Friday, February 28, 2014

Checking in...

It's crazy how fast time flies!  I can't believe tomorrow is March 1st already.  Part of me is anxious for spring and summer to get here, but the other part of me wants the world to slow down!

I haven't blogged in a while because I felt like I didn't have anything quilty to share...in fact, I thought I might be getting into a bit of a quilting slump, but then I realized I actually have been accomplishing a few things.  In fact, I have the auction quilt just about finished, with just a little bit of binding left to do, so I'll wait until it's finished to share pictures.

Have you seen these pieced letters around the blog world?  It was a blog hop by Moda called "Spell it with Fabric."  I didn't pay much attention at first, but then saw a few of them pop up on some of the blogs I follow and Instagram and I couldn't resist making an "M" for myself!  I borrowed JoAnne's idea of adding the little star.  I love it!  You can find the patterns for the letters HERE (seems Moda took the link page down. :( )and the little star pattern HERE.


I even like the way the back looks!

For now I have it hanging in my sewing room.  I'm not sure I -love- it here, so it may move to another location....

I think part of my almost slump came from feeling like I have to/should work on the auction quilt.  Sometimes when I know I -have- to work on something, I lose all motivation!  Does that happen to anyone else?  Well, one thing that motivated me was telling myself as soon as that one was finished, I could start a new project!  LOL  On our recent trip to Florida to see our son, Zach, I realized he doesn't have or use a comforter or bedspread for his queen size bed!  What, no quilt on the bed???  How can I let that happen!!??  I told him he needed one and he agreed!  

It was hard to decide what quilt I thought he would like...but finally settled on this one.  It's called "16 Patch & Pinwheels," by Bonnie Hunter.  Surprise, surprise...I always seem to fall back to a Bonnie pattern!!  


Bonnie's is obviously scrappy with all colors, but I know Zach's favorite color is green...so I decided to go with scrappy greens and pulled everything that I thought would work out of my stash.  I didn't use fabrics with flowers or anything too feminine looking.  :)  Here are all the strips ready to go...there are some really old fabrics in there!  I'm happy to be putting them to use and out of the stash!  I'll probably have to supplement a little with a trip to the quilt shop, as I'm not sure how many blocks I'll get from this.

At first I thought the pinwheels were matching, like this....

 but then, upon closer inspection, she has some matching and some scrappy.  I think I'll like the scrappy pinwheels better, especially since the 16 patch blocks will be completely scrappy...

Wanna see something?  This is another green quilt I made for Zach in 2004!!  I told you...he likes green!  I remember when I was collecting fabrics for this back then, his only requirement was NO FLOWERS!  :)  It's a large throw size....and THIS is what he is using on his bed at the moment.  Isn't that sweet?!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle






Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A few finishes! (and lots of pics!)

Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.  We sure did...the temps were up a little higher over the weekend, so we found ourselves wanting to get out of the house!  We went to a couple of movies, out to dinner for Valentine's, a little shopping.  We did attempt to go skiing, and even had the car loaded with our skis and equipment and made the drive to the resort, but we decided it was just too windy for us amateurs.  LOL  50+ mph wind gusts on a ski lift does not sound like fun to me.  :P

I didn't get much sewing done this weekend, though I did finish up a few projects in the evenings.  I tried to get a few outdoor pictures, but the wind is still blowing like crazy...so I couldn't do much.  First up is the soccer quilt for my nephew.  I asked him his favorite color and he said Dark Yellow!  He also loves soccer.  I'm really pleased with this quilt...the yellow isn't too crazy after all.  :)

You can see the snow is almost gone thanks to a couple of days of temperatures above freezing and the flag gives you an idea what the wind is doing!  LOL

I had to go inside for a full picture...it would not stay flat outside!


I did the same fun swirly design as a previous quilt I showed...mainly because it was already set up on my machine!  But I think it works just perfect!

On the back is a really soft flannel I found at JoAnn's.  The black binding with mostly black backing makes for a not so easy time of hand-stitching!  The fabric is sooo dark, it was hard to see as I usually stitch at night while watching the TV.  

 The next finish is my first Schnibbles quilt!  I've had these two books for a couple of years, but just have never made anything out of them.  I've been seeing lots of Schnibble quilts pop up on blogs and on Instagram lately, so I got itchin' to try one.  I had these two OLD charm packs...I think I've had them 5-6 years.  Kansas Troubles is a classic though!

I decided to go with "Plan C..."  The patterns are really nicely written and they are quick to assemble.

And here is my finished quilt!  I love it!  I had intentions of hanging it where I have the "Warm Winter Blessings" hanging, but this one is just a bit too small.  It's just a matter of moving the hangers...so we'll see!

I did a fun swirly quilting design and used an old homespun from my stash for the backing.  The binding was another piece from my stash and isn't an exact match to the Kansas Troubles, but I think it's pretty close!!

And last is a quilt I showed earlier in January as one of the UFO's I wanted to finish up.  Well...it's done!  We had a new baby boy born to one of the families in the unit and at the last minute I decided I wanted to give them a quilt.  I mean, I've known this baby was coming since I met the family last summer...but of course I waited until I get news the baby was born before deciding on a quilt.  Since I had this top assembled...all it needed was quilting and binding.

I also decided to machine sew the binding on....this was my first -completed- attempt at this method.  I've tried in the past and just gave up because I wasn't happy with the results.  This time, I tried a couple of different things and I have to say, I'm mostly happy with the results!  It's not my favorite way to finish the binding, but I definitely like the quicker finish!  It's far from perfect...but I'll improve with more practice!  I've heard that this is probably a more durable binding, especially for baby/toddler quilts that will be washed more frequently.  Anyway...it's in the wash as we speak, by the way, and will be ready for delivery tonight along with the meal I am taking for the family!

Whew....that was a lot of pictures!!  Hope you all have a great week!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle



Friday, February 14, 2014

And the winner is.....

Thank you all soooo much for all the kind comments about my blog-o-ccomplishment!!  I wish I could give each of you a prize!  Or at least a hug!  


Without further delay....the winner of the mini spools quilt is....



Missy!!!  yayay!!  Missy, please send me your mailing address and I'll send you your prize!!



Thanks again everyone...this was fun.  Who knows if I'll have another 500 posts...but I'm going to love it and keep going as long as I can!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

For Sale Items



Do you ever get that bogged down feeling?  I've been feeling it when it comes to my sewing/quilting "stuff" for quite some time....my bins and closets are over-flowing!  The truth is, I'll never finish everything I have...but the problem is that I love it all!  Finally, I realized it's time to clear a few things out and lighten the load a little.  I thought I'd list a few things here on my blog for my readers to have the first chance....I'll see how this works, but I may decide to move everything over to Ebay or Etsy.

I've opened a "page" on my blog where I have my for sale items listed.  You can see it on the top right corner or you can click HERE to check it out!!

Thanks for looking and 
Happy Quilting!!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

500 Posts!

Woohoo!  I reached a significant milestone in the blog world...well, I think so anyway!  I opened my blog in 2006, but really didn't actively blog until 2008.  In fact, I had NO posts in 2007.  LOL  I missed the blogoversaries, like 5 year, etc.  So I thought..."Well, then I'll celebrate reaching 500 posts!"  

I have met some wonderful people through my blog, including some that I have been lucky enough to meet in real life. :)  I may go through some periods where I don't post as much and other times I post more frequently....but I've always enjoyed it and especially enjoy reading others blogs and getting to "know" you and your families.  I have gleaned so much quilting knowledge from you all and the inspiration has been endless!

So...what better way to celebrate than to have a giveaway!!  I made this cute little spool wallhanging and I want to give it to one of my faithful readers! 

I just love this little wallhanging and it's colorful spools...I hope you will too! 

It has a hanging sleeve and is all ready for you to hang in your home or sewing room!  (sorry...the "Welcome" hanger doesn't come with it!)  :)

And what's a celebration without a little chocolate??!!  I'm also sending one of my favorite candies for you to enjoy! 

So...how can you win this, you ask?  Well...just comment on this post for a chance to win.  And as an extra bonus....if you commented on any of the last 10 posts, will get another chance to win!  If you commented on all 10 posts, you'll get an additional 10 chances!!  I truly appreciate those of you that faithfully follow my blog and comment, so I wanted to give you an extra chance to win!!  I will announce the winner on Friday, February 14th!

Good luck and Happy Quilting!
~Michelle  


Saturday, February 08, 2014

499



This is post number 499 on my blog!  Crazy!  That only means one thing...the next post is number 500!! Stay tuned for post number 500 for something exciting!!
Friday, February 07, 2014

Feline Friday

"Much to learn you still have...my young padawan!"
Thursday, February 06, 2014

Baby...it's cold outside!

We are definitely in a cold snap here in Wyoming...the temps have not risen above 0 for a few days and the lows have been hovering around -20 for the last few mornings.  Thank goodness there is not the usual wind...it seems whenever it's this cold, the wind calms down which is the only saving grace!  I'm nice and snug indoors though and just bundle up when I go outside, so I'm not complaining (yet!).



I finished this cute baby quilt yesterday...and I braved the sub-zero temps this morning to get a good picture for you!  LOL  You can see we are blanketed with plenty of snow that isn't going anywhere for a while.  But back to the quilt....I just love it.  Every once in a while, a quilt just hits me with..."ahhh."  Does that happen to you?  Something about this quilt...the colors, the fabrics, the pattern, all of it...I am just so happy with it!

It is for our soon to be born great-nephew.  Seriously?  "Great-nephew?"  That makes me feel old!  This is even our second "great" relative...we also have a 8 month old great-niece.  I just remember my great-aunts and great-uncles always seemed old.  I guess that means I'm old!  LOL

a full view...the pattern is called Happy Hour, by Atkinson Designs.  It's probably one of the quickest quilts patterns ever!  But still, I love it!  Did I say that already?

I used one of my favorite quilting designs, "Quirky." I think it's perfect for baby quilts.

The back is the softest brushed homespun ever!  I was so pleased to find the green for the binding in my "stash."  Perfect!!  Hope the new mamma and baby love it as much as I do!

 I also started my next project this week.  The spouses club on base raises money for scholarships through a "Basket Auction" every year.  My donation to the auction will be a quilt...what else?  :)  I found this FQ pack a few months ago called "Horseshoe Trail," which is a lovely blend of western style fabrics.  I think I own 3-4 FQ packs (including this one!) and I don't believe I've ever opened one...let me tell you...it was tough to pull that ribbon!  It's so pretty just like that!!

But I did it...and I'm making this pattern with the FQ's...Yellow Brick Road...another of my favorites!!

Hopefully I'll have pics to share soon...I have to keep moving on this one.  The auction is coming up fast!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Goodnight Irene Sew Along

My Goodnight Irene top is done!  I debated a little about keeping this project a true "sew along" and doing just a few blocks a month or to keep working and not have -another- UFO/WIP laying around.  Since my mom was here this week, I had plenty of time to spend sewing, so I just kept working and then I was close enough that I said, "you just need to finish this one!"  I'm so glad I did!  This was supposed to be a stashbuster quilt....but pink is probably the color I have the least of.  I did end up buying a Fat 8th pack and a couple 1/4 yard cuts of "hot pink."  Oh well...I'll bust my stash with the next quilt!

I don't think the pink squares "float" as much with the black as I've seen with the lighter backgrouds.  The X's definitely are very prominent...especially in this picture!

I used Kona black...and boy oh boy, it's a lint magnet!  I'll use the lint roller when it's up on the longarm.  :)  I also made a small design mistake...but I was too far along in the assembly to -want- to change it.  I figured no one will really know unless I tell them!  :)  Can you see it?  

Can't wait to see how everyone else is doing!  Thanks again, Terry for a fun quilt idea and sew along...can't wait to see what you come up with next.  

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle