Monday, May 18, 2015

Scrappy Log Cabin Table Topper

I made a Scrappy Log Cabin table topper recently so I thought I would share it with you.

There was a Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt Along going at one time over on instagram and I decided to take part.

Just a note here most of the fabrics I used in the table topper were not my scraps. I purchased them from Sew Deerly Loved on Etsy.

So here we go.

Things started out o.k. but if you look close you can see that some of the "colored" logs ended short and some ended long. So I tried to fix them.

This looks better now ending with the colored logs on the long side.

I first tried colored sashing but it just made everything just run together.

So now I added the lighter sashing but.......OH NO how did I miss THAT! I guess I was so excited about how the new lighter sashing looked that I missed it.

This needs no explanation I think we have all been here at one point in time. 

So I got it put back together Not perfect but it is together now. I just Love these colors!

Time to quilt it. I just decided to go simple.

I said simple! I just did some diagonal lines in the center, outlined the inner boarder and did free motion quilting in the outer boarder.

This is just a simple little table topper for me. Yay! I usually don't keep any of my creations but these are my favorite colors

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my table topper.

If you would like to see more of the process of this table topper as well as all the Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt Along Projects head on over to instagram and search the hashtag #scrappylogcabinqal 

Have a great week!

Linking up with:

Skip To My Lou
Sew Can Do
Sew Many Ways
Behind the Seams Sewing

Hugs and Best Stitches to You,

a.k.a. Mrs. Sew & Sew

Friday, March 6, 2015

Rainbow Baby Quilt

I have finished another baby quilt. I thought I might share it with all of you.

This again is another jelly roll by Robert Kaufman.

I have already made one baby quilt with this very same jelly roll a few months back and it looks totally different. You can find that post HERE I call that one my "Modern Baby Quilt"

This quilt I am calling my "Rainbow Baby Quilt"
So here we go....

As you can see this is Very different look for this same jelly roll. The "Modern Baby Quilt" was made for a boy baby. "Rainbow Baby Quilt" is made for a girl baby.

I will tell you this quilt like all quilts that I make is not perfect but they are functional and I learn something new by making each one of them.

So most of you know that I am a fan of putting the binding on my quilts backwards. I sew my binding to the back and flip it to the front and stitch it down with one of the many decorative stitches on my machine.

Well again I did an experiment with a sewing machine foot that I have.

I have a Janome Memory Craft 10,001 this foot came with my machine. It is the G foot and they call it the Blind Hem foot.
What I did was put my binding on the front of the quilt.

Clipped it back to the back with my Clover Wonder Clips and put my G foot on and moved my needle to the 0.0 position and just started stitching the binding through the front down on the back.

This back is put together with some gray and white dot fabric. I had to put a seem in it and I am not happy with it.

You can see the seem right below the label. 

If you back away from it you can't see it as well. Or it just makes you dizzy so you don't notice it. HaHaHa!

I hope this gives you a little help if you would like to machine stitch your binding on. I do a lot of machine binding on the quilts that I make because I want them to be used. My Mom made my husband and I a quilt as a wedding gift. We used that quilt A Lot! EVERY Winter. She had stitched the binding (and the rest of the quilt) by hand. Sense we used it so much I put parts of the binding back on three different times. If I had not been a quilter or knew how to do this I would think I would just put it up and not use it. When I gift a quilt I would never want anyone to "put up" their quilt and save it. When I make a quilt I want it to be used and used up! This is why this works for me. 

Have a great weekend!

Hugs and best stitches to you,

a.k.a. Mrs. Sew & Sew

Quilt Book Review and a Table Topper

Hi All

Just dropping by with another review of a quilt book that I bought last year.
(again I have not been asked to write this review nor have I been compensated to do so)

The book is written by Jera Brandvig

It is called Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern

This book has 13 projects and 25 bonus ideas. I purchased this book from Amazon HERE
you can also purchase it Here and Here

If you want to learn more about Jera you can visit her blog HERE

So here is my review:
I do really like this book. I am not in love, love with this book but  I do really like the techniques that she uses to connect the blocks that you make.
I first learned to "Quilt As You Go" by using the Batting Buddy and it goes with all the Fun & Done Quilt Patterns I am not a fan of this method however it seems like a lot of cutting. I guess that is why I like Jera's method better. Here is why I am not In Love with this book. I really, really love the whole process of making a quilt the old fashioned way. Now Will I Use This Book Again? Absolutely! I will make things that I need to get done quickly and some of the quilt patterns in here are too cute not to try them. 

The book has a lot and I mean a lot of pictures which I love. I am a visual person. I hope this helps you make a decision as to weather or not you need to purchase this book. Oh, you can also get it as a e-book on Amazon.  

You have already seen the table topper that I made with this book and I loved it. The people that I gave it to also really loved it. I will include pictures here so you can see them again.

This is a table topper that I made for some friends who had to move 12 hours away for two months for some medical treatment to take place. The mason jar is full of small pieces of paper with either a scripture reference written on it or the whole scripture written out.   

It didn't need tissue paper for the bag.
Pretty all by itself.

This is a picture that my friends sent to me after they moved into their home away from home. 

I hope this review of the book has helped you a little if you wanted to know a bit more about it. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Have a great weekend.

Hugs and best stitches to you,

a.k.a. Mrs. Sew & Sew

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Verse For Sunday

In honor of Valentine's Day yesterday.

We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

(more to come on this in a following post)

Hugs and best stitches to you,

a.k.a. Mrs. Sew & Sew 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Review

Hi there!

Just wanted to stop over and write a review on something that I have purchased over the past month or so.

This is a Test, This Is Only a Test  if this had been an actual emergency.....just kidding! 

I am going to try this and see what kind of response I get. Remember these are things I purchased to use for myself no one has asked me to write these things here. These are my personal opinions only.

I want to talk about: Clover Fork Pins

I purchased these from Amazon but I first saw these pins over at Lori Holts Blog 

I think it was when she was making four patch units in a scrappy block. Image that! 

  I knew I would be making some four patch blocks soon so I decided to order some and give them a try. 
I totally love, love these pins. I really did have a problem lining up my seems when doing a lot of scrappy sewing. I would give these pins a five star rating. I will include some of my own pictures so you can see what I did.

Now you can buy these from Amazon like I did or you can buy them many other different places on the internet and brick and mortar stores. You can Google it. 

I hope this has helped a few of you. Check back here for more reviews on a few other quilt related products or maybe not. If you have something you would like for me to review something let me know. I can't promise anything!

Hugs and best stitches to you,

a.k.a. Mrs. Sew & Sew

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year Friends!

Well it is now officially 2015 and you know that I don't make new years resolutions. I pick a word and try as hard as I can to implement that word into my everyday life.

Now I am not saying that I always accomplish this (I am human) but I try to stretch myself to get out of my comfort zone or to simply try a new aspect of what the Lord is teaching me. 

I won't go into great detail about last years word but I will mention it here and then we will move on. I have created a tab at the top so if you are new here you can go back and look at previous words of the year. 

2014 word of the year was...

  "Selflessness" is a tall order on anyone's scale. But it has been and can be done. Did I display selflessness in my life at all times.? NO.....
Did I try too? Absolutely! Did I try harder to be selfless this year? YES.... 
That was the whole point of picking a word for the year. Picking a word of the year helps me rely on the Lord more to implement that word (or action) in my life.  

The word of the year for 2015.....

Humility is something that I hope to display in my life this year. As a wife and mother there have been times I have been proud for the accomplishments of my husband and my son. (not always a bad thing) 

As a quilter and crafter I struggle with being proud of my accomplishments. Now there is Nothing Wrong with being proud of something you completed. But I was not giving credit to the One that helped me finish it or the Talent TO finish! 
This is the humility that I am speaking of here. I should be giving God all the Honor and Glory for giving me the talent to quilt and create. Sadly when I get complements from others on my quilts I never say "Well I couldn't have done it without the Lord's help". If someone says "wow you are very talented!"
I want my response to automatically be "The Lord gave me the talent and I couldn't have done it without Him."

Thank You all for continuing to read my blog. I hope that it is inspirational to you. 
Here is a little sneak peak of what my next blog post will be about.

If you follow me on instagram you already know what this is about. If you would like to know more stay tuned.

I hope you are all well and I am praying for a Happy New Year for you all.

Hugs and best stitches to you,

a.k.a. Mrs. Sew & Sew

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Not Lost

Hi everyone I just wanted to pop over here and say I am not lost! Busy here as always.

I just wanted to tell you a little about what I have been doing over here while I have been silent.

I am currently still working on the "cross quilt" for my friend it is still however not finished.

But in the meantime I took this out from under the needle and did another baby quilt for a new granddaughter of a friend.

This was just a little bit of fabric I had on my shelf. I need to use up some fabric I have that is just sitting around.

This is the back. I need to use up some blocks I started with and didn't use and then some strips left over.

I also made a table topper for a friend (and her husband) 
I made it first before the quilt and gave it to her but it was a little emotional because they were leaving to got to a cancer center for two months for her husband to have treatments.

You will also see a mason jar in the photos it contains handwritten scriptures that are for when they have a tough day. (ones that I picked from my bible)


I didn't really have to wrap it because it makes a really good wrapping on it's own.

In other news we were really busy the first weekend in December. As it was time for the annual toy run for the Guardian Ad Litem. (see the tab at the top)

We had a lot of participation this year. This was a great thing! 

Hubby designed a patch for our vest to commemorate the ride. It is after all our third year. 

And here is the "Toy Room" that I got to work in a few weeks after the ride where we got to help children pick out their toys.

I hope you all have had a wonderful and very Merry Christmas.

I hope you have really had a great year I am excited to start a new year. (more on that in another post)  


Hugs and best stitches to you,

a.k.a. Mrs. Sew & Sew