Completed Sewing Projects

Finished my first magic pillowcase (magic because all seams are hidden)! I used 3 different cotton fabrics by Buttercream from their Cosette Collection. This was really easy, and I learned how to do a french seam along the way. Lovin’ my new sewing machine, and feeling really good because I made a few things by hand from scratch.

My all white rag quilt finally got washed and dried today (twice lol). I’m in love with it. 

 

Magic Pillowcase

Magic Pillowcase

Magic Pillowcase

Magic Pillowcase

Completed Rag Quilt

Completed Rag Quilt

Moda Layer Cake Rag Quilt

I received my first sewing machine for my birthday last November (Brother CS6000i), and then broke my ankle in early December and couldn’t use the machine. By the time I was ready to sew, I had spent more than several weeks viewing quilt tutorials online and on YouTube. I couldn’t wait to get started! Unfortunately, I spent several days trying to get the sewing machine to work properly and had only sewn three 10×10 layer cakes before it went totally F.U.B.A.R.. Here’s the first one;

First Rag Quilt

First Rag Quilt

After a few depressing days I gave up on the machine and decided to look for a new one (that’s a whole other story within itself, of which I’ll skip). I received my new Singer Quantum Stylus 9950 last Sunday (the 13th) and promptly took it out of the box, hooked it up and went to town sewing my layer cakes together (the blue painters tape helps me keep my fabric straight and marks my half inch seam allowance);

First Rag Quilt

First Rag Quilt

First Rag Quilt

First Rag Quilt

I didn’t work on it Monday or Tuesday, but went back to work on it today and finished sewing all of the pieces together and then did my half inch seam all around the 4 edges. Now all that’s left to do is take my rag quilt snips and snip every half inch or so around all of the fabric sticking up on each of the quilt squares. Then launder it at a local laundry matt (this seems to be the general rule of thumb so you don’t clog up your own washer/dryer with loose thread) and give it a good wash. The more it gets washed, the more the edges will fray which gives the quilt a used and well loved look.

First Rag Quilt

First Rag Quilt

It’s an all white cotton quilt with batting (10×10″) in the middle of each layer cake (I had to cut those separately. The layer cakes come pre-cut in 10×10″ squares). I’ve never done anything on a sewing machine before, and the most I’ve ever sewn is a few buttons by hand on a shirt or pair of pants. I’m pretty damn proud of myself, too.

/pats self on back

Special thanks to all of the YouTubers who share their vast knowledge so freely and lovingly. You gals have no idea how much I appreciate you and all of the tips, tricks, and lessons you’ve taught me; Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics, Vanessa Vargas of Crafty Gemini Creates, Melanie Ham of I Heart Stitching, Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company, and Roxanne Blanc of Strikes My Fancy (her videos taught me how to use my Singer Quantum Stylus 9960!). You ladies are one of a kind.

New iPhone 6s Case

ust received my new custom 6s case. I love it because…. well, it’s Keith Urban!

I bought this from the talented artist DacDacGirl on RedBubble. She sells her artwork on different mediums. You should see her little chibi of Professor Snape and her chibi Goblin King. They’re SO cute! The case is hard plastic and quite nice (lip on the front edges so you can lay the phone down on a flat surface without the screen touching).

Keith Urban iPhone 6s Case

Keith Urban iPhone 6s Case

Essie

I’ve Gone To The Dark Side

… and am quite happy there. ;)

I’m still getting use to not being able to customize the UI. I’ve seen jailbroken screenshots of homescreens and haven’t been impressed. The only difference between a stock UI and a jailbroken UI are the themed icons, and you can place more icons on the dock. This is the only thing that makes me unhappy with the visual aspect of the phone… having icons all over the screen. Yes, you can create folders and put icons in there, but it’s still cluttering the screen. No matter. The iPhone 6s runs smooth as silk even with a ton of other things running in the background. The 3D Touch feature is cool as hell, and being able to set your fingerprint for access to the phone is beyond amazing. I can now sell my iPod Touch 5th Gen because I’ve moved all my music over to my phone, which the sound quality is great (never sounded good on any Android I’ve owned). Over 2k songs and I’ve still got over 30GB of space left to add more. Even though most of it depends on your carrier you still have to have a good speaker. The sound quality of my calls is wonderful. I really, really, really like this phone.

One of the reasons why I jumped ship from Android to iPhone is Google. You pay 7 hundred dollars for an unlocked unbranded pure Android phone and two years later Google no longer sends updates to that phone like they do when it’s brand new. You get maybe 2 to 3 updates and that’s it. With the iPhone you get continuous updates for more than several years. I think they’re still supporting the iPhone 5, which came out in 2012. Apple keeps iOS updated, and they do it a lot more frequently than Google. Speaking of which, Apple just released iOS 9.2.1, so I’m off to download and install that!

iPhone 6s in Rose Gold – 64MB
Unlocked Stock iOS 9.2.1
iPhone PSD by Perfect Pixels (Thanks!!)

iPhone 6s 64MB Rose Gold

iPhone 6s 64MB Rose Gold