Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lots of sewing

School is out for summer so I've been finding myself in my sewing room more and more. First of all I finished the quilt top to Pat Sloan's 2016 block of the month Secret Garden.  I chose to use fabric I had on hand in blues and yellows for this quilt.

Finished quilt top

Next I quilted my 3 Wishes quilt using Moda Grunge fabrics for this quilt.  I absolutely love it but this quilt will be gifted to my Mother-in-Law whose eyes lit up when she saw the fabrics as they match her bedroom perfectly.  I'm still in the process of attaching the binding but took some pictures of the quilting.

 Next I moved on to one of 2 family baby quilts. Both babies are due in November to teacher mom's so I have a bit of time to get them finished.  The first one was again from fabric I had in my stash from the Andover fabrics Eric Carle Brown Bear collection.

And finally back in May I was able to get up to Archdale, NC to the Pineapple Fabrics outlet sale and picked up the color therapy block of the month kit from Free Spirit Fabrics at a steal and have been enjoying putting these beautiful solids together. I have four blocks completed so far.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

April: Diamond Double Quilt

My April UFO quilt for the 2017 UFO Challenge took a little longer than the the month of April but I finally put the last binding stitches in yesterday. I bought the fabric for this quilt awhile ago when I lived in Michigan and when Christina's Quilt Shop was originally opened. It's since closed and re-opened which is exciting, too bad I live so far away now. This is another quilt that made the move from Michigan to North Carolina in the form of a jelly roll and straight yardage.  The joy of being an empty nester I've been able to spend more time quilting during the school year than in years past so I started piecing this quilt in February.  I finished the piecing in May and as with 7 other quilts it's been waiting to be quilted. Well April came and I was right on schedule pinning it at the beginning of the month but the quilting took a bit since we had some visitors.  My hubby is happy I finally made a quilt long enough for him but this may be leaving the house in August for son 2's apartment at school.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Lollipop quilt

So happy to have another quilt finished. I appreciate the American Patchwork and Quilting UFO Challenge as it continues to motivate me to finish quilts that have been started several years ago.  This Lollipop quilt was a pattern from Guild Crafters in Berkley Michigan. They had a sample there one day when I was in and I just loved the colors though I wasn't too sure about the applique. I started this quilt in April of 2008, quickly finishing the center part but stalling on the applique. Originally I was planning on learning needle turn applique with this quilt but after about 5 stems I decided that wasn't for me so I had put some heat and bond on the circles planning on machine appliqueing them on.  That was when this project stalled and it sat in a box for the last 8 years, through a move and job changes and kids growing up and so on.  This past August after learning applique the Pat Sloan way through the splendid sampler, I picked up the project again. I definitely would have used the heat and bond a different way if I had know but I made due with how I had it and finished the piecing and appliqueing in September. Determined to quilt the 8 quilts ready for quilting I embarked on one project at a time.  The quilting for this quilt began in February and last night I put in the last binding stitches.  Now it will sit on the back of one of my couches displayed for all to see and I'm on to the next quilt in the stack that needs to be quilted.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Tumbling block quilt

I have promised myself that I'm going to finish quilts this year instead of always starting new ones. It' been awhile since I blogged but I thought this would be a great way to document this year's work.  I joined American Patchwork and Quilting's UFO Challenge to motivate me to finish, finish, finish. I chose 12 quilts to finish and each month APQ chooses one to finish.  January was quilt number 6, I did finish piecing my January challenge but it hasn't been quilted yet. February was quilt number 8 and I finished putting in the last binding stitch on February 28th. This is Not Your Grandmother's Tumbling Block Quilt.

I started this quilt back in the early 2000's when I was new to quilting after watching an episode of Alex Anderson's Simply Quilts on HGTV. Since I was new to quilting I didn't always make the best color choices so I put it away. It stayed in a box through a move from Michigan to North Carolina and stayed in a box awhile longer until this past May when I pulled it out again.  I finished piecing it on June 13, 2016 and as usual it sat for a bit more until I got around to quilting it.  Now that it's finished I do love the final results and I'm so glad to check one quilt off my list as finished.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend

Here we are enjoying Thanksgiving weekend 2014, I have lots to be thankful for my college son is home for the weekend, my husband is finally full time in NC with the rest of us and has found a job he is enjoying, my teenager has adjusted to living here in the south and has met more people this year and my mother in law has been visiting from Wisconsin and was here to spend Thanksgiving with us. Even though we were only five for Thanksgiving I was very excited to cook since I finally have a full oven back which I haven't had since March when my old oven sparked out and died.

We are in the midst of doing some remodeling ant that tends to take some time in our house.  My hubby is a perfectionist and I work at things really quickly in the summer, but when school starts they hit a standstill.  I started painting our living room trim in the summer and let's just say there is a plethora of it, including a built in bookcase. Now my hubby is finally working on the walls.  We still need to remodel our closet in the master bedroom and the kitchen, which is nice in a circa 1988 way.  Can't wait to take a wall down so that I can get an unobstructed view of the lake (one of our main reasons for moving south last year). So in the mean time I work around tarps and paint cans, sanders and tape but it's not stopping my Christmas decorating.  I was able to set up my growing collection of Fontanini this weekend which makes for a happy heart and the tree is coming along.

And before this post gets too long I do want to add some of the quilting I've been doing as of late.  An early New Years Resolution is to write a blog post weekly. We'll see how that goes.  Anyways, lots of baby quilts lately, one for a coworker, two for nieces and nephews.
Moda Bake shop chevron for a coworker

Round about for a nephew's baby

One square for a nieces baby quilt, Diamond in the Rough from Freckled Whimsy

Finally finished my twisted tree
Tomorrow my college boy goes back to school but only for a couple of weeks, my mother in law flies home on Tuesday and since she has been sleeping in college boy's room/my quilt room, I'll look forward to getting back in there to finish up the Diamond in the Rough quilt and getting started on Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt.

That's all for now.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Catching up

Now that the school year is finally done for summer, I find myself catching up with the things I enjoy. Even though it's been hot here in North Carolina I have managed to do a little baking.  Last week's farm produce basket yielded zucchini and with my very picky son the only way I can get him to eat many vegetables is by adding it to dessert. There is no better way to get him to eat zucchini but to put it in chocolate cake and thanks to Six Sisters Stuff I found a very yummy chocolate zucchini cake recipe.
I have also found time or should I say have made time for my other love quilting.  I am so far behind in delivering quilts to nephews that got married last year but with an upcoming trip to our home state of Wisconsin in just a couple of weeks, I've made a point to finish these quilts so that they can be delivered.  I also finished my Charm Pack Cherry baby quilt for a coworker and that was given to her before school finished.

The wedding quilts are awaiting the hand stitching of the bindings so as soon as I finish that I will be sure to upload pictures.  I have my Sugar Block 2013 quilt yet to be quilted then I'm not sure what I will get started on.  Maybe I'll finish my lil' twister Christmas tree quilt or maybe I will work on a new tree skirt, something I got the fabric for last fall. I guess it's never to early to start thinking about Christmas.  As always I wish I could be home and quilt and bake all day but with college expenses for son 1 and soon for son 2 I will have to prep for another school year during my summer break.  Until next time.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sugar Block 2013 quilt

I have been wanting to join a linky party for some time but it seems the weeks fly by but today I remembered to post and will link with WIP Freshly Pieced. I love looking at everyone's WIP. Now that the snow is gone and it's back to teaching everyday, I find a lot less time to work on all of the quilts I have going but I'm almost done with my blue/green solids Sugar Block Club quilt from last year.  All I need to do is cut and sew the outside border which I plan to use all of the leftover pieces to make a strip pieced border.  Here is the progress so far.

This quilt matches my bedroom so it will probably be put at the end of our bed.  My 6'3" hubby says I need to make quilts that fit him better, but I say some quilts are just better decorations. Any quilt I make that we wrap up in is always long enough to fit him and my two tall sons.

Totally quilt unrelated as I typed this post I looked outside and this is what I saw. It's nights like this that I really love living on the lake.