Saturday, December 8, 2012

Finish #7

My goal with this quilt was to add some color into my living room without having to do any major work like painting or spend a huge amount of money on a piece of furniture.  Back in August I spied Anna Maria Horner's Field Study in the Gypsy colorway and Pat Bravo's Indie in the Sunlight Bazaar colorway.  I knew that a fat quarter of each paired with some Kaffe Fassett odds and ends from my stash would be perfect.  I used a free pattern called Lotus Brick Path by Amy Butler.

It took me a long, long time to get the top and backing finished, not because they were difficult or time consuming to put together, but because I went on vacation, work has been hectic, and I trained for (sort of) and completed two half marathons.  I was supposed to do a third half marathon after Thanksgiving, but I didn't feel like getting out in the crazy traffic to go pick up my race packet (lame...I know).

In any case, I picked up the quilt after the quilting was completed a couple of weeks ago, made the binding and finished sewing it down earlier this week.  It was a little grey this morning, but I thought I'd snap a couple of pics while it was on my mind.  Ta da!

The quilt finished at 66" wide x 76" long and was backed using Kona Amber with a pieced strip of leftover fabrics as an accent.  It was quilted in a swirl pattern using the same amber colored thread for the front and the back.

I haven't put it out yet, since my Christmas quilt is occupying the couch until New Year's Eve - that's when this new quilt will take it's place in my living room.  I can't wait!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Back from vacation

I had a wonderful two weeks away from Florida and away from work.  It was a much needed break, and I didn't realize how badly I needed it until I came back.  Luckily, I did a little advanced preparation for my return home before we even left.  I got all my sewn strips for this quilt top pressed, so today, when I was dying to do some sewing, I was able to just sit down and start.  I finished the top just a bit ago, but haven't pressed it yet.  That can wait for another day.  I took this first picture outdoors in some bright sun, so the colors appear a lot lighter than they are.

I made this quilt to help incorporate a really, really loud area rug into my living room.  I got a great deal on it at Anthropologie but it was a little more hot pink than I anticipated.  The only way to make it look like it belongs is to add some more of the hot pinks and purples into the room.  This quilt thrown over the sofa should do the trick (I hope).  Here's a shot of the quilt against the rug.  I likey :)

I think I'm going to back this with a coordinating kona solid (I'm eyeing the color amber) unless i find a different backing in my stash.  It is so good to be home and it felt wonderful to sew again.  I hope you are having a great weekend.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Really....a little half marathon bling

I am really annoyed with the Bog Docs - Google Docs App because I still can't seem to get a post right the first ( or second) time *sigh*. But it worked this time...finally.

I managed to cross the finish line in the upright position, so I'm a happy camper for the most part.  A little disappointed in my time, but it rained from start to finish and was very cold...I think my clothes and shoes weighed about 20 pounds when I took them off.  Everything was soaking wet.  Celebrated the finish with a huge wicked good steamed lobstah :)

Friday, September 7, 2012

A New Project

Remember the two fat quarter bundles - Field Study and Indie?  I put them together and threw a couple of Kaffe Fassett fat quarters into the mix and voila'

The free pattern is Amy Butler's Lotus Brick Path.  I laid the fabrics out and will leave it be until I'm sure I like it :). This one will be slightly smaller than 72" x 72" so it will be perfect for a couch quilt.

Monday, August 13, 2012


Got the binding put on yesterday and enjoying it today :)

Waiting for the USPS to bring me a package today with these two FQ bundles that appear to play beautifully with one another.  It's like Christmas in August!

Field Study in Gypsy

Indie in Sunlight Bazaar

I'm planning to combine these two into one quilt - stay tuned...

Friday, August 10, 2012

Another Mini

I have had this Laurie Wisbrun Llama fabric for awhile and have been itching to cut into it, but I wanted to start small.  I started this just a couple hours ago and did a simple sew and flip around and around to border the center piece of llama fabric until I covered the 10.5" x 12.5" piece of batting used as the base.

All that's left is to add the backing,quilt, and bind it. 

I'll end this post with a picture of our little FIVE year old (I can't believe she's five...and 46" tall!) at her first gymnastics class.  She's the one on the bar :)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Something a little different

The last couple of quilt projects have been big (really big).  I have avoided working on my current WIP because it is hard to handle, sew, press, etc.  I really needed a break - something quick and easy, and most of all small.  So, when I saw this post over at Mama Spark's blog, I became inspired!  I have seen lots of mini quilts, and thought they were cute, but couldn't imagine them looking good in my house.  I'm a minimalist at heart and don't have knick knacks or stuff all over the place.  I'm happiest with surfaces cleared of clutter, but when I saw this picture, I thought I would really like to hang some mini quilts in my sewing room - they look great as a grouping on the wall.  The picture was posted over at Sentimental Quilter.

(From Collecting American Country by Mary Emmerling )

So this morning I set out to make a mini quilt.  Lynn over at Patchery Menagerie had posted a tutorial for her Exquisite quilt yesterday, and it was perfect timing :)  I remember when she made one of these a long time ago and I just loved it.  It's a scrap buster, which makes it even more appealing to me, since there is no shortage of scraps in my house.  So without further ado, here it is - a mini Exquisite

I started it this morning and it's all pieced and quilted - I love how the blocks make wonky stars when they are assembled.  I still have to bind it, but that will be a snap since it finished at 18" x 18"  So, there you have it - my first mini quilt.  It won't be the last - that is for sure!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

2012 Finish Number 6

Gold Rush is done - finished the binding this evening :)

This quilt finished at 102" x 102"

and was quilted in an all over fall leaves pattern.

I hope you all had a good weekend!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Why I Love Moda

Because even if I have made a quilt using Moda fabric that was purchased several years ago, I can almost always find a newer fabric line that coordinates perfectly.  Take this Gold Rush quilt for instance.  I purchased a big fat quarter bundle of Moda Autumn Breeze five or six years ago (sometimes it takes a looong time for me to figure out just the right project for the fabrics I hoard have on hand).  I finally finished this top and picked it up from the quilt shop today, but didn't have enough fabric left over for the binding...rats!  Well, I looked around the quilt shop for something that would work.  Check this out...

It is a newer version of Moda Autumn Breeze!  Although the print is a little different, it coordinates beautifully, and check out the cool leaves on the selvedge :)

So, when I got home I made 470 inches of binding...

Attached it to this monstrous quilt and settled into the couch for some hand sewing.  

Sitting here with the air-conditioning blasting and dreaming of autumn. 

Hope you are staying cool wherever you are and praying for all the folks suffering in the terrible heat wave gripping such a large portion of the country.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A day spent (mostly) sewing

Got up pretty early and cut the sashing to go between the rows and got them all sewn together.  I think that I'm ready for some smaller quilts.  This one is already 81.5" x 95" - the fact that pressing and sewing the seams on these big quilts is a big pain seems to slip my mind on a regulart basis.  I'll be happy when this top is all done.

Happy quilting :)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Forward Progress

Back in December, I posted a picture of a bunch of blocks completed at a weekend sew fest.  Remember these?

Well, the blocks have been languishing in my sewing room ever since and I have been sick of looking at them.  I took the bull by the horns on Friday and moved the living room furniture out of the way and laid the blocks out on the floor.

Cut 63 pieces of white sashing and sewed the blocks into rows.

Hung the finished rows up in the sewing room until the next time.  I still need to cut the sashing to put between the rows.

I also did another 5K last night, so added another bib number and a medal to the growing "valance" in my sewing room.  I have a few others from this year, but these are the most recent ones :)

This race was run in insane weather - we experienced stinging rain, thunder, lightning, hail and driving wind.  At the halfway point we were running through ankle deep puddles that completely covered parts of the roads.  About half the participants dropped out, but a bunch of us stuck it out and slogged our way to the finish line.  It was totally worth it.

By the way, I've given up trying to create blog posts from my iPad - can't seem to get them right :(

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Dreaming of Autumn

I opened up my blog this morning and realized I had two posts the entire month of May...goodness!  However, looking back on the past month's activities, I guess I shouldn't be surprised.  It was a very busy one which included the end of the school year activities for Miss Em, a move for my daughter, three 5Ks, and no sewing whatsoever during the last half of the month :(

Since we are officially into the heat of summer here, I decided to make the backing for the Gold Rush quilt top and drop it off to be quilted next weekend.  This way it will be done in time for the first cool down in the fall - usually not until the end of October.  Since no post is complete without a picture, here you go.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

A New Project

Well, sort of...

This pattern is called Caddy Corners and is one of the Laps From Fats series.  I made one of these about five years ago and it is one of my favorites

So when I found myself with a bunch of leftover fat quarters after finishing the Paisley Party quilt, I thought this pattern might serve as a nice way to use them up.  I started making these blocks last weekend, but it will be a few weeks before I pick them up again.  This weekend is busy.  I did a 5K this morning and rewarded my not so valiant efforts like this:

I did drag myself out of bed at 5:30 this morning, and this was how I bribed myself.

My youngest daughter is moving next weekend, so I suspect there won't be much sewing going on for a couple of weeks.

How is your weekend shaping up?

Happy Mother's Day tomorrow :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

2012 Finish Number 5

Seems like forever since I posted a finish, but I finally got the binding sewn down on the Quick Trip Around The World quilt.  This top went together in a flash, but languished while I rushed to get the two Slide Show baby quilts finished.  The quilting was done in a meander pattern with a light khaki colored thread.  It is a nice big lap sized quilt finishing at 50" x 75" and will be put over the back of a couch to be used for a quick nap here and there.  I'll bring it over to my Mom's house later on today so she can give it to her friend tomorrow :) 

The front

The back

Now I have to figure out what project to tackle next - there is no shortage of options, lol. 

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2012


Came home from the quilt shop and started working on the binding for a quick trip around the world quilt for one of my Mom's friends.

I used my new Pilot Frixion fabric pen.  It's just great!  When the ink is hit with the heat from the iron, it disappears.

I got the binding on a little while ago, so I'll work on hand sewing it down over the weekend.

What are you working on this weekend?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I'm a big kid with a new toy ;)

But I don't know how to use it yet...

Going to pick up a quilt at the quilt shop tomorrow, so hopefully I will figure out a few tricks and successfully create a blog post when I have something to share.

Happy quilting!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

He is Risen!

Happy Easter

This cattleya orchid was quietly blooming on the far side of one of the oaks in the back yard - I almost missed it.  I wish I could share its fragrance - it is just heavenly.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Slide Show Reveal (2012 Finishes Numbers 3 & 4)

Since the Slide Show baby quilts have been delivered, I can now safely share pictures of them :)  They were made using the same fabrics, one was bound and backed with pink fabric and the other using purple.

Here is the one bound with pink

and here's the one bound using purple

They were both quilted in a dragonfly pattern using white thread

Hopefully they will provide years of service to the little baby girls when they arrive :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

In a bind :)

For time that is... What in the world happened to the weekend?  It flew by much too quickly (don't they all?).  I don't have any pictures as evidence of productivity, but I did get quite a lot accomplished on Saturday and Sunday.  I managed to attach the binding on both Slide Show baby quilts, finish hand sewing it down for one and half of the other.  I will post pictures as soon as I get them both done.  I hope your weekend was fabulous too :)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

25 years

As of today, I have worked at the same company for 25 years.  I started when I was 27 back in 1985, quit for a couple of years, and returned.  It is a weird feeling, and I'm beginning to feel like one of the "old timers" - a lot of the engineers who work with me are younger than my children.  The best part of 25 years is another week of vacation accrual each year :)  I was planning to celebrate this milestone and St. Patrick's Day downtown today, but instead was on the couch with a grumbly stomach, nothing serious, just had to stick to applesauce and pretzels instead of corned beef, cabbage and green beer.

Last weekend I put the borders on that Quick Trip Around the World quilt for one of my mother's friends.  I hope to drop it off to be quilted next weekend.  Here's a peek

Definitely not my colors (you can see some of my preferred colors on the bed quilt to the left), but these colors go with the lady's living room.  I still have to make the backing.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Ever since Amanda Jean over at Crazy Mom Quilts posted her Bento Box quilt back in 2009, I've wanted to make one too.  I loved her choice of colors and she certainly made a fabulous quilt (and pillows). See?

Utterly gorgeous don't you agree?

Well, I also have wanted to make a quilt using the colors from my Bali Moons table runner.  So, I've started poking around for fabrics and found these

I still need a tan/sand, a dark blue and a dark purple to throw into the mix, but I think these will work nicely for the Bento Box pattern.

Tomorrow it's an eye appointment and a trip to the quilt shop to drop off the slide show quilt that was finished last weekend.  I'm also hoping they've finished quilting the first slide show quilt so I can get the binding on and deliver it before the baby arrives.

So, what are you working on this weekend?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Sew Day

It was an early morning today - I woke up at 5:45...on a Saturday.  I was a little annoyed because I've been tired all week and wanted to sleep in.  After having a cup of coffee, I figured it was better to look at it as having more hours to sew.  I finished the second Slide Show quilt top today - this one is for a baby shower at the end of March. 

I also managed to get the backing made and binding for this quilt and the one that is already at the quilter.

It was a perfect day to stay indoors...90 degrees today...really.

Happy sewing :)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Laissez les bon temps rouler (2012 Finish Number 2)

I love the smell of bourbon in the morning - lol

Later on this afternoon the house will be filled with the heavenly aroma of bread pudding baking...mmm!

What a busy week this was!  Valentine's Day on Tuesday, my oldest daughter's birthday on Wednesday, and yesterday I had my little pumpkin for the day because she did not have to go to school. 

I picked Miss Sweetie Pie up from school on Tuesday so we could decorate some Valentine's Day cupcakes for her and her Mommy and some birthday cupcakes for her Auntie.  She loves decorating!

Needless to say, the cupcakes were a big hit!

After all that work, it was time for some play.  What a big girl!  She has swinging down to an art.  No more, "Grammy, will you push me?"  I miss those days...

Finally, I snapped a few pictures of the quilt that was finished during Super Bowl.

This Courtyard quilt finished at 50" x 65" so it is a good size quilt for a baby boy.

The back - I found this alphabet fabric on sale too and it was a perfect match.  Don't you love it when that happens?

The quilting was done in a meader pattern at the local quilt shop, and the left over blocks were used in the pieced backing.  I don't like hanging on to left over blocks, but can't bear to throw them away either, so this is a good solution.

I'm continuing to work on the two slide show quilts this weekend, so hopefully I'll have a couple of quilts to drop off to be quilted by next weekend.

So, what are you working on this weekend?

Monday, February 13, 2012


Well it certainly was a chilly weekend here...goodness!  The high yesterday was 51, and it was in the mid-30's when I left the house this morning.  Compared to other places this doesn't seem unseasonable, but for us it is darn cold.  I didn't snap any pictures of the quilt I finished binding during the Super Bowl...maybe this coming weekend.  I started working on two Slide Show baby quilts on Saturday and the sewing continued for a bit on Sunday.  Looking at the picture below, it doesn't seem like a whole lot was accomplished for having spent all that time cutting and sewing, but that is the way this pattern's slow going until it's time to put it all together and then it's a snap. 

I still have 128 2" x 8" strips to sew onto the pieced strips, but then I'll be ready to put both quilts together.  There's a baby shower for one of the girls on March 3rd, so I need to step on it!

I hope you have a great week :)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Problem with Saving Money

I went to the local quilt shop today to get my "free fat quarter" - these people are marketing geniuses.  Offering a quilter a free fat quarter is like offering an alcoholic a free drink to get him or her into the bar.  On the way up there I commented that today was the first Saturday of the month which means 30% off the price for end of the bolt fabric. 

I think I mentioned that there are two baby girls arriving this spring, so I wanted to pick up some nice bright girly fabrics for two baby quilts.  I walked out of the shop with 22.25 yards of fabric, but I saved $58.00...I recognize that I am powerless over my addiction to fabric....where's the nearest fabriholics anonymous?

The four fabrics at the top of the picture finished off bolts :)

Notice the spool of orange thread on the right side of the picture?  Well, I also picked up a quilt that was ready, so this will be my Super Bowl hand-sewing project.  The binding is all made and machine sewed on, see?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend - happy quilting!