Karefully Made

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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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My Response & A Winner Announced

Hey Guys!

I want to thank each and every one of you who visited my Mom’s blog.  She is super excited about her “new” audience.  If you read her response to the giveaway…I think there are a few things I need to clear up.

  1. I did give away my hat and scarfs but I never gave away my coat.  She would have really been mad then.
  2. I am naturally too nice and had to learn that EVERYONE is not my friend.  Being nice is still important to me!
  3. I do talk a lot!
  4. A friend once told me my super power was Joy.  I am sure she was speaking of my knack for being excited!  I really do use alot of exclamation points in my everyday conversation :0)
  5. Now to explain what my Mom was saying about my hands.  As an infant, I would never let anyone touch my hands.  I would pull them away.  My Mom decided because of this, I would one day do something special with my hands.  Now at the age of 31, quilting seems to be the special thing I do with my hands.

Here is my favorite picture of me and my Mom:

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And now on to winner!

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Bambi Leigh is our winner!  Yay!!!  Email me with your address and I will pop your fabric in the mail.

Until Next time, Sew Pretty!

-Kerrie


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My Tsuru Weekender

Hey Guys!

Well, I have made a milestone in my sewing!  I finished my weekender.  I FINISHED MY WEEKENDER!!!!!  I am a bit excited over ….just a little LOL!  I took a class with the wonderful Al from A Thousand Needles at my favorite spot in Atlanta, Fabricate Studios.   I decided to forgo all the Peltex and instead opted for the quilt as you go method.   I have heard many horror stories about this bag and let me tell you…I had a few moments that I needed to walk away from it but I never threw it….So kudos to me ;0)  I honestly enjoyed every stage of this bag and was crazy enough to cut out along with quilting two bags.  One is for me and the other is for my Mother in Law.  I will show you the quilted panels of her bag…as I am all out of Jean Needles (which are needed for construction).

For my bag, my fabric choice was Tsuru by Rashida Coleman Hale.  If you remember my Dot Dot Dash bag,  I made both bags to match so I would have a set for traveling.  Pretty cool, hun?   I really love the Tsuru collection.  It’s bright cheerful and sooo me.  I added some pearl bracelets in pink and yellow along with essex linen in Chambray and a Kona solid.

Here is a picture from the bag being in progress, once I completed all the quilt as you go panels.    I used the  Bloomin’ quilt as you go tutorial from Let’s Eat Grandpa as a guide.  I really like how it turned out.

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Here are the panels from my other bag.   These panels came together very fast because I made blocks that I then quilted down.  For the bigger panels, I used my beloved Alexander Henry Bistro fabric.  I just could not cut it up ….it’s too perfect!  Plus my Mother in Law loved it so much she got a yard herself just for this project.  For the pocket panels, I created a jeweled heart because she loves Jewelry.    IMG_0856And now for the big reveal!

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Everything is not perfect about the bag, but over all I think it’s pretty perfect. LOL.  We will see how the next one turns out once I get some Jean needles.

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I will be linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday and Fabric Tuesday today.  If you are visiting from there, please leave a comment so I can go check you out!

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

Kerrie

 

 


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Words for Pop Pop

Hey Guys!

Sunday is Father’s Day and today I will be putting a special present in the mail.  I had this great idea to make a quilt for my Grandfather.  I ask members of my family to give me a word that described my Pop Pop to them.  I then took some of those words and embroidered them onto the back of the quilt.   With some help from my Mom, I was able to put all my words for Pop Pop in good use.  This project was fun to do and filled my TV time with purpose. Below are more pictures enjoy!

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I used Wonder Under to attached the embroidery to the back of the quilt.  Then I used a zig zag stitch out a wonky star that imitates the large star on the front of the quilt.  IMG_0822

Here is the quilt front quilted and binded.  I love the green binding!

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Kerrie


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My Myrtle Beach Week

Hey Guys!

I have been absent…because I was at the beach with my Happy Husband!  I think that is best reason to be absent by the way…LOL!  So what did I do at the beach?…  I went swimming, rode my bike on the beach, ate some great food, laughed  a lot and sewed of course!  Of course I would bring my sewing machine to the beach!   My Happy Husband loves to relax at the beach and I like to be busy.  After the second day of relaxing I was wide open and would wake up at 5am.   I would sew from 5am until the HH got up at 10 or 11am.  While at the beach I made two quilts (one I finished & one I quilted) and starting cutting another.  I know…it crazy but I had so much fun sewing at the beach.  Here are some pictures of all the fun I had and the quilts of course!

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Bikes at the beach is a must!  I think next year we will just rent one…driving that far with bikes on the car was not fun.

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On Memorial Day, we drove to Quilting at the Beach.  They were closed!  This is the HH pointing and laughing at the “closed” sign.  I went back the next morning and the whole store was on sale… 25%!   Plus they had a clearance section that was CRAZY!
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The resort we stayed at was right by Barefoot Landing, where they had TIGERS!  No lions or bears but really cute Tigers and baby cubs.  It was interesting to see them at the beach.
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This quilt is for my Grandfather for Father’s Day.  I will tell you more about it soon because it has some special features to it.  I got the tutorial from In Color Order.

