Saturday, April 5, 2014

I'm Eggstatic

I'm eggstatic how my eggs have turned out! Each one took sooooo much longer than I thought it would, but I think it has been worth it! I'm hoping this quilt will have a modern twist and not end up.....cheezy;)

I plan on getting my eggs together soon. I have to wait until next week to order my quilt backing fabric(which I have picked out). But that is ok,it will give me time to figure out how to quilt it. My goal is to have it done by easter! Check back soon! I have been doing regular updates on my FB page if you want to follow HERE. Maybe one day I will update my blog and put all of the fancy buttons on it :/ I will be posting again soon, I hope:)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Easter Egg quilt


I'm not usually in to themed quilts, especially holiday themes, but this one I just couldn't get out of my head. I am really excited to making this quilt and have high hopes that it turns out as beautiful as I have imagined.


This is my first completed egg. I'm loving the look! If you are wondering how I sewed this egg shape, check out THIS video. The piecing is small, so it's taking a bit of time. I have 5 more pieced pieces ready to make eggs. My plan is to make at least a dozen eggs, but  plans for a quilt usually change before completion, so we will see:)

I will be posting more eggs soon so check back!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Zoey's bed for RB/MQG Challenge



I finally finished my entry for The Basics Challenge with Riley Blake Designs for the 3rd annual MQG members fabric challenge.

I decided to make my little doggie, Zoey her own little bed so she can hang out with me in the sewing room.

I only used the yellow polka dots of the fat eighth quarters that were sent to me. I initially had an entirely different design in mind at the beginning of this challenge. I ended up taking a whole different approach. I think I was really inspired by Elizabeth Hartman's Dancing Queen quilt. The Dancing Queen quilt is the last quilt I made as a Christmas quilt for my Dad. I just expanded it a bit to make a brick wall.

I used exclusively Riley Blake polka dots for my print selections, and grey for the mortar. For the quilting I really wanted some graffiti. I have always loved graffiti art. I don't condone vandalism, but graffiti has it's own beauty.

I started out using some grey thread. Then I thought this was way to safe. Not very exciting. So ripping commenced. 

YES! Much better. Way more exciting!!!

The rest of the background I did an all over circuit board design. 
To gauge this micro-quilting, the mortar finished pieces are 1/2 an inch. That's some tiny quilting. My hands cramped up more than once:/

I guess I should show my little mishap.

This is the other side that I had a mishap marking my quilt! This is permanent marker! I managed to get most of it out but for some reason, what was on the red would not budge. Here is my solution....


I stuck my quilt label over the top of the mistake like a bumper sticker:)  I'm really liking the offset of the label! And Zoey prefers to get comfy on this side of the dog bed more than the pretty side which is a little stiff due to all the dense micro-quilting.
Yaaaaaa, I think she likes it.

Project completed! Now..........what to do next?!?!?


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!


Danielle

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Bulldog Bag #2

 Here is the second prototype of my Bulldog bag. You can see my first version here. My friend/coworker, Kelly is modeling the bag for me. I asked her to model it for me because this girl has STYLE! I think my bag looks great on her and she makes my bag look great;)

 I quilted it this time. I used quilting weight cotton so I wanted to experiment to get a good weight to the bag. As I was quilting the pieces, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. I almost scrapped it before I ever finished, but I'm glad I didn't! I love how it turned out!

I really LOVE this bag! I made it a tad bigger then the last one. A bigger bag is better for me! I also did a tutorial for the twisted handle, so if you want to give it a try, check it out HERE!

This is my second entry for Purse Palooza 2013 So go check out all of the great entries!