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Day 7: 12 Days of Christmas Crafty Crap

Well, here we are…past the halfway point and I haven’t gone crazy yet.  I’m really excited to share Day 7’s project with you.  It’s my Charmed Prints QAL finish!  Gen X Quilter has hosted this great QAL and it’s finished just in time for Christmas!  Too bad I don’t have anyone in mind for this sweet little quilt, so it’s headed to the linen closet until the next friend’s baby shower rolls around.

I learned several new techniques on this quilt and was surprised just how tricky some of these blocks were to make on a miniature scale.  I’m particularly pleased with my choice of quilting, a simple zig-zagged stitch-in-the-ditch style. (Note to self: find out if this is in fact a “real” quilting method, or I did I just make that up…I am really good at making stuff up!)

Here’s the finished quilt, made mostly with fabrics from the Remix collection by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman fabrics:

And here’s a few close-ups of the quilt including the new-to-me technique of flange binding, my favorite part of the quilt: the star blocks from the center, and a close-up of my made-up zig-zag quilting:

I had so much fun completing this quilt-a-long!  Thanks again Gen X Quilter for putting this one together!

Speaking of quilt-a-longs, I have this crazy idea…

Have any of you seen the new book Modern Blocks by Susanne Woods?  It’s full of amazing quilt blocks and I had such fun looking at all of the blocks, I knew I just had to have one…of each.  Yep, that’s right…all 99 blocks.  The more I looked at the book, I came to the realization that I couldn’t possibly use 99 12″ finished blocks.  So, what’s a girl to do?

Make mini blocks of course!  My husband thinks I’m crazy but I want to host a QAL and I think shrinking these awesome blocks down and making a few at a time will fit the bill perfectly!  But if you’re interested in the full-size QAL, the folks over at SeamedUP have just the thing for you!

Watch for the official announcement soon!  I’m planning to start the QAL on 1/1/2012.

Until tomorrow….

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Day 6: 12 Days of Christmas Crafty Crap

I don’t know whether it’s a relief that I’m halfway through the 12 days of Christmas crafty crap or is it just creating more anxiety in my already hectic life?  I know one thing for certain, there needs to be a big reward for myself in the near future.  I hope Santa brings me the awesome items on my Christmas list including:

  • The Collette Sewing Handbook by Sarai Mitnick
  • Sew to Swap by Chrissie Grace
  • Gift certificates to my LQS
  • Digital SLR camera

(hint hint my darling husband)

Lots of sewing progress made today, mostly set up work for cranking out the last few items of Christmas crafty crap, so today’s project is just a little iPad case.  This was made for a co-worker who is gifting it to another co-worker.  I’m not exactly thrilled with the finished project, even though I double-checked to confirm I was following the pattern…we’ll see what Cathy has to say tomorrow, but I may have another one of this to whip up in the near future:

On the plus side, I do love these fantastic prints from Joel Dewberry’s Aviary 2 collection.

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Day 5: 12 Days of Christmas Crafty Crap

Ok, so I know that it’s technically day 6, but I really did finish this project yesterday, but it was already dark when I was done and we had some Christmas parties to hop on over to, so no pictures until earlier today.

This quilt was made using Kate Spain Fandango charm packs (4 in total) and was also my first attempt at a pieced back and free motion quilting.  I wouldn’t really call the quilting “stippling” but more like crazy quilting…that free motion foot has a mind of it’s own!  I don’t think I’ll be trying FMQ on a whole quilt again until I can practice on some smaller projects…mug rugs and doll quilts here I come!

Anyhow, here’s the finished project:

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Day 4: 12 Days of Christmas Crafty Crap

Well, it’s 11:04 PM and I’ve made it just under the wire by finishing my fourth project of the week!  Yay me!  Downside?  It’s dark outside, so I won’t be able to take pictures until tomorrow.

Let’s just say…it’s pretty awesome.  I finished up my Charmed Prints QAL hosted by Gen X Quilters.  Fun Ann Kelle Remix fabrics, japanese import swap fussy cuts, cute zig-zag stitch in the ditch quilting , and a fun little flange binding make for an adorable quilt.  This project has no intended recipient yet, so I guess the race is on to see which of our friends is next to have a baby.  This puppy will be sitting on a shelf, happily waiting for it’s new home.

I promise to post good pictures tomorrow (after all, I need pictures to enter to win the awesome giveaway Gen X quilters has put together), but here’s a little sneaky peaky until tomorrow:

So sorry for the crummy picture…promise to get some better ones tomorrow.  It’s going to be a busy weekend of crafty Christmas crap:

– finish free motion quilting & add binding to the quilt I’m making my parents
– piece together picnic blanket quilt top for brother & sister-in-law
– make iPad case for a co-worker (my first comissioned work)
– make roll-up placemats to match picnic blanket
– finish piecing blocks for in-laws quilt (10/20 to go)

Whew!  Just writing that list out has exhausted me…off to bed I go, surely with quilty dreams in my head.  Until tomorrow…

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Day 3: 12 Days of Christmas Crafty Crap

I had been coveting this book, Sewing for Oilcloth, for quite some time but have been hesitant to try my hand actually doing what the book title suggests.  However, I thought to myself, what better time to try oilcloth than to make a crafty Christmas present?

I’ve completed the wallet from the book and have plans for a matching coin purse and key chain before Christmas too!

I’ll be sure to update this post soon with the coin purse and key fob.  You’ll notice that the wallet is missing the snaps…I bought them, but failed to get the tool necessary to “install” them…oops!  Back to my LQS I go…darn!

I may have to do more of this sewing with oilcloth business…it’s not as scary as I thought!

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Day 2: 12 Days of Christmas Crafty Crap

Ok…somehow I’m batting 100 right now.  I’ve actually managed to get the project for my second post done and ready for prime time.  This crafty project is for the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild‘s sewing caddy swap.  One of our members, Linda, from Dragon Threads put together this great tutorial for us to follow.  My partner, Paul, mentioned that he liked blues and greys, so I couldn’t resist using fabrics from Sweetwater’s Hometown collection.

After a little inspiration, and since Paul was kind enough to share his email with me, I decided to ask him where he considered his hometown to be.  While Paul is a Chicagoland native, here’s what he had to say about where he calls home (none other than good ol’ Columbus, OH):

“I have now officially lived here…longer than I have any other city in my life.  My wife is here, my children have grown up here, this is
definitely home.”

To pay some special attention to Paul’s hometown, I spent a few hours pouring through pictures I’ve taken over the years.  I knew that somewhere I had this great picture of the Columbus skyline I had taken a few years back and it was just dying to be used in this project.

Here’s how it turned out:

A close up of the Columbus skyline I printed on fusible printer-friendly fabric :

Now it’s all wrapped up (with a fabric scrap from another of the 12 days of Christmas projects) and ready for the swap tomorrow…

Until tomorrow…it’s going to be a good one!

1/21/2012 UPDATE: My swap partner Paul, who blogs over at Outnumbered Quilter, blogged about the sewing caddy I created!

Check out his post here:  Outnumbered Quilter

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Day 1: 12 Days of Christmas Crafty Crap

So…no blog posts recently.  Why, you ask?  Because I had the INSANE idea to make everyone’s Christmas presents this year.  I’ve been busy with “crafty Christmas crap” as I’ve come to call it.

Ok, confesssion…I haven’t really done a lot of sewing, mostly just spending all my dear husband’s money on fabric and other goodies with all of the best intentions in the world to get moving on all these projects.  And then….I realized  over the weekend that Christmas is less than two weeks away…eek!  But have no fear, a plan of attack has been developed:

1. Each day between now and Christmas I MUST complete one of the myriad of Christmas/holiday gifts.
2. Must post about it each day (reasoning: if I blog each day for 12 days, then maybe I’ll become a more regular blogger?)

So, without further ado…here’s the first project I’ve finished.  I started it this weekend and finished it up this morning before work.  It’s the Rock Garden quilt by Quilt Dad from the Moda Fresh Fabric Treats book.  It’s the first time I’ve worked with batiks which aren’t my style, but will make a great housewarming gift for some good friends of ours.   This present is being gifted this Friday, hence it had to be first on the punch list.  I hope they like it 🙂

And a little close-up:

Ready for my closeup!

My lovely little Dachshund Derby can’t stand pictures being taken of anything other than her, so she kept trying to sneak into the pictures.  She’s so stinkin’ cute, I couldn’t resist posting a picture of her with the quilt:

Derby's trying to steal the show...again!

