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Friday, February 28, 2014

A Tula Pink Finish

Do you ever give yourself urealistic, self imposed deadlines?  I am finding that I do with almost every single quilting and sewing project.  I need to relax!  These self imposed deadlines hanging over my head just need to go!  I mean, seriously!

Well, here is a seriously cute drawstring bag made with Tula Pink's Birds and Bees line.  The pattern is by Jeni Baker of In Color Order.  That link will take you to her tutorial.  For the pattern, which has like 8 different sizes, click on this link here.

It is simple to make.  It is lined, too.  I made it for my Granddaughter.  Her first purse, of sorts for treats, toys, goodies, and whatnots.  I embroidered on the inside my Granddaughter's name with her Mom's phone number in case it gets left behind.  I just love the ladybug fabric and especially the ribbon!  This turned out so cute! 

And it can be washed.  Because if you are a Mom, you know what kinds of things will get put in a little girl's purse.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday Stash #6

I came late to the party of Tula Pink.  Better late than never, right?  One of my favorites of hers is Prince Charming.  Fortunately, there was Prince Charming fabric still being sold -on sale even- when I came to the party (or is it par-tay?!  Which  totally coincided with the release of this book from Tula Pink City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.).  I already had some yardage but really boosted my stash with IG #thegreatfabricdestash.

I am going to make this quilt with my stash FreeSpirit Prince Charming Quilt.  Now that I have enough fabric.  Instead of using Turtle Bay as the sashing, I plan on using Michael Miller's Cotton Couture in Vanilla.

Linking up now with Mila + Cuatro who is hosting Sunday Stash for Molli Sparkles.  

Friday, February 21, 2014

Finished Friday Infinity Scarf

While my BFF Jessica and I were organizing my sewing room, she came across some voile fabric from Connecting Threads.  (Come on, I can't be the only one that forgets fabric stashes!)  I had the fabric left over from making a quilt and want to use it to make infinity scarves.

Well, guess what e-mail I got from Jessica that Monday?  Uh huh, you guessed it.  This one from Pink Chalk Fabrics for infinity scarves.  It is free!

My completed project for today is an infinity scarf that I made for Jessica. Her Birthday is on Sunday.  And yes, she knows about this because I asked her to pick the colors.  (I didn't have much time to sew today because a niece is coming to stay with us for the weekend.  This took about an hour to make.)

Instead of hand stitching the opening closed, I top stitched close to the edges. (I don't like hand stitching.  I avoid it like the plague, except binding.  I like the look of hand stitched binding.)

I can see more of these in my future!  An easy pattern.  It will make a great gift.  Spring weather is coming - really it is!  Lots of gorgeous voile and lawn fabrics to make this with.  Tula Pink, Liberty of London, Amy Butler fabrics just to name a few.

Linking up now to Crazy Mom Quilts and Finish It Up Friday!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WIP Vintage Quilt Revival & Paper Piecing Wednesday

For my WIP Wednesday, I have a couple of WIP's.  This week's blocks for the Vintage Quilt Revival are the Classic Rolling Squares Block:

 And the Red Cross Block:

 Okay, these two blocks were tricky for me.  The paper piecing was okay but joining all the pieces together and getting points to match was, ummmm, well...let's just say there was some quality time spent with my seam ripper.

I am also working on a mini quilt with the Classic Geometric Block.  I am using Over the Rainbow batiks for this one.  There will be two more blocks.  

I haven't done a whole lot of paper piecing and this is a great way to get more experience.

It has been a long day!  Linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Stash #5

What a weekend!  It was a busy but fun one.  My dear friend Jessica came over and helped me clean and organize my sewing closet and room.  Lots of purging of fabric scraps I won't ever use again.  Some were completely forgotten about.  Wish I had taken a before shot.  There is an after shot though.

Shifting to Sunday Stash #5 - here it is all organized and put on comic book backer boards:

1/2 yard bundle of Dowry by Anna Marie Horner, my latest addition to my stash.  My kitty boy, Juice approves!

