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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WIP Wednesday Sewing up a Mess!

Okay, this week has been another crazy one.  (But I DO crazy for some reason.)  For you accountant/payroll types, you know that 1Q 2014 tax filings are due by today.  Fun stuff!  Yeah, um hum.  On top of that, I had 34 scrub tops to embroider with names, etc.  34.  THAT really cut into my quilting time!  And my sewing room is a mess.

But when I did get a chance to get some sewing in, I worked on this baby:

Yes, Tula Pink's Mystery Quilt workshop on Craftsy.  The fabric is her Fox Fields line.  I have half of it sewn together.  It has been trickier than I thought to sew the diagonal rows together.  It is a good sized quilt!  (About 70" x 80")  I had to bring my other design wall down from upstairs to fit all the blocks on.  A border to add to the size so it will fit a double or queen sized bed?  Hmmmmm...

I did get some black and white striped binding sewn together for my wall hanging from Sew Lux Fabric.

 Hope to have that done by Friday!

A pillow top pieced together to go with my Acacia Vintage Quilt Revival quilt.  This is a giant X & + pattern that is featured on Lily's Quilts by Sonia at Fabric and Flowers.  There was some extra fabric cut off of the corner pieces, so I made these...

I need a couple more pillows, so these will be incorporated.  No waste!

Linking up now with Lee over at Freshly Pieced.  What did you sew this week?!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Two 2nd Quarter Finishes!

Woot!  Two finishes for today!  Both have been washed and dried.

Last year in the CCMQG, we did a block bee.  Each person picked 4 one yard pieces of fabric.  I picked the Sketch fabrics.  We took home a different person's (or two) fabrics each month and made a block.  These are the ones that I got back!  I used Sun Text fabric for the sashing.  The binding is Paint Box by Cynthia Rowley.  The quilting pattern is broken glass.  It ended up about 46" x 60". 

The other finish is quilt for a baby girl.  Her Mom and Dad are water people, so Out to Sea by Sarah Jane was a fun choice.  The front:

The back:


Linking up with Finish it Up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts.  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WIP Acacia Vintage Quilt Top

This is one quilt that is turning out as I had hoped.  It isn't too hard to screw up with Tula Pink and Vintage Quilt Revival!   I am really enjoying this one, paper piecing and all.  I want this for our guest bedroom, so I am going to add borders to make it queen size.   I plan on making pillows and shams with the leftover Acacia fabric.   And how to quilt this one??  Ideas welcome!

Linking up now with Lee at Freshly Pieced.   What are you working on?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Stash #12 - The Easter Bunny Did It!

If I told you that it was the Easter Bunny that left me with these new beauties for my stash, would you believe it?  Or have I fallen off the fabric diet wagon?

Okay, Okay, I had to have these...

Tula Pink Neptune yardage on the left from #thegreatfabricdestash along with a Tula Pink Nest layer cake.  I mean, how could I resist?!?

Of course, while out in Utah, I had to stop at one of my fav quilt shops.  There were some FQ's just calling my name.  I swear.

Some Collage by Carrie Bloomston.

 Some  Riley Blake Geeky Chic Vinyl Record Fabric.

And some Lizzy House Cat Nap fabric.

At any rate, I'd rather the Easter Bunny leave me these goodies than some colored, hard boiled eggs.

Happy Stashing!  Love to see what you got!  Linking up with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash!

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Mixed Finish it Up Friday

I have a couple of finishes to share today.  Some good news, and some bad.  I'll start with the bad.  My Dad passed away early this morning.  He had been suffering with Alzheimer's Disease for many years. He had my quilt with him when he passed away.  (See my previous post here.)   It is a relief that he is no longer suffering.  It is so sad to know that he is no longer here.  Words cannot express my feelings.

The good news is that Camelot Fabrics featured my lil' monster quilt today, (yes, today) on their website.  Here is the link:  Camelot Fabrics Blog.

My finishes for this Friday:

 The one on the left is for Jessica and will hopefully help her work on her "Hex on the Beach" TP quilt. :p Mine is the one on the right.  I have already used it when sitting at the couch binding the below.  The pattern is Sit N Stitch.  I used my binder foot/tool with these and after making mine, lined Jessica's with SF 101 which adds some heft to it.  The fabric is from Timeless Treasures and I found it at here at Hawthorne Threads.

