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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Welcome 2014 Sewing

Happy 2014 fellow sewing friends!  

I hope you are having a great start to your sewing year!  I got a lot accomplished in 2013, but I felt like I wasn't sewing for me.  Meaning, I think I over-committed myself to bees, swaps and the like, and I didn't have anything physical to show that I had made.  So, this year, 2014 will be the Year of Selfish Sewing.  For me, that means working on the projects I want to do and sewing some personal projects for me along the way.  I've dropped all swaps and bees, except do.good.stitches.   I'm staying in that bee to have an outlet to practice free-motion quilting and not be intimidated by it "not being good enough".  Don't get me wrong, I do good work, but the quilting is by no means perfect, and this give me a place to practice, knowing the recipient will love the quilt, no matter what.

So, here's some stuff I've been working on in 2014: 

My first 2 finishes were commissioned quilts for one of my college friend's little girl.  They are giving her bunk beds for her 5th birthday, and she wanted quilts for the beds.  I bought a boat load of fabric from Sew Lux and with the help of Chrissy, Sarah and Lee, we picked a palette that my friend requested and loved.  Green, pink and purple.  I used Stitched in Color Rachel's Penny Patch pattern for both quilts.  Both use the same fabrics, but the placement of the square is not identical.  
Quilt 1 front
Quilt 1 back

Quilt 2 front
Quilt 2 back

To give them a little more size, I used the same chevrons as in the quilt, as a border. I quilted them with straight lines on the diagonals.  I binded them both in Simply Style Eyelet in Purple.  

My friend and her daughter were thrilled with the end result!  Now they have to get the bunk beds finished!

Last weekend, I went to my sewing besties' mountain home for a Mother-Daughter Sew Down.  I got a few things sewn up, and my mom made her first quilt blocks!  We picked out Churn Dash, Sawtooth Star, Shoofly and Turnstile blocks to work on.  She did a fantastic job and now wants to work on more quilt blocks to make a whole quilt!  Go Mom!

Sweet Vic's first blocks (photo by Sarah @stitchingandbacon on IG)


I put together the June 2013 blocks and October 2013 blocks for the Believe circle of do.good.stitches.  For June, I had my beemates use Katy's (I'm A Ginger Monkey) Wonky Bullseye pattern, in yellow, gray and black.  This was a challenging (curves) but fun block and I think they all did a great job!  


June Blocks from Believe Circle of do.good.stitches

For October, I sent my beemates leftover fabric from my nephew's quilt and had them supplement from their stash to make disappearing 9 patch blocks.  I love this block and how it makes a great scrappy quilt top. 
October Blocks from Believe Circle of do.good. stitches

Now, to finish these two off and send them out to My Very Own Blanket.

I also brought fabric to cut into clams with Lee's Accuquilt.  I got some of them cut and will just have to make an appointment with Lee to cut the rest!  I'm loving the fabrics I choose:  Oh Deer!, Mama Said Sew, Lush and Collage to name a few!


Clammin'!  (photo by Lee @maychappell on IG)

Not a bad start to the New Selfish Sewing year!  I pulled fabrics last night for Sew Lux's Lazy Sunday Quilt-Along (my friend Lee's pattern) that starts this week!  I'm going to make a Valentine's Day quilt for me!  Yeah!

Linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced for W.I.P. Wednesday!

Happy Sewing, Friends!

Nicole

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Entry 2

Post #2 today:  I'm entering another quilt into the Blogger's Quilt Festival, over at Amy's Creative Side!  Head on over there and check out all the amazing-ness!

I decided to enter my bee quilt from March (the awesome gals of the Believe Circle of do.good.stitches helped out on this one), into the Quilt Photography Category.  I know what you're thinking:  Why not the Group or Bee quilt category?  Well, I've had so many comments and compliments on IG, Flickr and Facebook regarding how the quilt is photographed, that I figured I'd take a shot!  I got lucky on the photo:  a quick morning shot of the quilt on my glider on my back patio with my little o' Iphone!  

March quilt for Believe Circle of do.good.stitches

The story of this quilt:  This is the March 2013 quilt for the Believe Circle of do.good.stitches.  I asked my beemates to make Wonky Crosses in colors of blue, green, gray, yellow and orange.  I assembled the blocks, quilted it and bound it.  This was my very first foray into free motion quilting! Lots of fun, for sure, but not the prettiest job.  But, good news is that once it was washed, the imperfections were far less noticeable.  

Quilt Stats:

Size:  48" x48"
Fabrics:  Stash from the Believe Circle of do.good.stitches in orange, green, blue, gray, yellow
Block:  Wonky Crosses by Elizabeth Hartmon
Quilting:  FMQ by me
Recipient:  My Very Own Blanket

So, there it is!  My entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I also have my Churn & Dash baby quilt entered too, so go check that out!

Enjoy all the eye candy and I hope you get inspired to make some awesomeness!

Cheers-

Nicole

Churn Dash Finish and Blogger's Quilt Festival

I finished up the Churn & Dash baby quilt for my cousin's new baby.  He is supposed to enter this world next weekend, so I wanted to finish this project up before his birth!  And, as luck would have it, Amy, from Amy's Creative Side, is hosting her Fall edition of the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I am going to enter this quilt under the Baby Quilt category.  This will be my first ever entry into anything quilt related.


Henderson's Churn & Dash Quilt


The story of this quilt:  My cousin, Ken and his wife, Jennifer, are expecting their first child in early November.  This will be the 4th great grandchild (my sister has the first 3, and the youngest of those is 6), so we are all super excited about having another baby around.  Ken,(the soon-to-be father), was definitely one of my grandfather's faves (tho my grandfather would say he had no favorites). My grandfather would be so excited and proud to know that the Swift name will be carried on.  My grandfather passed last summer, at the age of 99.  He was a farmer and raised horses, so the farm theme of Madrona Road is perfect for my family's history and heritage.

I have been hoarding my collection of Madrona Road for a while now, just waiting on the perfect project.  The quilt design is one that I have had sketched out for a while, and I thought the Madrona Road fabric was just perfect for this project; but I needed a reason to start a new quilt (you know, 'cause I've got a TON of wips!).  When I found out that Jennifer was preggers, I had my excuse!

I am over the moon about how this finished up!  I think I'm going to make one for me in the pink colorway of Madrona Road.  The churn dashes vary in size from 3" to 12".  I ended up doing dogwood/orange peel free motion quilting.  I am still learning FMQ, so it's not perfect, but I am so pleased with the outcome.


Another front shot
Pieced Back with leftover blocks
Front details!  Love the Donkey!
Back details:  leftover 6" blocks and fabric
remnant for signature

Quilt Stats:

Size:  48" x 56"
Blocks:  Churn Dash, 3", 6", 9" and 12"
Layout and Design:  By me
Fabric:  Madrona Road, blue colorway
Quilted:  Free Motion Dogwoods, by moi


Pretty stacked

So, if you'd like, head on over to Amy's blog and vote for your favorite quilt.  There are lots of categories!  I love this online festival; there is so much good work!  I hope you get inspired to create!

Cheers-
Nicole


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursday Threads

I've have finished the quilt top for my cousin's upcoming baby!  And the back too.  Now I have to put it together.  

I pieced this and finished up the layout at the Mother-Daughter Sew Down, which I blogged about here.  But it wasn't until last night that I finished sewing it all together.  I changed the arrangement slightly, but I'm very happy with the results.

Henderson's Churn & Dash quilt top

Love the tiny churn dash!

And the truck and donkey


I hope to have this finished up by next week; the baby is due in early November!

I'm linking up to Thursday Threads!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Little Mother-Daughter Sewing

I am back from a wonderful weekend of Mother-Daugher sewing!  I went to the Ponderosa Quilt and Sew Retreat this weekend with some of my buds from Sew South and their moms.  We had an amazing time! 
Ponderosa (photo by Lee Monroe)


Here's the back story:  My mom and I both went to Sew South this year, and we met Chrissy (Sew Lux Fabric and Gifts) and Lee (May Chappell).  Both of their mom's sew. Awesome!  So, Chrissy thought it would be amaze-balls to have a weekend of sewing with our moms.  She got the ball rolling and we made it happen this past weekend. The place we stayed is owned by the Moda rep that Sew Lux buys from, Kim, and she is awesome.  Her center is huge, has plenty of room for sewing, laying out, ironing, whatever.  And talk about tools:  we were like kids in a candy store.  She had every ruler know to man, plus more.  I got to try the Go! Baby AccuQuilt for the first time.  So awesome!  She has a ton of dies, so that was fun.  

The retreat has great beds, a fantastic kitchen and it's just outside of Asheville (in Waynesville).  Super easy to get to.  The weekend was so fun and so productive!

