Monday, July 24, 2017

Plenty to do....

There is always plenty to do and since I have been home with workers coming and going 
(kitchen renovation in progress), 
I have had some time to spend in my sewing room. I decided that I needed to do some organization in-between projects. Since my dining room table is loaded with the odd and end contents of my kitchen cabinets 
(most things are in boxes throughout my house but some things don't fit well in boxes), 
I can't prefer not to (table verses floor) sandwich the last quilt top in my UFO's. But...
I did finally finished my Go Cubs Go! quilt that I made in honor of my life long favorite baseball team's incredible win of the World Series last year (2016) after 108 years!
I had the Cubs, baseball, and the pinstripe fabrics in my stash for quite a while just waiting for a time to make a quilt! This was the perfect time!
I used the economy block, alternating the Cubs and baseball fabrics with Kona red and blue. The sashing is Kona white. The border is a print that reminds me of hearts that I found at my now closed 😥 LQS! 
I 💙 the Chicago Cubs!
The backing is a vintage baseball print that I found online. This quilt finishes at 51" x 60.5" a perfect size for a throw or picnic. 
It is Nellie approved!
Back to a little organizing....
I found uncovered this mini quilt kit that I purchased at the International Quilt Festival this past spring. It is called Citrus Delight (one color way of many from the Friendship Pineapples series by Fabrications by Doris). 
It is a fun mini paper pieced block. 
Also, my neighborhood of Little Blue Houses had another population explosion!
There are now 56 houses in the neighborhood! All made out of different blue fabrics from my scraps. It was taking up a good portion of my design wall so the neighborhood came down (to make room for other projects). I am not done with it (or my blue fabrics 😝) yet! I'm still having fun!
What have your been doing?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Here's what's happening!

The month of July has been filled with demolition/renovation of our kitchen. It has made me stay at home with workers coming and going. Some of my time at home has been spent cleaning out kitchen cabinets, sorting things we don't use or need, and living out of boxes! However, I have given myself permission to spend time in my sewing room also!
The color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this month is blue which happens to be my most overflowing scrap bin. I made these 5 little spools blocks!
These don't use up a lot of scraps but I am lovin' these mini spool blocks! Linking up at So Scrappy.

I also used blue for this month's Milky Way Star ~ Regel.
Here are all the stars in the Milky Way...so far!
I may add some mini stars! Go over to Blossom Heart Quilts to see more.

I joined the Grandma's Kitchen Sew Along with Pat Sloan. This is the first time that I joined one of Pat's QAL. It is perfect for Domestic Diva by Riley Blake that I have had in my stash for quite some time. I won 2 charm packs way back when...but I didn't have any yardage. I did find some online and ordered 2 pieces for the bigger pieces needed. I also went to the fabric store to find some corals to coordinate. 
The blocks are released every Wednesday, so far 3 have been released. 
The first block is The Kitchen Table. It was easy to make out of the charm squares and some background fabrics. 
The second block needed longer than 5" so I'm waiting on my fabric order. 
The third block is The Key Holder. 
(The lighter coral fabric is one of the fabrics I found to coordinate with Domestic Diva)
I love how Pat includes a little story about her memories of her grandma's kitchen. I'm really enjoying this Sew Along! Head over to Pat Sloan's blog for all the information and blocks!
Finally, here is a cute picture of my niece's daughter with the quilt I made for her! She loved it!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

It's Time

It is time to set some goals for July! We will be going through a kitchen renovation which will limit my time in my sewing room. 
Before the major packing started, I managed to sandwich my Go Cubs Go! quilt. So my goal is to move it forward and decide on the quilting and get it started.

The color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is blue so I will make my spool blocks and I will use blue for this month's Milky Way QAL star, Regel.

I also joined in Pat Sloan's new Sew Along, Grandma's Kitchen. The first block was released on June 28th called The Kitchen Table. A block is released every Wednesday. There are 4 Wednesday in July so I hope to be able to get most of them done before I update my progress. 
I'm linking up to Elm Street Quilts - July Goals.

I really like stating my goals each month as it keeps me focused. I have learned to be realistic in setting goals and to be happy if I achieve more. 

Have a great 4th of July!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

June Goals Update

It is just a day away from the end of June! It has been a busy month! 
Regardless of the busyness, I managed to complete all my goals!
My first goal was to complete the baby quilt for my niece's 2nd baby daughter. 
I decided to name this quilt Spread Your Wings. Some of the blocks are paper pieced and some are pieced. I played around with the angles so the butterflies would appear like they were fluttering about.
I FMQ with meandering loops like the flight of a butterfly. 
It finished at 35" x 42 1/2"
I used various teals and purples, some from my stash, others I purchased for this project from Connecting Threads. The background is Kona white.
On the back I pieced an extra butterfly block. 

A bonus was to complete the city bank quilt (renamed The Colors of Purple). 
I finally got it quilted using my new rulers in a clamshell pattern. 
This quilt is made using mostly solids...Kona and American Made, some Grunge, a Tula Pink print, and the green print from my stash. 
The back is a piece I found at Joann's that coordinated well.
Pattern is from the book City Quilts by Cherri House.
The finished size is 60" x 69"

I also finished by Rainbow Scrap blocks in yellow!
And the Milky Way QAL using yellow. This month's star is called Capella. 
Linking up with Elm Street Quilts ~ June finish, Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy, #milkywaysampler.

Here are a few pictures from our time in the Pacific NW and Vancouver and my semi surprise Birthday party. Enjoy!
Mt St Helen
 Lynn Canyon Park
 Shannon Falls, Vancouver
biking Stanley Park, Vancouver

 Butchart Gardens, Victoria
Goldstream Falls, Victoria
My family~first time we were together is quite a while! Surprise!
Only Mike (our son-in-law) is missing. ❤️

Sunday, June 4, 2017

June goals

June is under way! Schools out! Vacations begin!
June will be a short month as far as quilting hours go for me. We have a 10 day vacay planned which will commence this week! 
After our return, we have a party for someone turning 60! And...we are in the middle of a kitchen and mudroom renovation project which we hoped would be done while we were away...but that isn't going to happen as the counters aren't going to be ready. I also have taken on 2 alteration jobs!
Call us me crazy! 
So for my June goals...
I will complete the quilting and binding the city bank quilt AND sandwich, quilt and bind the butterfly baby quilt. 
My niece has had her baby girl so this needs to happen!

Anything that is achieved beyond that is bonus! 
The color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is YELLOW 
and the star for the Milky Way QAL is called Capella! 

Linking up to OMG June Goals at Elm Street Quilts.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May Goals Update

It's the end of May and I need to update you on my goals. 
One on my goals was to quilt the city bank quilt. Unfortunately, after receiving the new foot and rulers, I have not had time to sit down and try them out. The end of the school year has been super busy. Just 3 days left! 
So my city bank quilt still needs to be quilted. 
Sandwiched and basted and ready to go!
UPDATE:Since posting this, I have been able to get most of the quilting completed...only 13 of the 42 blocks to go!

My 2nd goal for May was to start piecing butterfly blocks for my nieces 2nd baby's quilt. I was much more successful in achieving this goal (working in smaller bits of time). It is all pieced together and ready to be sandwiched. However, that can't happen until I quilt City Bank! 
How's that for motivation!
I used 4 different butterfly blocks patterns....2 of them are 8" blocks and 2 are 4" blocks. 3 of the 4 block patterns were paper pieced. I wanted the butterflies to be angled but not at the 45° (on point) so I played with half square rectangles allowing a gentler angle. 
I anchored the quilt with a row of pretty flowers. 
I also finished the May challenge for RSC and The Milky Way QAL (see post).


Sunday, May 7, 2017

The neighborhood has grown!

Remember my little blue houses? 
The last time I posted about the neighborhood, there were 38 houses. Now the neighborhood has grown to 48 houses!
I add a house or 2 when I'm between projects or only have a limited amount of time to play. This isn't a population boom but slow and steady growth. I'm planning on more houses! No deadline, no pressure!
I'm loving it!
Yesterday, I took some time to work on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks and The Milky Way QAL. May's color is green so I pulled my green scraps bin (which is almost as full as my blue bin) and started putting together like greens. 
5 little spools of green! 
Here are all the spools together so far.
Cute! Aren't they?
I'm linking up to Scrap Happy Saturday over at So Scrappy and Oh Scrap over at Quilting is more fun than Housework.

For the Milky Way QAL, I'm using the same color (makes it easy), green. This month's star is called Vega. It is the 5th brightest star. 
Here are the first 5 stars together.
It is a bit of a mystery to me on how these will play together at the end. 
Time will tell. To learn more head over to Blossom Heart Quilts.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Setting some goals for May

It's May! Time is flying by! It is time to set some goals for May. I am looking forward to quilting the City Bank quilt. 
(pattern name from the book City Quilts...the quilt will be named later)
At the International Quilt Festival in Chicago, I purchased the foot and several rulers to learn FMQ with rulers on my domestic machine! There was a bit of a faux pas as I purchased a high shank foot/rulers
but my machine is actually a low shank. Before purchasing, I did ask the Janome dealer (I have an Elna which is now owned by Janome) to verify the shank and I unfortunately, received incorrect information. Since I wasn't entirely sure, I had asked the store if I could return it if it proved different. They were very accommodating, and I am happy to say I received the new foot/rulers today! I'm very excited to get started! 
So my goal for May is to quilt and bind this quilt!
One of my nieces, also due in June expecting her 2nd baby, asked me to make  a baby quilt for her and the baby. The theme for the baby's room is butterflies with the colors of teal and purple. 
My goal for May will be to start making butterfly blocks and piecing this quilt. 
I have little planned for this quilt. I have done some searching for butterfly blocks and I have started collecting fabrics. I hope this isn't too hefty a goal as school is quite busy as the school year draws to a close. 
Summer is just around the corner!
I will continue to keep up with the RSC and The Milky Way QAL. 
May's color is green!
I'm linking my goals up at OMG-May Link-up @ Elm Street Quilts.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April Goals Update Ü

The end of April is closing in therefore it is time to update my goals. It has been a pretty productive month for me...mostly out of necessity. The elephant baby quilt needed to be finished for the baby shower last weekend. 
The quilt was well received!
I named this quilt Dare To Be Different based on the one row of elephants that are marching in the opposite direction and the one baby elephant that color is different.
The pattern is from Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts. I did add tails to the elephants. This is the second animal quilt pattern from Lorna that I have made. I just love her style.
The quilt finishes at 38 1/2" x 41"
The backing fabric (I forgot the fabric line)matches the baby elephant (Kona Wasabi) with some gray to break up the brightness. 
I quilted it using straight lined machine quilting.

Another of my goals for April was to finish the piecing of City Bank quilt.
Today I sandwiched the quilt...it is ready for quilting!
I also made my RSC block and the block for the Milky Way QAL.

I'm linking up to Elm Creek Quilts ~ OMG April Finish. Go over and check out everyone's progress!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge and more...

The color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap challenge is mixed up colors. We all have those multi~colored fabrics that don't fit into any one color category. Those are the fabrics to play with in April. 
Since I am doing mini spools this year for the challenge, I am calling this months spools variegated threads. I found plenty of scraps to play with in my scrap bin Ü
For each spool, instead of using multiple fabrics, I choose one fabric and cut it in narrow strips and the mixed them up. We will see how they play with the other spools as the year progresses. I may try some more of these if I find the  time.
I'm linking up over at So Scrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday! Go on over and check out what's happening there!

I have been using the same monthly color for The Milky Way QAL over at Blossom Heart Quilts. The star for the month of April is Arcturus. I picked 2 coordinating multi~colored fabrics for this star. I'm hoping that it will play well with the other stars as the QAL progresses. 

I am not 100% satisfied with this block especially when I read that Arcturus is the 4th brightest star in the sky.  
My goal is to only use scraps from my stash so I will leave it for now. 

Yesterday, I went to the International Quilt Festival here in Chicago (Rosemont). I will leave you with a few of my favorites from the show!
 technique is pretty amazing! Tiny scraps with and overlay of netting.
Tulip Fields by Denise Oyama Miller




Beautiful colors and details!

This quilt won a blue ribbon! The quilt below is one of the blocks made full size. The challenge was taking traditional blocks and making them modern.


I'm a little partial to this quilt! Celebrating my beloved hometown Cubbies!

There were so many more! Enjoy!