June 27, 2011

Happy 6th Anniversary Hubs!

Here's where we went:

Best morning!!

Here's what I got:

It's pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

Love ya Wes.

June 14, 2011

Save Me! Attach of the UFOs

First, I'll share with you a completely unrelated photo that makes me laugh every time I see it. I managed to take 2 photos within seconds of each other that I feel successfully captured the moment. See:

The best part of it you can't even see, he was laughing too!

Ok, now for the post:

How many of you have UFOs?

Seriously, I think I could go on and on with this one... but for time sake lets just say I have a few.

Yesterday I committed/convinced myself to finishing as many of these UFOs this summer as possible.

The way I look at it, they are all things that are cluttering up my, well, my everything. Granted, they are packed away in baskets/boxes so I don't see them out and about, but I feel like they are clouding my thoughts.

I have:
- The first quilt I ever started (wish I had a teacher to recommend something other than a larger than twin size pinwheel, yea I was set on it)
- A sashiko sampler I finished that has yet to make itself into a pillow.
- Knitted hat that needs a felt brim on the inside and tassels, yea that's all it needs!
- A king sized granny square quilt
- Little girls Christmas Dress that I started about 2 years ago (everything is cut out)
- Counted Cross Stitch of a Wizard, what was I thinking?? (this one may be permanently abandoned...)
- Lots of clothes to make patterns out of or upcycle to cover stains/tears.

I know I've got to have more, and have simply forgotten about them. But, I'm feeling determined to finish these, and I'm pretty sure that I will come across some others on the way.

Now, I am not considering any of these to be current WIPs (yet), since each of these has been somewhat abandoned.

Maybe, I'm feeling a little guilty for quitting on them... I think it's mostly my recent need to clean and get rid of un-needed things. De-clutter here we come!

What about you? Do you have any crafting goals for this summer?

June 3, 2011

Scrappy Disappearing 9 Patch Pattern

Let's just skip all the small talk and jump right into the quilt.

Finished size measures 42 inches by 56 inches.

  • 12 Fat Quarters (FQs)
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Mat & Ruler 
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Batting & Backing, measuring 44" by 56" 

      (Sorry about the screaming green cutting mat in the background, maybe I should switch back to the yellow side....)

      First, cut each FQ into 4 - 5 inch by 18 inch strips.

      Arrange the strips in threes, and sew each set of three strips together. Press.

      Cut each block across the strips into 5 inch sections. At this point you will have strips that have 3 squares in a row.

      Again arrange the strips into threes, creating your 9 patch blocks. Sew these strips together. Press.

      Once you have pressed each block, you will take your ruler and cut down the middle of the block both vertically and horizontally WITHOUT moving your fabric. Just lift your ruler and turn the ruler to make the second cut.

      Now take 2 of the pieces from the block you just cut (making sure they are diagonal from each other) and rotate them 180 degrees.

      Now sew these 4 blocks together (press again) and you have one finished disappearing 9 patch.

      Finish the remaining 11 blocks and sew them together for a finished top, and press (it's worth it!).

      Quilt, bind, and love.

      Edited to add: I would LOVE to see any blocks/projects you create with this tutorial! Feel free to join & share in my Flickr group: Your Lyanna Jean Designs.

      Just a reminder, my patterns are for your personal use and enjoyment only. They have not been tested, so if you find an error feel free to let me know at lyannajeandesigns@gmail.com.

      Link up to:
      Somewhat SimpleChic on a Shoestring Decorating

      June 2, 2011

      Oh Pinterest, How I Love Thee

      No, I am not working for Pinterest.

      But, seriously, if you are a visual person, and happen to love organization as well as the internet, then you will LOVE pinterest.

      I am officially addicted.

      Here is a link to my pinterest, there is also a link added to my bar up there.

      Say goodbye to your every growing favorite/bookmark/tag list (that doesn't have photos), and welcome the eye candy!

      PS: There's a new pattern coming soon! I know, I finally got some 'free time'.

      Summer Kick-Off Winner

      Drum-roll please...

      And the winner is: 
       #7-  kristin harwood jamar said...
      comment #3...LOL

      Sorry I couldn't figure out how to insert the actual image from random.org, maybe next time. Also, I would like to thank you all for entering!
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