Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Finish Week #21

I finished the Blue Portuguese Tiles this morning. Just in time to be gifted tonight.  I am thinking that I will simply ink our message on the back instead of a label, this time around!

quilt pattern source: M’Liss Rae Hawley’s Phenomenal Fat Quarter Quilts

panto source: Popcorn from Willow Leaf Studio.

To see more *Finishes*, visit Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Blue Portuguese Tiles is a flimsy! 


pattern source: M’Liss Rae Hawley’s Phenomenal Fat Quarter Quilts.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Portuguese Tiles Progress

I decided to add one more row of Portuguese Tile blocks than the pattern called for.  I wish I would have cut the blocks from yardage rather than fq's but I was planning on a different quilt for this set of blue fq' be it.

This is a 'stitch and flip' block and it was giving me fits.  So I re-named it to a 'stitch and dip' block.  Can you figure out why?!

In any event, I need to assemble the blocks then find 'something' suitable for inner and outer borders.  I am seriously doubting if I can finish this by tomorrow afternoon.  :(  

I should have picked a pattern I had made before but I really wanted to try these Portuguese Tiles...

pattern source:   M’Liss Rae Hawley’s Phenomenal Fat Quarter Quilts.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Design Wall Monday

My design space this week.

The next quilt is all blue Portuguese Tiles pattern from M’Liss Rae Hawley’s Phenomenal Fat Quarter Quilts.

Hop on over to JudyL's Patchwork Times for more Design Wall inspiration.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Stash Update Week #13

Almost a wash!  :)

fabric added this week: +10 yards
fabric added this year:  +87.5 yards

fabric used this week: -9 yards
fabric used this year:  -90.5 yards

net fabric for the year:  -3 yards  ~used~

What I accomplished this week:

assembled, quilted and bound Hockey Paul MTAW

Goals for next week:

work on Mr. Hezzie quilt
work on March Color Challenge

For more Stash Updates, visit JudyL's Patchwork Times....

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spring 2012 *T0 SEW* List

In no particular order, my newest *sewing* wish list.

  1. bed!
  2. Mr. Hezzie
  3. Hockey Paul
  4. Fishie
  5. grocery bags
  6. Cher's Challenge
  7. Admirals' flag
  8. Placemats: Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, August, Sept.
  1. cub pals' 
  2. red work
  3. quilt expo kit 2011
  4. quilt #3
  5. blue ridge beauty
  6. quilt #5
  7. virginia bound
  8. quilt #7
  9. blue wicked easy
  10. quilt #9
I got behind on my UFO challenge so this quarter I am going to concentrate on my personal projects.  First though, I have two more promise quilts to make!  you might notice that I am behind on my placemat making...I knew I was behind when my daughter wanted to know *where are the new placemats?!  The last ones were the Christmas ones!  and here, I thought the family never noticed.  Perhaps they notice but don't say anything!  :) 

I have completed one UFO so I added another to the list...if a number comes up that is a *quilt*~I will simply piece the UFO that I was suppose to quilt as a swap.  fair enough?

Off to the sewing room, hopefully after dinner tonight!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Finish Week #20

Just finished the stitches in the binding and a quick post before the Milwaukee Admirals hockey game.

Mock Trip Around the World. pattern source, here.

The Curly Hearts panto from Lorien Quilting.

I'm linking to Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts and Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

More Skate Lace Bracelets

Just when I think I will be done with a project...someone was looking to buy a blue skate lace bracelet.  So I made 10 more to bring the grand total this year to 200!  wowza!

+10 blue

Adding to the Stash

+10 yards.  'nuff said.  :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Just finishing up the quilting on the latest Mock Trip Around the World.

pattern source: Quilting Assistant Mock Trip Around the World block.

Quilting panto is Curly Hearts by Lorien Quilting, in black...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Spring Equinox 2012!

Happy Spring Equinox!

Time to review my Winter 2012 Quilting Goals and set some new ones...I love these days! For me, it is like having a New Year every three months!

image from Google search, found here.

So~how did I do this last three months?

Not too shabby.  If I hadn't pencilled in a few more quilts then I would have done LOADS better! and the *Uncle Paul from hockey Thank You* is  pieced to a flimsy and awaiting quilting.

More shabby on my UFO's.  Gosh, they are UFO's for a reason!  I better work harder on them in the next quarter!

Overall...I think in the next few months that I am going to concentrate on projects for me...I'll write another list to post in the sewing room since it really helps to have the list close at hand...I LOVE to cross items off a list.  :)

In the mean time:  HAPPY SPRING EQUINOX 2012!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Design Wall Monday

Mock Trip Around the World!

I should get frequent flyer miles for all of this quilt pattern I have made!  lol....

For more Design Wall inspiration, hop on over to JudyL's Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Stash Update Week # 12

A rather weird week for me, here at Bell Creek Quilts.  My motivation was lacking.  :(  I did buy some flannel but I made 4 pillowcases~so it was in and out~doesn't change my numbers.  I also brought more blue (like in my latest MTAW), here.  I figured with the blue left over and another half yard~I should be able to make another MTAW, but then, I think I will need to add a bit of the grey and black, too.  :)

I don't think I am thinking straight!  :)  Buy a little more and make another quilt...guess this is how the stash grows....

fabric added this week:  +0.5 yards
fabric added this year:  +77.5 yards

fabric used this week:  0 yards
fabric used this year:  -81.5 yards

net fabric for the year: - 4 yards  ~used~

What I accomplished this week:

pieced 4 flannel pillowcases
pieced blocks for Mock Trip Around the World

Goals for next week:

continue with the Mock Trip Around the World

For more Stash Updates, visit JudyL at Patchwork Times.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

I have my corned beef and cabbage in the crock~ready to eat when DH is ready!  Mint truffle for dessert and I already had my Shamrock shake for the day!  Life is good!

I have been slowly working in the sewing room but have not posted my progress.

First: I made the *parts* for another Mock Trip Around the World.  This one will be blue, black and grey.  :)

Second:  The *parts* sewn into completed blocks.

Third:  The blocks on the design wall~waiting to be sewn into a flimsy.

pattern source:  Quilting Assistant. 
Mock Trip Around the World Block.

Have I told you HOW MUCH I LOVE this block?!!!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

WIP Wednesday

The sum total of my creativity for the last 5 days~

4 flannel pillowcases!  My 21 year old son asked for a few flannel pillowcases.  I was searching for age appropriate fabric but kept coming up empty.  I finally decided to make a few retro pillowcases for him.  As a young boy, he loved dinosaurs, lizards and green!  I also tossed in a little blue....

If you find *my motivation*, please send her home~I'm missing her!  :(

pattern source: McCall's Quick Quilts pillow case

(I skip the accent part :))

Monday, March 12, 2012

Stash Update Week #11

No fabric additions!  and a Finish!  a good week for me...*grin*

fabric added this week:  0 yards
fabric added this year:  +77 yards

fabric used this week:  -9 yards
fabric used this year:  -81.5 yards

net fabric for the year:  -4.5 yards~used

What I accomplished this week:

pieced, quilted and bound RWB Mock Trip Around the World

Goals for next week:

work on Bradley Center quilts~ 3 friends asked for quilts   :)

Our regular season is quickly coming to a close, last regular season game is April 15th.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Done. Done. Done!

The Quilting is Done!

The Binding is Done!

This Quilt is Done!  and ready to be gifted!  :)

pattern source:  Mock Trip Around the World from Quilting Assistant.

panto source:  Curly Hearts from Lorien Quilting.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ready to Quilt

I finished piecing the Mock Trip Around the World.  Now it is ready for quilting!

pattern source here.

Mock Trip Around the World Blocks Completed

The blocks are completed and...

...on the design wall.  The great thing about this pattern is that every block is the same!  You only have to twist and turn to form the pattern.  sweet. easy. cool.

pattern credit:  the quilting assistant, mock trip around the world block~found here.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Just What the Doctor Ordered!

The beginnings of the next quilt~Mock Trip Around the World by Quilting Assistant.

I'm off to Lake Country Quilt Guild now...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

WIP Wednesday

The nightmare, errr,  saga continues.

I finished piecing the blocks together and now the mystery is a flimsy!  yea!  I think this needs a border or two to try and tame the bias' that are all pulled out of formation...right now it is mesuring 46 x 69...

and I am still NOT seeing stars....     :(  

My next project will be squares and rectangles!!!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Design Wall Monday...

...on Tuesday.

I trimmed up the 92 flying geese units that belong to the Lake Country Mystery.  The mystery is the quilt~ One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Pam See of Vanilla Latte` Quilts.

This quilt has the makings of becoming a nightmare for me!  It has many sewing elements that I tend to avoid when quilt making such as half square triangles (pretending to be flying geese) and pieced setting triangles for the on point setting.  *GASP*!  I half kiddingly said that I am going to look for a stripe to use as binding so that I can make bias binding!  If I had only thunk to paper piece *something* in it~then this top would have *checked off* a lot of my quilting bucket list....see side bar!  :)

Here are the blocks, ready to be sewn into rows...suppose to be stars but all I *see* are x's in black boxes....uggghhhh....saga to be continued...

Stash Update Week #10

I'm a few days late but yet, I wanted to post so that I can keep track of the fabric....

fabric added this week:  +14 yards
fabric added this year:  +77 yards

fabric used this week:  -9.5 yards
fabric used this year:  -72.5 yards

net fabric for the year:  +4.5 yards (added)

What I accomplished this week:

pieced, quilted and bound Hockey Lanes

Goals for next week:

piece Lake Country Mystery to a flimsy
work on Dee's commissioned quilt

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Baby Card

Along with the quilts (Sashed Animals (A) and (B)), I wanted to send baby cards.

I used Mojo Monday 229 and Mary Fish's card as inspiration.

Here is my baby card x 2.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Crumb Quilt

Jo over at Jo's Country Junction is hosting a Crumb Round Up.  She asked to see the Crumb Quilt that was made during her Crumb Along or any other crumb quilt that you made.  Well~I didn't participate in her Crumb Along but I have been making Crumb quilts to give at my family Christmas Gift Exchange.

Two Christmas' ago, DD *stole* this green crumb quilt I had made and given as a gift. 

Why?  who knows?

But now I dig it out sometime after Valentine's Day and use it to decorate the half wall leading down to the basement for St. Patrick's Day.

For more Crumb quilt inspirations, hop on over to Jo's Crumb Round Up.

Friday Finish March 2, 2012

The Hockey lanes quilt is ready to gift! complete with label. woohoo!

pattern:  Country Lanes from Eleanor Burns' book: Quilts Through the Seasons.

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Hop on over to their blogs to be inspired bu other Friday Finishes!  :)

WIP Wednesday on Friday?!

Labels and...

...skate lace bracelets have been occupying my time in the sewing room.

black = 11
white = 11
blue = 12

total skate lace bracelets made = 190.