Three and a half years after I started on it, I finished my quilt top. I realized during all the cleaning of my craft room that I was nearly done making squares so I busted out the last few over the last few days, then cut some plain squares (not pieced, just one fabric) to make a border around the edges. And finally its done! Its about 56″ wide, so right now the plan is to back it with some 58″ wide black fleece, and then use yarn to tie off at each corner of the individual squares. If I wait until fleece is on sale or there’s a coupon, I can probably finish it for about $10. Anyway, obviously I’m super excited to have gotten this far! I will actually have a finished quilt very soon, even if its already too warm to cuddle under one. Later today I will contact the guy who took the rest of the scraps off my hands and ask if he wants more- I have a few more shopping bags of them left over that I’m not going to be using.Read the rest…

I’ll let the pictures do the talking this time! I reorganized my yarn stash and made it by color. A few look a bit out of place in the photo but honestly they’d be more or of place in another spot. The bottom right has a few that didn’t really fit in anywhere. I also see I have a lot of pinks and greys! #yarn #stash #crafting #organizing A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Mar 4, 2015 at 7:28pm PST This tiny little closet space is perfect for my fabric and scrap storage! Snug as a bug! #sewing #fabric #storage #stash A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Mar 5, 2015 at 10:29am PST Two of the five bags of goodies from the @michaelsstores sample sale my mom was able to buy into. Can we say crazy? I can’t wait to get #crafty with this stuff! #crafting #beading #jewelry #creating A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Mar 5, 2015 at 9:12pm PST These are the beads and small charms from @michaelsstores I’ve managed to put away so far. So sad for me, I’ll need more containers to store the rest! #jewelry #craftingRead the rest…

Since my order I put in to fabric.com finally came in on Monday, I washed and dried my new fabrics this morning and got to work printing, cutting, and taping the pieces for this free pattern at Be My Goth. I’ve had this pattern bookmarked for ages but was on the fence about actually making it. When I saw the fiery red-orange crochet lace on clearance I knew that was going to be what I made it with. I already had a yard of dark grey rib knit in my stash from another project I’d bought for, so that was set.   The pattern has three pieces- front, back, and the sleeve cuffs, but I made a few changes to it as I went. I cut the largest size, but did not add the seam allowances as instructed. My crochet lace has quite a bit of stretch, and I’m not sure her pattern was designed for a fabric with stretch in it. She doesn’t mention stretch in it anyway. I tried it on and found the neckline to be too wide, causing it to fall off of my shoulders, so I gently rounded over the corners at the edges ofRead the rest…

I sat down last night and while we were watching movies (3 of them!) I cut yards and yards and tons of scraps into strips about 2.5 inches wide. This took hours and I still have tons more to cut up, but as it is I have two shopping bags will with strips now. Today, after breakfast, I sat down to my sewing machine and started sewing the strips into a long ribbon, then sewing the ribbon into larger sheets. From the sheets I cut my quilt blocks- 7.5″ squares that are all angled a little differently. Each block is completely different from the next, in colors, patterns, direction, and angles. Most of what I did today was purples as I had 7 yards of various purple prints I bought specifically for this project. But I also did some other colors, and by the time I get through the scraps I have cut now, there will be several in each color grouping. I told Mattie I am not taking on another sewing project until after I get through the huge pile of fabric strips on my swing table. There’s actually 2 plastic shopping bags worth right now that I hopeRead the rest…

I’ve been sick this last week and while I’ve been curled up on the couch, I’ve started doing cross stitch. The first one I did I really liked, but wasn’t sure what to do with it. Then I thought why not stitch it into some fabrics, make a mini quilt, and stick it on the wall. Before I post it though, I warn you. Its wonky. Really, really wonky. But since the text on the cross stitch says BELIEVE INYOURSELF I figured some wonkiness would go long with the “be you” part- warts and all. I intentionally did not measure anything. I eyeballed stuff. I stitched. I trimmed. I eyeballed more stuff. I spent 3 hours on the couch hand sewing the binding on (three times!), learning how to do mitered corners properly, and running into a few problems along the way. I used my new Ginghers and sliced through my fabrics like they were made of butter. Warm butter. I may have stitched together even more scraps of fabric in colors I did not even need to use for this project. The only thing I measured was the back to find the center to stitch on a hanging loopRead the rest…

Today I started on my quilt. I spent a few hours cutting out the smaller 2.5″ purple squares for my quilt. I worked through two of my fabrics, cutting 3/4 of each yard into squares, and started on a third piece. After doing the math, I will need a bit less than 4 yards of my purples to complete those parts of the quilt, which is why I am only cutting about 3/4ths of a yard of each. That will still be more cut squares than I need, but not by a lot, and I’m sure I can find some use for them later on. I also worked up a mock-up in Photoshop to see exactly how many rows and columns of blocks I need, as well as how much of my main color fabric I will need to buy to both get the quilt to the right size, and have the pattern looking the way I want it to. My quilt will be 20 squares wide by 22 squares high. It will measure 80” x 88”, and I’m going to need 6.5 yards of lime green fabric for the honeycomb-ish parts of the quilt. The green will be cutRead the rest…

The other night I found out my friend Donna from This Year’s Dozen had passed on. I only knew her online, but we had been friends for around ten years, and many times she was my crafting inspiration, and it was very sad news. The last few years she was crazy about quilting, making me want to try it too. About a year or so ago, I even purchased fabrics to start my quilt, but I never even got as far as pre-washing them. After reading the bad news, I decided I needed to start on my quilt. The hardest part of course was choosing a quilt block that would allow me to use most of the fabrics I’d already purchased, without too much more added to it. After looking at quilt blocks at Quilter’s Cache, I finally settled on a block design that would let me use what I had purchased already, and I think I’ll only need to buy one more fabric to complete it. What I finally decided on was the Indian Hatchet block, which will let me use different fabrics for each piece’s diagonal corners. The main fabric which is the same through each square isRead the rest…