Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What I'm Working on Wednesday

I have a love hate relationship with block of the month's!
I do love this one I finished from Fat Quarter Shop.
It was a Designer Mystery for 2011 made using Fig Tree & Co. 
Strawberry Fields fabric line.
(one of my all time favorite Fig Tree groups of fabric)

Right now I am receiving the 
Fig Tree Vintage Farmhouse BOM...
and am sorely behind in making my blocks!
But I enjoy getting them in the mail the middle of each month!

This is the fabric line we are using for the BOM.

And then...
there is this new 
Block of the Month starting in

Of course I signed up for it!

I can't wait to play with this one!

I need to sign myself back up for my BOM Rehab!
Am I alone?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Playing and La Playa!

I was able to play a little with my Gypsy Kisses units!
I am coming along... I have it timed that I can make 2 every 15 minutes 
but that is without interruptions. 

I am really enjoying the process but I haven't decided if I will
make the large size that is in the Material Obsessions book or if
I will make a smaller version of the quilt. 
I guess I will play it by ear.
I have already decided that I like the alternate fabric and that I will plan to use it as my
background fabric so that the "kisses" will kind of just float.

I stumbled upon a plastic shoe box full of half square triangles...

It was the last thing to be moved from the old house and put away.
I am so excited to see these little cuties!

A few years ago I was making La Playa
by Minick and Simpson and I used this line of fabric.
I must have went crazy to have so many leftover HST's!
I remember after the body of the quilt was 
together and seeing all of these leftovers...
I had a little plan in my head stirring but that is where I left off.

My idea was to make little sail boats around the border of the quilt 
instead of the applique the pattern calls for.
(Imagine that)
So, how fun is it that I happen to be making  Sail Away... sail boats right now!
So I think I will just make a few more with these fabrics... and maybe a little tweaking of the 
pattern for a different look... and then I will have another UFO conquered!

Did you know that Fat Quarter Shop is having a sale???

Through Friday!
25% off Moda!!!

I might need to go see what is new with Minick and Simpson!!!
(hop on over there to get the special code and shop)!
Looks like I could do a little la-play-a there too!!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

I Think This Is Going To Be Fun

This weekend I am ready to start on my new "list" for the quarter!

I had Gypsy Kisses on the list and
 that one seems to be calling my name!
I had little bundle of Lori Holt fabric that I got as
a sweet birthday gift last October. I
have been holding on to it... and I think it 
will work good for this pattern.
Although I was very tempted to use April Showers like Cindy had used.
I learned the freezer paper method of paper piecing with those two practice
units in the photo above!  Cindy used that method to make her 
Gypsy Kisses quilt.
I am thrilled to know this method...
because I am really not a fan of the other option.

A couple years ago when I first got the bug
 to make it I saw one over at Frieda's Hive 
blog that Nanette was making. How cute is that center?!?

Of course this was the first
 inspirational one... right from Material Obsessions.

Here is Evie last Friday at the lake... all ready for the 
festivities of the Fourth of July!
This weekend we will be back over there for the annual BBQ.
I am looking forward to play time... in the sewing room
AND at the lake too!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I Am Going to be Brave

Okay, instead of a Midweek Mosaic... I am going random and
somewhat reluctantly sharing photos of the 
home we just moved into.
Last week I showed a photo of the outside of the house.

We had not moved in the last 6 1/2 years but 
we do move a lot... but never out of the general area.
Some houses are larger... some smaller. 
This time we went from a two-story  to a single story
 house. I am okay either way... but 
I do have to get creative when we go "cozy".

Keep in mind that there are things still out of place...
like that phone cord!
But I am getting there!

Here is the second bedroom which is also the sewing room.

And a guest room.

This one is the view of outside...

And here is my bedroom.
I can't decide if I like the quilt on the wall or not. I have a quilt hanger
to put up if it is going to stay.

I still have things to put away...
 and throw away (perhaps that bed tray)...
and a few more boxes in the kitchen and family room.
I will share some pictures of those tomorrow. 

Happy hump day!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Caught Up and A New List Started

My sewing over the weekend was devoted to catching up with my Bees Knees Quilting Bee
These can be intimidating because 
there are new methods to try...

like Triangles on a Roll that I used for the flying geese border.

Then, there was this block...

I have always been meaning to try this block. 
I really liked this one too.

And then sometimes we are given instructions...
and are given freedom to just go with it!
That makes me the most nervous... but I like the way
it turned out.

I have been meaning to make some pillows...

so I used the Spell it with Letters
 that Moda did a quilt along with
I have plans in my head to go with Minick and Simpson style...
in one of their books they have a whole bench of
 pillows that are Americana
flags. They looks so fun and summer-y!
That will be one of my summer goals.

My other goals for the July-August-September moths

1. I have been wanting to make an Gypsy Kisses Quilt ever since
I bought the Material Obsession book... and that was when it first came
out! I have been drooling over these two versions recently made by Thelma
and Cindy.

2. Sail Away by Fig Tree and Co.
I got a start on this one but set it aside in order to get my Coastal Lily quilt done...
and oh yeah, packing... because I had to get ready to move!

3. This is another one that I had started...
Dresden Cover Quilt... so I have it on the list to finish!

I have had the magazine since it came out.
Got it started last year... but it's anther one that needed time.
I wasn't finished and also wasn't happy with my background fabric choice.
So it's time to revive it this summer!

This one was amazing. It was made by JoAnne (Patriotic Quilter) from
the same pattern.
You just need to go see it on her blog. The fussy cut centers are beautiful.

4. Evening Blooms
I think I have been sitting on the fabrics for the last two years at least... and the book
even longer. Now I am committing to a block a month.
I am not sure if I am going to do hand or machine applique. I think the hand applique scares
the heck out of me... that must be what the hold up is. Blackbird Designs actually does
machine applique on their quilts. I have had it on my list before mind you... 
I am really intimidated by it, but would love to make it. I just don't think I 
am good enough yet. 

I guess I will figure it out soon!
Yes, you can see the gorgeous one that Thelma made on her blog.
It truly is inspiring!

5. Starry-Eyed is the quilt I requested my Bees Knees Quilt Group
to make for me. I have all the blocks back and halfway put together.
It surfaced during the "move". 
So now that I have caught up with my
Bees Knees blocks... I might as well get the blocks together too. 
I stopped because I had managed to get a block or two in 
upside-down and in frustration... I set it aside instead 
of getting out my seam ripper. 
It's been a stale-mate. 
The blocks have not un-sewn themselves... so I guess it's up to me! ha!

So, that is 2 to start, 3 already started and 1 nearly finished.
That's 5. 
And unless I get my hands on Harvey... soon to be released...
that's might be #6!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Review of My Newest Quilts

Today is the start of a new quarter. I am looking back at what
I accomplished in the last 3 months. You can see my post here,
of what I hoped to get done.
There was 5 on the list including one that was put back on the list because
it didn't get done in the first part of the year.

There is one on the list for this quarter that was started but not finished...
and that one is next up in my sewing room.
It's Sail Away, which is a Fig Tree pattern.

So first up in my "Second Quarter Parade"...

Saffron Safari
(aka Star Blossoms)
Hook debuted on the AYOS parade on April 1st.
I'm not sure to count that as a before or during this quarter finish.

Here is another AYOS finish... 
X Rated!
I am loving this quilt... and wondering why it hasn't been quilted yet!

And here is Puddle Jump... another group project... but not a 
Schnibbles this time. This is a pattern by Thimble Blossoms.

Not newly started in this quarter... but I am thinking she is finished here.
I could put another border... but I am pretty happy to
leave it as is.

This is such a sweet quilt... Layered Flowers.
I don't think it was ever on the list to do... but I was able to squeeze it in!

This is another one I just had to squeeze in and do... even though I was so busy...

The Nested Churn Dash Quilt Along was a super fun quilt to make...
and it turns out it was a great distraction for me to make it
while in the middle of moving! Inspiration to get my new sewing room up
and running P.D.Q.
And lastly... was Coastal Lily!
I think she is my favorite!
I warned you yesterday that I would have more photos to share...
so, here they are!

Now... the question is... 
what will be joining Sail Away on the
 list for the upcoming quarter of 2014?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Here She Is!

I only had to put the outside borders on to finish 
Coastal Lily and I managed to do that this weekend!

I started Coastal Lily along with Thelma last year. If you have seen
hers... it is back from the quilter and absolutely stunning!

I love this quilt and actually pulled from my stash for most of the fabrics.
That's a plus!
 I wanted it to have a beachy/shabby chic feel. 
Although when I saw Thelma's Coastal Lily in progress... I started having doubts.
I am so fickle! 
I decided to make my circles from yoyo's... which became a process!
I enjoyed making the little yoyo's actually... it was the hand sewing
that was going to be the crux of the matter... either way I went.

What I don't like about the quilt is the stems. I used a light pearl cotton
through the machine on most of them and unless you are holding the
quilt the stems just don't show up well at all.
Never-the-less I like her a lot!

I had more pictures to share... but I can't seem to upload them.
Maybe I will share those for a Midweek Mosaic!