Thank Goodness THIS is Finished!

In honor of Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday and Finish It Up Friday, I am not going to share a sewing finish. Because I don’t have one. Because my sewing room looks like this:

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That’s right friends, my big girls watched as our second 16-foot moving container was dropped in our yard and we filled it up (seriously, how do we have so much stuff?!).

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Along with a little U-Haul because we have no idea how long it will be until we find a house and are able to close on it and move in. We hope not too long, so think happy house-hunting thought for us! By the time you read this, we will be well on our way to St. Louis. We will crash with my in-laws until we have our space, and while I welcome their hospitality, I don’t want to overstay our welcome. We are a lot to take in with our nine bodies (if you count the furry family members!).

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I hope to be back to sewing soon and have something to show you. Of course, my sewing machine is in the little trailer we are pulling along with us!

 

The 39 Week “Work in Progress”

I understand things have been quiet around Sewing by Moonlight. I’m thrilled to tell you about the “Work in Progress” that took 39 weeks to complete!

We welcomed our third daughter to the family 5 days ago. Aurora Diane was born this past Thursday at 2:41 in the afternoon. At 8 pounds, 7 ounces, she was nearly 2 pounds larger than her sisters were at birth! She entered the world gazing skyward, fully face first, and as a result, she was rather bruised and swollen her first day of life. She has fully recovered, and is beautiful and healthy with a full head of dark hair, amazing round baby cheeks, and the most elegant, tiny, long fingers.

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Lucky guy, with daughter #3
The big sisters meet the new baby (Kaia crashed out in the background)
Sierra holds baby Aurora for the first time
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Kaia is awake and gets to hold the baby. She’s thrilled with her “big sister” role!
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Perfection, at 5 days old
And now … back to sewing! But less sewing by moonlight for me for awhile. I can barely keep my eyes open past 9.

Sewing Room Clean Up Along: the AFTER

Well. Did you get your sewing space cleaned up? Even if you didn’t share your “before” photos (or if you were too embarrassed to put them out there publicly!), I’d still love to see what your sewing or craft space looks like, so feel free to link up at the bottom of this post.

Here’s what my sewing room looks like after 10 days of cleaning up a little at a time (now maybe I can keep it clean for 10 days!). My cutting table and sewing table switched spots in the process of the clean-up, and look! There’s a quilt on my machine! I actually found some sewing mojo while cleaning up, which is just what I had hoped would happen. Also notice the addition of two mini quilts that have been added to my weird, sloping wall that weren’t there before.

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The shelves below have mostly bottom weight and fabrics that would be used in garment sewing. The upper shelves contain other notions and essentials (glue, pins, webbing, ribbon, buttons, etc.). They needed to be tidied and purged of random papers and things that got shoved in there. And there’s my cutting table, which can actually be used to cut fabric since it no longer contains piles of fabric and mending and thread.

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The ironing board has been put away inside the closet for the sake of these photos, though I’m sure it won’t remain there long. All of the fabric has been put away, things that don’t belong in this room have been removed. The quilted folded on the chair in the before photo is the one on my machine in the first picture. I think that closet door would make a great design will; I just have to figure out how to make that happen!

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And the wall of fabric. This has been reorganized so that all the quilting fabrics are together. I purged a little, but could probably do more in that area. I’m still hanging on to some fabric that I bought before I knew what I was doing, and the quality is not up to my current standards. There’s that disastrously unusable cutting table in the before photo which has now traded places with the sewing table.

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I mentioned that mini quilt when I gave you the tour of the messy “before” space because it really deserves more than to be hanging out over the edge of my scrap bin. Well, now it is hung proudly over some favorite things. I culled all the lists that were completely or partially completed from my pin board and recovered it with a pretty Kate Spain fabric. I love the fabric and I’m glad I decided to put it in a place I can look at it every day. The plastic drawers have scraps that have already been sorted (warm colors, cool colors, neutrals) and they now live under the cutting table.

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Random shoe shelf is now a fabric shelf and has a home and a purpose.

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The bookshelf has been straightened and relocated. I really need to find a new spot for that felt, too because I want to use the entirety of this shelf for books.

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So, can I see your sewing space, too, please?  Even if you didn’t clean up along with us, it’s not too late; I’ll leave the link-up open until next Monday, so come take a peek at some other sewing spaces and share yours!



A mini finish: A “little” wonky

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Hey! Guess what? It’s “Thank Goodness I’m Finished Friday” and I’m hosting. I apologize to all of you on the other side of the world. It’s still breakfast time year, but I know it’s mid-afternoon over there already.

I really am thankful that I have finished this one little thing today considering the state of my sewing room and the fact that I finally got my sewing machine out last night for the first time in over a week. I’m hoping my in-progress Sewing Room Clean Up will unearth the inspiration that has been difficult to find lately. (It’s a Sewing Room Clean Up ALONG, by the way, so if your space needs some tidying, please join me!)

I’m pleased with this scrappy little wonky diamonds mini. I am working on a larger scale project with this design, so this one was a test run of sorts, to see how it would all come together.

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I free motion quilted this using the “dogwood” patten I saw on Oh, Fransson!. It was really perfect for this project since it’s already in a 2-inch grid. No need to even mark.

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You can see it better on the back. It’s a little wobbly in place, but for my first attempt, I LOVE it. Now, to actually get it hung on my wall …

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Link up below with your finishes for this week. Don’t forget to visit the other links and share the love! For more Friday link fun, I’m also adding my finish to Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

November Fresh Sewing

Oh my!  It’s December already.  HOW?  Tomorrow is the Wine Tasting and Silent Auction fundraiser for my daughter’s preschool that has been occupying the forefront of my thoughts for the past month.  I’ll be so happy when it’s behind me.

This is my very time participating in Fresh Sewing Day at Lily’s Quilts.  It’s a place to share finishes (or a favorite finish) from the past month.

In November, I managed THREE mei tai finishes!  I hope these carriers are soon snuggling squishy babies and giving the parents the freedom to actually use their hands.  Hooray for babywearing!

  

I also posted tutorial for two different quilt blocks.  The spider web block is an update on an existing tutorial from House of A La Mode.  My version makes a 12.5 inch finished block and uses a template to cut out the center pieces of the block to reduce fabric waste.

The other is my “Multiples of 3” block, which I created and used for my 4×5 Modern Bee blocks this quarter.

 

Oh, and I wanted to mention, I am trying to interact more on social media, so I would totally give you two thumbs up if you would come over and Like Sewing by Moonlight on Facebook!

Works (not) in progress Wednesday

I’m feeling unproductive.  I’m on day 3 of a nasty cold, and I’ve gone to bed earlier than usual the last couple days, which means no sewing time.  I’m also feeling completely deflated by the fact that I have now deemed it impossible to remove black dry erase marker from white quilting cotton.

Here’s The List from last week:

1.  Road Trip Quilt Along: quilt that baby!
2.  Be Free Bees free form quilt robin: finish top
3.  Quilt for Brian.
4. Gathered clutches.
5.  Luna Bags: the Essential Tote
6.  Ba{M}S mini quilt: remove stain or come up with a creative alternative solution.  Sigh.

The only things I managed to make any slight progress on were the Road Trip Quilt Along quilt and trying more ways to (unsuccessfully) remove the stain from my lovely mini quilt.

I bought Leah Day’s class on Craftsy.com, Free Motion Quilting a Sampler, and I’ve been watching the videos on her website.  I’m attempting to learn free motion quilting, but I have a long, long way to go.  However, I do love that I decided to go ahead and FMQ the names of the states each block represents in the sashing.  Can you see it?  

As for my poor, sad little dry-erase-markered mini quilt, here is the list of things I’ve used to try and clean it which DID NOT WORK:

Resolve carpet cleaner
soak in oxyclean
Mr. Clean magic eraser
extra concentrated oxyclean
rubbing alcohol
acetone
bleach pen
ammonia
paint thinner (100% Mineral Spirits)

I did, however, manage to take some of the finish off my dining room table with acetone, despite the fact I had laid down several layers of towel to protect it.  My husband is not happy, and frankly, neither am I.  Add “refinish dining room table” to my project list this spring (perhaps after “bring third child into the world” and before, possibly “move half-way across the country”).

Suggestions I did not try: rotten milk, hairspray, WetOnes baby wipes.  But seriously, if straight up Mineral Spirits cannot remove it, I don’t have a lot of faith in the stain removing power of rotten milk.

Stayed tuned to see what I come up with to creatively cover up the damage.

Here’s The List today:

1.  Road Trip Quilt Along: quilt that baby!
2.  Be Free Bees free form quilt robin: finish top
3.  Quilt for Brian.
4. Gathered clutches.
5.  Luna Bags: the Essential Tote
6.  Ba{M}S mini quilt: remove stain or come up with a creative alternative solution.  Sigh.
7.  Nancy Drew project.  I’ve jumped on board with the Nancy Drew Get a Clue blog hop.  The “assignment” is to create any project we desire, we just have to use Moda’s new Nancy Drew fabric as part of the project.  I’m super excited about mine.  The Nancy Drew fabric is not available yet, but I just got some other fabrics for my project in the mail today.

Quilting Conundrum: SOLVED

I am working on a mini quilt for Bee a {Modern} Swapper.  When I showed it to you a couple days ago, I had finished the top, but was debating about how to quilt the part around the bird without quilting over the bird.

Then I saw this mini quilt on Flickr, and I knew that was just what I needed to do!  Swirls!  I love that there is such an array of creativity and talent online that can inspire.

So, swirls around the bird, plus some lines echoing the wing and tail.  Sierra declared the quilting looks like wind.  She also asked me what foot I used to make the swirls, which is AWESOME that question would occur to her!

I did a chevron pattern with the quilting in the outside of the quilt, plus another swirl in each corner to carry that pattern to the outside.

I’m going to link up with Thank Goodness it’s Finished Friday this week.

Though, this still needs binding, so it’s really Thank Goodness it’s (not quite) Finished Friday Saturday.  😉

Speaking of TGIFF: Guess who’s hosting next week?  Oh yeah, ME!  Think I finish this bad boy by then?

The process of bringing it all together

I joined a mini quilt swap for Bee a {Modern} Swapper.

I looked at my partner’s inspiration mosaic and sketch out a design.

Then I put together a pile of 6.5 inch squares.

But they were just a small part of this quilt.  The center is the shining star here.  I started by adding a bird in a tree with raw edge appliqué.  Those little leaves were a bit of a challenge.

Poor blind, legless birdie got an eye and legs with some embroidery.  And she needed a colorful song!

Then I put it all together and made a scrappy back.

Now I need to figure out how to quilt it.  I’m thinking zig-zags, making “x”s through the outside blocks.  But I’m totally stumped about that center …

Works in Progress

I’m feeling productive this week.  Trying to finish up some projects on The List so I have more sewing time to work on some creations to stock my Etsy store.  I’m currently a little disheartened by that endeavor, but I’m hoping I can find some business with the upcoming holiday season.  Time will tell, I suppose.

Here’s The List from last week:

1.  Road Trip Quilt Along: create back. No progress.

2.  Be Free Bees free form quilt robin: finish top. Some progress. I added a thin purple border along the outside to pull out some of the purple elsewhere in the quilt.  I am going to add a wider, scrappy, wonky diamond border on the outside, and then I can work on finishing this one!

3.  Quilt for Brian.  Some progress.  I finished two more blocks.  I need to count up those I’ve made + those others have made and see where I am on the road to 42 blocks.

4.  Equilateral triangle hexagon block tutorial.  Progress.  I finished the block and took photos along the way, now I just have to write the tutorial and post it!

5.  4×5 Bee Blocks.  Finished!  YAY!  Though, I forgot to take photos.  You can see how they looked before I added the background.

6. Gathered clutches. No progress.

7.  Luna Bags: the Essential Tote. Minimal progress. I finished the specific bag below.
7a. Gracie tote. Finished.

8.  Ba{M}S mini quilt. Progress. Applique bird on the inside, small blocks for the outside complete, now I just have to put it together.

Also completed but not on the list: two spider web quilt blocks for November Bee a {Modern} Swapper.

PLUS, writing a tutorial for a 12.5 inch spider web block with less fabric waste!

So, yeah, busy week.  Next week, perhaps, less sewing and more sleep?  We shall see …

The List looks like this:

1.  Road Trip Quilt Along: create back.
2.  Be Free Bees free form quilt robin: finish top
3.  Quilt for Brian.
4.  Equilateral triangle hexagon block tutorial
5. Gathered clutches.
6.  Luna Bags: the Essential Tote
7.  Ba{M}S mini quilt

Now, go see what others are working on this week!

 

{Sew} Modern Monday and a pretty little patchwork pouch

My friend Kim encouraged me to reach out in bloggy land a little bit more and share some project on link-ups, like today’s {Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations.

I’ve been meaning to show you this totally adorable patchwork zip pouch I made for my friend Kimber’s birthday.

I used a little bit of Kate Spain on one side and framed it out with solids in a mini log cabin.

The other side is a simple patchwork, 1.5 inches finished in yellow, green, orange, and pink.

And on the inside, this pretty little print from Dear Stella.

You’ve gotta love a pretty little pouch!  Holds your keys and credit card and chapstick, or discretely keeps your “girl things”, or makes it easy to find a hair tie for your little girl, or even a sweet little snack pouch for on the go.

AND!  I just decided that since I’m trying to increase my social media presence, I’m going to give away a sweet little patchwork pouch when I get to 150 Facebook followers.  So help me out, and head on over to Like Sewing by Moonlight on Facebook!