Saturday, February 18, 2017

February FNSI

Hello! I had a short week with Friday off of work, so of course I planned on sewing all day and evening. I even got out of cooking dinner by going to a local meat market that has $5 sandwiches on Friday and getting some other goodies for the rest of the weekend.  I signed up for Friday Night Sew In (FNSI):

My day began with the second clue posted for the Scrap Dance Two Step. Here is the link:
I made all of the hourglass blocks as directed. So far, I am keeping up with Carole's mystery!
Next up, I had spotted this beauty on Instagram the other day and knew I needed to make one. Can you say squirrel? I have no girl baby quilts in my stash, so between my overflowing scrap bins and that I already had the block pattern in an old magazine--I had to begin! By the way, the block pattern is in Quilt Sampler Spring/Summer 2014.
 I dug in and started making a teal/aqua version for my FNSI and the RSC17.
I also cut everything for a purple block last night and sewed it together this morning. For the backgrounds, I am using whites and low volumes from that scrap bin too. I just finished cutting out a red block. The blocks are 15 inches big, so all it will take is nine blocks for a good sized baby quilt. I am thinking some straight line quilting and a minky backing will be perfect once I get the blocks done. This could end up being a weekend finish with Monday off too!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day 2017

Happy Valentine's Day 2017! I wanted to post this yesterday, but I had to wait until my daughter received her package today. I made this mini heart quilt for her to put up in her dorm room, but with the blizzards back east--she did not get the package until today instead of Friday...
 Here is the backing. I love all the Bonnie and Camille fabrics.
I decorated the inside of the box this time. She has turned into a gym rat, so I wanted to acknowledge her hard work. She also needed more gym socks and body wash to support her gym addiction. I personalized a bunch of hearts with messages and of course there are a few chocolate goodies in there plus gloves, hand warmers, a trashy magazine, gum, mints, etc. 
I did not do much last week, but I made up for it this last weekend. I finished up the quilting on my purple Chains of Love Baby Quilt. I stuck with straight line quilting as recommended for quilting with a minky backing. It is 47 inches square and was a free pattern from Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl and Amber at Gigi's Thimble 
 The machine quilting is simple, but effective. The minky backing is AMAZING!!! It was so soft, warm, and luxurious to sit under while I hand sewed the binding down. I am going to dig through my heaps of tops awaiting quilting and find one to quilt with a minky backing for myself. I am sold on minky for backings especially for baby quilts!
For the first time this month, I worked on some Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. February's color is teal which I love! I made my log cabin medallion blocks--five of them. I am also nearly done with hand quilting the  border of my Salt Box House Quilt. I have a four day weekend coming up, so I hope my progress continues!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Chains of Love Quilts

 Happy February! Is anyone else happy that January is over? It just seemed long and dreary this year. On Wednesday, Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl and Amber of Gigi's Thimble posted their new Five Fat Quarter Fun Quilt--Chains of Love Quilt. Here is the link to their free pattern:
I saw it and fell in love--plus I do not have that many Valentine's quilts...
 mmm!quilts recently started a new link up called Drop Everything And Make it DREAMi and these projects certainly qualify as that. The link to this party is in my sidebar. I shopped in my stash and found plenty of pinks and reds to use and even a great backing, but I needed a background. This pink with white hearts and swirls by Sandy Gervais will be my backing with a red strip added into make it wide enough.
 On my way home from work on Thursday, I stopped and got a background. This white with silver metallic swirls and hearts is perfect. Friday night, I cut and sewed all nine blocks. I went more scrappy for both the Chains of Love Quilts than the pattern shows.
Then, I saw on Facebook that my former department secretary/friend had just become a grandma for the first time and sadly, I did not have any girl baby quilts all done. She loves purple, so I dug through my sparse purple bin of fabrics and pulled some lavenders and purples out. I ran up to the fabric store for a background and a couple of more purple fat quarters. I cut and sewed this whole top yesterday and last night.
This is the background I used and I bought a lavender minky for the backing. I have never used minky as a backing, but I have wanted to try it and this seems like the perfect opportunity. I am washing the top and batting right now, but then I will pin it all together using lots and lots of pins and quilt it probably using a straight stitch diagonally.

I did most of my Super Bowl cooking this morning (we are having Chinese chicken wontons with honey mustard dipping sauce and Asian coleslaw), so I can hopefully just enjoy the game and the commercials while I bind my purple Chains of Love Baby Quilt. We are rooting for the Atlanta Falcons at my house! Check out what other slow stitchers are up to here:

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sewing Room Update

 Happy Sunday! I finished my Mini Swoon Quilt this week--it is now hanging in my reorganized sewing room.
I also finished my Christmas Patchwork Swoon top today! I used Kate Spain's Northwoods fabrics along with some Bonnie and Camille fabrics. It does not scream Christmas, but it looks so pretty.
 The light aqua is a Kona called Iced Frappe that I found at Joann's. I still need to figure out my borders, but I want to put minky on the back to make it extra cozy for Christmas cuddling 2017.
 My sewing room reorganization is pretty much done, so here are some pictures. Behind my door, I have this antique and very rustic ladder I have some quilts displayed on.
 Next is my comfy chair. I would like to replace this eventually with a different colored chair maybe aqua/black/gray, but this is a good size and I stole it from my guest room years ago, so it was a freebie. I do need to make a new lap quilt eventually with some of my B&C stash. I use my vintage sewing box as a side table and my Journey of a Quilter is on the wall.
 My scraps are organized by color in rolling carts underneath my sewing table. My OCD hubby thinks I should replace these with cube storage and bins that would hide the mess better, but I would rather spend the money on new fabric!
Here is the top of my cutting table with a huge cutting mat, my rulers, a vintage sewing machine cabinet drawer,  a three-tiered galvanized server, cracker jars, and some mini quilts. The cabinet above is recycled from my kitchen--I want to paint it the same aqua as my ironing station, but my hubby thinks it is a bad idea...I will have to keep working on him!
Here are some of my mini quilts displayed near my cutting table. Many of them were blocks from B&C's Snapshots quilt along from 2015.
Of course, here is the ironing station that started everything. The Wal had four more galvanized tubs when I went grocery shopping this morning. They are huge and have rubber pads on the bottoms to prevent scraping up my pretty cabinet.
Do you see my flying pig? My mom and dad gave him to me for Christmas and he was lime, but my hubby painted him to match everything--I need to add some wings!
 On this side of the room, I rearranged my thread in the corner and have another recycled kitchen cabinet above.
Here is my new Mini Swoon and inspiration board.
On my sewing machine table, I have this galvanized organizer with my pins in half pint jars and my ironing sprays. Underneath is my rolling cart that holds my Singer Featherweight and my traveling sewing supplies.
To the left of my sewing machine table, I have this old computer armoire full of UFOs and WIPs. I thought about getting rid of this, but then I would have to figure out what to do with my TV and it is great storage!
 This is the small walk in closet. Fabric is stored in tubs on each side of my bookshelf.
Here is the last bit of my 12x12' room with my new Moda Sampler Block Shuffle, my heater/fake wood stove, and my vintage picnic basket. I would like to recover my office chair to coordinate and get a new trashcan, but I am pretty satisfied with my updated sewing room.
I am going to spend the evening quilting the border on the Salt Box Houses Quilt for Slow Sunday Stitching

Now that I am super organized in my sewing room, I should be getting more done!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

UFO Battle

Having an extra day off this week helped with my UFO battle. I dug these blocks out of a tub and sewed the top together.  I consider this quilt a freebie because it was entirely made from my stash. I embraced the 30's reproduction fabrics I used with the borders. I also pulled a peach reproduction for the backing.
Daisy like flowers need to be embroidered in the cornerstones, so it is not quite ready for quilting. This gorgeous embroidery design is from the book, S is for Stitch by Kristyne Czepuryk, and was part of a quilt along in 2015. Since I had an empty bin that meant I could start something else right?
As I have been organizing my sewing room, I have wanted to add some more mini quilts in there. I made this little strawberry mini quilt in an afternoon.
This is a Mini Swoon Quilt. I made it this week as part of the Instagram #swoonalong. This will also stay in my sewing room and features some of my favorite Bonnie and Camille fabrics. I will bind it during the NFL Division Championship games for Slow Sunday Stitching:
 As part of my sewing room reorganization, I ditched my cracked and hand me down bulletin board for this farmhouse looking board. I love the black with rustic chicken wire and the tiny aqua clothespins--totally goes with my feminine farmhouse look I am going for. It is 20x20" and the Mini Swoon Quilt will fit on its right hand side.
I found two galvanized bins at Walmart the other day. I love them for storage in my ironing station! I plan on buying more when they have more in--hopefully soon.
Carole who blogs at 
is hosting another amazing quilt along. It is a mystery and I usually skip mysteries, but the one I did skip, I really regretted it! I am not making that mistake again. I spent Friday night cutting all of my scraps for a twin sized version. 
My gorgeous daughter left to go back to Colgate University yesterday morning. It was a bittersweet goodbye as we had a very nice visit and I miss her terribly, but she is doing fantastic there and will even stay there this summer working in the admissions office. Her trip back to school went smoothly and her classes start tomorrow.
After dropping her off at the airport, I needed retail therapy--I went straight to my favorite fabric store! I got a couple of half yards of B&C along with a yard of Kate Spain North Woods green to make a Patchwork Swoon--a modern looking Christmas quilt for the couch. I also picked up the neutral background for the Scrap Dance Two-Step. Then, I came back home and cut it up and completed the first step for our mystery. I plan on spending the day getting started on the Patchwork Swoon. Have a great week!


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: