Sunday, September 30, 2012

Weekend Productiveness

Because I had a little major meltdown about my lab stuff, I ended up spending most of my weekend at home sewing on my argyle quilt. And I made homemade chicken noodle soup! It is delicious.

I did finish up another New York Beauty Block:


I made a lot of progress on my argyle quilt. I made more than 30 blocks!

Here's all the ones I made this weekend as well as the growing stack of all of them living on my kitchen chair.


Hope your weekends were also productive! Sign up for the jelly roll strip swap that I'm hosting!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Finished Twist Of Lime

I'm so excited to show this off!


Stats:
Size: Twin
Pattern: MI-OH shop hop quilt March 2012 designed by The Quilt Patch
Fabrics: Mostly scrappy
More posts: blocksmore blockslayoutfinished toppieced backbinding


(Huge apologies for the sad pictures, too much rain and dreary lately!)


My artsy pieced back (my first!)


Lots of stripey binding:


Thanks for visiting and check out what everyone else is finishing up this week at Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict!

PS. I'm hosting a swap for orphaned jelly roll strips and any other 2.5 inch strips! The Flickr group is here!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Festivals, swaps, and incentives

Amy's Creative Side

Holy wow, I can't believe that the Fall edition of the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side is starting in less than a month! I might have to put in some extra quilting time to get a new project done! I am thinking about entering my Twist of Lime Quilt. What are you thinking about entering??

In other news, I just put together the Flickr group for a Jelly Roll Strip Swap. Got orphaned strips from a jelly roll that didn't end up in your project? Cut one (or four) too many binding strips? Tired of staring at the remnants of a collection you've already made a quilt from? Then sign up and swap away

Details (the short version):
One spot = send in 40 strips and get 40 strips back.
Want multiple spots? I'm not gonna stop you!
Fabric must be quilt shop quality.
Strips must be 2.5 inches x width of fabric
Fabric can be from a jelly roll or cut accurately from yardage.
Fabric "due dates": TBA
Include a self addressed and stamped/prepaid envelope for return

Reader incentive:
So as a special giveaway for my rag tag band of loyal readers, if you are a follower that signs up (or if you sign up and become a follower), I will draw one or more people that I will pay for their shipping back. Because postage is crazy expensive these days, am I right?


WIP Wednesday: In a Bind

I'm finally catching up on my binding projects. My mom brought my Twist of Lime quilt this past weekend because the machine quilting got finished, so now just the binding stands between me and crossing this one off the WIP list.

My binding is from the Fantasia collection. A perfect find for this project. 


I got the binding all sewed on Monday night and the edges all trimmed up to start hand stitching.




So now I'm off to hand stitch until I round all of the corners.

Linking up with Freshly Pieced today!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Finished Seville Quilt

Even though I sewed the binding onto this one ages and ages ago, between going in and out of town a dozen times and lots of lab work, it sat folded on my chair for most of the summer. Fail.

Especially when this thing is one of my favorite quilts ever. Silly me.


Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew
Fabric mostly from Eva by Basic Grey for Moda
Large throw size
More posts: Blocks, more blocks and layoutrowsfinished topbinding


I even snapped some artsy outdoor shots.

Can't wait to cuddle with this one this fall!

Linking up with:

Fresh Poppy Design

Monday, September 24, 2012

100 Day Hustle

I'm joining in on Kelsey Sews' 100 Day Hustle to finish up projects the rest of the year. This is my list!

Kelsey Sews

1. Twist of Lime Quilt: Binding



2. Argyle Quilt: Finish all the blocks, put the top together, quilt myself, binding



3. Snowflake quilt: Sew on hanging sleeve 


4. Civil War quilt: hand quilt and bind


5. Christmas tree skirt to gift: everything

6. Olympic Rail Fence: Quilt and bind


7. Baby Quilt(s) for friends: Everything (but I think I need to make two or three of these....yikes)

8. Blitzen Jelly Roll Christmas Quilt with Basket Case Pattern: Everything


9. Shoe Quilt: quilting and binding


Check out what everybody else is planning to do here!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Keeping Up

My mom and grandma have been here this weekend so I had to put the sewing on the backburner, but since last I posted, I finished up my last bee block for the month and sent them all off.


I also finished up another New York Beauty block and took a picture of all seven that I have completed so far.



In other news, I am thinking about putting together an "orphaned jelly roll strip" swap via Flickr. If you are interested, send me an email or Flickr message (I'm on Flickr here).

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Box Quilt Block: How I Made It (simpler!)

For this month for my NuBees swap, I decided that I wanted to do the "Box Quilt" Block from Quilter's Cache.

After finishing one block as the directions instruct, I figured that there were also some other ways to put this block together, while also avoiding set in seams. Here is my take on how to do this:

Start with the original directions and sew your 3.5 by 2 inch and 5 by 2 inch strips onto your starting 3.5 inch square.



Instead of piecing your "box" strips with triangles, I used the stitch and flip method to add the background triangles to the strips. These strips should be 5 by 2 inches and 6.5 by 2 inches.




Your finished quarter will look like this:


And finish like this:


Have you figured out easier ways to make things?

Monday, September 17, 2012

September Bee Blocks (and more argyle)

My crazy two weeks are finally over and I have more time to sew, finally!

This month for the NuBees swap I decided to do the Box Quilt block from Quilter's Cache. I got three of the four done yesterday!





I also got 7 more argyle blocks done, bringing my total up to 55:


Lots more to go!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Work In Progress... Friday?

I am finally not spending 16 hours a day on campus so I have a little bit of time to sew. Just a little.

I finished up another New York Beauty block:



I am still plugging away on my argyle blocks.


I really need to start finishing things!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Beauteous

I am back from my weekend to see Park Ranger Boyfriend earlier than expected and was able to finish up another New York Beauty Block this afternoon before I get back into full-on sorority recruitment mode in a few hours.

This one I actually finished earlier in the week before I left:


And this one I finished today:


In other news, Park Ranger Boyfriend's presentation was absolutely wonderful and we had a nice weekend visiting with his family and Park Ranger Boyfriend's Park Ranger Buddies.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Playing Hooky

No, I'm not rug hooking again. I'm crazy busy doing all of my sorority advisor duties this week and next during recruitment and a trip to see Park Ranger Boyfriend give his research presentation that he's been working on for the last 6 months.

I got my Nubee's assignment for the month and I need to get some grey fabric. But I don't know when that's going to happen unless I order it. Crud. I did pick out my block at least, I'm going to do the Box Quilt block this month.

And I won something from the Quilting Gallery Back to School Blog Hop from Marcia over at Crafty Sewing and Quilting! Aren't these great?


Hope you guys have great weekends!



Sunday, September 2, 2012

Weekend wanderings

I have taken a little break from my argyle quilt to use my new fabric for my New York Beauty blocks. I finished the third block yesterday:


Here are all three finished blocks:


I started the fourth block and the paper piecing is completed:


Have a wonderful Sunday and check out this week's Plum and June Giveaway from Christa Quilts!

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