Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Happy Wedneday

Happy Wednesday!  We've had a busy week around our house with lots of exciting news to share over the next couple of weeks!  In the meantime, I just wanted pop by and share my first finishes of the year!  My t-shirt quilt project was actually finish #3, but I'm a little behind in my posts!

First up is my Aster Manor quilt, made using Miss Rosie's "Mon Ami" Schnibbles pattern.


The quilt top, itself, was finished back in February of 2011, and has been hanging ever since in my closet, waiting for me to figure out how I wanted to quilt it!


The quilt top and the fabric were both busy enough that, in the end, I decided that some simple horizontal lines would suit it best.


I chose a simple chocolate-colored solid for the binding - love, love, LOVE those solid bindings that are so popular right now!  The quilt is currently available in the shop.

Finish #2 for 2013 is a cute little crib blanket using Cherish Nature by Deb Strain.  I originally came across the coin-sized scraps while I was on my cleaning rampage last month.


I was able to use all of my scraps to make up "stacked coins" columns in two different widths, and separated each column with a thin strip of a nice, neutral background fabric.


Since the background strips were so narrow, however, I quickly realized when I went to assemble the whole quilt top that going with a "quilt-as-you-go" method was going to be the best way to get things together without distorting my columns.  I'm so happy with the way it turned out!


I used my favorite turquoise print from the line as the binding - I just love how it adds a pop of spring to the whole project.  This quilt is also available in the shop.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

T-Shirt Quilt finish

Here she is!  All 65 x 80 snuggley inches of her!  My friend was thrilled with it and I know that she'll enjoy lots of time cozying up with her brand new little lady next month!



She just happened to throw in the sashing print from her stash just in case I could use it as backing, but the print {no fabric line information on the selvages :( } went so absolutely perfectly with the shirts, I had to use it on the front!  I mean I couldn't have found a more perfect print that incorporated pink, green, yellow, and black, if I had searched for months!  I think it was just meant to be!


After all the drama with my machine earlier this week, I'm happily taking the weekend off to hang with this little cheese ball and his dad.  Happy Sewing!



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!



Hope you're enjoying a beautiful day with your loved ones!  I had a wonderful lunch date with the two wonderful men in my life, and I'm happily sitting down to an afternoon of sewing on a new project using some yummy new{-to-me} fabric ...

Oasis by 3 Sisters for Moda

... which means that the t-shirt quilt is all finished!  Hooray!  Pictures are coming tonight once hubby comes home and can hold the quilt up for me!

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As a special Valentine's Day gift, I'm offering my blog readers a Buy-One-Get-One-Free deal on all of my patterns.  This offer is valid unitl 02/28/13.
  • If you're purchasing from the Etsy shop, purchase the pattern of your choice, and leave me a note in the Notes to Seller box with the pattern {of equal or lesser value} that you'd like to receive.  I'll email both .pdf patterns to you within 24 hours, but usually much sooner!

  • If you're purchasing from the Crafsty shop, purchase the pattern of your choice and send me an email at Poplun{at}gmail{dot}com with the pattern {of equal or lesser value} that you'd like to receive.  I'll email the second pattern as a .pdf document within 24 hours, but usually much sooner!
Thank you for being such great readers and happy sewing!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rookie!


I was so happy to have finally finished my t-shirt quilt top over the weekend and was actually excited to sit down yesterday to start the actual quilting - usually my least favorite part of the whole process.  Unfortunately, little did I know, that a series of seriously rookie mistakes were headed my way!  Don't get me wrong, I don't consider myself a quilting master, or anything, but really ... really ... I know better!!
  • Rookie Mistake #1 - thinking that quilting a 65" x 80" quilt on my cute little machine with a 6" throat would be no problem ...  piece of cake, right?
  • Rookie Mistake #2 - thinking that I could  free motion stipple the entire quilt top ... Yeah right.  This quilt is so flippin' heavy that I could barely move maneuver the bottom corner around. But believe me ... I gave it my best shot.  Cue hour #1 of unpicking threads.  Sigh.
  • Rookie Mistake #3 - sitting down for an hour to quilt some straight lines without a plan, in a pissy mood because of mistake #2 ... and not noticing until this morning that my thread tension was completely off.  Cue hours #2 and #3 of unpicking threads.  Double Sigh.



  • Rookie Mistake #4 - spending another hour pouring through the internet for tips on troubleshooting machine tensions ... when all I needed to do was change the needle.
{Channeling my best inner Chandler voice} - could I be wasting any more time?

I'm happy to report, however, that {with the help of a giant bag of red vines} I am happily back in business.  In the process of re-quilting my straight lines, I realized that I really didn't like my previous {unplanned} quilting scheme, and switched gears a little bit.  I'm really happy with the progress (and my tension looks beautiful, if I do say so) - hoping to have finished pictures to share in a day or two ... provided I can avoid any more rookie mistakes!



Hope your sewing is going a little more smoothly than mine has been!  If you're in need of a little sewing inspiration {or cheering up}, stop by Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story or WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced to check out some of the great projects out there in blog-land.