Friday, December 13, 2013

Mini Quilt Challenge

I am so excited to share this post with you all! I know just about everyone in this community has heard of the wonderful site Sew Mama Sew, and if you haven't you really need to go check it out! It's full of amazing tutorials, helpful hints, and great project ideas! Well, every month they have a "call for contributors" and I read the email, and just had to try my luck!
I received this gorgeous box of Aurifil thread and was challenged to make a mini quilt using at least 3 to 4 of the threads!
Look at all those GORGEOUS colors! I took my color inspiration from them, of course.
I have had the Greek Cross on my brain for a while now and decided it was finally time to make it! Camille Roskelley is the designer of these threads, and if you follow her blog or her IG you know she has been taking her patterns and downsizing them to make mini quilts. I think they are just adorable! Sooo, that's what I did to the Greek Cross block, I "Camille Roskelleyed" it and made it super tiny and adorable!!!!
Each block finishes at 3"! The mini quilt finishes around 9.5" x 12.5"! I LOVE the way it turned out!
Here is a pic of the threads I chose for the quilting. This was a HUGE challenge for me though. I've quilted TONS of things but I ALWAYS use white or gray thread. So, having threads that would stand out scared me a bit! I'm really happy with the end results though!

Here is a close up of the threads I used for the quilting. I did all my piecing and the binding with 2021 (the white). The ones I used for quilting are: 2830 (the aqua looking one), 2620 (the gray), 2105 (the light yellow), 1231 (the green), 2783 (the navy), and 2214 (the orange).
I chose to do a tiny cross hatch quilting. My lines are ROUGHLY 1/4" apart. I love the way it looks!
I am still in shock that I was chosen to be part of this amazingly talented group of "challengers"! You should really go visit them and see what they made too!
Jennifer Waaraniemi of lea & lars
Amy Gunson of Badskirt
Vanessa Lynch of Punkin Patterns
Kristin Schwarze of And Chips
Geta Gramma of Geta's Quilting Studio
Lindsey Rhodes of LRStitched
Penny Layman of Sew Take A Hike

They came up with some FABULOUS minis!!! And if you come back here tomorrow I will have a quick little tutorial of how I made my blocks!

I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to the ladies at Sew Mama Sew and the wonderful people at Aurifil for letting me be part of this fun challenge!!!

I'll be linking this finish up with Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Friday!!

~Hope y'all are having a GREAT day!!!~

Friday, December 6, 2013

Handmade Gift Ideas (a list of free tutorials)

Hey there strangers! How is everyone? I hope everyone had a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving and are having some good luck with all the Holiday Shopping! I've been working on putting a list together of some "quick gift" tutorials for the members of the Johnson City MQG and I got to thinking, "maybe I could do a blog post and share my list with everyone!" So, yep, that's what I'm doing! If you like to give handmade gifts, but are a bit of a procrastinator like myself, then this list will be PERFECT for you!!!! I've tried to find something for everyone, and the best thing about this list is that they are all QUICK! Nothing should take you more than a few hours to complete! (YAY!)
Let's get started, shall we?
(side note: these are in no specific order, I just listed them as I came across them! I have tried many of these tutorials but not all of them!)

Lined Drawstring Bag - In Color Order (these are so easy to make and can be used for just about anything!)
HST Zipper Pouch and Key Fob- In Color Order
Coffee Cup Cozey- In Color Order
HST Potholder- In Color Order
Scrappy Stack Mug Rug- In Color Order
A Guy's Survival Kit- Ellison Lane
Double Sided Lanyard- Ellison Lane (these make GREAT teacher gifts!)
Scrappy Notecards- Ellison Lane (perfect use for scraps!)
12 Gifts of Christmas Roundup- Ellison Lane (a roundup of some great tutorials!)
Sewing Tool Organizer- HotPinkQuilts
Fabric Basket- Ayumi Mills (one of my favorite tutorials!)
Organizer Basket- Ayumi Mills
Lined Stocking with a Cuff- Cluck Cluck Sew (not sure how long this one takes to make, but HAD to add it to my list!)
Easy Burp Cloth- Diary of a Quilter
Scrappy Shoelaces- Art Gallery's blog by Maureen Cracknell
Warm Hearts- Maureen Cracknell
Quilted Heating Pad- PS I Quilt
Mod Stack Placemats- Fresh Lemons Quilts
Manicure Set- I Heart Linen
Easy Fabric Giftbags- Ellison Lane
Holiday Hostess Tutorial Roundup- Ellison Lane
Crayon Roll- A Crafty Fox
Easy Tote Bag- Skip to My Lou
Zipper Pouch- Pink Polka Dot Creations
Open Wide Zipper Pouch- Noodlehead
Gathered Clutch- Noodlehead
Fabric Berry Boxes- Noodlehead

There are a ton of great tutorials out there by some extremely talented people, so this is just the tip of the iceburg! I hope this list will help you out! I tried to include things that can be made for anyone on your list! I hope you have fun GIFTING HANDMADE! It's the best kind of gift there is!!!!
Do you have a favorite tutorial that you'd like me to add to my list? If so, leave it in the comments! I'm always looking for new tutorials!!!

