Thursday, March 29, 2012

Free Motion Quilting

I haven't posted in a few days...things have been very hectic and stressful. I am a fourth grade teacher and we are in the throws of state testing! Can you say UGH?!?! We just finished our writing test and are going to be testing reading and math in 3 weeks. So to destress, I do what most of you do...I sew! Or dream of sewing as the case has been this week! lol :)

I received a few packages in the mail this last week, so those dreams have plagued me every day at work! I have been itching to try my hand at free motion quilting for quite some time now. Hubby was wonderful enough to buy me this great book that I was drooling over at Hobby
Lobby several weeks back.

Well, as I soon discovered, reading only gets you so far... :) I didn't have a free motion quilting foot, so I set out to find one for my machine. There were several that I came across, but since I am SEW very new at this I decided to go with one that wasn't extraordinarily expensive. came in the mail a couple of days ago!

Needless to say, I am chomping at the bit to lock myself away in my sewing room and get to learning! But it will have to wait until this weekend when I am not ruled by the clock.

I also received another package in the mail on Tuesday. I had entered several give aways from the Quilters Blog Hop Party last week. Lucky me won TWO giveaways! :) One was the ribbonry quilt pattern from Candace at Double Nickel Quilts.

The second was a layer cake and quilt pattern from Corinna Jones at Crazyquiltgirl Fabric Shop.

I am sew excited about the beautiful fabrics and amazing patterns! I just can't wait for the weekend to get here so I can have fun playing with all my goodies!!! Hopefully by the end of the weekend I will have some free motion quilting that I will feel good enough about to post pictures of! Happy sewing!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

FNSI Recap

Well, I had a very successful Friday Night Sew In! I FINISHED Hubby's has taken almost a year to get the whole thing done. Here is a picture of the entire quilt:

It is a pattern I found in an Irish Quilting magazine. The pattern is called Fields of Green. Then the boarder I actually found at Cabin Quilter's blog. She puts up a desktop calendar every month with a picture of a beautiful quilt to go with the season. Last year in March she had a gorgeous Irish knot quilt that I was amazed by. She was kind enough to pass the pattern on to me and I used it for the boarder on this quilt. Here is a close up of the boarder:
Originally I had wanted to put the boarder all the way around, however, it was taking an extraordinary amount of time to complete each block. It is paper pieced and was quite tedious. So after getting the top and bottom put on, I consulted with my wonderful husband, and he told me he liked it just the way it was and I didn't have to go all the way around! :) So after staying up until 3:10 am! it is now completed!!! :) I am very proud of the work and am quite happy with how it turned out. All in all a very productive FNSI!

Friday, March 16, 2012


My first Friday Night Sew In tonight!! Very excited! I am very much looking forward to closeting my self away in my sewing room all night at finishing my hubby's quilt! I will post pictures tomorrow of what I got accomplished. :) Happy Sewing!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Much Excitement!

There was a lot going on this weekend! I did get some
quilting done. I finished the February and March blocks for my Wonky Bee. I felt very productive there now that I am finally all caught up.


I also worked on my hubby's quilt that I am making the final stages of the machine quilting then only the binding left! He has been so patient with me as it is taking much longer than anticipated!

Then on Saturday there was a carnival at the school I work at, the first one for as long as any of us can remember...So needless to say the kids were very excited!

When Sunday rolled around I was exhausted but I pulled myself out of bed to get to church and I was very glad I did, it was a great sermon about studying the Word and prayer. Ran some errands with hubby and I even managed to get quite a bit of cleaning done on Sunday as well. All in all a very FULL weekend! Now I need another one to make up for it! :) Unfortunately, I will have to wait a few more days....

Friday, March 2, 2012

Grand Opening!

This is my first blog so I am still very new to this! After following several blogs, I have decided to start documenting my own quilting journey. I have been quilting for almost 2 years now and have completely fallen in love with it! I am working on a couple projects right now; a quilt for my wonderful hubby (almost finished), and I joined my first virtual quilting bee that is a wonky block of the month. It is quite a ways out of my comfort zone, so needless to say I am really enjoying it! :) I am also very excited to start another block of the month that is a tutorial on Craftsy. Being March, I have a couple blocks to catch up on. I would love to be able to quilt every day, unfortunately I am usually only able to quilt on the weekends. To all my quilting buddies out there...Happy Sewing!