Monday, April 21, 2014

Shop Hop!

I know this is a little late but with having little man
 
 
 all last week not much got done but taking care of playing with him!!  He is the joy of my life and I miss him dearly when he's with his daddy every other week.  But I do get more done around the house when he's not there.
 
Anyway on Saturday, 4/12 our Quilt Guild participated in a Shop Hop in Amish Country here in Ohio.  We had a great time, there were 8 of us that went and 3 won door prizes!!  They introduced me to 2 yes 2 more quilt shops I hadn't been to in Amish Country!!  Lots of pretty new fabrics, kits, and patterns to choose from.
 
I did get some sewing done yesterday, hope everyone had a great Easter!! I've been working on that blue trip around the world quilt and it's coming along nicely but I figured out yesterday I only have about half the fabric I need for the top so I'll be making another trip to the quilt store soon!!
 
I did finally manage to finish another quilt top that I've been working on for a while but I forgot to take pictures so I'll have to do that and update you on it.  I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
 
Well until next time!!
Jodi


What's on my cutting table

Guess I forgot to actually post this one, sorry!!
 
What's on my cutting table?  Well the start of a new quilt, Trip Around The World.  It's going to be for a raffle on Labor Day weekend but I wanted to get started on it as soon as I can. 
I have the other quilt top as far I can I since I ran out of the background fabric to finish the last side of the last border.  Yes I'm pretty bummed that I ran out being that close to finishing the top but I did buy all that she had left of that fabric and since I'm participating in a shop hop in Amish Country this Saturday, I decided I'd wait until then to try to find another piece to match and finish it up.  Once I get it finished I'll post a pic for everyone to see.
 
But back to my current quilt top.  I have some of the fabric cut but wanted to get an idea of how it would look and I'm liking what I'm seeing.  Since I didn't have an actual pattern to follow I set up an Excel spreadsheet, yes I know not a normal program to use for a quilt top, but since I'm doing 4 1/2" blocks I could create it in Excel so I could start at the top and work my way down.  Looks pretty good if I do say so myself
 
Well until next time,
Jodi
 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sewapalooza!!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Bernina Sewapalooza held in Dublin, Ohio.  It was lots of fun getting to play on someone else's machine and getting to meet Alex Anderson.  There were sessions on quilting/general sewing, machine embroidery, and machine applique.  Alex did the session on machine applique and everyone had the opportunity to start her popsicle wall hanging/small quilt, here is my completed top
 
 
She also signed books and took pictures
 
 
So that was my 15 seconds of fame with her!!  She was very nice and seemed to enjoy the questions and interactions with everyone.
 
Well until next time!!
 
Jodi


Monday, February 17, 2014

Coasters & Quilts

A little sewing going on, back in the summer I got to spend some time in Amish Country here in Ohio and while there I spent some time exploring the fabric/quilt shops.  One of my purchases was this little fabric coaster
So I decided to make one of my own
My version has 1/2" strips and the purchased version has strips just shy of 1/2".  I didn't quilt it but could have I did use batting so it's "fluffy"
 
I've also been working, slowly, on a new quilt top.  Not sure where the pattern came from, but one of the ladies in my quilt guild made it with scraps and set it with white fabric and it looks very nice, I don't like to use pure white since I live in the country and have well water that turns everything dingy so I decided to use an off white for my setting blocks, I debated on the bright colors or 30 repro fabrics, as you can see the brights won.
All my blocks will be the same and I'm thinking of rotating them a quarter turn so they don't look exactly the same across each row.  Might try to line them up diagonally.
 
Well that's what's been happening in my sewing room since the first of the year, I know it isn't much but it is at least something.
 
Until next time,
Jodi
 
 
 


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Another Christmas Quilt

Well this year my Dad and Stepmom got the Christmas quilt
 

That's my son looking a little like Jase Robertson and my grandson Silas cheesing it up.  He's such a cutie and anytime the camera comes out he thinks its time to get his picture taken.
 
Not much else has been coming out of my sewing room, I pushed myself to get this one finished in time for Christmas and yes I was actually finishing it up Christmas morning.  I just can't seem to get motivated to spend much time in my sewing room.  There is just so much going on around here it's just making it very hard.  If you are a praying person please say a prayer for me that things calm down and thanks so much for your prayers in advance!!
 
Well until next time,
 
Jodi


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Projects

I feel terrible that it's been so long since I've posted but things here are wild to say the least, I know it's no excuse but it's the best I have.
 
There is a little sewing going on but not a lot, I finally finished a quilt that I started several years ago.  It was my first attempt at creating a quilt.  It was one of the Joann's monthly quilt block sets.  I started it and since I really didn't know what I was doing I put it aside until after I had taken a beginners quilting class at my favorite quilt store A Touch of Thread Quilting Gallery here in Zanesville, Ohio.  I also have that top (quilting class blocks) finished but not quilted yet, oh well I'll get to it eventually.  But anyway here is the one I finally just finished
 

Couldn't really decide on how I wanted to quilt it so I decided to start in the center and worked my way out by doing a square that gets larger and larger.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
 
Once that was finished I needed a new laptop bag since I had to go out of town for work and needed something pretty to carry the laptop.
 

And last but not least my quilt guild had a retreat this past weekend that I got to participate in and we made a Christmas tree skirt.  It went together so easy I actually finished before I had to leave to come home.  It still needs quilted but for the most part it is finished


 

The one strip looks orangeish but it really is red.  As you can see you could use the back side as well which is nice.  It really wasn't that hard to put together but you really had to follow the directions.  So as you can see I have been getting some sewing done but we have been on the go a lot in September and October so it is affecting how much time I'm getting to spend in my sewing room.  Hopefully things are calming down.
 
Hope everyone is having better luck getting sewing done since Christmas is quickly approaching.  I really wanted to do a craft show this year but I can see that it isn't going to happen since I have next to nothing prepared to sell.  I'm hoping that my ideas for Christmas presents don't get lost in the process.
 
Well until next time,
Jodi

Friday, August 16, 2013

Baby Shower Gift

My friend Penny's daughter is pregnant and she is doing the baby's room in Elmo so I decided to make Elmo baby bath towels
 

I think they turned out pretty cute.
 
I've been working on getting a quilt quilted for our bed and have the quilting done now to get it trimmed and bound.  The quilting is definitely the hard part since I'm doing it on my regular sewing machine.
 
I have a couple more projects in mind, not that I don't have lots of things that I could be working on but a couple I want to try out.  I'll post pics as soon as I get them worked out.
 
Well until next time,
Jodi