Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Blessings and Good Cheer



(this is Jol fabric by Northern Quilts for Moda Fabrics)

Well, I have been missing my sewing room and it seems
I have been missing my blog for a couple of weeks now too!


December is a marathon of activity and added to it...
this little sweetie pie was born last Wednesday!



My oldest son and his wife had a little boy...
I was in the car when I got word that it was
"real" labor pains and she was being admitted. 

I had picked my husband up from a 4 day
stay in the hospital... starting the day after Thanksgiving.

We had a 4 1/2 hour drive ahead of us...
and yes, the hubs was a trooper and opted to go too!



 We walked into the hospital just as Killian James was born.

I got to hold him for a nice long time over the next couple of days.

What a roller coaster of a holiday week!

I am feeling blessed to have everyone home now and doing well!

Oh yeah, the photo on top...
I managed to play in my sewing room  in between all the
other things plus
getting out
 and setting up
 Christmas decorations.

However, 
the tree remains outside...
until I can cut the bottom branches etc.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

For My Bookshelf

(photo borrowed from Pinterest)

Have you seen this quilt from Market?
It's by Laundry Basket Quilts.

Edyta has a new book that has just been released...

The quilt is called Quilter's Patch.


The photography is so beautiful in this book!

The Fat Quarter Shop will be starting a Block of the Month 
program to make this quilt... if you are interested!
It will begin in January.
Here is the information on it.




I would love a garden like this!



And until next Spring...
I have this book to look at!

I might make the quilt and use my stash but the 
BOM is very appealing... for only $20 ish  per month.
FQS is always very generous with their fabrics
 and 
pick the perfect ones...
 taking that headache out of the equation! 

I for one wouldn't miss a Laundry Basket Quilts book.
I love them all!




Friday, November 18, 2016

100 Small Blocks



Something else I finished.
It's a pattern from the book 
I love this book! 
This is the best photo I have right now. 
I'm still daylight challenged...
I think I actually finished it on a rainy weekend.

I used my leftovers from a project earlier this year. 
There are a variety of low volume fabrics and
a dash of Zen Chic.
It was a perfect pattern for it... it just uses the 
smallest of scraps!
There are 100 of the small plus blocks... fair warning!

I also used the same leftovers in this quilt.


I had purchased this unique panel and a junior layer cake.
I don't usually like panels but this one was so artsy!


I had it finished pretty quickly (an advantage of using a panel)
even though there are about 100 blocks in it.

At least these are 4 1/2" blocks... the quilt above was 3 1/2" blocks.

It's called Thicket.
The pattern can be found for free. 

Here is another free pattern using Thicket at Moda Bake Shop.


I have a couple of little things to make using the leftover panel animals...
maybe a little pillow and a stuffed toy with ribbon tags on it.
It is going to be for the arrival of my grand little...
coming December 1st!
Or maybe... this:

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(photo borrowed from Stacy Bloomfield's photo at Moda's blog)

I was feeling good about getting it finished and to my long arm quilter...
but my LAQ liked it so much that she requested a little trade...
An offer
I couldn't 
refuse!

I will be making another  one...
but not until the first of the year!

(I'm not showing her the tote though)!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Celebrating October in November and Thinking about December

I have been challenged every since the time change!
Maybe even prior to it.
It's been dark when I get up in the morning and 
dark when I return home from work.

And a new discover...
I haven't driven in the dark in a long time... my eyes are
having a heck of a time with those headlights from
oncoming cars!

I am able to be a little productive in the mornings...
but it is terrible trying to get photographs!



I was happy to complete this quilt from Simply Retro book.
It's called Vintage! 


I have been hoarding this line of fabric for a couple of years...
and knew that I needed a pattern that would compliment the large
scale of the prints.
I like the way it turned out...
I'm calling it October Skies after the line of fabric.

I am trying to get some of my "outstanding" projects out of the way...
so I can switch gears and think about Christmas!






Celebrating October in November and Thinking about December

I have been challenged every since the time change!
Maybe even prior to it.
It's been dark when I get up in the morning and 
dark when I return home from work.

And a new discover...
I haven't driven in the dark in a long time... my eyes are
having a heck of a time with those headlights from
oncoming cars!

I am able to be a little productive in the mornings...
but it is terrible trying to get photographs!



I was happy to complete this quilt from Simply Retro book.
It's called Vintage! 


I have been hoarding this line of fabric for a couple of years...
and knew that I needed a pattern that would compliment the large
scale of the prints.
I like the way it turned out...
I'm calling it October Skies after the line of fabric.

I am trying to get some of my "outstanding" projects out of the way...
so I can switch gears and think about Christmas!






Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A Little Bit Sooner... than Later



hAPpY nOVeMBeR!
I officially started listening to 
shhh... holiday music
today!



I have had some technical difficulties with my phone...
not holding a charge...
therefore... between that and the rain
I haven't 
had any good photos to share!


But the first thing I need to share is the super cute sewing machine
cover that was a gift to me from my friend Paulette!

(she teaches at In Between Stitches in Livermore...
I think it could become a class there soon)

Anyway,
she always attends my retreat with her fun group
and always has something special for me and my retreat partner!

 I got this Halloween themed Camper
which is so ME! 


I just wish I could open the door and invite you in!!!

Virginia got a red white and blue camper... complete with banner too!

The retreat was lots of fun and the food was great... so was the weather...
but for some reason...


I needed this entire last week to re-cooperate from 
the weekend extravaganza.

I feel regrouped now and 
me sewing room even got reorganized!


Speaking of organizing...


I got happy mail!

From the Fat Quarter Shop!


It came with fun accessories... and in the back of the planner...
is 4 new fun scrappy quilt patterns from Lori Holt!

Image result for Scrappy Project planner quilt patterns

This looks like fun! 
I think I particularly like the part of organizing my
projects. Keeping all of that in my head
has, on occasion, not worked out so well.
Honest.

Just Sunday...
 I was working on a project and 
had a nagging thought something was missing...
as I worked on my 100 31/2" blocks
(to be showing you soon... like after it stops raining)
and sure enough...
when I got down to making the last 8.

I found
my missing little bag of already half way prepared blocks.

Now that is a real dilemma. 
I can either make the quilt larger and continue making little
blocks or I could even make a second quilt...
because wouldn't another 100 blocks be fun to make (?)
(this is where I wish there was a font for sarcasm)

What to do.

Maybe this Scrappy Organizer should have arrived a little bit sooner!






Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Making Amends



On Monday I shared my First Blush 
quilt project...
I was part of the blog hop
 that is still going on
through next week! 
I have been seeing a lot of fun
 projects using First Blush...
have you been following along?




Other than that...
I have been focused on the last minute details for the retreat I host
annually.

This year there are over 50 women
 attending
 and the weather should
be fantastic!

It starts Friday...
so, just two more sleeps and it's time!



                                  

But while I am getting ready for that...
there is another baby
 shower in my family...
so I have a few assignments
 for that, 
Like these corsages.

It's actually a reveal party...
 we are anxious to know if

we have another boy
 on it's way or
 if it's a girl that will even the score!



I had to do a little sewing for myself in between the other things...





These blocks go together pretty fast!



It didn't take long to get to this!

I have been in love with my October Skies fabric by Verna Mosequera..
and I know it would be perfect for Thimble Blossoms 
Vintage pattern but I kept pushing it to the side...
until now!

What is most special to me about this pattern...
is that long before I ever knew how to quilt I had purchased a vintage 
blue and white quilt... but after I used it and WASHED it...
well, it became shreds. This was the block... I had never known the
name of it... but I made it my mission to figure it out...
I think that is what led me to quilting in the first place.

So, this will finally be my replacement for the one that was lost.
Making amends to the quilter who had made that beautiful blue and white
Album quilt.