Popping in today for a brief post. First I wanted to mention that my One Block Wonder Quilt was the "Viewer's Choice" winner over at Quilter in the Closet
. Once the quilt-along was over, Jen opened up voting on all of the entered quilts, and I am thrilled to say that mine was the most voted for. Thanks so much to all of you that voted, it really means a lot to me, especially since there were so many fabulous entries. Now I just have to decide how to use my gift certificate to The Intrepid Thread! Woo Hoo!
I have been steadily working on my Autumn Sampler (pattern by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
.) As you can see I jump around quite a bit and not one block is "finished" yet, but that is fine with me, I just pick a spot that I want to stitch and just start stitching! I have been enjoying this so much, SO MUCH! I stitched while we were on vacation, I stitch in the car rider line, I stitch in the evening. I bet I already have 20+ hours on this baby, which is kinda insane if you think about it, but I really have just been stitching along and loving every minute of it!
Lastly, I had a little story to share. My husband and I always joke around about what we want our tombstones to say (I know this is morbid) mostly or always joke things. For example, I want mine to say: "I told you I was sick." See funny, the idea of bringing laughter to others in a cemetery long after I'm gone cracks me up. So back to the point. On a long car ride, where I was steady stitching on the above, the following conversation takes place:
Husband: "Your tombstone is going to say, "I came, I sewed, I made a lot of crap, I died."
My Response: And underneath that it will say, "Life Well Lived!"
And I think that about sums it up folks, love others, do what you love, life well lived! That is all I have to share today, so go out and have a great day!
Last quarter of the year! WHAT? I'm doing it up HUGE! My list is huge, my goals are huge and going to try so hard to get these projects done! Oh and please excuse some of the poor quality photos, they are works in progress and the photos were taken in substandard conditions! HA! Here is my list in order of how I would like/need to get them finished:
1. Emerald Cut Quilt - This one has been quilted and the binding is sewn on, I just need to hand sew the binding closed. I almost finished this one for the third quarter, but didn't quite make it. Will wrap this one up soon.
2. Solar System Quilt - I put this panel quilt together early last month and basted it. I plan to hand quilt this one with pearl cotton. This one is a Christmas present, so I need to get cracking!
3. One Block Wonder Quilt - Here it is on the design wall. Since this shot, I have sewn it into rows, and it now awaits me to sew the rows together. Once the rows are together I will add a border or two. Then I just have to baste and quilt.
4. Open Wide Zipper Pouches - Early last month I whipped up these patchwork panels and plan to turn them into two Open Wide Zippered Pouches (pattern by Noodlehead.) These need to be finished before Christmas also!
5. Modified Rebecca Bag - My mom has requested a purse after seeing my Rebecca Bag that I made for Craft Book Month. It is cut out and awaiting me to buy a zipper and then whip it up!
6. Mango Quilt Block
- Plan to turn this into a mini quilt of some sort. Interested in making your own? Find the tutorial over at A Quilter's Table HERE
7. Dogwood Blossom Quilt - I think I have 12 of the 20 blocks finished. Eight more blocks then piece the top into a twin sized quilt. I also have to figure out the backing of this one.
8. Christmas Strings Quilt - I actually hope to work on this one during the holidays, I just can't seem to get motivated to work on a Christmas Quilt during other points in the year. I have a good idea of how I want to piece this quilt top and am excited to work on it in December. This will be a lap quilt.
9. Latticework Quilt - I took the time to baste this one about a month ago. It sits waiting for me to quilt it!
10. Sister's Ten Quilt - I have been following along with this year long quilt along, but just haven't shown off many of the blocks. I have 6 more blocks to construct (fabric is already cut) and then to assemble the quilt top! I think this one will be king sized, so I may have to send it off to be quilted.
11. Autumn Sampler Cross Stitch - Started this one kinda randomly last week, wanting an evening and car ride project. I am almost finished with this one block, only 24 more to go! Since we don't have much "fall" in Louisiana, I don't mind working on this through the winter, the temps will finally be fall like then!
12. City Sampler Quilt - Why not go crazy and say that I will finish up my City Sampler Quilt! I have roughly 30 blocks left to make and then to assemble the top, and of course quilt it. The odds of this, the last project on my list getting done is pretty crazy, but hey why not dream big!
There it was, my big crazy 12 project list. Honestly, if I get around 5 done, I'll be happy with that. This will be the last to-do list of the year, and I have to thank Leanne for hosting the Finish-A-Long this year and motivating so many of us to get those projects finished!
Patchwork Critters Baby Quilt
I am proud of this one, a rather simple design, where I find I tend to make things ever so complicated and have a hard time with just letting a simple design stand on its own. That is what this one is, a simple design, featuring a collection of sweet gender neutral baby fabrics, Critter Patch designed by Alyssa Thomas. This virtual quilt is 45" x 45", features an 8" block, a skinny 1/2" solid border and then a 2" border around the whole thing the finish it up I designed this quilt using the Quilt Design Tool
found at Threadbias
. Every contest they have held so far, I have entered, this being the third one. I just love playing around with the design tool and creating these virtual quilts.Voting is now open to anyone with a Threadbias (free) account. So...if you have an account, I would love for you to take a minute, hop over and have a look at the entries, I believe there are around 30. If you should feel inclined I will shamelessly ask for you to vote for mine! Or...whichever one you like best!
You can find the entries and more information HERE
, just be sure to click on the green button that says "View Entries" and it will take you to all the gorgeous baby quilts. There really are some clever designs. Voting is open until next Monday, October 14th.
Once upon a time I found myself at JoAnn Fabrics. I originally went there to purchase Juliana Horner's new fabric line Rosette
. Once I was there I decided that the fabrics did really read "me." They are beautiful, but honestly just not my style, but since I was there, it wouldn't hurt to look around, right? After spending some time browsing the bolts, I ran across that gorgeous yellow print above. Then I discovered the other two coordinating prints. They are all by Denyse Schmidt and are part of her DS Quilts line for JoAnn Fabrics
. Though, I do believe that two are from one line and one is from another, they all coordinate beautifully. So I bought 3/4 yard of each (why that weird amount, who knows?) and headed home. There the fabrics sat for a few weeks.
In the meantime I enrolled in Stitched in Color's Penny Sampler Class
. The very first project of the class is a pillow that featured a Dogwood Blossom applique on it. Originally I had no intention of making it, but once I remembered I had bought these fabrics (and bought enough yardage) I knew it would make a beautiful pillow. So here it is! Just as pretty as I envisioned!
The background was free motion quilted in a simple stipple pattern using white thread on both the front and the back panels. Then the applique was added on top.and features "the sketch stitch technique" that Rachel teaches in the class. And yes, it is my new favorite thing to do and just perfect for applique blocks. It really seals the edges of the applique and I KNOW that there won't be any raveling and no chance that it will come off in the future. So awesome. I used navy blue thread for the sketch stitch because those little dots on the blue fabric are actually dark blue.
I know that it appears like I followed directions to a "T" with this pillow, but alas I did not. I don't think I am capable of following directions exactly like I am told. The one thing I changed with this pillow was the applique technique that I used. Basically in Rachel's class she teaches two applique techniques. One for light colored fabric on top of dark fabric (where see through would be a problem) and the other for darker fabrics on top that won't show see through. Because of the larger white flowers on the yellow print, you could see through to the blue fabric. I didn't want to use the correct method because that would have entailed a trip to the store for missing supplies, and I really didn't want to go to the store. So I figured out a way around it, and it worked GREAT for this pillow project.I have a bolt of Pellon 50, which is a sew-in interfacing (it is NOT fusible.) It is slightly see through (so I could trace the template onto it) and it is fairly stiff, around the stiffness of a cereal box, but thinner. So I traced the template and cut out four petals from the interfacing. I then took the yellow fabric and carefully ironed it around the interfacing template, once I was done ironing, the interfacing stayed inside, making a sandwich of sorts (finished edge fabric on top, interfacing in the center and the raw edges wrapped around to the back of the shape.)
I then pinned the four petals to the background and stitched them on using the sketch stitch. It worked out so well, no see through and the petals are slightly stiffer so they stand out a bit from the background. This worked perfectly for a pillow, but this is not a technique I would use for a quilt, as it would just be too stiff for a quilt.
The only real mistake that I made was that I cut the pillow to the exact dimensions and then quilted it with the stipple pattern, well I didn't take into account that this quilting technique caused the fabric to "draw up and shrink a bit." The finished pillow was supposed to measure 15" x 15" and would accept a 16" x 16" pillow form (so that it would look nice and plump.) Well my finished pillow measured 14" x 14" and I JAMMED a 16" x 16" pillow form into it, so you can obviously see from the back view that it is overstuffed big time. The front looks ok, but the back is lumpy. I am hoping over time that it "settles in" a bit better. We shall see...
I machine stitched on the binding and voila, it is a finished pillow that is now proudly displayed on my sofa next to the only type of indoor dog we shall ever have! It certainly brightens the sofa and I just love this first project of the Penny Sampler Class!
It is already the third quarter of the year, is anyone else depressed that the year is half way over. *Huge Sigh* Oh well, time to move on! I don't want to say that the second quarter was a bust, but it kinda was in terms of finishing things. I believe I had high aspirations of 11 or 13 projects or something ridiculous like that, which obviously I didn't finish. But....I did finish two. I didn't link them up with the second quarter finish-a-long, simply because I haven't photographed them yet. I finished two sets of pajamas for my boys and my Cosmic Burst Quilt. I will post about them another time when the weather is right and the boys are behaving, so hopefully in the next three months! HA! I was happy to at least cross two things off the list.
This quarter I am taking things a bit differently, instead of a long list, I am aiming for a smaller do-able one. I actually finished up quite a few quilt tops last quarter and have all the backings put together too! So here are my goals for quarter three:
Project One: Boom Boom Pow Quilt - This top is finished, the backing is finished. I just have to baste, quilt and bind it. This is a throw quilt that I plan to keep for myself!
Project Two: Dancing Stars Table Runner - The table runner top is finished and I have the backing ready to go. The letters print will be the binding. I need to baste it, quilt it and bind it. This is to gift, but I don't have an intended recipient yet, I will just know when it is done, I'm sure.
Project Three: Latticework Strings Quilt - This quilt top is finished and so is the backing. I need to baste it, quilt it and bind it. This is a throw quilt that also has no intended recipient, yet.
Project Four: Emerald Cut Quilt - This odd sized wall hanging is all basted and ready to quilt. This quilt will hang in my house when it is finished and will cover up a window that will be removed. No rush, the window has not been removed, well not yet anyway!
Last month, Threadbias
announced they would be holding another quilt design contest featuring the fabric Wallflowers by Allison Harris
. I just knew I would participate. I loved it last time so here was another chance to play around with the quilt design tool and some lovely digital fabric swatches.
I immediately knew that I wanted to try out some other ideas based on a recent quilt top that I finished up, a design that featured strings and a latticework design, which can be seen HERE
. Knowing that was my basis for the design, I wanted to see what a deliberate patchwork background would look like and if the block was even possible. Well it was! Once I had drawn up the block, the rest was easy, until I had to decide how I wanted the latticework to look. Hmm....
My three ideas for the latticework can be see here. My very first version started out with just random placement of the five larger scale prints from the collection. That then transformed into a more deliberate placement of the fabrics, one that ended up with a predominant cross design, with a weaving of the other prints around it. My second version featured the latticework all in one print, very traditional. Lastly, I decided to lay out the five prints in a chevron like layout. I liked this version a lot, but wasn't sold. In the end I left the vote up to my mom and she decided that she liked the very first version, the one that featured the cross. Be it that Mother knows best, that is the design that I entered into the contest.Once again, this contest was really fun, and I loved playing with the Quilt Design Tool by Threadbias. I used all of the prints from the collection and one of the solids that we were given the option to use. Voting is open now in this contest, and if you have a free Threadbias account you can vote. Please take a moment to hop on over and vote, I would love it if you would vote for mine, but honestly there are a ton of great entries, so vote for the one that you love the best! Click on the image below to take you to the contest and there you will find the View Entries button!
Thank you to all the sponsors of this contest, I appreciate the chance to enter the contest and use the Quilt Design Tool.
I decided to join in the super fun sew along, Zakka 2.0 that is currently being run by Debbie over at A Quilter's Table
and Lindsey over at LRstitched
. The sew along is working through all of the projects in the book, Patchwork, Please!
by Ayumi Takahashi. It started up this week, and is going through each project in the book, in order, one project per week. Before I start talking about this project, I just want to mention that I love this book. It is the first in a while that I literally love all the projects and honestly do want to make them all, OK, maybe with the exception of one or two, but even those are super cute, just not very functional for me personally. So needless to say, I am excited to get started with these projects!
This week, or first up are the Bell Pepper Coasters. I think they turned out precious, cute idea, great construction method, super easy and pretty quick. I turned these four out in an afternoon and honestly the hardest part was choosing the fabric. Ayumi's instructions called for 5.5" fabric scraps, but I easily fit these onto charm squares, which was great because I have a LOT of charm squares. I followed all of the instructions with the exception of one, the stem called for a piece of brown felt, which I had, but I wasn't in love with the color, so I opted for a stem of twill tape measure. I thought it was fitting, especially since they are fabric bell peppers.
I accidentally cut out one of the centers upside down, thus having to sew it on upside down also, but I think it looks just fine and you probably wouldn't have noticed if I hadn't said anything. Would you?
I don't think I will be making every project in the book, at least not in keeping with the sew along, the week for each project deadline is just too stressful for me, but I do plan to make a good bit of the projects and look forward to it. If you want to follow along, just click on the button below and it will bring you to the Flickr group where you can find so many awesome projects from the book made by others and you can find more information there too!
I know I have mentioned this before, but I'll mention it again, I belong to a Flickr group that swaps Postage Stamp Blocks.
Well, I haven't posted pictures of my finished blocks. The first set of 10 above are for me to keep and add to the 10 or so I already have. I strip/chain pieced these blocks to save time and these 10 are actually duplicates of 10 that I sent to swap. The 20 blocks pictured below are the ones that I sent to FairlyMerry
(the group leader and swap mama) in order for her to swap them with the other members and then send back 20 different blocks to me. After this swap is finished I am hoping to have enough to put my quilt top together, Excited to get this one laid out and finished up. I am really looking forward to seeing what this one will look like finished.
Oh, and before I forget to post this...I have a winner for the fabric bundle and book from Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day
! Random.org picked number 198, which ended up being Michelle Smith! I have already contacted Michelle, and since she has already returned my response, giveaway day is officially over. Congratulations Michelle, enjoy your fabric and new book!
Laying out a quilt, of course, what were your thinking? Trash, that is what you were thinking! Shame, shame....
With the children tucked into their beds, I spent some time on the kitchen floor auditioning layouts. I think this one won! Hope to sew her up soon. This picture is terrible and does not show off the true beauty of these fabrics, but this quilt will be stunning, if I do say so myself.
P.S. To all you hard working, self sacrificing lovely mamas out there, Happy Mother's Day a tad bit early!
The first quarter of the year has come and gone. Where does the time go, I know you feel it too! With a new quarter comes a new list of goals. I only finished one of my listed goals last quarter, you can see it HERE
. Though in self defense, I finished and started a ton of things. I actually feel quite accomplished, so no worries about just one finish, this quarter will be more productive towards the list, I can feel it! So here it is...
Finish-A-Long Quarter Two Goals (Month by Month):
1. April - Cosmic Burst Quilt, I don't have any new pictures because I don't want to take away the surprise, but this one is already quilted and just awaiting binding. It should be my first finish. This quilt was carried over from the first quarter, I could have rushed to finish in time, but decided not to stress and just finish it in my own time.
- Two pair of Goodnight, Sweetheart Pajamas from the "Sewing for Boys" book. I did make a tad bit of progress and have the two pair of pajamas cut out and ready to sew. I hope to finish these in conjunction with Kids Clothes Week
Spring (April 22-29.) These pajamas are the last thing I will carry over from the first quarter.
- String Blocks! Rachel at Stitched in Color
is currently hosting a String Fever Event, so these blocks moved up on my list. You just have to have a finished quilt top, so really that is all I am aiming for, but having it totally finished would be great! I have a plan for these and am excited to get it laid out. These blocks were from a bee and have been dragging around for about two years. Crazy!
4. May - Wonky star blocks from a bee that I was in last year, these haven't been hanging around that long but the quilt will be for a special someone later this year, so I really want to get it done ahead of time. I am possibly thinking of turning these on point and maybe adding in some larger wonky stars, I guess we shall see.
5. May - Bloom Bloom Pow, a quilt I started last quarter, this quilt-along wraps up in May, so I would like to finish on the same time schedule. Right now I am currently piecing this one! I love all that Flea Market Fancy Legacy!
6. May - Strings Christmas Quilt, yes, I have two uncompleted string quilts. I may try and get the top done on this one to enter into Stitched in Color's contest. This is my big "maybe" project, but at least if I can get the top done, then I can just quilt it around Christmas time. I only have 12 blocks finished, so unfortunately I think I have a lot more work to do with this one. The odds of this one getting "finished" this quarter are slim to none, but heck, why not throw it in there.
7. June - Y Seams Quilt, this is another Christmas present later this year, I have 12 completed blocks from a bee round last year. This will be a throw quilt. I am still debating as to if I will make more blocks or add in solid hexagons in between. Who knows? I can't wait to see how it will materialize, I love these blocks so much.
8. June - Dancing Stars Table Runner, started in January, I currently have 6 blocks done (I think?) and need to have 14 total. I can only tolerate paper piecing in small doses, so a few blocks each month, hopefully by June I can wrap this one up. All the fabric is cut out, just have to piece it.
- Oh these postage stamp blocks have been hanging around for a while, and recently I found another Flickr swap
, swapping more of these blocks, so I joined in and just finished up making 30 more. 20 to swap and 10 to keep. Currently I have 20 blocks and after the swap I should have 40, which I believe will be enough to put this quilt together. This one is last on my list because I'm not sure when the swap will wrap up and blocks will be received, but if I can, I would love to finish it this quarter!
I know this list is totally ambitious and maybe not possible, for me anyway, but it feels good to put them all out there and see what I can actually get done!
Linking up with the following motivators: