Monthly Archives: January 2012

Quilt Happiness

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Do you get that feeling when you are full of quilt ideas and you just get quilt happy?  I’m on that high right now and it is great!

I joined the Name Game swap hosted by Samelia’s Mum.  Yesterday after getting half of the quilt I had planed finished I decided it wasn’t coming out as I wanted it to and I decided it was time to start over.  I left the sewing room quite frustrated and disappointed.  Less that half an hour later I had an epiphany!  I hurried into town and bought some fat quarters and came home and had this made with in a couple of hours.  It’s happy and bright even with the gray in the background and I love it!  The blank space in the center is left for my swap partner’s name but that is a secret.  Shhhhh!  Don’t tell.  Now I’m working on some embroidery and light beading in the hearts.  This is a quilt I’m excited about.

Another reason I’m filled with quilt happiness is that I joined a new group on facebook.  One of my favorite blogs to follow is It’s Sew Kiki.  If you haven’t seen it I would recommend that you visit.  Well Kiera who writes the blog started a new group on facebook called Sew What!  It is a great group filled with inspiration, extremely positive feedback and encouragement and great quilters.  If you love sewing of any kind you should check it out.

Now I need to be getting back to my hearts!  (Excitement!)

The Hazards of Being a Stitcher

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We’ve all been there at least once.  Whether it’s quilting, general sewing or handwork stitching can be dangerous.  You would think that we would get a little smarter with all of the sharp tools that we work with on a daily basis.  Well I am not to proud to admit that I am not smart when it comes to this.  I have needles, pins, scissors, all over the place.

This is what happened today when I found my embroidery scissors between the couch cushions  by sitting on them.  Now I need to steel myself for the lecture I’m going to get from my husband when he gets home.  Ah well what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger right?  🙂

Still Here

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I’m still here.  I finally just decided to give myself the rest of last week off.  After I got my Nine Patch finished I just wasn’t feeling the sewing vibe.  I have been doing a lot of hand work though.  I’ve worked on some old cross stitching and embroidery projects.  This week I have been trying to get into the sewing room a little each day because I have some projects with deadlines that I need to be getting done. 

I get to test this pattern for Marlene from Kissed Quilts.  Mine is going to be red and purple since those were our colors when my hubby and I got married this last summer.  I’m thinking that I want to put a picture of us in the biggest heart.

These are the background blocks that I’m working on getting finished right now.  Slowly but surely I’m getting it done.

Chippewa Nine Patch Finished

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Yesterday I was able to get my Chippewa Nine Patch top completed.  I absolutely love this quilt!!!  This is the biggest quilt I’ve made in a long time 80″ square.  I’m also really lucky because I’m going to be able to take this quilt to a friend to be quilted on her long arm.  She offered to do a quilt for me last summer as a wedding present and this is the first one that I’ve felt deserved it and that I have a back for.  I’m excited to get this one finished to use on my bed.  I also started a new quilt that I’ll have to get pictures of.  It’s going to be a special Valentine’s quilt just for my hubby and I.

An Abundance of Nine Patches

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I got all of my strip sets made into nine patches yesterday and today I got those nine patches sewn into double nine patches.  Now I just need to get my setting triangles ready and I will be ready to sew a quilt together.  I’m still loving this quilt as much as I did when I first saw it hanging in the store.  I can’t wait to see it come together.

Now if you want to enter for an AWESOME giveaway go and visit http://kiki-itssewkiki.blogspot.com.  It is the blogs first birthday and to celebrate Kiera is having a giveaway full of amazing prizes.  Let her know that Jennifer from Zospecial sent you and be sure to tell all of your friends about it.

A New Monster is Created

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First things first, I got my FMQ sample quilt pressed and trimmed and I got a picture of it first thing this morning.  I can’t wait to get it sandwiched and start the quilting.  I think I’ll do a few more practice pieces though just to be on the safe side.

I joined the Monthly Make challenge at The Felt Fairy.  I got this months make done today.

I have wanted to crochet this Frilly Dress for months and this was my motivation to do it.  I rewrote the pattern a little to add in the white around the bottom for a lace look.  I made it in the newborn size and it’s just so cute and little and fluffy!

Here’s a picture of it with the skirt all spread out.

Now for the monster story.  I have a friend who does a lot of wool applique (and I hope you are reading this Leanne) and I asked her to help me with a wool project for my next monthly make.  I’ve always wanted to try working with wool.  We went shopping last Saturday and she let me look through some of her patterns and pick one out so we could start getting the wool for it.  My dear friend taught me how to go to thrift stored in search of old wool clothing.  I came home that day with some pieces of wool from the quilt store but also with a lovely tan wool skirt and a red wool blazer.  Now here’s where the monster comes in.  Today my husband and I were in town and he asked if there was anywhere I wanted to go.  I asked if we could go to the thrift store.  I promise that I was just going in to look.  I wasn’t going to get anything.

Well about 45 minutes later we left with two old wool jackets and that was really good for how much I actually found.  Just look at the beautiful patterns of them though how could I resist?  They were crying out to me to recycle them and make something lovely.  I’m already wanting to go back and find more.  That my friends is the story of how harmless little fabriholic Jennifer became an all out wool monster.

Love of Solids

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I got to go pick up a few new fabrics yesterday.

I picked these out to make a sampler quilt for the  FMQ Challenge.  I got them sewn together today but didn’t get the quilt top pressed and photographed.  I’ll try to get that done in the next couple of days.

I also got these for …

I got so many nice and encouraging comments about this drawing that I decided I had to put it on my to do list.  The list is getting pretty long at present so I don’t know when I’ll actually get to it but I will.  Thank you to everyone who said such nice things about this idea.

Another one of the projects that I’ve taken on is a calendar quilt.  I got the idea from http://www.fiberhaven.blogspot.com.

 

This is my first week in January.  Every day I cut out a new rectangle to sew on and arrange them in a calendar format.  It will be fun to see all of the fabrics come together at the end of the year.  This is an especially good challenge for me because I have never been great at using scraps.