 Raffle quilt for the 2014 Fur Ball!  I used Basic Grey's "Max & Whiskers" fabric line for this quilt.  The pattern is HST's with sashing and cornerstones.   The quilting is called puppy paws.  I got the charms from #thegreatfabricdestash.  The finished size is approximately 60" x 70".

Also for raffle are these items.  A runner, two hot pads and two dish towels.  The embroidery on the dish towels are from Urban Threads.  I made these items for last year's raffle and was asked specifically to make similar ones again for this year.  So I did using a different fabric line.  Plus, I made the quilt to raffle as well.  I hope it helps to raise a lot of donations!

Linking up now to Crazy Mom Quilts - Amanda Jean for Finish it Up Friday.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WIP's 2nd Q 2014

This blog post is to document where I am at as of today.

What needs to be finished:

 My oldest WIP, Craftsy 2013 BOM.  The top is finally finished after I went with a drunkard's path block.  It is upstairs (with backing) waiting patiently to be quilted.   I am just not sure where I want to go with the quilting of this one.

Next up are the 40 Tula Pink Modern Quilt blocks that once I put everything away, it is difficult for me to get into gear and make more.  Not sure why, because I love making these!  The size?

(Sorry, not the best picture!)  I have 14 blocks to make, sashing to do and this TP Modern Quilt block quilt be be ready for quilting.  This one keeps getting pushed to the side for other quilts that have definite deadlines.  Definitely want to finish this one this quarter!

My Glimma obsession and love of all things Glimma - ahhhh. (Not the best pictures here either.)   I gave up on the idea of finishing these blocks into a quilt and am going with a table topper and a runner. These need simple, plain backing and quilting. The leftover fabric has been cut up and is just waiting to be pieced into a Simple Squares quilt.  The pattern is Jessica's and is free on her blog!

Hop Skip & Jump BOM with Sew Lux Fabric!  We are in month 11.  I am slow making this month's block but tomorrow is another day!  Can't wait to see this one finished!

Okay, I get it now.  Swoon blocks are big.  They DO take a lot of time even with my AccuQuilt Go! doing the cutting.  My goal was to make TWO, just two last quarter.  I didn't make it.  Sigh.  At two a year, this baby will take me forever.  (Drama.)  I need to do something different.  It is a quilt for our own bed for crying out loud!

This baby is almost done!  Quilted with binding sewn to the front but not hand sewn to the back yet. (Who else likes to hand sew binding on while watching TV at night?  Makes the commercials pass quicker, right?)  This was a block bee swap started last year that several participated in with the Coastal Carolina Modern Quilt Guild.  We each picked out 4 different yards of fabric and participated in the swap.  My 4 fabrics are from the Sketch fabric line in Lipstick, Aqua, Navy and Coral.  I put them together in Alison Glass' Text fabric in Teal.  The binding is Paintbox by Cynthia Rowley.  The quilting is a dense E2E pattern called broken glass.

This is another Sew Lux BOM.  It is their anniversary mini mystery BOM!  (Not much of a mystery now with my posting the finished top.)  This one has the backing made and is waiting for quilting upstairs, too.

Alison Glass fabric lines in orange peel...yum!  This one will be a king size and for my daughter and SIL.  I am going for a cathedral window look.  This one keeps getting pushed to the side, too.  Need to make a deadline and stick to it!

Vintage Quilt Revival  BOM with Sukie Don't Ya Know in Acacia fabrics by Tula Pink.  I am three weeks behind, and am going to get some blocks done tomorrow!  I am, I swear!

The Intrepid Thread's Gypsy Wife BOM.  Need I say any more?  I am slow with this month's block on this one as well.  Tomorrow is going to be a busy, BOM making day!

This one is upstairs waiting for quilting as well.  I have another one cut out and waiting to be pieced.   Two baby girls coming this month!  Both quilts have to be done by certain dates, so this one will get quilted this weekend with binding sewn on shortly after.

