Friday, July 31, 2009

26 Little Sashing Strips All in a Row

I just love off Fridays. I usually run around and get my chores done Thursday night and Friday morning. However, last night I needed to sew, so I sewed half of the Angel Houses strips together (and threw a couple loads of clothes in while I was at it). This morning I decided to tackle the girls' bathroom. It has been severly neglected since they have left home and since it doesn't have any windows in it, the grout in the bath gets mildewy (yucko!). I've been thinking about getting one of those small tube skylights put in, but I need to investigate them further because I don't know how they are rated for handling hurricane debris. In any case, I nearly asphyxiated myself with the bleach. I got the caulk and all the grout lines done on two of the walls, but my throat and eyes were burning, so the other wall will have to wait until tomorrow or later on today. I turned on the exhaust fan before I started and cranked down the a/c so plenty of air would circulate, but it was still too much. My daughter stopped by a little while ago and said that it smells like an over chlorinated pool in here - oh well. So, I started sewing the sashing strips together after lunch and I have to tell you how much I love strip piecing! The sashing strips almost look like a neat little line of fish that I've caught, don't they? Now, I just have to snip them apart and sew them into strips.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

In the mood to cut - fabric, of course!

Last night I was in a cutting mood, but I didn't want to cut out the Mini Miranda Bag. Instead, I hauled out the Angel Houses fabric and ironed and cut all the pieces except the borders of course. I want to make this quilt for Miss Em for Christmas this year. My quilting buddy came over for a visit and while I was ironing and cutting, she finished sewing the binding on another very cute baby quilt. I sewed some of the pieced blocks together this morning, but I've got to go vaccum, mop the floors, do a little laundry, and go to the store for all sorts of stuff so it's time for a sewing break. I hope everyone is having a fabulous Saturday :o)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Finished Quilt and some new flannels

I finished sewing the binding on the baby quilt yesterday, so it will be off to the shower tomorrow. It was quilted in a loopy meaner using bright yellow thread. I found the cutest fabric for binding or borders, so naturally, I bought the rest of the bolt. I used it for binding on this quilt, but since the quilt is so wild, it blended right in. It is a series of wild print wavy stripes and snakes, iguanas, bugs of all sorts on a green background.

I also broke down and bought a scrap bag of juvenile print 1/4 yard cuts from Keepsake Quilting (I had a coupon for free shipping which made it worthwhile). I needed some more flannels to mix in with Em's flannel receiving blankets that I'm planning on using to make a raggy flannel quilt for her. The prints are really cute.

The Funky Stripes quilt is ready to be picked up from the quilter and so that's my goal for next weekend, to pick it up and get it bound so it's ready to be sent off to CT in the fall. I'm a little anxious about how it is going to look because I am usually very conservative with the thread I pick for quilting quilts to be given to adults (normally, it's ecru cotton). This time I went with a coral red - but I think the quilt is dark enough and has so much coral red in it that it will be fine - I hope - egads!

Now, for the secret project I was working on...

My best friend brought me a honey bun package with 2 10-strip honeybuns from Paducah. It came with instructions for making a nice little bag, so I used the Aviary honey bun to make one for her birthday earlier this week. Then I got a couple of Aviary charm packs and put them inside. Most of the pictures I took of the bag aren't wonderful, but here is the best one. I used some double-sided light pink satin ribbon to tie a bow around it (but forgot to take a picture of course).

Sunday, July 19, 2009

My Next #1 Project

Okay - so as far as my UFO list goes, I seem to just keep swapping one #1 for another and not getting to the others. What can I say? I made the binding this afternoon for the Silly Safari quilt so I'll be ready to go as soon as it is quilted. Then I started thinking about what's next. I knew I wanted to do something different and smallish, so I went through the fabric drawers in the guest room and ran across a pattern for a bag and some fabric. The fabric is called Surf and Sand by Marcus Brothers and I had bought it a couple of years ago (I think) with no particular project in mind - it just caught my eye. The bag pattern is the Mini Miranda Bag by Lazy Girl Designs.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Quilting Frenzy...

Remember when I said that I had two baby quilts to make for upcoming baby showers? Well, yesterday my oldest daughter mentioned that the shower she needs a quilt for is next Saturday! I ran by the quilt shop first thing this morning when they opened up to pick up a little more fabric, ran over to my sewing buddy's house, and started cutting strips around 11:30 this morning and by 10:30 this evening I had a completed top and backing. Thankfully, being the very good friend that she is, she convinced me to do the Warm Wishes pattern because it really did a much nicer job of showing off the Silly Safari fabric than Nap Time would have. So now all I've got to do is get this quilt quilted by Thursday so I can get the binding sewed on Friday night and it will be ready for the shower. I had to piece in a strip for the backing, so I used the blocks that were left over from piecing the top - I love it when I can use up all the blocks! My sewing buddy worked on a warm wishes baby quilt too that turned out SO cute - the focal fabric was frogs in space. It is always so much more fun to sew with your best friend, especially when working on the same pattern at the same time because we chatted while we were sewing and then *poof* the tops were done.
I also wanted to post a picture of the birthday girl getting a kiss from her Mommy (notice the oh so cute outfit that her Grammy made - he he).

Friday, July 17, 2009

It's Party Day!

We're celebrating Em's birthday this afternoon, so this is going to be a very quick post. I'm in a panic and my friend just told me, "remember, she's only two." Of course she is right. I'm decorating and then it's off to Publix to pick up food, cake, and ice cream. Since her favorite characters are Sesame Street's Elmo and Abby Cadabby, we're having "Elmo's World" cake. It's very smart that they sell it as a group of cupcakes that are decorated as a normal cake but can be pulled apart for serving - so much easier with little ones. I also want to get to the quilt shop, but that may have to wait until tomorrow. Happy sewing everyone!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Baby Quilts!

I am SO excited. Two more of my daughters' friends are having babies - both boys! Sooo. I have these fabrics for one of the quilts, but I need to get one more to go with them. I'm heading out to the quilt shop tomorrow morning to drop off the Funky Stripes Quilt, pick up my free fat quarter (naturally, I'm in a club where I get 10% off purchases and a free fat every month), and do a little shopping. I think I'm going to do a pattern called Nap Time - it was in Quiltmaker back in July/August 1999. I've also thought about doing Warm Wishes. I'll just have to see which one suits my fancy when I pick up the fourth fabric. I love doing baby quilts! It's funny too because all of my daughters' friends are 27-30ish, so I don't think this will be the last of the baby quilts either. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The countdown to Friday continues

How many of you feel like you're wishing your life away from one weekend to the next?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

So much for not sewing...

I got up this morning and, after a couple cups of coffee, was inspired to work on a secret project. You see, I would describe it, but it is a birthday present for someone that will probably be lurking around to see what I'm up to. Well...I worked on it like a fiend and finished it. I just ordered a couple of things to go with it, so I'm all set. I'll post a picture toward the end of July sometime (moohahaha).
Since I can't post a picture of my secret project, here's one from my daughter's baby shower. I made the log cabin quilt for Em's nursery as a gift. The log cabin blocks were corals and greens and the backing was Beatrix Potter striped fabric.
And here's another one of Em (and Abby) relaxing on it.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A little reminiscing....

Little Em will be 2 years old next week and I've been reminiscing this weekend (lots of heart flutters and happy tears as I look back at her newborn pictures - the time is going by too quicky for me).
I thought I'd post a few of them. I'll get back to quilting pics as soon as I start or pick up an half-finished project :o)

#1 on my to do list is done - for all intents and purposes anyway. I finished the top and backing last night, so it will go off to the quilter at the next opportunity. However, there is one block that is waaaay off. I ripped it out and tried to adjust it, but it's not going to happen. I might try one more time before it gets quilted (or not). I think I'm going to take a break this weekend because I'm not ready to tackle the Roman Holiday or Angel Houses yet. I hope everyone has a wonderful, quilty weekend.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Another one down...

Two more days until the weekend! My goal is to get the Funky Stripes quilt done and off to the quilter. I hate to say this about a quilt, but I'll be glad to see this one go on it's merry way. Heck! I might even have a pattern burning party! Not really - hopefully it will turn out very nice and I'll be the only one who looks at it and sees every single place where the stripes are not perfectly aligned. Maybe they will quilt the heck out of it and it won't be noticeable to anyone else!

On a happier note, here's the other diaper bag that I made for my daughter. It is the same pattern as the one in my
first day of summer post. This one was done with Kaffe Fasset fabrics.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful and safe holiday. My family just left a little bit ago after a wonderful family celebration. We set up Em's swimming pool on the screened in porch because the weather was a little unsettled and with all the rain we've had, the mosquitoes are out. We did the traditional cook out on the grill and Em provided the entertainment. We had hot dogs, steak, potato salad, salad, barbequed beans, grilled corn, and then finished it off with angel food cake with vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream. We had so much fun just visiting and watching Em push her Elmo doll around in the stroller, splash around water everywhere with her sand pail and shovels, making tea and coffee for all the adults (a.k.a. pool water), and chasing the pugs around with pails full of water. Abby even went for a dip - she didn't think much of it. You know it was a good celebration when...
all of sudden it gets very, very quiet....

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Virtual Friday

Yippee! Today's the last day of work for the week and we are going to have a 3-day weekend (this happens every other week where I work). Three-day weekends are faaaabulous because I can get all my chores done Thursday night/Friday morning and then I can relax and do whatever I want for the rest of the weekend. I bought the backing/binding fabric for the Funky Stripes quilt yesterday at lunch. Finished the bolt, so I got 10% off the purchase. I'll post a picture later on. Meanwhile, I thought I'd post a picture of a really fun quilt to make (and it's fat quarter friendly - Laps from Fats). It's called Caddy Corners from Good Intentions. It was a blast to make, and even though the colors are very tame compared to most of the quilts I make, it's one of my favorites.