Sunday, March 1, 2015

Scrap & Stash Busting

When I first started making these Medallion Log Cabin blocks, I was thinking of using them as a quilt for my own bed...But, then I realized that there would be fairly large sections of white. White would not be good for how often I flop on my bed and the quilt gets dirty! I confess--I love laying on my bed reading, watching TV, or surfing the web on my laptop. However, I already had quite a few blue and pink blocks already made. Instead, I have decided to make some lap quilts with the blocks. I think I will have enough blocks to make three lap quilts and maybe even four. I guess I went a little over board! I can make a couple for the Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2015 and my charity of choice--Happy Chemo.
This week, I made four black blocks.

My stash is very low on oranges and yellows! Time to venture to the fabric store a couple of towns north and dig through their flat folds--their flat folds are $5 a yard. I usually buy 1/2 yards and cut them into fat quarters which makes them fat quarters for $1.25. I will be on the lookout some backings for these quilts too! I decided to go up there Friday after work before our new snowstorm arrived. I have my priorities straight- fabric is more essential than food! I did grocery shop on Saturday morning, so we are ready if we get as much snow as last weekend.
 Here are the yellows I found--yellow is the color for the RSC15 March--
 and a few oranges.
 Here are the orange blocks I made.
 I have six made.
 Then, I moved on to yellow.
 I made six of those.
 There are such a range of yellows!
 Next up, were some greens.
 two, three,
 four, five,
six, and seven!
I scored with this black with blue dots for a backing. I got 4.5 yards at $4 a yard.
I should be able to start assembling the Rainbow Medallion Log Cabin Quilts similar to this. I want to use these quilts as an opportunity to experiment with my quilting skills. Modern quilts means modern quilting in my book!
As you can tell, I have really been slaving away at my sewing machine and cutting table, but I do need to buckle down and keep stitching on my Journey of a Quilter border. Maybe I will watch a movie and work on it for Slow Sunday Stitching. Get inspired by other handwork here

Monday, February 23, 2015

Snow Day = Sew Day

 This is what we woke up to this morning 18+ inches of snow! We received word last night that today would be a snow day. You would think we have snow days all the time in western Colorado, but we do NOT. This is the second snow day in 23 years. The last one was December 2013.
 Here is the same vantage point about noon on Sunday, so the accumulation was pretty quick.
 We need the snow, so we are not complaining especially since we did not have to venture out in it today. Well, my hubby did since he plowed enough of the driveway for us to get our cars out tomorrow. It took him a couple of hours with the snowplow on his riding mower.
 I made the most of the day as soon as my teenager woke up, I headed into my sewing room. I made my new block for the Charm Square Sampler Quilt. I was very tempted to start a new project, but I restrained myself and continued on with my scrap busting goal for 2015.
 I decided to make some red Medallion Log Cabin blocks.
 I got five made
 and then decided to make some purple blocks too!
 I made four purple blocks.
These are great 2.5 inch scrap busters! While I has digging in my scrap tubs for these blocks, I also cut 2.5 and 1.5 inch squares for more Carrie Nation blocks.
This is the quilt that inspired all these Medallion Log Cabin blocks. I think will have enough blocks to make several of these quilts. I know one will be a part of the Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2015 going to Happy Chemo. I am going to go throw some ravioli into the oven and spend some more time in my sewing room maybe I will dig into my orange scrap bin next. We are back to school tomorrow, but I am not complaining at least we got one snow day this winter! :0)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Stitching

 I finished my Block 2 of the Snapshots Quilt Along!
 I am hanging these mini quilts with the corner triangles and using one side as the label.
 The turtle was posted today for the Elephant Parade and I whipped him up in no time. Here is the link to the directions
 I stitched together my frog yesterday and added the embroidery detail by machine this morning.
 I hung up my two Snapshots blocks with a couple other mini quilts above my cutting table.
has just finished a make over of her sewing room. Her room is fantastic and has a big sectional for the family to hang out in. She is having a linking party and looking for more ideas for her sewing room.
I figured I would share this picture of an old computer armoire I use for storage in my sewing room. It holds a ton of UFOs and tools. I can close it up, but I hardly ever do. I use the armoire door next to the window to hang blocks on and take pictures with the natural light. My TV is also on top of the armoire, so it is out of the way and easily seen throughout the room.
My cutting table is on bed risers which is a much better height for cutting. Then, I have five three-drawer rolling carts stored underneath. Each drawer is filled with scraps sorted by color. All this space under the cutting table is great for a roll of batting and my sewing machine cases.
Sorry I forgot to include my sewing station! So this is an addition...
This is a small upholstered chair I swiped from my guest room. This is a good place for the family to hang out with me or where I sit and hand stitch. I keep my hand sewing basket and supplies right beside it.  The lights also turn to give more illumination for handwork.
 Speaking of slow stitching, I am marking the borders of my Journey of a Quilter Quilt for the final stage of hand quilting. I am going to work on this today with the Daytona 500 on and tonight while watching the Oscars. It has been awhile since I have actually been able to join the stitchers over at Kathy's for Slow Sunday Stitching
It is finally snowing here, but the ground is so warm that not much is sticking. We desperately need some snow to avoid a bad drought this summer. Let it snow!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

February 2015 FNSI

 Last night was Friday Night Sew In (FNSI) and I was determined to make Block 2 the sewing machine block for the Fat Quarter Shop's Snapshots Quilt Along. Their instructions are so detailed and easy to follow and I had this cut and sewn together in no time! 
I am using fabrics from my stash instead of the Day Sail line they are featuring. I am also making mini quilts of the blocks instead of the big quilt. 
Here was Block 1 Let them Eat Cake. I am going to quilt the sewing machine block the same way. Here is a link for information on this quilt along 
I am going to a baby shower for a work friend this afternoon. I am gifting my Little Letters Country Baby Quilt. When I asked her a couple of months ago how she was decorating the nursery, she showed me her Pinterest page and she was using navy and country colors. She is a first grade teacher, so I think the alphabet is perfect. It was pretty cool to already have a great quilt made in my stash and waiting!

I will be working on my frog block for the Elephant Parade and finishing the sewing machine mini quilt today.

Check out what everyone was up to for FNSI here 

Monday, February 16, 2015

So Many Projects So Little Time

 I had a four day weekend, but only spent two days in my sewing room. I finished up the Diamond in a Diamond block for the Charm Square Quilt Along. Now, I am all caught up with that one!
 I made six more Carrie Nation blocks in blue. January's color for the RSC15 was blue and I had cut more blocks than I actually finished in January.
 I cut tons of 2.5 inch squares and 1.5 inch squares for my pink Carrie Nation blocks.
 Please excuse the lighting on my pictures, but I did not finish them until after dark tonight. So there is no natural light to help show off the colors.
 I made 23 pink blocks!
 I am trying to use low volumes for the backgrounds. The low volumes will help with dirt and staining on our bed.
We only have a queen sized bed, but I always buy king sized quilts and comforters because I  don't like to use a dust ruffle.
 This four patch quilt is featured in American Patchwork & Quilting April 2015 issue and I love the look! But I think I can achieve it with my Carrie Nation blocks especially since I want to make a king size quilt for our bed. I would also rather not set my blocks on point.
I did not make my frog block for the Elephant Parade yet, but I have until next Sunday. I also want to make the sewing machine block as part of the Fat Quarter Shop's Snapshots Quilt Along--I am not making a big quilt, but some mini quilts of the blocks. I am trying to finish up the hand quilting in the borders of my Journey of a Quilter quilt. I need more time, but I will take advice from my favorite fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, slow and steady...