Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Grandpa's Quilt

Grandpa's quilt is done and will be headed to Tulsa tomorrow morning. And it may just make it to him on his birthday.

Hope he enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it! And we can't wait to see him (and the rest of the family) later this summer.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Week 26 Stash Report

More than fabrics in or out this week, what I'm most excited about is the book I picked up this week.

Thursday evening my mom and I headed up to the North side of town to see Cherri House and Lizzy House present at It's A Stitch. It was so wonderful to hear Cherri talk of her quilting inspiration and Lizzy talk of how she got her start in fabric design. I also got to finally meet Dianne face-to-face.

Even though we got home late, and I had to be up early the next morning, I spent some time Thursday night flipping through Cherri's book City Quilts. The quilts are amazing... the information on quilting and inspiration are fabulous... but my favorite part of the book is the love for Houston!

Yes - Houston is hot and humid, we have hideous traffic and all the other problems of a major city, but looking at the city through Cherri's book and her quilts was an amazing experience. I'm sure I'll be looking at our city in a new way.

Week 26
Used This Week: 1.75
Used Year to Date: 93.75

Added This Week: 6.00
Added Year to Date: 274.75

Net Used This Year: -181.00

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Week 25 Stash Report

After getting Larry's quilt into the mail, I planned on spending the rest of the week finishing up some projects... Block of the Month, Block of the Week, Bee Blocks, Pinwheel Quilt, Breath of Avignon Quilt... but it wasn't to be. Chris asked if I could make a quilt for his Grandpa's birthday. Only problem... his birthday is July 2nd, which means I need to have it completed by June 30th in order to get it FedEx'ed there in time.

I was really stuck on what to make, and then I remembered this fantastic quilt by Camielle Roskelley made from an Arcadia Honey Bun and her mini-Jelly Filled pattern. I happened to have both, so I jumped in.

So Larry's quilt and Grandpa's quilt were pretty much my sewing for the week. And on the shopping side I picked up a couple of things at a new-to-me quilt shop Mom and I went to Saturday... supercute shop that is also a dealer for Gammill long arm machines.

Week 25
Used This Week: 2.75
Used Year to Date: 92.00

Added This Week: 7.75
Added Year to Date: 268.75

Net Used This Year: -176.75

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Happy Father's Day Larry!

The quilt for Chris's father is all done!

Sorry for the poor quality pictures... I pulled it from the dryer around 9:00 this evening, snapped a couple of quick shots and packaged it up for FedEx'ing to OK tomorrow morning. Hopefully it will arrive at Grandpa's restaurant before they close up Friday afternoon.

The finished quilt ended up being 61" x 77" (before quilting and washing). The main piece is made from a Jelly Roll of Migration by Moda, the borders are Essential Dots by Riley Blake Designs, and the backing and binding are Kona Sweet Pea. Quilted (by me) on my mom's long-arm machine.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Week 24 Stash Report

Have you seen this tool before? It's called The Binding Tool and boy, oh boy, does it ever make matching binding ends easy!! This was the first time I tried it out and I don't think I'll ever put binding on again without it.

The quilt in the picture is part of my fabric out this weekend. I spent some time Saturday at my mom's house using her long-arm machine. Freehand loops are the extent of my long-arm repertoire - but hey, this was only my 5th time on the long-arm machine (and the last time was over a year ago.) This made me want my own long-arm machine even more!!

In this week included: some fabrics to make outfits for Megan, a Block of the Week and a Block of the Month, and a fat quarter set of Tufted Tweets (still kicking myself for passing on this line for my store... don't worry, I'll be ordering her next line coming out later this year.)

Out this week included: backing and binding for the quilt, a swim suit I made Megan, and the Block of the Week. (I'll post pics of the quilt and swim suit later this week.)

Week 24
Used This Week: 6.25
Used Year to Date: 89.25

Added This Week: 7.25
Added Year to Date: 261.00

Net Used This Year: -171.75

Friday, June 11, 2010

Summer Lovin' Block 2

Block 2 of the Quilter's Emporium Summer Lovin' block of the week.

I loved putting this block together! We made the same block in the PS I Quilt Pinwheel Quiltalong using half-square triangles, but this version was so much easier! And with fewer pieces there was less worry about matching up points.

2 blocks down... 10 more to go...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Pillow Talk {Swap} - Round 3

I mailed off my Pillow Talk {Swap} pillow yesterday. I love it!!

To make the pillow front I used the Twister Tool. There are 2 sizes - the small one works with Charm Squares (like I used here) and the larger one works with Layer Cake Squares. Of course I have both tools ;0)

Here's what I started with... For the pillow I sewed together 12 charm squares and added on a border.

After cutting out all my pieces, here's what I was left with...

And after putting the pieces back together, here's the completed top...
Now I can't wait to try out the bigger tool on some layer cake squares!

And here's the inspiration mosaic I created for my swap partner to draw from... I can't wait to see what s/he has created for me!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Week 23 Stash Report

Wow - it was one of those crazy weeks around here! You know those weeks... the kind where every meal comes from the microwave, and you sink into the sofa after the kiddo is in bed and only move to head off to bed after a couple hours of mindless TV watching? And then tack on a round of a quick moving cold. Yeah, it was one of those weeks. So not much out this week and no pictures...

What did I buy this week? Some Jennifer Paganelli Poodle for a skirt (for me!), yardage of Cherish Nature to go with a fat quarter set I have (this will become a quilt), the fabrics for week 1 of Summer Lovin', and a yard of Fresh Cottons to use in the Pinwheel quilt.

And out? Only the Summer Lovin' block.

Week 23
Used This Week: 0.25
Used Year to Date: 83.00

Added This Week: 7.50
Added Year to Date: 253.75

Net Used This Year: -170.75

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Summer Lovin' Block of the Week

My local quilt shop is hosting a summertime Block of the Week program. The quilt is called Summer Lovin' and will be made up of 12 blocks, set on point, with 2 borders.

I picked up block 1 today. I also got a short look at the finished quilt and it is going to be great... full of bright summer colors.

And the best part of this program... if I bring the completed blocks back to the shop on time each week, I'll be able to complete the whole quilt top for $37!!

Can't wait to take this block back Monday and get the next one.