Spring??? Break

Last week our oldest boy was home for Spring Break. We had a great time doing some shopping, eating some special meals,  going to the movies, and just hanging out as a family.  On Sunday we drove him back ( does saying “goodbye” ever get any easier?!) and none too soon! We were hit by some nasty weather on Monday, which brought Continue reading

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!

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!