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 😊

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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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