Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Friendship, Procrastination and Cuddles



rsz_1friendship_button_small FINAL It was time to post about the last block of our Supernova Friendship Block swap a week ago....sigh (top two are mine, bottom two are Jens)
I am just now getting around to posting the pic! My now, "good" friend Jennifer from Jennifer under the juniper tree thankfully, has already posted our finished blocks. Proof, that yes indeed I had my block done AND we actually made extra blocks so that our quilts would be 12 blocks instead of 10.  Jen could not make herself put one of the blocks on the back. I agree! This was so fun and I am so thankful to have met up with Jen.

Our sharing friendship question this month was on unexpected blessings in our lives. I have to say this experience with Jen has been that and more! You just never know what you might find in a neighborhood near you. Jen doesn't live very far from me so this has been a double blessing in disguise. I hope we do lots more quilting things after the quilts are done.

Here we are at that Luke Haynes talk.  (incase you missed it)
Seriously...how fun is that? Jen is to the L and yummy Luke and me) :P




I am confessing that I have been unmotivated to do much work on all my projects. I have not felt the best health-wise and my husband has not either. We are just getting through the days. It started me thinking about the talk around the blog-universe about selfish sewing. I know there is a time when you have to have a break and make or do something for yourself. Also, there is a time when you have to reach outside yourself and do something for others.

Since my sewing has been on the slow burner I thought if I picked up a couple quilt sandwiches from my quilt guilds cuddle quilt program I could just do some sort of mindless quilting. I am happy to say I finished one this morning.  yeah!

This is a scrap quilt I am sure from donations. I just put the flannel on the back and quilted it with a simple serpentine stitch and my walking foot. It feels good to be stitching again even though my projects are stacked a mile high.


Linking up with
 Lorna @ Let's bee social
and

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced  Freshly PIeced WIP WEd
 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ALYoF Sept and 3rd Quarter Finishes!


 Mod Olive qal


My goal for Sept ALYoF was to back and quilt this Mod Olive quilt. I was hoping to bind it too but didn't make that quite. ***Note: I did get the binding done before I went to bed at ten...yeah!)   I decided with the bulking seams that I had to try just organic wavy lines down the diagonal through each color. I wanted to name it Mod Olive - 'Shaken not stirred' but really this layout with the watery quilting is more "Stirred"! :)
Here is my goal for Sept HERE

The back was a fun combination of leftovers and some more Midcentury Modern Fabric line.

 It has been dark and rainy all day so no great pics are going to happen tonight so I will see when I get home.  ...I finished!


So on to ...

My 3rd Quarter goals
Finish Along 2014Set goals HERE
I had 3 and I will say that was a stretch for me!!!

1. Was the DYO sampler from Sarah Quilts backing and finish
Finished HERE


2. Was a test for Melissa@SewBittersweetDesigns - Flowering Lonestar finish
Finished Here


3. Was Mod Olive backing and quilting
Finished (pictured at the top of the post)

Linking up with
A Lovely Year of FinishesHERE

 And
Linking up to The Littlest Thistle Finish Along Q3 as soon as that binding is on which should be tomorrow so will update.  Here

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WIP - End of Summer


The weather lately means it is the end of summer. I still think my new quilt block quilt is pretty sizzling hot!  I love this block and how it came together. So far I added the corner stones and surrounding half stones. I really don't think I want a border on this but will use the orange or yellow for binding maybe. Still deciding.

No idea how I am going to quilt around those jagged blocks yet either. Any ideas?  I have the back pieced and should try to get to it yet this week.

Linking up with WIP Wed. @ Freshly Pieced
and
Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
and Needle and Thread Thursdays @ My Quilt Infatuation

and I am the Participant Highlight today for A Lovely Year of Finishes @ SewBitterSweetDesigns and Fiber of All Sorts  yippee...go check it out!
 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Friendship Blocks in September



Late Night Quilter Time again for the SuperNova Friendship block swap.  Jennifer from Jennifer under the juniper tree is my partner in design, color design that is. We are mixing up some shades of rainbow colors to complete our Friendship blocks.  This month Jen did a hot green and I did a blue.

This month the Friendship Block exchange question was a tough one.   Jen and I both talked about this topic and realized it was too hard to share out there in the blog land. Here is the subject up for discussion and see what you think:

"Forgiveness is an integral part of any healthy relationship. What does forgives mean to you? Share with your partner an example of a time you had to forgive someone — or someone had to forgive you — and how it strengthened the relationship."

In a general way I believe forgiveness means that you are ready to move on and there are no regrets, grudges, or contempt. That it is all behind you and you can carry on with your life.  What comes to mind is "easier said than done". What about you?

Jen and I got together for a fun Quilty night. We went to the first Friday talk at the Internation Quilt Study Center and Museum  featuring none other than Luke Haynes.  What fun we had!



Jen is on the L and I am on the R with Luke Haynes.  Cheese!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WIP Wed -where does time go?



I dug through my stash and found some pieces that sort of go together with my new block. I really like how they came together. Now I am deciding if I should piece in a cornerstone or not. hmm???
Time seems to be flying by and not much sewing happening.  So keep on keepin' on. ;)

Linking up with WIP Wed with Lee @ Freshly Pieced
and
Let's Bee Social with Lorna @ SewFreshQuilts Let's BEE social

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WIP catch up and fun!

 First up, a totally fun block I was dying to try out.  I love love love this. I have been cleaning out (more purging going on) some of my magazines that I have inherited lately. My guild is having a library book sale and magazine drive to raise money for new books.  I have been cleaning out their library and my stacks of magazines. I was marking things I wanted to try. Found this block and no matter that my design wall is 3 WIP pieces deep....I had to try this one.  FUN! Not sure what I am going to do with it yet and I am using some stash fabrics again for my PURGE Challenge so winner winner chicken dinner! :)

 

Next, isn't it obvious that I worked so fast to catch up on my leader and ender quilt project that my photo is blurry? That is my story and I am sticking to it plus the fact that I had to stand on a rolling chair to get out of the overhead light since it was taken around 6 a.m.   ha
This is my shoebox project of trying to use up all my tiny binding end scraps. Also a Purge project.

Purge buttonAbout PURGE Stitched in Color
Linking up also with WIP Wed Freshly PIeced
and
Let's BEE Social with SewFresh Quilts

 

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Day late but ALYoF for Sept is the plan!


A day late to finish my goal for August ALYoF but it is finished now none the less.  It took me all month to work up the strength (not felt the best) to tackle doing a swirl FMQing design of some sort on this quilt. I figured since it was a scrap stash quilt why not? Many hours of breaking thread and neck ache but it is not too bad for my first time.

You can really see all of the quilting on the red part on the back.
The swirls are not so bad but the traveling part I rarely met up with an already quilted line. I think it is because I can not see that great. I have to quilt without my glasses so I can get close but I can't see around the darning foot. I need more practice no doubt about it!
A finish a day late. Oh well.   54" x 60" approx. Scrappy stash fabrics and boat block from the SewCanShe BOM from July.

Onward to a new month and a new project to finish.

For September I am going to try to tackle the backing and quilting of the Mod Olive Quilt I did in a recent QAL.

It has been folded up but the scraps and fabric for the back are sitting on my work table so it is a must finish or lose the fabrics I am holding onto for this backing.

Linking up with:
ALYoF2014

here