Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I have a very sweet, nearly four year old niece back in Michigan who happens to be in love with Frozen.  When her birthday quilt planning began I knew I should hunt for something frozen for the quilt.  When I was looking there was only this flannel print.  I bought all that remained on the bolt and planned the quilt to fit the backing just right.  It's a good size for a four year old.  
I went with pink prints on the front checkerboard with a periwinkle blue solid.  I think it's pretty.  Simple, but pretty.

And now as the gift giving season is upon us I see LOADS of regular cotton prints for Frozen at Hancock and HoLo.  
Oh well. 

Speaking of frozen, my little part of the world has been pretty chilly for the past several weeks so I have been quilting a lot.  Thankfully we are supposed to be thawed out for a little while!  

Also I should tell you that I am one of the very few people on the planet that has not seen Frozen.  And I'm planning to hold out as long as possible.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Projects

I've had a really great flow of progress lately! 
I have this secret gift ready to quilt when the hubs is not around.

I finished a little Frozen quilt for my niece's birthday in a couple of weeks.  I just need to get it packaged.  I'll share a little more about that soon. 
The IG quilt along I'm following has been so much fun.  We just started sewing blocks together and I am seriously excited to see how this will come together.   

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Weekend of Sewing

I enjoyed a lot of progress this weekend.  A Christmas quilt for my bed has been started.  I've has the fabric for this for a couple of years.  It seems possible that I might have this project done in time for the holiday season.

Today I whipped together the next block in the Quilty Christmas project.

Now I have four blocks done.  I love this project!
Now I have turned the sewing table back to homeschool mode.  I'm happy to have found this balance.... finally!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Three in a Row

I have been able to carve out time to sew, three days in a row.  
Since the beginning of our homeschool year this has been impossible.  
I'm not sure if we have hit our stride or what, but finally I can make time for myself!

In a wonderful coincidence, Lori Holt from Bee in my Bonnet is running a sew-along on Instagram, and I am having a riot making these blocks.  
Daily, she posts a block from her book (the tree was a non-book bonus block) and these Christmas-y blocks are so much fun.  
If you are on IG you should cruise through the haveyourselfaquiltylittlechristmas hashtag.  

I should get this quilt done soon, especially since I have less than a month until my deadline.  

In my projects cabinet I have the Christmas gift for the hubs and my swoon hanging out.  
The swoon doesn't need to be done until March so I'm putting it on my back burner. 
 I do have a finished flannel blanket ready for Christmas, way to go me for being on top of it!  

The only other project in there is my strings quilt.  
Haven't touched it since July.  
I'm planning to pick it back up after the swoon.  
I have high hopes for lots of scrappy quilts in 2015.  
Emptying my scrap bin is a serious goal for next year.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Time to Get a Move On

With October nearly over I am really starting to worry about my progress on this Christmas gift.... or lack thereof. 
There is this wonderful moment on Fridays, late morning, when I clear off the school table and claim it for sewing projects.  I am going to seriously bang out a lot of work on this quilt this weekend.  I have a few hours before the hubs gets home from work today, and tomorrow he is going hunting so I am going to make progress! 
Here I go.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Swoon Blocks

I have all of my blocks sewn now. 

I am so relieved.  Some of the sashing is attached, but I needed to set this quilt aside for sanity's sake. 

Now I am working on some sewing for December- a couple of small Christmas gifts, and a preschooler's birthday gift.  I may or may-not have turned on Christmas music when I got started.  And I may or may-not have loved it! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Excitement for Next Year

I am so excited!  I stumbled upon a post about this quilt along yesterday morning, and after thinking about it all day, I signed up for the kit last night.  This quilt looks so fun, and I love that the blocks aren't paper-pieced, plus the quilt along will benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital.  How great is that?!  Now I am looking forward to February!(once it's -20 out everyday I will probably change my tune)

 You can read all about it over at Fat Quarter Shop's Blog.  

As far as current sewing, these swoon blocks are coming at a time.  I have three left, but high hopes to change that this afternoon!