Saturday, April 19, 2014

Worth The Wait...and FNSI

WHOO HOO!!!!  It is finally finished and ready to go.  I am so excited I can hardly stand it.  I should say first that this is one of those projects that has taken YEARS to finish and was done on a we found the wood in an old barn and my husband cleaned it up and made it into something beautiful.  The only money spent on it was for the machine lift.

A drawer for everything, everything in its drawer, and there is a lot of room for growth.  (I can hardly stand not being down there and sewing.)

The best part...the side piece comes up so when I'm quilting those big quilts or sewing the bindings on the fabric won't pull when it is hanging over the edge.  I think I will use it more than I ever imagined as it is the perfect height for my light box and should make tracing embroidery designs simple!   I did realize this morning when he was marking the plexiglass that goes around the machine that I am going to have to relearn how to sew.  I've never not sewn on an odd sized table and always had to sit on a pillow or two so my neck didn't hurt.  You can also see the design wall behind the sewing machine (yes, my talented husband made that too).

Last night for FNSI I worked on Noah, a sheep, a pig, and an elephant.  I figured I should work on some hand work as I am pretty sure my time will now be spent by the sewing machine.  I will also be looking for the perfect quilt pattern to make as a thank you for my sewing cabinet...thanks Brad, I love it!  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What Is My Superpower?!

What a question to ask yourself.  What is your superpower?  We all have things that we are good at, or want to be good at, but what is it that makes us truly rise to the occasion when we craft?  Being from Minnesota we tend to be understated, quiet, shy, and do not brag on ourselves, so I decided to take this in a different direction.

As I worked on my projects I realized that I love working with fibers...not just cotton fabrics, but wool and floss, ribbons and buttons.  I love to cross stitch and embroider, use a whip stitch or add french knots, and needle punch, well I love that!  Anytime I can make something with any of these I can completely lose track of time and have made it through may a rough patch simply being creative.

Lately it seems my projects are very small in size.  Time doesn't always allow me to spend countless hours, but someday I'm sure that will happen again soon.  Thanks to Madame Samm and Pauline for this great blog hop.  Enjoy seeing what the others have discovered as their superpower.  Happy Stitching --Kristen

Just Let me Quilt 
Meadowbrook  (you are here)
Living with Purpose 
The Quilting Queen Online Blog 
Words and Stitches 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Folding, Sorting, and Organizing

I started a little over a week ago with my dehoarding of my sewing room.  It all began when my husband said he would make the sewing center we had purchased the plans for in 1997, and he finally had the time to make it.  I've had dreams about this thing, anxiously awaiting the day that my sewing machine finally fit into its own cabinet and the fabric would flow across the top freely, no dangling, pulling, tugging while working on large quilt tops, or wobbling of the sewing machine when I maybe got going too fast.  I decided that since I was going to have this beautiful object in my sewing room, I should be cleaning out and organizing.  What I did not realize is how much a person can stuff into two closets.  :)

I have found projects that I had completely forgotten about, ones that I am so excited about making I almost stopped folding/organizing/decluttering and started working on them.  This is not all of it, it is just one half of one closet.  The problem I am having now is how exactly to organize it all.

My husband did make some modifications to the plans (like making the drawers to my specifications so my thread could stand up in the drawers).  Tomorrow is the big day it will enter the sewing room.  I can hardly wait to start filling the drawers with sewing treasures, the only problem...I'm not sure I can wait to do a little sewing.

This may be a good time to start doing a stash report again seeing as I have enough fabric to keep me busy for a while.  I donated some fabric and my numbers will be a bit off being that I'm starting in April, but it will be fun to see what I can use before the end of the year.

Used this Week: 15 yards
Used year to Date: 15 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards

Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Monday, March 31, 2014

Flags on Stick

I love flags, and how exciting to make one of my own.  I have gone back and forth for weeks about what to make, how to make it, and I finally decided that I wanted something cheerful and happy after this long, cold, snowy winter.

