Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sew Cute Tuesday

Welcome to the last Sew Cute Tuesday of 2016!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, ours was a very lazy day spent at home. I finished and shared my Solstice Quilt  last week, and it has already gotten plenty of snuggles.
For work I was sent some pretty fabric by Sandra Clemons of Make It Blossom, and I stitched up a couple of Kismet Trinket Boxes by Sew Sweetness. If you visit the Aurifil blog today, then you can enter to win a large thread collection :) 
The last thing I tackled last week was I shared my goals for next year as a part of Yvonne's #2017PlanningParty. I always try to make manageable goals and not overextend myself (I have a bad habit of trying to do everything) What are your quilty goals for 2017? 

Here are some of the awesome projects shared last week:

Jamie of Sew Brainy made this little churn dash quilt for her cute little pup! 

I love this cute little mug rug by Mad For Fabric!

Last but not least is this awesome tote by Sara of Saroy!

Now it is time to link up your finishes or works in progress from the previous week! You can link up directly from Instagram as well - be sure to tag #SewCuteTuesday and @youngtexanmama on IG so I can see what you're working on!


Sunday, December 25, 2016

I hope you have a wonderful day with the ones you love! I'm going to be soaking up every single minute with my two sweet boys and hubby. 🎄🎅

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Looking Ahead to 2017

Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl is hosting her annual planning party and I am excited to be joining in this year. I have the terrible habit of over extending myself in pretty much every aspect of life. Mama wants to do it all 😉 so my main goal for next year is to be realistic about what I can accomplish.
2017 Planning Party

These are a few goals I have for 2017: 
  1. Work almost exclusively from fabrics in my stash. I have a bunch of fabric, like way more than I ever thought I would have when I started quilting almost 4 years ago! So I really want to work on using fabric faster than I acquire it.
  2. Finish 1 UFO/WIP a month.  I have a stack of quilt tops needing quilting, and several other various UFOs and WIPs from over the years that I want to get finished.
  3. Limit the number of swap/bee commitments. Don't get me wrong I love swaps, but they can end up being super time consuming and also expensive. The only commitment that I am participating in at this point in time is the #RockinBlockBee. It'll be my first time participating in a bee, so I am excited about the opportunity to make new quilting friends while making a block per month. Plus it's a good way to use fabric from my stash. 
What are your goals for next year? 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Solstice Quilt

I am really excited about finally finishing this quilt, and I thought it was fitting to share about it today since it's the Winter Solstice! I started cutting and piecing the quilt top at my guild retreat last May (2015) and then it sat in my stack of quilt tops waiting to be quilted. I had backing and binding ready for it, all I needed to do was baste and quilt it.

The fabric I used is entirely from Kate Spain's Winter/Christmas line from a few years ago named Solstice. It's difficult to photograph, but the white is a really pretty white on white snowflake print. The pattern is the Swell quilt from Camille Roskelly's book Simply Retro.
Last week I pulled out the quilt top, stitched the backing, basted everything together, and went to work quilting it. I chose to do a simple all over stipple with Aurifil 50wt thread in Dove(2600). Kim of My Go-Go Life introduced me to the color a little over a year ago, and I am so glad she did! It seriously blends into everything!
You can see here that it stands out the most against the darker red fabric, but everywhere else it blends right into the colors around it. I was able to get this sucker quilted in a couple of hours, grabbing moments here and there when Sammy was asleep.
 My backing is another print from the Solstice line and at first I didn't really like it because I thought it looked a little boring. Once the quilt was finished, I held it up and was so glad I chose this print though. It looks so stinking cool, and once again I matched the pattern on the backing so there isn't a visible seam.
Here is a close up where I matched it. I love this technique so much, and it is definitely worth the extra 20 minutes it takes! I still have a slew of quilt tops waiting to be quilted, including another Christmas one, but I have a feeling this is my final big project of 2016.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Sew Cute Tuesday

Good morning everyone! I hope y'all had a great week, I'm sitting wrapped up in my newest quilt because it's 30 degrees outside and in Texas that is too dang cold to go outside 😉 I'll be sharing pretty pictures of it tomorrow, so for today here is a sneak peek from when I was binding it a few days ago.

Here are some of the great projects shared last week:

Lori from CrossQuilt made this awesome Christmas cushion, plus an AMAZING rainbow unicorn quilt! 

Preeti from Sew Preeti Quilts  made this beautiful quilt for a dear friend of hers. 

Last but not least, Mary from Quilting is in my Blood made a pair of cushions with lovely Japanese fabrics. 

Now it is time to link up your finishes or works in progress from the previous week! You can link up directly from Instagram as well - be sure to tag #SewCuteTuesday and @youngtexanmama on IG so I can see what you're working on!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sew Cute Tuesday

UPDATE: Just noticed that the link-up wasn't active yet, but it has been fixed! 

Morning everyone! I just got home from Sam's 2 month doctors appointment and that not so little boy weighs almost 13 lbs! He's snoozing away now since the poor thing had to get 3 shots, he was quite mad about that. Maybe his extra napping will give me some time to work on a few quilty things.

I basted and started quilting this quilt last night, but didn't get very far because Sam was hungry and I was tired #momlife 😉. This quilt has been sitting in a box waiting to be quilted for almost a year and a half. It's the Swell quilt from Camille Roskelly's Simply Retro book, and the fabric is Solstice by Kate Spain. I seriously love all of her Christmas lines! I have another quilt top made from Joy, and William's advent calendar is made from In From the Cold.

So that's what I've been working on, here are the projects that were shared last week! 

Patty from Elm Street Quilts made this awesome Sew Together Bag! 

Celine from Espritpatch is working on these awesome paper pieced blocks! I love the hexagon shape!

Dollandesign made these festive pot holders.

 Last but not least, Donnaleeq is working on putting together this Christmas card holder! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Now it is time to link up your finishes or works in progress from the previous week! You can link up directly from Instagram as well - be sure to tag #SewCuteTuesday and @youngtexanmama on IG so I can see what you're working on!


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

I haven't participated in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day in a couple of years because I always miss it! Well not this year 😉 I am so excited to share some of my stash with my awesome followers!

For my giveaway, I am offering a Fat Quarter bundle of Hatbox by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Cotton & Steel plus a large spool of pink Aurifil thread!

To enter the giveaway simply use the rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open to everyone worldwide, please note if the winner is international, then I will untie the bundle to limit shipping costs. Don't worry, I'll still send you the ribbon too 😊

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sew Cute Tuesday... on Wednesday Night ;)

It's Sew Cute Tuesday on a Wednesday 😊I had every intention to get this sucker posted yesterday, but it just didn't happen. Maybe when Sammy is a little bigger, and I am getting more that 5 hours of sleep at a time I'll be able to get it done!

I spent all last week at my parents house because my brother and his two kiddos were visiting from Pennsylvania. William and my Nephew Jack are only 3 weeks apart in age, so it was wonderful to have time together for them to play. I was able to get a little bit of cross-stitch done while I was there. 

Being at my parents also gave me the opportunity to take Sam's weekly picture on the quilt I made for my dad last year! I can't believe he's already 7 weeks old (well 8 weeks tomorrow!) also you can see more details about this quilt HERE

Here are some of the projects shared last week: 

Patty from Elm Street Quilts made this darling Christmas cushion! I have this pattern on my very long to-do list. 

I'm stealing this scrap storage idea from Cynthia of Quilting is More Fun than Housework! She uses silverware trays to store her 2.5" squares.

Celine from Espritpatch finished this super cute cross-stitch project! This is another pattern that I have on my very long to-do list. The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery has awesome patterns and Stitch Alongs!

Now it is time to link up your finishes or works in progress from the previous week! You can link up directly from Instagram as well - be sure to tag #SewCuteTuesday and @youngtexanmama on IG so we can see what you're working on!


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sew Cute Tuesday

It's time for another Sew Cute Tuesday! I hope everyone here in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. My brother is visiting from Pennsylvania, so we're spending the week in Austin with my parents. It has been fun spending time with everyone, and I brought all of my cross-stitch WIPs to work on while away from my sewing machine!

I did a small amount of Black Friday/Small Business Saturday shopping to support some local shops in my area. I picked up fabric to make a quilt for my husband, he's a computer engineer so the circuit board fabric is perfect! And I also snagged some aida and linen fabric for a few more cross-stitch projects I want to do.

Here are a few of the great projects shared last week: 

Johanna from Stuff I Made Last Week made this awesome pillow with Tula Pink fabrics! I love how she quilted it!

Celine from Espritpatch finished this super cute quilt top! I love the fair isle theme. 

Last but not least is this awesome triangle quilt by Daniela of block M quilts! The pop of orange combined with the purple is so cool!

