Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pyramid Baby Quilt Finish

 Look at this finish! I got my invite to the baby shower on Friday, April 14th and it is tomorrow, April 27--so I had less than two weeks to start and finish a baby quilt. I talked to the mama to be and found out she is decorating the nursery with black and white with Kelly green as an accent and using geometric shapes. I thought a pyramid design would be perfect. I have not made a triangle quilt in 20+ years, but I thought this would be doable. I spent the entire evening of the 14th cutting and then the rest of that weekend sewing rows together.
 I spent the whole second weekend machine quilting. I just followed the seams and used my presser foot as a guide.  I started the hand binding on Sunday night and finished it up Monday night. 
I washed it up last night and wrapped it up tonight.
Just in the nick of time! After washing it measures 48.5 x 52 inches. I hope the mama to be loves it!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Triangles & Tea Towels

Look what is almost done! I finished piecing my Equilateral Triangle Quilt this week and spent yesterday pinning and quilting it.
 I quilted it along the seams just using my foot as my guide. I have not washed it yet because I need to sew the binding down, but I this it will shrink up nicely. I am using one of the Kelly greens for the binding--it should tie it all together nicely. For Slow Sunday Stitching, I plan on spending my evening sewing the binding on this one. Check out what everyone else is up to here:
I bought a black minky for the backing. The baby shower is Thursday, so I will get pictures and measurements when it is all complete and washed.
Administrative Assistant's Day is Wednesday, so I spent today machine appliquéing some tea towels for all of the secretaries at my three schools. I bought hand soap at Bath & Body Works during Spring Break, so I am ready with time to spare.
 Eight tea towels and coordinating hand soaps all done.
I should make a few for myself soon.
I had lots of sweet comments about my Sunflowers & Pigs top this last week. I bought a lovely green for a border and a pink for the binding. I hope to get the borders on it this week--so stay tuned!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Under Construction

 Howdy! So I found out on Friday I have a baby shower at work in less than two weeks. Crunch time for sure, so I stopped at Joann's and the fabric store on my way home from work Friday. They are doing the nursery in black and white with Kelly green and geometric shapes, so I thought this design would be perfect! It is a free pattern that you can find here:
I am making this one slightly smaller than the pattern with 25 triangles across and 13 rows. I think it will be about 52 inches square. The cutting was pretty time consuming, but I got it done Friday night. I figure if I can finish the top today, I will buy a minky backing when it is 60% off at Joann's on Thursday, and get it all quilted and bound next weekend.
Last Sunday, I got my Sunflower and Pigs top done. It is is so cheerful and happy! The pattern calls for several borders, but I don't think I want it that big because I think I want to hang it. It is already about 48 inches wide, but I think it needs another border--maybe a 2.5 inch aqua one. What do you guys think? Any advice on borders and quilting would be appreciated.
I also finished my pineapple mug rug this week. I made the pineapple using Jackie Padesky's tutorial from Instagram @jackiepadeskyquilts, but I pieced mine to  finish at 1 inch instead of 2.
I snagged this Rae Dunn Aloha mug at TJ Maxx and some Moose Munch to go with it. It was a gift for a friend at work. I am already embroidering another one that I will work on tonight for Slow Sunday Stitching

So much to do and not enough time!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Scrap Zone

