Saturday, July 22, 2017

For the Babies

I had mentioned earlier in the year that my daughter is expecting twins, so you can imagine I've been pretty busy making a few things!  

First on my to-do list were quilts for the babies.  Let me tell you, it was really nice being able to make smaller quilts for a change!  

My daughter lives on a farm up in Michigan and I found the cutest fabric collection that I thought would be perfect.  I bought two layer cakes of Farm Fun by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda.  The fabrics are bright and fun with farmhouses, cows, milk bottles, eggs, tractors and chicken wire!  I wanted to use the same fabric but a different design for each of the quilts, so I chose an hourglass pattern for one and a pinwheel pattern for the other.

Farm Fun Hourglass Quilt

 Farm Fun Pinwheel Quilt

I did simple line quilting on the diagonal.  The fabrics are so cute I thought simple was better.

For the binding I used chicken wire fabrics ~ one in red and one in green.  And I kept the back simple with just a scrappy strip on each.

Once I finished the quilts, I made some burp cloths

 Then I grabbed the Divided Basket pattern by Noodlehead (I've had this on my bucket list for a while!) and made a basket to put them in.  :)

I loved every minute I spent on these ~ now we're just waiting to see those babies!!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long: 3rd Quarter List

Quarter #3 is here!  Last quarter I finished 2 out of 4 ~ not too bad.  Out of the two that were left, I'm only leaving one on this list.  Here goes!

1 - Seasonal Silhouettes - May.  Still working with the Seasonal Silhouettes pattern book by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  I have this one fused ~ hoping to finish it this quarter ~ it's one of my favorites!

New this quarter:

2 - Outstretched - from the book Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting.  I have the pattern and the fabrics (although those might change!)  It's the last quilt on my list that I'm making for my grandkids.  This one is for my oldest grandson ~ and I really appreciate his patience!

3 - Bubblegum Kisses - The pattern is a Sew Sampler exclusive for June and the fabrics are from Lori Holt's Bee Basics collection.  

So I'm stopping at 3 this quarter because I know most of my time is going to be spent with family in Michigan.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long: 2nd Quarter Results

Do these quarters seem to be going faster and faster?  I did manage to squeal out two finishes this quarter ~ mostly due to travel and other projects that got in the way that weren't on my list (also known as baby quilts for the twins our daughter is expecting!)

1 - Facets from the book Machine Quilting With Style by Christa Watson.  FINISHED!  Blogged here.

Next up ~ I'm still working with the Seasonal Silhouettes pattern book by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts and I've decided that each block is going to be its own mini-quilt so that I have something to hang each month.  Here's my basket of fabrics.  (BTW, this is the Oslo Craft Bag ~ a free pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness)

2 - Seasonal Silhouettes - May.  I have all the pieces fused, but it's been on the back burner since we got home from out west.

3 - Seasonal Silhouettes - June.  I have most of the pieces fused, but it's also on the back burner for a while.

4 - Sloan Travel Bag - This is a belated birthday present for my daughter (I haven't given it to her yet, so here's just a preview).  FINISHED!  Blogged here.

So two out of four this quarter ~ I like to think of it as my glass half full.  :)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long: 2nd Finish for Quarter 2 (shhh - it's a secret!)

Is there anything in the rules that says I have to show a full picture of something on my list that I haven't gifted yet?  I told my daughter Kelli I was going to make her a Sloan Travel Bag for her birthday which was January 2nd!  (Sorry, Kel ~ I've been buried in quilt-making).  I added it to my 2nd Quarter FAL list, thinking that would give me the push I needed to finish it.  

Well, it's finished, but I'm bringing it up to Michigan in July and I don't want her to see it until I give it to her.    So here is a picture of the pattern:

and here is a sneak peek of Kelli's bag:

Fingers crossed that it's good enough for the Finish-A-Long.  :)

p.s. I absolutely love this pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness ~ I made one for myself last year and it's Awesome!

Update:  OK ~ the bag has been gifted and is anxiously awaiting the trip to the hospital for the birth of Kelli and Mike's twins!  So here are a few more photos.

2017 Finish-A-Long: Finally ~ a Facets Finish!

I've been doing much more sewing than blogging this quarter ~ and that's a good thing, right?

Happy to say that I finished the Facets quilt for my grandson Mitchell.  I love this pattern, but struggled with the making of the improv fabric for the diamonds.  Despite that, I actually love this quilt!

The fabrics were chosen by my daughter ~ most of the fabrics from the Pink Castle Fabrics in Ann Arbor, MI.  The background is Sew Hope Full Letters and Numbers by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics.  The red was a Linea Tonal by Henley Studio for Makower UK.  

This was the beginning of my improv fabric:

 and here are my first blocks ready to be sewn together:

The back really shows off some of the fabrics I used for the improv.

I did simple walking-foot quilting on this one, just echoing the zigzag sashing lines and then doing a big diamond in each of the improv diamonds.  

And here's the finish!

So this is my one (and probably only) finish for this 2nd Quarter of the 2017 FAL.  (In my defense, I did make two baby quilts that didn't get put on the FAL list, so I really haven't been slackin'!)  

A big Thank You to Christ Watson for this great pattern!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Back from out west

Happy Friday!  It's been 3 weeks since we got back from our road trip out west ~ and I'm ready to go back.  :)  We rented a condo for a month in Mesquite, NV, and we spent the 3 nights before and the 3 nights after in Las Vegas.  My favorite stop on the trip was Upper Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ.  

It was absolutely breathtaking!  We had never been to a slot canyon before ~ next time we'll have to check out Lower Antelope Canyon.

I did take my sewing machine with me on our trip, but I really didn't get much done.  So I've been quite busy since I've been home.  :)

Today I finished both the top and the backing of the Facets quilt I'm making for my grandson.  I have to say I struggled with the improv fabric, but I'm really happy with the way it turned out!

I almost forgot to mention the best part of the trip.  My husband has an aunt and a cousin that live in Vegas.  His aunt is 97 and she and I play lots of video poker when we see her.  Before we left to come home, she asked me if I'd like to have her sewing machine (which belonged to her mother-in-law).  Of course I said yes ~ keeping my fingers crossed that it would be a Singer Featherweight!

Let me introduce my new baby ~ I call her "Maxie" after Auntie Maxine.  :)

She's a Featherweight 221J and she was built in 1961.  I printed off a manual that I found online and cleaned her up and oiled her in all the right places.  She runs like a dream and I've already taken her to a sew day with our local guild.   Best gift ever!  

I almost forgot ~ one of the highlights of the trip was going to "Quilt Las Vegas", the quilt show put on by the Desert Quilters of Nevada.  The best part was getting to meet Christa Watson (didn't get a pic, darn!) who was doing quilting demos at the Sew Yeah Quilt Shop booth ~ and she's just as sweet and fun as I thought she'd be!  It was great seeing some of her quilts up close ~ she's the first person that inspired me to quilt my own quilts on my domestic machine.  In fact, the Facets quilt I'm making is from her book, Machine Quilting With Style (which she autographed) and I was lucky enough to snag one of her awesome little buttons!  

Like I said earlier ~ I can't wait to go back to the mountains.  It's just so beautiful out there!  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long: 2nd Quarter List

On to the 2nd Quarter!  I only had one non-finish from last quarter, so that's up first.

- Facets from the book Machine Quilting With Style by Christa Watson.  The background and the solid diamonds are cut out ~ I have the 5 solid blocks and 10 improv blocks done, but I'm still working on the improv fabric for the rest of the diamonds (it's harder than I thought, although there might be a slim chance I'm too anal!).  Hoping to finish this quarter.

Next up ~ I'm still working with the Seasonal Silhouettes pattern book by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts and I've decided that each block is going to be its own mini-quilt so that I have something to hang each month.  Here's my basket of fabrics.  (BTW, this is the Oslo Craft Bag ~ a free pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness)

2 - Seasonal Silhouettes - May.  I'm working on cutting out the pieces for this one ~ it's one of my favorites!  Here's the pattern.

3 - Seasonal Silhouettes - June.  Haven't started this one yet, but here's the pattern.

4 - Sloan Travel Bag - This is a belated birthday present for my daughter that got put on hold because of deadlines and a 6-week trip out west.  I really need to finish it this quarter!  Here's the pattern and you can see the one I made for myself here.  I have most of the fabrics and interfacing, so that's at least a start!

Linking up with Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts!