Friday, January 16, 2015

Sampler progress

Here's my progress on the last few days, on the baby's star sampler.

Amish Star, and Weathervane star.

Oh wow. I just counted, and I've done 12 blocks! I still have one more that I've cut out, that I need to sew. Hmmmm. Now I have to decide which ones to include in the quilt, and what I will do with the extra.

I'm pretty excited, because I've done 12 blocks, which is my plan. And baby's first birthday is next week!

And I'm loving having a design wall, even though it's not really finished, nor hung on the wall yet. It's standing on its side, balanced on the back of the table, leaning against the wall it will hang on. I still need to cover the other board. And hubby and I need to go to the hardware store, to figure out what kind of hooks that we will hang them on.

The design wall is great, because I can put pieces up, instead of laying them on the table--clear up my work space a bit. Also, vertically seeing the blocks really helps with layout and visualization. Oh yeah, and my pictures are better, because there's no shadow that my phone casts on the block !

Monday, January 12, 2015

Block of the Month

I need another project like a hole in my head!

But since joining Pat Sloan's Facebook group, I've been watching everyone working on the first block for her 2015 Mystery Block of the Month called Vacation Time. And I really like the block!

This one is very similar to what I have in my head.

So I've been gathering my fabrics. I'm really trying hard to shop my stash for coordinating colors and correct amounts.

I really want to do another purple and aqua quilt.

I don't want the green to dominate. But Pat calls for 4 different greens. I'm just trying to pull green from the green/aqua batik. Maybe the dark greens make them dominate over the aqua?

Or this? And use a bit more purple and aqua (and my beloved Cuzco by Kate Spain).

So I feel like I've been wasting lots of time dithering about it this weekend.

So I quit to start the Amish Star for the baby's quilt.

And what else did I accomplish this week?

Folded Star

4 Corners of Happy by Blue Ribbon Designs from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol 10. I won a copy of the volume on the blog tour from Blue Ribbon, and she threw in a little kit to make her block! She used her Accuquilt to cut all the patches for it. I've never worked with die cut patches before, and it was pretty nice. She even pre-fused the appliqué pieces--it was a snap to put together, and blanket-stitch appliqué!

Monday, January 5, 2015

ALYOF January 2015 goal

Happy 2015 !

I'm going to keep going with Sew Bittersweet Design's A Lovely Year of Finishes. It's nice to make a goal and see progress.

My main goal for January:

Finish the blocks for the baby's star sampler! I've got three more.
(After this one:)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

ALYOF--December finish

Well, I didn't get a whole lot done.

I got one block done on the baby's sampler.

I finished the top of the Solstice Moda Love mini-quilt.

Thanks for everyone's opinion on Facebook. I really love the red border. I have a whole layer cake of Solstice to use, and some fat eighths I picked up, so I will save the large green prints for those projects...I really want to show them off because of their larger scale, and a mini-project won't do that.

I'm sure I accomplished more, but I just can't think much. It doesn't feel like I have. Post-partum depression stinks; I've been fatigued and depressed this month very badly. Maybe there are lots of people who will gasp and criticize me for being truthful and honest about it in public, but that's my life. Hiding depression doesn't make it get better, anyway. I probably just need to go back to the doctor anyway.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Holiday sandwich


So I just came up with that--holiday sandwich. Those few days between Christmas, my son's birthday, and New Years!

Christmas was good to us. We had lots for what we needed and wanted. And enough to budget for S.'s and the baby's birthdays, too.

My sewing swag:
Plus, a new pair of machine quilting gloves, and materials to make a design wall! And some random fabric.

Christmas Eve baking cookies with my little guy! Yum!

Gifts from Uncle T.

And now some birthday fun!

S. adores Angry Birds!

Oops, grandma's face didn't make it in the shot!

Uncle T and Uncle J. They love their nephews, and they love their uncles. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Not much but Merry Christmas

It's Christmas Eve!
I'm not getting much sewing done, but my hubby's on shift and I'm spending time with the kids.

Yesterday, my middle boy helped me make gingerbread men and snowmen, and daddy's favorite butter cookies. After baby woke up, we bundled up, walked to the mailbox, and delivered a few plates of cookies and fudge to neighbors.

We read Polar Express by Chris Van Allsberg this morning. My boys love that story and the movie. I think we'll be watching it, snuggling in quilts together, tonight before bed.

I'm very excited for some of the boys' gifts and to see their faces. I'm all done with Christmas wrapping. I'm also excited for some of the things for quilting that I was able to get for myself!

And I'm working on piecing blocks for the baby's star sampler, and writing a class review for Craftsy.

We can't wait till my hubby gets home from shift in the morning, to celebrate! (Then it will be my turn to work in the evening at the ER.)

I finally found a pine tree block that I like, and can't wait to find time to try it!

I've also been a member of Bonnie Hunter's " Quiltville's Open Studio" Facebook page, and today I was able to join Pat Sloan's "Quilt Along with Pat" Facebook page. It's so fun to share in two huge groups, with thousands of quilters from around the world. So many pictures of Christmas and holiday quilts and trees from all over the world!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mini Solstice


I've finally finished piecing together the mini-charm Moda Love star with Solstice by Kate Spain!

And now, I think it needs a border. But I can't decide what to use.

Solid red?
Either of the green prints from Solstice?
Or frozen grey winter branches ?

Or solid red?


I know I've been MIA lately....I just get so little done each day, that I don't feel like I have progress to share.
Hubby's been sick, we're both working (he's working two jobs), getting ready for Christmas, dentist appts, and trying to make time for me and my hubby in between.  Hey, we finally got Hunger Games and Catching Fire, so watching those took up two evenings of mini-date, with no sewing for me.

I need to fit in some time to read the Hunger Games series, now that I've seen 2 of the 3 movies. Sometimes movies are so different than their books, that I often prefer to watch movies first. That way, I'm not sitting during the whole movie, waiting for scenes from the book, critiquing dialogue, getting frustrated with stuff that's changed or cut out. I just enjoy the movie.