Sew Busy!

It’s been so long since I’ve posted! However, I don’t have anything sewing-related to show for it because…dun dun dun… I’VE BEEN SEWING ALTERATIONS! Yes, quite shocking. 😉

For two months, business was almost non-existent. Then at the beginning of February it all hit me! I am working on bridesmaid dresses, I’ve hemmed three jeans, I made three major alterations to a blouse, and I am currently working on shortening the sleeves of a lined winter coat.

Am I Sewing Anything for Myself??

Great question! Well, do you remember that cute apron I made back in December? I mentioned that the straps were way too long for me. When I was baking cookies a few days ago I finally pinned it! (While wearing it). My apron is currently sitting in my sewing room… all alone. 😉

If you’re wondering about the round robin I’m in, I did receive the next center-block which I need to add a 6 inch border to. However, it is going to be really easy. The quilt is going to be for a child, so consequently the block encourages the use of bright and child-friendly prints versus intricate patchwork. The border is probably going to be a colorful, plain strip of fabric… 😀

This wraps up my update!

~Christina

Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

Hello!

I just wanted to share some of my wonderful experiences from the day.

First I had a great time making hand-made Valentines. The one below was for my Dad!

Valentine

Valentine

My two best friends came over for a few hours to hang out. Something we did was make pretty, personal valentines. Then we exchanged gifts. I received so much candy! 😀

Home-Made Candies and Chocolates

Home-Made Candies and Chocolates

This picture doesn’t do these home made candies justice. My wonderful sister and my Grandma gifted these delicious treats to everyone in the family.

Chocolate Heart

Chocolate Heart

I gave these chocolates to everyone. (Yes, I was cheap; only one each!)

Obligation Sticker

Obligation Sticker

I thought that this was really funny. If you have ever watched the Valentine’s episode of Lovely Complex, this would make sense. I stuck this tag on the candy and I gave it to my little brother. 😉 In turn, he gave me an ugly and twisted (yet kind of funny) Valentine’s picture. Boys will be boys.

I had a great day and I hope you did, too!

~Christina

Second Border Center Block Done!

Yatta! It is finished! 😀

Finished Inlaid Strip Border

Finished Inlaid Strip Border

I took a day off from everything to get this done. It took me a total of 6 hours, start to finish.

Border Close Up #1

Border Close Up #1

I am so happy with how it turned out. It’s definitely a creative-step-up from my first border. 🙂

Border Close Up #2

Border Close Up #2

*Sigh* I wish I would make a quilt using this technique for myself!

Border Close Up #3

Border Close Up #3

Still happy!

Woodpecker!

Woodpecker!

While I was taking pictures, I heard a familiar bird call and looked up. A woodpecker! (Center of picture). They move so fast, this is the first picture I’ve ever taken of one! 🙂

Anyhoo, thanks for reading!

~Christina

Here’s a link to my first round robin border.

Center Block Round Robin #2

Okay, here it is! My second center block (not made by me). 🙂

Center Block #2

Center Block #2

The woman who added the first border to this used a paper-piecing pattern to make bow-ties. Figuring out what to do for this one was really tough. I didn’t have enough scraps to do a traditional design on it! I had a few materials that kind of complimented the centerpiece, but there was nothing that brought the materials themselves together. That’s when it hit me, “do something abstract and non-traditional.” Now, what does that mean? To me, it means using a technique called Inlaid Piecing! Last year I went to Lorraine Torrence‘s workshop and learned how to do it. If you want to learn how, here’s a link to get her book, Design Essentials. Okay, enough advertising! Below are pictures of what I did.

First Slash Cut

First Slash Cut

This is a slash and sew technique. The idea is to create the look of floating objects on a subtle background with no symmetry. The design is all up to you to create.

Sew-In Strip

Sew-In Strip

Second Strip

Second Strip

Laying Out Third Strip

Laying Out Third Strip

Laying Out Another Border Piece

Laying Out Another Border Piece

Sewing

Sewing

Complete Border Piece

Complete Border Piece

I love this technique!

Inlaid Strips Close Up

Inlaid Strips Close Up

Back of Border Close-Up

Back of Border Close-Up

Okay, I think that looking at the back of the pieces is so cool. For the half-inch finished strips you can appreciate seeing the slashes you made, such as the “X” above. Is that weird of me? 😉

Finished Top and Bottom Border Pieces

Finished Top and Bottom Border Pieces

Ah, it looks so great! Tomorrow I’ll post the finished border!!!

Thanks for reading!

~Christina