Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Welcome Finish!

I finished my Birdhouse Welcome wall hanging this weekend!  You can read all about the fabrics I chose and the pattern I used here.

I used leftover binding for this little quilt.  It is hanging in our new mud room and I love it!  :-)

I quilted in the ditch around the letter blocks and around each birdhouse.

And I quilted some diagonal lines in the little squares.

I'm very happy with this little finish.  I'd been wanting to make a small wall quilt for the mud room for a long time now and it's perfect for the room.

Linking up at Sew Many Ways...

Hope everyone had a great weekend!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

W.I.P. Wednesday

I have lots of works in progress to show this week!  Even with a family party on Saturday and beautiful weather on Sunday, I managed to get in my sewing room and make progress on a couple of things.  I even started a new project!  (Yea like I need new projects right now!)

First order of business when I got to the cottage Friday night was finishing the top for my July Schnibble - Decoy.  You can read all about it and look at pictures here and here.

Then, I decided to pin baste my Birdhouse Welcome little wall quilt.  I hope to get the quilting done on this one when I get to the cottage on Friday.  Lots of rain in the forecast for this weekend so I might actually get this one all done before I get back to the city Sunday night.  To read all about Birdhouse Welcome, go here.

Finally, on Sunday, I decided to start a new project.  A couple of months ago, I bought Noodlehead's pattern to make a 241 bag.  These beautiful bags were popping up all over blogland and I really wanted one!  But I never actually got around to doing anything with the pattern until this weekend.

Because this was going to be my first time making a bag from this pattern, I decided to use "cheaper" fabric I had in my stash (so I wouldn't be so upset if it didn't turn out quite as nice as all the other bags I'd seen!).  So far, I've got all the pattern pieces cut and they will be coming together this weekend.

And I spent hours all week, while watching TV, weaving in ends for my granny square blanket!  This is taking F.O.R.E.V.E.R.!!!

Linking up at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday so here are the stats:

In Progress:
- Birdhouse Welcome
- 241 Tote Bag

New Projects:
- 241 Tote Bag

Completed Projects:
- None  :-(

... and a mountain of quilt tops for me to finish!

Hope you all are having a wonderful week!


Monday, July 23, 2012

My July Schnibble - Decoy

In July, the wonderful Sinta and Sherri who organize the Another Year of Schnibbles quilt along let us decide which pattern we wanted to use.

I chose to make Decoy from Carrie's book Another Bite of Schnibbles:

Another Bite Of Schnibbles: 24 Quilts From 5" Or 10" Squares

I had Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille so I went with that.

At first, I wasn't sure I had enough contrast between my "lights" and my "medium/darks".  But now that it's all done, I kinda like it!  :-)

Now I can't wait to see the parade on the 1st and... find out what's lined up for August!

Hope you all had a wonderful day!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WIP Wednesday - Decoy in Progress

We finally got a bit of rain this weekend... we badly needed it... the garden really needed it!  We woke up on Sunday to beautiful sunny skies, but by about 1:00 PM, we had dark clouds, loud thunder and some spectacular lighting. 

And what's better on a rainy Sunday afternoon than sitting at your sewing machine with beautiful fabric?  Well... almost nothing!  :-)

Decoy designed by Carrie Nelson (Another Bite of Schnibbles). 
Fabric:  Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for Moda

I was able to piece all 9 blocks as well as most of the sashing.  I will be finishing the top this weekend.

Another project my sweetie and I have been working on is a new deck at the cottage.

That's not actually a door leading out to the deck, it's a huge window, but it's awesome!  And that room is where I sew.  So I can take little breaks and just step out onto the deck!

The railing isn't even built yet, but I've got my bistro furniture out there already.  Had my morning coffee out there Sunday morning.  It was great!

In progress:
- Two Percent (still at 4 blocks quilted out of 9 done)
- Decoy (the July Schnibble)
- Afghan (more grannies done and I also started weaving the ends - hate that part!)

Completed Projects:

New Projects:

Linking up at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WIP Wedneday - The List is Growing!

I feel as though I'm taking a vacation from my quilting goals this week!  As I said in my last post, instead of working on finishing quilts, I'm starting new projects! 

This week, I started and finished a cute little ruffle zipper pouch, completed the top for a new wall quilt to go in our new mud room at the cottage and chose the pattern and fabric for the July Schnibble.  You can read all about my projects from the weekend here.

And here is what I'll be making as my July Schnibble:

From the book Another Bite of Schnibbles by Carrie Nelson
I will be using Vintage Modern for this schnibble.  I sorted through the charm packs this weekend and cut all the pieces - it's going to look fabulous!  :-)

As for my report for this week, here are my stats:

In progress:
- Two Percent (still at 4 blocks out of 9 done)
- Decoy (the July Schnibble)
- Afghan (more grannies done and I also started weaving the ends - hate that part!)

Tops to be quilted:
- Daisy Chains
- Hourglass Patches
- Nine Patch Flip
- Pandora's Box
- The Big EZ
- Birdhouse Welcome
- Happy Weekender
- Leap Year

Completed Projects:
- Ruffle Zipper Pouch

New Projects:
- Ruffle Zipper Pouch
- Birdhouse Welcome
- Decoy

Gosh that's a long list - I really need to focus a little more and get those tops quilted!

Linking up at Fresly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Quick Projects for the Weekend

I know I've got lots of finished tops that need quilting and I'm supposed to be working on the July Schnibble, but this weekend, I felt like working on something small, simple and quick.  And I also wanted to try something new.

I decided to make myself another small zipper pouch.  First because I need the practice - I'm really bad at zippers!  And second because I needed a pouch to store my zippers and elastics.  So I started looking around blogland for a fun project that would "challenge" me a little.

I found this great tutorial at Lee's blog - Freshly Pieced.  Lee's tutorial was super easy to follow, but I had never done a ruffle before so I made a couple of mistakes.  Can you tell what they are?  :-)

I'm not sure you can really tell from this picture, but I sewed the bottom ruffle incorrectly.  Instead of sewing the raw edge of the ruffle to the accent piece, I sewed the folded edge.  So I've got a raw edged ruffle sticking out!  I also messed up and used the wrong fabric for the accent piece. 

Here is the finished pouch with its content!

I used some Recipe for Friendship fat quarters I had left.

When I finished the pouch, I started working on another small project.  I've been wanting to make a wall quilt for the new mud room my sweetie built in the Spring.  I went through my Bloom Creek Quilts book and found the perfect pattern.

Birdhouse Welcome designed by Vicki Bellino and  I used Blueberry Crumbcake charms.

This project came together super fast and I got to practice another technique I rarely use - applique.  I hope to be able to quilt and put the binding on this little wall quilt this weekend.

Linking up at Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday.  Go and check out what everyone else is up to this week!

Fresh Poppy Design


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Some vacation sewing!

As I mentioned in my last post, I was on vacation at the cottage from June 24 to July 2 and during the week, I got lucky and it rained for 3 days straight!  Rain for me means sewing so for 3 glorious days, I was upstairs in my sewing room sewing up a storm!  :-)

I got started with the quilting for Doc, the May Schnibble. 

Pieced with two California Girl charm packs and some white background fabric.  Don't look at the corners too closely... I just couldn't make those borders line up properly!

I quilted straight lines throughout and used the same lime green I used for the cornerstones for the binding.  The quilt finishes at 42" square.  The perfect size for a baby quilt.

Next, I got started on a new project.  My boss (who's also a dear friend I have known for 15 years now) is turning 50 this August.  So I decided I would make her a nice lap quilt for her birthday.  I had a really hard time deciding which fabric to use for her quilt because she's really not a "girly girl" and HATES pink!  :-)  In the end, I decided to go with Blueberry Crumbcake charms and a beige background fabric.

Pattern:  Happy Weekender (found at the Moda Bakeshop)
Designer:  Kim Niedzwiecki
Size:  66.5" x 58.5"
I now need to find the perfect backing and binding fabrics but I have no idea what colours to go with!  Any suggestions?

And lastly, I completed Block 1 of the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery BOM.  I signed up for this BOM program a couple of years, but still haven't finished all the blocks.  So I had decided not to sign up for another one... ever!  But when I saw this year's fabric choice - Vintage Modern - I crumbled and gave in!  And I'm so happy I did - how cute is this!  :-)

I'm super excited about all the projects I'm working on right now.  I love that piecing is getting easier for me, my seams are lining up nicely, my blocks are the right size and I'm not unpicking stitches nearly as often as I used to.  I can feel my confidence growing when it comes to quilting my "creations" because I'm not trying to be perfect - I'm just trying to get better!  It's awesome!  :-)

Linking up at Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday.

Fresh Poppy Design


Monday, July 2, 2012

My Month of June

I'm back from vacation at the cottage... and back at work tomorrow morning.  The going back to work part isn't great, but being back online after a week away is wonderful.  I've been slowly catching up on my blog reading, downloading pictures I took and today, I decided to write my blog post for the monthly Fresh Sewing Day linky party!

We had a wonderful month of June in terms of weather so I thought my accomplishments for the month wouldn't really amount to much.  BUT - I was surprised at how much I was able to get done during this last week with 3 rainy days!  :-)

So here is my June Mosaic, complete with a birthday picture of MOI!

1.  Block 1 of the Fat Quarter Shop 2012 Designer Mystery BOM
2.  Weekender Quilt top I'm making for my boss' 50th Birthday
3.  Girly Squares
4.  Doc - the May Schnibble
5.  Leap Year - the June Schnibble (top only)
6.  Me blowing out my candle
7.  Summer Day - the April Schnibble

Don't know how productive July is going to be with no vacation and a bunch of birthday celebrations to attend, but I'm sure I'll manage to find some time for quilting!

Linking up at Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day.

Lily's Quilts

Have a wonderful day!