Thursday, January 29, 2015
Back in November, Michelle, from Urban Spools, asked me if I would like to do this quilt as a class and of course I said yes and ran home with my pattern! I had already gotten my hands on a fat quarter bundle of Alison's Handcrafted and picked a Robert Kaufman Chambray in Stone, which is like a taupe with a hint of silver.
I'm not going to lie, this pattern is a fairly simple design to stitch, but it's entirely made of paper pieced blocks so takes a bit of time. It also took a good hour to pick off all those papers on the back once it was pieced together and then a good vacuum from all the papers! Ha! If you are new to paper piecing, this is a great start. The lines are easy to sew, and you precut all your pieces so there is no guessing if your fabric is big enough to cover you space on the paper.
I finished the quilt top right after Christmas but left it hanging while I hem-hawed over how I wanted to quilt it. I knew it deserved more than just an edge-to-edge or meandering design but wasn't confident enough on the longarm to do any free motion quilting. After trolling IG and the internet to see how others quilted it, I decided the ones I loved the most were just using lines. So, I used my straight longarm ruler for the first time and really enjoyed it! It takes practice and takes a bit longer to quilt but it's sooo worth it.
It's now hanging up at Urban Spools so we can entice everyone to sign up for the workshop in March and/or buy the kit (online too!). I promise, it's really hard to refuse! You can also get the pattern in Alison Glass' shop here.
Thank so much for visiting and hope you have a great weekend! I'll be linking up with all my favorites this week (Linky Party Tab above) and Crazy Mom Quilts!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
One of the biggest reasons for moving this past year was because we really needed a guest room for my mom to stay the night for when she babysits and for family visiting. My in-laws live over 9 hours away and when they come to visit they usually stay for a week at a time. Before kiddos, it was easy to accommodate them, but after little relish was born, we ran out of rooms and we would usually put little relish in a pack-in-play in the play/sewing room. We knew this set-up wouldn't last forever. At the new house, we decided to make what was suppose to be the office located off the garage and laundry room into the guest room and made the 1/2 bath into a full bath with a shower. So now when we have company, they have a nice little private area downstairs to stay!
The room included french doors and I decided that I wanted to keep them like that and just add curtains. I figured that at some point, we might want to make the space an office. I bought some semi-sheer curtains from ikea and trimmed up the top and bottom to fit the cafe rods that Mr. Relish attached to the doors for me. It was easier than I expected!
I originally bought this antique dresser for big relish, but the third drawer was hard to open and knew it wouldn't work for a little girl to get in and out of. I'm actually glad that it didn't work out because I think it looks great in here! I found the lamp and the bird picture above at TJMaxx Home Goods.
Notice my Quilty magazine quilt on the bed? When I designed this quilt over a year ago to submit to Quilty, I knew it was going to go on a guest bed one day. I decided to spray paint my $99 Ikea bed frame from white to a chartreuse. I figured if I didn't like it, I could always paint it black. It sucked painting it in the heat of summer so I think I keep it that way for now. The night stand is another antique and I found the lamp at TJMaxx Home Goods. Rug is Ikea.
I originally planned to make curtains from my all time favorite Anna Maria Horner print from Hand Drawn Garden (Centerpiece midnight) but thought since I wanted to make the bed colorful and busy and make the curtains subtle. I found these pretty cheap at Hobby Lobby for 50 percent off (I think I spent $15 on both)! So, I made pillow cases and curtain ties instead!
I found this desk years ago at a consignment shop and the chair at a thrift store. I spray painted it to spruce it up and then the mirror is from Hobby Lobby and so is the fun metal tree in the reflection. It makes a great spot for sitting to put on makeup or work on the laptop.
I love my little ladder that I found on Amazon (affiliate link) and it was suppose to be in the family room but little relish assumed it was totally for her and decided it was to climb. Silly mommy for that one! So it's now in the guest room holding quilts in case my guests gets cold. I love it much more in here, anyway!
