Monday, October 31, 2011

Summer House postage stamp quilt top finished

I have finished the quilt top out of my Summer House fabric by Lily Ashbury for Moda.  The postage stamp pattern was a free tutorial at  P. S. I Quilt.

The colors are right up my alley.  I have another layer cake and some extra yardage of this fabric in my stash for later...I'm still trying to decide on a pattern for it.

The backing is also finished.  It's not my favorite pieced back but it will do.  The stripe binding is all cut and ironed and ready to go too. 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A little bit of sewing

Last night...

I finished the backing for my Terrain by Kate Spain quilt.  I know it's wrinkled but that big box of magazines was there and I didn't want to move's really heavy.  I love pieced backings but, sometimes I wish it didn't take extra time.  I had to use up the extra charm squares because they were so cute.  Guess it's time to get a hold of my favorite neighbor so I can get this baby quilted.

And, a third of my blocks for the Summer House postage stamp quilt are finished and waiting to be ironed.  Since it was 2:30a.m. I thought I should go to bed but, I'm looking forward to working on the rest of these block today.  Hopefully, I will have time to sew some binding on another quilt too. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Is this good or bad?

I'm just not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.  These were gifted to me the other day.
There are a lot of really nice magazines here.  I think my husband is going to kill not be very happy with me for bringing more junk crafting stuff into the house.
I would hide them out of sight but...nope....they are going right beside my lazyboy for me to look at in the evenings...because I NEED more to do...NOT!
There were also some old calendars with the pattern booklets...can't wait to look at these.
And, some paper piecing patterns and other quilt templates.
Anyway, it will be fun to check them out and pass them along to the quilt guild.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

BOM Red & White #10, WIP BOM Halloween

Just 2 more months to go on this before we get our finishing kits.

This is the Halloween block of the month that I'm working on.  Can you tell that her face is wrong side up?  I had half of my fabrics done before I realized that I had been putting it on the wrong side.  Thank goodness that her hair was a batik so it didn't have to be changed.  I fixed them all except for her face because I couldn't find any green in my stash that would work.  Wondering if it looks okay enough to leave it.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Elizabeth Rose UFO Finish

I have finally finished my Elizabeth Rose quilt.  It is the one that I fought with to get the borders on.  I didn't have a pattern for this, I just made it up as I went along.  My original idea got tossed in the process but I like how she turned out.  It reminds me of a garden trellis.  My stash has more of this fabric because I want to do one without the border but bigger of course.  I already have it cut into strips.  It's on my UFO list.

I took her to my favorite neighbor's house and did a quick meander last night.

After I came home, I trimmed it up and cut the binding.

This morning at about 7am I was sewing and ironing the binding so I could come home and put it on the quilt after I took the kids to school.

It was a nice quiet day today.  I didn't have to go to work so, I stayed home all day and worked on projects.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Little Forest Progress

It's getting closer.  I was up until about 2:30am working on getting my trees put together.  Today, I should have time to trim it up and start on the applique.  I think I may make a run to the quilt shop and get the applique templates.  It's all about having the right tools!  I think it may be time to pick up a block of the month too.  Bonus.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My little forest

Oooooo they are so cute!  I am just about ready to cut my setting triangles.  I do have to admit that I'm getting a little nervous about the applique.  Vines are new to me but learning something new is part of what I enjoy about quilting.  Bring it on.

Here are 17 of the 18 trees.  I'm surprised that this quilt is covering my queen size bed but then I didn't really pay attention to the size other than I wanted it bigger than the wall hanging.
This is the trunk for the 18th tree.  I think I got a little tired last night and had to finally give up.
Just keeping it real!
Today, it was unsewn.

I didn't have much time for more sewing today.  Sometimes, I have to pretend to be a good wife.  I've done laundry, dishes, made beds, cut son #2's hair (yesterday's pics of him really bothered me), swept (not mopped which still needs to be done), took out the garbage (in the rain and I didn't melt), scrubbed the sink and stove...and many other things that no one but me ever picking up the clothes on the laundry room floor!  Anyway, that is a whole other blog story.
Happy quilting until next time!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

World Culture Day

The things we do for our kids.  This is an appliqued and quilted Canadian flag table runner for world culture day at son #2's school.  Each classroom has a country and his happens to be Canada if you haven't already guessed.  So, tonight I had to whip this thing together.  It was pretty easy once I found the right maple leaf to copy.
He was thrilled.
He's taking it to school tomorrow so they can decorate before the big day.
In the meantime, I've had to set aside a couple of my projects.
Earlier today I did manage to get my treetops all sewn together.  I cut most of the rest of my tree trunks (I think I have 2 more).  Maybe I can get a couple more done after the kids go to bed.  Although, my back feels like it could use a relaxing evening.

I have also finished cutting my strip sets for the summer house postage stamp quilt that I started.  That one will be quick once I have time.  Sometimes, I wish I didn't have to sleep or work.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Summer House new project

I know, I know.  I'm starting another new project and haven't finished any lately.  Trust me, they will all get done eventually.  I just couldn't have this lovely Summer House fabric sitting there.  The other day I came across a tutorial by P.S. I quilt.  It is the postage stamp quilt.  I love working with these beauties.  Is it almost summer yet?

Friday, October 7, 2011


I love the fabric for the trunk on the right.  Now I'm wondering if the trunk on the top is dark enough.  What do you think?

I am up to four out of 18.  I am going to be doing a combination of two patterns by Edyta Sitar.  She has a wall hanging with applique in her book and an individual pattern of a large quilt with no applique.  My plan is to make the large quilt but add the applique from the small quilt.  This is probably going to take me a while.


One down and seventeen more to go.
I've been busy working on my half square triangles.  I need to go through my fabric and see if I can find some more for other tree trunks.  The trunk in this photo is actually feathers but I like it and that's all that matters.  Right? 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rainbow Room

My son has a thing for rainbows.  This is his newly cleaned room.  I made all the rainbow items shown.  The quilt was a Christmas gift to him a couple of years ago.  I thought the pattern in the center was going to be bigger so, I had to add huge borders to finish it off.  The rainbow basketballs turned out to be perfect for him.  I also crocheted the afghan at the end of the bed.  That is a pattern I will never do again.

And, we finally hung the quilt he made.
We hung it above his bed.  And we used a longer rod so that we can change it out with other quilts (I got it on clearance at JoAnns).

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


I've finally ironed 373 half square triangles.  These are from an exchange at Fabric Quilt Scissors shop.  They are made from Edyta Sitar's Laundry Basket Quilt HST sheets.  I love how easy they are to use.  Today I worked on taking some of the papers off.  I really want to do her Tree of Life pattern.  Slow but sure.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Terrain Top Done

Well, this quilt top didn't turn out the way that I thought it would in my head.  My plan was to add a couple of borders but since it's not my favorite (and I don't think the fabric I had for borders will calm it down any), I think it's just going to get finished the way it is.
This quick project did get me back in the mood to sew though.  So, I'll still call it good.