Monday, July 11, 2016

Finish Along Q3

This is a first Finish Along link for me so I'm excited to join in the fun.  I'm hoping this will push me to get some of these projects finished!

One of which is a very long WIP.  I pulled it back out recently and did some more work on it but then decided I needed another row.  So...I folded it back up and put it back on the shelf.
 I recently started a Swoon quilt.  I had the fabric on a shelf and couldn't decide what I wanted to do with it.  A few months ago, I bought the Swoon pattern from Thimble Blossoms but didn't know which fabric I wanted to use.  Finally, this summer I merged the two and I'm loving the result so far.
Another hopeful finish is my Corey Yoder, Prairie quilt.  I bought a layer cake and decided to do a scrappy hour glass quilt.  I think it will be cute once I get it together and put some borders on it.
These three runners in finishes are all I think I can accomplish in three months.  Between the quilt alongs and swaps and orders I have, I hope to get these babies complete!
Finish A Long 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sporty Quilt

I finished this quilt last week and I'm a little behind and lazy on my blog.  A friend of mine asked if I would make a quilt for her son.  She said she wanted a sport quilt and she couldn't find one that she really liked.  They all seemed to be geared towards one sport or another.  She wanted it for his bed.

This was my largest quilt to make so far and I had a lot of fun doing it.  I used the pattern 4 Square Fun from Sweet Treasures Quilts.  This was the second time I've used this pattern because it comes together so nicely and I really love it for boy quilts.

I took it to my LQS to rent time on their long arm machine to quilt it.  A few months ago I ordered a pantograph to use because I'm just not that skilled on the long arm.  I used one that is called Chain Maille from Willow Leaf Studio.  I thought it might look like baseballs on this quilt.
It took me pretty much all day to quilt the thing!  I got to the shop at 10:30 and didn't leave until after 5:00.  I felt like I was an employee there.  People were watching me, commenting on the quilt, asking me questions.  I said I wasn't skilled and I'm really not skilled!  I had sewn two rows and realized the bobbin was in wrong and I messed up the thread in the threader so needless to say, I had to unstitch (mindlessly pick) two rows and then resew them.  But after it was all done, I thought it looked fabulous!
My friend posted a picture of the quilt on his bed and said how much he loved it.  Enough reward for me! (and of course, all the nice comments people posted)
 I almost left out the most hilarious part.  I really wished I had captured it on camera but I wasn't that quick.  I made Carter go to the football field at his high school to take pictures of the quilt.  It was a pretty windy day too.  He had to get it over the fence for me because I'm too short.  But the funny part is as I took the last photo someone drove through the parking lot and tooted their horn at us.  Carter groaned "Mom!" and wadded up the quilt.  He was so embarrassed about it.  Ahh, the troubles of having a quilting mom.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop 2016

Hi, welcome to week 2 of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!  I'm Jaime and happy to be a part of this event with so many other talented quilt bloggers.

Once upon a time, a little girl lived in a small town.  Ha! No, really. I grew up and now I'm a mom, taxi driver, chef, and counselor to my teenage son, Carter. Being a single mom, he keeps me pretty busy and sometimes gets in the way of my quilting. Lol!

I also teach in that same small town.  Everyone knows everyone (and your business) and I teach children of friends that I grew up with. I'm currently changing grade levels, from teaching first grade to fourth grade next year.  From "don't pick your nose" to "maybe you should start wearing deodorant." I'm looking forward to the new change, it keeps me fresh.

My mom taught me to sew at a very young age.  She likes that I give her the credit. I used to sew some of my own outfits when I was in high school.  A few years ago, I ventured out into the quilting world.  I thought I would like to try it out, it seemed like a challenge.  I made my first quilt following the instructions on a tutorial and lots of YouTube videos.

I would love to say "I was hooked," but it was probably another year before I decided to try it again. But I did...and again and again and again. I was reading all these blogs about quilting so I decided to blog about it.  I love that it gives me a way to share what I'm doing.

If you blog, or are thinking about blogging, my suggestion to you is to keep a schedule.  This is my own suggestion to myself and thought I would share. Lol!  Keeping up with regular posts can seem daunting.  But if you set yourself a day or two each week to post, maybe it won't seem so scary and mind-boggling of what to write about.  We will see how that works out for me.

Back to quilt of my favorite quilts is Carter's Texas A&M Aggie quilt.  My two brothers and I graduated from there. Whoop! We are an Aggie family and Carter knows no different.  He wanted A&M bedding so I made him a quilt for Christmas.
It gets the most use out of all the quilts I've made.  Even my dog, Penny loves it.
My quilt patterns that I have sewn are pretty basic.  My skills are getting better (at least I think) and I have made some quilts that I have to say I'm proud of.  One is a throw quilt.  This one was quilted on a long-arm machine and that was fun learning how to do that.  I don't own a long-arm (only in my quilting dreams), but I rent time at my local quilt shop.  I had to have someone nearly hold my hand through the process but one I definitely want to repeat.

Another one of my favorites is a baby quilt.  This is a favorite because I love triangle quilts and the colors of this quilt are just fun, trendy and beautiful.
My mom and I still sew together.  We make some quilts tops together and she calls herself the "worker bee" because she thinks she just takes directions from me.  But we also sew baby bedding together. 
I've lived in this small town of mine my whole life.  My family is here.  My roots are here.  My heart is here.  It's home.  Small Town Stitchin' just seemed right when we started sewing and I started blogging.  I hope it just keeps growing.  I hope to one day design my own fabric.  I'm working on learning that process but it is a slow and very steep learning curve for me.  For now, my immediate goal is to increase the difficulty of my piecing and keep blogging about it. 

My Question for You:

My favorite part of the quilting process is piecing the top.
My least favorite part is the cutting.  
What about you?  What are your favorites and least favorite parts of the process?

For more blogging fun you should hop on over to some others that are posting on this blog hop with me:

Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter
Abigail @ Cut & Alter

And don't forget to enter for some fun giveaways over at Meadow Mist Designs.  Cheryl is one of the great masterminds and organizers behind our blog hop.

Check back soon for a finished quilt that is all boy!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Learning Fabric Design

Today I started an online course to learn about fabric design.  I've just started it so I can't rate it yet but I think it's going to be a steep learning curve.  I haven't worked with Adobe Illustrator, so there's that too.  I'm really excited about learning something new.  This will be one of my many summertime projects.  I'm getting ready to submit my first assignment.  Kind of fun to say that again. :)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Baby Baseball

I had so much fun picking out the fabric for this quilt.  My cousin is having a baby boy in July and the daddy-to-be is a big baseball fan.  I used the Four Square Fun by Teri Staats for Sweet Treasures. 
It's funny, we hope our kids will have similar interests with us.  I remember when my son was born I had all kinds of baseball outfits and baseball toys.  I forced him to play baseball for 3 years and he hated it.  Now he has absolutely no common interests with me, he's a 15-year-old boy, fast cars, gaming, girls...the order of importance varies each hour.

Now let's hope this baby likes baseball...or it doesn't matter yet since mommy and daddy will decide for him for the first few years.
I quilted with a diagonal straight line stitch with red thread.  The backing is the navy baseball fabric.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Planner Stickers

I love decorating my planner with stickers but what's even better is decorating it with FREE stickers. I love the work Jessica does on and she shares her work.   A couple weeks ago, she shared a new sample of stickers...SEWING stickers!
I took a picture of the stickers I printed so I could show you the fun work she shares but hop over to her page and see for yourself.  Lots of cuteness!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Diamonds are Rough!

I got a request to make a man quilt for a friend's husband.  She wants to give it to him for his birthday.  First, a manly pattern is hard to choose.  Also, finding MAN fabric is not easy.  My friend said "Maybe some brown and cream, a little blues..."  I have seen pictures of the diamond quilts and thought that could be "manly."  Then off to the fabric store.  Ummm... polka dots are not manly.  And do you know how many fabrics don't have some type of flower or swirl or vine...narrows down the choices.
I matched up the edges and sewed.  Fail!  So I unstitched and searched for how to overlap the edges. That was a real struggle.  I'm still not sure I have the easiest technique out there.  I sewed the diamonds together to make rows.
So I feel like I'm on a roll and now it's time to sew the rows together.  Screech! Struggle #2! I lined up the seams and sewed.  Simple.  Right?  Wrong!  They did not line up.  Not even close!  So I did some more searching online and found a tip on putting a pin through the seams.  I measured 1/4" in from the edge and then put the pin through the seam.  It worked!  Time consuming.  Meticulous. Perfection!
Finished product coming soon!  I hope...

UPDATE: Finished it and my friend loved it.  She couldn't wait to give it to her husband and gave it to him early.