Saturday, December 29, 2012

Converging Corners Bee Block


I’m not much of a fan of log cabin quilts – or at least not of making them, but I like this way of log cabining.  I made this (late) Bee block for Muriel in the Sew Buzzy Bee.  It was supposed to be done last month.  bad Donna.  I over-committed myself – both with bees and with the holiday season.  I’m opting out of the NuBees for January.  I think one Bee is enough for me to start with and I like this one best.  turns out I like to have more control over the design and fabric used in quilt blocks than the NuBees group allowed for.  control freak.  and possible perfectionist.  which explains, at least in part, why I’ve been late with bee blocks.  I’m still working on the embroidery for the bee block due the month before this one!

the tutorial for this block is here on Film in the Fridge’s website (using some of my favorite laurie wisbrun fabric…)

I’ve still got a lot of quilty catch-up to do…  I think 2013 needs to be a year focused on finishing up UFOs, although, I’ve already started a new quilt.  typical me.  I’ll show it off soon.  you might need sunglasses when I do.  snow hits and I go craving me some COLOR.  :-)


Muriel sent scraps for the logs and that wonderful Kona Stone.  It’s such a great neutral.  I have that fabric in the center in a greenish-blue color, but I can’t think what the name of it is at the moment.  I’ve seen a few of the other blocks on the Sew Buzzy flickr page, but I hope I get to see the finished quilt, too.  I think it’s a log cabin that I will like!

hope you have fun (and safe) plans for this next New Year’s weekend. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

quilt in it’s home


here’s a fun one for me – I just almost never get to see a quilt in it’s own home.  I had only a week to make this, and got kind of frustrated – had to rip out 11 lines of quilting (not much fun!) but it was so worth it when I gave it to my friend at the Christmas party on Friday.  She likes the quilt, but more than that she understood that the gift was more than some fabric and thread and her appreciation was obvious, immediate and sincere.  It was worth every redone stitch, every early morning and late night just to see her smile and to have that shared moment.  I am thankful for my friends, my family, my job, my health and for being able to make pretty, practical things for the people who remind me that even though life is sometimes hard, confusing or depressing, I do have a lot to be thankful for.  

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Secret Santa quilt top “data letters”

I finished the top for a quilt I’m making to give away at the company Christmas party on Friday.  dragged the teen to Joann’s for batting and thread this morning after some Starbucks bribery.

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I started sewing the top two days ago – marathon *I might just get sick of sewing* stitching session…  I only got the name of the intended last Friday and ordered fabric in a hurry.  It’s meant to match this chair she recently purchased from Target.

The Starbucks bribery included some butter croissants, so our quilt photo-taking roles were reversed and I had to hold the quilt and let the teen take the pictures.  Here’s what you end up with when the person holding the quilt is short, with short arms and the person taking the photo just wants to go home…

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or this, which is marginally better…

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also the colors in this quilt don’t photograph well.  and it’s a rainy morning in Chicago.  (is that enough excuses for one post?)  I was inspired by these…

back to marathon sewing….  I need to finish this quilt for Friday’s party and the Cinderella quilt for the Monday following and then my niece’s bowtie quilt.  and I have some sadistic fantasy about managing to finish a Christmas pillow for someone, too.  I think there’s going to be a lot of dirty dishes and dust bunnies around here!

more quilt stats when it’s done.  :-)

Sunday, December 2, 2012


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top is together….  waiting on fabric for the rest of the quilt.  tomorrow’s goal, and for the week while waiting for the post, is my much overdue bee blocks.  then I’ve one more top to make, which will put me at three to sandwich, quilt and bind in the next couple of weeks.  come the end of the month, I’ll be taking a long post-holiday-sewing nap.  until then, I’ll be plugging away at the machine and watching Buffy on Netflix.  and maybe some Elf. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Helping Mrs. Claus

Again this year I have the honor of being able to help Mrs. Claus with a quilt project for a young lady.  Last year it was Paddington, this year it's Cinderella.  I've got Bibbidy-bobbidy-boo and mice singing Cinderelly, Cinderelly in my head most of the day and night.  I rewatched the movie on YouTube - and man that stepmother and sisters were mean! 

the green is Kaffe shot cotton in honeydew and I love it.  there's a slight bluish tint running against the green and the fabric is really soft.  the whole of the quilt has been cut and situated on the design wall - just needs to be pieced and I'm hoping that the softness of the fabric didn't cause me any cutting errors.  Mrs. Claus would never give a quilt to a child that is done poorly, so I'm being extra careful with my work.

I've not forgotten about my poor neglected Bee blocks (please don't kick me out of any bees).  so hard to get all done that needs to be done this time of year.  I'm hoping it's the same for all the bee members so they aren't cursing my late blocks...  here is the sad state of wait for my bee blocks - yes, there they sit, waiting for attention...

 and now my handwork shame is out - ask me to embroider and expect to wait.  I'm trying, but it is taking me much longer than other bee members...  happily the quilt itself isn't late and I'll be done long before the blocks need to be assembled.  but still, the lateness of the bee blocks is weighing on me.  I plan on doing almost nothing other than sewing this weekend to try and get caught up.
and also my niece's quilt - front and back complete, just needs to be sandwiched, basted and quilted.  
and that, my friends, is an awful lot of blue and purple for a gal who loves red, orange, pink and yellow!  :-)  happy quilting!  oh, one last thing - here's my best WIP that's been in the making for 17 years TODAY -
my favorite project EVER!!! <3 <3 <3
 click here to see what everyone else is up to....


Thursday, November 22, 2012

I’m thankful for quilting!

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here’s my niece’s quilt progress.  the back is on the design wall, the front is folded across the top of the chair there.  I’m going to take a break to go overeat with some friends and pretend I’m interested in football.  and drink some wine.  (I don’t have to pretend to like the wine!!!)  :-)  no turkey for me, though.  first Thanksgiving with friends since going vegan – so hope no one makes a big deal about it.  whatever happens – I’m truly thankful to have friends who include me and my daughter in their holiday traditions.

This time of year I really miss my mother, who is gone, and my family in California, who are just too far away for me to meet for dinner.  I’m especially thankful for my sister and my niece, my daughter and my puppies.  and maybe the cat.  she keeps the big dog entertained. 

I’m thankful for my stepdad and his girlfriend and my dad and stepmom and cousins who make sure to keep me in the family loop through sweet emails and lovely holiday cards.  Oh how I wish I had more time and money to be able to spend every holiday in their company.

I’m thankful for a warm home for me and my daughter and all those furry kids and a job that helps pay the rent – and an office where I have some real good friends that make me laugh almost every day. 

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and I’m thankful for the online quilting support that we are all able to share with each other.  The quilt world really is full of so many nice people!  I hope you have a lot to be thankful for!!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

1D pillows done

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finished the second 1D pillow today.  added some Modern Citrus Mosaic Squares (Robin Zingone) fabric from Robert Kaufman to the outside edge of the green Clover Dots (Brandon Mably) 1D star and to the back of the pillow.

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with some squares of Emily Herrick sea stars, Kaufman Metro Circles, more Mably Clover Dots and some Michele D’Amore’s Bold & Beautiful orange Crayon Stripe on the back to mimic the mosaic print.  pillows are dog-tested and approved…   the bean is now listening to the boy band – when is she not? – and telling me there’s only a week to the NEW RELEASE.  remember when I was wishing for them to record a new song?  be careful what you wish for! 

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happy napping puppy (and teen) :-) 

Friday, November 2, 2012

some bee blocks…

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made a practice block for myself with some Denyse Schmidt fabrics from the Chicopee line and an Emily Herrick starfish fabric.  the pattern is from quilter’s cache website, titled caned seat by Marcia Hohn.  cool pattern and not too difficult – it’s paper-pieced, which isn’t one of my favorite things to do, but always makes for nice finished blocks.  I made one for Jodie, who is making a Pittsburgh Steelers quilt – love the color combo in this one.


I can’t remember what the black/grey fabric was called.  that’s almost the end of my stash of it.  I found it a bit ago at Joann’s, of all places.  the yellow is a Kona, but I didn’t mark it in any way to know what the color is.  Quiltology was having a fat quarter sale of Kona one day and I just made a mad grab for a bunch of colors.  I’m trying to add in more solids to my quilting.  I love love love prints, but I can admit that some of my quilts might be a tad busy because of it.  but then you run into fabrics like the bee print in this one and it’s hard to say no…  :-) (it’s a Michael Miller fabric – Hive, maybe?)

I still have three more blocks to complete for the October/November assignment in the NuBees.  it’s been slow sewing over here.  feels more like the time of year to get under a quilt rather than make one.  maybe I’ll pull out some of last year’s unfinished Christmas mug rugs and get going on those – inspiration for the almost-here holidays!  happy sewing :-)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Book Block Begun

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I started working on my block for Sew Buzzy, a flickr quilting bee.  October is Lee’s month and she’s requested book blocks for her Aunt Kitty who is a retired school librarian.  Ms. Kitty has a special birthday next year and her niece is going to present her with, what I’m certain, will be a really special quilt. 

Lee sent us some blue and a little green and yellow fabric pieces and some tan background, asked us to make blocks that would finish 12” tall and however wide we like.  Aunt Kitty likes blues, so it’s heavy on the blues, which makes the touches of green and yellow refreshing.  I’ve added in some of my own blues, too, since I’ve got a lot of blue after working on the bowtie quilt for my niece. 

I confess – this is ADDICTIVE!  It’s been fun to try and remember some of the books I read when I was in elementary and high school, and to ask my friends what some of their favorite books were.  and I feel like I could make “books” for days.  You wouldn’t believe how much fabric is spread across the dining room table auditioning for a part in this quilt library.  Lee wants us to embroider some of our favorite book titles on the spines.  I’m not the greatest at embroidery, it takes me a little longer I think then it does for others, so I might end up a little late on the delivery of this block, but I’m looking forward to making more of these books and finishing them up.  I’ve got lists galore of book titles. :-)*

and now, since I still have more of the tan, I’m going to get back to this FUN project!  hope you’re enjoying your latest creations.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

quilts are like people

some are photogenic and others are not.

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maybe it was the lighting, perhaps she prefers the morning light to late afternoon.  maybe she didn’t wish to be seen in only her top.  could be the location was not to her liking or she wanted to work with a different photographer… 

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Saturday, October 20, 2012



is a beautiful day!  seemed like a lovely morning to take the dogs and the camera outside.021 031 050 049 059    075   070037066

I’m going to enjoy some coffee with Tula and Amy and get back to the bowtie quilt.  Later today, or possibly tomorrow, I will make some bee blocks while the dogs nap and the music plays.  or maybe I’ll watch some old Buffy episodes.  Halloween draws near – always a good time to have the Slayer around. 

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and a picture of Scooby, though she hates the camera, because an October post would be incomplete without the black cat!  hope you all are enjoying this wonderful almost-Autumn day. :-)