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 along...one at a time.  I have three left, but high hopes to change that this afternoon!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

BREAKING NEWS

 I am so relieved!  After MONTHS of searching I've finally found a backing for the new quilt I have planned for the monster.  


A loooooong time ago I was gung-ho when I went out to shop for fabric.  I did really well with the prints for the top.  I even found a binding!  


Finding a backing however, was a huge challenge.  Mainly because I knew what I wanted... a blue/green plaid.  Last night I was reading a blog and saw it.  A perfect plaid!  

I am very excited about this development, and I am so glad I didn't settle.  


I am also itching to start on something with the precuts I have collecting in my cabinet! I won't of course until I get my WIPs finished up.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Sewing Giant Swoon Blocks


 The past couple of days I have been back at the swoon block sewing.  These blocks are so darn huge!  I downloaded a new audio book though!  I am 28 chapters in, sewing, and feeling more like myself!  


Still taking it one block at a time.


I did take the advice of my Aunt Susan recently, and I laid all of my folded quilts out to breathe.  She told me to stack 'em right up and let them lay out for a week or so.  It was scary pulling out the quilts from all of the places I keep them stashed.  The hubs kept joking, "what if they break the guest bed?"  I didn't think it was cute.  
It turns out I had 59 quilt stacked here.  Then a count of quilts being used led us to the startling discovery that we own 66 quilts.  Even though several are wall hangings(maybe 15), I was alarmed. 

Lucky for my sister.
 I was making the swoon blocks thinking, this can't be #67....... So now she will get the beautiful Swoon quilt for her birthday.  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Swoon


Slowly but surely I've been getting back to sewing.  

I have been working on my Swoon quilt, and boy was that a lot of cutting.  Then there was more cutting to make the HSTs,  Then trimming and on and on.  


But I did turn my sewing machine on.  And I sewed all of the HSTs together then I managed to get one block sewn.  

It feels nice to make some time for myself in the day again.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Strawberry Lemonade

Before we left for Michigan I was finally able to gift this baby quilt, so now I can share.  


I made this quilt for my friend Kristen's impending bundle of joy back in July.  
It was a fun project that kept my attention, so I finished it fairly quickly. 
 Kristen had been out of town and I thought it was a great time to start on this quilt so I wouldn't slip up and mention it to her while I was working on it.   I was feeding her cat while she was away, and I had to work hard not to text her,"the cat is fine, and your quilt is almost finished!"
 It was killing me not to gift it, but I was waiting for the sewing night that we would 'shower' Kristen.   I had to wait until the end of August for her shower to finally gift it.  I don't know how many times I opened the cabinet where it was stored while she was over, especially during the sewing symposium.   If she caught a glimpse she didn't mention it.


I spent days and days looking for a backing, and I couldn't find anything I liked.  I knew I had a perfectly pink ombré in my stash, and I couldn't get my mind off of using it.  So finally I stopped hunting and went with the ombré.  I love it.  I have never used a solid as a backing that I can recall, and I probably never will. This isn't quite the same as a solid though, and it felt like I was bending my own rules.


I quilted it simply, and I really love how it turned out.  

I think this is the last baby quilt I had on the giant list of gestating friends and family, which has seemed constantly lengthy for over a year.  In a 15 month period, I made 10 baby quilts!  CRAZY!

In other news:
I still haven't sewn...... soon hopefully.