Saturday, June 22, 2013

Starburst block for Sew Buzzy Bee

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this one is for Eileen and is actually the APRIL block.  Eileen provided two tutorials

http://filminthefridge.com/2010/07/28/a-quick-tutorial-the-starburst-block/

http://dropdeadcute.typepad.com/drop_dead_cute/2011/07/starburst-block-how-to.html

I’ve had the film in the fridge one bookmarked for a long time (on my someday list) so I felt fairly comfortable with this block.  Except these ladies work the half square from left to right – or is it right to left?  For some reason I had to work mine from the middle out to the edges…

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I ended up in the ER after my last post with some intense neck pain, dizziness, tingly sensation in my face and numbness all down my left side.  scary!  stress-related which has to do with my 9 to 5 and not much worth talking about here – this is my FUN place.  although, the neck pain persisted for nearly a month and made sewing impossible and one of the things I did to help alleviate the pain and my stress was to get more serious about exercising – which is probably something all of us sewers could benefit from.  Have y’all seen the Prancersize lady?  maybe one of us could come up with a Sewersize workout???  :-)   

Special thanks to the Sew Buzzy ladies who haven’t added to my stress at all despite my being so behind in blocks.  :-)  Hope this block fits into Eileen’s quilt smoothly.  The points aren’t perfect and there’s a little bulk in the center, but I think I did a fairly good job of it.  Now I’m off to see how much I can get done for Lindsay today…

Friday, May 10, 2013

stashed

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from Canton Village Quilt Works online shop – probably one of the best sources for Kaffe fabric, I purchased some black and whites to add to my stash. 

from Robert Kaufman Night and Day 4 – Contemporary Floral Collection – those feathers, delicious mums and dandelion-like flower fabrics (they don’t seem to be named, only numbered) and the black and white cameras from Boys Toys Collection.

Yara African Fabrics – African Black and White Wildlife.

Timeless Treasures Quilting News and How To Make a Pillowcase.

Jackie processes orders very quickly.  I’ve ordered a number of times from her over the past several years and never been disappointed.  THIS link is to the black and white basics section of her shop – but you really should look around a little while you’re there – especially check out the Kaffe! 

Happy Stashing!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

inspiration

takes it’s own sweet time…  after nearly a year???  I finally decided how to quilt my niece’s bowtie quilt.  madison's bowtie 015

helped in large part by the purchase of Angela Walter’s book.  I’ve got seaweed fingers reaching to the center of the stop signs and concentric swirly-queues for the ties.

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takes a ton of bobbin thread – I’ve already gone through more than a dozen bobbins. (SO glad I bought a bobbin-winder!!!  I debated long enough in Joann’s to get the sighs of the teen, worried that maybe I was wasting my money, but I’ve used the heck out of that thing.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve used the machine for threading a bobbin since I got it.)

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It might take extra time to quilt this one, but I have my little boy to keep me company…

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mini for ME!

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I received this little mini quilt this week from Edy in the flick’r group FLiQS!!! Love the butterflies, the green has a vegetable fabric – perfect for me (and I think it’s artichokes, which are very yummy!!!).  There’s a “blah blah blah” in the blues, which cracks me up and I love the thread used for the quilting – it’s rainbow colored, like my mini.  She included some great extras – SEAHORSE FABRIC!!!

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I love the New Mexico fabric – a little of Edy’s world shared with me, but she also sent me a dragonfly card and fabric.  How did she know that I like dragonflies as much as I like seahorses!  This is a picture of the back of my neck…

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and that little orange container – really clever add-on for a quilt swap.  Inside are some sewing machine needles – and now I have the perfect little box to keep my needles in.

and here’s where my first mini lives right now.

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It’s the first mini given to me, so it doesn’t have a lot of friends yet, but mini quilts are FUN to make, so it won’t be alone for long.  It seems to fit quite nicely in this little space on my design wall, and makes me smile, so this is where it will hang for a bit.  This was a thoroughly enjoyable swap – I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to take part in the next round of the Fab Little Quilt Swap. 

Still waiting to see how my mini is received…  feel bad that I got mine in the mail so late – my poor partner is having to watch all the received quilts in the group and probably feeling forgotten.  I hope she’s as happy to get her package as I was to get mine!!! and I hope it gets there before the weekend!!!! 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

since last time…

I’ve celebrated a birthday – a friend gave me this yummy cupcake, which I DID NOT share despite some suggestions otherwise…
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and I finished my Fab Little Quilt Swap mini – though it was supposed to be mailed Friday.  I hope my partner won’t mind that it’s a few days late.  I know she’s waiting… and I’m waiting to see if she’ll like it.  That’s the best and the worst part of making quilts for other people!  :-)
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my partner likes the low-volume trend, Denyse Schmidt, Heather Ross and plus quilts (which, I think, also goes with her spirituality).  we had both liked this block from Live a Colorful Life, which obviously inspired the middle of my FLiQS.  I was concerned about the color scheme, but it matches something new to her home, which she raved about, so I’m hopeful that this will be a happy addition to her mini collection. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

pets, bees, scarf and fabric

still a zoo at my house.  my couch is in constant need of de-furring.  you can see why.  the cat is still eating the dog food.  Kodo seems to have decided its ok as long as she's eating from Tink's bowl and not his.
 I've been hard at work on my mini-quilt for the Fab Little Quilt Swap.  The top is done and I'm working on the back and label.  I'm hoping the quilting will help the background recede a little so the end result is a little more serene.  It's definitely a gamble.  I've combined a lot of what my partner has favorited and pinterested, but it might be a bit noisy for her taste.  I'm hoping she loves it.  Personally I really like it and it's going to be hard to part with.  I'm playing around with some sketches for a larger quilt based on this mini,  possibly for my turn in Sew Buzzy.  I'm thinking of using some Liberty of London fabrics.  My month in that bee isn't until September, but the fabric is expensive so I've already started buying some.  So far every piece has been much better in person than pictured online.  

also started knitting.  I guess it was only a matter of time.  so far it's not as much fun as making quilts, but it's easier to watch Vampire Diaries while knitting.  :-)  I'm making an infinity scarf for the bean.  found the pattern at ravelry (here).  I'm not sure the bottom is supposed to look like that - but maybe it gets flatter and more square after "blocking".  I had started with a different pattern, but had to find something a little easier after about 20 tries with the first pattern. 
 and I bought some of this.  how could I not?

image is from Hawthorne Threads

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

an Easter bunny

I was lucky enough to get one of the (sold out in one day) Maggie Rabbit kits from Alicia Paulson (rosie little things).  I ordered extra felt (from here) and some Liberty of London fabric (from here).   maggie rabbit 001 the pattern calls for a little bit of knitting to make the cape.  my mom tried to teach me to knit sometime in the ‘80s.  I remember trying to make a navy blue and magenta sweater, which seemed to take forever and never did get finished.  this little bunny cape is actually a really good starting project for someone wanting to learn to knit.  I found a copy of Stitch ‘N Bitch (the knitter’s handbook) by Debbie Stoller at a used bookstore.  That, combined with YouTube tutorials, and I think I did a pretty good job for my first completed knit item.
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(I had to shorten the sleeves a little due to a cutting snafu.  was so intent on fussy-cutting for the front of the dress, that I forgot to think about the rest of it!)
also, in following the crowd to Bloglovin’, I ended up making a facebook page for sea horse quilts.  (the crazy lady who takes pictures of dolls in the park also gets kind of goofy happy when the SHQ facebook page gets “liked”… )

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday LOTS of FABRIC

Basted my niece's bowtie quilt.  the back is mostly Anna Maria Horner's Spotted in the Crowd (Elizabeth) from the Field Study collection, with a strip of Kaffe Fassett Bekah Cobalt (2008) at the top.  I'm hoping after the quilting is done that the Kaffe will show when the quilt is folded down for nighttime.  I happened to have it on hand and I like how it pairs with the faux leopard print.  I think my niece will especially like the AMH.  She's been waiting a long time for this quilt - it seems to be the one that gets pushed aside for baby due dates and such.  and truthfully the quilting is not going well.  there seems to be a lot of shifting going on - lots of seam ripping.  not sure if there's slippery fabric or too many bias edges...  but I'm a little frustrated with this one.  so it's once again been pushed aside.  I'll give it more time this weekend, but it's too much for weeknights.

I've only added one row to this this week.  I love this and wish I would've thought to make two so I could keep one after it gets sent to it's secret recipient, but the squares are TINY and the piecing requires concentration and patience to get just right.  I'm hoping to get the main part - all the pluses - done SOON so I can move on to the orange peels, which you can kind of see in the drawing.  I think those are going to be fun to do.  This is for a flickr swap and needs to be completed and shipped in April.

Also started working on some Maggies from Posie Gets Cozy pattern.  Friend of mine at work has a daughter named Maggie, so...  she likes pink and I think her bunny will have a dress made of the Liberty of London print in the photo, which I got from Pink Chalk fabrics.  I managed to find the fabric used for the ears in the kit (that sold out SO FAST) on etsy, but now I'm waiting for it to ship from England to the States...  I have one full bunny kit and enough felt to make a second bunners.  If the pattern isn't too difficult, I think I might make quite a few of these in the future.  I'm still not entirely sure I remember how to knit - she has a little knit cape - but it's a simple stitch and a small piece of clothing, so fingers crossed.  My friend would like her Maggie's Maggie before Easter.  (yikes!)  Sort of had a fabric ordering frenzy the last couple of weeks - possible attempt to bring Spring judging by my choices.  hit the usual spots - Hawthorne Threads, Etsy, Pink Chalk Fabrics, fabricworm and eQuilter.  hope I can get these right - top to bottom: My Minds Eye, Willow, Leaves in Pink - Moda Tiny Flowers (Cherry) from Eat Your Veggies mistakenly sent by Pink Chalk (and let me tell you, their customer service is AWESOME!!!) - Denyse Schmidt Shelburne Falls Vine & Leaf Lilac - Liberty of London Tana Lawn Ros.

Alexander Henry Somerville Mulberry Moss  - Kensington Studio Something Old Something New Wings of a Dove - Kona Bay It's All Good So Many Mini Bunnies - Robert Kaufman Little Kukla Garden Birds - Thomas Knauer Frippery Orphic Geometry - Heather Ross Nursery Versery Country Mice - ??? selvedge is no help...
two Westminster Fabrics Martha Negley prints (Dahlia (Plum) and Fruit & Floral) - Lydia from Alexander Henry - Moda Keiki Cherry on Top Confetti Flower Icing

One Finish - the Packers/Bears baby quilt
basted, bound, quilted and washed.  It's crinkly goodness was very much appreciated by mom and dad.  phew!
WIPWednesday  check out what other quilters are up to this week...