Thursday, March 20, 2014

I participated in my first 'real time' sew along!

Sew Together Bag Sew Along
Pattern written by:  sew
Sew Along Hosted by:  The Quilt Barn

Hi!  It's been a while again that I have been here.  I don't have many followers and less people commenting, but still I enjoy working on my blog.  

I have made some changes in my life and those changes will enable me to be more active on my blog.  I think.  I hope.

I don't do anything like my favorite ladies in blogland; such as produce A LOT and FAST.  I don't write patterns.  I don't write books.

I'm just a little ole gal that likes to create and talk about my kids, crafts, cooking, quilting, cats and whatever else is going on in my life.

So, thank you for stopping by; it would be really nice for my ego if you commented here!

I am pretty active on Instagram.  I saw a sew along for the Sew Together Bag that I bought off of Craftsy.  Oh Em Gee!  It is the coolest bag!

I did not take step by step photos but I have taken a bunch of my finished bag!  I really liked this project and had to figure out an easier way to do some of the steps.  Having said that, the directions are very well written and the sew along online gave the many visuals that was highly appreciated by me!!

I hope you enjoy the photos.

Both the kids said I used too many colors that don't 'belong' together.  I disagree.  I love the splash of color!  I like that they don't 'belong' together!!

My husband said I did a great job and gave me a suggestion.  This dude is really critical and brutally honest.

My Sew Together Masterpiece!

I chose this scrap and then read the directions many times and still did not understand.  Thank you, again, Heather and your Quilt Barn Chics for the detailed photos.  That helped me a lot.  I made a template of the one template because I plan to make more...

I was playing around with zippers.  Who knew that buying and playing with zippers would provide me with a 'high' so profound??!!...  

At one point, Uki demanded some attention so I started playing with her until she snagged my beloved zipper!

The bag is meant for your sewing items.  On one side of the inside main part; you can put a felt needle landing.  Yeah, a FELT NEEDLE LANDING.  I have never heard it called that before!  I call it the 'needle thingy'.

On the other side, you are meant to put a pin cushion but I put one of my brand spanking new LABELS!  

So, this project taught me new quilty terminology and inspired me to make my own labels.  Yay!!

Here I unzipped the zippers and yes, there is more color!  I love all my fabrics I used so it makes me happy to look at it!

And...ta-dah!!!  My finished Sew Together Bag from my participation on the sew along!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, February 17, 2014

I joined a Flickr Bee a while ago and we are almost finished with the first round of 12 ladies.  We have been making two blocks a month and for some reason; my camera downloads black images and I think that is where some of the photos have gone.  For now, I'll show these:

Alice:  Swoon

This block was fun to make.  Lots of pieces.  The overall original design by Thimble Blossoms by Camille Roskelley,  is 24"!  That is one large block!  Alice made hers smaller at around 16.5" following Amy over at here.

Wendy:  Anything Goes

For Wendy we had to use Heritage colors.  That was a challenge for me.  I saw that some of her other blocks had purple and blue so I had been dying to make a spool block and did so.  She says she loves it.  So, I am happy.

Linda:  Depression Block

Linda chose the Depression Block.  I really enjoyed making this one.  I made two and therefore have started another scrappy quilt!!  You can find the block here.

Odette:  Dresden Plate using 30's Reproduction fabrics

Odette asked for this block to be made by hand as that is the majority of the work she does, using this tutorial.  She also requested that we use 30's reproduction fabrics.  Thank you Alice for bailing me out on this one!  I enjoyed this block.

Iris:  Friendship Circle Block

I have to be honest.  This block was my most difficult one.  I did not enjoy making it.  However, I really like the outcome and seeing the rest of the groups'.  Iris chose this block using this tutorial.

Eva-Marie:  Economy Eye-Spy

This was easy and fun.  The block is called Economy Block I Spy.  It is by red pepper quilts.

Kathi:  Circles with Asian fabrics

No pattern.  Just wanted circles with Asian fabrics.

Jo:  Chain

Jo wanted the Chain block from Quilters Cache.  She wanted purples (her favorite color) and black and grey.  This was a very easy block to put together.

Pam:  Right Hand of Friendship

Pam wrote out the directions for this block.  I, however, googled it and found a pattern for it that followed Pam's; but finishes at 8" versus the 12".   It was a little difficult to work with the floral print.  It looks great; but it only finished at 12" instead of 12.5" so I have to go back and see what I did wrong.
I'm so intrigued by this story.  It took place partly in my hometown of St. Louis.

Corinne:  Winged Square

Corinne chose a really cool block that is in one of my block books and I never looked at it twice.  She had us follow Amy Friends' During Quiet Time blog tutorial.  She provided us with the linen background and it was just lovely.  I screwed up and had some doubles next to each other.  Bummer.

Me:  Alia:  I chose the Scrappy Trip Around the World

I had been seeing this STATW for ages and loved it.  I love the technique and was piqued to try it one day.  This way, on a Bee, it should be easy for everyone.  I used the quilt ville tutorial for the Scrappy Trip Around the World.  My evil plan is to receive 11 from my Bee members and make a million more myself!!  Ok.  I have 20 up here on the design wall and 12 more blocks on my table plus I don't know how many more with strips I have yet to put together.  I like the effect but as I cut more scraps; it changes color ways which adds to the charm!  I'm so pleased!!

I just have one more to make but I am so busy making a million of my own!  I will get to hers.  Stay tuned!!!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Guess where I am headed!!

FINALLY!!  I'm going to Japan!!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

From this to this!!

This coming Sunday marks the new season for the Muscat Quilt Guild!  We are to make a new name tag no larger than 4x6".  I thought this would be the perfect time to try out one of those techniques on my long list.  It frees me up from dreaming of making a larger quilt!

So, I love it when it goes from here:

I wanted to use my coveted last printing of Flea Market Fancy.  I wanted to use the entire line.  So I DID!  I started with a sketch.

Then cut into these beauties.  I positioned them where I wanted and tried not to cut too much more off.

Then I freehand quilted my name and the year.  I had white thread in the bobbin and black on top.  It came out mixed, which I like the look.

I used the rest of the line on the back.  I also used a stiffener as that is what I wanted.

All the glorious threads!!

All quilted and cleaned up!!

I did not want to cut further into any of the fabrics so I used a scrap piece for the binding in my scrap box.  I liked the yellow and as the white background has polka dots; I chose this one for the same reason and it matched!

I tried to sew the finished seam on the bias.  It was really, really hard.  I persevered and did it!  Perfection!!!

I am sewing on the binding.



Proper little Ticker Tape quilt!  Thank you Amanda Jean for the inspiration!

This is the backing.  I can't wait to show the ladies and see what they made!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 15, 2013



What should I buy?  I leave one city to go to another one on Tuesday and then I get to shop!  So far, it's been all for the kids.  I want to pick up some crafting supplies!  I bought a cute little Halloween panel and all the trimmings.  I bought some rainbow materials so that I can finally make a rainbow zig zag quilt following Angela's quilt along at Cut to Pieces.  Hey, maybe I can show you..

I hadn't picked out the lighter blue out yet.  Now it's packed as we are leaving soon.  I'm so excited.  I really wanted to use polka dots.  It will be fun!

Hey, I can show you the Halloween project...

Isn't it cute!!??  I am now doing a recap research of so many tutorials on how to make my own fabric labels and bought the stuff.  I want to buy more...

Funny enough; I'm enjoying food but not like before.  It could be that I should be fasting as Ramadan started.  I don't need to for one week, er hm....

My passion for food is not there.  Like before.  I just want three good meals.  I gave up soda.  Too easily, actually.  My friend that I am staying with and her hubby have lost almost 100 pounds.  That could be it.  Ali has lost 3 on their new plan!  Yay!!!!

Ok.  I better go.  I don't have much down time.

It's good to touch base.  You can find me on instagram if you would like at alia666.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sorting Out My Fabric! Finally!!

Hi!  It's been a while since I have posted anything.  I have been busy working on several projects and I finally snapped with the disorganization of my fabric!  So....let the pictures tell the story!


This is just where I store the bulk of my fabric.  I have bins with scraps and after I attacked this bunch; I pulled a lot out to put into a new scrap bin made up of larger pieces.

I started with Pinks.  I folded the fabric selvage to selvage.  Apparently they come off the bolt like this.  You should get about 20"- 22" wide.

Then I started wrapping the fabric around my 6x24" ruler.

I folded or wrapped all the way.  I tucked in the raw edges if it was too short or overlapped a little.
Then I folded in half.

I decided to put the fabrics in Rainbow order.

Here are the purples.  Yeah, I realize that the Robert Kaufman is upside down!

I tackled the greens.  I had a LOT of greens so I had to make two cubby's worth of greens.  It's interesting this new way.  I can see every single piece of fabric I have and I can also see what I tend to buy more of!!!

Uki got up to pose with her favorite color!  Pink!  Love her little Lion Cut!!

TA DAAAAA.......
Honestly; I cropped the other half of the shelf out.  I have drawers and books and papers all over.  I still have a ton of work to do but the main stash of fabric is organized and finished and I'm so excited!  I enjoyed this process but also got very bored.  I enjoyed seeing what fabrics I have and remembering why I bought it and wondered why I bought some of them!!  Hahahahaha....

Stay tuned as I have some projects to finish.  I have deadlines and can not get to them until I finish my room.  It took me one week to get these mofo's in this shape!!!

Green (2)
Blue (2)
Brown/Beige (2)
White (2)

Who knew??

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Baby Charity Quilt

My friend Maggie asked me to quilt and bind and prepare this quilt for the end of May for delivery to some children in Muscat. I ended up stippling this quilt as it's my go-to quilting; but I honestly thought it would suit the top best. Plus, it's practice for my own skill level! I'm very pleased how it turned out and Maggie did a wonderful job putting the top and backing together and also preparing the binding for me. Do you know which pattern this is? Finished quilt measures 38" x 50"

The quilt posing with my dessert roses.

A close up of the quilting and piecing.  Ok.  Just a close up!!

The backing.  I like how Maggie incorporated the purple strip in the quilt.  It is the same as the binding.

All folded up.

Thanks for stopping by!