Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Major Mess Up!

So I thought I was totally rocking my orange peels yesterday. I had sewed 100 of them of the 120 I was making when I discovered, I sewed them wrong!!! I was really tempted to just throw the whole mess away, but I have spent all day today ripping out the seams that I incorrectly sewed the light weight interfacing on with. I have 20 more to go...What a pain!
 After all the ripping, there was no way to salvage the light weight interfacing. I decided to just trace and attach Wonder Under and fuse the orange peels on and attach by machine with a buttonhole stitch. I intend to make my orange peels into a baby quilt, so this will be more washable too.
I am continuing to work on my Quilty Stitches from Little Miss Shabby. I am in love with how it is looking. It has been really hot and messing up my sewing mojo lately. I do have a deadline for my Woodland ABC quilt, so I must get it quilted and bound ASAP. Hopefully, I can get my sewing mojo back before I have to get back to work!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Sewing

 These are the last two houses for the Country Homecoming Quilt Along over at http://kimsbigquiltingadventure.blogspot.com  Go check out what everyone else's houses look like!
Now, I need to order a sashing and border fabric in black brushed cotton, so I can start on the border appliqué.
This one is from Paulette over at http://sweetp-paulette.blogspot.com  Isn't hers fantastic? I am trying to decide if I will use wool felt or brushed cottons for the border.
I decided to join the fad and make an orange peel quilt. I am thinking a baby quilt... Here are my colors: yellow, pink, green, red, blue, orange, and purple.
 I am using the method from the tutorial over on http://crazyoldladiesquilts.blogspot.com/2014/02/orange-you-glad-tutorial.html 
I am thinking 10 x 12 on my layout and very similar to this quilt they showed except for a one color background.
Gathering fabrics for these orange peels was really easy because of my scrap bins. They are located below my cutting table in rolling plastic carts.
 Each drawer contains a different color and most of them are over flowing!
 I can actually remove the drawers and dig through them over at my ironing board.
 My daughter made me cute labels for each drawer.
I need to decide whether I am going to use a white background or a gray background for my orange peels. Which color do you think?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

July FNSI

 I gave up counted cross stitching nearly 20 years ago when I started quilting. I have been looking at all the inspiration from Little Miss Shabby's Quilty Stitches http://www.littlemissshabby.com/quilty-stitches/ and I finally caved and bought all the supplies and started. I began on Wednesday after I finished moving my classroom at one of the schools I work at (imagine moving a small house in a day and trying to unpack everything too--stressful and totally annoying), hence my need for the therapy of handwork...
 Since my cross stitching experience is from so many years ago, I am sticking to the suggested colors. The patterns are free and I have busted out my colored pencils to mark my patterns.
My eyes are not the same as when I cross stitched last, so I have busted out my readers to help. I spent July's Friday Night Sew In (FNSI)  finishing block two and working on block three. I also broke down and started on making orange peel blocks, but I plan on them being all machine done.  Be sure to check out what people around the world worked on for FNSI here http://sugarlanequilts.blogspot.com/2014/07/signups-for-fnsi.html also I will work on this project for Slow Sunday Stitching tomorrow. What are you up to?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

World Cup Sunday!

 I started the weekend off with going to our local quilt show. I picked up Lindsey and we headed straight for the vendor booths. We bought some wool and then checked out the quilts. There were not as many quilts as in past years. Lindsey loves primitive quilts and I am starting to really like modern, but this quilt show featured a lot of traditional quilts as that is what most people make around here. This first row quilt was made by my friend, Barbara, and I was pleased she won a ribbon.
 Barbara also made this row quilt. Our little sewing group made these quilts last summer from Lori Holt's row along. She made two of them. Mine is still sitting in a basket not completed because I have been indecisive regarding the borders...Part of the problem is I don't know where I can display it because it is quite large.
Lindsey made me this sweet pin cushion. It is so cute and will now reside next to my spot on the couch where I hand sew while watching television. Lindsey recently started a crafting blog that you can check out here http://areaderscraftylife.blogspot.com I am so excited that we met and can now get together and encourage and inspire one another with our quilting!
I have my Woodland Alphabet quilt top completed. Yesterday, during the third place World Cup game, I embroidered the details on all the animals.
Aren't the eyelashes on the owl precious?
 The mouse is tiny and cute, too!
 I am not sure why the design had a bird on top of the "A," but I like how sweet it is.
After our visit to the quilt show, we had lunch and then went to the local quilt shop because they had the entire store 20% off. Lindsey spotted this pink background with trees fabric for me. It will be the perfect backing for this Woodland ABC quilt. I am going to make a quilt label and get this all pin basted and ready for quilting today.
 I am nearly done with Block 3 of my Journey of a Quilter BOM.
 I am trying to take my time and keep my embroidery stitches neat and tiny.
 The colors are so happy and I know this quilt will brighten up my sewing room when it is done and hanging in there.
 During the World Cup final today, I hope to get these flowers embroidered. After all, I have to get in some Slow Sunday Stitching in. Be sure to visit Kathy's link up to get inspired by other handwork http://kathysquilts.blogspot.com
I thought I was done with all my blocks for the Love Blooms Here BOM I have been working on, but I forgot to add these flowers to the yellow churn dash blocks. I got those all done yesterday and now I am just waiting for the new issue of Quiltmaker for the next block instructions. It has been such a pleasure to work with wool felt again. I am tempted to start on another wool felt project, but I better look through my UFOs first and see if I have any to finish up first. What are you up to?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Baby Quilt Finish

 I got this baby quilt quilted and bound (for more details about this pattern see this post http://tanyaquiltsinco.blogspot.com/2014/07/work-in-progress.html). I quilted it vertically going through the round centers and down the sides of the rectangular blocks. I used the wavy quilt stitch on my Pfaff.  
Angela and I had selected the backing fabric and it is part of Bonnie and Camille's Marmalade line. The binding is also from that same line and is a pink and white stripe. I love using stripes for binding! I think the backing is pretty and feminine and balances the bright, busy quilt. It is washed and ready to be delivered in plenty of time before the baby shower! 
This is the Woodland ABC quilt I have been working on for my friend who is having a little girl in September. I finished piecing it today. Now I need to add the embroidery details onto the animals and get a backing for it. I am trying to decide if I am going to add another border to the top and bottom. I would just add another row of the brick style border, but it is already nearly 50 inches long. What do you think add another border row to the top and bottom or leave it the way it is?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Work in Progress

Here is the new baby quilt I have been working on! My friend, Angela, commissioned me to make this for one of her friends who is having a girl and the baby shower is on July 27th. I met her at the fabric store on Thursday to select fabrics. The nursery is aqua and coral, so I suggested some Bonnie and Camille fabrics. We picked out several fat quarters in aqua and a couple of quarter yards of fabrics she liked. I also dug into my scrap bins for some more variety. 
Angela had picked the design from this book she had...The block uses up an entire charm square and with no waste!
Here is the quilt shown in the book. The blocks finish 3 x 4 inches, so we thought 100 blocks would make a decent size baby quilt. Before quilting and washing, it is 37.5 x 41.5 inches. 
We liked the buttons shown on the quilt in the book, but with them being a choking hazard I just fused circles of fabric and used a buttonhole stitch on my Pfaff to secure them. I appliquéd the circles prior to putting all the blocks together.  I hope to get this quilt pinned after this afternoon's World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany.

We are having leftover stuffed zucchini boats for dinner, so I may even be able to get it machine quilted this evening. We are starting to harvest more than just lettuce from our garden! We have zucchini, carrots, radishes, raspberries, mint (I am going to pick up everything to make some mojitos!),  and sugar snap peas, no tomatoes or peppers yet, but hopefully soon. 
I also finally caved in and bought all the supplies to work on Little Miss Shabby's "Quilty Stitches." I have resisted making this for months, but my will power completely wavered.  You can find all the information and the free patterns here http://www.littlemissshabby.com/quilty-stitches/  I used to cross stitch when I was growing up and until I started quilting after I got married 20 years ago. I dug into my embroidery floss and had some of the colors, but I picked up the rest yesterday along with the Aida cloth. I think this will look adorable framed in my sewing room. This project is relatively compact and will be my new traveling handwork.

I also will be joining Val for her Second Annual Piggy Bank Challenge. You can find out more information about it here http://myplvl.blogspot.com/2014/07/2nd-annual-piggy-back-challenge-money.html We recently cashed in a large jar of coins we kept for our daughter from the time she was born and until she was about 7 years old and it was about $650! Every penny counts and I will be even better about pinching my pennies with the money going to buy me more fabric next summer.   

Well now that Germany is already up by 5 goals within the first 30 minutes of the game, I will get my pinning tables set up and go baste that baby quilt since I don't have to watch this soccer game closely anymore! What are you up to?

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Country Living & FNWF July

 We moved to western Colorado from San Diego over 9 years ago now and needless to say it was a big change. We traded a 900 square foot 2 bedroom 1 bathroom 1 car garage 1954 house for a 2200 square foot 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom 2.5 car garage with a 1200 square foot shop (our California house would fit inside the shop!) on 2.5 acres. We went several years before I even furnished the whole place and we have completely renovated the inside. We do live in a subdivision where you can have livestock and we receive irrigation water, but it feels like suburbia.

Every now and then we get a reminder that we live in the country especially during the summer. Our neighbor's two 4-H pigs got loose the other day and were hanging out in our side yard. My hubby and I were not exactly sure what to do...They were pretty large and hard to herd and pretty much ignored our clapping and calling trying to lead them home. We also were a little leery because we have seen the movies and know that some pigs will eat humans (remember Hannibal?)!
I called my neighbor and they came to retrieve them with a big stick and they swat at their faces to get them to move along. The pigs were overheated and had done serious damage to my neighbor's place as they had been loose for awhile. They can dig 4 inch deep trenches with their snouts and chew on irrigation pipe, but they were a little too tired by the time they reached our place to do much... We learned something about pigs and admired their strength!

The other morning the crop duster began to fly overhead at 7am buzzing a nearby field. I was glad he was not here at 5:30 like sometimes.  Country living!
 Last night was Friday Night With Friends (FNWF) for July because it was the first Friday of the month. Even though it was the 4th of July, I stayed in and sewed the night away because I had a deadline. I needed to finish this sewing bag for my friend, Lindsey.
Her birthday is tomorrow and we sewed today, so I had to have it ready to bring with me. I got it done and she loved it. I used all brushed cottons from my scrap bins. I embroidered it in black perle cotton and hand quilted it with a cream perle cotton. To see what others worked on for Friday Night With Friends, go to http://stitchingcubbyhole.blogspot.com
 Since I was heading over to Lindsey's for a sewing day, I got to try out my new Stanley 3-in-1 Rolling Workshop also known as a mobile sewing center. I had seen this over at http://fabrictherapy.blogspot.com/2014/06/home-depot-to-rescue.html and she had borrowed the idea from.http://thehappyzombie.com/blog/?p=635 My celery/mint 1961 Singer Featherweight's carrying case has a cracked handle that I am afraid to use. This wheeled tool chest is available at Home Depot for $36.97. 
I bungee corded my cutting board onto the back, but it kept slipping to the ground. I think if I add a bungee cord to the top through the cutting board's handle it will stay in place.
  A few weeks ago, I saw that Pug Mom had some good ideas here http://pugmomquilts.blogspot.com/2014/06/quilting-tools-and-tip.html about what to bring with you for sewing get togethers. I am trying to have a complete set of all my tools, so all I need to do is grab and go. I am still on the lookout for a power cord plug like Pug Mom showed.
My machine fits perfectly in this bottom portion and I put a small table topper quilt around the machine for padding and then I will use it to place my machine on top of for sewing.
This is the middle container and I have loaded it with my sewing machine supplies like thread, sewing machine needles, pins, bobbins, snips, etc.
The top portion has a removable tray that I loaded with scissors, a rotary cutter, and a measuring tape.
Below the tray was a perfect place for my sewing project and my rulers. 

This worked great today and I could locate everything easily. I want to make a coordinating thread catcher, iron bag, and table topper for my mobile sewing center. I also think I need to girl up the rolling tool box with some stickers, so I will be on the lookout for some...

I am working on a couple of baby quilts and will embroider tomorrow for Slow Sunday Stitching be sure to stop over there to see what everyone is up to http://kathysquilts.blogspot.com