Sunday, June 18, 2017

Strawberries & Pineapples

I am designing some quilts for one of my local fabric shops to feature as quilt kits at our upcoming quilt show. This is my second attempt at a small strawberry quilt and I finally got the dimensions right. My hubby thinks I should call this on "Quilt Berries." 
I just need to stitch the binding down on this Whimsical Pineapples Quilt. The stitching will be my Slow Sunday Stitching this evening:
I went out of town this week for a training in Denver and did not have that much time in my sewing room. I did manage to embroider this label for my pineapple quilt and hope to get it quilted up this week. The yellow fabric will be an amazing backing for it!

Friday, June 9, 2017

B & C Birthday & Pineapples

My birthday was last weekend and it was celebrated with lots of Bonnie and Camille fabric goodness.  My mom knows my love for vintage goodies, so she found this cool vintage lunch box. Don't you love how she used buttons and ribbon to close the latches? 
Inside was a fat quarter bundle of Little Ruby. So adorable!
My sister sent me a fat quarter bundle of Handmade! My hubby also fed my Bonnie and Camille fabric habit--he gave me money to preorder a fat quarter bundle of The Good Life and the tins that will be out in August. Now, I need to work up the courage to actually use all of my B & C bundles--I have seven all untouched!
I finished my Pineapple Top this week. My mom already has hers quilted, bound, and finished!
The pineapple theme continued. I am working on this sample for my friend, Bernice. We also kitted up a bunch for her shop to sell at our local quilt show next month.
This quote will be embroidered in the middle--I am thinking in green. I will be working on that for Slow Sunday Stitching
My daughter (the one in the skirt) returned from Italy this week and started her internship. She will not be home at all this summer--she moved into a campus apartment and started making money to support her travel habit! It was a great week!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Quilty Fun Sampler Top & June OMG

This beautiful top started last week with a few demo blocks left over from the Quilty Fun class I taught last year. Lori Holt and the Fat Quarter Shop hosted this sampler quilt as a quilt along in 2013-14 and all of the assembly patterns can still be found online.

I made a few changes to my version--no mittens on it because I want to hang it during the spring and summer. I used some leftover string blocks instead and made more cocoa mugs because hot drinks are a big part of my quilting process. Somehow my middle row was 2+ inches smaller than the side rows. I added additional 1.5 inch strips to the top and bottom--problem solved. I am trying to embrace my new motto--
Done Is Better Than Perfect
I have pre-ordered Lori Holt's new Spelling Bee book and will make a quilt using her letters for my motto. She also showed the quilt with an additional wide border, but I am leaving mine this size--about 54 inches square.

I will be figuring out a backing and plan on quilting this one myself on my Pfaff. I am thinking maybe cross hatching it. Getting this one finished is my June OMG. Check out other June OMG goals here:

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Summer Begins

 My summer vacation began on Thursday, but my daughter is already on hers in Italy. She sent me these pictures this morning of her inside the Colosseum
 and this one outside. She still has another week in Italy. I am so happy that she was able to participate in this extended study course.
 Meanwhile, I made luggage tags to hold gift cards as grad presents. 
 They are nice little novelties with a nod to the colleges everyone will be heading off to in the fall.
 I had a squirrel moment--I am easily distracted with quilt projects. I was organizing my sewing room and making a mental list of what UFOs I needed to work on. I looked in my random blocks bin and saw several blocks I had made for my Quilty Fun class last year. I also noticed I needed another smaller Lori Holt quilt to hang with my Sunflower Pigs. I decided to take the demo blocks and make some more to make the small sampler from the Quilty Fun Sew Along in 2013-14. I managed to complete 9 of the 20 steps yesterday. Check out other squirrel projects here:
 The flying geese are each 1.5 x 2.5 inches.
 A small row of Twinkly Winter Stars.
The Chubby Chevrons--some set as X blocks and the rest as a row.
 There are three tree blocks.
 I plan on leaving the mittens off and putting more Cocoa Cups on instead.
The two Courthouse Steps blocks were a breeze using my scrap bins.
The Vintage Baskets are a nod to all the baskets I have. You can find information about the Quilty Fun Sew Along Sampler here:
This is one version I found online--mine is going to be more primary colors and less pastels. I hope to sew the bee block and complete the embroidering on it today for Slow Sunday Stitching:

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Quick Week

Greetings! We presented this retirement quilt to Mr. King this week. He was quite pleased with it and loved the Amy Butler backing.
 The Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt drive is ending. I dug out this Medallion Log Cabin top and backed it with minky and quilted it up. I am donating it to Happy Chemo in honor of a third grader that lost her short battle with brain cancer this school year. It is 56 inches square. You can check out all the other charity quilts here:
The minky is very soft and should be cuddly during chemotherapy treatments. I will get this mailed off this week!
I took some time to get caught up on Carole's Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step. I got my dozen blocks together today.
I need gifts for several graduates this year. I picked up gift cards, but they are not very personal. I thought of making luggage tags. I started with this prototype this afternoon, but I am already planning on some changes.
This is a little bigger and bulkier than I want. So stay tuned for my modifications!
One year ago today, my daughter graduated from high school. Now, she is off in Italy on an extended study where they are studying Galileo. She will return to her university for a paid internship in the admissions office all summer. Sounds like a perfect ending to her freshman year of college!

I delivered the four quilts I bound for my local fabric store on Friday and picked up another. I will spend my evening binding for Slow Sunday Stitching. 

Only 2.5 more days until my summer begins! 


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

 Happy Mother's Day 2017! My sweet daughter sent me my favorite sunflowers on Thursday. She is flying to Italy today for a 3 week extended study. They are studying Galileo and will visit Florence, Rome, and Venice for a week each. Not a bad way to end her freshman year, I think! 
 My mom and I celebrated by getting together yesterday to make pineapple quilts. We are using this free pattern:
We did decide to make our pineapple crowns a little taller than shown in the pattern.
 We got everything cut out and I managed to make 2 blocks. We also celebrated with our favorite Thai food from our local food truck. It was a lovely day!
I spent this morning binding the retirement quilt for my friend John, but I am not posting any pictures until he receives it on Wednesday. I have this quilt all ready for binding this evening as part of my Slow Sunday Stitching:

My countdown for summer is continuing with 8 days of school left. I will be gifting my personalized pencil pouches this week and packing up one of my three classrooms to move--not fun! Have a great week!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

2 & a Half Weeks to Go!

 The end of the school year is a very hectic and stressful time for teachers. We are counting down to summer more than the kids! There are gobs of field trips, end of the year parties, and retirements. One of my schools has four people retiring and they traditionally make quilts for all retirees. I offered to make one of them. There are the two blocks I embroidered for it.
I had 28 blocks, so I just spent the day sewing them together. Right now, it measures 31.5 x 53.5 inches. John loves green, so I am going to pick up a darker green for an outer border.
I have this amazing Amy Butler fabric that I want to use for the backing. I plan on just quilting around the blocks as this will just be a memory/display quilt.  John's fiancee, Patrick, is a quilter, so I know they appreciate designer fabrics. It is my May OMG Goal to have this quilt done for the retirement celebration on 5/17. Here are everyone's goals:
I am helping out my friend and fabric store owner with some binding becauseI love o bind while watching TV. She had another customer quilt several quilts with her new longarm and needed some help with binding. I did this one for her.
Here is its back--the quilting is very nice. I think the longarm is all computerized. 
 Here is the other quilt I finished the binding on.
This one was quilted with different sized swirls. It is gorgeous! I may need to get her to quilt one of my UFOs for me soon. I have two more quilts to bind, so that will be my Slow Sunday Stitching this evening. Check out everyone else's stitching here:

Have a great week!


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunflower Pig Quilt Finish & April OMG

 My piggies are done! This is a Lori Holt design that uses her pig block available on Fat Quarter Shop and several blocks from her Farm Girl Vintage book. I am so grateful to my sister for gifting me the gorgeous kit and to my mom for helping me with the longarm quilting. It is a super bright and sunny day here--almost too bright for pictures, but I could not resist getting this posted because a lot of you have commented that you were in love with it too. It is hard to believe we woke up to two inches of snow yesterday, but it is sunny and brisk today.
This is an up close of the center pig and sunflowers. I used my mom's Handiquilter 16 longarm and her scallop groovy boards. I wanted an allover design because the focus really is the cute piggies and happy sunflowers. Sunflowers happen to be my favorite by the way.
 After washing, it measures 50 x 53 inches. I plan to hang this quilt in my house along with some other bright and cheery quilts for the rest of this spring and into the summer.
Here is my label--an extra piggy that I embroidered the info onto.
 These are my pencil pouches that were part of my April OMG goal. I have all of them done and just need to put some goodies inside them.
I also finished my 8 tea towels for Administrative Assistant's Day. Check out everyone else's April OMG goals here:

I am working on a retirement quilt for an amazing teacher that is finally retiring and I am binding some quilts for my favorite local quilt shop, so my hand work for Slow Sunday Stitching will continue this evening:

We have tomorrow off, so it is a short work week--maybe I will get some more done!

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!