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*WIP* Heirloom Cut Chenille Blanket, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Just a peek at what I’ve been working on the past few days. I used Aesthetic Nest’s AWESOME tutorial. Now had a been a good student, I would have remembered that she said to sew only ONE line flannel side up…and then to flip over and stitch with the fabric side up…I learned 8 lines later….and a bobbin tension issue clear as day 😦 I decided to keep sewing. and sewing. and sewing. I considered taking out those stitches that looked goofy, but after seeing it all sewn, I barely noticed those lines…oh…or  the wonky lines 😉 Good thing this yummy blanket is for myself and not being gifted! I love this tutorial. I love the way it came out. (Blanket is getting all snuggly now in the wash). More pics to come. BTW–YES I did copy Anneliese’s fabric too (I hope she won’t mind!). I fell in LOVE with the entire package, and couldn’t see past this yummy Amy Butler print (August Fields, Dream Poppies in Tangerine)…I just had to use it too. (Copying is a form of flattery, right!?).

More on finishing up the blanket tomorrow 🙂

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quilt top–WIP, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

A peek at what I’ve been working on…a new quilt for a new baby to be. He’ll be here in less than two weeks so I better get moving and finish up this baby. It’s actually a 60″x60″ star! I made one ginormous wonky star instead of several smaller ones.

Trying to figure out how to piece the quilt back now. Maybe thinking 5 small wonky star blocks across the quilt with white everywhere else….or I was also thinking baby blue flannel for a softer feel…better decide soon.

Also thinking about how I’m going to quilt it. I’m tossing around some different ideas.

I am loving the colors/patterns…it’s so soothing and crisp. I can’t wait to finish it and see it in all its quilted, wrinkly, yumminess 🙂

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Binding Morgan’s Quilt, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Baby Morgan was born to a good friend of mine way back in June. I was CONVINCED she was having a boy so had in mind boy fabrics and was ready to quilt once the baby was born…but lo and behold, she had her second girl!!! Threw me for a loop and needed to go back to the drawing board. I decided to keep the American Jane Recess fabric I had already bought and added to it, Snippets and Look & Learn. I don’t usually use such bold colors, but I am really loving the way it came out. Tonight I finally finished hand sewing the binding on. For some reason I had some issues with the corners. I have no idea why, as I have never encountered the problem before, but it was tedious to fix. Here is a pic of me hand sewing the binding on to the backing of the quilt:

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I am finally getting the hang of it. I learned how to make and sew binding from crazy mom quilts’ tutorial. It’s super easy to follow and the pics are very helpful. I had to double check my work with this quilt, but I think next time I’ll be able to make and sew the binding without following any direction.

Now that the quilt is quilted and bound, it’s ready to be washed to a)get rid of those baby blue quilting lines and b) make it all wrinkly and yummy. After that I’ll attach a label I plan on making using Printed Treasures printer fabric. I took an adorable picture of Morgan and her sister and added text to it using Picnik.

Anyhoo. Off to bed. I’m always up too late!

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Burp Cloths for a baby boy, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Seems like forever that I’ve actually COMPLETED a project. *sigh*
It’s been a busy, busy summer, with lots of acitivity and less mommy time with Jack being home. But school is back in session, and mommy is getting back into a groove 🙂 My first completed project for September are these burp cloths for a friend’s new baby boy. I just love Michael Miller’s Lil’ Cowpokes fabric, and I had these men’s shirting fabrics waiting for the right project…so there you go. I think I might need to use these men’s shirting fabrics for more…a boys quilt? Ideas, ideas, ideas. Speaking of ideas and projects…I have many STARTED projects that need to be finished!

