I've been busy in the sewing room if not on the blog. Today is my niece Tasha's birthday party, she's 27 and loves purses. I made this by tracing one my friend Monica made for me and just winging it! The outside is decor weight fabric and the inside is a piece left over from my niece Jordyn's baby quilt.
Since there were only 4 entries for the stash I just wrote the names out and put them in a bowl and had the Mr. pick. The lucky winner is: CeLynn! I have your address so will put this in the mail on Monday! Congrats!
I received the traveling stash on June 29th and then promptly got sick so have been under the weather and sewing and traveling stash sorting has just not been a priority. However I have been reminded that it needs to keep moving despite my illness. So, with that said, if you would like this box please leave a comment and I will pick someone on Saturday July 14th. If you refer people over that would be appreciated also since I have a small blog and the pool of entries will be small.
Here are the rules:
Be an active blogger. Post about receiving and
the giveaway on your blog in a timely manner.
There is a note in the box that logs where the box has been. Please add your
info and place the note back in the box.
There is a list of Rules and Guidelines in the box. Please read and follow
these and return the list to the box.
You may take anything you like from the box. Just replace every item with
comparable quilt shop quality items equal to the amount taken.
Ship the box to the next person in a
reasonable amount of time.
Due to the amount of postage shipping is only within the USA.
I am learning to embrace that I am not a very good blogger, I just would rather make things than write about them and to show them off I use Flickr. Instant gratification works best for me and I'm ok with this. That being said I do like to every now and then just write. So here's my ramblings for now to show what I've been up to:
I bought a house:
I have been trying to figure out what some of these gorgeous flowers are:
I've made a quilt for my Mr.:
And I'm working on one for our family reunion auction which we do each year. Everyone makes or brings one item to auction to raise funds for next years reunion:
And we got a puppy! Millie!
I've been a busy girl! So, I'll continue to blog but I can't promise anything but more inconsistency!
I have never been the best blogger out there and I fully admit it but I've been particularly absent lately. I have done very little sewing due to some unfortunate occurances. As some of you know, I was going to be buying a house and moving. In December the Mr. and I found a lovely home and it went under contract. A number of issues came up and we lost the house. We were extremely upset over the whole thing. I wanted to change realtors but the Mr. believed they needed a second chance. A second house came along, but went under contract to another buyer. The third house we got, put it under contract but upon appraisal it was determined to be valued less than the seller wanted and the seller refused to budge on the price. Third house down the drain. So, now we're having to move into a temporary apartment that is super tiny and super expensive, put our belongings into storage and start over with a new realtor. Everyone keeps telling us it was meant to be and the houses so far were not meant to be. I am trying to be optomistic but am lately a slight basket case. So, please bear with me and please be understanding as I look for my fourth and hopefully final home which is meant to be for us. Hopefully then, I can get back to sewing and planning my wedding.
The one thing I have finished lately is this:
I made it using this tutorial from Jeni at In Color Order. The fabric is from a fat quarter bundle I won in a giveaway. It is Pat Bravo's Bespoken in the Lush colorway and Kona black.
So, my friend Monica and I joined the Austin Modern Quilt Guild this past week. We went to our first meeting where we listened to Heather Grant lecture on "Modern Quilting: Philosophy or Aesthetic?" It was very informative I must say. The meeting was held at the offices of www.formandfabric.com. Great online store and the place was awesome, tons of fabulous fabrics all around us!
After the lecture, they had a give away. Little did we know, Laurie Wisbrun is also a member of the guild. That's the same lady who designed the Tufted Tweets and Modern Whimsy lines for Robert Kaufman! Well, she had a bunch of fat quarter bundles of her new line Brr! in both the red and green and the red and turquoise lines for the giveaway. Guess who got one?! ME!! This stuff isn't being released until June she said, so excited that I got my paws on some before that!
I need to get some coordinating Kona solids and I plan to make this with it! I think it will show off the fabrics perfectly!
Start by choosing a fabric and placing in your yo-yo maker, top side of fabric inside so that it shows through the hole on the top.
Thread your needle, use a double layer of thread and knot at the end. Begin sewing in and out of the yo-yo maker holes as directed for your yo-yo maker. Make sure to hold the tails for the first few stitches as the knot isn't always large enough to hold the thread from getting pulled through.
When you've gone all the way around pop the yo-yo maker apart.
Pull the fabric off of the inside yo-yo maker disk gently.
Grasp the begining and end thread tails and gently pull to gather the fabric.
Tuck the edge fabric toward the inside of the yo-yo as you gather. Don't gather too tight yet!
Take a bottle cap and place inside the yo-yo as seen in the picture.
Pull the threads tightly and make a double knot. Making sure that all of the edges of the fabric are tucked inside of the yo-yo.
Repeat this process for the number of caps needed for the shape you want to make. Trim all threads at this point and place a dot of Fraycheck on each knot to help the knot stay.
Here are a few optional lay outs:
I chose to make the snowflake option.
I covered 13 bottle caps for this option.
Next flip them over so the bottom is showing. Arrange how you like.
Starting with the center cap, begin sewing your caps together. Take 4-5 stitches at each spot where the caps connect. Make sure the stitches are spaced out and not on top of eachother. Make a knot at the first and last stitch between each connection.
Continue stitching and placing caps until your chosen shape is achieved. Once finished stitching use more Fraycheck at each connection on the knots.
When the Fraycheck is dry use your iron to flatten out the front and back. This should make the ruffles of the yo-yos a little flatter and make the coaster lay flat.
Optional: You can cover the back with felt so that the stitching and insides of the caps aren't visible. (I like the backs left open because they're funky looking!)