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Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2012

Published October 30, 2012 by kazkitty

Twice a year, Amy over at Amy’s Creative Side hosts the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, which is kind of like an online quilt show. People post their beautiful quilts and have a chance to win some awesome prizes! I’ve been checking out a lot of them, which is leading me to new, fun blogs to read… which means my daily list of posts to read is just going to get longer and longer!

Anyways.. I decided I wanted to enter my latest finished quilt, which is my Halloween Mini- Quilt.

Halloween Mini-Quilt

I’ve been following along with the Tula Pink Sew-a-long over at Sew Sweetness, and was trying to find the right project to work on. When this post came up featuring Tula’s Cartwheels pattern, I knew I had to try it. I loved both versions Beth did for the sew-a-long. After pawing through my stash, I decided to use my Guising fabric to try and make a Halloween quilt for the wall.  I’m glad she showed mini quilt versions featuring one block, because I would have been incredibly dense and not thought of that myself. It made that pattern seem do-able, even though I had never sewn curves (scary!) before.

I’m extremely pleased with how it turned out (even if it is a bit ripply).

Halloween Mini-Quilt

This is my first mini-quilt, my first time sewing curves, first time trying concentric quilting, and first time trying out zigzag binding.

Halloween Mini-Quilt

It’s currently hanging on the little wall next to the kitchen and I have to admit, it makes me smile everytime I see it. Since I decided to make Halloween-y decoration so late, I’m going to leave it up for a little while longer.
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Quilt Measurements: 21.5″ x 21.5″
Special Techniques: concentric quilting, templates, curved piecing
Quilted by: me
Best category: Mini Quilts, Wall hanging, Art Quilt

Entry # 494

Progress

Published June 23, 2012 by kazkitty

I haven’t been working on a lot.. but I finally finished the borders on the Dogwood Blossom for the Modern Medallion Quilt.

Handstitched Class- Dogwood Blossom

I’m really excited to get started on the next portion, which is the Satin and Jewels embroidery. I’m so slow at handstitching, so I hope I can get caught up over the next week.

These are my color selections for the embroidery:

Handstitched Class- floss color choices

The four on the left will be the satin stitched jewels, and I’m going to randomly place the other colors for the triangles.I hope it looks good!

I also finished two needlecards. I had a lot of fun learning new stitches, and I think the cards are pretty cute.

Handstitched Class - Needlecard

Handstitched Class - Needlecard #2

There’s two more projects from the Handstitched Class this past week that I really want to make.. but I think I have to work on the quilt first. Ah well.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Handstitched Class

Published June 18, 2012 by kazkitty

So what’s this class? And what’s it all about?

Why.. handstitching, of course!

When I saw that Rachel from Stitched in Color was offering an online class for handstitching, I was immediately intrigued. After reading the blog posts about it, I knew I had to sign up. I decided to sign up for the most basic, figuring that if I didn’t like it, at least I wouldn’t be wasting too much money.

Well, I had nothing to worry about, because I love it! We’re starting the second week of classes today, and I’m really looking forward to the different projects.

Two weeks ago was the first set of classes and projects (last week was the “rest week” for getting all the stitching done) and I enjoyed it a lot. We learned different techniques for reverse applique. So far I have only completed one of the projects: the eyelet needlebook.

Handstitched Class- Eyelet Needlebook

It was a fast and easy project to complete, and perfect for beginners like me.

Handstitched Class - Eyelet Needlebook (inside)

I skipped over the embellished tank and went straight to working on the Dogwood Blossom block for the Center of the Modern Medallion Quilt, which is the main class project.

Dogwood Blossom

It’s pretty clear to me that my handstitching needs a lot of work. I got almost halfway around the blossom, then realized my stitches were getting bigger and spaced further apart.

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Sigh.

I ripped them all out and started over. Its still not perfectly even, but much better than before. I’m happy with it so far.

Close up of stitching on Dogwood Blossom

I’ve never done reverse applique before, so this was interesting to do. It involved starch and freezer paper, and while I was a bit confused at first, it turned out to be fun. I’m already imagining a bunch of different things I can do for future quilts.

Back of block after pressing
Dogwood Blossom

Front of block after pressing
Dogwood Blossom

I really have to get my butt in gear and finish the stitching around the blossom, then add the borders. Tomorrow’s class will go over the next section to be embroidered. I know it’s going to be really time consuming, and I really want to attempt to keep up with this project!

WIP Wednesday

Published June 13, 2012 by kazkitty

Knitting:

Aquaphobia Socks – knit with Miss Babs Northumbria Fingering BFL in Country Girl Bouquet (aka Barbie Barf)

I’m loving the look of all the slipped stitches.. it really helps break up the colors in this yarn. I pulled it out of my stash a couple of months ago and had a total WTH?! moment. I remember Rhinebeck.. and being high on yarn fumes.. and somehow coming home with this uber bright pink crazy skein. After knitting most of the leg when I started these in April, I put it away until the other day when I “found” them again. I’ve since finished the leg and am halfway through the heel flap. Still on sock #1 though…
Aquaphobia Socks - in progress

Jeweled Cowl – knit with Malabrigo Lace in Tuareg

Still slooooooowly plugging away at this. I’ve got 31 of 52 beaded rows done. It’s a little scary that although this is taking forever to knit, I kind of want to cast on a second one in handspun. Someone stop me before I drive myself crazy.. please?
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Sewing:

Ruby, Pearl, and Opal Quilt

In timeout. I was cruising along.. until I found some pieces cut incorrectly.. and then some seams that needed to be ripped out and redone. I got mad at it and put it away in the spare room until I’m not mad at it anymore.
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Hello Luscious Quilt

Getting there! Just need to sew the rows together, add borders, quilt, and bind… I was a little unsure of this as I was piecing the blocks together… but when I laid it all out to take the pic, I fell in love. Can’t wait to finish this one.
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Modern Medallion Quilt

Class quilt for the Handstitched Class that I’m taking. Last week’s lesson included instructions for making the center block. I haven’t gotten that far yet, still working on stitching the Dogwood Blossom center. It took me FOREVER to decide on the fabric arrangement.
Dogwood Blossom

Spinning:

Ummm… I haven’t really been spinning lately. Not since guild anyways. I’ll probably continue to neglect it until Tour de Fleece starts at the end of the month.

And since I just discovered this last week, I’m going to link up to WIP Wed over at Freshly Pieced.. stop by and check out all the projects!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Gathered Clutch

Published June 10, 2012 by kazkitty

I was in complete sewing mode yesterday, that’s for sure. I really wanted to get started on the Dogwood Blossom block (part of the Handstitched Class I signed up for – more on that another post), but alas! I had no freezer paper or spray starch. And I was too lazy to leave the house and go out to Wal-Mart.

I browsed through some tutorials online for various clutches, and settled on the gathered clutch tutorial by Noodlehead. I dug through the stash and found some random but coordinating fabrics to work with and got to cutting and sewing.

A couple of hours later, I had this really cute and simple clutch!

Gathered Clutch

I was a bit lazy and didn’t include a divider or card pockets on the inside. And I only had 7″ zippers to work with, so the whole thing is a wee bit smaller that it’s supposed to be. It’s still a decent size, and even fits my phone inside! There’s enough room for money, credit cards, phone, and some gloss or lipstick, so it’ll be great for when I want to run out somewhere and I don’t want a big purse.

Of course I used the blue leopard print for the interior…

Gathered Clutch

And I used blue thread instead of being all matchy-matchy.. because I like contrast.

Gathered Clutch

The only thing I wish I had done was add a strap… but that can go on the next one. 😉

Charlie Bag

Published June 10, 2012 by kazkitty

I finished my first bag for Purse Palooza yesterday!

It’s called the Charlie Bag, and I used this pattern that I purchased from Olive Tree Patterns on Etsy.

Charlie Bag

The pattern was well written and easy to follow. I definitely want to make another one in different fabric. For this one, I used some random home decor fabric I found in the remnants bin at JoAnn Fabrics for the exterior, and a blue flower print I found in my stash for the interior. The only mods I did were to lengthen the strap by a few inches, and to add a zippered pocket on the interior. I also did the other pocket with a random scrap, so it’s not the same measurements as in the pattern.

Charlie Bag- Interior

Things I would do differently for the next one:
– Add interfacing to the strap. It feels a little flimsy for my taste.. I prefer it to feel sturdier.
– Maybe add interfacing to the exterior fabric. I’m not sure if this would make the bag too stiff…
– Interface the zipper pocket (if I do another zipper pocket). I actually meant to do this, and just plain forgot.
– Maybe a zippered closure for the top instead of the magnetic one. Or add heavier or more interfacing to the top band.. I feel like it’s a little floppy.

I definitely like this bag. It’s going to be my new summer bag, and I’ve already moved over the stuff from my other purse and toted it around today.

Charlie Bag

Purse Palooza

Published June 4, 2012 by kazkitty

Sew Sweetness
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I stumbled upon Sew Sweetness fairly recently, and was really happy to see an event that I could participate in. There have been various sew-a-longs and different events running amongst other blogs that I have missed out on, so yay for actually finding something ahead of time!

Purse Palooza is all about.. you guessed it.. purses! There’s a ton of giveaways all month long, and every weekday during the month of June, two bloggers will post reviews on sewing patterns. Also, you can enter any bags or purses you make between June 4 and July 11 to win some awesome prizes!

I LOVE bags. I love to buy them and make them, so this is such a great event for me to participate in. I already have my first project planned. (yes, I said first)

I bought this bag pattern from Olive Tree Patterns on etsy, and I’m planning on using this fabric.

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The blue was in my stash already and will be the lining. The green I found in the remnants bin at JoAnn fabrics over the weekend. It’s just under a yard, and was only $3.50! It’s a home decor fabric, so it’s heavier.. which I think will be nice for a bag. Plus it’s bright and screams summer to me… I love it!

I can’t wait to get started! ♥