Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dr. Seuss Quilt

I've been in the process of clearing out some of my fabric stash. I love everything in it, but let's be real... the amount of fabric I have compared to the amount of time I have to sew are not anywhere close to being the same. And with Megan almost 7 now, I figured she'd be waning on her interest in Dr. Seuss so I was planning to put my (substantial) collection up for sale. I had a pile of fabrics on my cutting table getting ready to measure, photograph, and list them all when Megan walked in and literally gasped.

189:365 My book-loving little girl asked me to make her a Dr. Seuss quilt.

So a Dr. Seuss quilt quickly jumped to the top of my to-do list. Megan and I spent a lot of time together looking at the fabrics and reviewing quilt patterns. We wanted a pattern that used a good selection of the fabrics we had and also used big pieces. We ended up picking a pattern called Meadow Blocks by Carlene Westberg. Years ago I bought some fabric from Carlene and she had added a copy of the pattern with my order.

Dr. Seuss Quilt

The pattern goes together REALLY fast! My only complaint... some of my fabrics were directional, and the way some of the pieces were cut would have caused my pieces to be sideways. It might not bother some, but I didn't want sideways text prints. But since I had more than a Fat Quarter of most prints, it wasn't a problem for me to cut the directional prints different than the pattern directions.

Dr. Seuss Quilt

And I'm happy to say that Megan LOVES this quilt. She has had it on her bed for two weeks now. She hasn't even let me give it an initial wash & dry to get it good and crinkly.

Quilt Details
Fabric: Dr. Seuss collection by Robert Kaufman
Pattern: Meadow Blocks by Carlene Westberg
Size: 64" x 72"
Pieced and Quilted by me
Link to ALYoF goal here

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Project Life Week 34

August 17 - August 23

229:365 My little girl got her first library card today (and 8 books to go with it!) 
Sunday: My little girl got her first library card today (and 8 books to go with it!) 
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230:365 Scrappy QSTs. But they're too big. I've recut a smaller batch & may turn these into a pillow. 
Monday: Scrappy QSTs. But they're too big. I've recut a smaller batch and may turn these into a pillow.
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231:365 Chevron bunting in the works for a little Back to School party. 
Tuesday: Chevron bunting in the works for a little Back to School party. 
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232:365 New books in the mail from @lindazsews  - this girl couldn't be happier! 
Wednesday: New books from Grandma - this girl couldn't be happier! 
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233:365 Oh I'm sorry, am I disturbing first nap of the day?
Thursday: Oh I'm sorry, am I disturbing first nap of the day? 
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234:365 Couldn't resist a little QAYG with the #hmqg scrap jar. 
Friday: Couldn't resist a little QAYG with the HMQG scrap jar. 
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235:365 Oh HomeGoods, you kill me with the cuteness! This will make an awesome scrap fabric bin.
Saturday: Oh HomeGoods, you kill me with cuteness! This will make an awesome scrap fabric bin. 
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Michael Miller Challenge

The Michael Miller Challenge is over and done... the winners have been announced... and I'm just now getting around to posting my project. Yep, I also missed the deadline for entering the challenge, even though my project was done and photographed... that's just how life has been lately.

I admit, I stared at these fabrics for a LONG time without a single idea popping into my head. And it wasn't because I didn't like the fabrics... I have some of them in my stash. But once the idea finally came to me I whipped this up quickly. And I followed it up with two more that I gifted to members of my Handmade Birthday group.

Michael Miller Challenge Pillow

Strip quilts always throw me off in the amount of fabric they consume. As I was cutting strips from the six fat-eights we received I just KNEW there would be enough strips for a couple of pillows. But one 18" pillow later and all I had left was a few scraps.

Michael Miller Challenge Pillow

I took some pictures as I made my next two pillows, and I'll post those with a short tutorial soon.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Project Life Week 33

August 10 - August 16

222:365 I am the official office baby shower shopper. All that's left is a cake. 
Sunday: I am the official office baby shower shopper. All that's left is the cake. 
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223:365 Think I'll watch this tonight & remember a very very funny man. 
Monday: Watching this and remembering a very funny man. 
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224:365 Can't tell you how much I wanted these to come in adult sizes. 
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225:365 Making 2 Bingo blocks for this weekend's #hmqg meeting and I may have pulled out a few too many scraps. 
Wednesday: Making 2 Bingo blocks for the HMQG meeting and I may have pulled out a few too many scraps.
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226:365 must focus on current projects. must not start new projects. 
Thursday: must focus on current projects. must not start new projects. 
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227:365 This kid & her love of books... these are the ones she has read over the last few weeks. 
Friday: This kid and her love of books... these are the ones she has read over the last few weeks. 
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228:365 If we are in a swap together then I probably bought you something today. #kittyminiquiltswap #mugswap14 #starbucksmugrugswap Plus getting a jump on #kwiltypleasuresghastliesswap 
Saturday: If you are my swap partner for MugSwap14, Kitty Mini Quilt Swap, or Starbucks Mug Rug Swap then I probably bought you something today. Also getting a jump on KwiltyPleasures Ghastiles Swap. 
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

PB&J Quilt

Sometimes all you need is the right motivation to get a project finished.

PB&J Quilt

I started this quilt at The Stash Bash (2013) and finished it up at my guild's retreat a couple weekends later. I even ordered backing and binding shortly after the quilt top was completed. And then it sat... just waiting to be quilted.

PB&J Quilt

For the last month's Houston Modern Quilt Guild meeting we were going to have a workshop rather than a traditional meeting. I knew I wanted to go for at least part of the day... show and tell, mini quilt swap, and Michael Miller challenge reveals were going to happen at the lunch break, plus it is always fun just hanging out with my buddies. I didn't want to make the quilt being demonstrated (we were making the Scrappy Trip Along, which I've already made), but I also didn't want to sit and do nothing for a couple of hours. If only I had a quilt that needed the binding stitched down...

PB&J Quilt

A quick load onto the Handiquilter, and my trusty meander, and I had a quilt top ready for binding within a couple of hours. Not to bad!  And that quilt backing... LOVE!!  One of those fabrics I wish I had bolts of stashed away.

PB&J Quilt

A few quick thoughts on the pattern: Cluck Cluck Sew patterns are well written and go together easily.  If I was going to make this pattern again, I think I would piece it in columns (with a long sashing strip between the columns) rather than rows.  I'm a die-hard 'press the seam to the side' quilter which caused some bumpy-lumpy seams... the seam on the arrow pointing up wanted to go in one direction, while the seam on the arrow pointing down wanted to go in the other direction.  Not a huge deal, but just a little annoyance that a different construction would solve.

Quilt Details
Fabric: PB&J by Basic Grey and Moda Bella solid
Pattern: Pow Wow by Cluck Cluck Sew
Size: 55" x 68"

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Project Life - Week 32

August 3 - August 9

215:365 By the time the day's done I'll have stocked my freezer with 12 dinners + pounds of cooked brisket + spaghetti sauce. I'm tired, but it feels good to have a full freezer. 
Sunday: By the time the day was done I had stocked my freezer with 12 dinners + pounds of cooked brisket + spaghetti sauce. 
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216:355 Why yes, this does make my third order of #cottonandsteel - but who's counting when there's cute kitties and awesome lions to be purchased? 
Monday: Why yes, this does make my third order of Cotton + Steel - but who's counting when there's cute kitties and awesome lions to be purchased? 
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217:365 Thinking about the #kittyminiquiltswap so I had to pull out my 1981 BH&G Easy Bazaar Crafts book. BTW -  @lindazsews made me that cat quilt and it is awesome!! 
Tuesday: Thinking about the Kitty Mini Quilt Swap so I had to pull out my 1981 BH&G Easy Bazaar Crafts book.
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218:365 Quilt pieced & backing made... ready to load onto the longarm tomorrow. #robertkaufman #drseuss #handiquilter 
Wednesday: Quilt pieced and backing made... ready to load onto the longarm. 
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219:365 Hello beautiful Liberty! Never mind sewing, I just want to pet you. 
Thursday: Hello beautiful Liberty! Never mind sewing, I just want to pet you. 
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220:365 M for Megan added to her Dr. Seuss quilt. 
Friday: M for Megan added to her Dr. Seuss quilt. 
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221:365 Love my new kitchen lawn. 
Saturday: Love my new kitchen lawn. 
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