Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Back In Wisco...

...DD and I arrived late last night after a slight detour to Frankenmuth, Michigan.

First was lunch at Zehnder's.  The Chicken dinner with all the fixin's.

Second was a stop at Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Design Wall Monday

Seeing as I am still in Michigan, I'm hoping the design wall hasn't changed since I left.  :)

Are there quilt fairies who come into the sewing room when I am not there and complete my tasks?!

The Frog Strips from Fabric Cafe.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stash Update Week #31

No fabric added and one finish!

fabric added this week:  0 yards
fabric added this year:  +136.5 yards

fabric used this week:  -7 yards
fabric used this year:  -172.5 yards

net fabric for the year:  -36 yards

What I accomplished this week:

quilted and bound Spidey Beta
pieced Frog strips to a flimsy

Goals for next week:

quit and bind Frog Strips

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I'm Heading to the Mitten

Last summer I wrote this post about my Mom.  Well , she insisted she was NOT dying and only had a bad case of the flu.  Guess she was right all along!  as she just celebrated her 90th birthday in June!

This weekend, my 13 year old DD are heading out for a weekend at Grandma's....

from Wisconsin to Michigan...talk to you in a few days...  :) 

I'll give Mom a kiss from you and let her toast her wine to you!  Thanks for all the well wishes, y'all!

graphic from here.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Whoop! Whoop!

I finished Spidey Beta earlier in the week and it is on its way to Margaret's Hope Chest.  I hope it reaches MHC in time to go on their next Prison Ministry.  I'm sure some little Spidey fan would love to be lovin on this quilt :)

I'm going to link up to:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict  Whoop! Whoop!
Katie at Swim, Bike Quilt 100 Quilts for Kids Linky Party...

I quilted it with Dazzle by Lorien Quilting.  I found my panto here.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

WIP Wednesday~Thursday Edition

Not a whole to show this week.  :( 

I decided to switch gears and work on one of my own UFO's rather than the Guild project shown in this post.  My next UFO is the Frog Simply Strips from Fabric Cafe. I purchased the kit at Quilt Expo 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin.  Since Expo 2012 is approaching quickly~I thought I would get this one moved along.

For a small quilt~it took me a while to get it to the flimsy stage.

Monday, July 23, 2012

What's on My Design Wall

A set of blocks that April from the Oconomowoc Quilt Guild made for a donation.  Her idea was to piece the blocks together for the center than use the *track* as border.  A few of us, me included :), thought perhaps we could leave the *track* intact and use her blocks as border.  I can tell I will need a coping inner border to get it all to fit...that just might take a little time and math. 

Please excuse the bright sun spot~by 11:00 am the sun no longer shines on the design wall and excuse the swiffer in the corner~guess I didn't put it away in the closet the last time I Swiffered (is that a word?!) the floor.

Hope your Monday is a good one!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Stash Update Week #30

I had one finish and purchased backing fabric~ouch!

fabric added this week:  +8 yards
fabric added this year:  +136.5 yards

fabric used this week:  -7 yards
fabric used this year:  -165.5 yards

net fabric for the year:  -29 yards  ~used~

What I accomplished this week:

pieced Spidey beta to a flimsy
quilt and bound Spidey alpha

Goals for next week:

quilt and bind Spidey beta

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Spidey Alpha Complete

Just finished the binding on Spidey Alpha!  DD was a sweeetie and held it up for me!  :)

I quilted it with Dazzle by Lorien Quilting.  I found it here.

I'm linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict Whoop! Whoop!

you see~ Sarah is hosting a giveaway and keeping the Whoop! Whoop! Linky open longer this week.  Check out her post to read about her giveaway....

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Thought I better quilt this Quilt of Valor that was pieced by Sharon and Robin from the Oconomowoc Quilt Guild.  It's been living at my house for about 6 weeks now.  :(

I quilted it with my new to me panto~Halcyon by Lorien Quilting~one source where I brought it is here.  Sharon asked for a feather-type quilting.  Hope it passes muster!  :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Design Wall Monday

A few simple borders and ta-da...Spidey flimsy beta.  I used the leftovers from the borders of this quilt for the center panel.  :) 

I really should have taken the time to hang it straight and flatten it out...but y'all get the idea, right?!

100 Quilts for Kids Link Up Party

Katie at Swim, Bike Quilt is hosting the *100 Quilts for Kids* Quilt Drive~see link in side bar.  :)

Recently I sent four quilts that I had made to Margaret's Hope Chest, for the Prison Ministry Outreach program.  I am going to write only one post and link each quilt individually so each one will be entered into the Giveaway Prize Pool.  In so specific order:

Quilt A.
pattern source: 4 Patch Posey by HD Designs

Quilt B.
pattern source:my imagination

Quilt C.
pattern source: Sidelights

Quilt D.
pattern source: Popsicle Sticks by Atkinson Designs.

many thanks to DD who held my quilts complete with a sunburn.  :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Stash Update Week #29

I had a quilty finish and added some fabric so there is movement in the numbers.

fabric added this week:  +2 yards
fabric added this year:  +128.5 yards

fabric used this week: -7.5 yards
fabric used this year:  -158.5 yards

net for the year:  -30 yards  ~used~

What I accomplished this week:

quilt and bound ISPY Animals 
pieced Spiderman flimsy

Goals for next week:

quilt the guild QOV
quilt Spidey A flimsy
piece Spidey B flimsy

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Quilty Finish

I finished the binding on my latest set of the ISPY squares.  It uses 72 blocks!  No wonder I needed to mix in some non-animals with the animal novelties! My quilt holder is at a sleepover~oh to be 13 again!~so the garage door was pressed into service this am.

I first saw the pattern at Katie's Swim, Bike, Quilt blog. The original pattern is called Storytime Squares by Rae and can be found here.  I adapted the pattern a wee bit as my novelties are cut at 6.5 inches. The final size is approximately 50 x 70.

I quilted it with a new to me panto called Halcyon by Lorien Quilting.  I purchased the panto here.

It is hard to see so here is one shot.

and another.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday Happenings

In honor of the new Spiderman movie~I pulled put my Spiderman panel and fabric.  A few hours later...this flimsy is ready to go into *the to be quilted* pile.  :)

I also made bias binding for this quilt and am currently sewing the binding back while the laundry is going.  I am slowly creeping to a quilty finish.

I am going to link up with:  Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Whoop! Whoop!  Spidey!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Stash Update Week #28

for the records...

fabric added this week:  0 yards
fabric added this year:  +126.5 yards

fabric used this week:  -10 yards
fabric used this year:  -151 yards

net fabric for the year:  -24.5 yards  ~used~

What I accomplished this week

sewed back binding on Operation Snuggles A
sewed back binding on Operation Snuggles B

Goals for next week

quilt some  :)

The Rest of the Story...

...the Operation Snuggles Grab Bag quilts.

The quilt from Bag A, a rather straight forward framed novelty pattern.  Novelties cut at 6.5 inches, frames cut at 2.0 inches.  Unfinished block measures at 9.5 inches.

I quilted it with a *new to me* panto Dazzle from Lorien Quilting, which I purchased from here.

The quilt from Bag B. This bag had mostly blues/teals and a few greens.  I added the yellow and a few blues to round out the project.

I quilted it with an older panto, Daisies Galore, found here.

pattern source:  Jeri at Quilting in the Rain

The pattern is called Rainy Days.

These quilts are due at guild on July 19th!  They were NOT on my summer sew list but it is nice to have them done and ready to donate.  :)

Saturday, July 7, 2012


...seems as the temps climb higher~I get slower...

I did manage to sew the labels on a few donations quilts.

I also sewed back bindings on the two Operation Snuggles grab bag quilts.

Quilt from Bag A.

Quilt from Bag B.

I'm still on vacation at my in-laws so I will get all the specs/links for the quilts once I arrive back at Bell Creek Quilts.

Until later...enjoy!

ps....I'm grooving to my MIL's clothesline! No quilt holder needed!  :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

On the Design Wall

The contents of Operation Snuggles Bag 2: various blues and one sneaky green.  :)

I added the yellow and a few blues to round out this project.  I actually made mine bigger as I had 6 rows across and 6 down. 6 across was the layout mistake!  Since I am not a big fan of square quilts, I added another row to the bottom. Unquilted the size is about 58 x 68, no borders.  of course, I was eyeing some 58 inch wide fabric for a back but now that will need a bit added to make it wide enough....oh well, sew be it....

pattern from Jera at Quilting in the Rain, Rainy Day Quilt   If you've never visited Jera's blog, you should take a few minutes and visit!  She has a wonderful collection of tutorials!  :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy Canada Day!

HaPpY BiRtHdAy, Canada and all my Canadian friends!

photo credit here

I made progress on a few projects but didn't finish any.  I did buy a bit of fabric for one of the projects.  :)

fabric added this week:  +1.5 yards
fabric added this year:  +126.5 yards

fabric used this week:  0 yards
farbic used this year:  -141 yards

net fabric for the year: -14.5 yards ~used~

What I accomplished this week:

pieced Modified Rails
pieced Alycia's Rectangles
pieced Operation Snuggles Framed Novelties

Goals for next week:

sew labels on quilts for Margaret's Hope Chest (4)
finish Operation Snuggles Frame Novelties
work On Operation Snuggles Bag 2 project
and go on vacation!

It's our annual trip to the cottage-time!  See ya later!  :)