Friday, October 17, 2014

First Q4 Finish!

Gotta make this quick because my monitor is on the fritz...
On my Q4 list
  Disappearing 4-Patch
1 charm pack of  Wrens & Friends by Gina Martin
 For the back, a piece of sweet, funny fabric my Mom sent out last month.
The colors were just right, though :)
Binding from S'More Love by Eric & Julie Comstock 
For a sweet baby girl!

linking up with Finish It Up Friday, just under the wire!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I'm a Chef!

I am extremely pleased to be able to share with you
"Breezy Buntings",
my first

The idea for this pattern took shape around the same time as
"Chain Pieced Melody" .
Same basic units, different layout.

It was a thrill to actually submit this idea of pinwheels and buntings to the Moda Bake Shop!
And to have it accepted!! Yay!
And to not be able to share!! boo.
So bear with me as I recap a bit of what has been going on around here!

Random fabric choices don't come super easy for me, making Moda precuts of whole collections pretty irresistible to me!   
 I had originally envisioned this quilt in really bright colors, think Best.Day.Ever.
With a gray background, this would have been "Silver Lining Day" :)

But when I considered all the menfolk in my house, 
who patiently wait for a quilt in colors a bit more...subdued, 
Persimmon by Basic Grey caught my eye.
I fell in love with the variety of prints, the big leaves, the little wrens, those dotty diamonds, the several florals, the triangles, and even an ikat!  I've never used an ikat before! And the taupe, yum.
Speaking of yum, did I mention the delicious names in this collection? Roasted Marshmallow, Apple Cider, Ginger Snap, Marionberry Pie, Golden Delicious Tart, Blueberry Crumble....oh my!
Not to mention, there are more than a few low volume gems to be found in this collection!
And as you would expect, each of them was more fantabulous in real life!
My fabric choice turned out for the best, because what I had thought would be a Spring/Summer quilt turned thankfully into a Fall quilt!

So I stitched this up mostly in August!
it was fun to get out the Singer 99K for the piecing!
HSTs galore!
And just some more pictures, okay?

 Even with the saturated oranges, deep blues and warm golds, it is a quiet collection!
 Making it rather challenging to photograph!

My youngest has claimed this for his own! He loves the colors!

So there it is! My single biggest project for 2014! 
(not necessarily the most important, but the biggest, for me) 
So happy to finally share it!  
I hope you like it!
With many thanks to Moda Bake Shop, for letting me "play in their kitchen"!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Q4 Finish Along Goals

Q3 was a complete flop, as far as the "Finish Along" goes! I am sorry!
I finished several quilts in Q3, just none from my list!!
So, sew, onward to Q4!!!

1. Carrying this one forward from last quarter only because I have actually bought the orange fleece with which to finish it
I hope you all appreciate the new picture of it ;)

2.  This one is a gimme because the quilting is already half done, and I have the binding strips cut!

3.  At first glance this might look like my little "Prairie Rose Garden", but it is an entirely different top, made of 24" blocks, instead of 9".
The Kate Spain/gingham combo is still irresistible for me though!

4.  I have carried nothing but black purses for years.
I think I may try something a little :)

With cooler weather, prospects are good for a couple of finishes this quarter!
If you would like to finish a few projects, with the chance to win some great prizes,
the linky is open through October 14th.
Check out all the details at The Littlest Thistle!

Friday, October 3, 2014

In Other News...(September Highlights)

 It is time to get these off to their respective babies!  
New babies are so exciting, aren't they!
 Last week my Dad traveled to Montana for a conference and we were so fortunate that our schedules allowed for an overnight visit in Billings!
 I think he liked his barn quilt!
 We enjoyed a good supper downtown.  
It was a treat for all of us, as we haven't had him "to ourselves" in too long!
I just love that man!

 Since he drove out instead of flying, my Mom sent a few goodies along, including these lovelies!
I think those bottom two will find their way onto the back of my Flowering Snowball glad I didn't rush getting something else!
Together they also brought this poignant gift to the boys.
When I was growing up, my Dad had more chess sets than some folks have books.
(He also happens to have waaaaay more books than chess sets!)
This set brings back a sweet time and place to my mind and heart.
Of course it is a favorite with the boys as well!

My Mom restocked our wonderful soap supply!
And one of my sisters stuffed a gift bag full of Godiva, wine, M&Ms, almonds, punkins, t-shirt, bubbles, birthday napkins, and specially, the print of one of her drawings!
I feel so loved!
We also had some (uncommon) leisure to browse some antique shops
I didn't even have to think about this $4.00 beauty...I clutched it quickly to my bosom and scurried to the register with it!! ;)

And to round out the "highlights" for the month...
We made several trips to the mountains
It is always fun to see what the boys photograph in their travels :)
Actually, we let this guy go, but it was a bit comical to see how he had caught himself :)

Ben wanted his picture with this sign, commemorating Charley Russell, one of, if not his very favorite artist.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday Tidbits...More Roses

 the name of the compass on nautical navigational maps
I made this barn quilt for my Dad.  He sails.

This has been several years coming, put off mostly by a couple different moves.

I get to give it to him personally, on Wednesday!

SO excited to see him!!!

And in other rosy news,
I am this close to finishing the binding on this one

Here's to a happy week everyone!!! :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday Tidbits...Happy Mail!

I won these precut hexies from Linda @ A Maidenhair Fern, yippee!
 I love Kate Spain...
but when  I got them in my hands, all I saw were cute little triangles!
Is that wrong? 
We shall see where this goes...I just love seeing these fabrics in person...they are so pretty!

More happy mail!
 my very first jelly roll!
And my very first Bonnie&Camille precut!
It may be a while before even the plastic comes off! lol!

And finally, a matching flannel for the backing of this baby quilt...the baby is here and soooo sweet!
(I will see if I may post pictures of her on here!)

Linking up with SewCuteTuesday !