Thursday, March 19, 2015

Life Lately - We Tied the Knot!

Some exciting things have happened recently! Jeff and I finally tied the knot on Pi Day, and it couldn't have been better! We had an intimate ceremony with just close family, and then a dinner afterwards. It was perfect and wonderful, and everything I wanted it to be. Plus now we have the best anniversary ever :) 3.14.15

I got the cake topper in this cute little Etsy shop called emilysteffen. It's glittery and adorable and exactly what I wanted. (do you see a trend lol) My mom surprised me the morning of the wedding with the adorable Mickey & Minnie art. It definitely made me cry! She knows me so well.

Jeff has been, and continues to be, such an amazing man and loving father to our little muchkin! I hit the jackpot with this one, and I am so so so happy to finally call him my husband. I am looking forward to seeing how our photographers pictures come out, and I can wait to share them with you guys!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

National Craft Month

*Update: Don't forget, today is the last day to get an amazing deal on some awesome Crafty classes!*

Did you know that this month is National Craft Month? I have been doing all I can to squeeze in some crafting time here and there. I have been watching a couple of my favorite Craftsy classes, and I've even started a project from one of them!


So, how are you celebrating National Craft Month? Craftsy is offering a BIG sale with all online classes up to 50% off so that you can spend this month (and beyond) doing more of what you love. Money-back guarantee. Sale ends Monday - shop now!

I have a handful of classes that I have been eyeballing that I am going to be getting during the sale. What classes are you most interested in?

Happy National Craft Month!

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sew my Stash 2015

I have bought a lot of fabric recently...... A LOT OF Fabric, and it is getting to the point where I have more stash than finished projects. Now I know to many that might not seem like a bad thing, whoever dies with the biggest stash wins right lol, but I really want to up the number of completed projects I have.

So I have decided to go on a fabric diet. QuiltCon was especially detrimental to my pocketbook because I could see all the gorgeous fabrics I normally shop for online, up close and personal! I walked away with a fantastic haul of things, just a few are pictured below.

On top of all the goodies I purchased, I also should mention my super duper awesome wonderful, but very expensive new sewing machine! It was a fantastic deal off the regular price, but still hefty.

So! These are the rules that I am going to be giving myself, and I'm posting it here so you guys can hold me accountable! Call me out if I fall off the wagon please!
  1. Do not buy fabric simply because I want it. (even though that is the best reason to buy it)
  2. Use at least 1/2 of my stash by July/August. 
    • This is going to be my check point for the year.
  3. Purchasing white/grey/linen etc. is allowed for background fabrics, but only if I do not have enough of something on hand.
    • & As long as it is for a specific project.
  4. The purchase of backing fabric is allowed so that projects can be finished.
    • I'll try to piece backing from stash if possible.
I am giving myself one freebie and that is I am going to pre-order the Lizzy House Natural History line and the Tula Pink True Colors line next week when I get paid.

Is anyone else going on a fabric diet this year?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

From Bump to Baby Giveaway Winner

Thank you so much to everyone that stopped by and commented in the From Bump to Baby Blog Hop! Y'alls comments are so sweet, and I loved reading about the various things that everyone would make!

And now for the exciting part.... the winner of the giveaway is!

Congrats Sarah! I'll be emailing you about your prize! Thank you again to everyone :)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

From Bump to Baby Blog Hop + Giveaway

Today I am so excited to be a part of Gina Martin's From Bump to Baby blog hop. Even though Jeff and I are not planning on having another baby until later this year, I was super excited when these adorable fabrics came in the mail. They are bright and vibrant, and perfect for making special items for the baby or babies in your life.

I'm going to be showing you a fast and simple way to make an adorable patchwork baby quilt, plus there is a giveaway for 4 Charm Packs of Gina's line From Bump to Baby! I chose this project because it is something that you can make from the prize that you are winning. Hooray!

I love the three colorways Gina has created because you can get three distinct looks from one collection. Boy with the blues, Girl with the pinks, and Gender neutral with the yellows and greens. I also love that there are so many basic geometric prints, they mix and match so well and make fantastic stash builders! Because we all need more fabric in our stash!

For the quilt I am sharing with you today, I chose the bundle of pink fabrics to make a quilt for a co-worker of mine who just had a baby girl. Since I currently have a house full of boys, I don't often make girly things, so I jump at the chance when I can! 

  • 10 Fat Quarters or 100 - 4.5"x4.5" Squares
  • 1 1/2 yards Backing
  • 1FQ to 1/2 yard Binding*
  • Crib Size Batting
  • Basic quilting essentials: 
    • Thread
    • Sewing Machine
    • Rotary Cutter & Mat
    • etc.
1. Take your fat quarters, and cut them into 4.5" wide strips. Not all FQ are created equal, so there isn't an exact number to strips that you'll end up with. You just need to make sure you get at least 10 4.5" squares from each fat quarter (there will be extra fabric). If using Charm Squares, trim down to 4.5" square.

