Sunday, June 30, 2013

Finish-a-Long quarter 2 finishes

Well, considering I havent looked at this list since I wrote it.. I did fairly well! Here was the initial list.

Quarter 2
1. Mother's Day Bags - this came as a special request from boyfriend's momma - fabrics are picked and I have all my supplies - done!

2. Puff Quilts - I have 3 of these I need to make by June - done!

3. Indie Quilt - Just need to baste and quilt this one - nope, no progress. 

4. Hexie Snowflakes - make 50 more of these, I have 100 now, possibly start putting together - nope, I made 20 more, but not 50, and didnt start assembling either..

Hm, guess I should start thinking about Quarter 3, taking into consideration i'll be moving home, finding a new apartment, starting a new job.. hm, could be a bit crazy :)

Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy Friday!!

Just popping in to let you know I've added a ton of 
new prints to the MOVING SALE section of the shop!

Including some In From the Cold jelly rolls!!

I'm still trying to figure out the actual day i'll be closing to move, 
but it will probably be around the middle of the month. 

Once I move, these prices will not be the same, so take advantage of them now!

Happy weekend

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Modern Yardage

A few weeks ago I was contacted my Modern Yardage to see if I wanted to make something with their new fabric. Um, of course!! I've been eyeing up their lines through Instagram (@modernyardage) for some time now.

I decided to go with their Garden Party line by Heather Dutton. I love these prints, they're so bright and cheerful, perfect for some summertime fun.

Modern yardage is different from other fabric companies because you have the option when choosing your fabric to pick the scale as well! For example,

(photo courtesy of Modern Yardage)

I decided to use all medium prints in my fabric choices.

I made some wine coasters with the coordinating prints. I know i'll be going to a bunch of barbecues this summer and these are perfect hostess gifts. The colors are different enough that they can be used as wine glass markers (so you'll never forget which glass is yours) and coasters to protect delicate surfaces from any condensation.

Now, some matching placemats are definitely needed....

Tutorial to follow for these coasters! :)

Thank you Modern Yardage!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Tula Blocks 13, 14, 15

Tired of these yet? These are the last of the crosses and I think i'm all caught up with the Sew-along now so i'll spare you for a while ;)

Block 13

didn't see the slight wonk in this one until I cropped it... too late now, its already trimmed!
Block 14

Block 15

Unfortunately i've packed up most of my personal stash and started shipping it home, so I'm leaving myself with scraps and hand stitching... it could be a long month of these blocks, and nothing new to show! Sorrryyyy!

Don't forget to check out the Moving sale section in the shop, i'm continually updating!
Perfect time to grab a few yards at really discounted prices for backings!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Tula Pink Blocks 10, 11, 12

Phew, finally caught up with my posts and blocks for this week... only to finish up the crosses section next week. Sorry for the bombardment of pictures!

Block 10

Block 11

(this one is not as wonky as the picture makes it look..)
Block 12

Enjoy your weekend, i'm off to finish the last 3!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tula Pink Blocks 7, 8, 9

Starting to get into those teeny tiny pieces now.. More time consuming, but still having fun!

Block 7

Block 8

Block 9

Does anyone else make 5-6 blocks at a time?
I'd rather cut pieces for a bunch and then sew a bunch versus one by one..

Friday, June 21, 2013

Tula Pink Blocks 4,5,6

I'm loving making these blocks, I'm shooting for a rainbow one like on the cover
but i'm making a dent in my serious scraps to make these, so really.. anything goes!

Block 4

Block 5

Block 6

Back soon with more! :)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tula Pink Blocks 1, 2, 3

I initially started these blocks out of order, then realized I needed to be posting in increments of three to keep up with the quilt a long! Whoops... So here goes..

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Off to get some more done! :)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Moving... again!?

Well, some of you may remember that big post last year, announcing our move to Hawaii?! Well... it's time to make the reverse trip! We've decided that although we immensely enjoyed this adventure, it's time to move home.

So what does that mean for you?! Well, I started Knotted-Thread this past year, which means I have TOO MUCH to ship home!! Unlucky for me... Lucky for all of you! I've set up a moving sale section in the shop that I will be updating until I close for the move (about a month away) -- I'll also be having pop up sales on instagram (@knotted_thread) periodically to help alleviate some of the moving weight. I'm talking LOW prices, perfect time to stock up on some backing fabrics and save me back problems from lugging it all around -- so really, you'd be helping me out, perfect rationalization right?! ;)

Be sure to check back in as i'll be updating regularly!
I'm off to organize some more.. wish me luck!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Mother's Day Recap

So, it's Father's Day, but that means its totally acceptable to post about Mother's Day gift that I never shared... right???

My future mother-in-law was out here last November visiting and requested a bag. She had some criteria it needed to meet :
 - large
- zipper closure
- external and internal pockets

Okay, so bags i'm getting better at, and hunting for a pattern I went. I finally decided on Anna Marie Horner's Art Student Tote. I opted for option B which had the additional extended top piece.

