A new baby to love...

12.09.2019

We received an early Christmas present yesterday!! 

Bennett Russell, born 3 weeks early, weighing in at 5 1/2 pounds.


I had the privilege to be there when he entered the world and to hear his first cry. 


We are smitten...






Village

11.29.2019

I purchased Village by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co several years ago when there was a sew-along happening in the blogosphere. I didn't have time to join in, but I wanted to make one. Then other great quilt ideas jumped into the line and this one got pushed farther back. You know how it is...One of the bloggers I read (I can't remember who! *blush*) recently finished hers and it inspired me to get it out and get it done! 



These are the original charm packs of Bonnie and Camille I pulled from my stockpile for this project, however, when it came time to open them and mix them up, I couldn't make myself open the Scrumptious charm pack. It went back into my stash with the other two Scrumptious charm packs to be used for a project I haven't fully decided on yet. 


I replaced it with Little Snippets, instead. 


I like to chain piece. It makes piecing blocks so much quicker and you can save a lot of thread. I began with the roofs and then began construction (see what I did there? 😆) on the houses.  


Pretty little houses all in a row...


My BIG tip for this quilt. Pin or use Clover Wonder clips to stabilize the rows to each other before sewing them together. Even though I was very careful, some stretching happened and my rows were not going together well at all! I took them apart, measured to make sure they were all the same length, and they were, so I knew I had to pin or clip them together to keep them lined up correctly, which is what I should have done in the first place. I was being lazy and I paid for it. When I used the Clover clips, the rows went together perfectly with no issues. So pin, pin, pin or clip, clip, clip! 




It's a scrappy one!! Maybe a bit too scrappy? I would do some things differently next time. For example, for some of the houses, I would use the same fabric for the square above the door as the sides of the house to make it a little less scrappy. It is what it is. ☺️

 Now that Thanksgiving is over we will be decorating our home for Chrismas today and I need to get my Christmas quilt quilted and soon! 

Anyone going Black Friday shopping today??


Vintage Holiday ~ No Point Stars

11.21.2019

Remember when I mentioned in my last post how I was going to reward myself with a fast and easy quilt out of Vintage Holiday?

And I was not going to overthink about it??

Here it is!!






I need to get it basted and quilted before Christmas!! 


Get it done! ~ Summer Moon BOM

11.18.2019

Summer Moon was a block of the month I started last April. I was super excited to make this one! I dove right in and cut everything out. I got it all organized and wrote extensive notes on post-it notes in the book. I quickly sewed the first two months blocks and then...

I was over it...

I'm not the only one who does this, right?? 🤷‍♀️ 



 The setup for Summer Moon's block of the month program has you make 3 different blocks in 3 different sizes. So actually, there were 9 blocks to make in a month. This was part of the reason I stalled. I was overwhelmed to the point where I seriously considered scrapping it altogether. If I hadn't had all the pieces already cut out, I probably would have. Instead, I set it aside until I was ready to tackle it again. 



Last week, I decided to test the waters and make one block in all three sizes. It went together fairly painlessly and I gained my confidence back. I made a few more, and a few more after that. Several days later, they were all finished. Really! It took far less time to finish that I thought! I find it to be true about a lot of things, the actual job takes far less time than what I think it will. I overthink about far too many things and psych myself out. 



Now that the blocks were finished the next step was to get them all framed. The cleverness of how this quilt is assembled is what made me want to make it in the first place. And, now I was really loving this project again and excited to see them completed.


I don't even mind that I lost a few points on some of the stars. 


And here they all are!!


Until I am ready to baste and quilt it, I am leaving the blocks unassembled.  


As a reward, I am going to break open the Vintage Holiday fat quarter bundle 
to make a quick and easy Christmas quilt.🎄😄 No overthinking allowed!



iMac ~ Retired

11.15.2019

 iMac is now retired...

