Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

After the scrappy frenzy abated last week, I was able to get back to some projects that had languished a bit, waiting on a fresh store of materials with which to sew onward...

"Seeing Stars" with my Figures HSTs

I also made a test block for Ben's "Peaks and Paddocks", and upon it's successful outcome, proceeded to cut all the background, and began sewing the 48 charm pairs for the 96 HST units needed.
I tested it because, unlike the original Bake Shop recipe, which used a variety of light prints for the background, I am only using white. I figured I could eliminate a couple seams by using a single strip through the center of the block, instead of 3 white squares. I will quilt it as tho the seams are there, and I think it will work out just fine :)

My weekend began with a little housework...
A girl's gotta do what she's gotta do, right?
It is sew fun to be completing this quilt! As funny as the palette is, I still find it as pleasing as when I first pulled the "happy stack"!

It won't be long and I will be binding it up...any guesses as to what I will use for that?

Oh! I almost forgot to mention...I made a barn quilt as part of a collaboration with Linda Hungerford for American Quilter magazine.  The article is in the March 2015 issue....check out my post about it here!

Here's to happy sewing where you are!

linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts @ Let's Bee Social


Monday, February 16, 2015

Scraps Be Gone

I don't have a very good explanation of how this happened. The last thing I remember Friday (February 6) is me, kinda pacing, trying to land on something for the day. With unexpected suddenness, and the vision of a fabric raptor, I spied ziploc bags, in ziploc bags, on top of ziploc bags....I locked my wings and dove straight into them! They had to go!

To be frank, I don't have lots of scraps. In fact most of what I consider my "stash" would be someone else's scraps...most of it being fat quarters or smaller.


But thanks to all the scrap savers out there, most notably, Amanda Jean at CrazyMomQuilts, and Carla at LollyQuiltz (and her "free" quilts), I save bits. And put them in ziploc bags, loosely by color. And then, because all my fabric is in a tub, I am constantly pulling them out, to get to something else, so all the littles go into a big ziploc. Then there are the unfinished projects, each to it's own ziploc...well, I think you get the picture.
It isn't as if I didn't have other plans for the weekend.  Nice, tidy, quilt-in-the-dining-room kind of plans...

But as everyone knows:  scrappy business is messy business!
Into the vortex of this veritable "scrap-nado" I spun!
Round and round I went, log cabin style, letting the scrap volume of each color loosely determine the width of it's respective "log".
Working my way out in rainbow order...
A "ROYGIV" something! Not even on my radar, much less a to-do list...seriously, this project somehow made me make it.....
And it has been really, really fun it that aspect too...the intensity of having it to do, even though it wasn't anything I even remotely planned. I was head down for three days...the guys just stayed out of the way...
At the end of each day, it was folded up and the scraps put away, in the tub, until the morrow, when it all came out again,
I took a couple days breather, midweek, after the orange went on.

Finishing the last round of red on Saturday and Sunday.
I foresee another round of black and white prints, or maybe a b/w gingham :) Some white or other solid to bring it up to a good throw size.  But for now, the top is at rest, and I can get back to my "regularly scheduled" and much needed HST therapy!!!
Ahhhh!


Appropriately enough, I happened upon the linky party Scraptastic Tuesday, at Mrs.Sew and Sow, with only one day left!
So we will link this baby up just under the wire!  Yay!!!

Scraptastic Tuesday
(I even got the button right!!!!)

Also linking up this Wednesday with Sew Fresh Quilts
Sew Fresh Quilts

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Kona...Aspirations!

This is it. The entirety of my Kona Cotton "collection"...I am not sure it can be categorized as a true "collection". I'm just glad I could come up with four!
I can almost hear your gasps of sympathy.  I know, right?
Do you know the icing on this pathetic little cupcake? 
The stack in the photo above? It is what remains of my first ever giveaway win...from Red Pepper Quilts and Canton Village Quilt Works, way back in May 2011!!!!!

And somewhere along the way, I padded my stash with this! Oh the mileage you can get out of one little charm pack!
So it is, that I humbly join the Kona Love linky party at A Quarter Inch From the Edge.
Because I really do love Kona Cotton Solids! :)

Won't you join in the I <3 Kona love fest? Curate your own bundle of 4 Kona solids from your own stash, or make a palette at Play-Crafts! The linky party is open til Thursday,( and there will be a prize!)....and it is Jennifer's first ever linky!!!! Come show off your Konas!  Surely you have more than I do!!!

*this is so timely, because I just recently (last Wednesday, in fact!) activated a plan to add to my solids by quarter yd increments!
** And for good measure, I have added a label "solids" to show how they gain momentum in my sewing this year!

Saturday Something

His mercies are fresh each morning....
                          


                         


                          


                          

                          


                           

                           

***it seems I must take a photo every morning lately...so I thought I would share these spectacular,  fleeting glories with you, too :)


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

I finished the top of another pillow cover...but need more osnaburg to complete the back
It makes me think of lipsticks!  The pinks all came from a charm pack of Kona Brights.

It may come as no surprise that these four Simply Sawtooth stars were completed the first or second day of February :)

Omgosh, was I ever drawn into a scrappy vortex over the weekend!!  And it hasn't pitched me out yet!
More on this when it is at least a finished top! It is up to and over 40 inches square right now...

Happy sewing!!!

Getting together with Lorna and the gang @ Sew Fresh Quilts Let's Bee Social :)



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Icy Parfait Pillow!

The time came. It had to be made. 
Something, anything, with icy, sea glassy colors.
For inspiration, thanks, most recently to Rachael, Karen and Pam....

Scraps, charm squares, pieces of osnaburg, it took about all I had!


But I got a cushion cover put together. 


I used my presser foot as a guide for all the quilting lines. Icy blue thread, Coats and Clark.


The sizes of the scraps of osnaburg that I had determined the final dimensions....I just pieced them together until I had a suitable background. It ended up at 26" x 13".


A couple of recent purchases came in handy for the envelope back. The gray is a Michael Miller print, and the pink is, of course, Lotta Jansdotter, from her Glimma collection. I use Amanda Jean's method here.


I don't have a pillow form made yet, so I just stuffed a couple rolls of batting in for the pictures.


I can rest easy now, for a bit.

It has been awhile, but linking up with CrazyMomQuilts Finish It Up Friday :) 
Yay! I love when I can do that :)




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

Warmer temperatures bring a mixed blessing out here in the Breaks....
the quagmire that is our yard and driveway during any winter or spring thaw
is this TMI?
I suppose it becomes a matter of where you choose to place your focus...
looking beyond the yard, to the horizon...
I know, corny, right?
But still...

In the meantime, the mail was worth Friday's arduous trip to fetch it :)
Look at this sweet package that arrived from our Hoosier buddies...it seems Miss Hannah has her little brother started in the yarn arts as well! Check out his little potholder! I am tickled...orange! with all this homemade goodness!! 

Mrs. Romans also sent along the Irish Chain book, which is so timely since I will be making one for my #2 son this year! My Mother-in-Law has this very book, so I am familiar with it and just love having a copy of my own! Thanks so much y'all!!

is this not the sweetest trivet? I just love the pattern...and it is two layers! Very cool!

I also received this sizeable piece of lovely that I ordered from Stash Fabrics, which will bring me a little closer to finishing one of my Q1 goals. I had been keeping an eye out for a backing.....

This "Olavi" in Rosey Cheeks, by Lotta Jansdotter, seemed to be just the right mix of mild color and bonus "gingham-esque" to go with the rather odd mix of fabrics that is my Fly Home quilt
I wasn't looking for a "perfect match" as such...I think I will love them together!
On another random note, does anyone else keep a collection like this?

 When I see these peeking out at me, I am reminded that, yes, I have bought and still have, plenty of pretty fabrics :)
 Those of you who swap and such must really have the memorabilia of this friendly quilty world!

My little garden of "roses" is growing...

I am thinking, at 9" each, as long as I have some gingham and any Kate Spain, it will just keep growing for awhile :) 
no hurry, no worry....

I will leave you with one last little bit for this week....

I am actually beginning to have a stack of quilts! Oh joy!! 

(Ready and waiting for February!!)


I will be joining the get-together @ Sew Fresh Quilts "Let's Bee Social"  :)







Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Piecemeal

Gradually...

Accomplished in stages...


A little at a time...


Piece by piece...
                             

Bit by bit...


I may have stumbled upon my word for the year. 
It seems to have chosen me, rather than the other way around, however :)
Such a different cadence than the start of last year! We shall see where it takes me!

Playing nice with others this week at Let's Bee Social :)