Friday, March 27, 2015

More elephant parade

I just realized that I totally forgot to post, when I finished the turtle and frog from the Elephant Parade. Oops!

I just need to embroider the pupils in the eyes. They won't look like zombies, then.

And one more mommy elephant, that I cut and pieced last night.


I'm not likely to get anything done today or tonight, because it's Grandparent Day in kindergarten and there's literally no one else but me, to be there for my son. (So I guess the baby won't be getting a nap.) And then I'm going to work tonight, during usual sewing time.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

More mystery

Two more blocks are finished in my quilt-along efforts with Pat Sloan's 2015 Mystery, called Vacation Time.

Block 1: Under the Boardwalk
Just finished:
Block 2: Toes in the Sand (a heart version)
Block 3: Surf's Up

Pat mentioned in her introduction of Toes in the Sand, that since it was revealed in February, she couldn't help but make it a bit of a heart-shape. Well, as soon as I read that, I couldn't get hearts out of my head. I couldn't get the block to make sense to me as anything but a heart. And apparently I wasn't the only one, because I saw several "hearts" shared.

Oh and goody goody!
I found a new favorite Etsy shop for fabric! Maggie Anne Designs from California. She is great to work with (several great conversations about what she had available), and great service. And just two business days to ship:
Look what came in the mail, for me to finish the ModaLove Sunnyside quilt! Yippee!

Happy St Patty's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day to all o'you !

Not much going on here, except a sick kiddo home from school, and me recovering a bit from a cold over the weekend.

I joined a Facebook group for swapping charm squares. It's a lot of fun, but hard work cutting all those squares and finding fabric (especially from my stash), for the swap. We swap 6 charms at a time: 6 different fabrics. I think I'm thoroughly worn out, but I still have some birthday charms to cut.

I finally got the March Themed Charm Swap charms cut and organized, ready to mail. The March theme is green and gold--fitting for St Patty's Day! Since I signed up for two groups, I had to find 12 fabrics!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cutting cutting cutting

First, I forgot to post a picture of my completed large elephants (minus the embroidered eyes). I decided to be a bit playful, and the large elephants are my husband and I, and the three baby elephants in each row are our three boys.  I'm using scraps leftover from their baby quilts for the ears, to represent each boy.

Then I made a list of things I need to cut. It's a huge list.

I accomplished two of them. I cut all the pieces for the Pat Sloan blocks 2 and 3.

And yes, those are Dove Dark Chocolate Mint swirl Promises. Yum yum. Extra chocolate is needed right now in my time of stress.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Elephant Parade progress

I'm participating in Sew Fresh Quilts's Elephant Parade QAL. I'm making some good progress.

It's finally looking like a little parade!

Since each row of the quilt has a mommy/daddy and 3 baby elephants, I thought they would represent me and my 3 boys. So I will use scraps of blue, green, and gold that I used in their baby quilts, for the ears. Hubby gets red ears, and I'll use purple for me.

Once you cut all the little pieces, these elephants go together quickly.
I cut pieces for the other four large elephants, and also the frog and turtle. I ran out of the blue background after the elephants.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Great mail week

I definitely needed a pick-me-up and confidence booster after the past few weeks of total family sickness mayhem at my house. Imagine my giggle fits at winning TWO Valentine's Day giveaways!

The first one is a bundle of tone-on-tone prints (my favorite type of prints) by Studio E, called Pirouette. Oh my, such beautiful swirls and leaves, and a fantastic color set! Just my style of elegance.

The second is a Valentine's Day-themed bundle of red, pink, purple and cream batiks from Island Batik. I'm starting to get addicted to batiks now!

I think this purple-pink daisy, and red, and the dark purple are my favorites of the bundle!
THANK YOU! Studio E and Island Batik !

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The sale goes through midnight, March 1st, 2015. It's always so much fun to see what different supplies Craftsy has at anytime.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Need borders

Here's my Moda Love made with Sunnyside charms! Love my Kate Spain charms!
#showmethemoda, #modalove

It is about 40" square right now.

Now I need to decide on a border!
I'm trying to decide between a 2" or 4" finished background purple border.
Then I want a Sunnyside print border.

I like them both, but the blue/purple print seems to go so much better with the purple theme. Problem is, I've got a scant 1/2 yard and that's it. I don't know if it would be enough, even if using corner squares from the silver or yellow print. ???????

Time to go to Quilt-Pro and calculate estimates!

On a side note, I'm all icked-out. Three kids with cold/flu and stubborn fevers for the last 12 days. I'm tired of tissue, snot, liquid Tylenol and Ibuprofen with syringes. Boys staying home from school, although they're back this week. The baby has been the last to get the bug, and he's so plugged up, he's refusing to nurse. Even after suctioning his nose! After he chugged some milk pumped into a bottle, he refused to drink anything going down for his nap. He might just be helping to wean himself more quickly than I planned, and that means "ouch" for me!