Yipeee! I finally finished an OMG before the end of the month sprung upon us! My OMG for June was to cut out the pieces for a wedding quilt that I need to get done by November. I was able to finish. Are they not pretty, with labels and everything?
I'm hoping that I can start machine piecing them together on this lovely holiday weekend, but first I need to finish some baby booties, prep and sew on 3 bindings to quilts that are quilted so I can start hand sewing them down, and switch out my machines. I want to piece this quilt on my Featherweight that I learned how to service at the beginning of the month, and it is ready to come out and play. Now to think of my July OMG....
Last weekend I attended a baby shower, and I was able to crank out a few baby gifts before I went. The theme of the baby's nursery is The Last Airbender, which is a TV show that came out around 2005 ish. I like to make gifts that go with the nursery theme, and I found some fabric with the four elements, which is a big part of the show. (I'm not sure how it all ties in, as I never got into the show, but it is popular) I made four burp rags, four bandana bibs, and a tag blanket. They were appreciative, and I had a lot of fun making them.
(Inspector Kitty tried to get into the picture...)
During the week I also finished a baby quilt, for a baby who was born in December....I am a little late on it, but I did finally get it done. I am very proud of it, as I think it turned out very cute. The nursery theme is Dr. Seuss, and the quilt's name is "Oh the Places You'll Go!", which is also quilted in the middle. I was able to do the quilting myself on a long-arm that I rented time at my local quilt shop. To finish this quilt was one of my Quarter 2 goals, and I am very happy to say I got it done. I did put a label on it, and I was able to get it into the mail for its intended recipant.
I just love the texture that the quilting created on the quilt.
A small update, I was recently able to sell the machine that I bought used, and did not really like using. This is exciting for me because eventually I will be buying a new sewing machine with the ability to embroider as this is something I am interested in doing. I have a list of qualities I would like in a machine, and I have narrowed it down to two brands, but the next big step is test them out and get to know them. I will let you all know which one I decide to buy, and maybe even ask opinions.
A table runner, a UFO, just needing its binding, for over a year has been completed, and a Quarter 2 Goal has been completed. I love how this one turned out. I quilted it using the free motion option on my machine, the stitches are not all perfect, but it was not nearly a disaster as I thought it would be. Of course the easiest thing to do was what took the longest to do, which was making binding and handstitching it on. Check out my cute kitty, making sure the work I have done is to her satisfaction. It was more like she wanted to be in on the action, as my new comforter makes for a great background!
I have learned a lot about squaring up, and not sewing directly on the line (thank you Bonnie Hunter and her post on C&T this month), along with using a scant quarter of an inch, but it is all a learning process. Which means the next time I make this specific pattern I will be using my new knowledge and put it to the test, along with another time I have points and doing the stitch and flip method of triangles.
I even put a label on it, however it will not be going in my store. Instead it will stay in my home and live on my table.
Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts, and I can not wait to see what everyone else is working on.
My one monthly goal for June 2016 is to cut out all of the pieces for this soon to be gorgous Flower Garden Quilt, purchased from Connecting Threads. This quilt is for a wedding that will be taking place in November. In addition, I have a second quilt to complete in that month along with a commission quilt to be completed by September. I am going to be busy this summer sewing up a storm, and I look forward to it.
At the end of April we bought a desk, a mighty big one. It has been wonderful being able to put office related items in said desk, however the purchase came with some conditions from my husband. These included cleaning and organizing my craft corner, and sprucing up a few other areas in the living room. We moved furniture around for the desk, and then I got to work on organizing. We even got a storage unit to store my craft supplies to had more room in our living room. I organized, organized and organized. I thought I would get it all done Memorial Day weekend....then I started a book series, and I could not put it down. Oopps, now we are in June and I did not finish cleaning the areas I wanted to clean, and finish my May OMG, which was to glue fabric to templates for English Paper Piecing. I just have 49 circles left, and I was able to get all of my flower petals finished.
Oh well, we move on, I will just have to work harder this month and let you know about the two classes I have already taken in future posts. I hope to have a lot of finishes, which I will be sharing as I get them done. I can not wait to share what my June OMG will be, but first here is to having a good, busy, and productive month!