Friday, August 4, 2017

August 2017 OMG


As I did not even come close to finishing my goal for July, I am going to continue that goal, which is to get the top completed for a baby quilt by the end of the month.  The fabrics are below and just SEW cute, I can not wait to work on them.  I have one sew day to go to this month, and hopefully I can find some time at home too.  I am out of town for a full week though, which takes away some wonderful weekends to sew.  I will try to accomplish even with that scheduled conflict.


Linking up to Elm Street Quilts and One Monthly Goal.  Good luck to everyone else trying to accomplish their goal, whether it be to finish a UFO or project, or just make progress on something.

-Christina

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Trip Back East

In the middle of July my husband and I went back to Ohio to visit my side of the family.  We had a grand time.  I love it back there.  It is so relaxing and I love the change of weather and of course the rain.  While back there we were able to hit two different craft shops.  The first stop was The Crafty Ewe in Broadview, OH.  I was able to find a few cross stitch patterns there.


The second shop was Miller's Dry Goods in Amish country in Middleburg, OH.  This shop was huge, two buildings with tons of fabric.  Here is the sign:


And my purchases.  I made purchases for Bonnie Hunter's Leader and Ender challenge, and future quilts for my grandparents in which I need scrappy scarlet red and grey.


I had a wonderful time, and next time we are back there I plan to hit new to me quilt shops that are around the area by my grandparent's house.

I'm sharing at Sew Fresh Quilts for Bee Social.

-Christina

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday Slow Stitching - End of July

Today I am taking some time to sit and knit.  I have been working extremely long hours for work this past week, and today has been a catch-up day around the house.  However, tonight we are going to watch Moana, and it is a perfect time for me to sit and knit.


The item I'm going to work on is a baby blanket.  The welcome baby party has been pushed back another month at work, so I have a few more weeks to finish it.  I am a little over halfway done with it now.  Next week some serious knitting will be done on it while in a car for some time.  I can not wait!

Hopping over to Kathy's Quilts and linking up with Sunday Slow Stitching.

See you there!
-Chrisitna

Monday, July 24, 2017

On the 12th Day of Christmas


Hello!  Welcome to Christina's Handicrafts and the last day on Confessions of a Fabric Addict's 12 Days of Christmas blog hop.  My name is Christina, I live in Southern California, and I am under 30 who loves to craft, especially quilting.  My husband tolerates my love of crafting and our fur kid, Hershey, loves it.

I have two items to share with you today.  One is a snowflake pillow made with squares that finish at 1 inch.


I think it turned out awesome, and I believe it will add some Christmas and winter season spirit to our living room this upcoming holiday season.

The second item is a snowflake table runner, that turns out like this:


The finished size will be 12 inches by 36 inches

Materials needed:
1/4 yard of the accent (teal)
1/3 yard of the snowflake/star fabric (purple/blue)
1/2 yard of the background (white)

Cutting:
Accent
2 1.5 inches by WOF strips

Snowflake/Star fabric
2 4.5 inches by WOF
Sub-cut 12 triangles cut with the Tri Recs Ruler and 3 4.5 inch squares

Background
2 1.5 inches by WOF strips
2 2.5 inches by WOF strips
Sub-cut into 24 2.5 inch squares
1 4.5 inches by WOF strip
Sub-cut into 12L and 12R from the Tri Recs Ruler - to make this go quickly, have rights sides of the fabric out and cut.  You will end up with 1L and 1R with every cut you make.


Putting together:
Sew together along the long sides the 1.5 inch strips, matching one background and one accent.  Perform this task twice.  Press to the accent.

Sub-cut into 48 1.5 inch sections to create 4 patches.

*Helpful hint: Place one strip set on top of one another, having an accent strip and a background strip touching each other, and nest the seams.  Then cut, and you only need to make 24 sub-cuts, and they are ready to go through the machine.*

Sew a 4-patch to a 2.5 inch square.  Press to the white square.

*Helpful hint: When sewing the 4-patches to the 2.5 inch squares, make sure the 4-patches to sew and press them all the same way.*

The sew the 4-patch and 2.5 inch square unit to itself, flipped around.  See picture below.


Sew together the triangles with the best method for you.  I pressed to the triangles (darker fabric).  The unit should be 4.5 inches square when finished.


