Minis and More and Block of the Month Finish

Hello Everyone! I hope you had a happy Easter weekend. We finally had some nice weather and maybe spring has arrived. The pollen as certainly arrived. I like to take my finished quilt pictures on my front porch, but it was covered in green. I’ll have to wait a few more weeks before I can take anything outside and lay it down.

Today is Minis and More Parade day hosted by Michele and Sherri. March’s mini is Mini Painted Ladies by Fig Tree.

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The pattern has 9 butterfly blocks, but I wanted something new for my foyer Ackfeld stand. So I made 4 blocks and it fits perfectly. As you can see, we have one butterfly doing its own thing! The butterflies were very easy to make, even working with the small pieces. The fabrics are from a variety of Fig Tree fabrics, too. I really like the background fabric from Coney Island.

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I quilted it with one of my favorite Aurfil 50 wt thread colors, number 2110, a light yellow. I used dot to dot quilting on the top wing and used a straight edge ruler with the Westalee ruler foot. I used a curved rule to quilt the bottom wing and quilted ribbon candy in the borders. Thanks Sherri and Michele for a fun little project. Quick, too. I finished it in a couple of days.

Last week I also finished the 6″ Quilting Life BOM from last year.

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I followed along with Sherri of A Quilting Life, (same Sherri who hosts the parade), last year to make these blocks and a set of 12″ block. If you would like to see each individual block, click the Quilting Life BOM under Categories on the sidebar. Sherri did a great job with her block selection each month. She is hosting another free BOM this year, too, if you want to join in. I’m saving the blocks, but I want to make sure I finish quilts with the ones I made last year first.

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The fabrics in this quilt are also various Fig Tree fabrics except the background which is a cream dot from Desert Bloom by Sherri and Chelsi. I used the same yellow thread on this quilt, too. I had this quilt finished with the backing and batting basted for almost a month before I quilted it. I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with it.

I wanted to do an all over design because the blocks were small, but I didn’t want to quilt free motion feather flowers again. I’ve used that a lot recently in my smaller quilts.  I kept thinking about a Baptist fan or pumpkin seed design, but I didn’t have any rulers that would work, so I would have to mark the quilt.

But I’m so glad I waited. Along came this set of Creative Grid quilting rulers by Angela Walters which I found at a local quilt shop during shop hop a few weeks ago.

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Archie came to the rescue!

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I marked columns on the quilt, and quilted away with Archie and my ruler foot. The ruler was very nice to work with and I’ll do a more in depth review and how to use the rulers in another post. In between the petal shape, I quilted ribbon candy again to highlight the pumpkin seed design.

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The border is quilted with a curvy feather, perfect for a more traditional quilt. Thank you Sherri for designing and sharing the Block of the Month. I have my plans, fabric and cutting instructions all finished for the 12″ blocks. I’m hoping to get the setting blocks cut this week. It will be a work in progress for several more months!

Be sure to visit Michele and Sherri to see the rest of the parade. Thanks for stopping by.

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A Finish and Works in Progress

Hello Everyone and Happy Easter! I hope you are enjoying the weekend. I finally got home stuff caught up and was able to get some real sewing in this week.

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First up, I finished my Moda Blockheads Block of the Week! I had the sashing and rows sewn together before we went on vacation, so I just needed to add the borders. I’m really pleased with this quilt. It has 50 6″ blocks set on point. I like the alternating red and black double sashing rows, too. This is going in my ready to quilt pile which I decreased by two projects this week.

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Next up is the Wonky Heart pillow. This is my own design and I used it for the Invisible Machine Applique workshop I taught to my quilt guild. You can see another version here. The white fabric is Paper White Grunge and the binding is Red Grunge by BasicGrey. The heart and border fabric is Love You by Sandy Gervais.

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For the cross-hatch quilting, I marked the center line, then quilted 1/4″ on either side of it. I used my Westalee Ruler foot and straight ruler to quilt it. I free handed the hearts in the center of the appliques. I added a heart ribbon candy design in the outside squares.

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You can see the quilting a little better on the back. I did see the missed space on the heart and went back and fixed it after I took the picture. I use muslin on the back when I’m making a pillow.

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I also like to make and envelope back so I can change the pillows out for different seasons.

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I also mostly finished the trees, holly and berry blocks for the Winterville quilt. I have a layer cake of Bonnie and Camille’s Vintage Holiday on pre-order and I expect it sometime in April. I’ll finish up the blocks with pieces of that fabric.

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Here is my To Do list for March.

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I didn’t do too bad. I finished or worked on most things on my list. I checked number 3 when I meant to check number 4. I did the planning on the setting blocks for the Quilting Life 12″ BOM and plan to cut the fabric this week. I finished the 6″ BOM, but I’ll show it on Monday with the Minis and More.

Happy Easter again and thanks for stopping by.

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California Trip, Part 2

Hello Everyone! I’m back with more pictures of our California Central Coast trip. These pictures take us to Monterey, Big Sur and back to Santa Cruz. We had lots of fun exploring even in the rain. Fortunately, we did have a little sun most days.

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Our first stop on the fourth day was to the Monterey Aquarium, built in some of the old cannery buildings. My daughter is studying Marine Biology and it gave her a chance to show off some of her knowledge of the marine life!

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Of course she had to get some artsy photographs.

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It was probably one of the best aquariums I’ve been in. It rained all morning, so staying inside was a good thing.

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We captured this little guy outside the aquarium. The Sea Otters were fun to watch all along the coast. We also saw Sea Lions and Seals, too.

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We enjoyed driving around the Pacific Grove point and watching the waves crash on the rocks. We were on our way to do the 17-Mile Drive to Pebble Beach and my husband wanted to start at the very beginning of the road. We found it in Pacific Grove and drove along it for a few miles until entering the Drive at Pebble Beach.

17-Mile Drive is a scenic drive through the Pebble Beach Golf Resorts and along the shore line. It was beautiful. We were given a map at the gate, (a $10 fee for non-residents) of all the points of interest along the drive.

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These were taken on the beach at Fanshell Overlook. I couldn’t get enough of the waves and the rocks.

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This is overlooking the same beach area. In the background, you can see the golf course and houses at Spyglass Hill. I could have this view everyday!

After many interesting points and the same type of scenery, we made our way to

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The Pebble Beach Golf Club House and Shops! We are pretty big fans of golf and the Pebble Beach Pro-Am is a favorite to watch each year.

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This is the 18th hole on Stillwater Cove and you can just make out Carmel by-the-Sea in the back. It was a beautiful course. It will be fun watching the golf tournament next year after being here. We finished our day with a drive through Carmel then it was time to head back after another full day.

Our fifth day was supposed to be our best weather day, so we did the Big Sur drive on Highway 1. We got an early start and headed south. The drive was spectacular, even in the rain and mist. Fortunately, it wasn’t foggy. Our plan was to drive to our furthest point, then work our way back north when the weather would hopefully clear. We did stop at McWay waterfalls on the way down (and back), but the rangers were just closing part of the trail to overlook the falls because of a small rock slide.

We continued all the way down to Limekiln State Park. Highway 1 was closed just past this point because of a mud slide. It did rain on us pretty hard when we first arrived, so we had lunch in the car and waited, then headed out for our hike in the rain anyway.

DSC00418.1The park had many things to offer. One was a waterfall that we unfortunately couldn’t get to because you had to wade the creek. Because of the rain, it was a little high. We did hike through a redwood grove, though.

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We did see a few smaller falls along Limekiln Creek on our way to the furnaces.

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These are three of the four furnaces where lime was produced from the limestone rocks.

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The park went out to the ocean, too. This is Limekiln Creek flowing into the ocean. I’m used to seeing big rivers become part of the ocean, not little creeks.

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This was a beautiful area and there were camp sites almost to the beach. After this, we headed north again and the weather started to clear so it turned out to be a beautiful afternoon.

My daughter had a list of things she wanted to see, so we made our stops along the way.

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We stopped at McWay Falls again and walked down the trail as far as we could for more pictures. This picture was taken from a car turnout a little above the trail. The falls were in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. The waterfalls are 80 feet high and we were way above them.

DSC00477.1  This picture is overlooking the cove where the falls are located.

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This is one of my favorite pictures. I think it was taken from the turnout we stopped at to look at the waterfalls.

One of our stops included Pfeiffer Beach. You had to know it was there to get to it. There was no signage on Highway 1 pointing you in the right direction.

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It was another beautiful area, but part of the attraction was the purple sand.

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One of the things my daughter wanted to see was the Bixby Bridge. We looked for it all day as we passed over different bridges. As it turned out, it was the first one we went over that morning and didn’t know it. It is much easier seeing it driving north rather than south and it was raining when we passed it in the morning.

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This is another favorite photo taken from the bridge area. You can see how the mountains come right down to the ocean. That’s Highway 1 winding it’s way south in the middle of the green field, too. Somewhere between the falls and here, we started seeing blowhole spouts of water coming from gray whales migrating offshore. We stopped at an area to watch several of them. You could just catch glances of them. Unfortunately, they don’t come out of the water like Humpbacks or Orcas do (according to my daughter).

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We finished the day with a stop back at Carmel Beach. My husband wanted to see Pebble Beach Golf Course from the beach.

For our final day, we had a decision to make. Our plans were to go to Pinnacles National Monument. It looked like it was more of a hiking park and not a driving park. We were tired and with all the rain, we didn’t know how it would be. So, we decided to go back to Santa Cruz and have lunch and shop in Capitola.

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One the places we missed on the drive from San Francisco was Shark Fin Beach. This was on my daughter’s list, so we drove a little past Santa Cruz to see it. DSC00528

This was another beautiful area. Interesting though, a lot of the rocks in the water looked like they had been sheared off. I don’t know if an earthquake did that many years ago or not.

We drove back through Santa Cruz and went to the boardwalk area. My daughter wanted to get some pictures of it and the beach and it was a pretty morning. As we were standing on the boardwalk overlooking the beach, my husband saw a fin in the water.

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This was as much as I could get of the gray whale that was about 30 yards off the beach. It was obviously feeding and we thought there might be two, a mother and baby. There were not many people on the beach, but a local man who was fishing told us he had never seen one come in this close to the beach before. We watched it for about 15 minutes before it moved on. That was a nice end to our trip. We had lunch and shopped in the rain, then it was time to head back to the condo and pack up for our trip home.

I’m going to leave you with a couple of pictures my husband took a week after our trip while he was flying between L.A. and Seattle.

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This is Monterey (the right side of the point), Pebble Beach, Carmel and the beginning of Big Sur.

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Our condo was located just north of the river entering the bay in the center left of the picture. Santa Cruz is at the top of the bay. Not bad pictures taken with his iphone6.

I hope you enjoyed my pictures. This part of California is absolutely spectacular. We might never have visited if it weren’t for my daughter’s friends in San Francisco! I’ll be back soon with some quilting updates.

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California Trip 2018

Hello Everyone! Today I want to share some pictures of our trip to San Francisco and the Monterey area. We decided to do this trip because our daughter has two friends that graduated last year and are working and living in San Francisco. Our original plan was to tour the wine county, but because of the fires last year, we thought a trip south to Monterey and Big Sur would be better. My husband and I spent two nights in San Francisco while she spent the two days with her friends. We picked her up on Monday morning and headed down the coast. With over 1500 pictures taken during our trip, it has taken a while to narrow them down. Today, I’ll share pictures from our first three days. I hope you won’t get bored, but it was beautiful, especially along the coast line.

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What would a trip to San Francisco be without a trip to the Golden Gate. I’ve been twice for work over 24 years ago, but never crossed the bridge. When we dropped our daughter off, we drove through Golden Gate State Park, Haight-Ashbury (by accident), then over to State Beach, which I didn’t even know existed. Then we drove across the bridge to go to Muir Woods and Sausalito. We kept seeing signs you needed a reservation for Muir Woods, so went back to Sausalito and walked around a bit and had dinner.

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This was our dinner view of San Francisco and Alcatraz. You can see it was cloudy. Most days of the trip were cloudy, rainy and foggy, although we had some peeks of sun here and there.

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This is the back (or side) of Alcatraz with the Bay Bridge behind it. On Sunday we checked about an Alcatraz tour, but the next available wasn’t until Tuesday.

Sunday morning was foggy, but it did clear up in the afternoon. We walked to the Buena Vista for breakfast, famous for it’s Irish Coffee. My husband had one, but too sweet for me that early. Next we walked down to the water and to the Golden Gate Recreation Area.

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My husband got a little artsy with the picture taking here, but it is a cool picture. This area is reserved for swimmers and paddlers. There were plenty of swimmers swimming, some in wet suits, others just in bathing suits. I don’t know what the water temperature was, but the air was in the low 50’s. We watched for a while, then headed back towards Fisherman’s Wharf and the touristy areas. We walked back around to Pier 29 and watched the fog come and go while we had an adult beverage by the water, then went back to Pier 39.

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You have to see the sea lions at the pier. And if you look closely, you can just see the Golden Gate Bridge peeking out of the fog. It did eventually clear up and become a beautiful day.

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Our daughter was in that area, too, and took this picture of the bridge. There were so many people, we probably passed each other and never knew it. We toured around until it was time for an early dinner (we were still on east coast time), then headed back to the hotel which was at the Embarcadero. When we got back, I checked my phone and we walked 10 miles that day. No wonder we were tired

The next morning, we picked our daughter up about 7:30 and headed down the coast. She wanted to see Mavericks, where the big wave surfing takes place, so we stopped at Half Moon Bay to have breakfast and walk along the coast there.

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Of course, we “had” to get a couple of T-shirts before heading off to see Mavericks, which was pretty much fogged in at that time of the morning.

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Around the corner and on the other side of the rocks, is where the big waves are. My son said the surfers were on standby for their big yearly contest, waiting for the waves.

We continued our drive and saw this lighthouse in the distance, so we stopped and toured.

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This is the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. We enjoyed our tour and found out the light originally came from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which we’ve toured, in the late 1800’s. We like lighthouses!

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This field of flowers is on the lighthouse property and is looking north, up the coast. So different than the southeast coastline.

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Our next stop was Santa Cruz and the Natural Bridge State Beach. It was a beautiful morning once the fog cleared away.

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After that was the Lighthouse Field State Beach, where we visited a small surfing museum. Santa Cruz was the first surfing place on the west coast, brought there by an Hawaiian who was attending college there. The picture above is the wharf, where we had lunch, and the boardwalk behind it.

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It was cool to see star fish, or sea stars, clinging to the pilings on the wharf.

We continued our journey south through the towns of Pleasure Point and Capitola. My daughter is a big fan of the movie “Chasing Mavericks”, so we needed to see all the surfing places from the movie.

We eventually made it to our condo at Pajaro Dunes Beach which is near Watsonville, where all the strawberries come from. We were ready to rest for a little bit.

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This was the view from the window of our condo when we arrived. It looked like this most of the time we were there.

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It did clear up enough that evening to see the mountains on the other side of Monterey Bay. It was also sunny the next afternoon when we got back so you could see Monterey, too.

I hope I haven’t bored you too much. The next set of pictures will be from our drive down the coast to Big Sur and it was gorgeous, even in the clouds and rain. Thanks for stopping by.

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A Quick Check-In

Hello Everyone! I just wanted to do a quick check in since it’s been almost two weeks since my last post.

Last week we visited San Francisco and the Santa Cruz-Big Sur area of California. We had a great time and I’m still working on pictures from the trip. These are a couple of pictures from our drive through Big Sur.

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DSC00516I’ll be back later this week with more pictures from our trip.

Since I’ve been home, it’s been busy catching up on things like laundry, groceries and other household chores. I have managed to get a little sewing in.

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I’ve finished the Minis and More for this month, Painted Ladies by Fig Tree and Co. It’s not too late to join in. The pattern goes together quickly. You can find it here.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be back soon with some beautiful pictures of our trip.

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Finally Finished!

Hello Everyone! I have finally finished my son’s graduation quilt. It’s been a long work in progress over the past two years. I have shown peeks of the progress along the way, but here is the whole quilt!

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This is a large quilt. The final measurements are 84″ x 96″. The pattern is a Disappearing 4-Patch, which means I made the block twice. I started with a 4 patch of gold and black, then cut the block horizontally and vertically, rearranged the pieces and sewed it back together. The final block size is 12″. The two alternate blocks are t-shirts. That seemed to be the easiest way to get the KSU emblems in the quilt.

IMG_5805.1I quilted this large quilt on my domestic machine, a Pfaff 4.0 Quilt Expression. I used the 12″ QP Curve by the Quilted Pineapple to quilt the curves in the larger squares and the Westalee Straight Edge Ruler to quilt the straight lines.

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Inside the diamond shape, I free motion quilted ribbon candy. I used Angela Walters point to point method for the quilting. I marked the points with a purple  disappearing marker on the gold and a white pencil on the black. Using the disappearing marker was good, but once I marked a section, I had to quilt it. The marker usually only lasts a day or less depending on the humidity. I used Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread to quilt and piece with.

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On the T-shirts, I outlined the emblem, then quilted swirls. I thought that would be easier than trying to keep the same pattern as the rest of the quilt.

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The black fabrics are a mix of some I had in my stash and ones that I added to complete the quilt. The gold is a Timeless Treasure fabric.

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The fabric on the back is Black Shadowplay Flannel by Windham Fabrics.  The Class of 2016 is also from a T-Shirt. The quilting shows up really good here. This was taken on a very windy day a few weeks ago. I didn’t get a lot of cooperation from my holders that day.

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My son graduated from Kennesaw State University in May, 2016. I started working on this quilt in the Winter of 2016. It’s taken me a while to get it finished but once I started quilting it, I had it finished in a few months. My son really likes it, but he didn’t want to be on my blog, so no picture of him with it here.

I’m glad to have this off my to do list and my son is happy there are still some cooler days so he can use it. Thanks for stopping by.

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Wednesday Works In Progress

Hello Everyone! I hope you’re having a good week. It’s been good around here except for the crazy weather. Wind, sun, warm, cold, rain, we’ve had it all except snow. The only sunny day we had that my quilt holders were both here was too windy to get pictures of Jake’s quilt. When I get some good pictures of it, I’ll show our attempt to take pictures in the wind.

I’m trying to keep up with my Winterville quilt.

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I pulled some green fabrics for the holly leaves and trees on March 1. There is a little bit of everything in this group, some I’ve had for many years.

After finishing up with the Strawberry Social Mini and pulling the greens out, I had quite a bit of fabric that needed to be returned to their bins.  So at the end of last week I did a little cleaning and organizing in my sewing room. I returned fabrics to their storage containers and organized everything I need to work on in the next couple of months in their own bins. Here they are:

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  1. Winterville quilt. You can see in this picture that I reduced the green fabrics some. I took out a lot of the darker fabrics and will stick with the brighter greens.
  2. Alex’s quilt. Alex is my nephew and will graduate from high school in June. I have some of Amy Ellis’s Adventures fabric left over from Corbin’s (another nephew) quilt and will use the Snowbirds pattern from Moda Bakeshop.
  3. Quilting Life 12″ BOM from 2017. I’ve finalized the quilt layout and need to cut the fabric and make the setting blocks for this quilt. By the way, I’ve had lots of fun playing with EQ8 and it has really helped the design process.
  4. Moda Blockheads quilt. I’ve been busy piecing the sashing and the blocks together over the past couple of days.
  5. Save the Bees BOM. This is Jacquelynne Steves BOM for 2018. I plan to work on the first two blocks, which are embroidery and applique, when we travel soon. It’s really cute and the first block will be available in June. I’ll let you know when you can sign up for it.
  6. Swoon Sixteen. I finally pulled together fabric for 3 more blocks. I cut the fabric for this quilt last winter, but only have 6 blocks made. I hope to do better this year!
  7. The Quilting Life 6″ BOM from 2017 is ready to be quilted and the binding is made. I’m having a hard time deciding how to quilt it. I don’t know if I want to quilt and all over design or custom quilt each block. It’s still talking to me.
  8. Wonky Heart pillow. This is the sample I made for the “Almost Invisible Machine Applique” workshop I did. The top needs to be quilted and then needs to have a pillow back made for it.

I think this will keep me busy for a while. Plus I have this month’s Minis and More,Mini Painted Ladies

Mini Painted Ladies, a cute butterfly quilt, by Fig Tree. It will be perfect for spring. I will probably make a smaller, square version so it fits on my table. You can get your copy here and join us for the mini this month. It looks like it’s going to be very quick and easy to piece and it would make a cute table runner for spring if you make a different size. If you make it, join the parade by sending a picture to either Sherri or Michele before the end of the month.

 

 

IMG_5925.1This is a progress picture of the Moda Blockhead Quilt. I now have all the rows sewn together and need to add the sashing rows. It’s coming along, but I don’t know if I’ll get back to it before we leave.

IMG_5931.1I also purchased more of The Front Porch fabric by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda. The red and green stack on the right is the bundle I ordered from Sherri. The fat quarter bundle and the fabrics in front were ordered from Olie and Evie. My plan for the fat quarter bundle is to add the fabrics to the Desert Bloom and Creekside fabrics I have to make a quilt for our king size bed. I had to order the fabric because I couldn’t find it locally. I am somewhat disappointed in my local quilt shops, they don’t carry some of the newer Moda designers’ fabrics. There are some new Riley Blake designers too that aren’t carried here. The area is missing out on some really pretty and cute fabrics.

My plan today is to cut fabrics and get my blocks ready for our upcoming trip. What’s on your sewing table for the next month or so. Leave a message and let us know your plans.

Thanks for stopping by!

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