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January’s Finish Goal

Hello Everyone!

I have to admit I have been super busy enjoying all the free sewing time and feeling the pressure to get everything I want to make ..made before I get a REAL job. ;0)  One day that will happen.  Just the same I was able to finish my goal for January which was to finish piecing my son’s quilt.  Here is it:

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Let me just say, the quilt is perfect for my son but was painful for me to piece.  It was not fun to make at all!  It was a huge life sized puzzle that was not getting along with me.  Just the same …I am sure he will love it!

So my goals for February are:

  • Complete my Stash Bee Block
  • Complete my Hope.Do.Good.Stiches block
  • Finish my March Birthday gift

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

Kerrie


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New Month… New Goals & A Catch Up Post

Disclaimer!  This post is very long…grab a cup of tea and some cookies ;0) 

Hello Everyone!

September is here!  The best part of September is fall ….is coming, hopefully.   Currently it seems as if summer came back or rather finally arrived here in Atlanta.  But anyway… I am here to set my goal for this month’s Lovely Year of Finishes and show yall some pictures.    Here we go!

My goal for this month is to finish all my scrappy trip around the world blocks for the Scrappy Trip Around The World Bee.  If you don’t know about this bee you should check it out!  

I am also in a fabric swap  called F8 fabric swap group AND it’s currently open for this months Stripes swap.  Check it out and please join in!

So what have I been up to?  I think the best way to address this is to write a list.

  1. Student Teaching  I have been busy!  Pre-K kids know how to have fun!  I am with two wonderful teachers who are teaching me the ropes.  I am about to start week 4 and on Wednesday and I will be doing my first observation.   Maybe because this is my last semester or maybe I am feeling more confident but I am excited for my Professor to see my growth.  Very excited.  I will be teaching a lesson on Construction workers and we are making a construction zone for the kids…very exciting things people!
  2. Sewing  I have been sewing!  I am working on quite a few things and making small projects in between.  I only have about an hour to sew everyday but I really enjoy myself for that hour.  It has been great!  If you are not following me on Instagram you should!  I am posting there often.   My user name is Prettyladybaby of course!  Follow me and I will follow you back.
  3. Awards  I was nominated for an blog award.  If you nominated me…I have not forgotten.  It is on my list.
  4. Reading  I am currently reading Quilting Happiness by Christina Lane and Diane Gilleland.  I suggest you purchase this book!  It is amazing and I cannot wait to get started on some of the quilting in here.  Very exciting book!
  5. Fabricate Studios   If you don’t know, I spend a lot of time there.   I am a member there, I hang out there, I create there and I often have little kiddo’s sewing with me there.  We have a good time people!  If you live in Atlanta you should come check it out!

Here are some pictures for you!

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Herringbone Birthday Quilt 

This quilt is a repeat quilt for me.  I have made the Herringbone quilt block from Bijou Lovely’s tutorial.   I made this quilt for my husband’s birthday and each fabric has a special connection to him.  I will do a more detail post about this quilt one day…  Promise ;0)  I really love how it turned out.  I think it is the most modern, beautiful, perfect quilt I have ever made.  I made a lot of choices in placement and I think it paid off.  What do you think?  2013-09-07 10.50.17 pm

The Super Tote!  

This bag made from Noodle Head’s pattern and I LOVE IT!  I will be making these for my Etsy store so look out!  l am currently carrying the one below!  It is made with Echino.  I wish I took pictures of the inside.  There are pockets in the lining that are so pretty and fun to make.  So if you decide to try it …DO THE POCKETS!  They are the best part of the bag.. I promise!

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Here is my second Super Tote and I have already sold it!  I went to the Orthodontist for a check up and he saw mine, love it then asked if I could make one for his daughter!  Amazing right?  Right! 2013-09-07 10.49.23 pm

The Michelle Card Wallet

This is a pattern I purchased online and I love making it!

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I am a member of the West Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild and we recently participated in a challenge with our sister guild the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild.   How big is Atlanta, I know you are wondering.  Atlanta is not really big, per say, but everything is twenty minutes or more away plus traffic is bad.  My guild is the guild INSIDE the perimeter of Atlanta and the Atlanta guild is on the outskirts of the perimeter of Atlanta.  Anyway…this was my submission for the Quilt Block Throw Down challenge.  We were suppose to create a modern version of a Log Cabin block.  I feel for me…my block is all about placement.  It is purposefully placed and full of color! 2013-09-07 10.48.22 pm

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I also got this pattern from Michelle Patterns.  It just comes as pattern pieces.  So good luck!  I am sure you will figure it out …LOL  This case is for my son who needed one for school.  It matches is bag I made plus the Jay McCarrol print is perfect for him because he is an Artist!
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Circle, Square Triangle, Rectangle…. Square Quilt

I made this quilt for my Pre’K class.  Is is currently called the Kind Quilt.  This quilt was inspired by a YouTube video the kids watched during the shape unit on my first week.  I needed to make a quilt to go with the story I read called, The Quilt by Anne Jones.  Great story for the kiddos.   Anyway, I went home singing this song.  I sang it all day Saturday and by the end of the day I had a quilt top made of nothing but scraps!  The lesson went great too by the way!

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Zippered Pouch

I made these this week.  One is for me and the other for my husband.   Purposeful and a great way to end the day.
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High Street Messenger Tote

I made this bag this week in class at Fabricate Studio’s    The pictures really do it no justice.  It is beautiful and made from all Ikea fabric.  This pattern is by Amy Butler and needs translation.  We all know how wordy Amy is!  Any who, it is a fun bag to make and it comes together in an really cool way.  2013-09-07 10.46.42 pm

 

That is all for now!  Check me out on Instagram if you can and as always… Sew Pretty!

-Kerrie


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My July Finish

Hey Guys!

This month has really flown by and I have found myself to be pretty busy!  Today’s post is about my Lovely Year of Finishes.  I hope you are already joined in on this goal setting …it really helps me to keep up!  Here is my finish for this month.

My Maple Leaf Rag Wall Hanging

This quilt is not an easy feat!  This is what I had at the beginning of the month.

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The maple leaf rag is meant to be made out of scraps.  I tried my best to follow those rules!   The inside of the maple leaf rag is from a low volume bundle I had from West Wood Acres.  Everything else is a scrap, which is very rewarding for me.

I really had to make myself sit down and work on this but let me say…it is tedious but as I finished each block it was rewarding.  I enjoyed making the quilt.   I may …MAY…even make another.

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I hope you can see the binding, which was from another quilt I made.  There was just enough to bind this tiny thing.
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I decided not to use batting in this quilt but instead quilted it with some flannel I had left over from another quilt.  I quilted it with red thread echoing the spider webs.
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Well that is all for now!  If you are looking for things in the mail from me….they are in the mail ;0)

Until Next Time, Sew Pretty!

-Kerrie


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Friday Finish & Goal Setting

Hey Guys!

Here is a finish for this week.  These quilts are for a friend and my goal to finish for April & May.  I don’t know why it was so hard to get it finished… but it was.

Here is quilt #1

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Quilt #2 is my Scrappy Trip Around the World that took me FOREVER to finish.

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The back of the quilt has Appliqué of course :0)

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This my Goal for Lovely Year of Finishes.  They are hosting a giveaway you may want to check out.  Also, it not too late for you to join in on the fun!  You only have to participate for 6 out of 12 months to be eligible for the big giveaway at the end of year.  So got set your goal!  The picture below is my goal for July.  I want to finished my small Maple Leaf Rag Quilt …wall hanging.  I plan on hanging this tedious work of fabric art in my sewing room.

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I will be linking up with all my Friday Links (check the sidebar) if you are visiting please comment!  I would love to come and check you out!

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

-Kerrie

 


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St. Louis Sixteen Patch Squared

Hey Guys!

Since I got back on Friday, I have been working on two little quilts for two special birthday boys!  I decided to do another St.Louis 16 Patch, which as I told you in previous post that it comes together really fast!  Well, let me first explain about the St. Louis 16 Patch.

