Category Archives: Sewing

Jelly Roll Quilt Top

This is an incredibly easy and fast quilt to make. The fabrics are pre-selected, and pre cut you just have to be able to sew and cut roughly in a straight line. You need a 40 pack or two 20 packs. I have used two matching 20 packs. There are tons of good instructional video’s on YouTube, I watched many of them.

They have good sales on fabric around holidays, I suggest looking for jelly rolls with coupons in hand, they can be pricey otherwise. I happened to take advantage on Mothers Day Coupons for this fabric. It’s hard to see in pictures but there is a sparkle to this fabric.

My First Quilt

I started quilting about 2 years ago and I manage one or two a year. This was my first quilt. I used old jeans and scrap fabric from the thrift store to get used to sewing. I used a piece of paper and a ruler to make the square size and I cut all the pieces using the paper, don’t be afraid to cut through the pants seam and not waste that fabric. You can even sew entire pockets into this blanket for fun, though I did not do this. I added some fabric scraps that I found at a thrift store for some color variation and a thrift store sheet was used for the backing. I did not get the binding right on the underside, but I learned how to do binding right for the next time. I also used black thread and the backing was a white floral pattern so my thread stood out like a sore thumb. Aside from that it is still a functional blanket and I learned how to make basic quilts with confidence.

Project List

My hobbies have grown so my project list needs categories now, here’s what I’ve got in the works, who knows what I will get to, I should have some free time in a few weeks.

 

Cold Process Soap Making

Idea: I made a lot of soap last year, I have  isolated my favorites and will be recreating some variation of them. All of my soap sold or was given away last year so I only have the newer two that I made in November that were curing at the time I ran out.

  1. Charcoal soap split (Lavender/Rosemary Soap, Cedar/Bergamot)
  2. Breton Sea Salt Bar
  3. Coconut Milk split scent ( hawaiian jasmine, sandalwood)
  4. Beer Soap (new soap type)

Other Soap

  1. Shaving Cream (will run out soon)
  2. Laundry and Dish Soap ( will run out soon)

Lip Balm

This is meant to be as a set for holiday presents but it didn’t happen. I will be infusing the black tea into the oils.

  1. Black Tea & Lavender
  2. Black Tea & Peppermint
  3. Black Tea & Bergamot

Lotion/Conditioner

I might make these with Black Tea Infused Oil as well.

  1. Apple/Sage Conditioner
  2. Apple/Sage Lotion

Sewing

I’m an extreme beginner, I still cant sew a straight line or understand some terms and instructions. The seam ripper is my best friend and I keep stabbing myself with pins and burning myself on the iron… but I have determination.

  1. Skirt
  2. Purse
  3. Backpack
  4. Jean Quilt
  5. Tri-Fold Wallet

Paper Projects

  1. Handmade Paper with Botanical Imbeds
  2. Hardcover hand made blank journal

Cooking

  1. El Pollo Loco Chicken ( pineapple and lime glaze)
  2. Teriyaki Tofu ( I can’t get it right!! Eventually…)
  3. Corn Tortillas