Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Where did October go?

Boy this month went fast!  Tomorrow is the last day of the month.  When we were on vacation this summer we saw a band called Fun.  They are great in concert.  The band to open for them was Walk the Moon.  Well I told my son if Walk the Moon came near us we would go.  So, tomorrow night we are going to see them in Madison.  Tickets were cheap and even though it is a school night, I think it will be a fun time. :)

So what have I been working on?

I made this Midi bag for my friend for her birthday.  It's a very easy pattern and fun to do.

And I started a new scrappy project.  I am taking pictures as I go.  I hope this is a new pattern and is something I can do a tutorial on. :)  It will be all scraps.

I counted my quilt tops and I have 6 to finish.  Hope to find the time soon to get at least one done.

What are you working on?

Blessings
Amy


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Finishes!

I was able to finish a couple things this past week. Yay me!!!  Finishing is so hard for me.  I get so easily distracted with new ideas and fabric.  But I am finding that the feeling I get from actually finishing something is so great that I want to continue to do it!  So look for more finishes soon!

Here is the 10 minute table runner that I made for my boss for her birthday.


And I have finally finished the runner, topper and coasters for my sister.  We picked out this fabric almost a year ago.


I have also discovered that I really suck at taking pictures of my finishes.  I have to find better lighting and maybe a newer camera. 

Going to work on my WIP list.  It seems to help me be accountable.  

What are you working on?
Have a blessed week!
Amy


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

How is my WIP list coming along?

I finished 5 things last night.  One item was not on my list as it is a gift for my boss.  I will post a picture of it after Thursday.

this is my list from earlier this year:

Here is my WIP list:



Ragged squares quilt- quilt and bind

Yellow Brick Road lap quilt-bind

Baby quilt-bind

10-Triple Zip bags (why 10?-I bought 30 zippers for these and want to finish them all)

Table topper for my sister-quilt and bind

set of coasters for my sister

Lap quilt for my friend-using up fabric from the rag quilt
 
 
Really!  I have finished a lot! I am going to do some searching and make an updated list.  The Ragged Squares quilt is high on my list to get done next, but before that I have to make a gift for a friend. 
The triple zip bags will be permanently taken off the list.  I made one and found I do not like it at all.  Now I will have to come up with some new things to make with all the zippers I bought! :)
 
What your you working on?  Do you make gifts for Christmas?
 
Blessings
Amy

Monday, October 7, 2013

My most favorite quilt to date

A few years ago my friend Charisma had a contest on her blog.  I won!  She sent me two fat quarter bundles.  The only thing she asked is that I use at least one set for charity.  I made this baby quilt 2 years ago.  She was very kind and quilted it for me.  It has a minky back.  The pattern is Yellow Brick Road.  I used a satin binding and zigzag stitched it on.  I love this quilt!  I think it is my favorite thing I have ever made.  I am not sure what I will do with it yet.  I have another bundle to use to make a charity quilt.  Do you struggle to rid yourself of your quilts?  I make quilts for fun not usually as gifts.


This is a finish!!!!  I am going to finish a table topper for my sister next.  I'm on a roll!!!!
Hope you have a blessed week!
Amy

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Midi Bag

Have you seen the Mondo bag?  It's a pattern by M.P "Mattie" Rhoades for Quiltsmart.  I have seen the Mondo bag and it's big!  It was appealing to me because it uses scraps.  When I first saw it I thought it was too big for my needs.  Then I found the Midi Bag!!!

This is just the right size!  My sister wanted a bag to put her knitting in so I made this for her.  I used all scraps!  The pattern comes with enough interfacing for two bags.  The interfacing is marked with a grid.  All you do is line up your 2 1/2 inch squares and press.  Then you sew them together.  I was a little confused when sewing the L shapes but if you take your time and really read the directions (I guess I should have done that first) it is easy.  The handles are supposed to be yardage but I thought the scrappy looked better.  It uses 108 squares.  Luckily no cutting for me.  I just grabbed my 2 1/2 in box and picked out 108 of them.  There are only a few of the same squares.

I like to take my finished projects in to work.  Well, today everyone wanted one of these bags.  I am going to make another one for a friend and then make some to sell.  I had to run to the local quilt store today and they had never heard of the Mondo bag.  I bet the next time I am in there they will have the pattern and the interfacing.

Hope you are having a blessed week.  It's amazing how I can write a blog about my failures in sewing and then find the urge and time to actually accomplish something.

Amy

*I am not a paid spokesperson.  The opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What happened to September?

Hello Friends~

First I have to tell you about my big FAIL!  So I had this great idea that I would sew for 15 minutes a day.  I think I would have done it if school hadn't started.  In the summer when my son is at my parent's house I usually come home from work and sew.  I might take a few minutes for eating but really I just sew for hours.  That is why I could make 6 quilt tops.  Then school starts and my son is home.  I love having him home don't get me wrong.  It's just now I am consumed with cooking and cleaning and being a mom.  I love being a mom it's the greatest gift I have ever received.  He is 16 now and really doesn't care if I am around him.  But I care and so I do not get my sewing done.  I have started a few things that were in my UFO box.

This was a lil' twister wreath that I bought last year.  I just have to quilt it and it will make a nice wall hanging.

This is an applique tree from a kit at Joanns.  I am learning how to applique.  So far I like it.




My friend Christina gave me this kit.  I just have to quilt it and it will be a nice table topper. 


And a Snoopy diaper cake.  A friend at work is going to be a grandma again and asked me to make a cake for her.  I love Snoopy!

So I did get a few things done but not nearly enough.  I have just decided to take it day by day and see how much I can get done.  I am currently working on a purse for my sister.  Any bets on how long that takes?
Hope you have a blessed month!
Amy