02. 01. 2014

Wow. I can’t believe 2013 is over, but on the other hand, I’m so happy to be putting it in my rear view mirror. I originally wanted to title this post “my love/hate relationship with 2013″ but the more I thought about it (let’s be honest, scrolled through the photos of projects I took, as it was all really a blur in my mind), there were A LOT of positive things that happened this year.

First things first, I posted over 60 times to this new blog that I started on January 20, 2013. That’s coming up in just a few weeks! I’m really proud that I kept it up. And, I think my instincts were right – it felt right share my love of handmade and my love of sewing with everyone through this new blog.

2013 Highlights

Published! I had two projects published in Stitch Magazine – the Spring and Summer Issues of 2013. I also had a stocking project published in Fat Quarterly too. And, I had a table runner tutorial on Sew Mama Sew!

Attended Sew South. The event was awesome, and more importantly, I met the most wonderful group of friends that I could ever imagine to have in my life. It all happened at just the right time, and I’m so thankful for Sew South for bringing us all together. Love you ladies to pieces!

Christmas In July. Along with my new friend Chrissy from Sew Lux, I hosted my first big blog event of fun holiday tutorials for a Christmas in July series. I had such a great time, worked with a few new bloggers and made a few new friends too.

The Makes of 2013

I’m not going to do a full count (because let’s be honest, I lost count months ago), but here’s a few accomplishments that I’m happy to share.

Finished my HUGE Little Black Dress Swoon Quilt. I haven’t had a chance to write up a full post, but I got it back from the Longarmer and put the binding on in time to gift it to the BF’s mother at Christmas. Yay!

Completed two quilts for Dear Stella and got to play with new fabrics, including their new sparkle confetti dots!

Sewed not one, but TWO Amy Butler Weekender Bags! And yes, they were the exact same (Hi Xandi!) and yes, I still love the pattern.

This holiday season, I sewed approximately 60 Christmas Stockings for my Etsy shop, plus 4 tree skirts and a 90″ table runner – did I mention I did all of that in only 8 short weeks?!

Speaking of Holidays, I actually crammed in a bit of last minute Christmas gifts. I finished a set of placemats for my mom, plus 2 fold over clutches, a Christmas table topper and a throw quilt top. I’ll share more on that and my love of Handmade gifts in the next week or so.

How did your 2013 end up? I’ll be back early next week with my thoughts on 2014 and my personal sewing goals and goals for the blog – I think I finally have a plan and I’m so excited!

This is so exciting to share – my king size Little Black Dress swoon quilt top is finally FINISHED! To say this way a labor of love is an understatement, as I started this quilt back in February. These blocks have traveled to Sew South, and two Uphome sewing weekends – and just last weekend I finally finished them all, added the sashing and the borders to finish the top at 108″ x 108″.

While the fabric choice and colors are not my normal (I know you are used to seeing LOTS of color around here), I’m really happy with how it turned out. And the Basic Grey grunge fabric is one of my all time favorite background fabrics. The quilt is for my boyfriend’s mom Carolyn, and I know she is going to be so excited to finally receive it!

Sorry for the blurry photo above – I was so excited to get the top finished, I didn’t have much time to take great photos as I had to quickly ship it away to the long arm quilter. Yeah, at 108″ x 108″ my little brother won’t be able to handle the quilting, so I’m more than excited to send it away! I can’t wait to see it finished and get the binding on – and I promise to do a proper quilt photo shoot then.

I know I shouldn’t play favorites, but this block is my favorite in the quilt! I just love the black and grey lace print along with the polka dot – its much more modern than the others, probably why I love it so much ;)

I’ll share more photos of the big big finish once I get it back and put the binding on! I can’t wait to see how the quilting changes it.

Handmade Ornament Exchange

http://www.lovebyhand.com/?p=14

And, while you are here I thought I’d mention one more time that I’m hosting a handmade ornament exchange. Make 5 handmade ornaments and you receive 5 back in the mail – its that simple. No prizes or giveaways, just something fun to spread a bit of holiday cheer!

You can get more details and sign up through November 27 on this post. 

I’m finally here with a finish to share – it still counts even if I finished the quilt over a month ago, right?! This is the baby quilt I finished for a very special little girl a week before her arrival. Her Mommy, Lex, had a very specific vision for the baby’s room that would include coral chevrons, mint green and grey – as well as vintage inspired prints of hot air balloons from Etsy.

From the moment I heard Chevrons, I thought of this quilt pattern called My Song from For the Love of Joy – as I didn’t want to do an actual chevron quilt and thought this pattern would be a great compliment.

Lex let me choose the fabrics, her only request was to use a light grey as the background since the furniture in the nursery was going to be light grey as well. The fabrics, I went with Reminisce by Bonnie Christine, which matched perfectly to a few other coral and mint prints I had on hand.

 
This is my first pieced back – which I just LOVE how it turned out. I especially love that it could be 2 quilts in one – one is busier and one is brighter for spring/summer. Or, at least that is what it makes me think! I used the left over strips I had from the front and sewed them together along with a solid Kona.  This photo is where you can also really see the straight (ish!) line quilting that mimicked the herringbone pattern across the width of the quilt. 
 

I was SUPER sad to see this quilt go, but I know its very well loved by its new owner and will have many years of use in the future!

Coral & Mint Herringbone Quilt Stats

Site: 40″x 65″

Pattern: My Song by For the Love of Joy

Fabrics: Reminisce by Art Gallery Fabrics, Squared Elements in Watermelon by Art Gallery Fabrics, Kona Iron (Grey), Kona Pond (mint)

Sewn & quilted by me! 

Started and Finished August 2013