Well, that is the guest room! I am looking forward to my special guest, Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts, next month and hope she loves her digs for her visit! If you want to see other rooms that I have revealed, you can check them out here --> formal living/dining and sewing room.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Happy New Year! Man alive, 2014 went by so fast! It was this time last year I was sitting in our builders office looking over floor plans and deciding to build a new house. It was a year of firsts, for sure! I went to my first quilt retreat, QuiltBLISS and so excited to be heading back in February!
We packed up our first house that we started our lives together in and brought our babies home to. We sold our house so fast that we had to move into a temporary, much smaller, home while we waited for our new house to finish. I also decided a QAL with Pretty Little Quilts was a perfect time during the move. I never said I was smart.
I had my first, of hopefully many, publications and even put my first (and only for now) pattern for sale on Craftsy.
We moved into the new house over the hot and miserable Texas summer and have been getting settled since.
I've been taking my time getting the house decorated and just the way I want it. We are really trying to evaluate each space and make it ideal for our needs.
With such small kids, it's hard to commit to making a room serve a particular function without worrying that it will need to be changed. For instance, there is a small room right outside the family room and we were going to make that Mr. Relish's office. Well, in the meantime, the little relishes have taken over with about a 20 doll houses and 100 Barbies. Since we know this phase in their life is brief and magical, we have decided to leave it like that. Most days it looks like a tornado spitting out barbies has wrecked havoc on the room, but it makes them so happy to have that space so I am happy. Memories are being had and that's awesome!
So even though blogging has taken a back seat, it's still on my mind daily. I am creating as much as I can and so lucky to have the space of my dreams to create in.
I've also been keeping busy teaching and love sharing and teaching my passion. Overall, a pretty bad ass year!
I want to blog, but I also believe in creating content that inspires and motivates all while sharing my story along the way. Well, because, isn't that why we do what we do? So, that is my goal this year, do just that...Create. Share. Repeat. Not worry about where I do it. So weather that is here on my blog, on instagram, magazines, or teaching, I will just worry about sharing! I am not going to set goals about blogging or issue apologies for my absence, because in reality, I'm around, just in more than one place. I have composed this blog post for about a month in my head and I didn't want to start off saying sorry, but wanted to be honest and real with anyone that is even still reading this. So with that out of the way, here's what I want to share....
I do have a finished quilt to share and something else pretty amazing! I started this quilt as an easy, just need to sew during all the unpacking, quilt. The top has been hanging finished in my sewing room for months and finally finished it.
It was a quick quilt to put together especially if you use pre-cuts. I took a Ten by Ten (layer cake) of Cotton + Steel 's Moonlit, cut each 10"x10" into (4) 5"x5" squares. One became the center, and the other two became the sides of the plus, and a leftover 5"x5" for something else.
I then used my low volume stash for the background. The cuts are (4) 5"x5"'s and then (4) 3.5" x 5". Easy enough!
I then decided to quilt it with loopy meandering on my new spanking.....
LONGARM! It's a Handi Quilter Avante and I love it! Michelle at Urban Spools is a HandiQuilter dealer so that part was easy. All it took was one lesson and I was hooked!
I still have no clue how I convinced Mr. Relish to let me get one, but so thankful for it! I can not tell you have fast and easy it is to baste and quilt on this thing! I haven't gone all fancy on it yet, because, honestly, that takes a lot of practice. But all my go to quilt designs are pretty breezy on the longarm. I am enjoying it immensely! If I dont have a quilt on it, I have practice muslin and batting on it just playing around. If you have a chance to even take a class on longarm quilting or able to rent time on one locally, I highly recommend it. It's not hard or complicated, just looks like it should be.
Big relish even had her hand at it the first day and she's 4! I'm really not sure if I hope to make this a business or just use it to make more quilts faster. I guess time will tell.
Anyway, I'm glad to be back sharing and have my finished Texas Roadtrip QAL quilt completed so look for that in the next week or two! It's actually hanging out in Mr. Relish's future office/Barbie city. hehe Oh, and I have a guest room reveal coming soon! Here's a sneak....
I hope your new year is starting out great and so glad you stuck around!