Monday, April 14, 2014

Furniture building and quilt Finishes.

This has been an incredible month of finishes for me and not just in quilting.  It's been a busy whirlwind, and so much fun!

My husband and I have been playing around with building our own furniture and we are starting to make things that don't wobble.  haha!  We made this cabinet for my sewing room which leaves me feeling pretty spoiled everytime I walk in here.  The blue paint is such tasty color. A friend described it as tropical ocean water.

Then we built this farmhouse table with benches.  My boys are little wild things and this setup allows our dining area to be tidier and easier to clean up. Plus we made it ourselves, nothing beats that!

I also finished my husband's Raiders quilt.  The best part is that he has been dragging it around room to room today like a baby blanket....only don't tell him I said that! lol

 I have only quilted crib sized quilts before now. This was a proud finish for me and I am ready to tackle my closet of unfinished quilt tops now!  I may be considering a Grace frame for my Janome 1600p.  Anyone have experience with the frame?

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Triangle Quilt Along wk #3

Joining quilt alongs could easily take over my life. They are so much fun, and seeing the different colors and quilting styles that everyone has is a wonderful learning experience. I am knee deep in the middle of the Triangle Quilt along, hosted over at The Sassy Quilter.

I worked on my Triangles this week and enjoyed the break from other pressures. It has been awhile since I pieced a quilt. The combination of bright colors is predictable for me, but we form habits for a reason. Happy bright colors make me smile. Period.

Last week was the fabric cutting week and I was left with this stack:

This week was dedicated to piecing the rows, though I did skip ahead a bit and joined my rows as well.  The Bloom Bloom Pow quilt along last year was all triangles as well, so I felt comfortable finishing the top.

I pinned the place where the triangle points meet in each row and made sure to carefully sew 1/4" seams.

I press my seams open on many quilts that I do, this one especially because of the bulk that can build in the places where six triangle points meet.
It lays super flat.  I have never had a problem, so far, after pressing the seams open.

I can't wait to see everyone's quilt tops and see how they decide to quilt.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Flirt Finally Finished

I am happy to finally be posting my Flirt Panel Finish!!  I started this project in February with hopes of finishing for Valentine's day, but any of you with young children will understand that deadlines like that are pretty hard to stick to.  Well, here we are, two months later...but I did it!

Practicing quilting on a panel like this is something I would recommend to anyone.  I played with designs that I had never tried before, made some mistakes, and had some moments I am very proud of.  I know you are really here for the photos....So enough talk.

I did a scribble in the border squares which is a decision I wouldn't make again. I may not have done the flowers in the four corners either.  It must have been an off day when I decided on those designs, but this was always meant to be a learning experience.  We gain more from mistakes, then from getting it right on the first try. It is still a proud and happy finish for me.
Thanks for letting me share this victory with you!!

Special thanks go to Leah @ Some of the designs ideas were found on her blog.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Raider's quilt for Kenny

I finished a Raider's quilt top for my hubby a year ago, then folded it up and there it sat this whole time. He reminded me about it often enough but I didn't have a chance to quilt it until now. It was also a chance to use my new pinmoors to baste a quilt for the first time. So far, I like them a lot, but I'll let you know after I finish quilting. I had to find enough floor space to spread out, which was tough. A shove of the boy's train table and a quick gather of random toys and the playroom floor was perfect.

Crazy football backing!

Pinmoors are so much easier to baste with.  If they stay put, I'll be so happy!!  No crampy fingers.

I may have been basting a little more densely then necessary, but new techniques have a learning curve!

My sewing room kitty-Eva, got really excited over the bobbin winding process.  I pre-wound about 6 bobbins, though I don't feel like I will use close to that many.

I'm off to start quilting!  I would like to throw this out there for anyone who was following my progress on my Flirt Panel...ITS DONE!!!   I am hand sewing the hanging sleeve tonight and in a few days I will be able to share my finish!  So exciting!!!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Triangle Quilt Along

I meant to post about the Triangle Quilt along earlier this week but I have been distracted by my first giveaway, which is a little slower then I expected! { Not to sound like a crybaby, but I'm trying to give away free stuff here people!!!}

Anyway, back to the Triangles... Everyone's color choices so far are just gorgeous and its going to add up to an amazing assortment of quilts!  It will be so inspiring to see everyone's progress. Here's my color choices in a fun little wheel.

I am so excited to begin this quilt along. I have been sewing for my Etsy store and making wallet orders for months now and there has been no time for anything else. I am carving out time for this no matter what!!  The colors will compliment my new sewing room setup beautifully, so I think it should go up on my sewing room wall.  We have just finished building a new entertainment cabinet for my sewing room so hanging up this quilt along quilt would just round out all of the colors.  Here's a peek at the cabinet my husband and I built.. 
I'll get up a photo soon of the cabinet in my room.  I have already changed the fabric from the blue in my File Cabinet Makeover post, to the green paisley that I am using in the Triangle quilt so that they will compliment each other. :)

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Facebook Giveaway!

I noticed a jump in activity on my facebook page recently and decided to offer a giveaway.  I wanted to spread the joy through the blogging community as well {I know how we all love a giveaway} :)  I'll be giving away one of my Eye Pillows with your choice of Lavender or Spearmint herbs. They double as a hot/cold pack, and the cover is machine washable.

All you have to do to be eligible is go to my page and like WheresMySeamRipper and then leave a comment on this post or on the announcement post on facebook letting me know that you did.   When the page reaches 100 likes, I will do a random number draw.   Being a blog follower is not a requirement, but would be appreciated.  ;)

Thanks so much for all the kind comments and support lately!  I'm so inspired and motivated by all of you.  I'm glad to have a way to show my appreciation!!  Goodluck!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

File Cabinet Makeover

Ugly, Dented and Old sums it up.  My black file cabinet which doubles as a iron pad. You may be thinking that it doesn't look that bad. It was! Really!  It has dents and scrapes and years of wear and tear.   I was hunting for the perfect replacement, but not wanting to spend much and I quickly realized that file cabinets aren't super cheap, and this one still works fine.   Maybe a MAKEOVER?!!!
I got out my nifty bottle of Mod Podge, which has been through some fun times with me and my light switch coverplates.....
Auditioned some fabrics....(meaning pictures sent to my mom via text) ;)
Then I cut fabric pieces a 1/2" larger on each side and marked the place for the handle hole.
Similar to doing lightswitch covers, I cut the hole leaving a 1/4 inch inside the marked lines and clipped the corners so the 1/4" flap would fold to the inside.
Press the fabric to the inside.
Next... I did a little test run using masking tape to hold the fabric in place.   I can admit that I cut my first piece weird and the hole was off-center.  It's also good to test before gluing things down :)  I know that one from experience too. haha!

Time to Mod Podge!  I did this on the back on one of my old cutting mats, it has a very slick surface which the mod podge can be cleaned off easily.  I wouldn't do this on your nice kitchen table without something underneath to protect it....Just sayin!
 A nice even coat.  Being generous with the podge won't hurt a thing here.

Ready?  Slap it on!
 I used this handy scraper tool to smooth all of the air bubbles out, but anything flat would do fine.

I folded the corners carefully to be sure they would lay tidy and flat, using more mod podge to really get it saturated and stuck down.

Next~ Another coat of the podge!  I made sure to brushstroke in the same direction. (Ignore the eild brushstrokes in the picture below, lol) Mod podge drys clear, but it has a textured finish and if you go all crazy it can sometimes show a little.

Luckily, it has a super fast dry time, so while it finished drying, my hubby Kenny helped me tackle my awful purple iron pads.  A piece of wood, some batting, lovely green fabric, and a staple gun!


It's so bright and pretty now!  

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