Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter 2014

I hope everyone is having a wonderful and blessed Easter.  I have a ham in the oven and fresh green beans on the stove.  I don't know what else will find its way to my table but I'm off to a good start.

Yesterday I decided to deal with the two charm packs that were sitting on my cutting table - 30's Playtime by Chloe's Closet for Moda.  I pulled two charm packs of Kona Snow and made another Cherry Charm Pack quilt.  This is a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop.  It is a great quilt to make when you just want to sew mindlessly and get it done quickly. 

It took me a tad bit longer than the first one because I was watching Hungar Games while I was sewing.  I loved the books and the movie did not disappoint.

The next couple of weeks will be spent getting backings done.  I have two quilts that I have to make minor "amendments" to before they're quilted.  So I'll get those done also.

I'm contemplating my next project.  Just when I think I've decided, something else catches my eye.  I decided this morning, my Easter resolution, that I'm not going to stress over what should be done but, rather, on what I want to do. 

Penny has been pushing around a plastic Easter egg filled with dog food.  I thought for sure she'd have had it apart by now.  I love playing with her head!

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Batik Top Finished

This one was quick and easy, and it's exactly what the recipient wanted - a batik quilt with purple in it.

The pattern is Sequence by Sew Many Creations.  I pulled all the purple and some of the green out of two Bali Pops.  The background is a pale green, and I chose a beautiful purple/green batik floral for the backing and a purple binding.  (And, yes, I still don't like purple!)

Next project -- I don't know.  I'm pondering the quilt with solids, one with polka dots, and another UFO.  I guess backings are next up on the agenda!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Low Volume Collectors

I was so excited to see that the Fat Quarter Shop has some low volume bundles up on the site!! 

I've been trying to collect low volumes lately - in other words, I'd been poking a bunch of buttons for small cuts!  I'm not good at ordering small cuts.  I always figure if I'm going to ruin a manicure poking buttons, I might as well go for the big yardage.  (That's a joke, folks!!)

These are perfect!

Happy Moda Low Volume bundle

Moda Low Volume 2 bundle

Art Gallery Low Volume bundle

The more neutral ones are what I've been gathering, but I really like the Happy Moda bundle.  That pop of color will really make the others sing.  Seeing that bundle made me totally rethink how I've been going about this!

It's a good thing I've been sewing lately because the packages will be pouring in here in a few days.

Oh oh oh -- I just realized that there is free shipping on orders over $40 until tomorrow night! 

Score!!  Win/win!!  High five!!


These are the low volumes I've collected so far.  The three bundles linked above will round it out nicely!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Pattern Play Quilt

I spent last weekend pulling solids from my stash, and ran by the local quilt shop to pick up a few more.  I want to make the Pattern Play quilt in the latest issue of American Patchwork & Quilting!  I have all the fabrics now and I was so proud of myself for putting it together mostly from stash!

Of course, Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop has made it easy for everyone else!

Just love this quilt.  I don't know if it's the stripes that are attracting me or the fact that I have a bolt of the gray already, but I've been really wanting to work with solids for a while now.  When I saw this quilt in the magazine, I just knew this was the perfect project!

This one will be fun and easy to put together.  Can't wait for the weekend!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

2008 Designer Mystery BOM

This top was so easy to assemble that I can kick myself for letting it sit around since 2009 when I finished the blocks. 

The top is flat, but I can't bend over to straighten it out.  However, since it's a pieced border, I will spray starch the border and put a stay stitch a quarter inch from the edge.  I've found this helpful to keep them from getting wonky during the quilting process.

I went ahead and switched the red and green in the quilt.  I always hesitate to change up something that folks a lot smarter than me selected, but I'm happy with the red on the outer border.  Gives it more of a Christmassy feel which is what I was going for. 

Peace on Earth by 3 Sisters is one of my top five favorite Moda fabrics!  Of all time!  Well, since 2001 when I started quilting....

I am really anxious to start another project that I've selected, but first I am going to make a batik quilt for a friend.  I love batiks but hardly ever used them so I gave away my batik stash.  When this project popped up, I bought a set of 2.5" batik strips, some background, binding and backing, and I'm ready to dive in.  This quilt will have some purple in it .... I know, I know, I don't do purple, but anything for my dear friend!

I lost yesterday because I had fasting blood work in the morning, and then stopped by a local quilt shop.  Too long without eating gave me a horrible headache, so I came home, ate and went back to bed.  Needless to say, I lost the better part of the day.  So today I cut and hopefully can start sewing. 

Next weekend another fasting test .... but I'm going to take a piece of fruit with me to eat immediately after.  I don't deal with those kind of headaches very well.  Besides, I surely don't want to lose another sewing day.  I'm not getting any younger!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Diving into UFOs

I completed the blocks from the last post, and I'll save them for later to sew together.  I can only do so much bending in a day to get them off the "design floor."

I pulled out the 2008 Designer Mystery BOM from the Fat Quarter Shop.  The blocks have been completed since 2009 and have been hanging around in one of those very large Ziploc bags that has totally been in my way for the longest time.  A couple of days ago I moved that bag - again - and thought, "What in the world is in this thing?"  Turns out it was the mystery blocks and the finishing kit.  I'm cutting up the finishing kit now to get it done!

That red, which is a gorgeous red with green polka dots, is probably one of my most favorite fabrics ever.  I'm thinking about switching the red and green -- put the green in the sashings and the red for the outer border.  This is the Peace on Earth line by 3 Sisters for Moda. 

If you have any thoughts on this, I'd appreciate it.  The same yardage was included for both pieces, so that won't be a problem.  Because the blocks are so busy, I was thinking the green might tone them down a bit, and the outer border wouldn't feel lost.

Your opinions, please!!

We've had two sizable earthquakes here this weekend.  The 5.1 Friday night face planted me on the floor.  I had just swung my legs over the side of the bed and had all of my weight on the one foot that was on the floor when it struck.  Because I was off balance, I went tumbling.  I decided just to stay there until the rolling stopped.  It was hard slam following by 10-15 seconds of significant rolling.  Needless to say, I was up for most of the night waiting for the big one! I'm such a weenie with earthquakes.  Penny stayed right next to me all night, practically tripping me up as I moved about.  She was real whiny.  Yep, she's a weenie, too.

With hardly any sleep on Friday night, I decided Saturday night to go to bed earlier. I was laying there reading and all of a sudden Penny started barking.  About three seconds later, "wham," another one.  This one was a hard jolt and then hard shaking as opposed to the rolling motion. It was only a 4.1 but felt as strong as the one Friday night. 

I don't know.  Those occasional hurricanes in Louisiana are starting to look a lot better.  At least you have days of warning before they land.  Earthquakes come out of the blue!  You'd think after 20 years I'd  be use to them!  You'd think!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

My Weekend So Far

I felt so "displaced" this week.  My desktop computer has been down since Wednesday, and I couldn't connect the laptop via the iPhone until just a few minutes ago.  And speaking of the iPhone -- I have a love/hate relationship with it.  I can't get emails on it .... can't post to Instagram .... can't get voice messages .... I need to head to the Apple store, but who has the time for that?  So I have an expensive phone that I can't do much with.  I want my Blackberry back!

I tried and tried to get in touch with a friend yesterday who I was planning on meeting up with this weekend.  I'm just going to head over there this morning and hope for the best.  Let's hope I don't get lost getting there.  Yep, can't connect to the GPS on the phone ....

Anyway, while I was waiting to see if my message got to her, I decided to dig into the stash for another quickie quilt.  I pulled out a couple of layer cakes and got busy.

The fabric is A Breath of Avignon by American Jane for Moda and Kona Snow.  The Avignon was purchased two or three years ago just because I liked the clear colors, but I never knew what to do with it.  I think this will make a happy quilt for someone.

Since I always seem to be "confessing" things, here's my latest.  I got up this morning, grabbed a cup of coffee and went to the sewing machine.  I picked up a stack of pinned blocks and took them to the ironing board to press open.  I stood there and unpinned 30 blocks. When I tried to flip them open, I realized I had just unpinned 30 blocks that hadn't been sewn yet.  Seriously. 

Maybe I should wait until my second cup before I attempt anything in the sewing room ....