Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Q3 progress

Yay!  It's done.  Done and done.  This has made it's home in our TV room, on the back of the couch.  It looks so cute there. 

I can't remember the designer of the back print, but I'm thinking it's Michael Miller.  Anyway-I picked it because of all the colors and it needed to be colorful because the front is very colorful. :)
I did a simple solid hot pink binding because the front is so busy, obviously, and the back is too.

'The Neighborhood'

This was a fun quilt to make, altho I don't think I will do another one.  I realized, after someone had pointed out in the class, that all my houses were on the left I had to force myself to put some on the right, but as you can see, I only managed two of them to be on the right! Then when I finished, I realized none of them were centered. HAHA!  I think I have a little too much structure and OCD issues.  I had a really hard time letting go and not lining things up on this.  It's supposed to be fun, right?  I do love the ric-rac embellishments tho.  Those are my favorite...oh and as I mentioned before, the little deer. She's so sweet. ♥

Gratuitous Binding Shot :)

So, here is ONE finish for Q3.  See my original post on my Q3 entries.  I am not sure if I'll get the others finished...I certainly hope so!  It's been busy and I have so many projects I want to start!!  AGH!  ;)

What are you all working on?


Monday, July 29, 2013

Let's Pretend, Shall we?

I finished this baby up last night.  It's no lie, we all know how much I adore Sarah Jane's fabrics...ALL of them.  I recently hoarded up a bunch of fat quarters of Let's Pretend, and finally did something with them rather than staring at them on my shelf, looking all pretty. :)

The back is my favorite-the print of the marionette's are SO adorable!  Oh, those elephants! Squeal!  I love it.

I got the pattern from this book:

'Baby Floor Quilt'
It's a really super easy project, that can be done in a day.  Honest!  It is pretty small, meant to lay out on the floor for baby to lay on and look at all the pretty pictures. :)

Quilt Stats:
30.5" x 30.5"
Pattern: page 58 of Modern Designs for Classic Quilts by Kelly Biscopink and Andrea Johnson
Fabric: Sarah Jane's 'Lets Pretend'

In other news, it's so sad!!  It's the last week of our Blogger Blog Hop!  Can you believe it?  That went by so fast.   Check out our last (but not least!) posters and enjoy!
Plum and June
A Quilter's Mission
RobinSue Quilts
In the Boon Docks
Sew Fresh Quilts
fabric and flowers
Sewing by Moonlight
Lovelea Designs
A Note to Follow Sew
Sew E.T.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Crayon Wallets and Stash Bags Galore!

I spent the weekend sewing (of course) and prepping for my booth at the Highland Fling.  I'm nervous that I won't have enough stuff, but Robot Husband keeps teasing me that no one is going to buy my crap anyway. :(  RUDE!  You have to know him to understand his humor...well, 11 years later and I still 2nd guess him sometimes. ;)

Even if no one buys, I'm getting  my name out there, right? 

I don't expect my quilts to sell since it's going to be 9 gillion degrees, but I did make a lot of these:

Stash Bags

Give me your 'Stache

Retro Glasses

Pretty zippers

Laminated Crayon Wallets

For boys and girls

I will be completely honest...I'm burned out already on the crayon wallets. ;)  So, I gave myself a break and did the stash bags too.  That helped.  I may be ready to do some more.  I'm just not sure how much I should make!

Here is the lineup for this weeks Blogger Blog Hop.  Do stop by and visit - you will find lovely mosaics to feed your inspirational need. :)  I promise you won't be disappointed.

