Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wednesday WIP

Well ... most of the WIP around here lately has been on the computer - blah business-y stuff, and some new patterns in the works - but I have managed to sneak in some sewing time on this fun t-shirt quilt, which also means that I finally have something to share for WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

{it's hanging sideways}

It's a commission project for a friend from my old job.  She's participated in a number of really fantastic breast cancer races and wanted to be able to display her {well-earned} trophies.  We included a couple of shirts from some of her favorite vacations so that she would end up with a nice, snuggly quilt full of great memories.

When I first started the project, I knew that I wanted to use some sort of stabilizer.  Pellon's website suggested using Pellon 950F Shir-Tailor®, so since that's always been my go-to brand, I figured that that's what I would use.  Unfortunately, when I got to the craft store, I found that it was way too thick.  Since I wanted minimal stabilization and optimum snuggle-abilty, I opted to go with Pellon P44F Fusible Nonwoven, which has worked like a dream!

One of the challenges with this quilt was to combine tiny, medium, and large sized prints into a cohesive project.  I have to admit, I was at a little bit of a loss as to how to start ... but once I measured all the shirts, I realized that they could all be easily rounded up to multiples of 3, which gave me a great starting point for planning and playing with graph paper cut-outs.

My first attempt resulted in lap quilt that was a great width, but ridiculously tall.  I realized, too, that a few of the panels were sideways {grrr}, but rather than shuffle my squares and start all over again, I tried the whole thing in Excel ....

... and it was sooooooo much easier to move the blocks around and come up with a layout that was a little more balanced!  I'm so happy with the way it's turning out and I know my friend will too!  My plan for this evening is to finish up the bottom row and the inner sashing rows.  I'm hoping to have enough of the great background fabric that she sent over to use as the outer border too.  It matches all the colors of the shirts so perfectly - I mean I couldn't have found a better match in months of searching!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday!  I don't have too much to share on the crafting front, as I've been spending most of my spare time on my giant organization project.  I am hoping to sneak out to the fabric store a little later today to pick up some backing so that I can start finishing some long over-due projects.

This morning, I do have a new pattern to share on Craftsy, though!  It's one of my favorites, and it's perfect for cozying up this time of year

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Design Wall Monday

Well, my original intention was to finish my mammoth effort to clean up my sewing space and finish cataloging my stash before even thinking about sitting down at the sewing machine ... let alone starting a new project.  But, as I was choosing the fabric for the first of my big 2013 de-stash posts, I decided that I just wasn't ready to let go of my Cherish Nature hoard.  In fact, while I was looking through some scraps, I discovered that I had a whole slew of 1 1/2" strips!

Please excuse my super dirty ironing board cover!
So, rather than let them go, I decided to make a quick stacked coin quilt.  I've never made one before, so it should be a quick, new, little project that I'm hoping to have knocked out and finished in less than two weeks!

My basic inspiration is the "Stacked" quilt by AmandaJean of CrazyMomQuilts from several years back.

Photo courtesy of CrazyMomQuilts for Moda Bake Shop
I think that for my version, I'm going to play around with stacks of different widths just to add a little something.  My goal is to make the quilt as scrappy and random as possible, which is something that my OCD self sometime has difficulties with.  I will admit, though - I did sit down and do the math to figure out how to divide my remaining prints equally between the stacks ... you know, for the sake of balance ...

What have you chosen as your first project of the year?  Need a little inspiration?  Be sure to stop by Design Wall Monday over at Patchwork Times to sneak a peak at some other design walls (or ironing boards, in my case) out there in blogland.  Happy Sewing!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Great 2013 Destashing

Welcome to the Great 2013 Destash!

As part of my efforts to simplify in 2013, once or twice per month, I'll be holding a de-stashing sale.

If you're interested in making a purchase, please email me at poplun{at}gmail{dot}com with your order and your mailing address.  I'll reply with a paypal invoice, including the USPS Flat Rate shipping rates.  Most purchases will usually fit in a Flat Rate Envelope, which ships for $4.95.  Once payment has been sent, I'll ship your package and email you with your tracking number. Easy peasy!

Here's my selection for January:

1 - Prayer Flag by April Cornell Layer Cake

Never been used {only slightly oogled by me} and carefully stored! 42 - 10" sqaures, still in it's original packaging. 

Price: $28 + shipping
Full Line Swatch page available here.

Set of 3 prints from Ella's Wishes by Connecting Threads

Total of 2 yards: 1 yard of the larger scale print, and 1/2 yard each of the barbells and the dots.

Price: $8 + shipping

1/2 yard Scarlet flowers from Boutique by Chez Moi for Moda

$4.50 + shipping

Grab Bag: Verna by Kate Spain for Moda SOLD!

  • 30 - 5" charm squares, in various prints
  • 1 - 13.5" (.38 yards) yardage cut in Dewdrop vine (see large picture below)
  • 1 - 16.5" x 18" piece in Dewdrop daisy chain (see right top picture)
  • 1 - 14" x 17" piece in Dewdrop blossoms (see right middle picture)
  • 1 - 13.5" x 17" piece in Dewdrop Paisley ( see right bottom picture)
  • A ziplock baggie full of some various sized charm scraps, mostly in Dewdrop prints
$12.50 + Shipping SOLD!
Full Line Swatch Page available here

Looking forward to 2013

I've been thinking about my word for 2013 for several weeks now.  My first instinct was to go with ORGANIZE - God knows that my sewing room {and my life} could use quite a bit right now!

My first attempt was to clean up my space and organize all my fabric ... which then lead to the decision that I needed a database to keep track of my "inventory" - you know how I love my spreadsheets ... which then lead to the realization that while I adore my stash, there's no way on earth I'll ever have time to use even a fraction of the fabric I've amassed ... which resulted in the realization that perhaps I had chosen the wrong word.

Instead, maybe I needed to blatantly borrow Camille Roskelley's word of the year from several years back and go with:

Font: Pea Ellie Bellie

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that this word perfectly describes my goals for the year!
  • More process posts {and more photos!}, which will hopefully inspire more finishes.
  • More organization and mis en place, to inspire greater productivity in my shrinking sewing time.
  • More de-stashing and streamlining my workflow. 
  • Less quilt-a-longs and project clubs{as much as I love them!!}, so that I can be more focused on my projects at hand.
  • Less facebook/pinterest/time-sucking-fb-games ... because really, I hate it when I've spent an entire nap hour just clicking the mouse
So, there you have it - my goals for 2013 in a nut shell!  Coming from Poplun this year, you can also expect fabric in the Etsy Shop {finally - more on this soon}, new patterns and kits, and some of my favorite Poplun Designs quilts remade in some of the great new lines that are coming this year.  Now, I'm off to finish logging my last few boxes of fabric so that I can get on with some de-stashing!  Happy sewing!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from our family to yours!

Photo by Leann Marie Photography
I hope you and yours enjoyed a peaceful and healthy holiday season!  Unfortunately, our household was hit with that super nasty cold bug that seems to be making its way around., so the majority of our holiday break was spent in pajamas and warm socks, enjoying movies and hot beverages!  All in all, {coughing and stuffy noses aside} it actually was some great cozy family time.

As is usual, the start of the new year seems to be a time for reflection and to set goals for the upcoming year.  Last year, my word of the year was enjoy.  I was starting 2012 as a brand new mom and embarking on a brand new adventure as a homemaker.  While we did highly enjoy all the new adventures parenthood brought us, I think that some of my sewing goals that I had set for myself were a little too lofty.  Here's how I faired:

2012 Goals:

  • Make a Christmas quilt for my family to snuggle under and enjoy.  I'm thinking maybe Swoon made with Kate Spain's Flurry collection - While I started this with the best of intentions, I rapidly lost steam, mostly because I just don't think this pattern is for me.  Don't get me wrong - I love all the Swoon quilts out there ... it just didn't fit what I had envisioned for my family once I got going.  My plan is to frog the few blocks I started and come up with a new plan.
  • Finish my 2011 Designer Christmas BOM blocks ... all three sets ... and then actually sew them together into quilts - Well, out of 36 blocks, I only have 8 to finish.  If December had been a healthier month for our family, I might have finished.  Right now I'm trying to decide if I want to finish them now or start the new year with a blank wall.  I think the blank wall is winning ...
  • Publish at least 12 patterns in 2012 - Well, at least I have one goal blown out of the water!  I managed to publish 16 patterns last year - phew!  I have to say that "Southern Belle" is still my favorite!
  • Make a quilt for ME! - Yeah ... not even close!
  • Make a quilt for the four (so far!) little souls coming into the world this year: one in April, one in June, and two in July! - Well, 3 outta 4 ain't bad, right?
  • Finish the quilt I started for my mother-in-law TWO Christmases ago - This one never even made it out of it's box.  Oh well, maybe next year!
  • Make a quilt for my sweet little cousin who is turning 16 this April!! -- Boy do I feel old!  When Aiden was born she was only one year old than I was when she was born!  Well, apparently, I'm a terrible cousin, because my little cousin turned 16 in April of 2011.  Duh. So, she doesn't know it yet, but she's getting a graduation quilt instead.  This one is all pieced and just needs to be quilted!
  • Have some fun with some little projects like mug rugs and such - I definitely was able to sneak in a few little projects here and there
  • Make some nice handmade Christmas gifts for friends and family Again, not even close!

All-in-all, we had a great year and I feel like I was able to be fairly productive, despite spending most of my waking hours chasing after our active little monkey.  I wish you the best for 2013.  Happy New Year!