Round 2 of the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap finished up awhile ago, but I never shared my project until now. I was checking the draft section and realized this post never got published, so here’s to catching up!
My partner likes bright rainbow colors and the simplicity of Alissa Haight Carlton, the colors of AMH and Allison Glass, and Tula Pink’s quilt designs. I hope this lives up to all of that!
I was very inspired by “Every Color” by Alissa Haight Carlton.
I also included a little pouch made from the Open Wide Zippered Pouch Tutorial by Noodlehead and some bits of True Colors by Anna Maria Horner.
From my “stalking” I discovered my partner’s favorite colors are aqua and pink, so I included that on the back. I also tried printing on fabric for the first time for the label, and it was so easy! I used this tutorial for printing on fabric using an inkjet printer. I am not sure how this works for labels that need to be washed, but for a mini that will hang on a wall, I think this method works great!
I hope you liked this partner!
In return, I received this sweet heart mini with some treats from Pure Joy Creative. That aqua fabric was used up with a week or two, so never fear that it is sitting unloved in a stash somewhere! Thanks for the wonderful mini quilt swap!
Linking to: Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, and Sewjo Saturday at My Go-Go Life.
During the Plum and June New Blogger Hop, several bees were started all over the world. I’m taking part in a US/Canada based round robin bee called Round Trip Quilts. We are starting this long journey this week as we mail the start of our quilts to the first person.
I went through many ideas for what I wanted this quilt to be. I considered an ode to North Carolina (where we’ve lived for 5 years now – amazing for an Army family!), a sewing themed quilt for me, but landed on a quilt for my daughter.
While preparing for a different idea, I decided I wanted to paper piece the phrase “be strong”. Once my husband and I saw how great it looked, we started coming up with tons of other ideas for these phrases to include in the quilt. Then, I realized that instead of just one of these phrases in my quilt, I wanted the theme of my quilt to be based on this.
While trying to come up with some more possibilities, I googled the phrase “wishes for my daughter“. That’s when I knew what this quilt was going to be. This quilt is going to be called “Wishes for my daughter.”
I have provided paper pieced phrases to be scattered throughout the quilt. I want the other members of the bee to create blocks or sections to separate the phrases.
This isn’t really the traditional “center” that usually start a round robin, but I really loved this idea and hope everyone else enjoys working on it as well. I don’t have a preference for how they separate the phrases – it can be pieced blocks, paper pieced designs, row by row style blocks, or anything else I can’t even dream of! I think this will turn out really cool. Then at the end, I will hopefully be able to size this up to a twin size quilt by adding some of the longer phrases that I did not have time to paper piece before the first mailing.
I suggested filling in the spaces with things a little girl would like… such as animals (red fox is currently a hit in our household), flowers, fruit, flying objects (birds, butterflies, airplanes), deer, dogs, outdoors, and traditional pieced blocks. To include Mom and Dad, I mentioned that I like sewing and Dad likes fly fishing.
In case anyone wants the details of these phrases, I used the “Just my type” alphabet pattern from Quiet Play. It looks great, but takes quite a bit of time! I printed the pieces at 120%, which makes them 6 inches tall. I wanted the letters inside of the words closer together so I cut the edges off 3/4″ from the edge of the letter. I usually used the full width of the pattern for letters that started or ended words.
My contribution to the “center” is this sailboat. I was fortunate enough to sail quite a bit growing up (although on nothing near as fancy as this boat!), and so counted it as something I like to fit in with the phrases. This pattern is from Daisy at Ants to Sugar, and she will be releasing this pattern on Craftsy soon.
I’m super excited to see what everyone comes up with. There are already some amazing things floating around on instagram and flickr. Round Trip Quilts now has a Flickr group and you can follow us on Instagram using #roundtripquilts! You can also find a summary of all of our posts on Never Just Jennifer’s Round Trip Quilts page! Eventually, I’ll get this on my blog too – but for now check out how organized she is and marvel
The full list of members is below:
Linking up to: Anything Goes Monday, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric
Today, my new Jewel Puzzle paper pieced block pattern was featured on Sew Mama Sew! Head over to Sew Mama Sew for the Jewel Puzzle Tutorial.
This paper pieced pattern is probably a solid intermediate level… not too hard because there aren’t a lot of intersections to match up, but a lot of pieces for a true beginner.
I made this block to use a pillow in my daughter’s new room. I wanted something bright and cheerful, and I think this block does just that.
I also made a version of this block for my Red & White Sampler. It amazes me how different these blocks look with some different fabric and different fabric placements.
If you make this block, please let me know because I would love to see your work! I’ve started an Instagram tag for #jewelpuzzle block, or you can email me a picture.
Also linking up to:
WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, Show off Saturday at Sew Can She, Sewing Saturday at Simple Simon & Co, Anything Goes Monday, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts
Last week I was invited by Sarah of Berry Barn Designs to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop. As a fellow military spouse, it seems appropriate to share in the tour because of all the places we’ve been and could end up. I’m so happy she thought of me, and now it’s my turn to answer the interview questions and to pass the torch
What am I working on?
Or, is the better question what am I not working on?
– I owe my August Block to Toni for Stash Bee Hive 12. I have some black solid fabric now, so I better get started.
– I am starting a round robin bee with some amazing ladies from the Plum and June New Blogger Hop 2014. I think I finally decided on the design, so now I need to sew it because I’m supposed to mail it off September 1st.
– I entered 4 items in the Sandhills Quilt Guild 2014 show. Three are quilts and need hanging sleeves attached. One of the quilts needs the binding finished. The bag I’m entering needs the lining sewn in. All this has to be done so I can drop them off by September 12th.
– I started the Spell it with Moda quilt about 6 months after everyone else finished theirs. We finally made a room for my daughter, and it will look perfect on the wall. I am halfway done with B and C so far.
– I need to make my guild name tag now that I have the embroidered part.
– I also started a shirt today. I have too many quilty deadlines, so I needed to sew something for me! It’s Sewaholic’s Belcarra Blouse, part 3. One of these days I’ll get around to showing off part 2, and now this one I made today.
How does my work differ from others?
That is a hard question in quilting because everyone’s work is already so varied. I think it’s hard to truly have such a unique style that someone looks at your quilt and immediately knows that it was yours. There are a few quilters that I can think of that pull it off, but most of us are not that way. I think my style is still developing. I started out very traditional, but am moving more toward the modern side. I love bright, modern fabrics. But I also love the detailed traditional quilt blocks. I think my style is still developing. I love all the different styles out there too much to stick to just one!
Why do I create?
I love to sew. I don’t know why or where it came from, but I love the satisfaction that comes from sewing. I love picturing what I want it to look like, and then making it. I’m also very picky, so I like that I have control over what I’m making. Then, there is also sanity. Sewing calms me, it’s my version of zen. If I haven’t sewn in awhile, I feel almost antsy. It’s my refuge in my stay at home mom life.
How does my process work?
I get inspiration from everywhere. The roofline on an old mansion, a tile floor, instagram, blogs, pinterest, antique quilts, fabric. I have a million ideas in my head waiting for the time to come out through my hands into my sewing machine. I decide what to actually make based on more practical concerns. What do I actually need? I need a quilt for my queen sized bed – I’m working on the Real World Red & White Quilt to fill that need. If my daughter needs leggings, I make leggings. If I’m tired of my current clothes situation, I will make a shirt. I have so many projects in the queue that I just adjust the order for what actually makes sense to create.
On a more practical level, once I get an idea for a quilt into my head, I will generally sketch it on paper. If I plan to turn it into a tutorial or pattern, I will put it into the computer. I generally leave it black and white. I do color tests with the actual fabric by arranging them so that they touch in as close a manner to the pattern as possible. At that point, I usually am happy with the arrangement and proceed to cutting and sewing. I like to chain stitch and do multiple blocks at the same time. However, I find that if I cut out an entire quilt at once, I am generally too bored with it by the time I’m done cutting to actually sew it. I work best by sewing about 10 blocks at a time (depending on size or intricacy, bigger or more intricate blocks will be fewer than that). Once I have the top done, I am generally tired of it so I often leave off the border and wait months to piece together a back. Quilted tops have sat waiting for binding for as long as a year. I’m really good at finishing the top, but the back and binding can and will linger for awhile.
Please check out the others Sarah linked to today: Heidi from Fabric Mutt and Mara from Secretly Stitching.
And now I am going to pass the torch to the ladies of my new round robin bee. Once I see who wants to play, I will update with their info. Thanks for stopping by!
Hello, and welcome if you are new and stopping by from Plum & June’s New Blogger Hop! If you’re a regular, then thanks for sticking around
Pandora’s Box, Spinnaker Quilt, Geranium Dress, Daisy Chain Quilt
Welcome to QA Creations! I’m Heather, and this is my little corner for sanity sewing. I started with quilting back in 2010, but when I was pregnant with my daughter I sewed my first dress. With complete ignorance of the fact that garment sewing is supposed to be difficult, I just followed the directions and made some garments that I am still proud of today (even with a little more experience). Now I still make quilts, but sew for my daughter and even myself (still learning on the women’s clothing front!).
Let’s start with a few random facts:
– I adore chocolate, but don’t like doughnuts.
– I now love to sew and cook, but pretty much refused to do either before almost age 25. I ate a lot of boxed macaroni and cheese and lean pockets.
– I was chastised by a tailor when I was in college because I took a shirt there to get a button sewn on. Now, I sew clothing for myself and my daughter though I still rarely do buttons.
– Dream Vacations: Machu Pichu, Galapagos Islands, Northern Italy, New Zealand, driving tour of the National Parks in the western United States (I have a lot more dream vacations than time or money!)
– Favorite TV Show: NCIS
– Favorite Book: Anything by Bill Bryson
– Favorite Movie: McLintock, almost anything with Audrey Hepburn
– Born: Wisconsin
– Grew up in: Oregon
– Lived in: New York, Alabama, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina, Iraq and Afghanistan (Yes, I used to be in the Army in case the last 2 didn’t give it away)
I used to blog as Bobbins and Bullets, but switched to QA Creations because it represents who I am now as opposed to what my job used to be. The post announcing the name change explains it a little more. Now, I am momma to a 16 month old little girl that loves doggies and her family (and yes, probably in that order!). The name QA Creations is a combination of Quilts Actually, my long arm business and the stuff I create and document here.
Blogging Tip: Don’t choose a name that scares people! No seriously, it’s better to choose something that has some room for you to grow and develop without boxing you into a corner or making people think you are some type of nut.
Quilting Tip: Label your solids and interfacing. I learned this lesson the hard way because none of mine are labeled and when I go back to look at a fabric I bought years ago I don’t even remember what brand it was, much less which exact shade of the 30 possible greens there are that it is. And just which white is it? Why are there so many whites?!?
Thanks for stopping by, and please check out the other bloggers on the tour today:
Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs
Liz @ Green Cheese Quilting
Janet @ Simply Pieced
Ruth @ Charly & Ben’s Crafty Corner
Kristyn @ Melon Patch Quilts
Jo @ Riddle and Whimsy
Linh @ Calling All Stitchers
Alida @ Tweety Loves Quilting
Rachel @ Quiltineering
It’s been a little busy so far this summer, but I have managed to get some summer sewing in. June was Made for Kid’s Month, after all.
I love a little girl in bonnets, and hers was getting a little small. I made the 7th and 8th versions of the Little Betty Bonnet pattern. It comes in only three sizes, but I play with the seam allowances to get a better fit. The one that is getting small was the straight 18-24 month size, with a 3/8 inch seam as the pattern calls for. It fit her head fine, but the bill wasn’t covering her face. The one I made last fall with the 1/4 inch seam throughout is still too big.
Therefore, I used the 3/8 inch seam on the top of the bonnet, and the 1/4 inch seam in the back and on the bill. That gave the extra length to cover her face, but didn’t make the whole bonnet so huge that it would be unwearable.
You can also push the brim back and show off the coordinating fabric because the whole bonnet is reversible.
I also made a little skirt for her, no pattern.
I used the measurements off a skirt she already has, but some time lapsed between taking the measurements and making the skirt, so I forgot to add seam allowances. It would have been a little short, but I added a separate waist which saved the skirt. I love her in a skirt, and it’s a great use for leftover fabric.
I also love clean inside seams!
Linking up to: Anything Goes Monday, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, TGIFF , Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, Show off Saturday at Sew Can She, and Sewing Saturday at Simple Simon & Co
This is a project summary and review of the “Pilot Hat” by See Kate Sew. I bought this pattern during her Black Friday sale last year, made it in February, and am just now blogging it. It is sized to fit from 18M to 7/8.
I originally thought that it would fit my daughter next winter and beyond, but then when I checked the sizing, she was a 12 month old wearing the 2T size. Granted, she has a large head. Her head circumference was 19.5 when I made it, and I made the 18M-2T size which is recommended for a 19 inch head. It fits her well, but probably won’t after her next growth spurt – I’ll have to size up. Then again, it’s been a few months since I made it and it still fits, so maybe I’m good for a little while longer.
I made this using linen for the outer fabric and a light fleece for the inner fabric. Both were pre-washed prior to sewing. I like the fabric combination.
I chose not to add the velcro enclosure. My daughter prefers to put this hat on when she starts playing with the airplane and then take it off about 2 minutes later, so the velcro is unnecessary.