Lay out the block as shown below.


Pay attention to pressing, to have all of your seams nest when sewing the blocks together.

Sew your blocks together if you are making three to form a table runner.  You could make just one for a candle mat, or even go bigger for a throw quilt.  (Something I would love to do in the future)


To finish the table runner quilt, trim and put the binding on it.  Then enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed the small project which would be perfect for a present during the holiday season or to grace your home during family meals.

Make sure to leave a comment on ALL blogs posting today, plus Confessions of a Fabric Addict for an opportunity to win the giveaway for the day.  Comments for the giveaway closes at Midnight, tomorrow, July 26.  Confession of a Fabric Addict will be announcing the winners on Friday, August 4th in her Whoop Whoop Friday post.

One last thing, make sure to check out all of the other blogs participating in this blog hop.  There are a ton of great ideas out there.

Friday, July 14th

Saturday, July 15th

Sunday, July 16th

Monday, July 17th

Tuesday, July 18th

Wednesday, July 19th

Thursday, July 20th

Friday, July 21st

Saturday, July 22nd
All Points of the Compass

Sunday, July 23rd
Mel's Quilting Blog
Resourceful Momma
Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

Monday, July 24th
Anja Quilts
PickingandStitching
A Dream and a Stitch

Tuesday, July 25th
Christina's Handicrafts (that's me!)
Abyquilts

Thank you for checking me out!

Linking up to Sew Fresh Quilts for Bee Social.
-Christina

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Small Finish!


I was able to finish a belated wedding gift for a co-worker and friend.  She loved it.  It was my June OMG, however I did not finish it until the 2nd of July.  That is what procrastination does for you/running out of time!


I created the pattern, a simple rail fence on the front, and then for the back I did strips, making it double sided.  I drew it out, and then went for it.  It was simple to put together, the biggest problem for me is finding time to do it as I feel like housework trumps sewing time after work and sometimes on the weekend.  Does anyone else ever feel that way?


The colors on this table runner turned out wonderfully, and I love the texture that the quilting added to the runner.  I was very happy to complete something off my long list of things to make.

I am linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts.  This project was #1 on my Quarter 3 Finish-A-Long list, number one of many.  Hopefully I will see actual movement on this list this quarter.  I can not wait to see what everyone else is working on.

-Christina

Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday Design Wall

There are only a few things on my design wall this week due to lack of close proximity to a sewing machine.

The first is gifting this gorgeous table runner which I finished yesterday, yippeee something off my long to do list! (Check out my 3rd quarter goals, this is #1)


More pictures will be posted when I do my finish it up Friday post next Friday.  I loved how it turned out, and the quilting was just simple straight lines but added so much to it.  Another sneak peak:


The second is working on this cross stitch.


Not a lot is done one it, but I think this week will be the perfect week to start making some serious progress on it.

I'm linking up to:
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Design Wall

I can not wait to see you there!
-Christina


July OMG



I did not finish June's OMG, however it got done this weekend.  I will show pictures during a finish it up Friday.  However, due to finishing June's OMG (not on time), I need to come up with a new project for July's OMG.  I have a sew day coming up this month, and my plan is to get a project cut out and start to get the top sewn together during it.  The fabrics are below.


This will be a baby rail fence quilt for my cousin's baby who is almost 6 months old now (where has 2017 gone?).  I am a little late.  My goal for the month of July is to get it cut out and the top sewn together.

I think it is doable, as long as I squeeze it in between creating my tutorial for Confessions of a Fabric Addict's 12 days of Christmas.  I'm presenting on July 25, the last day!  I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the month.

-Christina

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Q3 Finish-A-Long List


It is a new quarter of the year, and not much was accomplished the second quarter of 2017, I was able to finish 1 project.  Here is to a new quarter where accomplishing more will happen.  So without further ado, let us see what is on my list.

1. Table Runner for J&B's wedding (took place in Early December), this is almost done as of the first weekend of July!


2. Baby quilt for my Cousin's son who was born in the middle of January.


3. Knitting a blue shawl - deadline long past, but will use in my office, especially when it gets cold/drafty


4. Knitting a purple shawl - same thing as above


5. Cross stitch Marriage record for C&T (late present)


6. Wedding quilt for C&T (late present, at least they know it is coming)


7. Handiwork (something I have been trying to catch up on for the last year, I just need to use one of my off fridays and sit down and do the minor repairs on most of the items)


8. Make rugs, this includes ripping what I've done out and restarting as I found a different pattern I want to use (belated Christmas gift..we won't say how many years late)


9. Charity Quilt top for Prayers and Squares at my Grandmother's church


10. 2nd Charity quilt top for Prayers and Squares at my Grandmother's church (I started these before I got married, which means they are about four years old.  I just found them in one of the last boxes I still have to unpack)


11. Wedding quilt for D&D (late present, at least they know it is coming)


12. Quilt for one of my Grandmother's (shhh, it is a surprise for her)


13. Mom's quilt (this one is even older than 10 and 11.  I got the kit in college and got frustrated with it because my 1/4 inch seam was off and I was doing a horrible job at cutting.)


14. Wedding quilt for N&B (this wedding is this year, 2017, shhh, it is also a surprise)


15. Christmas Table Runner  (this was going to be a present, but Christmas Eve my cat decided to play with my soda on the table and spilled some on it, so I could not gift it due to running.  I tried to remove the stain, which did not work so it is all taken apart to replace what was stained, and now it is time to put it back together)


16. Second Christmas Table Runner (still to be finished for a Christmas present)


17. Bonnie Hunter's En Providence Mystery Quilt (I've printed all of the clues and my fabrics picked out, I just have to actually start on it.  I do love the reveal, and I'm considering making it just a tad larger to fit on a queen size bed)



18. Knit scarf for my husband.  He saw the scarves I made for my grandparents for Christmas, and wants a few scarves.  As a result I am going to get this one done, and have the other two made for next winter.  It is made with a simple pattern.  Knit stitch about 30 stitches across and then 70" long.



19. This quilt is for charity.  I hope to have it done for 2018's Hands to Help hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I am making it with orange and browns, and I have all the fabrics ready to go, I just need to start.  Photo is from Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


20.  This quilt will be for charity.  I hope to have it done for 2018's Hands to Help hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I am making it with purples and greens as the latices, and I just need to start.  It is going to be gorgeous I think.  Photo credit goes to Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


21.  There was a mystery quilt a long with Cora's Quilts called Gathering.  The fabrics are gorgeous and I have finished all of the cutting, I just have to put each step together.  It will be a throw size.


22.  I want to take this panel and chenille it for my niece's Christmas gift this year with a minky backing.  She loves Doc McStuffin'.


23.  Finish this knitted baby blanket for a co-worker who just had a child.  Simple pattern, just takes time.


24.  Create table runner from block I drew out for 12 days of Christmas, hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I am posting on the last day.  You should come check it out.  (no picture at this time as I want it to be a surprise!)

25.  Supplement my blog post for the 12 days of Christmas over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict by making a pillow.  It will be a 12 by 12 pillow with a single snowflake on it, appliquéd and quilted down.  (no picture at this time)

26.  Supplement my blog post for the 12 days of Christmas over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict by making a pillow.  It will be a 14 by 28 pillow with three snowflakes on it.  The snowflakes will be appliquéd and quilted down. (no picture at this time)

27.  Finish Sweet Tooth Queen size quilt.  Started as a Breakfast Club project, I want to finish all of the blocks and put it together.  It will be the first quilt I have made for our bed.


28.  Finish Sweet Tooth baby quilt.  I had left overs from the two kits I bought to make the queen size, so I decided to make just one of each of the twelve blocks and combine it into a baby quilt.  I think it is going to look awesome when it is done.



Wow, it is a really really long list, but if I can knock a few of these things off the list and/or even make progress on these things I will be very happy.  I can not wait to see what everyone else is planning to make progress on.  Linking up to Throw a Wrench in the Works for the 2017 Finish-A-Long.

-Christina

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Progress

Well, I did not finish my June OMG.  Instead I will be scrambling this weekend to get it done to deliver the final product on Monday.  I did get the pieces cut out.  Now I need to sew it together, layer it together, quilt, and bind it.  I can do that in a weekend!  I better run to start on the sewing it together part.


I'm linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.  Come back later this weekend.  I plan to create (update with new projects and take off the ONE I finished) my Q3 Finish-It-Along list, and my July OMG.  I need to think about them, better put some thought into it while sewing.

-Christina