Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WIP WEDNESDAY


Rehearsals for our school musical have begun to pick up, which means more time in front of a piano and less time sewing. But, I put together a little hexie sewing kit so I can work on them in between songs! I learned how to make these hexies from circles here, only, I happened to see it on TV.
Over last weekend, I started quilting my dad's wall hanging. I may just get it finished in time for his birthday! 
Happy Wednesday! 
If you live in Nebraska,  get outside and enjoy the warm weather for me!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pixelated Heart

 
I have been wanting to try sewing something "pixelated" for awhile now. Friday night I decided to try a heart, since Valentine's Day is coming up soon.
 
 
I heard about sticking all the squares to thin interfacing and then sewing the seams, which is supposed to result in very straight rows. I pulled out some interfacing I had in my stash, which, I don't think is the thinnest kind available, but I went with what I had.

Saturday, we took some kids from school to see an opera, streamed live from the Met in NY, at the Ross Media Arts Center. 
The Merry Widow is actually an operetta, which is different from an opera in that is shorter in length, usually has a humorous theme and there is spoken dialog. 

I really enjoyed it, mostly because it was infused with some bubbly Broadway fun!
Here is a number with lots of dancing if you're interested.




I haven't been in downtown Lincoln much lately and things are a changin'! If it hadn't been so windy Saturday afternoon, I would have spent more time walking around and checking things out. I was almost blown away by a gust of wind while waiting to cross the street, so I decided to head home. I did snap a couple pics though!
Here's a pic from the parking garage of the new glass tower on P Street. 
It's by the artist, Jun Kaneko, and is named Ascent.
 It's way cooler at night because it lights up!
 
 
The Torn Notebook on UNL's campus. This is not new but I have never taken a photo of it.
 

After the opera, I got back to work on my little pixelated heart. I decided to turn it into a mini quilt. 
It measures about 11' x 12" and I used only scraps!
 
I added a couple other decorations to make a Valentine wall.
Gary laughed at my hoop with yarn on it. 
 

I like my Valentine wall. 
It's festive. 
 
Happy Monday! 

Monday, January 12, 2015


My design wall fell down.
Granted, it's only a piece of batting pinned to the wall, but it has worked pretty well for at least a couple years! I may come up with a more stable option at some point, but for now, I just stuck it back up there. As I looked at my sewing space from the step stool, 
I noticed that my habit of fabric piling was getting out of hand. 
Time to clean up and make a fresh start!

 
The last time I organized my scraps, I made a box of tiny scraps, which quickly became filled and overflowing with any and all scraps. 
There were leftovers from the Supernova quilt, my dad's quilt and Pastor Jamie's table runner. And lots of sheet scraps.

 

I took the biggest and most colorful rainbow scraps and decided to use them in this quilt back for my Supernova quilt! The strips are 18" long by whatever wide. The sun block is the practice block I made for my dad's quilt.  


Now to put the Supernova quilt all together. 
I don't know how I'm going to quilt it yet, but I really want to finish it up! 
Hope you all had a great Monday!  

Linking up with Scraps Monday at A Quilting Life

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

WIP Wednesday

 
 
Border number five on my dad's seasons quilt is done!
This border is supposed to represent summer, so I went with greens. I didn't originally envision doing a dogtooth border, I wanted to do something that would look like blades of grass. When I tried that, the proportions were off and it looked bad with the "pointiness" of the rest of the quilt. Now that I have lived with it for a few days, I like how the smaller, green edge contains the craziness of the rest of the quilt.
I think this top is done now, since my dad's birthday is in February and I would like to have the whole wall hanging finished by then! 

I'm linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Frosty Sunshine


I must have started this quilt back in November, although, I was so busy then, now I don't remember. I stayed up late many nights, sewing these wonky log cabin blocks but it didn't matter, it was therapy!

This is the second quilt made from the thrift store sheets I picked up back in October. I talked about the first one here and here. I still have a lot of sheets left, even after making two quilts. I don't mind though, it's fun to think about all the quilt designs I could make!

This time, I did quilt as you go, using up batting scraps for my foundation. I cut the batting into 10" squares, sewed the fabric strips on and then trimmed the blocks to 9.5".
Quilt as you go was the way to go! I only did minimal quilting along the seams when I added the backing, which is so much easier to do on my machine. The backing is another sheet that has a sweet flower pattern. The finished size is 54" x 63". It was supposed to be a Christmas present for Gary's mom but now it will have to be a new year's present! I like how sunny and cheerful it is. 
I hope she likes it, too!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello 2015!


 

 
Happy New Year everybody!
Gary and I rang in the new year on our couch with popcorn, this movie and a bottle of champagne.
 Low key and wonderful!  
I have been staying warm inside and sewing on a couple projects. Every year at this time, I want to destash and make things to give away, but I really wanted something simple and fast without a lot of cutting and piecing. When I saw these quilts, I knew I could make one super fast!
I cut out 9" strips and sewed them together to make 9" x 60" strips. Sewed the strips together to make the top, then I sandwiched the batting and backing, sewed the edge and flipped it inside out. I only quilted along the seam lines, but I may add more quilting in the middle of the strips as they are pretty loosey goosey. The finished quilt is about 60" x 60", a nice throw size. 
I'm planning on donating this to Harold's closet at church but this is such a fast, stash busting project, I may make a few more!
 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What I Made Before Christmas

I managed to make some pot holders and a couple microwave bowl pads for my co-workers before the holiday break. 
 

I made homemade marshmallows for the first time!  
This picture looks horrible because we had no sunshine for DAYS around here. I'm talking like a week and a half. Anyway, the marshmallows were a fun experiment to try and actually, they ended up tasting pretty good! Here is the recipe if you are interested.
 
This sewing project had been stewing in the back of my mind since August. 
Pastor Jamie and her husband, John, had traveled to Scotland earlier in the year. They brought back this piece of plaid, which I suppose has some family significance. John and I were talking at choir practice one night and he asked me if I could do something with this piece of fabric. I said "Sure!".
 Of course I did. 
I immediately thought, oh boy. What did I do!

When he brought me the fabric, I was surprised to see it measured only 5"x 30". 
Hmmm. 
What to do. What to do.
 
I did not want to mess this up! 
After I thought about lots of options, we decided on a table runner. They told me to go for it. 
 

I finally got up the courage to cut into the plaid and make it the center piece of these blocks. I didn't want to cut the fabric down very much, otherwise the pattern would be lost. For the rest of the block, I chose solid fabrics that matched the colors in the plaid itself. The black fabric is something I have never tried before, but since the plaid already had black in it, I thought it would match and would hopefully make the solid colors pop.
  
For the quilting, I stitched in the ditch around all of the seams. The plaid, being a different fabric from the cotton, was popping up in the center, so I quilted it down with some squares. 
 

The finished table runner measures 12.25" x 59".
I gave it to Pastor Jamie and John on Christmas Eve and am happy to say they really like it!
Hooray!! 
I like how it turned out, too.