Now it is time to link up your finishes or works in progress from the previous week! You can link up directly from Instagram as well - be sure to tag #SewCuteTuesday and @youngtexanmama on IG so we can see what you're working on!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that your day is filled with turkey and all the wonderful pies you can imagine! My favorite is pumpkin, followed closely by apple. 

Today, and everyday, I am thankful for my wonderful husband, our two perfect little boys, my amazing Aurifil work family, and of course coffee & sewing. This past year has been filled with unexpected but wonderful changes, and I feel so blessed.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Oh Hey It's Sew Cute Tuesday

I promise one of these days I'm going to post Sew Cute Tuesday at a normal time of day 😉 This past week has been the most relaxing yet because Sam is sleeping for 4 hours at a time! It's a tiny victory that has actually allowed me enough time to do some sewing.

I've been working on my #100days100blocks project again and I am getting so excited about being almost done with all 100 blocks.

Here are a few of the awesome projects shared last week: 

Cynthia of Quilting is More Fun than Housework is making this courthouse steps project out of solids and it is looking wonderful!  

Patty of Elm Street Quilts shared a tutorial for this binding kit, and it looks like a super handy bag to have when binding on the go. 

Last but not least, DonnaleeQ shared her completed Craftsy Block of the Month quilt and it is beautiful!

Now it is time to link up your finishes or works in progress from the previous week! You can link up directly from Instagram as well - be sure to tag #SewCuteTuesday and @youngtexanmama on IG so we can see what you're working on!


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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sew Cute Tuesday + Quilt Market & Festival Exhaustion

Hello everyone! I hope you have had a fantastic week. I've been so busy with work and it has been super fun but super exhausting. As some of you may know, I work for Aurifil Thread, and the past couple weekends were Quilt Market and Quilt Festival! I love these events because I get to see my co-workers in person rather than just via Skype.

It was a ton of fun, but boy am I tired after so many days of being out of the house and on my feet! Sammy and I have been catching up on all of our sleep and have been taking it easy at home. I can't wait to see all of the pretty things you have been working on!


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sew Cute Tuesday

Hello everyone! I apologize for the lack of Sew Cute Tuesday posts the past couple of weeks.... I've been a tad busy since our newest family member arrived. Samuel James was born October 13th, weighing 7 lb 11.8 oz, 20.5 inches long, and a full head of hair! We're all doing well, and I've even been able to do a tiny bit of sewing now that I've caught up a little bit on my sleep. 

Here are some of the cute project y'all shared from the last Sew Cute Tuesday:

Kate from My Ugly Duckling Projects (super cute blog name btw!) had this table runner in her UFO pile but she wasn't in love with it anymore. She decided to hang it on the wall in her sewing room as a mini quilt instead!

Melanie of mell meyer  created this beautiful table runner with a new pattern by Allison of Campbell Soup Diary! Love the bold fall colors!

Vicky of Veni Vidi Vicky Quilts made this darling baby quilt for a dear friend of hers, and she stepped outside of her comfort zone for the color palette. The transition from grey to green feels so natural! 

I love seeing what everyone is working on, especially since I'm not working on much these days besides making milk and sleeping ;) 


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sew Cute Tuesday

Hello friends! Sew Cute Tuesday is slightly abbreviated this week. Things have been crazy getting everything ready for baby/Quilt Market/William's first day of school that I didn't have time to go through and pull the lovely things y'all shared last week. I'm planning on coming back this afternoon/evening and updating this post with your lovely projects! 

Until then here is my big boy all cute and ready for his first day of school :D #proudmama


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Makers Tote Finish

Today I am excited to share my finished Makers Tote. I joined the #makerstoteswap in August and I was so excited about the chance to make someone the Makers Tote pattern by Anna Graham of Noodlehead. I've had the pattern since it came out, and this was my first time making it. 

My partners questionnaire said she liked cotton and steel, warm colors, texture, and classic blocks like stars. So I pulled fabric from my stash, made a quick stop at my local quilt shop Quilters Crossing for what I was missing, and then got to work. 

The first thing I did was paper piece the Create. and sawtooth stars. Create is a free pattern by Kristy of Quiet Play patterns. Kristy's patterns are some of the very first foundation paper piecing patterns I ever used when I started quilting 3 years ago, and they're still so wonderful. The stars are a free download from Generations Quilt Patterns, they finish at 3 inches across. 

My background fabric is Cotton and Steel Sprinkle in Jelly Bracelet and the other fabrics are from various C&S charm packs that I had in my stash. I pulled all the warm colors because that is what my partner said she liked. I love that the background fabric reads neutral from far away and then up close has the hot pink dots all over it! 

The pattern calls for a slip pocket on one side and a zippered pocket on the other. I decided to skip the zippered pocket and only have the slip pocket. This orange and gold striped fabric is fantastic, and I love that the person who made my makers tote used the pink version of it! 

Another part of the pattern that I slightly changed is the exterior construction. Anna has you simply baste your exterior panel onto the soft and stable, but I decided to quilt it in a crosshatch pattern. This took more time, but I LOVE the texture it created and I feel like it made the bag a bit sturdier to stand up on its own. I used Aurifil 50wt thread in color 2311 (my favorite neutral) for the quilting. 

The only issue I ran into with quilting was that it caused the bag size to shrink slightly. Instead of being 33 inches across, it was only 32.25 inches, so I had to slice off a little of the side gussets to make sure there was plenty of room for the zipper. 

I used the same Sprinkle fabric for the interior of the bag. I'm personally a fan of light colored bag interiors because it makes it easier to find things when they fall to the bottom. The pockets are various C&S prints in the same color scheme as the piecing on the outside of the bag. 

I made a wonder clip cushion and sent a spool of my favorite Aurifil for two of the extras. The wonder clip cushion is a tutorial by Squeeze Quilts. It came together really quickly, and I was able to use scraps that I had leftover! 

I absolutely adore how this bag turned out, and it was totally worth the few cursing sessions that happened due to awkward bulky seams. I am so happy with my Janome 8900 and how well it handled all the layers. I didn't have any skipped stitches and the walking foot was my best friend during most of the construction. 

Now I'm off to cross a few more things off of my to-do list before baby boy arrives. It's looking like my Doctor is going to schedule and induction for me sometime next week! I'm super excited but also anxious because I have several things to get done (both sewing related and not) before that happens. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sew Cute Tuesday

Happy Tuesday friends! I hope everyone had a fantastic week last week. I didn't get much sewing done last week because my mom was in town helping me get the last few things ready for when baby boy arrives, which I'm hoping is sometime this week!

I was able to finish up my bag for the #MakersToteSwap, and will have a full post about it tomorrow or Thursday. It's currently in transit to my partner, and I want the final bag to be a surprise. Here are a few sneak peeks at what I made for her. The pattern is the Makers Tote by Noodlehead.

Here are some of the lovely projects that were shared last week: 

Lori of Crossquilt recently finished this lovely mini quilt for the #quietplayswap that is happening on Instagram!

Sew Preeti Quilts shared this beautiful quilt that she entered into the Bloggers Quilt Festival!

Finally, Soma of Whims and Fancies shared this awesome geometric mini quilt.

Now it is time to link up your finishes or works in progress from the previous week! You can link up directly from Instagram as well - be sure to tag #SewCuteTuesday and @youngtexanmama on IG so we can see what you're working on!


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sew Cute Tuesday

Hello darlings! I'm posting this later than normal because my Monday had a case of the Mondays. Thankfully a good night sleep has remedied any yucky feeling from yesterday, and I'm ready for a do-over for this week. 

If you follow me on Instagram you know I've still been working away on my #100days100blocks. I'm planning on working ahead on my blocks so that when baby arrives all I need to do is post the picture. 

I've been doing a lot of foundation paper piecing for the swaps that I'm in, and I just love how precise the blocks turn out! The Geometric Sewing Machine is for the #quietplayswap, and the center star and create are for the #makerstoteswap. 
The left and right pictures are patterns by Kristy from Quiet Play. I love Kristy's patterns and she offers a ton of free ones! The center star is a little 3 inch star pattern that I found by googling small paper pieced star pattern lol. You can find it here.

Here are some of the great projects that were shared last week: 

Kathy from Running with Rocket created this wonderful travel wallet! 

Cynthia from Quilting is More Fun than Housework created this stunning tumbler quilt.

Finally Teje of Neros Post made this lovely storm at sea mini quilt and entered it in the Small Quilts Category of the #BloggersQuiltFestival

Now it is time to link up your finishes or works in progress from the previous week! You can link up directly from Instagram as well - be sure to tag #SewCuteTuesday and @youngtexanmama on IG so we can see what you're working on!