For the past 10 years, my iMac has never given me any trouble. None. The only thing wrong with it is  it's outdated and hasn't been able to be updated since 2015. When I bought my MacBook Pro 4 years ago, it became my main machine, while my iMac was mainly used for streaming TV shows while I sewed. For the last couple of years that had become a frustrating endeavor. Nothing was clear and often the computer would freeze. Time for a change...


Now I have a Roku stick to stream Netflix and Amazon Prime on a Sony monitor. It has made watching TV a much better experience. 


I am not ready to fully let the iMac go. It can still do computer things, it just can't do heavy graphics, so it got moved to the upstairs office. 

And speaking of retirement...

I retired in July. It seemed silly to make a fuss when I had only been working for 5 years and part-time, at that, so I never mentioned it. That's the reason why I have been able to get so much sewing done lately. I miss the ladies and the creative energy from the shop, but I am so happy to be home again. My days are filled with keeping the home, sewing, and Bible studies with my church friends. 

I am content, happy...
and grateful.

Fig Tree and a Rainbow

11.12.2019

Fig Tree is done and ready to be enjoyed!! I think it looks pretty laying on the grass with the colorful leaves. 


I quilted it with orange silk thread on the front and Aurifil orange thread on the back. 


I also finished the 25 patch rainbow quilt I made last February and got it out of the to-do pile and into the done. 


My to-do pile is really small now! I feel far less overwhelmed and more ready to tackle the Summer Moon BOM, the Zuma Shimmer quilt and maybe start a Christmas quilt out of Vintage Holiday now that Christmas is around the corner! 

How are you all doing with your to-do projects? 


Sweet Pea

11.04.2019

I am back with another finish of sorts. Not only was my goal to finish the tops that I had finished piecing, but to finish the projects that have been cut out and partially pieced. This one falls in the latter category. This project also meets another goal of mine which is to make a top with the patterns I have purchased over the years but have never been used. Fortunately, I don't have too many of those because I am not a pattern or quilt book collector. I am very picky about what ones I buy. 

Last April I chose Sweet Pea by The Pattern Basket pattern to showcase my stash of Lecien's Flower Sugar fabric. I had the blocks all cut out and sorted. All I needed to do was sew. I took a couple of weeks to do a few here and there between my other finishes. 


Gotta love my design floor! *wink*


I love the bright and happy colors!


I decided to not add the final border that the pattern calls for, so it finishes at 48" x 57".  A very nice baby size quilt or lap quilt. 


I have it basted and ready for quilting, but I don't know how I will quilt it yet, so I am going to let it sit for a while. In the meantime, I want to go through my patterns that haven't been used yet and see which one catches my attention. 

Thank you all for your encouragement! Have a happy week! 

Fig Tree ~ Disappearing 9 Patch

10.28.2019

It's time to share what I made with these beeauties! 


When I originally bought the charm packs, my intent was to just sew them together in a simple patchwork style, which would have been perfectly fine, but I decided to mix them up a bit more and make a quilt out of them using the Disappearing Nine Patch instead. I had 252 charms and I needed 270 for my project, so I added some coordinating solids from my stash. 


I made 30 nine patches total. In each of the nine-patches, I placed a solid charm in the middle which will be the small squares when it is cut into fourths. If you are not familiar with the Disappearing Nine Patch, be sure to check out this link to see how a Disappearing Nine Patch is made. 



 Instead of keeping each of the cut nine patches together by turning two of the blocks and resewing them together again, I mixed them up with the other nine patches that I cut. I wanted each of the blocks to have four different colors of the solids. They are the little squares in the upper right-hand corner. 



Now the four squares are sewn back into a bigger patch. See how scrappy they are now? That was what I was going for!!


I really wish I had a design wall, but the floor will have to do! 



The finished top! It finishes at approx 66" x 79".  Perfect fall colors, don't you think? 


I had nothing in my stash that would work for the backing so I bought this yardage from the Farmhouse II line from an Etsy shop. I love the blue color...


The Disappearing Nine Patch is a super quick beginner-friendly stash buster pattern and it always looks so cute! Charm packs are perfect for this pattern! 


Do you have a favorite charm pack pattern that you like to use? Please share! 


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