Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Adventures in Perle

Another preview of my primary project, intended to be a quilt for my nice when it is finished. Right now I am working from a Tutorial by the Cozy Pumpkin to hand-quilt certain areas with Perle Cotton. It's my first experience, but so far I am loving the results.

And as always, linking back to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inching Along: Christmas Traditions

I know it's only July, but maybe it's all the amazing Christmas fabric in stores: I have Christmas on the brain.

And, with my primary project laid up in a hand work state (stitch removal, ugh), I have been craving some machine time. So, earlier this week, I busted out an old perennial to-do, Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions has been an on-again off-again project for a while, because when I first bought the fabric, it required two skills I had absolutely no experience with: paper piecing, and applique. I had to learn those both as I went (on this project, and on others), and there's been the added difficulty that this is one of those fabled "quilts for myself" which means it gets put on hold whenever someone quilt-worthy announces a pregnancy.

But, the thing is still taking up TWO of my precious craft bins (I have a rule: I can only have as many projects going as I have craft bins, and I have 5 craft bins total), and this will be the...(checks old posts) THIRD year in a row I have been working on it. Plus, the skills are learned and the blocks are made up, so it's about time to enjoy the fruits of my labor; I'm making a concerted effort to get this thing assembled.

So, at the start of the month, Christmas Traditions looked like this:

And now, it looks like this:

So, I'm pretty happy! I still have another 2 layers of sashing to go, but this feels like real progress: plus, I'm past the part where all the points have to match up, so that's one less thing to stress about. And I am free to fantasize that maybe *this* christmas, I will finally have this quilt to snuggle under.

And as always, linking back to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Sneak Peek

Yet again, I find myself working on a quilt that I'm not ready *quite* ready to show off. But I am working on it! So for this week's WIP, a couple of fun fabric-y hints.

Right now it's "Me and my stitch ripper: a love story" over some FMQ that... didn't turn out as I had hoped; but at least I'm getting there.

....linking to Work In Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Star Trek

I swear I don't actually set out to make space themed quilts... not that you'd be able to tell from my history with Star Wars, Alien Invasion, and now... Star Trek.

Star Trek was born to some degree of serendipitous timing; one of my closest friends from high school (and the Maid of Honor) at my wedding mentioned she was pregnant right around the time that Camelot Fabrics released a Star-Trek themed line. As she and her husband are both Trekkies through and through (he plays the collectible card game, she got me hooked on ST: Voyager in high school) It seemed only sensible that a star-trek themed quilt is something they would both enjoy.

Those with keen eyes and long memories may recognize this quilt as having the same pattern as Froggin', which was gifted (ironically enough) to another friend/bridesmaid of mine in 2010.  As such, it is not the most technically challenging quilt I have made, but I really do just love the pattern, and this had the added benefit of being something I can complete while my friend's daughter is still young enough to use a baby quilt.

I used fabric from the collection, and coordinating fabric from my LQS to piece the front; the back is my absolute favorite fabric from the collection, and this was my first try at an actual hand-stitched dedication... before I have always done them FMQ.

I'm actually pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Monday, May 19, 2014


Dear Charity: I owe you one. 

I started this quilt from stash fabrics in the wake of the May 20 tornado that devastated our community 1 year ago today. Originally it was going to be a Moore Love Quilt Project Quilt, but then I got so caught up in the business end of distributing charity quilts that I wasn't actually able to finish it in time. It's since languished at the top of my "to-do" pile through a job change for my husband, a change of address for us, and a first birthday party for my daughter. But about two months ago I finally got it out, and got it bound. 

Of course during that time, I've also gotten kind of attached. So far we've been blessed with a really inactive tornado season this year, so I'm thinking unless there's another big tragedy looming, this quilt might stay with us.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hand Stitching

The tough part about making a "secret" project is keeping it a surprise when you know the people in question occasionally read your blog... That said, I am almost done with the first major quilt I have tackled since my daughter was born.

I'm also excited to be adding a new skill to my repertoire. I've always wanted to hand-sew a dedication on the quilts I gift, but never quite gotten around to it. This time, I'm actually doing it.

....and linking to Work In Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

WIP Wednesday (the first in a While)

It's been a long hiatus from sewing, but I'm finally at it again! My new sewing room is probably going to be a work in progress for a long, long time, but at least I can now find my things again. And to celebrate, here's a (fairly comprehensive) list of projects I have dug out for the near future.

Binding - Boo Charity Quilt
This was originally supposed to be a charity quilt for the Moore Love project in May, but then I got sidetracked by helping with distribution and getting the quilts to the victims. Just in the past month I have gotten it out, finished quilting it, and attached the binding to the front; needless to say, finding time to hand-stitch the back is a little more challenging than it used to be, but I plan to perservere.

FMQ & Label - Mystery Quilt
This quilt is a gift for a baby who MAY already have made a grand entrance into the world. I pieced it last fall, but had trouble getting the block of time I needed to quilt it until recently. It still needs a dedication and some binding, but it is actually further along than the sneak preview picture might suggest.

Pieced - Other Mystery Quilt
Two babies in three months.  I have a lot of quilting to do! This one is pieced, but not assembled, but I still have time before its recipient arrives.

In Progress - Christmas Traditions
I did finish blanket stitching the appliques on this guy, and stitch together the sashing, but now I'll admit I am having a bit of performance anxiety about putting together the center panel/tree section. The pattern calls for 12" tree blocks, blocks, and it turns out that the blocks as printed about about 11.5". So, I have to find some tasteful way to make up a 0.5" difference without making a mess of seams, cutting anything accidentally crooked, or using fabric that doesn't work in the spot. Sigh. And using a pre-assigned pattern with pre-assigned fabric was supposed to make things easier...

In Progress - Star Wars
Ok, so I haven't actually done anything with this since the LAST time I blogged about it. But, when I went through and organized all my project bins just prior to starting this post, I was reminded that this is actually an awesome bit of handiwork that I am fairly close to finishing. Laziness has caused me to procrastinate on making 2 more wonky stars (well, and mild indecisiveness about whether they should be wonky stars...), but after that it's assemble, FMQ, and thrill the heck out of the husband by keeping for us.

Merely a Twinkle - Unnamed Dinosaur Project
I couldn't resist the Dino Train Fabric when I saw it in stores, and though I am not sure quite *what* I want to make with it, I have to admit that this is currently one of my main motivators for getting other projects out of the queue - it's super cute fabric, and though I don't know of any little boys on their way, nothing says I can't make it for A. 

Merely a Twinkle - Unnamed Strawberry Shortcake Project
Some things, you just have to stash when you see. This is one of them. And now I have the perfect recipient, so all that's left is to find a pattern...I kind of like this one over at Blue Elephant Stitches.

And, for proper linkage:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced