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Etsy Shop Now Open!

Exciting news!  I have finally opened a shop on Etsy to sell quilts, baby toys and more. Check it out here. If you want to see what I’m making next, follow along on Instagram or Facebook @quiltyobsession. 

       

Sewing Today

This is what I have been working on lately. I stated this a while ago, but set it aside when other projects with deadlines took priority. This is the first quilt I have ever made just for me. I am using up leftover scraps from the Dotty Dresden quilt I made my sister and also a charm pack.  Not sure what made me decide to make a million (okay, only 285) half square triangles. Cut, sew, trim, repeat. 

Tedious, but I am looking forward to seeing it come together. 

Still Here

I’m still here.  It’s been far too long. When I last posted, I had only one kiddo, was working full time and was going to school for my Master’s. Today, I have two energetic boys and am a full time stay at home mom.  Although my days are full, I have found more time to sew lately and am loving it.

IMG_5535I have been working on a quilt for me, but I also tried some new projects the last couple months: baby blocks and a toy elephant at Christmas, plus I made two bags this spring.  There’s a lot of WIPs on my sewing table and I look forward to sharing them here as they become completed projects – hopefully soon!

 

Fa La La La La

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s beginning to look a little like Christmas around here.  

Although I started this quilt in the fall of 2010, it has been in my WIPs pile since then.  I got most of the top put together that first year.  Then last winter I was determined to finish it, but just after I started quilting it, my quilting foot broke.  By the time I ordered a new one, the holidays had come and gone.  Again, the quilt went back into the WIP pile.

I finally pulled it out the other day, and finished it up in just a few hours.  I am so happy with how it turned out.  The pattern is from the Moda Bake Shop several years ago and uses just one layer cake.  The fabric I used is Kate Spain’s “Fa La La.”

 

I tried something new this time around.  I had never used flannel before, but thought a snuggly Christmas quilt was the perfect time to try it out.  I love how it turned out.  It gives the quilt nice weight and you might find me underneath this quilt for the next few months.

 

I added a strip of leftover edging fabric to the back just to break things up a little bit.  The finished size of the quilt is 45″ x 58″.  Although it is quick and easy, I don’t think I will use this pattern again.  There are so many other fun things I want to make first.

 

I can’t wait to snuggle up under this with Liam and read Christmas books by the tree.  How many days left until December?

 

 

Scrappy Spider Webs

I tried to tell myself that I couldn’t start anything new until I had finished all the halfway done quilts I have started.  But, I couldn’t resist.  I have wanted to do something truly scrappy for a while now and have been hoarding tiny strips and bits of fabric for the last few years.  I decided to use this tutorial for a spider web block that I’ve had saved on Pinterest for awhile.  The directions were really easy to follow and I had fun sorting through all my scraps.  I love looking at the block and seeing tiny pieces of every quilt I have ever made.

I am thinking that I can make one or two blocks a month just to get my piecing fix, while I keep working on getting all the other WIPs done.  I am making progress – I just started a “Finished in 2012” tab up there, and will have another one to add soon if I stop getting distracted by other little projects. Here’s another one that I hope to get to this week.  I pulled these fabrics together for a little something for Liam’s room.  Not a quilt or a pillow, but something to put on the wall.  I just discovered this amazing spray glue that works on fabric.  The possibilities are endless!

Turning Twenty-One

I finally finished it.  Well, number one of two anyway.  I started these quilts over two years ago, when I just started quilting.  The pattern is called “turning twenty” and uses fat quarters.  The piecing went really quickly, but when I started quilting this first one, it wasn’t turning out how I wanted and I got really frustrated.  I decided to put it away for a while and come back to it later.  Little did I know it would be two years later.  I don’t even really like the fabrics anymore, but it feels good to get something crossed off my to-do list.  I don’t know what it is, but I am a lot less picky these days.  I actually like how the quilting turned out.  I straight-line quilted it along the edges of each square, which created a fun cross-hatch pattern on the back.

 

I couldn’t resist adding just a little stippling on the outside border.  I do like the orange and brown together.  Feels like fall.

 

Here’s a little snapshot into what my days are like.  This is the only semi-full shot I could get while the light was good (and my little man was still awake.)  Anytime I lay a quilt down on the floor, it’s like a magnet:  he can’t stay off of it, and he leaves a trail of legos everywhere he goes.  He might have something to do with why I’m a little less picky about the details these days.  Those little details don’t seem to matter as much any more…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Stitching and Stippling

My sewing machine was a little rusty, but it warmed up quickly.  I had forgotten, but discovered that I had bought a new quilting foot last winter that had never been used.  I  tried it out this week and was amazed to learn that it works beautifully.  I think the last quilting foot I had been using was really terrible.  But, it was the first and only other quilting foot I ever used, so I didn’t know the difference.  I have been doing a lot of stitching and stippling around here.

 

I might even get this quilt done in time for Christmas.   I will definitely have two new quilts to share by the end of the long weekend.

In the meantime, I keep catching myself thinking about other projects that I want to start.  I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to “quilty obsessions.”  Hmmm…. what should I do next?