Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Another missed Craft Day

Several years ago (or maybe a decade, you know, whatever) a group of friends started 'Craft Day'. It is a once-a-month gathering of fellow crafters where we bring our projects, share ideas, borrow equipment, etc. Ten years later and we are still getting together.  It's so awesome to be involved with such a fun and creative group!

Unfortunately the last few months my husbands work schedule has prevented me from attending.  This weekend I thought I was going to make it. I had all sorts of ideas and plans of things to work on, including Christmas cards and scrapbooking! But alas, he had a last-minute assignment and it wasn't going to happen. So, I decided to have my own little craft day at home. 

The first thing I wanted to do was make some jam.  We are almost out of strawberry and I had purchased a ton of blackberries to try.  

First I thought I didn't have enough fruit, so I bought more. Then, I realized I had too much so I had to double the batch. Then, I discovered I didn't have enough sugar for a double batch, so I put the second batch in the fridge to finish the next day. Then I realized the pectin I had left to use was low sugar and it would have worked. At that point I decided I was done with jamming for the day. 

What did get finished turned out great, and the next day the second batch also worked out. Phew!

So, then it was on to some quilting. I needed to finish hand-stitching the binding on my most recent project and it was one of those times where you're so close....

It was 10pm... I'll just keep going until the news is over. 10:30... I am SO CLOSE. 11pm... I finished! ...... and everyone was asleep. I had to pat myself on the back and head to bed. 

It was a long crafting day, but I got so much done.  It would have been a lot better if I'd had others to chat with, but next month I have remedied that.  Craft Day is at my house.  Give the kids a movie and work with great friends around the crafting table. Luckily they don't mind the occasional kiddo outburst. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Another Bag Pattern Finish

I finished up my second Oversized Bag Pattern this weekend! I am so excited to have two finished and posted on my Etsy Site now.

It's actually very similar to my other one, but it doesn't require all the prep work at the beginning to piece together a panel. It uses whole pieces of fabric and you can have so much fun with fabric patterns and colors.

I used Riley Blake fabrics in the pictures, but there's no limit to what you could create with it. Try it and let me know what you did with it! And if you haven't been by my shop in a while, stop on by and see what's on sale and what's new. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pirate Ships, Ahoy

I had a break in between projects and decided to take advantage of the little time I had and get the curtains finished in my sons room.

I mentioned before, we're going for a pirate theme.  I ordered all of the fabric a few weeks ago, and I figure it will take me a while still to complete the quilt for his bed, but curtains are fast and freshen things up quick.

He was so excited when he saw them.  All I did was sew a band of the pirate scene fabric between two pieces of white fabric. I ironed the seams and stitched them in a matching color to keep things flat and smooth. It was a simple hem on the bottom and band on the top to fit on the curtain rod.

I also needed a way to keep the room a little darker in the mornings; not a problem right now but in the summer a 4:30am sunshine call can be hard on all of us. I got some navy blue sport fabric and made very simple panels that tuck inside the frame of the window. I did the same thing in my daughters room and it works really nicely. The fabric is heavy and dark, but it still allows a little light in so it's not pitch black.

Hopefully this will inspire me to get his quilt done quickly. It's next on my list...almost there.

Ready to see what others have been working on at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday. Come check it out! Have a great weekend!