Life Lately

This week had it moments, but over all it was a good one. I’m starting to take some mama free time. {Something I have been needing to do, but would always make excuses, no more excuses!} This week that include a walk with just Berrie and some time at Field’s Fabrics by myself. It’s nice to come back home and see Nora so excited to see me. {Just like when daddy gets home in the evening.} Here’s to a good week and wonderful weekend with my family!

 

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WiP Wednesday

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I have been sewing and quilting a lot lately. {Thank you Nora for naptime!} I am currently working on my mini quilt for my Schnitzel & Boo Quilt Swap. I really hope my partner enjoys it! And since I had some scraps from trimming I am starting a few mini quilts for myself!

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I have also been trying my hand at garment sewing and this time with knits. So far so good, now that I better understand sewing with the correct needle. Yesterday I cut out a second skirt for me and a little circle skirt for Nora. My skirt needs to be hemmed and I’m thinking of a hi-low hemline.

That’s all for now. Happy Sewing!

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Linking up with WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Life Lately

Yay! It’s Friday! What a nice and weird week. Derek was home for part of the week, taking some vacation time to work on our downstairs bathroom! It was nice to sleep in and spend good portions of the day together. Nora is finally down to one long nap a day and I’ve been using that time to sew. I have my mini quilt pieced together for my swap partner, now to just decide on the quilting! Looking forward to the weekend, our library is having their Summer Reading Kickoff on Saturday with a petting zoo and other cool performers. Nora is going to be in heaven! Hope you had a fabulous week and have a safe and happy weekend!

May Favorites

  • The weather was pretty wonderful!
  • I finished my plus quilt and one quilt for Christmas.
  • Playing on the playground with Nora.
  • Walking and bike riding.
  • Trips to the library.

Woodland Plus Quilt

 

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Previously I have never undertaken a quilt bigger than say a slightly oversized crib quilt. And I’ve made plenty of crib sized quilts and a few wall quilts. But I had not ventured beyond because 1.) My previous sewing machine sucked the big one, and 2.) I was a little scared of the undertaken. Well no more, I have finished an oversized throw and it feels good.

I’ve been working on this quilt for about 2 months now and it feels so good to have it off my UFO list! I had the top pieced together, but I just didn’t have the motivation to piece the back and begin quilting. Until last week, I decided it was time to finish my plus quilt. A good practice run for the 7+ throw quilts I will be making before Christmas.

I used Jeni’s Arithmetic patchwork plus quilt pattern (Love her patterns, clear instructions and easy to follow!) and fabric that had been in my stash for ages! Between this quilt and a few others that I have pulled for, my stash has been depleted. Time for shopping! This quilt was pieced together with my new favorite thread Aurifil in 50wt white (#2024) and quilted with 40wt Mango Mist – Variegated (#4659). Seriously this is the best stuff ever!

For the quilting I decided to go with wavy lines and I love the texture that they created. My hubby has already claimed this quilt for himself. Guess I need to make another throw quilt for myself, oh darn!

And here are a few outtakes from our photo shoot. My hubby is such a good sport!

Latest projects and WiP

The past few weeks have flown by. I can hardly believe that March has come to an end and we are finally have some spring weather.

In thou of spending time outdoors (though I have spent the warmer days, I’m talking the upper 30’s and 40’s outdoors) I’ve been spending plenty of time in my studio, sewing away the rest of this winter. This month alone I’ve managed to check off a fair bit from my master sewing to-do list!

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I created this little mini spool quilt to hang in my sewing studio.

IMG_1651Finished my Quilted Super Tote for my upcoming trip. I am loving the size of this tote, there is plenty of room for diapers for my Miss Nora, and still plenty of room for my stuff. I used some fun fabrics from my stash, perfect for spring.

IMG_1704I just love my Starburst mini. Pattern is from Canoe Ridge Creations Fresh Mini Quilt Club. I already of plans to make a few more to hang around the house.

I’m currently working on a few quilts and one happens to be for myself.

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Pattern is from Jeni at In Color Order. This is a perfect pattern for a beginner and I love how this quilt top turned out.

IMG_1710Yesterday I got to do a little sewing and this is what I managed to whip up, some blocks for another mini.

And because she is just so cute, I had to include a picture of my little Miss Nora.

IMG_1716Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

 

Sewing is Good for the Soul

So yeah, to say I love my new sewing machine would be an understatement. I absolutely, positively love my new machine! I get so jazzed to sew. I’m no longer just planning projects, I’m actually accomplishing them! Since bringing my machine home I have sewn at least once a day and sometimes twice depending on how nap and bedtime goes.

My word of the year is today and my sewing has been really reflecting this. I have put off certain projects because I didn’t think my skills were good enough, well I’ll never get good enough if I don’t try and I most certainly have been trying and testing my sewing and creative skills. Plus I no longer have the excuse that my machine can’t handle a certain project because it didn’t have a free arm, well not anymore!

With that I have been checking off projects that have been on my sewing to-do list for quite awhile. There are still plenty there, but I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so far.

First I finished piecing together a quilt for one of my nieces for Christmas (yes I’ve started working on Christmas gifts already!), I love how it fast it come together. I had a jelly roll and used the Fat Quarter Shop Jelly Roll Jam pattern, but I just added more blocks to make it bigger and I love the end result. So cute!

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I sewed a few of this bag style for Christmas gifts last year. And I just knew this would make a great library bag. Now I don’t have to worry about overloading my library bag.

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IMG_1237In addition to a new library tote, I started sewing up new fabric grocery bags. I’ve completed one and have many more planned.

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Pattern from Michelle Patterns

I also stitched up an Everything drawstring bag from Jeni’s Drawstring bag pattern. Love how fast it comes together.

IMG_1304I have many more projects in the works. Including a new tote/diaper bag for myself and a throw quilt for the family room. Time to get back to the sewing room!