As far as the pattern, I’m mostly happy with it… I think it’s overall a cute pattern. I think the angular top is a bit odd and slightly alien-ish. Traditional pilot hats were not shaped like that so I’m not quite sure why the hat is shaped that way. I sewed it with a larger seam allowance at the very top in an attempt to minimize that aspect of the hat and you can still see it a little.
The instructions were adequate. I would have preferred a few additions, such as a diagram showing where she measured the head for fit recommendations or a table with the finished size so that I could better decide what size to make. I also wish she would proofread a little bit better. On page 11, the instructions said, “… cut out bow pattern pieces located on page xx.” I know that’s a small detail, but her patterns (while reasonably priced) cost enough that I expect them not to have basic typos like this. If you have a free tutorial or the pattern cost next to nothing, I am more accepting of typos, but these are small and easy to catch so it makes me wonder about the testing process.
One other issue I had with this pattern was that it did not call for topstitching, or ironing of any seams. I added it everywhere – partially because I like the finished look of it and partly because I know that it helps a garment (or hat) wash and wear better. I know that I can put this hat through a washing machine and it will come out fine. The ironing thing is a personal preference, I suppose, but if I had not made other hats before I don’t know if I would have known to do it and would not have as good of a result. I think that for a pattern that seems to be aimed at beginners, it doesn’t have quite enough detail.
Overall, it’s a cute hat, and with some modifications I will probably make this again.
The hat was an accessory to go with the absolutely awesome airplane my husband made the little girl for her birthday. She enjoys pushing it around, making the rudder flap, spinning the propeller, and scooting around in circles on it. She knows that the hat goes with the airplane, but it usually doesn’t last long. Probably because the hat is lined with fleece and it’s really hot in June in North Carolina. The airplane is made to look like an old World War II Army Air Corps trainer. I may be slightly partial, but I think he did an incredible job on the plane!
Linking to: Anything Goes Monday, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, TGIFF , Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, Sewjo Saturday at My Go-Go Life, Show off Saturday at Sew Can She, and Sewing Saturday at Simple Simon & Co
It is always fun to receive bee blocks! I try to do the 4×5 Modern Bee quarterly, which is nice because it has instant gratification as far as bees go. You send your blocks and receive your blocks at the same time. This spring I was in hive 3, and was fortunate to receive the following blocks to add to my Real World Red & White Sampler:
1. Dawn, 2. Christina (illy23), 3. Brandy (Jade Rose), 4. Sarah (Coincidentally Quilting), 5. Cinda (Sewbusy64), 6. My Double Pinwheel
I am also part of the Stash Bee, which is a more traditional monthly bee where you send away a block each month, and then have to wait until your month to get all your blocks in return. When it’s your month though – it’s magical! Everyday going to the mailbox felt like my birthday.
Hive 12 did an amazing job on my blocks. I requested that they do my Square Dance block using my paper piecing tutorial in gray and shades of aqua. As you can see below, they did beautiful work.
Thank you to the ladies of Hive 12: Heather (Quilts in the Queue), Cheryl (Texas Quilting Gal), Jennifer (Taken Patiently), Michele, Kristel (Work in Progress Girl), Laura (Sew Frou Frou Quilter), Toni (Gypsygirl Wanderlust), Genevieve, Francis (Quilts n Stuff), and Willa.
Linking up to:
Anything Goes Monday, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, and Sewjo Saturday at My Go-Go Life.
I am going to give a quick spoiler and say I love the Belcarra Blouse by Sewaholic!
This blouse has a similar look to a blouse I purchased and really like (but it is slightly too big, and made from a kind of weird polyester that is not comfy when it’s super hot out – which North Carolina is HOT in the summer). Originally, I was going to try to trace the pattern and make it smaller, but honestly – that was not going to happen anytime soon and I wanted a shirt to wear this summer. So, when I saw this blouse came in a PDF, and was on sale for just under $10, I had to go for it!
Pattern: Belcarra Blouse by Sewaholic. I used the PDF version of the pattern and I made view A.
Fabric: lightweight 100% cotton
Sizing: I discovered from this pattern that I am not a pear shape, which is what Sewaholic designs for.
I was a 16 in the bust, 12 in the waist, and 10 in the hip. I had seen an awesome Madras version on Meg’s blog where she mentioned she went down a size and used the finished measurements to find the size that gave her 2 inches of ease. I made the same choice, and cut a straight size 14. The fit looks pretty good in the chest and waist, but I did take it in around the hips – probably to about a 12.
