Sunday, March 16, 2014

Scrumptious Quilt

I took a break from packing up the house to make one last quilt prior to the move. My friend and I bought the same line of fabric (Scrumptious by Moda) and made the same exact pattern...each with our own twist on it. I bought a layer cake, along with some yardage of white, while she bought yardage of each fabric.

Unfortunately, her quilt isn't done yet so I don't have a side by side photo show you. But I did take photos of the entire process while making my quilt, so I'll share those with you instead. I will say this, using the layer cake make the entire process go much faster. Layer cakes are now my new favorite pre-cuts.
Scrumptious Quilt
Cutting up the layer cake.
Scrumptious Quilt
Love the look of stacked cut fabric.
Scrumptious Quilt
Chain sewing the strips together.
Scrumptious Quilt
Lots of pieces sewn together.
Scrumptious Quilt
Laying out the rows of chevrons.
Scrumptious Quilt
Laying out the rows of bricks.

Scrumptious Quilt
I decided to add a few rows of sashing to make the quilt longer.

Scrumptious Quilt
I tested the quilt size by laying it out on my King sized bed.

Scrumptious Quilt
I baste my quilts on my kitchen floor, because I'm glamorous like that.

Scrumptious Quilt
I used my walking foot to quilt straight lines in the chevrons.

Scrumptious Quilt
I added piping along the outer edges of the quilt before I put the binding on.

Scrumptious Quilt
Finished quilt!!!

Scrumptious Quilt
Done = beautiful

Scrumptious Quilt
I'm soo happy with how this quilt turned out. I can't wait to use it in my new house.

I'm so in love with this Scrumptious line of fabric from Moda (I did add in one piece of fabric that's not from the line)...and I also really like this pattern it's so fun and spring like. The pattern can be found on the Moda Bake Shop site, it's called the Scrumptious Scrappy Chevron Picnic Quilt by Rhonda from Patchwork Sampler.

Happy quilting everyone!
-Kat  :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Remodel complete....just in time to move.

I can't believe it's been over a month since my last post! Whoops. Sorry about that. Things have gotten amazingly busy lately. First we finished our remodel!!! Yeah! I'm wicked happy with our new kitchen and living/dining space. Here are some photos of the completed remodel.

Photo bombed by Cali!!
Sooo loving the new counters.

New counters!!!
Great shot of the new counters, new floor, and stained cabinets.

Another fabulous shot of the new floor, new counters and stained cabinets.
New floor, new curtains. Photo bombed by Cali who refused to move from the sofa.  
Once the remodel was done...we sold the house. Yup. We are moving. We did the remodel because we were thinking of moving and knew that if we decided to sell, the remodel would make the house sell faster. And, if we decided to stay, well then we'd have an amazing new space to enjoy.  During the remodel we officially decided to go ahead with the move from WI to OR. DH accepted the new job in Oregon, booked a moving truck...and we are officially moving in 20 days.

So, as you can imagine...there are now boxes and bubble wrap everywhere. Seriously, you can't even see my amazing new counters right now as they are covered with packing materials. None the less I'm sooo very excited to be moving to the West Coast.

Onward Adventure!!!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Organize your Sewing Space - Week 5

Welcome to week 5 of the Organize your Sewing Space blog series. Let's start with thread. How do you store your thread? There are lots of different thread racks out there, from spinning thread trees, to racks that are built into drawers.

BONUS TIP: if your drawers are deep enough you could make your own drawer rack by cutting a peg board to the inside size of the drawer, putting wooden dowels on the peg board. Lay the peg board flat in your drawer and put the spools on it.

My thread is organized by color on June Tailor thread racks that are mounted to the wall.
Organize your thread
Most of my thread is embroidery thread, I keep all of my bobbin thread at the bottom of the rack, and my quilting thread is on another level of the rack (separated from the embroidery thread). Each and every spool of thread is wrapped with the Amazing Tape that I talked about in week two.

You'll notice from the photo that I also keep some of my wound bobbins on this rack as well. These bobbins are the ones that are filled with quilting thread. My wound embroidery bobbins are kept in one of those bobbin saver rings. Since embroidery bobbin is a different thread weight than quilting thread I don't want to accidentally mix the two up and grab the wrong bobbin.
Storing your bobbins
BONUS TIP: The bobbin saver rings come in different colors. So, you can store your embroidery bobbins in one colored ring, and your quilting bobbins in another colored ring.

Regardless of how you store your threads and wound bobbins, be sure to keep them out of direct sunlight so that they do not fade. To keep them from drying out and becoming brittle, do not store them directly next to a heating or AC vent.

Next, let's talk about dull, and broken needles. As well as bent pins. You need to safely dispose of them so that you or the garbage man don't cut yourselves from pins and needles that are sticking out of the trash bag. I put mine in an old film canister.
Disposing of broken needles
Empty pill bottles, spice containers, and even those portable plastic drink mix containers work great for this purpose. Once they are full, simple put the cap on and toss in the trash.

BONUS TIP: Prefer to recycle those plastic pill bottles? Well, then once they are full, you can transfer the old needles and pins into a padded envelope. Seal the envelope and put it in the trash. Another option is the wrap the broken/dull/bent needles and pins with duct tape or masking tape. Be sure that all the sharp parts are covered, and discard in the trash. Tape and padded envelopes are also good solutions for disposing of old rotary blades.

Do you like to save the selvage edges from your fabrics? (I do!! I do!!) Store them in an old mason jar! It adds a decorative touch to your room. I even keep old thread in a jar. What can I say..I like the pretty colors and I love how the two jars look in my studio.
Pretty selvage edges

I also collect vintage thread spools...and I use those to decorate my sewing studio as well. I have a little corner dedicated to my vintage thread spools and my favorite Disney Character - Figment! Your sewing space should be filled with things that make you happy. Fabric, thread and fun!
My Vintage thread spool collection
This display always makes me smile.

One final tip - everyone should be able to have a cutting table. You don't have to spend $100's of dollars to get one either. My table is made up of two inexpensive book cases from Wally world and a piece of wood that we had laying around after a construction project. Most home improvement stores will cut a sheet of wood down to size for you. Don't be afraid to ask them to cut it for you, I believe they even do it for free (but don't quote me on that. It's been a while since I've had anything cut and it's possible they changed their pricing policy). Top off your cutting table with one of those giant cutting mats and you are good to go! Seriously, the cutting mat will probably be the most expensive part of the entire project.

Well that's it for this round of organizational tips. I've really enjoyed writing this series, and I hope that you found it usefull and that your sewing spaces are now an oraganized area of creativity.

Happy Sewing!
-Kat  :)

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Welcome to Calico Cali Designs! I’m Kat, digitizer and sewing enthusiast. I learned how to digitize in 2010 from master digitizer Walter Floriani…it was an amazing experience. Soon instead of spending my time sewing, quilting and stitching out other people’s embroidery designs, I was sewing, quilting and stitching out my own embroidery designs. I created this blog, not only as a place to share my embroidery designs, but also as a place to share all the things I make, sew, paint, embroider, and create. You’ll see posts about my life, my studio, patterns I’ve sewn and products I’ve tested. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them. Follow me on twitter . Hugs!! – Kat