The first started project that needs to be finished was started a YEAR ago!  Woops.  I just kept getting sidetracked.  I bought a whole bunch of batiks at my aunt’s quilt shop last year.  I am not usually a batik kind of girl, but I wanted to try something different, and I was drawn to the boyish, earthy qualities of the fabrics I chose.  So…I started a Turning Twenty batiks quilt for my two boys…and the quilt top is finally finished.  The backing is ready.  I just need to put it together 🙂  I WILL do that soon!  Here’s a little peek:

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The next project is a Zig Zag quilt (without piecing triangles), using a tutorial by Crazy Mom Quilts.  I have all the fabric cut and partially sewn.  The quilt top is ready to be put together now.  I chose whites, blues and browns…thinking that this quilt might be gifted to the family’s summer home on the beach.  Maybe (ha ha ha) I will get to it by NEXT summer 😉

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My next two “projects” are more like dilemmas…what to do with this amazing fabric?!  I have a ton of Anna Maria Horner that needs a complimenting quilt design…and I have been collecting all the red and aqua fabric I can find (this pic just shows some of it) to finally make a much desired “raqua” quilt…again, I need a design.  Hmmm.  I have been staring at these fabrics for months.  What to do, what to do.  Any suggestions?! 

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Ok….so, I have a lot to accomplish…and this is just the beginning of ALL that I want to get done.   There’s the robot quilt that I am planning on making for Jack(based on this GREAT quilt I found on flickr), a new fall bag, an attempt on hexagons like these and since November is my month at Bee Modern quilting bee, I need to get my act together and decide on what kinds of blocks I want the girls to make, and what fabric to use…not much time to figure it all out given that I need to buy the fabric, cut it up, divide it and send it to 15 girls all across the globe!  ah well.  I’ll get there.  One project at a time 🙂

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Birdie Sling pleats, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

This pic is a bit dark…about to start the pleatIng…but just hung up on where to stitch here…I’m guessing 1/4 ” from the top, across from folded edge to the pin(which is where the pleat marks line up)….
can anyone confirm this?

I’ve been so busy lately, hardly any time for myself let alone for sewing. Picked up some extra hours at the hospital for some extra cash (and really wishing I could spend it on fabric instead of a new roof!) Ah, well, such as life huh?

I HAVE been working on gathering and sorting all of my favorited tutorials. I have an endless list that just keeps growing. I’m inspired constantly by these amazingly fantasticly creative women (and men!) out there. As one blogger writes, I need to “stop staring and start sewing!” But I can’t help searching and exploring flickr and then getting lost in links from one blogger to the next. And then there is the fabric!!!! I could look at fabric all day and drool and wish I could just buy it ALL! Oh and Etsy….my god, no wonder I’m up till midnight every night!! My husband is constantly saying to me “WHAT do you DO on the laptop?” lol…ahm, window shopping for fabric and new patterns, getting inspired, learning…….

I’m sure you can relate…

Anyway. Got to get moving here. Make a plan for the day. Its a non school day, so I need to think of some fun things for the kids an I to do. Oh and then there’s April vacation next week…I think I’m going to come up with a list of activities and get all the stuff we need for fun projects ahead of time….maybe we can do that today. I digress.

Have a good day 🙂

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1.  A yellow quilt or duvet cover

2.  A Lily quilt

3.  Finish Jack & Ben’s beach blanket quilt

4.  Finish Jack & Ben’s Boys’ Batik quilt

5.  Amy Butler’s Birdie Sling

6.  Elephant Wristlet with this fabric.  Elephant wristlet was adapted from this tutorial

7.  Market Bag for which I will upcycle a cute madras dress that’s now too big (thank you God!)

8.  Orla Kiely Beach Bag

9.  Patchwork Belt like this from Not Quite Vintage,  this from Juicy Bits, and this from Creative Little Daisy.

10.  Kitchen curtains with this fabric, inspired by these from Two Straight Lines.

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Binding, originally uploaded by nikkifilo.

I’m just LOVING this process! I was having so much fun tonight making the binding tape and now attaching it to the quilt. This isn’t the best picture, but it was a last minute thought before heading to bed. I decided to make scrappy binding and I’m so glad I did. It goes really well with the whole improv feel to the quilt. I am so itching to finish this so I can hand it over to its new recipient, Sophie Alexandra 🙂
I followed the best tutorial to help me with this. I have never made binding before so I really needed a step by step guide! So thanks to Amandajean for the great tute!

I read this: http://stitchindye.blogspot.com/2008/12/binding-is-new-yoga.html before attempting to make and attach the binding, and now that I have some experience with it, I must agree with Malka…binding IS the new yoga 🙂

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