The day after Thanksgiving, my mom and I decided to spend the day sewing. Our day began at 5am as we headed to JoAnn Fabrics for their "Black Friday" sales. After multiple purchases, and a great breakfast out, we headed to my mom's classroom where we did nothing but sew for 6 hours straight. It was so much fun! We worked on a couple of my mom's quilts that she's made awhile ago but never finished, and then we worked on my Christmas quilt. We've decided that it will become a tradition from now on, but that each year, we can't work on something we worked on the year before. We need to start finishing our projects! Here are a few picks from the day.
A fellow blogger, Film in the Fridge, is celebrating her 100th post, and hosting a giveaway! Boy am I in need of those prizes. She's giving away potholders, produce bags, and cloth napkins all made by her. She's also giving away a ton of scrap fabric! I'm dying to win! Monday she'll announce the winner, so until then, keep your fingers crossed for me!!
I'm a quilting machine......Friday I'm purchasing fabric for the edging and the backing. Will hopefully get a lot finished on Karla and Pammy's day of sewing on the Friday after Thanksgiving. I have to say, for my first quilt ever, I'm pretty proud of myself.
Justin says this quilt has nice feet. :) hehe Big thanks to my hubby who has been my ironing helper. He rocks my world!
My Spare Change squares have arrived!! Not exactly sure what I'm going to make with them just yet. The patterns are really cool, and I'm very excited to work with them!! I like that the majority of the squares have pink in them. I love pink, and some of the squares are fabrics I have seen in the stores that I have wanted to buy.
I've been seeing a lot of people posting their fabric stashes on Sundays lately, and Tamara over at 1/4 of an inch has started a Sunday Stash group. Here is my first contribution for Sunday Stash. This isn't a fancy piece of fabric, actually just something I found at Joann's that I couldn't pass up. I've got plans for it, eventually.
While in Gatlinburg for an anniversary vacation, J and I came across Mountain Stitches by Susan a cute little quilting shop nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains. While there, I discovered this great Christmas fabric called Merry and Bright by Moda. I absolutely loved the fun graphic prints. Susan had just finished this quilt, using all Merry and Bright prints. I was inspired by her quilt, and purchased a pack of fat quarter to try and make my own quilt. (It may not be as big as hers, but I'm going to try and give it a shot!) While discussing her quilt, Susan so graciously offered to give me her scrap fabrics from the quilt! How awesome is that!!
Susan's beautiful quilt!!
My purchased fat quarters, and Susan's scraps in the back! I'm nervous to start working on any project involving these prints! I'm scared I'll cut something wrong and ruin the whole piece! AHH! Wish me luck!! :)
Thanks again to Susan at Mountain Stitches! If you are ever in Gatlinburg, be sure to go to the Arts and Crafts district and check her shop out! I know I'll be back!
The past few weeks I have completed two projects that I have been working on. For my friend Megan, I recovered some pillows for her. She and her husband had recently purchased a couch that came with some interesting pillows. I used my trusty seam ripper and took of the front panel to add a very cute new print. They turned out really nice! I only wish I had taken pictures of them!!
I also completed another pair of baby shoes for my friend Betsy and her son Owen. Owen is going to be a pirate for Halloween, so I made the perfect pair of shoes using this pattern from Stardust shoes. A few weeks ago I mailed in my 5x5 squares for a swap I'm participating in called Spare Change Swap. I had to send in 24 squares, and in return, I will received 24 different squares to make a quilt of my choice using my squares and white. I don't know if I'm quite qualified for a quilt just yet, but it will be fun to try!!
It seems like everyone is making an apron on all the blogs I read, so I decided to join in on the fun. This apron is called Friday Night Apron by Vanilla House Designs.
It was came together pretty easy;I only had to rip out a few seams in the neckband. The fabric is by Amy Butler, and I was really excited to use her fabrics. She uses such bright, vivid colors. Here's a bag that I made from my own design. It was one of the first things I made when I started sewing a month ago, and needs some tweaking, but it makes a great bag to take to the library for my books, etc. The fabric is a fun print from Joann's.
Welcome to my blog! As many of you know, I have recently started sewing again, and instead of filling my "life" blog up with sewing projects, I thought I would start a new one! Stay tuned for pics of my previously made items, and new projects I'm working on.
I participated in my first class tonight at a local quilt shop called "Always in Stitches." The class was called Basic Machine Quilting, and it lasted two hours. Pretty informative, but I'm not quite ready to quilt a king sized quilt. I also am in need of a new sewing machine. My sewing machine was my mom's, and has been used quite a big. It's been a great machine for me to "learn again" on, but if I'm going to keep up this hobby, I'm going to need something new.