I’m sorry being so quiet lately. Its been kind of crazy around here. In between work, visiting family, and getting ready for a big event this weekend, there has been little time for sewing. You know what they say about life; its what happens while you’re busy making other plans. And boy have I been making plans! But for now my grand schemes must remain contained in the depths of my quilty mind!

As I just mentioned, this weekend I have a big event. Luckily, I didn’t have to do any planning so my main focus has been on my outfit. I have always been one to beat to my own drum so my dress was a bargain find from Its a beautiful full black dress with big, bold flowers on it. I love it! And the best part is its vintage!
I’m a rather short lady so I ended up having to hack off quite a bit of the hem line. I was able to keep all the remanents, and with them, I wanted to make a cute hair bow.

I made the bow as I went along, using multiple tutorials as a starting off point. I made it completely by hand and it took me about an hour. The netting on the top was once part of the lining and I think it adds great texture! I love how it turned out.

(How about that fancy-schmancy editing!)

One great aspect of my entire ensemble for the evening is that its all eco-friendly. The dress was used way back in the 70’s. The bow was fabric that would have been thrown away (egad!!). That, my friends, is what I call “trashion!!”


Show Results II

On Thursday, I dropped Stretch off to be judged for this weekend’s upcoming quilt show. I went to visit him today and was pleased with his placing of Third! We are still in the running for People’s Choice!

The show was a very small one but had great talent. In my category, wall hangings, there were some beautiful quilts. Second place was a tiny feathered star with uber small flying geese and HSTs. First place was a stunning DWR in 30s repo fabrics. Both were gorgeous!

FNSI Wrap Up

My Friday Night Sew-In did not go as well as I hoped…. It has been a long week!

I was able to do another fussy cut sashing but unfortunately that’s all I have done before I started to crash…. And we all know one should never sew when tired!

I absolutely love that little goat!!
I am surprised by how long each 5″ X 10″ piece takes to make. Like an hour and a half each! I definitely did not expect that!

So, I have two out of the three vertical sashing done. After that’s done, next up would be the horizontal sashing (I see some chain piecing in my future!) then piecing it all together! Hopefully this weekend and upcoming week yield some nice sewing time.

P.S. My cutting table is a fussy cut mess!!


Of Mice and Men

This past week, I had no motivation to sew. Period. I was not home so I planned to work on my only hand project at the moment, my Alligator Quilt. It didn’t happen. I haven’t worked on that for almost a year!

When I got back home, I had grand, romantic ideas of finishing my Tennessee Waltz Quilt. I did get the columns put together so now it just needs borders. The issue is, though, that the quilt disgusts me at the moment. I mean I love the pattern and love the fabrics even more, but it is the quality. I can’t believe I planned to enter this in a show! It passes the “Gallop and Grin” rule but I just can’t stand it, at least for he moment.

To ease my disgusted-ness, I decided to cut into some of my uber cute Oinkadoodle Moo by Jenn Ski for Moda. I bought a kit a while back to make a simple panel quilt, but I was looking at the directions first (for once!). and realized that I would have some upside down animals…We just can’t have that now can we? So I made my own pattern up!

I came up with a simple star pattern. My goal was to make this quilt with accuracy in mind and I was so set on that thought that I was starching simple HSTs! I was all prepared for my new star quilt and I thought it was going to be the cutest thing in the world. But, you know what they say about the best laid schemes…. I was so upset that the star wasn’t noticeable! So back to the drawing board I went.

Of course I had already cut most of my stash into right triangles so I knew I had to selvage what I could. I came up with a new idea, which lead to some fussycutting.

Hopefully my plan works well… If it doesn’t thats $50 down the drain!

I’m having fun improv piecing these “interesting” sashing. Isn’t it funny how I was once all about accuracy and now I’m onto improv??

It is certainly hard to create a pattern from a kit… What a fun challenge that would be! Any takers??

Gold Digger

G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S is what I was going for with this mini!

Gold Digger was made in response to the NYC MOD Double Wedding Ring Challenge. It was something I wanted to try for a while so I decided why not??
To create the rings I made my own English Paper Piecing (EPP) templates, using this pattern. This was my first go at EPP and I was pretty pleased with it.

I used three various gold metallics to get the “gold digger” feel, and of course I don’t have selvage with the exact name or anything to go off. I then appliquéd silver metallic “diamonds.” What can I say, I like BLING! After the ring was complete I appliquéd it to my “something blue” background. The background and binding are both Color Weave by P&B Textiles.

The hand quilting was done with a gold metallic Gutterman thread. I crosshatched the insides, trying to offset the curves of the ring. I left the outsides empty. I love the look of my big stitches!

I couldn’t be happier with Gold Digger and I hope to try the DWR again soon!

Gold Digger Official Stats:
Name: Gold Digger
Size: 18″ Square
Fabrics: various metallics, Color Weave by P&B Textiles
Techniques Used: EPP, appliqué, hand-quilting

How to Be a Gold Digger

Show Results

Over the weekend, my county fair took place and so did the quilt show that goes along with it. I entered Stretch and also my DWR and I’m pretty happy with how I did.

My baby Stretch got FIRST!! The DWR received an Honorable Mention. This class had a lot tougher competition so I’m pleased with how I did. If I could go back in time, I would swap the quilts and their categories. Stretch is definitely my better work and I wish he went into the tougher category.

There is another quilt show coming up at the end of September and I’m for sure entering Stretch…Should I enter the DWR?

New Love

So my mad crazy week has ended but I haven’t gotten back to my sewing machine. In my dash to get some sewing in last weekend, I decided to try something new. Here is my first excursion into Foundation Paper Piecing!

I’m kinda in love with paper piecing!! It definitely was a bumpy ride but it was fun and the results are so pretty! Can you see my mistake?

The lovely ladies at my quilt shoppe gave me the patterns, which were left overs from their Quilting 101 class. I then used some leftovers of Honey Honey (I need a better stash!) and I think its a cute little block (actually 12″ square).

I guess I can’t follow directions because that’s where the mistakes came in. I used the wrong fabric, and cut, for one of the pieces so I had to adjust the pattern. I’m still very pleased with my work, especially since I taught myself.

I can’t wait to dabble more into paper piecing!