Rambling about Blankets

Every time I do laundry…there’s always that basket that has a blanket or two…or three in it. I seriously have so many blankets. I always hated growing up when I would sleep over somewhere, and there weren’t enough blankets. Waking up cold is the worst. I guess it had to have happened to me more than once at someone else’s house because I remember making a pact to myself that when I had my own home, I would always have enough blankets for guests too, just in case. I hate being cold.

Well here I am just, you know, adulting, or whatever you’re doing when you are 24 with a kid and a husband, & working full time, and I have this house FULL of blankets. There are TOO MANY. “But Mandee, why is that a problem?” BECAUSE! Guys, it’s a problem because we don’t even have company that often and I have so many blankets that I don’t even know what to do with them, I’m out of space to store them!! I have like 4 quilts/comforters for my bed alone! Riley has 3! Obviously we only use them one at a time unless like…I don’t know it gets apocalyptically cold outside. Then I also have like hoards of throw blankets, probably at least 10. And THEN I have quilts, a quilt I made, quilts that are family heirlooms, or knitted/crocheted blankets from special loved ones. So many blankets. I have two blanket racks, one couch, and 2 beds in our house. I don’t have room for anymore blankets and somehow we managed to buy another throw for Riley the other day because……..soooo soft. *insert me rubbing my face on the softest blanket ever*

So what do I do? I mean they either all mean something or…I have some weird sentimental attachment to them. Do you have a better way to store blankets? Or how do you make yourself cut those sentimental ties?…because it’s so hard for me. I’d LOVE to de-clutter my house a little, but I swear I have some sort of attachment-syndrome. I probably still have McDonald’s toys from my childhood somewhere…

End Ramblings

Mandee

A Crafty Christmas

So I didn’t make nearly as many gifts this year for Christmas as I did last year, or as many as I wanted to anyway. I was just overwhelmed with school and work and blah blah blah. But I did manage to get a few things that are super cool and one project was rather large and time consuming which took away from my time to be able to do more little things for more people. So I did have to turn to Amazon to find gifts this year, but it was kind of fun to shop around on there….stores aren’t my thing.

Anywho!! I bet you’re excited to see what I did! Or at least I hope you are! I am excited to show you, anyway. Here goes!

First things first, my hubby bought me a wood-burning kit. Now, I thought before he purchased it for me, this will be fun and a good way to make some cool things. But I really didn’t realize all the stuff I could do with it until after I got onto pinterest and youtube to see what all the possibilities were. This was my first project for my dad.

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I wanted something simple but fun and I wanted some cool fonts. I found the quote on pinterest and a general idea and then free handed it onto the wood and signed it. Dad loved it! Win!

Then I made these cute little ornaments for the kiddos. I found the wooden ornaments at walmart for 97 cents! Can’t get much better than that!! Then I took my wood burner to them and added some little details and their names with the year! I thought they turned out so cute for something SUPER cheap and easy.

 

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Last but not least in the wood burning section, I made these wood burned plaque pictures for my mommy. I’m only putting the one of Riley because I’m not sure where the other two of my niece and nephew are. However, they were all this style of photograph. They took FOREVER, but they were totally worth it. I had fun doing it and learned new things about wood burning along the way. Win Win!!

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Next up! FELT FOOD! I became seriously obsessed with felt food. If you have ever looked up felt food then you probably know how INCREDIBLE some pieces are, so don’t judge mine too harshly! I made this for Riley to go with another project we did that I will show you later. But I couldn’t stop. I still don’t want to stop, I have SO much felt at home now.

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Popsicles with their own little wrapper….Cute right? This was one of my favs.

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Sandwich goodies. I also made pickles, onion and bread to go with this set, not pictured here.

 

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Personal pan pizza!! That took FOREVER! Seriously! But I wrapped it up in a personal pan pizza hut box and it turned out so cute! And some french fries, because who doesn’t love french fries?! Am I right?

 

 

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Snacks on snacks on snacks! Some sugar cookies, a cupcake and some cheez-its! Cause YUMMY!!

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And everyone needs breakfast to start their day! How about some pancakes with eggs and bacon? I made the eggs just small enough to fit in an easter egg, so he has a half dozen easter eggs that he can “crack open” like a real egg to get the yoke out! Cute right?

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For stuff that I made that required the most sewing…..it came down to little girls stuff because there are thousands of millions of ideas for little girls on pinterest and thats where I shop for all my ideas! You know I’m not just creative on my own, right? I’m not THAT brilliant! =) Anywho, Eliott and I got Hayden a kitchen for her birthday back in August. It’s a little teal retro style kitchen for little people. It’s adorable. SO I thought I should probably make her an apron to go with it! So I did! AND I made it reversible!

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It’s kind of hard to tell but her initials are on the pockets. She LOVED IT! Funny story though…I made her little flower on there the same way I made Riley’s cupcake frosting with felt. She had been playing around with the cupcakes before she opened her apron. So when she did open her apron she kept saying “It has a cupcake!! It has a cupcake!” It was too cute! I’ve gotta make the girl some of her own cupcakes!

Then I made Heidi a little pinafore and got her a top and some leggings to go underneath so she could wear it in the winter. It turned out so cute, I love it!

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Ignore the scraps of fabric that fell on the floor! Haha!!

NOW…for the BIG SURPRISE PROJECT……THAT TOOK WAY TOO MUCH TIME…..AND SO MUCH WORK! Haha!! (But seriously though.)

We made Riley a Kitchen and Science lab!! It’s made out of an old entertainment center. The thing took forever and I don’t know that I’d be interested in making something similar ever again, BUT it was totally worth it. He just absolutely LOVES the thing and was so excited. The kid is obsessed with science experiments. My mom got him a lab coat and he wore it ALL of Christmas Day. Too Precious.

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Seriously isn’t he too cute though?! It is complete with a fridge/freezer, stove top, oven, and sink, and microwave, along with some storage space! He also got an easy-bake oven and a microscope, along with a lava lamp and beakers, cupcake tins and trays. He’s ALL set to cook or do experiments and he’s pretty happy!

 

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and are having a Super New Year!

-Mandee

Six Sewful Months

Six Soulful Months?
Six Sew-Full Months?
It’s been six months….really thats all I’m getting at. It’s been too long. I’ve not been as crafty as I want to be, but I have been crafty. And I’m back to share all that with you!! So, I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long. Hopefully with finals coming up and the holidays around the corner, I won’t get held back on all of this. My plan is to do a lot of homemade gifts this year for Christmas, so I should have some things to post and share with you…but some I may not be able to share until AFTER Christmas, can’t be ruining any surprises!

Anywho, here’s a few projects I have done over the last six months or so! (Please ignore how fuzzy the pictures are, idk what the deal is! Lame!)

FIRST of all, I was jut reading my last post from May and it said that I wanted to make a computer case that was a mixture of a cute pattern but I definitely wanted to have a bow. SO I did that. I measured out the dimensions of my computer and got to sewing. I followed the instructions from my pinterest pin for the bow and just adjusted the size accordingly. I LOVED how it turned out. I did a mixture of colors and patterns to make it eclectic and funky, but also modern. I did get a new computer since then, BUT it still fits in this case. Thank goodness! I love how it turned out, and I lined it with cute fabric that also has a little pocket for my charger.

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Next, I made this quilt wall hanging. I had bought some precut strips of fabric that I had bought with a gift card. I didn’t have any purpose for them when I bought them, I just wanted them because I just did. That’s how I roll. So once I got them home, I really wanted to do something with them. Since my sewing room used to be Eliott’s office it still had a bunch of stuff that wasn’t pretty and frilly and womanly, let alone anything that resembled a sewing room, so I decided to make something to hang on my wall and start taking his stuff down! (Sorry Babe!) I came up with this on my own, It was fairly easy and I did it in about an hour or so. It looks like a pot holder in the picture but its about 24x24in. It’s a nice touch to my sewing room!

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Remember that quilt I was making and told you I’d keep you updated on a long time ago? Well it’s been finished since July! Haha! I LOVE this quilt. I love it because I pieced it myself, I cut out everything all by myself, I quilted it myself and binded myself. I did it all BY MYSEEELLLFF. And I kept it for myself. Which isn’t really something I do all that often when I make projects! I have used this little lap quilt more than any of my other throw blankets, it’s just perfect when you’re on the couch.

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And since we are on the subject of quilts….check out what I got in the mail!!!!
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This my friends is a picture of the note and signed fabric scrap I received from JENNY DOAN herself! YEAH. That’s right!!! It was an incredible surprise from my loving husband. He sent her an email and told her all about me and how and why I love to sew all the time and told her how much I loved her!! Isn’t that too sweet?! Of both of them really!! I have the fabric in a frame, but I still need to frame the note. (Jenny Doan sent me mail…..cray. cray. ((ALSO if you don’t know who Jenny Doan is, check out some of my older posts.)))

And then there were the curtains. We have some totally awesome French Doors for our front door. However, the beautiful windows go from top to bottom and made me feel like there were creepers looking inside my house all the time. SO I went out to see about making curtains. And I decided I wanted something thermal to keep the light out and heat/cold out a little better. That’s when I decided that was going to be too much work and I bought them at Walmart. BUT they didn’t have anything that was the correct length for my door OR that had rod pockets on the top and bottom. So, I bought what I wanted, measured cut and sewed it into what I needed to be…so it counts as a project. I still want to make little tie backs for them, but right now, I’m just glad that it gives us a little bit of privacy! (also, yes, I am obsessed with different patterns. No, those don’t match. Yes, I did it on purpose. And I like it.)

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When fall/autumn came around I decided that I wanted some fall decor. But I didn’t have much money, so I headed to my fabric cabinet and looked for some fall colors to make a couple throw pillows. This one is the one I finished first and I love how it turned out. It looks great in our living room and gives a splash of fall. However, I don’t have a better picture for you, sorry! Haha!

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Then, I found this really cool idea on pinterest and I copied it for the next pillow. You can find the link here to see the idea! I then, just made a pattern for the leaves and cut them out, and then cut out a trunk, lined them all out like I wanted and sewed them onto some muslin fabric. I don’t have a picture of it sewn on yet because I haven’t finished the pillow, but the leaves and trunk are actually attached with thread now not just pins…but this is a good idea of what it looks like. I love it, it’s a wonderful fall pillow!

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This next one involved ZERO sewing BUT I love it so much. I work in an elementary school and my creativity gets to flowing on occasion. I made this poster that I totally copied off someone on pinterest…click here to see for yourself! But I did color and make this all by myself….just totally stole the idea….completely. Can you blame me?

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And last but not least, I redid a dining room chair. It was super exciting. I know there are people do way cooler things than this…BUT I was so proud of myself. It makes me want to do more things like this. I’m really into DIY stuff right now, it’s ridiculous!! I think I still want to paint the top wooden part of the chair white, but my husband disagrees, so we shall see…anywho here it is. There’s the before, what I was planning and then my after…I still need to do the other three. But I have to get more staples for the staple gun first!

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Well I’m off…going to go dream about what I want to do next. Hope you enjoyed the update!!

Hugs!
Mandee

To Do: Sew

I’m sew sorry it’s been like a week since I’ve posted anything (or longer). Sometimes life gets a little busy! You forgive me right?

I really haven’t had time to sew anything recently because of work and school and company here and there, but mostly school. It’s the end of the semester and teachers be wantin’ all this hard stuff done…and they want it on time! Psh! Haha!!

I guess I will post some of the things that are on my Sewing To Do list, and then you can try to keep your eyes out for them…if none of them get completed, haggle me until I do one! Please! =)

First up, The Chevron Quilt, with Tutorial by the one and only! Jenny Doan! You can click the picture for the link! My Dad told me if I made a quilt he would pay to have it quilted AT MISSOURI STAR QUILT COMPANY!! Uh HELLO! So excited!! But I have to get the supplies and find time before I can start on it!
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Next up, is a mix between these two. I want to make a computer sleeve for my little computer, I like both of these. I definitely want it to have a bow! Cute though, right? (Click the picture for the link!)

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I also want to make this adorable dress for Hayden…I don’t have the link for this one, and I forgot to pin it, all I have is the screenshot! =( But super cute right?? What sucks is that the pattern is $10. Here’s my issue with paying more than like 4-5 bucks on patterns…ONE…I’m making it to save money (most of the time) and I could probably buy a dress that’s nearly as cute for that much money. Also, I’m probably most likely not going to use that pattern more than once so I really don’t wanna pay for it. I’m a cheapskate,  I can’t help it. I know someone has put their time in creating a pattern, so I appreciate that. I guess I just need to learn how to make my own! =) Anyway back to the adorable dress….

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I still have things from my previous to-do list that I have yet to complete. I did buy some more zippers, because I used my last two on the throw pillows I made WITH ZIPPERS, cause I’m awesome. So I need to find some cool projects that use zippers. OR make a couple more throw pillows. I also have to figure out what else to make for my nephew that is coming in JULY! Because I already made him a super cool quilt and baby changing mat and gave them to his mommy, so now I have nothing to give to her at her shower!! OOPS! I’m sure I’ll find something. Speaking of which…that’s coming up real quick like. I need to get on it!

I’m sorry this blog is a little less than exciting, but stay tuned my lovely friends! I have 4 machines that have their own room, I’m bound to get something made soon! =)

Mandee

(Also, that rhymed. Because I’m awesome.)

Cat Sew-Turday

  

Okay, so I didn’t sew this cute little throw pillows today….I made them last night. Buuuut Jimmy looks SOOOO CUTE! Does she not!?

So my amazing husband bought me the Singer 90S I was obsessing over in my last post…you know, this one… 

 

Can you believe it?! It was the bigges surprise EVER!! He sold his precious PS3 for me. That’s how much he loves me!!! This beauty is truly a piece of art. I love how it’s vintage style is incorporated with all of it’s really awesome technology. Not to mention the fact that it came with almost every pressor foot you can imagine.

I haven’t had much time to figure out ALL the things it can but I am really loving it so far! I had a whole lot of trouble threading it for some reason, and I was getting frustrated…my husband came over and offered to help. Yes…I laughed on the inside. But I took his help, turns out he figured it out fairly quickly!  

 

I don’t know what he did differently than me, but whatever it was, it worked! Haha! I then just started playing around with a scrap piece of fabric, trying to see all the stitches it could do, I didn’t try them all but here’s a few… 

 

Flowers, hearts, and arrows are just some of the regular decorative stitches! Crazy eh? 

I jumped in full force after that and decided I needed some new throw pillows because the ones I have were ones I made in a hurry and they’re falling apart. I decided not only to make new covers BUT I was going to put a zipper in it too!! Yikes! Not much on zippers as I’ve only ever done it once and I totally screwed up…remember? The tote bag I made for my brother? Yeah. Eeek! And I’m doing it on a BRAND NEW machine that I know almost nothing about! But I pulled up a tutorial on zippers and got to work! And I gotta say, I’m pretty proud of how nicely they turned out!  

     

See! The zipper!!! 😊 After this I did another one that wasn’t so form fitting and I tried to get pictures but Miss Jimmy, my cat, was not having pictures.  

     Haha! Silly kitty! She then proceeded to lay on my cutting mat after all that! 

 

Good thing I was done sewing by then! Anywho! That’s my Cat Saturday for you! Hope your weekend is beautiful! 

Mandee

This is Sew Ramble-ly

There are so many times that I just want to be sewing…but can’t. It happens a lot when I need to do something else…like laundry or dishes…or homework. I hate homework. I have two papers to write this weekend. I don’t want to write papers. I want to work on my quilt that I haven’t been able to touch for like 2 weeks.

I wish I had the time to start an etsy shop. I would love to make that my full time job. Etsy and craft fairs. Heck, I’d take my machine with me to the craft fairs and sew away!

Today I saw a Singer Sewing Machine on Amazon Deal of the Day. OH. MY. GOSH. I NEEEEEED it. I’m a Brother girl. Both of my sewing machines are Brothers, but this machine, you guys, it is SO cool. It looks kind of vintage, but it’s also computerized. I NEED IT. I need ALL machines. I’m the weird one who sees sewing machines on swap/resale sites and am like, “OMG it’s only $50, I need that. No one else deserves it but me because I’ll love it and take care of it…and give it a good home in a nice little sewing room.” I know. I’m weird. Quit judging me.

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his is the one that’s on Amazon. I NEEEED it so badly (I also have trouble deciphering the significance between needing and wanting things. You shouldn’t judge me for that either.)!! But seriously, is it not beautiful? It’s so sleek and modern but retro looking at the same time!! It’s just a pretty machine, and it belongs in my own hands.

I obsess….uh, I mean DIGRESS….I have been doing some pinterest research lately on things to make, I haven’t found anything spectacular. I do owe a couple people some diaper changing mats, but I’ve made so many, I just want to make something awesome. Also, I’m really into quilting right now, and I just keep thinking, what if I make all these quilts, what am going to do with them?? I already have, like seriously, 30 blankets in my house. I don’t have a place for them all, I have them on beds (obviously), in trunks (more than one), and on blanket racks (TWO)….and I still have like 4 or 5 rather large blankets that don’t have a place, I really don’t need more…but I wanna make them. What’s a girl to do? First. World. Problems. I have weird attachments to blankets (again, no judging here).

I want to throw a SEW PARTY. But who wants to attend that? Like, I have very few friends who REALLY like sewing enough to even attend, and thats a maybe even then. I would make food, and everyone could bring their machines and we could laugh together and sew like we were from the 1950’s. I would even wear lipstick.

Last night I dreamt about sewing. I was making a disappearing 9-patch like I’ve posted before but AFTER I cut them into the new squares, I used THOSE squares to make a half-square-triange (you can totes look that up if you don’t know what it is) and in my brain, it turned out REALLY cool. Probably going to have to try that soon. I also want to make a chevron quilt. Jenny Doan makes a really pretty one, and we all know how much I love Jenny Doan. I want to meet her. So. Bad.

I should probably go.

That’s all folks!

Mandee

Small Weekend Projects

I haven’t posted in a while! I’m sorry for that, but I haven’t had a chance to sew in a while either, I’ve been so busy with school! I did manage to make some time this weekend, as I had promised a couple people some projects I would do for them! So here they are…(Drumroll PLEASE!)

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One of them was a changing mat…I know, I know, you’ve seen them before. It turned out really cute though! She wanted something “country” for a girl. She picked the gray fabric which I liked but I suggested we do handkerchief pattern for the pockets to add a little umph to the project! Now, I kind of wish I would have embroidered the name onto one of the pockets, because the baby’s name is Ruby…It would have been cute, but oh well.

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I do love it though! =)

My next project was a rice bag…I’ve made about a million of them…They don’t take TOO long to make but they’re just kind of….boring and exhausting…and they get REALLY heavy, especially when you’re trying to put it through a machine! But I’ve figured out how to make it easier on myself since I’ve made  so many! Haha! They are pretty much the best things in the winter time when you’re cold. I love them! I need to post the one I made for my husband…It’s legit! Anywho…
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They said it could be any fabric….I wonder how crazy they’ll think it is! Hahaha!!

That’s all folks!

Hope you have a great week!

-Mandee

Disappearing 9 Patch Quilt Top: In Process

Alrighty, the last adventure I took you on was the adventures of the good, the bad and the ugly of the quilts of Christmas Past…well…and present. Whatever you know what I mean.

So I am going to share with you what I’m currently working on in the little spare time I find every now and then. It’s apparently called a “Disappearing 9 Patch.” Fancy, eh? But when I learned about this fancy technique, I have to admit I was a little mind blown. I guess I always assumed that quilters cut out each tiny little piece in whatever shape and sew them together perfectly one by one by one. Well my quilter-bubble was burst when I learned that they have SEW many tricks up their sleeves. Here you go ladies and gents…Here’s to:
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You can see in the photo above how there is one large square, two rectangles and one small square in each quilt block. Now what I was saying earlier was that I thought they cut each of those pieces separately. And THAT’S where I was wrong!

