No, I’m not turning twenty again. But I AM learning the Turning Twenty…Again quilt pattern! While I love doing the crazy square style projects, I’m not that great at lining up seams and sewing straight. Plus I know the very bare minimum for quilting and such. So I decided to sign up for the beginners quilt class at Sew Crazy.
On Tuesday I went in and picked out my fabrics. Since I plan to finally, finally, make something for myself, I picked out the fabrics that appealed most to me. Well, those in the blue family anyway. Otherwise I’d never finish because I’d have too many fabrics for the quilt!
Thursday was the first night I went to the class and I made a lot of progress for one night. The quilt will be made of 12 ‘blocks’ which I was able to get mostly finished that night. Here are a few of the ones I have mostly done:
Lovely blues. Calming water, wild ocean, lazy rivers. I see all of those in the fabrics.
After I got home that night, I decided to play around with another idea that was in my mind. A small crazy square style stocking ornament.
The pinking shears are there for scale. This picture is from before the hand embroidery and stuffing the stocking.
My cousin Alecia is due in about 4-5 more weeks with her first baby, a girl they plan to call Jade Marie. I’ve shared a few sneak peeks of the gift I was making for her over the past few months.
Today was the baby shower and I can finally share the progress and the finished project pictures. (sorry the pictures are sideways on a few of these. I took them with my phone and the computer wont let me edit them to turn them around):
The initials and horses are hand embroidered with mostly DMC thread and perle cotton also from DMC. The horse designs are from a coloring book illustrated by Jeff Green and I was given permission from the publisher to use the images.
I’m glad to finally have this done and delivered. She seemed to like it.
I hope everyone had a wonderful and SAFE Thanksgiving holiday. And had plenty of good food to eat. I think we have enough leftovers for another three days of celebrating haha.
This past month has flown by. Halloween brought a nasty lung infection that took a week of antibiotics plus an antibiotic shot to get rid of. We also traveled to Georgia for a friend’s wedding plus a mini vacation. (Pictures to follow at end of post).
This week was the monthly craft group meeting and we played around with making pot holders, hot pads, and/or mug rugs. I got mine pieced together but forgot my batting at home so I didn’t get to actually sew it together.
This month I also helped my mom put together her new “toy” (I’m jealous):
I’m still trying to finish up the gift for my cousin’s baby shower which is this Saturday. If I get it finished in time, then I should have pictures up later this weekend.
Georgia pictures time!
Oh yeah! I almost forgot. I’ve also been playing with a small embroidery practice piece, mixing in different stitches.
A couple of the blogs that I follow have been doing the 2013 challenge for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project. I’ve enjoyed watching their progress and have decided that for 2014, I might try it as well. I love doing crazy squares. And with the rules being minimum of one per month, well I’m pretty sure I can manage that even on my really busy months.
Want to join me and hundreds of other bloggers/crafters on the crazy quilt journey? Click on the link to the CQJP2014 page to register for the challenge!
Since January, my work has laid off a lot of people, including several of my friends. We used to all have lunch together at work so with most of the group gone, it’s been fairly quiet at “our” table.
A couple weeks ago my best friend sent out a group text message saying “we all need to get together and have a lunch table reunion”. Plans were made and the date was set.
We met up today at a store where you pick out a ceramic piece and paints then sit down and paint. You can choose acrylic and have a piece to take home the same day. Or do a glaze and pick it up the next week after it’s been fired.
I had a blast! My piece ended up having more detail to it than I expected but I’m very happy with the end result.
And some close up pictures:
I really hope we do this again, but I’ll probably pick a less detailed piece next time.
I decided that when we give our kitchen a makeover, that we will be going with black and white as the main colors. We won’t be doing a full remodel yet, just something to update the current 1950′s look into something more….us.
Recently I picked up a placemat kit from Sew Crazy. I’m going to end up getting another set because we need more than 4 mats for this upcoming holiday season (providing I get them all made in time).
At a recent quilt expo, I picked up a matching kit for coasters. Since the coaster pack came with six pieces, I started with those to give myself some practice pieces.
So of course, the first one turned out…odd. I followed the directions exactly but now I have rough edges, on a circle, to figure out how to finish. Have I mentioned that curves and circles in sewing still mystify me?
The second one I decided to do a little different, following the directions for the placemats instead of the coasters and I made a “pocket” that I stuffed the coaster piece into. Ironed most of it, took care of the opening, then finished the ironing.
Here the two are, side by side (the edges still need finishing). Oh and they are reversible, this is side one:
And this is side two:
A close up: