Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Finished sewing back the binding on my Redwork 9 Patch.  I embroidered the blocks in June 2007 while on vacation to Southlake, Texas.  I had lost the blocks but found them in time to finish for 1 of 2 *Procrastination Challenge* projects for the June meeting of the Lake Country Quilt Guild.  I could have added quite a few more *procrastination projects* but wanted to keep my number do-able! As it is...I think I have procrastinated enough!  :)

A simple stitch near the ditch was my quilting of choice.  I barred the piano key border every second bar.

Monday, May 28, 2012

What I'm Working On... Cub Pals' Wall Hanging!

I was terrified to un-sew what my friends had sewn!  I think it is *why* the rows sat in the cupboard for almost 5.5 years!  I finally worked up the courage to un-sew~the rows were originally almost 60 inches long.  I wanted the rows to be approximately 30 inches...not as easy as un-sewing at the midway mark.  Some rows had to be taken apart and re-sewn and some even, gasp! cut.

I am loving it so far and I have one more border to make and attach.  :)

The next condundrum will be the quilting...any ideas?!

Here is the post with the full rows and the pattern.  :)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day

photo credit here


Stash Update Week #22

I bought some fabric, had two small finishes and sewed a few things for DD's 13th birthday on Thursday~May 31st.  Not a whole lot to show until after the birthday!  :)

fabric added this week:  +3 yards
fabric added this year:  +99 yards

fabric used this week: -1 yard
fabric used this year:  -120.5 yards

net fabric for the year:  -21.5 yards  ~used~

What I accomplished this week:

played with reverse applique technique~Sun Series~Butterflies Alpha and Beta
birthday gifts for DD

Goals for next week:

bind Red work wall hanging
work on Cub Pals' wall hanging
work on more birthday gifts~maybe~

I seem to have a *thing* for butterflies. :) 

The sewing fabric I am thinking about ordering this pattern for an iron caddy.  A friend at guild had one and it was soooo cute!!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Butterflies in My Garden

Casey had said that batiks were the fabric of choice for reverse applique.  Of course, I had to pull *something else* out of the cupboard and experiment.  :)

This clears out the blue and the leftover yellow has fusible on it.  :)  There is more of the butterfly fabric, though.  Perhaps place mats in my future?!  lol

Garden Butterflies.  Second in the Series.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Finish Week #28

Earlier in the month, Casey Puetz lectured at  the Oconomowoc Quilt Guild on Reverse Applique.

This is my attempt.  :)  The circle part of the sun is the reverse applique.  just saying...

I was complaining that I thought my *sun* looked more like a *moon* so I added some rays with raggy edge applique~still my favorite.  I added some thread rays using one of the fancy stitches on Baby and zig zag-ed the butterflies on.  I did tack the bigger butterflies so they are *flying* and not *flopping*.  lol

I also fused fabric to the back of the butterflies for a more finished look.

Today I am going to link up with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I'm making butterflies for my next project.  :)

Monday, May 21, 2012

What I am Working On...

...small projects for the Oconomowoc Quilt Guild.

On the left, our charity project. The ladies have been making string blocks and we were asked to take a group of four and sew them together.  Due in June.  I've been resisting helping because as one of two members that has a longarm~you know I will be asked to do the quilting.  :)  Which is find and I gladly do it...I just allow the others to sew the blocks :)

Upper right is the President's block. She is leaving office in December after a two year term.  Everyone is asked to make one block of her choice.  Pretty simple and straight forward , right? Think again, I did my share of *frogging* on this one.  lol

Lower right, Terry never did get around to making a name tag.  Thought i would surprise her~hope she doesn't read the blog!  Otherwise it won't be a surprise!

That's it....piano and skating time!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Stash Update Week#21

Almost a wash since I brought some fabric and used some fabric.

fabric added this week:  +2.5 yards
fabric added this year:  +96 yards

fabric used this week:  -2 yards
fabric used this year:  -119.5 yards

net fabric for the year: - 23.5 yards ~used~

What I accomplished this week:

made four place mats and table runner
helped DD with tie blanket and made a sock bunny

Goals for next week:

work on Cub Bear wall hanging
work on a smaller guild projects

Friday, May 18, 2012

DD's Gifts to a Friend

DD has another birthday party this weekend!  So we went to JoAnn Fabrics where she picked out another set of coordinating fleece.  She cut and I helped tie.  We are getting faster~this one took only 90 minutes from start to finish!  We shaved 30 minutes off our time from the first one.  I think the tie fleece blankets are becoming DD's *go to* gift this birthday season. 

And she requested a Sock Bunny for the birthday friend.  So CUTE!!!!  I just LOVE these bunnies!  :)

sock bunny tutorial:  Lil Blue Boo

Today I am going to link up with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Other Two....

...are done and ready for dinner! 

Too bad it was just me for supper last night!  :(

pattern inspiration:  Ayumi at Pink Penguin
panto: angel wings by Willow Leaf Studio

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WIP Wednesday

The table runner and two place mats are done!  Two more place mats to complete.

pattern inspiration:  Ayumi at Pink Penguin

panto:  angel wings at Willow Leaf Studio

Can you tell how I had *them* loaded on the long arm...teehee...using the backing scraps...

Monday, May 14, 2012

Design Wall Monday

On the design wall today are my May place mats and table runner for the family room cabinet.

Based on the pattern by Ayumi at Pink Penguin, found here.

Somewhere is this pile of backing cut-offs~I will piece together the backing for the place mats and the table runner.  Since these are for me~I can use a wild and non-cohesive back!  :)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Stash Update Week #20

A funny week here at Bell Creek Quilts.  I added fabric and had finishes but no quilty finishes!

fabric added this week:  +6 yards
fabric added this year:  +93.5 yards

fabric used this week:  0 yards
fabric used this year:  -117.5 yards

net fabric for the year:  -24 yards  ~used~

What I accomplished this week:

sewed 4 Cancer Recovery Totes with comfort pillows
   (I didn't add this fabric in because I knew it was going out soon so it would be a wash)
sewed my tie purse
made two sock monkeys

Goals for next week:

work on May place mats and table runner
work on Cubby wall hanging

and to all:



photo credit here.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Finish #27 Part Two

Sock Bunny has a friend! 


Tia's inspiration here.

Lil Blue Boo Sock Bunny Tutorial here.

Linking up with:

Sarah's Confessions of a Fabric Addict~Whoop!Whoop!~

Friday Finish #27

When I saw Tia's Sock Bunny, I knew I wanted to make one!

Here is my little guy!

I.LOVE.HIM. and I will be giving him away this afternoon...along with a baby quilt.  I tied a bow around his neck since he has a really long neck~the momma will just need to remove the bow before the little one plays with the bunny.

Tia's sock bunny here.

Lil Blue Boo sock bunny tutorial here.

I'm going to link up with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday's Meeting Show and Tell

Last month, another Pat shared her tie purse pattern complete with a demonstration and sewing afternoon.  I was unable to stay for the sewing and kept meaning to get to making my purse.  I know when I share a pattern or shortcut or anything~I am always happy when other members actually *do* what I have shared.  So this week~I also worked on my Pat Tie Purse~done in time for Show and Tell.

Here it is~warts and all.  I am positive that I made a few mistakes along the way and I'm hoping Pat can put me on the right track when I make my next one. I already have the tie picked out!  I actually forgot to take a *before* picture.  :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Last month, my day guild said that they were running low on the Cancer Totes with comfort pillows that are supplied to two of the local Cancer Treatment Centers.  Since the meeting is tomorrow, I took some time this week to make four totes and pillows.  I like to make a set over the summer to donate at our meeting in September than another batch in the spring before the guild goes on summer hiatus. 

Although these totes were not on my *To Sew* list...I'm always glad when I take time to make a little something to donate and support my guild.  :)   and I found the decor weight fabric at the St. Vincent de Paul and paid $3.99 for the remainder of the bolt.  I was able to cut creatively and make four totes!  I LOVE a bargain!  :)

Adding to the Stash , Yet Again!

This time, the red and blue will be backing.  The green~I just plan miscalculated how much I needed for lining comfort pillow in the Cancer Totes so into the stash it goes...

+6 yards

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I Took the Plunge...

...and called for service on Valerie!  I ordered new wheels for her, too!  Tomorrow I should get the call with the date of her tune up!  Now that I finally decided to *take the plunge*~ the service magician can't get here soon

In the mean time, I do have a few other projects that I will be working on!  :)

Photo credit here.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Stash Update Week #19

yay!  I had a finish this week!

fabric added this week:  0 yards
fabric added this year:  +87.5 yards

fabric used this week:  -8 yards
fabric used this year: -117.5 yards

net fabric for the year:  -30 yards ~used~

What I accomplished this week:

quilt and bound *Spaceships on the Go*
pieced Redwork Patches to a flimsy

Goals for next week:

work on projects for Thursday morning vague is that?!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Redwork Patches is a Flimsy!


Redwork Patches is completed to the flimsy stage!  Looks like I might be heading to the fabric store for some cute backing and fun binding!  This one is for me!I was thinking about embrodiering *spring, summer, fall and winter* in the corner muslin squares...then maybe not!  :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Finish Week #26

My last finish was April 7th!  Almost 4 weeks ago!

This week I finished *Spaceship on the Go*.  For a rather simple quilt~a long time from start to finish.  Wonder what I was doing in between?!  lol

pattern source: McCall's Baby on the Go, found here.

quilting source:  Flirtatious from Willow Leaf Studio, found here.

I'm going to be linking up with:

Amanda Jean from Crazy Mom Quilts
Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I am making more 9 patches.

This time~it's red ones! I thought I might need a run to the fabric store to shore up on reds but I raided my stash of patriotics of 2.5 inch red strips.

I finally found my redwork blocks. I had searched and searched the sewing room and wouldn't ya know~they were in the last place I looked!  Funny thing is that I looked in that particular cabinet and at the baggie they were in but never opened the baggie! On the top and bottom of the pile of redwork blocks were Wisconsin blocks...ummm...

I stitched the blocks in the summer 2007 on the kid's and my first trip back to Southlake, Texas. DS stayed with friends while DD and I moteled it.  The Hilton to be exact...nice digs!  Any way, DD slept a lot so I was able to stitch these blocks while she was snoozing.

I have this wall hanging on my day guild Procrastination List to complete by the June 2012 meeting.  Looks like I found this just in time to complete!  :)

Here are the redwork blocks with the alternating red 9 patches.

ps.  Do you believe in *kismet*?  This is UFO #2 on my list....