Monday, October 13, 2014

Lots of sewing this week!

 I took advantage of some "free" days this week and sewed to my hearts content!  Yay!  Of course, that means that a few other things around the house were neglected, but who cares, right?!  LOL

I finished my Charming Stars top....it's not as big as I originally planned, but you know sometimes when a project tells you it's done?  This one was screaming STOP!  I had a really hard time with color placement and it was bugging me so much I was starting to not enjoy the project at all.  This line of fabric has lots of repeats and quite a few fabrics in the same colorway or just a shade off...to me, that makes it difficult to get an even look.  I tend to get a little OCD about same fabrics touching or being too close to each other, etc.  I think that's why I prefer working with "scraps," rather than one particular line of fabric or precuts.  Anyway...once I made the decision to STOP making blocks and assemble the top, I was happy and started to LOVE the project again.  :)  Also, you'll notice I didn't sash it.  It was too much "white" with these colors/fabrics.  I think I'll use flannel for the back to make it super cozy for winter snuggling. :)


I also finished another "Sew Together" bag.  This one is a birthday gift for a friend...and yes, these are pictures from inside the car.  I finished the hand-stitching part of the binding during a recent road trip and mailed it that same day!  I -never- wait until the last minute...nope.  :P

Just a pic of the inside....


NEXT...I wanted to start the next Schnibbles project, which is "Harvey."  Harvey is actually a BIG quilt by Schnibbles standards....he measures 72" square.  Well, I just didn't need another BIG quilt at this point....and since I'm trying to use just stash, I knew I wouldn't have yardage for a big quilt either.  So...I decided to make a mini-Harvey.  Mine measures 18" square.  I used a little stash of Civil War reproductions for the neutrals and I had a one yard piece of the brown for the background.  I'm pretty happy with it and even happier that I used what I had.  I made the 1" HST with the EZ Angle ruler and it went together perfectly, it took just a little more than one day to assemble!  Also, the original pattern doesn't have HST go all the way around the final border.  I had LOTS of them leftover (and still do!).  I have a brown/black stripe that I plan to bind it with...but I'm still unsure how to quilt it.


Last but not least is my Primitive Gatherings Sew Along project.  I finally caught up with the 4th installment.  I always think, "hmmm" when I see what she's chosen for the next round...but then once I get it all completed and added to my top, I love it!  I also love that it's been completely assembled with scrap/stash fabrics too!  Can't wait to see what's next!


Fall is almost gone here in Wyoming...I took this picture four days ago, and the leaves are almost completely gone now.  We woke up to frost covering everything this morning too.  Winter is quickly approaching!

Today is a "clean up the sewing room" day...after all those projects, it looks like a tornado hit!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle
Saturday, October 04, 2014

Charming Stars and more family pics

We were lucky enough to have a little more family time this week.  This time it was a trip to Idaho to see Hubby's mom, sister, and nieces.  It was beautiful weather for trip to the pumpkin patch and corn maze.... 
I guess it's sort of become a tradition for Travis and I to take a picture in the "big" chair...this is the 4th or 5th chair we've come across.  It's just fun!

Here is everyone all together!
Little Miss Emmeline...our great-niece!  Even though she's not smiling...she's an adorable happy little girl!

I also spent some time with my friend and cousin-in-law, Tammy.  We spent the afternoon in her sewing studio and I made good progress on my pumpkin table mat.  I'm determined to finish this one before the end of the month!


And finally....a few weeks ago, I made a few more Charming Stars.  I'm a little frustrated with the selection of fabrics...this particular pre-cut pack has many duplicates of color and print.  It's hard to keep a good mix and variety.  Oh well...It'll work out in the end!

That's all for now...I've spent today playing catch up after having company last week and out of town this week.  I'm hoping to have a productive week coming up!  Wish me luck!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle
Monday, September 29, 2014

Jax and Whit

I was so lucky to have my brother and his family visit this week!  You might remember from last July, I shared this picture of my youngest nephew, Jaxon....I've seen him a couple of times during our visits to California over this last year, but those visits have been pretty short and I don't get to spend much time with anyone in particular.  I love when a family member comes to visit us, because I get more one on one time.  :)

Here is that same little guy now 14 months old!  He is just adorable...he's such a happy baby and rarely fussy.  He is a busy little guy though, so he rarely sat still for "selfies!"

He's very appropriately dressed for our day exploring in his Air Force shirt!  He has another uncle that is about to go off to basic training...so he's showing his Air Force pride for his uncles!

This is my brother, Matt.  I'm thankful for the time spent with him this week too...he was quite young when I married and moved out of state (about 5 years old!), and it sort of feels like we haven't had a lot of time together.  He's a great dad!


Jax is starting to chatter and say a few words...the cutest thing he says is "gottem gottem?"  Which is his way of asking for food or drink.  His parents don't know where it came from, but he very clearly knows what he's asking for when he says it.  So cute...he had the whole house saying it.

I'm so glad they came for a visit and miss all of them already.  I hope he doesn't grow up too much before I get to see him again!

Now on to quilting!  Earlier this month, I was able to piece this month's "Schnibbles" project.  This one is called Whit.  I used a charm pack called "Winter Wonderland" by Moda.  These little flying geese finish at 1" x 2"....I learned a little lesson with this choice of fabric.  With these small pieces, the motif on the fabric is lost in the tiny cutting and piecing.  The motifs were spread apart just enough, that I rarely got a whole snowman or any of the different designs to show on the little pieced block.  Oh well...we're always learning, right??
Why is there always ANOTHER thread/lint showing once you take a picture?

Of course, it's always windy in Wyoming, but this picture gives you a glimpse of the fabric I used for the back!

This picture shows the truest color of the Moda Marble Black I used....
You can see fall is full bloom here in WY.

This picture shows you the quilting....which is really hard to see, even in real life!   LOL  I had a hard time choosing how to quilt it...but I think this is best...I didn't want to do anything to take away from the little flying geese.  I just played around with some free-motion quilting on my regular machine.  It's not perfect, but you can't see it anyway, right?  :)

Don't forget to check out all the other Schnibble quilts on Sinta and Sherrie's blogs...

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle




Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sew Together Bag

 Have you heard of the Sew Together Bag?  I started seeing it pop up around the springtime on Instagram.  I ordered the pattern, but just knew I wouldn't get to it for a while.  Some of the reviews were mixed saying that it wasn't an easy pattern to read, etc.  So I knew I would have to attempt it at a time when I could really concentrate and figure this thing out!

Much to my relief...it's not difficult at all!  If you just follow the pattern step by step, it goes together perfectly!  

The outside of the bag can be quilted and pieced to your liking.  I've been wanting to play with my selveges again, so this was the perfect opportunity!  And ta-da!  My Sew Together Bag.... 

It's about 10" long, 5" tall, and opens WIDE, so plenty big for larger scissors, rotary cutter, etc., for taking to a class or retreat.  The three pockets will be perfect for needles, machine feet, bobbins, etc.

This is the "innards" before it was fully assembled...just so cool how designers can figure these things out!  The little red square is a Needle Landing. 

Here is the other side of the bag (click the pic to see a close up of the fun selveges).  The pattern calls for machine sewing the binding, but I'm not real comfortable with that technique, especially on a small awkward piece, so I handstitched mine down.  I love it and can't wait to fill it up!

We have had much cooler temps the last couple of weeks....and in fact had a visit from Mr. Snow already!  It didn't accumulate to much and only stuck around for about 48 hours.  It has been exactly 4 months (May 12) since our last snow (12")!  Spring, Summer, and Fall sure went by fast!  LOL


We're expecting a little milder temps for the next week or so...I know fall is not totally over yet.  That cold snap did a number on my flowers though...all are pretty much done, but my poor Impatiens took the worst beating.  Poor little things looked so pretty just three days ago.  :(

Oh well...on to pumpkins, mums, and candy corn!!  

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Stitch Along Part 3

I finally had a chance to add Part 3 to my Primitive Gatherings Stitch Along project.  I'm loving this little guy....it sure looks Christmas-y even though it's not meant to be.  I did mine a bit more scrappy, and that's how I like it!
Those are TINY geese, finishing at 1"x 2"...but I make them with the EZ Angle and Companion Angle templates and they are easy peasy.  

Just when I thought I was done with tiny geese...this project was announced for the Schnibbles project this month.  More tiny geese!  The pattern is called Whit from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company.  Better get my templates back out!  :)

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle

Monday, September 01, 2014

Schnibble Fun

It's almost time for Another Year of Schnibbles!  I've loved these patterns for years and followed the blog "parades" for quite some time, but didn't jump in and participate until earlier this year.  After taking a little break over the summer, Sherri, Sinta, and Carrie are gearing up to start another year of fun!  Carrie, from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company has a whole bunch of new patterns called "Little Bites," so I'm sure some of those will be in the mix along with a few other surprises.

While we're waiting to hear what the announcement will be for our first pattern, everyone is showing their Year of Schnibbles from last year....so here are mine from the last few months of parade.

X-Rated...made from my own stash of "charms."



Plan C...made from a Kansas Troubles charm pack


Hook...made from my own stash of charms


And finally...my Mini Swoon quilt by Thimble Blossoms.  No, this isn't a Schnibbles pattern, but it was one of the "surprises" thrown in to the parade.  Fun!

On September 1st, be sure to check out A Quilting Life and Pink Pincushion for more Schnibble parades.  

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle
Saturday, August 30, 2014

Charming Stars

Do you like Sew Alongs?  I sure do...whether it's online or with a local sewing group, I find it gives me motivation and tons of inspiration!  I have really enjoyed sewing along with Terry at Terry's Treasures the last couple of years.

First was the Scrappy Stars....unfortunately, it's not quilted yet.  But I love how bright and cheery it is!

This winter brought the Goodnight Irene quilt....and this one has been gifted to my beautiful niece.  

And now Terry's chosen the Charming Stars quilt for the next project!  Click on the link for the FREE pattern.  Like I mentioned in my last post, I'm using a layer cake for my "charms."  I just cut the 10" squares into 5" inch squares and voila!!  I'm ready to go!  I'm using a muslin for the stars and it looks REALLY white in the picture...but it's a little darker in real life.  The light stars definitely POP though!

There isn't a requirement for how many blocks you sew at a time, or monthly, etc, but Terry suggests two or so each month....it's just fun to share progress as we go along.  Since this is Christmas fabric, I -might- try to work a bit quick to possibly get in done in time for a Christmas gift?  Ohhh...that's asking a lot, huh?  LOL  These blocks are quick and easy...this whole quilt would go together really fast!  Also, I hadn't really thought about how big they are!!  Something like 14" square!  Woohoo!


Of course, I can't let the bonus triangles go waste...I have a project in mind for them already and decided I needed to get it started and keep it going during the sew along too.  Any guesses what it might end up to be?  :)

Can't wait to see what fabrics everyone else is using!  Thanks for another fun  Sew Along Terry!

Happy Quilting,
~Michelle