Friday, February 26, 2016

Hello Darling Hexie Mini

I am so excited with how this mini came out! It is even better than I imagined, which doesn't happen often enough. This project is #3 on my Q1 FAL list. This post is a lot later than I usually post because we've been super busy going around to home improvement stores doing a bit of recon. We bought a house and close in early April. Check it out...

We're so excited! There are going to be a few projects, like paint, that I think will make all the difference. We're excited to have a home of our own again after renting for a while. So, I've been trying to get a lot of stuff done before the move while also sorting and pre-packing. Thus, the mini.

Here's the mini in all its glory! I love it so so much! The chambray background is so fun and I love the shape I came up with for the hexies too. I've always been a fan of Bonnie and Camille, especially with a red binding.

Here's a closeup of the hexies and quilting. This was my first attempt at modern hexagons and I'm a huge fan. I can see more of these in my future. They'd be great as pillows.

As always the cute Sweetwater tag and the zigzag binding with matching thread.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern - Modern Hexies
Fabric - Hello Darling by Bonnie and Camille for Moda and Chambray background.
Thread - Pieced and Quilted with Aurifil 50wt
Quilting - Straight line quilting every inch to line up with the hexies.
Size - Mini about 19" square
Stash Report - Mini charm back and binding stash. I had to buy 5/8yd for the back and background.

That's my finish for the week. Thanks for stopping by! I'm linking up with Finish It Up Friday.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Schoolhouse Tunic Finish and WiP Update

I stepped out of my comfort zone again and made myself two shirts this week. They are #6 on my Q1FAL list. I also started another knit hat and made good progress with my quilt.

I started with this one first. This is the Schoolhouse Tunic in Mammoth Flannel. I saw someone else with this shirt in this very fabric shortly after I bought mine and I got all excited about it. Clothes are out of my comfort zone but I am so happy with it! It went together easier than expected and the pattern was clear and easy to understand.

I also made the shirt version using Loominous by Anna Maria Horner. This fabric has a bit of shine woven in and is so fun!

I made some great progress on my To The Point quilt. Pattern and fabric by Vanessa of V. and Co. I made it a little wider (I can't help myself) and it will a little longer to fit my over-tall people.

In my knitting world I've started another Jul Hat for myself. I love how easy this one is and how it shows off this amazing Madelintosh yarn!

Here's a little sneak peek of what I have finished to share Friday. I super love how this one turned out!!
That's me for now thanks for stopping by! Only two active WiPs which is a nice break. Be sure to come back Friday for my Hello Darling Mini.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Cable Hat and other Small Finishes

 I finished so many little things this week!! I was looking through my pictures and just amazed. So, I'll share them here along with a bit of what you have to look forward to soon from me.

I love this hat! This project is #15 on my Q1FAL list. It is the Traveling Cable hat pattern from Purl Soho. I've made this before in cream and I love it just as much in pink. I was thinking it would be for my daughter when I started but I was loving it more and more while I worked on it.

So, we decided to do a bit of a who wears it better thing. We agreed that we will have to share it because it's so fun on both of us.

I also got an order for a newborn fire hat. My customer is a firefighter and wanted the shield number on the baby hat to match theirs. So adorable! You can find this Fire Helmet listed in my shop.

With some leftover yarn I made another Boo Boo Bunny from the pattern by Blue Sky Alpacas. These are so adorable and the kids just love playing with them, even when they're not at all hurt.

In an effort to clean and beautify my craft space I made this little rope bowl to store my washi tape. I took a fifty foot rope and cut it in half to make two bowls. I convinced my hubby I needed more washi to fill my bowl too. Win win!

With the other half of the rope I made this little bowl for one of my swap partners. I really love how this one turned out!

I got a bit behind on my bee blocks and that was stressing me out a bit so I caught up this week. This was the block for January and I made it using my binding scraps that I tend to hoard. It would appear that I enjoy a jazzy binding. I knew that on some level but it is sure fun to see them all together.

February's queen asked for some AMH feathers. I used more binding scraps and just love how this one worked out. I had to use my seam ripper a few times, it seems this one is a bit tricky for me.

As a bit of a side note, we had a great Valentine's day on Sunday as well. I sure love all my adorable people!

Here's a bit of what you have to look forward to. I made a bunch of hexagons out of a Hello Darling mini charm pack. I'm going to turn them into a mini for myself.

I also cut out my triangles for my To The Point quilt (plus a few more) and have made the first row. It was crazy fast!

I'm also determined to tackle this shirt this weekend. I get nervous sewing clothes because I don't do it often. However, I love this shirt and the pattern seems straightforward enough.
That's me for the week with a bonus preview. Thanks for stopping by! For those of you at Quiltcon I hope you're having fun. I'll be sewing from home this year and joining in the fun with IG #quiltnon2016 For now I'm linking up with Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Primrose Quilt Finish

I finally finished my little girl's Primrose quilt. It has been on the list for nearly two years now. It just kept getting bumped for other projects - but no more! My little girl (age 2.5) is so excited to have a big quilt of her very own on her bed now. This project is #13 on my Q1FAL list.

Here it is! This is the Primrose quilt pattern from the book Fat Quarter Style. I made the twin-size version using Miss Kate fabric and a Kona dark blue background.

I had a lot of fun quilting this one using three different Aurifil 50wt threads. They blend so well that it's difficult to see them. I did a blue on the background, pink for the flowers, and green for the centers. These all came from my Simplify Aurifil box set.

I always put tags on my quilts and I just love the look of this one on the back. Ruby is just starting to learn her letters and recognize her name so this part is so fun for her.

I put it on her bed and she was so happy looking around and pointing to all the pretty prints. Here she's touching her two favorite blocks. These were also her two favorites when they were just in fat quarter form.

My happy girl on a quilt just for her. I cannot wait for Little Ruby to come out so I can make her another quilt. She has a baby quilt in the original Ruby and it would be so fun for her to have another with fabric that matches her name.
Quilt Stats:
Pattern - Primrose Quilt from Fat Quarter Style
Fabric - Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille for Moda and Kona dark blue solid.
Thread - Pieced and Quilted with Aurifil 50wt
Quilting - FMQ by me. Mostly a meander with horizontal straight lines on the green prints.
Size - Twin 64" by 88"
Stash Report - 100% stash including fabric, thread, and batting!

That's me for the week. Thanks for stopping by! I'm having fun picking what to do next since all my current fabric wips are done and I'm caught up on my bee blocks. Come back next week to see my finished cable-knit hat and to check out what I come up with. Until then I'm linking up over at Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Nesting Buckets and Crochet Donkey Finishes

I finished up several little things this week as well as a quilt top. I wasn't feeling particularly productive so working on little things really helped keep me motivated and on task. I finished my nesting buckets which is #5 on my Q1FAL list. Here are my projects...

Here are the Nesting Buckets from the top. This pattern is by Svetlana Sotak and is so fun and easy!

Here they are together. I love them!! These were 100% stash from the Knuffle Bunny fabric I had leftover from making a lap quilt for my smallest. They'll be a cute addition to her room to control her toys.

Here she is with her collection of Knuffle Bunny awesomeness. She's so cute!

This week I also finished a custom order for a crochet donkey. I love how it turned out. The process was a bit tricky but a fun change from my usual hats and quilts.

Here's a side view of the donkey. I really like the hairdo and tail. I was worried they would be so tricky but they weren't! You can find the Simply Cute Donkey pattern here.

I also was able to finish up with twin-size Primrose quilt with Miss Kate fabric by Bonnie and Camille. This project was also 100% stash. The pattern is from my favorite quilt book, Fat Quarter Style. I've made two projects from this book and have fabric for three more!
 That's me for the week. Thanks for stopping by! I hope to baste and start quilting (maybe even finish) the flower quilt this week. I might sneak in a shirt or two for me as well. Until then I'm linking up with Finish It Up Friday.