Look at all the books!  (photo by Chrissy Lux)
The kitchen

Lee finished, 2, count 'em, 2, quilt tops from her awesome new Lazy Sunday quilt pattern.  You can get it as a kit through Sew Lux in both Sweet Serenade and High Street. See Lee's quilt tops below.
Lazy Sunday quilt pattern by Lee Monroe (photo by Lee Monroe)
Two finished quilt tops (Sweet Serenade-left, High Street-right; photo by Lee Monroe)

Ann, Lee's mom, finished up a awesome Lazy Sunday quilt top made from Sweetwater's new Road 15 line.  Sew Lux sells this too!
Road 15 quilt top in progress (Lazy Sunday pattern-photo by Lee Monroe)

Amanda turned out some awesomeness:  a wall hanging, mini quilt and quilt top!  They looked amazing!  Sew Lux sells the mini quilt as a kit.  So great for Halloween!

Amanda's quilt top (photo by Chrissy Lux)

Beverly (Amanda's mom) make a cute apron and make her very first quilt block.  She's hooked now.

Linda (Chrissy's mom) brought several UFOs.  She finished 3!  

Chrissy finished a Super Tote in Kate Spain's new Sunnyside line!  They have it in the shop!
Chrissy's tote! (photo by Chrissy Lux)

Vickie (my mom) brought a mug rug kit to make (available at Sew Lux) and a cute fabric bucket to make.  She cranked out both of these!  

I finished making the blocks for my cousin's baby quilt.  I even got most of the piecing done!
Churn Dash quilt in progress (prior to piecing)
We all had such a fun time that we've planned another one for early 2014!  It was great to connect with my mom and get to know my friends' moms too!  I can hardly wait for the next one!

Happy stitching!
Nicole

Friday, September 20, 2013

Thursday Threads link up

I am working furiously to finish up a baby quilt for my cousin's soon-to-be-here baby boy.   My whole family is super excited about this new addition, as my cousin will be the only other one to have children (except for my sister).  Babies are sooo fun!

I have a stockpile of Violet Craft's Madrona Road from my own stash and the MQG challenge from earlier this year.  I have had this pattern drafted up for a while and just needed the motivation to get started on it.

Here is the progress:

It's a crappy photo!  Sorry for the hotspot!  Anyway, the idea is a multiple sizing of churn dash blocks.  I'm using mainly 6", 9" and 12" blocks.  Yes, that is a teeny 3" block.  It was a test and I'm not sure if I'm gonna stick with those.  

I hope to have more progress made to share by Monday, but I am going to Winston tomorrow to visit some of the quilt shops there.  Amanda Murphy is coming to Sew Original tomorrow and there is the Quilt Carolina event going on in the Triad and Triangle!  My pocketbook is gonna be hurting after this weekend!

Y'all have a good one!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Weekend Sewing and Stuff

Hi!  How are ya?  I have been away from the blog but have  been getting my sew on!  I have a couple of finishes to share with you:

Seth's quilt

Seth and me with his quilt

This is a quilt I made for my nephew.  It is a late birthday present for him!  I had the top pieced for a month and just hadn't put it together.  I took my machine with me on our family beach vacay and finished it up there!  Seth is learning to sew, and as you can imagine, he was fascinated with seeing the quilt come together.
The pattern is from Jeni Baker's Modern Plus Quilt Tutorial.  Check it out here.
I used the blue color way from Emily Herrick's Hall Of Fame line.  I backed it with a panel of the Pennant fabric and a gray Colton sheet I picked up at Target.  I also bound it in the Pennant fabric. He absolutely loves it!

Back of Seth's quilt


Believe circle of do.good.stitches

March quilt for Believe Circle of do.good.stitches

Finally assembled the March blocks into this cute quilt!  This was my first foray into free motion quilting.  It was lots of fun and I learned tons!  The quilting is not pretty, but the final product turned out so cute.  I had the ladies use the Wonky Cross tutorial from Elizabeth Hartmon.


Baby Cooper's Quilt

Baby Cooper's Robot quilt

This quilt is for my friend's brand new baby!  They chose a robot theme, so, of course, I had to make a robot quilt!  The top is a panel by Kokka, the back is snugly orange flannel.  I bound it with a navy dot. I had so much fun quilting this! I took the opportunity to practice my free motion skills!  There are pebbles, stars, pinwheels, wrenches, lightening bolts, loops, swirls, a road and skylines!  I sure hope they like it!