Friday, June 17, 2016

5 years later......

Back in January 2011 I stumbled upon a small group of ladies that were making the Dear Jane quilt. I had never heard of it before, but I looked it up......those little blocks looked so cute.....
Well before I knew it I had clicked "order" and the Dear Jane book was on it way.

Well there are cute blocks, tricky blocks,  and some "what the heck was Jane thinking?" blocks and TRIANGLES. Yikes, those triangles. At first I wasn't even going to do them, but I got sucked in, can't say I enjoyed making them all but I did. And I even did a scalloped border, my first time ever.

It was a LOT of work, many stops and starts along the way. But every time I pulled it back out I loved how it looked so i just kept plodding along, working on those little blocks in between many, many other projects. And finally it paid off.....

Here is my big TA-DA.....

While working on that took me almost a week to get all that hand-stitching done, I had to have something else fun and easy to work on. Well I saw THIS free pattern that used a layer cake. I'd had a set of gingham prints from Riley Blake, just 11 of them. Seemed like this was the perfect project to use them up. Just 11 10" squares plus  some Kona white and I came up with 5  16"blocks, plus a bonus star block with the leftovers. 

I was thinking a 9-patch layout, 5 blocks with 4 plain white blocks. But I'm not fond of square quilts so I added my bonus block as a top row....52x68"  a great size for a lap quilt, and all from 11 10" squares!

Now to get it quilted.....

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Bloom and Dear Jane

I've been busy sewing as usual but I decided to get back to writing about it on my blog.

Lori Holt's Bloom Sew Along was too cute to pass up. I made all the blocks but I chose to put mine in a different setting. And I LOVE how it turned to find some time to quilt it!

I'm also working on Amy Gibson's Sugar Block Club. Almost fell behind on this one, just snuck in the May block before June's blocks were released. I wasn't so fond of all that background fabric this month so I changed up the centers to be a print instead. I'm making 2 sets, one for a boy, one for a girl, both made from scraps. 1st block I used a small stripe but I didn't really like the giant center. I added a circle and liked that a little better. The second one I liked my fabric selection better.

And the BIG project, the one that has been taking the most of my time and attention.....well I decided that May was the month to finally finish up my Dear Jane quilt. I have been working on it off and on for 5 1/2 years.....yikes. I have spent the last week or more quilting it and it is off the frame!! Here's a sneak peak at some of the quilting. 

I found it hard to quilt teeny tiny stuff in those little 4 1/2" blocks, and that was my very first time doing feathers, I practiced a bunch with a pencil and paper first.

This next week will find me making bias binding and slowly and carefully sewing it on. My first time for scalloped edge too.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I'm back !!!!!

I decided it's time to come back to blogging.


 I had this crazy thought around the beginning of this year, I'm not even sure where this thought came from. Probably triggered by making out an updated list of all my UFO's,  but it went something like this

            What if I could finish 100 quilty things this year ?

Of course that would be crazy right? A Totally ridiculous and unreachable goal.

But as the next few days went along I started thinking why not.....I mean if I aim for 100 and accomplish only 25 that's still an awesome accomplishment.

And.....I have an embarrassing amount of quilt tops needing to be quilted.

And....a huge list of UFO's / PHD's (project's half done) and ones barely started.

And.....kits, patterns, fabric, etc, etc for innumerable more projects.

And so here I am, going to give it a shot. There will likely be many simple quilts, UFO's that I've lost interest in that will be finished to something different than the original plan. But after years of being a wonderful STARTER of projects I'm going to focus this year on being a FINISHER.
I figured this would be a good place to keep track of my progress, instead of on a list that I'd likely just loose :(

Of course that doesn't mean I'm going to give up starting new projects, but I am going to try my darndest to FINISH a lot more of them!

I have been busy and so far I have finished:

                                                                 #1   16 patch for Jenny.
 Was a previously made quilt top that just needed to be quilted. So with just a little work, simple quilting and some binding and one quilt is finished. Yahoo

#2     Natalie's "Stuffy" quilt. 
I received a box of scraps from my quilty friend Joy and these leftover unit's and squares were beging to be made into something. So a quick little project and Natalie has a new quilt for her Stuffies...(her stuffed animals)

#3 Fairy Tale quilt
This was adapted from a pattern I saw for a 3 yard quilt HERE. It was quick to sew up and best of all I got it quilted and bound instead of my usual habit of adding it to the quilt top pile.

#4 Valentine Table Runner
This was made for my quilting buddy Mimi at a swap over at

Well that's the show for now... many more to come !!!!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Progress on June's UFO

I didn't get to June's UFO until 3 day before the end of the month. But I figured any progress was better than it sitting untouched for another year.
This UFO was based on the pattern "Autumn House" by Bunny Hill Designs, but with changes and additions.

                          Here's the 7 blocks that I had worked on before setting it aside. 
                                          They were fused, but no stitching done.

The first block was hand appliqued, but I changed my mind and fused all the other blocks so I could machine applique them. I was not very confident in my hand applique skills back then! I decided to re-do it and use the hand appliqued one for something else, maybe the start of a tote bag. This is the new one. 

I completed the other 2 blocks also, and then started doing the machine buttonhole stitch. 
                                              Here's two of the blocks:

I got 6 blocks sewn, the last 3 still need the machine stitching.
I felt like I got a decent amount done in 3 days.

 The month is over but I hope to keep working on this and not just set it aside again.
                                I'd like to get it finished and hanging on the wall!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Getting Back to Sewing!

Things got really busy around here for a while and gets what had to give.......Yep........My sewing time!
But things have settled back down again and I'm catching back up in my sewing room.

I finished my May UFO, at least got it made into a quilt top before all the busyness started. It was a mess when I pulled it out back at the beginning of May
1 Completed block, 2 partial blocks, and pieces for several other blocks, but missing pieces and a pattern!
Yes, it was a challenge. However once I got going on it, it wasn't too hard to figure out. I remembered some froggy fabric I had bought for the border (10 years ago!) and I still had it. I made some cool eyes for my frogs, taking my cue from the frogs on the border fabric.

And TA-DA................A froggy quilt top!

Now that I had time to get back to sewing, the first project I had to get to was my Scrap Squad quilt. I had started it before all the craziness started, but it got abandoned when the demands on my time increased. It only took a couple of days and I had a completed quilt. It will be posted on Quiltmakers Quilty Pleasures blog any day, but here's a sneak peak of a cute fishy!

And what to work on next?

Well there's only a few days left in June, but I thought I should at least pull out my June UFO. I found the blocks last night and put them up on my wall. It's actually a little further along than I remembered.
Only 2 blocks to go!
All these pieces are only fused on though, I still need to stitch them down. We'll see how far I get, even a little progress is better than none.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Design Wall Monday May 14th

Not a lot of sewing has been going on at my house, but I did make a little progress on my chicken row.
That cute little chick I made last week now has a Mommy!
The hen is a simplified version from a McKenna Ryan pattern.

Here's a photo of a mimi quilt top I finished a few weeks ago, it measures 13" square!

And my UFO project for May
This is a frog baby quilt I started about 2002 and never finished. I have 1 block completed and pieces of 5 other blocks, I seem to be missing a bunch of pieces and the pattern. No wonder it has sat so long!
But no longer...............It's going to become a quilt this month............I hope!

You can check out what others are working on over at Patchwork times

Monday, May 7, 2012

Design Wall Monday May 7th

I've been working some more on my row for my Spring Row Quilt. I think I have it just about where I want it. I think it just needs a bee or butterfly or some little bug. I'm just waiting to find the right ones!
I've sewed down the fence pieces with a small zig-zag stitch. The flowers are fused on but I'm not sure yet how I'll stitch them down.  There are a some tiny pieces. Maybe a tiny zig-zag stitch, or maybe just straight stitch close to the edges. Any suggestions out there?
A closer look.

My row is for a row quilt exchange (not sure if that is the right term). Now 4 of my quilting friends will make rows for my quilt and I will make a row for 4 other quilts.

I'm making a row for a quilt this month that has a Farm theme. This is what I have so far:
Isn't he cute! This is a McKenna Ryan pattern I've had for a while. Now I need to figure out some buddies for him, like a rooster, a hen or two and a few more chicks., enough to fill a 42" row. I'm not used to all this ad-lib quilting, or making it up as I go along. Guess it will get easier the more I do it!