Last weekend and looking ahead!

We were out and about this weekend at the Pleasant View Tent Sale!  We had a fair time, even though the weather was less than desirable!  We had a pretty good turnout.  There weren’t large crowds and lulls of no one, it was all pretty consistent traffic.  I feel like I need to do a post about craft fair etiquette, because some people made some major faux pas this weekend.  We had a lot of fun meeting some members of our town’s parks & rec department, and we may have scared them by screaming “YOU’RE LESLIE KNOPE!!” but I really feel like if that’s your job, you should watch the show about your job! 😀

Next weekend we’ll be out again at the Nashville Farmer’s Market as part of the Nashville Scene’s Crafts & Drafts benefiting Soles4Souls.  A reminder to anyone who’s planning on coming to bring a pair of gently used shoes (or new shoes!) to donate.  There’s going to be crafts, beers, craft beers!  And a wide range of things to shop for and see.  Come by and see us!  We’ll be doing our best to stay warm and cheerful!

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So what have you  been up to out there?  We’ve been sewing away!  Hope you have been as well!  Until next time, happy sewing!

Bunny Brain

Do you ever get into about 20 little projects at once?  I know that you do!  If you’re reading this you probably sew, and UFOs are a very real thing because everyone gets distracted!

I am sewing up a storm (again) for (another) craft fair in October in Murfreesboro, TN and my brain is doing something that I’ve deemed “bunny brain” where I start one thing, hop to something else, go back, hop again, hop hop, hopping all over.  Maybe it’s ADD.  My brain just likes when I am doing a lot, because it’s noisy up there, and to be noisy outside as well as inside makes things seem normal.  Sadly it isn’t always very productive.  So I decided, I’m probably not the only one and I thought I would share with you some tips that I use to cage the bunny, so to speak.  (My god I hope that isn’t code for something)

Bunny Brain Tips

  • Planner

My planner is a real godsend.  My planner isn’t always cuted up and adorable, (but then sometimes it is!!!) I just need to take a little time each week and write everything down.  Actually writing it down, not just typing things up on a Google calendar, which I also use, actually helps make things STICK in my head.  It also helps me to generally have a plan.  Not a 8:05 pour coffee 8:07 sit down and do whatever, but a “alright today I want to sew, clean and go to the grocery store”, then block out times to get things done.

  • Lists

This goes hand in hand with my planner, because this is typically where my lists go.  Lists help me put tasks into steps.  They also help me keep track of what I want to get done, how far along I’ve come, and when I finished things.

  • Goals

I found the best way to start (and finish!) a project is to first make goals.  When I got my planner, I decided I was going to set monthly goals for myself.  They’re really vague, like finish a project, declutter, but even these are little goals.  With goals, one little goal leads to a larger goal and so on.  So decluttering for me started as thinning out my clothes.  I have a lot of clothes and I don’t wear a lot of them.  I started thinning them out, then it led to thinning out my nail polish (Hi, my name is Ashley and I have a nail polish addiction) then thinning out the junk I had in my jewelry  box.  You see where I’m going?

  • Reflection

I (should more than I do) take time to look back at my lists and notes to myself in my planner and it helps me to see that I can finish projects and accomplish goals that I set for myself, and it helps me continue to finish projects.  The sense of accomplishment that I get from looking back really helps me to strive for more.

  • MAKE Time

Something I think everyone can agree on is that sometimes “there just aren’t enough hours in the day” trust me- I’m trying to instil a gym routine, I know.  Sometimes, if you really want to get something done, you have to make time.  You have to wake up a little earlier, schedule out some time, and DON’T PUT IT OFF.  I’m entirely guilty of that, but the less you do it, the easier the habit is to break.


Anyhow, those are my tips on keeping your brain in check. 🙂  In sewing news, I finished up the nautical baby quilt that I’ve been working on!

I quilted with some “organic waves” that I did using my walking foot, and I machine bound it, didn’t like it, took it all off and hand bound it.  I have never done hand binding before, and it was actually very fun!  (it fulfilled my monthly goal of “try something new”) I can’t sit and cross stitch or needle point while watching tv, but I CAN hand bind!  And, well, I have a tv obsession.  (If you are one of those who has “gone off of cable” you’re a better person than I will ever be!)  I’m also working on my Michael Miller Fabric challenge, but it’s still sitting on the design wall, waiting for its turn.  I hope you’re all having a great Fall so far!!!

Until next time, happy sewing!

whoops!

I know I said I would post another blog post last week, but I took off work that Friday, (Two weeks ago omg) and I kind of locked myself in my sewing room for most of the weekend! 😀

I got a total of 12 little Al’s Pals sewn up.  I think they look great!  I’m actually thinking of doing a couple more of them.  Again, I don’t think I can have too much stuff for this craft show coming up!

I have also drug this quilt out that I made that I really didn’t like the binding on and started in on rebinding it.  I was dreading it because I knew taking the binding off and everything was going to take such a long time…but!  I didn’t realize my new seam ripper I got on the Paducah trip was magic.  I got the binding off in maybe 2 minutes?!  Insane!!!!  And now that I have wonder clips, life changer!!!!  I now have the new binding on and I just need to take some new pictures of it and I’ll have it re listed in my Etsy shop!

Remember this?

Remember this?

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Remember this awful binding?

Now it's as cute as it was always intended to be.

Now it’s as cute as it was always intended to be.

My guild met on Saturday and we made over 100 pillowcases for the Ronald McDonald house!!  That was very cool!  We all had a great time and we contributed to a great cause.  It was also very fun to learn how to make a pillow case.

Look at us!!!  Look how cool we are!!!  Pillowcases forever!!!

Look at us!!! Look how cool we are!!! Pillowcases forever!!!

What have you been up to?  I hope this gets me caught up on blogging until next week anyway! 😀  I’ve just been sewing so much and trying to get as much listed as possible that it’s been tricky trying to blog, too.  I’ll get better about it soon.

Until next time!  Happy sewing!

In all the excitement..

…I forgot to blog!

The quilt was completed!  😀  I can now say that it got to its destination in time for the baby shower, too. 😀

This was so fun that I decided to make another one of these as soon as I finish up these couple of bags I need to work on.  The next will be using the fabric line The Littles by Michael Miller and will have Riley Blake Fly Aweigh waves for the backing.  I’m excited for all my “parts” to come in so I can get it going!

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Since this post took a little time, I’ve also been to my guild!  We learned improvisational curves from Jayne and perfect machine binding from Stefanie.  I even got a new gadget!  It’s The Binding Tool and it’s probably right up there with wonder clips as far as amazing.  It really helps to clean up where your end pieces come together.  I think we all had a great time and we all made some pretty cute things!  Here’s what I made.

cut, pieced, quilted!

cut, pieced, quilted!

I finished mine up once I got home, and now it's hanging up in my sewing room!

I finished mine up once I got home, and now it’s hanging up in my sewing room!

MAGIC.

MAGIC.

So now that we’re all caught up, this weekend is Paducah!!!  I’m excited, me, my mother in law and aunt are all loading up Saturday morning to go see what all the fuss is about, also Hancock’s.  If you also want to see what all the commotion is about, follow me on Instagram this weekend.  I’m going to be using #PQW2015 so everything should be (SHOULD…be) together.  It looks as though the weather may not be..pleasant, but we’ll make the best of it!  I know a few others from my guild are also making the journey to Paducah, are you coming too?  Let me know!!

Well, I’ve got some pre Paducah preparation planning to get back to, so until next time!  Happy sewing!

P.S. Al had to jump into my photo shoot of the quilt.

So majestic....

So majestic….

closing in!

I don’t know how I’ve done it, but I completely pieced the top of the quilt I’m working on, the back, and quilted it all within a week, even with an Easter thrown into the mix!  All I can say is thank god for stippling.

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Now I’m working on the label and binding.  I think I found a label that I think will work nicely, and I’ve been looking for different ways to make binding.  Then I’ve run into binding vs bias tape.  Which one do you use?  I’m going to make the binding for this quilt, and I guess I’m making bias tape?  It’s the method where you make a loop and sew it at the top then cut it around, I’ve never done it before but it sounds easy enough to figure out.  At least I hope so.  Anyhow, that is what I’ve been working on, still! 😀

Once I finish this I’m going to get back to making a few more things left on my “to do” list, including another bag that will be equally as bae as mine and another navy tote, and then focus on making things for my shop.

Until next time!  Happy sewing!

Much busy, So wow

When I was asked to make a baby quilt, I was flattered.  When the deadline got moved up a month, I was worried.  I am glad I went ahead and ordered the fabric and things I needed, because I could immediately get working!!!

I’m using a pretty simple pattern, which, I have a complaint about.  The pattern blocks calls for 2 – 8 1/2″ squares, 2 – 5 1/2″ squares, 1 – 5 1/2 x 6″ rectangle, and 1 – 3 x 16 1/2″ rectangle.  When I cut it out, I read quickly and thought I saw 6 1/2″, which is what I cut.  I reread, saw it says 6, and trimmed down accordingly.  It turns out that it should be 6 1/2″ because the row of smaller blocks are a quarter-inch too short on both sides. >:/

It’s alright, I have trimmed the blocks down accordingly, and everything is fine…it’s just annoying.  I also feel like this is a challenge to actually finish a quilt that I have started.  I’m proud to say I’ve been making leaps and bounds in finishing up this quilt.  I may actually get the top finished today when I get home from work.  If I were off tomorrow for Good Friday, I’d really make some headway!!!

Anyhow, here are some pictures of my progress so far!  I hope you’ve all had a good week!  Sorry I didn’t post last week, I was just in a little funk and needed a mental break.

I do have a question for the quilty minded people who read this; how would you quilt this?  I thought about doing a X over all the blocks, I even started kind of outlining it in my head how it would work with one continuous run, but the more I think about it, that starts getting crazy.  One wrong turn and it’d be all messed up.  I’ve also thought about an all over stipple.  What do you all think?

Until next time! Happy sewing!

Things going on Thursday

I mean, that’s kind of like WIP Wednesday, right? 😀

So, I’ve decided that the binding on that baby quilt is not quite up to snuff, so I’m salvaging what I can and resewing what needs to be resewn.  It will take just a little time.  The seam picking is really annoying; deciding where the good starts and ends.  But it’s going to make me feel better for it to be done properly.

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See? That flap? It’s not a consistent flap…

 

I’ve also decided I want to make some little Easter-y things for my Etsy shop.  I posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram a tiny battle between eggs and bunnies.  I think the eggs looked a little more like footballs, and the bunnies, well they had creepy button eyes.  However, the bunnies won, so I’m going to make some of those to go in my shop. 🙂

 

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The zombie apocalypse includes bunnies…apparently. 😮

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Egg…football? Alien vessel? What? IT’S AN EGG!

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Eggs Vs Bunnies!

I ordered a planner last week, and got it WAY early so I can’t start using it quite yet.  I’m excited, because I really wanted to get one for myself before now, I just couldn’t find the right one.  I got mine at Mod86Designery and got it REALLY fast.  It’s a little big for my purse, but now I can finally make the bag for myself that I’ve been wanting to make.  If all else fails, at least it’ll be an effort I made at getting more organized.

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So cute!!! Too big for my little purse, guess I’ll just have to make myself a new bag! 😀

Until next time, Happy Sewing!!!!  AND HAPPY SPRING!