Friday, April 11, 2014

Fun with Sam and Where Have I Been?.....

Hello all my friends, I am sorry that I have been MIA, I had a few family issues to clear up before I could get my head back on straight and start posting again, but that is a whole different story.   I have been sewing/quilting, just a little bit.  I have made a few projects, nothing earth shattering, but I have something special to share with daughter, Samantha, is 10 years old and she was watching me at my sewing machine and guess what...
Yep! she is now sewing just like mama!  Can you guess what it is?
 Here is another hint...
Yep, you guessed it...her first pillow, great foray into straight line sewing and she had a blast.  All I had to do is mark where she needed to sew and set up her little Janome and off she went!  I taught her to back stitch, trim the corners and then turn it inside out and push out the corners and of course stuff it.  Then I had to whip stitch the top closed for her, no biggie, it was so much fun to watch and just look at that smile!
She liked it so much she made another one, this time for her girlfriend, Rayley, who lives in Florida!  I, of course helped her applique the cute animals on the front, which, by the way was my first attempt at needleturn...yikes!  I need lots of practice!  But I loved doing it.  I taught her how to backstitch some letters on it....

 Isn't it precious!  We then put the pillow together and this is what we got...
Not too bad Eh?

Now, as far as what I have been working on, just some small projects, you know, the feel-good kind/quickies if you will...  practicing applique...learning the blanket stitch and working with flannel and wool...
I have some others that I have been working on too...this one is for my kitchen, both the reindeer and the little cabin are Wooden Bear Designs, I just love them

I too am working on a pillow, I just roughly laid it out, not stitched down yet..obviously.  It is a Jan Patek design, so cute, I love the cabin, it reminds me of my own, with the tall pine tree to the side.

Anyway, there you have it.  I promise not to be a stranger for that long again.  I hate it when life gets in the way of my quilting/sewing, but I guess for the time that I have been "gone" it truly was a special time to spend with my daughter teaching her the same passion that I love.

Come follow me I am linking up with Sew Fresh "Lets Bee Social"

Blessings to you all!
Jodi - mtngurlquilts

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

First time on Let's Bee Social with Sew Fresh Quilts

Hi again,

I have been learning so much this week...I learned (kinda) how to link to linky parties, I have made some new friends, I am learning how this blog thing works and how to post more pictures in my blog posts, instead of after in a separate post.  I still have lots to learn and with the help of some great people I am getting there.  I want to thank Shari from Living With Purpose for showing me some of the great networking that is out there and introducing me to this Lets Bee Social that I am going to link to soon...  I am participating in Shari's "Craft It Forward" and I am so excited about it.

I know I have posted this quilt flimsy (something else that I learned, who knew that a quilt top was a flimsy...makes perfect sense to me) LOL.  But it has come down off my railing and my border fabric finally arrived from Fat Quarter Shop and I am getting ready to put it on and hopefully begin quilting it by this weekend.  We shall see what this weekend brings... Here it is again, still on the railing of my loft, soon to come down and be worked on.  Again, this was pieced with 4 charm packs of Kansas Troubles Favorites II from Moda... it is a pattern by Pam and Nicky Lintott called Galaxy of Stars and it was so fun to do and a challenge trying to match up the fabrics to make the stars.

WIP Galaxy of Stars

Anyway, as I said before, I am going to try to link with this Lets Bee Social Linky Party with Sew Fresh Quilts, hoping to meet many more of you folks out in blogland...

Oh, I almost forgot, in a previous post I also linked up with Amy's Creative Side blog for her Pillow collective and entered my Crossroads Dresden Pillow into her giveaway...go take a look.

I will post more soon on other WIP's...stay tuned and hope to see/talk with you all soon!



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Linking up to Amyscreativeside pillow collective

Let me introduce myself...

Hi all!  Let me introduce myself, my name is Jodi Connors, I am a wife, mother, medical transcriptionist, and recently new quilter, this is my new-found passion. I have just been introduced to blogging in the recent months by surfing around on the internet for some new patterns and tutorials and happened on my first blog which was Primitive Gatherings, Lisa Bogean.  I love everything primitive, folk art, get the idea.  I have found so many fun things to look at on these wonderful blogs and have been able to even feel connections with some of these ladies through their trials and fears, just to leave a comment that I would pray for them or whatnot, I would receive back the kindest little notes in my email in response thanking me. 

I live in Boone, NC, the western mountains of North Carolina.  I originally grew up in Wyoming, MI and from there move with my husband and children to Cape Coral, FL in 2002, we lived there for about 8-1/2 years and moved to North Fort Myers and lived there for about 2 years, but I was missing the change of seasons so we decided to look for the seasons.  My husband could not handle the harsh winters that Michigan gave, so we decided to go about half way back and settled in Boone, NC, home of Appalachian State University, where my son, Nick was hoping to attend for his building/construction management career.  Through many prayers and tears we started our journey.

I have always loved crafts of all sorts, my mom started me very young cross stitching, rug hooking, and many other little crafts that I picked up along the way.  I started knitting and crocheting through many classes that I purchased through Craftsy, completely self-taught, but I got bored with that and I was browsing on Craftsy one afternoon and found Jenny Doan's class called Quilting Quickly, because I am a person who likes instant satisfaction...I purchased the class and watched intently and fell in love with it...I still did not have a sewing machine yet, but wanted desperately to start, I started piecing by hand, he saw that I was not getting the results that I wanted quickly.  In August 2013, my husband, Brett surprised me, when our family was on a little trip to Virginia, he brought me to JoAnn and I picked out my first sewing machine (Singer One), my first fabric and some assorted notions (you know the basics, rotary cutter, mat, rulers, etc...).  I could not wait to get home and start.  While we were on our trip we had stopped at many stores and did our usual antiquing, something that Brett and I both enjoy, the kids, not so much, and I found a booth of tons of civil war-inspired fabrics, I bought up as much as my arms could hold.  Now I really wanted to get home and start.    

That is pretty much how it all started.  I have made a few select things, but mind you I am still learning, completely self-taught with the help of Craftsy.  I hope this journey takes me to many satisfying creations.  I also have recently picked up applique and really love the hand work involved in that too...we will see what I come up with.  I challenged myself to make a couple of gifts for my mom for Christmas, a pieced throw made from a jelly roll and a pillow.  Well, needless to say, Christmas came and went and no gift for mom, I finally finished it the middle of January, not too bad.  I still did not know how to free motion quilt, so I decided to do what Cindy Needham says...ESS (every stinkin stitch) and stitch in the ditch around every single seam...yikes, keep that in mind when you pick out a pattern...LOL 

You will see above (I cannot figure out how to add them to this post yet) what I have made and started on.  Currently I am putting together a flannel quilt for my son's bed, I love the feel of flannel, but not so much sewing with it, I might have to think of something else to make for his bed and keep this to a minimum, maybe a throw or larger and make it a rag quilt instead, hides a lot of mistakes...  

Let me know you stopped by to see me, I would love to hear from you.  I am new to this so bear with me.  

Jodi aka Mountain Gurl Quilts