Saturday, August 23, 2014

Whoop! Whoop! 8.23.2014


Put the finishes touches on this beauty last night!

So Happy it is done!

Two's Company is a pattern I wanted to try and I wanted to use this yardage of basketballs. I only have a few 6.5 inch squares and various scraps left - whoo! hoo!  Slowly but surely I am working through the *why did I buy this* yardage…  :) I'm thinking about making a winter quilt queen size from this pattern. Although this throw finishes at almost 60 x 80, really generous and almost twin size. The blocks finish at 9 x 13 so plenty of room to show off the novelty fabric!

This is my August finish for the *A Lovely Year of Finishes* over at Fiber Sorts. (I was #26 on the August Goal List)

So again, very happy!

August seems to have flown by without a lot of time spent in the sewing room.  :(  Hopefully September will be a more productive sewing month.  Not sure if I will be able to link to the Finishing Party Linky as we (ok---me, DH and DD) will be going on vacation next week. And, get this, I'm debating about leaving the laptop and IPAD at home! DS will be home to man the station…so to speak, bring in the mail, etc…

pattern info:  Two's Company

panto infor: Bubbles by Lorien Quilting

Linking up today with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts


Heather at Quilts in the Queue for 100 Quilts for Kids - this quilt will go to Margaret's Hope Chest for their Prison Ministry Outreach Program.

Monday, August 18, 2014

What I'm Working On...

I put together the blocks pretty quick for the Basketball Two's Company.

It took me a little longer to actually sew the top together and add the borders.

Today I loaded it onto the frame and pieced/loaded the backing fabric. The quilt measures 78 inches long and my back is 84 inches. Fingers crossed that it's long enough!  :)

pattern info:  Two's Company

Friday, August 15, 2014

Whoop! Whoop! 8.15.2014

Little SJS's quilt is quilted and bound!

Whoop! Whoop!

The front of the quilt.

The back of the quilt.

A close-up of her *SJS*

pattern info: Trip Around the World using 6.5 in cut novelties

panto info: curly hearts by Lorien Quilting

Linking up today with

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I worked on paper piecing the baby's initials to sew into the back of her quilt.

I think it took me longer to sew the *SJS* than to sew the entire flimsy!  I have to be ONE.OF.THE.SLOWEST.PAPER.PIECERS.EVER!!

I also quilted the quilt down with Curly Hearts panto by Lorien Quilting.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Design Wall Monday 8.11.2014

A good start to the week!

On the design wall is the quilt for my niece's baby…my great - niece! Hardly seems possible! The baby was born last Monday (8.4.2014) at about 6:30 pm.  I went to my trusty bin of novelties and pulled out as many girly fabrics as I could find.  Into the stash I went and found this subtle pink with white circles. I had cut out the pink last Wednesday but just sewed it into a top today. I already pinned it to the frame so next will be to figure out a backing.

I'm thinking I want to use the baby's initials - SJS - somehow. :)

I didn't double check the layout but I am kinda groovin' to the light to dark gradient. I put *Star Wars* fabric in the four corners as the new Dad is a BIG. STAR. WARS. FAN! did I say, "BIG!"?!

Usually I post before I sew…it's a good double check. Next time…I'll have to remember to *post before I sew*.  lol.

Well…that's my story and I'm sticking to it!  *grins*

Saturday, August 2, 2014

August Goal Setting 8.2.2014

Over at Fiber of All Sorts, Shanna is running a Lovely Year of Finishes Challenge. While I don't seem to collect many unfinished projects - I do tend to buy fabric with no particular quilt/idea in mind.  Sound familiar? So this month, I am digging into the stash and pulling out a fabric that is close to 8 or maybe 9 years old!

This basketball print was brought in Nagadoches, Texas when my niece was married. That was when we lived in Texas. I am quickly approaching my 8th year anniversary of living in Wisconsin. Now with my love of novelties, I tend to collect them but not the *go withs*. I did find the red in my stash but the green/blue were purchased for this project. *sigh* I originally wanted to use orange or yellow but neither of those stash colors were working for me. *another sigh*  I hope the end product doesn't look too Christmas-y. *double sigh* I recently brought the Two's Company pattern after seeing a QOV made from this. I think the print will look good in the larger squares. When my basketball quilt is complete I am planning on donating it to Margaret's Hope Chest for their Prison Ministry Outreach.

Housekeeping: I am number 27 on the August Linky Party list.

Did you hear?

The annual 100 Quilts for Kids has started! This year Kate of Swim, Bike, Quilt has handed over the reins to Heather at Quilts in the Queue!

Hop on over to Heather's blog to see what the 100 Quilts for Kids Challenge is all about!  There are prizes...

Friday, August 1, 2014

Whoop! Whoop! 8.1.2014

Time to get your Whoop! Whoop! on! and it is already August!

School starts on 9.2.2014!

This morning while babysitting, er, actively doing laundry - I was able to sew back the binding on the latest quilt. A QOV that Nancy from Wyoming Breezes had sent the flag panel to me - many moons ago!

There is no formal pattern that I followed. I just staggered the red/blue crumb blocks and inserted the flag panel towards the top of the quilt. Imagine my surprise when I checked out the Moda Bakeshop and there is a tutorial for a Staggered Squares pillow that uses the same technique I used! I was thinking about adding a white border but the darker border just seemed to enclose/ stop the pattern. So - I went with the dark! plus - I was out of the matching white fabric! Well...I had about 6 inches left from a 2 yard cut.

Tami - here is a tutorial for the crumb blocks that I use to make my blocks. (also known as mile-a-minute blocks) I store my leftover fabric according to color in banker boxes and when the box lid doesn't close...I sew up some crumb blocks. I sew and sew until I can trim them to 6.5 inches comfortably.

I quilted it with the Halcyon panto. I like the curvy texture combined with all the lines of this quilt.

Today I am linking up with

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts