Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Sale from Craftsy

So I have put myself on a fabric diet, but that shouldn't stop you from taking advantage of Craftsy's huge Easter weekend sale! 

Craftsy's BIG Easter Sale: Up to 75% Off !

Don't just let your Easter Basket be filled with candy this year! There is so much more hopping your way this weekend. Craftsy is giving up to 75% off of all fabric, yarn and project kits! This sale is only during Easter weekend (Friday 4/18 - Monday 4/21 at 11:59pm MDT), so be sure to jump on it quick or you will miss it. 


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Monday, April 14, 2014

2014 Finish-A-Long: Q2 List

This is just a quick post during a packing break :) The 2014 Finish-A-Long is moving right along and Q2 is already upon us.

With our move coming up, I don't except to get much done during the first part of this quarter. But I am looking forward to getting unpacked and making progress on some things on my WIP list.

1. My Sister's Ten BOM. Finishing the quilt top is already my ALYoF goal for April, so finishing the entire thing will be great for my Q2 goals.

2. My Shining Stars BOM just needs to be basted and quilted.

3. A secret project that I am working on for a friend. :)

Since we're moving, I don't want to overload myself with too much stuff. I think 3 things is a perfect amount!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Things Might be a Little Sparse

Hello All! I know I haven't been posting as much as I should recently. We have been in the process of trying to find a rental for a few months now, and it has been quite an ordeal. There is a housing shortage in Houston and it is a pain in the butt to find a place to live.

Thankfully we were fortunate to get approved for a house this week!!! I am over the moon excited about finally getting out of an apartment complex, and to have a house of our own. Even though we are renting it's going to be such a blessing to have a yard, and a garage, and no upstairs neighbors that stomp around like elephants in the middle of the night!

That being said, I am in full packing mode now because we move in less than a month! I'm going to try and keep a couple projects out to work on, but most of my sewing stuff is going to get packed up for the most part.

I'll only be posting a little bit here and there between now and our move, but don't worry! I love y'all and I' be back to normal posting as soon as I can!

Monday, April 7, 2014

April ALYoF Goal


It took me a little while to decide what WIP I wanted to dedicate as my April goal... You would think it would be easy considering I have an entire list to choose from. So after much deliberation I have decided to make finishing my Sister's Ten BOM quilt top my goal. We're (hopefully) moving into our new house on the 1st of May so I didn't want to get too adventurous with my goal. My Sister's Ten BOM is cut and ready to go so it shouldn't be too tricky to finish amongst the packing.




The last time I worked on these blocks consistently was September of last year, so I really need to get the ball rolling since the BOM ended in December. I was telling my friend that other day that I have kinda fallen out of love with this quilt because I'm not a huge fan of the fabrics anymore.



She mentioned selling it, and I entertained the idea, but the other day my Grammo mentioned that my Great-Aunt Gloria would love a quilt so this one is going to be hers. I think she'll really love it!

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Monday, March 31, 2014

Cosmos

My Marcelle Medallion quilt is finally finished! If you follow me on Instagram, then you've seen this baby a lot recently. This quilt has been a labor of love, and I am beyond thrilled with the final result. When I started working on this last September, I knew I wanted to stick with a scrappy monochromatic color scheme. I was inspired by this photo on Instagram.

I used Lizzy House's Constellations fabric line for the bulk of this quilt. I had a fat quarter bundle that I pulled from, plus I used all of the blues and low volume fabrics I had in my stash.

For the quilting I decided to do a spiral from the center out. At first I was very nervous about doing it because the throat space on my machine is quite small, but after extensive Google searching and YouTube video watching, I went for it!  

Picture via Hawthorne Threads

 I started the center of the spiral with my FMQ foot, and after I got going a little ways, I switched to my walking foot for the remainder of the quilt. I used the edge of my foot for spacing between the lines of quilting. There was never a ton of quilt to shove through the throat space, and once I got closer to the edges I had it down like a pro! I will definitely be spiral quilting more quilts in the future. 

The thread I used was Aurifil #4655 - Storm at Sea in 40wt. I have used Aurifil in the past, but this is the first time I used the 40wt and I loved it. It produced a really beautiful stitch and the variegated color worked perfectly with the scrappiness of the quilt.

Because I used the Constellations fabric line, and my awesome friend Kristan noted that my quilting looked like orbits :) I have decided to name this quilt Cosmos. I think it is rather fitting, and I am looking forward to curling up on the couch with my Cosmos quilt while watching Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson.


This wind blown picture ended up being a good thing, because I forgot to take a picture of the back of the quilt. I used Constellations Prism in White. I love that I had to piece the backing but you cant tell because the pattern of the fabric does a great job of camouflaging the seam.

Quilt Stats: 

Name: Cosmos
Size: 60.5" x 60.5" (before washing)
Fabric: Lizzy House Constellations + blues and low volumes from my stash
Pattern: Marcelle Medallion from Liberty Love by Alexia Abegg
Quilting: Spiral from the center
Completed: March 31st 2014

This quilt was my March ALYoF goal & part of my Q1 FAL List


Finish Along 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Oh Hey There

Can you believe that this is the first time I have turned my computer on in a week! It actually feels pretty amazing because I was pretty productive and not distracted by Facebook or Pinterest.

I finally got my Marcelle Medallion basted and quilted this week, now all I need to to is bind it!!! If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen these, but I just wanted to share for now until I take some decent pictures.

I used 40wt Aurifil thread, and I LOVE it! I've heard some people have had issues with it breaking and not cooperating but I didn't have a single issue.




Jeff and I are going out tonight for my belated birthday dinner, so after a couple glasses on wine I will be in a great mood to get the binding sewn on this sucker! I hope y'all have a great weekend!