Saturday, April 18, 2015

FNSI & Gifts

 Sorry, I have been MIA lately busy with some mom duties and have not got much sewing in. I pieced the little tea kettle for the Snapshots Quilt Along and hope to make the dog in the basket this week. I am making mini quilts with the blocks, so I will add a white border and quilt this one up ASAP.
 Since I seem to have lost my sewing mojo, I signed up for last night's Friday Night Sew In (FNSI) and got myself back into my sewing room. I met Lindsey for a Friday afternoon happy hour where we enjoyed white peach sangria and appetizers. Then, we brought dinner home to our hubbies which meant  I made it into me sewing room by 6pm. I machine quilted the fabrics for these Coffee Koozies. Here is the link to the free pattern 
I made a bunch of these for Christmas presents, but for this batch I did not piece them just using 4.5 x 12.5 inch fabric pieces.
 These are gifts for Secretary's Day which is on Wednesday, 4/22. I just dug into my scrap bins for cheerful spring fabrics. The coffee cups are the reusable ones that Starbucks sells for $1.
I made 7 of them between last night and this afternoon.
 I hit the after Easter sale at Target and got chocolates at 75% off and filled the cups to the brim. I spent about $2 each on these sweet little gifts. I always try to be generous with the secretaries and custodians at the schools I work at because they are really who run the schools. A little kindness with them goes a very long way!
I am nearly done with the second side of my Journey of a Quilter and have the third side all traced and ready for the hand quilting. I will spend some of Sunday with this for Slow Sunday Stitching

I have some other projects I need to work on, but they are secret sewing and cannot be shared, but I will share it as soon as I can!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Zany ZebraZ Quilt Finish & FNwF

 Well I am back to work tomorrow and I managed to finish both of the quilts I started this Spring Break. I finished up the Zany ZebraZ Baby Quilt. This was a free tutorial from Lorna over here
 I had planned on quilting this zebra stripe style, but when I did a practice piece I was not that in love with it. So, I just straight machine quilted it every 1/2 inch vertically on my Pfaff with my walking foot. It actually went pretty quickly. For Friday Night with Friends (FNwF), I put the binding on it. See what everyone accomplished here
 This morning, I added French knot eyes and nostrils on every zebra. The nostrils show up fairly well, but the eyes kind of blend in. I used black perle cotton #8. After washing, this quilt measures 36 x 46 inches. I made an extra zebra block and turned it into my label.
 I think the zebra print backing is perfect. It was tough getting pictures because it is really windy here today, but the sunshine made it pleasant outside anyway.
I have one side of the border quilting on my Journey of a Quilter BOM done and traced the quilting design on one more side. I need to finish this up because I have a big blank wall in my sewing room waiting for this to be finished and hung. I will work on more of this for Slow Sunday Stitching this evening. Check out what everyone else is up to here

Friday, April 3, 2015

Tulip Patch Quilt Finish

Good news! I finished the Tulip Patch Quilt Thursday--not bad since I started it cutting and piecing it on Sunday. I am amazed at how much sewing I can get done when I am not working. :0) It was so windy yesterday, I could not take pictures of it after I washed it. I was out in my pajamas this morning getting pictures before the wind kicks up. This quilt is for my friend, Kelly, who had a brain tumor removed Wednesday. She won't be out of the hospital until next week, but I was thinking this would be perfect for her treatments and recovery.
I quilted it horizontally every two inches using a wavy stitch. I tried quilting it closer together a few lines, but did not really like how it looked--so after some ripping I was happy.
 I bought this backing at the end of last summer for $5 a yard and it is perfect with the green binding. I did completely machine bind it since it will be washed often.
 As I made the 30 tulips for the the front, I also made a couple of extra to use on the label.
It says, "Kelly, Quilty hugs! Heart symbol, Tanya Spring '15.
The design for this quilt can be found in Quilty Fun by Lori Holt. I made my borders larger and after washing it is about 54 x 64 inches.
I am very excited because her new book Farm Girl Vintage is now available from Fat Quarter Shop and I have a gift certificate which will make it nearly free!
A six month long quilt along begins on May 1,
I know how I will be spending my Friday nights!

Today, I am quilting my Zany ZebraZ and plan on quilting this evening for Friday Night With Friends (FNwF). Sign ups are here 
Lindsey and I are having a quilting day tomorrow, but I plan on working on a little secret sewing which means I can't share for awhile

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tulip Patch Top

The wind this afternoon was not my friend! It took forever to hang my Tulip Patch Top on the garden fence and then the wind would never stop blowing, so the picture is not too great. Spring equals wind in Colorado, but I think this quilt screams spring and happy!

This is a design from Lori Holt found in her book Quilty Fun. I made it a little bigger with the green border. The green border is actually the only fabric I bought, everything else came from my stash or my mom's stash. :0)

Now, I have to decide how to quilt this beauty. It measures about 60 x 70 inches, so I could do it on my Pfaff with the wavy stitch I love or I could wait until my mom arrives back in town on Saturday and go use her long arm machine on Sunday. Frankly, I am less intimidated by quilting it on my Pfaff. I do want it pretty heavily quilted since it is going to be washed a lot as my friend goes through chemo and radiation treatments. I also want to get it done quickly, so I can get it to Kelly as soon as possible. I guess it is time to go set up my big tables for pinning!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring Break 2015

My Spring Break 2015 officially began on Friday afternoon, the same day that Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts posted her tutorial for her Zany ZebraZ Quilt Block Tutorial I have been really wanting to make one since I had such a great time making her Elephant Parade. 
This is the first zebra I made and is going to be my label. I contemplated using a light grey background as Lorna did, but I found this turquoise at a discount fabric store and thought it would really make the white with black fabrics really pop. The same store has a big zebra print fabric that I am going to buy tomorrow for the backing and binding. I am going to embroider the eyes and nostrils on the zebras with perle cotton and French knots.
 Doesn't Lorna's look adorable! Mine does not have the little birdie, but I still love it! I am thinking of quilting mine with wavy zebra like stripes horizontally, but just may have to play around and see if I can discover any interesting stitches on my Pfaff.
 Here is my March BOM from Buttermilk Basin I still need to add the bee and the flower along with some more detailed embroidery and I plan on working on it this evening for Slow Sunday Stitching. Be inspired by other handwork here
One of my school's secretaries and friend was just diagnosed with a recurring brain tumor--she had the same thing 10 years ago. She will be off work for the rest of the school year and a bunch of the summer for treatment and recovery. Meals are being organized, but I am a quilter which means I would like to make her a quilt. I considered just quilting up one of my Medallion Logic Cabin tops, but I decided I want to make her something a little more special---Lori Holt's Tulip Patch Quilt. If this isn't cheerful, I don't know what is!
After my Zany ZebraZ Baby Quilt was sewn together this morning, I started digging in my stash for cheery fabrics for the patches and tulips. I pretty much had everything I need on hand including a backing. I did run down to Joann's looking for a Kona green for the leaves and stems, but they did not have anything--I bought a new cutting board though. Of course since it Sunday, nothing else is open. However, I ran over to my Mom's house and found a perfect green in her stash. Thanks Mom! Since I was in town anyway, I stopped by the grocery store and grabbed steaks, corn, and a Caesar salad bag which means hubby can grill dinner while I sew! Many people left town for our Spring Break, but the weather here is gorgeous--sunny, in the high 70's, so I think a Stay-cation with a funny book and sewing projects is the perfect way for me to relax! Hopefully, I will get some projects done quickly.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

March FNSI

 I confess--I did not do much sewing for Friday Night Sew In! I managed to trace and cut out the wool for the March Buttermilk Basin Mystery BOM more info can be found here
I did make some delicious blondies to nibble on last night, but then I spent an hour reading my book in a luxurious bubble bath. 
Check out what others actually accomplished here
I will stitch up this block tomorrow for Slow Sunday Stitching
 This is the January block I made this week
 and the February block too. Now, I am all caught up and enjoying these small wool blocks.
 Today despite it being gorgeous outside I did spend a little time in my sewing room. I made the last two blocks for the Charm Square Sampler Quilt Along.
 Here is the info about that I think we have two blocks left and mine will a tablecloth for my kitchen table.
My winning streak continued this week as I won Connie's giveaway. I join her linking party every Tuesday This happy charm pack arrived in today's mail! Thank you Connie!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Elephant Parade Finish & H2H

 My Elephant Parade is finished! The white backgrounds don't seem to match exactly--somehow another plain white got mixed in with the Kona white I was using, but you can really only tell in the bright sunlight.
 I made my elephants scrappy using all my small stash of gray fabrics. I quilted it horizontally about every 1.25 inches using my wavy stitch on my Pfaff. It has been washed, so it got very crinkly because of the cotton batting and its finished size is 43.5 x 50 inches.
 Here is the froggy and
 one of the birds. I just used a close zigzag stitch for the eyes.
 My turtle has the perfect shell--a green with squares on it. I thought I used the last of it, but I found an eighth more in my green tub and then used it as the leaves on the flowers. Lorna's Elephant Parade Quilt was made with all solids, but I mixed in some prints for mine.
 The tulip in turquoise with a sweet baby elephant next to it--precious!
 Here is one of the proud mama elephants.
I have so enjoyed participating in the Elephant Parade Quilt Along! I was so excited when the flower blocks posted on Sunday. I whipped up my flower blocks immediately, pieced the whole quilt, pin basted it, and quilted it. I chose to use a wavy quilt stitch with my walking foot on my Pfaff just like the sample quilt. I also attached the binding and then spent a few evenings this week hand sewing the binding and hanger down. My hubby thinks I should embroider tails on the elephants with it look like they are being held in the trunks...What do you think?
The backing was purchased at my LQS from the sale bin and was $4.50 a yard. 
I just pieced the back with the same fabric instead of using an accent stripe because I had plenty of it. I did add a simple label prior to quilting.

I work at three elementary schools and there are usually a few babies born each school year, so I just make baby quilts whenever I see a design I like knowing it will be gifted eventually. Here is the link for info on the Elephant Parade and this free pattern 
Lorna is also working on a ZebraZ Quilt pattern and I am already collecting black and white prints for it. I have no idea who will be the recipient of this adorable quilt, but I will add it into my completed baby quilts and wait until it is the right match.
I am a WINNER, WINNER chicken dinner!!!
This week I received this Color Theory charm pack and mini jelly roll I won from Kansas Troubles Quilters' blog! 
I am looking forward to working with these cheery spring fabrics soon.
Late to the "Mystery" BOM Party! I usually do not participate in Mystery quilts--the one I made probably 15 years ago was a disappointment. Quilts are expensive and time consuming, so it is kind of risky to make something you are not sure how it is going to turn out. But, I bit the bullet and joined the "Mystery" BOM Quilt from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio. There are several reasons I decided to join:
1. it is free--this is huge!
2. it is made with wool felt and I am missing working with wool felt
3. I can make it from fabrics and wools I have on hand--anytime I can make something from my stash count me in.
There will be 11 designs posted on the 15th of each month. The pineapple block was from January and the flower pot was from February. The blocks are made on 6 x 10 inch pieces so far, so I don't think it is going to be a very big quilt. They are showing darker browns for the backgrounds, but I don't really have that many pieces in my stash--I have decided to use light browns/tans for my backgrounds as I have plenty on them. You can find more information about these designs here

I will be working on these blocks and the new one that will post today and of course my Journey of a Quilter for Slow Sunday Stitching

Today is the first day of sign-ups for the Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2015. Here is the link
I already have this quilt made for Happy Chemo and will be finishing one of the Rainbow Medallion tops as well.

The new Snapshots block with the tea kettle is posted and I need to catch up on my Charm Square Sampler blocks--I have plenty to work on. What about you?