Thursday, September 25, 2014

Puppy Shower

My girlfriend lost her poor, sweet four-legged baby a few weeks ago. Shortly after, she went and adopted a new "baby" (not quite a baby at 9 years old). She decided to throw a little "Puppy Shower" for the dog this weekend, and I wanted to make her a little something.

After HOURS of scouring the Internet for the perfect pattern, I came across a tutorial for a really cute dog bed. Being as though I'm on a time crunch to get it done, I decided to use the tutorial to make a small quilt instead. 

Picked up the materials from Joanns last week and got started on this over last weekend. 

The blocks came together really quickly, and with only 12 needed, I had the top done in no time!

All the patterned fabric with the exception of the white with flowers came from a fat-quarter pack. The white with flowers is some Keepsake Calico cotton. It'll be backed with plain black cotton, and the binding is going to be hot pink. 

Worked on the quilting between Tuesday night and last night and managed to get the binding started. All that's left on this one is to finish the hand-binding to the back, add a label, and wash it. :). I think she's going to like it. 

Also on the agenda is a self-binding receiving blanket for the pup.  Again, I found some adorable flannel at JoAnn's to use, and I think it's going to come out SO CUTE!

Off to go finish up the binding and get the receiving blanket done tonight.  Should have finish photos tomorrow for you!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Falling Behind

Seriously, are we half-way thru September already?!?!?!  How on earth did that happen?  I've honestly been so busy that I don't know if I'm coming or going anymore.  Lol.  With my grandma being sick, and then Hubby's grandma having hip-replacement surgery and is now in rehab, I've been "burning the candle at both ends" since the middle of August. As a result, I am quickly falling behind in my list of stuff that I need to do and things that MUST get done!

Here's where I stand:

Christmas Gifts:
  • Quilts
    • Grandma - about 80% done.  Need to finish the quilting and bind
    • Aunt #2 - Need to get started.  Have all the materials ready to go
    • Gram (Hubby's Grandma) - Have all materials
    • MIL - Have all materials
    • FIL - Need to get materials.  Going to do camo rag quilt
  • Pot Holders - need to make as many sets as possible for co-worker gifts.  Have all materials 
Other Sewing Projects:
  • Sewing
    • (x4) Button-Down Shirts for Hubby - have all materials ready to go
    • (x5) Pajama Shorts for Me - have all materials ready to go
  • Quilting
    • Puppy Quilt for my BFF - NEED DONE BY 9/27!!
    • Fall Table Runner for my Mom - have all materials
    • Halloween Table Runner for Me - have all materials
    • Christmas Table Runner for Me - have all materials
    • Christmas Tree Skirt for Me - have all materials
    • (x4) Quilts for the niece and 3 nephews - have all materials
Other Projects To Do:
  • Finish editing wedding photos from July - NEED DONE BY 9/30!!
  • Gut spare bedroom & move craft room back downstairs - Would like done by end of October
  • Gut/re-organize garage - Would like done by end of October before the snow hits
Phew.... it makes me tired just thinking about it all!  Throw in the regular weekly stuff (chores, laundry, etc.), I seriously need another 5 hours in the day!  I'm taking things one at a time (for the most part) and working on finishing all those projects that are in process.  I.E. When I get home from work tonight, it's dinner time and then editing photos for the rest of the evening.  The plan is the same for tomorrow, and with any luck I'll be over half-way done with them by bedtime tomorrow night.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights Hubby is DJ-ing, so those will be my crafting nights.  Going to wrap up the quilting on my grandma's Yellow Brick Road quilt and hopefully get started on the "Puppy Quilt" I need done by the 27th. 

If I can stick to my little "schedule," I should be able to get everything done on time... but you never know what is going to get thrown at you at the last minute! 

Off to finish up my day at work, and then get started on the list as soon as I get home.  Wish me luck!!! :D

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday: For Grandma

My poor grandma!!!  She came to visit us from PA back at the beginning of August.  The plan was to stay a few weeks with my parents and then a week or two with her sister up in NW Ohio.  Well... that was the plan.  About a week into her stay, she landed herself in the hospital in congestive heart failure :-(  A week in the hospital and she was good to go.  Left to go to visit her sister and within 3 days of her arrival up there, she had to be brought back down to be admitted again.  Another two weeks in the hospital and they finally released her to a nursing home near my house.  It's been nice having her so close, but it's under terrible circumstances :-(

That being said, I decided to bump up grandma's quilt from a Christmas gift to a "sorry you're not feeling well" gift.  I actually managed to get this entire top pieced and ready to go in one evening two weekends ago!
The pattern is Yellow Brick Road and the fabrics are from the Downton Abbey Fat Quarter bundle I got a while ago.  I honestly should have paid more attention when gals were saying to be sure to read the directions completely before starting...  I didn't and ended up with a mega goof!  Instead of three different block layouts, I ended up with only two.  Whoops!  I just did a little adjustment to the layout and all seems to be OK.  Shhhh... no one will ever know :-D

Fast forward to this past weekend and after all the marathon sewing I did to crank out two more of the Comic Book Button-Down shirts for two of Hubby's friends, I buckled down and wanted to get this one basted.  Only one problem.... I was a bit tired when I decided to start basting this.  "Cheated" by not spray basting and relying on just safety pins.  Ended up with a boat-ton of puckering on the back :-(  Being the perfectionist I am, I had to re-do it.  Problem was I was a little too tired to tackle it Saturday.  Put it to bed for the night.

Monday night I decided to take care of pulling out the 150+ pins I put in, re-aligining everything, and then basting again.  I even managed to tear Hubby away from the football game on TV long enough to help :-)  Fortunately, once it was spray basted this time (Yea!), the pinning went by rather quickly.

So excited to be wrapping this one up!  I really want to give it to grandma before she heads back to PA next weekend (that's the plan).  Now it's on to the fun part.... quilting!  My mom convinced me I need to overcome my fear of FMQ.  Just bite the bullet and jump right in, according to her.  Well.. I'm a bit of a chicken.  There was no way I was comfortable enough doing FMQ to even attempt it on a quilt yet!  Then the light bulb went off!  I ran to JoAnn's after work last night, picked up some simple quilt stencils, and came home and started to practice.

First Attempt - Two pieces of muslin with batting inbetween
Tracing the stencil on the fabric was the easy part!  Man, is this a lot more difficult than I imagined it to be!  The butterfly in the top, right-hand corner was the last one I did on this sample.  I can definitely see the improvement, but I still need much more practice!
Attempt #2 - Extra border fabric, muslin backing, and actual thread I'm using in my project
Attempt #2 went MUCH better than the first!  I think I am finally getting the hang of this!  It's going to take a lot of guts, but I think I'm actually going to attempt this design in the 5.5" squares on my quilt :-)  I even got a butterfly border stencil that I want to use in the border.  Hopefully it won't be too hard.  We shall see!

Let's hope this one is finished up by this weekend and I'll have a finish to share!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

SEWjo Saturday: Paid In Full

Being a little out of practice with garment sewing, this one took a little longer than I had thought, but I got it done and now Hubby is "Paid In Full" for our little road trip a few weeks ago.

It's a little "loud" for my taste, but Hubby LOVES it!  He wasn't home last night when I finished it, so I made him try it on first thing this morning to see if it fit. Like a glove! 

It is a small thing to check off my list of stuff to do, but it's a finish nonetheless. One down... Three to go. Lol. Once I told him I could make button-down shirts, he started putting in requests. I've got fabric for three more shirts waiting in the wings. They're great in-between projects, so I'm sure he won't have to wait too long for the next one :-)

Hope everyone is having a super Saturday!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WIP Wednesday: For The Hubs

Back when Hubby and I went to pick up Rosie, we stopped at our local JoAnns so I could pick up a few things from their Viking store. While we were walking around, Hubby found some fabric he just "had to have something made out of it."  Naturally, since I dragged him all over the state that day, I just couldn't say "No."  I grabbed a few yards of it, already having a pattern at home I could use, and the promise of a button-down shirt was born.

My Lattice Quilt kinda took priority, but now that it's all done, I couldn't wait to get started on his shirt. I serged the edges and washed the fabric weeks ago, but just now got around to starting it. 

All the pieces are now cut and the raw edges are serged. Doesn't look like much right now, but hopefully it'll look awesome once it's all done.  Goal is to finish it up over the next few nights so he has a fun shirt to wear to our Labor Day cookout this weekend :-)

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Another One Off The List...

It's been a long process, but I finally can check Christmas gift #2 off the list!

This one was quite a challenge considering I'm still a "newbie," but overall it was a lot of fun and turned out better than I had hoped!
Being twice the size of the other two quilts I've done, I was honestly worried that it would turn out OK.  Not only did the top come together extremely quickly once I got into a rhythm with it, but the new large throat space on my new machine made quilting a breeze!
I chose to do echo stitching in the lattice and first border, and then Stitch-In-The-Ditch thru the triangles.  I also just did some straight stitching in the border to give it some more texture.

Here are the project details:

I actually had so much fun making this one that I've already got the stuff to make a Christmas-themed one (eventually).  So glad to be able to check another one of the list :)  Such a great feeling!

Hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Make-A-List Monday: 08/25/14

Wow, I can't believe how much this month has gotten away from me!!  I've been a busy little bee, but unfortunately keep forgetting to post about it!  It's been a while since I've done a "Make-A-List Monday," so here we go with this week's list...

  • Finish Hubby's "Comic Book" button-down shirt - Pieces are cut.  Need to serge all the raw edges on the pieces and get it all sewn together.  Target completion date is 08/28/14.
  • Trip to JoAnn's - I have a dr. appt on Wednesday right across the street from JoAnns.  I need to return some fabric I bought, intended on shirts for DH and his dj-ing partner but the fabric is way too thin, as well as a quilting calculator that I picked up and realized I don't really need.  I also need to pick up some solid yardage for the Yellow Brick Road quilt I'm making for my grandma.
  • Start Cutting YBR Fabrics - Starting a Yellow Brick Road quilt for my grandma.  It was originally intended as a Christmas gift, however she just entered a nursing home and I thought it might cheer her up, so I'm going to get it to her ASAP.
  • Clean-Up Craft Room/Put Away New Stash - My poor craft room looks like a tornado hit it!  I worked diligently all weekend on my Lattice Quilt and didn't stop to pickup after myself.  Guess I was just too excited!  I also have a whole basket of newly acquired stash that needs to be organized and put away.  Seeing all the new goodies in that basket reinforces to me that I need to be on a "diet" for a while and get some more projects done first.  
That looks like it for this week's list.  Really hoping I can get at least half done by the end of the week, and may actually be able to complete it all considering we have a three-day weekend this weekend!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday!