Sweet little Spring sew-along part 3

Time for part 3 of our little sew-along…but no worries if you have not finished with part 2! Part 3 is very easy and straightforward and I thought I would make it available just in case anyone needed it already 😉

Last time you received your embroidery patterns and this week I’m just going to explain your next step. By the way, if you are just joining in, you can find the instructions for part 1 here, and part 2 here.

 

So if you have completed all your “homework” ( hahahaha!) you should now have 9 blocks…4 embroidered ones and 5 pieced ones.

Trim all your blocks to 5 inches square and decide which way you want to orient your embroidered blocks….if you are going to hang your quilt on the wall you probably want to have all your embroidery facing the same way. If you are going to use it on a table, you might want to face your embroidery outwards.

Now sew your blocks together. ( I used my walking foot for this step because my embroidery has batting behind it and this ensures that my fabric feeds through evenly).

I sewed mine together in rows ( top, middle, bottom) first, and then sewed the rows together and because I have batting behind my embroidered blocks I pressed my seams open (for less bulk later on when I’m quilting ).20190513_143828

I decided that my quilt will be used as a table topper so have all my appliques facing out.

There, all done for this week. That was easy, wasn’t it? Next week I will share how to finish this project up 😉

Until next time!

Monique

Collage quilting,wallpaper, and grand ideas….what?

Hello again,

For a while now I have been very fascinated by collage quilts. I have picked up a few books about it and follow a collage quilt group on FB, but I had not yet ventured into making a quilt of my own. Last year ( just before we moved and I made one last visit to all my favorite quilt stores in and around Intercourse, PA ( weird town name, but true. Why they changed it from “Cross Keys” to Intercourse I will never understand!) I picked up this pattern:   The subject seemed so appropriate and I thought it would be a great way to venture into collage quilting. I had SO much fun making this one, although I have to say that the instructions were rather vague and I’m sure I did a million things the wrong way! But I like how it’s looking so far and that is all that matters, right?! 😉 I still have to straight stitch around all the applique pieces with black thread and then it will be done! Maybe I can share the finished project next week.

Other than the applique quilt, I sewed a label to my scrappy flower quilt ( Hey, I have to follow the advice in my own preachy post, don’t I??). I used a leftover flower block from the front, so this label was super quick and easy to make. I thought I had come up with an ingenious way to finish the edges (a quick zig-zag around the outside, mimicking a serger), but it turned out very messy and uneven. I will NOT be using that method again!

 

I also picked up this adorable book when Martingale had its huge sale a few weeks back: and just HAD to start this little number:

It consists of 18 teeny, tiny embroideries ( they measure 1.5 by 2.5 inches!) that you then combine with scraps to make this little quilt. I decided to make mine in blue, rather than red. I’m a rebel that way ;). It is just so much fun to add embroidery to a quilt, and this one was a lot of fun to work on in the evening.

This is my progress so far and I’m hoping to get the whole quilt top done this weekend so I can big stitch quilt it!

On the house reno front, we have now successfully removed wallpaper from all but 2 rooms in our home! As you may recall, there was wallpaper EVERYWHERE ( even on the ceiling in one of the bathrooms!). Our latest victory was the hallway, where the wallpaper wasn’t ugly or anything, but it was damaged in some places and was also pretty dark in color and absorbed all light. A bit of a dark hole therefore.

 

The walls need a bit of repair and then we’ll be ready to give it a nice coat of paint. And then we’ll move onto the dining room! I have grand plans for that room, which will have to get done in stages I’m sure. ( I am great at having the ideas and the vision and then leave it up to my poor husband to figure out all the math for materials and execution ;)~have I mentioned that he is a very patient man?? Thank you J, for putting up with all of it! ). Right now the dining room has a low, thin chair rail and some pretty overpowering floral wallpaper. That all has to go. In my mind I see a beautiful room with white wainscotting about 3/4 of the way up, with a dark color paint on the top quarter of the wall….

Let’s see how that works out!

Finally I have to share this super cute container that I found at HomeGoods this week! I needed something to hold my Fat Quarters as my collection has been growing lately and I ran out of room…oops! Anyway, this sweet little stand was on clearance so I scooped it up and brought it home.

And look how much more room I have now for MORE Fat Quarters!

Finally I just want to tell you all a great big THANK YOU for reading my blog! I realize that there are a LOT of blogs out there, and I really appreciate that you choose to read and follow mine. I have nothing special to share, no big corporate sponsorships, and not many giveaways, so I really appreciate you all. Just thought I would let you know 😉

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

January blahs?

Hello friends,

After the Christmas season is done, and all the decorations are put away, the house, weather, and life, can seem a bit blah. Admittedly for me, because we run straight from Christmas into “birthday season” at our house, I don’t have too much of a problem with that because I’m kept busy with 3 (!!) birthdays within a 16 day timespan.  However, taking down Christmas can be a bit depressing so I thought I would share some ideas on how I keep the cheer in our home for the next few wintery months.

While I do take down my Christmas decorations, I will leave out anything that can pass as a winter decoration.

After all, there is no rule that says you can’t decorate for winter, and why not undecorate slowly, in stages, so it doesn’t seem so radically empty right after the holidays? So I leave my “not too Christmassy” quilts hanging and find my “winter” quilts and hang those on the walls, and drape them over the sofas.

I think that using red quilts is still fine because, after all, we are heading towards Valentine’s Day, which is all about red!

