I recently took a trip to visit my parents and grandmother. I live in Utah, they live in West Virginia. I always love time to get away, but I also like it when I can come home with a sense of accomplishment. My mother has a friend that often helps out with my beloved Grandmother. This friend of hers is expecting her first grandchild. She wanted me to make her a baby quilt, and they had picked out a gray theme but wanted it to be gender neutral since they don’t want to know the baby’s gender. I made her friend come over and sew it herself, since we were just going to make a strip quilt.
Now, “make” isn’t the best word. I “encouraged” her to do it. She did a great job. We used minky for the back, which tends to stretch when it is sewn, so I put the back on and did the edges. I think it turned out well. We used a “sew as you go” method, and I decided that it was so easy, and eliminated a lot of time quilting, that it deserves a tutorial!! I just finished a booth of my dog collars and leashes last weekend, and I have another one coming up in a few weeks. I will be busy getting ready for that, but as soon as I can find the time, I will get the “sew as you go” tutorial posted. So, stay tuned!
In the meantime, my shop just got in some great double gauze fabrics. This is what they used to call “swaddling muslin” and are the current fad for baby swaddling blankets. They are so popular because they are breathable fabrics, so a baby can be swaddled, even in the summer, and the fabric will still breathe. I was out of town, so I grabbed some fabric at the local JoAnn’s, and I put a binding border along the edges. It turned out cute, if I do say so myself!
Isn’t it funny how I spent my last dime (OK, nothing new…. I am always spending my last dime) but still…. spent my last dime to make sure that I had every possible color and color combination of chevron, because EVERYONE wanted it. I got sick of looking at it, after a while, and I could see the trend starting to turn. The geometric prints emerged (can I just note that I am in LOVE with them?) and then the quatrefoil was the newest and greatest thing.
I CAN say that I was smart enough to start selling it off and not replacing it, opting instead to get the new upcoming quatrefoil ordered before someone else could beat me to it. 🙂 OK… I am NOT that clever, but I did get in on it early and I gave the local fabric manufacturer a head’s up that it was going to be the “new chevron.” I got to return a while later with an “I told you so” as they were out of stock on many of the more popular colors (gray and red.)
So, here is a head’s up for all of you before the craze starts and people are trying to make Christmas gifts and they just HAVE to have the most trendy fabrics…. METALLICS are the newest “in” thing. I have already had people looking and looking for more of Camelot’s Nightfall collection, but most of them are sold out. They JUST came out with a Heavy Metal Collection, so GET ON IT NOW or it will all be gone before June and you will just be out of luck. 🙂 There is my FREE tip of the week for you. I will spice up a post for next week with some nice pics. Until then, here is a free pattern I LOVE using Heavy Metal from the Camelot Fabrics website. http://camelotfabrics.com/pdf/2014-fall-collections/Q-022B_HM.pdf
Well, my daughter HAD to have this quilt…. because she LOVES purple and she loves dragonflies. It has wool applique for the antennae and applique heads. It wasn’t the fastest quilt I have ever put together. Regardless, I finished it…… right in time for her to decide that she no longer likes purple nor dragonflies. Looks like I will list this one in my shop. LOL…..
I think I should just fire myself now. I have not even kept up on my blog… so shame on me! My fabric Etsy store, forsewitseams2, has been keeping me super busy. My other Etsy store, sewstitchinawesome, is more fun because I actually get to sew stuff. I primarily make dog collars and leashes, but I have some quilts on there and it was crazy around Christmas because I made Christmas stockings and Halloween stockings. I am going to stock up on those, this year!
Here is what is new: for the For Sew It Seams (2) Etsy store, we have been getting in a TON of metallics. And they sell almost as quickly as I get them in. The Art Gallery collection Littlest has become suddenly popular, and I keep running out of it. For the Sew Stitchin Awesome store, there is a LOT of new stuff coming. I have been dyeing hemp to make hemp collars and leashes. I also ordered a whole side of leather, in different colors, to cut myself and make some cool collars from. I also have already started on the dog bone stockings that I sold out of last Christmas. This coming year, I am doing some out of denim.
On top of all this, I got a new Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, and she starts Puppy Kindergarten tonight. I am so excited.
I blame her for my lack of time. She thinks that my Yorkies are play toys, so I spend part of my day protecting them from her awesome, big paws. I will post pics of the hemp and leather collars once I get them finished, as well as the bone shaped stockings. I plan on doing Strut Your Mutt again this year. Can’t wait!!
My first booth is this weekend, at our local city fair. I have a 10 by 10 booth, and I am lucky that it is only one day. However, I have spent WEEKS getting ready for it. I don’t really know what to expect, or how things will go. It will be an exciting adventure. There is NO WAY that I will finish everything in time, so I will just take what is done by Saturday morning. No problem, right?! No need to stress….
I decided to try my hand at making a dog leash. I do have another booth coming up in Sept called “Strut Your Mutt” and is a dog theme. (I know, that is kinda obvious from the name.) I thought that these would be quick and easy, so I gave it a try. I think it turned out kinda cute, but I will see how it goes. I will be making a tutorial for the leash as soon as I remember to download the pics! So, there will be 2 tutorials coming up soon!!
Christmas fabrics are arriving all the time, and I can’t decide what to make first! As soon as my booth is over on Saturday, and I get a chance to clean up the disaster I have made all over my house, I will get the tutorials posted. Until then, here is a glimpse of the Christmas stuff I JUST got in!
I am not a fan of sewing triangles. Maybe it is because they just look intimidating, but I don’t like to sew them. I really wanted a chevron quilt for my bed, but I tried doing just squares and sewing it from the bottom left corner to the top right corner, sideways. It turned out like this…..
It was MUCH easier, I think, and I didn’t have to deal with triangles. 🙂 I made it small, though, so I GUESS it is going to be a baby quilt? LOL…
I must say that I jumped on the bandwagon with the popular colors of the season. And who wouldn’t, right? So I had an idea and I ran with it. I wanted something quick and simple, but with a unique touch. There are some prints that I don’t want to cut up into smaller pieces, and some that I prefer in smaller pieces. I used a line by Adorn It called Capri. So, I mixed those together and came up with this…..
Granted, I have not quilted it yet… but I am working on it. IF I could figure out how to hook up my new Quilt Motion package I just got, I may get that done this weekend.
While my step mother was visiting, we decided to make a quilt from one of my favorite fabric collections: Hearty Good Wishes by Moda. I had run out of fat quarter bundles, so I was only able to get fat eighth bundles. We decided to cut the pieces into 9 inch squares. From those squares, we cut 6 inch circles and attached them to the squares with spray adhesive.
We sewed the circles onto the squares, and sewed them together. That was it. 🙂 I love the way it turned out.
I was asked by a special friend of mine to make a quilt in honor of a family member of hers who had passed away as a result of breast cancer. She specifically asked me to put on it “In loving memory of Lorayne.” I have a few persons I know who have also suffered this tragic disease, and are survivors. As a mother of 5 daughters, I take this matter very seriously.
I don’t know if they will find a cure during my lifetime, but I hope they do. I plan to make another quilt to be auctioned off to raise money for breast cancer research.
Summer is starting to get away from me!! I have some upcoming events and it seems like I am running out of time. I live in Highland, UT, so I am setting up a booth for the Highland Fling. It takes place the first weekend in August. Not long after that, I have a booth at the Strut Your Mutt in Sugarhouse Park, Salt Lake City. I have been playing around with some designs and items, and I will do a tutorial for the blog as soon as I get a chance.
Here is a burlap dog stocking I made for the Strut Your Mutt event. I will be finishing some other items for the Highland Fling before the weekend is over. Pics to come shortly!