Sunday, November 11, 2018

Vintage Christmas Blocks 1

 Greetings! I got started on the Vintage Christmas blocks. I am making the quilt on the cover, but with turquoise/aqua in lieu of the mint green. There are several projects in the book I plan on making.
 I am also using fabrics from my scrap bins instead of the Lori Holt fabrics in the kits and book.
 My version will be scrappier and probably brighter.
 These are six inch blocks with some tiny pieces. This is going to be a fun BOM for next year!
Last weekend, my daughter and her friends visited Barcelona--they managed to spend some time at the beach where it was in the 70's.
Her bestie on the trip is a guy. Nothing has changed as her best friend in kinder and first grade was a boy too--less drama! This weekend, she went to Copenhagen to check it out and visit her friend who is there for this semester. She has a few more trips scheduled in the next month--Paris, Portugal, and Ireland before she comes back to Colorado mid-December! 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Name Quilt Finish

Last Sunday, I was all done with my Ghosts Quilt and trying not to start anything big as I was awaiting the arrival of my Vintage Christmas by Lori Holt book. I remembered that my friend Mandy had just announced the birth of her first grandson, Jonah. Of course, I had no boy quilts already made in my stash! Time to come up with something quick. 
I made the letter blocks and the car block and cut out all the patchwork squares--all with some happy bright fabrics from my stash. The pattern for the Name Quilt can be found in Spelling Bee also by Lori Holt. I made mine one row wider to make it nearly square. I like bigger baby quilts that you can use to spread out on the floor for tummy time.
Yesterday, I pieced everything together and ran down to town to get a backing. I have decided that I prefer to back my baby quilts with luxuriously soft minky and Joann's had their minky 60% off. I selected the Nautical Royal Blue (there weren't many colors to choose from, but I loved this one!) and got 1.25 yards for $8.09 including tax. 
I pinned it this morning and quilted it grid style with my Pfaff's large wavy stitch. I decided to machine bind it to keep the wavy stitch pattern consistent. It just came out of the dryer and will be delivered to Grandma tomorrow afternoon.
On my way to Joann's, I stopped by my LQS to see if the Vintage Christmas book had arrived. It had, so now I can get started making my blocks for my sample. I am working with my LQS to offer this as a BOM for 2019. There are so many possibilities with this book!
Although the mint fabric Lori used is super retro 1950's, I prefer aqua/turquoise and some bling/silver/chrome. I grabbed these fabrics from the quilt shop. I want to show the BOM participants that you don't have to use the exact fabrics Lori used. I have always made her patterns using my own stash of fabrics and love how scrappy and bright my versions are.
 My daughter spent the last week traveling with her study group. They went to Brussels; she loved the beer, chocolate, and waffles there!
 Next, they flew over to Berlin.
 She loved Berlin and raved about all the history 
and artwork. Eight of the group left Berlin and flew to Barcelona for this weekend, she didn't send any photos of that yet, but she raved about the food there. She is flying back to London now and then will visit a friend in Copenhagen next weekend. I will just be slaving away in my classroom this week and enjoying not going to work in the dark!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

October Finishes

 I finished my Little Ghosties this week! This was definitely my DrEAMi! (Drop Everything and Make It) for the month of October. I cut, pieced, quilted, and bound it all within the month. Check out what projects tempted everyone this month here:
This was so much fun to make and even better because most of it was from my stash. I washed it this morning and it now measures 57 x 58 inches. I put a hanger on the back and I am not sure if it will be hung up or used for a couch quilt...
I made an extra ghost block and used it on the back for the label.
 This is my Sugar Stars Quilt that I struggled with quilting a couple of weeks ago. It looks better after washing it to hide my awful machine quilting. It measures 59 x 78 inches after washing.
I think all the prints are from a Bonnie & Camille Marmalade layer cake, but I could have added some additional prints in.
The backing is this pink with red geometric design. I added in a strip of Bonnie & Camille to make it long enough.

Well, I was totally disappointed this week when the Fat Quarter Shop's Fat Eighth Fruitcake reveal was postponed! I had made my deadline and absolutely love the quilt I made, but the fabric the pattern is promoting was delayed. I have no idea when I will get to share it, but it was an October finish for sure!
 I traveled for work last weekend and the beginning of this week, so the only quilting that I got to work on was hand binding, but I did hit Trader Joes, Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret, and Old Navy--love to shop when I get to the big city! My friend Rachel has started experimenting with her long arm. We are trading my hand binding skills for her long arm quilting.
She made this small baby quilt, so I attached the binding this morning and will bind it this evening for some Slow Sunday Stitching:
I think these cheerful flowers are precious!
My daughter has been in London for most of the month of October--as part of their London studies, they were required to complete an internship. It gave her several weekends to spend exploring London.
Isn't her vintage Burberry trench coat fabulous? She found it in one of our local antique stores when she was home for her short summer vacation--it was a great buy for $150 (new ones are $2000)! They left London today for a few days in Belgium and then they will move onto Berlin--these two cities are part of her study group. Then, she organized for a bunch of them to go to Barcelona for next weekend. #semesterofalifetime

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Project Progress

 Look what is on my pinning tables this morning--the cute little ghosties. I am going to quilt it vertically with my wavy stitch about an inch apart. 
 I picked up the gray background bats fabric at Joann's, but there was not quite enough of it--so I put a strip of black solid to make it work and put the label over the off center strip. I think it will look cute and I hope to get some Slow Sunday Stitching in by binding it.
My mom and I wanted to test out her Handiquilter since she had it rebuilt. The stitch length is better, but still not consistent. I do not enjoy long arming to start with and then having technical difficulties makes it worse than having dental work.  I think I will do my machine quilting either on my Pfaff or by check from now on. This is my Sugar Stars Quilt--the pattern in a Lori Holt and the fabrics are Bonnie and Camille Marmalade--my two favorites combined.
I pieced this one back in 2015, so I am pleased to have this UFO approaching the finished category even if the quilting is not perfect. I already attached the binding and will work on that this week after my ghosts.
My Fat Quarter Fat Eighth Quilt is all done and will be revealed on here and Instagram on Tuesday, 10/23. Stay tuned, it is a gorgeous quilt and quick, simple pattern!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Ghost Top

 It's fall y'all! It is like a switch flipped here in Western Colorado we went from mid 80's to the mid 50's and rainy, gloomy weather in a few days which means my hubby and I have shifted to sweats, slippers, and comfort food. We also put flannel sheets on our bed and had to turn on the heater. It also means I don't feel guilty about spending the days in my sewing room. I have been eyeing so many fun Ghost Quilts on Instagram--I considered doing the quilt along back in August, but with back to school there was no way. Yesterday morning, I looked up the pattern and determined that I had enough Kona gray, Kona white, and blacks in my stash to make the top without having to buy anything, but the pattern. I clicked away and bought the pattern, here is the link:
I cut all the fabric and started sewing.
 All 26 of my little ghosts came together this morning, I made an extra ghost to turn into my label. I am so tickled with this top!
 The pattern recommended Kona Silver, but I just used whatever Kona gray that was in my stash--it is darker. I think a Moda Marble in gray or black would be an excellent background too, or even a deep purple.
My ghosts were altogether by about 5pm today, but the rainy weather thwarted any chance of getting a good picture outside--maybe tomorrow. Also maybe tomorrow, I will go get a backing after work...
Glen, my amazing quilter, squeezed in my Fat Eighth Fruitcake Quilt yesterday. I have to have my pictures submitted to the Fat Quarter Shop on October 18th, so I was anxious to get it quilted, so I can make my deadline. It will be on my blog on October 23rd.  I asked Glen to use something with flowers and he loves this magnolia design--it looks perfect with my gingham backing. Glen does not have a traditional longarm machine, they have a Quilting Master Full Frame
This quilt is about 64 x 75 inches and he set the speed to about 1000 stitches per minutes. It took only about an hour and 15 minutes of actual quilting and about 30 minutes to load it on the frame. 
I used some of the leftover trimmings from the backing to make the binding. I will spend the rest of this evening and several more this week hand binding it. 
One of my daughter's friends popped over to London this weekend to hang out with her. They also saw each other at Okoberfest last weekend. Her friend is studying this semester in Copenhagen, so my daughter will visit her there next month. They enjoyed high tea at one of the many museums!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Simple Zipper Bag Blog Remix

I signed up to help out the Fat Quarter Shop with the Simple Zipper Bag Blog Remix. I used some leftover 2.5 inch squares from another FQS project that will be revealed later this month. Most of the fabrics are from the Bonnie and Camille Smitten line, but the are a few other B & C pieces in it too. I made the larger version of the bag.
I used this cute little Vespa charm as a zipper pull.
I quilted my zipper bag using a cross hatch design and used some Good Life scraps for the backing and the binding. You can find the FQS tutorial for this project here:

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Scrappy Trips Finish

I started my Scrappy Trips on a whim back in August and I am so glad that I caved to the Drop Everything and Make It (DrEAMi!) obsession.
I am thrilled that I did not allow it to languish in my tops pile either! This is a free Bonnie Hunter pattern you can find here:
I made 36 blocks and it was about 72 inches square before quilting and washing. It shrunk to about 67 inches square.
 I quilted it diagonally using my Pfaff's large wavy stitch. The quilting really added a lot of texture and the curves broke up the monotony of the 90 degree angles of the squares.
 I took these pictures this morning in the glorious sun. I like how you can see the front through the backing.
I included my embroidered label on the backing and quilted right through it too.
I washed with three Color Catchers and they did their job! The orange is much darker than this picture shows. This is the first time I have had an orange bleed this much and it is even an old Robert Kaufman fabric from the Metro Living line--very nice quality.
I mentioned before that I do not have a purpose/owner for this quilt, but my dog, Bella, seemed to claim it the other night as I was binding it. She is not much a cuddler, but as soon as she jumped on my bed, she made a beeline to lay down on it. She did not care that there were Clover Clips on the edge or that I was actively sewing it. When she gets on my bed, she usually goes through a grooming routine and lays aloofly away from me, but not this night, straight to a deep, contented sleep on this quilt. She was definitely claiming it as hers! I think I would really like to make one of these even bigger using strips from all of my Bonnie and Camille fat quarter bundles. It would be gorgeous on my bed!
I claimed this shirt at Target as mine a couple of weeks ago. The Broncos play tomorrow night, so I will be wearing this as I spend today in my sewing room. I finished something which means I can start something, right?
My daughter, the one on the left, attended Oktoberfest in Munich this weekend. She already posted on Instagram that she will never go again--too many drunk people and crowds, but she can cross it off her bucket list. She just texted me that she is happily boarding her flight back to London now and starts her internship there tomorrow! 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Scrappy Trips Quilting

 Fall is in the air here in western Colorado! The leaves are starting to change and the mornings are brisk--it was 35 degrees the other morning when I left for work too cold for the convertible, but 82 degrees when I left work at 3:30pm. I pinned my Scrappy Trips yesterday and quilted it up the rest of the weekend. It is big--not too big to quilt with my Pfaff's 10 inch throat, but pretty much too big for me to pin--72 inches square. I may need to get another pinning table!
 I quilted it on the diagonals with my big wavy stitch--it looks organic and adds some curves in the sea of squares.
 This project tickles me because I bought nothing specifically for it--the pattern was a freebie from Bonnie Hunter, all of the fabrics were from my stash including the backing, and I finished off my roll of Warm and White batting (I already have another one still in the box).
 At first, I thought I would use a black and white stripe for the binding, but I don't want anyone to limit this quilt as a Halloween project with the orange and white backing. I opted for a dark gray also from my stash instead.
I am not sure if I will keep this one or pass it on, but I did embroider a label for it. I will Slow Sunday Stitch the binding tonight and tomorrow night while watching football. I sure hope that Fitzpatrick aka Fitzmagic leads Tampa Bay to their third victory!
I usually grocery shop on Sunday mornings at 8am because everyone is either at church or sleeping in. I hit Walmart and City Market (Kroger). I always make my rounds to the clearance section, but from some reason today I looped through the kitchen goodies at the Wall too. They had these 16-quart Pressure Canners for $15 instead of $65. My mom and I bought one years ago that we share, but it stays at her house, so now I have one to stay at my house if I want to can anything! They also had dozen packs of canning jars for $5, but I already have plenty in the garage, so I skipped them. I can't pass up a good, practical bargain!

Have a great week!