Let’s get Visual

This is the only quilt I’ve ever completely finished (so far) – it was a really basic pattern sent to me via Quilt For Kids. If you are new to quilting, this is such an awesome way to get started!

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This is the 241 tote by Noodlehead. I used this as my daily bag for about 8 months. I made another one of these for my mom and she still uses it every day. I really, really love this pattern.

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These are lil cutie pouches by Noodlehead (a free tutorial). I love giving these pouches away as gifts!

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As promised (over a year ago), this is a picture of my king-sized Impromptu quilt (pattern by Rachel Griffith), which still needs the final borders, backing, quilting and binding. Any day now….

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This is a changing pad (free pattern by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew) and 3 of the 12 washcloths (awesome free pattern found on Moda via Anne Marie Chaney of Gen X Quilters) that I made for a friend last winter. It was SO HARD giving those hedgehogs away….

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And then finally, another Aeroplane bag (pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness), this time for a cousin of ours who is a HUGE University of Iowa Hawkeyes fan. She loved it!

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The stuff I’m working on now:

  • Finishing my Impromptu quilt
  • Starting the Sew Together Bag for MEEEEE
  • Starting something for my 3-year-old niece with Far Far Away 
  • Baby stuff for my new niece & my friend’s new little boy – both due in January
  • A few of these thread catchers using my scraps
  • Definitely some of these lanyards
  • And some sort of mini quilt to hang in my sewing room – something I want to design on my own. We’ll see about that.

I never know how to end these posts…

xoxo

 

 

*tap tap* is this thing on?

Hey… yeah, so about the last year…or so. 

The good:

  • fell in love with my husband more and more every day (sorry, gag)
  • lost 45 lbs*
  • made some awesome quilty things
  • got another work promotion
  • had an amazing 33rd birthdayweek
  • got a new dog, a lab named Lana (alanabanana, stinky dog, and HEY also seem to work)
  • moved into a sweet new pad on the 4th floor with awesome views of Denver & the mountains
  • rode my cruiser down the Platte River path a lot
  • joined a kickball league (excuse to get new sneakers)
  • completed my Master’s degree and walked in graduation
  • discovered some great local wineries
  • made new friends

The bad:

  • *gained 40 lbs back
  • work basically owned me
  • still no babies
  • my beloved Molly dog died (on hub’s bday no less)

Yeah, so.. you’re basically caught up. 

More quilty things to come – maybe even later today🙂

xoxo

Oh yeah, the blog!

Long time no talk! er.. Write? Anyway.

Sorry for the silence over here – I had a change in job function (same company) about 2 weeks after my last blog post. So, I’ve been putting in a ton of hours and haven’t really had much time for craftiness. Well, at least not a lot of time to blog about craftiness! I’ve actually put together a few cool things in the last couple of months, which you can keep track of through my flickr account if you’d like: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mirandarae/sets/72157632095507543/

Here are a few highlights:

Finished the MIL's pillow. Now two mug rugs and I'm done!

This pillow went to live with my MIL in Arizona – she was pretty happy with this year’s Mother’s Day gift! I think it turned out really, really cool. It was also my first hand-sewn binding, so that’s cool. I don’t see myself ever machine binding the back on ever again.

Sewing cover front

I then made a sewing machine cover after I took a class learning FMQ feathers. I love it and actually use the cover quite often, which is nice.

Aeroplane bag, pattern via sewsweetness

Any finally, the Aeroplane bag (pattern via Sew Sweetness) – I have used this bag almost every single day since making it. I see many of these in my future! I saw many, many reviews of this bag claiming it only took a few hours; in case anyone is interested, I think it took more like 15-20 hours. But that includes ironing, cutting and the patchwork/quilting. The bag pattern is written as such to use a solid piece of fabric, so I’m sure that would cut significant time out. But still.

Presently I’m working on the Impromptu quilt with a few other participants on Flickr. So far, it’s been a test of my patience with my never-ending quest for the perfect 1/4 inch seam. Maybe someday I’ll find it! I’ll post some pictures as soon as I get to a point where pictures show something blog-worthy.

Other than the job change and working on a few sewing projects, not a whole ton has been going on. Summer (weather) is here, which has been nice. We seem to have something going on every weekend – something I love and hate at the same time! Brent and I have been trying hard(er) to lose weight this year. We have been walking and hiking a lot and trying to get outside as much as possible. Sorta makes sewing a back-burner thing right now, but I’m trying to find a balance.

That’s about all I can think of for now. I’ll try to jump on here and share more stuff a bit more often.

Miranda

Paper Piecing

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The Lucky Stars BOM has been quite challenging, but not in the way I expected it to be. The first practice block wouldn’t have taken so much time if I had read the directions first on how to properly put the sections together. The paper piecing portion wasn’t bad at all, and I was hooked right away because everything tends to be straight and exact, something I wish I didn’t love so much.

The biggest challenge I have right now is picking out colors/prints that coordinate and “pop”. It’s not like picking out stuff in the same fashion you choose your outfit every morning…purple, blue and black are great for my complexion, but I guess not so much for a quilt block. I think I’m learning that contrast is better than coordination; if I have a shirt with pink and orange swirls, I would probably pick pink earrings or an orange bracelet. If it were an orange center to a block, I guess I’m supposed to pick blue accents around it? Oh man have I got a lot to learn.

Oh well. It’s still quite a fun process🙂 Hopefully I can continue to use the same bundle I purchased for the rest of the Lucky Stars blocks because ideally I would like to use them all in the same quilt.

Without further ado:

The prints are from the Tree of Life bundle, and the solids are all Kona

Oh look, a blog post. With pictures.

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Hello. My name is Miranda and this is my craft blog.

When I was younger, I dabbled in crafty activities more than my friends, but not so much so that I would consider anything to have been an actual hobby. I was mostly obsessed with friendship bracelets and beaded necklaces. I did a lot of crochet, but never had the patience to finish an entire blanket. I liked cross-stitch for awhile. And then I discovered the internet and boys (in that order), and all things crafty got boxed up and moved to the basement.

Four point five years ago I met my husband Brent (hubba hubba) who gifted me cake decorating classes during our first Christmas. That was an awesome, artistic way for me to be crafty as an adult. Except it involved a lot of calories, and I really don’t need much more of those. Right before we got married in fall 2010, I decided to make a scrapbook for my mom and MIL with all of our engagement pictures. I fell in love with scrap-booking and poured a ton of money into it. It evolved into card-making (which I still love), but ultimately I grew bored with it all because 1) I don’t have much to scrapbook, and 2) I don’t really send out that many cards.

Over this past summer, Brent and I were driving in the mountains and we stopped in a quilt shop. The ladies seemed really cool, and the quilts on the wall blew my mind – I had never seen anything so colorful and…precise? I like it when lines match up exactly and all things look straight and perfect. I picked up a pattern for a table runner, but skipped out on the fabric because it seemed expensive. I have since learned that it’s all expensive🙂

Anyway, I’ve made a few things over the last few months, but finally quilted something in December (and now January). I’ve joined up to two “block of the month” (BOM) style clubs, and I’ve included pictures below to show the first two along with two Christmas pillows I made for my mom and grandma this year.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sugar Block Club BOM #1

Sugar Block Club BOM #1

Lucky Stars BOM #1

Lucky Stars BOM #1

Christmas Snowball Pillow #1

Christmas Snowball Pillow #1

 

Christmas Snowball Pillow #2

Christmas Snowball Pillow #2