Duffle bag is an easier pattern for beginners & less bag friendly people (like myself)!
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So! In short, if you’re considering making the Weekender bag, but you’re hesitant, you might try making the Duffle bag first! It’s slightly bigger than the Weekender & has wonderful space! I’m definitely going to have to make another one to keep for myself, to go along with my Weekender bag, for travels!!

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