Thursday, January 31, 2013

Making the most of it

Feeling really lucky to have a couple of days at home, so I'm catching up on emails and blogs... and doing lots of sewing... interspersed with baking and cooking for my guys.
Here's my progress on the R/W/B quilt ...
sashings on,
borders too...
but am thinking I will add one more row across the bottom. :o)
I'm sooooo close to having this ready to be basted. Plus, now that I've added some new storage to my sewing room, everything I need for finishing is at my finger tips.  You don't know how happy that makes me! lol.   I will be sharing updated pictures of my sewing room soon.  I'm just delighted with how this room has taken shape.  It's finally closer to my dream idea for a organized and attractive creative space.  I'm so grateful to have this room for working on my creative passions.
Okay, I'm off to tackle some chores and then back to my sewing!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dare to Dresden - Day 6 (last day!)

Do you dare?
You know you want to!
Come on, join the fun...
January 31th, 2013

Looking for the full schedule?
Cheerleader Christine has it!

Once again, Madame Samm has some wonderful prizes if you "hop along" with us. Go visit her at Sew We Quilt for more details.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I'm Daring to Dresden - Day 5

I hope you've been enjoying every stop on this inspiring blog hop.  I've been amazed to see just how versatile this traditional block is.
Huge thank you's to cheerleader Christine and head cheerleader,
 Madame Samm, for all their work behind the scenes that make these hops possible.  Brilliantly done, ladies!
I decided to try a few different ideas for my own "Dare to Dresden" project.  I made a huge dresden (it's 38" in diameter!  :o) serve as a table cloth on our kitchen table. 
I made blades using 8 different fabrics combined with blades using quilter's linen.  Then I took my scraps from cutting out those blades, pieced them together and inserted them randomly into some quilter's linen blades.
Loving that stripey binding... even if it was more work to make sure I matched those stripes when piecing it! lol
I also thought it would be more interesting to play around with the grouping of my blades - in some places I put 3 blades made from strips together, interspersed with scrappy blades.  My idea was to make your eye keep moving and not find the layout too predictable.  Do you think I accomplished that? lol... 
Here's a collage where you can see my scrappy blades better as well the texture I achieved by using wavy line quilting. 
I had so much fun creating my kitchen table dresden and it really perks the room up with those happy colours.  Hopefully my project will inspire you to "Dare to Dresden"!
Thanks for visiting, hope to see you again. Now please go say hello to these lovely ladies who are also sharing their dresdens with us today...
January 30th, 2013

Charlotte H @ “that Other Blog”

Sew Me Something Good (you're here!)

I Piece 2 Mary


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Once again, Madame Samm has some wonderful prizes if you "hop along" with us. Go visit her at Sew We Quilt for more details.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Making Progress

Good news! I've been working on one of the quilts I've set myself the goal of finishing for the first quarter of the Finish-A-Long.  I had 25 blocks already stitched up, but decided the quilt needed to be bigger. :o)  I tend to do that with every quilt that would be lap-sized. It seems I want every quilt I make to at least be large enough for a twin-size bed. ;o)
Since sewing the first blocks this past summer, I've added a few new fabrics to my stash that I thought would work well as new additions.  I stitched up 6 new blocks to help increase the finished size and am adding sashing strips between.  Which means, once borders are on, my quilt will fit a twin-size bed. Yay!

Here's to progress! ;o)
Wishing you a happy start to your week.

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Dare to Dresden - Day 3

Do you dare?
You know you want to!
Come on, join the fun...
January 28th, 2013

Rosemary B @ “that Other Blog”

Threading My Way
Pink Ribbon Quilts

Looking for the full schedule?
Cheerleader Christine has it!

Once again, Madame Samm has some wonderful prizes if you "hop along" with us. Go visit her at Sew We Quilt for more details.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dare to Dresden Blog Hop - Day 1

Do you dare?
You know you want to!
Come on, join the fun...
Today kicks off the start of a new blog hop from Madame Samm and hosted by Christine.  Both have joined forces to present us with a fun week of sharing Dresdens. 
Let's go check it out...
January 24th, 2013

Looking for the full schedule?
Cheerleader Christine has it!

Once again, Madame Samm has some wonderful prizes if you "hop along" with us.  Go visit her at Sew We Quilt for more details.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sweet Treats!

I hope you don't mind, but I had to share some fabric goodness that arrived on my doorstep this week:
Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
Can't get enough of these yummy colours!
Look how wonderfully they will mingle with the fabric I gifted myself this summer for my birthday ...
Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
Mmmmm... I'm envisioning these beauties tossed together with  other bits from my stash.  Quilts and some gifts are planned with these beauties.  I want to get as much mileage out of them as possible. 
 I  LOVE them that much.
 Curiously, I've never been one to buy multiple fabrics from any single fabric line... but since these talented ladies use my favourite palette... I couldn't resist diving in. ;o)
Now, I'm wondering... do you like to buy a line of fabric or pick and choose to mix and match?
Whateve you choose, hope you're sewing with some sweet treats too.
Happy weekend!

Fur-Flying Finish for Friday! ;o)

Whew. I managed my first finish this week for the Finish-A-Long ! 
Checked off my list are the stuffies promised to my niece and the one promised to my nephew.
It's been a while since I worked with fun fur and I think I forgot just how messy it can be.  Little bits of "fur" seem to be everywhere and sticking onto everything (note to self: don't wear polar fleece when working with this stuff otherwise you can end up looking like a shedding yeti... tee hee...)
Cannot wait until my niece sees what I made her!
The pictures gives you no indication of the actual size of these furry creatures. 
 The Mama is 26" tall when sitting, so she's nearly 3 feet tall standing... her tail is 20" long... so she is a big girl and this means she will be chest high on my young neice!
(Which is something S. was very excited about. ;o)
The little Joey is 13" high to the top of his long ears and is so soft and cuddly.  I used the same reddish-tinged brown fur for his body as I did on his mama's, but used a soft, short pile plush for his underside, whereas Mama Roo has a long curly white fur for her underside. 
I know S. will love to tote this little fellow around. 
 I expect they will have many adventures together. :o)
There's no real question as to why my niece chose for me to make this darling duo.  They're definitely cute, but the clincher was finding out that the Joey could be tucked into his Mama's pouch (see photo below).  I was pretty certain that from all the choices of animals for me to make her,  a mama with her baby would be the one requested.  I can hardly wait to give this to my niece and see the look on her face!
My nephew had much simpler tastes when I asked him what creature he'd like me to make for him.  He selected the pattern to make this dolphin.  A real simple design and better yet... it's made from polar fleece.
  I've mentioned before how wonderful polar fleece is to make stuffies from.  It doesn't ravel or shed and it is so cuddly soft.   At two feet in length, there's lots of dolphin here my nephew will be able to snuggle with.
Dolphin for B.

Now that all promised furry creatures have been made, it's time for a good vaccuuming!  With all the fake fur bits floating around, the house looks as if we own a shedding pet. lol

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish-it-up-Friday!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Cautionary tale...

I'm going to start this post with a warning: 
 the following photos may induce feelings of nausea.
Okay, you've been warned and I can proceed. lol
Seeing the wonderful scrappy trip along blocks that have been appearing all over blogland in the past couple of weeks had me running for my sewing room and grabbing out fabric with glee. 
 I thought this block would allow me to get some mileage out of odds and ends as well as putting to use some of my less "loved" fabrics (which means ones I don't really like and want to use up ;o).
Anyways, after looking through the Flickr group, I thought everyone's blocks looked so fantastic. 
It appears that this Trip Around the World block is magical! It could transfer "whatever" fabric- into something beautiful. 
 I decided that other than to take note that as long as I remembered to have a contrast in value with my own fabric choices (so I would see the diagonal flow of each block) I would go for broke and be as random as possible.
Going against my usual fabric choices and inclination for order, I took a deep breath and cut with abandon. 
I told myself not to overanalyze my choices, to just let go and trust that the ultimate scrappiness would win me over and surprise me.
Suprise me?
Yes, it did.
Not in a good way! lol
See for yourself...
I stopped at four. I had too. 
 No scrappy magic here. lol 
Not wanting to be too harsh or judgmental after being brave... (or is that crazy?) I  thought that after a late nite of sewing them, that they may look better to me in the morning.
Maybe they would look better grouped together, forming that desired diamond?
Still yucky.
They are now off my design wall, so I don't have to look at them. lol
My family's response? 
 Initially, raised eyebrows, then intent looks in my direction.
Popular opinion?
Not one of us likes them.
Okay, so my grand plan of just using whatever fabrics I laid my hands on has been derailed.
Despite my initial failed attempt at making attractive scrappy blocks, 
 I quite like the block design.  Actually, I love it. 
  I think the lesson of my tale is to PLAN those trips.  That way Gravol won't be required to settle my stomach afterwards. :o)
Once my eyes stop crossing and my stomach gets settled  I  will start tripping again.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Why not? Finish-A-Long

I've decided to join  the 2013 Finish-A-Long which is being hosted by Leanne this year.  The thought is that maybe by sharing my UFOs so publicly, I'll be that much more motivated to get them done! lol

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Let's get on with my list of sewing hopes for the first quarter of the year:

1. Orange Twirl - I have decided to make some more blocks for this before proceeding to finish. (Thanks to input and help from some wonderful bloggy friends when I mentioned I was stuck!)
2. Mini Scrappy Grannies - I've been cutting 1.5" squares in bright colours over the past year, putting them in their own special bin for making mini grannies.  I have already assembled some blocks and have loads more waiting to be made.  It may be a crazy idea but I'd like to make these into a king-sized quilt to match my pillows.
3. My version of Made in Cherry - fabrics for star are cut but need to get background decided upon and gather backing and binding to make this quilt.
4.  ManDarin - crazy 9 patch blocks are already made for this quilt for my hubby.  The long delay in finishing has been due to waiting for his contribution to the design.  I want it done so he can use it this winter!
5. Red/White/Blue - started by making a few of these blocks for a themed blog hop and fell in love.  Decided that I must make more blocks and turn it into a quilt!  Now blocks are made and have everything I need to finish.  Excited to see this one come together and use some quilter's linen for the first time (for sashing!).
6. Plush Kangaroo Mama and Joey - for my niece.  S. selected this pattern from a book I have and has been eagerly awaiting this since her visit in Sept.  Kinda sheepish that it's taken so long for me to get around to this one. 
Are you laughing yet?  I am!  That's 5 quilts I want to finish in the first 3 months of this year.  Nothing like setting a big goal to reach for, right? ;o) 
 I think it's possible and it would be oh-so-wonderful to finally get these completed... then I wouldn't feel half so guilty about all the new quilts I know I will start this year. ;o)
What I'm not adding to this quarter's FAL list is each of the smaller projects that are UFOs.  I set the bar high having listed those 5 quilts... why freak myself out completely by divulging every UFO that is hiding in my sewing room! lol
Guess what I'm sewing this weekend?  It's on this list.... ;o)
Let the finishing, BEGIN!!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

This far

I had such high hopes for completing some WIPS that have been lingering in my sewing room for the better part of 2012 before the year was out.   Thrilled as I was to complete my first king-size quilt, I really wanted to have this next quilt finished as well.  Part of the reason  it's waited so long has been because of how  slowly  I have been acquiring orange fabrics for it.  Just when I think I have enough and I can call the top finished...
I decide it needs to be a little bit bigger.
Currently, "Orange Twirl" is 60" x 72".  Which seemed large when it was on my design wall, but when laid out on the floor it doesn't seem large enough. sigh
If I made it to fit a twin sized bed, I think I would be satisfied.  So  should I just add a scrappy border or do I start making more blocks?  I'm having a tough time deciding....  Mostly because I want no borders, but making more blocks means I need more orange fabrics to keep it random looking and with the right balance of values.
What are your thoughts?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dream in Green

Give me any excuse to play with colour and pretty fabrics and I'll take it. 
There is something so compelling  and alluring about grouping them together...(I've even caught myself unconsciously rearranging bolts at the fabric store when I'm browsing, placing them so that colours are graduated or complimenting one another... my hubby has caught me at it and asks if I'm looking to work at the store... lol).
Upon reading this post ,  I started online browsing and playing with combinations of Pantone's colour of the year, Emerald Green.
I'm calling my mosaic, Dream in Green.   All the fabrics I've chosen can be found at the Fat Quarter Shop.
Want to join the fun and make your own mosaic for a chance to win a half yard bundle of your selected fabrics?
 Go to Stitched in Colour and enter before midnight Jan. 15th.
Good luck and have fun going green! :o)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sew Happy Wednesday!

Happily, lots of sewing has been happening as I try to make the most of a gap in my work schedule (due to a reno job that my hubby is doing solo this week!). 
 I think I'm trying to "bank" some sewing hours, knowing that I'll be soon back working full-time installing kitchens with my hubby and won't have the same time (or energy) for my creative pursuits.
Since finishing up my king-size quilt a few days ago, I decided to indulge in a few new projects. ;o)  I set to work cutting some strips to do a little piecing.

Once my piecing was complete and I trimmed things up, I was left with some pretty scraps.  You know I cannot resist scraps! lol   No surprise then, that I took those scrappy bits and pieced them together.

 Here they are pieced and with their edges trimmed!
I find something almost magical in taking scraps and making some usable patchwork from them.  It's highly addictive. ;o)
Take a good look at the sizes of those saved scraps.  I made 2" wide strips from all those leftover bits and love how no two scraps are the same size!  This is why I don't throw out even the tiniest bits of fabric. lol
What am I making with all those strips and scraps, you ask...?
Well, let me just say, "What goes around, comes around!"
Cryptic?  Maybe a little. ;o)
It's a  secretive work in progress and fingers crossed, I will be sharing the finish with you before the end of the month.   Can't tell you more than that, for now, but I'm pretty sure you'll like it. ;o) 
Linking up with Lee and all the talented ladies sharing
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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