Sunday, July 29, 2012

Foto Finish: Yellow

 The bright yellow blooms in my front walkway seem to bid a welcome to those who walk up the path.





This photo is from our back yard and hopes of many good cukes ahead!  We've not had good luck with cucumbers, but this one is full of blooms.

The day lilies are spent and these Black Eyed Susans are bravely trying to make up for their loss.
Find more Foto Finishes over at Cat Patches

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Quilts Ready for Binding

I got this little quilt quilted and ready for the binding.  The printed sunflower fabric was hard to quilt and left little holes in the picture.  It was almost like quilting on paper.  I did the best I could and then just randomly started the diagonal lines into the border.  It's amazing that it worked out--I'm such a lazy quilter.  (No math on this one)

   This quilt came back from the quilter.  I need to cut the strips for this one.


Some close ups of the individual blocks:



Considering it's been a big celebration this week--Pioneer Day for Utah and a birthday for me.  The biggest celebration for me is still yet ahead.  DH and I get to go to Neil Diamond tomorrow night.  I can hardly wait.  When it was announced he was coming I announced that that was what I wanted for my birthday.  So I get to celebrate twice.  We scouted out the parking yesterday and came home and found a place that does reserve parking which is a bonus for me and my knee!   I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas!


Linking over to Sara at Confessions of a Fabric Addict  for a Whoop Whoop!

Since the sunflower quilt was a new project for July, I've added it to the http://catpatches.blogspot.com/2012/07/july-newfo-linky-party-and-giveaway.html

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My Birthday!

 Had planned a relaxing day--who wants to do anything really industrious on their birthday--especially when it is a state holiday!  Lucky me!  I am Queen for a Day!  (You better believe it too!)

Monday, July 23, 2012

It's Time to Deal with This!

I've touched this little picture of sunflowers so many times since I bought it over 6-7 years ago, that I decided it was time to make it into a wall hanging.  I just liked the print.  I purchased it on a whim when I was on a group quilting expedition to Arizona a few years back--don't even remember for sure when it was.  But, now I'm trying something and I'm not even sure it will work.

Here's what I've done so far.

And here's my pallet:
 I haven't a clue how far out I'll go--I guess enough until I feel like it is finished.  I'm just going along and selecting "tiles" as I go.  They are 1.5 inch pieces and I don't want the wall hanging to get too big.  

It's just playtime for now...no rules--just following what feels okay! 

Link over to other quilter's design walls at Patchwork Times

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bits and Pieces of This and That!

I delivered the quilts I've finished for Project Linus.  I grabbed this shot of them folded and ready to be bagged.
 It feels good to free up some space in the closet!

So much going on that I didn't do some of the FMQ Challenges, so I worked on July's Challenge found HERE   I had some fun with this one and tackled a variation of the challenge on a quilt I was quilting.
 The block on the pre-made quilt that is reserved for these monthly challenges looks like this:
 The hardest part for me was making the tiles and I still need some practice, but it was fun and I'm sure I'll get more practice by applying to some quilt tops already made and awaiting quilting.  Now, I just need to get in the mood--relax the shoulders and remember to breathe!


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I finished two tops to my satisfaction now.  I'm not sure how I'll quilt them or if I'll send them out.  These started as http://quiltinggallery.com/learning-center/beginners-quilt-along/   but I'll be the first to admit I'm just not good at BOM's or quilt alongs.  I get impatient or lose interest as the month's drag along.  On the beginner's quilt along, I got inspired to use some fabric that I had and I didn't have enough of the same tone for the background and ended up with two quilts ready to go.  Now that I've got these bordered I'm happy with them and I'm leaving the quilt along as I have completed (although not to the group specifications) my own intent for starting the quilt along.  I do have one more quilt from the "rolie polie" of Riley Blake's All Sport Fabric for SALE HERE



I'm posting this on Thursday, an I'll probably have more for a Whoop Whoop Friday, but for now I'm leaving you with a beautiful shot from our backyard.  Gotta love the sunsets here!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Three More Quilts--These are for Boys!

Being the mom to three boys, I am acutely aware of making quilts for boys.  Girl quilts are fun to make and I love girl quilts, but boys have a need too, so I've been trying to make sure to have some that are boy friendly.

These two are cowboy themed and made from a panel with some borders added to bring the size up for a youngster.  These will go in the bag that I'll soon be dropping off for Project Linus.  The bag is big and needs to go either today or tomorrow!  (11 quilts total)
Here is another that could go for a boy, especially with the backing that I used, but it really could go either way.  The nurses will decide how best to use it I'm sure.
 There are some other quilts I'll get to soon enough, but for now they are folded on a hanger and neatly put away.  I've got one other quilt I'm going to sandwich--a postage stamp quilt and I'm not sure if it will be mine or my oldest son's!

Linking over to 100 Quilts for Kids Here  to add these three quilts.  And to Quilts are for Giving HERE

Saturday, July 14, 2012

I LOVE a BARGAIN

In my last post lamenting the $12 sticker price on quilting fabric, I found a few bargains at Elaines Quilt Block

It was such a lovely experience.  There were so many fabrics that just had me in heaven and I would have loved to buy a lot.  But my mission was to use a coupon I'd purchased for $15 that allowed me to buy $30 of fabric.  It was a 35-40 minute drive and it wasn't too long before I went looking for the restroom.  The sales help were busy assisting others so I figured it would be where the classes are taught.  So, I ventured downstairs.  Not only did I find the rest room, but I found some lovely fabrics cut in 2-3 yard pieces for $4 a yard.  I picked up several then I started adding them up in my head and put half of them back!

I then went upstairs and found a package of fat eighths in Black and White.  It's very hard to find just the right black and white fabrics.  This little package brought me half way to my $30!  I found some bright fat quarters I think will work into some lovely blocks with that black and white.

I also found a lovely hand quilting hoop.  It was a $58 floor model marked down to $20!!! I couldn't believe my luck!!!
There it is all assembled and I've draped my latest quilt top along with a package of that $4 a yard fabric.  I think it may work for the back.  It looks a little dull on my monitor, but it's actually a fun bright green.  I'll blog more about that quilt when I get it finished.  There's lots of history in that little number!  Back to the quilting frame--maybe with the high price of fabrics I can slow the process down by doing some hand quilting on some smaller pieces.  We'll see--my personality seems to be a "vroom -vroom" when it comes to quilting and maybe I can't really slow it down, but for $20 I just might try.  The great big quilting frames I had, were just too big.  This may just work!

Anyhow, I ended up adding some thread to bring my purchase up, as I just wasn't ready to commit to buying $10-12 fabric quite yet!  But, I'm still ecstatic about my little bag of goodies.
  This morning I felt pretty good--I've been breathing so much better lately and can do my yard work again, and I was cutting of the dead heads on my daisies.  I looked at a Red Star Cordyline that the sun seems to have beaten down a bit and I decided to put it on my front porch out of the direct sun for a bit and see if it gets a little color back into its leaves.  Anyhow I pulled a pot from the back and filled it and went to the local nursery.  Found some goodies and some at 70% off!  Doing a happy dance again!

I found the silk flowers and put them into the hole of the antique butter churn (that has no churn)!  *grin*
It seemed to spruce up the porch a bit and the new planter seems proud to now be of use.

Well, now that I've shared my shopping adventures, I'll go back to sandwiching some quilts so I can quilt and finish the quilt tops!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fabric Pieces Into Quilt Tops

I've had some Dr. Seuss Fabric for a couple of years now and it's high time I made it up.  I figured out a pattern to best use the pieces to show off the print the best.

I still need to figure out how to cut a template to make each block the same, but for now I took the two different blocks and placed them on opposing corners.
Here's an up close shot of the blocks.

I'm in a sewing/piecing mood right now and I'm not sure when these will get finished, but I'm surely happy to have the 12.5 in pieces cut and set aside for a BQ quilt for the rest of the red and 3.5 inch pieces cut with the rest of the yellow.  I'll get some 12 blocks from those.

I went to the store the other day and was very discouraged.  The Dr. Seuss fabric is $12 a yard.  I couldn't find any bright red other than Kona.  I may settle on that.  I still have a 40% off coupon for up to 2 yards.  Kona might be my best bet.  I can go back before the coupon expires.

I know I got this fabric for around $6 or $7 a yard online and on sale, but I got just a yard of each thinking I could work it into more of a highlight in a quilt top rather than using the fabric for the whole quilt.  I'm going to have to make a serious decision when these fabrics are gone as to how much donation quilting I'll be doing!!!

I have stumbled over a small piece of fabric just one too many times.  I sewed that little bit of fabric from somewhere  into a simple quilt. If I remember right, it came from a fabric bundle--but anyhow it's done.  The yellow sashing is brighter than it looks in this picture.  Kind of a twist on modern quilts.
I had a couple of strips sewn awaiting something and I finally decided to make horizontal strips.  I ran out of the pink, but it's now sewn into a top and after its quilted, I think it will work just fine for a donation quilt for Project Linus.
The backings are cut and the bindings too so that I don't go on a rampage and use up what I need to match these.  Now that they are in the closet, they don't seem to annoy me anymore.


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Started working on piecing a crumb quilt last night, but I don't have that sewn together yet.  But, what I've done qualifies for a Whoop Whoop don't ya think?!

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Linking over to Sarah's Blog Here for other whoop whoops!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It's Hot Outside and Smokin' in Here!

Finished up the last of the quilts I've quilted this week for Project Linus. 

First I found some orphan blocks that were 9 inch blocks.  I usually use 12 inch blocks for Sunshine Quilters, so these have been in a drawer for some time.  Well, I started putting them together Sunday evening and couldn't go to bed until I had them on the design wall.  I just needed to add three blocks, and found some black and white pre-cut squares so I used them in with the other blocks. 

Here's the finished quilt.
And the cute fabric I found in the drawer that I used for the backing.

This is the design wall as I played with the blocks.

Next is the finish of the little quilt I blogged about last week.

And then the backing used up a stray piece of fabric that was just right with the leftover pieces sewn into a strip.
Next is this little African inspired number


 Adding these three quilts to 100 Quilts for Kids at Swim, Bike, Quilt




I found a small piece on my cutting table that allowed me to make this design
from this that I just wasn't too excited about

I'll get that made into a quilt top soon!

Then I started a medallion for the Sunshine Yahoo Group.  I totally forgot to mail it to the next person, today.  I must get that off tomorrow!
This will be completed and sent either to Wrap A Smile or Wrap Them in Love, depending on the size it finishes out to be.


Well, that's it for now!  I feel like I'll go put my feet up and watch TV!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Riley Blake All Sports Fabric Quilt Tops

I've been sewing some basic nine patch quilt tops and have used one Jelly Roll of Riley Blake All Sports 2.5" Fabric Strips.

This is a top of 12 12" squares and is ready for a border.

This is from another shade I didn't think really looked good with the cream


The above set is on my design wall now.  I'm not sure how I'll use these blocks.  As you can see, by adding some other fabrics, I've made the jelly roll go a long ways.  I've run out of the beige fabric above and I don't know how other fabrics will play with this.  I'm thinking I may use a black sashing.  Still not sure...

These are from the blues and reds.  Again, I'm not sure how I'll use these blocks.  Maybe I'll just send them on to Sunshine for the Lotto drawing for July as it is for novelty fabrics.  I have more red and some tan, and of course the black and white that I bought recently on  http://www.stitch-n-frame.net/ (Thursday Special).   I could get three quilts out of the starts from the jelly roll!  It's just a matter of making them look good and play well with each other.  I realize that these are my design wall musings and may not be the best representation of the fabric line. 

I have two jelly rolls left and I'm really not wanting to play with them so I've added them on Ebay


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

One Finish!

From all the flimsies I worked on during the month of June, I did get one quilt finished last night before going to bed.  It is the one I just started and blogged about yesterday.
Here is the completed quilt.  Although pastels aren't my usual colors, I really quite like this one.

And the backing is my favorite part!
This will get washed today and then into the bag with the other quilts that will be going to Project Linus, locally.
I blogged about the design wall of this quilt HERE 
Linking over to Quilts Are For Giving

Linking over for a Whoop Whoop Here

Monday, July 2, 2012

Restful Colors for the Soul

I admit it.  I'm already tired of the unending heat, no rain and fires.  Close to where my son lives was a fire and we were glued to the TV watching it unfold.
The fires destroyed 4 homes and some acreage before it was totally doused.  Our children didn't have to evacuate as they were on the other side of a ridge.  We didn't know it at the time and just got the text "we're packing."  My heart goes out to all the fire victims across the country.  This is a hot dry summer.   More on containment of Utah fires

I picked out of my stash some five inch squares and picked out the cool, soft colors to soften the heat I feel.  I used an 8.5 inch strip 1.5 inches wide to place in the squares and then I trimmed them to 5 inches as some of them didn't come out big enough to be a 5.5 inch square.  I cut a strip 8.5 inches from the lavender that is a rather funny color for matching and it worked well with the pastels.  I'm going for a square quilt on this one I think.  Maybe I'll stop at 8 blocks by 8 blocks making a total needed of 64.  I'll think about a border as I progress.

This will be another donation quilt.  Linking over to Patchwork Times 
See the Finish Here