Monday, December 9, 2013

QUILTING OR CROCHET--- WHICH IS BETTER???



Ok... Here is the question.... Quilting or crochet which is the better hobby???  I say BOTH!! 

They are both crafts that make real usable items.  Which I love!

They both are very tactile.  Again.... Love!

They both are great fun and rewarding.....

So, why am talking about crochet on a quilt blog?

Because I have been busy... really busy. 

I started a new job with a 1 hr commute each way.  The good thing is that I carpool.

So, what is a crafty girl to do in the car on the way to and from work??  Be crafty of course.   And what craft is great for car rides?  Crochet!   So I guess you could say that I have "been hooked".


I know that many of you quilters are multicrafters too..   So whether it is crochet, knit, scrapbook, jewelry, painting, paper crafts or other crafts I understand you...

I believe we must stand strong together as a crafting nation!!! No matter your craft---- do what you enjoy and when you enjoy it.


Oh, and here are some pics.....

Happy quilting------ and crafting!!! 

This a fun and cute light weight scarf
Here is a great hat pattern from bobwilson123


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Summer crochet and a quick quilt project.

Well everyone, I have been missing in action the last few months.   I wanted to write a quick update on my life and leave you a few pictures.   I have changed jobs.   That is a big part of my absence.   Also, it has been summer so I have been completing more portable projects in crochet and very little in the quilting and sewing aspect of my life.  Warning.  I will be adding adding some crochet chat to this blog so I hope that my readers will be multicrafters like me.  You can find me on ravelry as as amypink11 from nebraska.  For those of you that use ravelry go ahead and add me as a friend their too so as we can see each others crochet and knit projects.  As promised. Here are some pictures.  


  Quilt commissioned for a 1 year olds birthday.
 Hat for sale.  On my eldest model. :-)
Poncho for my little girl.  She helped with design! 
Cute frog prince lovey completed as a gift 
Crochet clutch.  Super cute.  

Well, that's all for now.  Hope you all had a great summer like I did!  

-amy







Saturday, November 10, 2012

Busy!

Ok guys. Been busy. I know. Not a good excuse. I have been so busy that I have not been doing much in the sewing room. Since the last post I made a purse for my boss at work. It took me forever.... Not because of it being a difficult pattern... But because it took me a long time to get into the sewing room and complete it. I think I had it cut out for a month before I took the 3-4 hrs needed to get it sewed up. :-( such is life.

Ok. So what I have I been busy with lately. I have been working of course. And I started a new adventure with AdvoCare. I have been using advocare products and helping others be aware of this amazing company too. 2 months in and I have lost 9# and feel great. Plus by helping others get products I have made $250.00. I'm thinking....save for a longarm? :-)

Last weekend I did spend a couple hrs in the sewing room and since I know that blogs are better with pictures here is a picture of the block I finished. It is for the craftsy BOM. Almost done with this BOM. Excited to get this sampler put together soon.

Talk with you all later
--amy

Monday, August 6, 2012

Work in progress. Urban 9 patch.

Here a a couple of quick pictures of my urban 9 patch quilt. I am LOVING the curve master presser foot that I just got. I have included some pics of curves done with it. It works amazing without using any pins! Yep, not even 1 pin.... Again... LOVE IT! Enjoy the pics.
-amy

Monday, July 30, 2012

My favorite basting method.

When I baste large quilts I prefer to stand rather than kneel on the floor. For all quilts that are as long or longer than my dining room table I use it for basting. Here is a quick overview of the procedure followed by some pics. Please comment with any questions and I can clarify.

1. Place backing wrong side up with the middle if the backing in the middle of the table.Leave excess   hanging as equally as possible to all sides so you you can baste the center out and use the weight of the quilt to help keep things nice and taut.

2. Spread with your hands to even out wrinkles. Then use big office binding clips to hold the backing tight all the way around. I use 2" clips and they're maxed out on my table. You may want to measure before you buy your clips.

3. Spread out batting. Ensure that this is also centered on the table and square with the backing. Use your hands or a large ruler to smooth out any wrinkles.

4. Find a husband or child of appropriate age and height to help lay out quilt top right side up on top of the batting. Center this in the quilt batting/ backing and spread out wrinkles with hands or acrylic ruler.

5. Use more binder clips and clip between the ones holding the backing in place to secure the entire sandwich. Be sure that everything is remaining square as you clip. (I use sashing and borders to eyeball if it is nice and straight).

6. Pin baste all the layers as normal leaving a fists width between pins.

7. When this center section in completely pinned you need to unclip all the office clips and move to another section of the quilt.

8. For the next section you will use the binding clips first on the side if the quilt that is already basted. Next pull up the top and batting and pull taut the backing to secure it taut.

9. Repeat steps 5 and 6 above to baste this area and the move to another end of the quilt to re-clip and secure again.

Depending upon the size of table and quilt you may need to baste in several sections. For my large dining room table the most I have needed is 5 sections. The middle and 4 sides. But this was only necessary for queen sized and up.
Try it out and see if you like it. If you don't have large dining table then a large folding table or even a small card table would work as long as it has a hard top and not a padded top.
I can answer any questions you may have. Just ask in the comments or shoot me an email. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Urban 9 patch, bags from jeans, and a runner up!

Working on my urban 9 patch quilt using a new ruler from sew kind of wonderful. It is called the quick curve ruler and I can't wait to start cutting with it. Right now I am just working on the 9 patches for the centers. I have ordered a curve master sewing foot and will be using that to help get nice curved piecing without pinning! Yeah! I hate pinning. :)






I Have ve also made a couple of bags from kids jeans. They turned out cute. I used inspiration from a recent issue of STITCH magazine. They are great for kids school bags. We used old ties for the handles which are soft and sting for all those books;-) The girls each got to pick out jeans from goodwill, the fabrics to use, designed the fabric layout, and picked the ties. Pretty good job for 6 and 7 year olds. The picture here are of Faiths bags b/c I think Bekah was sleeping with hers! LOL. I love letting them help out in the sewing room. Great memories.





I also wanted to let you all know that I got an honorable mention for my house quilt! I had sent it in for the Alliance for American Quilts home contest this year. It will now be traveling the US to some big quilt shows and then auctioned on eBay to support the alliance. I was very surprised at the honorable mention because of the amazing quilts entered... But I will sure take it! Sorry for the horrible picture. I remembered in the car in front of the post office as I was sending it out for the judging. If you want to see a good picture of it it you can see it here. Along with all the winners for 2012.
I am number 51--- the wonky log cabin in solids.

All for now. Enjoy!
-amy

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pincushion plus!

Super cute pincushion from the book "with fabric and thread". And a baby boy quilt for a friend from work whose daughter should be delivering today or tomorrow! Yeah! Sewing for babies is the best! Quick small quilts and practically anything goes... Love it. I made up this plus sign 2 color pattern that is basically a simple 9 patch. Add some fun bubble quilting and a lovely gift is born.

Enjoy!
-Amy

PS. A picture of my baby today. Such a cutie!