Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Stitching here and there...

I promise I have been sewing -- I have been bad at documenting and sharing!

I finished my Stash Bee block for Sara:

I think I got the background for my March wall hanging done about two or three weeks ago (oye!) and I spent Sunday evening watching Bar Rescue and The Walking Dead while tracing, ironing, cutting, and ironing some more. Now all of the parts are in place and I am ready to satin stitch until my eyeballs fall out.

The background is WILD and I LOVE IT. Every other square is a large scale teal and green floral print on white with gold foil accents. It says "hello, spring!" to me. I'm planning to do all of the outlining for this one in black to help it to stand out from the background. I'll probably do all of the quilting in white for this one.

Linking up in the usual places --  Linky TuesdayA Quilting Life for Scraps Monday on Tuesday, and WIP Wednesday!

Don't forget that NEXT MONDAY is the first tutorial for the Quilter's Choice QAL row quilt! You can still vote here for your block choice!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

QCQAL #2 -- Fabric Pull Link Up!

Hello lovely QCQAL participants!

Today is our first real post for this year's QCQAL! I am so excited to make row quilts!

If you have not already, please head over to our Craftsy page and download the FREE information about yardage requirements AND how to pre-cut your sashing strips from your background fabric so you will not have to piece them! 

Today is also the opening of the FIRST of our polls for our blocks! Click here to vote for your choices for what TWO 12 inch blocks we'll make for our rows. You can vote for up to TWO blocks. We are excited to see what you guys choose! The block choices this time are:

Today is also the first link up for everyone to show off what fabrics they are planning to use!

I'm planning to use the Wallflowers line by Allison Harris!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Finished Firewheel Stash Bee 2014 Quilt

This quilt has actually been finished for a few weeks, but unlike some quilts, as soon as it was finished it has taken up residence on the couch as a new cuddle quilt.

These blocks came from participating in the Stash Bee in 2014. I chose a block called "Firewheel" from the Quilter's Cache and modified the pattern a bit to use fast flying geese and stitch and flip corners. My original tutorial is here on the Stash Bee blog.

Click here for some of the in-progress posts! I seriously did NOT do a good job of chronicling this one! SO SAD!

Here's the lovely finish!

I actually brought the quilt with me to work today and took pictures before I even went in the building so that I wouldn't forget! I finally got some good picture taking light!

This quilt was quilted with a "puffy cloud" pantograph and I bound it with the same yellow fabric that I used for the cornerstones.

I am so in love with all of the different shades of yellow and grey in this quilt! One of the blocks has a flower for a center (you can see it along the left side in this picture -- I just love it! Some of the blocks are scrappy and some of them are more controlled and they all play so nicely together!

The backing is a multi-grey scribbly circle print. I have zero idea what it is called (my mom picked it out for me!) but I am very glad that I didn't end up going any darker for the backing either.

And of course, MAJOR SHOUTOUTS to all of the lovely ladies that made this quilt happen:

I'll be posting this post over on the Stash Bee blog so that everyone knows that this quilt is finally finished! And linking up at Finish it up Friday! :)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Little Finish -- Happy Hearts Mini

I finished another little mini monthly wall hanging for my office! And I got it done just in time to hang it up for February!

Like its "mama bear" wall hanging that will get hung up at our apartment this weekend, this one has hot pink outer blocks and light pink inner blocks.

Instead of doing one large patchy heart, I decided to do three smaller hearts in red.

For the quilting, I did FMQ with simple diagonally directed loop-de-loops.

This one also has a mini-sleeve for hanging. I use an unsharpened pencil to hang it (and it's snowman friend) on two push pins on my bulletin board.

Its 9.5" by 12.5" finished!

For those of you interested in the Quilter's Choice Quilt Along for this year -- the information is available on the "QCQAL -- Row Quilt Edition" Tab or you can pop over to Craftsy and download the info sheet for free! It includes directions on how to pre-cut your sashing strips from yardage so you won't have to piece them!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lately...catching up!

The rough thing about working two jobs and trying to keep up with this blog hasn't been the loss of sewing time (for the most part) but has been the loss of good picture taking hours due to being gone during all the good hours!

I finally got some sewing and picture taking time in yesterday so I'm here to share some updates!

My scrappy neighborhood has grown from five houses to ten!

The bad news is that I've exhausted my light blue fabrics, that is, at least those with pieces big enough to make a whole house. I'm not quite sure what this says about me as a quilter.

I've also been starting to get my January 2015 Stash Bee blocks in the mail! I made the four little blocks you see in the upper right and left hand corners and I think I will need to make a few more small stars as well once I get the rest of the blocks from my hive mates.

I'm very happy with all of the blocks overall! Lots of light blue so far (go figure!) and some beautiful blues!

I also have finished the top of my Wishes Quilt!

I loved being able to use lots of scraps for the border! I have about a fat quarter left of each fabric, so I am trying to figure out if I can use the fabric to make a scrappy backing for this quilt.

Don't forget to nominate your favorite blocks for our QCQAL round 2! Check out more information about the QCQAL here!

Today both Park Ranger Husband and I are on snow day so I'll hopefully be getting some more sewing time in today! (After I clean the kitchen...maybe.)

Happy Sewing!

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday and Linky Tuesday!
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