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I see improvement! -Quilts for Kids November 12, 2012

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I finished my QFK quilt yesterday! I really impressed myself on how well it turned out. Big thanks to Jennie for introducing me to quilt basting spray.  Boy did that help! I’m not sure how the rest of you start off your quilting but what I did the last 3 times was quilt directly down the middle  and then across.  Then I quilted each of those sections in half. Make sense?

After that was done I decided I was going to quilt it a little differently this time. I’ve noticed that I really like A LOT of quilting. So, I decided to do a spiral design on the full blocks and then a stripes on the 4 block squares. The thin border has thin quilting strips. For the outside border I decided to go a little crazy and try my hand hat free motion quilting. With the little planets as my guide, I started sewing little circles.  After a while I got the hang of it and realized it didn’t have to be perfect to look good.

It was pretty time consuming so I broke it up into two days. After I was done I realized that it would have been really cool to follow the galaxy design on the back. Eh, oh well. Now that I know I can do the free motion quilting I’ll have to remember it for next time.

This time I decided to bind the edges of the quilt. I had left over fabric  from the back that was just enough to use around the edges. I tried out a different technique that I found on Pinterest and I really liked it. You can check it out here.

If you haven’t made a quilt for Quilts for Kids, yet, you really should! It’s a fun way to get some practice especially if you’re on a budget, like me. The kit is sent to you precut ( you can see this one here) so all you have to do is sew and a small amount of cutting when you’re piecing it together. The only thing you’ll need to purchase is the batting and pay to send it back.

 

Envelope System Wallet October 23, 2012

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Can you tell I just love this fabric??!!

I am so excited that I finally finished my project! If you have ever heard of David Ramsey then you know what this is already. If not, then let me explain. The “envelope system” is a way to budget and save your money. Usually one would use paper envelopes and write on each one what the money inside is to be used for. Well, instead of using paper why not have a cute one made out of fabric??!!

Not only will it hold will it hold your cash but you can use it as a functional wallet! It has slots for cards and an ID in the front.

And a spot for a note pad or checkbook and a pen holder! How cool is that! Plus it’s really pretty and bright.

Since I still haven’t been able to find a job up here in the Pacific Northwest I’ve decided to make a few of these and sell them on my Etsy page. So, if you’re looking for a fun gift to give that can also help your loved one save some money go on over and check out my store!

I had a lot of fun making these but unless I get some orders I’m going to play with my son and cozy up to the fire. Did you know that it was 60 degrees on our house this morning?! Felt really nice to sleep in but I just didn’t want to get out of bed. When my hubby got home from fishing he started a fire. My dog has been laying in front of it ever since.

 

What’s it going to be??? October 20, 2012

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Here’s a glimpse of the fabric I’m using for my next project. It should be finished tomorrow or maybe the next day. I can’t wait! I love all of these fabrics and it’s turning out cute, so far. Meagan and Angie, don’t give it away if you read this. I made them each one. I’ve figured out that it takes me about 3 times to make something from scratch before it comes out exactly how I want it. So, I offered to make them a prototype. Ok, well I’ll see you all back here tomorrow!! (or Sunday) 😉

 

I’m back! And I made a wallet! October 7, 2012

Filed under: Craft,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 11:34 pm
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Yep, it’s been a while since I posted.

I went to visit my family in Florida for a month. I was met with Hurricane Isaac which, luckily, didn’t cause any damage where we were but, it sure put a damper on trying to get a tan. One of the best parts was I got to stay with my best friend. She pretty much took off the entire time I was there so I got to spend a lot of time with her and her daughter, which I just met for the first time. We also got to spend some time with my mom and the rest of my family. Hopefully by next year my mom will, also, be living in Florida so I will be able to see her even more. Her and my brother were the only one’s (in my family) to come and visit us in Italy. Even though we’re across the country, we’re a little closer, so I’m hoping to get more visitors. Seattle is a great area and once we’re settled in I know I’m really going to like it.

So, now on to the wallet! I’m super excited about this project. I kept telling myself I wanted to make a wallet and I finally sat down to do it. 3 was the magic number of how many times I had to make it to get it right. The first actually came out pretty well.

