Monday, September 29, 2014

Jax and Whit

I was so lucky to have my brother and his family visit this week!  You might remember from last July, I shared this picture of my youngest nephew, Jaxon....I've seen him a couple of times during our visits to California over this last year, but those visits have been pretty short and I don't get to spend much time with anyone in particular.  I love when a family member comes to visit us, because I get more one on one time.  :)

Here is that same little guy now 14 months old!  He is just adorable...he's such a happy baby and rarely fussy.  He is a busy little guy though, so he rarely sat still for "selfies!"

He's very appropriately dressed for our day exploring in his Air Force shirt!  He has another uncle that is about to go off to basic training...so he's showing his Air Force pride for his uncles!

This is my brother, Matt.  I'm thankful for the time spent with him this week too...he was quite young when I married and moved out of state (about 5 years old!), and it sort of feels like we haven't had a lot of time together.  He's a great dad!


Jax is starting to chatter and say a few words...the cutest thing he says is "gottem gottem?"  Which is his way of asking for food or drink.  His parents don't know where it came from, but he very clearly knows what he's asking for when he says it.  So cute...he had the whole house saying it.

I'm so glad they came for a visit and miss all of them already.  I hope he doesn't grow up too much before I get to see him again!

Now on to quilting!  Earlier this month, I was able to piece this month's "Schnibbles" project.  This one is called Whit.  I used a charm pack called "Winter Wonderland" by Moda.  These little flying geese finish at 1" x 2"....I learned a little lesson with this choice of fabric.  With these small pieces, the motif on the fabric is lost in the tiny cutting and piecing.  The motifs were spread apart just enough, that I rarely got a whole snowman or any of the different designs to show on the little pieced block.  Oh well...we're always learning, right??
Why is there always ANOTHER thread/lint showing once you take a picture?

Of course, it's always windy in Wyoming, but this picture gives you a glimpse of the fabric I used for the back!

This picture shows the truest color of the Moda Marble Black I used....
You can see fall is full bloom here in WY.

This picture shows you the quilting....which is really hard to see, even in real life!   LOL  I had a hard time choosing how to quilt it...but I think this is best...I didn't want to do anything to take away from the little flying geese.  I just played around with some free-motion quilting on my regular machine.  It's not perfect, but you can't see it anyway, right?  :)

Don't forget to check out all the other Schnibble quilts on Sinta and Sherrie's blogs...

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle




Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sew Together Bag

 Have you heard of the Sew Together Bag?  I started seeing it pop up around the springtime on Instagram.  I ordered the pattern, but just knew I wouldn't get to it for a while.  Some of the reviews were mixed saying that it wasn't an easy pattern to read, etc.  So I knew I would have to attempt it at a time when I could really concentrate and figure this thing out!

Much to my relief...it's not difficult at all!  If you just follow the pattern step by step, it goes together perfectly!  

The outside of the bag can be quilted and pieced to your liking.  I've been wanting to play with my selveges again, so this was the perfect opportunity!  And ta-da!  My Sew Together Bag.... 

It's about 10" long, 5" tall, and opens WIDE, so plenty big for larger scissors, rotary cutter, etc., for taking to a class or retreat.  The three pockets will be perfect for needles, machine feet, bobbins, etc.

This is the "innards" before it was fully assembled...just so cool how designers can figure these things out!  The little red square is a Needle Landing. 

Here is the other side of the bag (click the pic to see a close up of the fun selveges).  The pattern calls for machine sewing the binding, but I'm not real comfortable with that technique, especially on a small awkward piece, so I handstitched mine down.  I love it and can't wait to fill it up!

We have had much cooler temps the last couple of weeks....and in fact had a visit from Mr. Snow already!  It didn't accumulate to much and only stuck around for about 48 hours.  It has been exactly 4 months (May 12) since our last snow (12")!  Spring, Summer, and Fall sure went by fast!  LOL


We're expecting a little milder temps for the next week or so...I know fall is not totally over yet.  That cold snap did a number on my flowers though...all are pretty much done, but my poor Impatiens took the worst beating.  Poor little things looked so pretty just three days ago.  :(

Oh well...on to pumpkins, mums, and candy corn!!  

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Stitch Along Part 3

I finally had a chance to add Part 3 to my Primitive Gatherings Stitch Along project.  I'm loving this little guy....it sure looks Christmas-y even though it's not meant to be.  I did mine a bit more scrappy, and that's how I like it!
Those are TINY geese, finishing at 1"x 2"...but I make them with the EZ Angle and Companion Angle templates and they are easy peasy.  

Just when I thought I was done with tiny geese...this project was announced for the Schnibbles project this month.  More tiny geese!  The pattern is called Whit from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company.  Better get my templates back out!  :)

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle

Monday, September 01, 2014

Schnibble Fun

It's almost time for Another Year of Schnibbles!  I've loved these patterns for years and followed the blog "parades" for quite some time, but didn't jump in and participate until earlier this year.  After taking a little break over the summer, Sherri, Sinta, and Carrie are gearing up to start another year of fun!  Carrie, from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company has a whole bunch of new patterns called "Little Bites," so I'm sure some of those will be in the mix along with a few other surprises.

While we're waiting to hear what the announcement will be for our first pattern, everyone is showing their Year of Schnibbles from last year....so here are mine from the last few months of parade.

X-Rated...made from my own stash of "charms."



Plan C...made from a Kansas Troubles charm pack


Hook...made from my own stash of charms


And finally...my Mini Swoon quilt by Thimble Blossoms.  No, this isn't a Schnibbles pattern, but it was one of the "surprises" thrown in to the parade.  Fun!

On September 1st, be sure to check out A Quilting Life and Pink Pincushion for more Schnibble parades.  

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle