Friday, June 22, 2012

Mail order

I usually buy the Quilt Sampler, but I bought the last issue specifically for the cover quilt.  Pink, chocolate and ivory...three of my favorite colors.  My mom picked this quilt for me to make my grandma for her 80th birthday.  I called the California store and they sent me this

Cotton and Chocolate sent this huge bag from their store.  It'll be put to good use.

The fabric colors were a bit different than I expected...I expected brighter colors judging from the magazine cover.  I'm definitely excited to get back to strip piecing. 

Apparently, embroidery backstitching is totally different than cross-stitching and my method is wrong.  Hmmm.  It's going to stay the same...too lazy to rip it all out!!  Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


I'm not sure why I picked this particular project to give me a break from small, singular pieces because that is exactly what this wall hanging is, but without the paper piecing.  Its been fun to put together though.  I've had two firsts on this project...these are my first churn dash blocks that I have ever made.  I find that odd because I've been quilting for ten years (eleven???) and the churn dash is a very popular block.  If I remember right, the churn dash blocks finish at 4 1/2 inches square and the star block finishes at 4 inches.  Small.

I see the picture already shows the block sizes! lol

My second "first" on this project is the embroidery.  I have never embroidered before, although I have made many cross stitch pictures in the past.

It seems to be going OK.  The pattern has you trace the words onto freezer paper, iron it onto your linen and you then have to hold up your linen to the light to see where to stitch next.  What I am finding is that the paper really limits your ability to be accurate in your stitches.  I think Christa is tracing her pattern onto the front of her fabric with a fine tip marker.  I wonder if that isn't easier and more efficient than my method.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's time for a New York Beauty break.

I feel like Kristyne feels over at Pretty by Hand.  Defeated.  So I decided to take a little break to ensure my sanity and quilting future (I did take a 4 1/2 year hiatus from quilting once before).  I am going to make this wall hanging

 My mom picked this kit up for me at Norsk Hostfest in Minot.  It will be a welcome break from my NYB.

We had a small guild get-together yesterday and Colleen and Jane helped me make my Funked Out apron.  Thanks, Girls.  This was my first attempt at sewing something other than a quilt.  It was hard for me sometimes to grasp the inside out concept...Sorry for arguing with you, Jane...You were right....every time......I'm sorry for firing you......

Here is my finished apron...all gathered and ruffled up!   I need a model, but the boys are at school and Emma is still sleeping.  It is really nice.  The ties are great because they are the kind that wrap all around you and tie in the front.  I followed the pattern for the most part, except I cheated on where the skirt meets the midriff.  The pattern said to stitch the front by machine and then hand stitch the back.  I pinned the skirt inside the midriff and sewed it altogether by machine.  This is my second change

Its a pin.  Sewn in between the apron and the lining.  I hope that I don't get stuck by it at Thanksgiving!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Block 5 is...

Done!  This brings my completed blocks to 54.  I don't know what it is about this block, but it drove me crazy! Please tell me how they end up like this

Each and every block 5 is a 1/4 inch smaller (or sometimes a bit more) on the inside of the block than the outside.  I don't know how I will incorporate these blocks into my quilt given the size difference of this block in comparison to the other New York Beauty blocks.

Last night I was at Terry's house and you all know what that means!  Here's a sneak peak.

Emma's Double Hourglass home from the long arm quilter

I think that we are planning to meet for guild this coming Monday.  See you girls there.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

In pursuit of an apron...

A big Thank You goes out to Gabrien at Sew Mama Sew for picking out this fabulous fabric for my Funked Out apron.  I purchased the apron pattern through their website and then asked if they would feel comfortable picking out some fabric for it.  This is what came in the mail yesterday.

Beautiful, fresh, vibrant colors...exactly what I wanted.  Thanks, Gabrien!

I also ordered two apron patterns from Vanilla House Designs.

So I'll have to save these patterns for another day while I use up my fabric from Sew Mama Sew.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Yesterday while in Minot...

I was able to stop at Joann's and take advantage of my 50% off coupons. I picked up two great new books, an apron pattern and a ruler for a quilt on my to do list.

I need to say two things about these purchases I made in Minot.  First thing is that I have no business even buying a new book because I have several books that I LOVE already and haven't made a quilt from them as yet.  Two of these books are by Carrie Nelson.  And second, I should have bought this book a long, long time ago.  Carrie is one of my favorite quilt designers and I have had this book in my hand or in my Amazon cart several times in the past.  I guess that the half off coupon helps, heh!

I am not a huge fan of the applique process.  The quilts, yes, but the actual process, no.  Normally, I would never have even picked this book up from the shelf, but I had a friend with me and she was thumbing through a landscape applique book.  This book was right beside the landscape book, plus I love, love the poppy.  I guess now that I have learned to like paper-piecing, I might just learn to like applique.  About that friend with me...she's not a quilter.  Sad, I know, but if you want to call her and tell her what a great hobby she is missing out on, I'll give you her number!!!

I have this itch to make an apron...but not just any apron.   I want to make a fun, funky, girly, retro, sexy apron.  Don't ask me why, I just do.  This one doesn't fit the image in my head one hundred percent, but for two bucks, it's a good starter pattern.  I have three more apron patterns ordered.

I don't know if a person needs all of these extra rulers that a project sometimes calls for or not.  Well the pattern that I am going to do for my Grandma's 80th birthday calls for this ruler.  I'll let you know what I think of it.
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