Getting back on the saddle! Giddy-up!

Oh man, it’s been so long since I’ve sat down at my sewing machine….. and if we’re being real, I still haven’t sat at the machine while writing this post.  Oh yeah, I got a new machine – going industrial baby! My new machine is a Juki 2010q and really have sewn once on it.

New Juki 2010q

Don’t worry though, I’ve been prepping to sew like nobody’s business. Have you seen the new line from Emily Herrick’s new line Technicolor? Yeah, I’m putting those beauties with Elizabeth Hartman’s Rapid City pattern. I’m thinking it will be a great mash-up!

Emily at market
(Caption: Emily’s the shit and that ole’ guy is like “Wha?!?! You designed this whole booth?)

Metro City + Technicolor

 

I just have to cut up the background solid and then I’m ready to rock n’ roll!  

I’m also in the middle of cutting up another HK quilt – I’ve been commissioned to make one for a good buddy – hopefully I can get that done quilt top in the next couple weeks.

I’ve designed a couple pixelated quilts designs and just hammering on colors etc.  One is for a quilt along. . . and the other is just for a friend/trade.  I can’t wait to get those done to show you.

Oh if you’re looking to order some Technicolor – here’s some helpful shopping links (call me #enabler) :

Westwood Acres (best fat quarter bundle pricing)

Hawthorne Threads (best pricing to buy if you select your prints)

Fat Quarter Shop

Fabric Worm

Small Plates – finished!

I finally was able to get some pictures of my recent finished quilt – it’s 3rd quilt in Practical Guide to Patchwork project that I started in 2010 (damn knocking out 12 quilts is taking long).   The quilt pattern is called Small Plates:

Small Plates finished!(Front)

Back - Small Plates(Back)

This quilt was meant for a family-friend.  When I started picking out the fabric from it – she said she loved greens and purples.  So when Price Charming by Tula Pink (spring 2011) and Heirloom by Joel Dewberry (spring 2011) hit the market, I knew it would be a good fit together.  Well til’ I started putting the blocks together. . . I thought, “God this looks like a hot mess!”

Small plates layout

 

After finishing the top, and then sending it to a wonderful local quilter to finish it, I thought: “Well this isn’t that bad!”  I just used a Moda Bella Solid light blue for the binding.
DSCN2361It’s funny how things work out. . .

So when my dad saw the finished quilt – he wanted it for himself.  It made me laugh.  This hot purple, pink, and green quilt for my 71yr old dad.  Gotta love it.  So last week when I popped the quilt in the washer before work. .I thought I can’t wait to see it wrinkled up from the dryer.  I told my pops that it was in the washer and I still need to put it in the dryer.  Mainly because up to this point, he’s been asking me every week when he could have his quilt.  Eager beaver style.  I came home and the quilt was gone from the washer. . . and it wasn’t in the dryer.  Dad was so eager that he put the quilt in the dryer, folded it, and went on his marry way with it.

This morning, my dad told me, “Mom stole the quilt so you’re going to have to make me another one.”  Funny right?
Small Plates - direct sun (no filter)

Close up of quilting(Close up of the quilting)

 

Get some hand sanitizer, please! *giveaway time*

Oh yes, I’ve actually been able to get some sewing time in.  I figure since I’m been working my ass off I should be able to sew it up for a weekend without feeling guilty.

Remember my Valentine quilt?  Well I was able to finish all the blocks and lay them out Friday night, and seriously loved how it turned out (yeah I’m tooting my horn, it’s tootable) :

Valentine progress

 

The whole day light savings time really messed me up and I didn’t get much sleep on Sunday.  I’ve got all the blocks sewn together and now I just need to sew the rows together.  I’ve got ideas for quilting it too.

It’s seems like forever since I was able to chug out a sewing project.  After this one, I’m spending some serious time organizing and destashing my fabric.  I’m way too embarrassed to show you my fabric piles right now.    Maybe to make me feel better about my fabric mess you can show me your fabric mess and I’ll give away my swag bag from Quiltcon as shown below:

Quiltcon swag giveaway!

Ways you can enter (open til 3.16.13):

  • If you’re on Instagram show me a picture of your fabric stash – use #sukieswag
  • Leave a comment here with a link to your picture of your awesome fabric stash be it on the blog/flickr/tweet

Sewing Weekend

If you missed the sign-up for the 4×5 Modern Quilt Bee, there’s a waiting list.  Also Quarter 3 starts in March. . .

4x5 modern Quilt bee

Fall/Winter quarter has past and I’m way, way, way late in mailing my blocks!  If you aren’t on Instagram/twitter – the block pattern I choose was made by the taleted Joanna of Shape Moth.  The block is called Snow Cristal.  It’s a great paper piece block.

Snow Cristal block by Shape Moth

(Picture of the Pattern provide from Shape Moth)

Snow Cristal Blocks for Hive#8

(My finished blocks for my bee mates)

The parts I struggled with is:

  • I didn’t add the quarter inch to each piece at the beginning – main reason was I didn’t read the directions correctly.
  • And then making the block 12.5×12.5 was a bit frustrating but I followed Lee’s instructions from Freshly Pieced and squared that sucker up.

The other quilt I started working on was the next one in Practical Guide to Patchwork Project – Valentine.

Strings

The colors that I’m going with it Yellow, Grey, Navy Blue, and Green. I was able to finish a quarter of the blocks this weekend and I’m really loving how it’s looking so far! If you have scraps this is a great pattern to use it with!!!

Valentine blocks

All n’ all . . I had a great productive weekend! Did you???

P.S. I’ve been asking the general crafty public if they have xmas fabric scraps they they want to get rid of if so please let me know. thanks!

Planetarium – finished!

Well if you can believe it, I actually finished another quilt in my Practical Guide to Patchwork Project! The Planetarium quilt:

DSCN2187[1]

Most of the fabrics I used was Indie by Art Gallery. I paired it with solids that I had in my stash. . .yes, I have tons of solids in my stash. For the sashing I used Champagne from Kona solids by Robert Kaufman.

DSCN2188[1]

I don’t know what crawled up my butt – but I’m trying to use less and less white for sashing . . . .

The back I used the rest of the Champagne and the Geisha Bliss print from the Indie line.

DSCN2190[1]

The quilting was done my the wonderful Mrs. Kayli of Quilt Finishing.

DSCN2194[1]

 

Now if you go to our local Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild – you’ll already know who this quilt was for. I made this quilt for my close friend, Sarah. She loves fall and she always, always, always is making quilts for other people. So back in August my plans were to make her a fall quilt to give it to her in October. . well push that deadline back a month and I surprised her at our meeting with it. If you asked, what her reaction was on her face. . priceless! Oh wait! I had Marci record it too so you can see for yourself!!!

Planetarium top help me decide backing!

This weekend was filled with sewing! The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild (slmqg) had their Sew Saturday and it always a good break for me to get away from the family and sew for 5hrs straight. Well when a bunch of friends get together to sew, there’s more chatting than sewing. It’s super fun! If you don’t have a guild in your area, why not just get a couple buddies together and sew?

I had a couple frustrating moments during Sew Saturday. . . blocks were messed up and I had some quality time with a seam ripper. Yeah if I wasn’t around people, I’d be yelling “F*&v My Life!” This week I’ll be focusing on finishing those dang bee blocks! argh!! Maybe I should start taking things that don’t take a lot of brain power to Sew Saturdays. ha!

Anyway, I finally finished the Planetarium top, here’s a couple action shots

DSCN2089

(Top)

Close up action shots of blocks

One printed border!I did one block with Geisha Passion as the border and not solid because I didn’t have a lot of pink border blocks (if you noticed).

Okay here’s the fun part – I’m going to let my readers help me decide on what Indie prints or print I should use on the back.

Here’s the choices:

Wonderlust in Soleil

Wonderlust in Soleil

Geisha in Passion

Geisha in Passion

Dynasty in Mandarin

Dynasty in Mandarin

Wonderlust in Luna

Wonderlust in Luna

Geisha in Bliss

Geisha in Bliss

Dynasty in Saffron

Dynasty in Saffron

Oh for helping/voting, I’ll choose a random voter to winner this lovely bundle of Modernology!

Modernology Fat Quarter Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’m using Mr. Rafflecopter for the giveaway and if you don’t know how to enter please take a minute to watch this short video!

How to Enter Rafflecopter Giveaways from Rafflecopter on Vimeo.

Next quilt – Planetarium

I’m almost out of sewing commitments which is nice and unnerving at the same time.  I’m trying to be commitment free by the end of the month . .  I’ll let you know how that goes.  (don’t worry I’m gearing up for another season of 4×5 modern quilt bee).

So taking a little break and starting a project that has no deadlines is kind of nice.  Working at my own pace. . . (which is slow and steady)

If you remember, back in 2010 I started this crzy project of working through the Practical Guide to Patchwork project and I’m sad to say, I’m not done with making all the quilts in the book by Mrs. Fransson’s next book. Oh well. The next quilt I decided to work on is the Planetarium quilt.

The concept of this quilt is to play with warm and cool colors. But I decided to just do random colors with Pat Bravo‘s new line – Indie

Indie Quilt

Sewing the blocks together isn’t that bad. . .

144 hour glass blocks in the palm of your hand
(this is what 144 look like in my hand)

Pressing them and trimming them took a bit of time. . .

144 trimmed

I was excited to put a block together. . . but then I thought, “Is this going to look okay being all random?”

Hour glass block

But after making 5 out of 16 blocks, I think it will end up pretty dang well.

Hour glass blocks

I’m waiting for some sashing fabric. . . and my machine is in the shop. I really can’t wait to see it all together.

A new toy

Ah yes, I got me a fancy new machine.

New machine

I really like the pfaff brand mainly because my ole select 4.0 has been really good to me. So I was talking to my hubby when this opportunity came up to buy a new machine that I would “pop” on it.

When I first got into the sewing hobby, I spent around $300 on a machine. I didn’t want to invest a ton of money into a machine because what if I was fickle about sewing (meaning what if I ended up sewing for a time and giving up on it). Then spending $300 isn’t really that bad of an investment.

As the years pass and I get better and better at sewing, I thought I should get a better machine. Then Mrs Lee posted about her new purchase and I just got down right jealous ya know? So I went shopping. . more like test driving and I knew the upgrade to my Select 4.0 was a Quilt Expression 4.0.

And I got it Wednesday. . . but if you’ve always sewn on a mechanic machine and then upgrade to a computerized one. . . it’s like I’ve been driving a manual transmission car and then along comes an automatic. “Wait, where the hell is the clutch!”

I started pouring over the manual last night. . .and I’ve check the internet a gazillion times. .

Time to cut fabric and see how this puppy handles things.

Indie Quilt

I pulled my Indie stash with solids. I’m thinking this will be a nice warm fall quilt – and it’s the next pattern in my Practical Guide to Patchwork quilt.

Hour glass block

There’s a couple hiccups with the machine and I’ll have to do more research on fixing it but overall I am happy with it, but then I’ve only had like 1 hour of sewing time on the thing.

I’m such a loser!

(Putting a big L sign on my forehead) I’m really behind on my quilting bees!  Yeah if you don’t remember my WIP post on Lee’s blog a month ago. . . I had about 20 blocks to do.  I’ve been busy trying to finish them by the end of July.  So far so good:

Megan's Block
(Megan’s block)

Elizabeth's block

(Elizabeth’s Block)

Colleen's Block

(Colleen’s Block)

Elena's block

(Elena’s Block)

I’ll let the block owner reveal the block when they’re good n’ ready.

So I’m looking at my list of WIPs and I’ve been thinking. . .

Each month my goal is to finish a WIP.  I gotta keep my WIPs to something that manageable ya know?  The first one that’s on list is my Prince Joel Small Plates.  I’ve put the blocks together. . and the top is done.  I’ve also got the back done.  I just need to finish quilting it.  I think in the whole process of making a quilt, I just don’t like quilting mainly because I suck ass at it.  Yes, I can’t get better at something if I don’t practice.  But I think I might just drop it off to my buddy Kayli to get it quilted since it’s been sitting unfinished forever!  argh!

I also want to update my blog. . .

Small Plates

Ah it’s time for the next quilt in the Practical to Patchwork project!  (wait, if you’re just tuning in, I’m making all the quilts in the book.  Yeah it’s kind of a personal quest)

Small Plates

What’s my fabric choices?  Well I’ve decided to do a little of Joel Dewberry and Prince Charming – what do think?  Their celebrity name shall be Prince Joel Small Plates.

Partner - what would fit you??

I’m going with a dark grey for the neutral color. . bring in some Kona Coal.

2011-09-04 22.21.20.jpg

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers: