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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fun Pot Holders

I made a whole bunches of pot holders for friends and family over Christmas this year,. I'm planning to make more for Mother's day gifts. I started doing quilt-as-you-go, but when I ran out of time; I switched to a simple diagonal pieced design that went together much quicker. They were a big hit, but I only got pictures of the ones my mom got. So, I'm planning to make more, take more pictures, and post a quick tutorial so everyone can make super quick, super cute potholders. As a bonus, they're a great scrap buster! I adore being able to use every last bit of fabric.

Pretty Spring potholder
Back View

As much as I like these, I came across this tutorial at the Moda Bake Shop last night Herringbone hot pads
and I am going to give those a try. I love herringbones. What is it about diagonal lines that is so pleasing???
As usual, the to-do list keeps growing. So much fabric, so little time.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Math Quilt Finshed!

The math quilt is done! Turned out better than I had expected, so I'm happy. I backed it with a super soft, minky like fabric. I thought it might be hard to quilt through, but really wasn't too bad. It's off to the new baby today.
Math quilt front finished

Math Quilt with minky back showing

Math quilt close-up of quilting (1/4" apart straight lines, seemed like a great idea, but took an eternity!!!)

And now, my new project list: for my upcoming 10 day vacation! I'm hoping to get a lot of sewing done over spring break that starts on Friday.

1. Curtains for camper, must be done ASAP...because the camper is almost done and because this will not be a "fun" project. It's a must-do rather than a want-to-do. So sooner it's done, the sooner I can move on to fun stuff like....
2. Shower curtain for my bathroom. I have had this planned forever, but never had time to actually make it, so I'm moving it up the list.
3. Butterfly Sling purse for me, using the leftover Recipe fabric from Hannah's Christmas bag, can't wait to dig into this one. (It may make it to #2 on the list, honestly)
4. Mother's day overnight bag for my mom.
5. Some fun potholders for my mom's friends.

Ok, now get sewing!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Triangle QAL and Charlie turns 3!

Just joined my first QAL. It's the triangle quilt along hosted by the Sassy Quilter Isn't that a great name? I picked some fabrics from the stash last night. All light and airy, thinking spring around here. Please, please, please don't forget about Indiana Spring!!!

So here's my picks, my first QAL and first triangle quilt...should be an adventure.

And a few fun things from the weekend...Charlie celebrated his third birthday! Doesn't seem possible. He's loving Star Wars and Legos. So we had a Lego Cake, I made using the Nerdy Nummies tutorial from Youtube and a Darth Vader costume that made him look like a Lego character. Very fun day.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hannah's Birthday Bag!

A finished project....and on time!! Wo-hoo! Tomorrow is my niece, Hannah's 17th birthday and I have completed her bag. It is the Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H convertible bag from the Bag of the Month Club. I'm really loving this club because it is bringing me patterns that I would not normally choose myself. Like this pattern, I know I would never have bought it on my own, just didn't really appeal to me at first. But, when I saw it could be a cross body bag or a small backpack, I thought it would be perfect for Hannah. And that girl loves some polka dots (who doesn't, right!) So with her birthday quickly approaching, I decided to give this pattern a go. I have to admit finding that thumb catch was a bit challenging. We have a Jo-Anns, Hobby Lobby, and local quilt shop and no one had one of these things. I had to get mine from Etsy. After making this bag, I immediately went and bought 3 more because it is my new favorite hardware!!!! So cute! And very easy to install. I am in love with the thumb catch.

This bag came together fairly easily. I had a few hangups with fitting the hardware I chose to the back tunnel, but I was able to adjust and everything still worked out. The bag is bigger than it looks too. Plus it has 2 zipper pockets, a large patch pocket inside and the outer contrast fabric is a pocket. So clever. This is my first pattern from Mrs. H, but I will have to check her store out. I'm quite pleased with the final result and will most definitely be making another version for myself.

And look...real pictures (not crappy cell phone pics) yeah! :)

Edited to link up to SEWJo Saturday, check out what the rest of the world is crafting this week.
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front with flap open

Hanging on the front porch (rock collection in the back thanks to kiddos)

Inside view, smaller polka dots coordinate with front

Front view with flap shut, adorable thumb catch ***LOVES***

Back view, additional hooks for backpack conversion

Saturday, March 15, 2014


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Math Quilt almost done!!!

For today, I'm happy to say the Math Quilt is almost ready! All pieced and quilted, just waiting for the binding. The new baby this quilt is for is due early April, so hopefully I will make the deadline! I'm going to try and make a matching soft stack ring toy from a pattern I found at Etsy too, as usual the project list grows so much faster than I can complete it.'s some quick pics of the WIP.

The last one is a pic of the quilt with the divided basket I made earlier. Pretty cute, I think. And in the background is another WIP...LOL. That's going to be the Convertible Bag pattern from Sewing with Mrs. H for my nieces birthday. That project is due march 22nd and as you can see is just a vision right now. Hopefully I can link that up next week!
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