Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Super September

It's September and I can't believe we're already in our third week of school! I'm beginning to get back in the groove of a regular schedule while still trying to fit in all the fun stuff I enjoyed in the summer. Even though my yard has been a bit neglected, the patio garden is the prettiest it's ever been. As I walk around the yard or the neighborhood, I'm amazed by all the huge spiders and webs in the trees and eaves! I pretty much walk through a web every single day. 

I've been plugging away at the superhero quillt, but over the weekend, I needed to switch gears for a bit. I've been seeing these Dottie Angel Frocks popping up on Instagram and decided to try it out just for fun! I happened to have several yards of some fabric I bought to use for a quilt back and decided to make a practice dress. It was an easy dress to sew but I didn't exactly follow the directions. I didn't use any bias tape on the seams (too much work!) and I skipped the pockets. I realize that the pockets are what makes it a Dottie Angel style but they are too cute for me plus, I don't really need extra attention in the stomach area haha! It fits me ok, but next time, I will lower the front darts because I think they are too high. 

I was so excited about my new dress that I decided I'm going to make another one. So, I stopped in at the Crafthouse to pick out some fabric and more bundles for the Exhibit Block Swap. I think the swap is going to be really fun and I'm looking forward to sewing more blocks once I finish the superhero quilt. 

And the superheroes! I've got everything sandwiched together and two lines of quilting done so far haha! I think I'm going to utilize the long weekend to finish the quilting. It's a bigger quilt than I'm used to making, so quilting will take me awhile! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I Miss My Morning Sewing

I've been back to school for a week now and I'm missing my morning sewing time for sure! We've had several rainy days this week, which makes me want to hole up in my sewing room and sew the day away. I daydream about my morning sewing at work but by the time I get home, my motivation to sew is gone. I'm feeling like I'm not getting a lot done. But! Being back to work has been good, we've got a fun bunch of kids this year and my coworkers are the best people! 
I've been working on the Exhibit Block Swap blocks and almost have one set of four completed. If you're in/around the Lincoln area, consider joining in the swap, hosted by Crafthouse and Eye Candy Quilts! I'm loving how these blocks are coming together and I can't wait to see what blocks I will end up with in the end!
And of course, I'm still working on those superheroes. These are the last three, so now I've got to put the top together! C'mon sewing mojo!!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Superhero Update

I forgot to show a close up in my last post of the ribbon I received at the fair from the Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild. Isn't it super great? It's a tiny quilt replica of the Guild's logo and I have to say, it's the fanciest ribbon I've ever received! 

Besides the ribbon, I won some money and I thought the best way to spend it would be on more fabric. :)

Allie, from the Crafthouse here in Lincoln, is hosting the Exhibit Block Swap.
Perfect timing for me to spend my prize money! I had a great time making the Supernova Friendship Quilt with Kristie, so why not try another swap?

The pattern is called Exhibit by Eye Candy Quilts and the idea is to buy 1-5 pre-assembled bundles, sew the blocks and return them. When the swap is over, everyone will receive a scrappy bunch of blocks that can be made into a table runner all the way up to a quilt, depending on how many bundles you purchase.

I picked up these fun bundles today! I have a thing for navy, so I hope I get at least one of these back in the end. I guess we'll see, that's the fun of it. I can't wait to get started!

I'm still plugging away at the superhero blocks and seriously, I'm loving this project so much!  

I'm making this quilt for my nephew and yesterday, he had superhero day at preschool.  He went dressed as Superman, so I think it's safe to say that he's going to like this quilt! :)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Superfair Sew Day Saturday


Saturday morning, I went to the Lancaster County Super Fair to watch my friends from   Lancaster's Edge Nubians show their goats. I didn't know what to expect, but I really wasn't expecting there to be a screaming goat while my friends were in the ring! If you want to see, there's a video on my Instagram. She was very distracting, so I didn't really catch what the judge said about the goats. 

Don't you love those goat pictures in the frames? They are made from different fabrics and stitched with decorative stitches. My friend Amy makes them from photographs of actual goats and I think they are so neat! We already talked about how they would make a great quilt!

After the goats, I went over to see the quilt display. I entered two quilts this year! I haven't entered anything in the fair since my 4-H days in high school, but my friend Kristie from Sew Sunshine encouraged me to enter something and I'm happy I did! 
That's her Hillside Houses quilt which I'm quite fond of!

I was surprised to find out that I received a third place ribbon for the Supernova Friendship Quilt that Kristie and I made together and the Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild awarded me the Best Modern Quilt Award! Super exciting! 

Next year, I want to enter the Best Dressed Vegetables contest! Aren't these great? They make me smile! 

Saturday was also the Sew Day at the Quilt Museum with the Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild. We had a demo on improv curves and then some people tried that or worked on whatever projects they brought. I worked on sewing Captain America and got him finished! I really enjoyed the sew day, it was fun to sew at the museum and chat with everyone at the same time! Much more fun than sewing by myself at home.

That evening, it was back to the fair to pick up my quilts and eat something fried on a stick! 

Gary and I shared a funnel cake and a fried peach. 
The fried peach was really good, like peach pie on a stick! I'll definitely get that again sometime. 
So that was Saturday, I think that's why I'm so tired today!