2. Then cross-cut your strips into 4.5"x4.5" squares. You'll need at least 100 because our layout is 10 by 10, and I always like to have extras so I can switch out blocks here and there. This can go really quickly if you cut in batches, I like to stack 3 strips on top of each other, then stack them 3 deep on my mat.

3. Take a picture of your adorable helper because he loves having his picture taken :)

4. Next, layout your squares on your design board, or in my case, design floor until you have a layout you are happy with. This is where having a few extra squares comes in handy because you can swap out pieces. I try to not have the same fabrics touching side by side. Since I do most of my sewing at night I've adjusted the color/contrast of this picture so you can get a better feel for the colors.

4. Once you have finalized the layout of your blocks, sew them together in rows. Alternate the direction you press the seams for each row. You will have 10 rows of 10 squares.

So, I tried a new chain piecing method and it went lightening fast! And of course I didn't take any good pictures of it, but I will explain as best as I can.
I pieced the squares across and down each row, chain piecing as I went. So I pieced the 1st and 2nd sqaure of row 1, then pieced the 1st and 2nd sqaure of row 2, then continued down until the bottom row, cutting the threads at the end. Then WITHOUT snipping them apart, I went back to the top row and sewed the 2nd and 3rd squares together, continuing down as before. *I did not press my blocks between each addition*

5. Next piece your rows together, making sure you line up your seams well. Press row seams in one direction. You now have a completed quilt top!

6. Baste and quilt as desired. I am waiting on my brand new Janome 8900 that I bought at QuiltCon before I quilt mine. It is supposed to be delivered this evening and I am soooo excited!

One last thing for if you want rounded corners. After you quilt everything and before binding, take a bowl (any size you want) and line it up on the edges of each corner. The quilt under the bowl should make a tangent from the side. Then either rotary cut from there, or draw a line and cut with scissors.

If you are rounding the corners, like i did with this quilt, I would recommend that you make bias binding instead of straight grain binding. It is much easier to work with when sewing around the rounded edges. I like this tutorial, it is super helpful for figuring out how much yardage you'll need etc.

I know that was a lot of information, so if you have any question don't hesitate to ask!

So.... after all of that, now it's time for the giveaway! Gina has generously offered up all these goodies as prizes, be sure to visit the other bloggers posting for multiple chances to win!

I am giving away 4 charm packs of From Bump to Baby! To enter simply leave a comment telling me what you would make with this adorable line!

*For a bonus entry, head over to Instagram to follow me and leave a second comment here saying you did so :) I can't always write an entire blog post, but I do frequently update my Instagram with current projects, and of course my adorable son!

**Giveaway closes this Sunday & I will draw a random winner**

**Giveaway is now closed, thank you to everyone who entered!**

I have had so much fun working with this line and I am really looking forward to making quilts out of the other 2 colorways as well! Be sure to go see all the other amazing projects, and enter for more chances to win some pre-cuts!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mad as A Hatter - #disneyquiltswap2015

I just recently participated in the #disneyquiltswap2015 over on Instagram. I normally don't do many swaps especially since I work full-time, but I knew I wanted to do this one purely because it was Disney themed. 

I got very lucky that my partner put down a laundry list of things that she liked, so I was able to choose something that I would enjoy making and that she would like too. I used a paper pieced pattern that i found HERE. There are a ton of different paper pieced patterns from all sorts of movies, etc. 

It came together is so many tiny little pieces, but in the end it was worth every minute it took to put together! A tip I would give anyone who does a paper pieced pattern like this, is to use glue basting when joining the sections together. It really helps keep everything in line. 

I used Kelbysews Wonky Alphabet pattern for the lettering around the Mad Hatter. The wonky-ness of it was perfect, and re-sizing the letters was super easy. I chose not to embroider the features on the Hatter because I liked then cleanness of how he looked without it. 

All of the fabrics I used were from my stash, except for the pale pink I used for his face. I had to buy a 1/4 yard for that because I just didn't have the right color in my stash. The purple crazy stripe that I used for the background is from Tula Pink's The Birds and the Bees line. It is one of my all time favorites, and it was the perfect fit for the background of this mini. I am so excited Tula is coming out with a True Colors line that is going to have this print in more colorways!

This is what my partner, Tricia @mothersneedle, sent me. It is beyond amazing! When I would look through the hashtag, I couldn't ever pinpoint something that could possibly be mine, so I was genuinely surprised when this gorgeous thing showed up! I love that she captured so many of the Disney things I love in one mini and I love everything!

I had such a great time in this swap, that I have already signed up for 3 other Instagram swaps!