Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! What a day it's going to be to be working in a kindergarten classroom today. Twenty-six children are so excited to pass out their valentines and have a party with their new friends. Here at the home front we'll be celebrating low key with a nice dinner out. We'll also be celebrating the start of our winter break and definitely wishing our record breaking snow will start to melt! It will be nice to be home next week and work on some more of my Swoon blocks.

Today I'm showing lots of little 1-1/2" HST's to make-up this heart lap quilt. There are three 9" blocks plus I added sashing all the way around to make it 30" square. I used 4 different shades of reds and pinks that I had in my stash.

V and Co. made a quilt last year with her ombre fabric line. I loved it! I needed to make my own but with only a small amount of fabric in my stash I had to make a smaller version. My goal was a table topper but it just didn't look quite right on the table.
I straight-lined quilted the entire quilt. I still need a lot of practice getting the stitch length to be consistent and the width of each row the same. To my family they will never notice and that's all that matters to me.
 My heart table topper is now hanging in my living room. I smile every time I walk in the door and see it. I might have to keep it up for awhile since outside is covered in the white stuff. Below is a picture of the Great Lakes nearly frozen over for the first time in over 20 years. It's a beautiful picture!
[Photo by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]

Happy Valentine's Day!



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sampler of Sewing

Wow a year has passed since I've written anything on this little old blog of mine. Not to say I haven't been sewing, just not with as much gusto! I'm now a permanent Paraprofessional working with elementary children with disabilities so blogging and sewing has taken a backseat.

Here's just a highlight of only a handful of items I have sewn.

Starting in the top left corner and moving to the right. Last spring I was back making costumes for my son's school, this time it was Indian costumes for Peter Pan. My son was the lead as Peter Pan and it was such a treat! The 3rd photo is a WIP, Amy Butler Weekend Bag. I'm doing the quilt-as-you-go method and I just need to start assembling the bag. The pillows were Christmas presents for my girls. I loved Vanessa Christenson's Wonky Star Quilt & Pillow so I just did my own version with a 9-patch. I've made almost a dozen of  Noodlehead's Gathered Clutches. I added a strap and passed them out as gifts for nieces and friends. The tree is a 6-1/2" paper-pieced block that I was playing with from a pattern I received from a friend. I've started the Aurifil Block of the Month and made the first block with 2 jelly rolls of Cameo by Amy Butler I had won from Flamingo Toes. Swoon! Who doesn't love this block? Mine is smaller than the original pattern. The bright blue was from the fabric I had from dresses I made for Spamalot last fall. I'm hoping to make more blocks with the other bright colors from that play. The last two pictures is my biggest project of all time and a huge WIP. I had won a big bag full of scraps from Kansas Troubles Quilters. I played with that fabric and arranged them in color for many, many months before I finally decided the Scrappy Trip Along would be the best fit for all the fabric. I think in all I've made over 42 blocks. My goal is to make two twin size tops.

So sewing is being done but just not trying to make it my #1 priority and writing about it. I'm not even digging out my camera to take top-notch photos but using my Ipod because it's within reach at the time.

I just finished my version of Vanessa Christenson's Heart Quilt using batiks that I had and lots of 1-1/2" HST's! I love it! Here's a sneak-peek!


Have a Great Day!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Endings & Beginnings

When I decided that my February finish was going to be my longest Work in Progress I knew that I was going to be treading waters I've never done before. I put on my Walking Foot or what mine is referred to as a Dual Feed Foot and decided diagonals would be the way to go. I'd show you a close up but it's quite scary how stitching in the ditch was really to the left or right of a seam. I used my invisible marker and drew the lines so I'd have some sort of direction but even the best laid plans veer off the beaten path.

I also followed Lori's Binding Tutorial since I've never done that before either. I will say one thing that these finishes have me learning and doing things I've never done before. The binding went on quite smoothly. My corners aren't quite the picture perfect seam but I've accomplished something that really makes me proud.

And then the back . . .
I'm so happy with my end result.
I've been so tempted to try a block from the Scrappy Trips Around The World! I decided I'd use the fabric I won from Lynne of Kansas Troubles Quilters and her line of Sandhill Plums by Moda. I actually made 2 blocks but this is one of them. Once I knew how to do the first one the second one went by quite quickly.
I won quite a few scraps so we'll see how big I can get this. My daughter was quite bummed that the Wreath was just a small table size and something that she could not wrap her body around. Hopefully this will do the trick. 

Have a Great Day!

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