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
 


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

So Much Time Has Passed

I know, so much time has passed since I last posted and I really haven't fallen off the end of the world just lots going on at the Stapleton household.  I can't remember if I told you or not but our daughter, son-in-law and grandson moved back in with us in January
Having them there is lots of fun but I'm not getting much done in the sewing room.  What I have gotten done have been either special orders or things that don't take too long to make.  I made curtains for my sister-in-laws dad and forgot to take pictures of them (probably the longest I've spent in my sewing room since Christmas, and everyone must have been gone for the day), I have curtains to do for my mom (embroider flip flops on them, will post pictures when they are finished), make curtains for my brothers camper (using a king size flat sheet for this).  I did get another purse made for vacation
I loved the yellow fabric and found the orange fabics to match, figured this was just perfect for a Florida vacation.  Before the Florida vacation the hubby and I went to Cleveland in April for a food show for his work and since we were there we just had to make a stop the the Cleveland Hard Rock Cafe
Had a wonderful dinner and enjoyed looking at all the memorabilia they had hanging on the walls, hubby must still have those pictures.  Then in May we went to Florida to visit family and celebrate my birthday.  We went to so many different places and so much fun.  We visited Tarpon Springs, Ocala, Edgewater, and Cocoa Beach where my son-in-law wanted to visit Ron Jon's Surf Shop
Please don't be blinded by the extremely white legs but I don't get to spend much time outside.  The little man enjoyed the water so much it was fun just watching him
Then the end of June I helped with vacation bible school at church and enjoyed watching all the little ones learn new songs and see the petting zoo.
 
Well now that I have completely bored you, LOL, I think I'm pretty much caught up with what has been going on.
 
Weather in Ohio has been just that, normal Ohio weather.  We've had lots of rain to the point of creeks and rivers being out of bounds and now we are part of this excessive heat wave and all I can say is thank you Lord that the air conditioning is working.  Hope everyone else is having a great summer and are staying cool.
 
Almost forgot, on the way home we stopped in Savannah, GA and had lunch with my son-in-laws friend Scott.  Since it was going to be a very short stop he gave us the dime tour and had us drive down River Street and bounced us all over.  We did stop and eat at Huey's on the River, they had very delicious food and we are thinking of planning a trip back to Savannah and have Scott give us a better tour.
 
Well until next time,
Jodi
 


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sonoma Swing Bag


My version of the Sonoma Swing Bag from Annie's Attic, not a bad copy but I still have issues with zippers and finishing the sides.
 
I need to make the pocket on the front bigger and find something to reinforce the handle so it isn't as stretchy, but other than that it's pretty nice.  Another try might be in the future.  I really like how it turned out so I'm sure I'll use this pattern again.
 
Until next time,
 
Jodi