Craft Show

 Saturday, October 20, 2012

Well today was my very first craft show at a little church in my area.  It was fun.  All I had time to make were some quilted bibs, which I totally love.  I used Camille Roskelley's pattern, which you can buy here.  It really is a great pattern.  The instructions are very concise and extremely easy to follow.  Okay, get ready for picture overload!

Here is an up close picture of the swirly quilting I did on one of the bibs.  It is definitely a quilting technique that I need to continue to practice.  

Here is a picture of the wavy quilting I did.  Personally, this is my favorite style of quilting for the bibs.  It is just a very nice simple quilting motif.  It seemed as though the other ones got a little more "chopped" up after I cut the bib out of the quilt sandwich, but this one did not.  

My oldest daughter was jealous of all the pictures I was taking of the bibs and wanted to get in on the pictorial action, so here is a picture of her modeling one.  

And of course, here is the "typical" type of pic I get from my youngest daughter.  She refused to model the bib.  Instead I found her underneath my long arm quilting machine staring up at me after searching for her for several minutes.  Isn't she a precious little stinker!

Well I have finally set up an etsy shop which you can find here.  I have listed 8 of my finished bibs in this shop.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Linking up with Plum and June for "Let's Get Aquainted Monday Link Up".

Happy Quilting!



Quilted Bibs

 Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Well this past week, I have been getting ready for a craft show for this upcoming Saturday.  To say that I am ready would be a complete lie.  In fact, I would say I am the exact opposite of ready.  I definitely do not have much ready for this craft show at all.  Good thing that I entered it with my mother in law and her sister (My Aunt).  With all 3 of us, we should have enough stuff to fill a table.  Well the items that I am currently working on are the quilted bibs (Item #1 on my 100 Day Hustle List).  I purchased a great pattern by Camille Roskelly, which you can purchase here

It really is a great pattern and I figure that whatever doesn't sell I can use for my little girl who absolutely loves to wear bibs even when she is not eating.  

Some of the fabric I am using are charm packs of Mischief and Curiosities by Nancy Halverson and a miscellaneous charm pack from Joann's as well and some scraps of a leftover baby quilt I made called Lil Cowpokes by Michael Miller.

I currently have only one bib entirely completed.

I have one bib in the cut out needs the backing sewn on phase.

Here is an up close picture of the quilting.  I did a double loop on the boy Mischief bibs.

I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  I also have a bib that is in the need to be cut out phase.

Then the majority of my bibs are in the need to be quilted, cut out, and have backing sewn on phase.

My favorite part about making these bibs is it gives me some good "space" to practice new long arm quilting designs.  I can't wait to try a floral pattern on the bibs shown above.  Good thing I have all day on Friday to work on them.  Linking up to WIP Wednesday link party hosted by Lee at Freshly Pieced.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great week!



Halloween Table Runner Debacle

 Wednesday, October 10, 2012

As I am working through my "100 Day Hustle List", I skipped over to item number 6, which just so happens to be a Halloween Table Runner for my home.  Out in blog land there have been so many great posts of people decorating their homes with adorable quilts, table runners, and other Halloween and Fall related decor that I really wanted to get some of that out in my home as well.  Currently, I don't have a table runner yet, so I thought that I would make one.  After I had read Linda's blog post from the Quilted Pineapple about her adorable Haunted Little Houses Runner, I was inspired to make a similar one for myself but with a little bit more of a modern twist.  I had this crazy idea in my head to make the "Haunted Houses" on either end of the runner and have a chevron pattern in the middle to look like a "crooked trail".  So I bought the pattern from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company to make the cute little houses and I made them out of a charm pack that I already had by Riley Blake called "Costume Clubhouse".  They turned out pretty cute, despite it being my first time making flying geese.

Sorry the pictures aren't the greatest.  It was raining outside and very windy last night!  The lighting in my basement where my studio is located is definitely not the greatest.

Now onto the second portion of my table runner, which was the "Haunted Trails".  I saw this cute little tutorial for a small 15 inch chevron mini quilt that I thought I could use in the middle, which can be found here.  I bought some Halloween colored Kona solids to match the colors in Riley Blake's Costume Clubhouse.  The directions in the tutorial were great.  Again this was my first time with chevrons, so I had a few small issues, but all in all, it wasn't going to bad.

The majority of it was cut out, and I had the first two rows sewn together.  I just thought that I would match it up to my haunted houses and see how it looks just for fun.

Uh oh.  I don't like it at all.  What is currently in my head is definitely not translating onto the quilting table so to speak.  I don't know if the haunted houses are too busy looking or if the chevrons are too bold and bright that they are overpowering the houses, but I am definitely not feeling my idea!  Also it looks as though my sizing of the two patterns isn't meshing up either.  So please help!  If you have any ideas on how to salvage this poor Halloween Table Runner or parts of it anyways, let me know.  I could use some other "great" quilting minds right now because mine is very frustrated.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday link party hosted by Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any ideas to help with current "quilting crisis", feel free to leave a comment.  All ideas will be gratefully welcomed!  



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