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: