30 January 2013

A-Long's

Wow I am so proud of myself this is my 4th post!  

Can't believe it and I have a few more drafted.  I am sure no one is reading this blog as I am to scared to tell anyone about my blog. Would anyone even find me interesting? There are so many wonderful quilting related blogs out there, will I be able to bring anything to the table to bring people back for a visit.  I have no idea but I am going to try and see what comes of it.  

Well enough of my worries, lets get on with the sewing...

I have joined a couple Sew-A-Longs to get the year moving in the right direction.

The first one is held by Caroline over at Sew Can She is hosting a Sew-A-Long using the Herringbone Block tutorial by Bijor Lovely.  This has been so much fun to participate in.  I have managed to completely finish, a 47"x49" wall hanging using Moda Arcadia Fabric.  Caroline even wanted to see what we used the scraps for so I came up with a small table quilt (11"x 18") for a side table in my living room.  I love how they both turned out. 



Jan 2013 - Wall Quilt/lap Quilt Finished
My finished quilt.


Jan 2013 - small table quilt
Table quilt made from scraps.


Melissa Corey over at Happy Quilting is hosting a Quilt-A-Long (QAL) for her pattern Starburst pattern.  This QAL is from January to beginning of March.  I have decided to do the 40" block for another wall hanging.  

My fabric selection is:



  • Madrona Road Straw Wild Carrot by Violet Craft (center of the star)
  • Herringbone in Lake from the Modern Meadow Collection by Joel Dewberry 
  • Bella Warm Gray Mini Dots by Lotta Jansdotter
  • Kona Snow

Last weeks assignment was to complete the Goose in the Corner and the Half Square Triangles, check.  This weeks assignment was no waste Flying Geese, as I have never made Flying Geese before but it was very easy and turned out nicely.  I can see more of these in my future. 



I really feel like I am already on a roll for 2013 with my sewing finishes. 


Cheers, 
Abby

29 January 2013

The Year

Happy Monday!  

Today was our first snow day from school for the year, so not much sewing will happen till after dinner tonight :(  But I did take the kids sledding and they got to play with there friends so all is well. 

I set myself a goal not to buy fabric and work from my stash (as much as possible) at least for part of the year.  I hate feeling like a hoarder but I love finding a project I want to do and being able to pull all the fabric to complete it from my shelves.   A well stocked stash just feels so liberating to me and inspirational.  Well that is what I tell myself at least. 

I have joined a Skill Builder BOM that is hosted and designed by Alyssa Lichner with Pile O' Fabric.  The Skill Builder BOM includes two blocks a month and is taught as a quilt as you go.  I just finished up my blocks last week and Alyssa will be giving us lessons on how to quilt the blocks with Free Motion Quilting.  This BOM will be completely done from my stash.  For the back of the quilt I am using a vintage sheet.   Can't wait to see how it all comes together over the year.



Second up I am signed up for Lucky Stars BOM that is designed by Elizabeth Dackson over by Don't Call me Betsy.  This is a paper piece BOM and I am loving it!  I have completed the December practice blocks and January blocks and can't wait for the next month.  Each month you are giving 2 paper piece patterns for a new star, both 6" or 12" finished blocks.  I am going to do both sizes and plan on having a finished quilt with a mix of sizes.  Like the Skill Builder BOM I have managed to pull all the fabric I need from my stash, except I will more then likely will have to order some more Kona Ash mid year to be able to finish off the blocks.  




I am also doing Dancing Stars Quilt-A-Long hosted by Amy Ellis at Amy's Creative Side.  This is a paper piece quilt.  I am using my scrap bins for this project, as the pattern is perfect for small bits of fabric.  The background will be a mix of dark navy blues to help the stars stand out.  I only managed to complete 5 blocks this month but hope to get more done next month. Sorry this picture is not overly great it is another gray day here in Michigan.  

It is nice to have some long term projects to work on over the year.  I leave them hanging on my design wall to be able to look at and work on the layout as I go.  I will be sharing my progress with these each month.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Cheers,
Abby

28 January 2013

My Studio and Me

My plan for this blog is to have somewhere to share my sewing/quilting adventures. I hope that by sharing my love of quilting, it will inspire others to want to give it a try, even if they have never sewed before.  How can you say you can't if you have never tried?  

I am a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in school full time.  This gives me a lot of time to spend sewing.  I still have all the other normal mommy duties to take care of to but those don't take that much time if I stay on top of them.

I live in the middle of Michigan with my husband, two boys (9 & 7) and our two red dogs Fern & Mister.  


I have been quilting for about 9 years, I started with just a few applique / stitchery wall hangings for gifts.  Only about 4 years ago i made my first big quilt and fell in love with modern quilting and the fresh perspective on quilting that goes along with it.  I taught myself to quilt and am always learning new things.   I have even taught my boys to sew and they have managed to finish a patchwork pillow each. 

We currently live in a very small house that does not allow for me to have a dedicated sewing space in the house.  We do on the other hand have a large pole barn with extra space.  So last year we added a sewing studio, well it is more of a cave inside the pole pole barn (since it lacks windows) except the window that is in the door. It is my space and I have a wall of shelves on one side for my stash and on the opposite wall I have a design wall that is 16 feet wide by 8 feet high.  Love it!

My sewing room

Last year I did my first commission quilt (actually got paid), I was so excited!  I did a hand stitched square for the back with the baby's name and some embroidery flowers. I really love how it all turned out. I wish I would of took a picture of the little name plate that I made for the back. 

My First Commission Quilt - Jan 2012

I also gave a little extra small travel blanket with ribbon tags along the edge. The back is some nice and cuddly fleece that I picked up at Joann Fabric. 

Babies travel blanket - Jan 2012

I hope that this year I will be able to pick up a few commission quilts.  It helps pay for the fabric addiction. 


Cheers, 

Abby

27 January 2013