Sunday, November 15, 2015

Projects in progress

I have been out of commission for a while with all that has been going on.  Between taking care of two elderly parents and 2 kids and working full time, I just don't get enough quilting (or me) time.

Right now as I type this my 2 year old is sitting in my lap asking if she can touch the buttons. Um mm, no.

This is a quilt that I made for my grand baby.  I had made her blankets but not a quilt.  We had a one day sew in the third weekend of October and I put this top together.  I am hand quilting it now.  I tried it on my machine but I think the minke on the back was throwing it off.  I could not get my tension adjusted right and gave up before I ruined the quilt. 

We had another one day sew in yesterday and that is where I tried machine quilting this.... FAIL!!!  So I hand quilted for a little while and then worked on Hailey's quilt for a little while.

In other news, we have been having some amazing sunsets!

My block exchange blocks seem to be lost in the mail.  SAD FACE HERE!

I am keeping hope alive they will show eventually.



Sunday, October 18, 2015

Whoop, Whoop!

I have been so busy lately.  Yesterday I actually was invited to quilt with a group of women for a day.  No class, no instruction, just come in and sew on whatever you need to get done.  IT....WAS......AWESOME!  I realized how much I have missed just sitting around and sewing with a group of gals.  We sewed from 9am to about 4:30pm.  I got a quilt top completed for my grand baby Lynlee.

Yeah!  So they are getting together every 2nd Saturday of every month.  I am so in!

I did get my block swap completed and sent in the mail last week!

There was a shop hop a couple weekends ago.  Hailey had a birthday that same weekend.  I bought some cool fabrics at the shop hop.

This beach one was in a gift bag from one of the stores.  Really cute.

I also found this mustache fabric to slide into Hailey's quilt somehow.

She is all about the mustache craze!

We also had a horse who somehow poked himself in the eye so we had administer antibiotics to him 2 times a day.  That was a bit of a chore since we board them right now.

I will show pics of Lynlee's quilt in a while.  I have a minky back I can use on it and happen to have a crib size batting.  So hand quilt or machine quilt?

Better machine quilt it if I actually want it to get done!  LOL!

Hope you are all making progress where you are at!



Saturday, September 12, 2015

Progress and Plans

I'm checking in to let you know I am still making some slow progress.  I have 10 of Hailey's quilt blocks done so I laid out the backing piece she wants on it to figure out how many blocks I need to fit my backing.  Drum roll please.............45!  45 stinkin' blocks, only 35 more to go!

I am back on the bowtie band wagon to get my 80 done.  Even sneaking in some dark time sewing until Piper goes down so I can turn the light back on.

I realized today that I have never mad my grand-daughter Lynlee a quilt.  I have made her some "blankies" but not a quilt.  So today at the local quilt shop I picked up some fabrics to make her one.

I am thinking of a simple pattern that I can use the alphabet fabric to applique on her name.  I even have enough letters for Piper's name.......on something.......not a "quilt".......

The grays and colors in that fabric line will even work well with a few of the left over grays from my bowtie fabric.  SWEET!!



Saturday, September 5, 2015

Last weekend and Rainy Non-Sew Days

Last weekend I had every intention of blogging and it just got away from me.  The weekend I mean.  Then this week just flew by.  Work has been stressful and busy and irritating.  Architects can be bullheaded and stubborn. 

I made 20 more blocks last weekend for the block swap.  So I am half way through, only 40 more to go!  Yeah me!!

Here are some that I finished.

So I was looking at the left over strip pieces that this was creating and was trying to decide what to do with them.  So I decided to make strip sets out of them for now. 

Once I am all done I will decide what to do with them.  I will have a lot of coordinating 2.5" gray strips to go with them.

Today was yucky an rainy outside and quite cool.  Instead of quilting though I finished reading a book, did grocery shopping and such.

A rainy day is always a book reading day to me.  Ingrained from childhood I'm sure.

I was going through pictures on my camera and found this one from Piper's birthday.

How sweet!!



Sunday, August 23, 2015

Progress Update

I actually did manage to get some quilting done this weekend.  I know sound the trumpets!

I completed 20 of my 80 block swap blocks (with Fun with Barb).  The background looks almost a white in these pictures, but it is light grey.  

The rules of the swap are bright modern fabrics, no pastels.  I love these grays in this line and want to use a couple, but I'm afraid they really don't follow the rules (not brights).  Any opinions?

In fact I am afraid I think quite a bit of the line border lines to the pastel ranges......

I hope all the ones I choose to use will be fine.  Thankfully I will not have to use every color.  If you want to know about this fabric line or the block exchange you can read this post here.

I am working on Hailey's quilt also.  Machine blanket stitch on the circles with a variegated thread.

Here is Hailey's finished block.  These are "What a Whirl" fabrics for Kanvas, which is associated with Bernatex.  Well except for the black.  My plan is for the black to get quilted in bubbles with a variegated thread.

I got 5 completed. Yeah me!  I think this is the most progress I've made in a LONG time!