Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To-Do Tuesday | 07.28.15

Last week was successful! I was able to get the top pieced for C's quilt and get the Molehills quilt basted. I have not yet ordered the fabric for the back of C's quilt; but only because we are trying to decide between three choices. I expect to get that ordered in the next day or two.

Movement in Squares top: Cold Spell Batiks by Laundry Basket Batiks, Grunge
Basics in Navy, Free Spirit Designer Solids in Natural ... I had to snap this shot
rather quickly! If you look at the top left of the pic, you'll see the very tip of a
doggie paw. He was attempting to be stealthy and sneak onto the top to mark
his territory. Luckily, I was able to thwart his efforts....this time!

I'm in love with this pattern, Movement in Squares, by Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Springs. And guess what? It's a freebie! You can find the link in her post here or via the Benartex site here. The top sews up quick and easy. I'll definitely be filing this pattern away for future use. 

I thread basted the Molehills quilt; but I wish I'd spray basted it first. Since the sari fabric is very slippery, I'm wary of puckers on the back. Naturally, I didn't even think about spray basting first until I was already done thread basting. On one hand, the idea of cutting out all those basting stitches and starting over does not appeal to me; on the other, neither does having to rip out quilting stitches. Luckily, since it's not my priority project, I don't have to make that decision any time soon.

In fact, if I don't decide ASAP, it might be some time before I have to worry about it. In addition to finishing up C's quilt, I was contacted last week about making five quilts for five awesome kids. The past few days have been a flurry of emails about fabric and pattern selections. We picked some great prints and fun patterns. I can't wait to place a fabric order of epic proportions and get started. Expect to hear more about these quilts over the next few months. I'm going to TRY to have them all done before the end of September, but definitely before the end of October.

This week's list:
  • Order backing fabric for C's quilt
  • Order fabric for the kids' quilts
  • Prep binding for C's Quilt
  • BONUS POINTS: decide what to do with Molehills
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

To-Do Tuesday | 07.21.15

I feel like I had a pretty productive week last week. 

We had the big reveal for our guild's mini quilt swap at our meeting Saturday. Check out this amazing mini I received!

Here's another pic including all the fabulous goodies that were included with that gorgeous little quilt!

OK, I admit it. There was also a very yummy chocolate bar...it's long gone now!

I made a mini version of Canoe Ridge Creations Giant Starburst for the swap. Here's a pic of the top. I could absolutely kick myself because I forgot to snap a pic of the finished product. What was I thinking?!?!  Oh...wait...I wasn't.

Giant Starburst with lots of Riley Blake Swiss Dots and Hipster Prints; AGF Oval, Square &
Natural Elements; and some Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets too!

In addition, I managed to get my Molehills top put together.
I made this top with Valori Wells' Karavan Marrakech line along with some
Kaffe Fassett shot cottons and sari fabric from India - and lots and lots
of ultra-fine fusible interfacing.

I also got all the fabric cut and a few blocks made the quilt I'm making for C, a family friend.

I'm loving these batiks from Laundry Basket's Cold Spell line with that navy Grunge. The
background is one of my faves - Free Spirit Designer Solids in Natural.

Now on to this week's list:
  1. Finish piecing blocks for C's quilt and piece top
  2. Order fabric for back of C's quilt
  3. BONUS POINTS: baste Molehills
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

To-Do List | 07.16.15

I just realized as I sat down to write this that it's been over two weeks since my last post! I'll admit that I haven't been at my most productive during that time... I've procrastinated working on the one project that has to be done by tomorrow and once I finally got it pieced and quilted...MATCHSTICK quilted no less...I realized I had to start from scratch!

Other than that, all I've accomplished is choosing the fabric and pattern for a quilt my mother and her sisters are giving to my late grandfather's former secretary. 

Grunge Basic in Navy; batiks from Laundry Basket Batiks Cold Spell Collection;
and Free Spirit Designer Solid in Natural

I'm excited and nervous about this project as it will be my first time working with batiks. In addition, the chosen color palette is not exactly in my wheelhouse.

As for this week, or what's left of it, my list is short and sweet:
  1. Finish up my swap sewing
  2. Finally piece my Molehills top
  3. Press and start cutting those batiks.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

To-Do Tuesday : The Finding My Mojo Edition

I've lost my quilty mojo. I've barely even stepped foot in the sewing room since returning from Michigan last week. Nothing I'm working on or need to start working on interests me one bit. All the brilliant ideas I had while visiting Lake Michigan seem bland and boring back home in Tennessee.  I need a shot of inspiration...STAT.

Naturally, I've got a deadline fast approaching and I've just been commissioned to make a quilt for a dear family friend.  So now this has been buzzing around in my brain all morning...

Obviously, I don't have any fun quilty pictures to share this week; but I do have a to-do list...
  • Work on the mini for my guild's swap
  • Finalize fabric & design for the commissioned quilt
  • Possibly finish quilting the spur of the moment quilt I started before I left...if I can bare to enter my sewing room for more than a quick minute.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To-Do Tuesday : Lake Michigan Style

Since I'm on vacation this week, I don't have any quilty goodness to share, so I'll just share some pics of the awesomeness that is Lake Michigan.  For those of you who follow me on Instagram, sorry for the repeats.

Now, on to my to-do list:
  • RELAX.
  • Walk
  • Buy new flip flops
Since I'm only here until Thursday (or maybe Friday), I guess I can add a few non-Lake Michigan related items for when I get home.  Although, I'm not sure exactly what I'll get around to since I'm pretty sure I'll have some tidying up to do once I return...
  • Piece Molehills quilt top
  • work on mini for Knox MQG swap
  • finish quilting the spur-of-the-moment quilt
  • F-Word blocks
I'm doubtful I'll be able to scratch more than one or two of these off my list, but I like to have options!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

To-Do Tuesday | 06.16.15

I'm going to get right to it this week because I've got a lot going on both with quilting and with life. Here's my list:
  • quilt and start binding the quilt I decided to make on the spur of the moment
  • finish Molehills top
  • mail Dad's Father's Day gift
  • pack for Michigan (yay!)
  • decide on an audio book for the drive: I'm torn between Seveneves and A Game of Thrones
  • attend guild meeting Saturday AM
  • leave guild meeting and get on the road to St. Joe!

My Molehills - shot cotton, Karavan Marrakech by Valori Wells &
saris from India

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Friday, June 5, 2015

A Friday Finish : Moon Shine Escape Quilt

When I first saw this pattern over on the Esch House Quilts blog, I knew I had to make it. I just wasn't sure what fabric I wanted to use. Then Tula Pink's Moon Shine was released and I knew it would be perfect. Naturally, I promptly moved on to other projects. Earlier this year, I started cutting into my Moon Shine bundle...and then I was distracted by a squirrel or a phone call or who knows what, and moved on to other projects again. I promise you, this quilter's A.D.D. thing? It's for real.

Anyway, I was finally able to find my quilty zen place and focus just long enough to finish it up. I love it. It's the perfect size to curl up with in a big comfy chair while reading. Too bad my big comfy chair was damaged in the move to Tennessee. On the plus side, I've been shopping for a replacement; hopefully I can find one that matches the quilt...........otherwise, I'll just have to make another quilt. Oh darn. 

I kept the quilting very simply; just straight lines about 2" apart. I've really been trying to do more free motion quilting, but I love straight lines so much, I just can't help myself sometimes.  

The back is the black wide back text print from Windham. I love it; especially paired with Riley Blake's white on black Swiss Dot that I used for the binding. I had planned on using either a pink or aqua, but wasn't crazy about either when auditioning fabrics.  As always, it's pieced and quilted with Aurifil.  All the details can be found at the bottom of this post.

Please excuse the dog hair...CJ is of the opinion that all the quilts
belong to him!

Now, on to my to-do list since I realized this morning that I had not posted it this week:
  • Buy interfacing
    • something thin and soft to back sari fabric with 
    • fusible fleece
  • Make a couple F-Word Blocks
  • Start working on my Posy Patrol quilt again now that I've ordered more fabric

Pattern: Escape by Debbie Grifka @eschhousequilts
Fabric: Moon Shine by Tula Pink; Free Spirit Designer Solids in Silver; Windham Wide Back Text Print in Black; Riley Black Swiss Dot White on Black
Thread: pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. #2021 Natural White and quilted with Aurifil 40 wt. # 2600 Dove Grey 
Quilted with straight lines, 2" apart
Measurements: approx 52"x60"

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