Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I'm still here!

It's just been one of those months when I feel like I'm two steps behind and every time I take I step forward, I trip and drop everything I have in my hands.  Do you ever feel like that?  LOL

The best part of the month so far was our trip to Florida to see our kids.  Zach lives there and Megan flew in too.  We had lots of fun just hanging out...going to movies, the beach, and of course the trip wouldn't be complete without a trip to Universal Studios to see the new Harry Potter attraction!  

This was the only picture we got of all of us.  :(  Note to self...take more pictures!  Yes...it was packed there!

Remember this quilt from my last post?  The auction took place while I was away and it sold for $470!  I was thrilled and didn't expect it to go for that much.  We also put together a basket with various things to do in Cheyenne (hotel stay, concert tickets, restaurants, etc) and it went for $650!  That really surprised me too!  It's all for a good cause (scholarships for military dependents), so I'm happy!

Since we've been home, I feel like I haven't accomplished anything...but I did put together this little giftie for a swap....another note to self:  Don't sign up for swaps.  LOL  I always put them off until the last minute and then I'm mad at myself for rushing.  Oh well, it's done and in the mail.  BTW...it is a cat themed swap, which is why I caved and joined.  LOL  These, along with a few other goodies, are winging their way all the way to Australia!

This week, I finally had some quality time with my sewing machine and assembled all the "block one" blocks for the Texas Tumbleweeds quilt.  I promised myself I would quit pointing out my errors, so I won't tell you about the big fat boo-boo I made when putting these together and basically had to start the whole thing over.  But yeah, I won't tell you about that.... 

Today, I assembled these cute Bitty Blocks for the Quiltmaker Magazine quilt-along.  They are so cute and finish at 3".  They were a breeze to make...the choosing/cutting of fabric took longer than the sewing!

Ooh...I whipped up this little doll quilt for our great-niece.  Her mom (our niece) has had a doll all her life she called "Mimi."  It's been very well loved and frankly, looks a little worse for the wear and is actually a little scary.  Her husband doesn't want it to come out of the closet.  :)  Well, a few months ago, we found this tiny doll and it looks exactly like Mimi, just mini version of Mimi, so we knew we had to get it for our great niece.  Her birthday (she'll be 2) is coming up and I decided she needed a baby quilt for her new baby.  :)   It measures 10" x 12" and the pink squares are leftover from my Goodnight Irene quilt.

The next couple of weeks will be crazy with family visits and house hunting trips...but it's all good stuff!!  Meanwhile, I'm squeezing in quilting and sewing whenever I can!!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Add this to the list....

 ...the list of quilts I never thought I'd make...a "Jolly Roger" quilt!  The pattern is Simple Sashing & Rectangles, which is free on the All People Quilt website!  I think this is the third time I've made one.  You can see the others HERE and HERE.  I have a hard time picking just three fabrics for a quilt!  I much prefer "scrappy."  These fabrics are probably plan C or D....I kept changing my mind.

...the Jolly Roger is a mascot of sorts here at FE Warren AFB and if you're interested, you can read about the history of it HERE

Every year, the Spouses' group hosts an auction which raises money for scholarships.  This quilt will be donated to the auction. 

 I tried to get a picture in my favorite spot...but the wind would not cooperate!!

While I was there in my favorite spot on base I couldn't resist taking a few pictures of the pronghorn.  I'll never get tired of seeing these guys...so beautiful.  I think they are the prettiest at this time of the year because their coats are thick and full.  They shed in the summer and have really patch-y coats. 

I also finished another pincushion.  This one is from Primitive Gatherings.  I love it!

I think things are getting back to normal mode now that I have these TWO big deadline projects done.  :)  I have a couple more quilts that have deadlines as they are gifts and I need to stay on the ball with them or I'll be working at the last minute again like I did with this one!  LOL

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle

Monday, March 02, 2015

It's March already!!

I know everyone is saying it...but time is going so fast!!  I can't believe it's March already!  I realized yesterday, we'll be packing our house and preparing to move in less than three months!!  Yikes!!  I have a lot I want/need to accomplish in that time.  <>

I did get a big job checked off my list by the end of last week though.  A little bit before Christmas, I agreed to make TWO quilts out of baby clothes for a customer.  I've made tshirt quilts before and I feel pretty comfortable making them with no major issues.  So I figured, why not?  It would be a little extra money and wouldn't be too difficult, right?  Ha...famous last words!!  This was the most challenging project I think I've ever made and much more time consuming than I ever imagined.  I probably put 30+ hours into EACH of these quilts....really I stopped keeping track because it was too depressing.  LOL

Anyway...they aren't perfect, but they are done and the Momma was happy!!

I used flannel on the back and did the binding on my machine.  Not my preferred method, but I think it's better for this type of quilt. 

The second one.... 


I'm happy they are done and I can move on to other quilt projects!!

 I pulled out a wool project I'd like to finish up and I needed a couple of ideas for shapes and designs.  Pinterest is always good for finding the right thing...I found something I really liked, but it was a dead link...so I resorted to this.  I traced it right off my computer screen.  Oops...I hope that's okay to do!  LOL  I promise I'm not going to market it as my own design...it's just going on my own little project.  :) 
p.s.  Anyone know how to get Sharpie marker spots off your computer screen?  Oops again...LOL

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle