Friday, November 30, 2012

A Finish 15 Minutes at a Time

This one has been a long time in coming.  Over a year I would say.  I enjoyed the process.  Each block was a lot of fun to make.  I really like Victoria's method of making blocks from made fabric.  
I was really pleased with how the yellow background set of the bright made fabric.
I even had fun quilting it and really like how it turned out.  I took these pictures quickly before we left for my parents home for Thanksgiving.  You can kind of see the quilting in this one but if you go here you get a better idea.  I would take more pictures but I dropped it off at my sister's to give to her mother in law.  She is battling brain cancer and needed a quilting hug.  I hope this cheery quilt will bring a little joy to her as she fights the good fight.

I'm also linking up with Sarah for a big WHOOP WHOOP, not just for the finish but for the valiant fight.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Doing the Math

My scraps were multiplying.  So I divided them up.  Subtracted the parts I didn't need.  Let the blocks add up as I combined like terms.
And before I knew it my x and + quilt became a top.  And I had the skills I need to help DD with order of operations in her math class.

If  you would like to make a x and + quilt you can find a jelly roll friendly tut here.  If you need help with order of operations ask DD she gets it now.


Friday, November 23, 2012

pre-cut friendly x and + tutorial

Here are the blocks I got done at my retreat.  Back in September I cut out my quilt with leftover pieces of layer cakes and jelly rolls.  I had a little interest in a tute for pre-cut friendly x and + block.  
Well, I'm finally getting around to it.  Sorry for the delay.
For each block you will need 
12- 2 1/2" squares of background fabric
2- 2 1/2" squares for the plus
1- 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle for plus
4- 4 1/2" squares

Take one 4 1/2" square and place a 2 1/2" background in one corner.  Draw a line through your 2 1/2" square.
Sew on the line you drew.  Trim seam allowance.
Press open.
Repeat on opposite corner.

Repeat with remaining 4 1/2" squares.

Take the 2- 2 1/2" plus squares and sew a 2 1/2" background square to it.
Sew a 2 1/2" background square to either end of your 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle of you plus fabric.
Lay out your block.
Sew pieces together and enjoy your block.  Make a pillow or make more blocks and make a beautiful quilt.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Turkey Day

Just wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
Hope you enjoy your feast and time with those you love.  Thanks for coming to visit, for all the times you have left comments full of kind words, and for all the inspiration you give me through your blogs.  I am truly blessed to have you in my life.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I'm Back

I had a delightful time with my friends.  We sewed, laughed and enjoyed each other's company all weekend. I was sorry to see it end.  But alas we had to head back to reality.  Let me share with you a few of the highlights.  
Here is my dear friend, Sue, she was busy getting ready for the Holiday season.  She made lots of little bags for her grandchildren.  Each bag had a wallet inside that will contain $2 so they can buy a treat at the play she is taking them to.  Doesn't that sound like fun.  No wonder her grand kids love her so much.
Look at the lovely star Jean made.  It lays perfectly flat.  Some thing I'm sure I would have trouble with.  It is for her granddaughter who will be getting married soon.  My friends are wonderful grandmas. 

This cute guy was made for me by Lorri.  She made one for everyone at the retreat.  Isn't she so generous.  We each put ours on our sewing machines to keep us company when we get back home and our sewing buddies are no longer near by.

We were also visited by a mamma moose and her baby.  Guess they wanted in on the fun.
I got a lot done and will share it soon.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ready, Set, Go

I met my goal.  The pineapple blocks that have been on my to do list for the last two years are now a top.  I might add one more border and then it will be ready to quilt.  With this goal met I get to reward myself with a little get away with friends.
I've packed my bags and a couple of projects.  This one among them.

I'm really looking forward to making this scrappy x and + quilt.  It's been on my bucket list since I first started seeing them.  I cut it out and had it with me when I went to Quilt Fest but I never got around to it.  Now it's set to be first.
Hope everyone has a great weekend.  I know I will.  
See ya!  Gotta go!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Pineapple

My pineapple blocks are one of those projects that have been on my list for a couple of years.  So I took Mary and Sarah's advice and decided to motivate myself with a reward if I can move them along to a finish.    The first step was to take the blocks out of the ziplock bag they have been living in and place them on my design wall.  I then took my scrap bind and cut me some sashing pieces.  I also found a black piece in the bin to cut as corner post between the sashing.  Then I started sewing the rows together.  I know there are better ways to put rows together.  But somehow I always mess up those methods and I end up with something other than what I planned.  So the best method for me to ensure it goes together the way I planned is to take it off the design wall one block at a time.
As  you can see I have three rows done now and I've started the forth.  Hoping for some sewing time today between SEOP conference with N and DD's opening night for her play.  And my reward you ask.  I'm going to go away with a few friends this weekend to sew.  Well, worth the effort of getting this quilt done.  Don't you think?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Dreamy Finish on a Dreamy Day


                                        
It's a snowy day.  The kids in junior high car pool were complaining.  They were not ready for winter. Obviously since some of them are still wearing shorts.  My cheerful 'how can you not love winter?' was not well received.  But I do love winter!  I think snow is beautiful, cocoa is yummy, and having no weeds to pull and lots of time to quilt is dreamy.
Speaking of dreamy I  have the perfect finish for this snowy day.  My Creamy Dreamy Quilt is finished.  I put in the last of the binding stitches yesterday.  I quilted clouds all over it.

And now it's in my rocking chair waiting for me, a cup of cocoa and a good book.  
Yes, winter is dreamy indeed.

Linking up with Sarah today.  Check out what other dreamy quilts have been created this week.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Time for a New List

Nothing makes you feel better than a finish.  
In this basket are few of my recent finishes.  To ensure that those happy feelings keep coming I make lists.  Cause I'm a list kind of girl.  I like to make checks on my lists so I give myself lots of opportunities
   to do this.

Here is my old list.  It was getting hard to read so...

I made a new one.  Do you ever notice how some of your UFOs just stay on the to do list?  The first six on this list were on the last list and three of those were on the list before that.  Why is that?  How do I motivate myself to move them along?  What works for you?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Surprise

My parents are pretty spontaneous.  Growing up my dad was in land development.   This made it hard to find time in the summer for family vacations.  So if there ever was a lull my dad would call from the office and tell my mom to pack the motor home we were going camping.  Then there was a mad dash to get ready.  And when dad got home we would be off to make some fun memories.  
Now that we are all grown my parents still take these spontaneous trips.  Apparently they were talking Friday after getting home from their weekly garage sale venture.  They needed to come up north, where my brother, youngest sister and I live, to deliver a hutch to my sister.  They wanted to do it before the weather turned bad.  They figured since they were busy the next two weekends and the week following those was Thanksgiving they would leave then.  So they packed up the truck and were on their way.
I got a call from them Saturday telling me they were in town and could they stop by.  Well, of course, it's always good to see the parents.  Then imagine my surprise when they showed up with beauty.  They found it on their garage sale venture.  Mom told the lady selling it she thought her daughter would love it.  My, was she right.  Isn't it AMAZING!?

Here's a close up!

Thanks Mom and Dad!