Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Knitter's Gonna Knit

rikke hat for Rima
It's been quite some time since my last post. I moved into a new apartment, FINALLY! But haven't been doing a lot of sewing. In fact I'm just getting back into sewing. It might be a seasonal thing? I've got a couple of projects I'd like to complete in the next couple of weeks and I need to go ahead and fill my etsy shop.

I picked up knitting back in December/January and that what's been taking up a lot of my crafting time. It took me several attempts to understand knitting and now I'm hooked. I've started using the fancy hand dyed yarn which is quite pricey, but so very beautiful. I don't have a lot of use for knits so I've been gifting things to friends. Lucky ducks.

age of brass and steam shawl

simple slip stitch socks

mustang pouch for my cousin...she just doesn't know it yet

Friday, September 26, 2014

100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 004 - XOXO

Four down, ninety-six to go. I have a couple of quilts I want to make as wedding gifts and decided on using the XO blocks with some hearts. I thought I'd enlarge the XO and give them a shot for this quilt here. I put it together real quick one night and then realized I didn't have anything for the back or binding so I hopped online and ordered a solid aqua and the pink and white stripes. I really like stripes for binding.

I didn't have enough pink fabric for the "O", so I had to fudge the block a little bit to make it work. I hope that everything stays where it needs to when it comes to washing this guy.

I like these easy blocks. I may make a couple more quilts with these blocks.

Quilt Stats:
  • Size: Approx. 41” x 41” 
  • Pattern: XOXO
  • Fabric: mostly miscellaneous fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics
  • Quilting - wavey horizontal lines varying widths apart
Finished Quilt 010

Friday, September 12, 2014

100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 003 - BQA 2.0

And number 3 is complete too. I took the remaining 4 BQA blocks and made 5 more blocks to create this quilt. I planned to make it mostly churn dash blocks, but didn't have enough scraps to do it so I ended up with 1 extra churn dash block and 4 blocks made from 2.5 inch squares. Those 4 blocks are my favorite blocks from this quilt.

I forgot the binding for this quilt was the pink and khaki stripes when I added the border. I don't really like the binding with the border. Oh well.

There is a boo boo on the blue churn dash block where my block is square up and it's a little short and doesn't catch the white strip. I fixed it the best I could. You don't really notice it.

The backing is the same as Quilt 002.

Quilt Stats:

  • Size: Approx. 41” x 41” 
  • Pattern: leftover blocks from a BQA and 5 extra blocks made to go with
  • Fabric: California Girl by Moda Fabrics
  • Quilting -echo squares around each block and around the middle square of each block

Finished Quilt 009

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 002 - BQA 1.0

Quilt number two complete. I finished this girl at the end of August. The blocks were actually from a Beginner's Quilt Along I did about two years ago. There were 13 blocks total. The BQA made me dislike HST, but now we're okay and I almost kind of like them.

I couldn't decide how I wanted them laid out and then couldn't decide if I wanted to finish the quilt for myself so I pulled 9 of the blocks for this quilt.

The backing is the blue floral found in the middle square of the bottom left corner block. Now of course I want to keep this quilt for myself...a larger version though. 

I might like to break the rules sometimes. 

Quilt Stats:

  • Size: Approx. 41” x 41” 
  • Pattern: miscellaneous blocks from a BQA
  • Fabric: California Girl by Moda Fabrics
  • Quilting - straight line diagonal and up and down through the middle of each block

Finished Quilt 008

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello Kitty is My Homegirl and I finished another quilt

I love it. I love it. I love it. This bag is the bees knees.

This is the first bag I've ever made and I think I did a pretty good job. It's noodlehead's cargo duffle bag with a couple of modifications.

I made it my own by  removing the cargo pockets and adding a side pocket on both ends and then I also chose to line the inside instead of binding it and I even added a welt pocket. I've never  made a welt pocket before. It was easier than I thought it would be.

I have plans to make a few more of these, but I'm going to make some more modifications. I've seen a couple of solid bags and really like them solid. So far I like this one the most thought because well...Hello Kitty.

I am now the owner of a Hello Kitty suitcase, Hello Kitty backpack, Hello Kitty tote and now a Hello Kitty duffle bag. (I might also own some Hello Kitty Vans.) Addicted much?

Last week I finished the second quilt for 100 Quilts, 100 Kids. I didn't think I'd have time to do any regular quilting because I'm supposed to be packing to move and actually finding a place to live, but I just needed to quilt.

I will do a proper post after I can get this girl washed. She also needs a name.

Lots of procrastinating. Less than 100 days until Yelp's Bazaar and I don't have much made yet. I really need to get on that.

Saturday, August 23, 2014



I was starting to dislike the white background I was using for my items because I was having trouble getting the white just right. I thought I'd try something a little bit different and use different textures from outside so I packed up a couple of my items on my way to work and when I found something that look interesting I dropped them on the ground and snapped a picture. I'm sure I looked silly walking through the parking lot dropping things on the ground and then taking pictures.

My favorite right now is the asphalt with the blue handicap lines. I'm still doing research though. Click on the picture to buy one of those pretty little pouches. They want to come home with you.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

super excited and super busy

Yowzers! I just realized how much I've got going on right now and it makes me happy and super busy. It also gets me closer to where I want to be. I love how the Universe works. So here's what's going on over here:
  • I found a new apartment and I'm working on coming up with the deposit so I can get moved out of my current apartment ASAP. This means I'm working on packing and selling off some of the crafty supplies I don't use.
  • I've been listing a lot of zipper wallets/coin pouches on etsy (to help come up with the deposit for the new apartment. And I've decided that if I can hit 100 sales on etsy by 9/1 I'm going to host a giveaway. 79 sales down, 21 to go. Stop by and pick something up!
  • I just sent off some issa.ino goodies to Gather Shoppe in Bloomington, IN. That's a new location you can find my goods.
  • In a few weeks you'll also be able to find issa.ino goodies at Mass on Main in Carmel, IN. That's two new locations.
  • Coming in December I'll be participating in Yelp's Bazaar here in Indianapolis at the Central Library.
  • And I'm working on putting more into keeping in touch via social media and hopefully getting back into blogging more. (maybe once a week?)
  • Lastly, I'm working on a secret quilt.
Yep, so it's pretty busy around here between getting product made for the consignment shops, Yelp's Bazaar and my own etsy shop on top of packing and then soon moving and other regular activities (oh and also still working on 100 Quilts, 100 Kids when I can get some time in there).

See, busy. What am I most excited about? Moving.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Quilt 007 - laying enchanted bricks

I don't know how to name quilts, it's so much easier to just number them. I tend to give them "old" lady names like Bernadette and Gertrude. I may just stick with numbering them for the time being. This quilt was made from the leftover fabric I had after making 18 churn dash blocks. I was able to get three 41" x  41" quilts out of 18 fat quarters. That's not bad. I still have some scraps left too. I'm thinking either a mini quilt or pillow.

Quilt Stats:
  • Size: Approx. 41” x  41” 
  • Pattern: bricks
  • Fabric: Enchant by Riley Blake
  • Quilting: straight line horizontal an inch from each seam
Quilt 007

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 001 - churn dash

This is the first quilt completed for 100 Quilts, 100 Kids. I finished it probably over a month ago, but I just got around to photographing it today. All it needs is a good washing and it'll be ready to be the first in the donate pile.

The backing is a solid pink. Nothing fancy. I had a hard time getting the quilt to stay up on the lion things rump. The wind was not my friend.  

 Quilt Stats:

  • Size: Approx. 41” x 41” 
  • Pattern: churn dash
  • Fabric: Enchant by Riley Blake  
  • Quilting - straight line quarter inch from the seams in each block

Quilt 006

Friday, May 16, 2014

busy little bee

Over the last week and a half I've completed about 5 sewing projects and I have a couple more in the works. I can't get enough of my sewing machine. It bums me out some days when I have to go to work or go do other things. Here are a couple of photos taken with my SmartPhone.

  • Pattern: Random HST 
  • Fabric: Sweet as Honey and Bella Solids
  • Quilting: 2 inch grid
  • Size: 41 x 41 after washing
This is the fourth quilt that I've completed. I'm so in love with Sweet as Honey. I've got to get my hands on more of it before it's gone. It was hard color matching these solids, but I got through it. I had a third color picked out, but it didn't match at all when it arrived in the mail. That's okay though, because I think this quilt turned out just fine without it. I originally picked out the bee hive print for the binding, but then after I received some other fabric I ordered for the dress below, I switched them out. I think both projects look much better with my second choices.

My first Staple Dress. As you can see, I REALLY love Sweet as Honey. This dress was super easy to put together and I've already ordered fabric to make another one. For the pockets and neck and arm facings I used the bee hive fabric as a nice contrast. I love it. The weather is pretty cold here right now, but when it warms up I can't wait to wear it. I wouldn't mind 4 - 5 of these dresses to rotate through the summer. A black one, another solid, chambray and maybe two more prints. I thought about bringing the neck line down a little more into a scoop. We shall see. This is my first time making a dress, not sure I should go messing around with patterns just yet.

Art Gallery Fabrics are at the top of my list. Wanting to make something a little more simple, I worked on these two pillow cases. I bought some pillows a few weeks ago, but had been procrastinating on getting the pillow cases made. Indian Summer is neck and neck for my love with Sweet as Honey. So freakin' cute. I just need to buy some white sheets so the pillow cases match my bed and now I want to make a whole quilt. AGF are so soft. I like to lay in bed and rub the edge of the pillows in my fingers while I watch YouTube videos. I also grab for the inner seam and pinch it. It's comforting for some reason

The last two projects I completed I don't have pictures for as of right now. The first was  black maxi skirt with pockets. I love that it's so easy to add pockets to dresses/skirts. Working with knits isn't as nice as quilting cotton. I got pin straight into the cuticle. Ouch! The second was a fifth quilt with a modern aztec pattern. I found some fun fabric that said, I love to read, on the back and thought it'd be perfect for a friend. Super cute. I ran out of fabric and had to make the quilt work and it did. I hope my friend likes it.

I'm currently working on  couple more quilts for #100Quilts100Kids. I hope to have the tops finished this weekend. I'm waiting on the backing and binding to come in the mail and then I'll finish them up and add them to the pile. I'm also working on a new quilt holding bar. I stained the wood a nice dark brown today. I love it. Not sure if I'll seal it. I kind of like it just the way it is.