Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Where did June go?

My goodness, I can't believe June is nearly over!  This month has flown by.  I have tried to sew as much as I can, but it seems like family, work, other chores, and out of town traveling have kept me from sewing.  Here is what I have been up to for the past few weeks.....

Hop, Skip & Jump BOM with Sew Lux Fabric

Last year I did the Designer Mystery BOM with Fat Quarter Shop and I loved it so much that I signed up for this BOM a month or two ago with Sew Lux Fabric.  I just LOVE LOVE LOVE getting an envelope of pretty fabric in the mail each month.  Our first block was a churn dash and the fabric we are using is Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille.  

Block 1

Happy Birthday Table Topper
My local quilt shop is great  and they also offer many kitted items.  I just finished this one last night.  It is a Happy Birthday Table Topper from Kimberbell Designs.  It is kind of cute.  I guess the idea is to put your cake on the green and red nine patch in the center.

Birthday table topper

Sweet Land of Liberty Quilt
This is another project from my local quilt shop.  It is the Sweet Land of Liberty pattern from Kimberbell Designs.  I just basted and stitched in the ditch around the blocks last night and will hopefully finish this one up in the next few days.  There are still many embellishments to add after all of the quilting is done, but it is getting closer to being finished.

Summer quilt

Yet another project from my local quilt shop!  I just love any fabric by Bonnie & Camille and really love Camille's patterns too - so joining this block of the week was a no brainer for me.  So, now I have two WIP's using Happy Go Lucky.  My local quilt shop is offering this kit as a block of the week.  Here is my block one.  I I am....currently four blocks behind already!!!  Eek!!  

Fireworks - #1

Box of Chocolates - 2 twin quilts
Slow progress on this one.  I have completed 86 blocks and have a TON more to do.  Luckily I am enjoying the pattern and the lovely fabrics so it has been fun to work on.  These quilts are destined for my old college roommates little girls room.  The pattern is Box of Chocolates in the Skip the Borders book by Julie Herman.  The fabric is Vintage Modern from Bonnie & Camille.

Box of chocolates progress

Patio Furniture
My patio furniture re-paint project is finished!  Yay!  This one took forever it seems.  My parents decided they no longer wanted their super heavy old iron patio furniture and offered it to me - YES PLEASE!  It needed some freshening up so I repainted it in Aquatic Mist from Lowe's and just love how it turned out.

Patio furniture

By the way, what has happened to Flickr?!  I can't figure out how to edit my photos anymore.  If you can offer any tips on how to do that, I would be grateful.  

Linking up this super long and overdo post to WIP Wednesday with Freshly Pieced.

Friday, May 31, 2013

New Wave Finish

I finished hand stitching the binding to the back of this quilt yesterday!  Woo hoo!  I was also able to throw it in the washing machine last night, so now it is nice and soft and ready for its recipient.  

New Wave finish!

As mentioned in a previous post, the pattern I used is New Wave Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman.  I really enjoyed making this quilt and would like to remake it in some brighter colors someday.  The fabric I used for this masculine version is Curious Nature by Parson Gray.  I really liked working with that fabric line and probably have enough fabric leftover to make another quilt from.

New Wave quilting close up

I quilted the printed sections with a stipple using Aurifil thread in coordinating colors and stitched in the ditch along the solid sashing.  As usual, I neglected to take a picture of the back, but it is the same cocoon print as photographed above but navy blue instead of green.

I am linking this finish up to Finish it Up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts today.  Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WIP Wednesday!!

Happy Wednesday!  The long holiday weekend has been throwing off my week, but I will take a three day weekend anytime I can get one.

Here is what I have been up to for the past week or two -

I finished this baby quilt for a soon to be delivered little boy.  It is kind of big, but that is OK!  More room to grow, right?!  It is made from lots of different fabrics I had acquired from a couple swaps and some Riley Blake Ginghams and Chevrons I already had.  The sashing is a gray Bella Solid, the backing is the aqua and navy Chevron print from Riley Blake and the binding is a red Bella Solid.  I stippled this quilt with some gray Aurifil thread.

Britton's finished quilt

Over the long weekend, I was also able to quilt this New Wave Quilt made from Curious Nature by Parson Gray.  I am about half way done hand stitching the binding to the back but forgot to take an updated picture.

