Hello! Thanks for "traveling" with me to Japan last week :P. I'm still officially on summer vacation, so although I have lots of things to show you, it's going to take me awhile to get organized and back to blogging. So here's another guest post I did for Delia and Kojo's FANTASTIC series, Color Your Summer. This is their 2nd year doing this series, I absolutely love it, and I hope they do it every summer from now until forever.
I am so excited to start my next do-it-yourself quilt along! I'm having a blast designing new quilt patterns and breaking them down into easy to follow step-by-step tutorials.
What do you get when you combine a couple of charm packs with a fun geometric design made from triangles? The answer is Charming Chevrons (48" x 56"), shown below:
I designed my quilt using…
Good Morning lovely people,
I hope that everyone is having a truly splendid day! I have a couple of things to show you from this past weekend that I was able to bust out on my faithful sewing machine. I had a wonderfully productive weekend, even through a lazy Saturday, a sad attempt at playing softball on Sunday and a splendid migraine on Monday. But I persevered and I made 5 children’s aprons, made from old blue jeans that I found in my closet that I had been holding on to for dear life and hoping that I would be able to fit into again one day. But, don’t dismay, I haven’t given up the fight. The weather here in Indy will settle down one day and Spring will be here permanently soon. Or knowing Indiana weather it will probably go straight to summer, from 30 to 90 degrees in one day. Either way it makes for very unpredictable wardrobe changes, but I digress. I’ll be out in the great weather and working on my fitness, very soon. NO MORE EXCUSES!!!
So I did some alterations for some coworkers. I hemmed a blouse that was too long for a friend and I turned some boot-legged jeans into skinny jeans for another friend.
They turned out great. And then I busted out those aprons, from my fabric stash and old jeans:
Then I promised another coworker I would make her baby a quilt (she’s on Baby #3). It was made from fabric leftover from my pinwheel quilt that I made for last month and some white fur fabric that I found at Value World. Don’t worry I pre-washed that furry fabric AND washed the quilt after I was done. It turned out pretty cute. It wasn’t too extravagant, just some 4 inch blocks and some 2.5 inch x WOF strips along the outside to make it a little bigger. And instead of making additional binding, I just wrapped the furry fabric over the edge to the top and used that as binding. I also added a ribbon and added a little furry toy that I bought (brand new from Target) for the baby to play with or Mommie could use the loop to hang the blanket on something. I was surprised how super easy it is in making a much smaller quilt than the one I made last month and I was able to quilt the whole thing on my sewing machine (no quilting as I go, this time).
So, I’m hoping to learn different techniques as I go. I would also like to bust out more quilts. I have found a ton of quilts I would like to try on http://www.modabakeshop.com. I LOVE THAT SITE!!!
So I’m keeping with the 1 quilt a month so far, but I’m terrified to try that tie quilt. I’m still bouncing around some ideas for the blocks that won’t be too difficult.
Anywho, have a super blessed day!!
And if you’re here in Indy, stay out of the rain, snow, sleet, heat, flood, or whatever it is for the day
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:1, 2 ESV)
Where have I been you ask? Well where do I start…of course I’ve been working, working, and working. That’s just what I do, lol. But I did start off the month of April with a weeklong road trip with my two lovely ladies in Charlotte, NC-Myrtle Beach, SC-Charleston, SC.
Oh the places we did go;-) We loved uptown Charlotte, NC. And then we drove down to Myrtle beach, SC. It was a little chillier than we expected, but it was beautiful.
Then we took a day trip down to Charleston, SC…
If these are anyone’s home, please don’t be alarmed. I just love the architecture.
And we ate at this pretty awesome French restaurant ‘Rue de Jean’ the food was delightful!!
Needless to say, I absolutely love road trips!! Reminds me of when I was a little girl and my parents would take me on road trips almost every weekend. And I love the beach, any chance to go to a beach I’m taking it;-)
But we’ve been back and I’ve made a few things here and there. I’ll try to finish up some things and I’ll hopefully post some pics tomorrow, hopefully you’ll stayed tuned in😁
Have a blessed day,
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 ESV)
In case you’re wondering,
It’s ‘Oh my goodness, thank God it’s finished!!!’
I mean, this has been a lot harder than I thought! I have learned a great deal while sewing this quilt. And I so greatly appreciate the tutorial from http://www.modabakeshop.com here’s the link:
So here’s my version:
Of course it doesn’t look the same because I had some issues with my blocks not coming out the same size. (Such a newbie, lol) I also bought a new flat sheet in a pretty powder blue to make the backing and the binding, which was not part of the tutorial, but I wanted to try it. So I just basted it and quilted and cut down the flat sheet down to 2″ all the way around and then folded and sewed it over around the entire quilt. About the easiest part of the quilt. Although the tutorial was very clear and easy. Now I know what they meant when they listed it as a ‘moderate’.
But overall it turned out pretty cute for my third quilt. I love it and I got done within my one month time frame. Thanks Moda Bakeshop!!!
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (John 14:23 ESV)
Good Sunday funday,
Seriously I have not fell off the face of the earth. I’ve really been trying to finish this quilt for March. And every new step I’ve learned I’ve been scared to try a new technique. So, I’ve sewn all of my 25 blocks for my pinwheel block and now I’m going to try the ‘quilt as you go’ method. And I’ve read several tutorials but I just don’t understand them so, like most things that I learn, I’m going to wing it and see how it goes. Crazy I know but that’s the only adventure that I’ve seen in my life in the past few months so I’m going to go with it. I figured I’ll try stippling, a free-motion quilting technique and quilt each block with the batting, leaving the pinwheel unquilted, so that I might quilt each pinwheel when I put the backing on. I haven’t decided if I want to put sashing in between each block or just sew the blocks together like the original pattern. I want the pinwheels to really stand out so I might go with the same color for the sashing. And I didn’t tell you that I messed up the original blocks somehow, I don’t know if it was my seam allowance (1/4″ or scant 1/4″) or if I just cut the strips from the fat quarters wrong. Anyway, I just cut them all with a 12″ square block and they’re fine now. Still pretty darn cute though
And this is how my stippling went, yes still pretty darn cute, as well
Wish me the Luck of the Irish,
Have a blessed one
Well, yes I’m making progress on my pinwheel quilt. I made an executive decision to go with the gray and I think I made the right choice. What do you think?
I’m kinda loving the gray!!!
So meanwhile I haven’t heard anything back about my promotion, but….if I don’t get it. I know that The Lord has bigger and better plans for me and my family.
So here I am, here at work on break and getting through the daily routine of sitting at my computer and helping to make people’s lives a little more comfortable by doing my job accurately and proficiently. Hey, I’m doing my part no matter how great or small. But let me share with you what helps get me through the day. I have my wonderful IPhone and I listen to music, books, the Bible, and sermons all day. I listen to a wide variety of music, from Needtobreathe, Cee Lo Green, Jason Mraz, Fun., Miranda Lambert, Pink, Adele, Beyonce, Dixie Chicks, Amos Lee, Punch Brothers, Third Day, Josh Turner, Queen, and everyone in between, all with my Rhapsody app. I LOVE music!!
As far as my book selection that I listen to with my Audible.com app; I love anything from Francine Rivers. I love Christian fiction, classics, and Ancient Greek and Roman history, as it pertains to Christian history.
I listen to the Bible on my YouVersion app and I listen to sermons from my local church at Lakeview and I adore listening to sermons from John McArthur in California, with my GracetoYou app.
So, yep, you guessed it, I would be lost without my phone during the day. And you might think it would distract me, but no, it actually makes me more productive!
Then, by the time I clock out for the day it’s all about my kids. I LOVE those girls like, like, well, I don’t what to compare it to. They’re only second to my love of The Lord. Not to get all mushy😘
And you’ll read about them in future posts and I’ll talk about them like they’re little kids, but they’re taller than me and almost grown, 14 & 21. Yeah that 21 year old is not grown until she finishes college and is on her own.
So that’s my day for the most part and then I try to throw some baking, sewing, and quilting in there, hahaha…to the best of my superhuman abilities
Good morning and god bless
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22, 23 ESV)