Friday, October 2, 2009

Hand Quilting Service

Hey everybody!!! I have decided to start a small hand quilting service for all of you quilting ladies who whip out tops before you can hand-quilt them! I am starting small so I will do any size that is between mini size and lap quilts. In addition, on lap sizes, I will only quilt straight lines, while with minis or wall hangings, I will quilt anything! Please note that I will not buy the backing and batting for you. You must include that while shipping you top. Also, if you include extra fabric in a contrasting or matching color, I will cut and bind your quilt for you.

I am also trying to sell custom quilts. If you know of anyone who might be interested in this service, please direct them to this post! If any of you are interested, I have a business card that I can have printed and sent to you for distribution. I just might have a giveaway if I get enough sales! Please make sure to post a comment if you are interested in any of the things mentioned here!

P.S. Tomorrow I will post my quilts... I hope!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

My Group!!

I just started a group on Flickr for people to use up their scraps. These pieces I'm talking about are actually less than two inches square. I know that you have them! You know those really small pieces that you either toss or stash in plastic bins or cardboard boxes somewhere? Join me as I create blocks weekly with these tiny pieces! Here is the link.

I hope to see you there!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Scrap Fun!!

Today I was doing some more quilting and as you can see, I managed to add two more blocks to my string quilt. I think it is turning out good and I am having a lot of fun seeing that I have made several blocks of string quilting but no whole quilt tops or finished quilts. Recently I have been working on a lot of quilts that in past years, I have actually put away and forgotten. It is fun to sort through some old projects and start working on them again! It's kind of like rediscovering old friends!

Also, with some of the scrap fabrics that I received in the mail, I added some hexagons to my quilt. For those of you that have asked, I am not piecing this by machine, I am using a method known as English Paper Piecing and you have to do it all by hand.

And as for my hand quilting, I have been working on and off on it today, doing a few stitches here and a few there... eventually it will be finished! Have a good and quilty day!


Monday, September 14, 2009

Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

First off, here is something that I have been working on. It's a letter quilt and it uses Tonya's technique of making letters. I actually took the idea from her blog, but I am improvising. The whole block is 5 1/2" big and each letter is about 3" square.

And I started the quilt along from John's blog, in which we are making wonky log cabin blocks:

My desk can get very messy when working:

And as promised, here is a picture of the quilt that I finished for my brother Brandon's birthday.

He really liked it!!!

And if you are interested, here is the link to John's Flickr group. I hope to see you there! BTW, I managed to finish the third row of quilting on my quilt and there are about nine rows!! Six more to go!

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Sorry that I don't have any pictures but I can't find my camera. :-( Today two packages came in the mail... they were both filled to the brim with scraps! One was an envelope and the other was a shoebox. I was definitely pleasantly surprised! I am so excited to get started using them and I want to really bad! I just about died when I saw those packages in the mail! If anyone else wants to send me some "squishies" or any other type of goodie, leave a comment with your e-mail and I will get back to you.

As soon as possible I want to get ahold of my friend Elizabeth (she's 12 as well) and I'm going to teach her to quilt! Her family has a sewing machine but doesn't know how to use it... then we are going to start a book publishing, quilt making, pattern selling, fabric line creating business!!! I'm so excited!

Thanks again for those packages ladies! I am looking forward to them!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Checking Up

Is everyone purposely avoiding me for some strange reason!! Or are you looking and not posting? Or not even looking? I sorta feel that maybe I've been bragging? I'm sorry if any of you feel that way and I sincerely apologize. Well anyways, my brother's birthday is today and we actually celebrated yesterday. That is the reason I didn't post yesterday. So tomorrow I have a couple of things in store for you guys... a quilt I made for my brother's b-day and a tutorial on how to make a yo-yo. How does that sound to all of you??? I'm very sorry I don't have any quilting related stuff for you guys today but I don't have much time. I'm going to a campfire and have to be there at 6:30 and I have stuff to do. See you tomorrow!

Friday, September 4, 2009


Here is another quilt top that I have been working on recently. As you can see, I am missing a row and I'm going to work on that later today. I Actually designed this one myself too and want to put a solid thin inner border, a square in a square middle border, and an outer border the same material as the inner one. Another thing that I have been thinking about doing is designing my own fabric lines. Would any of you be interesting in buying some if I can actually get it manufactured? If so, what would you like to see on that material?

Do you remember those little stacks of four-patches that I was making as leaders and enders? Well here they are on the design wall with the red squares as spacers. The top three rows are sewn together, as is the bottom one. I have never used red as a background like this and think that it is coming together very nicely.

If you would like to help me with my fabric design project, please answer these questions in the comment section.

1) What are your favorite colors in fabric
2) What are your favorite designs in fabric
3) How much fabric do you normally buy?

Thank you for your help and I look forward to hearing your reply!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Quilt Tops

So today I finished sewing together the quilt top. I think that it would be fine without a border don't you? As long as the binding can calm the scrappiness of the whole thing, I personally think it will be alright.

So I have been using these little squares and assembling them into four-patches as Leaders and Enders. I am pinning them together with safety pins in sets of five so I actually have twenty. And that was just from assembling this one top.

I actually designed this sampler quilt a while back and am now just thinking about how to finish it. I need to decide what color to use as cornerstones as well as what to use as borders. I also need to decide how many borders and then need to get those fabrics.

I thought all of you would also like to see my stash over a period of time so I decided to start with my denim jean scraps! I keep them in a shoebox and then whenever we throw a pair of jeans out, I keep a piece for my box. I am actually trying to save up enough to create a jean quilt.

Also, a few people asked how I was marking my baptist fans for quilting so I decided to show you a picture!! My dad created this for me and it works pretty well! It is just a piece of cardboard cut into the right shape. But if you don't wan't to make a template or even buy one here is an article on how to freehand Baptist Fans.

Also, I would like to thank all of you out there who decided to send me scraps. I really am looking forward to receiving them and if anyone else would like to send me some goodies, I welcome you to post your e-mail in the comments and I will get back to you. One last thing, if you would like to check out my website, here is the link to Jordan's Jewelry. I hope you come and visit me soon!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Work in Progress

Hi! Today I have been working on assembling a lot of those odd blocks of mine into a top. Some of them are paper pieced but most are just pieced as normal. Also, some of them are string pieced. Some of the designs I created myself, and those are the ones I am most proud of. The star string pieced block is Bonnie Hunter's Spiderweb quilt. I wanted to create a whole quilt out of those blocks but I ran out of the green plaid and a friend had given it to me... no way to track down more of it. So I ended up with about two blocks nagging at me. Most of the blocks, though, are ones that I just was testing a pattern and I decided not to make a whole quilt of them but I just couldn't toss them out. This is actually just laid out on my floor, though, not actually sewn so it's not really finished. I know all of you out there reading this have plenty of UFOs (UnFinished Objects) so I encourage you to assemble them into a top and get them out of your way!

Here you see the pieces that I am about to assemble into a nine patch. I am just working on random things right about now and these pics are from about a week ago...

And here is the finished nine patch! I really like the way this turned out and am probably going to do something with it... not quite sure what yet though!

Another thing I need to do next time I go to the store is get some piecing thread... I don't have any! I am most likely going to resort to drastic measures... hand piecing with the thread out of my sewing kit! lol! Also, if any of you have any ideas on how I could sell quilts to make some extra money, that would be most helpful. I want to be able to sell quilts so that I can buy more fabric! I don't really have all that much... well, I guess I'll post some more tomorrow. See ya!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fun With Applique

Well I'm back and ready to tell all of you out there some more about my quilting life for today! First off, I'm just going to post a picture of myself so that you can see more about my personality.

LOL! Do you like it? And yes, I do wear contacts!!! Ok, now onto quilting...

I have been working on an applique beauty that includes a little piecing. If you enlarge it, you can see that I made a major mistake with trimming it up... well you win some you lose some!

And now I'm actually going to show you a picture of a book that I am going to be making a quilt out of someday when I can actually get the money to get the right fabric! The book is called One
Block Wonders Encore!

Sorry that it isn't turned the right way but I can't quite get it to turn! Well anyways, I highly recommend this book. Also make sure to vote on my new poll! See ya tomorrow.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Crazy Quilting and Table Runners

Hi! I'm back for now and I'm here with another tutorial. But first, let me thank all of you for your amazing comments. If you are one of the people who posted who wanted to send me scraps, the scraps only have to be around 2 inches square, but only that because I am doing English Paper Piecing. But that tutorial is for another day. Today I am going to be talking about creating crazy quilt squares.

