31 December 2016

And there goes 2016

December has been a crazy month with another school year ending and trying to finish up projects so I can start the new year with some fresh projects to get my creative juices flowing again.  With the end of a school year comes with teacher gifts. The Noodlehead Poolside Tote seemed like a great gift for a busy teacher to tote all her school stuff around.  This is a reduced size to the original but I find it such a useful size.  

A customer asked if I could make some pouches for her work colleagues since it has been awhile I had to whip a couple up to see how much time they took.  I whipped up the small pouch and with the extra cut of fabric I made a tiny tall pouch. I am thinking I might give my Etsy shop another go in the new year to see how it goes.  Maybe 2017 will work out better for me. Pouches and totes might be items that would sell better then quilts. 

Here are the four Noodlehead Wide Mouth Pouches I made for my customer.  I think these fabric worked out really well. Such a great pattern to make. 

All the rage all over the Internet this month has been Folded Fabric Stars. So I had to give it a go. It was easy enough but boy such a waste of fabric.  It took almost a fat quarter to make just one star. I think paper will be a much better option. It is cute.

I finished up quilting my 2014 Round Robin quilt. I did not have a plan for this quilt just tried to repeat different elements found in the quilt.


I found this great outdoor seating at the thrift shop this month for a bargain price of $90. I wanted to do a quick recover since the kids said it was very 'grandmaish".  I also wanted to make it easy to remove to wash since the dogs will want to lounge on it too.  Two twin size sheets from IKEA and safety pins did the trick.   

I finally got my new tree skirt finished. Missed this Christmas but next Christmas I am all set. It looks very modern and bright.  Goes great with my slim white Christmas Tree.  This is raw edge applique, next time I think I will just quilt the background and then do the applique it will help the project move quicker. Not sure why I did not think of it in the first place. 
When I load quilts up I try to do little projects on the sides to be able to have less waste of the backing fabric. Here are a few that I came up with just using scraps that I   did not put away yet. 

This one is 10"  x 8", raw edge applique. 


This table runner is 9" x 27", raw edge applique.

Here is a little scrap project that I made a month ago.  It is 6 1/2" x 14".  I added it to my mini quilt wall. 

This one is 9 1/2" x 8 1/2". Raw edge applique.  

I am so grateful that I get to stay home and take care of my family and create.  It is what makes me happiest. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 



07 December 2016

Where did November go...

it feels like I have lost a whole month. My kids have one week left of school year and I guess I have been fully focused on sewing the last month that I lost track of time. 

I finished two customer quilts this month. This beautiful rainbow quilt and a fun boy quilt. 






Made a couple mini quilts for a few sewing friends birthdays.  This one is a pattern called On the Spot by Diane From Blank Pages.  


This little mini I went to the scrap bin to create. I made some nine patches and then cut them up to make the outer boarder. Love the tiny little squares and you can't go wrong with a wonky star.  I do really love coming up with my own creations. 


I finished my improv chasing geese project. I really love how the quilting turned out. 


My sewing area got a bit of a cheer up this month too. I used an IKEA print from my stash and recovered my iron board and made a new cover for my sewing chair. So much nicer.  The iron board was covered in glue now my area looks so bright and clean. 


I did a clean up of my project bins and pulled a few things out that I was just not loving and make a list of the tops I need to quilt and projects that I have started. This little improv project was at the bottom so I decided to just take a bit of time and finish it off. Did not really have a plan with this one just started sewing and cutting and this was the end result. I had other plans originally for this one but I felt it was time to move on. 

I finally finished piecing this improv piece this month.  This one has been a work in progress for a few months.  All the fabric is off cuts from another quilt that I pattern tested last year (still waiting for it to be released so I can show off). I am so excited that I was able to make the scraps into a fun projects. I really love the little snips of colour reminds me of Christmas lights.
           


I have tested a few patterns for other quilters this month. This one was published last week.  It is called Divergence by Crafty Ma and you can purchase it on Craftsy



No wonder I lost track of November. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby