Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The fabric is Moda Authentic by Sweetwater with a Classic Neutral from Paint Brush studios thrown in which is also used for the backing. The solid squares are Kona Cotton in Bone and the binding is Kona Cotton Black. The finished size is 40 x44.
One last shot... because I am lov'n the green and blue of the tree and sky with the brown fence.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Last, but not least, the final three pinwheel blocks (cue hallelujah chorus). I do love these blocks but I am so happy to have them done! I am going to set them aside for a bit while I catch up on quilting before sashing and completing.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I have this dream every month of being able to participate in the Friday Night Sew In, but till now something has always come up. Last night, dad and the girls decided to watch a video and I decided to sneak off to the sewing cave :)
I was able to complete the two blocks that were almost done as well as 4 more blocks! I now only need three more which are cut out and ready to sew! I hope to get to them this weekend because I just got a call that Miss Bernina is ready to come home! Yeah! I can't wait to start quiting up some of the projects that have been waiting.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Meanwhile, the pile increases of projects that are unfinished waiting for the Bernina to come home. I will be set to share for awhile once she gets home!
These are so cute I just had to share.... FQ I scored at J's the other day! I got two sets using a 50% coupon. This is Merry Mushroom by Windham. Its so very '70's retro!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
All of this came about because I wanted to start on a new quilt along hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts. I have been hanging on to a jelly roll and a charm pack of Hope Valley since they came out and had not found a reason to cut, but this seemed like the perfect project for them. I had also just picked up 4 yards of one of the basket weave prints on sale so I had the backing ready to go!...
only problem is that I could not in good conscience start another quit along when I had two that were in progress (way behind in progress). I rationalized that the postage stamp quilt along was a life long project and I could not be held accountable for completing it. That left the the pinwheels for which I had no excuse other than a loss of momentum.
This left me in a moral dilema that I negotiated as follows: I can start the new quilt along, but, as I had just completed the active project I was working on, the pinwheels went to the front of the line and were now the official project in progress.
Twisted I know, but it works for me :)
Best part is neither required the additional purchase of material!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I used the new blogger templates to update my layout a bit. Hope you like it!
I added a couple of new things in the last week as well. One is a link to Unashamed Missions Group web site. Last year my husband went to Honduras with UMG and this year the whole family will be going in July for a 7 day trip that will include construction, medical, kids VBS activities and in general, to make Him known.
We are just completing the required shots. Friday its off to the county health department for typhoid which is the last of them. I am sure I will have pictures to share when we get back in mid July.
In the mean time, I am trying to lose another 10 lbs before the trip. I have 4 weeks to go. In March I decided that I needed to lose 30 lbs before the trip just so that I would feel better and be able to keep up. By the end of May I had reached that goal and determined that it was not unreasonable to target another 10 before the trip. To the end, I linked up with Stephanie and the ladies she has gathered for the Wednesday Weigh-In. They are on week 4 now, I joined late so I am on week 2, but it is great to know others are working on a shared goal and that on Wednesday you have some accountability to report on progress.
Last item that I have been changing up a bit is my work space. This pictures the 4 sides of my space.
The glass top table is where the sewing machines normally are, but the Bernina is in the shop and the pictures were taken when I was using the Green Beast ... I mean Beauty.
The cubbies share with my scrap booking supplies that have not seen much use lately. I actually took two cubes away from SB and gave to sewing this week. The containers on the top of the cubbies and elsewhere are my in progress bins. I try to keep everything in a single place for a project while I am working on it then if it gets 'shelved' I can get back to it without scrambling.
Don't know if you can tell but the cutting table is tall, work height which is wonderful!. The couch is used by the girls if they are watching a movie (TV is in the cabinet that I closed for the picture), but most times the couch has my projects laid out on it. Right now it has all 4 of the quilt tops/backs that are waiting for the Bernina to return. You can see the ironing board sticking out in a couple of the pictures, but it is at the end of the table and I can set it to be a little extension support when I free motion quilt.
This is where I spend my days when the girl are at school or for the summer at camps. I try hard to not be here if the rest of the family is home, but sometimes its hard to come out of my cave!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Love these little fishies!
My girls are teenagers so I don't normally do much with this type of fabric, but, in the spring I went to a yard sale where I found almost 3 yards of this in a bag with some assorted other fabric scraps for $3.
Meanwhile my stack is growing of tops and backings that are ready for quilting. I got all the stitches picked out of the authentic brick (that's that name today... I keep changing it) so it is ready, again. I also completed both the RWB brick road and the double hour glass. I am super excited to get both done to show you.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
This picture is first mainly because I do not want the next to be the one that shows up on reader list :) but this will be showing up on one of the projects below.
The Bernina is gone. All that is left of the dust and lint that surounded her. (maybe its good she has gone on vacation at sewing machine repair land so I can/will clean the table) Poor Ott light is just laying there.
Meanwhile I have much work to be done on the wonky log blocks...
ninteen double hour glass blocks done
So who will it be that gets to come out and play? The Necchi that has been in the corner (without her dust cover!!!ooops)
or, what's that? in the cabinet? The one that has yet to be used since being found at Goodwill and taken to be serviced and given a clean bill of health?
Yes! It is time to try out the Green Beauty! Lets see what she can do!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
I need to give a shout out to my friend Christie who kept talking about her fresh eggs and convinced me that I needed to hunt some down. She had been going to the Dallas farmers market, but her vendor of choice was also at the Coppell market so about a month ago she decided to try that and invited me to tag along .... and I have been there every Saturday morning at 7:30 since!
My haul this morning, fresh tortillas and salsa from a local chef, tomatoes (every week I get a basket of 6), peaches, apricots, local honey and fresh range roving eggs.
And check out my produce bags! I take my grocery bags with me, ones I made or ones given away at the market once a year like the one in the picture... but I still was stuck with those thin plastic produce bags so I found this cotton mesh and whipped some up! I used the serger so they are nice and clean and wove ribbon in the top for a tie! They make me happy!
Friday, June 4, 2010
The moral here is, as our moms told us when we were small, cheater never prosper... or something like that, so today I am back to work on the RWB projects and will never leave them till they are completed, or at least ready to by quilted and I hope that will be by next weeks Sew & Tell.