Revisiting an old favorite: Sampler Quilt

A few weeks back I spent some time revisiting some of my favorite makes from back when I started sewing. I couldn’t help but think of a sampler quilt that was one of the first “large” products I made. Looking at it now, it really wasn’t very good (the points were off and the colors didn’t match) but I was so proud of it at the time. Nostalgia hit and I had the hankering to make another one so… I did. But smaller!

I followed this block- of-the-month pattern, using leftover HSTs from my quilt block machine cover. I loved the colors in that piece so much that I figured a little, matching quilt to hang on the wall in the sewing room that I will one day have couldn’t hurt. 

The pattern is fairly simple and the whole thing took about two days to make and I love it just as much as I thought I would. Now to get working on that craft room!

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Sewing As Therapy: Love all Around Blocks

This last month and a half has been an absolute whirlwind. From starting a new job, buying a car, and trying to keep up with  every changing politics, January and the beginning of February proved to be more than stressful and its been quite a while since I have posted. Trying to be a productive member of society and a functional adult all at the some time proved more complicated than I was ready to handle.

Sewing has always been an outlet for me, a way to be creative and expressive in both a productive and intricate way. Lately it has become much more than that, however, it has become my way to practice self-care, to keep myself grounded and engaged it what is going on around me. Self care is a very common phrase in my own social circle, and I think its becoming more mainstream in general conversation, but all it really means is taking the time to take of yourself, in whatever way that means to you. For some people its a bubble bath with a glass of wine, for others it may be a walk in a local park with their dog, and, don’t get me wrong I love both of those things, but for me right now it definitely means hours of uninterrupted sewing.

Making short term projects, something like a dress or a bag, gives me a great sense of accomplishment and is my go-to when I have a longer time frame to commit to sewing on any given day, but having that large chunk of time doesn’t always happen. In an effort to make a bigger project smaller,  I have  started a long term project that I think is doing me even more good that a bunch of those smaller projects, a quilt from May Chappels Love All Around Block.

In my post about what projects I wanted to tackle in 2017, of of the big things on the list was a quilt. I originally wanted to make a sampler quilt but changed my mind when I decided to participate in sewing up SewCanShe’s monthly mini quilts and a tiny sampler quilt that I will be sharing soon. I still couldn’t get the idea of making a full size quilt however but I also knew that I really did not have the time or the space to commit to making one in a conventional way and time.

Instead I am making a couple blocks a week of this beautiful and meaningful pattern and, hopefully, by the end of the year I will have enough blocks for an entire quilt. What I have been doing so far its making a block for each time I am touched by the kindness of a stranger in my own life and a block for each time I find myself worrying about my own future, or the future of America. I am hoping for enough blocks to make a twin size finished quilt by the end of the year, but who knows, maybe I’ll end up with enough for a full or a queen size. So far I have about thirty blocks completed and more in the works every day it seems.

 

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Custom Sewing Machine Cover: Free Tutorial

Ever make a project that you are so pleased with that when it is done you just cant help but stare at it and smile? Because I just did! The project I am talking about of course is my new, beloved sewing machine cover for my always beloved sewing machine. It has slanted sides to fit snugly over the wide base of my Singer Curvy machine and the BEAUTIFUL (if I do say so myself..) quilting on the front just makes my heart happy every time I look at it.

The design of the cover is actually really simple, I mean it is just a lined, open, oddly shaped rectangle, but a sewing machine cover can do so much when it comes to streamlining the look of the space the machine occupies and protecting the machine. For me, my machine sits out on the desk directly across from the foot of my bed always. Living in a small apartment, there really is no other place for it and while I love the functionality of having it out and always ready to go, it doesn’t really fit with the polished, uncluttered feel I like to have in my living spaces. 

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Twisted Four Square Quilt Block Tutorial: Exclusive for Sew Uprising Followers

A new year means that it is time for a new tutorial designed exclusively for Sew Uprising blog followers! Today’s tutorial is for one of my favorite quilt blocks to sew, a twisted four corner block. It is a very simple quilt block, using only HSTs and full squares in the design, and is quick and easy to piece. Put a bunch of them together, however, and I just love the clean, geometric pattern it creates!

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Sewing To-Do list for 2017

I am a serious planner. I love developing a clear plan for what I am doing, where I am going, and how I am going to get there, no matter what my end goal is, whether it is a large scale project or my daily routine. It is a habit I have tried to kick before but now I am just embracing it as one of my many quirks. There is no use fighting who you really are right? So in the spirit of embracing my intense desire to over plan every aspect of my life, I sat down last week and planned the six sewing projects, some still rather vague and some very specific, that I want to accomplish most in 2017, and to help keep myself accountable I wanted to share them all with you too!

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SewCanShe Mini Quilt of the Month – January 2017

I am so excited for this new year and all of the projects it is going to bring! One of the big things on my to-do list this year was to make  a sampler quilt and potentially even follow along with a block if the month type project in the process. I was going to wait until later in the year to accept to accomplish this but, being me, I was way too impatient and was itching to start working on it ASAP.  I am forcing myself to know better than to commit to such a large project while I am still on the hunt for a new job. Instead I am commuting to a series of mini-projects, Mini Quilt’s of the Month!

When SewCanShe’s Mini Quilt of the Month post popped up on my Facebook feed I knew instantly that this would be a great compromise to my uncontrollable desire for a big project and my very real lack of of time. It helped that I had a stack of fat quarters that I had collected on my travels last summer sitting on the top of my stash, just begging to be worked into a project and it was breaking my heart to be letting them just sit there. I am hoping that I will have enough fabric to create most, if not all, of these little beauties throughout the year from that fabric so that I will end with a beautiful, matching set to display in the sewing room that I will one day possess. 

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SewUprising Sewing Resolutions, Projects, and Plans for 2017

With 2016 wrapping up, I am so grateful to have gotten back into sewing and to be able to share my love of sewing here on Sew Uprising. If you haven’t read my about page (Which you really should, click “get started” at the top to find it!!) you will know that through most of my time in college I was living in places that had no room for sewing or sewing supplies and I really didn’t even have the time to devote to sewing. Since moving away from my campus this last spring, however I now have a little more wriggle room and sewing room, although not still too much, and it took me no time at all to bring my sewing machine and all of my supplies up to my new home.

Throughout the last six months in my new apartment I have fallen in love with sewing all over again and I am truly excited to see where my sewing journey brings me in 2017! I didn’t even realize how much i missed creating until I was able to sew again. It really is a part of me and I have made so many amazing things in 2016. From bags, to quilts, dresses and home decor items I have had a very productive 2016 (which you will see more of in the upcoming months when I finally get around to photographing my projects.

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Pattern Review (and hack!): Sew Sweetness Tudor Bag

There is something about a great tote bag that makes me unbelievably happy. I have a great love of carrying them, filling them, and even sewing them, although sewing a tote bag can sometimes be a process in and of itself. Life has been so crazy busy lately that when I was looking for a somewhat quick tote bag project to make, I immediately though of the Sew Sweetness Tudor bag, a pattern that has been on my sewing to-make list for quite a while.

I loved how classic the lines of this bag were, the relative easiness of the construction, and just how practical and versatile the finished bag could be. And now that the bag is done I love all of those things even more!

I chose to use the adjustable strap and zippered closure options in my bag but the pattern also has options for snap closures and many other features that make it truly easy to make a bug that what works for you. As for the fabric, the flowered printed fabric that I used for the bag accents is a replica of one of my most favorite Lilly Pulitzer patterns and was purchased at Hobby Lobby and the two grey prints are both from the Quilter’s Showcase line at Joann’s. They were all very inexpensive fabrics but I loved how they looked together and the finished feel they give the bag: light, happy, preppy, modern, and put together.

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One Simple Trick to Fleece Tie Blankets that Last!

Fleece tie blankets are a staple around both my apartment and my parents house. We have dozens of blankets in a seemingly endless supply with wide variety of patterns. We love them, and judging by the disaster zone that is Joanne Fabrics whenever there is a 50% off sale on fleece and the bolts and bolts of fleece my local store has stockpiled literally to the ceiling, it seems like everyone else loves them too!

Over the  years I have made numerous tie blankets for personal use, and even more for gifts. I have gotten to the point where I can knock out a two and a half yard fleece tie blanket In about an hour, while only giving myself minimal blisters. I have one quick trick to making the blankets so quickly but also giving them extra durability and ensuring that they last through years of use at the same time.

What’s this trick you ask? Well its pretty simple, I sew my tie blankets.

 

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Exclusive Patterns for SEWUPRISING Followers

I have been hard at work coming up with new patterns and ideas for posts lately. I have a few different projects int he works but one of the ones I was most excited for was a design for a set of nesting drawer organizers that I was in desperate need of in my life! My drawers were getting out of control and I ended up making three sets of these just to tame the mess..

This pattern is a little different than my normal free patterns/tutorials however and it is only available to SEWUPRISING email followers. If you would like to get a free copy, enter your email in the subscription box

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