Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Oh Hello!

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately. That meant that I didn't have much to post about. I've been thinking about what I want this blog to be and how I want to manage it. One of the things that has become very clear is that I need to have better pictures. The phone pictures suck. Unfortunately I don't own a better camera and on top of that I was having A hard time taking pictures that weren't at night!

My awesome friend came over (well quite awhile ago but whatever!) and helped me take some good ones with her camera. So I do have a bit of something to show you today!

(You can tell how long ago this was since i'm in a skirt and a t-shirt at 6 at night! Right now as I type it's only 43 degrees out...I know this might not sound bad to some of you but i'm COLD!)

But mostly this is a post to tell you that I might not be blogging for a little while again while I try to work out what needs to be done. This is my way of trying to be accountable. I'm writing this here in hopes that it will keep me motivated to get it together!

I wanted to get some good pictures of the finished quilts that I've made and still have at the house with me. So here are a few of those with a bit of story. Most have their own post and I'll link those here too :)

Here is the WSU quilt that I made for my husband. I learned a lot about what NOT to do when sewing with minky! I haven't tried another since but I think I know some different things to try next time! Maybe I'll do a post sometime about my struggles. I should probably find some solutions first though!

 Here is my finished Penny Patch quilt. I realized when we got back inside and I looked at all our photo's that I hadn't gotten a good shot of the full quilt for this one! GRRR. Oh well. I got some cute draped ones on this bench so that's fun :)

This is the first quilt I ever made! The picture could use some editing buuuuut.....I'm really super awful at that. So maybe if someone wants to come and teach me?! K thanks!

I've been making a TON of these bags lately! Mostly for family (The one in back moved in with my mom) They are super great and super fast and AMAZING scrap buster projects! I started with the thimbleblossoms Rainy Day Sewing Patern and then changed the dimensions to fit my scraps and the sizes that I wanted. The pattern is wonderful! I've been sorting and ironing all my scraps the last couple days because I have the urge to make a TON more!

And here's a picture of me and the Husbeast. You can see that he is very impressed to be dragged into quilt pictures. (Don't let him fool you. He actually loves helping out!)

Until Next Time!

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 blog...you 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!