Friday, October 2, 2015

Whoop! Whoop! 10.2.2015

I finally finished the binding!

Whoop! Whoop!

This poor little quilt seems like it's been waiting for weeks for me to hand sew the binding part and now, it's done!

I used the *double hour glass* set for this quilt which was made from leftovers from this quilt.

I quilted it with the Mozart panto by Jodi Beamish.

Here is my pieced back - I also used up the leftover blocks.

Linking up today with

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

My September 2015 ALYoF!

I did it!

I finished the binding on the leaf trio!

and I have been enjoying the leaves this fall season -- so far!

Linking up with:

Shanna at Fiber of All Sorts September 2015 Finish Party.

I was #73 on the September 2015 Goal Setting Linky.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WIP Wednesday 9.23.2015

I quilted down the last of the black and white with a little red quilts today. I thought while I had the Mozart panto out on the table…I might as well finish it up! :)

The quilting went really quick even if my bottom border was a wavy one…think I will need to *brush up* on my border sewing technique….

pattern info: blocks made using the strip tube method, my source here.

quilting info: Mozart by Jodi Beamish, one source here.

What I'm Working On...

I pressed the leftover from this quilt

…to make this quilt.  :)

I added a couple of borders to bring the size to approximately 45 x 62.

A nice little quilt for a little one!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Whoop! Whoop! 9.18.2015

I finished the binding on DD's music quilt!


You can find more details, where I blogged about it here, here and here.

I'm linking up today with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

WIP Wednesday 9.16.2015

Testing out the new Clover Wonder Clips I purchases at Expo last week.

So far, so good!


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Road Trip Friday

The Quilt Expo 2015 with Nancy Zieman was this weekend!

I decided to make the one hour drive to Madison and check it out. I attended one lecture about *Garbage Can Quilts*.  I was hoping to get more ideas to use up scraps but the lecturer follows Bonnie Hunter's Scrap System and showed a few of her Bonnie quilts.

I'm afraid I didn't support the vendors very well with this trip. I only came away with a bottle of oil for the long arm, some clover wonder clips and the Quilt Expo 2015 t*shirt. I was looking for the Walk-About pattern but I guess, I will need to order it online.

The quilts in the show were beautiful, as always. They are way above my skill level but I do admire the beauty with every stitch.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Whoop! Whoop! 9.11.2015

A small Whoop! Whoop! today…

…a friend is organizing the table decorations for the church's bi-weekly Mom's meetings and asked if I would help. She is going with a lake/beachy/water theme this year.

…much to her credit: she found the clear bowls, rocks, nameplates, a bolt of burlap, some discarded drapery/silky material and battery tea lites. She brought the plate chargers at the dollar store. She wanted the burlap under the bowls of rocks and table runners out of the silky material. I suggested she go with a square and sort of *puddle* it around the centerpiece. That way each one could be individual yet all alike. The ladies eat first at the meetings so I thought if the *puddle* was too big…then it could just be *pushed* more towards the center piece and out of the way.

…here is what I have…I staged it on my brown kitchen table but the tables at church are white!

I think we did ok.

Ten table settings for $10.00!

Decorating on a Dime! (who remembers that HGTV show?!)

A few particulars:

the chargers are 13  inch round
the burlap was cut 16 inches square -- sorta
the *puddles* were cut 42 inches squares and hemmed on all four sides - final 40 inches square (approx.)

Linking up today with

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WIP Wednesday 9.9.2015

I quilted down my Strip Tube ruler quilt.

I blogged about it here and here.

Pattern info: I used the Strip Tube ruler instructions included in the packaging.

Quilting info: Mozart by Jodi Beamish, one source here.

I also sewed down the binding in preparation for the hand sewing.

I know I've seen this trick/tip before, but I saw it again on one of the Facebook feeds I follow. I simply coiled the binding then propped up my horizontal spindle a little bit


wa-la: this was the nicest and even-est feed of my binding ever!!!

Monday, September 7, 2015

ALYoF: September 2015 Goal

My goal this month is a KISS -- Keep It Simple Stupid!

I recently started a part time job. I will be working anywhere from three to five days a week so I am not sure how many hours I will be able to log in the sewing room. :)

Also while my husband was window cleaning, he unearthed this trio of wall hangings/ table runner. All they need is their binding complete! I first blogged about the trio here.

Amazing how things can get buried amongst my things!

My September 2015 ALYoF's is to complete the binding on this trio. I actually *think* of the trio as one unit. :)

I'm linking up with:

Shanna at Fiber of All Sorts September 2015 Goal Setting Party.

I am #73 on this month's list --- just squeaked my goal in...

Friday, September 4, 2015

Whoop! Whoop! 9.4.2015

My first Whoop! Whoop!:

My laptop is back! It was at the Doctor's getting a clean up and de-looped! I am very happy to have my trusty companion back.  :)

But while she was away…I read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. DS recommended that I read it although not my usual read -- it was interesting.

My second Whoop! Whoop!:

I finished a baby quilt! yay! I'm only 2 weeks and 2 days late…the little one arrived 2 weeks early.

It is the Diagonal Beginner quilt, found here.

Not real sure that I would make this pattern again. It is very similar to the Mock Trip Around the World pattern (found here) that I really sewing.

I quilted it with the Mozart pantograph, found here.

I'm linking up today with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WIP Wednesday 8.26.2015

I've been sewing on my Shout Color Catcher foundations. I have just let the box of multi-colored scraps sit out by Baby.

I was getting tired of the fabrics so I dug into the monochromatic scraps and cut some from the cabinet -- which was less than 9 inches in length to add a little pizazz to the mix.

I'm thinking once have all the foundations covered than I can move on to Scrap Vortex style blocks, here, here and here.

I also quilted down the Diagonal Beginner quilt, found here.

I went with the Zig Zag as DD said she liked that set.  :)

Pattern credit: found here.

Quilting info: Mozart by Jodi Beamish

Monday, August 24, 2015

Design Wall Monday 8.24.2015

My newest quilt is the Strip Pieced Diagonal Beginner Quilt from Reanna Lily Designs, found here.

With a strong diagonal line, I figured I could play around with the layout.

First -- The Diagonal.

Second -- The Zig Zag.

Third -- Trip Around the World

Fourth -- Many Trips Around the World.

The blocks finish at 12 inches so a 4 x 6 set is approximately 48 x 60. My fabric wasn't long enough so I only was able to get 11 sub-cuts out of the strip pieces. (and I mis-cut the first set so I was only able to get 10 blocks…)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Oh Scrap! 8.23.2015

I'm starting to collect a nice pile of the Shout Color Catcher foundation pieced blocks using up more scraps!

Here is the stack of the color catchers that I collected, er, hoarded!  :)

I decided to try and sew 14 a day. Why 14? Well, if I set them vertically, block to block and they are trimmed to 4 1/2 x 91/2 inches…14 x 4 = 48 inches across. Add a border and it will be a generous child throw.  :)

I'm linking up today with

Cynthia's Oh Scrap!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Whoop! Whoop! 8.21.2015

Whoop! Whoop!

I finished the binding on my scrappy String X.

Pattern info: Bonnie Hunter's String X

Panto info: Bubbles from Lorien Quilting

Pattern inspiration: found here.

Note to self: I used Shout Color Catchers as my foundations and trimmed them to 4.5 inch x 9.5 inches. I left the foundations in each quilt block. The black setting triangles are cut 4.75 inches then cut once on the diagonal.

Linking up today with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts


ALYoF August Finish Party

(I was #72 on August's list)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WIP Wednesday…8.19.2015

I quilted down the String X today.

Pattern info: Bonnie Hunter's String X

Panto info: Bubbles from Lorien Quilting

Pattern inspiration: found here.

I used Shout Color Catchers as my foundations and trimmed them to 4.5 inch x 9.5 inches. The black setting triangles are cut 4.75 inches then cut once on the diagonal.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Oh Scrap! X…8.17.2015

It took me all week but I finished my String X quilt to a flimsy!

I first blogged about these blocks here.

The size before quilting is approximately 60 x 72, I took the advice from my blogging friends and made it larger.

Thanks Nancy, Nann and Judy!

Pattern credit: Bonnie Hunter's String X.

Pattern inspiration found here.

I'm linking up today with:

Cynthia's Oh Scrap!


Judy at Patchwork Times

Monday, August 10, 2015

What I'm Working On...

The String X quilt is filling in nicely.

Now the question is:

Do I make more blocks and have it finish at 54 x 72


do I split the blocks up and make two quilts that are 42 x 60?

Either way, I will need to make more of the string x blocks…

Credit where credit is due: Bonnie Hunter's String X 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Oh Scrap! X…8.9.2015

When I found my String X blocks from 2011, I decided to piece a few more and make the quilt my August goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes. I have plenty of scraps and this time, my box is some oldies but goodies that are multi-colored!

So I have a few more pieced and ready for the side triangles.

Today I am linking up with:

Cynthia's Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.

Did you know that Heather at Quilts in the Queue is hosting the 100 Kids for Quilts drive?

Hop on over to Heather's blog to find out the latest. If you pledge a quilt, link up and share then you are entered to win a prize. How great is that? I've participated for a few years and either this scrap quilt or another will be completed and given to a child.

Credit where credit is due: Bonnie Hunter's String X

Friday, August 7, 2015

Whoop! Whoop! 8.7.2015

I finished my crumb table mats!

I added three *special* blocks in the blue (diagonal), green (vertical) and purple (horizontal) mats.

An *I*, *heart* and *U*.

The boys aren't very impressed but maybe DD will be!

I thought it was clever…what can I say? That's about as exciting as I get!


I'm linking up with

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Credit where credit is due:

Crumb chaos block tutorial from my Current Obsessions.

A Lovely Year of Finishes - August 2015

I discovered a few String X blocks the other day.

My August Goal will be to piece more blocks to finish this quilt.

Linking up with

Fiber of All Sorts August Goal Setting Party.

I am #72 on the list this month.

Pattern info: Bonnie Hunter's String X

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

WIP Wednesday 8.5.2015

Baby (my Brother sewing machine) and I are working on straight line quilting of my crumb place mats. I decided to raggy edge appliqué a heart in the center square and add a subliminal message to the place mats.

I'm going to wait and see if any family member notices/comments.

My place mat is the yellow one so I only placed a heart in the center.


One pattern tutorial for the crumb blocks can be found here.

Monday, August 3, 2015

What I'm Working On...

…a little break from the more organized projects to play in the scrap bins!

This is only a small selection of the blocks I have made in the past few days.

I'm thinking about sewing them together and using as place mats but I wonder if 18 x 18 is too big?!

Still thinking it over…

One pattern tutorial for the crumb blocks can be found here.

Linking up today with:

Judy at Patchwork Times: Design Wall Monday


Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework: Oh Scrap!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Whoop! Whoop! 7.31.2015

Here is the top half of the Snowman flimsy.

And this is the whole Snowman flimsy.

Gotta love when the flimsy is bigger than your design wall and the available space!


I'm not exactly sure what will be the backing so after I stay stitch the edges -- it will go into *the to be quilted* pile.

Linking up today with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts


Fiber of All Sorts July 2015 Finishing Party. I was #44 on the July Goal Party List.

Pattern info: Kari Patch Designs' Two's Company.

I made more blocks to bring the quilt to approximately 90 x 90.

On a personal note:

DD and her Mission Team arrived safe and sound in South Africa. She is currently attempting to sleep. :) Saturday will be spent traveling to Krugar Park where the Team will go on a safari! On Sunday, the Team travels to Mbabrane, Swaziland where they will be partnering with Children's Cup for a week of Missionary Work...

Thursday, July 30, 2015

So Fast!

Now all the four patches are complete!

Next, it's time to join the *continents into the world* and the flimsy will be complete.

I just might make it for the July 31, 2015 deadline...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WIP Wednesday 7.29.2015

I realized last Saturday when Fiber of All Sorts posted the ALYoF July 2015 Finishing Party that, I indeed, needed to get busy if I was to join in.

So on Monday afternoon, I cut the A block pieces and sewed them together. Nancy at Wyoming Breezes commented that this pattern goes together quickly and she is right! When I sewed on Tuesday, I finished all but three of the A blocks.

My wall isn't big enough to have all the blocks on it -- so here are the two extra rows blocks.

I was short only because I had mis-counted how many I needed!

Been there, done that!

Between errands and what-not, I was able to cut and prep half of the B blocks.

This is going to be ONE.BRIGHT.QUILT!

Great for those cloudy winter Sconnie Days!


Monday, July 27, 2015

What I'm Working On…7/27/2105

…I finished sewing my Strip Tube quilt together and sure enough, I pulled the bias edges out of whack.


I decided to sew my inner/ outer border together and treat them as one unit. I measured down the middle of the quit and cut the borders that size then sewed it together to *fit*.

I hope it quilts out…*grin*

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday's Sewing 7.25.2015

…and a little from Friday, too!

About three years ago, I brought the Strip Tube Ruler while at the Madison (Wisconsin) Quilt Expo.

I was intrigued by the technique and the resulting blocks.

Fast forward to May 2015, Terri at Ben Franklin Crafts demonstrated the Strip Tube Ruler at Quilt Club. I was once again, intrigued.

So I dug out the ruler and found a pattern I liked on Pinterest -- sorry no link back as it was uploaded by the Pinterest Board User --- and set to work on it.

Here is what I have so far.

The black is a little short so I need to make another tube set to get the three remaining blocks blocks. I'm really liking it but all the edges are bias. Hope I don't pull *it* all out of shape as I sew it together!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Whoop! Whoop! 7.24.2015

I added a little more background and sashings to my next galaxy quilt!

Whoop! Whoop!

A bonus for me --- all fabric from the stash! This flimsy will go into a bag with the other star fabric to be quilted at some time in the future.  :)

Pattern inspiration: Keep It Simple by Jodi Robinson (you'll need to scroll to the end of the linked post).

Linking up with:

Sarah at  Confessions of a Fabric Addict 


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Monday, July 20, 2015

On My Design Wall…7.20.2015

I cut my star strips into 3.5 inch squares and attempted to mix them up.

Pattern inspiration: Keep It Simple by Jodi Robinson (you'll need to scroll to the end of the linked post).

Friday, July 17, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015