Saturday, April 19, 2014

Boston Marathon Support

I have started another quilt for one of my buddies:

 Did you know how many Star Wars fabrics are available?  It was not difficult to find a wide range of Star Wars patterns for this project.  (Aside:  While shopping I heard people asking for "Frozen" fabric.  I've seen the movie.  Good but not great.  I don't get it.  What is the mania about this movie?  I love a good Disney movie as much, or more, than anyone but really, the statistics around this movie are amazing.)

But mostly my sewing machine is on a little vacation with not much sewing going on.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday.  I wish you a day of joy and bunny treats!  I am looking forward to eating chocolate!  No sweets during Lent = six pounds lost!  Now, the challenge will be not to gain it all back tomorrow!

Monday is the Boston Marathon.  We are planning to join the thousands of spectators who will be cheering on the runners from Heartbreak Hill.  But I also have another little tiny role in the marathon.  I am sure you have read about the amazing work done by the Boston Modern Quilt Guild collecting thousands of blocks from quilters around the world and assembling these blocks into hundreds of beautiful quilts that have  been given to survivors, first responders and others impacted by the awful events at last years Marathon.

Although I was not a guild member while these quilts were being made, like many of you, I did contribute a few blocks to the effort.  One of my blocks just happens to be included in one of the 30 quilts that will be hung in the medical tents at the finish of the Marathon and will be hung annually, becoming part of the  legacy of the Marathon.  Please take some time and jump over to the BMQG blog to see these beautiful quilts.  Boston Strong indeed.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Next 10 Tula Blocks

Every now and then I make a block (or two or three) from Tula's City Sampler.  These ten finish the squares and rectangles, on to triangles next.
As you can see, Tula and I are not afraid of color!  Although I'm still undecided about that orange.
Don't you think Fox Field would be a wonderful addition to my sampler?

Count to date:  35 blocks completed, 65 to go!

Hope your week is going well!  Linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social and Lee's WIP Wednesday.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Preppy Quilt Top Finish

Thank you for your understanding of my sewing machine frustration.  Fortunately, the weekend was approaching and that means driving to the house in the woods where my back up sewing machine lives!

I love the weather in New England, particularly the seasonal changes.  Having said that, this is my least favorite period when everything that is not frozen is muddy and the remnants of snow are dirty.
 Therefore, this is the best time to appreciate bright colored fabrics like this Preppy D9P:
This quilt is going to a special young lady who deserves nothing but happy colors and fun motifs.  My approach to this project was:
1.  Pick a color scheme.  Answer:  preppy pink and greens to match her bedroom (with a little bit of blue thrown in for fun).
2.  Find the fabric.  Answer:  Somehow my (growing) stash did not have enough of these colors so I had to go shopping.  The starting pile of fabric looked like this.
3.  Decide on a scrappy looking pattern.  Answer:  This is my first quilt using the disappearing 9 patch block but after seeing this quilt and this one, I thought this block would be a good systemic approach to a scrappy look.

Once I got to my back-up sewing machine, this came together quite quickly and really brightened up another dreary mud season day!
But fear not, while I was without sewing machine, I did indeed find other quilty ways to fill the time (that I perhaps should have spent cleaning out closets).  Have you seen the dyosampler on Sew Mama Sew?  In addition to the tutorial on how to design your own sampler there are some great block ideas to use in your sampler.  The old accountant in me just couldn't resist sitting down with pencil, paper and calculator to sketch out a first draft of a dyo sampler.
This may be a little ambitious for me, but that is why it is drawn in pencil!  I am so excited about getting started on my sampler.  Right  now I am debating between a low volume/peachy quilt or making a dent in the large collection of aqua/ teal/ green fabrics in my stash.  Or maybe something much fun!