Tired yet?  That is certainly enough to keep me occupied for some time to come.  But noooooooooo, I have other quilts jumping around in my mind!  They haven't been started yet, but patterns and backing are picked out, purchased and ready to go.  

Here they are:

Terrain quilt (for a birthday in May - got to get to work!)
Dowry quilt (no backing yet)
True Colors quilt (Anna Maria Horner - no backing yet)
Lottie Da quilt
Salt Water quilt
Simply Style quilt (king size - I really want this one for our bed too!)
Hashtag quilt (Happy Go Lucky fabric)
Sunnyside quilt (my own HST design)
Summersville Spring quilt (a quick strip quilt)
CatNap quilt
Prince Charming quilt

Hah!  Yeah.  Really, there are even more.  With the weather getting warmer and weeds growing like they do...a big are you kidding me?!?  *smh

Linking up now with Katy over at The Littlest Thistle.  Come on!  There are no penalties if you don't get stuff done but there are PRIZES you can win if you do!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Stash #11 Poem Included

Okay, I did it.  I jumped on the bandwagon of the fabric diet.  That's right, no fabric for me in April.  I am already regretting the decision.  It's not like I don't already have so much stash that it will take me several years to do something with it ... it is just the thought of no new fabric for one. whole. month.  I mean, I panicked for a few thinking, "O.M.G.!  What will I post on Sunday Stash?!?!?"  (See below for a poem written by my Grandmother to my Mom and my Aunts.  I come by my fabric addiction honestly.)

Turns out, I am okay.  Here are some recent additions purchased in March.

True Colors by Anna Maria Horner fat quarter bundle.  These look so delicious next to AMH's Dowry fabric line.  LOVE!

These are Timeless Treasure prints that I will be using on my Sew Lux Anniversary Mini quilt for backing.  To see the top, go here quilt tops finished.

And some Melody Miller fabric to make my Noodle-Head super tote!

Love these!!  Yes, I am old enough to remember the actual viewfinder thingy for these.  Yep.

Here is the poem that my Grandmother, Clarissa Holmes Buttars, wrote to my Mom and my Aunts:

Legacy of a Cloth-aholic

When I am called up yonder
There will be no peace of mind
Not because you miss me
But on account of what I left behind.

You know, I'm a great collector
Not of art, gold or historic lore
But I collect rare bargains
Found in every fabric store.

I have cloth of every color
Plain, plaid, print and stripe
I've cloth of every texture
Pieces of every size and type.

I've ribbon, laces, trims and bias
Eyelet, ric-rac, wide and narrow braid
I've yarn and crochet cotton
And many spools of sewing thread.

There are also many patterns
For crafts of every kind
"How To" books, magazines, instruction sheets
Just look and you will find --

All this stored in every corner
And, in every drawer and chest
In boxes, bags and baskets
And the closets hide the rest.

So now I tell you, darling daughters
You just can't throw it all away.
You must look, measure, and divide it
Even if it takes all day...
Or a week...or a month...or a year.

And when you're old like I am
And your daughters too, have grown
Then they can have this legacy
For their very own...

With love,

See?  It runs in my family!  What more can I say?  I might make it this month without falling off that bandwagon.  BUT...!

Linking up now with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash!  Show us yours!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Quilt Tops Finished

What a whirlwind week!  The weather here has turned sunny and warm.  At work today, we enjoyed a picnic lunch outside.   My time spent sewing as been limited.  I did get some quilt tops done.  They are waiting to be quilted.

A baby girl quilt for a dear friend is pieced.  The fabric is Out to Sea by Sarah Jane.

Love the mermaids, the octopus and the sailing ships!  I am actually making another one for another friend who is expecting a girl.  Both are due at the end of April.  

Another quilt top finished and waiting to be quilted is my Sew Lux Anniversary Block quilt.  This one is going on my sewing room wall.  The embroidery is from Urban Threads.  A reminder for me as deadlines come up.

The other deadline is to get a quilt done for the raffle at the annual Fur Ball.  The fabric is Moda's Max and Whiskers that I scored on #thegreatfabricdestash on IG.  The top is not completely sewn together - the bottom three still need to be sewn together.  I plan on getting this one quilted this weekend.

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday!