What have I been up to?

Sorry guys and gals Ive been out of the blogging game for a bit! We had a few family deaths and to be honest it really made me sad to get in my sewing room and sew. I’m back at it and have been quilting up a storm! I’ll post pictures of what ive been up too πŸ˜€ I also bought a NEW sewing machine!! My Singer HD just decided to quit working and I wasnt able to sew anything 😦 Luckily the bank aka my husband loaned me some mula to buy an awesome new machine! I bought the Brother PQ1500s from Wawak yes, yes i know i could of bought from Amazon for a hundred cheaper but I don’t have Prime and in the end it was cheaper to go this route. Wawak ships that day (if you order before 5pm) and you get it in only a few days! They had excellent customer service and personally called me when they needed my street address( I made a mistake while ordering OOPS!) I love this machine soooo very much. I’m thinking of doing a video tutorial because I did have trouble with threading it and bobbin troubles. The only Youtube video i could find on it was not in english so it was a bit hard to figure out. If y’all would like a video leave me a comment and ill be happy to share what I had to learn the hard way LOL.

Ok back to what ive been working on, I had a tumbler quilt i made for myself last year just begging me to put the binding on it lol so i finished it up and boom 2 of my 3 red heads wanted it for themselves(the 2yr old could care less)

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I also made this cool Easter Cross wall hanging, I’ve got a tutorial all written up for it so if you would like me to show y’all how i did it just let me know πŸ™‚
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Ive really gotten into modern quilts and quilting and decided to try my hand at it. I made this pillow from a dream I had one night lol sounds silly but I do believe it came out quite awesome.

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Now this is a custom that isnt done yet but dont y’all just love those colors?! batiks were never really cool to me until i started using them and now I just love them! Ill link y’all to this fat quarter bundle because I think everyone should buy this purple. Also here’s the pattern i’m using πŸ™‚

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Ok I can’t take credit for this quilt but I did help with it! I’m in Facebook group that put’s together Quilts of Valor, everyone sends in 12in blocks, then we have someone put the top together and then someone who has a longarm machine quilts it! I got to put the binding on πŸ™‚ I was so excited to be apart of something so cool even though it was a small part but hey every quilt needs a binding right?! if you’ve never heard of Quilts of Valor i suggest looking into it or maybe joining a group so you can be apart of the process. One thing I always enjoy supporting is the military especially our wounded/vets so please take the time and check it out.

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Ok last but definitely not least I am working on a vintage quilt that my husbands grandmother made. She made the top 30 years ago and gave it to her granddaughter. It’s been sitting in a bag and finally Sabrina asked me if i would quilt it for her, of course i said YES! How cool is it to be apart of something someone started years before. I am almost done with it but here’s part of what i did earlier this week πŸ™‚

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I didn’t want to take away from Amaw’s appliqueing so i decided that echo quilting would look so cool and just bring your eyes to the center of the quilt. Thanks to my snazzy new machine i was able to finish the middle super fast. I am currently on the final border and doing just a simple stipple. Ill be sure and post pictures of it when its done either here or on my Instagram account Threelittlecowirls.

I hope y’all enjoyed all my projects from the past few months, I have more but I just haven’t taken pictures of them yet lol.
Oh one more thing their is a website called Patchwork threads, they sell quilting/sewing themed shirts and they are Adorable! Super soft and comfy, Ive bought two so far but i see myself buying more in the near future LOL.
I own this one which is HILARIOUS because it’s sort of true!
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And i ordered another one that when you buy it 20% of the proceeds go towards Quilt of Valor so its a win/win for me πŸ˜€ Anyway check out that store and buy a cool shirt.
Hope y’all have a lovely quilting day and ill be getting back into the groove of things so ill be blogging more, thanks for reading!

Happy Quilting,
Catherine

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Sewing Room Fun and a Giveaway!!

So my Three Little Cowgirls all share a room (its not cramped its lovely actually) and that meant I could FINALLY have my own sewing space. I started off in the dining room but eventually moved into the livingroom. It was getting cramped because I of course like other quilters started to develop a stash. My husband decided the girls had to share a room YAY Me! I’ve been in there a few months and have finally started to decorate a bit and make it seem more homey and sewing room like. I wanted to show some of the decorating ive been doing, also disregard the toys on the floor…try as I might my children will not stay out of my sewing room LOL

First up I was in desperate need of a bulletin board, I was using Washi tape to hold up some ideas i was having. Its pretty but eventually it just got too messy for my taste. FYI the washi tape I linked you too is for Amazon but I actually bought mine at The Family Dollar in my town for $2! So if your interested in a craft with Washi Tape I suggest checking out your local Dollar store ;).

Ok, Ok enough of that here’s the picture
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I recently bought like 2 yards of purple fabric from the Missouri Star Quilt Company (love,love,love them! They have great videos and the fabric is great!) I forgot WHY i had bought it so I decided to use it on my bulletin board!! I don’t exactly have a link for you to use on HOW I did it because I went on Pinterest and found several tutorials I liked and pretty much incorporated all of them into one. I basically just wrapped my fabric around and mitered the corners and hot glued and nail gunned it all down. I wanted to be even craftier and decided to hot glue buttons onto the thumbtacks I bought. I guess I was trying to really make you believe it was a sewing room lol

I bought these on Etsy from someone who was closing down shop. She was selling bags full of just random buttons for like $3 so I bought a few bags.
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Next up my design wall! I actually have a really big empty wall but my husband has yet to help me build what I want built so I improvised until he has time. My youngest was born in July so I bought these cheap table clothes for her birthday party. I didn’t need them anymore but I saved them because I heard you could use the back to put your quilt blocks on. I decided to hang one up and it works PERFECT! The flannel or whatever is on the back of it holds up those blocks and Ive never had one fall down πŸ™‚

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I like to make practice blocks to make sure I can do them so when im done I just throw them up there AND it adds to my sewing decor! See boom two in one uses!

Next up is my little shelf, it was left over from our other house and it had no home. I decided to hang it up and put glass jars underneath it. ingenious right?! Wish I could take credit for that but alas I found it on the ever so helpful Pinterest!

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I had a pretty decanter that my husbands grandmother gave me (thanks Amaw!) just lying around so I put it up there along with my lovely Aurifil thread and Connecting threads πŸ™‚ I felt like it was lacking something so I bought those paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby and my first ever bottle of Modge Podge and the fabric, well I had that lying around and thought hey the colors would look great on my wall! πŸ™‚ It came out lovely I just love it.

Now this some of y’all will not understand but if you LOVE The Lord of The Rings Trilogy then I know you can appreciate this! My sister painted this for me for our Birthday(yes our birthday we are twins, and no we don’t look anything alike) I wanted to put it up in the living room but I just thought it would look cooler in here and show a bit of my geeky side. Oh and that little canvas I drew the harry Potter Deathly Hallows sign onto it…if you haven’t guessed yet that I am very geeky πŸ™‚ (brownie points if you noticed my weeping angels in my bulletin board picture….)

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It’s still a work in progress and im sure the more I add to it, it will feel even more like a sewingroom.:) I do want to know what y’all think of this idea I had…I want to do patchwork curtains for the room, how awesome would that be? Maybe a little something like this http://beachvintage.blogspot.com/2012/02/project-day-studio-curtain.html yay or nay?

Oh I want to show a picture of my oldest cowgirl Ava πŸ™‚ She just completed her first quilt! We went small and made one for her rainbow dash doll she has.
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She picked out all the fabric scraps and sewed/quilted it all herself! She’s getting a sewing machine for her birthday, boy will she be excited!!

Ok lets get to the Giveaway πŸ™‚ I made this table topper as a test one and as I don’t like to sell my test quilts because lets face it, it has mistakes. I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway!

This is the top, I made it from one Charm pack and some left over fabric I had from another project.
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Here’s the back, now im not normally a fan of white backs but just look how cool the quilting looks! I just love it and im jealous one of you guys gets to have it!!

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Ok now for the ways you can enter πŸ™‚ I would love to hear what new crafty thing you have recently learned to do! It can be anything, sewing, quilting, maybe you built an ark. I don’t care just as long as you leave a comment here or on my Facebook post about this blog post πŸ™‚ You can even tag me in a picture on Instagram for extra points. Use the Hashtag #threelittlecowgirls and make sure you link me on your instagram post which of course is Threelittlecowgirls.The end date for this is Sunday March 16th. Don’t forget to like my facebook page and Instagram profile, I love new followers! FYI if you have a private IG I wont be able to see your picture. Ill let the winner know the day after closing so keep an eye out. I cant wait to hear about your new crafts thanks for reading!

Happy Quilting,
Catherine