Saturday, December 20, 2014

Moda Modern Building Blocks

     I'm supposed to be working on other projects but knowing some "red fabric and red thread" are on the line for finishing the December blocks, got me to cutting and sewing mine up.  I won some thread for finishing November's blocks and Kristin at GoobaDesigns blog has a red bundle and thread that are just calling my name so I decided to set other things aside and get done.

     December is 9 blocks.  1 30 x 30, 4 6-1/2 inchers and 4 12-1/2 inch blocks.  I will admit that all were fun but the 6-1/2 inchers were my favorite.

      Here are the 12 inch blocks:

These are the cute 6-1/2 inchers

Here's my 30 x 30 inch block  (ignore my sneakered toes )

       This picture is the 9 blocks all connected and then laid out next to the other 2 units I have finished.   This is going to be a huge quilt.  It will finish up to be 84 X 96 and if I LOVE it as much as I do now when it's finished, I'll add a border so it fits my king size bed.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Quick Update

Today hubby and I took a trip into the city for a show.  
A few weeks ago he asked me what I wanted for my birthday and since I love Hugh Jackman, I asked for tickets to his show on Broadway.  

Now, I've been in NYC a lot of times....we live right across the river in NJ so it's an easy trip, but this time hubby checked online and found there was a "gridlock alert" and even as we drove up the turnpike there were warnings.  We'd decided to take the train, which we've never done so I had my first experience with Penn Station.  What a place!  I've never seen such hustle and bustle!

As we went around the corner, there was the Empire State Building.  I never get tired of that view!

We'd promised our daughter some macarons from her favorite shop so we did that right away so we didn't forget.

 Walked around the fashion district.......... finally got the picture that usually eludes me, the pin and button.......
and then the sewing man.........

I had wanted to get to City Quilter but they didn't open till 11 and by that point we were busy with other things.  I am thinking I need another day to just go in for a visit there.

We had lunch at a small Irish pub and then in to see Hugh...........

He looked usual, but the show was a little odd and even a little disappointing.
I hadn't looked up the premise of the show before so I was lost watching it.

Hugh is the ultimate entertainer so he was fun to watch and never never never disappoints!

Next show is "Once" in January and we will see it on the last day it's playing. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holy Moley

First off, I want to apologize for the delay in picking a winner for the fabric giveaway.  I guess with the new grandbaby and
en I was cleaning up a shelf in my sewing room and there it was......

I pulled up the post, wrote down the 11 names that entered the giveaway and "The Other Barb" is the winner.
I'll get that fabric out to you Monday morning.  Enjoy

Next, I want to report on a finish.

You'll remember this bundle of Miss Kate that I received from Miss Carrie Nelson designer of the "Schnibbles" books and patterns.  

 I was super excited the day the bundle came so I picked her "Lincoln" pattern and got to sewing that same day.  Well, that quilt is finished, quilted, binding attached and ready for a label.  I'm gifting this quilt to one of my daughter's best friends for her wedding.  I'm going to ask Sarah to help design and draw the label so it's special and then I'll get it on.....
I've loved this quilt since the minute I saw it all come together and with my favorite quilter Sarah adding her magic to it, well, it's extra special!!!

I love how this quilt looks!!

And if that's not enough cuteness...... how about a picture of my new granddaughter?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Warm Winter Blessings

 I have a nice variety of holiday wall hangings but I think this one is my favorite right now.
This is called Warm Winter Blessings and it's a mixture of wool and cotton.  I didn't have it finished in time to hang for Christmas last year but when I did get it back from being quilted and the binding attached, I immediately hung it up.
As you can see, this is a narrow hallway that leads from my front door to the kitchen.
Luna was watching me get up and down off the ladder to hang it and as is typical for her, she stayed right by my side until I finished.

 This is the best straight on shot I could get and even had to go in the powder room to do it :)

I love this wallhanging and I'm hoping after the remodeling we do in the spring that I have a place for it.  For now, it's hanging for everyone to see!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

"Mini Shine"

     Welcome to December and the next AYOS project called "Mini Shine".
Shine and Mini Shine were both designed by Sherri McConnell of the blog "A Quilting Life".
I've done a couple of Sherri's single patterns so I knew that this one would be just as easy to follow along and make as in the past.

      I had a pile of scraps from another project that never made it to the scrap bin so I cut them up and used them for this project.  Although, as I cut and laid them out I thought they'd be "stunning", I found after the assembly that cute would work better  :)

       This will make a great table topper for my family room table in the spring.


This mini quilt measures 17 X 17, fabrics for the front are a mixture of Bonnie & Camille fabrics and the back was just something I had in my stash that worked well and fit the project.
I did a simple straight line quilting on it which I think worked nicely for such a small project.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Grand Illusion-Link Up Monday- Part 2

Week 1 went really fast but I was ready for the next clue........

I'm using my black on white text prints and some other dots, checks, etc. as my neutral and then the black and pinks like Bonnie is.

I spent what time I had on Saturday to cut the fabric out, then over 2 nights while watching TV I drew lines on 400  2-1/2 inch squares.......

Yesterday, in between laundry and putting up the Christmas Tree I was able to sew the 200 pink squares onto the neutral strips

Here they are all standing at attention in a nice little line waiting for some black alternating corners.
They're all pressed but still need to have their bonus HST's cut off......

In true Peggy fashion, I had to make 2 blocks and trim them "just to see how they looked".....

I really love the look of them and I can't wait to see what we're making with them.
As I said last week, I'm not attempting to figure out what they'll be, I'll just wait for the clues and go along.

Now, what do you do with your bonus triangles?
Do you press and trim them to 1-1/2 inch squares and use them in something else or do you just (gasp inserted here) throw them away???????
I'm saving mine for now but who knows where they'll end up.....

I can start sewing the black corners on tonight since I am done with my Lori Holt "Have Yourself A Quilty Little Christmas" sew along....
I'll be back with pictures of that next time when I have the borders on and can get daylight pictures.

For now, it's time to tie some stuff down....apparently we're getting a Nor'Easter here at the Jersey Shore.  Time to batten down the hatches and all that good stuff.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Grand Illusion-Link Up Monday

     Yes, it's Monday after the big reveal of the "Grand Illusion Mystery" clue on Friday.

I had some distractions this year so my attempt at completing Step 1 were thwarted by this one

Aunt Sarah wrestled me from all the baby hoggers :)

Yes, our Olivia was here for Thanksgiving.......
Not only did we see her for that day, we saw her over the weekend so that Great Grandma could see more of her than just 1 day.  

But, back to the mystery.....  I did get the HST's cut and partly sewn.  I am using a yellow on yellow circle print for the constant, as Bonnie Hunter has suggested and even though I thought I'd stick to one black, as I searched for just one, I just couldn't decide because I love them all so I will be working with a variety of blacks.  

Here's my bundle

All my units ready for assembly

Here's the first 22...........

I'll be working on more of these tonight and tomorrow so I'm sure I'll be finished and ready for the new clue on Friday.

Unlike some of the girls I've seen posting on IG and blogs, I haven't played around with the blocks to try and figure out what Bonnie has's not necessary for me.  It is a mystery after all  :)


Monday, November 24, 2014

All Caught Up

Whew......can you believe it hit 70 here today?   I don't mind since it gave me the opportunity to open a few windows and air the house out but I could do without sweating while I try to get the house in order for Thursday!

I caught up yesterday and today on a few of my projects so I feel good.

First was my "Have Yourself A Quilty Little Christmas" project with Lori Holt and a bunch of people on Instagram.

The 4 blocks with the gingerbread man and the 3 blocks with the candle are all connected.
Just waiting for instructions on the others and possibly?  more blocks?

Next I caught up with my "Little Letters" which is a free block with Temecula Quilt Co.
I'm using solids with a black on white pin dot for the background.  Only 3 more letters to go then I can figure out what I want to do with them.  

The letters are only 4-1/2 inches square so you know I may have done a little swearing while I made the little HST's!  Those little guys are only 1-1/2 inch sq.
Below is a picture of my little trimming templates.  I would be LOST without them and also having my pins......You really need to pin those little ones so they don't get all wonky!
(I LOVE my red dotted pin holder)

And last, it's not really a catch up, it's a finish.   My Star Plus QAL quilt is back from my quilter Sarah.   That girl is awesome!  1 week turnaround time and she trims the quilts down for you!!!

I have binding all made, I just need to get it attached.

Hope you are having a wonderful Monday.


Sunday, November 23, 2014


      We interrupt this blog to announce the birth of my first grandchild Olivia Grace.
Born at Jersey Shore Hospital in Neptune, NJ on November 21, 2014.
I may be a little biased but I think she's the most beautiful baby ever born there!!!

Daddy inspecting her

Mommy talking to her

Listening to mom explain why her hair is so wild

And this is the way she'll be for a bit...all snug as a bug!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Orca Bay

     Back in November 2011 Bonnie Hunter revealed Part 1 of her "Orca Bay" mystery quilt.  At the time I did not participate.  Frankly, I did not feel like I was up to the challenge of something of that magnitude.  I oohed and aahed when I saw my friend's versions and made a promise to myself that I would do the mystery in 2012 and I did.    BUT, I was constantly thinking about Orca Bay and how much I loved it.

       Well, I collected up some fabric back in May and cut what I would need to do Unit 1.
Unit 1 is Quarter Square Triangles.  In all, 224 hourglass units are needed...yes, 224!

If I've counted correctly, this basket has 448 halves that need to be pressed open and connected into the hourglass unit.

At this point, Bonnie has us set the hourglass units aside until other units are made.  Since I have all the fabric cut for the whole mystery, I went ahead and pulled out Unit 6 and this is what we are making.....

6-1/2 inch Ohio Star blocks with red centers!   
I haven't sewn it up yet but as is typical of me, I had to press at least a few units and lay them out to sew.  I LOVE Ohio Star blocks so I'm thrilled to be making these for this quilt.

I will most likely work on these stars this week then set the whole thing aside so I can start with Bonnie's new mystery on the 28th.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Random Stuff for a Rainy Monday

Today I'll just update you with some random finishes from the weekend.

I did the 2 Women of the Bible blocks yesterday

I'm using my collection of Fig Tree fabrics for these and I'm having a great time making them and I LOVE how they're turning out.

I worked on some swap blocks too.  I blogged about this swap about this time last month and did this month's this weekend.  I'm doing these with an Instagram friend Jean.....

The blocks below are my October and November, Jean's October blocks and right there in row 4, block 3 is one that a friend/neighbor/blog friend, Carolyn, made for me.  I may or may not have had a little influence in her liking this block and starting some of her own :)    I made her a block a couple of weeks ago and one day on my way out to run errands I popped it in her mailbox and hoped she'd put it in her quilt so one day last week I came home and there was one in mine  :)   I'm going to start connecting my blocks this week so as I get Jeans and I make my own, the assembly process goes quicker.

Here are my "Have Yourself A Quilty Little Christmas blocks too.

AND........last but not least, here is a picture of my daughter.  Do ya think she's ready to pop?

Her due date is this Thursday and we're hoping that Baby J will be here right around then, or earlier.....  I'll keep you posted.

OH....and not to leave anyone out.  Here's some pictures of my youngest.  She likes crafts....but not sewing so much.  She wanted to make some pillows for her English inspired bedroom so she did some searching on the internet.  I like that she wants to make stuff but I want her to feel like she did it on her own so I had her bring one of my travel machines up and set it up facing me and we sewed together.  I don't think it will happen much more but for the one day, it was fun....

I'm proud of her for attempting to make these on her own!  And I will admit that I did very little, she did them all on her own!!!