brainstorm!

I’ve been thinking about my next quilt project…. not sure what I want to do. Maybe a king size quilt for our own bed? Maybe a queen for our guest bed?

I don’t think I’m ready to do a king-sized quilt! I’ve made 3 twin sized for my bunk beds at boarding school/college… I think it would be nice to make a queen for a guest bed, and keep the current duvet on our King Bed…

My favorite quilts are using traditional or “old-fashioned” basic patterns with fun and beautiful fabric. I also enjoy quilts with lots of pieces and blocks because it keeps it interesting :) Of course, this also means the process takes a lot longer….

Such a debate.

2 books I found on Amazon have beautiful traditional patterns shown in fabrics. Material Obsession by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke and Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott. I love Jelly Roll quilts because some of the cutting is done for you, so you can spend more time sewing!

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Most of the quilts in these books are for twins/ throws… so that might involved some tricky measurements for a queen (90inX94in). Hoping I’ll just be able to add a row of blocks? We’ll see. Jelly Rolls has a section on making larger quilts in the back of the book, and that should help.

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First is from Material Obsessions; 2 is from Etsy that I might try to recreate instead of buying; 3 & 4 are from Jelly Roll

I love the colors with a crisp, white background – I’m leaning towards options 3 or 4. With the right colors (light pinks/ yellows), those could be really beautiful. the first option is really difficult. I’ll attempt that one later in life…

Have you been working on any quilts lately? any suggestions?

books books books [oyster, amazon, library]

Oyster and Amazon are trying to be the “Netflix for books” – in the way that they have some of the good stuff, but nothing that you’re really interested in…

*btw, did you hear Gilmore Girls is coming out on Netflix in October?? I’ve been waiting my ENTIRE life for this. ok, not quite… but maybe the past 8 years? at least? anyway….

Since my commute is so long, I have a lot of time to use my kindle and read, read, read. or sleep. usually sleeping wins…

Gilt City was offering 2 free months of Oyster, and it really sounded like something I would use. And it was free. Nothing to lose, at least. Well, I liked it for the first 2 weeks-ish, but was disappointed that most of my reading list (current NY times best-sellers/ summer reads) were not available.They did have Beautiful Ruins…

And then! Amazon announced an ebook program! yayyyy… but it was kind of the same. Amazon has a little better selection, but still not that great.

Before purchasing any of these plans, just check the ebook selection so you know you’ll use what you’re paying for…

So far the best resource has been the digital library through my county library system – they only have 3 copies available for check out at a time… so i’m on hold for some of the books for a while, but at least they’re the books on my reading list.

Of course, you could always check out real books from the library….

Hope this helps! Enjoy reading!

tshirt quilt part 2: piecing / finished quilt top

So all the tshirts are cut and now it’s time to lay it all out and sew it together!!

It feels like putting together a giant puzzle. I left a lot of room around some logos, so I could cut them down where necessary.

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One of the trickiest parts was figuring out which pieces to sew together before attaching to another one. At one point, I realized the way I approached it was completely wrong, and needed to rip out and start over :(

The best was to go is looking at what other seams touch one straight edge – and start with those. For the photo below – I would sew together the red and grey strips before attaching to the bottom of the mustard- colored shirt.

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It’s tricky – but since I have so many tshirts I got a lot of practice :) for the one below, I sewed the two orange pieces together and attached to the white piece

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Sometimes it looks like seams are puckering – but ironing hides a multitude of sins. The final quilting also neatens the seams – in case you’re kind of lazy like me.

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making sure the ends will meet – this piece was 1.5 inches longer than the top of the quilt…. but I had enough room to cut and re-sew.

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squaring the edges…

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being silly holding up have of the quilt top I had finished…. it’s really long

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everything sewn together!! Not perfect, but I like it :) The finished measurements are 84Lx 54W… great size for a throw blanket!

Next time you see this I’ll be done! I’m planning on posting the finished product in about 2 weeks…. let’s see if I can actually post on schedule :/

Hope you have a great Wednesday!!

sweatshirt embellishment

Happy Tuesday!

With Fashion Week in full swing – I thought I’d show you something a little less formal. A Sequin – Embellished Sweatshirt.

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I found the sweatshirt at Forever 21: perfect place to find clothing for DIY experiments. It’s a super soft hoodie that I would wear even without embellishment, but this makes it a million times better!!

The full DIY can be found on A Beautiful Mess. They’re much better at giving instructions.

First, choose a script font. Print and cut out the words to make a stencil. You can use the word cut-out part to decide if it will look good on the shirt. In the example below – the word didn’t fit on 8.5×11 paper, so I had to pick a shorter word in order to get the right size for the shirt.

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Next, trace the stencil with washable marker. ABM shows the process much better than I did….

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I learned that a little glue goes a long way….  photo 99hello-3_zps4307fc36.jpgDon’t use too much glue…

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And the finished product!!

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Once the glue dried, it really looked cute! I still need to do the sewing part of the tutorial to hold down the sequins in the wash, but I think this looks pretty good for now!

Hope you enjoy!

T-Shirt Quilt Part 1: Inventory and Cutting

Every event seems to need to have an accompanying t-shirt. Between camps and sorority outings, I’ve gone to plenty of events and have a ton of t-shirts. SO MANY T-SHIRTS.

They were taking up so much space! And I never wear any of them. They’re not good for running… and I don’t wear t-shirts in public…

So I’m left with shirts that have memories, but are just taking up space.

Here’s an example of how the pile shrinks – the pile on the right is about half of the remains….
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I also found this batch at my mom’s house :/ some of these were my sister’s – I guess I have to make a quilt for her too.

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Now it’s time to cut them down.

I did a general cut with lots of space around the logos. Then I used my rotary cutter/ mats/ guides to cut some straight lines. photo 94quilt_zps82c21d93.jpg

 

Some shirts didn’t leave enough space to make a square. I added backing from the rest of the tshirt so it would be easier to block…

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With so many t-shirts…. this took a while.

I’ll be posting again with the next bit of progress – piecing and a finished quilt top!!

back to school….

Hope you had a great Labor Day Weekend!!

We had the strange realization that neither my sister nor I was going back to school this year. We knew this day was coming, but still find it hard to believe. Everyone is talking about new notebooks and backpacks and roommates…. and we’re working working working.

I’m one of those crazy nerds that loves school. I love the structure, the reading, the assignments…The only reason I haven’t gone to grad school is because I can’t decide what I want to do… and that’s a huge amount of money to spend when you can’t decide on a major.

But just because I’m not going back to school doesn’t mean I won’t be benefiting from all the sales going on! Notebooks, dorm-ware, fall clothing – here I come!!

Below is a beautiful collage of my favorite things associated with the back-to-school season:

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While I will miss my summer Fridays and the early sunrise, I can’t wait for sweaters, tights, plaid shirts, fires, blankets…. the list continues.

knit donuts

like everyone else in the country, I am obsessed with donuts. I posted a couple weeks ago about all the new recipes and donut-themed product.

Well, I decided to knit some donuts.

Don’t think that I came up with this own my own though. I found it on pinterest. But it’s super adorable and uses one of my favorite brands of yarn – Sugar and Cream.

Click Here for the pattern. And this is their photo:

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My donuts look like this:

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I really wanted to add sprinkles… but haven’t had time and just really wanted to share this fun pattern! One donut took me about 2 hours (without adding sprinkles).

But you may ask – what in the world will i use knit donuts for???

Good question. I have no idea. But they’re cool. People will think you’re awesome for being able to knit – and not just knit a scarf, but knit a donut. Talent.

In other donut news – Below is a photo of donut peaches. For those times when you really want a donut but you know they’re bad for you.  photo 828donutpeaches_zps2385b488.jpg

 

Happy Thursday!!