Monday, August 29, 2016

Design Wall Monday 08/29/16

I've been on a bit of a sewing hiatus lately.  Every once in a while I go through a dry spell where I have no desire to sew at all.  I've got tons of projects to work on, but no desire to do it.  I've been in one of these lately, but decided to just try out a little sewing this past weekend to see how it would go.  My goal was to make one chain block for my Crossroads quilt along project.  The quilt along ended recently and I stalled making the chain blocks.  I'm pulling all of the fabrics from my stash, and I wanted it to be really scrappy (within color families).  Therefore, making one block still meant that I had to do a lot of cutting and sewing to have scrappy components to choose from.  I'm happy to say that I met my goal of putting together one block.  I also have units pieced and cut and ready to assembly-line sew together.  It was a lot of work for only having one block made, but the rest should come together in no time.

Above are some of the stacks of units ready to go.  There are some more piles sitting outside of the picture.  I actually cut way too many red pieces, so I'll need to find a project later to use them up, which shouldn't be a problem.  If I figure out something now, I can use them as leaders and enders, between my chain piecing...

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.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Throw Back Thursday 08/04/16

Here's a quilt top that I had forgotten about!  I wonder where it is now...  I taught this quilt back in 2009 (see the original post here).  It was designed by Mary Johnson and she posted it on her blog.  She graciously gave permission for me to teach it and this is what I came up with.  I remember I was really happy that I found the background blue fabric because it had little circles on it that looked like bubbles.  However, I was not happy later, as it is really a very odd purple-blue and it is difficult to put other blues with it.  I haven't been able to use any of the scraps.  I pull them from the stash and then have to put them back because they don't play well with others!  I should try to find this quilt top and use it to practice machine quilting.  I could do some interesting things in those open spaces.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Throw Back Thursday 07/28/16

For today's TBT post I chose a wall hanging that I designed for a shop challenge back in 2008.  You can see the original post here.  We were given two fat quarters - the purple and the green floral print - to use in a quilted piece.  There were a lot of rules on size and fabric, etc., but I think I was the only one who followed them.  In the end the challenge was not a good experience for me, but I'm really happy with the piece that I made.  I really pushed myself to create a design I liked within the parameters given.  The flowers are folded fabric which I then hand appliqued onto the pieced backing. The vines were made with a 1/4" bias tape maker.  That was a challenge in itself!  It later hung in an exhibit at a local library.

It's fun revisiting these projects from the past!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Design Wall Monday 07/18/16

My sister came over to sew on Saturday, and she made the wall hanging shown above.  She had a pattern out of an old magazine, and so we raided my fabric stash and then she got right to work.  We even had time to run out to the fabric store to get the ric rac.  Very cute.  I haven't finished anything worth showing this week.  I spent my time on Saturday cutting pieces for the chain blocks in the Crossroads quilt along quilt.  There are 18 chain blocks so it will take a little time.  If I were using yardage or the kit, it would go much faster because you can strip piece the block parts, but I am using scraps, which take a lot longer to cut out.  It's not difficult, though, so once I get all of the pieces cut, I can go to town on the blocks.  I'm looking forward to having all of the blocks done.

I also got some embroidery floss so I can add the final touches to my Farm Girl Vintage quilt blocks.  I am noticing that embroidery is starting to get very popular again.  There are a lot of new patterns and sew alongs that involve embroidery.  Now that I finally have proper glasses, I can do some hand work much easier.

Hopefully next week I'll have at least one Crossroads chain block finished!

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, July 11, 2016

Design Wall Monday 07/11/16

I'm all caught up with the Crossroads quilt along!  I had a fun day of sewing on Saturday.  I finally just decided to get to it and it was wonderful.  Now I just need to wait until Friday for the next set of instructions to come out.  I believe all of the chain blocks are next.  I'll need to switch to scrappy reds for that.  I surely did not make a dent in my stash of blues.  Oh well.  Maybe I'll piece a bunch together for the backing.  We'll see.

I've turned into a starched fabric convert.  I started starching my fabric before i start cutting.  I press it dry and then cut my pieces out.  Wow what a difference this has made.  The last two blocks above were made that way and they came out just perfect and lay very flat.  It takes more time but not so much when using scraps and working on one block at a time.  It would probably take quite a bit more time if I were working with yardage.

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.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Design Wall 07/05/16

Today is a Design Wall Tuesday (instead of Monday), as yesterday was a holiday and I didn't get around to logging into my computer.  I was sewing instead! I've been working on the Crossroads quilt along that is being run by the Fat Quarter Shop.  I have finally finished the first four months of blocks.  I have a little over a week to get the fifth month's blocks finished if I want to keep up with the sew along.  Next month will be the chain blocks, which I am going to make in scrappy reds.  I think the blocks should all come together nicely - it will be my scrappy Red, White, and Blue quilt.  I'd like to say that it is all coming from my stash, but I did recently purchase some fat eights of background prints so I would have more variety.

The other thing that I worked on over the long weekend was a fabric frame for one of my husband's co-workers.  I made one for my husband over 10 years ago and he's had it hanging up at work (a standard 4"x6" photo pops into the middle section - the center borders are actually flaps that hold in the photo).  I had almost forgotten about it, and then he asked me to make one for a co-worker's wedding shower gift.  I had him bring his home so I could study it - I really couldn't figure out how I had made it.  As a last resort, I went to my old (and very dusty) pattern box and lo & behold - I found the original pattern!  I must say my skills have greatly improved in the last 10-12 years, as the new one looks a lot nicer than the original!

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.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Throwback Thursday 06/30/16

Ready for another TBT post?  I'm slowly making my way back to my sewing machine, but I haven't sewn anything yet.  I've cleared off some old projects and I've been cutting up scraps with my die cutter, but no sewing as yet. So we're back to another Throw Back post.  Above is a picture of a quilt that I made for a co-worker's daughter back in 2008.  The story on that is here.  This was a sew along, and I was originally going to set the blocks in a straight set with sashings, but I saw someone else had set them in the tilted setting and I loved it!  By adding the strips around the blocks to make them tilt, the blocks end up getting bigger.  It was for a child, so I didn't want a huge quilt.  I had many more of the churn dash blocks already made, but decided not to use them.  They are still sitting in my sewing room and every once in a while I tell myself that I will make another quilt like this.  I really like how it turned out.

I went to a Kaffe Fassett exhibit at the local quilt museum yesterday and took a bunch of pictures.  I'll post those soon!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Throw Back Thursday 06/23/16

How about another TBT post?  I found this one on a blog post I made in 2007.  I remember it well.  It was a baby quilt for some friends of ours, and I really thought that these were the colors that they told me they were using for the baby's room.  I remember I thought it was an unusual combination of colors and I probably never would have chosen them to put together into a quilt, but I do like how the quilt turned out.  When I gifted them the quilt, I found out that the baby's room was actually only a couple of these colors (I can't remember which ones now).  It didn't really matter though.  They loved the quilt anyway.  I tied this one and used a high loft batting so it was nice and cuddly.  The pattern was from an old magazine that I had earmarked and put away for a future project. It is a variation on a Jacob's Ladder block.  There is a half-square triangle in two corners of each block which created a pinwheel when the blocks are put together. I used a bunch of fat quarters and I'm pretty sure that I'm still using up scraps from that quilt.

It's fun looking at all of these old quilts.  Lately I've been watching some of the Craftsy classes that I've been stockpiling, and I feel like I'm starting to get my quilting mojo back.  Hopefully I'll have some new projects to post soon!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

TBT 06/16/16

I thought I'd try out a Throw Back Thursday post.  I've seen other people make TBT posts, and since I haven't had much to show that is new, I thought I'd go for old!  I found this picture of a wall hanging that I made as a gift.  I can't recall exactly what year I made it, but I believe it was around 2006 (judging by the other pictures it was with).  I really like this one and it was not difficult to make.  It was a paper foundation pieced pattern that went together fairly quickly being that there are only four blocks.  I was able to use up some pink scraps for the petals.  Looking at it now, I think I would change the proportion of the two borders if I made it again.  I remember seeing this pattern again in my pattern stash when we moved a couple of years ago.  Maybe I'll dig it out and make myself a quilt with it.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Design Wall Monday 06/13/16

There hasn't been much sewing going on lately, but I'm moving forward very slowly on the Crossroads quilt along. I'm making all of the monthly pieced blocks in blue scraps, and then I'll make the alternate/chain blocks in scrappy reds.  Above are two of the four "Family" blocks that are the blocks for this month. I have most of the pieces cut for the other two blocks - just need to sew them together.  Below are blocks from past months - three "Friendship" blocks:

And three "Diamond" blocks:

I didn't grab a picture of the four "House" blocks that I made first, but you can see them here.  As you can see, I still have my Farm Girl Vintage quilt taking up most of my design wall, so I have to squeeze these new blocks in on the side. I'm hoping to get a burst of motivation this summer while it's too hot to be outside.

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 and Let's Bee Social later this week.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Design Wall Monday 06/06/16

Wow.  How is it June already??  Crazy!

Above is my sister's completed Swoon block.  It came out great.  I believe it's about 24" square now.  Good wall hanging size.

I've been on a little quilting (and blogging) break.  Sometimes I need to step away from the sewing machine and do other things until my sewing mojo comes back.  My other love is gaming, so I've been playing Fallout 4 on the XBOX for the past few weeks.  I love those games a lot.  I finished the game, so I'll be back to sewing soon.  And now I get to play with my new Accuquilt Go Big system that I just got last week.  Very excited - I hope it works out this time. My Accuquilt Go Baby never worked properly, but I know that it did work for a lot of people.  I had purchased a lot of dies for it, so I'm hoping I'll finally be able to use them.  We'll see!

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's design walls today!

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.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Design Wall Monday 01/11/16

I finished a quilt top yesterday.  It almost didn't come together, though.  I ended up catching whatever bug has been going around and it thoroughly kicked my butt for a while.  I am thankful that it wasn't worse - this time last year I was getting over my second cold of the season and those both lasted a couple of weeks.  This time I was knocked out for about three days, but was still weak and out of it for several more.  I do have my class preview night tonight, so I had to push through and get this project done.  It's a design that's been floating around the Internet for a while now in various forms.  Most recently it was featured on the Fat Quarter Shop's blog.  Their version was bigger.  I did make enough blocks to make their version, but it was just too big.  Now I have enough leftover blocks to make a baby quilt, so no worries there.  It was so fast and easy - it uses charm squares, so most of the cutting was already done.  I pulled the white-on-white print out of my stash.  Hooray for stash busting!! That piece is completely gone now - I used every bit with no scraps leftover.

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

Monday, January 04, 2016

Design Wall Monday 01/04/16

Well I've been sewing away but I guess I only grabbed a picture of one small project.  Oh well.  This is a block from the Farm Girl Vintage book that I made a few months ago in the 6" size (finishes at 8" square with borders).  My husband has a few minis hanging in his cubicle at work, and apparently they seem to follow the seasons.  Over the summer (!) he asked for a summer mini quilt to hang up.  I was working on the FGV quilt very regularly then, and so I handed him the book and asked him to pick a block.  He chose this one and said he really wanted it to look like a sunflower (the one I made for the quilt has very different coloring).  I put it off and then eventually made the block, which sat for a couple of months. Over this past holiday weekend I decided to take it off the UFO pile and get it finished.  I had even cut a backing fabric already!  I layered it, did some light quilting in the ditch, and put the binding on in no time.  He gave me a little grief about the fact that it is not summer anymore, but I could tell he was happy to have it.  Sometimes I have such a problem finishing things that don't have a deadline - especially when they are really close to being done.  I guess in my mind I've already moved on to the next thing.  I'm going to try to dig out a few UFOs and finish them soon. I've also been putting off getting my sewing machine serviced.  My class preview is a week from today and I need to get going on those projects.  One is almost finished - just need to sew the rows together.  And another needs to move from my head into fabric.  I've got a lot of work cut out for me!!

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.