The ground is still frozen so I couldn't get my "stick" to stand up, but my flag has the hopes of warm, sunny days ahead filled with sunshine and smiles.  After making the front I thought I should have a playful back side to my flag seeing as that is the side I will see from my office each day.

I decided the back side should be winking...just to remind me of how much we love the warm summer days.  I did blanket stitch around all the pieces of my sun to give it some interest, but honestly, I think to simply see the sun with a smile is just what my garden needs.

Thank you to Madame Samm and Thearica for cheering us on and Flags On A Stick and Flag Outlet for sponsoring our hop.  Here are the rest of today's participants.  Happy Hopping and Stitching!!  --Kristen

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Has Sprung...I Hope!

Well, our piles of snow are melting and I'm feeling the need to do some spring cleaning.  I'm starting in my sewing room, which always seems to be a never ending project.  My husband has assured me that the new sewing station he is constructing will be entering the sewing room soon (my fingers are crossed and double crossed), so I decided that it would be the perfect time to do some purging...and reorganizing.

I have spent a better part of the day emptying everything out of my fabric closet, refolding everything, and then returning it to its new place or putting it in the "time to leave this house" bag.  I will be sure to share the finished photos with you.  One thing I can tell you, no one can truly warn you enough about how time consuming this folding process is, but I can see already it will definitely be worth it.  Of course then I find things and start thinking about projects to start (like these fabrics)...but I won't be working on anything until this mess is cleaned up. ;)

I'm extremely late in sharing what I worked on for FNSI last week...I was in a crochet mood and decided to try these little hearts and shamrocks I found on Pinterest (you can check out my Pinterest boards here).  I'm hoping to have a little banner made for Valentine's and St. Patrick's Day next year.  I'm never behind, always working ahead...ha!  We are supposed to have a 60 degree day tomorrow which everyone is waiting for with anticipation.  Even if it only hits 50, I'm sure we will all be celebrating!  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Happy Worldwide Quilting Day!!!

Even though today is a "special" day, I think everyday is quilting day, or should be, even if it is for just a short period of time.  I got up early this morning so I could get a few minutes of uninterrupted quilting in before our very busy day starts.

After showing this poor little guy in his horrible state a while back and so many of you encouraging me to finish him, I decided today was the day.  Our snow is melting at a record pace and spring is just around the corner.  I cannot believe what a little embroidery, some scraps of wool and a button can do.  You can still see that he is "wonky" but I love him.  I know I will smile every year when I take him out again to celebrate the snow!  :)

 If you follow Sherri at A Quilting Life you know she has been designing patterns using 2-1/2 inch squares.  This one is called Simply Small Mini Quilt.  I had a few left over charms from a Simply Style charm pack and this was a fun way to use them.  I am still hoping to find a day for some machine quiting, but that hasn't happened yet.  Maybe that day will come soon as my son's basketball season has nearly come to an end, and he will not be playing soccer this spring (at least I don't think he will).  I hope you enjoy your Worldwide Quilting Day and that you find even just a few minutes to make something creative!  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Think Ruffles

I don't know about you, but I rarely think of making ruffles.  I made a bed skirt once with 8 yards of fabric and dental floss...I've made curtains with ruffles, and I've made a few pillows.  Since I have no little girls I finally decided to do what I know...

I just finished this Valentine's embroidery and I did not want it to sit unfinished waiting for Valentine's to roll around again.  I also purchased the ruffler foot for my sewing machine and boy is that sweet.  You change the setting to how many ruffles you want per stitches and it makes it for you.  I think next time I will put a few more ruffles in my ruffle.  ;)  The pattern for the embroidery is from Bare Roots and was a fun one to stitch.  I did change the colors of floss just by picking a color I liked and stitching with it.

Here are the rest of the participants for the Think Ruffles Hop!  Thank you Mdm Samm and Amy for all your encouragement!!

March 7th