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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Look Back at May

Another month has flown by. Five down, seven to go until 2017! 

May was a productive month here…

First, we were able to get out and go camping for the first time in 2016…



My favorite view from the back of the trailer. Another trip is already planned before it gets too hot here.

I also had some finishes. I completed my Log Cabin Leaves quilt…



And I made a table runner…



I also made progress on several other projects:

I made a couple of Rail Fence blocks for the upcoming Guild meeting swap…



I completed nineteen blocks for Quilts of Valor…



I made a (very quick and easy) top for a snowflake table runner…



This one was made using the fusible appliqué technique found in Lara Buccella’s new book Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities.

I completed two more sections on the batik Gypsy Wife quilt…



I’m still working on those two sections for the neutral version of GW.

I was able to complete the February block for Tuxedo’s Tale…



He is such fun to work on. (And he always looks startled!)

Finally, I’ve been working away at the Witches Hooray stitchery…



This will go into a wall hanging (or table runner). I have really enjoyed working on this project and it has been going very quickly.


That’s about it for the sewing room this month. I’m happy enough with what I accomplished. I need to start getting serious about Christmas gifts now that it is nearly June. So, I will be making my list (and checking it twice) for upcoming projects for the rest of the year. Hope you have a great June!

Linking up with Fiber Tuesday at Mel's Quilting Room

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope those of you in the U.S. are having a great holiday, and taking a little time today to appreciate your friends, family, and those who we remember today.

I am spending time with the family today, but over the weekend I spent plenty of time stitching and cutting. I was able to get all of the pieces cut for the blocks for the Vintage Skate embroidery wall hanging…



There are 14 blocks surrounding the embroidered piece, and they are made up entirely of half-square triangles. I see some chain-piecing in my future.

I also spent some time working on the Witches embroidery. This is how far I’ve taken it…



I’m looking forward to finishing this one up soon. It has been a fun piece to work on.


That’s about it for now. Nothing too exciting around here today; just some quiet family time. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Weekend of Stitching

This is what I have done so far on my Witches stitchery…



I plan on spending a bit of time on it this weekend, including some Slow Sunday Stitching tomorrow while watching some racing. The Monaco Grand Prix is early in the morning and the Indy 500 is in the afternoon…should be a great afternoon to stitch! By the time NASCAR rolls around in the evening I will probably be all stitched out!

I hope everyone has a great weekend…and for those in the U.S., have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day.

On Sunday I will be linking up at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching…head on over!


Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Finishes

I did a bit of work in the sewing room this week, but I don’t have a lot to show for it! A couple of things I can show you…

I finished the Tuxedo’s Tales block for February last week, but I had not put the eye on the bird yet. I did that yesterday, so…yay!...a “real” finish of the block…



You might not be able to see the eye well. It is a hot fix crystal that is an amber-ish color. Believe me, it’s there!

I also finished Section 8 on the Gypsy Wife batik version…



Section 8 is on the far left of the photo. This one is ready to go for the June class. Another (sort of) finish is that I finished cutting all of the background strips for the neutral version of the Gypsy Wife. I also started on Section 5 yesterday, and here is how far I have gotten…



(Don't you just love my blue painter's tape holding batting up on the closet door for a quickie design wall!) 

Just a few strips and some filler blocks are done so far. I still have 3 large blocks to go, then I need to put it together. I hope to get that done today. I will then need to get Section 8 done for this one as well in the next three weeks when our class meets again.

About the only other thing I have worked on (and finished) is organizing my buttons. I have a lot of buttons from my Grandmother and Great-Grandmother (and me), and I have had them sorted in mason jars by color and sitting on a shelf. They really were just sitting there for show, though I have used some in projects the past couple of years. I really want to use my sewing materials, so I have taken them out of the jars and put them into plastic organizers…



They are sorted by color and by shank/no shank. I also have quite a few novelty buttons, so I have one compartment for Christmas/winter buttons and then the remainder are sorted by shank/no shank. These are the larger compartment-ed jewelry organizers from Joann’s, and they now take up a lot less space on the shelf than the jars did. I hope this compels me to use them more often. I do have a few projects in the works that I could use buttons on, so maybe I will get more buttons out of the plastic boxes and fulfilling their purpose in life J

That’s about it from here. We should be having a very hot (and maybe rainy) holiday weekend here. We have plenty to do indoors and outdoors, so we should be good no matter the weather. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and stay safe!


