Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Completed Throw Quilt-Floating Prayers

I finished the throw quilt for my parents! They love it and I'm pretty excited :)

All of the fabric is from JoAnn Fabrics except for the panels that were purchased from Honey Fork Fabrics. I just checked and it doesn't look like this panel is available anymore online from Honey Fork Fabrics. So I'm glad I got it when I did! :)

Here are close up pictures of the panels so that they can be read :)

For this throw, I sewed fleece on the back. My mom's favorite color is purple, so of course that's what I went with.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Senior Christmas Scarf Project-Update!

My wonderful boyfriend, whom also had a wonderful interview today (woop woop! so proud of you!), visited the Center for Seniors today and asked for more information for the Senior Christmas Scarf Project. I now know that the scarves are needed by December 6, 2013. For the number of scarves they would like to receive, they didn't really give a number. They serve roughly 400 seniors in the area, therefore I plan to donate just as many scarves as possible without breaking my bank account ;). So we have plenty of time to do some crocheting and knitting, and we'll see how many scarves we end up with! One of my best friends informed me that she is currently learning how to crochet so that she can donate! Her mom will also be donating! My supervisor plans to go through her yarn stash this weekend to also help the cause :).

I'm so excited for this project and appreciate everyone that is helping already! Please continue to share and spread the word! :)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Baskets of Love- Senior Christmas Scarf Project

I've always wanted to get involved and do something to help other people and make their life just a little happier, if only for a minute. For school my boyfriend completed an internship at a local Center for Seniors and a couple of weeks ago was going to go in to say hello and visit with everyone. I recently found out about the wonderful Love Scarf Project, and it gave me the idea of making scarves that could be given to the seniors that visit the center. So I asked if while he was there he would ask about it for me. They told him that it was a great idea, and that the scarves could be used in their Baskets of Love program that they do for Christmas. Which is where they pass out baskets full of goodies to the seniors as gifts. So I am super excited for this opportunity to make someones Christmas a little brighter with a colorful, warm, handmade scarf. If anyone is interested in aiding with this program by crocheting or knitting a scarf, that would be absolutely wonderful!! And if you don't know how to crochet or knit and have no interest in learning, it would also be a help to donate yarn to the cause :). If your at all interested, you can contact me by email or send me a message on Facebook. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and I'm sure the seniors are going to love their handmade scarves :).

I haven't yet spoken to the Center for Seniors staff personally to get more details. Once I do I will give an update on when the scarves are needed by and possibly a rough number on how many scarves it would be nice for them to receive.

I've already got a head start on this project and have crocheted 2 scarves so far!...



I really hope that we can get a lot of people involved in this project and show these seniors that they are remembered and treasured, and give them a wonderful gift for Christmas. So please share this cause so we can get more people behind it! :)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Throw Quilt Update

I've been working away at my current throw quilt project, and have been making good progress. I finished cutting out all of my pieces!

 So now it's all sew sew sew! Which I started doing last night :). I sewed squares on the corners of my 4 large rectangle panels, and then sewed the entire first row of the quilt:

I'm really excited about how it's looking already! Can't wait to get back to some sewing this evening, my parents are going to love it! :)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Handmade Jewelry

Here is some handmade jewelry I have made recently. The following is the latest pair of sterling silver earrings I've completed and am absolutely in love with! These are by far my favorites so far:

When this bead catches the light just right, it shines as you can see in the right earring in this picture. They are absolutely beautiful!

This is a hemp bracelet I've also made recently. This bracelet is done with a square knot that has a twist to it. I'm thinking about doing a tutorial for this kind of bracelet as well in the future.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Lunch Quilting Progress

I finished my second quilt last night!!!! There will be lots of pictures soon, I promise :) now it's on to the next project!! I'm now going to do the throw quilt for my parents that I came up with my own design for. As a refresher, this is the design I'm going with:

On my lunch break today I started cutting out the large rectangles and smaller squares from the fabric panel they came in:

The rectangles are all ready to go. They are 11" x 11 1/4"

All of the squares when finished are going to be 2 1/2" x 2 1/2". At the moment they all now look like the first strip in this picture, so I just need to finish up cutting them out. I got a couple different patterned fabrics to replace the solid color blocks seen on these strips. Those will still need cut out as well. Then it will be cutting out all of the background fabric, and on to sewing!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Ruffle Zipper Bag

And the winner is?!?!?!?!?!.......ME!! Since there were no entries for the sterling silver earrings, that means that I get to keep them. Which, I'm pretty ok with since I love them :)

Anywho, I've done some more sewing! And I have a couple injuries to show for it, my clumsiness came out in bounds this past weekend. I managed to stab my finger with the needle on my sewing machine, and I managed to cut my arm with my rotary cutter.....who knew that sewing could be so dangerous?!

I followed the Ruffle Zipper Bag pattern from the blog See Kate Sew. I fell in love with this cute little bag, so had to give it a try. I don't have a fancy enough sewing machine to do the awesome stitching, so I just chose some pretty fabrics:

This completed zipper bag is about 4"x4" and I used a 4" zipper. This was my first try at making a ruffle, and I think it turned out pretty well. Took me a few tries to figure it out, but I got it ;)...Now to figure out what to put in it...