Alison @ Making Happyness

Ella and Nesta @ Ella & Nesta's Little Room

Nicole @ Modern Handcraft

Aylin @ AyliN-Nilya

Kelsey and Amanda @ Everyday Fray

Linking up to:
Quilt Story

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


I finished my Ginorma-Star quilt.  This is big.  I used Jeni's tutorial for the Giant Vintage Star.  It is GIANT.  My poor machine.  Robot Daughter #1 said we should do straight line quilting across.  I agreed with her suggestion, so I did it.  Oh, poor Penelope McStitchy had a fit.  This is probably the biggest quilt to date I've done on her, so her little tiny throat space was not happy.  Nor was I.  Thus, you can tell from the straight line quilting that it is beyond perfect.  There was a lot of pulling and pushing and cussing.  But, that's OK, the door was shut to protect little ears. ;)


See the imperfections?  Never mind...don't look to close. ;)

Gratuitous Rolled Quilt shot
Even though it was a bear to quilt, it was a fun quilt to make.  The giant size blocks are a delight to make and put together.  If you haven't made one, I highly suggest you do!  Instant gratification - it's super fast to put together!

I got accepted to have a booth at our local city days on August 3rd.  I've been busy making crayon wallets for it.  I have got it down to being able to make 2 a night.'s the laminating that takes the longest, but I've got it down to a science, using assembly line techniques.  ;) 

Have a good week!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Weekend sewing and Blogger Blog Hop Week 6

Baby Jane Churn Dash
Yesterday I locked myself in my new sewing room and sewed all day.  It was glorious.  I put on Downton Abbey and had a wonderful time.  I am now all caught up on Season 3 of DA.  Sigh.  I ♥ it...and Mr. Bates.  I ♥ him too.

I sewed sporadically, moving from project to project.  I couldn't decide what I wanted to spend my time/day on.  So I did a bunch of things.  I started with some Churn Dash first ever!  They are so fun and addicting!  I used this tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Co.  If you haven't ever tried a churn dash, this tutorial and technique is SO easy.

Crayon Wallets
I also made some more crayon wallets.  Since the move and not doing them for a while, I sort of lost my rhythm on how I make these.  So it took me a bit to get it together.  I also decided I needed a bigger size pocket for the notebook because the crayons made little teensy crayon marks on the crisp white paper and it was bothering me to no end.  So I changed it up a bit.

Enter in the new and improved Crayon wallet!  Yay!  Laminated of course. ;)

Here is a sneak peek at the new sewing space if you are interested. 

My sewing heaven ♥

Out my window, there is a pasture with horses and a little river going through the ravine in our backyard.  It's so peaceful and pretty to look at when I am ironing. :)

The Depot sign is from my Grandparents farm.  It is being sold and there are tons of old barns and stuff to go hunting in before they tear everything down.  It's very sad and breaks my heart, but it has to be done.  I could spend hours and hours there.  I found an old mason jar (by the Depot sign) and another tiny jar.  We   I need to find something pretty to put in them.  I took the sign home and cleaned it off and I put a light coat of clear lacquer on to protect it.  My aunt said that there used to be a bus stop right by the farm that they would deliver goods to back in the days.

I had also been hunting for MONTHS for an old antique ladder to hang my quilts on.  I had asked my aunt if she could be on the lookout for one.  She emailed me not even two days later and said she had found one!  I was SO excited.  She said it was gross and probably not what I wanted but I was welcome to check it out.  So we went out there one Friday afternoon and the moment I saw it, I lost my mind!  It was exactly what I had been looking for, exactly what I envisioned, and not only that, it was a piece of my heritage, a piece of my Grandparents that I could have forever...mixed with my love of quilts!   My aunt was so funny, she just kept asking-are you sure??  YES!  I am sure!  I ♥ my quilt ladder to NO end.   I promise to get a post on the quilt ladder later, when I find the perfect place for it and get it all up and displayed.

Anyway - can you believe we are now on Week 6 of the Blogger Blog Hop?  Time flies!
Take a look at these blogs and get acquainted!  There are some lovely projects and photos!

Week 6
Anne @ PlayCrafts
Cath @ Wombat Quilts

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Q3 Entries

Hooray for Quarter 3!  I am pretty proud of myself for finishing the projects I completed for Q2.  I honestly didn't think I'd make it.  So, because that was such a jump start for me and the push in the right direction, let's join up with Q3 shall we?

After moving I found these lovelies that have NOT been finished...or even given a chance! GASP.  I'm so ashamed to say there is even a full quilt, quilted and not even trimmed up-just waiting for binding!  WTH was I thinking!  I've never allowed myself to never finish a full quilt...blocks, yes...I am notorious for starting blocks and never finishing them, let alone even GETTING to quilt-top status.  Sigh.

