Sunday, January 29, 2012

Project Life Week 4

January 22 - January 28

22:365 Lunch at Double Dave's... YUM!!
Sunday: Lunch at Double Dave's... YUM!!

23:365 I need those rolling pin guides!!
Monday: I think I need those rolling pin guides.

24:365 Perfect answer to a really rough day.
Tuesday: The perfect answer to a really rough day.

25:365 This makes me smile!
Wednesday: This makes me smile!

26:365 Made In Cherry quilt coming along nicely.
Thursday: Made in Cherry quilt is coming along nicely

27:365 Almost through my first skein of black
Friday: Almost through my first skein of black.

28:365 Brought home a new toy today.
Saturday: Brought home a new toy today.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hushabye Quilt

Yes - I did start out the year with 14 quilt tops that need quilting
No - I haven't finished them all... or even most... 2 are done though

So why did I put all other projects aside to take this yummy fabric...


...and turn it into this quilt top?

Hushabye Quilt Top

No idea why... other than "JUST BECAUSE"

Hushabye Quilt Top

The quilt top measures 48" x 60" and is made from 1 Jelly Roll of Hushabye by Tula Pink and a few scraps of white.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Pair of Baby Quilts

A couple of baby quilts for a couple of new babies...

Punctuation in Red

Punctuation in Blue

... all washed, crinkled, and ready to be loved.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Project Life Week 3

January 15 - January 21

15:365 Taking a picture of Megan taking a picture of me
Sunday: Taking a picture of Megan taking a picture of me.

16:365 Oh how I love Painter's Tape!!
Monday: Oh how I love Painter's Tape!

17:365 binding, binding, binding
Tuesday: binding, binding, binding

18:365 Start of a new project
Wednesday: The start of a new project

19:365 20 blocks done & ready to be put together.
Thursday: 20 blocks done and ready to be pieced together

20/365 I love that I can get Kindle books from my library!
Friday: I love that I can get Kindle books from my library!

21:365 Fab new books!!
Saturday: Fab new books!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Pretty Good Day

Yesterday was one of those rare days where I was home all day, with no one around and nothing that had to be done. So I spent most of the day sewing and catching up on some TV shows via Hulu and the iPad.

cut, pieced, attached, and serged bindings for three quilts.

took this fabulous Tula Pink Hushabye jelly roll...

...and cut and pieced for a new quilt (no real reason... just got inspired after picking up the rain drops on clearance at a LQS).
Hushabye Quilt in Progress

and finally I pressed my fabrics for the Made in Cherry quilt along.
Made in Cherry QAL

A pretty good day!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Project Life Week 2

January 8 - January 14

8:365 Washing the dog
Sunday: Winter in the South... warm enough in January for swimsuits and washing the dog in the backyard.

9:365 Back to the gym after a little break
Monday: Back to the gym after a little break

10:365 A favorite childhood toy
Tuesday: A favorite childhood toy... I remember playing this on the floor of the back bedroom at Oma and Papa's house.

11:365 kitty & I have the same favorite quilt
Wednesday: Kitty and I have the same favorite quilt

12:365 Picking out fabric combos
Thursday: Picking out fabric combos for a Swoon quilt

13:365 What's in my bag today.
Friday: What's in my bag today

Saturday: She oversees everything I do... now if I could just get her to baste it for me.

Friday, January 13, 2012

12 Quilts in '12 Challenge

A few of my Houston Modern Quilt Guild friends are hosting a challenge... 12 Quilts in '12.

Oh boy, do I need this motivation! I did a little project inventory recently, and there's more than a few things I need to finish up.

A Few Projects to Complete in 2012

Works in Progress
1. Loulouthi quilt
2. Handpieced hexagon quilt

Quilts That Need Binding
1. Sugar Pop Tumbler
2. Boutique Pinwheel
3. Tranquility Jacob's Ladder

Abandoned Projects
1. Block of the Week (1 block left)
2. Block of the Month (11 blocks left)
3. Pinwheel Sampler (just need to put it all together)
4. Jelly Roll Sampler (just need to put it all together)
5. Farmer's Wife blocks
6. Quiltsmart Apple Core

Quilt Tops That Need Quilting
14!!! I'll spare you the detailed list :) But 5 or 6 of them are small, baby quilts, and a couple I'll be sending out for quilting... so that leaves me another 1/2 dozen to figure out.

And then there's the projects I have planned for this year...Swoon, Made in Cherry, a variation of FITF's Rectangle Squared, and Wonky Interlocking Stars

I'm tired just thinking about it all.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Quilt Alongs for 2012

I really wasn't going to participate in any quilt alongs this year. But what's a girl to do when 2 quilt alongs pop up, for quilts I had already planned on making this year!?!

Made In Cherry Quilt Along

pins & bobbins

Chelsea is putting together the Made In Cherry quilt along using Sarah Fielke's pattern (free on the Lecien website). I got to see Sarah's quilts, made from her new line St. Ives, at Fall Quilt Market... and what a fun set of quilts these are!

Made in Cherry Quilt Along Fabrics

And while I have a fat quarter set of St. Ives, I've decided to use a different fabric line... Swoon by Melissa Averinos (Yummy Goods). Still thinking about the background fabric... maybe Moda Crossweave in Tan.


swoon-along button

Katy is hosting a Swoon-along using Camille's Swoon pattern. I've made one of these blocks before... turned it into a mini-quilt for a swap. The blocks do take a fair amount of time, but WOW are they impressive in person.

Swoon Quilt Along Fabrics

For this one I'm going to use Sweetwater's Hometown collection, along with a little Moda Bella in White.

So how about you... any quilt alongs planned for the new year?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Project Life Week 1

I loved my picture-a-day experience in 2011, so I'm going to do it again this year. But this time I'm going to use one of my favortie iPhone apps... Instagram!! Enjoy a look at our life... in square pictures!

January 1 - January 7

Sunday: First Starbucks of the year!

2:365 My typical breakfast
Monday: My typical breakfast

3:365 Making progress
Tuesday: Making progress

4:365 Fun mail today!
Wednesday: Fun mail day

5:365 My Favorite Shoes
Thursday: My favorite shoes

6:365 New Cookbooks
Friday: New cookbooks!

7:365 First day of swim lessons for 2012
Saturday: First day of swim lessons for 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Cross Stitching... Again

20 years ago you probably wouldn't have seen me without a cross stitch project close by. I LOVED stitching... and stitched every where... while watching TV, on family road trips, during my (blow-off) Yearbook class in high school...

Over time other things started taking priority in my free time (SEWING!! QUILTING!!) and cross stitch projects got stashed in a box in the closet. But over the last year I've been lovin' the pictures of Amanda's cross stitch projects, and thinking about picking up a project.

And what better project than The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Dessert of the Month sampler?!?

Dessert of the Month Club

I'm not 100% sure about my fabric choice (slim pickins at Hobby Lobby today)... I might give JoAnns and/or Michaels a try tomorrow... but I'm excited to get started.

While searching through my craft supplies this week I found a few old projects. I'm a little sad that I can't find the full chart for the bunnies (missing the color chart) or any part of the underwater chart... I would love to finish them up.

20+ Year Old Cross Stitch

20+ Year Old Cross Stitch

20+ Year Old Cross Stitch

20+ Year Old Cross Stitch

Monday, January 2, 2012

I Love Scraps!

I've had my heart set on making a scrap quilt for some time now... the memories in each piece... using up the final little pieces of treasured fabrics... finding a use for those "what was I thinking" fabric pieces... I love it all!!

I never thought I had enough scraps to actually make a whole quilt, but earlier this year I pulled my scraps from various bags, bins, and totes and color sorted them... holy scraps... that's a lot of scraps!


So what's a scrap lovin' girl to do... why make one of Katy's Scrap Vomit quilts of course!!

Scrap Vomit

This was the last thing I finished piecing in 2011 (with a couple of hours to spare even).

Scrap Vomit

It's a little big (70" x 98") so I think I'll send it out to be quilted. Looking forward to having this one to snuggle under soon!