Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Last quilt of 2013

This will surely be the last quilt finish of 2013. I made it for my dad for Christmas.

I wish I would have gotten a picture of when he unfolded it, but sometimes we get caught up in the moment. I'm pretty sure he liked it.

This is  my version ofElizabeth Hartman's Dancing Queen quilt.I added a row on the length and width making the finished size 74in.X78in. I think it's the biggest quilt I have yet to make. To me, it was a monster to make.  Each block took me 2 hrs. I made 22 blocks.  The quilting didn't go quite as bad as I expected. I finished that in about 12 hours. Add in all the cutting, and piecing the blocks, squaring, etc....well, I lost count of the hours, but you all know where I'm coming from:)
It's kind of hard to see but I did an all over circuit board quilting keeping it 1-2 inches apart. I wanted a snuggly quilt.  Dense quilting is so pretty, but not really snuggly in my opinion.

I loved how it turned out! It's a great quilt to finish the year out with!
I hope all of you had a GREAT CHRISTMAS!! I know I did;)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sew Sweetness & Sew Mama Sew Bag Contest

Here I am, under the wire to get this Aragon Bag done for the Sew Sweetness & Sew Mama Sew Bag Contest. I just finished a night time photo shoot, so my photos were the best I could do under the circumstances.

Here's the front. I found this "Ray" fabric by French Bull a few months back at my LQS. It was one of those buys like, I don't know what I'm going to make with this, I just have to have it!

My mother-in-law has been hounding me to make her a diaper bag for a few months now.  She watches my twin nieces all the time and wanted her own diaper bag. She somehow has it in her head that it is cheaper to make one than buy one. Well, it is when the maker BUYS ALL THE SUPPLIES, LOLOL! ( It's gonna be a Christmas present so it's totally worth it;)When I saw this contest, I knew the fabric would look GREAT with the Aragon  Bag and enter the contest thereby killing 3 birds with one stone!

Here is the back of the bag.

Here is the inside. I totally LOVE all of the pockets!

I stayed pretty true to the pattern other that adding a few of my own touches.

I added piping and accent fabric at the top of the outer side pockets. I think it makes the bag look so electric!

I have to say I LOVE this bag and I know my MIL will too! It took me many many hours to complete, but so worth it! I read one of the testers completed one in 7 hours! Ummmm.........not gonna happen here;) I guess I'm a slow sewer!

I really love Sara's bag patterns and the next one I do will be from her book Big City Bags, the Fireside Bowl Bag! LOVE IT!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Some loot and a baby quilt

 I've been a little blog lazy lately, but not because I'm not getting things done! With Christmas quickly approaching, I have a more than a few projects in the works. As usual, I'm probably biting off more than I can chew.

 I made this little quilt for a work friend who is expecting her first baby a few weeks back. I needed to get it done fast. I saw this quilt on pintrest and thought it would be a cute quick quilt.

I changed the arrangement for the back.

I did some super quick loop-de-loop quilting.

She LOVED it! It turned out so light and cuddly!!!!

Here is some loot that came in the mail today! It's my winnings for the Purse Palooza 2013!!!!YAY! I have to give a BIG THANK YOU to Sara Lawson, Kay Whitt and Pat Bravo!!

I'm keeping it short and sweet today. I have a monster quilt i FINALLY got pieced and basted that is screaming to get done!