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


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Some projects to share....

 Robin over at Life's a Stitch brought her "Favorite Things" wallhanging to retreat a few months ago...quite a few of us drooled over it and decided we HAD to have it!  :)  It was the freebie pattern for Primitive Gatherings Block of the Week a couple years ago, so a couple of the ladies already had the kit.  Conveniently enough, Primitive Gatherings was still offering the full kit for sale on their website.  I might have ordered mine right there at retreat...or maybe when I got home.  :)  Anyway, I love it....love working with the wool and these little squares are instant gratification as they really don't take long to stitch.  I think the cutting and prep work takes longer!  (well....maybe not, but it's close!)

I have the first six blocks done...each block represents the "favorite things" of the designer, which I think most of us that sew/stitch, etc, would love too!




I think this one looks wonky from the picture I cropped it from!  It's really not that crooked!

Wait until you see the next six....sooo cute!

And it'll come of no surprise...I added another project to my to-do list!  Terry from Terry's Treasures has started another Sew Along.  She picks the best projects and I just couldn't resist!  You must go check it out.

In an effort to use what I have, I'm using this layer cake purchased 4-5 years ago (I also have coordinating border fabric! yay!).  I was happy to pull this nice quality muslin from my stash...it's an extra wide fabric, so I think I must have bought for some practice quilting on the longarm, but it'll work perfectly for this project.  I love when it works out to use what I have!!  That gives me a little justification to start a new project....well, at least I tell myself it does!  :)

Now I just need to find a little more time for sewing!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend...for those of us in the US, we have a long holiday weekend for Labor Day.  Yay!

Happy Quilting,
Michelle
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Overwhelmed!



I'm just overwhelmed by the response to my last post.  I honestly didn't mean for it to turn in to a "Love me, please!" post, but the comments and the private emails I received were truly amazing.  Blogging has been a big part of my life as it's brought friendships, inspiration, laughter, (positive) challenges, and most importantly a connection to those that are like me!  Moving around so much with the military, I don't always (rarely, actually) find people locally that share my quilt obsession hobby...but those blogging friends have been there, no matter where we lived!  So thank you so much for your kind words!  

I prefer blogging to other forms of social media....I never have shared much about my quilting life on Facebook.  In the last year or so, I've tried Instagram...it's okay for quick inspiration, but much less personal! 

Anyway...I'm here to stay for the time being.  No one knows what the future holds, and there is no point in worrying about tomorrow!

I sometimes use the word "mojo" when I'm referring to my motivation, or lack there of, and it got me wondering what does it really mean?  A quick search to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary and I find this:
mo·jo:  a power that may seem magical and that allows someone to be very effective, successful, etc.

Hmmm...I like it!  Of course, I know there is nothing magical about it...but there is something that clicks once in a while to kick in that motivated feeling!  :)

By the way, I haven't found my quilting mojo for the last couple weeks...in fact, I can't find my housework mojo, cooking mojo, laundry mojo....where's all the mojo??  If any of you have some to spare...send it my way, would ya?!

Here are a couple of pictures from my Primitive Gatherings Block of the Week from a month or so ago....I haven't made all that much progress that would change the picture much, so I might as well show these!

I am loving these projects and was doing so well keeping up until about the middle of July...I'm trying to not get discouraged about falling behind.  I'll get there...just have to cut myself a break!  :)

I love the little freebie too...I just got the finishing kit in the mail yesterday...I better get busy!

 Also from Primitive Gatherings is the FREE 10th Anniversary project I'm working on.  This one is still on the website and still in the works...so go download the patterns while you can!  The next border is published, so that's another thing on my "to-do" list.

Okay...enough blabbering....I just re-read this post and it seems to jump all over the place.  That truly is what my brain has been feeling like lately...

Hope you all have a great week!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle