Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sewing Room Organization Continues


My Moda Sample Block Shuffle was finished last weekend, but I was not able to get outdoor photos until this morning. It measures 39.5 x 47 inches. I had thought about using it for a baby gift, but it fits into my new color scheme in my sewing room--I am keeping it.
 Here is an up close view of the crosshatch quilting. I quilted on the diagonals at 1.5 inches apart.
Here is the backing with a strip of Bonnie and Camille fabric to make it wide enough.
I am trying to be better about labeling!
 My daughter and I trekked to Hobby Lobby yesterday. I had been looking at some things online and wanted to check them out in person and save on shipping. I picked up this 20 x 20 inch frame with chicken wire to replace my bulky bulletin board (it was a hand me down) and I got tiny aqua clothespins to hang things on it. It was half price, so down to $17.50. I just have to get the other one unscrewed and this one up. It goes well with the aqua and black color scheme.
They also had this three-tiered galvanized serving tray. I have been trying to find one at a thrift store for several years and have had no luck--finding this half priced at Hobby Lobby for $20 seemed reasonable. I am using it on my cutting table to be more organized. I love the little chicken pin cushion peaking out the top.
 This was also a half priced buy at Hobby Lobby--$15. I am not sure where it is going to live. I was not sure about this piece, but my daughter reminded me that it would fit on a windowsill in my sewing room--we have 10 inch thick walls and very wide windowsills. Sold! I still have some things that need to be done in my sewing room--my thread racks relocated, the bulletin board removed and replaced, storage containers for my ironing station, and a portable design board. It will all get done eventually, but I am already thrilled with the changes.
In the meantime, I made some Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. This month's color is purple and I have a few more purple blocks all ready to sew together.
For Slow Sunday Stitching, I need to add the rest of the details to my snowman and get this ready for hand quilting and buttons. Cozy hand quilting on the couch with the family and football is the perfect way to spend the afternoon and evening. Check out everyone else's slow stitching here:



Sunday, January 8, 2017

First Finishes of 2017 & FNwF


 My first finish of 2017 came from the UFO pile! My sister sent my mom and I blocks using the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle patterns and Bonnie and Camille's Hello Darling fabrics starting in January of 2016. The blocks were fun to make and finished at six inches--I have had the blocks done for a long time. In the fall, I had picked up the aqua dot fabric from Joann's on the clearance for $3.50 a yard. I came across everything when I was reorganizing my sewing room this last week, so I decided to put my extra day off on Friday--an unexpected snow day--to work on finishing this up.
 I got it all pieced on Friday and then spent Friday Night with Friends (FNwF) marking it for quilting.  My cross hatch quilting is at a 45 degree angle and about 1.5 inches apart on both diagonals. This is pretty easy to quilt this design with the help of a walking foot and pencil. I used a number 2 mechanical pencil and my big ruler to mark the quilt.

You can find out what everyone else worked on Friday night here:
I got it pinned and all quilted up yesterday. I trimmed it and attached the binding last night.
Here is the backing--the red and pink--it was also a Joann clearance fabric for $3.50 a yard. I added a B&C strip of fabric to make it wide enough. I spent most of today stitching the binding down for Slow Sunday Stitching:

I will get better pictures, but it was already dark when I got it out of the dryer a little while ago. My sister wanted to know what I am going to do with it--it has shrank enough to fit in a space in my sewing room and coordinates with my new color scheme-- it will be MINE!
Speaking of my color scheme, my handy hubby finished painting my ironing station cabinet (this was an old cabinet from the garage that was here when we moved in) and delivered it to my sewing room today. The aqua is the cabinet--he used Behr paint from Home Depot called "Rainwater" and the black and white is 100% cotton canvas from Joann's.
He had originally cut the plywood for the top at 30x72 inches, but I decided it was too big for my tiny space. My sewing room is 12x12 feet with a small walk in closet. He took it back and trimmed it down to 24x60 inches and then covered it with four layers of cotton batting and the canvas. I picked up some black fabric cubes for the underneath storage, but I am rethinking that. My daughter saw some wooden crates with chalkboards at Walmart that I will be checking out after work tomorrow. They are a little more expensive than I planned, but just may be worth it.
I love my ironing station! Now, my ironing board is not in the middle of my room and I gained some storage. Previously, I had my hope chest in this spot and of course it was loaded up with completed quilts and UFOs. They were all moved to the guest room--see I gained more storage. Plus, the table that left the guest room to make room for my hope chest is a vintage Duncan and Phyfe drop leaf that will be going to the consignment store to be sold for more decorating money!

So there you have it, two finishes for 2017 a quilt one and a furniture one! But alas, I cannot take credit for the furniture finish that was all my hubby and I am already plotting my next idea--a design wall...Don't tell him! I will probably suggest it for my Valentine's Day, then how can he say no? 



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Friday, January 6, 2017

Snow Day = Bonus Sew Day

Winter Greetings! We got about 10 inches of snow yesterday and last night. Fortunately, my school district called a snow day for today because of all that snow and low temperatures it was -5 degrees at 8am. This is the third snow day in my 12 years living in Montrose, Colorado. I a thrilled because I really dislike driving in the snow--I need to go to town sometime this weekend to get the canvas to cover my new ironing station, other organization materials, and some produce, but they can wait. 

This handsome buck was in our pasture this morning. He was quite large, probably 150 pounds, and was digging out fallen apples and enjoying breakfast. I started my snow day by baking pumpkin bread. It is already almost gone! I am thinking chili, meatloaf, or taco salad for dinner--I will let me hubby decide since he has been working on snow removal most of the day.
My sewing room organization is going great. This is my ironing station with only primer, but my hubby has painted it (it is less green and more aqua now) and cut the ironing board. I am going to get black fabric bins for the inside because I am using a black with white design on the canvas ironing surface. My Iris scrapbook containers arrived via UPS last night and I already filled them up with UFOs and WIPs. I ran out of label maker tape, but I will label everything once I get some more. 

I really want to join the Instagram #Swoonalong and have all the patterns, but I hesitate to start something else with so many UFOs and WIPs. But, maybe I should make the Mini Swoon to help with my sewing room decoration...Plus, I really would like to get a 2017 finish out of the way!
 A UFO was what I spent my day working on! My sister sent me these block kits last year using the Moda Sample Block Shuffle patterns and Bonnie and Camille's Hello Darling Fabrics. Sorry the lighting is not great, but the snowy background is lovely.
I set them on on point and used a dotted aqua I got on sale at Joann's a few months ago for $3 a yard. I picked up a red and pink floral backing on the same sale. I am thinking of cross hatch quilting this one. It may end up hanging in my sewing room or could be a baby gift...Either way, it needs to become a finish!
This happy mail arrived today. I hit a great sale from a shop on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/melodyoftheheart?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Melody had some Bonnie and Camille fabric for $6.04 a yard. I bought plenty to finish my Scrap Dance Waltz border and some pillow cases. Melody even refunded some of the shipping charges because she fit it into a Priority Mail envelope and sent me an extra B & C piece. That is excellent service!

Since I want my first finish of 2017, I am participating in Friday Night with Friends tonight
I will either work on adding borders to my Scrap Dance Waltz Quilt, pinning this Moda Sample Block Shuffle, or stitching my Saltbox Houses--so many projects and so little time, but this snow day sure was awesome!


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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017

 Happy New Year! I squeezed one more start and finish in yesterday for 2016. This sweet little pineapple mini quilt will be joining my mini quilt gallery in my sewing room. There were several block swaps for this on Instagram and I admired them all, so I dug into my yellow and green scrap bins to come up with this. I love to crosshatch quilt and this came out perfectly!
I received some quilty goodies for Christmas including this Frivols Strawberry Fields. I love these smaller quilt designs!
My mom and dad also got me Lori Holt's Scrappy Project Planner.
 I am not sure if I will actually use the planning portion, but I loved the stash organization tips and already bought some new bins to try to organize some fabrics using Lori's methods. I also can't wait to make some of these scrappy designs.
 My sister and her family gifted me two Olive's Flower Market Charm Packs and this sweet pattern. I see an adorable baby quilt in my future.
 My sister also gifted me these goodies for a table runner. 
All of these new goodies have inspired me to do some reorganization in my sewing room. I use the Iris Scrapbooking 12 inch bins for my WIPs/UFOs and I ordered a dozen more from Amazon last night which means I need to clean out my armoire to make room for them. I have my label maker ready, sheet protectors to put my patterns into the right binders, and some new glass cracker jars for leftover bindings and selvages.
This old cabinet has been in our garage since we moved in--it holds some old towels and sheets and light bulbs that can be easily relocated. It is 36 inches high, almost 17 inches deep, and 54 inches long. I think it will make a perfect ironing station. If I move my hope chest into the guest room, I think it will fit in that spot. My hubby has agreed to paint it for me and help me make the ironing board top. I just have to decide on the color. I am thinking aqua, but will I get sick of it? I want something cheerful and light white or gray? I am hoping this is the first of several of my sewing room furniture pieces he will be painting for me--I am tired of all the different wood...
I am going to spend the last day of the regular NFL season organizing my sewing room and hand stitching some more saltbox houses for Slow Sunday Stitching

I actually have to work tomorrow, but it is just meetings without kids--I will be daydreaming about sewing room organization for sure!

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Goal Failure


 Happy almost New Year! Look what I got together--my Scrap Dance Waltz Quilt. Mine has 81 blocks set 9 x 9. Right now, it is about 85 inches square. This is going to be a quilt for our bed. We have a queen sized bed, but I always buy my comforters and quilts king sized to make sure they are extra long and I don't bother with a bed skirt.
I am a huge Bonnie and Camille fan and hoard their fabrics, but I dug into my stash for this beauty. This is part of a quilt along from Carole over at: https://frommycarolinahome.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/scrap-dance-waltz-quilt-along/
Isn't the design gorgeous? I love the curvy looking star that forms from the gray background!

I want it to be about 100 inches square, so I am planning on a 2.5 inch border in the gray and I ordered an aqua print from the Little Ruby line for an outer border and pillow cases. I hit a good sale on Etsy and found yardage at $6 a yard. I also got a striped red for the binding. I already bought some of the gray for the backing. My hubby even likes the design even though I did not bother to consult him. The quilt is so busy, so I don't need a lot of fancy quilting. However, I want it quilted pretty heavily to help it endure lots of being laid upon--I lay and read on our bed a bunch.

I have never made a quilt this big, so it was a challenge. I laid the blocks out on my living room floor to try to not have any of the same prints touching and sewed it together in thirds. As soon as my fabric arrives, I will get the borders attached. I hope my mom's longarm is ready for this quilting challenge.
I got together with my mom yesterday and worked on my Magic of Christmas blocks. These were my December OMG goal. This is a quilt along from Lisa Bongean: https://lisabongean.com
Lisa has posted all 25 blocks, but I have decided not to use all of her designs. Some of them had nearly 100 pieces for a six inch block--NO THANKS! I also don't think of this project as a Christmas quilt, so I don't feel the need to only make star blocks. I dug out some of my quilt books and will be making more six inch blocks to get this project to a decent size--25 six inch blocks do not make a big enough quilt.

I feel like I did meet my original OMG goal, but work will continue on this project. You can see how productive everyone else was this month here: 
I got back from quilting at my mom's last night and took all of my Christmas quilts down and put my winter/snow/blue themed stuff up. I have a blank spot that needs a quilt. I remembered that Cheri Saffiote Payne had posted a pattern on Facebook that was a companion to one of my other quilts, so I headed into my sewing room and started cutting up some blues from my stash to make it. This comes from her Snow Village pattern and is the Saltbox Quilt. The blank block gets a snowman and the houses will get some wool felt roofs, windows, and chimneys. I also will embroider the trees in to top part. Nothing like an impromptu project to keep me busy for this weekend!

I totally sucked on completing my 2016 quilting goals! I wanted to:
1. quilt my Farm Girl Vintage top--not done
2. make my pigs quilt--blocks done, but not together
3. make my Down in the Garden as a BOM in 2016--two blocks are only done--FAIL
4. make examples for my Quilty Fun class--I did pretty well on this one--I made half dozen examples
5. get my daughter off to college---DONE--she is doing awesome at Colgate University

Since I was such a failure with my most of my 2016 quilting goals, I am not bothering with making any specific goals for 2017--no pressure either!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Holiday 2016 Sewing

Merry Christmas! I hope you are enjoying a lovely time with your family. My daughter made it home  from college after terrible weather delays--it took 26 hours instead of 8 hours and she ended up 5+hours away in Denver. Instead of midday on Saturday, she made it home on Monday night. Winter travel is not fun!

I have been off this week and I have been working on my Scrap Dance Waltz blocks. I absolutely love how they are turning out which is a good thing because I have to make 81 blocks. I have 42 blocks completed, so I am more than half way done. 
I finally dug into my Bonnie and Camille stash to make this quilt--there is a little bit of everything: Happy Go Lucky, Marmalade, Day Sail, Hello Darling, April Showers, Miss Kate, and Scrumptious. The dark gray background really makes the cheerful fabrics pop. I have been quilting for 22 years and I have never made a quilt for our own bed. This was one of my 2016 quilting goals (I pretty much failed at all of my 2016 Quilt Goals--that is a whole other post) and I will probably not have it quilted before 2017, but the top should be done. Here is the link for the pattern if you are interested:
I can finally reveal some of my secret Christmas sewing. First up was this Goody Goody Binding Kit for my niece.
I figured it would be a nice handwork kit for her and it coordinates with the bag I made her for her birthday.
 I had to make one for my sister too!
They are a great size and really handy. Now, I should take some time and make myself one. Here is the free tutorial, if you are interested in making one for yourself too:
I also made matching pin cushions for my niece, my sister, and my mom. Again, I used Bonnie and Camille fabrics. This pattern came from the book, Sew Organized for the Busy Girl. I checked it out from the library. They have a pocket for scissors and thread. I also need to make one of these for me too.

I did get some lovely quilty Christmas gifts, but I will share those in a day or two. I will be embroidering this afternoon and evening while enjoying some football games and Slow Sunday Stitching:

Merry Christmas!




Sunday, December 11, 2016

Changing My Mind


Hi Quilty Friends! I can hardly believe it is mid-December. I have one more week of work and then two week vacation. My daughter comes home from college on Saturday and I cannot wait! I spoke with her this morning and she said she just feels like being taken care of instead of taking care of all her friends. Sometimes being an adult sucks! I think some relaxing time on the couch with our dogs watching movies and mom doing her laundry should fit the bill.

I made this kitchen towel gift this morning for my boss. I struggle with making gifts for men, but this is a pretty good compromise--an appliqu├ęd kitchen towel and Bath and Body Works hand soap like everyone else is getting, but with a more manly design.
 I have been planning on participating in Carole's Scrap Dance Waltz Quilt Along. I even cut all the muslin background squares for a queen sized quilt, but I have been struggling with the idea of a muslin background quilt on our bed. I spend lots of time lounging on our bed, so a darker background is probably better. My chambray comforter of 15+ years bit the dust a few weeks ago (a dog's claw when straight through the worn fabric) and I made a panic purchase of a dark grey linen like comforter at Target. It is warm enough and dark enough for our needs, but I would like to make a coordinating quilt for our bed. I found this dark grey swirl fabric yesterday--it is 108 inches wide. I picked up a couple of yards to use as a better background for my Scrap Dance Waltz Quilt.
 I have been hoarding Bonnie and Camille fabrics for years to make a quilt for our bed, but I have not been able to make up my mind on a design. I have four layer cakes, four charm packs, and three fat quarter bundles in addition to what is pictured here. I love scrappy quilts, so why not make a scrappy quilt with all Bonnie and Camille fabric? I will be making 81 blocks to set 9 x 9. By using the dark grey background, I can also use a lot of the white background prints for a good contrast. Here is a link for information about this QAL:
I better get cutting as there are about 2000 squares needed.
 Yesterday was our last class of Lori Holt's Quilty Fun Row Along. My student, Cindy, had two tops done and two more that she was just working on the borders for.
Cindy really enjoyed using up her scraps and stash for these projects!
I have one of my Xmas embroideries from Red Brolly all ready to go in my sewing box. Dinner is already in the crockpot. I am trying a new recipe--chicken tortellini soup--should be delicious. I am going to watch the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants game tonight and enjoy some Slow Sunday Stitching. Here is the link to see what everyone is working on:

Have a great week!