Tuesday, May 27, 2014

hexie fun

Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day.  We were out of town at daughter number 1's house.  So the only sewing that I got done was on the hexies.  I have a couple more point sew on, it's getting there very slowly!!
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Monday, May 19, 2014

DWM - 5/19

Not a lot of sewing going on this weekend.   We finally had a wonderful weekend, no rain, great temps, could Spring finally be here?  Keep in mind it did snow here on 5/16.  I sure how that was the last one of the season.  I did finish a small baby blanket, this is a modified Modern Mirrors, ended up 46 x 50 which is a nice size.  And I did get over 27 miles on the bike this weekend so very happy with that.

And don't forget about Bloggers Quilt Festival - here's my entry  Stop by and see all the wonderful quilts and if  you don't have one in, get one in there.

Stop by all the linky parties on the side bar - lots of inspiration out there

Friday, May 16, 2014


Look at me, I'm stippling!!  Just kidding, don't laugh, but it's a pantograph.  Yep, that's the only way I can stipple this big.  I figure after I do this about a hundred times I might be able to do it without a pantograph.  But I LIKE it!!  Ok so this is one of those super simple, get three yards of fabric, two cuts and you have 3 different baby quilts.  It's a Quilt Maker pattern that's free  here   Can you guess which one is missing? Only able to get two done.  These are all flannel, front back and binding.  Hobbs 80/20 batting, Glide thread on top, bottom line in the bobbin.  Mine measure 34 x 40 before washing.  I have some ready to go with cars and street signs.  So fun and so fast.

Wasn't that an awesome giveaway week at Sew Mama Sew?  I know I had a lot of fun and the lucky winner of two Apple a Day charm packs goes to 176 - Carrie M - congrats Carrie, I've sent an email to get your information.

Bloggers Quilt Festival

I'm entering my budding nine patch in the bloggers quilt festival. This was one of my happiest mistakes ever.  It was *suppose* to be a blooming nine patch. But I didn't quite get the blooming part and only used half of the nine patches required, so not quite a bloom more like a bud, thus budding nine patch.   I have the pattern in tutorials link, but only in EQ7 sorry.  It's really not hard to figure out though. The squares are 3.5 in and I just alternate them.  Here's some pictures

Stop by Amy's and see all the rest of the amazing quilts and if you haven't entered yet, get something in there!  Lots and lots of prizes!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day and an end to a very productive sewcation + a giveaway!!

Oh Boy I went to add the giveaway and I lost everything in the orignial post.  Hmmm, well I'll try to recreate, but we'll see.  First off Happy Mothers' day to all the moms out there.  You know Mom upside down is woW, just saying :) 

Ok sewcation has officially come to an end.  I finished 2 more Hi quilts (Nov/Dec 2013 issues of Quiltsy).  Love these, 12 fat quarters, some back ground fabric and a few grey 2.5 in squares and you have a 61 x 78 quilt - enough scraps left from the blocks for a super cute scrappy binding.  Here's on finished, fabric is the rest of Glimma bundle and a few from my stash.  Pantograph is tea lights.  I wanted something leafy but a bit feminine to go with the fabrics and Tea Lights by Patricia Ritter and Valerie Smith was just right.  Batting the usual - Hobbs 80 20, Glide thread on top, I used a light grey and bottom line in the bobbin.  A medium grey. This one puts me a at 6/9 for Hands to Help.  Only a few weeks left to reach my goal of 3 per charity.  I know I can do it.

these plum colors photograph much more brown than they really are

Why is it so hard to get a true picture of purple/plum.  This is way brighter than it really is.
The last "hi" quilt was using the last 12 Kate Spain Serenade bundle.  I LOVE those fabrics.

Now what you're really waiting for the giveaway.  Oh man there over at Sew Mama Sew the whole world is giving things away, ok maybe not the *whole world* but a whole lotta crafty folks are  so head on over there and see what there is to be won.  But first if you want to win two super cute charm packs of An Apple a Day, then just leave a comment.  That's it just say Hi or what ever is on your mind.  I'll pick a random winner on 5/16 end of day from those who leave a comment.  Now go ahead leave a comment and head over there.  And when you're done with those give aways, check out the linky parties on the side bar.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Last day of sewcation

Yesterday was not nearly as productive as day 1.  I found all the rows for my QST quilt in the old sewing room.  They were nicely displayed on the design wall. But you know I let my husband more the design wall all by himself.  All the rows were neatly placed over a step ladder in a perfect position to be ignored for weeks on end!  But I spotted them and they are not all together.  It took me literally all day to sew the rows together and add the three borders.  Now if I would just teach myself how to miter the borders I think I could save gobs of time.  I'm not a pinner but I religiously pin boarders.  And I have to the slowest pinner ever. But it's all together now and just needs a backing.  This is a pretty big one and will go to H2H.  I saw this one on Brynn Sews blog and knew I had to have one.

The first day of sewcation I cut out all the blocks for 3 of these quilts, pattern is Hi by Tony Jacobson in the Nov/Dec 2013 copy of Quilty magazine.  This is super super easy.  I can't wait to get one quilted to see if I like it as much.   I cut out 3 and have one together all but the borders.

Check out the linky parties on the side bar, they're listed by day, lots to look at on Fridays

Thursday, May 8, 2014

My sewing staycation day 2

Yep I've got a three day sewing stayacation.  On day one, I finished the binding on this H2H quilt.  I made two of these, one for the etsy shop the other for a donation quilt.  Both my girls in college want this one so I ordered more fabric.  This will be the first time I've ever made 4 of the same quilts using the same fabrics.  But I do like them - Joel Dewberry Botanique - and Craftsy has them at 20% off I think.

Cozy flannel on the back, I think this will be good for Happy Chemo
And I used all be a couple of strips of this bundle, finished up a tumbler quilt, have I told you how quick and easy these are with the accuquilt die?  Goodness I just love it.  Quilted with a freehand all over swirl.  Batting is Hobbs Polydown.  Glide thread on top - silver grey was just perfect.  Bottom line in the bobbin.  Finish is off with a nice flannel backing and a scrappy binding and we're done.  This one turned out 45 x 51ish

Here's a jelly roll quilt made with Citrus jelly roll, love the colors, just a simple pattern, so two strips together. cut the quarter triangles, I got 4 triangles from each strip set.  Then pair them up and sew em together.  Simple freehand swirl, hobbs 80/20 (had a left over piece big enough for this one, love when that happens). Glide on top a soft pale yellow and bottom  line in the bobbin.    This one is a bit smaller, 36 x 42 but still a nice size baby quilt.

And I have 3 more quilts cut out and ready to sew, 1 will go in the shop and the other two will go for H2H - my goal is 9 quilts - 3 per charity, but if I only hit 6, 2 per charity, I'm really pleased with that too.

Don't forget to check out the linky parties on the side bar, so much quilty goodness out there. Over at Sharon's from Vroomans Quilts, she's having a may for me linky party, and there's a give away too.  Go here to check it out, I'm on my way over there now!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

1-2-3 Done!!

I gave those new Bliss rails a work out this weekend.  3 quilts all quilted and bindings complete.  The first two are the twins quilts.  All of the finished quilts have Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting, I LOVE that batting.  Glide thread on top and bottom line in the bobbin.  The twins pantographs are Lounge Lizards (free from Ubran Elementz) and Splat by Patricia Ritter.  I love these, I think I have enough strips left over to make a couple more of these, but a little smaller.  Pattern is Strip and Flip Tutorial which can be found here

Lounge Lizards Pantograph, Hobbs 80/20 batting 

Splat Pantograph, Hobbs 80/20 batting, Glide thread on top

I was feeling quite comfortable (really I was jumping for joy that the splat drops looked like the might still be falling rather than looking like they had already hit the ground with a flat bottom :) and tried a challenging pantograph, Double Bubble by Patricia Ritter.  Much to my surprise, I didn't hate it!! While it was far from perfect, it was very definitely way better than what I could have done with the old rails. I feel like I have a brand new toy. People have asked why I want to do pantographs when I can do the FMQ. Really, I love pantographs. I think there are so many different patterns that give different texture and the quilting still makes for a nice soft cuddly quilt. When I FMQ, I tend to get a *little* carried away, pantographs save me from myself :) Patter is Marmalade Squares by Kate Blakesly
 Marmalade Squares by Kate Blakesly

Double Bubble Pantograph, Hobbs 80/20 batting and Glide thread on top

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