First wallet.

Do you see the first problem?? Lol, I put the closure on the back in stead of the front! Ooops!! Even when I was figuring out where to put it I knew it was going on this side. My brain just didn’t register that it was the wrong way. And, it’s a little crooked. But, I wasn’t worried about that. I like how clean the lines came out and the fabric looks really smooth.

Inside wallet

The second issue I had was making the slots too small. I had to get my seam ripper out and undo the right side. They were also a little crooked. I made this wallet by putting the outer layer over this one and then flipping everything out. Too much work, too thick to top stitch through, a little too big, too much for my brain to handle. I really liked this fabric though. I decided to give it another try and this is what I got…..

Inside wallet. Left slot is a little crooked but much better than the last one!

This one I left off the closure and made it a little shorter. It is more of the size of a men’s wallet and the slots came out straighter. This time I just put a bias tape around the whole wallet instead of turning it out. SO MUCH EASIER! The only thing that I left like needed fixing was that if you have a bunch of credit cards and a bunch of money it didn’t close so well. I’m keeping this one for myself. 🙂

And the final wallet!

I remember seeing this on another wallet and wondering why the hole was there. Then I realized it’s there to add a little extra room when the wallet is full!

This one was made exactly like the last one with one minor change. The other piece of the wallet I made a small hole at the bottom and made it about 1/2 inch longer. I lined up the edges so that it pokes out a little in the middle. It gives just enough room for it to close if the wallet is full! The only other thing I might add to the next one I make is fusible vinyl. I’m not sure how well the cotton fabric will keep up if you’re pulling it in and out of a pocket. A purse would probably be fine.  Plus, I think adding the vinyl would help it stay a little cleaner. You would be able to just wipe it down.

Would  you like to see a tutorial for this project?? I’m thinking about posting one. It would be my first tutorial so I’m a little nervous. This wallet was so fun and easy to make and I really like to see what you come up with!

PS, not sure why all of these pictures are different sizes. I have them all set to medium. So, if anyone knows how to fix that let me know! 😉

 

Paper Pieced Sewing Machine Accessory Bag August 30, 2012

Filed under: Craft,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 11:16 pm
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A few weeks before we moved to Washington I decided to try paper piecing.  I had heard about it around a year ago and had to Youtube it to figure out what it was, exactly. It seemed like a lot of fun but I never got around to it. My scrap pile was filling up so I searched through my fabrics and found a few pieces I’d liked. One fabric was from a shirt I bought on sale a while back. I decided to make a pattern I found from Sew, Mama, Sew! The pattern was pretty easy and the tutorial is clear in it’s directions.

My first paper piecing!! Juice Glass Block.

After I had so much fun with this one I started searching for paper piecing patterns. I also wanted to make something for a good friend of mine before I left Italy. While I was there I was making bags and purses out of military uniforms. Melissa ordered a few bags from me then decided she wanted  to start sewing, herself! She started making some awesome bags, too, so I didn’t want to make her one like that. I thought I’d make a small bag for sewing machine accessories or makeup or whatever she wanted. I also wanted to use some clear vinyl I’ve had for a while.

I knew I wanted a to make a paper pieced sewing machine but I just couldn’t find one that was cute enough. There was a picture in my head and just kept searching for it. I finally found  it over at Charise Creates. Let me tell you that she has some beautiful PP patterns! They are so creative and she uses the cutest fabrics. I think I want to make them all!

The block I found was actually a pretty large piece with a few different aspects to it. I just wanted to make the sewing machine.

The block was more difficult than I expected but after putting it down and thinking about it for a while I got it!

It turned out pretty good! I made it out of a bandana and some old scraps.

There are some threads showing and the spool of thread is a little off but I think it adds to the character. 😉

It’s just big enough to fit all my sewing accessories! I added a thick black zipper and used a strip of pink for the seams.

I can’t wait to try the whole pattern! She’s made a few variations of it and she also blogged today about one she just made

You can also check out my friend, Jennie’s, first paper piecing here. Have you ever paper pieced?

 

 
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