Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friday Night Sew In

I don't know about you but I have been madly sewing to get everything done for Christmas.  Yesterday I completed a set of bottle cap coasters.  (I took pictures of the process and am considering making a tutorial but am not sure.  Should I or is it old news how to make these?) 

I also completed a drawstring bag for the family white elephant swap.  We play poker most weekends and most of us use a Crown Royal bag to carry our change in.  I thought it would be fun to make a custom bag for the swap. 

I also made a Christmas stocking for my niece Tasha.  The Mr.'s family has a tradition of swapping filled stockings.  Usually we just buy a semi cheep one and go on but this year I decided to make mine for my partner.  It came out pretty good but got so bulky at the top that I was scared I'd break yet another needle (I only have one extra left) so I skipped the inside lining.  I'm hoping it won't matter too much. 

Happy Sewing! 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Another finish!

Today was a productive day for me.  I made two pairs of pajama bottoms as Christmas gifts and finished my Birdie Stitches BOM quilt. This quilt has twelve hand embroidered birdie scenes and four machine embroidered blocks with special messages in them.  This quilt will be a gift for my sister for Christmas this year.  She graduated from high school in June and is in her third phase of cosmetology school.  Each school name is on a block.  As is her nick name from me "Chicken" and a special message from me to her!  I mailed four of the blocks to Connecticut where my Aunt Sue did the machine work for me.  This is a gift of love and has already traveled many miles!  I sure hope she enjoys it, I know the Mr. enjoyed breaking it in for her!  Pictures below are of the finished quilt and each block.  Plus a couple fun ones of the Mr. cuddling with it! 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Commission quilt finished!

I have finished my commission quilt!  My client loved it and now just to see if her husband who will be receiving it for Christmas loves it too!

I forgot to get a good full view pic so here it is, standing on a chair in my office at work!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A quick peek and a show off!

Here's a quick peek for Susan in Washington! 

And here is a show off of all of my blocks so far.  It also shows a few made by my partners in the Embroidery Bee on Flickr and a few I have made also.  The middle pinwheel block is my FNSI work as is my parners block that is peeked above. 

Thank you to all my swap partners who been partners with me so far!  You all are wonderfully talented and have made some lovely blocks!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday night sew in

Ok, so I am not sure how but I thought the FNSI was a few weeks ago, turns out it was last nigth!  Ha!  I did do some work though, I finshed up the pillow I had embroidered for Halloween.  Here it is!  I also finshed up two Christmas gifts, obviously I can't show them here! 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pretty Little Pouch Swap

I have joined the Pretty Little Pouch Swap on  My partner said she likes certain colors... (don't want to give too much away incase by some chance she might read this!)  Well, the colors she mentioned are not colors I tend to go for and buy.  Needless to say I was stuck without much for inspiration.  Then, last weekend I went out of town for the Mr's family reunion.  Of course I had to go to the local quilt store which I had heard a lot about.  I found a wonderful fabric that has blue, grey and turquoise dandilion puffs on it.  I fell in love with it and bought it for my swap partner (along with lots of other goodies!)  Once I had that fat quarter I was back to being stumped.  What to do with it?  Well, I was looking at one of my favorite blogs that I  follow:  She has some amazing posts and a lovely tutorial for a cathedral window block.  Ta da!  Immediately I knew what I was going to do!  Don't you just love those moments when lightning strikes!?

Here is my pile of supplies: 

And here is what I created! 

I sure hope she likes it!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

FNSI Results

Last night I finished an embroidery project for a Halloween Pillow.  This will be the center of the pillow front....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I Won!

I won a jelly roll of Ruby by Moda. hosted a drawing to win the jelly roll. I won and I got it today! Its so lovely... Thinking I'm going to make a postage stamp quilt with it maybe?!

Thank you so much!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Commission quilt top finished!

I have been working hard on a commission quilt.  The client wants it for her husband for Christmas.  The fabric she chose is the Anna Horner "Lou Lou Thi" collection.  She bought the "sea glass" fat quarter bundle from  I'm sure everyone knows how small the sample shots of the fabrics are... needless to say the fabrics that came were suprisingly more girly than expected!  Either way the fabric was gorgeous and I loved getting to work with it even if it doesn't get to stay at my house!  Hope the client and her husband love it.  Now to send it out to be quilted! 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jordyn's Quilt is Finished!

Its all done.  I tried machine binding this time after finding a tutorial for it online.  It was quicker but not as neat.  Not sure if I am going to try it again or just go back to hand sweing.

September's Sew In

Friday's sew in project this month was for embroidery.  I am a member of the Embroidery Bee on Flickr and was having a difficult time choosing my patterns for the final two of the four blocks that I had to make.  I took a little time off from over thinking it and decided to just go with my first choices.  So, I finished one of them!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Jordy's Quilt!

Jordyn aka: Jordy is my baby niece.  She is completely wonderful and I'm 100% in love with this baby.  She lives in Maine with the rest of my family while I am in Texas.  This makes it difficult to be as involved in watching her grow up as much as I would like to be.  But, Auntie Sara sure can spoil her from Austin!  My brother (her father) is a rocker to say the least and loves to find funky things for Jordy (skulls, band onsies, giving her mohawks) so I went with it with her newest quilt!  I LOVED making this, it was so much fun to use these fabrics.  Can't wait to get started using the scraps on other fun things. 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday Night Sew In

Last night I participated in the Friday Night Sew In.  I had started out working on a quilt for my niece but after the third mis-cut I decided to put it away before I wasted any more fabric!  I did finish up another pouch for my Aunt Kathy.  She loves cats and requested a make-up pouch for her upcoming vacation to Jamaica.  It was a lot of fun to make!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fun little pouch!

I have been experimenting with pouches lately, trying to try out a bunch of them to decide on which will this years Christmas gifts.  I tried another new one last night.  I love the fabric, next time I think I'll make the accent band a litle thinner, the directions call for the size I did but I want to show off more of the main fabric I think.  Either way, I love this one! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Make Up Bag

Super tired tonight and its VERY late for me so just going to post pictures quickly.  The inside lining color looks terrible in the evening inside light, it matches much better in person, I promise.  It was super easy and fun to make, many more to come I'm sure.  I think I've found my Christmas gifts for this year!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Oy Vey!

I said I was going to give the Interlocking Seasons block another try and I'm glad I did.  It gave me clear prespecitve that I NEVER want to make that block again.  I ripped the seam on that center white block about 7 times, I finally left it because a.) it looked better than before and b.) the fabric probably would have crumbled had I ripped it again.  I'm embracing the flaws of it and just looking at it from afar so that I just look at the overall design instead of the many mistakes I made.  The effect is lovely and the fabrics are bright, bold and patriotic so it will look nice in the overall quilt.