Monday, February 25, 2013

Housing My Friends

Almost three years ago I participated in a siggy swap.  After awhile I put them together in a rail fence setting.    Then they sat, and sat and sat.  I had the idea to set them on point and surround them with log cabin blocks cut in half diagonally.  I even did the math to figure out how big the log cabins would need to be.  I got stuck there.  30" log cabins seemed daunting.  Well, Saturday I jumped in with both feet.  I started with a charm square.  Next I pulled out all my strips from 1" to 2 1/2".  Then I went around and around.
It took some time but I did it.  Two 30" log cabins, bright, happy and ready to house my friends.
I cut them in half diagonally.  Set each half  cabin across from it's sister, then sewed them in place.  
Now that my siggy friends are housed I'll add some soft batting to keep them cozy and fun quilting to keep us stitched together.  

Friday, February 22, 2013

Cathedral Windows in My Granny Squares

I was hoping to have this finished for Sarah's Whoop Whoop, but didn't quite make it.  I've been reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand for the last several months.  I don't normally take that long to read a book.  But this is no quick read and that fact that it's over 1,000 pages doesn't help.  I was up on the number of times I could check it out at the library and had less than a 100 pages to go so I finished it up.  But that meant my granny square quilt did not get finished.   
I decided to quilt cathedral windows in the granny squares.  I had never done them before, had seen them on a few quilts and thought they would look nice here.  I got all the blocks done.

Now I'm doing the sashing and border.  I eyeballed the blocks but could not get it right in the border so I made a template using this method.  After finishing a book like Atlas Shrugged I felt I really had to give 'the best that was in my.' Now my curves are consistent and I'm pleased with the result. 

Hoping to finish up the quilting today and have it finished by next Friday so I can join Sarah in a Whoop Whoop celebration.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Something Old, Something New

There is a beautiful antique quilt that sits on the cedar chest in the guest room in my parent's guest room.  I admire this quilt every time I visit.  I've always known that someday I would recreate this quilt.  
So when my aunt invited me to a winter quilt retreat and one of the classes was this quilt I jumped at it.  Sherri was the teacher and did a beautiful job.  I told her I would post a picture of the antique quilt so she could see it.  I won't be down to my parents until June, but my sister was there this weekend and she took this picture for me.  
I knew when I made my own that I wanted it to be modern and masculine.  In my house full of men I should consider the later more often.  Well, I succeeded.  All the men in my life want this quilt.  Alex said it was the Porsche of quilts.  Josh said it was cool 'cause it has the Mitsubishi symbol in it.  Hubby loves the color and design.  I don't know who will get it.  I'd let them wrestle for it but I've already lost one love seat to their wrestling matches.  That's a story for another day.

For now they will have to wait as it is only a top.  Maybe by the time it is finished they can find a way to share it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Taking My Own Trip

I've seen many going on this outing, and I must admit I've been jealous.  Their little trips have looked so fun.  The sights quite enjoyable.  But I had felt I was too busy for my own little trip, so I put it off.  Well, no longer will I deprive myself of the fun.  I've decided to have a little frolicking trip of my own.  I picked out some of my scrappiest friends and we've started our journey.
Though my holiday may consist of only little day trips, in time, I will complete my journey. It sure has been enjoyable so far.

Friday, February 15, 2013

That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles~Finish

I basted this quilt just before leaving on my retreat.  It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to quilt it.  
I finally decided on criss-cross on the cookies.  It reminded me of peanut butter cookies and I thought it was fitting.  Then I quilted squiggling on the squares in variegated thread.   I bought a new marking pen at the retreat.  You just iron over the marking when you are done and it goes away.  I still need to do that step.
So happy I went with the made fabric for the setting blocks.  I like how all the random color around the edge plays with the color in the cookies. 
  I think it will make the perfect baby quilt.  What do you think?
I'll be linking up with Sarah for a Whoop Whoop!  Make sure you check out what others are Whooping about.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hugs and Kisses

Welcome to everyone visiting today for the Hugs and Kisses Blog hop, along with my friends who visit me regularly.  Thank you to Madame Samm and Jane for hosting such a fun hop.  Valentine's is such a great holiday.  I've been gathering gift ideas for those I love for quite awhile now.  Recipes for goodies mostly, after all what is Valentines without chocolate and sugar cookies?  Then while trying to decide what to make for the hop I had this fun idea; cute Valentine gift bags. 
I gathered my red, pink and yellow scraps.  Packed them to take on my quilt retreat last week, and had fun making these cute little bags.
You can fill them with sweets.
Lotions and sweet smelling soaps
or just about anything your loved one desires.

Now, I'm not alone on this fun hop.  In fact I'm in very good company.  Make sure you visit the other sites and share a little love with them.  

Monday, February 11, 2013

What I Learned

I had so much fun with my aunt last week.  It was a nice get away and I learned a lot in my classes.  The first class I took was Hopscotch taught by Sheri of A Quilting Life.  It was nice to meet Sheri in person.  I've read her blog for quite a while.  She is a very talented lady and a great teacher.  I'm thrilled with how my quilt is coming along.  I've got almost three rows done.
Next I took an embellishment class from Kerry Green of Kerry Stitch Designs.  I wish this class could have gone on and on.  Kerry is such a wealth of knowledge.  Her designs are so inspiring.  This little sampler was what I was able to accomplish in class.  I came home wanting to do more.  I've visited my library's website and put a hold on a bunch of embroidery books.  The wheels in my mind are turning with ideas to add these cute little stitches to my quilts.

Finally, Mary Lou Blaser taught a sock monkey class she shared her pattern with me.  Her class was full and I didn't get to take it.  But she told me there was a You Tube video that would walk me through it.  When I told DD she couldn't wait to make one.  So within hours of being home we made this little guy.
My only finish from the retreat and it wasn't even finished there.  But I learned a lot, was inspired to do so much more, and can't wait to put my new knowledge to good use.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


A few weeks ago my Aunt Valeen called to see if I could go with her on a quilt retreat.  Her friend had canceled on her and she needed someone to drive with and share her hotel room.  I was thrilled with the idea but had to check with my hubby first.  Being the great man he is he said yes.  
I was able to take over her friend's classes.  One I'm very excited about.  I've been wanting to make this quilt for a long time.  In my parents guest room, they have an antique quilt in this pattern. I wanted a more modern and masculine looks so I'm doing mine in blacks and whites with a touch of red.  Here is my fabric ready to go for the class.
I will also be taking an embellishment class.  The rest of the time I will be playing.  Because I had so much fun making this little house blocks for a bee recently.
I decided to make some of my own.  So I've packed my crumbs and Kona white scraps.  I think I will make my houses with less white space.  We'll see how it goes.
Then I'm joining the crowd and making some scrappy trip blocks.  I've cut lots of strips and can't wait to start putting them together.
The fridge and freezer are packed with heat and eat food for my family.  A schedule is written so hubby knows when kids need to be where.  I've traded carpool days and I'm ready to go.  WEEEEEE!  It's going to be fun.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

February's Goal

It's a new month and time for a new goal in the Lovely Year of Finishes.  I've had so much fun playing with my 'That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles' quilt.  I've decided to make it my finish goal for February.
After pulling the blocks out after a few years of sitting in a bag on the clothes line.  I laid them out on my design wall.
Made a bunch of fabric from my crumbs to use as setting triangles.

Then I played with placement of the cookies.
I've sewn the rows together and just need to trim things up, find a back and then figure out how I'm quilting it.  Any suggestions?  Hopefully I can get it figured out and done by the end of the month.  Love the motivation this challenge is giving me.  Make sure you check out what others are working on.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Friday, February 1, 2013

Serendipity with Sizzle

It's Friday and time a little Whoop Whoop. This Serendipity quilt (pattern here) has been waiting patiently on a hanger for quite a while.  But I really am trying to push things along this year and if not finish things up at least move them a step closer.  I decided I wanted to add ric rac instead of big stitch quilting like I did on this one.  
I really like the movement it creates with the quilt.  I thought of making x's but was so thrilled with just the wavy effect it had with just the diagonal that I stopped.
I was having so much fun with this I couldn't stop and decided to sandwich and quilt it.  I quilted organic wavy lines mimicking the ric rac only jumbo style. 
When I first took it out to photo I didn't realize that I still had my camera on it's black and white setting.  I had been testing value on a quilt I plan to start soon.  So wish this photo had been in color.  It is straighter than my others. 
 But rather than have it go to waste I will share it along with my tip on testing for value.  If you really want your quilt to pop a good range of value is essential.  A good way to test this is to set your camera on black and white.  Pattern and color will no longer trick your eye and you can get a true test of value.  As long as you have a good range in your grey scale and you are able to spread that through your quilt.  Your quilt will look great!  Hope this little tidbit of info helps you.
Don't forget to visit Sarah and see what others are Whooping about.