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Friday, April 29, 2016

April Finishes

It’s the end of the month, so it’s time to see what I accomplished in the sewing room…

First we’ll start with the One Monthly Goal for April…um, not quite done. I actually haven’t even taken it off of the long arm frame to finish the machine quilting on my domestic machine. So here it sits…



It is mostly quilted, but I had hoped to finish the quilting and get it bound. No such luck. I obviously got caught up in other things, such as…kennel quilts





I made fourteen this month. It was just such fun making something so quick and easy. I think I needed the feeling of completing some projects. Plus, it cleared out a bunch of scraps, so that’s a good thing.

Speaking of scraps, I used some of my orange scraps this month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and completed a scrappy quilt top…



…and a gift bag…



…along with the orange kennel quilts above, which I finished this week.

I was also able to finish up a couple of embroidery projects this month. I finally completed the Vintage Skate…



I picked up some fabric to finish this wall hanging, so I hope to get to it soon.

I also completed the Vintage Holiday embroidery…



This will go on a pillow. I have all of the fabrics to make this project as well, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon. And just so my hands don’t get bored, I traced out a new stitchery…



This is Witches Hurray from Bird Brain Designs.

The rest of the work this month was with my Gypsy Wife quilts. I was able to finish Sections 3 and 4 this month of both versions. Here are the first three sections of both of them…



I don’t have a photo of Section 4…it is just a couple of blocks and won’t be attached for a while. This morning I completed the two main blocks of Section 5 for the batik version…



(Please pardon my shadow in the lower right corner)
They turned out pretty well. I hope to do more on this at the beginning of next week.

That’s about it from here for April. This will be a rainy weekend, so I will probably spend much of it inside cleaning and organizing – maybe a little stitching on the side.  I hope you all have a great weekend. I will be linking up with the following…

One Monthly Goal April Finish with Red Letter Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! with Confessions of a Fabric Addict
RainbowScrap Challenge with So Scrappy



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April Scrap Progress

My goal for I May Have a Scrap Problem in April was to deal with my orange scraps. I’m pleased to say that I made a lot of progress with the orange scraps. I used some 2-1/2” orange strips along with some black and white strips to make this scrappy quilt top…



I am very happy with how it turned out. Now I need to piece a back for it…and use up more scraps!

I cut some more orange scraps into 2-1/2” strips and put them with black & white strips to make some small kennel quilts.



I sewed them end to end, and then sewed them together into a piece six strips wide (like a lasagna quilt). After that I cut them to size and was able to come up with six kennel quilts. I was also able to use scraps for the backing, plus I’m using up a lot of batting scraps for these kennel quilts. I have made quite a dent in my batting scraps!

I have really enjoyed making something out of my scraps, rather than just sorting and organizing them. I am going to make more of an effort to complete a project with my scraps, rather than just organizing them.

I will be linking up with the finishes party for I May Have a Scrap Problem for April. Head over to see everyone’s progress.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

New Stitchery

I hope to get started on my new embroidery project today. I’m going to start the “Witches Hooray” table runner from Bird Brain Designs…



I have it traced out on a cream background with black pin dots…



I wanted something that will be easy to take with me camping in a couple of weeks. I will probably not work too hard at it before then, but I do hope to start it. I plan on just stitching it with black floss, so I should be able to get it all in a small bag to take with me. I find that I tend to “over pack” my crafty projects for camping and rarely ever get to them while we’re gone. I think this will be the only project I take this time and maybe I’ll spend a little time sitting outside working on it…one can hope!


I will be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Head over for some great projects.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Finishes

Not much to show in the sewing room this week, but I have been keeping busy. I have cleared some fabric off the shelves and I have boxed up some things to be donated to local thrift stores. So that’s something good for the week.

Yesterday I ran some errands – including hitting a great sale at a local quilt shop – and I made some tapioca cookies!



They aren’t my favorite, so I won’t be gobbling them down. My hubby likes them though. He can do the gobbling!

I did get five more small kennel quilts pieced and sewn together.



I still need to hand stitch these closed, then quilt them. I also have some more in the works. There are a couple of shelters which are in need, so I am hoping to get a few more done, then be able to send a batch out. If you are interested, you can read more about it here.

That’s about it from here. Quiet, huh? I still have a lot of organizing and cleaning up. Hopefully it will be done within the next several weeks. In the meantime, I will be linking up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Head over to see all of the great finishes – and have a great weekend!



Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday Stitching and Other Stuff

I finished the truck for the Vintage Holiday pattern…



I think it turned out kinda cute! I didn’t follow the colors on the instructions; I just picked through my floss and found colors that looked like they would work and went with those. The instructions have the truck stitched in red, but I really wanted to use the turquoise, and it still matches the fabrics for the pillow. So it’s all good.

This week will be filled with clearing out “stuff” and sending it off to the thrift store or packing it away. That’s much better than just sitting in open boxes in the family room! I am also organizing and clearing out the sewing room. I will probably move my machine into the sunroom until the winter, and I’m putting all of my fabrics into bins and getting rid of some clutter. It can just be so overwhelming when you see it all sitting out. I need to calm down my sewing room and put it all away in something. So that’s the plan for the next week or so. I do have a couple of small projects I would like to get done and mailed out by the end of the week, so hopefully I will force myself to take some time from cleaning to do those.


I will be linking up today with Super Mom – No Cape for the Stitchery Party. Head over to see some great projects. Maybe while I’m cleaning up I can pick out a new stitching project to start!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday Finishes & RSC

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted a Friday Finishes, so this week I have a few things to share with you.

First, I was able to finish up the third and fourth sections on the Gypsy Wife quilts for both the neutral and batik versions. Section 4 will be attached at a later time, so here are both versions with Sections one, two, and three pieced together…



They have reached a point where there are enough different fabrics and pieces that I’m not sure I like parts of it, but I know once the whole quilt is done I’ll probably be happy with it. Things just kind of “stick out” to me right now, but they will mellow out in the end.

I also finished the long arm quilting on my Log Cabin Leaves quilt…



I just did some mini stippling in the “logs”. I will do some additional quilting in the leaves on my domestic machine. I think I know what I want to do with them, and I know I don’t do it well on the long arm at this point, so I am going to use my regular machine. I will practice another time on the long arm on a quilt or some fabric that isn’t as important to me as this quilt is.

I also got the quilting finished on three small kennel quilts. I wrote about them in this post, but hadn’t layered or quilted them yet. Here they are with simple quilting…



And here are the backs…



Now they are ready to go when needed.

Finally, since orange is the color for April for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I have a couple of orange projects that I finished. I made up a little gift bag with orange sailboats…



Not the tote or purse I was planning on making for each month for the RSC, but close enough. I will probably make more of these this year. 

I also went through my orange scraps for I May Have a Scrap Problem! and started to get them in order. I took some 2-1/2” jelly roll strips and pieced them into blocks with left over black and white strips, and ended up with this quilt top…



It’s always fun to actually make something with leftovers! I cut up more of my orange scraps into 2-1/2” strips and squares and I might piece a backing for this top with those strips. We’ll have to see what I end up with.

That’s about it. This weekend will be sunny and in the 70s here…perfect for outdoor work. Saturday is my Gypsy Wife Quilt class, then we are going to get some plants for the front yard and get them put in. After that we have a bit more yard work to do and a trailer to prep for camping.


In the meantime, I will be linking up with Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! on Friday and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday. Head over for some great projects.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday


It’s a beautiful day today in East Tennessee with sunny skies and highs predicted in the upper 60s. Sounds pretty good to me!

Yesterday I spent some time cutting scraps into 2-1/2” strips with my AccuQuilt cutter, so while it was out I decided to go ahead and cut some fat quarters into strips. Here are 18 fat quarters all cut…



These are all dog and cat novelty fabrics that have been sitting on my shelves for a while. When reading my latest American Quilter magazine I saw an article about The Quilt Pattern Magazine – Small Kennel Quilt Team. The quilts are very small – 12 by 18 inches – so I figured these could easily fit into my week…and I was right!

This morning I took one stack of cut strips (from 3 fat quarters) and sewed them into strip sets…



Then I cut those into 6-1/2” squares and put them into tops. Here is one top…



And here are the three tops I finished this morning…



It took me one hour to get these put together (not counting the cutting yesterday). I think this can easily be fit into my sewing time each week. I still need to get these put into quilts. They are made “pillow-cover” style with no binding – just put right sides together with batting and stitch around the edges, turn, hand stitch closed, then quilt. Nothing fancy; primarily utilitarian. I will get these three tops done hopefully by the weekend. Check out the web site if you are interested in making some fun quick quilts, or you have kids who want to learn to make quilts – and help out some animals at the same time! You could even check with local animal shelters or vets in your area to see if they are looking for something similar, just to keep it local. I will probably check with our vet since they hold stray or surrendered cats for adoption.


The rest of my day will probably be spent quilting Log Cabin Leaves, making some granola, and (hopefully) finishing up the Vintage Holiday stitching – it’s close!  I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Free Motion Quilting

I need to get some work done on my Log Cabin Leaves quilt…



I started quilting it earlier in the month, but have not been back to it for the past 10 days or so. Right now I’m just doing a mini-stipple in the “logs” and borders…




I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do in the leaves. I have only the top right hand portion of the quilt done, so I still have a long way to go. This is my One Monthly Goal for April, so I need to get to it! I hope to spend time this week working on it.


I will be linking up with Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River. Head over for some great projects.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Stitching Away

I’ve spent some time working on my Vintage Holiday truck.



It’s coming along…slowly. I don’t have too much left to stitch on it. I suspect I will take one day this week and just get it finished. Today might even be a good day to do that!

I have to run and finish making English muffins, then exercise while they are rising. After that, I will probably get to work on the truck. I will be linking up over at Super Mom – No Cape! for the Stitchery Party. Head over to see what everyone else is working on.



Saturday, April 9, 2016

Rainbow Scrap Challenge – Orange!

I love orange. Have I mentioned that? I have plenty of orange fabric, both on my shelves and in the scrap bin. For this week I took Angela’s suggestion to heart and used orange with some black. Actually, with some black and white.

I have lots of black and white scrap strips from last year’s Halloween quilt, and I had leftover orange 2-1/2” jelly roll strips from making the Halloween table runner. So I decided to work with those first. I cut all of the orange strips into 10 inch lengths, then got all of the black and white strips pressed and sorted.



I just decided to wing it and sew strips to each side of the orange fabric until I had a big enough block for a 9-1/2” unfinished block…



I really have no idea what I will end up doing with these blocks, but it’s using fabric that is just sitting around in bags taking up space, so that’s good. After sewing strips for a couple of days I had some big enough to cut, so I cut them and put them on the design wall.  I have 17 ready to go…



I don’t know how I am going to eventually lay them out, but this is a start. I have a total of 36 blocks going, and the remaining 19 are almost done. Maybe by next Saturday I will have the blocks all done and put into a quilt top. That would be great!


I will be linking up at So Scrappy for the April Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Stop by for some wonderful projects!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I May Have a Scrap Problem in April!

My goal for scrappy clean-up in April is to pull my orange scraps from this bin…



…and then use them with these black and white strips…



I already took some time to pull out the oranges from the bin and ended up with this pile…



That doesn’t look like a lot, but I also have orange strips hanging around from previous projects, along with orange jelly roll strips from this Halloween table runner I made last year…



I have started pressing and sorting and things are moving along with them, so I really hope to have all of my oranges pressed, cut, and sorted (and maybe put into some projects) by the end of April.


