Monday, September 16, 2019

Sewing Machine Accessory Pouch

 Fat Quarter Shop has been asking bloggers to remix some of their old tutorials and I volunteered for this one--the Sewing Machine Accessory Pouch. This is a great pouch to make for each of your sewing machines and then grab the pouch whenever you are using the coordinating sewing machine. 
 What makes this zip pouch unique is the pocket on the back where you can easily slip in your sewing machine's manual. Then all your feet and machine tools can be inside the zip part. These pouches would be really convenient for when you are traveling with your machine to classes or retreats.
 I make zip pouches as gifts all the time. When the pouch was complete, I realized it would also make an awesome pouch for a coloring book and crayons/markers/color pencils. You could easily make a pouch and throw a coloring book in the back pocket and some coloring utensils in the zipper part and you have a terrific gift for kids and adults alike. This would be great for someone going through chemo or recovering from surgery or their caretaker. Put a magazine or book in the pocket and some snacks in the zip part with some hand lotion, tissues, etc.--then you have a little self-care gift. The gift possibilities are endless!
The block finishes 9 inches, so you could also dig into your stash of random blocks and use a block you already have. A letter block on the front could be used too.
Heidi from Fabric Mutt designed this pouch and her directions were fabulous! The hardest part for me was picking which fabrics from my Bonnie and Camille stash to use! Here is the link to FQS for the tutorial and all the remix projects:

I will be frantically working on some secret sewing for the Fat Quarter Shop for the next couple of weeks. The fabric is due to arrive this afternoon and the deadline for pictures of the completed quilt is 10/15, plus I am making it for a friend to use during his chemo--good thing it utilizes precuts and some quick paper tricks. Stay tuned--it will be a free pattern and I am so excited about the fabrics I chose!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Farm Girl Vintage 2

 Happy Fallish! I received my Farm Girl Vintage 2 by Lori Holt yesterday. You know how I love her designs, so I dove right in and started making some of the fall themed blocks with the intent to make a new fall door banner.
 The book is awesome with very detailed instructions--the only bummer is I already own a lot of these block patterns! I bought many of them separately over the years, but now they are all in color and easily accessible in one place. The photography in the book is top notch!
 With fall on my mind and cooler temperatures today--only in the 70s, I busted out a spiced cider candle for my warmer as I worked on my door banner. We could leave the windows open all day and had a little bit of thunder and sprinkles. I also washed the sheets and did laundry--call me domestic!
 I made a 12 inch Mr. Scarecrow Block and put him in the middle.
 I made a six inch Maple Leaf Block and a six inch Little Acorn Block for the bottom. You could also use some blocks from Farm Girl Vintage too.
I made a six inch Autumn Pumpkin Block and a six inch Curious Crow Block for the top. The letters came from an Art to Heart book, Curiosities and Mischief. I machine appliqu├ęd them with a buttonhole stitch on my Pfaff.
 I cross hatched quilted it using a 1.5 inch grid. All fabrics were from my scrap bins and stash--nothing was purchased except the book!
It is ready to hand stitch the binding down tonight for Slow Sunday Stitching

I am off to the kitchen to start a big pot of chili--we are eating chili cheese fries for dinner tonight as we enjoy Sunday Night Football. I am also going to make a meatloaf tonight for sandwiches the rest of the week--cook once eat multiple times. Our Denver Broncos play tomorrow night for Monday Night Football---I think chili mac will be dinner for that.

The cooler weather will be here all week and I am thrilled with that and football being back. Have a great week! 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Lavender Blue Baby Quilt Finish

 This baby quilt has been quilted, bound, and is ready for the baby's arrival in September. I wavy stitch quilted it along the triangle edges. After washing, it measures 42 x 49 inches. Here is the free tutorial I used to make this quilt from: 
I used a lavender fabric from my stash and put a strip of aqua down the middle to make it wide enough. I used my Pfaff's alphabet to embroider a label. The purple binding was leftover from another project.
 Our sunflowers are still blooming and I could not resist sharing a few up close shots.
 The variety of colors is gorgeous.
 We are planning on harvesting seeds for next year's patch which will be bigger!
 One plant had fallen over, so my hubby cut the flowers and put this vase of them in our kitchen window. I am so ready for fall--I have had enough of 90+ degree weather! I am ready for football, sweaters, pumpkins, coffee all day, flannels, etc.
I could not resist getting a pumpkin spice cold brew and a pumpkin scone yesterday morning to celebrate the finishing the first week of school.
Here is a little preview of my secret sewing for the FQS---it will be featured here on September 12th! 

Enjoy your long weekend!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sports Baby Quilt Finish

My friend Matt has a new baby. Matt is also the dad of my former student, Connor, who drowned in May...The family lives and breaths sports mostly soccer and basketball. Matt used to teach PE at one of my schools, but now runs one our town's rec facilities--so obviously sports theme seemed a good choice.
 Our town's high school colors are read and black, so I used those colors with gray as the background. I put the baby, Cooper's name on the pennant. 
I used some of the embroidery stitches on my Pfaff for all the detail stitching.
 I really think the gray background worked well. 
My patchwork squares finished 3 inches, so I used them for the grid quilting with my Pfaff's large wavy stitch.
I put the family's surname on the bat along with the year.
I used a gray plush backing which is a double-sided minky. I did go ahead and use Warm and Natural batting, so it is extra heavy. I figure this baby will be at many sports events and could use a plush, heavy quilt. After washing, this quilt measures 42 x 51 inches. I am looking forward to dropping this one off this week.

Have a great week!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Summer Sunflowers

 Our sunflower patch is in full bloom this week! A couple of the plants are over 12 feet high. 
My hubby planted several types.
 We have orange ones,
 yellow with orange,
 smaller varieties,
light yellow,
and this maroon kind that looks purplish black. We are thrilled with how they look! My hubby is already planning on a bigger patch next year. Several of our neighbors have stopped by to admire them and the funniest comment was, "Are you growing Jack's beanstalk?" That was before they had started blooming.
 I was officially back to work on Thursday, but I have been slowly working on my classroom set up for the last few weeks. I altered Lori Holt's cross stitch design "Eat. Sleep. Stitch. Repeat." to "Eat. Read. Sleep. Repeat." I have a frame ordered and will display this in my classroom. It was fun to cross stitch again especially a simple project with bigger Aida cloth--I used 11 x 11 count and DMC perle cotton  #8 color 310. You can check out everyone's Slow Sunday Stitching here:

I like my classrooms to be cozy, cheerful, and comfortable for my students and me. I think we all work better in a pleasant environment. My home base classroom got moved and is getting a facelift--some fake plants, a chalkboard painted door, some burlap borders, some throw rugs, etc. I am using my sunflowers as my inspiration--black (I always like it as a neutral) with yellow.
Our daughter turned 21 years old on Friday! She is in Singapore on a research trip paid for by her university. When she returns in a week, she will start her senior year. Where has the time gone? 

I have a baby quilt to get done and some secret sewing for the Fat Quarter Shop coming. 
Have a great  week!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Lavender Blue Baby Quilt Top

It has been hot which has not helped my sewing mojo. This week though I worked on cutting and piecing the triangles for this baby quilt. I have a teacher friend expecting a little girl in September and she will not be coming back to work. She told me she was decorating her nursery in lavender and teal. I found this equilateral triangle pattern, Lavender Blue, on Cluck Cluck Sew's blog, here is the link:
It measures 44 x 51 inches right now. I pieced a backing and machine embroidered a label. I also pieced some batting scraps and I plan on pinning and quilting it up tomorrow. I already have a leftover dark purple binding from another project. I am pleased with how modern and fresh this top came out. I had to buy most of the lavenders because my stash was pretty lacking, but I just bought quarter yards and only used half of them. All the teals and aquas were in my stash.
Check out our sunflower patch--some of the plants are 12 feet high and are beginning to bloom.
I stood out on the road to try and show you how big the patch is. Our lot is on the corner of a cul-de-sac and this part of our pasture is nearest to the corner.
For some reason, most of the blooms are on the end near my hubby's workshop. We have had a couple of strong thunderstorms in the last few days and got 1.5 inches of rain. There was one storm midday today for only a half hour, but there was a half inch in that short time. Hopefully, all the rain will help our garden--my hubby already has eight gallons of raspberries in the freezer. We have a bunch of zucchini and golden beets--that I just keep pickling them in the fridge and eating them in salads with our homegrown lettuce. I made zoodles (zucchini made into spaghetti style noodles) for the first time the other night and they were so delicious--we will be eating them often. The tomatoes and peppers are starting to trickle in. It is so easy to eat healthy with what we grow and what I can get from our local farms this time of year. 

I have 2.5 weeks until I am back to work, but I confess I have already spent a little time in my classroom that was moved--I get too overwhelmed and stressed if my work space is not organized. A little bit of work here and there will help keep me calm. I also have another baby quilt to get finished before I head back to work...

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Good Fortune Finished

 I finished binding my Good Fortune Quilt last night. This one makes me do a happy dance! This quilt was my first time sewing along with Bonnie Hunter for her mystery after Thanksgiving and it will not be my last for sure. I have made other Bonnie patterns, but this one was far more intricate. I followed her pattern and color suggestions, I did opt to use a royal blue for my binding instead of a cream as she did. I only purchased my backing and binding everything else was from my stash. More information about Bonnie and her quilt designs can be found on her website here:
 Rachel quilted this one. I am not sure what the design is called, but it adds lots of lovely texture. I let her make all the quilting decisions for design as she has a good eye and is still learning about long arming. I have not washed this one yet, but it will crinkle up even more.
 The quilt measures 69 inches square which is on the smaller side for a Bonnie Hunter quilt. 
 I used our garden fence for these pictures and a couple of our sunflowers are starting to bloom. My hubby's raspberries are really starting to produce and he already has a gallon bucket full in the freezer--last year he had over eight gallons!
 This is the first sunflower that has bloomed in our sunflower patch. Don't you love the beautiful color? There were several honey bees buzzing around it.
Here is our sunflower patch. It is three rows wide and about 30 feet long. I would like to plant a bigger space in our pasture next year, but this year is our test run. A couple of weeks ago we had a big hail storm and some of the leaves got holes, but overall the the plants survived. Some of the giant sunflower plants are already eight feet high.
I snapped this picture of Fergie this morning. She was on lookout duty. Our dogs have their own room, it is our sunroom. It has very long windows that are basically eye level for the dogs when they are standing. I used to have a plastic wicker set in there, but they destroyed it and the only piece that survived is the coffee table which they often perch on to sit and see the backyard and pasture. Fergie is such a good watch dog!
 I picked up my To Spin a Star Quilt from Glenn, my other longarm quilter friend, yesterday. This was a scrappy pattern from Diane of Butterfly Threads. I pattern tested it for her this spring and made my version square. You can find the pattern here:
I am going to go back and dig in my stash for a binding as soon as I finish this post. Diane also emailed me about testing another pattern for her soon, so I can't wait to see what scrappy goodness she has created. Stay tuned!
 Glenn also finished quilting my Scrap Dance Waltz Quilt a few days ago. This was a pattern from Carole that you can find here:
This is the first quilt I have ever made for our bed! I have been quilting for 24 years and never made us a quilt--I know ridiculous. It is 104 inches square and I used Bonnie & Camille scraps with a charcoal background. I attached the charcoal for binding and I will be working on hand stitching that down for several Slow Sundays of Stitching.

As some of these UFOs get finished, I am trying to get more prepped for quilting. I have another month until I return to work and I need to make the most of it!