Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Friday Sewing

I am getting used to these odd hours, kind of, and although the working into the evening isn't my favorite part of the week, Fridays are slowly becoming something to look forward to.  I am finding my way back into my sewing room on a regular basis, and I'm loving it.

This week I decided a little Christmas in July was in order.  This is a Nancy Halvorsen tablerunner and there is another nativity scene on the other end.  While it is close to being finished, Joseph still needs his mustache, and I need to quilt it.  The hay in the manger is perle cotton and was a lot of fun to add.  I watched White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life while sewing, and thankfully the sewing room was cool because it was HOT and humid outside.  And to think, Christmas is only five months away.  I have my "to go" sewing bag packed for this Friday...I'm taking some handwork with me.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Life...and new adventures

It's been a while again since I've posted, and it hasn't been for lack of working on things, or maybe it has.  My paying job has been in a bit of an upset lately with hours changed from working early mornings to late afternoons/evenings and now working nights on the weekends which is not something I relish at all.  I'm not quite sure how all this happened, but it has, and my husband tells me I don't do well with change.

While I was on vacation (over a month ago) I started working with my 9-patches.  I found a fun pattern called Bubble and Squeak by Emma Jean Jansen.  I made it bigger and resized it for my sized 9-patches.  I love the way it is turning out, and am hoping to finish piecing and quilting it soon.

I've also been making some very small (1/2-inch) hexie flowers with Kaffe fabrics.  I guess I like to see what I can do with all the bright colors, stripes, shapes, and patterns in these fabrics.  It is a challenge without being something I really have to think about.

I've also been working with different English paper piecing shapes.  Once again, the challenge of working with the different shapes not only stitching them, but basting them is intriguing to me while also being kind of mindless.

With my new work hours I will have every Friday off and I'm going to plan to spend Fridays sewing/piecing/quilting/blogging.  My project today was this embroidery from Nydia Kehnle.  I used Sampler Threads Tutti Fruitti and Kiwi.  It was such a fun stitch I may have to go back and order a few more states after this one is finished.

Here is to new adventures in sewing, new work hours, accepting change, and making it great for me (did I mention I really don't do well with change?).  Happy stitching!!  --Kristen

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Quiltcation Day Two

Funny how when you plan things you just can't foresee what is going to happen.  I woke up yesterday with an extreme case of vertigo (dizziness) and as the day progressed it got worse.  Today I'm feeling like I am going to survive, although I'm still walking like I'm on a ship in high seas. :)

Yesterday I finished piecing the border for my X-Rated Schnibbles.  YAY!  This was a fun quilt to make and the fabric (Snug As A Bug by Melly and Me for Riley Blake) is so fun that I'm happy I have a few scraps left to work with for something else.

The day is early and I'm ready to get back into the sewing room.  We will see how far I make it today, hopefully another quilt top finished?!?!?  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Monday, June 1, 2015

Quiltcation (a.k.a. Staycation)

This year instead of traveling we decided we needed a vacation at home to do the things we love to do and never have time for.  We all have our hobbies (my husband loves to work on old cars and my son never has time to play the video games he has collected) so we decided to spend a week together, but doing the things we each enjoy doing.  This has been very nice so far because our meals are spent talking about what we are working on and everyone is very relaxed, which isn't that the point of a vacation anyway?!?! :)

This quilt is for my niece who was born in January.  When I saw this pattern here called the One Block Quilt I knew it was the one for her.  I am using flannels because of course nine months out of the year it is cold in Minnesota, and I also wanted a little larger quilt because babies grow so quickly.  My plan is to get this quilted this week, and I am hoping to share something fun I'm using for the backing (we will see how it works before I share it with you).  I have a lot of applique to work on tonight for another quilt, and hopefully I will have more of that to show soon too. Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Monday, May 25, 2015

Finishing Work

I tend to be one of those people who loves to embroider, cross stitch, and piece quilts and then they sit and wait for a day when I can finish more than one thing.  Today was that day...

Pillows, ornaments, and wall hangings were on the agenda.  The weather has been off today, and I had to take what I could get for photos in between rain showers.

This Christmas Wishes to All pillow was made using a free embroidery pattern from Anni Downs and the pillow pattern is by Gail Pan.

This ornament is from a Little House Needleworks pattern (do you see a theme here with these projects?)

My Kathy Schmitz snowman is finally complete and ready to hang.  There are 12 monthly kits, and I can't wait to finish one for this summer.  I'm thinking I had better start June now so I can hopefully hang it in July.

My sewing room is looking a little bit better now, and hopefully there will continue to be more action in there in the coming weeks.  I'm feeling better about my Christmas decorating today after finishing these projects, after all Christmas is only seven months from today.  (I can hear the groans, but instead of saying I'm behind, it sounds better to say I'm ahead of the game).  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Right Before My Very Eyes

I decided this week before I started anything new I had to finish something.  There were just too many things lying around my sewing room, either cut out and no piecing, others with some piecing, and then still more that are pieced and just need to be quilted.  I have all kinds of projects I want to start, especially now that summer is right around the corner, and I will have vacation time and waiting for my son time to work on them.  

I decided the first thing I should finish is my Schnibbles X-Rated.  I don't even remember cutting this out, but I did, and all the pieces were right there staring at me.  At least I thought they were until I started sewing and realized something was missing, and it was not a little something, it was a big something.  Every night when I would go to my sewing room I would search for 34 pieces that I knew I had cut for the borders, but they were no where to be found.  I actually started to question if I was losing my mind or had suddenly stopped for some reason, maybe because I had run out of fabric. I knew I had had two layers cakes so that couldn't have been the case. I kept sewing and the closer I got to needing those pieces the more frustrated I became.  Yesterday I finally ordered another layer cake and went back to work...

So the quilt is now a flimsy and I can't add the borders, and then as I am sitting at my sewing machine sewing the last row on I see it.  I remember where my extra border pieces went...

Up on my design wall is this mini medallion quilt.  Now I remember, all those extra pieces were perfect for this quilt.  Note to self, even if I think it is a scrap, it may not be, and if it is in a neat little stack with a whole bunch of other pieces I will not use it until I make sure it isn't for something else.  The funny thing is, the whole time I was sewing I was deciding how to quilt the mini on the design wall.  I guess the fabrics look completely different when used in larger pieces compared to tiny ones.  I scare myself sometimes.  Well, enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.  And an added note...something happened with comments and my email, they don't always show up there, so I'm not ignoring you, I just may not see it right away.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Monday, May 18, 2015

Have You Ever Had a Dream?

I have dreamed of going to Quilt Market for over 20 years.  Twenty years of watching it come and go and not being able to attend.  This year my dream came true, I actually got the opportunity to attend Quilt Market and all I can saw is WOW!  It was invigorating, inspiring, educational, and overwhelming all at once.  Everything you could ever want for quilting, it was there.  At one point we just had to stop and sit down because everything all in one place was almost too much for a person to take in.  I'm sure the seasoned veterans could laugh at the expression on my face because yes, I was the deer in the headlights!

I had planned to take photos, but I didn't.  There wasn't enough time, but I did think to get one of the doors opening up to the most wonderful displays of creativity.  My drive to create is renewed, I'm inspired again, and I'm ready to get back to my wonderful sewing room to make some of those dreams reality.

My message today is this, don't ever give up on something if it is really what you want.  Am I completely there yet, no, but after 20 years of waiting, I finally got to do something I actually was beginning to think would never happen.  I keep reminding myself, it is all in the journey, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen