Friday, June 03, 2011

sew & tell - june 2011

Hello sew & tellers!

First off, I would like to sincerely apologize for slacking last week and not getting the post up.  I'm hoping you'll forgive me and just link up your stuff you had planned (and maybe even posted already) today!

Do you remember the challenge I gave you in April? To find someone who needs a little encouragement to start sewing? Or a buddy to help motivate you? Someone you can bond with over fabric and creating with it? And then to get together with them and sew? I hope you took the opportunity to do that!

My friend (and luckily neighbor) Sara has been sewing most of her life. When she gets a project on the mind, she's very focused and super productive! I would have half my to-do list crossed off if I was 1/2 as efficient as her!

Anyway, she is having a baby in the next week or so and had some fabrics picked out with which she wanted to make an easy and quick baby quilt. She asked if I would help her figure out what to do and teach her how to put on a binding and stitch it down by hand.

This was the beautiful mess we made the day we got together. She was working on her quilt and I finally got my living room curtains started.
sewing day with a friend
messes always look better in black and white.
We went for an easy strip quilt.  She just started cutting strips to sew together of different widths.  There is regular cotton, flannel and minky in there.  I think it turned out quite adorable!
front and back of Sara's quilt
front and back

She took it home and machine quilted (also a first! and without a walking foot - brave girl) about 1/4 inch on either side of each horizontal seam.  And was ready to bind it that same night!
straight line quilting
close ups

I roughly showed her how to do the binding and she went home.  The next day I dropped off some thread for her to stitch down the binding.  When I talked to her the the day after that to see if she needed any help, she had already finished it! Barely 2 days from start to finish!  See what I mean? Focused.
extreme close-up!

and look at how even her stitches are! She did such a great job.
love a folded quilt.
So, it took me a while, but I did finally finish up 2 of my curtain panels last week.  I have 4 more to make, and only enough fabric for one more..... But I think I like them.
new curtains

I'll take a picture of the whole room once I get the rest of them made.  If I spent as much time working on these as I've spent thinking about them, I'd be way ahead of myself!

Thanks Sara for coming over and making me work on these! I'm glad to be this much closer to this project being finished.  We had fun chatting and sewing together.  I can't wait to meet her new little baby and see her wrapped up in her quilt.

Who did you sew with? What's your story?  Did someone motivate you?  Did you have an challenge with a blogging friend to get something finished?  Tell us!!

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11 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Alex Duenkel said...

Your friend's quilt turned out so cute. I just wanted to show you what I made with the same fabric. And yes, it is hand quilted because I did not have a walking foot then and was not as brave as your friend. Since then, I have aquired one and I love it!

Here is the link so you can take a peek!

Have a great weekend!

Elizabeth said...

That baby quilt is sew much fun! And I love your curtains. And your living room.

I'm teaching a quilting class for the ladies in our ward. We start in two weeks. There is a lot of interest so I hope that it turns out well.

randi said...

your curtains are so pretty! i love the fabric you picked.

also, i love a simple strip quilt. so much eye-candy in a quick finish!

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

I have several curtain panels I really need to get done...thanks for the nudge!

Nicole said...

Both projects are wonderful. My favorite is the "mess" photo in black and white. Every "before" picture should be in black and white! I can't wait to see the room, because the curtains are really fabulous. :)

Candied Fabrics said...

I'm with Nicole - everything looks better in black and white! :-)

How awesome to help your friend get her start in quilting!

Meg said...

Well, I did get together with our quilt guild this week! It is fun to connect with other sewers! I have remembered your challenge and I want to try to set something up sometime later this summer!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

Thanks for hosting this. It's so fun to see what people are creating! So glad you have a friend to sew with and great projects to complete together!

Maevy said...

Your curtains are really nice, I like the patterns in the fabric.

oh, jenny mae said...

i'm changing my name soon, so you see me as 2 different people (i'm here to confuse)

i love the green & white fabric. so pretty.


sewtakeahike said...

How lucky you are to have a neighbor that you can sew with, Amy! That would be pure heaven!

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