Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Finishes

2012 has definitely been a productive year for me. I managed to finish Dave's quilt, which was actually my first finished quilt!

I also finished a tree skirt for my Christmas tree (useless this year since I had to move back in with my parents) but I also finished one for Dave's tree at his apartment.
Both used this pattern - the Speedy Spiral Tree Skirt.  It's super easy to make, and super cute!
I finished 2 UFO's that have been hanging around for a while.  My disappearing 9 patch that I started last November
And also my Pennsylvania Pavement quilt using fabric I bought on my study abroad trip in Africa.
Not a bad year for me considering I haven't finished anything before!
I'm interested to see how much I can get done in 2013. I have MANY projects that I've been buying fabric for but haven't even started yet.  Not to mention the 4 Judy Niemeyer patterns I bought! Haha, it will be a busy year if I can stay on top of things :)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

My first FINISHED quilt!

This is my first finished quilt! It's actually the third one that I started, but first done :) It was a present for Dave :) He worked really hard this year for his new job and I figured he deserved a bit of handmade love :)
It is a pattern called Opposites Attract by Anka's Treasures. You use 2.5" strips and a 60degree triangle ruler.
Picking fabric was really hard for this. I wanted blues and greens (his favorite colors) but no flowers or anything girly.
I even found him fabric that had fish on because he loves to fish!
I wanted a simple pattern for the quilting because my machine isn't really set up for quilting (mainly because I don't have a walking foot...) I did a hexagon shape inside the outer hexagon and a triangle inside the inner hexagon. Here it is from the front:
And also from the back:
The tricky part was the binding! Honestly there wasn't one single right angle on this entire thing. I am also not a fan of inner corners now! Not what you should try the first time you have to put binding on.
The hand stitching may not be the best, but for my first time hand stitching it should hold up pretty good. The night before I gave it to him I spent 7 hours hand stitching the binding to make sure that I got it done. My hand was definitely cramping by the end of those 7 hours. But now I know to not procrastinate for the next one! All in all I was really happy with how it turned out. Frustrating along the way at times, but I think he really liked it :) I'm proud of my work! :) And I am super proud of Dave and his accomplishments and I know he deserved this special gift :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Etsy is a new obsession

Hey another thing I can blame my mom for... Because without her saying something I never would have thought to look on Etsy to find fabric! The only Black Friday shopping I did this year was to buy a Terrain jelly roll. And mainly because I've recently realized that once stores sell out of their fabric the companies aren't going to reprint the stuff. I have no intentions of making anything soon with this fabric, but if I didn't buy it now then I wouldn't get to make anything! Isn't it pretty!?

I got it from So Fun Fabric's Etsy shop because it was the best price around! The owner is super awesome because she mailed it out right away for me too. I bought it at like 1am Black Friday and before noon I got an email that it was shipped out. Awesome!

Since then I've found even more reason to love Etsy. There is an awesome line of fabric called Bon Vivant which has Paris-themed fabric. Can only find it on Etsy. I found an awesome London-themed fabric (from a British company!) that again is only affordable off Etsy. Srsly, I am totally hooked now!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I love winning things :)

Really I do love it. I mean, what isn't awesome about free stuff!? I managed to win some fabric from the August Fab Shop Hop. Fab Shop Hop is interesting because you get to visit a ton of different quilt stores online and look for a little bunny icon. If you collect so many you get entered in to different levels for prizes. I won 4 yards of fabric in various shades of white! These pictures are not the best at all since my camera doesn't like white on white, but you get the idea of what I won.
At least some of this fabric I think I'm going to use to finish my Christmas quilt using Kate Spain's Flurry fabric. I needed white fabric anyways and the one at least looks like it fits in good!

The second thing I won recently came from Quilt Dad's blog. He had a contest as part of the Modern Mix blog tour. Quilt dad had a contest and I won a fat quarter bundle of Kingdom, designed by Jessica Levitt (who also wrote Modern Mix.) And it was super easy to win because all I had to do was pick out a lie from a little game of 2 Truths and a Lie! How freaking easy is that!? I just picked a random statement and after Quilt Dad did his little magical pick of the correct answers I was a winner :) This fabric is so me! I love the purples, blues and greens! I still have no idea what I want to make with it. I'm so bad at picking out patterns for things. I have a ton of lines of fabric that I want to get, but no clue what I would make with any of it. Although, I really do like this pattern It's called Carnival and was designed by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. I like that one but I think I need to find a book that has patterns for FQ bundles. Just so I can get some more ideas of what I could make with it!

I am super thankful that I won these things :) I mean, AC doesn't pay anything really so it's hard for me to get any fabric to make projects with. (Like the fabric for the Christmas presents I'm making may have come from the super reduced clearance section at Jo-Anns... but they're still designs I know people will like!) So being broke doesn't match well with the cost of fabric these days. So anything I can get for free helps - so thanks Fab Shop Hop and Quilt Dad! :)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas presents! Shhh!!

I bought some fun fabric for making Christmas presents this year! Will post the directions and pictures of what I'm making when I actually finish one :)