Look at those colors!  Oh! I love them!

Love!  I have no idea what to do with these yet... but that is half the fun, figuring out what to do with them.

These are the comic book backer boards that I used.  (Kitty approved!)  And here is a great tutorial about how to fold fabric and use the comic book backer boards by Angela Pingel of Cut To Pieces.

A closer shot of the size used.  

Wha La!  My organized sewing closet!  (Okay, the notions cubby hasn't been done yet, but it will be!)

Linking up now to Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day and Finished Friday

Here is the finished quilt that I made for my Sweetheart for Valentine's Day!  He loves it!  The fabric is Bluebird Park by Kate Birdie & Paper Co.  It is quilted in an E2E X&O pattern to go with the X&O pattern of the quilt.  I used 100% cotton Quilter's Dream Deluxe batting and King Tut 40 wt. cotton thread.  The shrinkage of this quilt was about 6%.  I do not prewash my fabrics.  I LOVE the krinkly look.

Close up of the quilting and a better view of the colors and adorableness of the fabric:

Close up of the pieced back:

Linking up now with Finished Fridays at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Week #4 Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along

So far, I am keeping up with the Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along with Amy over at Sukie Don't Ya Know.  This weeks blocks were paper pieced.

Dakota Star Block -

Yes, those points in the center were a little tricky!

Riviera Block -

And yes, those points in the center were tricky on this one, too!  Not perfect on this one.  Is it enough to be a RE-DO, though?  I mean, on a galloping horse, no.  But...I don't look at quilts on a galloping horse.  I don't even own a horse.

Here is a picture of all the blocks together.  I am thinking some more of the warmer colors in the Acacia line need to be incorporated.

Linking up with Sukie Don't Ya Know.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sunday Stash #4

In May of 2013, I made a quilt with Tula Pink's Salt Water charm packs (Fair Winds and Following Seas).  This one was made with 2 charm packs, some vanilla couture cotton solid, and quilted on my regular sewing machine.  I loved the quilt, wanted to keep it, but gave it away.

Fast forward to #thegreatfabricdestash  - I bet you know already what Sunday Stash #4 is.

Yes, Salt Water fat quarters, yardage and solids!  This quilt I will keep!  For ME!  Bwaaaahaaaaa!

The blues:

The navy Seaweed and Submarines is one of my most favorite!  Got lots of yardage in that.

The greens:

The corals:

Gorgeous!  The solids are from Hawthorne Threads.

I plan on making this quilt, Ballerina, by Jaybird Quilts. Can't wait to get started but I have a few other projects I really need to finish up.  Things are getting crossed off my list of FAL's.  Whoo hoo!

Linking up now to Kate Quilts who is hosting the Sunday Stash this week for Molli Sparkles.  Thanks Kate!  Wonder if Molli got some great fabric from Japan?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Architextures Tula Pink Style and other Blocks

Another cold, rainy day here, which makes for an inside sewing day.  One of my carry overs from 3 & 4Q are the 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.  In a fit of indecision and insanity I decided to do TWO different sets of blocks.  One in Tula Pink's Sampler fabrics and the other from a FQ bundle of Architextures fabrics along with matching solids.

As of today, I have 40 blocks in Architextures and  need another 24 to make the quilt I want (Trellis).  (My photo isn't the best, and my design wall isn't either.)  The layout is subject to change.  You get the idea.

I signed up with Intrepid Thread to do the Gypsy Wife BOM in the calm color way.  I have admired the Gypsy Wife quilt pattern but was not motivated enough to do it by myself. Then Jessica let me know about the Gypsy Wife BOM over at Intrepid Thread.  (Here is the sign up link:  Gypsy Wife BOM.)  Here is my first block:

Ummmmm, I love this!

I also signed up to do the BOW (2 blocks per week) for the Vintage Quilt Revival with Sukie Don't Ya Know.  We are on week #3.  Here are my 6 blocks.

I LOVE the book!  So glad that I got one of the copies that has been autographed by the three authors! If you don't have the book, I recommend it highly.  Having fun with my Tula Pink Acacia fabric.  

Last but certainly not least, finished up this month's (month 9 already!) block for the Hop Skip Jump BOM.  Using my Happy Go Lucky FQ's by Bonnie and Camille for this one.  

Lots of stuff going on here!  Getting caught up and working on my FAL's.  Linking up now to Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Catitude on a Friday!

Here is one of my favorite lines (lately) of fabric all finished up in a quilt.  The line is Cat Nap by Lizzy House.  The pattern can be found here on Andover Fabrics' website.  I made this quilt for a dear family that almost lost one of their kitties.  They are cat lovers and I thought this would be so appropriate for them.  Named the quilt "Catitude".  The family has no idea (unless my dear husband let the cat out of the bag - hehe) that they are getting this quilt.  It will be sent to them on Monday.  I do hope they don't follow my blog!

This is after the quilt has been washed and dried.  If you have this line, DEF use a color catcher!  Even in cold water on a delicate setting, the color catcher did it's job and snatched up some color bleed.

Here is the back of the quilt done up in two of my favs:

Close up:

I am in love with the mice, especially on the bike!  The sunflowers, cats, fish, butterflies, birds are just so darn adorable!

The allover, edge to edge quilt pattern is one with cats and paw prints done in King Tut White Linen cotton thread.  The batting used is Quilter's Dream 100 % cotton in deluxe weight which is a tad loftier than the usual.  Perfect for this chilly weather we have been having lately!

Another close up of the quilting:

Can you see the cat and paw in the quilting?  I am embroidering the quilt label now to go on the quilt.  I name and label all my quilts with the date, who they were made for and my name.  

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lazy Sunday for WIP Wednesday

I have a bunch of WIP right now.  Because that's what quilters do, right?  A white board hangs in my sewing room to help me keep track of projects.  How do y'all keep track?

Well, I had a layer cake of Noteworthy along with some yardage that needed to be cut up and sewn into a quilt.  Several patterns caught my eye, but I eventually decided to do this one - Lazy Sunday Quilt by May Chappell.  

It was fast to cut out and easy to piece.  The blocks are turned on point and that's something I have been wanting to do.  Right now, the top and backing are draped on the longarm waiting to be quilted.  Yay!

Looking forward to seeing all the other wonderful WIP's!  Linking up to Freshly Pieced.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday Stash #3

The Super Bowl of fabric destashing (and stashing!) is on Instagram #thegreatfabricdestash.  I am not sure if I love or hate the brain child that came up with this.   Just kidding, but seriously!

One of my all time fabric lines is Pop Garden/Bijoux by Heather Bailey.  I have quite the stash already.  I've made 5 quilts (one was doll sized), two crib mattress covers and chair pads from that line.  As you can see on my blog photo, my white kitty likes it, too.

When I saw this stash listed on #thegreatfabricdestash, it had to be mine!

The print right there in the center, oh yes!!  I have looked and looked but couldn't find.  And now I have it!  Bwaaahhaaaaaa!  (Um, fabric addict, maybe?)

In this stack that I got from Sara are a couple by Bonnie and Camille, Kate Spain (Verna) and the ones from Heather Bailey.  I already have a good sized stash of Heather Bailey.  I won't part with it.  Right now, I have no plans for it either.  I do take it out of the shelf and pet it from time to time.  (See above.)

Here is a pic of a quilt I made for my daughter on request about 2 1/2 years ago.  I made it before I had heard that curved piecing might be out of my league.  The quilting is my own done freehand on a Janome Horizon and a Project Runway Brother. 

No, not a Super Bowl fan.  I will watch the commercials, though.  I will be hand sewing binding on another quilt I finished while the game is on.

Happy Groundhog Day!  I've heard we'll have 6 more weeks of winter sewing here. Linking up to Molli Sparkles!