Monday, October 29, 2018

FO: Wonky crosses

I've always loved the wonky cross block. It's fun to make, and when the block is multiplied, I just love the effect. I shared a free pattern over on Robert Kaufman in 2015 here if you want! Elliott's good friend (whom I just met last weekend) and his wife are having their first child.

FO: Wonky Plus

I made this quilt for her, and I hope they love it! I used a favorite color palette (similar to this pairing, lots of good fabrics, and a couple of Heather Ross unicorns from a large scrap.

I even busted out my rusty free-motion quilting skills.

Dutch Label Shop

This picture from my last post give you a close-up of the quilting. And it's the first project to receive my new labels!

FO: Wonky Plus

As usual, scrappy back.
Finished size is 42" x 48".

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

New quilt labels!

I know it's been ages since I shared anything here, but I'm hoping to do better, starting today!

Dutch Label Shop

First up, I finally have labels to sew into my quilts/clothes/bags/gifts, and it's all thanks to Dutch Label Shop.

Dutch Label Shop

They have many label options, with the ability to choose from some standard fonts and lots of colors, or you can upload your own logo. The labels are sturdy, and very easy to sew in, as they have a taffeta edging. I just baste or sew it on to the back and then hand sew the binding to finish (as usual!).

If you would like to get some labels for yourself, you can use the code jaceycraft15 for an amazing 15% discount at Dutch Label Shop, and I hope that you will! *code expires November 30, 2018*

Dutch Label Shop

It really feels like a level up in sewing. I even plan to sew labels onto previously finished quilts still in my possession (and maybe even some that I've gifted to family and friends).

Saturday, June 2, 2018

May recap

baby lambs

When I was looking over my list from the past month I was amazed at how much I managed to finish! That doesn't always happen, and I'm sure part of the reason it was so productive, was that April was less so. Productivity is definitely not a constant for me, but an ebb and flow.

I'm sure another reason is that now that I'm trying to keep myself accountable for fabric purchases, I have extra motivation to finish more when it counts!

I had two significant fabric purchases this month and needed to balance the scale with some used yardage.

My May stash update:

Fabric: -7.625 yards
Yarn: -1,185 yards

Fabric total 2018: -46.75 yards
Yarn total 2018: -5,511 yards

It feels exciting to be down nearly 50 yards of fabric this year! I'm going to try to keep that momentum through the summer.

So, this month, I finished one quilt and started a new one.


I'm making Carolyn Friedlander's Tangelo quilt in Daisy Chain. Paper piecing can sometimes be just the right thing to sew. It requires a little bit of thinking, but not too much (once you have some experience, of course.), and I just love these fabrics!

I should have a new finished quilt top sometime this summer.

Additionally, I finished several garments this month.

FO: Gemma tank


Three new Gemma tanks that were already cut got finished. I also made a new-to-me pattern, the Willamette. I ended up making two of them, as the first one was quite large on me. I will say that the garment has considerable ease built in (11 inches). I ended up making a size that would finish much closer to my actual bust than recommended. And I love it, so try it if you are interested! I'll try to get a photo of me wearing it soon to show you.

We also tried FIVE new recipes this month, and three of them were big wins. And by that, I mean we will definitely make them again. My favorite was Smitten Kitchen's Grilled Yogurt Flatbread (from her second book).

Charred corn succotash with lime and crispy shallots, recipe from Smitten Kitchen's second book

Additionally, I managed a photo of her Charred Corn Succotash with lime and crispy shallots. It was amazing as well, but those flatbreads! Let's just say we are making them again tomorrow. And finally, I finished two books this month. Here's to a great June!

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