Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Path of Least Resistance

Toward the end of last month
 my little sister came for a visit.

It was going to be her
 birthday so I quickly
 made a couple of 

pillows for her, along with a 
couple more for her
sofa using
 Tula Pink Octopus fabric. (not shown)
We grew up at the beach, 
so she decided
to decorate her new home 
with a beachy feel. 
 I also put this quilt on the bed 
in the guest room         
for her... and let her take it 
home with her
she left.

I love this quilt and especially the quilting on it.

Fortunately, I have more of the Going Coastal fabric
that I stashed away... so I am able to make 
another Round and Round Quilt for myself to keep.
But the pattern I used for the pillows
 has been on my to-do list
for quite a while! 

I jumped on the band wagon for the 
Sewing a Village quilt along 
on Instagram.
It is a great way to use your left over fabrics!
I only have one roof made...
but it's coming together!

This was my original pick for the fabrics
to put in my Village.
I guess
that I am going for a Spring colored quilt!
It seems that I happen to have a lot of
choices to pull from for that theme!

And just because I find it hard to resist...

I joined another Instagram sew along.

It's a Jelly Roll rug sew along. The
ones I have seen are all turning out so
cute! But let me tell you.. it was so hard to 
open up this jelly roll!
It's by Cluck Cluck Sew... and the fabrics are adorable, 
so of course I have been hoarding it.
It's time for it to be used... that's what I keep telling myself!

I can't wait to see the rug come together.
Last weekend was interrupted by the
Super Bowl, but I think I will find time this weekend.

I also couldn't resist a couple of layer cakes...

Mamas Cottage is by April Rosenthal
and  Flower Mill by Corriander Quilts.
I really needed Flower Mill... because I know
I am going to want Corey's next line of fabric coming out soon.

I seem to have big plans for a short month!

How about you?

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Bundle of Fabric... and the Next Thing You Know...

I just loved opening this little bundle of 
mixed fat quarters!

I was on a mission to 
make a baby quilt for 
my soon-to-arrive
grand daughter.

I had these photos
ready to go last week...

So I could share my progress...

The binding is on and it has now been gifted...
but the final photo is on my Instagram page.

I will have to share it next time!

                                      In the meantime, the kit for Eldon arrived.
                       This will be the Opportunity Raffle Quilt for my guild. The 
                             next step will be making kits for each of the
                                   blocks and handing them out to   
                                         wonderful helpers... who agreed to this even after 
                                         I warned them that those are 1 inch strips...
                                                          and there is Y seams! 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Starting the New Year Running

Happily I have recovered from that nasty cold/flu
thing that had been getting people!

I found my way back into my sewing room after
putting away holiday decorations...
which also led to cleaning out the garage!

I belong to the Bees Knees Quilting Bee...
and right at Christmas I got my last block 
returned to me for me project!
So, of course I was anxious to put the quilt top 

Now it's my first finish for 2018!!!

And while I was at it...

this was another Bees Knees project from the year before.

It needed a whole extra row added... so I decided to 
get this one done too!

It was a quilt that I saw on Red Pepper Quilts
and used her pattern for my "group quilt".

I love seeing what she makes... it's always some
scrappy goodness! 

There is a funny story related to this project.
I had been working on around the holidays.

I was part of the Cake Mix Sew Along with Fat Quarter Shop.
(this is a great book by the way).
I got my paper tablet for my project and the fabrics...
and started in on my mission.
But much later I realized that 
they had never sent me the book...
and THEN I realized that
they sent me the wrong tablet of "cake mix" papers for the
project I was working on! 

These things happen!

So I quickly bought another Cake Mix tablet... and some batik 
fabrics and started over.
But with my deadline approaching...
I was getting nervous.
There were a couple more snafooz...

But all is well that ends well, right?! This was ready to go 
mid November.
Now I am back to making my original plan 
for the Cake Mix Book!

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Making Up for Lost Time/Goodbye 2017

This year wasn't a big blogging year for me
but I usually can be found on Instagram.

I have missed blogging here and will be making it
a priority this year!

I have a #@$%@ load of photos to share...
so if you have a few minutes grab a cup of coffee
and enjoy!

This quilt is one of my favorites for the year.
I was a part of the Stitched by Art Gallery Fabrics
This pattern was Filigree... and I put my own little spin on it.
I really love AGF fabrics. They have such a nice feel to them.

I made a couple of quilts for the Fat Quarter Shop Classics and Vintage
quilt along.

This Jaccobs Ladder was a fun pattern... and it's a free one

This is another of the FQS fun quilt along patterns!
I used my never ending supply of Pam Kitty Morning fabrics!

This is another free pattern by FQS.
I finally got to use me bicycle fabric
as a border!

This one was my least favorite. I liked all the fabrics individually
but I think that the beigey-pink fabric just washes it all out! 
I might re approach this one. 

I also went into a Lella Boutique binge...
the top one is Chandelier from the Charm School book
and the one below is Kith and Kin from
Lella Boutique using her fabrics!

This one was another Lella Boutique quilt.
Her patterns are so fun to make!

I was a part of the Table Runner book blog hop with

Sheri Falls. I made up a couple of 
cute table runners from the book!

It is a great book! This one above
 would be so cute in Valentine's Day fabrics too!

I asked a few friends to help me make this cute little 
Dachshund quilt as a gift for a sick friend. It was quilted and bound
for her by the time she returned home from the hospital. 

The sad part of the story is that her own Dachshund  
actually passed away before she got home. .. how heartbreaking is that?

I finally made a couple of little projects from Temecula Quilt Co.
in time for Independence Day decor!

I had these tops done (top and bottom photos) last
year but I got them quilted and bound this year!
I love them both so much! 

The quilt pictured above is Hyde Park and it's a sample
that I got to make for the FQS... using 
A Quilting Live fabrics! The kit is available now on the FQS
website. These blocks are.. I think... 16", so they make up 
fast... and large!

I made a Norway quilt from the Me and My Sister Christmas fabric line.
I know it's going to be amazing once my quilter gets done with it!

This was a fun little sewing project... inspired by
Thelma at Cupcakes n Daisies.
And I'm not sure which came first... but we both
worked on a Fallville
quilt using the Thimble Blossoms
pattern, Summerville.

Now I need a Spring and Christmas version of the pattern too!

This was a fun batik quilt... I used the 
Cake Mix Recipe Book #1 and the Cake Mix recipe sheets
 by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. 
 The book includes several options like this one

This is a little Christmas pillow... minus the pillow form
that I made... along with a couple other pillows and I even made a 
sling purse this year!

But my very most favorite is this quilt...

 Remember the AP&Q Sew Along... well, I never did it but
a couple years later...last summer there was a sew along... so I 
jumped in on it!

okay, and this one!

This was another sew along... by Sew Lux (if I remember right)

So, to sum it up... I had a busy year of quilt making, even if 
I wasn't good about blogging. 
I get a little overwhelmed with life and found that it was a little bit
hard to blog. My friend that was in the hospital... I helped out
with the business end of things
in her quilt shop
 for 5 months along with my 
full time job...
so you see what I mean. 

This year...

I hope to work on some projects
 that I keep 
putting off 
but mostly I 
will focus on sewing my stash!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Cake Mix Sew Along

This is week 3 of the Cake Mix Quilt Book Volume One Sew Along!

I am excited to share my project that I have been working on...
It's Fondant!

I paired a stack of 10" squares of batik fabrics and a layer cake of my background fabric and 
pinned my pre-lined paper... stepped over to my sewing machine and 
 started sewing!

These blocks came together pretty quickly... and the papers were a very helpful 
guide in the construction!

I loved how the book had the "visual aides"  aka patterns... 16 in all...

to show me the options of  the Cake Mix Recipe Cards. It's a great how-to book for using the Cake Mix Recipes by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company.

I enjoyed watching the videos by the Fat Quarter Shop... and picked up a few tips too!

I already have me next project sewn,
 cut and ready to go!

This will be the cover quilt pattern from the book!

Be sure to check out the last couple of weeks in the Cake Recipe Sew Along with 
featuring quilts from the It's So Emma Book...

You are here:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November is Harvest Time

 I thought it was a good time for 
a book review today!

Have you seen this one?


This new book by Kathy Schmidt was released in
September... by Martingale Publishers
 and it's the perfect project book for fall.

It has a dozen plus embroidery projects in it... 
and they all embrace Autumn in all of its
lovely color and textures!

Here are a few I picked to share with you...

This wall hanging is so pretty with all the leaves and acorns.

Image result for Stitches from the Harvest - Hand Embroidery Inspired by Autumn By Kathy Schmitz

*all photos are from Brent Kane for Martingale Publishers*

This squirrel has got to be the most adorable one
I have ever seen!

I always love a new seasonal dish towel...
do you not love the knife that the squirrel is on
or the spoon for the birdie? 

This is a super cute whimsical wearable project.

Image result for Stitches from the Harvest - Hand Embroidery Inspired by Autumn By Kathy Schmitz

Kathy creates beautiful stitcheries... and even though
I am not much of an "embroiderer" I love that her 
projects are not overly complicated and her directions
make it simple for a beginner.

I hope you get a chance to look at or, even better, 
 order a copy of this book.

It will
inspire you!