I first saw it on Instagram, if you are not following me there I take lots of pictures!   Stephanie from SKBurton Designs posted a tutorial for this pattern.  It is super easy and here is the link.  You can read along there to find out how it came about.  There you will also find a flicker group to join or search for inspiration.  I hope you go check it out!

After making the quilt for my Grandmom because the boy’s birthday is on Saturday, I knew it was the right choice.  I used 18 fat quarters that I grouped into set of 2.

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The fabric collection I am using is called Shore Thing and I got this particular fat quarter set from The Fat Quarter Shop online (and they ship everywhere in the world).  I added some fabric from my stash to get all 18 fat quarters and on Sunday my husband allowed me to sew even though I was still under the weather.  I finished all 18 blocks and used me design wall to figure the layout of each quilt. Here are the pictures:

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Above (Quilt #1) At first I thought I would put a block from each fat quarter set in each quilt but the white center block and the flamingo print really did not make that work.  Then I decided to make the white block the center block and use sets of two…to make a plus sign.  Thank got for a design wall!

Below (Quilt #2)  I really like the flamingo print!  It was my favorite in the line but when it came to arranging these blocks I needed some help.  Darcy from Modern Cozy helped me out and i finally got it right!  If you get a chance check out her blog!

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Today I worked on the quilt backs and I will be back tomorrow to share more about that.  But before I go, I wanted to pick my goal for the month of May for the Lovely Year of Finishes:

May Goal:  Finish Bentley quilt!  

Now that the top is done all I have left is to piece a back, baste and quilt!  I think that is totally possible. Until, next time Sew Pretty!

~Kare


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Work In Progress

Hey Guys!

Today I was working on my Sugar Blocks from Stitchery Dickory Dock.  Here are the results:

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I am really in love with the essex linen I used.  It really happened on a whim because I forgot to pack my Kona Snow.  Inside my bag I had a fat quarter of the essex linen.  I think it is perfect!   The first block is the block for January and the second is the block for March.  February’s block has paper piecing involved.    I will be tackling that tomorrow.  If you remember, these three blocks are my goal for Lovely Year of Finishes.  I am happy that I am on track.

With that said, those two blocks are the bulk of my sewing for the week.  I have been organizing and cleaning out my fabric stash.  Next week, my husband is off work for Spring Break and I am looking forward to some progress in my room (fingers crossed)!

I am linking up to Freshly Pieced, WIP Wednesday.  If  you are visiting from there, welcome!  I hope you leave a comment so I can come check out your blog ;0)

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

~Kare


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My Lovely January Finish

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Hey Guys!

I have been very busy this month!  The Lovely Year of Finish is really helping me stay focus on my goals.  You can check out more finishes at this flicker group, which is called A Lovely Year of Finishes and is sponsored by Sew Bitter Sweet Designs.

I am surprised I got done what I did do and now that I think about it …I feel very accomplished!  I know I am improving with my sewing.  For example, I think I am doing much better with my binding and being consistent with my quarter inch seam.  They say practice make perfect.  Enough of that!  My goal for this month was:

“This month my goal is to complete a project I started last year.   I need to quilt and bind two baby quilts and make matching burp cloths”  

Well here are the finishes!

These Burp Cloths are made of Gerber Baby Diapers.  I decided to leave one without fabric.

These Burp Cloths are made of Gerber Baby Diapers. I decided to leave one without fabric.

This quilt is sized at 35 inches by 40 inches.

This quilt is sized at 35 inches by 40 inches.

I am calling this quilt The Birds and The Trees

I am calling this quilt The Birds and The Trees

Here are the quilts hanging.  You can really see how pretty the backing is!

Here are the quilts hanging. You can really see how pretty the backing is!

The first project I completed for Project Quilting is also for the baby.  You can read more about that go HereHere  and Here…oh and Here. ;0)

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Here is the “Collection”

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Well, that is all for my Lovely January Finish!  If you are visiting, please leave a comment!  I would love to come and “visit” you!

Until Next Time, Sew Pretty!

~Kare

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