Monday, May 22, 2017

Moving on Monday

I have plenty to do this week, so I need to get moving on it.

First, I finished quilting the Jol quilt and I attached the binding. Here is the quilting from the front…

And here is the quilting from the back…

I just did large snowflakes across the width (horizontally) inside the blocks on the long arm. Then I took it off the long arm and did some “in the ditch” quilting and then some free motion snowflakes in the borders. The binding is from leftover grey strips from the quilt top. This is bagged up and ready to go to our guild bee tomorrow so I can start hand stitching down the binding. This is getting close to a finish!

I was also lucky enough to get a gift certificate for Mother’s Day (from my m-i-l) to a local quilt shop, so I headed over there last Thursday. I found lots of fun things (of course!) but I really loved this Merrily kit by Gingiber with Moda fabric…

Here is a close up of the blocks…

It's not lost on me that these are similar colors to the Jol quilt for a holiday quilt. I guess the traditional red and green are taking a step back at the moment for Christmas (though Merrily does have some toned-down greens).

There are some great panels in this fabric line with deer, moose, penguins and polar bears. I will probably head back to the store to pick up some of the larger panels to make some pillows to have out with this quilt.

The kit came in this great little box…I can be a sucker for cutesy packaging

And it has everything I need (except batting and backing)…

And since I had the gift certificate, this (and a spool of thread) cost me less than $20!

I think this might go together pretty quickly and I am looking forward to getting to it. I might start this week or next on it.

The only other things I plan on working on this week are getting the neutral Gypsy Wife ready to quilt – and hopefully start quilting it – and starting on the spring FMQ QAL at The Inbox Jaunt. I used scraps from Jol to make my project, and it’s all ready to go.

That’s about it from here. I think I will be able to spend quite a bit of time in the sewing room this week, so I’m hoping to have a lot to show for it by Friday!

I hope you all have a safe and wonderful week ahead!

Linking up with:
Monday Making @ Love Laugh Quilt
Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts

Monday, May 15, 2017

Heading into the Ditch

Today I plan on doing some “stitch in the ditch” walking foot quilting. I will start with the little table runner I put together to use for the FMQ QAL at The Inbox Jaunt.

That starts tomorrow, so my plan is to get all of the ditch stitching done today for it and I will be ready to go. The fabric in this project is all leftover strips from the Jol quilt…

I was able to get the quilting done I wanted to do on the long arm machine on Jol. I quilted large snowflakes in the blocks and at the block intersections…

The more I work on this quilt, the more I love it. I’m getting excited to finish it up. I will do the border quilting on my sewing machine, so this week I will probably just be quilting Jol and the QAL table runner. Sounds like fun!

Today I have some bread rising, I have cleaned the living room carpet, I watered the garden, and I have started some laundry. I think that is all I have to do today, so I plan on spending a bit of time in the sewing room. I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and a great week ahead.

Linking up with:
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Seeing Green

This was my green view this past week. We were able to get a couple of nights camping in, and with all of the rain we have had this spring, the woods are so green and lovely. It was nice to get away for a bit.

When I got home, I was able to spend a little time cutting out the third green Kittens block for the May Rainbow Scrap Challenge…

It doesn’t look like much there. I was tempted to just leave it for a while, but this morning I had a little time and decided to go ahead and put it together. Ta-da!

I really like him! And I love his pink nose. Now all three of my green Kittens are done for May. Here are the other two…

I’m really pleased with how they have turned out. I will be waiting impatiently for June’s color!

For today, I will be linking up at So Scrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Head over for some wonderful green projects – and have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

I sat down and finished up the tree block I was working on for the Snowman Collector project…

After that, I selected this next block to work on…

I have everything traced already, so I got this block colored and pressed it. Now it is ready to stitch…

This one will take a little while to complete, but I’m hoping to have it done by the end of May.

Linking up:
Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts