Tuesday, December 31, 2013

UFO 2013!

 Its that time again, to see what I completed on my 2013 UFO list and what gets turned over to the 2014 list, and of course what new things I started in 2013 and didn't complete, adding to the list as well.

The good news is that I actually completed THREE quilts that were on the list last year!  ...  to of set those I have 3 too add:

Got this top completed 1/17/13, but never got it quilted.  I have the border on and the backing is ready, lets hear it for a completion by its anniversary!

Piece of cake 2, started in the Craftsy class, top and backing done, need to sandwich and quilt... see a trend?  The third one is the cousin to the low volume done in August, with strips, and I actually pulled it out and am working on it!

Swoon, started 1/2012, I have renewed enthusiasm for this and hope to get back to work on it soon!

Arcadia:  Hmm, for such a simple quilt, it sure has been around for awhile.

Rainbow Blocks: I started these April (2011), a late comer to Rachels quilt along. I have about 1/2 the color blocks still to go but I have the fabric ready to finish up. update from last year in the same...   only 3 blocks left! 

Chubby Stars: This one is TracyJay's quilt along that I started August 2010... ugh... The little chain squares are all cut of else I would have re purposed the fabric awhile ago. A finish on this one will be either completing it or re-using the parts for some thing else. update: Update on this one, looking for snowball quilt patterns to use the block in.

American Jane blocks: Also started spring 2011, this is all American Jane fabrics from different lines that I have about 1/2 the blocks done.

Hope Valley QAL: last.... this was Crazy Mom Quilts Round and Round QAL that I ran out of gas on... round and round, and I didn't want to make a twin, I wanted it bigger, so I need to review and get it done. 

This Quilt Along was started in Feb 2010, but I am not sure when I joined in. I long since decided this was a life long project, but I would like to make some progress.

So, that it... my UFO list for the end of 2013...  I think it feels better to end the year with what I have not completed than wait until tomorrow and start the new year with what baggage I am bringing in!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Gifts x2

I have made my girls quilts for Christmas most years since I started quilting again about 5 years ago.
This year I decided to make them twin quilts from the Katie Jump Rope fabric that I had setting out...  I had no idea I had collected so much of this fabric, pretty sure I am going to end up with a total of 5 quilts from my  stash.

One was done using the layer cake lemonade, the other is a rail quilt since I had lots of strips.  Both quilts are done completely front and back with Denyse Schmidt Katie Jump Rope fabric, all of the prints except the green basket weave. snow Kona added as the solid.

My youngest had told me earlier in the week that she likes the quilts that have a more open quilting pattern as it makes them loser and softer, so I did hers in the figure eight loop that Denyse Schmidt often uses, figured it was appropriate.

I gave the quilts to the girls a week ago so they could use them on our Christmas trip and they both drug them on a 8 hour car ride and slept with them the whole time.  I think they like them!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

In from the Ice - Christmas Quilts

The 2013 Christmas quilt is done!  I named it In from the Ice because the fabric line is Kate Spades In from the cold, and while it has been cold here, the major news was the ice storm last week, and while home bound due to closed roads I completed most of this quilt! 

Its made from a layer cake and a pack of charm squares and is backed in a quilting flannel found at Joann's.  The solids are Snow and Cardinal, both Kona Cotton, quilted in a lose meander and it finished up at aprox 80' x 90'.    I did the while thing using Aurifil thread. 
I am now a convert, love this stuff! 
This is the fourth Christmas quilt I have completed for our family. 
 It started with the

and last years Jingle Bells quilt.
This was never meant to become a tradition, but after 4 years, I guess I need to start thinking early about what 2014's may look like.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Welcome Fannie

I  LOVE my Bernina!  It is now termed 'vintage' by the dealer, which means they can charge me extra for maintenance cleaning.  I love it so much I worry about it incurring a fatal flaw and leaving me which has me periodically checking ebay for a replacement. 
Last year I cringed every time we went on a band competition because I would have to deliver her to the logistics crew along with a bag of scraps, table and chair to be loaded on one of the trailers.  I would beg for them to put her in the back seat of a truck w/seatbelt on rather than stash in the back of a trailer.  And last year at every competition I would have to take her out and have them fire up the generator for power to fix stuff.   
This year was not as bad, better flag design, less rips, and I used my really old Kenmore that I brought home from the closet at the family cabin where I had stashed her for emergency vacation sewing.  Great, but I call her 'The Anchor' because she is heavy.  It would be a sad day if I ever had to lug this one across a parking lot to set up and use. And, I still used the Bernina for mid week flag action, which resulted in the last calamity... pretty sure I hit a small rock or turf pellet when fixing a hem resulting in a 4 week trip to Mr. Sewing Machine for the Bernina and the threat that if the gear was broke it was all over. Lucky it was just the timing that was thrown off and she is back in the rotation, but it was a scare.
Enter Black Friday sale at Hancock Fabrics.  Last year I spotted this little gem in the add but when I got there at 8am they were all gone.  This year I saw it in the add again, but at 5am Friday morning it did not seem like a priority, but at 10am when heading to Sam's Club for the college kid to stock up before returning to school I decided to stop and if they had any still in stock, well, it would be mine. 
They had a stack of 10 sitting there.  These were listed for @ $220 reg, Black Friday Sale $79.  
There was one set out and I took it for a spin...  she did ok, but how would she be on lame and china poly silk?    Uhm, SWEET!   In two years sewing flags on the Bernina and assorted other machines I have struggled with tension on these fabrics and that is the consistent complaint from the rest of the team, but this sews flat and beautiful with both the zig zag and the utility zig zag.  And it is super light, about 10 lbs max.  If I have any complaint it is that when I sew fast it jumps around because it is so light.

 I wanted to name her, make her a part of the family, and I got several recommendations, but I kept coming back to this one....  you know, as in Fannie Flagg? 
Welcome Fannie!

Friday, December 6, 2013


Looking back I see my first post on this project was Feb, 2010.

I have had all the blocks done for a couple years now, and I sashed it over a year ago.
Even after I quilted it, it took several months to get the binding on.  I finally decided to give it as a Christmas present which provided a deadline and not it is done!
I love this fabric, Chloe's Closet Hello Betty Retro and I mixed in a couple dots and solids. 

The weather provided a lovely ice covering (Ice, not snow) for the background don't you think!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pretty Pillowcases

 I got a little side tracked this week.  I got back to sewing and realized I wanted to make 5 quilts for Christmas. You would think that would motivate me to work on them, but, after working on a couple of them I got distracted and decided my girls needed pillow cases. 
My LQS had Christmas fabric on sale and they had just enough of this Santa Hunk for two!

I also scrounged around and found this cute penguin flannel  and make a couple with other scraps I had.

I think they were a hit!  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What I sew when not making quilts...

Its that time of the year, when I tell you what I have been doing since August.... 

All the secret sewing that was done for the band flags that I can now tell about as the season is over.

This year a lot of the flags were screen printed and the team constructed them (cut out, hem and make pole pocket) and enhanced them.  The flag above has three different colors of lame that was pseudo appliqued to both sides.

It was determined there was not enough contrast for the snake on the white, so all these flags were re-made, cutting out the snake and piecing into a green background.
These two (above & below) were enhanced with lame in the center of the snake scale.  Sounds easy until you figure that there are 80 of the flags above, with 9 diamonds on each side for 1440 total.
I also got to do some uniform work this year.  The shiny green was added to the 'M' on the chest and shako (hat) as well as buttons, all 396 buttons.

 And this is the final product, the band at competition this past weekend at Grand Nationals! 
Its been a great season, but I will admit that the first thing I did after the laundry from the trip was done is imagineer a quilt and go buy fabric for it.  Cutting to commence this evening.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Late Halloween

I completed this quit on the evening before Halloween!  I think that I will call is Candy Corn as the shapes remind me of that candy.  It has a solid orange flannel backing. I am in love with flannel backing right now, so warm and snuggly!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Low Volume Love

I got my  low volume quilt done! 

I started this in July when we got back from CA.  I was blog hopping and saw all the lovely light colors in quilts and it appealed to me.
I started with scraps, then decided I wanted to make it big, so I sorted through my FQ and short cuts  in my stash to use too.
I love all these fabrics! 

My helper was getting tired, sorry there are not better pictures! 
It is not quite a queen size, but will be perfect for the end of the bed to pull up on cold nights!

I am sharing at Show and Tell Tuesday!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Chevron Love

While tracking down some fabric that I 'needed' at a local quilt store, my daughter picked up a pre-packaged stack of fabric that she "LOVED" and "NEEDED" a quilt for her dorm room out of. 
Well, the package was for a baby quilt and that was not going to work, so we tracked down most of the bolt and some substitutes a picked a sample quit off the wall as out inspiration.
The sample quilt was for a class offering, but the lady who made it pointed me to the book she used, Chevron Love by Sweet Treasures Publications.
I know there are lots of chevron patterns out there, but this was better than any I have seen online.  The quilt came together in a couple days and she had it ready to take to dorm move in this last week!
In fact, it was so super easy, I was able to make 2 in a 10 day time period.  My oldest who wanted the quilt already had 2 quilts more than her sister, who had requested a quilt for this years band show, specifically the bus ride to Indy they will be making in November.  I had found the snake material which fits the show theme and had a stack of fabric thinking a disappearing nine patch.  So happy I went with this instead!  The back is a lovely red flannel.

I can not believe that it is August, I am working on band flags again, and I still had time to put these to together!  Now it just needs to cool down enough to be able to use them.
Sharing at my favorite Friday share place, Confessions of a Fabric Addict for a Whoop!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Make Life Baby

Wow, was June 3 really the last time I posted here?  Hmm... well, I have done a couple things so I better get to sharing!

I made this for a friend who just added a baby boy grandchild to her family. 

I had the blue/brown stashed away that were extra from my 'Make Life' jelly roll quilt done several years ago and I had a couple pieces that I had picked up on sale that I was able to use for the end pieces and backing.   

 This pattern, Little Man from Camille Roskelley's first book worked great to use what I had.  
I am working on a couple more things that I am super excited about including a new queen sized Low Volume quilt that I look forward to sharing.  I hope it will not be 2 months before I share again.
Today I am linking to Sarah's Woop fest to celebrate a finish and a post!

Monday, June 3, 2013

iPad cover, done!

I started on this about a month ago when my daughter got an iPad from her Grandmother for graduation.

I used a tutorial from  one shabby chick and over all am very please with it.

I may make the external cover 1/2 inch larger for the next one,  since there are 2 layers of batting the internal sleeve bunches up a little inside.   This one was the tester, made with some Amy Butler Love home dec fabric and the lining is Sandi Henderson flannel, both from my stash.  I am now ready to bust out and make a bunch of these (maybe 2) for graduation gifts!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

It was a stormy night..

Sounds like a Gothic novel...
It was a stormy night in Texas, I am sure you saw it on the news this morning.
All of the storms were to the south, north and west of us, we just got some rain.
I was at home by myself sewing (messing with blocks) on my Piece of Cake 3 and got a little bored, so I started something new ... shocking I know....

I used the scraps from cutting my blocks to make this up, the start to a little wall hanging from Camile's new book,Simply Retro.
I will probably let it sit in the corner of my design wall for awhile before working on it further, but it was a fun little exercises while watching breaking storm news all evening.  My daughter came in and told me I just need 19 more to make a quilt! (the daughter that does not sew)
Sharing with Show and Tell Tuesday