Sunshine and stitching

Spring has finally sprung for good this week! Although there were a few wet snowflakes around on the weekend, there is no holding back the buds on the trees and the bulbs in the ground ( although my tulips are being a bit stubborn about showing themselves!)

I love listening to the chirping birds and seeing all the nesting activity too. Spring might just be my favorite season! ( But I bet in the Fall I’ll be saying that it is my favorite…it all depends on what there is to look forward to!)

This week I was super productive in my quilt room! I finally got Continue reading

Spring!?

Hello there!

We have had a fabulous couple of days here this past week! Yesterday the temperature rose to 76 degrees Fahrenheit, and today feels like more of the same. It was so nice to open the windows and listen to all the birds, while enjoying the sunshine streaming into the house! I think I’m ready for the nice weather!  Don’t get me wrong: I love winter and snow and the coziness of the season, but it is almost mid-March and I think winter can go away now.

This past weekend I got started on a little table topper…it was so nice and Spring-like outside that I felt like making something new and fresh to display on my table. I found this cute little tulip template online ( I wish I could remember where so I can give credit!) and decided to use it.

I got to work with my scraps and made 4 cute, red, little tulips.

Of course they got quilted right away ( although with a project this small I could have waited!).  I started looking for some fabric to use as sashing and borders. I wanted something fresh and “spring-y”, but try as I might, not one of the fabrics I auditioned looked just right. Except for this dark blue and green one….hmmm, not exactly the light, airy feeling I was going for, but I decided to go with my gut.

I even added some bright green piping! ( I love the way it looks, but let me tell you that it was a bit tricky to get that to behave!) Some more pictures of the work in progress:

And finally the finished table topper!016

Bloom block #8 came out on Monday, so yesterday I got to work on that one. It’s a little wacky and off to one side, but I am loving the color combination in this one! And I got really creative with my Bloom templates and actually traced around one of the shapes to give me a a  quilting line. Smart, no?!

 

After working on the Bloom block I decided to get working on my sweet little Log Cabin quilt that I had made before Valentine’s Day. I simply stitched in the ditch around all the log cabin blocks and then decided to do a fancy swirly thing in the center. I always have to take a LOT of breaks when I’m free-motion quilting because I really tense up when I quilt! So, although the center is done, I still have to finish the outside borders, but I decided to go with a simple vine and that will be easy.

After all that activity in my room this week you would think it would be a GIANT mess again, wouldn’t you? Well, I thought so too, but I have been VERY good about cleaning up after myself and I think it still looks pretty awesome!

Next week the AQS quilt show is coming to town and I’m planning on taking lots of pictures and coming away very inspired ( maybe with a few NON-fabric purchases~ha!)

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Spring cleaning

Hello there!

This past week has been Spring cleaning time for me! But before you think “it’s too soon for Spring cleaning”, let me explain…Do you remember last week when I told you about the Craftsy class I’m taking on machine-quilting with your walking foot? Yes, well, while I was busy playing with my machine’s settings I noticed that my stitch width knob  was acting funky. It would jump from o to 2. something and then back to 0 again. Very weird. So I did a bit of research and finally decided that I wasn’t doing anything wrong, but my machine was having issues ( not uncommon, I found out!). So I called the shop where I purchased it and brought it in. After extracting promises that it wouldn’t take too long to get it fixed I left it there. I decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to clean my room ( and boy, was it necessary!)

But once I got started it just went from bad to worse and I really wished I could hit the “undo” button and just deal with a bit of a mess, rather than the HUGE one I was creating! Well,  it took some perseverance on my part ( and a call from the shop saying that my machine was ready and all fixed~ yeah!)  to finish the job. It looks so great and I’m so glad I did it…my husband pointed out that I might want to have my sewing machine ‘ break’ once a year or so……that’s not even funny ( but it would be useful!)

Doesn’t it look great? I just love having it looking so clean, but I know it won’t last long! One of my boys pointed out that maybe I should stay out of my room and not mess it up again….yeah, nope, that’s not going to happen! (Although I do have to admit that I have NOT plugged in my machine yet…maybe I am liking this cleanliness a little too much?!)

So apart from doing a major clean, I did get a chance to work on a few projects at the beginning of this week. I finished my latest BLOOM block and got a chance to quilt my Wash Day row from my row by row quilt.

The quilting is far from perfect, but it will look just fine as part of the bigger quilt!

No other new projects to share yet, although I did find some quilts/ quilt blocks that I really should finish and display….maybe I will get to work on some of those this coming week?!

Finally I would like to leave you with this quote that I found in one of my favorite recipe books ever. I thought it might be a great quote to write in a card, until I read the last line!

“May the light always find you on a dreary day. When you need to be home, may you find your way. May you always have courage to take a chance, and never find frogs in your underpants.”

Mmmm, maybe NOT the best quote to use in a card, but very funny nonetheless!

Have a great week everyone!

 

 

 

Time flies when you are having fun!

Hello again!

This week has flown by! ( As a matter of fact, where did February go?? I cannot believe it is almost March!) The weather was absolutely glorious here on the weekend…warm-ish, and sunny and lovely. You could definitely tell Spring was on its way. And then everything went downhill after that…..rain, cold , wind, wet snow…..sigh. I guess I will just have to wait a wee bit longer for that nice weather! In the meantime I did get to enjoy a pretty sunshine-y bouquet of flowers!004

I also got to work on a few fun projects! As you know I am participating in the BLOOM sew-along by Lori Holt. Every Monday she posts a new block with instructions on how to complete it. So far I have been able to keep up.  I was a little behind last week, but this week was Johnny-on-the-spot and got it pieced and quilted right away.002This is going to be one wild and crazy-colorful quilt, but I think it will be very cute!

I also worked on the row quilt that Martingale is putting on. I completed the Scottie Dog row and then could not resist starting the Wash Day row! Neither one of them is quilted yet, but that might have to wait until some evening or the weekend.

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Aren’t they the cutest? I am totally in love with these rows! I think next I’m going to piece some of the “connecting” rows, because I might just get lazy and leave those out completely at the end if all my other rows are done. And I think the quilt will look even better with those connecting rows!

Remember this little quilt that I completed a few weeks ago and was trying to quilt and hang BEFORE Valentine’s Day?001Yeah, well, that didn’t happen. It is still sitting in my room patiently waiting for me to finish it. BUT, the great thing is that I just signed up for a Craftsy class on machine-quilting with your walking-foot. So far I have watched 3 lessons and they have been super informative! I can’t wait to learn more so I can apply all I learned to this little quilt. So it will be sitting a little longer, but I think the wait will be worth it. 🙂

This past week I did a little bit of shopping and came home with NO FABRIC ( yeah, me!) and two adorable books.

I had been having so much fun working on my stitchery that when I spotted this book I couldn’t resist! ( See that adorable mermaid? And that toadstool? And that gnome??). Come on….I HAD to buy it!  The quilt label book I am hoping will encourage me to actually put labels on my completed quilts! I am very, very terrible about doing that! ( Unless it is a gift for someone). Seeing as these are iron-on I should have no more excuses. And finally, I found this cute little sign at a little shop nearby and just had to buy it to hang in my room.008Oh yes, absolutely true!

Until next time, happy creating!

 

 

The great thing about a blog

I haven’t had my blog for very long yet, but already I am seeing a HUGE upside to starting one: You have to get stuff done so you have something to blog about! I have always been pretty bad about starting a project and then losing interest in it half-way through, putting it aside, usually to forget all about it, only to start a different project. ( I like to call this ADOSOD= Attention Deficit Ooooh Shiny Object Disorder) 🙂 When you are writing a blog about quilting you kind of want/need to have pictures of quilts to share. When you are trying to publish a blog once a week or so, you really don’t have time to start a project only to set it aside and start a new one….see where I am going with this?! So my track record on sticking with a project has improved tremendously! Another thing that used to be my downfall was that I would spend way too much time surfing the Internet looking for new projects ( as if I needed any more!) I LOVE Pinterest and have many, many wonderful quilt patterns and inspirations for new quilts pinned on my boards. But somehow it is just better to actually work on a project than to pin one. MInd you, I will never give up pinning completely, but now I tend to have a better balance between pinning and quilting :).

This past week I got quite a lot of quilting in…yahoo! Our youngest was entertained by having a friend over two different times over the long weekend so I was able to sneak in some sewing, while still being able to supervise. I am participating in Lori Holt’s BLOOM sew-along and this was the week for block number 5 already! 001I was able to get blocks number 3 and 4 quilted and sewn into a row,and then made block 5 and got it quilted!Cute, isn’t it?! I love how colorful it is going to be. It will be perfect to hang on the wall this Spring and Summer!003

I also started the All In A Row project by making this row:011006007This is the row in the book and here is my version ( all quilted and everything, OF COURSE!!)It even looks cute from the back!

This is the row I will be making next:009

Isn’t it the cutest?? I just love that Scottie Dog! My colors will be a bit less bright because I’m sticking with the colors I chose last week, but I think it will be adorable anyway!

And finally, I got to do a little more stitching on the project from Patchwork loves Embroidery.It is almost finished and I am really loving it. The version in the book is all one color, which is really pretty, but I wanted to make it a little differently.

I still don’t know what it will be turned into, but that’s okay. I am sure an idea will come to me!

Until next time!

In the nick of time

I didn’t think I would have  ANYTHING new to share this week…

The week started out fine. I had all kinds of BIG plans to work on all kinds of wonderful projects and have loads of new pictures to share. And then winter hit. Again. This time it sent the boys home early on Tuesday due to the impending snowstorm, and then kept them home on Wednesday because of all the snow! (We took advantage and went sledding, but it didn’t allow for much “creative”time :0). Add to that one boy sick at home for the rest of the week; grocery shopping that had to get done; and a vet appointment, and that pretty much sums up how I spent my week. Luckily this afternoon I was able to sneak in a few wonderful hours creating “stuff” and it was heavenly! I finished the pincushion that was a special request:I even added some antique buttons! I love the sweet colors and am happy with how it turned out. I might just have to make another one just for me to keep!003

I also got a chance to catch up on my BLOOM sew-along blocks. I had not made blocks 3 or 4 yet, and block number 5 is coming out on Monday so I was glad to get those finished. They still need to be quilted, but at least I’m close to done!

 

Then I decided to pull fabrics for the All in a Row quilt that I would like to start. Martingale has been posting all kinds of wonderful pictures on Facebook and I am itching to start a row myself. I think I am going to use these fabrics here, but some more might sneak in, you never know!

Finally I made a cute little whale out of wool that will become a Valentine. I love how he turned out! I might have to make some more and make a whole pod of whales!004( In case you are wondering WHY I would make a WHALE for Valentine’s Day, the sentiment will be” Whale you be my Valentine?”….cute, isn’t it?!~ well, I thought it was hilarious!)All in all a pretty darn productive afternoon, even if I do say so myself!

I forgot that I did actually get to do a little bit of stitching at night this past week. This is out of this book by Gail Pan.005 I am not sure what I will turn it into. For now I will just worry about finishing it! The stitches are not the greatest, I guess I was not “in the groove”, but I think it will look just fine once it’s incorporated into something :).

As I was leaving my room late this afternoon and noticing the great BIG MESS I was leaving behind, I was happy to be reminded of something very important by this sign that I painted on the wall a few years back:007So there!

Until next time!

 

 

snowbound

Last weekend we were hit by a major snowstorm. I think we got 25 inches…not quite a record, but pretty close! I think that was the first real snow of winter for us, and because we got so much, it really threw everyone for a loop. People were pretty much housebound on Saturday, and then on Sunday brave souls started to venture out to try and dig out cars, driveways, and the likes. School was closed for the first two days of the week…and delayed for the third. There was just so much snow, and not enough people/equipment/time to remove it to make getting to school possible. Our boys finally had their first FULL day of school on Thursday. With a scheduled early dismissal on Friday,  they ended up having a total of about 2 days of school this week. They enjoyed it very much of course! I enjoyed having them home too, but it did mean getting absolutely NOTHING done….no cleaning, no shopping, no blogging, no stitching…. So on Thursday I finally got to catch up on all my usual chores. By Friday morning I was pretty much caught up, so decided to treat myself with a trip to my local Joann’s fabric and craft store ( I had coupons that were about to expire~couldn’t let that happen!) and came home with some rotary cutter blades, NO FABRIC ( proud of me!), and a lovely new book that I had seen seeing popping up on Facebook here and there. It is called All in a Row published by That Patchwork Place.008

 

Doesn’t it look yummy? The patterns are all rows designed by various Moda designers, and you can mix and match as you wish. I think there is even a sew-along starting early February. Can’t wait to start a project from this book!

And speaking of sew-alongs, I am doing a BLOOM sew-along with Lori Holt from Bee in my Bonnet , and did manage to make block number 2 this past week. I of course quilted mine right away so I will be ready to just simply sew my blocks together when they are all done, add a backing, and voila, another quilt finished! ( See my post on Quilt As You Go here)

She posts a new block on her blog every Monday and they are so cute! If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should.

I also showed you Gail Pan‘s book Patchwork loves embroidery last time, and how I got started on a pincushion project. I just love having some stitching to work on at night while we sit and watch TV. Well, I finally got to finish those yesterday, and am very happy with the result!003

Aren’t they just darling? Really too pretty to use for pincushions, if you ask me! Maybe if I got some really pretty pins, and stuck them in very strategically, I could PRETEND that they are functional?!

Now, what project shall I start next? What projects are you working on? I would love for you to share!

Until next time!