Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WIP Wednesday

A little peek at the projects taking over my studio:

WIP - American Jane

For some reason I just had to cut out the quilt I had in mind for this Jelly Roll. No real plans for when I'll get started on sewing it... Maybe at the upcoming HMQG retreat.


WIP - Domestic Bliss

I haven't made any progress on putting together my Domestic Bliss quilt, but after some help on Twitter and Instagram I have decided to go with Kona Coal for the center squares.


WIP - Washi

So what do you do when you have a project you haven't started yet, but you REALLY want the "scraps" from it right now for something else? If you're me, you spend an evening cutting out a quilt... Maybe another project to take along to the retreat!


WIP - Granny Square Quilt Along

I'm all ready to start the Granny Squares Quilt Along!


WIP - Made in Cherry

And finally some progress on my Made in Cherry quilt... Basted and ready to start quilting.


I think that's more than enough to keep me busy for a while!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Project Life Week 8

February 19 - February 25


50:365 Mid-February - might be time to take down the Christmas cards.
Sunday: Mid-February - might be time to take down the Christmas cards.
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51:365 Headed to the grocery store with daddy.
Monday: Headed to the grocery store with daddy.
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52:365 120 pairs of Domestic Bliss
Tuesday: 120 pairs of Domestic Bliss
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53:365 Downloaded an alphabet tracing app for Megan - she loves it!
Wednesday: Downloaded an alphabet tracing app for Megan - she loves it!
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54:365 Rough morning at periodontist = a stop at LQS sale
Thursday: Rough morning at the periodontist = a stop at LQS sale
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55:365 More hexies ready for basting... I'll finish this quilt someday.
Friday: More hexies ready for basting... I'll finish this quilt someday.
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56:365 Sending a scrap care package to mom :)
Saturday: Sending a scrap care package to mom :)
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sugar Pop Tumbler Quilt

One thing you might have figured out about me is that I love sewing together quilt tops, but I'm not so good with finishing them up. There is always some part that I seem to drag my feet on (usually it is piecing the backing.)

So I guess it really shouldn't have surprised me that this quilt took just over a year to finish.

Sugar Pop Tumbler Quilt



The piecing was completed February 27, 2011...

Sugar Pop Tumbler


I basted it September 1, 2011 and finished up the quilting that next week...

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The binding was attached January 17, 2012...

Bindings


And middle of this month I finally hand stitched down the binding...

My Little Helper


Feels good to have another WIP off my list!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Project Life Week 7

February 12 - February 18


43:365 My new kangaroo buddy keeps a watchful eye on my cutting table
Sunday: My new kangaroo buddy keeps a watchful eye on my cutting table.
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44:365 Cold, rainy & there's been an accident on the freeway... Hello Monday
Monday: Cold, rainy and there's been an accident on the freeway... Hello Monday
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45:365 Valentine gift from my sweetie.
Tuesday: Valentine gift from my sweetie
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46:365 I love this stuff!!
Wednesday: I love this stuff!!
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47:365 Booked my hotel for Sewing Summit
Thursday: Booked my hotel for Sewing Summit
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48:365 Portrait of a guilty dog.
Friday: Portrait of a guilty dog: came home to find she had gotten herself out of her crate.
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49:365 Megan thought my kangaroo needed company today.
Saturday: Megan thought my kangaroo needed some company today.
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Friday, February 17, 2012

Granny Square Quilt Along

2012 must be the year of the fantastic quilt alongs!! First there was the Made in Cherry quilt along (my quilt is pieced, just needs to be quilted now) and then the Swoon-along (fabrics are picked out for that one, but I haven't gotten started yet). And now Dana's Old Red Barn Co Quilt Along group on Flickr are starting the Granny Square Quilt Along soon. I think I've been a member of the group since the very first quilt along, but this will be the first one I make along with them.

Granny Square Quilt Along - scrappy or PKM?


Now to decide on fabric... Scrappy.... Or something I've been hoarding (um, I mean saving for just the right project). Right now I'm leaning towards this fantastic stack of Pam Kitty Morning goodness.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Moda Bake Shop

My second Moda Bake Shop project is up today!

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Please hop over and take a look. I'd love to know what you think!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

L.O.V.E. Quilt

Happy Valentine's Day!

I had fun putting this mini-quilt together using some of the left-over pieces from my Pick A Bunch quilt.

LOVE Quilt


I resisted the urge to use my favorite straight-line quilting and gave pebble quilting a try. I love the effect, but WOW does it ever use a lot of thread! I went through 2 bobbins on this little quilt top.

LOVE Quilt


As cute as this would look in my sewing room, it is a gift for a friend. Hope she likes it too!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Project Life Week 6

February 5 - February 11


36:365 My first try at pebble quilting
Sunday: My first try at pebble quilting
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37:365 Quilt labels!!
Monday: Quilt labels!!
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38:365 A little extra exercise today... Down 13 flight of stairs
Tuesday: A little extra exercise today... down 13 flights of stairs
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39:365 Piecing the backing... My least favorite part of the process
Wednesday: Piecing the backing... my least favorite part of the quilt process
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40:365 The perfect latte in a cute Valentine's cup.
Thursday: The perfect latte in a cute Valentine's cup
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41:365 Straight from the freezer. Yum!
Friday: Straight from the freezer. Yum!!
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42:365 Valentine's love from Chick-fil-A
Saturday: Valentine's love from Chick-fil-A
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

50 Fabulous Stars

Last month I picked up a copy of Carol Doak's book 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars and a package of her foundation paper.

50 Fabulous Stars


And I knew just which star I wanted to make first... the Maine Star.

Maine Star


I love the finished block!!


And I love how easy the paper is to remove.

Foundation Paper

Monday, February 6, 2012

Quilt Labels

I've been quilting, off and on, for almost 20 years now. And in those 20 years can you guess how many quilts I've labeled? ZERO!! Oh, I know they should have labels, but for one reason or another it just never seems to happen.

Well, hopefully all that will change now that I have 90 labels ready to go:

Quilt labels from @Spoonflower arrived today!


Not too bad for a girl whose graphic design knowledge stops at MS Paint.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Project Life Week 5

January 29 - February 4


29:365 Megan loves Starbucks cookies!
Sunday: Megan loves Starbucks cookies!!
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30:365 Chris surprised me with this today!
Monday: Chris surprised me with this today!! A {very} early birthday gift.
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31:365 Washi
Tuesday: Washi!!
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32:365 Slightly squished, but really yummy
Wednesday: Slightly squished, but really yummy Red Velvet cupcake with Cream Cheese icing.
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33:365 A new project, but I'm not in love with all the suggested colors.
Thursday: A new project, but I'm not in love with all the colors.
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34:365 A bowl full of yummy color
Friday: A bowl full of yummy color
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35:365 Corndog muffins: perfect for a cold, rainy Saturday
Saturday: Corndog muffins: perfect for a cold, rainy Saturday.
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Kona

Last night I took one of these...

Kona Cards


... and turned it into this...

Kona Colors


I've had the thought in my head for a while, but finally decided to take my scissors to one of the cards while in the Hobby Lobby fabric department. I was waiting... and waiting, and waiting, and waiting... to have some Kona cut when I spied this fabric...

Inspiration Fabric


...after playing with the bits and pieces I put together a little fabric selection (hard to believe, but even with 220+ colors, there were still a few colors I couldn't match exactly).


Inspiration + Kona

Kona Colors




Next I played around with some blues and greens. A couple of weeks ago I bought a bunch of Kona colors online... the colors had been suggested, and I bought them without consulting the Kona color card. But I just haven't been loving the full selection... the green keeps yelling at me. So I played around with replacements... and I think I've found a new combination I like.

Color Options