I'll be back really soon to share some things I've been working on!!!!

~Hope y'all are having a GREAT day!!!~

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

For the stop

When I saw that there was going to be a "For the Boys" blog hop going on I just HAD to take part in it! I have a special little boy that is getting ready to turn SEVEN on the 24th of this month! (seriously, where does the time go? Seems like just yesterday he was born!)
Anyways, I knew this would give me that "gentle push" I needed to make him something really special for his birthday. So I hopped on board!

If this is your first time visiting me here, WELCOME WELCOME WELCOME! I'm SEW happy you stopped by! I hope you'll stay for a while and get to know me a bit better...(and hopefully like me enough to follow me! ;-) )   You can learn a little bit about me right here and you can see some of my finished quilts right here! Also, if you are on Instagram or Twitter you can find me there too (@craftnursequilt)! I love new followers!!!!

Let's get back to the reason we are here! With this blog hop in mind I had been watching one of the blogs I follow and she was creating a FANTABULOUS quilt! I knew my little boy would just love it if I made him one just like it. So, when I saw she had finished her quilt and was about to publish a pattern for it I left a comment (half joking-half not) stating if she needed a "tester" I would LOVE to be her girl! AND SHE LET ME!!!! WAHOO!!!! lol! (I'll be doing a full review of her pattern very soon, so stay tuned!)
Anyhow, the blog I'm talking about Seriously....I Think it Needs Stitches. (you should really go check her out, she does some pretty awesome work!)

Isn't it adorable?!?!? I used his favorite colors and pulled from my stash! This pattern was super easy to follow too! (more on that in a later post)

It's got some of his favorite things! I love this power drill!!!

The hammer and pliers!!! Too cute!

And what boy doesn't love a good saw?

There's even a wrench and a loose screw! (we won't go there on loose screws though! LOL!)

Anyways, he has NO clue I'm making this for him, I've been VERY SNEAKY! I've got approx 12 days left to get this baby a backing, quilted, and bound...think I can do it? I better!!!
I'm even thinking about making him a pillow to go with it....hmmmmm......

I hope you enjoyed my stop on this wonderful blog hop! Don't forget to go check out my fellow blog hoppers though!
Pig Tales and Quilts
CeLynn's Sunflower Patch
Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
Devoted Quilter
Desertsky Quilts
Sew Fresh Quilts
Red Letter Quilts
Craft Nurse Quilt (you are here)
Miss Priss Quilts

I can't wait to see what everyone else has created for their boys!!!
I also want to say a BIG THANK YOU!!!! To Mdm Samm and Amy for putting this together and cheering us all on! THANK YOU LADIES!!!!

Plus a huge THANK YOU to Kelli for letting me test her wonderful pattern (which can be purchased right here)

I will be back when I finish this quilt with a full review of this pattern, I PROMISE!

Thank you guys for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my stop!

P.S. Linking up my finished quilt top with Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday!

~Hope y'all are having a GREAT day!!!~

Thursday, November 7, 2013

I need Melody in my life!

There's nothing like cutting it close to a deadline huh? I like living on the edge! LOL! This post is my entry into the FANTABULOUS giveaway Amy is offering as part of the Blogger's Quilt Festival. What is this awesome giveaway you ask?

This wonderful sewing machine!!! The Baby Lock Melody!!!!! She wants to know why I want to win this gorgeous machine. Well, that is a pretty simple answer...Just look at her!!! She is GORGEOUS! Plus the features she comes with, WOW!

I can really see us together! We would make a wonderful couple! The things we could do together....I can just see it now! ;-)

I know that with my financial situations that I will probably not ever be able to afford such a wonderful machine. Soooo, that's one reason I want to win it! (to make it possible for me to own)

I think this machine could help me take my sewing and quilting to the next level! I've heard a lot about Baby Lock in general and have never heard one bad thing! I've heard their machines are durable, long lasting, quality machines!

This machine comes with a TON of accessories, really it comes with everything I could need! 189 built in stitches! You can customize your preferences as far as the stitches you like, drop in bobbin, 3 monogramming alphabets, need I go on and on? This machine really has it all!!!!

So, Amy, I NEED IT! I WANT IT! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!! (no, I am NOT above begging for this gorgeous machine!!!!)

OH! BTW today is the last day to vote for your favorite quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival! So go vote for mine!!!!! In the ROYGBIV category it's number 45 (you can read my post on it here) and my other quilt is in the Group/Bee category and is number 4 (you can read my post on that quilt here) I am really hoping and keeping my finger's crossed that I win, just because I've never won anything from something that I've made! It would be so awesome!!!!

I will talk to y'all soon!!!!

~Hope y'all are having a GREAT day!!!~

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Modern Yardage and Pretty Pillows

I'm so excited I get to share this post with you guys!!! I recently got the opportunity to try out a new fabric manufacturer. I was hearing a lot about this company on IG and was super stoked April let me try out some of this fabric so I could give you guys a review of it!!!!

DISCLAIMER: All opinions are 100% MY OWN, I am not receiving compensation for this review, as always, I promise to only give you my HONEST opinion!

Now that that's out of the way...what am I talking about????? This new fabric manufacturer is called Modern Yardage. I will let their About Page tell you a little bit about the company....
                   Modern Yardage is a brand-new digital textile fabric manufacturer, dedicated to bringing fresh, contemporary, fun fabrics to the modern sewist. Created to help solve the problems that the fabric industry faces by taking away the speculation on trends, popular print shortages and scarcity, and limited color and scale offerings, Modern Yardage is rethinking the traditional fabric manufacturing process and offering something new to the industry.

I love how they have taken such a different approach to traditional fabric printing. Their fabric is NOT cut from a bolt, WHAT???!!!! Let me show you...
I ordered a total of 8 Fat Quarters and this is what I received. Your order (no matter how much you order) is on one continuous piece of fabric. Which is just really cool! They print on 58" wide fabric but their prints are the standard 44" wide (like from a bolt) so what do they do with all that extra space???? Well, it varies for every order. You could receive a little pattern, a note from the designer(s), and all kinds of other fun stuff

If you look in the lower right corner of this picture you can see one of the fun things I got with my order. A READY TO SEW POUCH! Yep, just gotta cut it out, pick out some lining and a zipper and VOILA a cute pouch!!! Pretty cool, huh?

Another thing I really like about this company is the way that they "print on demand" the wonderful prints that you fall in love with DON'T GO OUT OF PRINT!!!! Yep, that means YOU CAN USE THE FABRIC YOU ARE IN LOVE WITH rather than hoarding it (I know I'm not the only one that does that!)

I also really LOVE the feel or "hand" of the fabric! It feels so great! (I think I would compare it to the way Art Gallery fabrics feel, just my opinion!)

So with that being said, what did I make?? PILLOWSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm a really big fan of mixing up lines of fabrics so I wanted to see how Modern Yardage fabric played with others. I am extremely happy with the results! The pillow feels wonderful and soft and cuddle ready! I made this pillow to coordinate with my Hubby's quilt and it looks GREAT with it! (I should've taken pics of the 2 together....)

I absolutely LOVE this pillow!!!

Another really fun thing they do is offer their prints in different scales (small, medium, and large) so you choose the scale! I was very intrigued by this so I ordered the same print in 2 different scales (and color).

If you look at that yellow print on the left (kinda in the center) and then look at the top orange print you can tell the difference in scale. I LOVE IT!!!! :-)

Of course, I couldn't just stop with ONE pillow! I had to make another that focused just on this fabric...

I've had an obsession with bunting lately, so I chose to make a bunting pillow! (the background is Essex Linen) Didn't this turn out sooo cute? I just love it!
I chose fabrics from 3 different designers so I really didn't want to do a post about the designers but I will say the Modern Yardage Designers are amazingly talented. I PROMISE you will be able to find any sort of fabric you need from them! They have all kinds of different types of prints! They are constantly adding new fabric lines too! I could spend thousands of dollars on all the wonderful fabric I want from there! (I've got my eye on quite a few things they have!)
I really really hope you will go check them out! Their site is extremely easy to navigate so you will be able to find whatever you are looking for! Just a fair warning though, be prepared to spend a LOT of time drooling over your computer monitor! (I hope I'm not the only one that drools over fabric....)
All in all, I really really enjoyed getting to play with this fabric and would HIGHLY recommend anyone who plays with fabric to get their hands on Modern Yardage! You will NOT be disappointed!!
Make sure you go and follow Modern Yardage on your favorite social media outlet too! (that way you can stay up to date with all the wonderful fabrics they are coming out with!)
Make sure you go and follow Modern Yardage on your favorite social media outlet too! (that way you can stay up to date with all the wonderful fabrics they are coming out with!)
You can find them on Pinterest here
Facebook here
and on Instagram here (or just search for @modernyardage)

Let me know if you get their fabric and if you love it as much as I do!!!!

Pssst....I'm linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday

~Hope y'all are having a GREAT day!!!~

Friday, November 1, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival- ROYGBIV

I can't believe I did it! I finished the quilt ON TIME!!! (Well, with less than a few hours to spare!) And I'm barely making it to the deadline to enter my 2nd quilt into the Blogger's Quilt Festival! Seriously, the linky closes in less than 1 hour!!! It's 9 a.m. here and I just literally finished this quilt 5 hours ago!!! I busted my tail to get it done...but I DID IT!!!!
So, for my 2nd entry into the Festival (my other entry can be found here) I am entering Color My World!
I think this is my favorite quilt I've made to date! You can read more about the pattern and quilt top by clicking here. I have debated and debated which category to enter this quilt into....I have one of 3 options....the Throw Size, ROYGBIV, or Scrappy. This quilt is completely scrappy and a good throw size but I believe ROYGBIV is its best fit! I really loved making this quilt and can totally see myself making another one, just maybe a lot bigger next time!
Here is the backing, I won't go into to much detail with this post (a better post with better photos coming very soon!) but let's just say this was not the original backing! Oh well, stuff happens, especially with kids right?
I chose to quilt it in an all over meandering loop and I'm pretty happy with the results!
As I'm sure you guys can tell in one of the above pictures, the weather does not want me to get pretty pictures today! So I plan on dragging my hubby out this weekend (weather permitting) and have a real quilt photo shoot!

It's a rainbow quilt, so what better to bind it in than black stripes? I think it finishes the quilt perfectly!

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing my version of Color My World and will come back to see it again, when I get better pictures!!!

Quilt Stats
Finished Size- 62"x72"
Pattern- Color My World by Elizabeth Dackson of Don't Call Me Betsy
Pieced and Quilted on my DSM
Fabrics used- Scraps from my stash and Kona Snow for the background
Quilted in an all over meandering loop
Festival Category- ROYGBIV

If you haven't already you really need to head on over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival and see all the amazing entries!!!
P.S. I would absolutely LOVE it if you would vote for my quilt!!! ;-)

It's Friday so I'll be linking up the wonderful Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Friday!

~Hope y'all are having a GREAT day!!~

Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Improv Halloween Finish

I must be on some kind of blogging roll these past couple days! Because here I am again, sharing something else with you!!! It makes me so happy to be able to share my projects with the quilting community!
I was recently (like 2 days ago) part of the Wicked Blog Hop (you can read my post here) and was very sad that I did not have one of my quilts completed for you guys! SOOOOO, I busted my hump and got it D-O-N-E! (yep, a quilt from start to finish in less than 48 hours! It's a record for me!)

I pulled random fabrics from my stash that reminded me of Halloween and started cuttin' and stitchin' and this is what I ended up with! I'm really happy with the end result. It's a small little thang about 34" wide by 46" long. But I LOVE it! :-)
   I did an all over stipple for the quilting (which is my go to stitch because it's just so quick!) oh wait, I'm jumping ahead of myself, I forgot about the backing!!!!
I love the back just as much as the front! I don't know which one I like more....what about you? Back or front?
 I threw fabrics up on my design wall randomly and starting slashin' and stitchin until it was big enough! (I love this form of piecing! No worries, it's sooooo freeing!)

Here is a little bit better view of the 2 blocks I included in the back. I think they work really good with the rest of the fabrics!

I was thinking about leaving it out on my couch like this, but then decided against it! (Don't want the kids or dogs to ruin such a pretty thing!) Sooo, maybe it'll go up on a wall? I'm not sure yet, what would you do with it?

I used some Pearl Bracelets in Pumpkin for the binding! I think it brings the whole quilt together!
I've got a few more ideas for Halloween projects, but I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to get to them any time soon, but I am going to try!
I hope you like the finished product as much as I do!!!!