I will also treat myself to some new plants or flowers. Some green is always nice and if you can treat yourself to a nice new pot as well, it is even better ;).( My hubby gave me this beautiful terracotta pot for Christmas, as well as the flowers so I think he knows what I need in January!)

 

Placing some new table runners on tables is a nice way to warm up your home too ( and if you don’t have any, this is a great excuse to drop everything and go make yourself one!). It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it will give you great satisfaction ( and maybe an excuse to go shopping for more fabric?!).

 

It is still winter, so candles are still nice to have out. I am a bit candle obsessed and have many, many, many candles, in all different kinds of scents. I freely admit that I will burn candles practically all year long, except maybe at the hottest points in July and August. Candles just signify coziness to me, and I’m all about cozy ;).

Finally, I find that working on a ” Christmassy” project for next year is a nice way to have the coziness linger a little longer, without it being obvious that I am reluctant to give up the season. It worked out perfectly that January’s UFO according to American Patchwork and Quilting magazine’s UFO resolution for me is my Rustic Pines quilt!

 

If you have not already joined in with this challenge, I highly recommend it( see last week’s blog post for more details on how to join). There is no pressure, but I do find myself working on just this project during the day and I am getting a lot done! At night I am working on some embroidery ( also Christmassy) so am still knee-deep in Christmas, but only in a subtle way ;).

What do you do to keep your home from looking too bleak after Christmas? Please share your ideas in the comments!

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

 

 

UFO’s, my new Birthday Club, and more!

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you had a fabulous holiday season with lots of relaxing, good food, and maybe some quilting?? Our holidays were wonderful. I love having the kids home and just hanging out and doing stuff together. And our season of celebrating just continues as we roll from the Christmas season right into the “birthday season”. At our house we celebrate 3 (!!!) birthdays in January ( how’s that for planning?!~ Teehee).

Image from Internet

Speaking of birthdays, I have decided to add a new little “sub-club” in my Facebook group for those who are interested. I call it “the Birthday Club” and when you join I will send you a special birthday card for your birthday. Why?? Because I think birthdays are super important. They celebrate you. I don’t care if you are 8 or 80, I want everyone to feel special on their birthday. All you have to do to become part of the birthday club is become a member of the FB group ( find the link by clicking here), and then send me a message via FB or email and let me know your birthdate and mailing address. I will look after the rest. And ofcourse I will not share your info with anyone. That is for my eyes only ;).

Okay, onto other matters. I decided to join the American Patchwork and Quilting  magazine UFO challenge for 2019.

I am just the worst ( or is it BEST??) at starting new projects and not finishing old ones so when I saw this challenge I thought I should join in.

 

The idea is that you make a list of 12 UFO’s ( they can be anything, doesn’t have to be quilt related!) and you write them down. Then the magazine decides which # we will work on during a certain month. So for example, for January it is project #3, which for me is my Rustic Pines quilt.

Rustic Pines pattern by Gigi's thimble

Here is my list for this year:

….some projects I have almost finished and others have A LOT of work left ….I don’t know whether I will complete those or not, but at least I will make some progress ;). And I can’t promise that I won’t start some new projects this year either…there are way too many cute patterns and fabrics out there, and I already have my eye on a couple of quilt books that are coming out soon (  yes, I am a TERRIBLE influence and I know it!).

You can find and download your own chart by clicking here and then go and join their FB group if you like. I will also encourage people to share their projects in OUR facebook group so if you are more comfortable sharing in a smaller group you can do that. Let’s get some projects finished this year! And by the way, so far I have not worked on my #3 project at all because I rediscovered this project:

It is a pattern by Crabapple Hill Studio and I bought it as a BOM more than 10 years ago! It has 10 embroidered blocks and then a whole bunch of piecing. This one could easily keep me busy all 12 months I think, but I’m going to try to just work on the embroidery at night, and then leave the daytime free to work on my Rustic Pines quilt. Let’s see how that goes, shall we ;). Have I shown you the corner of my closet that holds all my UFO’s?? A bit embarrassing, but I am hoping to whittle that pile down by 12 this coming year!

Even if you are not interested in joining the UFO challenge, I do hope that you will become part of my new Facebook group called Farmhouse Quilts and Friends.

It is much like my old one, except I made it just for blog subscribers so that it will stay small and more manageable. You can request to join by clicking here. As soon as I verify your email, you will be added and then you will have access to the group. This is a private group so no one but members can read the posts, make new posts,  and see who else is in the group.

Finally, I didn’t get to work on a whole lot of projects over the holidays, but I DID clean my quilt room, hung some art,  and finished this project:

Gingerbread Men quilt by Farmhouse Quilts

I started that one last Christmas and am happy to say I completed it only 2 days after this Christmas…but hey, I will have it ready for next Christmas ;). 

My quilt room is really starting to come together too, as I am able to unpack and hang more art and organize a bit more: 

 

Finally, I  received some quilting rulers ( and a special foot) from my sweet hubby for Christmas and was able to play with those a bit and am looking forward to really getting comfortable with them this coming year. I will be sure to write a blog post about my experience with them soon too.

P.S. I have heard from a few people that they can’t find where to sign up for my blog. If you look on the right hand side of my page, you should see these boxes:

Just type your email address where it says to enter it, and then click “follow”. You will receive an email asking if you did indeed sign up. Just confirm that email and you will be all set! I am sorry but I don’t know if it looks different on a phone or tablet. If you are using one of those you might have to search around a bit. ( Alternately, if you request to join my FB group and you are not already a member, I can send you an invite 😉 )

Alright, that wraps up my first blog post of the New Year! Until next time~ happy creating!

Monique