I often claim to have a Quilting "Hobby" in attempts to hide my obsession with fabric and color.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Projects and questions.

As usual, I have dropped off from blogging, because truth be told, I'm just not a writer. I sew. I create, I cook, and I am a mom. But I didn't realize how much I dislike writing, especially about myself. But my mom reminded me that it is her way of seeing my work, my progress. 

So, I am keeping "Kayla's Wedding Quilt" a secret a little longer ( I want her to be he one to show it off at the wedding, and send pictures I can include I'm my post). But I have been busy with other projects. Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville put out a very fun mystery quilt back over Thanksgiving. Loving her work, and knowing I need to challenge myself to get better at my craft, I decided to play along. But, I wasn't thrilled with the suggested colors. So I tweaked the colors slightly, and started into the mystery. And the final project was very nice. So nice, that my husband was smitten with it. So I dedicated it to him, and decided to add it to our personal collection. Seems I often keep more than I sell. Oh well.




The overall size is perfect for naps. And I decided rather than buying fabric just for backing, I would use what I had on hand. It was funny because I had two pieces but neither was enough. So I sewed them side by side, then cut it in half and rotated on half, to create a giant four patch.  I decided to do a FMQ of a wave/scallop. It's neat how it disappears on the print, and shows on the solid. Bobbin thread was purple, and top thread a neutral cream. I'm still learning how to keep my tension even so I don't get eyelashes on the back, but thankfully, Brian isn't a quilt show judge, and he knows it's the front that matters....

Another project I tackled was the daunting hexagon. I got an AccuQuilt Go! for Christmas and a Hexie die. These are so pretty, but not a ton of fun to sew. I used equilateral triangles to turn the blocks into diamonds so I could strip piece them. But even the act of sewing the rows together caused some cussing and tears. Not for OCD prown quilters.

New (untitled) project. Batik hexies w eq. Triangles.
Having a hard time figuring out how to quilt it. Some thoughts that come to mind are a geometric or floral pattern in each Hexie w a simple outline in each triangle. Of course my oldest has already declared this "her" quilt.  Would love some suggestions from fellow crafters. I am inclined towards geometric themes since the quilt itself is very angular. 

And as usual, I'm already moving on. Another Bonnie Hunter quilt! I am doing one of her classics, a called " My Blue Heaven" because I have always wanted to do a two color quilt.  
More to come later...... Happy Spring everyone!



Monday, January 6, 2014

Ice Storm of December 2013

Well, here it is a new year, and I have found myself again sadly lacking in the blogging department.  But, what a better way to kick off a new year than to share the pictures from a phenomenal end to 2013?
The weekend of December 20th, we were hit by some crazy weather that delivered snow, rain, freezing rain, and crazy temps. The result was almost an inch of ice on everything. Our trees took a major beating, and we ended up loosing multiple branches from our pine, the honeysuckle, and the birches. But all said, we were only out of power for an hour at lunchtime on Monday. Not too bad considering many spent the majority of the break (and Christmas) in the dark!




One nice thing about the ice? It gave me a great excuse to stay home and sew sew sew. I finished up two Christmas wall hangings, got started on Bonnie Hunters latest mystery quilt, and prepped for my first client project for 2014!

Friday, August 9, 2013

One quilt turned into two

Back in February, our family went on a much needed Disney trip. Part of the trip was also to see my momma in Tallahassee. She had a quilt that she had started and decided she didn't want to finish....her kitties thought the quilt laid out on the floor was an invitation to play on. So, she sent it home with me, pre-cut, basic units sewn, with the layout directions. I didn't care much for the pattern, but loved the colors. (Will post pictures once it's quilted)

And in my fabric hording ways, I decided to take all the little drops (flying geese corners) and make then into another little table/wall quilt.
 The final project is about 40 inches square.


This was my first attempt at both Feathers and a "bubble" border which I think turned out very nicely.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Our New Floor!!!!

Ok, I am SUPER long over due for Quilt Blogging, but this is a big deal.....
We finally took the leap and had our entire linoleum flooring replaced on the first level. This area included the mudroom, first floor bath, closet, kitchen, and dining area. The flooring was 20+ years old, builder cheapy from the previous owners. It was cracking, stained, moldy in places, and just worn out.

For some time now Brian and I have been going back and forth over tile, wood, or laminate. With kids, dogs, cats, and the use of the areas (water, cooking, high traffic, eating) we knew it had to take a LOT of abuse. We had almost settled on laminate when I saw the coolest post on tile that "looks like wood". Instantly, we were pretty hooked. My in-laws had just had their flooring repaired, so they could recommend a good installer. 


* Here is where I have to plug Mark Robert of Bolton Vermont. If anyone in the greater Burlington area needs a good tile/flooring guy, contact me for his info!*

Once we secured Mark, and our tile, we set a date and Voila!!!! NEW FLOOR!  Now it was a pain in the rear to be without a stove, microwave, garage access, access to the porch for the dogs, dining in the living room on paper plates, etc, but man is the final floor worth it!!!

So, here's the tour starting with the BEFORE floor:


 Dining and Kitchen areas before.

Mudroom and Bathroom Before (the wall paper is next to go....)












And the WONDERFUL AFTER!

 Dining and Kitchen after.




Mudroom and Bathroom after.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Crochet and Quilts

As I wrote in my last post, I have been working on multiple projects. Typical me.  And after that last post, I decided to make a detour and add a project.

All the rage right now is with embellishing crafts with crochet trim. I have been an avid crocheter for about a year now, having made 5 bed size blankets, and gobbling up all the books I can find. I love my Addi hooks, and thought it was time to challenge myself to the lace/trim aspect of the craft.  Pulling out of my donated stash some floral fabric, I decided to try my hand at the pillowcase with crochet trim. I decided on a standard queen size pillowcase (22x34) and then embellished it. It was so much fun, and so easy (a single night project) that I am thinking of making more....can someone say Christmas gifts????






 On another note, I have discovered that I LOVE working with small pieces of fabric to make lap size quilts. I mean, who doesn't like to reach up and pull a cuddly quilt down for a nap on the couch? This one was made with leftovers from 4+ previous projects. I started with 2 inch squares and, using Bonnie Hunter's Leaders and Enders method, had enough color/cream combos to run away with this impromptu 4 square quilt. To make it just a bit larger, I added a border of all colored squares.  The final project is made up of 1156 squares!

What a blast!



Monday, May 13, 2013

Checking in

I must once again apologize for my negligence of my blog. I wanted so badly to have the discipline to write daily, or at least weekly. And it seems at best I'm writing monthly right now.

I have several projects on the board, and being client quilts, I can't post them until they are in the hands of the new owner.

My other projects ('cause any one that knows me knows I can't stick to just one, or two projects) include a 2" square scrap quilt that is going to be a cute lap warmer, a crochet blanket that I get one or two rows done  at any sitting, my Amish Twist quilt, and the amazing pillow project I just finished up with Becca's class.

AND if that wasn't enough, we are in the final haul towards summer break. Aerik has healed very nicely from his Tonsil/Adnoidectomy. He is going to be in HS this fall, and I don't know where the time went. Becca is going to be a 2nd grader but has all the attitude of a pre-teen already. And I am still in the confusing process of sorting out the cause of my Migraines, though the Neurologist is thinking I might have Fibromyalgia. She is treating some of my headache issues as if they were a result of my TMJ (a common issue with Fibro. patients) and my IBS (another coomon issue of Fibro.)

But regardless of the outcome, I am still a fabric hording, multiple UFO kinda gal, just trying to keep up with the kiddos!

Next post, PICTURES!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Half Square Triangles!

Well, having grown bored with squares, but not yet ready for curves, I decided to take on the mysterious Half Square Triangle.  I found a pattern called North by Northwest and decided with a color change up to make my own version.




I pulled from my Batik stash to make this in Blues, Greens, Purples, Browns, and a few Mulberry. It called for 1100 HST blocks, and I think I ended up using just about 900 of them. That is a lot of pressing time.

My plan is to back it with a soft flannel in blue. It's a nice lap size, good for naps.