Friday, July 29, 2016


Have any of you heard of UpCraftClub? 

It's a new website that offers PDF patterns from several designers, but it's reaching out to brick and mortar stores and they work in partnership to help customers buy the fabric/notions etc. for the PDF patterns that are bought on their site.
 The PDF patterns are often cheaper than the paper ones sold in the store. I'm so excited that I bought the Creative Supply Maker case from Sew Sweetness. The site is super easy to use and there are a lot of free patterns as well. 
I'm making the Trapeze Knit Tank Dress, which is free! They have clothing, kids stuff, bags, quilts, and stuffed animals. It's a pretty cool idea and I'm excited to be able to finally buy PDF patterns and support my local store. The website is . All you have to do is set up an account and you can use your FB account if you would like. Then start browsing and let the inspiration begin. I've added a few I like to my wishlist so I can buy them later.
Let me know what you think!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

July 2016 OMG Goal Met

This month has given me a chance to get a lot more done than I ever anticipated. I was able to sew together the scrappy granny square blocks, quilt them, and get the binding on. I even had 2 weeks to spare! It's now a table topper for my desk at work.

Scrappy granny square table topper.
Paul took the kids to the races two nights this month, so I was able to get 3-4 hours each night of un-interrupted sewing time! I was able to finish this professional tote sample for the store.
An unexpected night to myself means I got to sew and finally finish this professional tote. I'll be teaching this class starting next Wednesday,  so sign up soon if you'd like to make one.
While we were on our staycation I was able to sew the top of the Cowgirl Coins quilt together. We went out to my dad's in the middle of the week and I got to quilt 4 quilts, including this one. I put the binding on this week and this scrap quilt is done!
I waited all day to post this for WIP Wednesday,  only to realize it's Tuesday. The Cowgirl quilt is finished!
I'm teaching a Bendy Bag class in November, so I made up a couple samples from scraps I had left over from other bags.
Tonight's Becca Bags! So fast, fun, and easy.  They are a great stash buster. I'll be teaching a class on them in November if you're interested.
I've been busy keeping up with the Farm Girl Vintage sew along. These are my first 15 blocks, 1 3rd of the way done!
My first 15 FGV blocks. I'm really enjoying this sew along.
While we were camping I attempted to start working on my Twist and Turn quilt. I was so confused! I spread it out on my aunt's island and got the centers for 4 blocks made. Once I realized how to make the blocks, I realized one of the pieces was cut incorrect x80! So I had to improvise. I still don't have the first four blocks made, but I have all 20 blocks made into block kits. Slowly but surely I'll get this quilt done or it will become something totally different.
At my dad's I quilted the Good Night Irene quilt.  I still need to get the binding on it... maybe tonight. I'd really like to count the finish in my totals for the month.
Quilted Goodnight Irene today at Dad and Ann's.
One night I finished 5 of these sweetpea pods. They are leftovers from bendy bags I made last year.
Five sweet pea pods finished tonight. Assembly line sewing. Only 15 or so more to go.
On Tuesday night while we were at Hart Ranch, we went and sewed with the Quilts of Valor quilters. I was able to cut out and get about 1/3 of the blocks made. It felt good to do this charity quilting.
Tonight Jane and I sewed with the Hart Ranch Quilts of Valor ladies.  A fun group and the kids were so good.
We had so much fun during our week at Hart Ranch. We did play mini-golf and swim a lot as well as drive around in the golf cart with my aunt. A very relaxing week of vacation!
Mini golfing with a Jackrabbit! Once a Jackrabbit, always a Jackrabbit.#sdsu #sdstate

Friday, July 08, 2016

Starting Strong in July & June stash report

July is starting strong for me, at least in the block building. I cut out the 4 FGV blocks while we were camping, so when the kids went to bed early on the 4th, I was able to sew them up. I can get so much accomplished when I pre-cut and don't do it at home.
I was anxious to sew the Dangerous Block 3 Jesse James but didn't have enough time to get it cut out at work, so Wednesday night I cut all the pieces out and started sewing. Last night I finished it up. I'm loving how this fabric is using up my brights and most of the small pieces.
Dangerous Block number 3.
These are my 3 blocks so far. If you're interested in joining the free block of the month, join Gudrun's Crew Facebook page. They are released on the 5th of the month and we're only 3 blocks in, so easy to catch up.
Love my Dangerous blocks so far. These are not quick or easy, but they are precise and use up my small scraps that I normally wouldn't keep.
Back in January, I made these blocks partially to show step by step how to make them. They were returned to me and I've been using them as leader/enders while sewing blocks to put them together. Now they are all done and I'm going to put them into a table topper or runner. I'm not sure which one yet.
Four scrappy granny squares.
I want it for my desk at work, so I'm also considering the table runner that could drape over.
Table runner or table mat?
Last night Paul took the kids to the races for a special event. I was tired from work and didn't really want to go, so I stayed home. Oh boy! I had so much time to sew! I cooked, cleaned, and got the kitchen shaped up, watched the news, and it was only 6PM! So off to the studio I went. I finished up the Dangerous block, two of the granny square blocks, and cut out the interfacing and fused it on the professional tote I am making. The cutting and fusing seemed to take forever, but I did get the front pocket made. It's a start. I feel like I made so much progress last night. This weekend I hope to sew more on the professional tote, but I also have to get the bags packed for a week of camping at Hart Ranch. We'll be staycationing there and doing some fun activities. We'll have electricity, so I plan to do a bit of sewing!
My stash report for June is pathetic! I only finished 2 minkee blankets for the cousins kids and nothing else... I did do a few FGV and Dangerous blocks, but won't count them until I am done. I really hope to get a couple finishes this month, if I schedule a quilting day at dad's, I might get the chance.

Fabric bought this month: 7 yards
Fabric bought this year: 55.75 yards
Fabric used this month: 2.5

Fabric used this year: 141.5 yards
Net Fabric used this year: 85.75 yards!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

July OMG Goal

Since the last two months have been rather slow in the sewing departments, I wasn't really even sure what I should set as a goal for July. I'm planning to enter a few things in the fair, so I thought I would try to finish up this granny square quilt I started back in February or so. It's blue and yellow scraps that I was going to do a 4 patch with, but I might add some borders and make it a table runner for my office. I had one that got lost, so I am in the process of re-making it. I hope to finish these blocks into something so I can put it in the fairs next month.

Granny square

I'm also hoping to get to do some sewing and quilting next week while I am on vacation. We'll be spending it at a camping resort, but I'll have my sewing machine, so I hope to do some sewing. We might even go to my dad's one day and do some quilting, but we'll see what happens. I need to have a couple things ready to quilt if we're going to do that. Time to start planning and packing. Sunday will be here before I know it.