Sunday, October 30, 2011

Chain of Faith Update

I didn't get to sew as much or as long as I would have liked today but I did make a little progress on my Chain of Faith quilt. It's an 84 x 84 quilt and this is 2 units connected with a sashing and cornerstone strip. You can't really see my red cornerstone "X" but I like how the quilt looks and the fabric is awesome so it's not a big deal.

It's back to work in the morning even though I'd rather be home sleeping in and sewing :)

Happy week everyone!



Isn't this an awesome picture? I snagged it from the Monument site on facebook.

Lady Liberty is officially 125 years old this week and is undergoing major inside renovations so there have been a lot of pictures of her lately on their site. This picture was taken last night and I think it's supposed to be showing the swirling snow but it's kind of hard to see....

I don't know about you, but I'd LOVE to get a glimpse of her from this angle!

Peggy/Southern NJ

Chain of Faith

You probably don't remember me mentioning this project way back in April or May but I had kitted it up with the free pattern from the Moda Bake Shop site.

I took it to Indiana where I worked on it at retreat and actually got quite a bit of the block assembly done while I was there but then I remember setting it aside to work on something else and then never got back to it.

I used "BLISS" which is by Bonnie and Camille. It's nice and bright and would make a nice girly girl quilt!

Did anyone out there make this quilt? I'd love to see it assembled in another colorway!!!

Here are the first two blocks I have assembled totally. They are 18 inchers so I think the rest will go together pretty quickly.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lil Twisters

Have you seen these templates? I've seen a lot of girls making tabletoppers and quilts from these templates so I thought I'd order myself a set. Well, I thought I was ordering a book and a set of templates but instead I ordered 2 sets of templates.

My stupidity could work to your advantage. I'd be willing to pay postage if you'd like to buy these from me....

Email me privately and we can talk $$$


Hunky Dory Pinwheels Finished!

Remember this picture? Well, I finally finished my version of the "Scrap Basket Bounty". I liked the designer's version but I had a ton, and I mean a ton of "Hunky Dory" fabric that I needed to use up so my version is from the Hunky Dory and I added a top row of the piano key border where the designer did not. To me it just didn't look finished.

It looks great in the picture but it's even nicer in person.....Now to get a backing fabric.................

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Is this for real?

Is this for Real? If it is, it's unbelievable !!
My daughter LOVES Pinterest and is always finding interesting things so the other night when she called for me to come check it out, I thought I'd find sparkly shoes, a new cake/cookie recipe or even a picture of a vampire...but no, this is what she showed me.

I think if I was playing against this person I'd have a little self esteem issue about now LOL

Do you play Words with Friends? What was your highest one time score? I haven't played that long so I don't have anything up in the high double digits...maybe 50-56? I'm aiming high though :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hunky Dory Pinwheels

Back in the January/February 2011 Mc Calls Quilting Magazine I came across this page of pinwheels and 9 patches and fell in love! So I kept it open on the side of my machine for inspiration. Each pinwheel point in the picture is a different fabric which is looks fabulous but I thought I'd do mine with each pinwheel from the same fabric.

I made a quilt for a girl in work from Hunky Dory fabric and had so much left over that I started making pinwheels using the Triangulations papers. I took all the cut up triangulations in the car with me as I was traveling to Indiana last May and trimmed them off and pressed them open at retreat. I didn't touch the ziploc bag again for weeks/months. Finally I gt all 80 pinwheels made and then had the task of amking all the 3 x 3 9 patch units. Got them done too in record time...then closed up the ziploc bag and moved onto holiday projects.

Well, the other day I decided to look at it all and started to assemble one row just to see how I liked it.

Here's what I have so far! It's much prettier in person, and very pastelly (sp), more so than what I'm used to working on. I have 6 more rows of pinwheels to assemble and then start more assembly. Then figure out a nice skinny border and then make the piano key border for the 3 sides. (yes, 3 sides. this pattern calls for only 3 sides) .

I'd like to finish the top assembly this week or by next weekend for sure.

I will most likely have a lot of Hunky Dory left over and although it's a nice fabric, I don't want to see it again for a good long time, so keep tuned in....I may have a scrap bag give away!