So, I decided that I have WAY too many scraps up in my sewing room. So I’m doing this quilt top with them. I love that I’m finding a use for fabric I may not ever find another use for. The funny thing is, I just gave away quit a few of my scraps to someone else! I still have so much!
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It’s like exploding out of the laundry basket it’s in! Ridiculous! So I picked out some pieces that had at least 5″x5″ somewhere on it, whether I could only get one square out of the scrap or 10 or 12. And I began cutting 5″ squares.
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I’m using all scraps on this quilt, so all my pieces are mixed matched in pattern, but they are all 5″ square. Then you make 3 rows of three. It will look like this:

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So, you could totally just keep going like this and make your entire quilt out of just squares if thats what you want…but there is some pretty cool options here. What I have done is cut down the center from both directions…

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Only I try to do it way more straight than the lines I drew on this picture! Haha!!
Once you’ve cut it both ways then you’re left with 4 blocks that look much more intricate than your regular old quilt square. Am I right though? I’m right! Like these:
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Pretty sweet huh? what I have learned, is that ironing is VERY important in this process. You basically do more ironing than sewing! Haha! Also, if you’re using a rotary cutter, be careful. I have cut myself 3 times with that thing and it does NOT feel good! =(

Anywho, my little top is slowly coming together! I’ll be keeping you guys up to date as I go!

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Hope you enjoyed!
-Mandee

The adventures of Quilt-Making (as a newbie)

After finding so much inspiration from Jenny Doan at Missouri Star Quilt Co. I decided that I HAD to make a quilt. I’ve made a couple before but I had really no idea what I was doing. The first one I made was for my dad, it was about a full size quilt, made out of his father’s shirts after he passed away. My dad loved it. Everyone did. It was special, but I wish I could redo it because now that I know what I am doing, it would be so much easier and look SO MUCH better. I didn’t actually quilt that quilt….ha! I was totes a newbie. Don’t judge. I also don’t have a picture of that one easily accessible, so I’ll have to see if I can have my parents send me one!

The second quilt I also did for my dad because he loves quilts…he’s got a weird obsession with them! I don’t know why! Anyway, he begged me for one for Christmas this past year and I told him NO about 100 times because they’re so much work. BUT Eliott’s sweet Grammie gave me a quilt top that was already completed and told me I could do with it what I wanted. So part of the project was already finished! Woo hoo! What I learned between the first quilt and the second quilt…was that it needed, well….quilted. SO I set out to Walmart and got myself some quilting pins. They’re basically like a safety pin only they’re bigger and curved. You use them to pin your backing, batting, and quilt top all together so you can quilt the whole blanket. Sounds easy enough right?! HAHAHAHA!! I was in tears over the silly blanket. It was so much harder than I thought it would be. The quilt was puckering ALL kinds, and by the time I was done….it really didn’t look too great.

It’s kind of hard to tell, but that’s as flat as it would lay. Sad story.

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I looked as awful as the puckers on the quilt! HAHA!

I knew  my dad would love the blanket either way, BUT I wasn’t going to give it to him like that. I felt so defeated. So I dreamt about the blanket for about 2 weeks. I thought about all the things I could have done differently…. -You should have started quilting in the middle instead of the end… -You should have chose a different backing, that one was too slippery -You could have used more pins and it would have held together better -You could have skipped quilting…he wouldn’t have cared But dreaming about things I COULD have done was not solving my problem…so I started thinking of ways I could fix the silly thing. I’ll add a different backing, I decided. I chose a fleece-like material for the back and decided that although the quilting wouldn’t show on the back, it was the best way to make this quilt look good. So, I attached the new back and wrapped the back around the sides, it made the blanket look complete and not so….puckery. (Yes, I’m aware thats not a word!) My dad loved the blanket…Christmas was a success.


Here’s the front after it was done! not so bad!


