Friday, March 29, 2019

Yipee! I have a finish!

It feels so good to have my last UFO from 2018 ~ D.O.N.E!
After sandwiching my Temperature quilt earlier this week, I  set out to get it done! 
I did a simple straight line quilting, both horizontal and vertical through the center of each block since it is already a busy quilt with its year of different colored blocks! 
The backing is a print I inherited from my mom's stash. I thought the colors worked well with colors in the front.
The quilt finished at 55" x 64"
I'm linking up to Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Fridays at Busy Hands Quilts, Friday Foto Fun at Powered by Quilting, Let's Be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


This week I'm on Spring Break from school so I have a bit more time in my sewing room. After catching up with the monthly obligations, I was able to get back to my last UFO from 2018....My Temperature quilt!
Yesterday I pulled from my stash the backing fabric, cut a piece of batting and got everything ready to be sandwiched. So this happened today!
Tomorrow I will start on the quilting. I'm leaning toward doing some straight lined quilting along the rows but I may change my mind. 
I also finished the March/April blocks for Covered in Love sponsored by Kat & Cat. This block is a flower block in bright, Spring colors.  
The block is 12.5" and you can find the tutorial at the link above. 
The nice thing is that the tutorial makes both blocks at the same time 
~ 2 for 1! 
See how the petals spin the opposite direction?
Linking up to To Do Tuesday at Stitch All the Things and Inspiration Tuesday at Clever Chameleon

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

One Step at a Time!

I have been working on my Quiet Play Pattern Club blocks. I was a bit behind so I needed to do both February and March's blocks. The club includes a word block, a picture block and a bonus block each month. The blocks are all paper pieced. In February the word was Love, and the picture block was a flower. The bonus block was a butterfly. I decided to do all 3 of these blocks. 
Props for the Love block is my crocheted string of hearts! 
A rainbow of buttons I inherited from my mother add to the rainbow butterfly! 
A rainbow of sewing supplies found in my sewing room! I never new that I had so many different colored supplies. 
The March patterns included the word block 'dream' and the picture block is a rainbow. The bonus block is a mermaid but I did not do that one. 
I'm dreaming in spring green!
Of coarse, you will find gold at the end of the rainbow! I'm linking to Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication, To Do Tuesday at Stitch All the Things, and Let's Be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Another block down...

I feel like I really fell behind (for a very good reason) when I went to visit my new grandson and his mommy, daddy, and aunt. Work has been extremely busy since so my time in my sewing room has been limited. 
I did accomplish my second RSC block, the Waterfront Starburst block. 
I'm just loving these blocks with the low volume prints matching the color of the month! What do you think?
Thanks to those that commented on my previous photo. My DD2 is a photographer so I am challenging myself to do a better job at my photo shoots! Hope I can keep it up!
Linking up to Scrappy Happy Saturday at So Scrappy.
Since I crossed off RSC blocks from my list, I moved onto the Quiet Play blocks. Stay tuned for these cute rainbow blocks! 
I also signed up for some more charity quilting! The Comfort Quilt Challenge over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I'll be sewing for Jack's Basket. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

In Like a Lion...

It's March and as the saying goes, the weather has been roaring. Cold and still snowy! I was lucky to have spent the last part of February into early March down with my family in Austin, TX. Although the weather was up and down (true Spring weather), it was nothing like Chicago weather!
Because I expected to spent lots of time with my grandson (and I did), I only  brought a book for reading and a small reverse applique project.
Not long after arriving in Austin, my DD3 asked if I could knit a baby hat for a college friend of hers that was expecting soon. Since I didn't have any knitting supplies with me, I looked though my DD2's supplies and found needles that would work. We went to Hobby Lobby for some yarn (in the color she wanted), and I was ready. Of coarse, I knitted one for my grandson, too! 
While I was at it, my DD2 asked if I could knit another one for their friends that had a baby girl a few weeks before my grandson was born. So, I added a crocheted bitty flower to the hat. 
Done with baby hats, my DD3 wanted a hat for herself. She scrolled through my Pinterest board and found a hat with cables! How was I going to manage that without a cable needle. Hmmm 🤔 I used a circular needle as the cable needle and used double points for knitting in the round! It worked!
I did work a little bit on my reverse applique blocks, however, I struggled with the inner and outer corners/points. I'll keep trying ~ a little here and there.
My last project before coming home was a play mat for my grandson. My DD2 wanted something to go under the wooden gym she made. She wanted a high contrast black and white print. We went to several big box stores and didn't find anything. Then we went to the local quilt shop where the saleslady suggested using different fabrics in the quadrants. Why didn't we think of that? 
My daughter choose 2 different fabrics and we bought 2 fat quarters each. 
We found a cute black and white flannel print for the back. We purchased a thick polyester batting, black bias tape, and black and white perle cotton thread. I went to work! My DD2 has a old basic sewing machine (works great but doesn't have quilt accessories.) We cut each fat quarter into squares and stitched them together. Then we cut it into a circle as well as the backing and batting. We then sandwiched it and I got started hand quilting using Big Stitch quilting. Trimmed it and added the bias tape binding and ta da!
The stripes are stitched in the black stripes with black perle cotton and the white print is stitched with white perle cotton in arches following the pattern. 
Here is my grandson enjoying it! 
Once home, I made a list of all the sewing/quilting that I needed to catch up on. The first being the RSC for March. The color for March is green. Here is my Reverse Star block!
One down....
I'm linking up to ScrapHappy Saturday over at So Scrappy!