I will be linking up for April Goal Setting at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for I May Have a Scrap Problem! Head over to see what everyone has planned for April.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Vintage Ice Skate is Done!


I sat down yesterday afternoon while the hubby was on a conference call and I finished stitching the Vintage Ice Skate embroidery. I just had a little bit to do, along with the silver “sprays” on it. I used this YLI Candlelight Metallic Yarn for the spray and some YLI 100 weight silk thread to tack it down…



I’m so excited that this is done. I have a few spots on the "Winter" badge that I will bead once the quilting is all done. But for now I can start looking for fabric for the patchwork part of this wall hanging…and I can start prepping a new embroidery project! I picked up this little pillow pattern at the quilt show a few weeks ago…



This is called Vintage Holiday and is from This and That. The embroidery is short and sweet on this one, so I got it traced yesterday…



I even got the tree done last night. I want to make this for a Christmas gift, so I decided to get the embroidery part out of the way right now. It shouldn’t take too long and I’m not ready to dive into a long term project again right now.

I got a couple of other things done over the weekend, but first, this…



Don’t you just hate it when you stitch two pieces of fabric together and they magically turn into three pieces?? One was stuck behind the other, so I had to take that out, then move on. Oh well. The seam ripper likes to feel useful.

I was able to finish up Section 3 of the batik version of my Gypsy Wife quilt…



I’m not so sure about that pink, but I think in the big scheme of things (as in the completed quilt) it won’t bother me so much. So, I got that attached to the first two sections, and now this resides on my Design Wall…



I still have a couple of additional batik blocks to put together to make up Section 4, then do both Sections 3 & 4 for the neutral version. The next class for this is in 12 days, so I need to take some time this week to get moving on that.

In the meantime, I hope you all have a great week, and I will be linking up at:

Super Mom – No Cape! for the Stitchery Party
Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday
Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday


Head over to see some wonderful projects.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Slow Sunday Stitching


I will be working on the Vintage Skate today. It’s almost done! I still have to do some berries and the gold “spray” on the right side. I have to decide if I want to couch that or not.


Anyway, that’s what I will be doing today, and hopefully it will be done soon. I will be linking up at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Head over to see some lovely projects.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

RSC – April


I’m pretty excited that the color of the month for April is orange for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I have plenty of orange…



These are some of the oranges on my fabric shelf. I have loads of orange scraps to go through too, as well as my bins of scraps to find more oranges.

I have a variety of projects I would like to make with oranges this month, but I know it is a BIG list, so I just hope to get to a few of them. First, I didn’t get around to making a purple tote or purse for March, so I do hope to get one done in orange for April. I did make this little snack back in purple (with a little orange!) in March…



But it’s not much. I was just trying to figure out how to make it, really. It has PUL waterproof lining and is washable (yay!). It also has a sewn-in hook and loop closure that runs along the top, but it is not a tight seal. It will be fine to use for snacks or maybe granola on a hike.

I think one of the first things I will do is make a gift bag from this orange sail boat fabric…



I would like to have some more (and fun!) gift bags handy to use. I’ve depleted our gift bag stores, but haven’t been replenishing it.

I also would like to use these fabrics to make more of these little pumpkin mug rugs (on the right) for the fall and for gifts.



I picked up this pumpkin and cat fabric from the free table at a guild meeting a couple of months ago, and I would like to make a tote bag from that.




Other than that, I have some orange fabrics set aside to make border stars for the 2015 RSC Sawtooth Star quilt top; and I have some orange 2-1/2” strips that I will probably try to put into blocks with these black and white strips…



I hope to do these blocks throughout the month (and beyond!) and hopefully I’ll have quite a few done by the end of the month and be well on the way to a new Halloween quilt top.


I will work hard at taming my orange scraps this month and putting them to use. I’ll have a busy month, so we’ll see what I can get done. I will be linking up with Angela for the first RSC party of April. Head over for some great projects.