Hope everyone is having a nice sunny Sunday.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

This has been a banner week

Yes, this has been a banner week for binding. Never, ever, never, have I started and finished binding 2 quilts in one week. Anyone that knows me knows that the binding is my least favorite part of the quilting process, but once in a blue moon I get on a roll and just "git er done".

First off, this black and white Yellow Brick Road quilt was assembled back in April or May and then just sat. The baby (Rylin) that it was made for was born the first week in August and still it sat. I sent it to Michelle for quilting and it came back finished and sat too. Finally I was embarrased at seeing Rylin and her mom in school one day last week and decided that enough was enough. I started it Sunday and finished it Tuesday. Got it washed and dried and took a picture today since the sun was back out.....

This next quilt....OMG, I assembled at retreat in May of 2010. It's all stash flannels!!! I had it quilted almost immediately upon coming home from Indiana...and then it SAT! We had a few chilly nights last week so I KNEW I had to get it bound and washed so we could snuggle up with it. That got done and it too got washed on Tuesday night.

I actually took it for a test drive on the couch this afternoon when the temps dropped and it did the trick! Put me right into la la land :)

I'm happy to say these 2 are done, 3 more to get binding tacked down, and 2 more quilts off to the quilter....I best get my butt moving!!!

Below is a fat quarter bundle of "Nine Dots" by Henry Glass.

Nice yellows, pinks and a spot of grey. I need to figure out a nice pattern to showcase the gorgeous fabrics......I'll keep you posted on the progress :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

November Mini

I got the buttonhole stitching done on this mini this afternoon.

I've done 11 month's now for my Mom in more to go and I've kept up all year :)

I will close up the bottom and put the hanging sleeve on during "Dancing" tonight, then it's ready to go in the mail.

Next year I'll have to make myself a set.

Columbus Day-Weekend Update

GORGEOUS Columbus Day out there isn't it? Not only is it 79 here in NJ, it's a day off from school....double nice!

How can you tell you've been doing some catch up sewing?

Lots of empty bobbins! Spent some time this morning refilling them with my usuals...grey, cream and white.

Then onto photographing a charity top I made for retreat in November. This pattern is called "Glorious Geese". The cutting took about an hour if that, then the assembly maybe 2-3 hours.....It finished up to be 60 x 72 which will be perfect for a little boy. The black and white print is a town with multi colored cars, trucks, busses etc. all driving around. I picked a red, yellow and blue print to accent it. I think you can click on it to see better... I'm going to ship this one off to be quilted once I find a back for it.

Then I decided this week I needed to get some binding on some quilts. I can't just sit in front of the TV at night so when I'm not in the embroidery mood I do binding.... Here's the 3 that are in line now.....The flannel on the bottom may win out as the first one to get done since "someone" in my house has been fondling it and saying how much she likes "flannel". We won't name names though :)

I have some machine buttonholing to do on the November mini for my mom..... I'll report back on that once I finish.

Hope you're all having a nice holiday.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Punkin House

I got the binding and hanging sleeve sewn onto this wallhanging Thursday night so since I had made the executive decision that I would NOT go to bed till it was finished, I pressed it and took down the other wall quilt and hung this one. I love how the kitchen wall looks with it there.

In case anyone was wondering, it's a Thimbleberries pattern that I got as a kit AGES ago. I can't even remember when. I have a mini kit of the same thing......that is sitting in a bin UNDONE!

Now, I need to get myself a winter kit to hang.......

This is a long weekend for me. School was closed yesterday for professional day for staff...I had a vacation day and went shopping with my girls :)

Monday we're off for Columbus Day. I'm planning on doing a little housework and changing out the clothes closet and putting up fall curtains and comforter in the bedroom but the rest of the time I'll be sewing. How about you girls?


Best Woolie Friends

Girls that I go to retreat with LOVE working with wool so we've been doing a wool round robin. The first one we swapped out at retreat in Indiana back in May. We started a new one I think in June or July and this gnome was my inspiration for mine..

Here is my finished woolie..........complete with a tree, a bird's nest, flowers, a butterfly, a snail and mushrooms. I didn't really give the girls anything to work with except the gnome so I am absolutely thrilled with what they came up with.