Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A Finish!

Have you ever felt so exhausted that even picking up a needle was too much. That about sums up the days that I have spent over at my mom's...sorting, cleaning, organizing, packing up and throwing out. 
And although we are close, we are still not done...and that is just to get ready for an estate sale!
The accumulation of 63 years of stuff! 
My mom and dad bought the house right before they got married and never moved. My childhood home.
It makes you want to clean out my own home!

That being said, it took me forever Ü to sew the binding on this quilt! I put the last stitch in on Monday night!
Finally, finished!
I made this quilt for a friend that 'found' my antique cabinet where I now store by quilts. I have been looking for the right cabinet for some time. 
Isn't it yummy? The finish is worn which gives it a beautiful chippy paint look but it is very clean inside!
Anyways, the quilt is her 'finder's fee'. 
My friend loves peacocks and green so I based the theme around the colors in a peacock feather. 
If you're on Instagram you can find her here. She is very talented and has quite the following. 
I found the picture of a similar quilt layout on Pinterest. So I got my trusty graph paper and pencils and drew up the quilt. 
I did the quilty math.
As I was making the blocks, I realized with just one additional line of stitching, I would make 2 HST for each block. I incorporated those in the borders.
The back is a large print with peacocks that I found and fell in love with! I did need to piece it so the pattern would line up better. 
I did mostly straight line quilting with diagonal lines in the blocks, sashing and borders. In the sashing, where it comes together to create a square on point, I FMQ a motif. 
Melissa's mantra is 'The Quest Is The Best!' which is know to some of her friends as TQITB. So, I named the quilt TQITB.
The finished size is 59" x 68.5"
Shh, it's a surprise! Hope she likes it!
I'm heading to Austin tomorrow for a 9 days visit with my Texas kids! I'm ready for some warm weather!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

I'm back with a progress report!

Yesterday, I turned the page on my calendar to March! Yikes, I can't believe how fast these months go by. I was anxious to see the announcement for the color of the month so I headed over to the so scrappy blog to get the news!
I got right down to business pulling purple scraps from my scrap bin. I had already cut some low volume pieces for the blocks. 

I also added a few new houses for a total of 6 Little Blue Houses!
Aren't they just too cute!

I pieced these blocks between working on quilting the baby quilt that my daughter and I are working on together. 
Last Saturday, we worked on piecing the backing together and sandwiching the quilt. We also discussed how to quilt it...keeping it simple. 
We chose some straight line quilting in the row blocks (which I did) and my daughter will do some FMQ in the blank rows and the panel. 

I am also working on the quilting on this quilt...
...the one I mentioned in my previous post but had no pictures.

On another note, I was sad to hear that the Hobby Lobby near me is closing. It was convenient for a quick run to the fabric/craft store. I learned that the management had problems with the building owner over the upkeep of the building. The roof had problems and they had water issues in the building that were not getting fixed. Friday is the last day. Today I headed over to stock up on some Kona cotton that is a staple in my stash. My favorite employee was there so I got to give her a hug. She will be transferred to another store a bit away but at least the next closest. 
I will miss it!
Do you shop Hobby Lobby?