Saturday, March 30, 2013

Is It Spring Yet???

Wishful thinking on my part, but the past few days its actually started feeling like Spring. I planted my herb seeds Friday, and worked on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. I finished the last of the flowers today. I decided to do 68 total and make a bigger quilt than my original 50-something. I've ordered Kona Snow as the background so hopefully this week I will be able to start putting it all together. I also finished my Flower Girl blocks and hope to have some pictures of a finished top tomorrow or so. In the meantime enjoy a few of my pictures from the past couple days!

And Happy Easter!!!!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

New Fabrics, and unkept Resolutions

I've not been very good at keeping my resolution to finish my Works In Progress and refrain from starting new projects, but I'm really going to buckle down and try harder in the next few weeks. I really want to finish a few things so I can stop worrying about all of it. Right now I am more than a little overwhelmed with everything that I have on my plate and definitely need to cross a few things off my list before I tackle a few of the other projects I had in mind.

But I ordered more fabric. And it came yesterday. And I am in love. I bought some Eat Your Fruits and Veggies by Pat Sloan for Moda, and I am thinking it will make a great table runner for my kitchen, light and summery. And I ordered some of the storybook print from Windham, and some retro Michael Miller fabrics. I LOVE the cowboys, and wish I had ordered more.

Today my boyfriend and I did some running around (it was such a beautiful day!) and we stopped into a local hobby shop to look at some die cast cars and things for him. I was wandering around and lo and behold they had fabric! Not a lot mind you, but they did carry some designer fabric. There was some Hello Pilgrim by Lizzy House and one color of Pearl Bracelets, and then I found some end of the bolt fabrics and got some True Vintage by Robyn Pandolph and some Everything But The Kitchen Sink by RJR Fabrics. I got a yard and half of each for under $9 total!! And buying some more thirties prints made me think about my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. I was saying to myself this morning that I only needed two more flowers, and then I decided to make it bigger so I could add some of my new fabric. And that is what I have been working on this evening. I still only need about 9 more flowers, I decided to make each row one flower longer. Soon I will be ready to put it all together.

What have you been working on lately? I am hoping to make some progress and post pictures of FINISHED projects soon!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Many Works In Progress, Only Actual Progress on One

As you know if you've read any of my recent posts, I am swamped with projects right now, and not just sewing projects. This is such a busy time of the year. The weather is starting to warm up and its time to start getting my garden ready for spring, and time to clean the house. And on top of my deep spring cleaning I am trying to clean out one of our extra bedrooms at my dad's house and turn it into my sewing room. All of this on top of the hundred or so sewing projects I have ongoing right now. Its hard to accomplish anything that isn't sewing related when all I want to do is sew!

I spend a lot of time at my boyfriend's, and my sewing machine is at my house so when I am home I want to sew, not clean, but I know if I get my sewing room set up and get my sewing machine out of my bedroom (where it is right now) it will be a lot easier to sew and keep my projects organized and on track, so that is my goal for this weekend. Cleaning! Organizing!

Speaking of wanting to sew all the time, look at this cute mug I bought! I am in love with it :)

What I do manage to work on steadily is my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, since I spend a lot of time away from my sewing machine I get a lot of hand sewing and quilting done. This quilt I plan to do completely by hand. I have almost all of my flowers done, and soon I will be ready to start putting it all together with the background. I think I am going to use Kona Snow for the background. I like that it isn't a bright white and I think it looks more like a white they would have had in the 1930s. Once the weather warms up I hope to post some pictures of the Flower Garden quilt my great-grandmother made. (Along with some pictures of the other things I have been working on lately. Hopefully I will also have some finishes in the next couple weeks!)

(I love sewing my hexies wrapped up in my Butterscotch Cake quilt!)
But for now I am going to keep working on my hexies, and hopefully I will have this quilt top finished in the next few months. I'm not sure how many white hexies I will need for the background, but I know its going into the hundreds and even as much as I work on it during the week I imagine this quilt will be lucky to be finished totally by the end of the year since I plan to do the quilting by hand too.
Oh, and I'm trying to diet too. That is going about as well as my million works in progress.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Farmer's Wife blocks are almost finished

I haven't been posting much about my Farmer's Wife quilt lately. Mostly because by the time I use the templates to cut out all those little pieces and then sew them back together I am a little bit sick of it. (But still in love with it at the same time, how does that happen?) This weekend I finished 5 more blocks and realized that I am only 7 blocks short of being finished. I am NOT making all 111 blocks, I am doing 72, and using a different setting that I found here, and then a nice big border to round it out. I should end up with a nice full/queen size quilt. I am super excited for Avalon from Fig Tree quilts, I am definitely using the yardage to make the border and probably the backing and binding as well. I love the way the different Fig Tree quilt lines work together. Not to mention how ecstatic I am for Joanna's newest line Honey Sweet! Have you seen the snail peek on her blog? If not, please go check it out!

The Spiderweb block is probably my favorite. At least for right now. It seems my favorite block changes every day or so, but I am in LOVE with how the Tapestry fabric mixed with the Breakfast at Tiffany's fabric and makes the block appropriately fall looking.

I have been busy working on lots of projects, but not finishing many of them. My resolution this year was to work on my WIP list, and so far the only thing I have crossed off is my Butterscotch Cake quilt and it's already March! But I am still plugging away at several things and trying to work on a couple things and get them finished. I have way too many things going on all at once, and I bounce back and forth way too much to get much done, but I am going to try and change that. I'm going to work really hard to finish my Flower Girl quilt top and post some pictures. My Sidebraid quilt has been patiently waiting with its backing and binding to be basted and quilted. SO many quilts I want to do!
What is your bad quilting habit?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Daylight Savings Time

I hate losing an hour of sleep. But I love that it is now going to be daylight when I get home from work. It also means that Spring is almost here, and I am definitely ready for Spring. Yesterday was 60 and sunny! I didn't get to enjoy it (that is a long story) but at least it was a taste of what is to come. I have been working on some projects even though my blog has been relatively quite the last couple weeks.

My Grandmother's Flower Garden is constantly a WIP as well as my Farmer's Wife although I have been very inattentive to me FW blocks lately. I've been rather addicted to making pillows lately. I found some beautiful Denyse Schmidt fabric at my local Joann Store and it made me dream of Spring, so I made some matching pillow covers to brighten up our drab, ugly, old dilapidated couch. (You can tell I'm not a fan of it) I am however a fan of these beautiful pillows!

I finally used my Tri Recs tool on the front pillow, and it was strange at first figuring out how to sew those triangles together (my seam ripper and I got well acquainted for a little while) but after the first little bit it was a lot easier, and I love the results! It was a simple envelop back. The other pillow in the back has a zipper closure at the bottom. I'm getting pretty good at putting zippers in!

I also have ordered some more fabric and it came just the other day, and although I have other projects I NEED to work on, I will probably end up cutting into this today.

I have been in LOVE with Dream On fabric by Urban Chiks for Moda for a while now, but was SO sad that I had missed out on it. I didn't quilt in 2010 when this fabric came out, and I have been seeing all the beautiful quilts on blogs and Flickr and of course the fabric was printed several years ago and I had given up on ever having any of my own. And then I found it. For $3.99 a yard no less!! I ordered 15 yards. They didn't have all of the prints in the collection but they had enough variety to make a wonderful quilt. I ordered 4 yards of the white print on the bottom intending to make it into the quilt back, but I'm fairly certain now that I'm going to use a vintage sheet to back the quilt because that is exactly what this fabric reminds me of. And I am most definitely making one big enough to go on my bed. Because I LOVE this fabric.