And the whole back was just fleece like this, I added the tag for my dad because he has this huge thing with making sure people know who handmade gifts are from and when they received it. So i made it  giant just for him! =)

So take a step forward in time and I found this lady, Jenny Doan, on youtube with all these AWESOME quilting tutorials. I’ve talked about her before. She’s so cool. I would totally love to meet her in person. So I had a new revived outlook on quilting. I mean the lady makes it look incredibly simple. But after watching about a bajillion of her videos I knew I needed more tools!! So I gathered some monies and I ordered some basting spray (it replaces those AWFUL quilting pins!!) a walking foot, a quilting foot, and a new and improved ruler. And I decided I would make my nephew (who isn’t born yet) a totally awesome baby quilt. I had made a blanket for his sister before she was born, so I suppose it’s a tradition…? Anyway. I found some charm packs. Charm packs were another thing I had never heard of until Jenny Doan came into my life. They’re precut quilt squares…they come in all sizes and then you don’t have to cut out a million squares by yourself. Perfect? I’ll answer that for you. YES! I printed off the pictures of the pattern squares and designed my quilt on paper first, that way I could see how I wanted it to look before I started piecing. Then the sewing began! Woo hoo! Row by row, column by column…I had the whole quilt top finished! It was so awesome, you guys. I was so proud. I chose minky for the back of my quilt because I wanted it to be warm and cozy and super soft! And minky….is SUPER soft. I used basting spray and attached my backing to my quilt top…no pins necessary, it all stuck together like a charm (no pun intended!). I quilted my little heart out. I added binding and finished my quilt and then I stared at it for about 20 minutes. “Holy cow. I’m amazing. I just did this. All.By.MY.SELF!!!!” I face timed my mom so I could impress her too. She was as equally as impressed as myself. Go me! I literally walked to my sewing room a 100 times after I made it just to admire my work. I’m lame like that. But so proud. I couldn’t help it. I was going to save the gift and give it to my sister at her shower but I COULD NOT WAIT. Neither could she…she knew she had a surprise coming, she just didn’t know what! Haha! She loved it. I loved it. My mom loved it. Everybody loved it. I’m bragging a bit…but I think it’s my favorite project I’ve ever completed.

    

And now….I’m no longer scared of quilts. Thanks Jenny Doan! If I can do it. YOU CAN DO IT! Seriously. It’s not as hard as it looks….PLUS Jenny Doan will be there for you…through a screen though, of course.😉

Happy Quilting
-Mandee

Sewing Room Makeover!

Omg! I’m SEW EXCITED to share with you that I got a new sewing room!! Yay! I have been working out of tiny little place that’s conjoined to my laundry room. I had truly outgrown the place and I have been begging my hubby for weeks to give up his office space and move it to our living area so I could have some more room. He finally caved!

I feel like I have more room than I know what to do with!

Here’s a picture of my original sewing room.

It was nice and cozy but very small. I had to pull out a card table everytime I wanted to sew in order to have room to cut my fabric. Then I had to put it away when I was done. Also, it never stayed as clean as it looks in this picture!! Don’t be fooled!

I had fabric in about 5 different places and couldn’t even tell you what all I had because it was spread out in weird spots, from Rubbermaid tubs to bags, to cabinets and cubbies. It was cray!

So…I began moving….

  

The more stuff I moved…the bigger the mess got…

The cat did join me in my move though. So that was nice…

She thought she was going to make her new home in my fabric cabinet. But she was wrooong.

It filled up quickly!! I couldn’t believe how much fabric I had! It was coming out of my ears, I swear!!

But I finally got everything situated and I am SO HAPPY!!

There’s still a couple more things I want to do and move/add but I don’t feel so cramped! It’s spectacular!!

I also made myself a makeshift ironing board since my other ironing board is attached to the laundry room door!

It was my first little project in the new room!! 😊

I also made Riley some new pajama shorts since the weather is getting warmer…

They turned out so cute! I love them!!! Last but not least I made my mom a diaper changing mat to keep at her house for the grand-kids. I wanted something gender-neutral. And I wanted it to be a little funky! I was stoked at how adorable it came out!!

Crazy cute, right???

Sew much thanks to my hubby for giving up his space to give me more!! And double thumbs up for a new sewing room and some new inspiration!! Yay!!

-Mandee

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