Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Better Late Than Never .... Weekend Wrap Up

It doesn't seem like I got much accomplished sewing wise this past weekend but it was jam packed full of stuff. 


I got caught up with the Modern Half Square Triangle Quilt-a-Long.  Go me!!  Here are blocks 21 through 24:

Block 21
Block 22
Block 23
Block 24
I'm excited to be caught up with this.  Now I've only got one block a week to do!

I also got two more of my Civil War Sampler BOW blocks done:

Block 5 -- Hovering Hawks
Block 6 -- Port and  Starboard
I'm really enjoying this quilt and the variety of fabrics they are sending.  I can't wait to finish this next year!


Saturday was my Shadowbox class at Quilts by Phyllis.  I had a wonderful time sewing and talking with all the ladies in my class.  I'm about 90% done.  I had great intentions of finishing the quilt Saturday evening, but we had a bit of a mishap involving one spotted Bengal cat and a tray of terracotta paint.  Needless to say most of my evening was spent cleaning up the cat and the house!  I failed to take any pictures of the work in progress or the "cat-astrophe".... I find I'm a slacker with the camera when I'm in a class. 


I wasn't' feeling all that great so I spent a little time sorting through some of my scraps .... I plan on starting a scrappy Irish Chain as a leaders and enders project.  I'd like to have enough 2" squares to take with me to Jackson's Mill the weekend after next to use as leaders and enders.  I may have enough at this point.  I'll probably just pack up what I have and make do.  I also made a few different string centers for my Lucky Stars quilt.  I decided to do different ones since I couldn't decide which I liked best!  Hopefully I'll be able to get those done and the Shadowbox quilt on Friday. 

Have a good week y'all!

Monday, February 18, 2013

President's Day Weekend Wrap Up

I love, love, love these extended weekends.  I've had time to do all kinds of things plus sew! Tomorrow back to reality though.

There was no sewing on Saturday.  Saturday was car shopping day.  I placed an order for a 2013 Plum Crazy Challenger to match my machine and my tattoo of course!  And in honor of buying a purple car, I give you my purple dog:

Mercedes had fun at the groomer.  It was supposed to be streaked, but apparently she isn't frou frou like her sister, Harley.  She DID NOT like the foils in her hair!  I think it's cute though.

Sunday I started getting ready for Jackson's Mill Quilt Retreat.  It's coming up fast!!  Nala assisted by inspecting my ironed fat quarters:

I got all of my fabric cut for both of the classes I signed up for.  Here's my Lucky Stars fabric:

It doesn't look like much ..... but it was 40 fat quarters. All I have left to do is string piece the twenty 4.5" center squares because I'm crazy that way.  I just didn't like them plain.  I also signed up for an Iron Caddy class.  It's just an afternoon class, but I already had the fabric and pattern sitting in the drawer so I figured it was a good opportunity to use it!

 And just for good measure I made Block 2 for the Civil War Sampler:

Block 2 -- Star of the West

Today was cleaning day, but I still got some sewing time in!  Here are my Unit 3s for Lazy Sunday:

And my Unit 4s:

And my Unit 5s:

I also got two more Civil War Sampler blocks done:

Block 3 -- Barbara Frietchie Star
Block 4 -- Catch Me If You Can
And last but not least, one more block for the Modern HST Quilt-a-Long:

Block 20 (?)
Oh and I got the binding sewn on one of the baby blankets so I could take it with me this week to stitch on while I'm in the car for work.

Next weekend I have that Shadowbox quilt class.  The instructor called tonight and gave more directions of things to have done.  Kind of short notice for me.  Had I known earlier today I could have done it, but now it may not happen before class.  I'm kind of wondering why she didn't call us on Friday or Saturday so those of us that work could have an opportunity to get it done.  It will all work out though.  It's an easy pattern.  I'm just taking the class so I can sit and sew with other quilters.  I love the company.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Finishes

Spinning Stars Table Topper:

And I dropped it off at the long armer this afternoon since I left my rotary cutter there and needed to pick it up today.

Modern Half Square Triangle Quilt-a-Long:

Block 19
A new project:

Block 1 -- White House
Plus I cut the quilt for my Shadowbox class next weekend ... after I picked up my rotary cutter of course. I've got a busy weekend ahead, but I plan to get in some more sewing time!

Feline Friday

Meet Neela:

Her official name (that's official, not registered, she's a proud pound kitty) is "Neela Rae of Sunshine" because well sometimes she just isn't!  She's our grumpy kitty and we love her to bits.  She would tell you that I'm fibbing about the grumpy part ..... because just look how cute and adorable she is:

How could that face be grumpy?

Happy Feline Friday, Y'all!!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Weekend Wrap Up

Another weekend in the books.  It was a good one though. 


I made a few block for the Modern Half Square Triangle Quilt-a-Long.  I believe these are blocks 15 - 18.

Block 15

Block 16

Block 17
Block 18
Then I did the February blocks for the Country Threads Sampler:

February Country Threads Sampler


I went to the open sew at Quilt by Phyllis and had a blast.  I met up with my Lazy Sunday partner, Mary, there and we worked on that.  I also completed the heart wall hanging I was going to make out of the extra blocks of the table runner I made last weekend.  I failed to take a picture of that though.  I managed to get all 148 of my Unit Bs done for Lazy Sunday too.

Unit B Lazy Sunday

I didn't get much sewing done today.  I was plagued with a sinus headache most of the day.  I watched Quilt Cam while I cleaned my bathroom!  LOL  Later I did slip upstairs to the sewing room and worked on my Spinning Stars table topper.

Spinning Stars
I hope to work on the borders Tuesday night during Quilt Cam.

Oh .... and I did buy fabric for yet another quilt Saturday .... one of the hazards of sewing all day in a Quilt Shop!   But it's a risk I'm willing to take!

Have a good week everyone!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Feline Friday

Last year my husband bought me an awesome sewing table and chair .....

Unfortunately this is the what that nice comfy chair looks like most of the time:

The minute I stand up she gets comfy on it and gets very grumpy if I try to move her.  So what to I get to sit on you might ask?

Kind of pales in comparison doesn't it??  Maybe I should at least make a cushion for the top of it!

All Hail Queen Nala!!

Happy  FELINE FRIDAY folks!!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Weekend Wrap Up

I got in to a little bit of everything this weekend.  Variety is the spice of life!

Thursday Night:

Quilt-cam!!  I sewed with Bonnie and managed to chain all of my Unit 1s through the machine during that time.
Sea of Unit 1s for Lazy Sunday

Was "hair" day.  I had to venture out in the weather in the sleigh on wheels to get my hair cut.  Someday I will grow up and buy an "adult" car instead of a sports car.  But I'm not planning that anytime soon!  Once I got home, I pressed open all those Unit 1s, clipped the corners and stacked them neatly:

Lazy Sunday Unit 1
Then I assembled a toy bin that I got to use to start my "Scrap Users System" like Bonnie recommends.  I even got a little ambitious and pulled out a box of scraps and started sorting and cutting.

Scrap Bins
I could actually use two of these ... one for lights and one for darks, but for now I'm just going to put a divider in the baskets.  They will fill fast though because I'm finding scraps that I've stuck EVERYWHERE!!


I made a quick trip to Quilts by Phyllis to drop off the baby blankets I finished last week and couldn't resist picking up some fabric to make the Love Me Tender Table Runner.


I finished the Love Me Tender Runner:

Love Me Tender
I had enough fabric left to cut out 4 more blocks.  I think I may put them together for a little wall hanging.  I'll have to pick up more border fabric though.

Then I started a new kit I got from Connecting Threads (which is now sold out) called the Spinning Stars Table Topper.  I cut the whole quilt and made the first Unit.  I just need to square these up.

Unit 1 Spinning Stars
And last but not least, I cut the pieces for the 148 Unit 2s for Lazy Sunday.  I cut the background for the Unit 3s too, but I haven't gotten in to the purples yet to cut them.  I forget we have so much time between steps on this one.  I'm trying to pace myself so I don't finish too far ahead of the next clue.

Unit 2 Lazy Sunday
Back to reality tomorrow .... *sigh*