Saturday, July 9, 2016

A Happy Scrappy Day

When you have a family you just never really know what each day will bring, especially in Summertime. I just fit my quilty time into whatever little free spots I find.
Well Hip Hip Hurray....today turned out to be a productive scrappy sewing day!


First up was a backing for a scrappy 9 patch quilt top I finished piecing last summer. I didn't have enough of anything suitable for the back so I made a scrappy one. The top is made from scrappy 2 1/2" squares, I figured why not make the back scrappy too. I cut 20 large squares from various blue batiks for a quick and easy pieced back


On to project #2. I needed to make a 6" heart block to mail to a friend. I pulled out my strings I've been collecting for a future "Hot Flashes" quilt, reds, yellows, oranges and pinks. A little rummaging through the pile.....so fun!....and I sewed up this little block in no time.


Amazingly the kids were occupied and hubby was working and I found time to get to project #3. I had just watched the newest tutorial from Missouri Star for a Freestyle Churn Dash quilt 

With that fresh in my mind, and Hot Pink the scrap color for this month over at So Scrappy I found myself sewing some rather wonky pink churn dash block. They actually were very fun, the only cutting really was the white squares (I did 3 1/2" squares) I just took the pink scraps as they were and trimmed off the excess as I squared up the block.  Very quick and easy.

And playing with scraps must be contagious. My little 9 year old read The Rainbow Nest and she decided to make the quilt from the book. She's quite the little sewer. All I did was to cut her a bunch of 2" white squares. She had fun sorting through my box of 2" squares and choosing the ones she wanted and did all the pinning and sewing herself. 

Here's her little collection of blocks so far. She's going to be a great little quilter!

Linking up with Scrap Happy Saturday where I'll be checking out everyone's fun pink scrappiness.



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wooly days

Still having a hard time finding much time for sewing on my machine. I'm trying to get a block done each day for the 365 Challenge quilt each day, need to get a photo of those guys.

But my main accomplishments have been the wooly blocks. Having blocks prepped to take along on summer outings has been working wonderfully. Here's some progress photos:

4 little basket blocks from Linen Closet Designs/http://dawnheesequilts.blogspot.com/
I have 10 made and there are only 2 more of these beauties to do.

This one is a pattern called In the Garden by my friend LauraB over at quiltingaroundtheworld.com. The wheelbarrow block came from another Garden quilt pattern by 2strings over at craftsy.com
Time to start thinking about sashing now for this one.

And one other fun little wooly project. These little hexis are perfect little projects for on the go. Woolies flannel for the background with wool applique. These are from  the Stitching Society, I think there are 180 of them. Since I only have 4 made I'll don't think I'll run out of on-the-go projects for a LONG time!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer time.....long days but little quilting.

Summer Time, those long lazy days. It seems like without the school schedule, homework etc, there should be more time to sew. Not so, because kids are home and many of our days are filled with summer activities. 
As we were heading out to the lake yesterday my smart hubby asked if I'd brought my handsewing. Packing all the fixings for a picnic I hadn't even thought of it. Thanks to him I was able to get most of the embroidery finished on a wool block from the Harvest Mystery quilt Blog Hop from  http://farmhousethreads.blogspot.com/ 

Here's my first 2 blocks



Do you remember the quilt top I recently finished, amazingly I got it quilted AND binding on instead of my usual toss it on the "to quilt someday" pile. The quilting adds so much texture to the quilt.It is now folded neatly and tucked away for a future gift.

My other small accomplishment was to make the June block for the Sugar Block club from http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com/

Here's my June blocks



and the first 6 together in my 2 colorways



So less sewing time, but still SOME sewing time. I need to be more prepared with take-a-long projects,  It makes for a happy Mama!



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 binding....it 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 out....now 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.

Why?

 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 quiltingaroundtheworld.com


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!