Saturday, April 19, 2014

Admitting Defeat

You remember Scrappy Chevrons, right? How excited I was to finally have the enormous top finished! But I have hit a wall with it...

This is where I am today. I tried to do some simple FMQ loops with is. I love the texture it gives and really wanted that for this quilt. But it turns out that free motion quilting a queen sized quilt is really, really not going to happen on my machine. It hurt my arms too much, my stitches were extremely uneven because it was so hard to muscle all that bulk around. And really, toward the middle of the quilt I could hardly fit the bulk through the throat space, let alone with room for one of my arms to keep maneuvering.

So. Lesson learned. I spent a good 3 hours on this and only got about 1/8 of the way finished. There was no way I was going to go through another 21 hours of that torture! So I am ripping it all out and will be going with some nice straight lines instead. And starting to save for a machine with much more ample throat space!

I'm linking up to Sewjo Saturday over at My Go-Go Life! Mostly to cheer me up about having to rip out all my quilting by looking at the other pretty projects people have been working on.

Friday, April 18, 2014

I Finished Something! (Sort Of)

This is the Week of Birthdays, which will be followed by the Weekend of House Guests. Which actually may end up being called The Weekend of House Guests who Melted because the AC Broke. Yeah. It's that kind of week. And with temps already reaching the mid 90s, boy do we need that AC!

But anyways. Look! The churn dashes! They are finished! And I am please to report that Mario is very happy with the way they turned out :)

It's actually bigger than this. There is a 4th row on the top. But it was too tall that way to be held up!

Unfortunately, I have not started quilting... or even ordered a backing for this. I have been distracted by my attempts at quilting the scrappy chevron quilt (more on that soon) and a sudden obsession with making clothes (more on that soon, too).

So all you get today is pictures of a finished quilt top and tales of a happy boyfriend. More drama to come, I promise! What have you been working on?

Linking up to Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In Progress

Hello again!

Last week I took a little hiatus from sewing and crafting. It was the most stressful week at work and in response, I decided to do nothing at all that resembled work when I got home. I lounged. I read. I wrote in my journal. Watched movies. Played video games. But I did not work on anything. I think it was good for my mental health last week. I might have seriously broken down in tears if I had to get out my seam ripper for any reason. And my projects don't deserve that.

But! I'm back now. Things are much better, stress is much lower, and it has been an all around much better week so far. So here's what I'm currently working on.

frosted pumpkin cross stitch bacon and eggs pattern

I couldn't take all the cuteness around the blogging world and instagram anymore. I decided to take up cross stitch. I bought this pattern from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and my supplies from the Workroom, and I'm off! It doesn't quite look like bacon and eggs yet, but I'll get there. In the background you can see my rainbow ripple blanket. It is still getting steady (if slightly sporadic) attention, too.

Free motion quilting scrappy chevrons

Quilting has also begun on the scrappy chevron quilt! This quilt is huuuuge. It makes my arms sore after not very much time, so I have just been slowly chipping away at it. Hoping to finish the simple loopy quilting this weekend.

And that's about it around here! It's good to be back in a sane, happy place. What are you working on?

Linking up to WiP Wednesday with Lee at Freshly Pieced!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Back to Swooning... again!

Yup, I pulled my poor, neglected swoon blocks out of their box for a little love. I managed to finish this guy up today:

swoon daiwabo elephants

I just finished it up before work over a cup of coffee :) You can just see in the top of the picture the pieces cut and ready to go for the next one! Hoping to whip that up this weekend, too. And maybe, MAYBE get the fabric cut for the last two blocks.

What are you working on this weekend? Linking up to Sewjo Saturday with Kim at My Go-Go Life!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Finished Purse!

I have been a project-finishing MACHINE. Seriously. Last weekend, I made a purse! And I have another quilt top to show you. But it will have to wait until there's enough daylight for pictures :)

But look! Purse!

sew sweetness accordion bag qayg

It's the accordion bag pattern from Sew Sweetness that I got in my Pattern Parcel. Except instead of making the front flap accordion-like, I made it a quilt as you go panel. First time I've ever done QAYG, but I really love the results!

sew sweetness accordion bag lining

I used some fun, happy dots for the inside.

sew sweetness accordion bag qayg flap

My old bag was looking so sad. I'm so glad I finally took the time to make a new one :)

Linking up to TGIFF, hosted this week at Devoted Quilter!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Scrappy Chevrons Top- Finished!

As promised, a big finish! Okay, it could be bigger. I just haven't mustered the courage to baste this gigantic monster, so it isn't quilted. But still! This has been in progress so long, it still feels like a huge accomplishment!

scrappy chevron quilt top

Okay, so we had like 10 minutes to do this before Mario had to go to work. And it's huge and Mario wasn't tall enough to hold the thing up without it touching the ground...

scrappy chevron quilt top

So we moved so he could stand on the circle of bricks around the tree. Didn't help as much as we'd hoped! But that's okay. You get the idea, right?

This quilt is for my sister. It has been a loooong time coming! Hopefully she can wait a couple more weeks while I get the quilting question figured out ;)

Mario with quilt

This was probably my favorite shot of the day. After Mario's arms got tired and we were about to go back inside, I snapped one more. Cute, right? <3

scrappy chevron bed

And in case you were wondering how big it is... here is the phone picture I snapped right after sewing and pressing the last seam. Please excuse the mess! We have still not finished unpacking and setting things up and the bedroom is probably the worst! There is plenty of drapage over each side of the bed. I think my sister will be pleased.

Linking up to TGIFF, hosted this week by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A New WiP

Yes, I have started a new quilt. It's been a while, huh?? I have been a little more focused on small projects lately it seems.

This one is for Mario, my wonderful boyfriend who has waited ever so patiently for me to finally make him a quilt. It has taken me this long to get around to it because I just couldn't decide on a pattern! I wanted to do something amazing and complicated and time consuming. Because you know, Mario is special. But I finally decided I should just bring him in on the decision.

And as it turns out, Mario loves churn dashes! Who knew, right? He especially loves them when they're huge. So that's what I'm doing. Enormous 24" blocks! They're marvelously fast.

giant churn dash

Sorry for the dark crappy pictures! I have not been doing well with remembering to take pictures before work in the morning... The red is really much better than that! It's Kona Poppy. And the background is Kona Meringue, just in case you were wondering ;)

This can was the color inspiration. We ordered this beer at a local pizza place and Mario thought it looked awesome. So naturally I said we could turn it into a quilt! So we found some at Total Wine to help with the fabric choosing. Yes, it is empty now. I wanted to get a picture before we actually drank the beer, but there was Top Gear to watch and it really couldn't wait. You understand, right?

stiegl can quilt inspiration

I currently have 7 of 12 blocks. There is every possibility that this will be done before his birthday in late May! EXCITEMENT.

Linking up to WiP Wednesday with Lee at Freshly Pieced!