I might as well stay busy sewing as it seems it's going to be a long time before I get my kayak out on this water!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!  Linking up with Amanda Jean's finish it up Friday party!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sewing Interruption

I had hoped to have a finished quilt top to share with you however my sewing machine had other plans.  Over the weekend I cut the  fabric and made all the blocks for a preppy disappearing nine-patch quilt.
 And this is the only row I was able to complete before the tension in my sewing machine went nuts...for no apparent reason.  Not an amusing April Fool's prank.
My aggravation is heightened by the fact this machine is only a few weeks home from its annual cleaning.  GRRRRRR

This change of plans has forced me to deal with a long list of things around the house that I have been ignoring in favor of my sewing cave.  I will survive a few days without a sewing machine and my house will be benefit.  It's all good.

Happy Wednesday and linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social and Lee's WIP Wednesday!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fabric for the Next Two Quilts

I have two more little buddies that I MUST make quilts for.  I had fun this week doing a little fabric shopping.  For the little brother...
Yes, if you are keeping score, this will be my second Star Wars quilt.  Why not?!

And for his sister, I found these:
And then a little shopping trip to Marden's in South Portland, Maine with my mother-in-law yielded these:
Combined with some fabric in my stash, I have this selection ready to go:
I am looking forward to a few days of cutting and sewing all this lovely fabric!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Couple of Little Finishes

I just can't make myself throw away fabric.   You might remember this quilt that I made for my son:
There's been a little pile of leftover backing fabric in the corner of my sewing room for a few months.  Today it became this:

Not the most sophisticated solution but one that made him very happy.  A soft squishy pillow to go with his soft squishy quilt.
It even has a zipper so the cover can be removed and washed.  Easy peasy.  One less pile of scraps staring at me.

My mother-in-law is one amazing lady.  I am not saying that just because I KNOW she will be reading this, but it is true!  For a young lady in her late 80's she is incredibly active, very crafty and, as my kids say, "wicked awesome."  Jean has been an active emailer, internet surfer, blog reader and game player with her computer for several years now.  She has a new Kindle Fire for book reading and faster, clearer internet access.  Therefore, she must have a cover for her new toy!
 I made a cover for my husband's Kindle Fire with his travel requirements in mind that I blogged about here.

I thought a more feminine version would be appropriate.
I was inspired by this tutorial at Sometimes Crafter.
Digging into my scrap bins for 2.5" squares was fun!

I hope she likes this little purse for her Kindle!

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Linking up with my two regular linky parties:  WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Fabrics.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Tote Bag Redux

Thank you for all the wonderful comments about the Love of Home quilt!   I am humbled to have this quilt cited as an example of the generosity of our quilting community in this post by Gemma at Pretty Bobbins.  (I started following Gemma's blog for her beautiful quilting.  I recommend a stop by her weekly linky party on Thursdays where quilting technique ideas are shared.)
The gala with the silent auction was this past weekend.  I don't know specifically what the final bid for the quilt was but I do know that it went home to a wonderful family (friends of ours!) and the evening was a great success!

My little blog also got a nice shout out over on Little Island Quilting for a few of the blocks I contributed to her amazing project of making quilts for homeless kids in Mexico.   I plan to share many more of my scraps (in the form of 12.5" quilted blocks of course) with her.

Truly, I am inspired by the wonderful work so many of you do for others.  When I first started this quilting adventure two years ago, I was soothing an itch I had to learn something new and be creative.  I really didn't understand how much a handmade quilt could mean to someone.  I get it now.

On to New Business...
Last year I made my sister a bag for her birthday, Anna of Noodlehead's Super Tote Bag pattern.  She really, really loves this bag!
In hindsight, the color of the bag just wasn't right.  My sister is at "the stage of the game" (one of Mom's favorite expressions) where she is working full time (plus!), running around with all the activities associated with three busy kids, grocery shopping, etc., etc.  A darker bag would have been more practical.  I offered to make her a different bag either smaller, larger, more or less adornments but she insisted this bag was the perfect size to carry her life necessities along with her.  Therefore, here it is again.

OK, I couldn't make it completely black, I had to add a little color.  I think this black Architextures fabric looks great on this bag.  I also went a little heavier with the interfacing on this version.  I used a light weight and a craft weight interfacing on the gusset; I think this helps quite a bit to hold the shape.  Here you go, sis, a backup bag!

Linking up with Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday!

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I hope you're having a good week...we're getting more snow tomorrow.  Just what we need...

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