Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Audition for Sewvivor!

Rach at Family Every After is hosting the 3rd Sew-vivor competition-this time it's quilters edition!
In order to audition, you must pick one quilt that you think represents your best work.
I am entering my "Sweet Seas" Nautical quilt!
This quilt was started last August and completed in October, right when I was getting ready to start my freshman year of college.  I actually hand stitched the binding on in my dorm room!
The quilting was done by Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting.  She did a wonderful job and the Van Gogh quilting pattern really enhances the beachy feel of the quilt.
The quilt pattern is called Frippery and it can be found here for free!
I had so much fun selecting the fabric for this quilt.  I used a combination of many different collections, Out to Sea by Sarah Jane, Riley Blake Shuffle, Architextures and even some batiks!
The back is pieced and uses some extra scraps that were leftover!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Summer!

It's officially summer break for me so now I will be able to do a lot more sewing!  Yay!
I am ready to send my low volume quilt to Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting and now I get to finish some more WIP's.
First up is my Lazy Sunday quilt.  I am using Sunnyside by Kate Spain, the fabric is perfect for the Pacific Northwest.
Surprise! The quilt top is already finished!  It only took a few days to put together!  Here are some pictures.

I just ordered some minky fabric for the backing of the quilt, it will be so soft and snuggly!  

Now I will be working on a memory quilt.  My grandfather passed away in April, and I am going to make a quilt out of his old jeans for my grandmother.  I might end up making a few more and giving them to my mom and my uncles.  I found a lovely tutorial from  the Missouri Star Quilt Co. that explains how to cut the jeans into squares.
Some people call these quilts as bereavement quilts, but I prefer the term memory quilts instead.

I am also working on a quilt using Honeysweet fabric.  I picked the Sunny Steps quilt pattern available on the Moda Bake Shop.  I will have another post about that soon!

On another note, if any of you are looking for a planner, I just discovered the Erin Condren Life Planners and I absolutely love them.  I cannot wait for mine to come in the mail!
If you would like to get $10 off your order click here!  They will email you a coupon code for your first order after you create an account.

Linking up with SewJo Saturday at My Go-Go Life and Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

Monday, May 12, 2014

My Sewing Table!

I have been using the dining room table as my sewing space since I started sewing in June.  I quickly realized that I needed a bigger space for everything and decided to move into an unoccupied room in the basement.  I spent a lot of time these past few months looking at other bloggers sewing spaces and cutting tables until I could envision mine.
A few of my favorites can be found here, here and here.
I decided that Ikea would be the best place to start.
I went there looking for two Expedit shelves but I was not able to find them.  I guess Ikea is turning their Expedit series into the Kallax series.  You can find more details here.
So I decided on two Kallax shelves (2X4) and some drawers.  Kallax comes in some nice colors, but I went with the traditional white.  My dad bolted them together and we put it on a piece of MDF (medium density fiberboard) to give it more support.  For the top piece, we also used a larger piece of MDF from Home Depot.  I really like the look of this countertop, but it was just out of my budget.
I also bought the table legs from Home Depot and painted the MDF and feet with semigloss paint to match the shelving units.

The total height is 38" and it is just perfect.  My dining room table was quite low and it hurt my back after a while.
I love my cutting table!  It has a whole lot of storage for fabric, notions, books and magazines. I am so happy with how it turned out.
Now I can complete my sewing space! I have had my eye on this thread organizer, it is from the Martha Stewart collection for Home Decorators.  Isn't it great?  It would look so great with my Aurifil thread.
Unfortunately, it is currently out of stock so this is my current Aurifil thread display.

I still love it, but it is just temporary until I can get the other organizer.
Now I need to buy more fabric to fill everything up!
I am also thinking about starting a mini quilt wall, I have been inspired by many mini quilts through Instagram.  If you are on Instagram and want to follow me, you can find me here: @sewruthie14

Also, I apologize for the pictures, hopefully I will get some better ones after I change the light bulbs!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Work in Progress

I have been wanting to make a low volume quilt for a while, and when the Riley Blake's Willow collection came out, I knew that it would be the perfect collection to use for this quilt.  The pastel yellows, pinks and blues make a great backdrop.
I used some Sunkissed and Noteworthy by Sweetwater prints as well.
I found the pattern in a Fons and Porter quilting magazine, the block is called Brave New World.
This was the first quilt that I have made using triangles and I quickly became very good friends with my iron and Best Press.  :)
I just finished the top this afternoon and went outside to take some pictures.

I am really proud of how great my seams lined up!

I really love how this quilt is turning out, I still need to add borders and decide on the quilting!

I am still working on my new sewing table and organizing my fabric stash.  I will have a post about that soon!
But I did have time to organize my Aurifil!

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Finish!

These are two coordinating lap quilts that I made for my mom, they were a (very) late Christmas gift.  I used French General's Maison De Garance, this pattern is layer cake friendly and leaves very little leftover scraps, which is always nice.
I really love the idea of coordinating quilts, they are a similar enough but aren't too "matchy matchy."

 I had these quilted by Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting, she does such a great job!


 The minky back is so warm and cuddly!  My hand binding is getting so much better, I think that is the thing I am most proud of!

Right now I am working on a low volume quilt!  I will have a new post when that top is complete.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, world!

Welcome to my blog!
My name is Bethany and I like to sew.   I am quite new to the world of sewing and quilting, I decided to make a quilt in the summer of 2013, right before I started college.  I am not completely sure why I had the desire to make a quilt, but I guess it was just meant to be.  I hadn't sewn a stitch since my home economics class in middle school!  

I started with a wall hanging and then quickly moved onto making larger quilts.  I have mainly learned through online tutorials and youtube videos, thank you Missouri Star Quilt Co. and Moda Bake Shop!   Since this past summer, I have completed 7 quilts and I will share each one of them with you, as well as the many more to come!  

I have truly found my passion, and I would love to share my passion with you.  

My blog is named Sew Ruthie, after my great grandmother.  She was a wonderful woman who inspires me everyday.