Wednesday, October 31, 2012

15th WIP of 2012

Hello!  Happy Halloween!

I got my green blocks done for Ellison Lane Quilts Scrappy Stash quilt along. 



Working on blue blocks now.




Tried my hands at a little reverse applique...



Not a lot got done this week but a bit.

Quilt/Bind:Log cabin quilt

No progress:
Beatrix Potter quilt (fabric hunting)
Barn quilt
Husband's shirt
Felt Christmas ornaments
Colorbrick quilt
Baby quilt for Susan
Logan's wall hanging

In progress:
Summer skirt - just need to hem!
Scrappy Stash quilt along
Zakka nesting boxes

Stats:
New projects: 1
Completed projects: 0
No progress: 7
In progress: 3

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sunbeam Turbo Steam Iron Review

As sewers and quilters, we know that pressing those seams can be just the ticket to a more accurate and crisp look.   Recently I purchased the Sunbeam Turbo Steam Master Professional iron.

I was so excited when this iron arrived at my doorstep!  As soon as I saw it, I opened the
box and showed it off to my husband, who amused me with his excitement as well.


So here is what you get:

3 way motion smart auto off (definitely need this one!)
Self Clean button (I have not used this yet)
Powerful Vertical and Shot of Steam features
Retractable Cord

My thoughts:

I like the auto shut off as I am notorious for sewing late at night, then sleep deprived heading off to bed without even a second thought that the iron was on.

The weight is nice, good balance.

Though I like the retractable cord, it does come back awfully fast! I have hit my fingers several times while retracting and it was not pleasant.

Bottom line: I would recommend the Turbo Steam iron.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

14th WIP of 2012

A little sewing has been happening in my neck of the woods.

I've been working on this nesting box from the Zakka Style book by Rashida Coleman-Hale.

 
 
I am participating in the Scrappy Stash quilt along over at Ellison Lane Quilts.  My purple blocks are done!  I am working on my last red block and then onto green, blue, and orange/yellow.
 



Every time I go to a fabric store, my son Logan picks out a fabric for his "stash".  Our last trip he picked this fabric.


We recently decided that this fabric should become a new lunch box for him.  After perusing my stash for an interior lining, he decided on the one below.


Quilt/Bind:Log cabin quilt

No progress:
Beatrix Potter quilt (fabric hunting)
Barn quilt
Husband's shirt
Felt Christmas ornaments
Colorbrick quilt
Baby quilt for Susan
Logan's wall hanging

In progress:
Summer skirt - just need to hem!
Scrappy Stash quilt along
Zakka nesting boxes
 
Stats:
New projects: 1
Completed projects: 0
No progress: 7
In progress: 3

Linking up to Freshly Pieced

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sewing Summit Recap

Hey guys!  Well, I'm back from Sewing Summit and so inspired.  I am just overflowing with new ideas, new changes (more on this later), and new friends.

There was just so much going on I don't even know where to begin really.  As you may or may not know (did I even mention this?) we drove.  Yep.  My little family drove from New Mexico to Salt Lake City - 22 hours (round trip) of all of us in a car.  Our first "major" road trip - and a whole lot of nothing for miles and miles and miles....


There were so many talented people.  I felt small and timid next to many of them; being a natural introvert didn't help either.

Many great sponsors made up this year's sewing summit such as Craftsy, Riley Blake, Babylock just to name a few.  Here are just some of the goodies that got to come home with me.


The keynote speaker - Joel Dewberry!  He showcased his new fabric line Notting Hill.  Which I think is just gorgeous!



Erin Singleton and her staff did a terrific job! I couldn't even imagine putting on such an event. All that time and effort!

I won a prize at the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild mixer on Friday night!  Riley Blake's Puppy Park.


 It was a privilege to take a class and meet Carol Van Zandt.  She gave me this beautiful fat quarter bundle - Tokyo Rococo.  I'm thinking this will make a really pretty new bag!


There was much, much more that went on and happened.  I am still wrapping my mind around it all. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

This Weekend

Boy this weekend sure flew by!  And I have so much to do still before I leave on Wednesday for Sewing Summit! 

Remember those pieces of fabric I wrote about in my last WIP post?  Well, they are now blocks ready to go to Utah for a Quilt of Valor.

 
Saturday was spent working on the house we are trying to move into.  Logan's teachers came out and helped.  Seriously, we probably wouldn't be as far as we are if not for them!  Speaking of Logan, my little guy has a loose tooth.  Already?!  He is growing up way too fast! 
 
 
That means a tooth fairy pillow was in order!  And since it is pretty loose and can fall out at any time, a tooth fairy pillow needed to be made ASAP!  So, I dropped everything and went off to create.
 
While growing up, mine was a green plaid elephant with a little pocket on it's body.  I love that little pillow.  All of my siblings used it as well.  I think one of my brother's got it as they had kids before I did.
 
 
Okay, done reminiscing.  On to Logan's pillow.  He LOVES his trains, so I figured a train pillow was in order.  I ended up making a caboose, with the windows as pockets to hold the tooth and coins the tooth fairy brings.
 


The back is some leftover fabric I had from the I spy quilt I made his class. The fabric is The Little Engine that Could.


 
 

Logan was so excited, he brought his pillow to school today to show all his friends, as well as his loose tooth!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

13th WIP of 2012

Wow!  It's been a while since I posted a work in progress post.  Lots of projects being added to my list, especially with sewing summit coming up next week!  {EEK!!}

See this mess?




I finally decided to do something about it and made a grocery bag holder.  Don't know why this took me so long as they are sooo simple to make!  I used leftover Flora charms from the coupon clutch I made my mom.


 
 
My triangle quilt is not making very fast progress.  {Sigh!}
 
 



These little 1 1/2 inch squares are part of a special wall hanging I am making for my 4 year old son.

 
 
And finally, Liz of Goddess in Progress has asked people going to sewing summit to partake in an "insta- bee."  Those who volunteered (like me!) will bring one or more of these blocks in red or blue, to become a Quilt of Valor!  I am aiming to get my blocks done before the weekend!
 
 
Check out what others are up too at Freshly Pieced.

Monday, October 1, 2012

It's Finally Framed!

A while back I finished this little project for my daughter's room.  I just received it back from the framers last week!

All that is left to do is hang it on the wall!