Sunday, January 31, 2010

Double Hour Glass Quilt

Double Hour Glass quilt complete with label!

Tutorial from Cluck.Cluck.
Sew. found here.
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Stash Report Week #5

I had one finish this week and no fabric in.

My report:

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric added this year: 22 yards

Fabric used this week: 9 yards
Fabric used this year: 24 yards

Net fabric for the year: -2 yards (used)

What I accomplished this week:
  • pieced, quilted and bound Double Hour Glass

Goals for next week:

  • sew

Well, the sewing goal worked so well for me last week that I am going to repeat it this week! :)

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Congratulations to the two lucky commenters on Bell Creek Birthday post!

The first name drawn was...

Liz from Spinning Star! Congrats! You will be receiving a shoebox of selvages I have been saving...just for you :)

The second name drawn was...

Christine from Mon Monde a Moi! Congrats! You will be receiving the Starbucks gift card and mug!

If Liz and Christine would email me ( your snail mail addresses, I will send your packages out next week.

Thanks to everyone who played along with me and the birthday party give away! I wish I had a little something for everyone! It's great to have blogging friends! :)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Quilting Today

I quilted the Double Hour Glass today.

Tutorial by Cluck.Cluck.
Sew. found here.

Thanks to Chris who gave me some tips on where those eight (yes! eight!) points come together. I had totally neglected that THAT would be happening with this quilt pattern. Next time, I'll press open all the seams to reduce bulk.

I used my new panto~Stars and Crescents by Golden Threads. This is the first panto that I have used that *requires* two passes. I opted to sew the star and lower crescent first then the outer crescent on the second *pass*.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

WIP Wednesday

Over the course of the last two days, I made the remaining 24 blocks for the Blue and White Double Hourglass Quilt.

Tutorial by Cluck.Cluck.Sew. found here.

I squared up all the blocks this afternoon. A task made easier with my Christmas gift~a spinning mat! Although on some blocks I forgot to spin the mat and turned the block instead. :)

I ended up with just tiny slivers to trim off the blocks.
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Design Wall Monday

24 of 48 blocks completed for the Easy Double Hour Glass Quilt.

Tutorial from Cluck.Cluck.
Sew found here.
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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Stash Report Week #4

Not as bad as I thought with my spending spree. I finished my FAB Challenge, so I'm counting the fabric out but I have not mailed it yet.

My report:

Fabric added this week: +18 yards
Fabric added this year: +22 yards

Fabric used this week: - 5.5 yards
Fabric used this year: -15 yards

Net fabric for the year: +7 yards (added)

What I accomplished this week:
  • pieced, quilted and bound FAB Challenge

Goals for next week:

  • sew

I'll choose a project from my list and work on it. I may also get another Guild QOV to quilt.

Bell Creek Quilts had a birthday! If you want a chance at a birthday gift, click here!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Today Bell Creek Quilts is 2!

Did you know that is also National Pie Day?

To celebrate~I am hosting a Give Away!

One prize will be *something* to enjoy with pie...A $20.00 Starbucks gift card and this Starbucks mug. I had thought it was just a cool brown mug but once I got it home and looked a little closer...there is this interesting Mermaid barista! :)

The other prize will be a shoebox of Selvages I have been collecting. I was thinking that I would be making a selvage something or another but, realistically, that won't be happening for me this year but maybe for you! I have an assortment of sizes, lengths and colors.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me what you would like if your name is drawn. The first drawn name will receive the birthday gift of their choice and well...the second name drawn will receive the other. For example I would comment:

'Hi! My name is Pat and I currently live in Wisconsin. I would really like to win the Starbucks gift card and mug because I am a serious coffee drinker!'

I'll keep the comments open until next Saturday January 30, 2010 until 10:30 am central standard time (since I do live in Wisconsin!). Then I'll have DD draw them names and announce the winners!

Thanks for celebrating Bell Creek's 2nd Birthday with me! :)
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FAB Challenge #3

My Wacky FAB Challenge #3 is pretty much done...binding and label complete. Just a little *tweaking* and it will be ready to post to it's forever home, Miss Norma!

As per one of the peaking...I will only post a picture of some of the scraps!
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

WIP Wednesday

ahem...18 yards worth.

The black is shadows for a T-shirt quilt, the b/w polka dot and pink polka dot is for a Messenger Bag, the Sweet Treats is backing/pillowcase for my Valentine quilt and the Blues are border/backing/tote for the Double Hour Glass quilt.

Also a Companion Angle Ruler for the CluckCluckSew Easy Double Hour Glass quilt and a pair of replacement handles for my Valentine purse.
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Monday, January 18, 2010

Design Wall Monday

I was playing in the sewing room over the weekend as I just had a few minutes here and there to sew on Sunday.

I've been drooling over these kaleidoscope quilts at Elaine's blog. Then Lori has started making some blocks, too. I remembered buying Marti Michell Kaldei-ruler about 5 year ago, so I dug it out. The top blocks are from the Marti Michell ruler. I appear to be pinwheel challenged! and the rings don't exactly line up...oops!

Then as I was putting away another pattern book, I found a tutorial from Starfishy's blog. She calls them Octagon Flowers and I had a smaller kaleidoscope ruler like what Starfishy had used. Those are the middle blocks. The piecing is a little better but still not perfect matches by any stretch of the imagination.

Last up are a few more test squares from Cluck.Cluck.Sew.'s Easy Double Hour Glass tutorial. I'm thinking of making this one in scrappy blues/whites.

Time to put the *play blocks* away and concentrate on my goal for this week! The FAB Challenge is calling my name! :)
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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Winter Weather

Here in Wisconsin, we had freezing fog overnight and the result was stunningly beautiful but

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Stash Report Week #3

Two finishes this week. Life is good. :)

Fabric added this week: 3.5 yards
Fabric added this year: 4 yards

Fabric used this week: -8 yards
Fabric used this year: -9.5 yards

Net fabric for the year: -5.5 yards (used)

What I accomplished this week:
  • made a QOV pillowcase
  • made QOV labels
  • pieced, quilted and bound Lions quilt

Goals for next week:

  • FAB Challenge

Saturday, January 16, 2010

First Finish of 2010

I finished sewing the binding back on the Lions Quilt earlier today.

Do you know a Lions' fan?

I do... :) ... and our Anniversary is tomorrow!

Happy Anniversary, DH! 24 years and counting :)

Ebb and Flow is the panto.

Pattern from Ursula Reikes' More Quilts for Babies.
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Friday, January 15, 2010

QOV Photo Journals

Mary from Making Scrap Quilts and Heartstrings has graciously allowed me to copy part of her QOV label to make *fronts* for the guild's QOV photo journals.

Thanks Mary! You rock!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Winter's *To Do* List

Already two weeks into the New Year and me without a list!

Here is what is on my *To Do* no particular order...
  • blue/grey quilt
  • FAB Challenge *Baby It's Cold Outside*
  • blue/white quilt
  • messenger bag
  • MSU t*shirt (roll over project)
  • rainy day wall hanging
  • 4 corners apron for me
  • graduation quilt
  • quilt any QOV's from Oconomowoc Quilt Guild
  • QOV's and pillowcases

That should keep me busy for a few months. right?! :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

WIP Wednesday

I started piecing the Blue/Grey quilt.

I love rail fence quilts in their simplicity and this one with the interlocking design. :) Today's goal will be to sew all the blocks together and add borders, time permitting.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Design Wall Monday and Other Things

I've been wanting to try Cluck Cluck Sew's tutorial for Easy Double Hourglass blocks. I was able to sew two blocks out of a single strip set. and of course, my strips started at 2.5 inches!

I also made a QOV pillowcase and a few matching labels. One label will go on the orphan QOV and the others are for future projects. The red stars matches a portion of the back of the orphan QOV.

I also managed to quilt six passes on the last QOV I have at the house. The Signature squares are paired with pinwheels and plain alternate squares this time in a Nine Patch setting. I chose to quilt it with Contempo panto from Willow Leaf Studio. A few more passes and this quilting will be complete! and with a week to spare before the next night guild meeting :)
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Stash Report Week #2

A little better than last week but still a snoozer...zzz...

Fabric added this week: 0.5 yards
Fabric added this year: 0.5 yards

Fabric used this week: 1.5 yards
Fabric used this year: 1.5 yards

Net fabric for the year: -1.0 yards (used)

What I accomplished this week:
  • quilted a QOV
  • made a pillowcase
  • bound the QOV

Goals for next week:

  • quilt a QOV
  • start piecing Anniversary quilt
  • start piecing FAB Challenge (yes Norma~I'm still waffling with patterns!)

I have a roll of batting on order (from Linda's Electric Quilters)~so this week will be a piecing week until the batting gets here.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

an Orphan Quilt

Remember this quilt?

It was one of four that I volunteered to quilt last guild meeting~or maybe at the November meeting. In any event, I called the contact name that was with the quilt and she told me that it wasn't her group's quilt!

what?! an Orphan Quilt! at my house!

So in the name of stash busting~I found a tan fabric, made some binding and ta-da, a finished Quilt of Valor. almost. I still need to make a label, sew it on, and make a pillowcase and give it a spin through the washer.
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A Pillowcase

I've been hearing a lot about the All People Quilt's Million Pillowcase Drive.

So I decided to print off the directions and make one. I followed the basic pattern. very easy...except I didn't follow the tube method. I sewed straight seams and zig-zagged the seams to enclose them.
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Friday, January 8, 2010

Signature Stars QOV

I worked on another Oconomowoc Quilt Guild QOV.

This Signature Stars was pieced by Linda, Mary and their sewing group (sorry~don't know which other ladies are in this group.)

I quilted it using Inkblot from Willow Leaf Studio.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

WIP Wednesday

Well...I finished the quilting on Tuesday but...this is all I have.

an Oconomowoc Quilt Guild QOV quilted with Ebb and Flow. Signature squares set in an Off Center Log Cabin design by Judy.
just enough thread to finish the quilting~pretty lucky...if you ask me! :)

Monday, January 4, 2010

My 'Quilter's Code' 2010

Last year, I divided my quilting into categories and that seemed to work well for me. I am also a *list maker*. I take joy in being able to cross items off a list as done! So without further ado, here is

'Pat's Quilting Code of Conduct'

1. Promise Quilts and Things

I have already promised a few quilts to relatives, so this category stays. Recently a niece asked if I would sew her a Messenger Bag for her laptop. Hence, *and Things* added. I also have at least one carry-over quilt from 2009.

2. Gift Quilts

This is one of the main reasons *why* I quilt. Any occasion...birthday, anniversary, end of school, Christmas...I make a quilt. This is a keeper.

3. Donation Quilts and Things

In 2009 I donated quilts to Alycia's No Soldier Forgotten Quilt Drive. In 2009, the Oconomowoc Quilt Guild also started to collect quilts for Quilts of Valor. I'm thinking that the QOV's I make, I'll donate locally this year. I also volunteered to long arm quilt some of the Oconomowoc QOV's. I also hope to be able to make more children's donation quilts this year.

My day guild makes tote bags and comfort pillows for two local hospitals' Breast Cancer Care Units. I hope to continue to make the tote/pillow combination to gift to the patients.

4. Dinosaur Projects

ummm...projects older than the hills. High time that I un-earth some of my dinosaurs (or UFOs) and get them done!

I plan to continue with the weekly Stash Report over at JudyL's Patchwork Times. I like to track the fabric ins/outs. This weekly accounting also helps to curb uncontrolled buying on my part. Although, I have worked through quite a bit of the blenders in the stash~so they will need replenishing. :)

Another post without pictures...sorry...will have to see if I can remedy that by actually *doing something* quilt-y... :)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Stash Report Week #1

Very easy...very boring...zzz...

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric added this year: 0 yards

Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this year: 0 yards

Net fabric for the year: 0 yards

No sewing or quilting this week.

I did manage to load a Quilt of Valor from my night guild. :) Now to quilt it and start sewing again!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

May your seams sew straight, may your rotary cutter stay sharp and may your miters be true!

I'll be back a little later with 'My Quilter's Code for 2010'!