#Shortcakealong

11.15.2014


For those who follow me on Instagram, this is a repeat of what I have been up to the last few days. =) 

Erin Jensen and hazel stitches, are the two ladies that began the Shortcake Quilt along and it's happening on Instagram. You can search for it using #shortcakealong. The pattern is called Shortcake by Cluck Cluck Sew and it is a beginner friendly quilt. I love how easy and fun this quilt was to put together. 

These are the A blocks. 


These are the beginning of the B blocks. 


I was up way too late getting it put together, but I couldn't wait to see it all finished! When I had both the A and B blocks all finished, I sewed them in pairs and then laid them out to see how to do the final layout. I was a little stressed about the bold navy block. 


Here it is all put together! The blue block doesn't bother me so much anymore. I chose to make the twin size which took a 1 jelly roll and 15 extra strips. I dug out Bliss, Scrumptious and Ruby I had in my stash to add to it. I have the back all ready to go. A while back I bought some Scrumptious yardage from Donna's Lavender Nest and there was just enough. Love it when that happens! 


For now, I need to let it sit. I have some secret Christmas sewing to get to and another store sample to make. =)

Have a happy weekend!


Busy, busy, busy!

11.12.2014

Work at Cotton Creek Mill is keeping me busy and my down time is spent in the sewing room. I have no complaints! My job is going very well. I am working more hours and I got a raise! I am now able to fully fund my hobby all by myself. That feels pretty great, I must say!!

I have been trying to catch up on some quilt tops I made last year and get them into the finished pile. This is one of them. =) A little pink overload, don't you think?



The back isn't very pretty, but it works for me. I don't normally buy Christmas fabric, so I was pretty limited on what I could use for the back and I am trying to shop my stash before I go out to buy more fabric. 


I made this quilt top as a store sample using Atelier by 3 Sisters. The pattern is Tapestry from the book Fat Quarter Style by It's Sew Emma. Our shop will have it sent out to be longarm quilted. I really love how this one looks. =)



A few weeks ago, I finished Pineapple and Figs by Fig Tree & Co. using Autumn Lily by Blackbird Designs. It's sitting while I decide if I want to add a border or not and I have no clue how to quilt it. I may have to save up and send it out to be longarm quilted. I have never done that before, so the thought makes me a bit nervous!! 


Lastly, I began cutting the fabric to make Shortcake by Cluck Cluck Sew. Someone, somewhere on the web/Instagram was/is doing a sew-along using this pattern. I am way behind to join in on the sew-along, however, this is one pattern I have always wanted to make and it is perfect for my Miss Kate jelly roll. I decided to make the twin size quilt, so I added strips of fabric from other Bonnie and Camille lines I have in my stash. I admit it, I am a huge fan of Bonnie and Camille. HUGE! 


Now I gotta run. Hi-ho, hi-ho, its off to work I go!!

May your fabric always be pressed and your scraps in control. =D Have a happy Wednesday!!


Special Delivery

10.30.2014

Sweet Addelyn, enjoying her new quilt. I sure wish I could have hand delivered this one, but a trip to Texas just isn't in the budget. 


She even graced her mom with her first smiles for the photo op!! Now that makes my day!!



Shabby Chic Pink

10.23.2014

Fall is in full swing here in Iowa and this year, the trees are giving a beautiful showing. This tree is outside my sewing room window. When I moved into this house, it was a small stick. We had to be careful to not mow over it! 


Last week, I did marathon quilt back making and spray basting. I have five quilt tops all ready to go. Even though I cover my floors and furniture with sheets, my floors still get sticky from the over spray. Yesterday I scrubbed and oiled my hard wood floors to make them look nice again. I need to figure out a better way to spray baste my quilts. When the weather warms up next spring, I am going to start using the garage. Until then????

Anyway! When I sat down to quilt the first of five quilts, I found this mistake!! How did I not notice it when it was sitting around for weeks and when I basted it? I don't know!! It took some work to take it apart, and fix it, especially because of the basting spray making it sticky, but I had to fix it. It was going to drive me nutty... At one point I was ready to toss the whole thing. Tell me I am not the only one who feels that way at times. 


Here she is all fixed and quilted up. I am very glad I didn't toss it!! 


And the obligatory view of the back. Yes, I layered the top on the back a bit crooked. Such is life. Its meant to cuddle with and not win any prizes. *wink*


Now that I got my living room floor all prettified, I have gotten in the mood to do more deep fall cleaning. I need to strike when the iron is hot! The one time I am not thrilled with being an empty nester is during cleaning time. I miss my helpers. =) 

Have a happy Thursday!! 






Mini Quilts

10.16.2014

There is something so satisfying about making mini quilts. They are quick and fun. This basket pattern I purchased as a kit last summer. The colors in the kit was all 30's solids, but I decided to shake it up and use Vintage Happy fabrics by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet. Its more me, though it was painfully hard to cut into my fat quarters. 


Still on the Lori Holt kick, I joined the bandwagon and made her birthday block in honor of the one year birthday of her amazing book, Quilty Fun. I used fabrics from several of her lines. She creates such happy fabric. =) You can find the pattern for the birthday cake block here.


Here it is on display in my kitchen. One of these days I will get that yellow cabinet repainted. 


Not a mini, but another quilt top I had to make. It was in my head for weeks. I used the Yellow Brick Road pattern to make the canvas out of low volume fabrics and appliquéd the letters on. I wish I would have had enough black to do all the letters in black, but alas, I was just short of having enough, so I improvised. The font is CAC Pinafore and one of my most favorite fonts....


I had 4 blocks left over, so I played with some Bonnie and Camille scraps and made some petals to make another mini quilt. As you can tell, I don't through away even the smallest of pieces of their fabric lines. I always find a way to use them. =) 



Lately, I have found myself using Instagram more and more often. It took me a while to really get into it, but now that I understand it better, it really is a fun place to do quick updates. You can follow me @aquiltingsheep.

Today is a "work" day, so I need to get going! 

Have a happy Thursday!!



Sew Sweet Bee Blocks

10.10.2014

I am all caught up on my Sew Sweet Bee blocks. Now to get them in the mail! 




Today and tomorrow we are celebrating our 1 year anniversary at Cotton Creek Mill. To celebrate,  everything is marked 25% off store wide, so if you are in the West Branch, Iowa area, be sure to stop in!! 




Tis better to give...

9.28.2014

...and, lets face it, it's a lot of fun to receive. =) Can I get an Amen? In July,  Colleen @ Quilting Under the Sun gifted me with some fabric that was gifted to her because she knew I loved 3 Sisters fabric. That sweet kindness makes this quilt very special to me because I had the privilege of enjoying being given to and in return I get to enjoy giving this beauty to a dear friend. =) 

The pattern I used was Bright Sky by Blossom Heart Quilts. I did change up the pattern a wee bit and added an extra star in the center. I also added a boarder so this quilt finished approx at 74"x74". 


A few pictures of how I chose to quilt this quilt. I traced around various cardboard petal shapes and used my Juki to quilt it.  



The creamy white I used is a cotton/linen blend. Loved working with it!






And here is the back...Love this quilt a lot!!






This quilt is for another dear friend of mine. A couple of years ago I purchased a jelly roll at a steep discount. I was sitting far too long just begging to be used. I followed the tutorial by 3 Dudes that Jenny @ Missouri Star Quilting Company shared. 


Here is the back, but you knew that. =)



Close up of some quilting. 


If you follow me on Instagram, you know that my walking foot put two dark oil spots on a quilt I began quilting. To say I was upset is putting it mildly. I am going to try Grandma's Secret to get it out, but I need to finish quilting it first. A new walking foot is on order, so in the mean time, I am going to get back to my Farmer's Wife blocks. 

Other than working (which is really playing), enjoying this weather and going on long bike rides with my precious hubby, that's about all I have been up to. I hope all is well for all of you, my friends!!

Have a very happy Sunday!!


9-11 A Day I will NEVER Forget....

9.11.2014

Three years ago this month, Russ and I went to NYC for a 3 day trip we had won. It was the most amazing trip and I long to go back to the city. Since we had only a few days there, we had to be very deliberate on what we would do and see while we were there. On the top of our list was the 9-11 Memorial.

 This is One World Trade Center during its construction.


A few names of those who perished on that day...


Many unborn children are honored there, as well....


The fountains where the original towers once stood. 



Its safe to say that the time we spent in NYC, is one of my favorite vacations. I truly wished we could have stayed longer. I love New York...


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