Saturday, October 15, 2011

Catch Up!

TSS Mini Quilt by jenib320
TSS Mini Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Wow, we're already half-way through October and it's my first regular post of the month! Hopefully things will fall back into a normal routine now that Sewing Summit has come and gone! :)

I was very happy to finish up this mini quilt today. I am calling this TSS Mini, TSS standing for The Sewing Summit. It started as an improv block that I worked on during Improv Piecing taught by Jess of Urban Patchwork. I continued on in that style to finish the block and then frame it in a pieced background of tans and creams. After taking Amanda's class on Mini Quilts, I knew it had to become a mini! Finally, I was inspired to try a new-to-me quilting pattern, pebbles, after practicing in Alison's Free Motion Quilt class! It's about 20"x25", pieced and bound using lots of scraps and backed in a print from Ikea.

TSS Mini Quilt by jenib320
TSS Mini Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I love the look of pebble quilting but yikes, I don't think I could ever tolerate quilting anything larger than this! It's so time consuming! It was refreshing though to stray from my usual quilting patterns. I definitely could stand to be more adventurous in my choices!

Drawstring Pouch by jenib320
Drawstring Pouch, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Finished sewing up another drawstring pouch today! I'll have a tutorial up for it tomorrow afternoon! :)

Zippies by jenib320
Zippies, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I have made lots and lots of zipper pouches but never felt 100% happy with the way my zipper ends looked. After a particularly bad one, I decided it was high time to get better at it. I played with a few different tutorials, but no surprise, Anna of Noodlehead's gathered clutch tutorial yielded the best results! I was loosely following it before, but was missing the key tips! The top pouch was made the Anna way! :)

Caramels by jenib320
Caramels, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Was in the mood for caramels last night. I like this recipe quite well.

Fall by jenib320
Fall, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Fall. It's here!

Color by jenib320
Color, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Had a little time to kill before an appointment today, so of course, I went thrifting! I finally remembered to peek into the craft section and found all this vintage crewel yarn bundled together for $2. How could I resist? Now to find a pattern to use it for!

Thrifting by jenib320
Thrifting, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
It felt good to be out thrifting again! Did well too! The shop is back open! I'll be adding new goodies all evening!

George by jenib320
George, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
George :)

Today I love the..
Smell of: Clean laundry
Sound of: Starlight by Muse
Taste of: Caramels
Sight of: Sunshine
Feel of: Warm quilt fresh out of the dryer

Good Things about Today:
- Good day of thrifting!
- Did 5 loads of laundry!
- Finished two projects
- Caramels, caramels, caramels
- It was a productive day!

19 comments:

  1. Everything is so lovely. The mini-quilt is great. I have gotten so much inspiration from all of the sewing summit posts that have been circulating around. And homemade caramels?? Mmmmmm. Who knew??

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  2. George is a cute as ever. And I love everything you've been working on. Send me some of that energy.

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  3. Caramels? YUM!

    Love that pebble quilting stitch... perfect for your mini!

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  4. Looking forward to the tutorial! And your zipper came out awesome! I need to revisit that pattern :)

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  5. Yum...those caramels look fantastic! I'm going to have to try that recipe out. I just pinned it for easy access later!

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  6. I'm a huge fan of that quilt. HUGE.

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  7. Love the pebble quilting and your improv block in the mini quilt!

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  8. Wow very productive indeed!! 5 loads?!! I'm seriously impressed! That mini quilt is gorgeous, love the quilting!

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  9. Jeni, you sure now to pack a post chock full of goodness!!!!
    I'm swooning on your mini!

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  10. oh my gosh jeni, if I could only be as productive as you! and I love that you got your zipper end tabs to work out. You know I love a good zipper project! :) and the mini, oh love! great job of trying out a bunch of new things!

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  11. How did you get those corners so neat? Mine NEVER turn out like that no matter what directions I follow. :( Your bags look great as does the mini quilt.

    cardenfran@gmail.com

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  12. What a wonderful post - I love the pebble quilting, and the beautiful sheets! And the bunny? Adorable :)

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  13. i've never made caramels before, but those look yummy! may have to try.

    and as always great thrifting finds! i actually never heard of crewel yarn before until recently. i actually purchased the ABC's sampler from poise gets cozy which is made with crewel yarn. i have yet to start it. but winter is just around the corner! ;)

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  14. I am planning on using my improv block for a mini quilt as well. All the classes were so inspiring!! It's nice to see George again I bet he missed you.

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  15. Your quilt is such a time capsule of TSS! I like how you used different neutral shades for the background. Fun!

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  16. I love your mini and what an awesome haul thrifting. And hi, George! Wish he could have come to sewing summit!
    <3 Amanda aka a crafty fox

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  17. I love a really productive day!
    Great mini! I recognize the pebbling from Allison's class. And caramels?!! My favorite! I've been too chicken to make my own, though.

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  18. i love that mini quilt and caramels make me weak in the knees...

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  19. I love it, Jeni! I have quilted a baby and a large lap sized quilt with pebbles and it definitely is time consuming! I love the effect though. Those caramels look amazing, too! I'll have to try those soon.

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