Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Napkins!!

A while ago I was planning on making some cloth napkins - I use cloth napkins exclusively at home and the ones I have are the plain cheap ones from Target and Ikea. At about the same time, Anne Marie posted on Instagram that she was looking for some pattern testers for a new napkin pattern. Good timing, huh??

So here is what I came up with. She released the pattern Monday, and it is on sale all week!

I used scraps for the piecing, and Kona Silver for the gray. All of the backing fabrics are different confetti dots colors. Since I used scraps, I didn't prewash these, but that would be best since they will get a lot of use! I think I might make four more to round out the set!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WIP Wednesday

So here's a little roundup of what's been in my queue lately...

My wall of future pillows... I've quilted that middle one already so I'll post on that soon... (also my #honestcraftroom lol)

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A fun secret project for a bloggy friend... This is actually finished already, but I can't post about it until she says so!



And this super fun pull that I'm really stoked about. I pulled some of my Very Precious stash for this one! I'm going to cut into these tonight. :-)



What have y'all been up to?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Short Stack

Except not. At all. I finally got all of those HSTs made, and here they all are...

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My friends, that is 11.5 inches of HST that need to be pressed and trimmed. And trimming HSTs are my least favorite quilting task ever. Which is sad, because I seem to make a lot of HST-based quilts...

Here they are all pressed. May the trimming commence!!



P.S. I have been getting lots of questions about the table! I got it from Beba's Boutique, which is a booth from the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show. I've been looking at their tables for the last couple years, and finally decided to pull the trigger. I've been using it for a couple weeks and love it, and even pulled out the extension table and side slidey-thingy to quilt a baby quilt with a friend of mine a little bit ago. It was amazing - so much space!! And just to be clear, I am in no way affiliated with Beba's, they have no idea I even blog or anything.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Then all of her dreams came true...

I got myself a present when I went to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show... Remember when I brought Bridget home almost a year and a half ago? Since then I've wanted to get a drop-in table so I can quilt on a flat surface.

I tried the Gidget table, and it was way too rickety when quilting, so I returned it. I also looked into Horn and Koala tables, and was disappointed with the quality for the price. So then I looked into building one from components from Ikea/Home Depot, and that would have worked, but wouldn't have a lift capability. I even looked into having one custom made by a carpenter friend.

So when I was at MAQS a few weeks ago, I saw this...

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Isn't she pretty?! Solid wood, with a lift, and look at what she does!!!

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There is also this little weird drawer thing on the right side, and when I saw it I had no idea what I would use it for, but look - all my little stuff that I need to have on hand when I'm working fit in there perfectly! And I don't have to have everything cluttering the top of the table!

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This is exactly what I wanted, with no extra bells and whistles, and I didn't have to pay extra for the flip up table in the back, or the pull out thingy on the left. Perfect! It was a little bit of an impulse buy, so I called my Dad to talk me out of it. Of course he said that since I've been looking for a table like this for a year and a half, I should get what I want. And since it is really good quality solid wood, he said that I could pass it down to my daughters one day. Way to make me tear up in public, Daddy, thanks.

I would love to be playing with it, but I had some minor surgery on Friday and I've been on the couch since! Charlotte is doing a very good job of taking care of me, though - she's a good snuggler!

Nuggetbaby has been keeping me company after surgery. She's a good snuggler...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Neurotic

I cut out the fabric for the new baby quilt. Most of it, anyway.

It shows how neurotic I can be...

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It's amazing how satisfying this can be... Now they're all sorted and ready to be made into a gazillion HSTs!! This comes the hard part...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The WIP That Wasn't

I mentioned a while ago that I started making a quilt for my best friend's new baby...

I just wasn't feeling it though. I like it, but I felt like I was "forcing" it, if you know what I mean? I thought for a long time what I wanted to do, but nothing was really clicking. So of course, feeling crunched for time (the baby was born in december) I just started with some fabric I liked, and a pattern that I have been wanting to do for a while.

It's not pieced yet, but I intend to finish it. I might sell it, or give it to someone else. I haven't decided. Have any of you ever sold a quilt on etsy or something before? How did it go?

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I really like what it turned into, but it just doesn't feel "right" for her. So that's what the pretty pile of repros from the other day are for - baby quilt take 2! I saw a quilt on pinterest or something and knew right away that it was perfect. Hopefully in the next week or so I can get it started! :-)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sunday Stash and MAQS Recap

I went to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt show last weekend, and believe it or not, I bought some fabric! lol

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In addition to these super sweet repros, I also got some Lizzy and Tula, and a stencil set thing so I can improve my FMQ a little bit. I also got my first skeins of "fancy" yarn! (Aka not from Joann's/Michaels/AC Moore) I think these will become some really sweet Christmas-y socks!

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I didn't actually take any photos of the actual show quilts, because I was distracted by another purchase, which is getting it's own post next week!

In the meantime, I'll tease you with the promise of a new quilt in the next couple of weeks. I'm turning these 30's prints into a quilt for my BFF's new baby. Who will probably be walking by the time it's finished. But at least I am SO much more inspired with this than the quilt I was working on for her before!

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