Thursday, April 30, 2015

#89 Child's Poncho

I posted a picture of the cute ponchos I've been making on Instagram and got a few requests for the link. I figured the easiest way to always have it is to post on the blog so we can both find it!!

Here are my adjustments:
(I wasn't a fan of the fringe so I made my pieces bigger and added 2 rows of the bind off stitch all the way around the bottom edge after it was sewn together)

I used 4.50mm hook and Bernat Cotton, for the two tone I made one rectangle in variegated cotton and the the other in a complementary colour.

small(approx. size 2-4): chain 74, 15 rows of double crochet
med(size 6-8): chain 94, 20 rows     "        "
large(size 10-12): chain 104, 25 rows     "      "

when sewn together I did a double row around the bottom edge of the single crochet, chain one pattern (placing the sc in the space between the dbl crochet)

If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

#88 Sew Along/ Tutorial Coming in June!!!

I'm so excited that you were all so interested in doing a Sew Along Tutorial with my                       Wiggle Me Colourful pattern (name is still up in the air) 

I'm working out the details of the pattern and coming up with an alternative if you are crunched for time, but still want to join in on a smaller scale.

I am also working on some surprises to make it fun to join up/sew along and stay current with your project, as well as complete the top by the dead line. (Quilting and binding will get you extra entries, but is not necessary to qualify)

My goal is to start the Sew Along in June and run it for approximately 4 weeks. More detailed info will come in the next few weeks, so click the email or Bloglovn button to follow my blog so you don't miss any posts. 

Let me know if there is anything you specifically want to see in the blog posts, for the sew along/ tutorial,  as I will be working on this in the next few weeks, tweaking the pattern and taking pictures as I go, so now is the time to speak up......

#WiggleMeColourful on social media 
so we can see what lovely progress you are making and final projects, I am also looking into the Linksy Tool so we can link up pictures at the end of our SewAlong right here on the UpStairsHobbyRoom blog.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

#87 Spring is Here with Distractions of Colour

Even though things are still pretty brown here, there is sun and some warmer days. So I will call that a definite plus and the sun and warmer weather has inspired a new design with lots of colour, totally distracting me from that WIP list I am determined to complete.

I started out to make the One Hour Basket that I have seen lots of IG friends displaying in their feeds, by Kelbysews. If you follow the link you will find the tutorial and download., But.... I got so distracted I still haven't made one yet, lol.

I decided to sew some jelly roll strips together thinking that I could use them up and make an interesting basket. When I finished making 6 sets, I fell in love with the way they looked and I couldn't make the basket.... I wanted to make a quilt. So I sat down at EQ7 and got to work.

This is what I came up with.....Working name...Wiggle Me Colourful

and I'm half way done testing the pattern!!!

How fantastic is this!!! 

So the question I am putting out there is..... Anyone interested in the pattern? It is a great jelly roll pattern (other then the 3.5" border I plan to add) and I think a great beginner project. Even with the matching, if you press each row alternating they nest up easily!
I will be done sewing the test project this week and then I might be setting up for a free sew along with this pattern if there is enough interest!!(leave a comment) It would be a fairly quick sew along too, especially if you use precuts instead of yardage!

In the What I've Been Up To part of the post.......

I've been so distracted by springs arrival, which gave me an urge to work with bright happy colours, my poor WIP list has been a little neglected, so I'm posting it again to inspire me to get back on task.

(After adding the list and updating it.....I've got to say I am in better shape than I thought!! I am going to have to update and remove some of the categories that I've completed!!! Ya, I love lists and seeing the progress!! But with the completion of WIPs comes a longer list of quilt tops that need to be quilted, eek......)

To Complete This Year List

Blocks to Piece (blocks not finished)

  • (3)Triple Star Blocks
  • Playing Cards (Bee Blocks)
  • (?) Scrappy Trip Around the World Blocks 
  • Fusion Quilt
  • Flower Patch Quilt
  • Lattice Bones Quilt
  • Colouring Box Quilt
  • Sew Kitchy Paper Pieced BOM (one more block, Miss Betty)
  • Craftsy BOM 2013

Quilt Tops to Sew Together (blocks are complete)

  • Sugar Block Club 2013
  • Sugar Block Club 2014
  • Block Rock'n
  • Classic Meets Modern
  • Aurifil Designer of the Month 2014
  • Globe Trotting BOM
  • Layer Cake Challenge
  • Come Together (Bee Blocks)
  • Playing Cards (Bee Blocks)

Quilt Tops: to Quilt

  • City Sampler
  • Churn Dash QAL
  • Nested Churn Dash
  • Parade (tester pattern)
  • Square Deal
  • Trifle Dish Moda QAL
  • Modern Blocks QAL
  • Virtual Quilting Bee
  • Triangle QAL
  • *Globe Trotting BOM
  • *Classic Meets Modern
  • *Sugar Block Club 2013
  • *Elephant Parade
  • *Playing Cards
  • *Block Rock'n
  • *Auriful Designer of the Month 2014
  • *Layer Cake Challenge
  • *Sugar Block 2014
  • *Come Together Blocks

Quilts to Bind (that's all I have to do, you would think I would just get it done)

  • Bloom Bloom Pow
  • Craftsy BOM 2012
  • Mystery Quilt

New Projects to Do this Year:

  1. 15-30 adult size bibs for special needs children at an orphanage in the Philippines (church missions trip in April) (the number turned out to be 21-just need to bind them!!)*6 left to sew
  2. Design 2 original projects and write up the patterns ( I am excited about this challenge) more info on this in the future  (I did one and may still try for another, but done for now)
  3. 2 quilts (one niece/one nephew )
  4. Set of Placemats (12)
  5. 4 mini Sew Together Bags
  6. 4 Regular Sew Together Bags
  7. 6 Duffle Bags
  8. 6-11 purses, yup not kidding, I join the Bag of the Month again this year over at Sew Sweetness and last year of the six I only made one of the bags. This year I am determined to complete them all. (1/6 done)
  9. New Christmas Stockings (8)
  10. Christmas Tree Skirt
  11. Misc sewing of pouches, because there is always a need for a simple pouch or 10, lol.
  12. *Elephant Parade, because it was so cute I couldn't resist!! Which makes an even dozen new projects. One per month....that's doable.......


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

#86 Twists & Churns

Well if I was excited to finally be able to announce what all my secret sewing has been about.....I am tipping the scale today....The Art of Home free eMagazine is out. I hope you will all pop over to Jacquelynne Steves website and sign up! The magazine is always filled with inspiration, projects, recipes and this month, an interview with Pat Sloan!

So for your visual pleasure and because I was testing the pattern to make sure everything worked, here are a few variations of Twists & Churns for you.
Remember the only way to get the actual pattern is to sign up for the free emagazine! I sure hope you will! If you make a mini will you use  #twistsandchurns so I can see all the wonderful versions you create!!!

A mini with Cotton and this one....a bit more bold (have to buy more of these prints!!!) with Shot Cotton churns

A mini with Cheri by Frances the romance of this line. Can't wait to see what Frances does next!!!!

And with the leftover HST,  you could make some cute pinwheels....for coasters or to add to your backing...or just hang onto all of them and start a bin to make a scrappy quilt sometime later

Well, I hope you have found the motivation to head over and sign up for your copy. ( The Art of Home emagazine)The magazine is no longer available. Please use this link to find the Twists and Churns Pattern. I hope even more that you will make a mini of your own and let me know how it turned out!! #twistsandchurns

Happy Sewing