Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WIP - HMQG Habitat Challenge

The Houston Modern Quilt Guild is participating in FreeSpirit's Habitat Challenge.

WIP - HMQG Habitat Challenge

Our mid-September deadline was fast approaching and I really had no idea what I was going to make. I even toyed with the thought of sitting out of the challenge. But earlier this week inspiration struck!

After picking up some heavy-duty sewing needles this weekend I'll be ready to finish it up. Just in time for our next meeting.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Project Life Week 34

August 21 - August 27

Sunday night... the temperature difference between where we live and where we want to live.

Megan loves the necklace I received from a bee member (maybe sometime soon I'll get to wear it)

Banana Bread!!

Megan's first 100-piece puzzle.

Part of the bee blocks I finished up this week.

Megan's reindeer had lots of fun with the sunroof while waiting in the Chick-fil-A drive-thru.

"It's a closet, not a museum"
Three bags full of clothes for the charity shop and one bag of junk for the trash... a good start to cleaning out the closet.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bliss Quilt

Another UFO quilt top finished up this week!

Bliss Quilt

This quilt is not how the fabric started out...

Over a year ago I had this GREAT idea for a quilt, so armed with a charm pack I made 42 4-patches. And then my idea started to fall apart. I still like the pattern idea, but I think it was a matter of wrong pattern/wrong fabric combo.

So the 4-patches sat on the edge of my ironing board for weeks while I tried to decide what to do with them. And then I saw this quilt on Mary's blog... PERFECT! A few more 4-patches, some solid and I'd have a fab quilt top! So I slowly got to work.

Bliss Quilt - Close Up

Then I got another great idea... I wanted a special gift for someone special and I thought this would fit the bill. I moved into overdrive trying to finish it up on a tight timetable. I ended up missing my self-imposed deadline and then began to question my choice of gift. While I'm sure the recipient would have loved it no matter what, it really wasn't the right fabric for her. So I put it aside and made her another quilt.

For almost a year the almost-finished pieces of this quilt have sat on a chair... waiting for the inspiration to finish. Well it finally came last week. I added the setting triangles to the rows, pieced the rows together, and added the borders... and one more quilt top finished!! AND I LOVE IT!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Quilt Bees

This quarter I signed up for the [3x6] Quilt Sampler Bee and 4x5 Modern Quilt Bee on Flickr. Somehow, in my head, that didn't seem like much... but in reality I've been sewing these blocks for a week. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out!!

3x6 Bee

[3x6] Bee Beehive 15 Q3

4x5 Bee

4x5 Modern Quilt Bee - Beehive 2 Q3

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Project Life Week 33

August 14 - August 20

Megan got 2 fish today (and named them Nemo and Nemo 2)

Swoon mini-quilt done and ready to go to a new home.

A batch of Chocolate-Caramel Party Mix all ready for tomorrow's baby shower.

Baby shower for 3 expectant dads... one baby arrived at 12:12pm on the day of the shower, and another baby arrived that same night. Still waiting on the baby girl.

A little something for Megan to give her teacher tomorrow... Monday she moves to a new preschool class.

Working on 3x6 & 4x5 bees.

And I wonder why the weekend seems to fly by...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Make Mine Modern Swap

Monday I received my package for the latest round of Make Mine Modern swap. My partner could not have put together a better package for me!

MMM Received

Actually, it started on Saturday when a package arrived straight from an online-fabric shop with 4 beautiful 1/2-yard cuts of fabric. No name, no hint... I figured it must be my partner! And then Monday another box arrived with these beautifully wrapped packages

Under the tag that read "Hope your travels are zippy"
MMM Received - Bags

3 zipper bags... perfect for all those little things that get lost so easily when traveling. And they'll match the purple leather Cambridge Satchel I ordered last week!

Under the tag that read "To get you started on your new craft"
MMM Received - Embroidery Supplies

Embroidery supplies!! No excuse to not give it a try now :)

And finally under the tag that read "Made to match"
MMM Received - Pincushion & Thread Catcher

A pincushion/thread-cathcer MADE TO MATCH THE SEWING MACHINE COVER I RECEIVED LAST ROUND!!! How cool is that!?! (it is already getting a little sofa time while I rip out some stitches).

Completly spoiled!!
MMM Received - Everything!!

And here's what I sent off to my partner:
MMM Sent

Think I'm going to have to make a Swoon mini-quilt for myself soon!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Project Life Week 32

August 7 - August 13

Megan's new buddies... Clifford, Mac, T-Bone, and Cleo

Almost 11pm Monday and I've finished piecing the Ups and Downs quilt (explains the really bad cell phone pic)

Megan found the Mickey fabric I bought last weekend... I want to make her pants, she wants a top

I love when new fabric shows up!

Megan has gotten into the habit of taking off her shoes and putting them under the coffee table when we get home...silly girl.

7 years together and they still don't get along.

Playing dress-up on a Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ups and Downs Quilt

Late Monday night I finished piecing the Ups and Downs quilt. L.O.V.E. this quilt!!

Ups and Downs Quilt

This is the biggest quilt I've made in awhile... 90" x 90"... 100 9-piece blocks

Ups and Downs Quilt

For sure this one is going to have to go out for quilting... no way I'm going to try to get all of that through my sewing machine... and I'd use my mom's long-arm, but I think she still has the shorter table/poles set up and this one won't fit.

Ups and Downs Quilt

But first I need to decide on a backing (leaning towards the fabric in the bottom of the picture.)

Backing Options for Ups and Downs Quilt

Pattern: Ups and Downs by Sarah Fielke published in Down Under Quilts
Fabric: From Little Things by Sarah Fielke and Moda Crossweave in Natural

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Project Life Week 31

July 31 - August 6

Clifford, Mac, and T-Bone made their way home with us today.

Mean Mommy struck tonight... Little one wouldn't stay in bed so she lost Lamby & Clifford for the night.

100 blocks sewn and all ready to be ironed.

Spent some time going through (and tossing out) magazines. Feels good to get them into the recycling bin.

Little one's lip is finally healing after a little bicycle accident earlier this week.

Cherry-flavord fountain syrup stains... who knew ;)

New Princess dress-up goodies from Grandma.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


WIP - From Little Things

100 blocks... ready to be ironed and pieced together.