Monday, February 24, 2014

Swaps...

This past month I've been completely addicted to my IG feed. But I did manage to get a few swap items made.

Of course, I completely forgot to take pics of my Sew Sew Modern items. And my partner is still waiting on it to arrive. But here is was my amazing partner sent me:


I now am the owner of my very own Weekender. I am in love.

The next swap I participated in was the MFSG. The lovely Leona was my partner and she sent me an awesome package:


That pezzy print...in love. I've never used washi tape and I'm officially a fan! Can't wait to get my hands on more.

The next swap is the FLiPS swap. My partner is Ruth. She LOVES The Wizard of Oz and all of her pin cushions in previous rounds have been W.of.O themed. I googled "W.of.O themed pincushions" and after searching for a while, came across this post. I'm not normally a W.of.O person, but I LOVED that pincushion. So I hit up ebay and after some debating on whether I wanted to do Dorothy or the Wicked Witch, I actually decided on this guy, being that it was Valentine's day and all. I had a hard time trying to figure out how to make him stand on the stacked hearts. I called my husband over and the first thing he did was sit him down. Genius. So with a little glue this guy sits a top his thrown of hearts. They are filled with crushed walnut shells and fiberfill. I think that by picking one particular character to work with, that opens the door for Ruth's future partners who maybe aren't as familiar with the W.of.O as some of her previous partners were. I hope she likes it!


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

#thegreatfabricdestash

Wow it has been a while! These past couple weeks have brought about some much needed destashing, a couple of colds, very little sewing, more trips to the post office than most people make in a 6 month period, and the most dangerous...BUYING fabric on Instagram from #thegreatfabricdestash. It's been nuts. Seriously. If you have little to no self-discipline than DO NOT follow that hashtag on Instagram. It's dangerously expensive, and addicting. However, I did manage to snag quite a few prints that I, naively, did not buy 2 years ago while shop hopping. If I had, I would've saved a lot of time these past two weeks, and a lot of money. :(

Heather Bailey "Pop Garden"
Lizzy House "Castle Peeps"
Tula Pink "Acacia"
Mixed bundle of "Meadowsweet", "Happy Go Lucky", "Scrumptious", "Pearl Bracelets", "Remix" and others
Lizzy House "Red Letter Day"
Before the destash even started I had managed to purchase these beauties too.

Lizzy House "Outfoxed"
Lizzy House "Catnap"
Lizzy House "Catnap"
And some time in between all the destashing and stashing, I also put together this giant star baby quilt for a customer on Etsy. She sent me a picture she loved of a quilt made in "Hometown" by Sweetwater which is out of print and pretty hard to come by unless you have to the money to buy scraps here and there. So I did the next best thing and hit up my l.q.s. and bought fabrics that resembled the style of the line and that were similar in tone.


Hopefully it won't be too long before my next post. I've got more things to share. But somehow I have lost time in my day! Stay warm everyone!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy 90th Birthday...

Towards the end of November my aunt Tracy contacted me about making a hand print quilt for someone very special in her family. I instructed her to have all those participating trace their hands onto card stock and to send them to me. I appliqued them to white Kona cotton and used invisible thread to secure them to the background. I used Allison's Squares and Stripes Bed Quilt tutorial as a guideline but upped the size of the blocks to 10" unfinished to accommodate the hands and decided not to use the 16 patch squares. For the quilting I used a basic stipple with tracing around the hands. The fabric is Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille (with two other FQ's I had in my stash), the backing is this print from Highstreet by Lily Ashbury for Moda, and the binding is a green dot from Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille. I didn't get many pics of this quilt. In fact, I got one. I finished it at 8:30am this morning, hit up my hubs office to have him hold it so I could take a picture, and sent it on its way to my aunt this afternoon so they could give it to Grandma Duke at her 90th birthday celebration. I really really hope they like it!!!


Friday, December 13, 2013

Inspired by...

At the end of October I came across a post from a photographer in Florida that I follow on Facebook. Her name is Alex Michele and her photos are stunning. She was looking for some vendors to showcase on her blog that could provide goods that would be beneficial to photographers. I contacted her because I believe that quilts can provide some wonderful detail and color to newborn photography.

Case and point:
Quilt made by me - Photography by Brianne Serrano
Quilt made by me - Photography by Brianne Serrano
Quilt made by Allison Harris - Photography by Brianne Serrano
Those photos are just a few of the wonderful pictures that my sister takes with quilts. Alex asked her vendors to make 4-5 products based on her style, her son Henry, or specific photos of our choosing. I visited her website and picked out the photos I wanted to use as my inspiration and went from there.

Please excuse the bad lighting in the pics that showcase the quilting and backing detail. It was cold and raining when I took the pictures, so they were taken inside.

Henry (left) - photograph by Alex Michele



photograph (left) by Alex Michele



photograph (left) by Alex Michele



Henry (left) - photograph by Alex Michele


All of the quilts that were inspired by Alex and made by me are currently for sale. They range is price from $45-$65. Please contact me at jaytensen at gmail dot com if you care interested in purchasing one of these quilts.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Year of Quilting - A Calendar by Maureen Cracknell

Last week I was making the rounds to the usual blogs that I follow. When I reached Maureen's blog,  there was something that was drawing me into the first photo. I continued to read the post and then returned my eyes to the photo that was calling to me. I realized my photographic eye was catching the slight glow that the quilt was giving off despite the fact that it was photographed on a dark snowy day.

I immediately emailed Maureen to offer to brighten the background of her photos so that her  darkened scenery would match the gorgeous brightened quilt. She was so excited that I had contacted her because at the same time she had been working on putting together a calendar for 2014 and wanted to make sure her photos would do it justice. OF COURSE THEY DO!! She's an amazing photographer, which comes naturally, I'm sure, because of her creative mindset. Maureen, being the super artistic and busy mama that she is, completed at least 1 quilt each month in addition to all the other amazing things she makes.

So hop on over to her blog to see all the photos that will be showcased in her debut calendar for 2014. These would make awesome presents and provide year round inspiration for your quilty friends!

While you're there, be sure to visit her Flickr gallery to see more eye candy of all her amazing quilts and projects!






Monday, December 9, 2013

#citysampler #tula100 block progress

I was behind to begin with when I joined the City Sampler Along and now I've fallen even more behind. But that's okay, because these blocks are totally worth all the time and effort that goes into them. I haven't decided on my final layout, since I have a long way to go, but I'm getting excited about the progress.