I will be linking up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Check out what everyone has been doing!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Scraps Finish for May

I decided to get my green and brown scraps under control in May, and I think I did! I emptied out my green scrap bucket…



And I went through my big (unsorted) scrap bin, and I started to tame that fabric!  I was able to put a lot of scraps into the 2-1/2” and 1-1/2” strip bins, along with the 2-1/2” square bin. I also cut up some of my scraps and added to those bins, along with cutting more 5x2-1/2” rectangles. After all of that, I was just left with the crumbs…



I decided to give crumb piecing another try, so I started putting all of these pieces together, bit by bit. After I got some of them to about 6 or 7 inches, I started putting them together into a strip. Then, I trimmed it up, added some Kona Stone fabric to the sides, and made a nice little table topper for the dining room…



I used Insul-Brite as the batting, so it will protect the table from hot serving dishes. For the backing I used a 20 year old piece of dark green fabric.



You can see the simple quilting I used on the back of the project. I’m so happy to be able to use up some old fabric!

So, all of my green scraps (and most of my brown scraps) have been sorted and put away, or used in something now.  I still have lots of crumb pieced green/brown scraps…



…and I am trying to think of a project to put them into. I may make some potholders (I have lots of Insul-Brite), or I may use them to make applique leaves on a quilt top or wall hanging. I’m really not sure at the moment. But, they are in their own project box, so they are “put away”.

That’s it for my May scraps. I will be spending the last few days of May working on other projects. In the meantime, I will be linking up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for the Finishes Party for May’s I May Have a Scrap Problem. Head over to see how everyone is taming their scraps!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Some Work Over the Weekend

I was able to do some hand stitching over the weekend. Yesterday afternoon I (finally!) finished the February block for Tuxedo’s Tales…



I only needed to add one flower, the buttons, and the whiskers and mouth on Tuxedo. I still need to add an eye to the bird, but I will do that with the hot fix tool when I find a nail head or crystal to use. I’ll check on that today or tomorrow.

Today I have chores to do around the house. I have actually completed a lot of them, but laundry will go on ALL day. I have exercised, written and distributed our guild newsletter this morning, and I have cleaned the bathroom! I still need to do some guild and personal “business”, so I don’t know that I will get to any sewing today. I do plan to spend some time this afternoon stitching on the Witches embroidery. We shall see how far I get on that one.

Hope you have a wonderful week!




Sunday, May 22, 2016

Some Slow Stitching

I spent some time at the sewing machine this week, finishing up two sections of the batik version of The Gypsy Wife…



I made the two sections on the left. We are moving across the top of the quilt from right to left in this class, so now we will not be able to put the sections together for a while. There are 10 sections total, and I have 6 done for this quilt. I still need to make sections 5 & 8 for the neutral version…next week.

I was also able to spend a little more time stitching as well. I missed it! I was able to move my hoop on the Witches Hurray embroidery…



I will work on this some more this afternoon. We will probably put in a movie this afternoon and chill out, and I hope to keep my eyes open enough to do some stitching. But before I tackle the witches, I really want to finish up the February block of Tuxedo’s Tales.  Here is where I left it a few weeks ago…



I need to appliqué one more flower, then I just need to do some embroidery and add Tux’s eyes.


That’s about it from here. I will be linking up at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Finishes

I did get several things done this week, most of which I talked about Wednesday. But I will quickly re-share them here J

Section 5 (on the left) of the batik Gypsy Wife…



The crumb pieced green table runner, which I will also link up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday…



And two swap blocks for the June quilt guild meeting…



Yesterday I sat down and finished the top stitching on a snowflake wall hanging (or table runner, take your pick)…



I initially looked at this pattern and thought, “Wow! What a cute and quick and easy project!” Um, hold on there. This wasn’t as quick as I thought. I didn’t take into consideration the time to cut out those skinny little snowflakes. But, I got it done. I also used a new fusing technique. Coincidentally, the same day Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict announced the giveaway of Lara Buccella’s new book, Crafted Applique: New Possibilities, I received notice that the copy of it that I ordered had been shipped to me. I got it the next day. So, I used her method in the book since it seemed to be appropriate for the skinny little snowflakes, and it turned out pretty good. I like to do applique work, so this is another method I can use. Plus, I just fell in love with the project on the cover and hope to make it soon…



Today is a day at home, and it will probably be rainy to boot…perfect day for sewing. I will try to get some more quilting done on a Ronald McDonald House quilt that I started, and then work some more on the blocks for the next section of the batik Gypsy Wife. And if you are so inclined, prayers for my sister would be appreciated as she is going through some medical “stuff” today.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with:
Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
RainbowScrap Challenge at So Scrappy


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday


It’s another wonderful Wednesday here. The sun is shining this morning, and I have a few errands to run after I exercise. Then I will be able to spend a bit more time in the sewing room today.

I’ve been doing a bit of everything over the past few days. I was able to get my batiks sorted and organized into bins. Yay! I still have several colors of fabric to organize and get binned – black, green, brown/neutrals, landscape fabrics, solids, flannels, and some novelty fabrics that don’t really fit in any color category. Plus, there are more, I’m sure. I’ll just work on them one at a time.

I was able to finish up my scrappy green crumb-pieced table runner on Monday.



I used this dark green fabric for the backing and binding that has been on my shelf for about 20 years…



I just used a wavy decorative stitch on my machine for some simple quilting. You can see it closer here on the back…



I used one layer of Insul-Bright (from The Warm Company) as the batting, so I can place hot serving dishes on this when it’s on the dining room table. I wouldn’t put hot dishes from the oven or stove on just one layer of Insul-Bright, though. I prefer two layers for hot pads and pot holders.

I also took a little time on Monday and put together two rail fence swap blocks for our June guild meeting…



These were from my 1-1/2” strip bin…so more scraps gone! Yay!

I also completed Section 5 for the batik version of The Gypsy Wife. Section 5 is the one on the far left of this photo…



So far, so good. The next section we are working on is Section 8, and I picked out the fabrics for that yesterday. I cut all of the strips for the remainder of the batik version on Sunday, so quite a bit of the work for this quilt is done. I plan on getting Section 8 done this week.

I did work a little on my current stitchery over the weekend…



I’ve not gotten very far on it, but I’m only spending 15 minutes or so at a time on it, and I’m not working on it every day. I need to devote a bit more time to it. Yesterday I also started quilting a Ronald McDonald House quilt and I started another wall hanging for our small quilt booth sale at the Quilt Show next month. I think I can at least get the top of the wall hanging done today, then start the quilting soon. I still have 3 weeks before it is due.


That’s about it from here. I’m off to start the day. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Deep in the Forest

I was surrounded by this view last weekend…



Plenty of inspiration for the month of May for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

I was able to contain my green scraps last week, and this week I took what remained…



…and I turned those into a table runner top…



I think I have found a backing piece, so maybe I will get it completed this upcoming week.

I also picked up these green strips at the last guild meeting…



This was a jelly roll of about 40 green strips that someone put on the free table. I snatched it up! I saw the price tag on it and it was clearanced for about $7…but free is better! I figured I can use it for bindings, backings, or slipping into scrappy projects.

That’s about it from here for the RSC this week. I will be linking up with Angela at So Scrappy. Head over for some green goodness!


Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Finishes

I have my first finish of May – the Log Cabin Leaves quilt!



All bound up and ready for the trailer. We plan on camping in June, but I don’t think I will need this then. But, on second thought, it is supposed to get down into the 40s again over the weekend so, who knows what the weather will be! Anyway, this one is done and ready to go. It’s nice to get a big project done and out of the way.

