Karefully Made

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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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A Quilt for My Mom

Good Morning!

Well, it’s Friday and I have a finish to share with you guys.  My Mom just recently had surgery and the day before her surgery, I received this text from her:

Where is my Blankie?

I made my mother a small quilt when I first started and I felt not only was it time for an update but she would also need something special for her recovery.  So while she was searching her house for her “blankie” I was creating this!

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I used a shot cottons Jelly Roll and let me just say these pictures do the quilt NO justice.  This rainbow is  the most stunning rainbow.  If you want to make something similar, it’s too easy!  I finished this quilt in a day!  I pulled off each strip in the order it came in and sewed each strip to each other.  Then I backed it with 2 yards of fabric and a half yard of bias tape.  The backing I chose was  a deep ruby red  and this stunning binding.

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I quilted it with Aurifil on my Bernina (Princess Bea).  I love how the quilting thread looks different in each strip of color.

IMG_0644If you want to know more about this quilt, check out my Mom’s blog here.

I will be linking at the blogs on the right along with Crazy Mom Quilts.  Don’t forget to enter my 100th Post Giveaway, here!  Today is the Last day!

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

Kerrie


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Work In Progress

Hello!

So I am working on a quilt for my sister this week.  Her birthday is in January and hopefully I am right in thinking …she does not look at this blog.  My sister loves bright colors and boy will this quilt be bright!  I am using the plus block pattern from Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 1.  If you are not already getting this magazine …get it!  It is amazing!!

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I decided to use my Amy Butler dots along with some low volume prints.  So here are my blocks:

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I want to make a 4 x 5 layout, so I have a good number of blocks left to do.  But let me say these blocks come together so fast!  So what do you think?  I am now pondering how I should quilt these very modern blocks.

I am linking up to the blogs on my sidebar, so if you are visiting….Welcome!  Also, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win in my 100th Post Giveaway!

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

-Kerrie


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Panic At the Disco

Good Morning!

A couple of months ago I was on Facebook and i saw this picture:

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This quilt is from Urban Outfitters and is super expensive.  It is currently unavailable.  Just the same, I saved the image and decided I wanted to make a quilt.  In December, I went with a friend to Spool and got a 18 fat quarter Shot Cotton bundle.  On the way home, I decided this bundle would be used to create a quilt from my inspiration above.  I then cut all my fat quarters to 6 inch squares and  to draw my quilt top layout.IMG_0496

I then, made the center block.  I made just enough half square triangle units to make the center star.  I put it together and saw some wonky-ness…so I took it apart and trimmed each HST unit to a 5 inch square.  After I put the trimmed blocks together it looked so much better that I trimmed 100 more block down.  To put the quilt together, I used my layout, design wall and time to get it just right.  Here are the results: IMG_0675 IMG_0676 IMG_0678

I may still add a border but for now the top is done!  Last night I was telling my husband what i really liked about the quilt was the chaos around the star.  It makes me think about how I can only control myself and not everything around me.  With that said, I have named this quilt Panic at the Disco, which is a saying my husband and I use in our Special Education classrooms.  Here is an example:

Me:  How was your day at work?

Him:  Panic at the Disco but  I’m good.

Our students can often need so much from us and in the midst of the daily action all you can really do is control yourself and your reactions.  I think that is what makes you a great teacher is your reaction!

I hope you enjoyed my quilt story :0)  Don’t forget to enter my giveaway  as I celebrate my 10th post and  my 1st year in blogging!  Enter here.

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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From Start to Finish…

Hey Guys!

I hope you are having a great day!  Today, I thought I would share how I plan a quilt.  I often work from a pattern but sometime inspiration strikes me.  When this happens I have to pull out my graph paper and attempt to draw what is in my head.  Everything starts with idea then I grab my sketch book, a pen and my colored pencils.

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I then use my red pen to draw a set of darker grid lines.  Today I am thinking about how much  I love the scrappy trip around the world but I wish the blocks could be bigger.  What If I combined the scrappy trip around the world and the St Louis 16 patch.  IMG_0588

I decide I want to use my Kate Spain fabric for this quilt ….I am calling it the Scrappy Trip 16 Patch.  What you guys think?

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Next, using my colored pencils, I match a fabric to a pencil so I can draw out the possible quilt.  
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Now I am almost ready to get started.  I decide I am going to place a white strip in the middle of each Scrappy Trip 16 Patch so I outline that first.

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Now I am ready to start filling in the remaining blocks.   This is what each Scrappy Trip 16 patch will look like.  Are you following me?

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Here is my sketch all colored in.  I think I am in love!  I really like how it looks like a pixelated plus.

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Here is the finished quilt.

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I think it looks a lot like the sketch!  I am in love with it.  IMG_0798

So what you guys think?  Tomorrow I will be posting a tutorial for this quilt.  This will be my first time doing such a thing and I must admit I am a little excited!  Stay tuned!

Until next time, 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