An Overdue Update

I realized I have not updated my blog in quite a while, I have done a few quilt projects and am able to check off some goals on my sewing resolution 

I have done a lot of sewing this Winter/Spring because it has been cold and either snowy or rainy... Now that we are finally getting warm weather and our yard is completely not landscaped I cant see myself doing any sewing this summer. 

I am addicted to Craftsy! I have not only purchased classes but patterns as well... Here are some of the patterns I have tried.
Kleenex Box Cover
Walker Totes
My quilt guild's goal is to make 80 of these totes, I made a total of five.

I have also been making quilts for my etsy store. 
these are all baby quilts
I am really enjoying experimenting with new patterns, techniques and tricks... I made this paper pieced pillow for a friend's little girl for her birthday. She loves Jasmine and was very excited! It was a fun learning experience. This was a free pattern I found on pinterest.

My quilt guild also had a mystery table runner this year and I made 3 of them using Honey Crisp fabric line I purchased from hawthorne fabrics

This next project was a Birthday gift I was working on for my sister in law Amanda, she has wanted a quilt from me for quite some time. I finally decided this year I would make her a quilt for her birthday. It came a month late because the fabric got lost in the mail, then they sent it to the wrong address... long story short... I am glad it is finally done! 

I used Birds & Berries by Moda

 I found this pattern on Moda Bakeshop. I added borders to it to make it larger.

And my most recent quilt... I finally tried the jelly roll race, the easiest quilt I have ever made! And I LOVE the way it turned out! I used the line Flirt by Moda for this and 2 yards of minky for the back. It is so soft and snuggly. This one is being auctioned off online for the Relay for Life walk I am doing in June 
I used a free motion pattern for the quilt above and this quilt called paisley echo, its my new favorite thing to free motion! I am moving on from my favorite stippling. 
 So that's all! :)

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Using my stash!

Part of my 2013 sewing resolution it to "Use my stash" and "Swallow and Snip" which both are basically the same when it comes to my choice of fabrics for this project! I purchased these 3 fabrics from StampinUp! 
That's right, they have the cutest bundles of 3 that are a little larger than a fat quarter! They are super fun and I love this vintage pack I picked up a couple years ago. I have been waiting for a good project to use this and I finally did. 
I joined Craftsy, which has now become an addiction. I have enrolled in a handful of free classes and after purchasing 2 classes and earning some more points I earned a free class! I chose Beginner Serging. I purchased a serger a couple years ago and am completely self taught so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to learn my machine and actually get some good use out of it! I have made some projects with my serger but only basic things like my Mommy's Covered nursing cover, Chalk mats, and Paci clips... Anyway... Let me tell you! I love Amy Alan's class! She is an excellent teacher and I have learned so much! I can't believe the versatility of my machine and all I can create! I am already planning some fun projects... But taking it slowly right now with the projects she has taught us to make. 
So here is my first of 3 projects for the class... I LOVE it! I can't wait to make more of these adorable bags!  
The first project, this one is "Exposed Zipper Bags" the second is a adorable ruffle apron and the last a fun scarf! 
I can not wait to try the next couple, I made a rather large order from and today with some new fabrics for a few quilts I am going to be starting and some fun new threads and toys! I am very excited to get them in! 
 Outside view
Inside View
 I need to practice more on zippers but her tips and tricks make this project extremely easy!! Great beginner project!

Well Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon!

Hexagon Quilt

Okay most annoying thing ever, I thought I had renewed my domain and it did not renew so I had to change it to so annoyed!! Anyway.... on with my blog post

Here it is!!! 

Okay... Now to explain how this beauty came to be...

I know I have said this before but I am a Pinterest addict! I just love being inspired, and Pinterest is where I go to find most of my inspiration lately!
I came across this quilt over at Holly and Olive
Not only did the beautiful fabrics catch my eye but this awesome pattern!! So I read her blog and followed her plans.. She inspired me to try this unique quilt! It is different than anything I had done before and a great learning experience! I decided right away I would be making this quilt for myself... 

This is also checking off a few things on my 2013 Sewing Resolution which you can view on the side of my blog...

Here is how I made it...

Fabric needed: 
*1 Jelly Roll (40- 2 1/2" strips)
*1/2 Yard for small border
*1 yard for large border
*3 3/8" yard back
*1/2 yard binding

Tools needed:

This Quilt makes a 56 X 74 inch quilt!

I used Cuzco! I love this line! So different than anything I have but absolutely beautiful!(Prepare yourself for a photo overload!)
Okay! So here we go!
I took apart the jelly roll and started matching up fabrics in pairs
 Then started sewing them lengthwise together to make a double strip and chain pieced these through my machine to save time... You will end up with 20 strips now

 Then I took this awesome ruler! I so love this Creative Grids 60° Double Strip Ruler 
You can make 14 triangles from each strip, which is what I did but you only need 12 from each strip (6 of each to make 2 hexagons) You can use the remaining pieces for the odd triangles at the top and bottom to make the quilt straight on both ends. and to piece a strip for the back

Sew 2 groups of 3 triangles together to make two halves of the hexagon
 This is to avoid "Y" Seams...
Lay out quilt the way you would like. At this point I ripped one of each set of extra triangles I had apart, then I took the wider end and sewed it to the top and bottom of each row. I then trimmed these to make the top and bottom of the quilt straight across.
I then cut 6 strips @ 2 1/2" for the inner border and sewed them all together, then I measured and trimmed them to the correct lengths. 

Then I cut 6 strips @ 5 1/2" for the outer border and did the same process. 

 Once the quilt top was done I sandwiched the quilt together. I ALWAYS use 505 spray and baste my layers together because I am not good at pinning the quilt layers together
These are what I did with the remaining triangles :)
Then I started free motion quilting it all together

 I did a tight stipple on the inside
and a random squiggly line on the thin boarder and swirls on the outside border
Then bound it together
And there you have it!
I love the back! It is my first pieced backing, A great way to make the back equally as pretty and use up extra fabric. I barely had anything left for scraps with this quilt! It was great!!!

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial on how I created my hexagon quilt!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Bananas 4 U Valentine

I am a HUGE fan of Create a Critter Cricut cartridge, my other favorite being Simply Charmed... The images are just too cute! Then I heard from a friend, since I have not been using my Cricut much or keeping up with Cricut news... Create a Critter 2 was released! And now that I live 45 minutes from the closest Micheals she grabbed it for me :) I was thrilled to get it and see that it was for different occasions. 
I found some inspiration on Pinterest making valentines with the bananas that are in Runts. (the candy) but since I couldn't find just all yellow ones, my mom picked up some rainbow ones while she was at the local bulk store. 
I brought out the E2, since I have only used it a handful of times and I am sure I have had it a year now! Sad I know!! My daughter and I started cutting! She is such a good helper! She loves creating with the Cricut! her job is pushing all the buttons, or the icons on the screen for the E2. 
We used the Create a Critter 2 monkey, although the monkey from the first cartridge was my second choice and would be super cute! 
I used Accent Essentials for the white tab, and used my cuttlebug to emboss it to be all whimsical. 
Once we had everything cut it went pretty quick! 
It was fun! We can't wait to hand them out on Valentines Day! 

Thanks for stopping by!