Friday, October 3, 2014

This week...

Today it's cold, windy and rainy outside. It's very much a fall day here in West Michigan. I've got a little one home sick from school and I think I'm going to enjoy a day inside with him. This afternoon I have apples to make into applesauce so that should make the little guy happy.

This week I've been sewing quite a bit. I've had fat quarters of Up Parasol by Heather Bailey for a little while and have been wanting to make something with it. I came up with this simple baby quilt and I think it shows off the larger scaled prints pretty well.
I mixed in other Heather Bailey fabrics from various collections and they all go together really well. It sure is a girly quilt top! I choose some minky fabric for the backing (in the top picture). I haven't used that for a quilt backing but I thought I'd give it a try with a small quilt. I'm not sure how it will be to quilt with but it sure is soft. I wish I had a little batting in the house to baste it up with...I always need something that I don't have at home to finish a project! ;)

Over the past week or so, I've been working on pulling together fabrics for a quilt for a client. She sent me a picture of a quilt that she loved and I've been trying to match fabrics to the picture. The pattern is called Remember Whooo Loves You by the Acorn Quilt & Gift Company. It's so cute with the owl applique. 
I've altered the pattern and dimensions of everything to make it approximately a full size quilt. The center part is sewn together and now I just need to add the owl and branch applique.
These are the fabrics for the rest of the quilt. The bottom two are border fabrics (the small seeds as an inner border and the dots as a large outer border) and the rest are for the owl and branches. I'm hoping to finish up the quilt top this weekend so I can bring it to be custom quilted next week. Should be a gorgeous quilt!

Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting with me here!
~Jessica

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

quilt book destash

I've been cleaning out my sewing area again.
There are a bunch of quilt books up for grabs in the etsy shop that are cheaply priced!
I hope you'll find something that you like.

~Jessica

Monday, September 22, 2014

a finished quilt: triangles for a baby girl

I finished up this cute little baby girl quilt this past week! I always wanted to try making a quilt of all triangles set on point. Most of these triangles were left over parts from a couple of baby quilts I made a while ago. I still loved the color combination and the fabric prints, so another quilt was born out of them.
I love how the rounded corners turned out on this one. 
It's going to be hard not to round all the corners on all the quilts now!
This little quilt is going to be available in my etsy shop shortly. 

I hope your week is off to a good start. The sun is shining here and I've been doing laundry and decorating for fall. Now I'm all inspired to repaint my sun porch and give it a whole new look. ...maybe later this week. We'll see how it goes! (You can follow me on Instagram, to see more pictures of what I'm up to.)
~Jessica

quilt stats:
size: 33" x 34"
Warm and White cotton batting
pieced, quilted and bound by Jessica

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dining chair slipcovers

Hello!
Well, I'm officially back to slipcover making, sewing and quilting! Earlier this month, I sent all of my kids to school. It's been the first time in 15 years that I haven't had a little one by my side all day long. My oldest started high school, my oldest son started 6th grade and my youngest son started kindergarten. That has been such a great accomplishment for me and I'm so happy to see them enjoying school and learning from their wonderful teachers. It has been an adjustment for me (boy, the house is quiet during the day!) but I'm am learning to appreciate the time and peace. I have always loved being creative and I'm going to put these hours during the day to good use!
Last week, I made these four slipcovers for some parson chairs.

The little pleated skirt on all of them was so worth it! I love the contrasting piping and little pleated skirt. 

I hope you'll join me here more often as I'll be posting more about my sewing and slipcover making.
Thanks for visiting,
~Jessica

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dwell Mini Quilt

This past weekend I needed a quick and fun project to do. Camille's Mini Dwell houses were fun to make and I just dug through the scrap boxes to find fabrics. Some of them used the tiniest pieces!
I had a little bit of Kona Sky to use as the background fabric and there really isn't any rhyme or reason to the color scheme. I just tried to find fabrics that kind of went together and that were a smaller size print.

I marked the quilting lines on with a disappearing marker and had to quickly quilt it before they all disappeared! I used an Aurifil Wool thread that I had gotten as a sample from the Sewing Summit years ago. I have to say, it gives a really neat look to the quilting. It kind of looks like a thin yarn. I think i'm going to have to see if I can find some more of it somewhere. 
So, here are my little Dwell houses! Tiny and cute and just the right project for me to have something fun and creative to work on over the weekend.
~Jessica

Friday, July 11, 2014

a finished quilt: the happy summer trip around the world

I think this will be my third post this week! That's almost unheard of lately around here, but I've been working hard at finishing up some things and that's produced some good things to blog about.
This quilt was finished up yesterday evening and I'm so happy with how it's turned out. It's so cute and cheerful!
The fabrics are a pretty mix of DS Quilts fabrics available at Jo-Ann's. I bought some of them a few months ago and was drawn to the bright intensity of their colors. I mixed them with some others that I had at home to add a little more variety.
You can find this quilt for sale in my etsy shop. It was fun to make and hopefully this will be a well loved quilt for a little girl someday soon!
~Jessica

quilt stats:
size: approx. 37" square after washing
pattern: trip around the world
pieced, quilted and bound by Jessica

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

a happy summer trip around the world

DS Quilts fabrics by Denyse Schmidt for Fabric Traditions
I've had this pretty stack of fabrics siting out ever since I bought them at Jo-Ann's. The colors were so bright and cheerful. They just make you happy looking at them.
A couple of weeks ago, I cut them up into 3" squares and decided to try them out in another "Trip Around the World" design. It's a design that I really like. It's simple, you get to play around with fabric placement and just plain fun for me to make! 
This one is baby quilt sized. I'm thinking it needs a boy version as a companion. I'm not making them for any particular reason... maybe they'll end up in my etsy shop when I'm done with them. They sure would brighten up any nursery and provide a lot of pattern and color for a baby to look at.
Now I need to figure out how I'm going to quilt it and get started!
Happy Sewing...
~Jessica