Tuesday, May 1, 2012
I have been out of the loop in the blog world; there are so many new ideas, blog hops, and linky groups added since I left to jump start motherhood! One of these lovely blogs I found about a week ago at a quarter to midnight! My baby girl may be sleeping but I cannot seem to shut my brain off. So I went blog hopping in my own fashion where I randomly click from blog to blog until I find something that catches my eye. Which brought me to Lawson and Lotti's monthly DO FIRST post and linky parties. Oh how I do love a good list! So this month is going to be a short one because of the move. Oh how I wish I could plan to finish all the projects I shared with you on last Monday's Post.
1. Pack My Fabric
2. Pack My tools
3. Finish Cowboy Table Topper
1. Colour My World Challenge-April Yellow
2. Get my crafting area unpacked
3. Make a Design Wall
What do you have planned for the month? What do you want to finish or start? Make your own list and link up for fun! I have found that posting to WIP Wednesdays and TGIFF for my projects has kept me a bit accountable in the past when I was actively crafting and blogging. I am trying to live up to the Process Pledge by showing more of my projects while they are in formation mode. I love the input and I have been given fantastic ideas that I would not have thought of for a project and would have missed out on great learning opportunities had I not shown my projects unfinished and developing!
Friday, April 27, 2012
|Close-up of pinwheel blocks|
It'ss getting late and I wasn't sure if I would be able to get this post up before the day ends! I wish I could say it is because I was busy sewing or cuddling, but instead, I got distracted by watching TV shows on the computer. Well on to my bit in tonight's show. I was only able to get one quilt top completed with a matching square for the signature block on the back!
|The quilt top without the yellow border|
|The quilt top with the yellow border|
|Close-up of the pinwheel blocks next to the yellow border.|
|Brown striped fabric along with the signature block for the back.|
|The upper half of my face.|
Linking up this week to:
TGIFF hosted this week by Christine @Quilt Monster In My Closet
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Amanda Jean@Crazy Mom Quilts
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Recently, as I got back into blogging and stalking my old favorite sites, I saw Lucy's post (and her fantastic button) and I am proud to say that they have been removed from my blog now! Hopefully, it will make things go smoother for my giveaway this spring and I hope that you will consider taking them off your own blog! Click on the button and it will take you to directions on how that can be done. If you encounter a blog site that still uses WV's, ask them nicely to consider removing them. Thank you again Lucy (From Charm About You)!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
There is the sound of faint music and creaking from the livingroom as I write this post from the bedroom. Baby Girl is happily sleeping in her swing (thus the subtle creak) after a volley of cute smiles and hysterics intermittently as she still is recovering from her 2-month check-up (and shots). Thankfully she is quite an easy-going and delightful child who normally coos, smiles, and sleeps through the night (a good 7 to 11 hours a stretch)! I cannot believe how much there is to do daily to care for her and how much all other things seem to fade away in light of that.
I really enjoyed making this mini-quilt as it gave me something to do while I had been waiting to have Baby Girl! From the moment Madame Samm, at Sew We Quilt, started talking about this last year I felt like this was something I really wanted to do (plus I had been looking for a reason to buy a table-topper stand). The colours chosen were in mind of the originally plan of posting in the month of February with the colors of Red, white, and Pink. To be honest I did not have any Valentine's Day decorations so I plan to bring this out next year, and hopefully be inspired to make some other items to go along side of it.
Thank you all for stopping by my Blog as part of the Table Topper Blog Hop. For those who who stopped by random or by following me, please meander over to Sew We Quilt to check out all of the projects that are a part of the Blog Hop!
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Monday, April 23, 2012
In my timely fashion I am now finally figuring out how I want to make this mini-quilt for my friend's baby girl (who was born last June!), perhaps for her 1st birthday? Its a really cute pattern from Erin R called Dimensional Poppy she shared last year on her blog.
I am being tempted to do something with these left over bits from a quilt I made 2 years ago. I am thinking of making a table runner, perhaps add some appliqued flowers, what do you think I should do?
I started this Quilt last year to make a signature quilt for a friend and her husband who was battling cancer and going through the gambit of tests, radiation, and surviving. Almost 6 months after he is in remission and here the blocks still sit. This is one of those projects that I really feel bad about, because I messed up.
These blocks were going to be placemats once upon a time, but the more I play around with these not-so-quick random 4-patches, the more I realize that they might make a better quilt. I am now in planning stage, trying to figure out where to place the words and if I should add something spiffy for the border!
I was given a bag with these blocks in them along with a paper bag full of fabric...What should I make?
These are the only blocks I got assembled last year when I signed up to do a Churn Dash swap at a quilt store about an hour from my current living place. I think there are enough here to make a baby Quilt. I have the pieces cut to make 15 blocks of 6 other colors, but I am not going to count those in my WIP's until I can figure out what I want to do with them.
It was my goal to get this top completed by the end of the weekend, but that's a fail. I was happy to get this far, but I do have to replace one of the blocks because somehow I goofed on the seams making it almost 3/4" smaller both ways. I did dig up the fabric I had squirreled away for the sash and the backing fabric, but I am back to debating if I should add a border fabric as well. I will see what you think once I get the sashing added, hopefully this week.
If you cannot tell by now, this has to be one of my favorite blocks! I love all the things one can do by rearranging the blocks, switching up colors and making a plethora of different quilts from one block! While I procrastinating about evening up my double-pinwheel blocks, I threw this one together so fast I barely binked. I have a baby shower to attend on Saturday and I couldn't remember where I packed the quilt that I made last year for it. I did find it today so I am going to add the baby's name to that one and continue to debate what color fabric I should use for the borders and back on this one! Let me know if you have any ideas since I cannot make up my mind. I may just share pictures of my fabric choices and put it to a vote later in the week (I would add in some close-ups for that, don't you worry).
These blocks started out from a project bag I got cut up this past fall while I was on bedrest to make a Jacob's Ladder Quilt. Obviously I changed things up a bit. I am having a blast playing with different color combinations and I think I have enough blocks to make two 40"X 40" baby quilts once I add borders, perhaps bigger if I add sashing between the blocks. It's a very simple design, but I am hoping once I am done it will look more modern than my usual baby quilt. I am facinated by how one can completely change a quilt just by replacing one fabric or using it in differing amounts such as my two Jacob's Ladder quilts from last year (I told you its my favorite block).
Cowboy Table Topper-
I am not ready to talk about this disaster, but soon I will share...
In the same condition as the past couple months unfortunately...I have to mark the top for stitching and there is currently no room to set up my large cutting table to make sure the lines are straight. This project has no chance for completion until after we move.
Added to all this I am packing up everything I can live without for the next 4-6 weeks. Some people say that one should pack their kitchen up last, but most likely it will be my project piles that get the last bit of tape. Or I may just carry them over in a bag and make sure they are out when we move. I think I can live without real plates a little longer than I can last without sewing! Afterall, I would only have to wash them then <laughter> and that might take away from quilting! I put baby girl in her swing right next to me so she can see me sewing in the morning. The sound of my humming machine lulls her to sleep for morning nap as well. Well, hopefully I will be able to get one of these tops done by Friday in time for TGIFF or whatever other finishing group I get linked up with Check back Wednesday for my Participation in the Table Topper Blog Hop from Sew We Quilt!
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