Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday {11.27.13}

What a week! And can I just say I feel like I blinked and November is over. I mean wow. In any case, I got a lot done this week, I am pleased to say. I still have a ton to go, but it is encouraging to see progress.

hexie doll quilt - all finished and I kind of love it!

slippers - these are done but they came out freaking huge. And I even paid for the pattern pieces, and I know I cut the right size. Sigh. More on that later.

penny sampler - the top is done! the top is done!

still to do...
security blankets - just need binding.
quilt for neighbor - yep, I have been ignoring it for months and it is time to just get it done
suitcase for the little - I have fabric, I just need interfacing and zippers I think
bag(s) for sister - I think I know what I am going with here and I need them done in the next 3 weeks.

and since that is what is most pressing and what I can think of, that should be enough for now. I need to figure out quilting for the penny sampler, and a back for that matter, but first, I have to do this other quilt for my neighbor that I've been putting off for ages. I am hoping to get the top done over this long weekend, but that may be a bit ambitious. Anyway, I hope everyone celebrating has a lovely thanksgiving :)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, November 22, 2013

New Curtains!

Now that we have been almost a week in our new place, things are settling down, almost unpacked, and I have my craft space {almost} all set up. Consequently, I have been cutting and preping like a mad woman so that this weekend I can get my penny sampler top done, some toddler slippers, and a doll hexie quilt. I have lofty goals, which I may or may not meet. 

Anyway, I wanted to take a minute to talk about the curtains I made. I know many people don't care for curtains, but for me, blackout curtains in my bedroom are a must. I like it as dark as dark can be, and I also like them for the kidlets, since it keeps them asleep just a little bit longer. 

The fabric is a premier prints twill from that I really love. It is listed as lightweight, but it is still substantial and has a nice drape. I opted to go with grommets, which really gives them some class. I love me a professional finish, and they were so super easy to put in. I followed this tutorial for the most part, I just kind of used my own measurements since I wanted to just use 2.5 yards per panel instead of 3. Really I just did a smaller hem on the bottom and a smaller hem on the top with a 4" fold for the grommets, and the ended up being about 85" long which is perfect. The grommets are pewter color and I ordered them from joanns. I bought 5 packs and used 10 grommets per panel, which worked perfectly. I did have a problem with one pack having 7 of one piece and 9 of the other instead of 8 each, but I contacted Prym (dritz) and they responded so quickly and sent me a new pack! It was really awesome and I am so thankful that they did and I was able to finish these up.

Seriously, I love them. Which is good since I have to look at them so often. Now I am thinking about making another set for the girlies, but we'll see, no hurry on that at any rate. So that's that. Today I am hoping to have everything ready so that tomorrow I can just sewsewsew. With any luck I'll have good progress to report next week. Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday {11.20.13}

I'm alive! Barely. It has been a ridiculous couple of weeks and I am just hoping things calm down soon. On the plus side, we are all moved and starting to dig out from under the boxes, so that's good. I have a few things done over the past couple of weeks, but seriously, I need to organize myself and get to work as soon as I get out my machine.

penny sampler - I got as far as starting to assemble some of the sections...I still have 3 more blocks and the diamonds to do so I can finish the top

kitchen mat - done

curtains - done and awesome.

fabric storage - I got this off craigs list and painted it and now I get to fill it up :)

hexie doll quilt - well I'm not sure the doll is getting it anymore, but I guess I'll finish it up anyway and figure out something to do with it.
slippers- the little needs slippers and I couldn't find any I liked, but I did find a pattern
security blankets - I just need to bind these and be done with them, but that means I need to actually make the binding....

Those are my immediate concerns. I want to try and finish up the penny sampler top and the slippers first and then start knocking out the rest. Then I have a few gifts to make. I am really hoping that the long weekend next week will give me a bunch of time since we aren't traveling anywhere. So much to do, so little time....story of my life.  Happy Wednesday!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, November 8, 2013

Penny sampler: it continues

Hey! Bet you didn't think you'd hear from me again this week! I wasn't so sure either, and then I went crazy with my penny sampler blocks to catch up and got so dang excited I had to share. I still haven't made this weeks blocks, but that means I have 3 blocks and a bunch of diamonds to make and that will be it. I can't believe it, and honestly I can't believe I've kept up with it so well, what with the class starting less than a week after I had a baby.

I am just going to go ahead and apologize for the crappy pictures, but I am working with what I have here, which is a carpeted floor and bad light. And don't mind the junk everywhere, it's a hazard of moving next week haha. Here she is in all her glory!

And some close ups of the recent paper pieced blocks.

I love this quilt! The flower pot block is my favorite and I kind of think it makes the quilt. So now I have two horses and a long churn dash and I will be caught up....if I get it done before the last part is posted next week that is. I am just loving this quilt and so looking forward to having the top completed. I still need to decide on a back and figure out whether to hand quilt it or not, but I guess I have time. Now I just need to sneak in some horse block making! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

WIP Wednesday {11.6.13}

Halfway through another week! Seriously, this does not stop surprising me. But here we are. And my list is growing faster than I can get things off of it....which I guess is pretty normal, but it feels a little overwhelming. Anyway, I am just going one thing at a time and trying to work through it all.

crib sheet - I finally did this since we are going to start using the crib once we move in a couple weeks. So simple and cute.

doll quilt - i don't have an updated picture so here is the same one again, but the hexies are joined into two half pieces that I now need to sew together.

kitchen mat - Since I ditched an entire quilt of hexies, I have some charm packs and thought one would be perfect to make a little kitchen mat backed with a towel. It is ready to quilt, I just want to get the doll quilt up to that point too so I can do them both at once.

penny sampler - this is the only block I finished, but I have a bunch more cut out and will hopefully sew them when I can grab a minute. I am approaching caught up; who knows if I will ever reach it.

That's pretty much it. I have to make new curtains, so once all my pieces come in and are together, I will be tackling that, which I am not looking forward to, but must be done. There are a lot of other little organizational things I want to make for our new place too, so that is on the list. I also have a handful of holiday gifts to make which I need to start on soonish. How is everyone else doing? Anyone else drowning in things to do?

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced