Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pageant prep

My work for last night and today is hand-work, with squirmy invisible thread!

I applied the rhinestone trim and pin to this cute swimsuit with Superior invisible monofilament polyester thread. By hand. You can't see it, which is great, but it sure took longer than I thought it would, because it's fine, thin, curly thread and hard to see! It kept getting caught on all the rhinestones and little branches of the pin.

My cute neighbor is in the "Miss" teen city royalty pageant tonight, and her mama, my friend, called me in tears because she  had a whoops and couldn't finish the embellishment herself. No worries!
(Here in Utah, each city has a week-long festival during the summer, themed with whatever our city is known for, and we have parades and events, too. The senior high school girls compete in a pageant to crown the royalty to show off and preside at these events and city service opportunities. Our city's festival is Onion Days, held during Labor Day, and we also have the Scottish Festival during July.)

So I get to add another accomplishment to my sewing repertoire:

Two wedding dresses
One pageant swimsuit embellishment.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Enter HMQS?

I'm seriously trying to decide if I have any quilts finished and worthy to submit to the Home Maching Quilting Show in Sandy, Utah. It is being held May 7-9. They've extended the submission deadline until April 25. 

I really didn't have much finished last year, so is it worth it to pick one and submit it?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ALYOF--April goal


I feel like I've fallen off the wagon and can't catch up. I missed the last two months of goal parties wth Sew Bittersweet Designs!

Goal for April:

Finish the quilt top for the Elephant Parade QAL.

Second goal:
Quilt the Swoon !

And of course, keep up with the Pat Sloan BOM....Pat just posted April's block.

Friday, March 27, 2015

More elephant parade

I just realized that I totally forgot to post, when I finished the turtle and frog from the Elephant Parade. Oops!

I just need to embroider the pupils in the eyes. They won't look like zombies, then.

And one more mommy elephant, that I cut and pieced last night.


I'm not likely to get anything done today or tonight, because it's Grandparent Day in kindergarten and there's literally no one else but me, to be there for my son. (So I guess the baby won't be getting a nap.) And then I'm going to work tonight, during usual sewing time.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

More mystery

Two more blocks are finished in my quilt-along efforts with Pat Sloan's 2015 Mystery, called Vacation Time.

Block 1: Under the Boardwalk
Just finished:
Block 2: Toes in the Sand (a heart version)
Block 3: Surf's Up

Pat mentioned in her introduction of Toes in the Sand, that since it was revealed in February, she couldn't help but make it a bit of a heart-shape. Well, as soon as I read that, I couldn't get hearts out of my head. I couldn't get the block to make sense to me as anything but a heart. And apparently I wasn't the only one, because I saw several "hearts" shared.

Oh and goody goody!
I found a new favorite Etsy shop for fabric! Maggie Anne Designs from California. She is great to work with (several great conversations about what she had available), and great service. And just two business days to ship:
Look what came in the mail, for me to finish the ModaLove Sunnyside quilt! Yippee!

Happy St Patty's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day to all o'you !

Not much going on here, except a sick kiddo home from school, and me recovering a bit from a cold over the weekend.

I joined a Facebook group for swapping charm squares. It's a lot of fun, but hard work cutting all those squares and finding fabric (especially from my stash), for the swap. We swap 6 charms at a time: 6 different fabrics. I think I'm thoroughly worn out, but I still have some birthday charms to cut.

I finally got the March Themed Charm Swap charms cut and organized, ready to mail. The March theme is green and gold--fitting for St Patty's Day! Since I signed up for two groups, I had to find 12 fabrics!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cutting cutting cutting

First, I forgot to post a picture of my completed large elephants (minus the embroidered eyes). I decided to be a bit playful, and the large elephants are my husband and I, and the three baby elephants in each row are our three boys.  I'm using scraps leftover from their baby quilts for the ears, to represent each boy.

Then I made a list of things I need to cut. It's a huge list.

I accomplished two of them. I cut all the pieces for the Pat Sloan blocks 2 and 3.

And yes, those are Dove Dark Chocolate Mint swirl Promises. Yum yum. Extra chocolate is needed right now in my time of stress.