 I have been on my Spring Break this week, so I spent the week quilting and shopping. I made this quilt top, Town Square from Lori Holt's Quilty Fun book last year when I was teaching a BOM class. I decided to finish it up for a new spring tablecloth.
 I quilted it horizontally using the wavy stitch on my Pfaff. I quilted it about every 1.25 inches.
 I bound it completely by machine using a red from my stash.
 The backing I bought several years ago and it is my favorite combination turquoise and red.
Here it is finished and on my kitchen table!
 I trekked up to Grand Junction for some serious shopping. First stop was the sewing machine shop where I got a a machine quilting guide and a new extra wide quilting foot. The foot will help me do straight-line quilting about 1/2 inch apart--that modern, but simple look.
 I went by another sewing machine store/quilt shop and bought some Bonnie and Camille half yards for my stash
and these blues for my football quilt.
I had a gift card for Barnes & Noble, but I really don't buy books so much anymore even for my classroom--kids just don't read like they used to and I read on my Kindle Paperwhite from the library. I grabbed a couple of my favorite magazines and bought a spring tote bag--they did not have it in turquoise, but the coral with Gerber daisies was lovely. I hit many other stores, but it wasn't really quilt related or very exciting.
I am trying not to start any new quilting projects--I need to finish my UFOs. I made pig blocks and sunflowers quite awhile ago, but I was not sure about the other blocks I had planned to use in the quilt...I changed my mind and now will make some Furrow Blocks (flying geese) as shown in the Sunflower Pig Quilt pattern.  It is a good thing it is rainbow for the RSC17 April!

Monday, April 3, 2017

April OMG Goal

 I already got a great start on my April OMG Goal. My goal for April is to get a bunch of handmade gifts done. First up are pencil pouches for my fifth graders. I work with kids for three years, so we are pretty bonded by the end of elementary school. I like to give them each a personalized gift--in the past, I have given book covers and little baskets. This year, I decided to make personalized pencil pouches. I asked each student for favorite colors and put their initials on them. I made 19 of them this weekend and I made 8 last weekend. I need to make two more--I need clarification on what initial to use and a color for the other one.
I am working on this mug rug for a gift for a friend. The pineapple is a 4x7 inch block. I am hand embroidering the quote right now and I hope to quilt and bind it this evening.

My other gifts I need to complete are nine tea towels for my school secretaries--Administrative Assistant's Day is Wednesday, April 26th. 

Well, I think that all these handmade gifts are plenty for my April OMG Goal. Check out what everyone else is working on here:

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Pencil Pouches

 Happy Sunday night! I won these beautiful reproduction fabrics from Martingale over on Instagram and they arrived yesterday. There are 22 fat quarters and I also have a book on the way. 
I did some stash enhancement myself this week too--I bought all of these black and white half yards and some blues for my Denver Broncos Football Quilt I want to make before the next football season begins in September. I still need to get a few more blues before I can start that one.
This month's RSC17 color has been red, so I whipped up a couple of Medallion Log Cabin Blocks in red yesterday. I also worked on some other UFO blocks for a charity quilt.
It is nearly April and we only have seven more weeks of school left, but we have not had our Spring Break yet. It is the first week in April and I am looking forward to sleeping in and sewing. Meanwhile, I need to make my end of the year gifts for my fifth graders. This year I decided to make personalized pencil pouches. I hit a fat quarter sale at Joann's a couple of weeks ago and bought a bunch at $1 each. Then, I ordered 9 inch zippers from Zipit Zippers on Etsy. I highly recommend them--they have great prices and color selection as well as speedy and inexpensive shipping!
 I spent this afternoon making some of the pencil pouches. This was my prototype. I cut my fabrics 5.5 x 10.5 inches
I managed to make 8 Personalized Pencil Pouches this afternoon. They are pretty quick and easy to make which is good because I have 21 more to go! I will put a couple of mechanical pencils and some candy in them and have a nice gift for each of my fifth graders when our year is over. Well, I hope to get some more of these pencil pouches done before next weekend. Have a great week!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

OMG March Done = H2H

 Happy Spring from Western Colorado! I know it is not officially spring, but our weather the last week has indicated it has definitely arrived--we have been in the mid-70's. It has been lovely and we have enjoyed it with grilling, being outside, and cruising with the top down. 

It has been more of a challenge to stay in the sewing room with this fabulous weather. I did manage to finish quilting this Medallion Log Cabin. I made this top back in 2015 and then it has languished in the to be quilted pile...I pulled it out of the pile and made finishing it my OMG for March.

