Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mini Solstice

Finally!

I've finally finished piecing together the mini-charm Moda Love star with Solstice by Kate Spain!


And now, I think it needs a border. But I can't decide what to use.


Solid red?
Either of the green prints from Solstice?
Or frozen grey winter branches ?


Or solid red?

Hmmm.

I know I've been MIA lately....I just get so little done each day, that I don't feel like I have progress to share.
Hubby's been sick, we're both working (he's working two jobs), getting ready for Christmas, dentist appts, and trying to make time for me and my hubby in between.  Hey, we finally got Hunger Games and Catching Fire, so watching those took up two evenings of mini-date, with no sewing for me.

I need to fit in some time to read the Hunger Games series, now that I've seen 2 of the 3 movies. Sometimes movies are so different than their books, that I often prefer to watch movies first. That way, I'm not sitting during the whole movie, waiting for scenes from the book, critiquing dialogue, getting frustrated with stuff that's changed or cut out. I just enjoy the movie.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

ALYOF: December Goal

Wow, one week into December already!

I have so much that I want to get done!
It's hard to believe another year is almost over.

So here I goal:

--Piece the baby's stars
--piece together the ModaLove quilt tops with Solstice and Sunnyside.
--I need to conquer the bulk and start quilting the Swoon quilt again. (I doubt that's going to happen this month.)

My Christmas wish list this year:
--a design wall (I want to get foam insulation board and cover it with a Fons and Porter Design Wall fabric)
--an ironing cover for my cutting table --Check! It's on the way.
--maybe an ergonomic rotary cutter

Linking up with ALYOF at SewBittersweetDesigns !

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Win win--yay

I'm so excited! I love getting mail.

I won two giveaways during the blog tour for Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 10.

The first was Blue Ribbon Designs block "4 Corners of Happy". Belinda not only included a copy of the magazine, but she sent me her block, patches and appliqué all cut out on her Accuquilt, ready to piece and fuse. Whoopppeee. I've never pieced any quilt pieces that were due cut, before.


The second, is one of the daily giveaways from Quilty Pleasures and QM themselves!


Hand-dyed batiks, Robert Kaufman fat quarters, fall-themed patterns, thread clips, a Handiquilter badge reel, a 100 Blocks Vol 3 mug, and a roll of Quilter's Preview Paper by Quilter's Touch.

Yippee skippy fun goodies!
Thank you!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

ALYOF: November Finish

Well, I didn't finish my main goal (piecing the remainder of baby's stars).

But I did have other finishes and progresses.

Finished the 20" Lone Star.
 

Finished the Hope Star, made with bonus HST from the Pieces of a Hope Autism "Hugs n Kisses" quilt.


Yes, baby boy wanted to see the new quilt and colors and what mommy was doing. He's trying to stand up on his own already!

 
I can definitely see the things I would do differently next time:
--Put a narrow white border around the quilt before putting on the last green puzzle-pieces border.
--On the sides, break up the squares of the green word prints into rectangles, so that one rectangle will go underneath the last block (green, block, green, block, green...white lattice sash)
--Probably do that same thing a bit more on the top and bottom too (a green spacer between the blocks and white lattice

Finished the top for the ModaLove Mini-Charm quilt, made with a "Paradiso" by Kate Spain mini-charm pack. It is finishing at about 18" square, after a 1 1/2" border. Pink seems to be the prominent color in Paradiso, so I went with a pink border, and I pulled the FQ of the pink Arcadia print from Daydreams to be the backing.


The original ModaLove star pattern (peeking out from behind the quilt top) is a free pattern by Moda....with which they had a fun blog hop a few months ago. Each designer by the Moda brand chose a collection of theirs to spotlight the pattern. Kate Spain used her "Horizon," Minick and Simpson used "Lexington", etc. The pattern includes instructions for versions in a mini-charm, charm, and layer cake sizes. How cool is that--three patterns in one, and all free!


If you want to make your own Moda Love  quilt, click for the free pattern PDF :

The pattern is a one-block quilt, made of squares and HST units. So once you piece, press and trim the HST units and trim the squares, it goes together rather quickly!

This month, I've been working on Paradiso, another one in Sunnyside charms, and another in Solstice mini-charms.

One thing that I thought that I'd play with, is that the pattern only uses 30 of the 42 charms. I've been designing ways to use the last 12 charms in the quilt. The easiest thing, so far, was to make more HST, cut a few more background squares, and add another ring. That's what I've done with Paradiso: look at the aqua-colored addition in the mini-charm pattern. I have used my Quilt Pro and coloring in a grid on the pattern, to design with. I think I have one more design that I'd like to sketch, too, and trying to decide which ones I like best.

 

I also got another Plumeria cut and basted (for a pillow this time).
I followed the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 10 blog tour.
Baby boy and I got bad colds and mine turned into a sinus infection (no big surprise, but yay for antibiotics).
Baby boy grew 3 new teeth in November (one popped up today!)

Whew!
Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes with  www.SewBittersweetDesigns.com.



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dinner made, eaten, cleaned up (pots and pans are left, because hubby promised to wash some), kids in bed. I've got my feet up and I'm catching up on the news of the day.

I'm just going through my mountain of email newsletters about Black Friday sales, to see if there's anything I need and can get for my Christmas. Tee-hee!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blog hopping with Quiltmaker

Hi!
This week, I'm hopping along on the blog tour with Quiltmaker, for their 10 Volume of 100 Blocks! I've collected all the volumes so far...they are great inspiration and everyone is so talented!


I don't have much energy right now, so sitting in a comfy chair and blog hopping on my phone is easy. Baby and I are both sick with yucky colds.

Today I am grateful for ice cream shakes, soup, hot apple cider and peppermint cocoa, DayQuil and soft quilts to cuddle with.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

2-Day Mystery Sale for Supplies at Craftsy

Craftsy is having a Mystery Sale on supplies ! I really enjoy shopping for supplies with Craftsy. They have great prices, fast shipping, and carry lots of products.

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I'm thinking of a layer cake for me, or some yardage of Kona solids.......