I picked up some Bekko for this one, and nervously started cutting
there was a ton of material required so I didnt have much extra or room for error.

I'm typically the start and project and end in the same day
kind of girl.
Not with this bag.

First I made the pockets and the tie pieces..

Then super slowly lined up all the pieces and completed the lining..

At this point I was IN LOVE
I was so excited with how it was coming out, 
and it was massive!! 

I quickly started the lining which was a cake walk 
but then came the extender piece

The pattern claims that the pieces are marked. Mine werent.
I went to IG for help and apparently others werent marked either, so I 
got some tips and pushed forward..


I'm in love, here it is with me holding it empty.. 

I didn't get a picture with the extension raised, but it went all the way into my armpit, 
basically you wouldn't be able to carry it if it was totally full

Maybe next time i'll make the straps longer. (Did you catch that? Next time...)

This bag definitely needs a redo, despite that it needs a ton of fabric I love the design, i'm thinking something QAYG style..


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pillow Talk Swap 10

I decided to sign up for the Pillow Talk Swap on flickr after watching from the sidelines for many rounds, I was always astounded by the pillows I saw and really worried I wouldn't be able to create something "up to par" -- well, I took the jump and i'm so glad I did!

I started stalking my partner and found this picture, I felt that it completely epitomized her requests for low volumes mixed with bright colors!

So, I started pulling fabrics and got started on the squares..

I was a little leery of the "low volume" prints and I think that low volume is so subjective, but thanks to all my IG friends, I started feeling much much better and got back to work..

Sorry for terrible cellphone photo

I decided to stick with some simple straight line quilting for this one..

Completed Pillow!

and the back..

excuse the lumps -- I only had an 18" form for a 20" case
so I stuffed it with batting 

This made its way across the Pacific to Rachel safely
and she seems pleased with it

So i'd say first go at the PTS = success

I'm still eagerly and not so patiently waiting for mine to arrive!! 

I also decided to link up my quilt from the Pillow Talk Swap 10 for Jennifer's Modern Mini Challenge!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


I realized the other day that I do a bunch of pop up sales through IG and Facebook, but what about the followers on my blog that maybe don't do the social media aspect of quilting.. so today, this ones for all of you!

Happy Go Lucky!
By Bonnie and Camille for Moda!

Leave your paypal email with the bundle choice you want in the comments
first come, first serve 
Also let me know where I'm shipping to for the invoice!
I will invoice via paypal
you have 24 hours to pay the invoice, after that, I move on to the next on the list

Fat eighth bundles 
 one fat eighth of each of the 40 prints in the line
$40 +  flat rate shipping envelope

Fat Quarter bundle (1)
one fat quarter of each of the 40 prints in this line
$80 + flat rate shipping envelope

Half Yard Bundle (1)
one half yard of each of the 40 prints in this line
$160 + medium flat rate box

I'm more than happy to ship internationally, but it will be flat rate envelope

I'll update the listing with how many are left as soon as I can 
Invoices will come from jmistok(at)gmail(dot)com

Monday, June 10, 2013

Puff Quilts

Well the parade of puffs is finally finished. I feel like all i've been working on for a month has been there dang puff quilts! I had a friend ask me to make one as a gift and then my brother requested 2 for his friend who was having twins! Of course I agreed, then promptly got caught up in other projects and forgot! All 3 babies were due this month.. dun dun dun.

It started with puffs needing to be puffed..

Lots of broken needles and shredding of thread with these..

Finally, one down.
This one I stuck with blues, grays and oranges -- from various lines

Off to Jersey it went.

Then two.. 

I used prints from Honey, Honey for the twins quilts, duplicating some of the blues and using the various colors of the same prints so that they were similar, but still two distinctly different quilts.

Then finally, all 3 were finished. This is the only picture of the twin quilts I took together.
Honestly, I was so tired of looking at them i'm lucky to have gotten this one.

All three are winging their way to Jersey to be met by 3 little babies that have all been born already!

Now, off to enjoy some time with my sister who is visiting 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Call for Help

I'm sure many of you know Danny from Mommy for Reals, and if you don't -- you need to stop by now. She's this amazing lady that is looking for some help with a teen camp for kids in the foster care system she and her husband help out with every year. Last year I had the privilege of helping out with her cause and each of the 40 girls that attended went home with their own personal pillowcases and zipper pouches. They loved it!!

She's asked the blogging community for some help making drawstring bags for teen boys, and zipper pouches and pillowcases for teen girls that attend this camp during the summer. Whatever people don't sign up for... Danny makes herself, from her own fabric/personal funds to make sure each of these teens going has something that will be theres to keep.

Danny needs these items shipped to her by June 30th! That's soon! So really, go sign up, take an hour out of your night, and make a difference for these teens. She's got links to the sizes, etc on her blog.

I'll be back this week with some sewing finishes, but this cause took precedent this week for me..
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