WiP - New Blog

Actually, it's more of a new website than a new blog. I'm still working on updating the followers' links - I think Bloglovin' has successfully transferred, but not Feedly. And let's not go poking around in the website-y portion just yet. I'm getting there. This is the first post I'm writing in Wordpress, so if it's all funky...I blame Wordpress, not me. There will be a giveaway to reward you for sticking around!

{And don't even get me started on getting comments emailed to me for response. I'll get there. I promise.}

Anyway, there was some sewing around here this week, too. Most of it you got a sneak peek of yesterday, but here's a quick summary.

I made a cat mug rug-ish thing for Barbara of Cat Patches - we visited her in her camper and totally exhausted her with the enthusiasm of the kids. The cat is based on Oh Fransson's Catvent and the scraps were courtesy of Lori.

And I finally finished stitching the binding and declared Christmas Stars done! Well, minus stitching the hanging sleeve in place, but obviously I'm not going to do that until the night I want to hang it.

And I made four blocks for Step Three of Ripples and Reflections. And they were the WORST. Three hours and forty minutes of cutting, stitching, unstitching, restitching... But they are done! And I have two weeks before I need to tackle another step...thank goodness.

And I assembled Spin Cycle! So glad I went with no cornerstones - I love how it looks with solid sashing. Now I'm pulling together my order of Miss Kate for the borders. {And my Weekender via Jennie. And...some other things. Was that a giveaway hint? Yes, yes it was.}

Once I was done with those, I looked around the sewing room for something to do next...and came up with nothing. My husband's deployment was extended, so now I'm back to not being able to long-arm for the foreseeable future. Which means I couldn't focus on what to do next, since it won't be finished any time soon anyway.

It was so bad that I cleaned the kitchen. Really.

Eventually I decided to work on my not-yet-born-nephew's quilt. {My sister objects to me calling him fetus-nephew, but refuses to tell me what his name will be.} That took all of one day.

So I decided to trim the HSTs leftover from my Layer Cake Snowballs and start fiddling with layouts. Because it's obvious that I don't have enough Kate Spain Christmas stuff. Must.add.pillows!

I think I lean toward star layouts, huh? And yeah...I lost one at some point. Crud. That's not helping my funk.

Well, maybe the palette of the week will help! Theme: Disney. Oh, that's an easy one. I think I saw the Lion King four times in the theater when it first came out. And I forced the Dude to go with me when it was re-released in 3-D. And we saw the Broadway show on tour. Hands down, best Disney movie ever. Don't even argue.

And I have a secret reason for choosing this particular palette - I joined an Instagram mini swap, and my partner's favorite colors is one of the above. And it's not a color I use, so I didn't know what to put with it. Now I have a plan!

Linked:
BOMs Away Monday @ What A Hoot
Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times
Color Mondays @ Porch Swing Quilts Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River
WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced
Rainbow Scrap Challenge @ SoScrappy
Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy’s Quilts
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric

WiP - Cluck Cluck Sewing

Last week, I went to Seattle for my birthday. We got to do some nerdy things like see the Icons of SciFi exhibit at the EMP, while wearing Doctor Who shirts. We did some fabric shopping, which I covered in Friday's post of finishes.

And now we are happy to be home with no plans for the next week and a half before school starts. 

Except putting together the garage shelves and getting that organized. That'll probably take me a while!

Anyway, since we were away for part of the week, the sewing time was a little less. What I did do was almost entirely from Cluck Cluck Sew. Apparently I like her!

I calculated and cut the sashing for Spin Cycle {a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern.} With less than a half inch to spare. Eek! I had to size it down to 2" instead of 2.5" because, well, obviously I didn't have enough for 2.5"!

My churn dashes are made from the Cluck Cluck Sew tutorial. These scraps are from the quilt I made the Little Man's foster family and the Sunkissed pillow. This catches me up for August!

Leader/ender project? Cluck Cluck Sew double hourglasses. Added just a couple more last week, but with Spin Cycle going together this week, there will be lots of ender-ing!

And my non-CCS project - I put together the columns for Gigi's quilt. The flannel shredded like CC in a paper bag, the pillowcases were so very thin that I had to interface them, and the stretchy denim behaved like...stretchy denim... But it's together and it looks great and I'm so glad it's at least to the flimsy stage!

I took Christmas Stars to Seattle, so I still got some hand stitching done while I was away. But I am, officially, the world's slowest hand stitcher. I turned the third corner, so I'm almost done. Maybe this week! {Wait, it's my monthly finish goal. Definitely this week.}

Palette of the week is "favorite." I decided, after my sister was a pain via text while I was picking her baby quilt colors, to use the fabric panel I'm cutting apart for her nursery. Because no one in the quilt store knew what "Neverland" consisted of.

This is what we ended up with - pretty close! I've got a quarter-log-cabin pattern sketched out for it.

Linked:
BOMs Away Monday @ What A Hoot
Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times
Color Mondays @ Porch Swing Quilts
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River
WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced
Rainbow Scrap Challenge @ SoScrappy
Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy's Quilts
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric

WiP - VBS

This week was Vacation Bible School at our church, so I got a little less sewing time, but a lot more craft time. Somehow every time we find a new church, they automatically put me in the craft room for VBS. Weird. ;)

This is the pile of crafts the kids brought home. I'm most excited about the Jesus sign - we had one in our house growing up, and now I have my own! I mean, the Dude has his. I guess. Technically.

In the afternoon, I tried to stick with making five blocks a day for the flannel stars. I failed by the end of the week, but with a final push on Saturday, I got them finished and laid out with the pillowcases and jeans. All the columns are stitched together now; I just need to put it all together.

I also finished the inside patchwork for Cardinal Charms. Unfortunately, the consensus is my friends hate me don't think I should be lazy, and it really needs a stop border before the blue cardinals. I'm hoping I have enough leftover of the cream with red dots from the above quilt.

I made some awesome candy cane stripe binding and attached it to the front of Christmas Stars. Now I just need to get some hand stitching time.

I finally pulled a couple more Weekly Churn Dashes together. A couple darker greens this week, since I did bright greens during dark green month.

And my new leader/ender project - California Girl Hourglasses. I just have to say, it is great to have a L/E project that I love, because it makes me want to work on my other projects to add blocks!

Also, everyone say "Hi, CC!"

On Sunday evening, I had finished all my weekly projects, and it wasn't quite time to start dinner. I didn't want to drag out a big project, and clearly I wasn't going to clean anything, so I started playing with the leftover corners from Wee Wander.

But then the girls ended up in the same place on opposite sides, looking like the creepy twins from The Shining, and the boy is really a faceless body catching fireflies, and maybe they're not catching fireflies but SOULS. And now something so very sweet is kinda creepy.

On another note...the color palette of the week...purple! I know Jennie's a big fan of Frozen, so I counter with the much better recent princess movie.

Linked:
BOMs Away Monday @ What A Hoot
Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times
Color Mondays @ Porch Swing Quilts
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River
WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced
Rainbow Scrap Challenge @ SoScrappy
Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy's Quilts
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric

WiP - Slow Stitching

I'm back from our adventures on the East Coast! My mom's sewing machine was under a pile of construction, but I did get some hand stitching done at their place.

Mom taught me to blanket stitch so I could fix my sister's Cinderella quilt. So far, I stitched the shoe in place and started ripping out the words. See the words in the light pink? No? Yeah, that's why they're out.

At my MIL's, I visited her neighbor who imports threads from Germany. My thought - uh, Gutermann? Nope, turns out it's hand-dyed, artist palettes, all kinds of weights and decorative things that I don't understand. But I understand sparkly and now I have a small sample to play with. As soon as I learn a running stitch.


I also did a lot of binding stitching and got my mother's table runners finished. I'm working my way around the daisy ones next, and then I still have a nice stack waiting to have binding stitched to the front. Sigh.

Once I got home, I pulled together the rows for Luscious Picnic. And a bonus doll quilt from the scraps. And the backing, and the binding, and it's all ready to go when my babysitter comes back.

Then I made five of the flannel stars for Grandma's quilt. I'm going to try to knock out five a day, because that's all I can stand of trimming flying geese.


And California Girl became my leader/ender project, and goodness gracious, she is perfect. LOVE!

Full disclosure moment. What I have to deal with every time I want to take a picture.

And then I realized I hadn't done any BOM stuff. I don't know where I am on churn dashes because it's green...again. Apparently May was emerald green and August is bright green, and all of my May ones were bright, so...maybe dark green? Maybe something totally different?

Anyway, instead of making a decision, I whipped out Part Five for Ripples and Reflections. I had to skip steps because I miscut Fabric Nine. It's been replaced but not yet recut. This step was fairly simple, but as there's sixteen of them, fairly boring.

And finally, my blue palette, borrowed again from Lori Barbely Photography. She goes to Maui and takes these gorgeous pictures, and all I get is a couple yards of fabric. Not fair. And look at those Kona names! Oasis, Breakers - yes!

Linked:
BOMs Away Monday @ What A Hoot
Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times
Color Mondays @ Porch Swing Quilts
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River
WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced
Rainbow Scrap Challenge @ SoScrappy
Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy's Quilts
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric

Color Palettes and Themes

I was really looking forward to green week with Jennie, because I chose green as my logo border, and green has been the background of this blog forever and ever, but I'm still stuck on a color theme for the blog switchover.

So I wandered through photos and Design Seeds and I'm still really not any closer to a decision.

Am I Scarlett and any one of her numerous green dresses?
{Photo via How Do We Run On}

A lucky four leaf clover with a hint of daisy?

Ooh, sangria! I could be sangria!

I think part of this indecision stems from not having a quilting style. I mean, I finished Cat Tails and Central Park Sudoku this year...those two couldn't be more different! But they're both in my living room. {Maybe that's part of the problem.}

I know I like blogs with calm, white backgrounds, and not a lot of stuff cluttering up the design. Which leads me to thinking about sponsorship and linky parties and what exactly will be on the new blog.

And then I get a headache and put off the switchover. 

And go pull fabric for a quilt because those colors, I can do.