Monday, March 17, 2014

Big News!!

If you don't follow along on facebook or instagram, you may have missed my big news....

I'm Preggo!!
Baby #2 will be here this fall!
Due October 1st. 
We are as thrilled as could be!
You can keep updated on my "bump" pictures on Instagram! (@runningstitchwhit)



And other big news...

I'm now on Etsy!! I've opened shop! 
You can find my shop HERE!

Monday, February 10, 2014

What I'm working on...

It's been awhile since I've been on here!
First I had computer problems, and then I got crazy busy with sewing & orders.
Which is a good problem to have! I like to stay busy! 
Thanks everyone for your orders & thank you for being patient. 
I thought I'd share proof of all I've been busy with so here is a flood of pictures from this past month:

A finished quilt top.

 420 squares later...
I now have another quilt top but you'll have to wait for pics of that!
It's getting quilted this week!


Another small quilt in the making. The top is almost done but here is a peek at the design.
I LOVE Dresdens.


I've made countless zipper pouches.
Between 15-20.

A cuddly baby blanket for my new niece

I got started on a Valentines project..I was hoping to make these pretty little dresdens into a 
table-topper to place a vase of flowers on. But it's been on hold so I could get caught up on orders.
I'm a little bit sad it won't be done in time for Valentine's Day. 

A quilted camera strap cover!
Little story behind this one, it was actually supposed to be a guitar strap cover.
Unfortunately I made it too skinny & it wouldn't fit so I tweaked it and made it even smaller in order to become a camera strap cover now! ha! Worked out in the end!

And lots of baby shoes. 
These seem to be quite a hit because I have a flood of orders coming in.
I haven't taken any orders yet because I want to perfect the baby shoe first.
I'm playing around with sizing, linings, fabrics, & designs!


Aren't they adorable?
The baby shoes are pretty cute-but boy do they take awhile! It's hard to work with something so small!
But worth it in the end for such cuteness!

I have a few other orders I've finished or finishing at the moment but I'll have to show pics another time!
Just wanted to give you a peek to prove I've been busy and I haven't gone anywhere!
Still here!
Sewing to my hearts content!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ka-Chow! Cars Quilt

One of my goals for 2014 was to make a quilt for my son.
This past week I did just that!
Boom. New Year's List get dominated!

My son is 18 months now and loves the Disney movie Cars.
And when I say loves, it's more like obsessed
I have to limit how much he watches it because he would watch it all day every day if I let him.
He wakes up saying "Cars, cars, cars!"
So when we were out shopping for fabric, he spotted this wild Cars fabric right away!
And how could a mother say no?
  
As soon as I gave him his quilt, he grabbed it like a hug and walked around the house saying, "Mine! Mine!"
Needless to say, I think he loves it!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!



Linking up: Blossom Heart Quilts

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Courage & Sewing Fears

Courage. 

It took me a long time to find what word I wanted to have that was special to me. 
I thought about it, prayed about it, and thought some more. 
It wasn't that is was hard for me to find a word, the problem was there were many words that I liked!

But Courage kept popping into my mind. 
For so many different reasons. 
Today I'm sharing just one of those reasons.



As I shared from this previous post, I'm new to quilting & blogging. 
I'm self-taught which means I've had to learn a lot through trial and error.
Sometimes it's discouraging.
I make mistakes, I don't have a huge amount of blog viewers, and sometimes I'm hesitant to share what I've made because I know someone (with more experience sewing) could have made it better. I have the tendency to only see flaws in my work. 
It's something I'm working on. 

When I first started sewing, I wanted to hide all those "flaws" and not let anyone see. 
Or when I made mistakes or sewed something completely wrong, I didn't want others to know that I messed up or had to take a seam ripper to that project 5 times over. 
(Or that I've scorched and melted fabric with an iron way too many times.)
I've learned a lot of things the hard way. 
But I'm learning it's better to laugh at myself than to let it get me down. 
I want to have courage to share my sewing journey sharing all the good...as well as the bad.
So that's what I'm going to do this year.

I'm not going to let myself get distraught when I have days when nothing goes right.
Or when I feel overwhelmed by all sewing techniques I have yet to conquer.
There have been times this past year where I wanted to give up. 
Tears were shed. 

But I love how Mary Anne Radmacher put it, 

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

Sometimes my fears hold me back and tempt me to give up.
My fear of never conquering this or that sewing skill.
 Fear of never being good enough.
Fears of what others think of my sewing.
Fear of messing up.
Fear of others seeing flaws.

This year, I'm not going to let those fears hold me back and keep me from doing what I love.
Because at the end of the day, I love what I do. 
I love creating. I love cutting up fabric and sewing it all back together. 
 I love my work; flaws & all.
Truth is, each and every time I sit down to that machine, my skills are only going to get better and better. And looking back at this past year as only been proof of that. 
Practice makes perfect.
It just takes time and a little bit of courage.
Just listen to that quiet little voice saying, "I will try again tomorrow." 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My First Year Quilting

It was a year ago I dusted of my basic Brother Sewing Machine from the garage. 
It hadn't been used for at least 3 years and was hardly used before that. 
I had learned to wind a bobbin and sew a straight line in Home-Ec class in school. 
I had even sewn a couple blanked but nothing to brag about. They weren't even quilted or tied together. And as for binding, the edges had just been folded over & sewn down. I knew nothing about quilting and binding. In fact, I had never even heard of the term "basting" before! 

I was clueless but determined to learn all there was to know about sewing and quilting. I actually had to Google what it meant to baste a quilt and even had to learn what quilting a quilt really meant.
So even though I knew how to run a sewing machine, I still felt as though I was starting from scratch when it came to quilting. So you're probably wondering why I became so interested in quilting? 

I've always been fascinated with quilts and growing up my home was always filled with quilts passed down from my grandmothers. Even my mother had made a couple quilts, but I was too young to remember. I decided to pull out my sewing machine again when I discovered the magical land of Pinterest! Which also led to falling in love with crafting blogs! A blog that inspired me and made me want  NEED to learn to sew was Maureen Cracknell Handmade. Seriously, she makes the most beautiful things! She's my sewing idol. As well as Mommy by Day Crafter by NightStitchery Dickory Dock, and Nana Company. I could go on and on with all the inspiration I got from these blogs as well as countless others. I knew I just HAD to learn to quilt and sew right away!

I already knew how to sew 2 squares together, I wanted to branch out from that. 
The first quilt block I ever pieced together was this Square in Square block (I believe it's also called Economy Block).
I remember the moment I finished this block I was hooked. 
And my obsession began...

50 blocks later I had a quilt top!!
And the most unfortunate thing about this is, it is still a quilt top! 
It's so sad I know! It is on my WIP list to finish this year.

The moment I finished this top, I could hardly wait to start another!
I was antsy to learn another quilt block so I started finding tutorials and trying my hand at different patterns. 

I loved learning new techniques and patterns! So much so, I have a handful of random quilt blocks lying around just waiting to become something! I was too anxious to learn another new quilt block that I never finished and turned my past blocks into something! Oh well. 
Having WIPS is part of being a quilter, right??


While I do have countless WIPS, I also have many finishes I'm quite proud of considering I hardly knew anything about sewing. 
Here are a few projects I love from the past year:


Seeing how far I've come the past year only makes me more excited thinking about how much more I will learn in 2014 and how much better my skills will become! 
I'm far from perfect, and may never be classified as "professional" but we all have to start somewhere right?!

So here's to a great new year! 
A year full of fun, new, and exciting projects!

...and crossing off wips from the list ;) 



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Inspiration-Palooza

I'm excited to be participating in the Inspiration Palooza over at The Champ Life!

My quilt goals for 2014 include:

~Learning to paper-piece
~Finish my Square in Square Quilt
~ learn to Free Motion Quilt
~add labels to quilts I make
~Make a quilt for my son
~Make an Equilateral Triangle Quilt
~blog & log my quilts more consistently

And because this is my first year I've really started quilting, I don't have a ton to choose from. I have about 4 I need to finish and made around 6 other quilts. If I had to choose one, I think this one was my favorite...

I love fall and this quilt always makes me think of that beautiful time of year!
Plus, I just LOVE strip quilts. I'm not sure why, but I've always been drawn to them.


And now I officially miss fall.

Monday, December 9, 2013

A Foxy Giveaway!

What does the fox say?...

Sorry if that song is officially stuck in your head for the rest of the day! hehe
It's time to see what this week's giveaway has to offer!
It seems foxes are the new craze and I am totally on board with it!
I mean, they are too cute not to love!

This week you can win these foxy handmade items:
How cute are they?!
Win them for yourself or win them to give as a Christmas gift!
To win, all you have to do is "Like" The Running Stitch on facebook and "like" this photo while you're there!
For an extra entry, "Share" with your friends!
The giveaway will end Sunday morning 8am and the winner will be announced at that time!


Good luck!!