Thirty One Quilts

I started selling Thirty One bags almost 4 years ago now. I love it! Love the company, products, events, I could go on and on.

With each new catalog, we consultants have the opportunity to get fabric swatches of the cute new fabrics. As a quilter/crafter I’ve always thought it would be fun to make a quilt with these swatches as a memento of my time with the company.

Of course, I wasn’t the only one with this idea. A friend of mine who also used to be a Thirty One consultant asked me to make a quilt for her daughter, thus the first quilt came about.

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I recently had the opportunity to make more swatch quilts, and here’s one I finished just a few months ago.

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And now, I on to my third quilt. It’s so fun to see these prints and swatches turn into come cute and useful! (Sorry, awful basement photo)

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Make All the Minis!

Holy summer batman!

Yes, I’m alive. And, I did have a pretty good summer too.

I had some good waves of sewing/crafting amid all the chaos. Err, I mean, amid the trips, camps, pool days, picnic days, etc.

As you all know, I absolutely love making Sew Together Bags. And, in case you didn’t know, there’s a wonderful little spreadsheet put together by Occasional Piece Quilt.com to calculate the Sew Together Bag pattern into a mini!

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SAY WHAT?!?! Yes ma’am!

Now, why did I need to make 8 of them you say??

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Well, why not? right?

Just kidding, I made 8 so I could share in the mini goodness.

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You see, every fall I get the privilege to journey up to Lancaster, PA for a little Mayhem in Paradise with seven other awesome ladies. So, naturally I had to make one for each of them. Can you guess which one is mine?

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I decided to do these production line style, and man it was fun!

Fun, up until the hand stitching of the binding down part. Maybe it’s because that part always takes the longest, that and the cutting part.

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So, now you want to go make some mini Sew Together bags right??

I think I may have a little stack of fabric patiently waiting to be a part of my next production line.

Just maybe. *grin*

Aztec Granny Stripe Blanket

I think I almost forgot that I have a blog… geez.

Between everyone passing around colds in January & February, gearing up for Spring Break, Spring Break itself, and now it seems everyone has a field trip/field day that needs getting ready for. The joys of family life, never a dull moment. And, of course about half of my kids have woken up with feet two sizes bigger, or a few inches taller so lots of sorting clothes and shopping for shoes has been going down lately too.

Luckily I have some time to crochet while waiting at school pick ups and activities, down time yes!

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I just finished this granny stripe blanket, oh I love it! Granny crochet in any form is probably my favorite crochet goodness EVER.

The stripes are all random and crazy like, because I can only make so many blankets with a ‘must stick to it’ pattern. I guess I need to be a little rebellious sometimes.

I used a total of 6 skeins of yarn (I did buy a skein of Aran, just needed it) and 6 balls of yarn. There were 5 balls left from the skeins, I consider it a ball if it’s smaller than a softball and larger that a golf ball. Anything larger I still consider a skein and anything smaller I consider scrap (not enough to really make anything)

The final measurements are: 40in by 50in

If you’re interested, this blanket is listed in my Etsy shop.

AND, my new stats for #UseAllTheYarn2015 are:

  • 104 Skeins (down 5.4%)
  • 60 balls (down 1.7%)
  • 7 large cones (no change)

Yay for progress using my stash! I have pulled to start my next project already too, an African flower throw it is!

Use All The Yarn 2015

Yes, I know it’s February but I just had to start this even though it’s not the real beginning of the year.

I have a question for all you crocheters/knitters out there. How many skeins of yarn do you have right now?

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Don’t lie, be honest. (That basket is full, and it’s three feet wide, two feet high, and two feet deep)

Me? How many do I have??

As of right now I have:

109 skeins, 61 balls, and 7 large cones of yarn. And a few handspuns, but I won’t count those here. They’re from my grandma, little different see:

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You read that right.

I had two different ladies give me yarn at about the same time almost two years ago. I put it away and just knew I would be making things with them gradually and the stash would dwindle.

Even though I have made a few things, I still have that much yarn. (Just imagine how much there really was to start….) I would like to add that some of these yarns are not what I would necessarily choose to buy, but I’ll be more than happy to work with what I have!

So, enter #UseAllTheYarn2015!!!

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Use the yarn you’re stashing, share on instagram with the hastag #usealltheyarn2015, and I’m thinking there will be random giveaways throughout the year for those playing along!

I’ll be keeping track of how much I use of my stash throughout the year, and I’d be glad to have you join along!

Right now I’m on my second project in this endeavor.

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Since I used 4 skeins (with only one small ball left) on the first one, here’s my current stats:

Used:

4 skeins

Have Remaining:

105 skeins, 62 balls, 7 cones

Here’s to using what we have and making beautiful things!!

Around the World Blog Hop

I was invited by the amazing Julie of Jolie Maxtin. She’s a good friend I met a few years ago at my very first quilt retreat. The woman is a magical quilter and the fastest binder I know!

My apologies for posting this two weeks late, the flu hit two in my household (thankfully I made it through unscathed) so not much room for blogging/crafting.

What am I working on?

I’ll be honest with this one, I have a long list of what I’m working on right now. I think I have crafting ADD….

There are some lofty goals for the beginning of this year for me, and tackling my WIPs is definitely one of them. Other than that, there are quite a few fun things I’m working on.

I’m trying to wrap up a surprise ROY G BIV project:

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And, I’ve been turning my postage stamp 9 patches that I was doing for the #scrappypostagestampqal on Instagram into 16 patches. I think joining the larger ones will be easier.

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There is a wonderful pile of Churn Dasher blocks, from my first time being the Queen Bee in a quilting bee, that I need to add just a few to that will hopefully make their way to a finished quilt soon.

Also, this month I’m the Quilter for the Promise Circle of do.good.stitches quilting bee on Flickr. Here are the blocks I have received so far:

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Why do I create?

The age old question, why? Simply put, I create because I feel I need to. I’ve always been driven to make things, anything really. I learned to crochet at 5, and that was only the beginning. I’ve always been intrigued with the process of making things. All through school, the only part about history class I ever really payed attention to were the parts about how people used to make things, or the ways that people used to garden. One of my favorite school memories was making candles by dipping in I believe 5th grade. I like things simple, and I love the process! That doesn’t mean I don’t like a project that’s a challenge (those are great too).

I enjoy every part of creating something, from selecting materials and patterns to every stitch involved (not so much the stitches that sometimes have to come out though…). Being able to give someone a gift that I have made especially for them is such a blessing to me.

I’m not forwarding to any other bloggers, but would love to leave this blog hop open to anyone who would like to participate!

Jacob’s Ladder Block

This is a quick tutorial for a vintage block with lots of possibilities!

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These blocks finish at 8 inches (AKA- jellyroll scrap friendly). Also, I made more than one block at a time so that I could switch around my HSTs (half square tringles) blocks to get a scrappy look.

 

For each block you will need:

4 – 2 1/2 in squares color A (warm colors in photo)

4 – 2 1/2 in squares background (low volume in photo)

2 – 5 1/2 in squares one color B and one background (color B is cool color)

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First, I made the HSTs. To do this, draw a line diagonally across the back of the background (low volume) square that is 5 1/2 in. Then, sew 1/4 in away along both sides of the line you just drew.

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Then, cut along the line, and press the HSTs towards the dark fabric. Trim each HST to 4 1/2 in square.

Next, make two 4 square blocks using the 2 1/2 in squares. Press. Here’s what things should look like:

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Next, just sew these 4 smaller blocks together to get your finished Jacob’s Ladder block.

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This is a great block to burn through different sized scraps, so go ahead and ATTACK your scraps!

 

To make a larger block, simply cut the pieces larger using:

4 – 3 1/2 in squares color A

4 – 3 1/2 in squares background

2 – 7 1/2 in squares, one color B and one background.

Using the same instructions as above you will have a finished 12 in block.

Christmas Quilts of 2014

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You guys!!!!!

I did it!

Remember all those crazy #christmasquilting photos back in April? Well, planning early and actually sewing early paid off. Now, I was sewing away for about a week straight (literally, I’m surprised my kids fended for themselves so well… kidding, kinda. hahaha). How did your holiday projects go?

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Each quilt was delivered on time and wrapped. Someone pinch me, I’m still not sure I believe it all got finished!

Thankfully we had a bit of nice weather for pictures, though there was tons of mud…. And the little guy was in desperate need of a nap, so sorry for the grumpy shots.

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Ha, someone even convinced me to take a picture of ME with the quilts. Why would I want a picture of me? And to share it….

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Gotta love this crazy bunch!

I love Sew Together bags!

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I’ve only made two so far, but I absolutely LOVE making these bags!

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I mean, just look at how cool they are.

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The pattern is by Sew Demented and can be bought on Craftsy. It’s a great pattern. If you’re afraid of zippers I would say try this pattern, the zipper ends are hidden by the sides! (Don’t jusdge the TP in the background… I ran out of tissues and my allergies have been kicking lately.)

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There are lots and lots of photos in the pattern, and lots of options for the exterior so you can really make it personal.

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And, since both of these bags were given away, so clearly I must make more!!!

7 Down… and counting

What were you doing at 3am this morning?

Me, oh, I was just very awake thanks to my 2 1/2 year old. He awoke (I think, not sure if all this happened in his sleep…) at 1:30 this morning and began to talk very loudly about completely random things. Honestly, I can’t even really remember what he said, but I do remember it was loud and kinda funny. Funny until I saw that it was 1:30 and I knew there was no shot at me going back to sleep. Sigh.

What did I do you ask??

Well, after I laid in be for almost an hour praying to go back to sleep, I decided it was a lost cause and got up. I went downstairs and cranked out this quilt top:

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Oh, I love it!

I rarely use brown, it’s just not a color I gravitate to. I have made an entirely brown quilt before (once), but it worked for me.

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But this, oh I’m smitten.

And, today was such a perfect day out that I just had to take some photos of my growing pile.

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This is what 7 quilt tops and 5 backings looks like, in case you were wondering. Been working on these since April, yes April. I knew that there would be little to no sewing time this summer, and for once I tried planning ahead!

Now, lets see if I actually get these finished when I need to….

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Something I can Share!

I’ve been doing lots of secret sewing this year, between swaps, gifts, and getting ready for Christmas, I simply haven’t had much I could share which has been a real bummer.

This has been my leader/ender project for a little while now, and I LOVE it!

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Leader/ender projects are nothing new, just google it and a bunch of really beautiful projects will come up, even a few books.

I simply used 2in squares for the centers, then bordered with 1 1/2in strips, then again with 2 1/2in strips. These are some of the pieces I cut my scraps up into as I am cutting for other projects. I have a box for each different ‘scrap busting’ piece and I just sort everything into it’s box when I’m done cutting for each project. That way I can just grab a box and cut out the pieces for my next leader/ender.

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Here’s what I used for each block: 2in square; and two of each of these rectangles: 1 1/2in x 2in, 1 1/2in x 4in, 2 1/2in x 4in, 2 1/2in x 8in.

I cut everything at once and put all my pieces into a dish. Then, I completed one step for ALL blocks before moving to the next piece to add. It was much much easier for me this way, and easier to stay on track/keep organized.

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These blocks end up at 7 1/2in finished. I did 48, so this quilt is 45in by 60in. It’ll be a great baby quilt!

My next one will just be a postage stamp quilt, there’s a QAL on Instagram #scrappypostagestampQAL (I’m bluestripedroom). I’ll be using my 2in squares, I still have a ton of them after this one.

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