Monday, April 30, 2012

Hello Monday

Happy Monday to all you fun and cheery quilt people!  I actually can't believe it's Monday already.  The weekends sure do fly by.  I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends.  We were pretty busy with soccer games and a wedding.  

Anyway...just a quick peek at my newest block adventure.  I've decided it would be fun to take one of the blocks I designed for the AccuQuilt Barn Block Contest and turn it into a real block.  


I picked out all my fabrics and have everything cut and ready to go.


I'll probably start putting it together tomorrow.  Shouldn't take me too long.  


In other exciting news...only 17 days until mom and I get to meet up in Kansas City for the Spring Quilt Market!  I am so excited I can barley contain myself!  Come on May 17th...get here a little faster puh-lease!  

And I almost forgot.  I did completely finish the no longer no name appliqué {yes she has a name} quilt and submitted her to the contest.  More info to follow on that in a day or two.  

Hope you all have a great evening! 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stash Bee House

Mom showed you all her stash bee house last week so I guess I should share mine.  I waited until the last minute on this one because I could not decide on a house.  I finally did a google search to find some inspiration.  I just could not find exactly what I wanted so I got out my pencil and started drawing.  

Here's my rough draft...


I drew it out on freezer paper {love freezer paper} and traced it with a sharpie.  This allowed me to lay my steam a seam on top and trace my pieces.  

I'm not going to bore you all with a step by step of the whole block but I do want to show you all how I did the windows.  

I wanted to create panes without having to deal with tiny strips of fabric.  So, I traced the window shapes onto the steam a seam.   

   
Then I ironed the steam a seam to the wrong side of the window fabric {yellow} and then cut out the pieces.  I ironed steam a seam to the back of the window pane fabric {grey polka dot}.

Next, I cut the window fabric into pieces and ironed them onto the pane fabric.  




The last step was to trim the grey pane fabric to just slightly larger than the yellow.


That's all there was to it.  I ended up stitching around all the little window pieces and around the pane.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I sure hope our queen bee likes it!

Here's the finished house...   



 
I used some of our new Jennifer Paganelli Free Spirit fabrics for the house.  I just couldn't help myself.  I had to sample the new goodies.  I also used the beautiful pink damask {roof} for the backing on the no name appliqué quilt.     

Thursday, April 26, 2012

No Name Applique Quilt Revisited

I have officially finished the No Name Appliqué quilt.  Now I have to name it.  Ugh...I hate this part.  I'm terrible with names but this one has to have a name so I can enter it in a contest. 

Have a look...


My brain is just not working very well.  Unfortunately, my family is no help.  My daughter suggested Black Betty {don't ask me, she's 15}.  And my husband, let's just say most of his suggestions are inappropriate to repeat.  But he did make me laugh so hard I was crying.  

I hope I can come up with something before Sunday.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Blocks for Stash Bee

Well it's that time again, new blocks for Stash Bee.  Mary and I got together again on Saturday to do our blocks. I had been working on mine, well I should say I was drawing houses that I wasn't exactly happy with all week.  I like to have a head start on Mary because she can start after me and always finish first.  Once she gets her idea she just goes with it.  Me on the other hand, well lets just say I might be an over thinker at times.  As a matter of fact we had a big laugh about that on Saturday.  Long story short she came in I annouced I had nothing and she saved me with a great idea.  She told me about a website Shabby Fabrics that has a block of the month Country Cottages with free downloads for the blocks.  You guessed it, I checked it out and loved the blocks.  I used the April block, of course 0:).  I did change it up a little, the block was hand applique, I did a blanket stitch around mine on my machine.  I added some lace and some buttons, made the flowers a little smaller and this is what I came up with.  If you would like to look at the blocks you can check it out here, scroll down to the bottom of the page for the blocks.


This was fun to do, so much so we have decided we may do the quilt.

Mary's block was designed by using some of her applique designs for her embroidery machine.  They also have blanket stitch around them, she added the clouds, sun and a very cute tree to finish off the block. The picture doesn't do it justice.  I don't have the hang of my new camera yet, but I'm working on it. 


We had a lot of fun doing the blocks, and look forward to what next month will bring!!  Enjoy

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Barn Quilt Contest

I had very good intentions of working on binding today but then I realized...I still need to file my TAXES!  {Face Palm!}  I would rather work on binding than work on taxes.  Unfortunately, it took me forever to get my tax stuff in order so no binding today.  Every year I think to myself I need to be more organized but does that happen?  Nope...it sure doesn't.

On to more exciting news.  AccuQuilt recently accepted block designs for the 3rd Annual Barn Quilt Design Contest and I entered several designs.  Guess what?  Three of my blocks were chosen for the top 100 blocks!  I can't believe it.  I'm too excited!

I sure would love it if you all would hop on over to AccuQuilt and vote for one or all of my blocks {insert big smile and batting of the eyelashes here}.  

Here's a look at my blocks that are up for votes...

Block 41
          
Block 46
           
Block 64
           

You vote once for your favorite top 5 blocks.  I sure would appreciate any votes that you want to throw my way.  Voting is open until April 18th.  Then the top 20 blocks will move on to the next round of voting.  Fingers crossed I make it that far.  I can't decide if I like Block 41 or Block 64 the most.   

I guess that's it for now.  I need to go submit my tax return and maybe my headache will go away!      

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Vintage Pinwheel Quilted

I haven't been a very consistent blogger lately.  I seem to have fallen back into my lazy blogger pants.  I'm going to make myself get back to business and start blogging regularly again.  After all, I do have a lot of information and quilty goodness that I want to share.

Let's start with some pictures of the vintage pinwheel quilt I finished yesterday.  {I use the term "finished" loosely because it still needs binding}  

I apologize for the pictures.  We have terrible indoor lighting and it has been raining almost everyday here.  The color looks washed out in the pictures.  It is made of very pale green and white pinwheel blocks.  


 
I used a matching pale green Signature 40 wt thread and did an all over stipple design.  

The back...


I ended up using white for the backing.  I wasn't sure if it was the best choice but I love how it looks.  The thread really pops even though it's hard to tell in the picture.  I sure hope my step mom likes it.  This one is for her grandson Cooper.  

I wanted to share a little tidbit of information.  This top was pieced by my step mom's mom before she passed away.  She used a combination of hand and machine piecing.  There were a couple spots where the fabric was puckered and that was a little challenging for the quilting process.  I thought I could sail over the puckers with no problem but not so much.  I don't really think I could've done anything differently short of taking the top  apart and re-piecing it.  Part of the sentimental value of this particular top is the fact that she pieced it so I didn't want to do that.  

The lesson here...I will be sure to slow down when I'm piecing because I understand now that accuracy really does help.  Pressing is also an essential part of the quilting process and it really does make quilting easier.

I guess binding is on the schedule for tomorrow!  Lots of binding...I have 3 quilts that need binding.  Too bad I can't click my heels and make a binding fairy appear.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Do Folks in Georgia Quilt?

The title of this post sounds a little crazy but I feel it's a legitimate question.  Especially since we found out yesterday that we'll be moving to Georgia!!!  Woohoo...we get to leave Texas early next spring.  Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Texas but I'm definitely ready to move on outta here!  Now the hard part...we have to wait a whole year to get to our new home.  It's always exciting to move to new places and see new things.  This will be our 6th move in 19 years.   

My first thought...do people in Georgia quilt?  I know.  I know.  I'm a goober.  {Mom assured me people in Georgia quilt.}  But it sure is funny how my brain immediately jumped to quilting.  How many quilt shops?  Is there a quilt guild?  Is there a modern quilt guild?  Good thing I have plenty of time to do the research.

I haven't really done much sewing or quilting yet this week.  I think I burnt myself out last week.  I finished 2 quilts, a wall hanging, and 3 magnets in 5 days.  I haven't really wanted to even look at a sewing machine.  But...tomorrow is a new day and I have a quilt to load.

It's another vintage quilt top that my step mother, Linda, gave me.  Her mother pieced the top before she passed and now it's going to be finished and gifted to the great grand babies.  This is number 2 of 5 that I will be finishing for Linda.

     
My biggest issue has been what to use for backing.  I'm just so stumped.  I had a yellow polka dot picked out but wouldn't you know I don't have enough left on the bolt.  I think I have a back up plan but I'm torn.  The little annoying voice in my head keeps chirping a certain color but I'm not sure it's the most practical color.  Stupid little voice in my head...does it have a mute button???

On a happy, happy, happy note...I actually won something!  A wonderful, spectacular, amazing Amy Butler Lark fat quarter bundle, thread, and ear buds from Pat Sloan!


It's so pretty!  I can't wait to make something.  I have no idea what that will be but it will be spectacular! 

I guess I don't have much more for tonight.  I have to get myself back in gear tomorrow so I can get more quilting done.  I would hate to waste a whole week.

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