Friday, August 23, 2013

A check off the To-Do list.

I finally finished this beauty.  I love everything about it.  All the fabric but the pink for the back was from my stash.  The block came together easily, and the quilting on it was a simple diamond with straight lines.  I taped off my lines to keep them as straight as possible.  This is the biggest quilt I have yet to finish. 

Ready to go to the post office when I am thanks to an old friend that was able to sneak the address to me. 

I was also able to finish my Medallion QAL's top.  I am honestly lost about what to do for the back.  Any ideas? 

Now for the other gazillion things on my list.  Since making my August to do list I have added a star QAL from Crafty Fox and two othe quilts that I want to get done before I go to my first Market Day in September.  I wanted to make a second owl quilt, this time the full size and with fall colors and a smaller version of Looptastic from Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman.   Not counting the fact that I have to make a lot more stuff to sell as well as for the display.  My head is spinning. 

I honestly have not been working on my BOMs but I do have to get my August block done for We Bee New.  We'll see how much I get done this weekend. I'm linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF over at Sewing By Moonlight.  Come check out what everybody else got done. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Come check out my sewing space or spaces.

Have you seen Studio Spotlight hosted by Ellison Lane?  I always love seeing where everyone else sews.  It gives me idea of what would make my own sewing space more efficient.  Like everyone else I would love to have a dream room filled with all the necessary shelving and a center island for cutting and a wall big enough for a design wall (and of course a cleaning fairy to put everything back neatly after a sewing session) but that is not happening anytime soon for me and a lot of others so I love to see everybody else's improv. 

I started sewing back in March and since then I have moved from the basement on my industrial Juki, great for piecing not so much quilting, to upstairs in my living room with my beautiful Janome Horizon 12000.  I convinced my husband to let me keep it upstairs for a while so I could learn how everything worked. 

These are my keeping it real pictures

I've always done all my cutting upstairs on this beautiful Dora the Explorer table.  It is honestly the best height for me to sit on the couch and watch TV and do cutting.  The only thing is my table got left outside from a birthday party and rained on so its beginning to sag in the middle. 

I use to press on a little dorm size ironing board until I started making some serious quilts and my husband got me a big girl ironing board.  I always get all paranoid about hurting someone with my iron so everytime I step away, even if its off, I yell "the iron's hot".

Since I've started writing this post I really want to make my basement space my own and have been cleaning it out again to combine my sewing spaces into one sewing room.  It isn't the easiest since it is the space for my stock pile, you heard me right, a stock pile because I happen to be a couponer as well.  Wish me luck and hopefully next time I share my sewing area it will actually be a room. 

Quick Weekend WrapUp

This weekend I finished:

With some first time machine binding
I have to say that again this was one that I was really looking forward to making but without this SAL I would've dragged my feet and even if I did start it would've been a WIP for a while.  I really love the way it turned out.  There's ribbons at the top for hanging, I just didn't have a rod to put through it.  

I also finally got caught up again with the City Sampler blocks:

I'll be linking up my finishes over at Debbie from A Quilter's Table and Sew Sweetness.


Friday, August 16, 2013


I can't believe it's been close to two weeks since I've posted anything and it doesn't really feel like it has been that long.  Between camping last weekend and school starting this week I feel like my head is spinning. 

I did however get a very lovely package in the mail before we left for camping.

This was from the Triple Zipper Pouch Swap.  My partner was from Nevada and she definitely filled it with lots of goodies.  This one is more for looking than eating.  I don't know how everything fit but I'm glad it did.

It gave me the push to finish mine and get it in the mail. Too bad I didn't get any pictures so I hope my partner will post a picture when she receives it. I'm definitely a procrastinator when it comes to getting stuff to the postal office so I finished cutting up the fabric for the Low Volume Fat Eight Swap and the Heather Ross Charm Swap and got that sent out as well.  Poor Whitney from my We Bee New group had to wait for my tardy blocks.  I have no problem sewing them in time, it's that darn trip to the post office.  With all that said I'm all caught up on my swaps for now.  YAY!!!

I am also caught up with the Star Surround QAL.  I've got all 9 lovely stars sewn and pressed ready to be surrounded.


I'm missing block 28 and 36 and then I'll be caught up with the City Sampler SAL.

Next up this week I need to play catch up with all my BOMs and my Patchwork Please! Zakka SAL.

I also have my "Squared" quilt quilted,  I just need to finish hand binding it and maybe a label of some sort .  I'm afraid this is the easy part, next up is finding the address for the recipient.  As this quilt is for an old classmate that is going through a rough journey with breast cancer, we weren't really friends but I knew her enough to know what a great person she is. 

I'm linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF over at [Amy's] Crafty Shenanigans.  Have a great weekend everyone. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Where's my week going?

It's only Monday but I've got so much planned for this week that I feel like its going to fly by so quick.  It is filled with happy stuff so I can't complain.

Here is a rehash of my list for August:

 Finish Curve Medallion Top
We Bee New Blocks
City Sampler SAL- Finish up to Block 42
Zakka SAL: Stay caught up
1 and Half Quilt (Still a UFO): Squared and sandwiched
Squared Quilt- sandwiched needs to be quilted and bind (In the process of being quilted as we speak)

I think that everything on it is pretty reasonable.  I also have to get caught up on my July and August blocks for the Gen X Sister's Ten BOM and I think I'm two blocks behind on the Virtual Quilting Bee. 

My goals for this week is to finish quilting and binding my "Squared" quilt, sew my flying geese for the Star Surround QAL, and hopefully finish the quilt top for this weeks' Patchwork Please! Zakka SAL.  The last one might be a little bit of me dreaming. 

Speaking of Patchwork Please! Here's my box from last week:

I already put it to work holding all my stuff!  I would say out of all the projects so far this one was my least favorite only because mine turn out so floppy but it is still loved and going to be used.  I submitted it late last night with only about an hour to link up and early this morning I got an email saying I was the winner of this week's prize, it pays to procrastinate sometimes!  The prize is a yard of Pellon featherweight interfacing and a $50 GC to Zipit.  The funny story is yesterday I had went to Joann and stocked up on interfacing at 40%off plus an extra 25% and last night when I was done submitting my project I went to Zipit on Etsy and ordered 65 12"zippers because Stephanie over at Quarter Incher had a discount code for 15%off.  Isn't it funny how life work out sometimes.  This prize will be there when I start to run out of stuff in the future.  I love winning!!!

Happy Monday everyone.  I'm submitting my August goals over at Sew Bitter Sweet Designs for a Lovely Year of Finishes!