Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Where Ya Been?!

Interesting that my last post was a travel pillow finish as I have made five more trips since then!  Throw in a couple of bouts with the common cold and I wonder why I am so tired ;-))

There is so much to get caught up on here on the blog.  I have been making bee blocks, finished a small project or two, took a knitting class, made an "appearance" on a podcast, started our guild's newsletter, received some quilty gifts, bought cool fabric, and oh took a class with Gwen Marston!

Today I'll share the Mid Century Modern bee blocks made through April.  January's block was for Elizabeth, and I showed a sneak peek here.  The quilt top is still a secret.

Cindy asked for Books for Baby blocks from Ayumi's Patchwork Please! book for her sweet granddaughter.  One block made for MCM and one block for the Sew Sisters Bee.

Linda requested tiny churn dash blocks with a few Gwen Marston influences.  Perfect to make right after my class with Gwen.  Love these!

Stephanie is making a quilt to raise money for the Kalamazoo Academy of Rock and sent a palette of Paintbrush Studios solids to create a 12.5 x 18.5 HST block.  Gorgeous colors.

That's it for now.  I hope everyone has been doing well.  I have missed you.
Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Friday Finish: Travel Pillow

Yay for finding time to sew a small finish while on vacation!

I bought a yard of these three fabrics at the LQS and used some of it to make a small travel pillowcase.

I used this tutorial once before leaving off the prairie points.  Since I had three different fabrics, I decided to give prairie points a try.  Not hard at all!

It's the perfect size to take on the plane...not too little....not too big.

For some reason my family gets embarrassed if I take my king size feather pillow ;-))

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day weekend!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What's Up Wednesday: Fabric, Books and Hearts

Last Wednesday was our guild's February monthly meeting.  The Sewing Studio provides us meeting space and 15% off purchases.  I try and be good but I also think it's nice to support our LQS.

I wanted to buy at least a yard of every Blueberry Park print they carried (which is all of them!), but I "settled" for these seven and several yards of this gorgeous Alexander Henry black and white.

Our guild has a new library thanks to Lucky Spool Media.  I checked out Bedroom Style by April Rosenthal and plan to spend some time browsing while I am on vacation this week.  I enjoy listening to her on The QuiltCast podcast so I am really glad to have the opportunity to read her book.

I love mysteries and have discovered the Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny.  I am on the third book at the moment and can't seem to put these books down.  The fictional town of Three Pines sounds lovely and I can imagine myself having coffee or wine at the bistro with a group of friends.  If you love murder mysteries, I highly recommend these.

My friend Caroline made this lovely heart mini for me!  Isn't it wonderful?!  I just love the varied sizes of the hearts overlapping, and her quilting is fantastic!

On the off chance that I get to do some sewing while in Montana, I brought along these fabrics to make a bee block for Cindy.  She is making a quilt for her sweet granddaughter and is requesting #booksforbabyquilt  blocks from Patchwork, Please!.  Several blocks have already been made, and it's easy to see this will be a special quilt!

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

52 Quilters Block

If you give me a deadline, I tend to wait until right before that date to finish.  That's my explanation/excuse for waiting so long to finish my 52 Quilters patchwork block.  We have until the end of this month, so you could say I am actually ahead of schedule...that is until I point out I was the featured quilter in Week 7.... of 2015

I debated quite a while on what block to make to represent my week.  In the end I went with a sewing machine....appropriate as my week was during QuiltCon.  The block pattern is part of the Fat Quarter Shop Snapshots series benefitting St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and the sewing machine can be found here 

Our block is to finish at 8" so I needed to do a ton some quilty math to scale this block down from 12.5" x 16".  There are 32 pieces in the sewing machine, each requiring adjustment.  I basically reduced each block piece in half to make the block approximately 6"x8" and added borders to square it to 8.5" unfinished.

I recently read in this post by Elizabeth there are a number of creative benefits to procrastinating!  She sites this NY Times article which is quite interesting.  If you want to explain to others why you procrastinate so much, take a read! 

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Monday, February 8, 2016

January Bee Blocks

Despite an unexpected hospital stay (I'm OK), I managed to finish my January blocks in the month of January!  I will use the hospital stay as my excuse though to not get them in the mail early enough for the recipients to receive them in January ;-)

For Peace Circle of do. Good Stitches, Steph requested rainbow/low volume diamond HSTs keeping them in two halves so she can mix them up for better variety.

Elizabeth is working on a new pattern so our Mid Century Modern bee blocks are top secret!

Sew Sisters doesn't start back up until February, so technically I am all caught up....sort of!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Finish: Toddler Layover

With the fat quarters of Luke Haynes' new fabric line I received from a friend, I made a toddler version of my Layover quilt.

The brushed cotton side is so soft, especially when paired with the peppered cottons.

The indoor photographs do not do justice to the gorgeous colors and texture.  Hoping to get better quilt photos once this top has been quilted.

The weather here these past few days has been rainy and windy so outside pictures are not doable at the moment.  

Quilt top measures 32"x48"
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.  
Keep safe and warm my friends.  There's crazy weather everywhere this weekend.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 Finish Along Q1 List

I did not get a chance to link up with the first quarter Finish Along, but for my own accountability purposes I am making a list to finishes to complete.

I would like to make two more Layover quilts this quarter.  I have all the blocks made for a toddler size, and most of the fabric cut for another twin size.

Also on my list is a purple version of the Have a Heart quilt for my daughter.  Again, most of the fabric has been cut; it's just a matter of making a zillion HSTs, trimming and then assembling into a quilt.

This new toy was just delivered, so I guess learning how to use it while quilting the above mentioned quilts is also on my first quarter list!

How's your 2016 going so far in regards to sewing projects?