Sunday, December 27, 2009

Stacked Coins Baby Quilt

I finished the Stacked Coins Baby Quilt using the fabrics from Moda Collections for a Cause. I saw this quilt pattern over at Moda. It is from one of my favorite quilt blogs, Crazy Mom Quilts.
I did a couple of new techniques on this quilt. For one I did this loopy loo thing on the seams instead of stippling. I also strip pieced the binding using left over rectangles. Lastly, I added a stripe to the back.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

QuiltFab App

My DH has an iPhone. And he found this wonderful quilt app for me. The QuiltFab App helps you calculate how much fabric you need for a project. I have used it twice to calculate how much fabric I should buy for the boarders, binding, and backing of a quilt. It works great. You can change the settings to calculate exactly how much fabric you need without any waste. If you don't have an iPhone (such as myself) you can email the calculations to yourself. Then you can take them to the sewing store with you.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sewing Room

Here is my new and improved sewing room. I have my home made project board which I love. The color and pattern do not match the rest of the room but I just love it. I have my thread holder which used to be in a closet. I have my super cute Ikea chair with a ribbon I added. And I have the curio cabinet my mother-in-law donated to the room. There is still a queen size bed in the room by I don't care. I love this space. It is my own. The boys love it too. They have played Star Wars in it, used the bed as a trampoline, and crawled under the bed to play who knows what. Every night I go into this room and work on my projects. If I am lucky I get to be in there by myself for a little while. Now I will begin to work on the closet. It needs a little something!!

In this side view you can see the bed and the wall colors. The family who owned the house before us had a little girl and this was her room. I loved the stripes and the bead board. I already owned a yellow bedspread that went perfectly in here.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Project Board

Yesterday the boys helped me make a project board for my sewing room. We took a bulletin board and glued down scrap pieces of batting. Then I covered the board with a great piece of design fabric I picked up in the salvage section at Joann's. Since I don't have a staple gun I hot glued the fabric to the back of the board. I used brown ribbon and tiny white buttons to complete the board. I really like how it turned out. I am just not sure it matches the room decor. I am trying it out to see if I want to keep it. If not I may donate it to the Twins Brunch.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Vinyl T-Shirts

I made some more T-shirts for the boys. I got the shirts at the dollar store.
This pirate shirt is for Z. I let each boy pick out their picture from the Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge. I also tried layering for the first time. The pirate face was ironed onto the ship.

The rocket ship was for D. I added the lightening bolt to give the design something extra since it was hard to tell it was a rocket ship. It looks more like a mini sub. I am almost finished with the Stacked Coins Quilt. I have had a lot of fun making it. I tried two new techniques I will highlight when I post the finished pictures. I also planned out my next two quilts. I will be making one quilt to donate to the Twins Mother's Day Brunch. The other one I will make out of my stash. I found a great quilt on one of my favorite blogs Crazy Mom Quilts that she made out of only scraps and her stash. I realized I have been saving fabric for years that I never used. Time to use it up. I laid it out last night and I can't wait to get started. I want to have my stash cleared out by the time of the Quilt Fair so I can re-stock.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Red Sox Beer Mugs

We love the Red Sox at out house. Hubby bleeds Fenway clay. So I took some of the million beer mugs we got for our wedding and using the B from the Storybook Cricut cartridge etched these mugs.
Go Bo Sox!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Baking Marathon

I did a baking marathon this weekend. I made pumpkin bars from Martha Stewart for my Twin Moms meeting on Tuesday. Then I decided to make holiday cookies with the kids. I had intended to use cookie cutters but then at the last minute decided to try my cookie press. I have owned a cookie press for about 6 years but never opened it. I never even took it out of the box.
Well let me tell you a cookie press is so much fun. The boys and I had a blast trying out each of the designs and then delighting in the shapes that came out. We made so many that I had to break out the spare cookie sheets. Did you know you can bake cookies on tin foil. I didn't. Makes clean up a lot easier.

Friday, December 4, 2009

New Projects

Thanksgiving weekend was a total cricut crafting event. I spent my entire four days off doing cricut projects. It was so much fun. Two of the days I had friends over to craft. I made Star Wars bookmarks for the kids. I stenciled glass jars for hours. I made a demo of a monogram I am working on for the fireplace. I definitely filled up on cricuting. We did some furniture rearrangement so now my sewing machine is in the guest room aka craft room aka sewing room. I finally have my own room. I got a new chair and am going to decorate the room. I plan to get a project board to put above my sewing table and I want to install a new shelving unit in the closet. It is so much fun to have my own space. A space I can shut others out of when need be.
I ordered some iron on vinyl from Leslie at A place to be happy! I wanted to try it out before I invested too much in vinyl. The boys love their new Star Wars T-shirts and it was so easy to make. I can't wait to make something for myself.

I decided my next quilt project will be for me. I have two more sets of charms packs that I had earmarked for myself. I finally found a project at Moda Bake Shop that I decided to make. It is called a Stacked Coins Baby Quilt. I thought the cutting would be hard but I finished it in no time and my hands don't hurt. I think the Yoga I have started doing is really helping. Tonight I hope to begin the sewing. Then I have to find a project to make for the Twins Mother's Day Brunch. I plan to donate my first quilt to this event for the raffle. I might also donate the weekend tote I made. I am still deciding. It might make someone a cute diaper bag.