New to Quilting

I’ve been out of college and searching for a job for about 3 months now.

I suck at being home all day. I get bored and cranky. I don’t know how people do this.

I think part of it is having just moved to a new city, Code Boyfriend and I don’t really have a lot of friends, or activities to do, so it’s a lot of being in the apartment for me…

Luckily, I have a great boyfriend who got me started with a new hobby for my birthday.

New to QuiltingThere is my new sewing station with my brand new (refurbished) sewing machine! It’s a Brother se-400 sewing and embroidery machine!

I didn’t even know that I wanted to embroider until Code Boyfriend got it for me! It’s an amazing machine and I can’t wait to explore more of its capabilities.


My first project was making cloth napkins. After that, I decided to get a little crazy. Not having worked with this machine much, or really that much sewing experience at all, I decided to make a baby quilt.

New to QuiltingI followed the Gourmet Quilter’s 3 Fat Quarter pattern… mostly. I didn’t do the small border because I think introducing another color or pattern into this already busy quilt would just be a little too much.

New to QuiltingThe entire quilt is made from 3 fat quarters and then another 1 and 1/2 yards of the blue fabric.

New to QuiltingI think it makes a wonderful new baby present for Code Boyfriend’s cousin. I got bit hard by the quilting bug and I’m sure I’ll have other quilting related projects up soon!

Any veteran quilters out there have any advice?


We Knit This City

I was part of Imagine RIT last weekend. It is a huge festival at the Rochester Institute of Technology designed for students to show off to 30,000 people.

My knitting club once again put up a knit brick wall…

We Knit This City

We duct taped the bricks to a paint tarp ahead of time so we didn’t have to stick each individual brick up the morning before the event. We learned our lesson with that last year.

We also taught kids to finger knit again this year. It was really cool to talk to the kids who remembered doing it last year and wanted to drop back by to make another bracelet.

We Knit This City

This year, we added a Crochet Campus to the exhibit!

We Knit This City

We spent 5 months knitting 10 of the building on RIT’s campus to make a little model of the campus. Everyone loved it.

We Knit This City

Especially the Sentinel. This lovely miniature statue of a rusting interpretive art piece was done by the club’s former President, Alyssa. I would have run screaming in the other direction if I had to do it. But it was everyone’s favorite part of the campus, and the most recognizable part.

Luckily for me, I didn’t have to work a 12 hour day to get the exhibit done this year. I also didn’t get too sunburnt, despite the 80+ degree weather.

All in all, it was really successful. All 3 parts of the exhibit were a hit, even if they didn’t flow together as I wanted them to.

I loved every minute of the exhibit, and I am so excited to never do it again.

Birthday Party in a Bottle

Birthday Bottle

Full disclosure: The woman at the university’s mail center, not an official U.S.P.S. worker, would not let me mail this. She made me put it in a box. The Giver’s Log was successful at mailing hers, she was also the inspiration for my bottle to my sister. So, if you try this, make sure you talk to your postal worker first… or just realize that it’s a cool present even if it is in a box.

My sister turns 24 today! Happy birthday, L! Since I’m away at school, I wanted to send her something cool, like I did for my dad’s birthday. But since I had already sent a cake, I wanted to send a party in a bottle.

Here’s what I used:

Birthday Bottle

  • 1 sturdy, clear bottle
  • 1 Birthday Girl Sash
  • Balloons
  • 1 Inflatable Light saber
  • Avengers Stickers
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Packing Tape
  • Birthday Note

My sister is a huge Avengers and Star Wars fan. This party in a bottle can easily change theme by using other stickers, candy, princess hat, or feather boa… pretty much anything light that will role, or fit into the bottle.


First, drain and dry your dry your bottle. Make sure to take off any labels it may have. Then, cut a hatch into the side so you can fill it like a piñata.