Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sewvivor - Finding Sweet Land - Jayme Christensen

I love following along with the Sew-vivor competitions hosted by Rach of Family Ever After. If you aren't familiar with this competition. Here's a little about it in Rach's words:

What is Sewvivor? 
"It's a sewing competition that I created on my blog, and its loosely inspired by the show Survivor. We've had two successful seasons so far, with some outstanding sewing and competitors. The main idea is that anyone can audition, "sewlebrity" judges help choose our contestants, we have 4 weeks of sewing competition with specific challenges, and a couple Sew-vivor "twists" along the way. The judges and public vote for their favorites after each challenge. The winners score some amazing prizes at the end."

Many of the competitors from past seasons were seamstresses. Sewing garments has never been my strong suit. I tried entering a quilt in the first season and the competition is tough when you are competed against the cutest little girl dresses you've ever seen! So I skipped season 2 all together. But since this season is all about quilting, I'm all over it.

So on to my audition quilt!

I know you're probably sick of seeing this quilt, but it's my favorite quilt that I've made to date. It was entirely cut, pieced, pressed, basted, quilted and bound by me..for me. I'm absolutely in love with the Scout Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew and I had to make it for myself.

I gathered the fabrics as I shop hopped the annual Eastern Idaho Shop Hop that includes Eastern Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. It's a very long and tiring trip driving through all that country but it's absolutely wonderful to take a road trip like it every once in a while.

It was funny, the faces I'd get when I'd pull out my growing pile at each store. Those women must've thought I was nuts putting all these fabrics together. But I love what I love. Bright, scrappy, and a mix of modern and traditional prints in modern colorways. I've never been the type of person to make a quilt using only one line of fabric. I love to put together my own bundles.

Once I was done pieceing I knew that I wanted to quilt it in a couple of different tight FMQ designs all on my little Viking domestic machine. Since I knew that this quilt would be well loved, I wanted to make sure it held together over time. I used my favorite white Superior Threads Magnifico thread and used three different designs. A back and forth curve in the feathers similar to the quitling on the original quilt that Allison made. Then I tried something new in the sahsing and to date, it's my favorite design to use now, and a little rope design in the arrow portion of the quilt.

It's backed in the cutest little Alexander Henry print and my favorite print from Kate Spain's line Central Park. (and yes, I am in my pajama pants holding up a quilt in 90 degree weather)

I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog and learning more about this quilt. It has become a popular quilt in my house and my boys always grab it for themselves even though it's "Mom's quilt"!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival

This week is Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side. Pretty convenient timing considering this weekend was also International Quilt Market. Was everyone as sad as I was that I couldn't attend? My jealousy levels spiked while perusing my IG feed this week. ;)

For this season's festival, I decided to enter in two quilts. 

The first one is this Birthday Quilt that I made back in January. You can find the original blog post HERE. There are 15 hand prints appliqued to this quilt and I really really love the way it turned out! I do wish that I had gotten better pictures of it before it was sent off to it's owner, but the weather just wasn't cutting it for such a springy quilt! I used mostly Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

 I am also entering in my Doll Quilt from a group swap on Flickr. I really enjoyed making this little whimsical doll quilt for my partner. It's got a little guy throwing a paper airplane and a little girl swinging on a swing. It's something fun and playful and imaginative!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014


This past month I've been completely addicted to my IG feed. But I did manage to get a few swap items made.

Of course, I completely forgot to take pics of my Sew Sew Modern items. And my partner is still waiting on it to arrive. But here is was my amazing partner sent me:

I now am the owner of my very own Weekender. I am in love.

The next swap I participated in was the MFSG. The lovely Leona was my partner and she sent me an awesome package:

That pezzy print...in love. I've never used washi tape and I'm officially a fan! Can't wait to get my hands on more.

The next swap is the FLiPS swap. My partner is Ruth. She LOVES The Wizard of Oz and all of her pin cushions in previous rounds have been W.of.O themed. I googled "W.of.O themed pincushions" and after searching for a while, came across this post. I'm not normally a W.of.O person, but I LOVED that pincushion. So I hit up ebay and after some debating on whether I wanted to do Dorothy or the Wicked Witch, I actually decided on this guy, being that it was Valentine's day and all. I had a hard time trying to figure out how to make him stand on the stacked hearts. I called my husband over and the first thing he did was sit him down. Genius. So with a little glue this guy sits a top his thrown of hearts. They are filled with crushed walnut shells and fiberfill. I think that by picking one particular character to work with, that opens the door for Ruth's future partners who maybe aren't as familiar with the W.of.O as some of her previous partners were. I hope she likes it!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Wow it has been a while! These past couple weeks have brought about some much needed destashing, a couple of colds, very little sewing, more trips to the post office than most people make in a 6 month period, and the most dangerous...BUYING fabric on Instagram from #thegreatfabricdestash. It's been nuts. Seriously. If you have little to no self-discipline than DO NOT follow that hashtag on Instagram. It's dangerously expensive, and addicting. However, I did manage to snag quite a few prints that I, naively, did not buy 2 years ago while shop hopping. If I had, I would've saved a lot of time these past two weeks, and a lot of money. :(

Heather Bailey "Pop Garden"
Lizzy House "Castle Peeps"
Tula Pink "Acacia"
Mixed bundle of "Meadowsweet", "Happy Go Lucky", "Scrumptious", "Pearl Bracelets", "Remix" and others
Lizzy House "Red Letter Day"
Before the destash even started I had managed to purchase these beauties too.

Lizzy House "Outfoxed"
Lizzy House "Catnap"
Lizzy House "Catnap"
And some time in between all the destashing and stashing, I also put together this giant star baby quilt for a customer on Etsy. She sent me a picture she loved of a quilt made in "Hometown" by Sweetwater which is out of print and pretty hard to come by unless you have to the money to buy scraps here and there. So I did the next best thing and hit up my l.q.s. and bought fabrics that resembled the style of the line and that were similar in tone.

Hopefully it won't be too long before my next post. I've got more things to share. But somehow I have lost time in my day! Stay warm everyone!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy 90th Birthday...

Towards the end of November my aunt Tracy contacted me about making a hand print quilt for someone very special in her family. I instructed her to have all those participating trace their hands onto card stock and to send them to me. I appliqued them to white Kona cotton and used invisible thread to secure them to the background. I used Allison's Squares and Stripes Bed Quilt tutorial as a guideline but upped the size of the blocks to 10" unfinished to accommodate the hands and decided not to use the 16 patch squares. For the quilting I used a basic stipple with tracing around the hands. The fabric is Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille (with two other FQ's I had in my stash), the backing is this print from Highstreet by Lily Ashbury for Moda, and the binding is a green dot from Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille. I didn't get many pics of this quilt. In fact, I got one. I finished it at 8:30am this morning, hit up my hubs office to have him hold it so I could take a picture, and sent it on its way to my aunt this afternoon so they could give it to Grandma Duke at her 90th birthday celebration. I really really hope they like it!!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Inspired by...

At the end of October I came across a post from a photographer in Florida that I follow on Facebook. Her name is Alex Michele and her photos are stunning. She was looking for some vendors to showcase on her blog that could provide goods that would be beneficial to photographers. I contacted her because I believe that quilts can provide some wonderful detail and color to newborn photography.

Case and point:
Quilt made by me - Photography by Brianne Serrano
Quilt made by me - Photography by Brianne Serrano
Quilt made by Allison Harris - Photography by Brianne Serrano
Those photos are just a few of the wonderful pictures that my sister takes with quilts. Alex asked her vendors to make 4-5 products based on her style, her son Henry, or specific photos of our choosing. I visited her website and picked out the photos I wanted to use as my inspiration and went from there.

Please excuse the bad lighting in the pics that showcase the quilting and backing detail. It was cold and raining when I took the pictures, so they were taken inside.

Henry (left) - photograph by Alex Michele

photograph (left) by Alex Michele

photograph (left) by Alex Michele

Henry (left) - photograph by Alex Michele

All of the quilts that were inspired by Alex and made by me are currently for sale. They range is price from $45-$65. Please contact me at jaytensen at gmail dot com if you care interested in purchasing one of these quilts.