Tuesday, November 27, 2012

back to....

Back to Columbia and back to embroidery. I got on another embroidery kick because it is super awesome aaaaand I can do it while sitting in the car. I didn't really come all that prepared though. I only have a couple spools of pearl and some little scraps of neutral fabric to play on. It is really interesting however, to just doodle with a needle and thread. I am practicing new stitches, sewing sheep that make me laugh, and just attempting to relax. Sew without pressure for the time being. Here are some great links and links to stitch dictionaries. So fun!

Here are my sheep. I love them. I want to put them on everything. I saw them go by on this website (original sheep author being Incywincystitches) and just HAD to try them. They are tiny and too cute. To be continued....

Monday, November 19, 2012

More Blocks

The holidays don't have the brightest sewing outlook for me. I will spend most of this month and next and possibly January in a hotel...ssooooo sewing is becoming a challenge. It will happen, but it will be intermittent. Luckily for me, my bees are either finishing, or taking a break for December. I am so excited for the ability to catch up. Here are a few more blocks that I finished and mailed off, but haven't had time to post about.

The deadline for submitting your fabric for the ColorWheel Swap has come and gone. Hopefully everyone's fabric is in the mail. If not, I will be sending out emails to my alternates over the Thanksgiving holiday. Hopefully they will have a fantastic turn around time and I will be able to send everyone's fabric to them during the first week of December.

This swap has been so fun and I absolutely will be doing another one! I am so thankful to everyone who participated and hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. Thanks again!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

so Much mail!

When I arrived at my parent's house this past weekend, there were 27 packages piled in my room from those participating in the ColorWheel Swap. Thaaaaats a lot of mail. It was SO FUN opening them all. It was like a beautiful christmas rainbow of fabric. And amazingly, that is only half of them! For all those participating, make sure you get them in the mail by Friday. After that, I will call on my alternates to fill in what I am missing. And after that!, I will be sending all of you packages of gorgeous fabric. I promise, the submissions are so good. I am JEALOUS!

The green and gray piles are on the other side of the room. I got distracted before I could take a picture of them. That happens to me a lot. 

Thank you so much to everyone for being a part of the swap! I have loved reading your awesome notes and finding treats among those submissions. This will definitely not be my last swap!

Also, my instagram is up and running! Find it under my connect toolbar at the top right. Now, if I am not blogging, you can just check there and see what I am doing or where I am. Also, I will post pictures of projects that I am working on as well as awesome things that inspire me. I can't wait!

Monday, November 12, 2012

what a Weekend!

This will be short and sweet, but I am moving a mile a minute. I am in columbia, again, meaning no sewing until friday. But! I finished all my bee blocks for October and November already. For all those who are expecting these blocks, they will be in the mail on Friday. I promise. That will be the first time I am not up to my elbows in dirt. Here are a couple of said blocks. These are for do. Good Stitches October. 

On another note, I had the most amazing weekend ever. I am not the most technologically up to date person, but this weekend, my boyfriend surprised me with an iPhone!!!! This is super exciting for me....mostly because I have an iPhone. Haha. I am setting up an Instagram account so that people can follow me and see what I am doing when I am pulled away from my blog and sewing. I can't wait to get started! Hopefully tomorrow the link will be up on my social media tool bar. Keep a lookout!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Let's do this!

Wednesday: Still working on the wedding quilt as you might imagine. I got it quilted, and the binding is on and ready to be stitched down. I mulled over trying to do it by machine, but I never have, and I really don't want my first try to be on my best friend's wedding quilt, so it is time to whip my heart out. Whip stitch my heart out that is.

Thursday: Done!

Friday-Sunday: Wedding time!

Phew, that was a lot in such a short period of time. Amanda loved her quilt and it made all the hard work worth it. If you missed my first post about it, I followed Alyssa's posts about her Black and White Memories Quilt in order to create this one. The wedding was SO FUN. I was very sad to say goodbye to all of my college friends. Alas, back to real life and back to sewing.

While I was binding like a crazy person, I wondered if machine binding would have been easier. I know a lot of people out there do machine binding....are there tricks and tips to know? Rachel, I know, has a good tutorial as I have read it several times. I just haven't taken the plunge. Any other good ones you have seen go by? I have enough semi finished quilts that I really need to learn successful machine binding or I will never see them all finished. That is way too much hand binding for sure. Time for cleaning and continued recovery from my weekend!