July 20, 2016

Pinwheel Quilt for Baby Madison

Today, I'm sharing with you a glimpse of a baby quilt I made for my boss.  She had a little girl and loves neutral with pops of color so I selected mint and coral with light gray.

I used Elmer's glue to help me match up the points.  Have you ever tried it? If you haven't - do it! It's works wonders. My only comment would be you have to press to the side when you do this. If you were to press open it would gum up your iron.

Sorry for a small glimpse, I didn't have a chance to take a photo of the whole quilt before I wrapped it up and sent it to live with Madison.

July 16, 2016

Q3 Finish Along | 2016

Oh the things I have on my list. I've read that when you write down your goals, the percentage of you completing them increases, so in hopes this post will give me the motivation I need to complete them (and at the same time have a chance at some wonderful prizes). Here we go!
  • Make One Take One item for Fall retreat
    • I have this one all ready in my mind. I've done a little paper piecing so start, but I'm not sure that I like the mixed low volume background. Going to try round 2 with cohesive background and colorful emphasis
  • Baby Girl Quilt for R and K
    • Pattern picked out, colors of coral and grays - need to get fabric, cut and get to work
  • Baby Girl Quilt for Bella
    • It's quite embarrassing to say that she is already over a year old - acck! bad friend. I really should rename this to toddler quilt
  • Pillow for my Sister
    • I'm so excited to make this for my dear sister. She asked for it a while ago and I want to surprise her and send to her on her birthday, which is the first week of August - tick tock!
  • Zip Pouch for unnamed person (who reads my blog)

  • Quilt Big 10 Quilt
    • This quilt was made sooo long ago. You know what is holding me back? I basted it with the safety pins. The horror! I'm a certified, proud to yell it "spray" baster, but I wanted this one to not shift.  Ugh. It's a chevron pattern and I can't imagine quilting it on my machine and moving it through the throat, and....taking out all this pins.  You know the saying, nothing worth having is easy and I'm determined to finish so I can cuddle up under it during football season.
  • Finish Black and White pillow
    • Pink piping with bias binding. All kinds of new things. Can't wait to see how this turns out. Normally I don't share when projects turn out bad, but this will force me to show you a beauty or share some lessons learned.
  • Finish Fabric Baskets (3)
    • Trying to get a jump on Christmas projects and these just need some top stitching

  • Quilt Triangle Quilt
    • one of my most favorite patterns and fabrics 
  • Quilt Sisterhood Quilt
    • this quilt is very special to me. 
  • Make a United States pillow
  • Butterfly Pillow for local charity
  • Science Pillow
  • This is a stretch goal, but living in the DFW area, my guild is putting together some blocks to support the families who had an officer impacted by the recent violence. Instead of just making some blocks, I hope to make a whole quilt top to donate, and possibly even a whole quilt. I'll need to find somewhere to long arm though.

June 8, 2016

Color for the Kitchen

embellished tea towels

One of my dear friends asked for embellished dish towels for her birthday and this is what I came up with.  I was fortunate enough (thanks, Amazon!) to find some colored flour sack towels. I find the flour sack towels to be more absorbent than the waffle weave type of material and the colors - that's just a bonus!

These are 3 inches from the edge and folded over, you know, for over the oven handle, isn't that where you put yours?

I am hoping these get used, but if they don't and they are just on display, then that is just fine with me too. If you need a thoughtful gift for someone dear, consider making these.

Happy Birthday Deb!

September 13, 2015

Secret Sister

My annual pilgrimage to Amish Country in Pennsylvania is going on right now!  We have been assigned secret sisters and my "sister" likes elephants. Since I've already surprised her with not only the basket but the goodies too, I can show you what I made.

I finished this basket back in July and have been adding goodies to it for a while now.

Elephant Fabric Basket
One Hour Basket | Tutorial from Hearts and Bees

September 1, 2015

Welcome, September.

It is September already - can you believe it? Where does the time go?

star, hst

I have been a very busy bee.  Less then two weeks until I meet up with my very dear sewing friends.  We are meeting in Amish Country, in Pennsylvania.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it up there and can't wait to go back. 

But...there are a lot of projects that need to be completed first.  We got a bit overzealous last year and did a paper piecing bee, a birthday package, a traveling quilt and now that retreat is here, a secret sister.  I didn't even mention the make one take one swap.  Seriously no idea what I am going to make for that.