Quilt Stats:
Finished size- 34" x 46"
Fabrics used- random stash fabrics and Essex Linen Yarn Dyed in Flax for the background
Pattern- Improv Pods by Elizabeth Hartman
Pieced and quilted on my DSM

Linking up with Amanda Jean for her finish it up Friday

~Hope y'all are having a GREAT day!!!~

Friday, October 25, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival- My Entry

I have been so excited for the Blogger's Quilt Festival this time! I didn't get the chance to enter in the past 2 because I didn't feel like I had a "worthy quilt". Then I was torn, which quilt should I choose to enter? Will I have it/them finished in time to link up? Stressful, I tell ya! Well, as I was reading Amy's festival introduction post I saw that we can enter TWO quilts! So, I have the one I'm sharing in this post to enter and I'm really really hoping I get the other one I want to enter finished in time to link up!
This is my absolute FAVORITE quilt that I've made to date! I think the reason this is my favorite is because I had the help of some AMAZING girls and it is also my first Bee quilt! (Just wanted to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to the girls in Make It Modern Bee that made these blocks for me!!!) I will always hold this near and dear to my heart!
I love the way it turned out! If you all want to read more about this quilt you can read about it here and if you want to read my post about the block construction you can read about that here.

Let me show ya some more pics, cuz it's such a beauty I just HAVE to share it! LOL!

I love the backing too! I went for a giant pieced wonky log cabin, I think its a great match for the front!
I think this is my favorite pic of it though!
I used an all over design, resembling squares and rectangles meandering along for the quilting on my DSM.

And my stripey/scrappy binding to finish it off! Have I said how much I love this quilt? Cuz' I DO!!!! :-)

I'm entering this into the Group/Bee Quilt category! I'm sure there is going to be some AMAZING quilts in this festival (mainly because there always is!!!) So take a minute (or a few hours like me) and go check out all the wonderful quilts in ALL the different categories!!!! You can also enter to win an amazing Baby Lock Melody machine too, just sayin'! Click here to go to festival intro page!!!

Quilt Stats:
Finished size- Around 75"x75"
Pieced by myself and the AMAZING girls of Make It Modern Bee
Quilted on my DSM using a "wondering square/rectangle" pattern
Design was inspired by Elizabeth Hartman's Craftsy class

Thank you guys for stopping by to check out my entry! (wish me luck on getting the other quilt finished so I can enter it too!!!)

~Hope y'all are having a GREAT day!!!~

Thursday, October 24, 2013

My stop on the Wicked Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Wonderfully Wicked Blog Hop!!!! If it is your first time here, WELCOME! I'm so glad you came! I hope you enjoy my "Wicked" projects. Take a look around while you are here, you can find my completed quilts under the tab "My Quilts" at the top of the page, I'd love for you to come back and see all the stuff I've got in store for the future!

Halloween is one of my FAVORITE holidays....I just love it! So, when I heard that this blog hop was going on I just HAD to be part of it!!! I had HUGE plans, and honestly, it seems like I always have HUGE plans and time just gets away from me!!!! I did manage to get some things accomplished that I wanted to, but not if you come back (and I'm hoping you will) I still have a few WICKED things up my sleeve!

Let's get on to the pretty stuff huh?
I made this "Not So Spooky" Halloween Quilt for my fav LQS using the Fat Quarter Shop's Jelly Roll Jam pattern. It came together sooooo fast!!! I really like how it turned out!

But here is the project I really wanted to have FINISHED for this hop....I didn't quite get it finished, but I will....very soon!
I crazy pieced a bunch of different fabrics together in colors that remind me of Halloween. I really love the way it turned out! I got the idea from Elizabeth Hartman's class Inspired Modern Quilts. She calls her quilt "Improv Pods". The layout is very similar to her quilt but I pieced the blocks in my "crazy" way!
As you can see there is really no rhyme or reason to the piecing, I just went with it! Slashing and stitchin' where ever I wanted! I love this kind of piecing!!! It is so FREEING!

I used Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in Flax for the background. I wanted my blocks to POP off the background so I bordered them in some Kona Snow.

Although I used the same fabrics for each block, they all turned out so different! (I have a few more put together for the back, which I'm working on as we speak...)  This is a small quilt, I'd say around 45" or so long by around 30(ish)" wide...I haven't measured it yet!

I hope you enjoyed my quick stop on the Wicked Blog Hop, but don't forget to go check out all the other amazing projects!!!!
Here are the links to the other hoppers today:
Tea Time Creations
Moosestash Quilting
More Stars In Comanche
Shape Moth
Selina Quilts
Debby Kratovil Quilts
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Robins Fabric Nest
Craft Nurse Quilt (that's me!!!)
Quilt Doodle Designs
Just Quilt It

And a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Mdm Samm and Wicked Wendy for all the work they put in to make this Blog Hop happen!! Thank you ladies!!!

Like I said earlier, I would LOVE for you guys to come back and visit me! I would LOOOOVE for you to become a follower too! You can follow me by clicking the button of your choice (bloglovin, google friend connect, or by email) in the top right of my page!!!
Thanks again for stopping by! I hope everyone has a SAFE and WICKEDLY FUN Halloween!!!!

~Hope y'all are havin a GREAT day!!!~