Friday, November 27, 2015

It's Black Friday!

The day after Thanksgiving, and I still feel full from dinner last night....   It's Black Friday, and while hoards of people are out trying to scavenge great deals, you couldn't pay me enough to leave the house today.  Instead, for me, it's one of my favorite days of the year - Black Friday Sew In!

Here's what I'm hoping to get working on today:

 - The new Bonnie Hunter Mystery - clue #1 came out this morning!
 - A window topper for the nursery - I still have to figure out how to make some big, jungly looking leaves and turn them into some sort of topper...
 - And finally, I'm hoping to get my long overdue Star Surround Christmas quilt basted up.

(This is just one block, but it's the only pic I could find.... the whole top is actually done and ready to go!)

I've got a couple other quilts that need basting to be ready for quilting, so perhaps I can get a few knocked out....

Updates soon!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Busy busy busy....

Lots of stuff going on around here - not the least of which is growing a bitty little human that is due next month!  Turns out, preparing for said bitty human takes up a LOT of time, so I haven't been diligent in posting here, but here's a smattering of what I've been working on....

A felt stocking (from a kit) for the little guy... this is the same style of stocking that my mom made for me when I was born!  It also makes for good handwork at night.

I just finished this one last night, so I don't have great pictures yet.  It's a New Year's Eve wallhanging that I made for the Michael Miller Glitz challenge for QuiltCon 2016.  I'll post better pics later - including of the detail of the quilting with metallic thread.  

This is a fun quilt that I'm not quite done piecing yet... It's the MSQC pattern called Bordered Periwinkle, and I used a Persimmon layer cake to put it together.  I'm hoping to have this one done up next!

Our guild had a triangle challenge for the fourth quarter, so I put this together.... it's actually finished, so I'll hopefully have better pictures soon.  I pieced and quilted it together as a table topper, but am actually thinking of cutting into the center and rebinding it as a tree skirt.  We'll see.....

And finally, I've gotten my fabrics together for the new Bonnie Hunter mystery starting next week!  Since the mystery goes straight through my due date, I'm making it a little easier on myself by just using yardage, and I thought it would be interesting to go with a grunge print for each color.  We'll see how it goes!

I'm looking forward to my work schedule slowing down over the next few weeks while I wait for baby to arrive, and I'm hoping (perhaps foolishly) that I'll find lots of time in there to finish up some of these projects and get them moved on to their new homes.  I still have a quilty to-do list that's about 10 pages long.  However, now that the guild challenge and Michael Miller challenge pieces are done, I'm feeling a huge sense of relief that I just get to quilt for me with no more deadlines.

Now, if you'll excuse me, it's time to go dig out the turkey wreath and get him on the door before that holiday passes me by!

Gobble gobble!  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back to that disappearing 9 patch...

I've had tons of interest in my disappearing 9 patch quilt, so months ago I tracked down a tutorial, and blogged about it..... and then at some point accidentally deleted the post??  So here it is again!

Here's my quickie baby sized version of the quilt:

And here is a great tutorial -  happens to be for a Halloween quilt, even though mine is all scrappy - that shows this technique for a disappearing 9 patch:

Essentially, you get an entirely different look to the disappearing 9 patch, but just substituting background fabric for 4 of the squares!  There are lots of variations on the disappearing 9 patch, but I think I love this one the best because it gives a nice and airy look.  I added 2 1/2" sashing between the big units on mine, just for a little more space.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Get in the groove....

It's been a heck of a slump for me.

This happens every once in a while - not just to me, I know lots of quilty friends who hit the slump, and just have to take a couple of months off.  That's where I've been lately, and I just haven't had the energy to do much of anything.

I have a couple of projects that were time sensitive, that I finally got finished up this weekend.  I spent nearly all day today in my sewing studio - and it felt sooooooooooo good.

I've got a few massive WIP's that I'll be able to share soon, but for now, I'm just incredibly excited that the slump is over!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Miserable Marsala.

So, each year, it's kind of fun to look forward to the Pantone Color of the Year challenge that our guild usually does.  I'm the Challenge Chair, so I had to subject my guild to miserable marsala this year....

Yes, it's reminiscent of the 80's, and I'm pretty sure that at some point in my youth, I coveted a prom dress in TEEN Magazine made from taffeta in this very color.  However, it's the COTY, so a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

Saturday was our meeting to present our challenge quilts, and let's just say that I had some technical difficulties (read: major precision problems in my piecing), so it's just a top at the moment.  And a top that will need to be repieced, if it ever has hopes of becoming an actual quilt.

In any case, here it is:
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One of the saving graces of this color is that it looks quite pretty (and very Arizona-ish) when paired with blues.  I found a FQ bundle of blue blenders to use, and I do think the colors go together well.

Our next challenge should be a LOT more fun, and I'm definitely looking forward to getting started on it!