So, without further ado-here is the line-up of what we are going to get finished this quarter!  Rain or shine!

Granny Squares
Entry #1:  Ahhh, lovely Pam Kitty Morning Granny squares.  I love them.  So sad they've been neglected. Meow.

Large Chevrons
Entry #2:  Large Mermaid Chevrons.  As you all know, my favorite line is Out to Sea.  Sarah Jane is my favorite designer.  Whatever she makes, I'll buy it with open arms.  I need her autograph.

The Wonky Neighborhood
Entry # 3:  The Wonky Neighborhood.  The quilt that never made it.  So sad.  My friend Kristy and I went to a class at our LQS two summers ago!  Wow.  It was doing wonky houses, fussy cutting and sewing them on.  SO much fun.  I had a blast putting these together.  So why didn't I finish it?  You got me.
I love the little deer in this block.  Sew Sweet!
So, there we have it folks!  My 3 entries for the Quarter 3, hosted by Leanne!  Yay!
What are you working on?

Linking up to:  Let's Get Acquainted

Also, here is the lineup for the Blogger Blog Hop Week 5!  Make sure you stop by and meet some new friends!
Christa @ Christa Quilts!
Stephanie @ Quarter Incher

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Blogger Hop Schedule

Eeeek!  I'm so late on this - darn you moving fiasco!

Here is the Blogger Blog Hop schedule for the last two weeks.  Check out these ladies and their awesome blogs!  :)

Friday, June 21
Leigh Anne @ Ella's Cottage
Stacey @ The Tilted Quilt
Sarah @ Quilt Candy
Jackie @ NW Patchwork
Erica @ Happy Fabric
Stephanie @ Simple Sewendipity
Lauren @ Seraphym

Friday, June 28
Green @ So Sew Green
Gwendellyn @ The Rainbow Revolts
Jessica @ Stitched In Thyme
Kathy @ Kayak Quilting
Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts
Kris @ Sew Sunshine
Camilla @ Faffling

Q2 Finish-a-long Finale!

Yay!  I made it. Phewsh.  Luckily I finished all 3 of my projects I wanted to enter in for the finish-a-long BEFORE we moved.  For more info on the Finish-A-Long, check out Leanne's blog here.  Today I am finally linking up my finishes!  I'm so excited to be back online!

Here is the link to my original post.  I had 3 UFO's I wanted to get done. To recap, here they are in their unfinished glory. ;)
Big Top

Suck it, Cancer

Quilts Beyond Borders donation
Okay...and here they are finished!
Big Top
 I love this fabric and I think it turned out SOOOO perfect with the black stripe-y binding!!  That binding makes me swoon!

Suck it, Cancer
I love how this turned out.  I had some major dilemmas on the quilting.  I didn't want to take away from the message I was conveying with the quilt blocks.  So I did some simple straight line quilting, then I quilted flowers around the border and on the side of the header block.  When I washed it and it came out of the dryer, I heard angels singing. ;)  I love it.  The Cuzco line was perfect for this quilt too. 

Quilts Beyond Borders Donation

Quilts Beyond Borders Donation - back
This quilt has been sent off and is hopefully on its way to some kiddos in another country.  This was definitely a feel good project and I highly recommend doing one if you can. Here is the link for their website.  They highly suggested using scraps or leftover fabric.  I had these blocks made for something then ran out of fabric and a year or two later, the fabric is obviously gone.  So I had to find some coordinating fabrics. I think it turned out OK.  I like the soft cotton flannel on the back - I wanted something fun and the apples are so cute.  I really had to go out of my comfort zone on this one - the non-matchy matchy-ness gives me a stroke, but I had to follow orders. :)  And it is for a good cause so I had to tell myself to get over it. Haha.

Anyway-I am working on unpacking my sewing room.  If I had my way, that would have been the first thing to unpack, but I guess these people think the kitchen and food is more of a necessity?  Crazy people. ;)