Thursday, July 30, 2009

finished project

Finally finished my zig zag quilt! It went together surprisingly fast. The most time consuming part is hand stitching the binding on. I really wish there was an easier way!

I really like the way it came out.

This was the first time I've made a quilt big enough to have to piece together a backing. I had a hard time deciding how I was going to do it, but chose this simple solution. The actual quilting is just a zigzag fallowing the brown strips.

Bella loves to cuddle under it in our chair!

(You can also see the nifty arm chair covers I made to match!)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fun Stuff!

So I guess you could say it has been pretty busy around here lately... I have a friend with a baby shower coming up so I've been trying to get a few things ready for her baby boy. I made a nursing cover for mom:

And a Play Mat for baby:

...with a diaper bag in the works to match the play mat.

I finished up another diaper bag for a friend of my parents who just had a baby girl. I included a picture of it stuffed so you can see how many goodies you can fit in it!

I love feeling productive!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

wip Quilt

Here is a new quilt I've got almost done. I used a tutorial by amandajean over at the Bee Square Blog. It was surprisingly easy - no triangle cuts! I really love this fabric - my scrapbooking girls can even relate to it - its by Basic Gray!

This is a picture of a "practice purse" I was trying out - Bella really enjoyed it! It took about a week to get her to forget that "mommy gives fun rides in this bag"

...and I just couldn't resist this:

She is such a sweet little miss. This was after tubby time - all she needs is a little hand towel to wrap around!

Monday, June 8, 2009

surprise! a couple of new bags

A couple of new bags made and shipped out last week. These two were made with linen - I really like the texture it adds!
The back side has a uniform patchwork strip and the front has more "quilty" patchwork with a hidden cellphone pocket!
I really need to make myself one of these - I love the way they came out!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Busy, busy, busy

Wow it has been a long time since my last post...

Lots for stuff has been going on in my life - most for the better, thankfully!
I recently made myself a new wallet/list taker:

I made a couple of modifications - instead of the ribbon closure (which, lets be honest, isn't very convenient for a wallet) I added a button. I made a super cute one for my sister also... hers is muuuch better. More stable, better closure, and just all around cuter! Ill have to add pictures sometime.

I also found this super cute blog "Tie One On" where everyone makes an apron for a specific theme every couple of months. This was the first month I did it so I made Bella and I matching aprons out of some vintage sheets found at a local thrift store!

I also got some awesome new fabrics cut and ready to be turned into a quilt! Pictures of that soon!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Lisa's Bag is DONE!

So I finally finished Lisa's bag... it turned into a more complicated project than I thought it was going to be. I had to make some size adjustments to it to accommodate her camera. But since I always turn into a zombie while cutting and sewing I made a few mistakes here and there... The inside "camera parts" portion was the tuff part. I almost didn't think I would be able to squeeze it into the bag!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Start to Lisa's Bag

Sooo... I've got all of the pieces cut and ready to go. Last night I started fusing on the batting and then discovered that I hate the way the fusible batting looks when trying to gather the material for the outsides of the bag. With the other bags I made I used just regular ol' batting so they have that poofy look to them. With the fusible batting they look way to stiff and rigid. So I spent the rest of my night ripping off the fusing for the outsides. Fortunately its perfect for the lining since there is no gathering inside! Lucky for me I had some regular batting already cut! YAY!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ive been tagged!

I don't normally do these kinds of things but this one caught my eye. I thought it looked easy - then while I was filling it out I realised it takes a lot of thinking hahah!

I am... the happiest mommy
I think... too much
I want... the best for my daughter
I have... too much to do
I miss... NY
I fear... the dark, germs, and being alone
I feel... kinda confused
I hear... the baby monitor
I smell... rice surprise mmmm yummy
I crave... fresh homemade cookies
I cry... over everything
I regret... not going to collage for something i really wanted to do and actually finishing.
I search... for answers to everything
I wonder... if Bella really is happy
I wish... things were easier
I love... my sweet baby girl
I care... about everyone - too much sometimes
I always... think about others before myself
I worry... about alot of stuff
I am not... magic
I remember... pretty much everything
I believe... in god
I sing... all the time - unfortunately not well!
I argue... fair.
I write... horribly! - really messy - and i cant spell
I lose... the tv remote and my phone all the time - well, actually not me - Bella steals them!
I listen... to everything
I can usually be found... at home or at the mall visiting grandma and auntie L
I need... money to start up my own business! and a new sewing machine
I forget... to take a break once in a while
I am happy... when I'm with my girl
I tag... Jennifer

Monday, January 26, 2009

cutie bag

So this canvas bag is more of a decorative item. If I had made it from a lighter weight fabric it would be much more functional. This one is just a little too heavy for the draw strings to completely close the bag.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

more bags...

My friend Lisa, whom I used to work with at Recollections saw my bags and requested I make one for her to be used as a camera bag. I am totally excited to try my hand at making an "insert" of sorts for camera parts. I had made what I called a "caboodle's case" for a store bought purse awhile back so I've got some ideas as to how to do it. It will be interesting to see if I can create one nice enough for someone elses use. She really liked the pink and brown one I made for Bella and I, so we spent some time at Joann's in search of the same materials. We found the main fabric but even after searching high and low we couldn't find the coordinating print. So we decided to use the main print all the way around. Then after I got home and got Bella down for a nap, Lisa left me a message that she had gone to another Joann's and found a quilt kit containing some cute fabrics she liked. We will have to get together again and see if we can find out the sizes of the fabrics in the kit to make sure we can use it for the bag.

I finished another bag for one of Jimmy's cousin's wives:

With some of the material I had left over I made some cute little "stuff" holders.

The smaller squares with bows are basically open boxes. The sides fold up and tie in the corners. I also put a label holder on the fronts. The matching things next to them are little pocket type things with loop on the back that you can hang from a door knob or coat hook. Like this...

Here is a close up of the "box" with the lable holder:

I've been so busy trying to come up with fun and fast things to make and possible sell. I came up with this little quilted list holder last night:

I think it's kinda cute. Nothing too fancy here. Just a ribbon tie for closing, three pockets inside the front cover, a pen loop, and a tall pocket inside the back cover for the back of a note pad to slip into. Takes a little bit longer to make than I would like.
I'm trying to build up a collection of stuff to maybe open an "Etsy" shop. A few people I've talked to say I should. A friend of mine from back home said she would help me with a logo and name. It's kinda sad cause after all, I did go to college for graphic design! But it is really awesome of her to offer her help! Thanks Holly!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

another bag

So, I happen to think this bag is especialy cute. I made it with the intention of selling it - but, I dont know I may have to keep it for myself!