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!!!~