New Wave top

I also started a new project a day or two ago.  I am making two - yes two - twin quilts for my dear dear friends little girls room.  She fell in love with the line of fabric, Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille so that is what the quilts will be made out of.  I love that line too!  The pattern I am following is called Box of Chocolates from the book Skip the Borders by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts.   I am excited about this project!

Vintage Modern Blocks

Finally, over the weekend, I repainted some old iron patio furniture I recently acquired from my parents. It was an old faded black color and now it is a pretty aqua color - aquatic mist from Lowe's to be exact.  I am so pleased with this!  I have two more chairs and a large table left to paint.  

Lawn Chairs

That is what I have been up to recently and can't wait to continue working on these well as the many older project just begging to be finished.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced today.  Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Blocks for Boston

Like everyone, I was so upset and horrified about the bombings at the Boston Marathon several weeks ago.  I simply cannot understand how someone can have so much hate inside of them to attack innocent children and adults.  

When I heard the Boston Modern Quilt Guild was asking for quilt blocks to turn into quilts for the victims and affected families, I knew I wanted to help.  I made these two blocks and mailed them off today.

Blocks for Boston

The colors of the marathon are blue, yellow, gray and white.  The block on the left is made with City Weekend by Oliver & S for Moda and the block on the right is made from Bella Solids.  

There is still a little time left to send blocks to Boston.  They are asking for all blocks to be postmarked by next Friday - May 24th!

Linking up this finish to Finish it Up Friday today! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WIP Wednesday

It has been about a month since my last WIP Wednesday post.  It seems like life has been extra busy lately so there hasn't been as much time to sew.  I am hopeful things will slow down a bit for Summer and that I will have more time to play with fabric.

I made this tote for my Mom for Mother's Day.  She seemed to like it - so YAY!  The pattern I used is called Lucy's Beach Bag by Sweetwater.  This is the second time I have made this tote.  The fabric I used was Oh Deer! by MoMo for Moda fabrics and it is twill.  The lining of the bag is the same polka dotted print.

Mother's Day gift!

I also managed to get this quilt basted this past week.  I need to get busy quilting on this one as it needs to be finished by the beginning of June.

New Wave top
New Wave Quilt

Finally this week I basted another quilt!  Two quilts basted in one week - a new record!!  This quilt is for one of my dear friends soon to be born little boy.  Unfortunately this is the only picture I have of this one so far.  I added a gray border after this picture was taken.  

Brittany's boy#2

This quilt is a mixture of lots of different fabrics, but it mostly has Riley Blake Chevrons and Gingham's.  The baby's room is going to be bright, so this will fit in nicely.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday today at Freshly Pieced!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Pouches, Pouches, Pouches!

I don't know about you, but I am so glad it is Friday.  Yay!  I started making these pouches a few weeks ago and finished them up this week.

12 pouches

I am part of a local ladies service organization in my town, and this year I was in charge of the service chairs.  The service chairs were responsible for coordinating all of our organizations service activities for the year.  Since our end of year banquet is held in May, I wanted to give the service chairs a little something to thank them for their hard work but not spend a ton of money.

my favorite one
This one is my favorite!
When I saw this pattern on the Moda Bake Shop a few weeks ago, I thought this would be the perfect fit.  I am going to fill these pouches with candy and give them to the ladies on Monday.

favorite inside

The tutorial was easy to follow and this was the first time I had ever attempted a zipper.  Two broken needles later....I had twelve pouches!  I used a layer cake of Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille for Moda to whip up these sweet little clutches.  I even had 6 layer cake squares left.

Have a great weekend!  Linking up to Finish it Up Friday today.

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Late Easter Finish

Better late then never, right?!  I finished this Easter quilt up about a week ago.  It was a kit at my local quilt shop and the pattern is from Kimberbell Designs.  I think it turned out pretty cute!  

Easter quilt

When I quilted this, I tried to challenge myself to do some different types of free motion quilting.  Behind the bunting that says Easter is a paisley design, there are some loops with the carrots and baskets, a small stipple with the bunnies and baby chicks and some swirls on the pink fabric in the chevron row.  Finally, I did some clover behind the big flowered row.  I am taking the Leah Day class on Craftsy and wanted to put my new knowledge to use!  Also in the border I attempted to quilt some flowers that was a tutorial on the Cluck Cluck Sew blog a short while ago.  

All that being said, it is hard to see the quilting in this terrible picture - but trust me - it is there!  

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday.  I am hoping to get some serious sewing time in this weekend!  Thanks for stopping by.