Monday, May 16, 2016

Design Wall Monday 05/16/16

Sorry for the absence last week - we had been on a mini vacation that week and I didn't get any sewing done!  We love to drive down to Paso Robles and go wine (and beer) tasting.  Now that we live in San Jose, it is only about a 2 1/2 hour drive from home.  Above is a pic of me at the vineyard where we stayed for two nights, Croad Vineyards.  Absolutely wonderful place and great wine too. The winemaker, Martin Croad, was around and we had some wonderful chats.

Because we were gone on Mother's Day weekend, my mom, sister and I moved our annual Mother's Day sewing day to this past weekend.  A good time was had by all, as usual.  I got quite a bit of cutting and marking done, so I literally have my work cut out for me now!  I can just sit and sew tonight which is wonderful. I'm really pleased with how much I got done.  I usually talk so much I don't get anything accomplished!  Above is my sister showing her Swoon block that she made yesterday.  Turned out so great!  Both of those prints have a little metallic touch to them, which you can't see in this picture.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today. Also linking up with Quilt Story and Let's Bee Social later this week.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Design Wall Monday 05/02/16

Where is the time going??  I can't believe it's already May.  I got a little sewing done over the weekend.  I've been playing around with blocks that use flying geese units.  The technique that I am teaching in the current quilt class session is the No Waste Flying Geese method.  The link is to a really good resource on how to do this method.  I decided to go with the Golden State Warriors colors (blue and yellow/gold) for these blocks.  The bottom block on the left is for the Crossroads quilt along.  I think it came out pretty good!  And it has flying geese units as well!

Above is a picture of my whole design wall as it is right now.  All Farm Girl Vintage blocks are present and accounted for!  I love looking at them on the wall.  It will look so empty when I finally put them together and I take them off the wall.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone has on their design walls today.  Also linking up with Quilt Story and Let's Bee Social later this week.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Design Wall Monday 04/25/16

I've done it!  I finally finished all of the blocks for the Farm Girl Vintage sampler quilt.  I kept putting off making the last block.  I think because I was trying to figure out what  color to make the sheep.  I just made the cat block in grey fabric, and I didn't want to have too much grey in the quilt.  I tried to decide which color would round out the quilt, and I finally decided on pink (even though I just made a pink pig block).  I'm happy with how it turned out and I don't know why I was so worried about it.  I just need to embroider the eyes and legs.  I'll probably do all of the embroidery next (before I sew the blocks together).  I'll get it all out of the way at one time.  Then I'll cut up my scraps for the sashing cornerstones.  I have plenty of those and will still have scraps leftover.  After that, I have a LOT of flying geese units to make for the inner border.

I meant to get a picture of the design wall this morning with all blocks, but I ran out of the house without getting the picture.  Big meeting first thing this morning, so my mind was elsewhere.

Next up, back to the Crossroads blocks so I don't get too far behind on those.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today. Also linking up with Quilt Story and Let's Bee Social later this week.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Design Wall Monday 04/18/16

One block completed!  This one of three that I need to make for last month's Crossroads Quilt Along.  The points aren't perfect, but I'm okay with that.  I've been working on projects with a lot of precision lately, and I'm not going to knock myself out on this one.  A lot of times when I just go for it, they come out pretty darn good anyway.  I got creative with how I pressed the pieces so they would lay as flat as possible.  I'm happy with it.  The other two blocks are all cut and marked, so I hope to have those finished tonight.  I accidentally cut one extra block - I thought there were four of these.  I'll hold on to those pieces in case I have trouble with any of the other blocks.  This month's blocks have already been released and I'm excited to get started on those.

Over the weekend I wrote a pattern for class, as well as made some demonstration pieces, so I accomplished more than I can show here.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today. Also linking up with Quilt Story and Let's Bee Social later this week.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Design Wall Monday 04/11/16

No change to my Design Wall today.  It has remained unchanged for two weeks now.  I hope to get some sewing done this week so I have something to share next week!  I managed to make four half-square triangle units, but couldn't manage to put together the block they were part of.  Oh well.  At least I can get inspired by other people's design walls!

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today. Also check out Quilt Story on Tuesday and Let's Bee Social on Wednesday.  Let's Bee Social is the link-up day on the Sew Fresh Quilts blog by Lorna McMahon. Lorna is a pattern designer, teacher and blogger.  I just love every pattern she designs.  I have purchased several of her patterns, but she also offers patterns/tutorials on her blog for free.  It's definitely worth a hop over there to check it out.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Design Wall Monday 03/28/16

I got two more Farm Girl Vintage blocks finished this week.  Just one more to go!!  Above is the Honey Bee block, which is a block pattern that I purchased separately from the book.  I just love it - I think it is one of my favorite blocks in the whole quilt.  The pattern had blue fabric instead of black for the bee's stripes.  I decided to go with black, although I was a little concerned because I don't have black anywhere else in the quilt.  I still love it and I think it will look fine.  There are little antennae that I'll embroider later.

I also finally finished the strawberry block!  Boy, when a block isn't going well, it ends up being difficult all the way to the end!  First I had trouble finding enough reds for the block.  Then I lost some pieces.  Then when I was sewing it together, the rows were coming out crooked and the wrong size.  It was a bear, but I think it looks great now.  I took the time to un-sew a few times to get it right - otherwise it would bother me forever.  It's funny because it is very similar to the pumpkin block, and that one went together like a dream.  Go figure.

This week I was able to grab a picture of my entire design wall.  Once I get the Farm Girl blocks sewn together with sashing and cornerstones, I still need to piece an inner border which consists of lots and lots of flying geese units.  I'll worry about those when I get to them!  Also on my wall are the four house blocks for the Crossroads quilt along.  I'm using scraps/stash for this project and all the blocks will be made with blue fabric and the alternate/chain blocks will be in reds.  The backgrounds will be scrappy as well, so I'm hoping I can get the entire quilt made from stash.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today. Also linking up with Quilt Story and Let's Bee Social later this week.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Design Wall Monday 03/21/16

I finished another block for my Farm Girl Vintage quilt.  This is Barn Cat, which is a pattern that Lori Holt is selling separately from the book, but will work in the quilt.  This version finishes at 6" square.  I still need to embroider the face, but I'll do all of the embroidery on this quilt at the end.  Boy, there were some TINY pieces in this one.  There were several 3/4" squares that I needed to cut to make corner triangles (like at the bottom of the head and on the tail).  I usually throw pieces that small away!  They were too small to pin in place, and they kept shifting when I put them in the machine to sew, so I found that if I put the tiniest dab of fabric glue in the corner that gets trimmed away, it held perfectly while I sewed it.  This is the type I use.  What a revelation!  I only have three blocks to go, and I wish I had figured this out at the beginning of this project!!

My phone was dead this morning (I forgot to plug it in last night), so I couldn't get a photo of my entire design wall.  I have the Crossroads house blocks up as well. I'm working on the second set now.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today. Also linking up with Quilt Story and Let's Bee Social later this week.

Friday, March 18, 2016

500th Post & National Quilting Day

Welcome to my 500th blog post, just in time for National Quilting Day!  I used to post a lot more often, but I try to stick to at least one post a week.  Life gets in the way sometimes, but I always come back!  I've been blogging for nearly 10 years now (started in August 2006).  I was inspired by all of the blogs that I read every day and decided that I could do that too!  Sometimes it has been blogging that kept me quilting.  I needed something to blog about, so I would sew a little something.

I don't have many followers, but I want to thank each and every person who visits my blog.  I don't always have time to respond to comments, but I really appreciate you dropping in.

Blogging also serves as a journal for my quilting, and for my life in general.  I recently scrolled back through my first year of posts and had forgotten a lot of the things I had done back then.  And I have a picture of every Dear Jane block that I've made.  Which was very helpful when I started making them again.

But back to National Quilting Day...  It is observed on the third Saturday of March, and I try to take at least a few stitches that day each year.  The Quilt Show website is having a huge celebration this year.  For three days (March 18 - 20), they have opened up all episodes for free.  I've been a member since they started and have enjoyed their shows for years.  They also tons of prizes (including a Bernina sewing machine) for the event.  (I am not affiliated with them - I'm just a happy member and want to spread the word about their free shows this weekend).  Go to The Quilt Show to get more information.

Thanks again to everyone who stops by.  See you next post!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Design Wall Monday 03/14/16

I've been having trouble getting motivated to sew lately.  I decided to put my Farm Girl Vintage blocks back up on the wall.  Only four blocks to go!  I still need to make that darn strawberry block.  I found the pieces that I had already cut out for it, so I'll be working on that soon.  I also cut out all the pieces for the Barn Cat block, which is what I'll be working on in class tonight.  The next Crossroads block will be out tomorrow and then I'll be working on that one. Slowly but surely I'll start sewing again.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today. Also linking up with Let's Bee Social and Quilt Story later this week.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Dreaming of quilts...

I haven't done much sewing lately.  I've been in a quilting slump. Not sure if it is the weather or because I've been feeling tired - probably my body trying to fend off another illness.  But I do continue to cruise my favorite quilt blogs (my list of favorites grows longer daily it seems).  And I dream of joining in with all of the sew alongs I see on various websites.  They all look like so much fun, and I really enjoyed sewing along with the Farm Girl Vintage quilt last year.  But when I get home from work I just don't feel like sewing, and the weekends aren't much better.  However, I thought I'd make a list of all of the current sew alongs I've been keeping my eyes on.  I have no affiliation with any of these sites, just projects I've found around the internet that I've been thinking about making.

The Splendid Sampler.  Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson are releasing two blocks a week for a total of a whopping 100 blocks.  They and various quilters designed the blocks specially for this project.  When all of the blocks are finally released, they will also release a book of all blocks.  The blocks are free to download on the website and I'm loving what I'm seeing so far.

The 365 Challenge - The Ultimate Sampler.  A block a day for 365 days to make an incredible sampler quilt.  This one is right up my alley, but would be very challenging.  Most of those blocks are 3" square finished.  Whoo boy!  It is free, and if you sign up, you will get the block diagrams sent directly to your e-mail daily.

The 2016 Crossroads Quilt Along.  This is hosted by The Fat Quarter Shop, designed by Joanna Figueroa.  Each year the FQS has a quilt along to raise money for charities.  The patterns are free, but they ask that you donate to the chosen charity (this year is the March of Dimes).

Circa 2016.  Temecula Quilt Company is hosting another mystery quilt along with small blocks.  There are not many of each block so I feel like I could still get in on this one.  I followed along with their 12 Days of Christmas mini this past December and loved how it turned out (I added a few blocks).

Moda Sampler Shuffle.  The Fat Quarter Shop also hosted the Moda Sampler Shuffle recently.  I believe all the block patterns have been released, but it looks like you can still download the patterns.

Craftsy 2016 Block of the Month Quilt.  This is a free class on the Craftsy website.  You will need a login to access.  They also have a deeply discounted kit for this quilt, but you don't need to purchase that to see the lessons.

That Quilt blog.  Anina of That Quilt blog and Twiddletales blog is making another Jane Stickle quilt.  She already has a step by step tutorial for each block and has a BOM program through her shop.  I looked back through my blog and it looks like I haven't made a block for this quilt since 2013, so this would be a good time to get back into it and make them along with her.  I started a block about a week ago, but I still haven't finished it yet.

My sister and I are also making a row quilt by Amanda Jean Nyberg that is a Craftsy class, but I only have one row finished on that one.  I did get out my colored pencils this weekend and I marked up where I want the colors in the quilt, so I feel like I have no roadblocks on that one anymore.

I have so many options of projects to work on, and yet I don't seem to be working on anything.  Truth be told, I did make two house blocks last week for the Crossroads quilt, but I'm being realistic that I probably won't finish the quilt. Of course, maybe that's the trick - if I am sure I won't finish it, then that will be the one that I finish!  We'll see.

Excuse me while I go dream about some quilts...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Design Wall Tuesday 02/16/16

Oops!  Looks like I lost a day!  I was fortunate enough to have yesterday off in observance of Presidents Day.  And it was a beautiful day out!  I ventured outside to go grocery shopping and my car said it was 83 degrees!  Of course rain is back in the forecast for tomorrow.  I'll take it when I can get it!

Not too much sewing going on.  I did finish all my blocks for the first row for Amanda Jean Nyberg's Craftsy class.  Six large and six small nine-patch blocks. I'm still trying to decide on colors for this quilt.  Originally I was going to make it entirely out of scrappy greens, but now I'm thinking of having each row be a different color. That will be fun.  I'll need to chart out where I want each color before I go any further...

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone has on their design walls today - or yesterday as it were...  Also linking up with Let's Bee Social and Quilt Story.

**Edited to add the links

Monday, February 08, 2016

Design Wall Monday 02/08/16

Not much happening on my Design Wall today.  My sister and I are taking the Amanda Jean Nyberg (Crazy Mom Quilts) Craftsy class called Colorful Scrap Quilting.  It is a scrappy row quilt.  I struggled with choosing colors, and then I decided to make it all green.  Green is my favorite color and I gave away the only all-green quilt that I made.  I hope it has enough interest and is not too bland.  Most of my stash is medium to dark colors.  I might throw in some other colors here and there to make it more interesting.  On Saturday I cut out the entire first row of the quilt, which is made up of two sizes of nine-patch blocks. On Sunday I managed to sew two blocks together.  Then I decided to watch the Super Bowl.  I just couldn't get motivated to sew.  I am bringing all of the pieces to my quilting class tonight, so hopefully I'll get some momentum going and sew the rest of the blocks.  Not a very exciting design wall, but at least it is not empty.  Once I get a few rows done, I'm sure I'll be more motivated to finish the project.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's design walls today.  Also linking up with Quilt Story on Tuesday and Let's Bee Social on Wednesday.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Design Wall Monday 02/01/16

I can't believe it is February already!  Where did January go??  At least I have started sewing again.  I had some things I had to get out of the way, and now I can do some fun sewing again.  Above is the latest block for the Farm Girl Vintage quilt.  This was an additional pattern that Lori Holt put out that works with the patterns in the book.  It's sure a cute little 6" block!  I still need to embroider the tail.  I'm going to do all the embroidery at the same time.  I only have a few blocks left before I can start sewing the quilt together.

The other thing I worked on this week was a Pixelated Heart quilt.  I've been wanting to make one of these for several years now.  I was originally going to make it all in pinks and reds, but I liked the multi-colored ones that I've seen online.  I had a jelly roll of rainbow solids sitting on my shelf for a long time, and when my husband pointed to it as a possible color scheme, I knew I had to do it.  I did use more pink/red squares than the other colors, and I pulled out the really bright colors that were distracting.  I also decided to put in just a few prints to make it interesting.  A couple of them read as solid, so you probably can't see them from this picture.  What is most noticeable is a hand dyed homespun plaid that I've had in my stash forever.  I put about six squares of that fabric in there and it adds a lot of interest.  I also opted not to piece the background out of all squares.  I really like how that looks when the background is scrappy, but for this one I knew i was going to use all solid white for the background.  It went a lot faster this way.  Once it is layered with a white batting, the seams will hardly be noticeable.  I may trim the white back a bit, but I'll decide for sure later.  It was getting dark when I took this picture - it is lighter and more vibrant in daylight.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today. Also linking up with Let's Bee Social on Wednesday and Quilt Story on Tuesday.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Design Wall Monday 01/25/16

I saw this block recently and really liked it.  It is really easy to make, so I am using it for the Block Lottery for my class.  Other than that, no sewing again for me.  One day after work I did get the itch to work on something, so I cut out a block for my Farm Girl Vintage quilt.  I got all of the pieces cut and planned to sew them together the next day, but that didn't happen.  I'm hoping to get it sewn together tonight.  I'm bummed that I have not had much to show on my blog lately.  I think about sewing all day during work, but by the time I get home I'm usually too tired.  Hopefully when it starts warming up and stays light later, I'll be able to sew after work.  I did really well last year and got a lot accomplished, so I hope to get back in that groove.

I did make a really good soup yesterday.  It was butternut squash soup made in the crock pot.  It has a green apple in it that made it a little sweet.  I will definitely make it again, but I will probably use chicken stock instead of vegetable stock.  Good stuff!

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today. Also linking up with Let's Bee Social on the Sew Fresh Quilts blog on Wednesday, and Quilt Story on Tuesday.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Design Wall Monday 01/18/16

I didn't get any sewing done this past week.  Still not feeling great from being sick the week before.  I took the leftover blocks from the top I finished last week and put them up on the design wall.  I had 15 blocks, so I need to piece one more to have the four by four setting.  The pieces in the lower left hand side are not sewn together - I just put them up there to fill out the setting.  I may or may not use those prints.  I will sew these together and finish it up as a baby quilt for donation.  I like how I could use the same blocks as last week and turn them a different way to get a different design.

That's all from me on the quilting front.  Please be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's design walls today.  Also linking up with Let's Bee Social on Wednesday and Quilt Story on Tuesday.