Saturday, July 26, 2014

Daily Snuggler

Daily Snuggler

This is the first quilt I made with REAL quilt shop fabric. A mix of different lines. Mostly sale bin fat quarters.
The pattern is from Spring 2012 issue of Quilts and More.



The back is batik and is pieced. 
My first obligatory "On the fence" pic.
 Some block close ups.
It is free motion quilted with wavy lines.


This is really a poor quality photo but I kind of liked the
effect.

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This is my Daily Snuggler. 
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pin Cushion

Pin Cushion

We had Christmas in July at the Tampa Modern Quilt Guild last week. 
The food was great and the friends better, oh but the gifts. They were spectacular!!!

This was my small contribution. 
made from this tutorial and pattern.



This is about 6 inches in diameter. Hope my guild mate enjoys it.
Merry Christmas!!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sewing Space

My Sewing Space

I have lived in my current home in the Tampa, FL area for about 15 months. My studio for quilting, sewing and crafting is my "living room". 
I wanted it to look reasonably attractive but also there was a list of 
Must Have features. 

Cutting Table

I have seen many of these great DIY cutting tables on Pinterest. 

Mine was made by using 2 bookshelves from the K store. Then I bought a table top from IKEA. It is attached with L-brackets. Measures 
30w x 48l x 36h. Makes life so much easier. 
The shelves are filled with boxes for storage.


Shelving Units

For storage we had bookshelf units that were in my boys rooms when they were growing up. I would love to paint these but haven't taken the time. 
I bought some boxes and store a lot of my fabric there.



I store craft supplies in the drawers. I also have 2 drawers full of machine embroidery thread.
Sewing Machine Table

For a Loonnnngggg time I wanted a table made so that the bed of my machine could sit flush with the table top. I had looked into buying several tables from big box stores or thrift stores, but had an ah-ha moment when I saw my son's old computer desk. The machine sits on the keyboard drawer and it is a dream to sew on. 


There are file cabinets on either side. On one sits my serger, under the cover, and the other provides additional space to support quilts. Patterns and other supplies are in the files. 

Desk

No pictures here. LOL. Let's just say it has several WIPs on it right now. It is 
L-shaped and has my computer and 2 other machines.

It is far from perfect and not always as organized as I would like but, I am working on it. Leave me comments and link to your sewing space.

and

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stitch by stitch

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Christmas in July, Oh yeah!


I have been to a couple of "Christmas in July" events recently. Last Saturday, the Tampa Modern Quilt Guild had our Christmas Party (In July!).
We had a great time. Check out our pictures on our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/TampaMQG/
I have some truly talented guild mates. 
The Christmas in July has me thinking about the upcoming holidays. You know, those that will "be here before you know it". 
These are my families quilted stockings that I made a while back. Do you already have holiday projects lined up???

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Small Blog Meet

Small Blog Meet

I am very excited to participate in a "Small Blog Meet" organized by Lynne from Lily's Quilts.
 Lily's Quilts


She is a self described Modern British Quilter. Her blog is delightful and she is giving smaller blogs (and bloggers) a chance to meet and connect through her blog.

This is one of her great tutorials. I look forward to visiting many of the blogs on the list.

Thank you Lynne and Welcome to all.

Progress, WIP Here we go, again!

WIP Wednesday

Completed my quilt top Sunday. I used the general principle of Cluck, Cluck, Sew's Strip and Flip Baby Quilt.

I made a few changes, such as adding the solid strip between each print. In this version I cut the solid strips 2 inches and the prints are 2.5 inches. Then, as the name implies, I cut a section and flipped it with a different print strip on either side of the "flipped" section. 
I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced 

There are a lot of projects with links to really good blogs. Check them out. 



Will take it to "Show 'n Tell" at Tampa Modern Quilt Guild on Saturday. Hope they like it. You too. Please leave comments and follow me by email or via Bloglovin. 
Thanks ya'll!!
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Here We Go AGAIN

I have had a Central Park scrap bag by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics that I purchased a while back from Southern Fabric. At the time they had an Etsy store but now have a web based store. Ya'll know that I LOVE anything Southern, particularly my home state of Georgia, so this Milledgeville GA shop is one of my faves. 
Anyway, I have been hoarding this scrap bag but have now decided to cut into it and make something. A baby quilt, I think. I plan to make 2 as there are lots of strips in this scrap bag. I divided the scrape into 2 colorways one with the yellow and orange being the predominant colors and another, that I will show later with the green and purple strips. I have paired the yellow/orange strips with Kona solids Butter that is really one "delicious" color (sorry, bad pun).


I am making this one up as I go, as usual, thus, here we go again. LOL. 
Will make this my link for this week at WIP Wednesdays, at Freshly Pieced. I will keep you updated. Maybe someday I'll report the "finish".


Check out these blogs from WIP Wednesday

 http://mamalovequilts.blogspot.com/2014/07/wip-wednesday.html

http://www.terryaskeartquilts.com/Studio/2014/07/02/work-in-progress-2014-07-02/

Monday, June 30, 2014

FINISHED!!!

Finally, THE 100 HST Triangle Pillow Cover!

Wow! What fun to pull this out of the dryer all warm and squishy! It was a lot of work. As much as a quilt, almost. I am happy with the way it turned out if I squint my eyes and don't look too closely! Used orange piping. Orange is, at least for now, my favorite accent color. It measures 16 x 16. Has an envelope back. There are 2 different shades of white, also randomly placed.
Let me know what you think.


 How do you like the "surprise"??





 I found this absolutely, insanely gorgeous tourquoise Gutterman thread in my stash. I do not know on what I originally bought it to use but it was PERFECT!


Thanks for looking. Tell me what you think.
I plan to list in my Etsy store. (Probably this weekend)
15septemberarts.EtsyShop
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Finish it up Friday.
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UFO: Is it time to finish it up???

I do not remember when I started this table runner. Over 1 year ago. The main fabric is a homespun and the "squares" are scraps of some of my favorites. 
 I pieced the squares and put together the runner and started on the quilting. I wanted it to be straight lines with lots of different angles.
I got really tired of the quilting and it has been marinating for a year or so. I have debated several times throwing it in the trash. Just not sure. 



   
The largest square is 6-7 inches. The smaller ones 4-6 inches.
I have a binding picked out in Orange!!
Let me know what you think.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Shell Box

Shell Box

Small, 3.5 x 3.5 x 2" paper box. Painted in lime green and light blue. Topped with Sea Shells.




Sunday, June 22, 2014

Update on 100 HSTs
Pillow Cover 

It is all sewn together!! 10 rows x 10 columns.
I love surprises don't you :). Look on the right side near the middle.

Now I will layer it. Have to decide how to quilt it. I think stippling would be a good contrast with all of the straight lines, but straight lines are kinda calling me too.

All of the points aren't perfect but I still believe it makes a statement.
Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

100, Yes, 100 HSTs

Start with some scraps, I have LOTS of scraps. Make some HSTs. Wow, I think these would make a nice pillow cover. Hmmmm, how many will I need? 10 rows x 10 columns would make a nice size. 
WHAT???? that's 100, YES, ONE HUNDRED HSTs.
Stay Tuned, there may be some surprises!!

Sunday, June 15, 2014




Fabric Bowl

I LOVE making fabric bowls. I use cotton clothesline and use fabric from thrifted clothing that I sanitize with bleach.
 I cut, or usually tear, them into 1.5" strips and wrap the clothesline. Zigzag with about a 5mm wide stitch so that the swing will hit both of the cords.


 Shape as you go by tilting the bowl. I use a glue stick that is washable and acid free (most are) to connect the strips. Important to remember. You need to coil and sew clockwise, left to right and make sure the right side of the fabric is showing when you wrap. I coil the fabric for about 6 inches and then place a pin to hold it in place while I zigzag. 


This method can be used for coasters, bowls. wall hangings and bags. Just modify the shape and the size. I finish off mine with hand picked shells from the West Coast of Florida. I leave about a 6 inch length of the cord and glue it in the desired shape to the bowl with an industrial adhesive. When the glue is dry I use the same adhesive to attach the shell.  





Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Patio Furniture ReDo, A Different Sewing Project



The past few weeks I have been occupied by a "different" type of sewing project. It's really not so different because "Home Dec" sewing was really what brought me to sewing. I have made curtains, draperies, pillows, shams, duvet covers, slip covers, cornice boards, dust ruffles and just about anything you can think of in that regard. I still enjoy it. 
I love the fabric from Fabric Guru. I always go to their clearance section. Some of the fabrics are printed slightly off register but the price is fantastic. These were less than $5.00/yard for great quality outdoor fabric. 
The sofa is a $40.00 Craig's List find. 

The before is pretty boring!!

My Sweet Zoe (aka Bear or ZoeBear (: )
Enjoying the "New" Patio Furniture!!