Sunday, June 10, 2018

Spelling Bee Top

It is my summer vacation and despite the fact that I am still coughing and sniffling, I spent some quality time in my sewing room since my daughter went back to college on Wednesday. I have been diligently sewing along with the Spelling Bee Sew Along. I realized the only two blocks I was missing were the telephone and the typewriter, so I made them up. I had already worked ahead on the punctuation blocks.
 I went retro mint green with the telephone.
The typewriter has so many tiny pieces!
Here is another picture I snapped of all the blocks together this morning. It is windy and hot here, so my pictures did not come out great. I used a teal polka dot from my stash for the borders. I bought 10 yards of it from Connecting Threads for $2 a yard years ago. I may end up using it for the backing as well. I need to add all of my embroidery details--I prefer to embroider in the larger quilt instead of the individual blocks. I think I will have this one quilted with a simple overall design, so the focus stays on the blocks.
Since it is Sunday, I woke up and watched the French Open final and worked on binding this quilt for my friend and my Slow Sunday Stitching:
Her long arm quilting machine has arrived and is scheduled to be assembled this week! I anticipate some more bindings coming my way and some of my quilts going her way for quilting. I need to prep some backings, so I am ready!


Friday, June 1, 2018

Kona Kaleidoscope Stars Top

 My summer vacation began a week ago, but I was sick in bed for the entire week! This always happens to me--I can never get deathly ill during the school year--it is always during my vacations. I have loads of sick days banked--like half a school year's worth, but instead my body burns up my summer vacation literally. I had a cough, fever, aches, and chills--paid $60 to go to urgent care to be told I have a "virus" and keep doing what I was doing already staying in bed, guzzling water, and popping ibuprofen like candy. Of course this happens when my daughter is home from college and we could be doing fun stuff--walking our dogs, cooking together, going to the hot springs, etc. She has less than a week left and we need to make up for lost time!
I sewed all of my Kona Kaleidoscope Star blocks together before I got sick. I added an outer white border yesterday and snapped a couple of pictures. Right now, it is 60 inches square and I am not sure if I will add another border or call it good...This is a free pattern you can find here:

I have some secret sewing I have worked on the last couple of days--I got everything cut and the blocks sewn--it is a Shortcut Quilt. I have lots of left over fabrics and will probably make another quilt out them. This sewing is for the Fat Quarter Shop and will be revealed on June 15th.
My June OMG (One Monthly Goal) is to finish up my Postcard from Sweden top--it needs to be quilted and bound. I already have my label embroidered and the backing and binding purchased.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along Month 5

 Happy May 25th--these are the Clementine Blocks for month 5. You can find the pattern here:
Don't forget this quilt along benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
This week I received these fabulous fabrics for some more secret sewing for the Fat Quarter Shop--stay tuned to see what they will turn into...

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Royal Wedding 2018

Image result for meghan and harry's wedding

So I make a big deal out of royal weddings--I think it stems back to my own childhood when I watched Princess Diana marry Prince Charles. When Kate and William got married back in 2011. it was during the week, so my daughter and I took the day off school to watch it live. We made scones, drank tea, wore crowns, and celebrated a real fairy tale. We did the same thing yesterday for Meghan and Harry's wedding. Although, I am not really a morning person, I had no problem jumping out of bed at 4:30am to witness their nuptials live!
 We cheated a little using this mix from Walmart for our chocolate chip scones. I am going to keep this on hand at all times--because it was so easy and delicious!
They came out perfectly and were AMAZING!
We loved her dress and the ceremony was quite charming and less formal which we really enjoyed! I worked on binding this baby quilt for my friend, Rachel, while we watched. I got it half finished and should finish it today for Slow Sunday Stitching:
After the ceremony and running some errands, I worked on my Clementine Blocks for month 5. They are done and will be posted here on the 25th when I am allowed to reveal them. #clementinequiltalong #stjude

This week I also got to order some fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop for a secret sewing project for them--another fabulous quilt along. It should arrive tomorrow--it will be a fun and adorable project to start for the beginning of my summer vacation because my last day of work is Thursday!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother's Day 2018

 I got the best Mother's Day present--my daughter made it home for a visit from college before she starts her summer research position! We have had a great day--breakfast burritos at our favorite taco shop, a Target run, a stop by my mom's, and we are going to the drive in tonight to see "I Feel Pretty" in her convertible Mustang. We also spent some time in my sewing room watching trash TV while I made these punctuation blocks for my Spelling Bee Quilt.
I made these picture blocks yesterday and used the magenta color in honor of my new Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2.
 I also made this throw pillow for a retiring friend out of some of his mother's old shirts.
I used the stretchy shirts for the envelope backing. I also whipped up three more pencil pouches for a few new fifth graders. We are starting our last full week of school tomorrow and I am definitely ready for summer and of course the royal wedding on Saturday!

Happy Mother's Day and have a great week!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

May is Underway

I have had a pretty productive sewing week! I finished piecing 55 of these blocks--I only need 49 of them for the quilt, but I may end up using some of the extra blocks on the backing...I finished binding the queen sized quilt I was commissioned to bind--it helped having Friday off!
 I made the Home Block for Spelling Bee Sew Along today--I am all caught up with those blocks! I am looking forward to putting this on all together soon. #summersewing
We have a bus driver that is retiring at the end of this school year--he is 85! He is "Bob the Bus Driver" and I think he needs a school bus quilt. I pieced together a large school bus block using Lori Holt's pattern and I think I am going to use her Spelling Bee book to make letters that say "Bob the Bus Driver." I think I will have his kids sign the quilt--stay tuned to see what I come up with! Our last day of school is May 23, so I need to put a rush on this one. This will be my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for May

I also need to make a pillow with some shirts from my friend's mom who passed away. I think I will embroider a quote and use the shirts to frame it and for the back.

What are you up to this week?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

April DrEAMi & OMG

Despite my machine dying this month, I still managed to have a Drop Everything and Make It (DrEAMi) project. My School of Fish Baby Quilt was started in April and delivered to the proud grandma before the month was over--definitely obsessed with it!

The School of Fish Baby Quilt is about 55 inches square and is a free tutorial you can find here:

Check out other DrEAMi projects here:
 My April One Monthly Goal (OMG) was to make these pencil zip pouches for all of my fifth graders as end of the year gifts.
 I spent all day Saturday cranking them out! It was a good chance to get used to my new sewing machine--the automatic presser foot lift and thread cutter made it so much easier. Those are definitely luxury features I am thrilled my new machine has!
Today for Slow Sunday Stitching, I need to finish embroidering this label.
I also picked up the queen sized quilt to bind, so I need to attach that and get it started. I want to spend some time piecing on the new machine, so I am off to my sewing room to play!