Monday, January 28, 2013

Speaking of "eyes."

Here is another snowman that can finally see!  See that picture on my sidebar, top right?  I made it TWO years ago....and he's had to go without eyes.  Mostly just because I forgot, even after buying the buttons.  :P  I'm not adding the mouth...I say it's covered up under his scarf because that blustery wind is so cold!  That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

FYI...this little guy is from a book called "Count on It," they are monthly 12" banners.  So cute!

p.s. don't forget to comment on THIS post for a chance to win my Hot Chocolate BOM patterns.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

They can see!

All the little snowmen (and two penguins) have faces now!

And the top is all sewn together!  Except I just realized something I missed!  That block with the fishing snowman needs fishing line from his pole to the fish...sigh, it's the quilt that never ends!

You can click the picture for a bigger view.  I've decided on a skinny red border, then a darker blue border next.  BUT...I have to find it first.  LOL  I'm going to a quilt shop on Tuesday, so I'm crossing my fingers that I'll find the perfect thing.  Otherwise, I have something that is similar to some of the "sky" fabrics used in the background of the blocks.

And look at this!  An empty project bin (only the patterns remain)!  This UFO has been sitting in this box for about 6 years!  It's such a good feeling to complete something like this...but yes, it still needs to be quilted, so I can't say it's really finished yet.  :P

I know I'll never make this quilt again, so I'd like to pass the patterns on to someone that might like to make it for themselves.  If you'd like to have the patterns, just leave a comment and I'll pick a winner on February 1st!  (if you are a no-reply blogger, leave your email or you can't win because I won't have any way of contacting you)  Good luck!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hot Chocolate Block of the Month

I'm making some good progress on this -old- UFO!  It's taken forever to buttonhole stitch around all those pieces!  But I'm done...or at least I hope I am.  I kept finding little spots I missed...but after close inspection, I think I got it all.

The blocks aren't sewn together yet and the snowmen need faces.  The pattern calls for a pieced border too, but I think if I can find the perfect red print, I might just do a "solid" border and call it good.  The quilt is so busy, I think the pieced border is just too much.

Soon, my next problem is going to be, "how do I quilt this thing?"  Have any of you made anything similar and if so, how did you quilt it?  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A little progress...

I've been busy with quilting on the longarm, but today I decided to sew the borders to my Scrappy Mountain Majesties top.  I assembled the top at retreat last November...the fabrics for the blocks were swapped with all the retreaters and we worked on the blocks while there too.

I honestly don't remember when I bought this border fabric!  Isn't that horrible...I've had in my head that I need to find border fabric, but today I walked in to my sewing closet and there it was!  Just sitting on top of a bin.  I -think- I bought it in early December when I went to the LQS, because that -was- the last time I was in the LQS, so that has to be it, right?  Oh my...I need some memory medicine or something!  Early in January, I went to Lancaster, but I know I only bought backing fabric, so I'm sure it wasn't then.  Oh's there and needed to be cut and sewn to this top...and here is the result!  I really love it...I think it finishes off the quilt top just perfectly, if I do say so myself.  :)  I tried to take a picture outside, but between the 20 degree temperature and the never-ending wind, I brought it back inside!

If you know me, you know I rarely use batiks...but a batik is perfect for this top.  It's a little more green in person.  I'll bind it in that same purple as the inner border.  Now to decide on quilting design and thread color!

I'm not sure who this quilt will be given too...but I think it would be perfect for a pre-teen or teenage girl!  Once it's quilted, I can mark it off as another finish for 2013!  Yay!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Scrappy Trip Around the World

This has been a quilt on my "to-do" wish list for quite a long time, so after seeing so many of them popping up around blogland and a few of my friends doing them, I caved and started one of my own.  It's another pattern by Bonnie can find it HERE.  

I'm keeping my "scrappiness" to reds and blues with the white in the middle.  I'll use the quilt as a gift for a military friend or donate it to Quilts of Valor.  I had LOTS of precut 2.5" x WOF strips in my bin, so I just pulled everything and went to work!

Since I'm using width of fabric strips, I cut them in half for each block instead of cutting them to 16" like the pattern calls for.  After cutting the units needed for the block, I ended up with a good amount of sewed strips leftover...

So...I decided to cut the remainder to 4.5"....

 And now I have some ready made border strips for the quilt top! 

This is a quick and easy quilt that is lots of fun!  Have you made one before?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Feline Friday

I've missed a few Fridays, but I thought I'd share how Whiskers and I spent the afternoon.  :)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Another finish!

It's another dreary, cloudy day here in Delaware, so these pictures aren't the greatest.  I'm envious of some of the beautiful quilt pictures I've seen on blogs...I just don't seem to have the knack for getting good pics!

This is my 2nd finish for 2013!  It's an OLD UFO, so I'm especially happy to have it DONE!  It's also my project for our guild's UFO Challenge this month...which has been a great motivator to finish a few things up!  

The blocks are from a swap I did 5-6 (or more) years ago!  They are Ohio Stars made from homespun fabrics, and set on point.  I used to be leery of setting blocks on point, but the last 2-3 I've made have gone together so nicely, that I've conquered my fear!  Plus I love that setting Ohio Stars on point make them look like Sawtooth Stars, which is my all time favorite block!

The back ground fabric was to be muslin, and you know it's hard to find two muslins alike, so there are a few different colors in there, but I love the effect it gives.  You can click on the picture for a larger view.  The border is more red in looks rust color here.

 I quilted it with a thread color called "Almond" and the pattern is Bountiful Feathers.  I LOVE this design and am very pleased with the result.

I had planned to put this quilt in the "gift" one specific to give it to just yet, but I think I'm in love with it too much to part with it.  :)  I say that with every quilt I make, I think!  I was thinking it might make a perfect quilt for our camper because it's not too big, but just the right size for the couch in there.  I guess I have until camping season to decide!  :P

I'm still plugging away on my Hot Chocolate Block of the Month.  I have a lot of buttonhole embroidery stitching to do.  Hopefully I'll have some pictures and updates to share soon!

Happy Quilting!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

First finish of 2013!

Are you tired of seeing this quilt?  :)  This will be my last update...I promise!  It's done!!

I really couldn't get a good picture this morning because it's dark and dreary outside today, so this is as good as it's going to get.  : /  The greens aren't so "pea green" in real life.

I quilted it with grey thread and a pattern called "Entangled."

I love the backing on white swirls.  The fabric was so soft after washing, almost like flannel.

I used some of the extra purple fabric to make a "scrappy" binding...there are 8-10 different fabrics.  I love scrappy bindings!

I'm glad to have this one finished up...I always love the mysteries, but by this point I'm ready to move on.  I still have green, blue, and purple scraps all over my cutting table that need to be cut in to usable scrap sizes.  I'll be HAPPY to get them off the table and out of sight.  LOL

Happy Quilting!
Monday, January 07, 2013

Whew! Easy Street Link Up

"Obsession:  the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, imagedesire, etc."

For three years in a row, that description above describes me!  Every November, Bonnie Hunter starts a mystery quilt project and I become obsessed!  Something about it just keeps me motivated to keep up with the steps each week and get 'er done!  I love knowing there are hundreds of other quilters/bloggers making the quilt at the same time.

Over the last week, we received the final clues for Easy Street at a faster pace...and those clues had us assemble the quilt blocks and the quilt top.  I put the final stitches in my quilt top this afternoon!

My top measures 85"x 85" and although Bonnie added a small border to hers, I'm going to stop at this point and not add any borders.  I kind of like the look of it with the green triangles on the outer me it looks a little more contemporary.  I'll bind it in either purple or teal.

I did also get it loaded on to the longarm and got a couple rows quilted.  I'm using a design called "Entangled" with grey thread.  I think it's turning out nice!

I think Bonnie did another great job providing us with a FUN and FREE quilt pattern.  She works hard to provide these mystery quilts for us and I know I appreciate it very much! The pattern is on her website/blog for a short time and then it will be removed and published in an upcoming book.  You can find the pattern HERE.

You can check out everyone else's progress HERE!

Happy Quilting!
Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year & Quilt Square Quilt Along

Happy New Year to everyone!  Can you really believe it's 2013?  Where does the time go?  2012 was an eventful year for my family and I.  Lots of ups and downs, but the "ups" are what I'll choose to focus on!  Both kids graduating from college was certainly a highlight!

I'm excited to see what 2013 holds...we already know of a couple of changes and events that will happen this year...and so far, it's all good things that we are highly anticipating!

Today is the Quilt Square Quilt Along parade...the last one of the year!  This has been a fun project...especially because my mom and a couple of friends did the sew along together with me.  Here is my block for December.  Crazy thing is that it is all quilted and the binding is sewn to the front...I just never took the time to sew it to the back!  So the picture is the block unquilted.  I did get about half of the squares quilted throughout the year and the other half are just tops.  I think some of these will go to our guilds "mini" auction they hold during their quilt show in October.

Here are all 12 of my blocks!  

You can check out all the other QSQA blocks on Jo's Country Junction.  She's also doing another Quilt Along for 2013.  I'm still contemplating if I'll join in again.  I have made a Lori Smith quilt very similar to the one she has chosen...let me see if I can find a picture....

Awww...yes, here it is.  (horrible pic...the colors are way off!)  This was a block of the month I did in 2007.

I think I may have the applique pattern for the second option...if I do, I might seriously consider doing that one in wool.  I'll keep you posted.  :)

Today I'm working on Bonnie's mystery quilt!  The final clue was released today...have you seen it?  Hope you all enjoy the day, whether it's quilting or spending time with your family.  I wish you a happy and blessed 2013!