Saturday, September 29, 2012

Welcome to our apartment, Part 1

Front door and beautiful fall wreath, made by my mom

It's been awhile since I went that long without a post! Our apartment is nearly all set up now so today I'll show you a few pictures, and I will have more crafty stuff this coming week (plus, after the wedding, which is only EIGHT DAYS AWAY, a blogaversary giveaway because I missed it!). I'm so behind but I'll try to catch up! Sorry I haven't even been reading people's blogs. I've also been working full time for the first time and getting used to it, but I love it.

Our tiny but functional kitchen (with new floors!) Some of my fabric magnets are on the fridge :)  I'll show another picture soon (by the end of the month?) when I do curtains...

Tiny but functional bathroom (also with new floors). Our shower had literally no water pressure the first week (when I say literally none, I mean drip, drip, drip) and it was fixed finally, so now showers are fantastically awesome. Anyway, I love this shower curtain from Target because it reminds me of Ty Pennington's Impressions line. I could have made my own shower curtain but there just hasn't been time, especially with the wedding. That's a project for another day, and I love this one anyway! I did gray because it's really hard to match anything else in a very yellow bathroom, haha!

Sewing corner and desk! PROMISE I'll have neater pictures (I was/am still unpacking). Even since I took this picture a couple of days ago, things look neater.

 Organized my threads!! Woo! That's just about the only crafty thing I've been able to do, lol.

Back soon - probably tomorrow! We are loving our new place and I will also post more pictures as we get settled!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Moving day is here!!

And this is JUST my quilting stuff, lol (those bins and the box on the table are a lot bigger than they look here!). This doesn't count all the finished quilts and WIPS, plus my laundry basket of batting, my cutting board, ruler, ironing board, and iron (which you can see in the back). It was SO strange to pack all this up. I know my mom is going to be glad to have her dining room and living room back :)

Woohoo! I'll likely be MIA for a few days this coming week as I get everything set up. This is our first place, so there's a lot to do, and now I'm working nearly full time. I promise I'll be back soon with pictures of my sewing space, more sewing of course, and wedding stuff!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Crazy. week.

This week, I'm moving out (Saturday!), getting used to a temporary full time schedule, and oh, I have a demo lesson tomorrow that I found out about today. No big deal. Oh, and, ya know, the wedding is 3.5 weeks away.

I actually got a lot of sewing done this week but I can't show that quite yet! It's a Christmas gift :)However, I also FINALLY finished a t-shirt quilt for my best friend and maid of honor, Julie!

She gave me these shirts from high school a year ago (it's been a few years since high school!!) and we also had gone to pick out fabric then. I finally decided to just work on it once a lot of the wedding crafts were finished this summer! She wanted straight line quilting and I was happy to oblige, especially because my cheap FMQ foot broke again (I really just need a machine that can handle all my crazy quilting, haha - working on it). For those who will ask, I do NOT use stabilizer on my T-shirt quilts - I like them soft!

I'm in love with how cool the lines look! They weren't measured to be a certain distance apart.

Glad to be moving, but it's sad packing up all of my (almost) 23 years. It's especially sad packing up my quilting stuff because I LOVE monopolizing the dining room!

More soon.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


In the middle of reorganizing all of my scraps and all of my quilting stuff to prepare for the big move...

Think I have enough selveges to make a selvege quilt yet? LOL. (In case you can't tell, that's three containers!)

Here's how the scraps will be organized. Got these babies for less than a dollar each at Target.


And here's the living room, which is right next to the sewing dining room: boxes for the move, and everything on the couch and next to it is for the wedding. PHEW.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Blog Hop Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations are in order for...

BizyStitches! She has been emailed. Thanks to all who entered - I got some really great books for my library list! If you're looking for a list of good reads, seriously, go check out the comments on my giveaway post! I also love Pride and Prejudice, and Little Women, which I neglected to mention before.
Just a few more hours for the 20% off sale at my Etsy shop with the code BLOGHOP9 - you can see other lanyards like the one I just gave away, here!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Straight line quilting

It's been a great weekend so far! I visited my friend Kristina, and I helped her baste and make binding for her first quilt :) I'm so proud of her! If she lets me, I'll post a picture of it here when she's done.

Tonight I'm quilting a t-shirt quilt for a friend in straight lines. I always find this kind of quilting relaxing, much unlike the frustration FMQ tends to bring me :)

I'm using painter's tape to make the lines. They would be closer but I know from experience that the material that makes up t-shirt words and logos is VERY difficult to sew through (I've actually made a hole in the fabric that way before - no good). Then, I'm going to reuse the tape and lay it down the other way, to make a random grid pattern.

How do you quilt straight lines? I'd love some other methods and tips that have worked for you!

I'll be back tomorrow to announce the winner of the Blog Hop Giveaway! Meanwhile, tomorrow is the last day for 20% off your purchase of lanyards and key fobs in my Etsy store (use the code BLOGHOP9 - all purchases will be sent out this week!)


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