I had actually been thinking about keeping this one for myself, but I have changed my mind. A beautiful third grader from one of my schools lost her short battle with stage 4 brain cancer on March 10th and I think I will donate it in her memory to Happy Chemo as part of the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2017 organized by Sarah:
 Here is an up close picture of my quilting. I used the wavy stitch on my Pfaff and just used the medallion blocks as my guide. I actually created a tutorial for making these blocks and you can find it here:
Since I have fallen in love with minky as a backing, I backed it with this pearl grey minky. I did check with Happy Chemo and minky is fine for them. It is 54 inches square and would be perfect for bringing along during chemo treatments. I didn't mind snuggling under it last night and this morning as I stitched the binding down. Here is a link for other inspirational hand work:
 Happy mail arrived yesterday. This large pile includes 60 fat quarters and 4 yards of white on white from Connecting Threads. I am collecting oranges for a couple of projects and I could not pass up some other fat quarter bundles that were less than a dollar per fat quarter. As a stash quilter, fabric bargains are essential for my stash to get replenished.
Carole posted the latest clue for the Scrap Dance Two Step Mystery and I am all done with my 4.5 inch half square triangles. Here is a link to that:

I am headed back into my sewing room to dig into another UFO--I have plenty to choose from. Have a great week!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Forward

 I have been dreading the time change because I hate losing a whole hour, but it staying late longer is nice. I finally washed my Rainbow Curved Log Cabin Baby Quilt.
 It got nice and crinkly and it did not seem to matter that the backing is minky. This will go into my baby quilt stash ready to be gifted.
 Because I liked the baby quilt so much, I already started to make more blocks for another quilt and for my RSC17 challenge. I am thinking a lap-sized version this time.
 The color for RSC17 March is red. Here are all my red blocks so far...
 This quilt is my OMG challenge for March and it was an RSC15 project. I pinned it this morning and I am nearly done with my machine quilting. I just need to dig into my stash for a good binding.
Here is the quilting on the minky backing.
My embroidering for retirement quilts continues and I will soon be putting everyone's blocks together for one of the retirement quilts. Here is a link to more handwork:

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March OMG Goal

Happy March! I have been hesitant to set any quilting goals after my epic failure on my quilting goals for 2016, but I need to get some of my UFOs done. I am joining Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal (OMG) link up for March. I want to finish this top--machine quilting and binding. Here is the link:
I just got back from buying a grey minky for a backing fabric, so hopefully I will successfully meet this goal.
While I was in Denver, my Connecting Threads order arrived with some of these fabrics. I also picked up a couple of the oranges while in Denver. I am collecting oranges for two upcoming projects.
My order included all of these threads. I usually wait for one of Connecting Thread's annual sales, but I was completely out of white and the $2.74 full price is still a great deal.
I had a good time in Denver--I got a little shopping in, got my hair cut and colored, ate Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish, spent time in the hot tub, ate amazing sushi, and went dancing. This picture is from the sushi bar. My friend and college roommate, Lauren, is in the leopard print. I am in the coral and Melissa and Michelle are the sisters in white.  It was very fun night!

Have a great week!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Slow Sunday

 Despite it being a slow Sunday, I managed a finish! This is a Cheri Payne design called Saltbox Houses. I had made some of the companion quilts that go with the design, so when she posted the pattern on her Facebook group I decided to make this one too.  It is a complete freebie as everything came from my stash.
 Unfortunately, I need to put my snowmen quilts away and get my spring projects hung, but it will be up next winter for sure. I hand quilted it and got the binding done today for Slow Sunday Stitching
I made four more teal RSC17 blocks yesterday. These blocks are 9 inches finished and make a gorgeous rainbow design.
Speaking of rainbow designs, I finished my curved log cabin this week. It has been very windy, so I have not been able to get any good pictures yet. Here is an up close of the teal/aqua block. I think I will make some more blocks for the RSC17 and make a quilt for myself with them...
I will be spending the evening embroidering a couple of these blocks. They will be part of a couple of retirement quilts for some teachers that are retiring at the end of this school year.

I leave for Denver on Wednesday morning for a work meeting. I hope to check out a quilt shop near the hotel we are staying at and get to Home Goods. If weather permits, I am going to spend the rest of the weekend with my college roommate. Have a great week!