Friday, October 24, 2014

Retreat Preparation

My mom and I are going on a sleep away quilting retreat this weekend. We have not been on one in 9 years! Lindsey's mom's quilting group organized it and it is only an hour away from where we live, so we don't have to waste lots of time traveling. This is a belated birthday celebration for mom. So, I made a thread catcher to match my new sewing machine cover/mat.
The spool portion is a pin cushion. 
 I had a few remaining hourglass blocks and turned them into an eyeglass case for my readers I need for threading my needles especially on my Featherweight. These bright accessories will be very cheerful at my retreat workstation.
I made my N blocks for the Little Letters this morning. 
Another bonus is I get to use my mobile sewing station I splurged on this summer.  I have taken it to my mom's and Lindsey's for our sewing get togethers.
 I have stocked it with all the basic tools and it has plenty of room for all my projects.
Plus, my Featherweight fits perfectly in the bottom and it rolls easily.
 We are taking a wool class and can bring our own project or buy a kit there. I am bringing this pattern I inherited from my sister
and here is the wool felt for it. Of course, I could always be swayed to buy something new, but this is a lovely kit. Plus, it is small and not that complicated, so maybe I could actually finish it...
I have loved this Modern Herringbone quilt from Simply Pieced since it was posted last summer. I am a sucker for scrap quilts. She included instructions, so I am planning on making it! Just lots of half-square triangles, but she has a quick method. Here is the link 
 My neighbor is having a little girl in December and is doing the nursery in purples. I think a purple Modern Herringbone will be a perfect baby quilt. I dug through my stash of purples, my mom's, and my friend, Barbara's. The design uses 5 inch squares. I stopped by my LQS and found this white with purple for the background. I think it will be perfect to work on during the retreat with simple sewing and cutting.
 It was recommended to bring 9 fat quarters for some games we will play, so again I dug through my stash and found some random fat quarters that I can part with.
Here it is all together except for my handwork basket and a cooler.
Best of all the retreat is at a beautiful inn that is located in the middle of a vineyard, so we can sit on the porch, admire the view, and do handwork. After we tire of sewing, we can relax in the hot tub and drink some wine. Sounds like heaven! I will post pictures soon...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FNSI October & SSS

 I had a great time sewing last night for the Friday Night Sew In. Early this week, I had finished my sewing machine cover/mat. I am so smitten with it that I decided I need a matching thread catcher.
So for FNSI, I dug into my scrap bins for 3 1/2 inch squares and did lots of cutting and ironing. These will turn into small hourglasses for the thread catcher.
Don't you think a matching thread catcher is needed? Especially because I have a quilting retreat next weekend!
 I also whipped up my Little Letters L blocks; shockingly, so far I have been keeping up with all the blocks! 
Then, I watched some TV and worked more on my Journey of a Quilter BOM embroidery. And I ended my Friday night with a soak in the tub with bubbles and my funny book! Talk about a prefect Friday night, sewing therapy and soaking therapy. Check out what everyone else accomplished here
Today, my friend, Lindsey, came over to quilt and I worked on the hourglass blocks for my thread catcher and getting the wool prepped for the fence block for this BOM. I am behind and my mom is already hand quilting hers! 
For Slow Sunday Stitching and football Sunday, I am going to work on my Journey of a Quilter BOM embroidering, finish up my matching thread catcher, make my Little Letter M blocks, and get everything together for next weekend's retreat. We have parent/teacher conferences this week which means late nights and not much sewing time, so hopefully I can get lots done on Sunday! See what Slow Stitching everyone is working on here

Monday, October 13, 2014

Columbus Day

 I tried to make the best of my day off today! I got my sewing machine cover completed. It fits both of my sewing machines.
Here it is doing its other task as a mat with pockets. I have my baby, a 1961 Singer Featherweight, in minty white on it. My Pfaff fits into a drop down sewing machine cabinet, so this will be mostly for traveling. We have a retreat in a couple of weeks and I am excited to try it out. 
 The design comes from Lori Holt's book, Quilty Fun.
 Between football yesterday and sewing with the girls this morning, I got one of my "Journey of a Quilter" blocks done.
I also started on another block from "Journey of a Quilter." I also took care of a couple of errands and started preparing my projects for our upcoming retreat.  Val from just e-mailed me that she is featuring one of my posts on her link party tomorrow, so be sure and pay her blog a visit. There is always great eye candy and fabulous organizational tips!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mom to the Rescue!

I did not get much sewing in this week, but thanks to my mom I have a finish. She quilted up this Angry Birds quilt for me on Friday
and I bound it yesterday. It is for a nine year old, so I machine bound it.
My mom stippled it on her long arm and used lime green thread.
I pieced the back with some left over nocks and a $4 a yard lime green since that is his favorite color.
I did keep up with the Little Letters this week and made my I blocks,
my J blocks,
and this morning I made the K blocks which are a little tricky, but came out perfectly.
My hubby harvested the rest of the carrots from our garden and I made spicy, pickled taqueria carrots with them and our home grown jalapeños.
There was no need to can them as they will be eaten up quickly.
 The leaves are changing and we have had some rain lately, so the grass is still green. It is windy today and rain is dropping.
These pictures are looking out my kitchen window. It is hard to tell, but there are two horses in my neighbor's pasture and it is fun to watch them run around.
 I am going to finish binding this today and work some more on my Journey of a Quilter for 
Slow Sunday Stitching. See what everyone else is up here
I have tomorrow off from work and plan on working on some UFOs. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October FNWF & SSS

 Last night was the first Friday of the month, so that means Friday Night with Friends sewing. Here is the link to the party
 I started working on this block for my Journey of a Quilter BOM. I made pretty good progress as I joined my family to watch a movie.
 Today I attached the binding and ties for my sewing machine cover/pad. I am using a pattern from Lori Holt's first book. I hope to finish hand stitching the binding down tomorrow night for Slow Sunday Stitching. During the day, we will be road tripping over to Aspen for a college fair. The drive should be gorgeous with all the trees changing and sunshine expected. See what everyone else is working on for
I have been keeping up with my Little Letters and got the H blocks completed. I am excited about tomorrow's new instructions.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lucky Stars Finish!

 I finally was able to get outside between rain showers and get some pictures. This was a commissioned quilt I made for my sister. She wants to give it to her friend for her birthday. She sent me a 18 pack of Up Parasol by Heather Bailey fat quarters. There were three solids in the pack and opted to leave them out. I was really stumped with these fabrics as they were not really my taste and there were lots of big prints. I decided to go with an older pattern, Lucky Stars by Terry Atkinson. I hit my LQS and found some more fat quarters that went with them. I also opted to use a slate grey Kona for the star background instead of a white. I think the grey really highlights the stars!
 I just quilted it up with a grey thread on my mom's long arm. It was washed and dried and crinkled up fairly nicely.
 I just did an all over loopy design. My free motion machine quilting skills are not impressive and loops are my go to. I prefer them much more than stippling. 
 Her friend's favorite color is orange and I considered an orange backing, but thought it might be too much. I found this perfect grey print for the backing. It is a wide fabric 108 inches, so no piecing needed and it has a darker grey swirly print, plus it was only $10 a yard and there was enough for binding.
 Little Letters G instructions posted on Sunday, so I dug into my scrap bins and came up with these two blocks.
 Here is my progress so far on all my Little Letters, brights and country colors. 
 I am using a scrappy background for both of mine and some reds and greens in my country version.
I think this bright version is incredible! I hope my scrappy background looks ok. Letter H should post tomorrow and I am so excited to add to my growing collection.