Saturday, August 31, 2013

August goal....failed

Hello Folks,

Well, I didn't make it. I know, I could be sewing right now instead of blogging and maybe finish by this afternoon.... but with a teething 17month's not going to happen. lol It's been a rough week. He is teething really hard, and that means a LOT of Mommy time. I am not complaining. I am trying to savor every moment of his babyhood, as I know, he will be grown up in a blink of an eye.

I have gotten all the pieces of each row sewn into their rows.

Someday pattern by Jessica Smith of

And I have rows 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 sewn together. There are 16 rows. So I have a ways to go yet.

Someday pattern by Jessica Smith of

Linking up with Shanna and Melissa, even though I didn't finish. lol Thanks again Ladies.

A Lovely Year of Finishes
Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hexie blog hop

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to my blog, those of you coming over from Sew We Quilt blog hop. And welcome back to my regular readers :)

Thank you again Samm and Debbie, for putting together another great blog hop!

I was going to make this project for the Christmas blog hop. But
then I found out that there was a hexie hop right after that one, so waited till now to do this project.

A month or so ago I saw this pattern.

photo borrowed from the Fat Quarter Shops Jolly Jabber

It's a free quilt a long on the Jolly Jabber. See that cute hexie ornament? I had to make one!

So I left out the star in the middle and just used a plain hex. Drafted the pattern to look like an ornament and put them in hexagon shaped tree skirt.

I've been wanting a new tree skirt for many years now, and have finally got one made! Although it is a bit small.

I used fleece for the backing and didn't use any batting.

It quilted up just fine too :)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my creation. Please don't forget to stop at the rest of the stops on the hop. Here's who I'm sharing the day with.



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Monday, August 19, 2013

Some stash fabric

Hello All,

I haven't touched my sewing machine in at least 3 days. I don't know how I am going to complete my August goal at this rate.

But I HAVE been adding to the stash! Here are some of my recent purchases, over the past month or so.

These are Kona Bay Shadowland fabrics. They are much darker than I thought they would be (I ordered them online). But hubby really likes them :) I do like how rich and saturated the colors are.

I finally got my hands on some of this very lovely Blushing line too, from Margot Languedoc for Henry Glass fabrics. I've been wanting some of this since before it even came out!

And I've added to my hoard of Sunkissed, by Sweetwater, with these prints I found on sale :)

Taking theses pictures, I realized how well the Sunkissed and Blushing line go together :)

Baby has been making it hard to sit and sew, but I am hoping to get some done today.

 I have the backing and batting for Jeds quilt, so I need to get to quilting that too. Winter will be here before we know it!

Tomorrow starts the Hexie blog hop from Sew We Quilt. My day is Wednesday, the 21st. So come on back to see what I created :)

Have a great day!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mid-month check in

Howdy Folks,

It's time to check in with Shanna and Melissa, ALYOF. I've been working steadily on my quilt top. A little bit every day, I hope I can finish by the end of the month.

This quilt is 78 x89 inches. It has 224 six inch blocks in it!! That's a lot of blocks. I blogged about my goal here.

pattern by Jessica Smith,

I am finished piecing them all together.

Now for putting the blocks together. You have to be very careful here, or your design wont turn out right.

As you can see, the pattern calls for 2 more colors than I am using. I didn't have ANYTHING in my stash to go with these black, white and reds. And as I was testing, I didn't have time to get anything to go with them either. So I just stuck with these 4 colors.

 I think it will still be pretty striking.... not that I haven't thought about adding some yellow  for some pops of color... LOL.... too late now though, I am not redoing some of these blocks.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

ALYOF....August goals

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying the HO, Ho, Ho blog hop over at Sew We Quilt. There is lots of cute, lovely projects.

I can't believe it's August already! Just 4 short months till Christmas and a new year. WOW!

This month I want to finish this pattern, it's called Someday and you can find in Jess's store.

It was a mystery pattern last year and I never got it finished. Here are my pieces, mostly ready to sew together.

I think it will look great in these colors.

Linking up with Shanna and Melissa again, thank you Girls!

Have a great day!

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Christmas in July blog hop!

Hello Everyone,

And welcome to my stop on the blog hop. A big thank you going out to Samm and Carol, for their great ideas, blog hops and cheering.

I love Christmas :) The snow, the Christmas carol's, the cookies, the joy on little kid faces...And there is some darling Christmas fabric out there too. But, for some reason, I just don't decorate for Christmas with FABRIC stuff!? So I had very little Christmas fabric in my stash.

 I dug out these fabrics that my quilting forum swapped a few years ago.

I made 3 stars and some strips of squares. And put together a quilt as you go (QAYG) table runner.

Here is how I did it.

First lay your backing right side down, and smooth your batting on top. Find the middle of your batting and mark it.  Put your middle block right on that mark. Centering it.

Lay your second piece right sides together with the first, and sew your 1/4" seam. You'll sew right thru the batting and backing, so that your blocks will not only be sewn together, but to the batting/backing as well.

Open up that second piece, smooth it out (or even iron it if you want) and lay your third piece, right side down, on top of the second piece. Sew, press open, repeat.

When you are done going one way, do the same thing going the other way. Until your blocks all all sewn down.

Then sew your bottom and top sashings and blocks the same way.

When you have all your blocks/sashings sewn on, you can trim and bind it. It's already quilted :) Or you can do some more quilting on the blocks.

I did some FMQing, I have to practice, a LOT! Still having some tension issues. I go to fast with the machine, then have to slow down, and slow down too much, then speed up again... And when I finally get the speed of the machine right, I have to figure out how fast to move the fabric thru with my hands. Sigh~

 I practiced doing some simple back and forth loopy things, and circles in all the little squares. Plus a little tree.

Made a star in each of the big blocks, and TRIED to sew straight lines along the seams. Dang that's hard!! lol

Then I trimmed and put my binding on.

(Forgive the poor photos. Our sky is filled with smoke from a fire up in Oregon!)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are getting some Christmas sewing done :)

Don't forget to check out the other lovely projects. Here's today's schedule.

August 2

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