I have some mini-finishes this week also. I was working with my green and brown scraps this week, and made up some fabric from crumb piecing. Here is it cut and trimmed for a project…



And here is that same strip made into a top for a table runner…



This was inspired by projects in a Craftsy class I have…Improvisational Piecing: Modern Design with Jacquie Gering. I am a “traditional” quilter (I guess) in that I don’t purposely make “modern” quilts. But I plan to finish this one up in the “modern” style using straight line quilting (and I know the negative space in the solid fabric gives it a modern feel). I’m sure this could be a very hot topic in some circles, but I just quilt and I do what I like, regardless of what it may be called. I’m pretty eclectic in my quilting (and life!)

The only other finishes I have for the week are some blocks that I made for Quilts of Valor…



I picked up a kit at our last guild meeting to put together these blocks. I have 8 done and 11 ready to go. I should get those done today, then I need to get to work on my batik Gypsy Wife. It’s been a while since I worked on that.


We are looking forward to some cool temperatures this weekend. Hopefully we can get some yard work done, along with painting inside the house. Such fun. I will be linking up today at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop!. Head over to see what everyone has done this week, and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Stacks of Scraps

In my quest this month to tame some of my scraps, I am working through my green and brown scraps. I have pulled out the darker greens (no lime-y or spring-y greens here!) and browns from my fabric stash to figure out what to do for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for May, and I went through my scrap bins to clean those out. I was able to pull out and press my brown scraps…



…and my green scraps…



From these I cut and sorted strips into my bins of 2-1/2”, 2”, 1-1/2”, and
<1-1/2” width strips. I also cut 2-1/2 inch squares, and 5” by 2-1/2” rectangles for a future project. After those were all cut and put away, I was left with these crumbs…




Today I plan on using these crumbs to make some blocks. I think I am going to use these in a table runner, but I need to see how the crumb piecing turns out before I know if it will really work. So that’s my plan for today. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, May 9, 2016

May’s One Monthly Goal – Finished!

My One Monthly Goal for May was to finish the Log Cabin Leaves quilt. This was also my OMG for April, but I only got the long arm quilting done on it. Well, since then I was able to get it off the long arm frame, finish the quilting on my domestic machine, then get the binding attached by machine. This past weekend I took it with us camping and I was able to finish up the hand stitching on the binding. Now it’s done!



This quilt is for the trailer, and I should have finished it a long time ago so it would have been ready for colder weather camping. But, that didn’t happen. However, it was nice to work on it this past weekend when the temperatures only got into the 50s! It kept me nice and warm while stitching on it outside. And even better, this was my view…



Pretty greens! This is a great time of year in our state park campgrounds with all of the leaves coming out and everything blooming.


So, we had a nice weekend in the mountains, and I was able to finish up a quilt. Sounds good to me! I will be linking up with the OMG May Finishes party when it goes live at the end of the month. For now, I still have plenty to keep me busy here! I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I May Have a Scrap Problem – in May!

I still have scraps. I think that is one thing anyone who sews or quilts is never without. In my quest to tame my scraps, in May I will work on getting my greens under control.

The color for May for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is a loden green or forest-y green. So that is where I will start. I have gone through my green fabrics on my shelves and pulled out the darker greens (as opposed to all of the lime-y greens I have!) along with some of my darker browns. Here is what is on my shelf…



There is one large piece of green yardage, otherwise everything else is a fat quarter or less. I want to use these up. I have an idea to make an improvisational quilt with these fabrics, so we’ll see where the inspiration takes me.

I also have a bunch of green scraps in my strip bins, green scrap bucket, and in my big scrap bin that still need to be sorted. Here is what is in my green bucket…



I think I will “make” fabric with these scraps and see how big of a piece I can come up with. I’m sure I will find a use for it somewhere along the way.

So that’s the beginning of my plan for my green scraps in May. I do hope to have a quilt top done again this month from my greens. The more I use, the less I will have to sort and organize!


I will be linking up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for I May Have a Scrap Problem! Head over to see what everyone plans for their May scrapping adventures.