Saturday, July 5, 2014

Six Bags In Four Days

Remember the bags that I made for shop hop?? 

Here's my super blurry picture of all six once I finished them. I knew I wanted to make bags for everyone but it took me awhile to get started (I have large procrastination issues lol!) 

I used this sassy summer tote tutorial from Fort Worth Fabric studio but used a different decoration instead of the dresden.

For my mom, two grandmas, and myself I made a stitch block from Fig Tree and Co 
I ironed over a quarter inch and then used a cute decorative stitch to applique them onto our bags.

Here are all the piles as I was making those

and the snacks I needed to keep myself motivated

I got a little lazy with my sisters bags. Ironing over those quarter inches took forever so I decided to just raw edge them on with a zig zag stitch. Neither of them are big sewers (though little keeps saying she's going to be) so I wanted to pick more meaningful patterns for the decorations on their bags. I ended up REALLY loving their bags!

 I made some raindrops for one sister using the pattern pieces from the rainy day bag pattern from Camille Roskelley

For the last bag (the pink one) I used a red letter day mini block

Isn't she adorable?? Well she thinks so anyways lol!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Husbands Quilt

My Husband begged for a quilt from the moment that I started my very first one. He wanted a blue one. I didn't feel like making a blue one. Blue is not my favorite color. Aqua I love! Royal blue? No. He will still get a blue quilt (with gray and black and maybe a bit of green to lessen all the blue) but for now I made him his OTHER quilt request.

A WSU quilt! Those are his toes you can see. He absolutley loves it.  That's the important thing. But I have to be honest...this thing was AWEFUL to make! First of all those half square triangles are pretty big..but there is still a TON of them on that thing. and sewing that many squares together into rows got REALLY monotonous. Especially since I couldn't chain piece because I KNOW I would have messed up the layout...and that's kinda the whole point of the quilt ya know?! So that was my first problem...severe boredom...

Next problem?? I used the stich and flip method. The backing is minkyish and so it didn't need any batting so this seemed like a great idea right? NOT IF YOU LIVE IN AN APARTMENT! There was NO good place to lay it out and smooth it down for each row. so there are puckers. Some are very large. Some I managed to mostly tame when i flipped the back over to bind (nevermind how much trouble the minky was for binding the corners!) 

THEN! it came apart at some seams in the wash! He still loves it, and I learned a lot...but this was seriously the quilt from hell for me!

Was that sufficiantly whiny?? If you didn't quite understand how aweful that quilt was just let me know...I'm sure I can think of other things to complain about ;)

See you soon! (with a less whiny post probably)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Shop Hop!

Hey guys! I'm back! Shop hop was AMAZING! SO.MUCH.FUN! Also...spend all the money...oops! 
My Grandma flew in from Kansas to do this with us. Mom rented a mini van and my two grandmas, two younger sisters, mom and I all piled in! 1300 miles, 5 ferries, 5 major bridges, 2 hotels, 6 people, 51 quilt shops, in 5 days!!
Here we are (minus Grany she had to take the pic) outside the first shop! I made the bags for each of us (post coming soon with all that info!) (also doesn't middle sister look so thrilled! She's not a morning person)

There was A LOT of this! 

This book helped a lot!

Here's some picture overload of all the shenanigans:

We love ferries!

Bonding with middle sister (don't tell her I posted the sleeping picture!)

I need both of these things in my life! ;)

Bought mommy flowers to say thanks for driving! (isn't she gorgeous?!)

Here we are in front of the last shop!

Annnnnd.....since I know you're dying to know!
here's all the stuff I bought!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Penny Patch Progress

I have made progress on my penny patch quilt!

I finally got all the rows done first

Then pinned them together (this took a lot of time and dedication...I got bored in the middle!)

Then they sat like this for awhile before I sewed it all together. Now it's all basted and ready to be quilted! I'm practicing my FMQ to hopefully be able to finish it that way!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Where In The World Is Nutmeg??

Oh hello! 

Are you still out there my dear quilty friends?? I guess things have been a little crazy lately. But really...mostly...honestly..I got a little discouraged. I didn't feel like anyone was listening and talking to an empty internet wasn't much fun. Only guess what! In order to get people to follow your have to actually be writing one! Isn't that weird?! Anyways....lets try this again shall we?!

So! What HAVE I been up to? Well here's a quick summary and I'll get some posts up with some details starting tomorrow! I'm gonna be so much better about blogging this time I promise! (I mean probably. Maybe. Possibly. I'll try OK!)

Finished top for my moms quilt

This dude not letting me get any work done!

Aly finished her quilt!

Taught these two how to quilt!

Joined a quilting bee

Made some bags

This guy Still won't let me work!

Finished Husbands quilt!

Inherited her!!

Tried to learn FMQ (so far I really like it!)

And joined a mini quilt swap! Check out all about it Here!

So that's it for today. I will try to be back tomorrow with a substantial post about something!!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Color Intensive

I have been taking the Color Intensive online class from Rachel over at Stitched In Color and so far I am really enjoying it! I'm learning to be more thoughtful and aware in my color choices, instead of just running with my first instinct! (although I'm sure that I will still be doing lots of that as well!) It's helped me to bring a little more meaning into my choices and helped me focus the message that i'm trying to send with each particular quilt.

I'm REALLY enjoying the mosaic challenges too! My sewing room is a bit of a mess and I have WAY too many projects going right now so digging into my stash for some of the assignments sounded more like a chore then fun, but with these mosaic challenges I'm using online fabric stores and that's much more manageable! Here are the two that I have completed so far!

This is my spring time challenge. The theme for mine was "springtime in seattle", there always seems to be a bit more grey to our spring than anything else! Put we do get some pops of those brighter colors! (if only in the clothes I'm wearing LOL!)

And here is this weeks! We are talking about rainbow blends so we made a color wheel mosaic!

This class has been amazingly fun so far and I can't wait to find the time to take some more quilting classes!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My Penny Patch Quilt

I decided I wanted to join in on the Penny Patch Quilt Along...but I knew going in that there was absolutely no way that I was going to stick to their was just too close to the holidays when I found it! So I started by choosing my fabric for it.

Then they sat and waited....and waited....and waited...It was killing me!!

I finally had some time recently to get started! So I cut into these beauties and started making piles!

I changed the pattern a little bit from how they did it in the quilt along. In her original quilt (Vintage Tangerine) She had plain four patches as well as the penny patches and I decided that I liked that better. You know what that meant though? Yah...quilt math...bleck! I survived it though! And here are my cute little four patches!

Next came the penny patches! Of course there are piles!

Next step will be to start laying it all out and figure out where it all goes! But since I have two quilts for other people that get priority it's on a back burner for a bit. I like to look at the blocks waiting for me though!

Linking up to Wip Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced!