Wednesday, October 31, 2012

WIP Wednesday

HaPpY HaLLoWeEn!



















Remember when I was so excited about my leaders/enders project?!

Well, once I sewed the solid strip to ALL the blocks and started to lay it out...oh no!  The Halloween Gremlins must have muggled my mind!  See how I have blue to blue and red to red?  Must be when you go from odd to even number of parts in the block then the alternating goes *bye-bye*.











Maybe I'll just make a quilt of giant pinwheels....

Have a fun Halloween Night! I'll be at the Admirals game....section 218 row B seat 16...if you need me!  :)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stash Update Week October 28, 2012

No fabric in and no fabric out so the numbers stay the same.

fabric added this week:     0 yards
fabric added this year: +205 yards

fabric used this week:        0 yards
fabric used this year:    -220 yards

net fabric for the year:  -15 yards (used)

What I accomplished this week:

pieced Stars and Rails to a flimsy

Goals for next week:

continue to work on Stars and Rails
  (this includes loading, making a back, quilting and binding :))

Friday, October 26, 2012

Whoop! Whoop!

I finished the last section of my bed quilt.


The pangea.



I'm linking up with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Whoop! Whoop!

pattern based on Mary's Patriotic Rail Fence, found here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WIP Wednesday

*Continent 3* sewn together!


*Continent 4* waiting and ready!  But not right now as I am heading out the door for parent/teacher conferences for my 8th grade DD. :)

Thanks to Annie (a no reply commenter on the previous post) that is Mary Ellen Hopkins who coined the phrase and concept of *continents*!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What I'm Sewing...

...my bed quilt.

I sew *sections* or *continents* together as I assemble my bigger quilt tops.  I think it was my friend, Lori at Dakota City Quilter that described my method as sewing *continents* together.  :)   I'm not really sure who coined the phrase but it is the easiest form of construction for me.

The first *continent*

The second *continent*



The third *continent* waiting to be sewn. As you can see, the first and third *continent* pretty much fill up the width of my design wall batting.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Stash Update Week October 21, 2012

No finishes and I brought a little fabric.  No picture as I already cut into it to add a little variety to the rails....

fabric added this week:    +5 yards
fabric added this year:  +210 yards

fabric used this week:        0 yards
fabric used this year:     -220 yards

net fabric for the year:    -10 yards

What I accomplished this week:

worked on Stars and Rails

Goals for next week:

continue working on Stars and Rails

I am at the point where I usually slow down.  The piecing is done and the top needs to be assembled into a flimsy.  90 x 90 seems so large as it is coming together in my sewing space...wish me motivation this week as I work on a bed quilt for me.  :)    thanks!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

More of Other Stuff...

...while I was cutting for the rails, I remembered that I started a leader/ender project with 2.5 inch red and blue squares awhile ago.  Earlier in the year, I began to see Planet Patchwork New Year's Mystery 2012 pop up around blogland. (here, here or here)  I was wondering just what the status was of my 2.5 inch strips so I pulled out the bag and discovered that

I had sewn them into 2 x 4 blocks units.  bummer....I decided to work a little with this project.  Since I didn't join in for the Planet Patchwork Mystery and I don't have the instructions~my blocks will be 8 inches finished.  Otherwise I would link to the pattern but I think Planet Patchwork must have removed the instructions from their site.

I have quite a few ready for the final strip (pile on the left) but I need to cut and sew more 2.5 inch red/blue blocks together in order to get the pile on the right ready for the final gold strip.

Funny (or maybe scary!) how a throw quilt top set of pieces fit in this smallish bag!

See?!  I think I have Quilter's ADD...

What Else I've Been Doin'...

...making *Thank You* cards!

My friend, Maureen is an awesome card maker and she has shared some of her talents with DD and I.  :) 

I cased these cards from the website Clean and Simple Stamping, sketch 212.  I think they turned out sorta cute. 

The group glamour shot.

card 1.

card 2.

card 3.





card 4.

Friday, October 19, 2012

More Rails

I sewed more rail fence blocks earlier in the week but I just finished pressing the red up and cut them into 6.5 inch squares.  really? really!

I must have quilter's ADD...now off to do something els....

Monday, October 15, 2012

Design Wall Monday

A few of the stars and rails...

pattern from Mary~Patriotic Rail Fence found here.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Stash Update Week: October 14, 2012

No finishes this week and I did buy fabric.

fabric added this week:  +5.5 yards
fabric added this year:  +205 yards

fabric used this week:     0 yards
fabric used this year: -220 yards

net fabric for the year:  -15 yards (used)

What I accomplished last week:

pieced 4 more stars for my quilt













Goals for next week:

piece rail fence blocks
assemble stars and rails to a flimsy
(based on Mary's pattern Patriotic Rail Fence found here)

Here is the fabric added this week~the brown is a match but not the cream...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

WIP on Thursday!

Still no cutting, no sewing and no quilting!

But today is a double quilt guild meeting.  Meaning I have my regular day quilt guild and then tonight~my night guild moved their meeting up a week!  Now I have two meeting in one day and tonight I am one of  the  *snack Quilters*.

So last week I made some pumpkin spice cookies and froze them.  Easy peasy recipe here.

My friend LindaJ had posted a recipe for Candy Corn Oreo Truffles on Facebook last month so I thought I would try those out.  Pretty easy recipe (read: no cooking!)  but you do need to wait awhile after each step.






I think I am going to mix up a bit of my trail mix to take tonight too as some of the girls are on restricted diets.  My trail mix includes  raisins, cashews, Golden Graham cereal and M&M's.

I am doubting if I will make any progress in the sewing room at all this week as it is time for the minivan oil change. Looks like Friday will be minvan day and stop at Wal*Mart as I pass Wal*Mart on the way to the dealer.  *sigh*  maybe next week!  :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Design Wall Monday

The last *thing* on the design wall is this experiment with the Twister blocks.  I am smitten, in case you can't tell!

I read online somewhere~wish I could remember where!  That if you trace the lines from the L'il Twister ruler onto a 6.5 inch ruler and start with your pieces cut at 8 inches...you end up with a medium size twister.

The before.


The after.  This block is 18.5 inches, so finishes at 18 inches.  I think I would cut my beginning block at 8.5 inches so there is just a bit more wiggle room when cutting across the block set.


EDIT:  Here is one tutorial and she DID say to cut the first block at 8.5 inches!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Stash Update October 7, 2012

Not a whole lot happening but I did finish my lighthouse place mats.

fabric added this week:        0 yards
fabric added this year: +199.5 yards

fabric used this week:       -2 yards
fabric used this year:    -220 yards

net fabric for the year:   -20.5 yards (used)

What I accomplished last week:

bound lighthouse place mates

Goals for next week:

pick a project and work on it!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Twistin' Again

A few of the FAB's meet online to use our Li'L Twister rulers.  (LindaJ and CherPam and Norma had family commitments today~which is cool ~as family comes first with the FAB's!  :)

I worked on blue, white and grey twisters.

I love the before picture!

The after picture.  The twister on the right is the one from the *before* picture.   Sorry~I forgot to turn the picture and save so the orientation is the same.

Big FUN! 

Here is my DD~waiting for hockey practice to begin.  :)

OUT!

Blogger tells  me I am out of photo storage space.  :(

I did buy more but will be a bit before it all posts and I can post pictures again.  :(

See you then!  :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Getting my P's and Q's Together...

My Mom used to say that!  :)  Happy Memory!  :)

I finally got *it* together enough yesterday to sew back the bindings on the Milwaukee Pier Lighthouse place mats.  Whoop!  Whoop!


Linking up with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Thursday, October 4, 2012

I Got Nuthin'!

No piecing, no quilting and no sewing back bindings!

Nothing has been happening that is sewing related.  :(

Since a post with no pictures is no fun...here are the cowbells for the upcoming season.  DD painted hers and her Dad's.  The splattered on the left is hers~cow spots in the middles is Dad's.  Some of my masked yellow peeled off with the blue painters tape so it looks like I need to touch mine up a bit.  :)

Be back when I have some quilty content.  :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

What I'm Working On...

...the bindings have been applied to the Lighthouse place mats this morning.  Now to sew them back and trim up the threads!

Stash Update Week September 30, 2012

Not as a productive week as I had hoped.  :(

But there is always next week, right!  :)

fabric added this week:        +5 yards
fabric added this year:  +199.5 yards

fabric used this week:          -2 yards
fabric used this year:        -218 yards

net fabric for the year:     -18.5 yards

What I accomplished last week:

experimented with the L'il Twister ruler
pieced Lighthouse place mats

Goals for next week:

bind Lighthouse place mats
work on another project
prep for Saturday FAB Sew day


A sorta quilty picture~the fabric added this past week.