A lot of my projects can't be revealed yet (since my sewing girls read the blog) but I am sharing a block that I am proud of.  It's slightly different than most stars, but still complimentary to most standard stars.  This is for the traveling quilt that I am in charge of completing the top for.  Once we have presented them to one another, I'll show you the start and finish.  I expect them all to be fabulous!

Happy September to you. Thanks for stopping in.

August 21, 2015

Birthday Placemats

I belong to a wonderful sewing group, and this year we decided to shower each other with gifts. on our birthday.

For July, our woman of honor was Tiffany.  Now Tiffany is either really hard to design for or really easy.  She is always very specific in what she likes, and doesn't (which is the easy part), but I'm always afraid that if I don't follow her likes exactly then I'll mess it up and she won't like the project at all.  (the hard part)

I'm probably being too hard on myself, but that's where we are at. I was going to do a sew kitschy theme but couldn't find a color combo that I think she would like.  I had already committed to placemats so I had to think some more.  She does like the Tallahassee block and I like to paper piece, so this seemed like the perfect marriage of the two.

She loves eggplant purple, grass green, aqua (not blue) and coral (not orange).  Notice there is some pink in there? Well she loves Joel Dewberry too, so I added some Notting Hill too.
Tallahassee placemats
for Tiffany
These arrived safely and she said they are perfect.  The placemats finished at 12x12.

July 14, 2015

Quilt for Addi

This quilt is for a daughter of one of my co-workers.  He is such a positive, easy going guy and recently got news that his 8 year daughter has leukemia.

Every three weeks she has to go through chemo, which I hear is cold, so I am hoping this quilt can give her some warmth and comfort during those sessions.

When I asked about her style, I was told that she really likes pink. So pink it is.  Pink fabric, pink thread, pink binding.  I would have went searching for pink batting, too, if it would have been visible (thank goodness it isn't).

pink quilt rolls

I added her name, smack in the middle of the quilt, with one row of stitching in black thread.  I wasn't entirely sure it was going to show up, but after washing, for the crinkle factor, it turned out to be a nice touch, although understated.

I gave it to him this morning, so I hope this afternoon, when she unwraps it, it warms her heart.

I started out quilting this with straight lines, but as we all know, that takes time.  So...I decided to quilt part of it with a meander stitch.  It's true!  The more you do, the easier it gets.  I see more meandering in my future.  

The back of this project was more pink, with a scrappy pink border, hand bound (my favorite part of making a quilt) by yours truly.

This pattern is called Strip Tango, by designer Kelly over at Quilt Infatuation. Thanks Kelly!

July 10, 2015

Q3 2015 | Finish Along

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Hi! Although I have been quiet, I have been busy.  I didn't get my post up in time for the 2nd quarter FAL finish, so I just sat out, but 3rd quarter is different. I'm here, on time and am going to proclaim to the blogging world everything that I want to accomplish in the next 92.5 days!

< - - -  Finish Addison Quilt [1]

-finish quilting | label | bind | give away

Facing East [2]

-continue making blocks | hand applique | backing | quilt | bind | enjoy

One Hour Basket for Secret Sister [3]

-assemble | finish | fill with goodies

Placemats [4]
-start sewing | quilt | bind | wrap

(no pictures of this yet, it's a surprise, I can reveal at the end of the quarter)

Cathy Quilt [5]

-finish blocks | sew rows | baste | quilt | bind | give away   ---->

Simply Solids [6]
-quilt | bind | enjoy

Solids Challenge [7]
-finish backing | baste | quilt | bind

Bionic Bag | Sew together Bag [8]
order zippers | start | finish

Big Ten Quilt [9]
quilt | bind

July 7, 2015

Splendid Spring Blocks

String blocks for sweet Marika! She requested pink and yellow. These are going to be fabulous all together.  This was part of Anything Goes Bee and Book Club for May.

Although we only had to make 3 each, I feel bad because the picture looks funny, it isn't balanced and nobody wants to see my carpet.  Next time, I'll just make 4.

July 2, 2015

Mix Tape Blocks

Aren't these retro and fun? They are for a bee mate, actually she is much more than that, she is my friend, Lyanna.  

She requested these for our Anything Goes sewing bee and this is what I sent her.  I am a bit worried about the bottom right one though.  If she wants to use low volume for the sashing or a border, then this one might fade away, but of all six, that one is my favorite.  These were a blast to make and also to see the variations that other folks made. Take a look here!