Sunday, August 16, 2015

Almost mug rugs

Wishing you a happy, restful, peaceful Sunday.

I joined a charm swap group on Facebook this past year. This month, we are having a little swap for mug rugs. 
I have finished piecing and sewing borders on my little mug rugs.


I used the bonus HST from my Pat Sloan 2015 Mystery BOM blocks.

I love how the top left block looks like a flower. Hmmm, now looking at the picture, I think it needs a dark purple border around the flower.
I love the spinner pinwheel and the little Colorado block, too. I love them all!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

ALYOF August 2015 goals

How the heck is it August already, and my birthday next week? I don't get it.

I really fell off the goal-making wagon this year. It's not that I haven't made them; it's just that I keep missing the deadlines for the linky party at SewBittersweetDesigns. Sigh.

My number one goal is to finish quilting the Swoon quilt. Just machine quilting a few of my finished tops, actually. I really want at least one quilt finished to enter my local quilt show in September.


My August to-do list in order of priority and deadline:
1--Cut Kate Spain Christmas charms for the swap. Get them mailed.
2--make mug rugs for the swap (Aug 17)
3--finish quilting the Swoon
4--August Pat Sloan BOM
5--Get my husband to hang my design wall!
6--layer and quilt the baby's star sampler
7-Layer and quilt Sunnyside ModaLove
8--Layer and quilt Elephant Parade
9--make J's bedroom curtains before it gets cold outside

Ok, I know that's a lot, but it's a running list that I need to get done. And that's not all, either. It's not counting all the new projects I want to start.

More backing

I have my cutting space back! Piles of fabric meant for quilt backing take a lot space.


Remember this one? ModaLove charm pack quilt with Kate Spain's Sunnyside. 

Is it just me, or did the star grow more into a bear paw, when I added the rest of the charms? (The pattern calls for 30 charms to be used, and Moda charm packs have 42 pieces, so I wanted to use the leftover 12 charms.)


The back is made with Kate's Daydream Cadence print, plus two strips of the lilac background solid, and a large strip of Sunnyside Celestial that's leftover from the top's border.
I just love that the colors from Kate's different collections play so well with each other.
#ModaLove
#KateSpain
#ShowMetheModa

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Elephant Parade top

Hi all !

I finally finished my Elephant Parade quilt top! Can I get a WOO-HOO !!!!

A huge shout-out to Kelly, who saw my plea for more blue background on Pat Sloan's Facebook page, and sent me some that she had bought!


It's the top and two side sashings of the blue background, that was all I had to finish, but I was completely out of it. And after searching and searching, it turns out Joann had discontinued the color. Kelly had a different brand, but it was named the same color name, and sent it to me. You can't even tell the difference!  Thanks so much to Kelly!

Tonight I did a lot of pressing fabric for quilt backings, measuring and marking centers.

I got pieces cut for piecing together two different backings. That's a lot of fabric!
Backing for Elephant Parade.
Backing for Sunnyside ModaLove.

I am all about getting prep work finished at once. That way, when I'm ready to start, I just pick up the pieces and put them together. In this case, it's quilt top + backing = layer and baste a quilt together. (All right, so I admit that I still need to cut batting too.)

Update:
I finished the back of Elephant Parade too! I found cute elephant flannel at Joann and Walmart.



Cute cute cute !
Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friday Finish

Hey look what I finished last night!

The backing for my baby's star sampler. Whee!

I love the snowflake swirls from Henry Glass that is the main fabric for the backing. What do you think of my crumb strip, " made fabric" ?




I sure have more yellow crumbs, but I had enough sections finished to finish the backing.

And I'm skipping with joy!
My last fabric print came in the mail, for the Kate a Spain Christmas Swap. It's the Solstice line "Constellation in Berry" red. It's so pretty, I almost don't want to cut it.


I love discovering new shops. Cupcake Fabric and Quilts is a great shop. They have a lot of selection and they answered my Facebook questions right away. Two days to ship from Texas to Utah. It was great!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Swappy stuff

I participate in a Facebook charm swap group. I got a bunch of envelopes ready and mailed yesterday. They consist of an August scrappy swap, and a bunch of birthday charms.


I'm also participating in Michele's Kate Spain Christmas Charm Swap. (Www.crayonboxquiltstudio.com)
I asked for two spots, which means I need 4 fabrics. I had one print already from Solstice. 


Then I bought the red snowflakes from the new Jingle line at American Quilting in Orem, Utah (and picked up their Row by Row pattern too).



I ordered a bunch of Solstice prints from Rossvillequilts.com for an incredible price, and they had listed the red prints from Solstice. They called me before they shipped my order, saying that they didn't actually have any left of the red prints, so I substituted the blue ones, instead, because I love those prints. But since those prints were already spoken for in the swap, I actually received only 1 print that I could use for the swap, the Polaris green print.



So that still leaves me with 1 more fabric to buy for the swap.

Then I keep checking back at Joann's to find the Blue Radiance Country Classic solid that I need, to finish the Elephant Parade top's two side sashings.There is none to be had! They have discontinued that color! Frustration!

I appealed in Facebook to Pat Sloan's Quilt Along with Pat group, knowing that at least a few of 20,000-40,000 quilters in the group work at Joann's country-wide. One answered me back, and she actually had bought "blue radiance" but it was a "Made in the USA" solid, not a Country Classic. Joann's just recently started carrying Made in the USA solids. She sent me a yard, and here's the comparison.



Pretty darn amazing! The strip of mine (not wide enough for the sashing, as it's a ragged cut to straighten edges, all that's left of mine), is on top, and the Made in the USA yard is on the bottom. It's almost like it's a different dye lot, but you can barely tell.

I'm so happy! And grateful to belong to a generous group of quilters online!

I can't wait to cut my strips and get started, but I have to go to work now. Sunday night is calling my name already......

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

WIP

HandiQuilter and AllPeopleQuilt are hosting a photo contest on APQ's Facebook page. The prize is a Handiquilter retreat to quilt your own quilts on Handiquilter machines. How awesome!

Here's my entry:


This picture perfectly summarizes nearly everything that I have worked on for the past 2+ years. UFOs galore. (Count them: 9 quilt tops ready to sandwich and quilt!)
And I sure could use a longarm or sit-down longarm.