I must admit that about halfway through making this shirt, I had one of those making moments when you question every decision you’ve made associated with a project. As in, maybe I should have made a muslin? Did I cut out the right size? Why did I make this with good fabric that cost $15 a yard? In my case, I had a major doubt about what size I cut out. I actually took the shirt with only the shoulder seams sewn into the bathroom, where I was pinching the seams to try and tell if it would fit around my chest or not. Thankfully, the finished sizes on the pattern were correct, and my chest did fit into the shirt!
Fabric Used: According to the pattern, a size 14 View A shirt should take between 2-2 1/4 yards of fabric (depending on width). I was able to cut it out of less than 1.5 yards. I did piece together the neck binding, but that doesn’t show so I didn’t care that it had an extra seam. Maybe it’s my quilting background that makes me a ninja at maximizing fabric usage?
Instructions: This blouse is fairly simply to construct, but any questions I would have had were answered in the sew-along. The instructions and photos in the sew-along made this easy. The finishes on this project are awesome. I felt like an amazing seamstress while I was making this. The pattern pieces have the seam allowance printed on them, which is a nice touch.
Pattern Issues: I had a little bit of odd fabric that had to be eased in when sewing the sleeves to the front piece. It was not excessive, and that edge is on the bias, so it is possible it stretched (but I was super careful not to move that fabric, so who knows?) The neck is also wide. Bra choice will have to be considered when I wear this.
Fabric Choice: This pattern recommends lightweight cotton, which is what I used, and it is great. It is going to be so comfortable to wear this summer.
Finished Product: I love how this shirt turned out! It is going to be in heavy rotation this summer.
Using as scrap – wearable inside the house – wearable outside the house – wearing outside the house and will proudly say I made it
Husband’s opinion: The first thing my husband said when he saw it (about halfway through construction) was that it didn’t look handmade, which I take as a compliment
Final Thoughts: I may try narrowing the neck on my next version because it does occasionally show my braw strap. I will definitely grade down to a 12 in the hips. I’m still debating whether or not to try doing a 12 with a FBA. I think it could potentially fit slightly better, but this one fits fine. We’ll see how motivated I get before I make my next one… and there will be a next one!
Linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She, and Sewing Saturdays at Simple Simon & Co.
I also entered this in the New to Me Indie Pattern Contest at The Monthly Stitch.
Welcome to QA Creations!
The first piece of news is that I have changed my blog name.
A lifetime ago, I chose Bobbins and Bullets. It made sense at the time. I was in the Army, deployed to Afghanistan. My husband was deployed to Iraq. I was sewing for sanity, and wanted a blog to maintain a link (no matter how small) to the “real world”.
The blog was just something I had – mostly for me to document what I was doing so I wouldn’t forget what I made. I barely posted once a month. Once I redeployed and got home, I got a puppy, was busy at work, and continued to not post very regularly.
Fast forward a couple years, and I was getting out of the Army to stay at home with my new daughter. Once again, I was sewing to keep my sanity, and I discovered that I needed the online sewing world as my link to the “real world” as a new stay at home mother even more than I had needed it back when I was thousands of miles away from home.
Now, I have an active, determined, amazing (almost) 16 month old daughter. I’m starting to take quilts from others to finish on my long arm. I want to continue sharing my patterns and tutorials. I’m having a lot of fun with bees and swaps. I’m ready to be a contributing member of this community instead of just a lurker.
But, I’m convinced my name was holding me back. Some people were taken aback, some people left comments that led me to believe they thought I was some kind of gun nut. Most people never read the explanation, or noticed that the sewing machine in my logo was Army ACU colored.
I don’t want to scare people anymore. I want a name that reflects my current life, not what I used to do.
QA Creations will be my creative blog. The QA comes from Quilts Actually – which is my long arm and pattern blog and business.
I will continue to post about sewing and quilting. I still love both traditional and modern quilts, and probably fall into the modern traditional camp for most of my own work. I still love to make clothes for my daughter. I’m starting to make clothes for me, and trying to get over the body issues involved with posting pictures of myself on here. I’m also starting to make bags and expand what I sew.
I hope you enjoy the new QA Creations, and stick around to see what happens!
As an admin note, when I transferred the blog, a lot of my old pictures got messed up. I will be slowly updating all the pictures on my old posts, so please have patience with me. If there is a post you are interested in seeing, let me know and I’ll put that post higher in the queue for finishing up.
Finally, so this post isn’t entirely picture less, below are the blocks I worked on in May. It was a big piecing month. I’ve got the bug to make some clothes for me, so we’ll see how much of that I get done in June.
Thanks for reading!
Linking to: Fresh Sewing Day @ Lily’s Quilts, Anything Goes Monday, WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, and Sewjo Saturday at My Go-Go Life
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