Thursday, May 30, 2013

Four Bibs, Two Bags and a Messy Table

I'm back! And I have lots of fun pictures to show what I've been up to. Just to keep things (sort of) consistent, I'll post a "Part Two" in a day or two. First are four adorable baby bibs that I created for a Craft Hope project, and these were collected with the numerous others and sent to orphanages in China. It really warmed my heart to know this :) The pepper print was one I received as a gift from my Oma (German for grandmother) and it was very fun to use with red topstitching.

 
 

Next is just a view of my cutting mat a couple of weeks ago, making some log cabin and strip-style pot holders for some gifts. Unfortunately these are still unfinished...


 
 I also was able to finish up my second lined drawstring bag from the wonderful tutorial by Jeni at In Color Order and I think it turned out simply adorable.

 
And here they are together, cute as can be before I give them away to the two girls I was a nanny for this semester.
 


 
 I'll be back in a day or so to show the rest of my first quilt pictures, and some photos of wonderful new fabric stashes I haven't been able to cut into yet :)
 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Finally a quilt photo

It's a terrible cycle isn't it? I take a glance at the last date that I wrote a post, and promptly promise myself that I'll post much more frequently from then on. And even with my good intentions, it doesn't happen. Although I'm realistic and don't expect myself to post every other day, I can be sure I'll have much more time to take pictures and create blog posts once this semester comes to a close! Only 5 more days, but that includes one final on each weekday until I'm officially done with my sophomore year on Thursday at 11pm...wish me luck!

Anyway, although I'm away at school until summer of course, I do happen to have a couple of photos of what I've been working on these last couple of times I've been home for the weekend. And I just added to my horror by clicking "view blog" just in case I was wrong, but indeed I've never posted a picture of a quilt, even an in progress shot! Now I really need to hang my head in shame. But at least I can remedy that! Here's a photo of the quilt I started a little too early before Easter arrived, using some Joann's fabrics. (shh, don't tell anyone, they were too cute to pass up since I adore rabbits but I promise that my stash is 90% quilt shop quality!) Once I get ahold of the photos taken on my parents' camera I'll be able to show you the finished quilt and all of its loveliness, and technically my first one ever!

 
This shows the quilt blocks sewn in rows I do believe. Can you tell my favorite color is purple and that I absolutely adore rabbits? :)


And here's my most recent sewing related finish. I poked around in my small bin of scraps and decided that this combo was a good one as I have used it along with a solid purple for some (yet unfinished) quilted potholders. I've seen many cute pincushions with buttons in the middle and thought that I should try that technique too while I was at it. But now I know I'll be on the hunt for some white buttons or a rainbow mix because I had to dig around in my mom's bin of extra buttons from sweaters and cardigans!

Summer's now just fours days away due to my after-midnight posting, so I hope to be here much more often by then. Happy sewing!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

TGI(almost)F

I've been away again for so long (or so it seems)! I am happy to report that I am going home this weekend, to meet back up with my sewing machine and make some progress on wonderful quilts, potholders, and a drawstring bag still in limbo. And as if this coming weekend couldn't get any better, I also discovered from the sly Blogger that I had just acquired my first follower, what a happy day! Maybe this good news will help me kick my productivity into high gear and actually finish some things to show you - now wouldn't that be something?!