Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Needle Books and a Pin Cushion :: Finishes

I finished the dozen needle books I was asked to make as well as the pin cushion I was working on.

Here are the needle books standing on end.

I wish I could have lined them up straighter, but it was hard enough to get them to stand up like this at all!

The needle books will be off to their home next week. The pin cushion is for me.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Intrepid Thread Challenge and a Store Update

A little while ago I signed up for The Intrepid Thread Challenge (#intrepidthreadchallenge on Instagram). The deal was that the first so many folks to sign up would receive a mini charm pack of Modern Backgrounds - Paper plus a fat eighth and a fat quarter of two other prints. Below is what I received.

We were to make anything we wanted using the above and post it to Instagram, tagged appropriately, before the deadline, which I think is December 31st. I decided that with my new venture I needed to have this done by Thanksgiving. I've already posted my finish to Instagram (I'm Alamosa Quilter there too if you'd like to follow me), but thought I should share it here too.

I made a notebook cover using my tutorial.

The Front

The Back
Inside Front Cover
I really like making these notebook covers. In this digital age I do a lot of things on a computer or tablet but there is something about the physical act of writing something down. I seem to remember things better if I write it down as opposed to typing it up.

I have a reminder app that works on my laptop and iPad. I have found it helpful to have a reminder pop up on my devices for certain things, but I also make old-fashioned, hand-written lists. I'm trying out a technique where you put three things on your to-do list for the day. My daily to-do list is hand-written. My plan for this notebook is to make it my daily to-do list book.

Store Update:

The floor is now all one color.

Click here to see what it looked like before.

I also have the start of a website. The address is I finally got it completed enough to be published, but there is still work to do on it. At this time I do not plan to have an online store. The website is mainly for information about store happenings - classes and sales and such.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Hand Work

It seems that most of my sewing time is in the evening in front of the TV at the moment. This is what I have been working on.

The top one will become a pin cushion once I get a chance to sit down at my machine. The rest are needle books. I was asked to make a dozen for a friend. I have two more that need the embroidery and the rest are cut out, plus a few extra I will keep in my handmade gift stash. Once I get the hand work done it only takes a few minutes per book to finish them by machine.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Story Fabric Line Quilt Top

The top is completed and the pattern will soon be ready.

I was tasked with designing something to use the large print in the center. It is not a true panel in the traditional sense, but functions as one.

The finished quilt size will be 48" by 66", a good lap size quilt. You could easily add an additional border using one of the prints in the line to make it a twin size.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Alamosa Quilt Company Update

We now have a check-out counter.

My friend Peg is modeling. We even have a service dinger! 

We also got some of the shelving from the old store. It was quite an "adventure" to get them out of the old store and into the new space, but they are in. They will need a little TLC before they are ready for fabric.

Top of the list for next week is to get rid of the orange flooring. 

To see previous photos of the space click here.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Progress on a Few Projects

I've made some progress on my Story Quilt. This is the basic idea.

I've got most of the block pieces cut out and a few sewn together. It won't be a large quilt but will be a nice lap size. I'm trying to take careful notes as I cut so I can write the pattern and know exactly how much fabric I used of each print.

I'm also working on some more needle books. I've got the covers for two of them appliqued. 

I plan to add a little embroidery before finishing them up. These are a special order for a friend.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015