Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What's Up?

A couple of posts back, I showed you the split snowball quilt that I am working on and the mini that I started with all those tiny cutoffs. Since then, I added a border on the sides and sandwiched and hand quilted it. 
It is hard to see the quilting besides in the border but it is also quilted in the brown triangles. 
It fits perfectly in my table top stand.
You can see the quilting a little better from the back.
The backing is a cute print used for the border on the large snowball quilt.
 I love the little dancing cups on the borders.
I'm calling this one Mornin' Sunshine mini.

My knitting group is also working on a charity project. It is called Little Hats, Big Hearts and is with the organization Mended Little Hearts of Chicago partnered with the American Heart Association. All babies born in February 2015 at participating hospitals will receive a knitted/crocheted red hat to raise awareness for congenital heart defects. 

Here are 2 that I have made so far! They are quick and easy to knit. 

So that's what I've been up to...what about you?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Working hard to catch up!

And I finally made it!
For most of this year, I have been behind on my monthly Art Journals.  I kept track of my daily entries on my phone so I could recreate the days on the journals as I finished them. I only missed a few days...which most likely...didn't have anything too exciting happen. 

So drum roll please!

Here is July before I filled in the entries.
And with the entries filled in...
I do love this one with the flags waving across the blue sky!

And then August...
(these are supposed to be strawberries with a more rounded bottom)
I won't show the final until the end of the month is complete. 
Only a few more days!

And believe it or not...I have September ready early! Yippee!!
So there they are! 
A weight off my shoulders!
 Something to cross off my to do list!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Where Does the Time Go?

It has been a while since I have last posted. Life just doesn't seem to want to slow down. I have been spending some time in my sewing room which is always good! I have been putting off making the next baby quilt but will have to start on it sooner than later. I do have a bit of time yet.

So what have I been doing in my sewing room, you ask? Well, I have challenged myself into 1) sewing projects that I have purchased a bit ago and have been waiting on the back burner, and 2) using fabrics from my stash (much of which has been donated to me) and create. 

First, using a piece of fabric from my stash, I cut out as many 4" squares as I could (the pattern of flowers were in squares, so I cut them apart.)
After rearranging them on my design wall, I sewed them all back together. Then using this technique, I added the lattice on top. Thanks to Pat over at Life in the Scrapatch for the tutorial. 
The border is Kona Cotton Candy Blue, the binding and lattice is Kona Cotton White. The backing is a piece from my stash!
I also added a sleeve for hanging. 
The quilt finishes at 33.5" x 36"
I straight line quilted it along the lattice and in the border and FMQ a rose motif in the flowers.
A nice finish!

For the other part of my challenge, I dug out the fabrics that I purchased for a quilt that I saw in this magazine back in Feb/Mar 2011.
I fell in love with this retro feel fabric line called Early Bird by Cosmo Cricket. I went about purchasing some of the line and adding in other fabrics that I had that I felt coordinated nicely. 
I started on the split snowball blocks...80 blocks in total.
With every snowball block, you get 4 sets of 2 tiny triangles. I told myself that I wasn't going to save them this time. 
(I have several bunches of triangle cutoffs, ready to be sewn)
...But I couldn't help myself...
...they were just so cute...
I took some time off from the split snowball quilt to play with these...
Each HST is just 3/4" small. 
A mini flying geese...
Both the mini and the split snowball are ready to by sandwiched and quilted!

So that's what I've been up to, how about you?

Friday, August 1, 2014

One of two finished!

Besides weddings, we have a few new babies coming to join my extended family. They are keeping me busy making quilts! So just in time to celebrate one of the anticipated arrivals, I finished up the quilt and had a cute photo session!
We took a trip down to Morris, IL to meet up with my sister and brother in law and since I needed to document my quilt I thought it would be fun and different. 

So we headed to one of the local parks and took some pictures!
In several locations along the canal stood silhouettes sculptures. 
How perfect! Momma holding her baby carrying the baby's quilt!
I think they may be ready for a picnic and some playtime in the park Ü

Another location had this boy and his horse sculpture.
The block is a disappearing 9~patch. The main fabric is from a line called Gingham Safari which I happened to find here, Kona White, and some pinks and gingham from my stash. 
It is quilted using an elongated zigzag stitch on my machine. 
All labeled and ready to be gifted!
Linking up to Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts,
Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday over at Quokka Quilts 
and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A small finish

Today I have a small finish to share. 
I used these little table toppers that I quilted to teach my daughter how to bind her quilt. Here we are hand stitching the bindings.

And now they are both finished. They are not very big so they didn't take much time to finish. As you can see, they are larger than a placemat.

The quilting is a crosshatch over the field of the print and I straight line stitched around the border. The mallard print is from my mom's sewing room. The binding is fabric from my stash.
The backing is from a fabric that was among the orphaned blocks and fabrics. I think it works great together!
You can read more about the orphaned blocks here.

Front and back side by side.

Since my DH and I won't be able to get away this summer (we traveled to Hawaii in January/February), we have been trying to find fun things to do right here at home...our staycation.
Last Sunday, we had an afternoon out on Lake Michigan on the tall ship, 
The Red Witch. 
What a beautiful day out on the lake!

Quite relaxing!

 The beautiful Chicago skyline...
The Adler Planetarium

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts
 and Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday over at Quokka Quilts.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My daughter's first quilt!

My DD1 is very close to finishing her very first quilt!
 A while back she asked me to help her make a quilt. I showed her some orphaned printed foundation blocks that a friend gave me. I thought that she would be able to do them pretty easily. 
She liked the idea so once school was out (she is an Art teacher), we started putting fabrics together. She bought some at the International Quilt Festival and used some from my stash. The block is of a crazy square and she wanted it in low volume fabrics with just one piece in either a muted blue or muted purple.
This is a copy of the foundation piece that we scanned into my computer.
After I taught her how to do foundation piecing, she went to work sewing and completed the 15 blocks about a week and half ago. After working on a layout, I then helped her sash them. 
On Friday afternoon, we sandwiched the quilt and I taught her straight line quilting around each block. Yesterday afternoon, she was ready to learn FMQ! 
At first we were going to follow a template of swirls but it was more difficult for her to get the hang of it see the lines. She decided she would rather try without following any pattern. She finished them in record time for a first time quilter! We took a break and then she FMQ the borders. 
Just look at that quilting!
We were on a roll with all the quilting done so we decided to make the binding. We squared up the quilt and determined how much binding was needed. 
A mini lesson on how to make a scrappy binding with mitered piecing. She wanted to use mostly the blues and purples from the top with an occasional low volume thrown in. We cut enough 2 1/4" strips with a little extra. It was getting late but we really wanted to get the binding sewn on. And she did it!
Here it is hanging on my design wall with the binding attached. A lesson to hand stitch the binding will be next. She did a fabulous job on this quilt! 
I am one proud mama!

With more orphaned blocks from the lady I mentioned in my last post, I put together a garden banner. The theme of these blocks was birdhouses. However, the colors were all over the place and I just couldn't see putting them together in a quilt. So I cut them down to 8.5" x 10.5", cut backings from my stash, stitched around, turned them and sewed them onto a 1/8" double fold bias tape. 
The size of the flags was determined by the largest birdhouse in the blocks.
Now they hang in our garden!

Friday, July 18, 2014

A finish for Project Linus

A friend of mine gave me quite a few projects that were orphaned by
 a friend of hers that passed away. The family was happy that they
 were going to someone that would be able to use them. After looking thru
 the organized bags, it became clear that this lady belonged to a swap that
 each person sent the pieces for a themed block with instructions and
a extra square of fabric that coordinated. Usually there were
 about 6 - 8 squares in the swap. She had many of the blocks put together, 
some partially put together, and others waiting to be put together. 

As I sorted through the bags, I knew that some of them I just couldn't put together in a quilt as the blocks didn't really coordinate, or some were poorly made and the sizes didn't match up. However, this one was too cute
 not to make into a Project Linus quilt. 
Most of these 6 blocks were already made. The Sunbonnet Sue block was partially completed and the log cabin needed some logs to bring it up to the size of the others. I added sashing from the scraps of fabric that came along in the bag and the side borders to make it large enough for a baby quilt.
The back was also pieced with the coordinated squares and leftover fabric. 
I decided to bind it in a red striped fabric that I had in my stash to give
 it a pop of color! 
The only thing left is to label it and get it to the local donation shop. 
Finished size: 32.5" x 39"
Another summer finish! 
It feels good to get a few things out of my sewing room completed. 
Linking up to Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts and Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday over at Dizzy Quilts.