Thursday, January 27, 2011

Waiting for Spring Block A Palooza Block 2

Yeah! Its Thursday!
That means the 2nd block for Block A Palooza
came out today!
Can you tell I am a bit excited?

I checked this block.
Darn, she must be on a different time zone then me.
So, I went and shoveled the huge driveway that
had 6-8 inches of snow on it.
Came back in.....
And there it was!
The second block!
Looks like ALOT of cutting and sewing.
Little TINY 2 inch blocks.
Lots of them!
I'm not thrilled.

So, I finished what I was working on.
Went out with my girlfriend and somehow
bought a quilt book but no fabric!
Yeah me! LOL
Although, my youngest daughter bought fabric.
That can't count against me!

Came back home and looked at the block again.
I really like it.
But I've never attempted anything like this.
No time like now, huh?
So I started cutting.
And cutting.
And cutting.
And then realized that all these little tiny squares now
need sewn together. In a particular order!

I can do this!
And so I did.
Out of all those little squares, only 1 didn't match up exactly!

I do think this would have been much easier strip pieced,
but I did it as the directions called for.

I'm liking this quilt along!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Waiting for Spring Block A Palooza Block 1

I was a little worried after seeing pics of Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda.
It looks really light in the photo's and I
wasn't sure I was going to like it.

But, it arrived today and I like it!
I more then like it!
I'm excited to work with it!

So, I completed my first block for the
Thanks to Quilt Dad for the great design!

I really don't think that the computer does justice to the
real color of this block, which is too bad.
I love how it turned out!

Can't wait to see the next block tomorrow!

New Fabric!

My FatQuarterShop order arrived today!

Thankfully, they had all the fabric wrapped in plastic,
as the box had gotten wet at some point.
I was so worried until I got it opened up.

I ordered 2 quilts worth of fabric.
I ordered the Sunkissed line by Sweetwater for Moda
for my Block A Palooza quilt.

And I ordered Dilly Dally by
Me and My Sister Designs for Moda.
Which I forgot to take a picture of! LOL

So excited to start using both!

Snow Day!

The kids are off school today.
High school midterms finished up, which means
the whole school district get's the following 2 days off.
A little weird to me, but whatever,
we'll take it.

But its snowing anyway.
Which puts school tomorrow in jeopardy.
This area is not equipped to deal with snow.
At all.

So, today, I shall quilt.
I got all the squares cut out to start making the blocks
for my king size quilt.
Yesterday, I finished 4 squares.
Out of about 30.
So, a very good start in just a few hours.
I wonder how many I can get done today?

It would be so cool to get this done quickly
and then send it out to be quilted!

I'll sip my tea, sew my blocks,
and listen to my children argue play nicely
in the background.

I hope you enjoy YOUR day!

Monday, January 24, 2011

One Thing, One Week Challenge Complete

My goal for last week was 2 parts:
To finish piecing
2 king size pillow shams, that will
eventually match the quilt
I plan on making for my bed.

I am happy to say I got that done!

The second part was to start working on a valentine
table runner.
And, I not only started, but completed the piecing!

And, just as a bonus, I also pieced this cute table square:

I got a few other projects worked on also, but these were my goals for the week!

Thanks Amy for the motivation!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

FNSI Results

This FNSI was my first.
And it was a bit of a bummer
as the N stands for night.
And my sewing machine disturbs the
family when they are trying to watch tv.
But I had anticipated this and got quite a bit done
during the day.
I was working on my brother's new baby quilt.
He should be arriving at the end of March and I am ready
to have this done for him.
But I can't post pics on my blog
just in case he or his wife are spying on me <g>.

But you can check out the pictures that I uploaded to flickr!
So, I got most of the quilting done. And
what I didn't get done I finished this morning! Yeah!
So, its in a pile on my table waiting for binding.
Which is cut and ready.
But I need a break. That flannel is so different
to work with then cotton.
But its so soft :)
Just what I would want for my new baby :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Friday Night Sew In

Apparently, the Friday Night Sew In
is here!

I've never done it before,
but it sounds fun!

I'll be quilting the baby quilt I
finished piecing last week.

Baby won't be here
til March, but this way it'll be done :)

Check out the FNSI here.

I'm excited!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Another Shopping Trip

I really want to do a christmas block of the month club.
But the one I like is a bit out of my price range.
So I designed my own.
I ordered the Kate Spain for Moda 12 days of Christmas
Layer Cake from The Fat Quarter Shop.
Awesome selection and prices!

Today, I bought the background fabric
and the border fabric.
Its washed and sitting in the dryer right now.
Probably getting wrinkly.
So, I'm on my way to fold  and iron it.

But I'm excited! I've got 12 blocks sketched out.
Not in full detail.
And its already Jan 18, so I need to pick a block for this month
and get started.

In the meantime,
I finished piecing the pillow shams for my bed.
They turned out so much better then I ever expected.
I also started my valentine table runner.
That is going slowly. But I'm determined to let it
sit there until I am 100% certain how I want to finish it.

Until next time :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

One Thing, One Week Challenge

Its that time again!

Amy, from Amy's Creative Side, has challenged
us to complete 1 thing this week!
You can find more information here.

My goal this week is to finish piecing the 2 pillow shams for my bed.

because I am already pretty close to that goal....
I want to start piecing a valentine table runner.

This table runner idea is coming from
The Be Mine blog tour from last week was excellent and I
got alot of really great ideas!


Hard to believe that I haven't posted here
yet this year! YIKES!

Its not because of a lack of new things
to talk about.
I've been busy sewing!

So far this year, I have already completed
quite a few things!

  • I helped Allie finish her very first quilt
  • I quilted the winter table runner for my dining room table
  • I started and finished the winter table square for my kitchen table
  • I made Allie a pajama shirt and eye mask and helped her make the pants
  • I made Nick 2 pairs of pj pants
  • and 2 new pairs (shirts and pants) of pajama's, plus eye masks
  • 2 new eye masks for my neice and nephew