Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Design Wall Tuesday

The start of the Purple Treasures quilt, DD picked the color. :) good choice, I say!

The Blue Treasures quilt is here.

The Green Treasures quilt is here.
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Stash Report Week #48

My MIL gifted me 8 yards of the cow fabric! The only stipulation is that I make her a table runner from the fabric...I think I can do that! Now to start researching a table runner pattern that will work with the directional cows :)

I also added a yard each of the purple and teals. DD suggested a purple Treasures Quilt for the Christmas exchange with green sashings but when I saw this purple and teal on the sale rack...well, it just followed me home for this project.

Fabric added this week: +10 yards
Fabric added this year: +294 yards

Fabric used this week: -1 yard
Fabric used this year: -398 yards

Net fabric for the year: -104 yards

What I accomplished this week:

Goals for next week:

  • work on Christmas gifts!

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!

Have a Wonderful Day to ALL!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Some *Me* Sewing

With winter almost upon us, it was time for a winter themed backpack, right? I tried a *new to me* applique technique demonstrated at the Groove Girls club last Monday. A Terry Atkinson take on applique where you layer the applique fabric right side up, the background fabric right side up (the applique fabric is on top of the background fabric)then the applique shape wrong side to wrong side of background fabric. I pinned it all together. really good. You then zig zag around your shape, cut away the extra applique fabric and ta-da, a raggey applique. I left the snowflake raggey, but I could have zig zagged over it for a more finished look. I am now out of the black cording~figures, right?~so I am testing the white cording to *see* how that works. I also made a matching lanyard for my keys since the fabric was out and Baby was threaded with matching thread. :)

I also wanted to try out a new pattern by Terry Atkinson~Stand and Stow. I made mine Christmas-y so when I carry my *stuff* to guild (and wherever) I will be in the holiday spirit. :) This is the medium size tote.
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Stash Report Week#47

I shopped a little and I had two finishes. Another somewhat, balanced week.

Fabric added this week: +7.5 yards
Fabric added this year: +284 yards

Fabric used this week: -17 yards
Fabric used this year: -397 yards

Net fabric for the year: - 113 yards (used!)

What I accomplished this week:

No goals for this week as the family will be home (DH off work, DD & DS off school) for our Thanksgiving! Enjoy your week in whatever you choose to do! :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Blue Cypress

Although it was a little cramped at the computer last night, while I listened to the Milwaukee Admirals play the San Antonio Rampage (game results here), I did complete the binding on the Blue Cypress quilt.

Blue Cypress is a free pattern from Lyn Brown, part one here and part two here. If you haven't had a chance to visit with Lyn, please do! She offers many free and interesting patterns. :)

You will not be disappointed!

I do wish, however that I had used more tone on tone prints in this Blue Cypress. Since it uses fq and I cut from yardage, I have enough for another Cypress Quilt already cut and bundled.

panto: Ebb and Flow from Willow Leaf Studio.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Blue Cypress Quilt

When Carin at Margaret's HOPE Chest was looking for a blue hockey quilt ASAP, I began piecing a Cypress Quilt (part one here and part two here) pattern by: Lyn Brown. I was planning on making a white, black and blue hockey quilt but before I could email her and let her know I was working on it, another quilter stepped forward and offered a completed quilt!

Aren't quilters wonderfully generous?!

So I decided to hoard,er save, my hockey fabric and sew the cosmos around the white, black and blue Cypress quilt. Now onto the quilting and binding!

Thanks for visiting and hope you have a fun weekend in whatever you choose to do!
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WIP Wednesday

This WIP Wednesday late edition finds me putting the final stitches in my Triple Treat Petite. Pattern from Terry Atkinson's Happy Hour book. This pattern was really straight forward and fast. I think it took longer to quilt, bind and label than piecing! and that's a GOOD THING for a charity quilt. This one is headed to Margaret's HOPE Chest for her Michigan Prison Ministry program.

I also shopped a little...

...enough said...well~no backs in the lot! Will need to head back to the store for more backing fabric. :)
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Stash Report Week #46

WooHoo! I did it! But will it stick?! Time will tell...

Fabric added this week: +1 yard
Fabric added this year: +276.5 yards

Fabric used this week: -10 yards
Fabric used this year: -380 yards

Net fabric for the year: -103.5 yards (used!)

What I accomplished this week:

Goals for next week:

Friday, November 12, 2010

Testing Something New!

Well~can you believe more backpacks?!

Since I had trouble with the grommets, I decided to make a couple of test backpacks using fabric tabs near the bottom of the bag.

DD volunteered to carry one as a test. Hers is on the left which was made from DS's old Star Wars Lego tshirt. Mine is on the right. I was *looking* for something that said *FALL* to me but not Halloween. I couldn't find anything I liked at the store (I know~gasp!) so I dove into the orange and cream scrap box and made 4 Mile-a-Minute blocks. Sashed it in dark brown and used a Sandy Gervais print (I think) that I purchased last year on sale. Not sure anymore what the original thought was with that print but it makes a very nice Fall backpack. :)
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Two More Backpacks...


Check those off the Fall 2010 *To Sew* List!
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sewing Labels and...

...listening to the Milwaukee Admirals matinee game in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

My house is a *dead zone* so I listen through the computer in the office. 3rd period and we are scoreless!
EDIT: Here is the stack of quilts that had labels added today during the game. The Admirals win in a shoot-out: 1-0. stats here.
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WIP Wednesday

Six pilowcases.

The one on the left is for my family room.

Five are for Alycia.
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fall FAB Challenge 2010 Reveal

Look at my cute Fall Scarecrow I got! Isn't he the best! Complete with two crows and a pumpkin! Right now he is on the office but soon, very soon, he will move to my family room where I can enjoy him more!

Many Thanks to my partner LindaJ for this wonderful Fall FAB Challenge gift!

This is what I gifted to Cher. Well, Cher received three pillows and I kept the 4th one for my family room!

pattern from Cluck.Cluck.Sew.
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Stash Report Week #45

Let's see if I can keep this short and sweet. :)

Faric added this week; +10 yards
Fabric added this year: +275.5 yards

Fabric used this week: -14.5 yards
Fabric used this year: -370 yards

Net fabric for the year: -94.5 yards

What I accomplished this week:

Goals for next week:

  • prep QOV's for shipping~labels, pillowcases, photo journals
  • continue work on backpacks

Friday, November 5, 2010

Adding to the stash again....

What can I say?! Perfect for QOV's and clearanced out! This will become QOV backs in the future~2011. Or possibly a pillowcase or two in the near future.

+10 yards

Working the kinks out of my backpack pattern. I purchased some grommets and this time I am going to try and install them myself. I was concerned about punching through double layers of quilted material so I took my previous backpacks to a local drapery store to have the grommets installed. I think~and hope~I found grommets that I can work!

Know any Milwaukee Admirals or Michigan State fans?! hehehehe...me!

DD and I are *on the glass* for tonight's Ads' game...should be fun! :)

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

WIP Wednesday

Safari Fair and Square quilt. This quilt will be donated to Margaret's HOPE Chest.

pattern: Fair and Square by Amanda Jean. found here.

panto: trailing vine by Willow Leaf Studio
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Twist and Turn QOV

Just finished the binding on the Twist and Turn QOV.

pattern inspired by Alex Anderson's Super Simple Quilts #1, Twist and Turn Quilt. Book found here.

panto: flirtatious from Willow Leaf Studio
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Design Wall Monday

The start of the Fair and Square quilt. pattern by: Amanda Jean.

Once completed this will be donated to Margaret's HOPE Chest.

Amanda Jean has graciously shared this pattern on her blog and asks that if you elect to make one, please donate one for Margaret's HOPE Chest, too. :)
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