Friday, June 27, 2014

Whoop! Whoop! 6.27.2014

Time to get your Whoop! Whoop! on!

Just a small whoop! for me this week...

I finished piecing my Novelty Trip Around the World to a flimsy. It's loaded complete with a pieced backing. Now to find a few hours in between running DD here and there to quilt!  :)

My next project is to create a quilt using this rwb runner.  I brought it a few years back at the Oconomowoc Quilt Guild rummage sale.

The plan was to make simple rail fence blocks as the main body of the quilt and the runner as the top banner. Similar to this quilt of Mary's but I wasn't *feeling it*. I thought that the rail fence might better pair with the flag panel that I received from Nancy at Wyoming Breezes.

Then I thought that the blocks for Mock Trip Around the World might work. So I pulled a few of those out and put up on the design wall. But I'm not *feeling* this either.

I found Liberty Ridge on a Google search and maybe some elements from this pattern will work. I *feel* I need to piece a few stars to *go with* the stars in the middle of the runner.

I'm sticking my fingers in my ears and singing, 'Lalalalalalalalalalalalala' trying to drown out the quilt saying, 'You must make stars!''s not working....

I'm linking up with

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wednesday WOW! 6.25.2014

I finished up the binding (WOW!) on the Staggered Novelties. Ummm...I need to think up a new name - that just sounds *wrong*! I waited until the weather cleared to snap a photo on the swing set. Wonder if I'll be trucking down to the swing set come snow time to take pictures of the quilts? Time will tell...

I quilted it with the Dazzle panto from Lorien Quilting. I figured out that this piece of Batman fabric is about 15 years old! I had made DS a laminated pouch that long ago and this little bit was left!

The back is a mixture of fabrics left over from other quilt backs. And what was leftover from this back - was used in the binding! Definitely a *what was she thinking moment* when the *Forever Owner* first sees the binding. :)

I decided to swap out the darks in the middle for the lights on the edges in the Novelty Trip Around the World.

I like it!

I also started to sew it together. (WOW!)

That's it - my WOW on this Wednesday!

Monday, June 23, 2014

What I'm Working On...


Last week, I cut the alternate squares for this Novelty Trip Around the World.

I think this is layout #12 or #13 for my novelty squares!


After this one is done, then I should be able to choose a layout for the great-niece who will arrive in August!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Whoop! Whoop! Friday 6.20.2014

Gosh...I've had a pretty productive week but have not been sharing on the blog.

Sorry, friends!

Here we go!

First One:

I finished the binding on this Stacked Novelty Coins. I'm not really liking it but am thinking a trip through the wash will crinkle it up more and then, poof!  It will be better.  :)

Here is the pieced back. I don't think I *see* another yellow-grey-white-black quilt in my future so I decided to use up leftovers I had from this quilt and this quilt.

Pattern source: stacked coins - public domain

Quilting source: free motion organic waves - public domain

Second One:

When I found the pile of fabric for the back of the above quilt, I found the inner portion of this quilt. I simply added two borders to bring it to approximately 50 x 60. I really like it so I may gift it to my niece who is expecting her first baby in August.  Funny side story about this quilt.  I was making it for a casual friend who was expecting last summer. I was really concerned as I wasn't sure of his religious affiliation, Noah's Ark and all. Turns out that he is Jewish and they had twins! A boy and a girl so this flimsy got buried on the work table. See the twin quilts: Mallory's here and William's here.

Third One:

Since I wasn't too excited about the Stacked Novelty Coins, I thought I would try an off-set version. I was so proud of my self for keeping track of which side to sew the spacer on then after I added the sashings, I had a *I COULDA HAD A V-8 MOMENT*! complete with slapping my head!

See it?!  Novelty-background-novelty-and on until the half background. geesh! so much easier, less fabric and less seams.

note to self:

try not to over complicate life


6.5 x 6.5, 5.5 x 6.5,  ... , 3.5 x 6.5 (first row then reverse order for second row)

Pattern source: unsure - perhaps public domain?

I quilted it with Dazzle from Lorien Quilting and it's ready to have the binding tacked down.

Whew!  Hope you made it to the end cuz there is lots to read!

I'm linking up with

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

ps. Are you still with me?!  Did I tell you DD was away at Hockey Camp this week? *grin*

Monday, June 16, 2014

What I'm Working On...


This binding was originally made to go with this quilt but I ended up using the left-over backing as binding.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Peek-a-Boo Bag

After a little bit of a struggle, I completed my June goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes. I beat the end of June deadline but DD leaves tomorrow for her week long hockey camp.

Her hockey Peek-a-Boo bag is ready to hold her miscellaneous stuff in the larger gear bag.

The zipper turned out a little funky and Baby (my Brother sewing machine) really didn't like all the layers - even with the walking foot - but

Done is Done


It Is What It Is!

pattern source:  Peek-a-Boo Bag

DD seems to like it or she is a really good actress!  :)

I was #63 on the June Goal Setting List at Fiber of All Sorts and when the June Finish Linky Party is up then I will link up there.  :) The June Linky Party is UP! Follow the link here.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Whoop! Whoop! 6.13.2014

Time for Whoop! Whoop!

Nothing major happening but a few 'small' things.

Thing #1:  I completed the quilting on the latest Novelty Stacked Coin quilt. This one uses the full 6.5 x  6.5 inch novelty coin. I did a free motion wavy thing on it...

pattern source: public domain: stacked coins

Thing #2: I completed 6 more bags for my day guild's Cancer Recovery Tote ministry. I think I donated a total of 20 bags through out our year. (The year runs from September to June ~ July and August are off for good

Thing #3: No picture but I did send a box of quilts to Sarah as my part of the Hands 2 Help Quilt Challenge!

Today I am linking up with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Monday, June 9, 2014

On The Design Wall 6.9.2014

This HAS TO BE the quickest flimsy yet!

Confession ~ I did have all the novelties pre-cut at 6.5 inches so all I did do was sew it all together! I think I spent more time piecing the back than the front.  lol

I'll show the back after it's quilted.

pattern source: public domain ~ stacked coins.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Whoop! Whoop! 6.6.2014

Time to get our Whoop! Whoop! on!

Today's finish is the Rainbow Novelty. I did a simple wavy line across the width of the quilt. I'm really liking the texture that this gives.

No quilting pattern ~ and very organic. I tried to *follow* the wave but in some places well, a new wave was created.


My favorite blocks turned out to the the golfers. Believe it or not!

quilt pattern source:  none.

I simply framed out the 6.5 inch novelties with 2.5 inch strips. I then placed the 9.5 inch ruler on the resulting square and twisted to make an uphill or downhill orientation.

Note to self: place ruler downhill left to have left hand corner higher.

Look who came outside with me for the photo-op.

Miss Daisy but she only made it to the edge of the deck. Yesterday was a grooming day so she has been resting up from that strenuous activity!

Today I am linking up with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

and Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes

My June goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes is to make this Peek-a-Boo bag.

DD has requested a bag to place her miscellany *stuff* into her larger hockey bag. She also asked for pet screen rather than the vinyl that is recommended. I'm a little nervous since that is the last piece of pet screen from the Lowe's in Southlake, Texas. That's right ~ it moved here with me! We've been here in Wisconsin 7.5 years now. This is the longest I have lived anywhere since I was married 28 years ago!

I'm linking up with:

Fiber of All Sorts: June Goal Setting Party

Housekeeping:  I am #63 on the June 2014 list.

WIP Wednesday

I finished the Rainbow Novelty to a flimsy.

I'm not groovin' to the dark green but, hey,


and all the fabrics are from the stash.

I'm planning on curvy line quilting across the colors in matching thread ~ we'll see how I do and if I like it in the end.

Wish me *luck*!  Thank You!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hands 2 Help Final Check In

This week is the final Hands 2 Help Check In! Hop on over to Sarah's post to see all the wonderful quilts that are being donated this season.

I finished three quilts that I will be sending off.  The final day to send quilts in June 13, 2014, which is lucky for me as it is the day after my last day guild meeting of the year.

Yes!  I will have Show and Tell!


Quilt #1 is based on a Moda Bakeshop Tutorial, Marmalade Squares. I blogged about Quilt #1 here.

Quilt #2 is the result of leftovers from Quilt #1.  I blogged about Quilt #2 here.

Quilt #3 is the result of leftovers from Quilt #2.  I blogged about Quilt #3 here.

Hop on over to Sarah's post to see all the quilts the  quilters are so generously donating to the Hands 2 Help Quilt Challenge 2014!

I'll be linking up with Sarah, too!

Monday, June 2, 2014

My Next Project...

...I'm still playing in the Novelty squares bin!

This time I decided to sew rainbow borders on the squares then tilt them.

As you can see, my tilting is a little wonky! LOL

I'm having trouble figuring out which to tilt the 9.5 inch ruler to get which tilt. I did *frog* one of the reds to re-do it but I ended up with that same *wrong* tilt ~ so...I am just leaving them as is. My tilts are just wonky and random! like I planned it that way.  :)

I was thrilled when the yellow row tilted nicely until I realized that I sewed the bottom row if the first two squares on with the wrong side out...*sigh*...that also remains in.  :)

pattern source:  no *real* pattern. I simply framed the 6.5 inch novelty squares with 2.5 inch border (or frame) then place a tilted 9.5 inch ruler on the block and cut.

(note to self:  to have left hand higher then ruler must run downhill left)