So until tomorrow folks…day 2 of the 12 days of Christmas!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I have to confess…Black Friday is my MOST FAVORITE holiday of the year!  The quilty bargains in my hometown are not to be missed either!  I’m putting together a map to plan my day on Black Friday:

1. 6 AM: JoAnn Fabrics for $1.49/yd flannel solids.  I love to use flannel for quilt backs because it gives them such a soft cozy feel and a little more weight…and at $1.49…I just might buy everything they have in stock!

4. 9 AM: (yes, that’s right, I’m anticipating 3 hours at my friendly neighborhood JoAnn’s…that cutting counter line is usually something else)  Sew to Speak, which is by far my favorite little shop in town.  I don’t know if they’ll have any Black Friday specials, but they are opening early…so here’s hoping 🙂

3. 10 AM: A great little shop in my neighborhood, Red Rooster Quilts is offering 25% off any one item, just in time for me to purchase backing for the quilt I’m making my parents for Christmas using Fandango charm squares.

4. 11 AM: Heading over to Quilt Beginnings to take advantage of 40% off any one item…hmm…to buy fabric or a new foot for my awesome sewing machine?  I must remember to bring my tote bag too…$1.50 fat quarters for the bag ladies!

Then I’ll be rounding out the day with a Friday Sew-in at Quilt Trends.  I’m going to do my best to wait until Saturday to buy anything from there, when all of their holiday fabric is 40% off, the entire store is 15% off AND Sue, the sweetest store owner in town, will be showing off some of the goodies from Quilt Market earlier this month.

So as to not leave you with any inspiration, check out the wine gift bag I made before dinner tonight to take along for tomorrow’s delicious turkey festivities.  This was made using a handy dandy “Charming Wine Gift Bag” tutorial from Moda Bake Shop courtesy of ReannaLily Designs .  This couldn’t have been easier to make and the results are too cute in Moda’s Buttercup charm pack.  You need just 9 charms to make 1 bag, so I picked out the browns from the pack for a fall themed gift bag.

Here’s to a Thanksgiving Day filled with turkey, time with family,and dreams of the Black Friday bargains to come!


I’m late…I’m late…I’m late…for a very important date!

Alright, so it’s not technically Monday any more, but starting a post at 12:15 AM is well-intentioned, right?  So what’s this date I’m late for?  Well…Gen X Quilters has created this great “Charmed Prints” QAL…and is hosting a Monday linky party.  With Thanksgiving and Black Friday just a few days away, who isn’t in the mood for a party?

I have to admit, my charmed prints quilt has suffered greatly due to my type A personality.  I’ve been fussing with my fabric selections over and over again and FINALLY I’m happy with the choices.  I’m using a Remix charm pack (by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman) and some coordinating fabrics in orange, red, blue, and green.  I love the striped fabric for the quilt backing too!

Fabric Selections:

Charm Square Layout:

I’m now playing a game of catch-up in an attempt to get back on track for the QAL.  Last week’s blocks were the Star block and the Greek Cross.  I was able make 3 additional star blocks tonight and kept one of my original blocks (the owl accented with orange below).

It’s better late than never, I suppose, to join a linky party.  I just need to be sure I’m not late to grab those Black Friday bargains in just a few days!  Thanks for hopping over to visit my blog.  As you can see, I’m just getting started and always looking to meet new online friends!

Happy Monday…err Tuesday!

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Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!

“…before her was another long passage, and the White Rabbit was still in sight, hurrying down it.  There was not a moment to be lost: away went Alice like the wind, and was just in time to hear it say, as it turned a corner, “Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll

So….it’s 2:00 in the morning.  I’ve not been to sleep yet tonight.  I think I’m on a quilty high 🙂  Why, you say?  What could keep one awake until all hours of the night?  I’ll give you a hint…I don’t have a newborn.

BUT, I do have a new baby!  Earlier this week, I bought a new sewing machine.   It’s a huge upgrade from my old machine and I can’t “seam” to stop sewing.  It’s like I hear the siren call of my machine, waiting patiently for my return to the office.

Could you resist the siren call if you went from this:

To this:

Loving my new Pfaff Ambition 1.5 🙂  Hopefully, I’ll be able to fall asleep soon, but likely my dreams will be filled with quilty uses for my new machine.



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