Sunday, September 28, 2014


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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Time Away

I haven't quilted or sewn in a long time.  
We've been away for a couple of weeks.  
Back to Michigan for another visit. 
her favorite color was red

 Last month we traveled to see my husband's ailing grandmother.  
This month we traveled to attend her memorial service.

 In the past six weeks I have been a wreck.  Going through emotional stuff, dealing with unkind friends people,  packing and unpacking, driving and driving and driving.  I've been cutting myself some slack, and thankfully, most everyone in my life has also.    
My Juki has been closed up for several weeks.  I haven't sewn anything since the last time I blogged which was Aug 24th.  

i only bought the batiks because lisa and i both despise them, and i kinda thought we were both being silly

The only quiltiness in my life has been a little fabric shopping.  I made a visit to a local quilt shop with my friend Lisa.  I also hit up Joann's and bought a few supplies.  

this is the traffic jam I hit on my way to pick up Lisa for our coffee/ shopping date.  i loved it.

  Hopefully the change in seasons will help me shake off this big run on road trip haze I've been in.

  I'm hoping to get back to sewing this week.  If it doesn't happen, I'll try again next week.  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Honeysweet Queen

I finished up the binding of this quilt earlier today.

 I immediately went to put this puppy on my bed!

I love this pattern.  It used pretty much an entire fat quarter bundle.  I free motioned quilted obviously, a simple stipple, and I am pleased with it.

I really love the red large scale print on the backing.  

I am very happy to have this quilt DONE.

Also I want to say that this generous queen sized quilt came together in a snap.  The patchwork took a very short amount of time, and quilting was very fast.  Much easier and more enjoyable than the last quilt I made for my bed a few years ago.  So this time I won't swear off making large quilts like this so dramatically.  Actually I think I might make a seasonal quilt for my bed very soon.  I've always wanted a Christmas quilt for my bed!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

#31 Star Spangled

I managed to finish this quilt yesterday.  Quilted it in the afternoon and added the binding after dinner.

It feels pretty great to get it done before Labor Day, which means I finished it before the end of summer.   Even though this is technically a Fourth of July quilt, I used the sale that Fat Quarter Shop had on the 4th to score the border and backing fabrics.  If I hadn't, this quilt probably wouldn't have been finished until next summer Thanksgiving.     

This quilt is my thirty-first finish for the year.  With several months left in the year I'm getting pretty nervous.  If I hit forty I fear the hubs will want to have a sit down.  
Number thirty-two is on the sofa, half of the binding hand sewn.... it's only a matter of days. 

Luckily I have been busy getting ready to start our new homeschool year.  I'm sure I will have a slowdown as we are trying to get into a routine and balance extracurricular activities.  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sneaking Up On Me

Last night at sewing with Kristen I realized I was starting to slip back into old habits.  I was startled.(yet somewhat comforted that Kristen's project list is way more scattered than mine. Sorry Kris.)

Because I banged out the quilting on my Honeysweet queen so fast I was lacking the binding fabric.... I thought I had time.

So this morning way earlier than I'm usually up and out of the house I went to buy the binding. 
That's project #1

 I had been putting off basting the Star Spangled distraction quilt.  I mean sometimes I just don't feel like mopping.

So this morning after I returned from the fabric store I mopped the dang kitchen and basted.
That's project #2

And last night since I hadn't a quilt to quilt, or a binding to attach I started cutting my Swoon.

Technically I was just getting 'a head start', BUT...
That's project #3

Also secretly I have been working on a special quilt.

Since it's such a secret my time to work on it is very limited.  And with such limited time I decided I should start on it immediately to be sure I meet the deadline.  Good intentions but...
That's project #4

I really do think things are under control but I hate the feeling that I could end up with a dozen WIPs again.   Now that the Honeysweet just needs hand sewing, and the quilting and binding should be fast on the Star Spangled I should feel a little more balanced between the swoon and the secret quilts. 

I won't have more than 4 projects at one time......... 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


After a long absence from my machine due to: 

Jam making


Lovin' up on nieces.

Supervising the Monster.

and Michigan visiting.....

I am back home.  
Almost rested.  
Nearly caught up on housework.

And I quilted the new quilt for my bed.  
A queen sized.  
It took me three hours.  
For real. 
I was very surprised and happy.  
Now I need to get the binding fabric and finish this monster quilt.  
And sleep under it.