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I went to Shake N Shake for the first time …I really only remember the Shake!  LOL

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Here is the HH riding his bike.  I had to have proof because my Mom would not have believed us otherwise.  IMG_0754

We rode our bikes all the way down the beach ….here we are taking a break.  It was so beautiful out there! IMG_0761

French Toast at Dino’s Pancake House.  This is my Mom’s favorite breakfast place and it is now mine.

IMG_0762Here is the quilt I finished.  This star quilt is so fast!  I finished the top in a day …add some easy quilting and you are done!  That is all for now!  I will be back tomorrow to share my process on planning a quilt.

As Always, Sew Pretty!

Kerrie

 

 

 


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Dot Dot Dash Bag

Hey Guys!

As promise, in yesterday’s post here is my Dot Dot Dash Bag completed!

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I am really in love!  Let me first talk about the fabric.  I used chambray essex linen for the exterior fabric and salmon Kona solid for the interior lining.  The pockets is where all action happening!   I lined each pocket with a precious piece of Tsuru, which I purchased from Fabricworm.  Here a peek of my pockets!

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I am in love with my pockets!  Next month, I will be making a matching weekender ….it’s going to be amazing!  The Dot Dot Dash Bag pattern can be found at Sew Sweetness, she also makes the Areoplane bag.

That is not the best part about the bag, the best part was my husband’s reaction.  He was really impressed and this morning, I received a text from him.  Here is the whole conversation:

Him:  I would love for you to make me a dot dot dash MAN bag.

Me:  Hummmmmm maybe we can look

for a pattern for a man bag.

Him:  It comes to be shorter and wider.

Me:  Shorter?

Him:  More like rectangle.

Me:  I would make it with an olive canvas and copper-colored metal zippers.

 I think your bag should have a flap like your fossil bag.

Him:  I like a zipper and a flap

Me:  You like alot of things Hun?

Him:  Trophy husbands do

Me:  You are a trophy!  Thank God you are TOO heavy to be on a shelf

Him:  LMAO

He really makes me happy!  We have similar conversations every time I finish something!  That is all for today, I am linking up today at Sew Cute Tuesday at Better Off Thread and Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.  If you are visiting from there, please let me know!  Comment and I will go check you out ;0)

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

Kare


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A Week of Sewing & More

Hey Guys!

Last week was a great week for me!  I did a lot of sewing, celebrated my 3 year wedding anniversary and spent the weekend celebrating my Daddy’s birthday!  Be warned this post may be a bit long ;0)  I have a lot of pictures to share.

On Monday, I started my Dot Dot Dash Bag class at Fabricate Studios (my most favorite place in the world).  I will be finishing that bag tonight in class, so i will be show you that tomorrow!  The bag is by Sew Sweetness, you should go check out her blog to see more about that.

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On Wednesday, I celebrated my 3 year wedding anniversary.  I think we are getting old because we kept it really simple, opting to see a special early preview of Star Trek into Darkness along with some ice cream and cookies.  It was still very special just the same.

On Thursday, I had my guild meeting, The West Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild.  It was fun seeing everyone’s projects and sharing mine too.  Show and Tell is one thing that I loved about kindergarten and I love it even more at guild. LOL

On Friday, I hit the road to spend the weekend with my family.   I went with sewing machine, mat, notions and my collection of Shelburne falls to make a sewing bag with my Mom.  I printed out the Aeroplane Bag Pattern by Sew Sweetness and well, here are the pictures…along with some more for fun.


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Although we used the pattern, when it was time to box the bottom of the bag, she did not want to do it.  What could I say but sure Mom!  She loved it but I think next time we will make a simpler project.  Below is the inside of the bag.

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After finishing my Mom’s bag, I decided to work on my panels for my bag.  I finished the B panels, handle and then packed it up.  I will finish this bag once I get back to Fabricate.  What do you guys think?  I will be posting a pattern review once I finish it….hopefully this week!

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Along with sewing, I had a great time with my son.  This kid is too funny sometimes.  We watched kid soaps on the Disney Channel, rode bikes, had breakfast at McDonalds and even picked me out a new bike…when we realized mine was put together wrong.
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You can’t see it in the picture but my bike was missing a bolt on the wheel and something was wrong with the gears.  Walmart was amazing because they attempted to fix it …then later let me exchange it for another bike.

On Sunday, it was my Dad’s birthday and my brother and his wife came to the party.  We never get to see each other, my sister in law in I ….she is really crafty too!  Once she got there, I pulled out my sewing machine again and whipped out the fold over clutch for her.

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Isn’t it amazing!  We made it quilt as you go since, I had extra canvas.  I think I may make myself one today…maybe!  That is all for now….I am back home with my Happy Husband and two very sleepy dogs.

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

~Kare