Works in Progress

5.24.2018

All of the blocks for the Ombre Gems Quilt Along are done, but as you can see, I have not gathered up my courage to trim them. I really need to just do it and let it be what it will be. It will be really pretty when it is assembled, even if I lose a point or two or ten. 


In Sew Sweet Bee news,  Dori @ The Red Feedsack is our Queen Bee for the month of May. She asked for a scrappy courthouse steps block. 


I am keeping up with my temperature quilt! I have another row almost ready to add to it. Look! New colors! That means warm weather has finally arrived in Iowa! Yes!! I love summer! 


Now that the warmer weather is here, I need to get outside and baste a few of the quilt tops that I have been allowing to stack up. I need to get them done! I don't like having more than 4 tops waiting to be quilted and I have at least 9 (not counting the two quilt where the blocks simply need to be sewn together). 

Okay, I just talked myself into getting at least one of them basted! 

Have a happy weekend!!


Scrap Reorganizing

5.17.2018

I spent the last two weeks reorganizing, cutting and sorting my scraps. They can get so out of control, can't they? 

I have always sorted my scraps according to color in bins and this has always worked really well for me. I have a bin for black/grey, pink, red, blue, orange, yellow, purple, brown, and green. I also have 3 more bins reserved for the whites and low volume. One bin is for Kona white and Kona snow (each is in a ziplock bag in the bin so they don't get mixed up), one bin for the low volume fabrics that have color and one bin for tone on tone white/cream fabrics.  


  What I spend the last couple of weeks doing was go through each color bin and cut them up into usable sizes. I decided to not cut the larger than 10" scraps. The rest got cut into 5", 4 1/2", 2 1/2", 2" and 1 1/2" squares. I also saved the longer strips. I am hoping taking it to this level will help me to use them up faster. All the hard work, which is cutting, has now been done, so I can grab and sew or use them in a leader and ender project


All the 2 1/2" squares live in a bin all of their own, but they are stacked according to color. 


It was a huge job, but seeing all the bins sorted so nicely is so satisfying! Now to get back to the sewing machine and make something with them! 


Pretty Petals 2.0 ~ Flimsy

4.27.2018









Many irons in the fire

4.23.2018

Iron one: Temperature quilt

I am all caught up! I have decided to make mine with an 18 x 21 (or 22) grid, so every 18 days a new row gets added to the quilt.  Warmer weather has finally arrived here in Iowa. My gardens are cleaned out and we can finally take walks again. Very soon, more yellows and oranges will be able to be added to my quilt which makes me very happy!


Iron two: Pretty Petals 2.0

I finally dove in and cut the fabric for the Pretty Petals 2.0 quilt. I love how the colors look together. I was worried that I wouldn't like it as much as my first one. I like it just as much and maybe even more! It's been fun seeing it all come together. 


Iron three: Sew Sweet Bee Pinwheel Star

Last, but not least, I received the last Sew Sweet Bee block from Dori @ redfeedsack. Actually, she sent me two, along with some sweet scissors and a pin cushion. *love* As soon as the sashing fabric I ordered arrives, I can begin to plan on how to put it all together. 


Iron four: Ombre Gems Quilt Along

No pictures, but I am all caught up and making progress. I still haven't trimmed them yet. I decided to wait until they are all made. They are so pretty! I am glad I didn't talk myself out of making this one.  

Have a happy day and week, everyone!! 

Temperature Quilt

4.16.2018

We are experiencing the winter that never ends here in Iowa. Since I can't get into my gardens to get them cleaned up, I might as well spend my day in my sewing room, right?


Here are the Grunge fabrics all in a row. Aren't they pretty? 


Karen @ Where Is My Seam Ripper shared with me her idea of using spreadsheets to get organized, so I spent several days creating several that I have found to be quite helpful. You will find the links at the bottom of this post. I have never shared links to files before, so if you have any trouble downloading them, please let me know. 


I labeled baggies with the temperature and put the fabric name inside to keep it all organized. After I get caught up, I will make squircles and cut squares ahead to have ready to go. 



I chose to make my quilting with squircles (high temperature) appliqued on squares (low temperature). You can find an example of how I make the squircles on my Dresden Plate Mini tutorial


Because I am three months behind, I set up a system to get caught up faster. I chose one temperature squircle to work on and found the days where it was the high temperature. I got out all the low-temperature squares out and dated them. After the squircles were made, it was glued to the square and set aside until I could get it appliqued. I have a spreadsheet for that, too. Again, you will find all the links to my files at the end of my post. 


Making progress!! I hope some yellows, oranges, pinks, and reds show up soon!! 


Thanks for stopping by and have a happy week! 



Ombre Gems Quilt Along and other projects

4.05.2018

The Ombre Gems Quilt Along is in full swing, but it's not too late to join. You can find all the information on Emily's blog Quilty Love. Normally I get overly excited with a quilt along and jump ahead, but this time I am not going to do that. I am not 100% confident with making these blocks and I am waiting for the tips Emily will be sharing when it comes to trimming these blocks. Due to the shape and the odd math that is created with how they were constructed, they won't trim to an exact number. They will have to be trimmed "close enough." This is way out of my comfort zone!! In fact, I almost backed out of doing this quilt along because of it, but I am forging ahead and I am going to try to allow them to be what they are. Feel free to remind me if I forget that close enough will be good enough, please. *smile*


A project I have in the planning phase is to recreate a Cotton Creek Mill shop sample I made 3 years ago. I still love it to this day!! The pattern I used is the cover photo for the book Vintage Vibe by Amber@Gigi's Thimble with the fabric Fresh Cut by Basic Grey. I am going to attempt to recreate the shop's sample using a mix of Fresh Cut and the new Basic Grey line Meraki. I sorted the fabric last weekend, figured out some math and now I am letting it sit. I am not quite ready to commit and  cut into the horded beloved Fresh Cut fabric yet. 


Have you seen the temperature quilts that are being shared on Pinterest, Instagram and blogs?? Just do a search and you will find them. I heard about them in January, but was not in a place where I felt like I could make one. Of course, seeing people update their progress has made me regret that earlier descion and now I want to make one, too!! I began some research last night and was able to find a way to get all the temerature data for my area since January 1, so I could join in even though we are in April.  Or I could start in May and run it until next May. As you can see, I am still processing and planning. =) 

Let me know what you are up to! I would love to hear! 


More Sew Sweet Bee Blocks

3.16.2018

Almost all of my Sew Sweet Bee blocks have arrived! Now, I have been calling them Pinwheel Stars because of the little pinwheel in the center, but I knew there was a name for this block, but I couldn't remember. Then, one day it hit me...It's a LeMoyne Star, but not made traditionally with diamond pieces and set in with Y seams. I feel pretty silly for not figuring that out until weeks later!! Can I still call it a Pinwheel Star?? 

This block is from Cassie. =) She has darling things in her Etsy shop, so be sure to check it out! Seriously love the charm pack she sent!!


This one is from Jane. Aren't the pins cute? 


This block is from Kim and she surprised me with thread gloss from @robotmomsews. It smells heavenly!! 


Last, but not least, is this beauty from Luanne. I always welcome more Bonnie and Camille fabrics in my stash. =)


When the last block comes, I will take a picture of all them together. I am excited to get this one put together!! 

Have a happy weekend!!

Ombre Gems Quilt Along

3.14.2018



Emily@Quiltylove is hosting an Ombre Gems Quilt Along - 2nd Edition starting next week. I have had V&Co's original ombre fabric in my stash for far too long, so I jumped on board right away! You don't need to use ombre fabric for this pattern, so anyone is welcome! It's been a long time since I have joined in a quilt along. It should be fun!



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