First you need to gather some supplies. With crazy quilts you can use the tiniest of scraps. Here are mine:

You will also need a sewing machine and some foundation squares. I am making rather small squares (3.5") but the normal size is around 12" square.

The first step is to take 2 tiny scraps with just one side that is about the same length and place them right sides together on the base square.

Now you stitch them with a quarter inch seam allowance and press them open.

Now continue to add scraps until the entire base is covered. Then you trim it and press it flat.

And here is the beautiful finished block:

We'll work on the embroidery and embellishing another day! There's one last project I want to show you before I leave... it's a table runner that I created for a challenge.

I think the colors turned out gorgeous... what do you think?

Sunday, August 30, 2009


Sorry that I didn't get a chance to post yesterday, but coffee got in the keyboard. Thankfully it just needed to dry out and now it's working as if nothing had ever happened. So today I didn't get much of any quilting done today, but tomorrow I should have another tutorial for you. Thank you so much for all of the awesome comments on my posts and I really appreciate all of you encouraging me like that!

So my Mom's friend Leah, is going to adopt a little baby boy and is working at raising enough money to adopt him. His due date is on the 8th of September and they just found out on Wednesday that they were going to be allowed to adopt him. They are going to be selling T-shirts and accepting donations on their blog at so be sure to head on over there to become a follower of her blog!!!

Okay... now please please please give me an honest opinion on this, because I want this blog to be something for all of you to enjoy as well as something I enjoy creating. Tell me, honestly, what you want to see on this blog. All you people out there reading this but not wanting to post a comment... post away! Don't be embarrassed about saying what you want to see... I am now asking you to! I don't care if you follow my blog or not. Just DO IT!!! Tell me what kind of tutorials you want to see, give suggestions for patterns, talk about certain techniques... I REALLY want to know! If I don't know what it is, I'll find out and try it. I'm always looking for inspiration so please! Also, make sure to tell me what you are always looking for in quilting blogs. I will post something similar to this once a week, so you will be forced to get it all out! lol! Okay now just comment! Please!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Dear Jane and Hand Quilting...

Yesterday I made a promise to myself that every 30 minutes I spend working on piecing or applique, I owe myself 15 minutes working on hand quilting. This could actually work for anything you don't enjoy doing... quilting or maybe even hand stitching bindings to the backs of quilts. Here are a couple pictures of my quilt in the hoop.

And I'm not going to show you any more of that quilt! lol! I am going to finish quilting before I do that!

Now I want to show you Dear Jane Block #2:

I know that the making of this Dear Jane quilt is going to be very time consuming but knowing that all of you are looking forward to the finishing of it will keep me going!

The last thing I want to show all of you is a special work in progress that I have been working on for quite a while. It is a hexagon charm quilt where every piece is different. If any of you would like to help me out by sending scraps through the mail that would be very nice.

Something else, if you will please tell me in the comments what kind of tutorials you would like to see on my blog, I will try my best to get it on here!

ONE last thing... if you head on over to you can have a chance to win a little organizer!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

String Blocks

Even though this is only my fourth post, I am posting a tutorial! Today's post is actually going to be about making a string block and then I will show you my progress on my string quilt. I think that you will have fun following the tutorial and I will have fun creating it! Please excuse my blurry pics... I will replace them later on if you can't follow easily! Here we go!

The first thing you are going to need are strings. Strings can be anything long and thin and as wide as only 1/2". Here is a picture of my strings.

You will also need some paper backings of any size you like, (I used 4"), a sewing machine, a rotary cutter and mat, an iron and ironing board and scissors.

The first step is to lay down a base strip across the paper on the diagonal right side up and another on top of it right side down like this:

Then seam through the paper and the fabric layers like this:

Then finger press it open so that it looks like this:

Continue adding strings until you get to a corner and then instead of a strip use a chunk of fabric as shown here:

Here is a general idea of what your block should look like before trimming:

And here it is after trimming with your rotary cutter:

The next step is to pick the paper off the back of the block:

I like to have at least 4 block quarters before actually pulling out the paper so that I can make a whole block but you can do whatever you want to.

Now to iron it:

And here is the finished block quarter! You made it this far so let's continue...

Now we need to arrange 4 of these block quarters into a finished block, and then sew them together! Here are the pictures:

And last but not least, here is how my progress on my actual quilt is going!

I'm really enjoying making this quilt and I can only hope you do too!