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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Problem Has Been Uncovered

I love Dresden quilts.

Every variety of them!

They are so versatile 
and they can be  a great way to use scraps too.

But I seem to have uncovered a problem...

I have a few Dresden quilts started!

This is a problem I need to fix!

I even bought not one 
but two
of these kits!
(fortunately I was able to work out a deal and my LAQ has one of them now)

but... do you know what I started just a couple weeks ago?!?

I am putting myself on lock down for the month of August!

These have got to get done!


well, not the Jen Kingwell! lol

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Week Ends... and The Weekend

Well, I couldn't help myself and I started a project out of the Amy Ellis book 
I blogged about a couple weeks ago. It's called Modern Heritage.

I love this book and have a few picked out to make.
This one is first!

You can see photos of the quilt and the book here.on my previous post.

I am pretty excited about it... and I used my low volume stash as well as my
"left over" scraps of Zen Chic!

I cut out my tote bag..  although I am still trying to decide if
this is my favorite pairing of fabrics.

I have a little something in mind for the new-soon-to-be-released 
Fig Tree fabrics... so I cut into my layer cake before I 
either forgot or would change my mind!

I also got happy mail this week from the cousin I was planning on
visiting in Portland... she went on a little local shop hop and gathered up
license plates for me! 
She is so sweet!!!

what to do with them?!?
Have you collected any of these from last year or this year???

Aside from the sewing...
it's the time of year again here in our area...

This started yesterday and fortunately was pretty much under control by
night fall. That ridge is where one of my son's live... and they 
did a precautionary evacuation but returned home today.

Our poor trees... the drought, the bark beetle infestation... and fire.
It is really changing the landscape.

Have a happy weekend!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Home Again and Happy Home

Paper Route (pattern is called Summerville) is already home from the LAQ! 
I love how it turned out!
I guess I need to get a binding ready!

Last week my focus was on this quilt...

But mid-week the hubby was feeling better so we took a few days to get away
and go see #1 son.
It was a nice visit... but just not long enough!

I am always a mess leaving Chico.
My other sons have lived there in the past also...
and it doesn't matter... 
I am always traumatized to leave
 (hopefully non of them have been witness to this...
 it's just my mental state driving back home)

So don't tell them! It will be our secret!

Saturday I was back in the sewing room...
playing with the blocks I had started.

 And before I knew it...

it was finished!

Vintage by Cluck Cluck Sew was such a fun pattern... and so darn quick too!

The fabric group is by Sweet Caroline for Art Gallery Fabrics.
It's called Happy Home!

So, now, I think I will make a new summer purse.
I have been so reluctant to use the Noodlehead pattern I bought 
a few years ago... I really liked the one the Mary on Lake Pulaski made

so, now I'm just going to do it!
The big problem is deciding on my fabrics!
I have pulled out about a half dozen color combos...

I will just have to make all of them! 

(photo borrowed from Pink Chalk Fabrics)

They do look good in a group don't they?

Friday, July 8, 2016

Alternate Plans

It seems like I have been chasing my tail all week!

I was suppose to start a vacation... so the first of the week, following the holiday,
I was busy trying to get things in order.

My vacation plans were to take a road trip with the hubby
up to the Pacific Northwest.

We were to have left yesterday...
(coincidentally, the Quilt Show in Sisters Oregon 
just happens to be starting this weekend) 
Lucky break!

The day before yesterday the hubby had to be taken to the doctors.

The man has pneumonia!
I had just been telling all my friends... how excited I was about this trip.
It is the first vacation time in 6 years that would not involve taking care of someone 
who is either sick and or in the hospital.
That's where things went wrong I guess!

How do you get pneumonia in the Summer anyway?

Sooo, here I remain. 
I even went back to work.

My window of opportunity has come and gone.

The good news is that the hubs is starting to feel better
after being pumped with antibiotics.

He always bounces back!
It might not be a very high bounce... 
 we set the bar kinda low for him! ha

I thought I would share some eye candy with you.

I finished my Summerville quilt by Thimble Blossoms!
 I'm calling it Paper Route.

This was a very fun pattern to make... and it was fast! I can see doing it again,
 in holiday colors maybe???

I'm not sure what my new plans are for the weekend... but
I'm sure I will have a new project to get started on!

I'll miss you Portland! See you another time!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Winner Announcement and A Recap of the Month

It's time to announce the winner!
It was a fun celebration for the Fat Quarter Shop's 13th birthday!
I was happy to see that you all love FQS as much as I do!
I am also happy to announce that 
Sherry is the winner of the fabric bundle giveaway!

Congratulations Sherry!!!

I thought I would do a recap of the things I finished up on during the month of June.

The quilt above, a Cotton Way pattern,
 still might possibly get a border on it... 
I have fabric ordered, so we will see. I used Little Ruby fabric which is a sweet
line with little prints that were so cute! 
The pattern called for fat eights but I actually used a layer cake to make it since it was 
a scrappy quilt. 

I slipped in a little pincushion!

And I finished my Strawberry Fields Revisited Frivol quilt!

I made a happy birthday pillow using Lori Holt's pattern!
In honor of the Farm Girl Vintage 1st year birthday!

I also was able to dig this one out of the stack and get the blocks sewn together!
I used fabrics from my stash for this one... but I would love to make it again... and even 
larger the next time
... hmmm, maybe my bundle of Fig Tree Sherbet solids would be fun!

This one using Alpine fabric  was quilted... but I can't seem to find a
photo of it bound  It was a wedding gift and I know I got that last stitch in
just before the 6/4 wedding day!

This was another quilt pattern that I was able to make a layer cake work in.
I was even able to make that thin inner border and a scrappy binding out of the same layer cake!

I have a feeling that July is going to slip by me...
but hopefully I will have some fun finishes this month too!