WiP - Back in Focus

Whew, it's much easier to work in a clean space {you know, minus all those Lego Duplos I keep stepping on} with a solid schedule. I can actually get things done!

Like the Denim Sawtooth Star quilt for my husband's grandmother. I admit, I wasn't a huge fan of making it, but now that it's done, I can't stop touching it.

Make It Do is down to the last borders. And a good pressing. I think things are about set with Jennie's pattern for a full reveal soon!

I pieced all the little bits for a Round and Round pocket panel for my Weekender, and then realized I completely underestimated how much background fabric I had left. And it's gone - none on Etsy, eBay, Google...even from the very few stores that may have had it. So now I'm trying to decide how it looks against a grey background. The grey flowers is the body of the bag, but I think there's red piping in between them.

So I can't decide if it looks like I planned badly...or if it's okay that the dots pop out as much as the stars...?

And then, inspired by Debbie's amazing Spiraled series, I played with my leftover Snowball HSTs. Last time they were out, I found one missing, which meant I wouldn't be able to have a perfectly matching set of pillows. So I had to let go of the symmetrical and just play...and it was FUN!

This won't be the final design. In fact, I think I'm going to pull it apart and make one of each solid color, because the near-solid reds blend too much. But it's nice to just move things around.

This week's color palette - rain. Okay, I'm a little more focused on the umbrella. I've wanted to make a red, black, and white quilt forever now. They just look so good together!

Oh, and there was no BOM work because I ran a half marathon on Sunday. Yes, my second in two weeks. No biggie. ;)

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 - 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!

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

Weekly Progress - MORE SNOW!

We did get the winter storm they predicted last week, and it was about as good as Oklahoma gets.

{Yeah wind, blast that tree!}

We lost power overnight, so I shoveled myself to the car to check Facebook. Luckily it was back by 10 am....other friends out here were not as lucky!

{Of course I had to make french toast! I had bread, eggs, and milk!}

Of course, my dear husband decided that the middle of a snowstorm was the best time to tell me we were moving back to Spokane, WA. You know, the place that got something close to 100" of snow the last winter we were there.

He's buying me a snowblower for my birthday.

Anyway... I waited until the end of the month to get anything significant done on my sewing projects... Good thing for those monthly link-ups to keep me moving! So while it looks like I did a lot this week, really, most of the stuff was near completion and I just finished it off.

{Finished!} Layer Cake Snowballs - post here.

{Finished!} Starburst Pillow - I'm really glad I went with a pillow instead of a quilt. I know it wouldn't have gotten done if I tried for a whole quilt. The quilting is based on Karamat's Mini-Swoon Swap - I wanted to practice before tackling my Swoon!

{BOM} I started putting together the Sampler, but quickly ran out of the black. Go figure - you need a lot of that!

 {Design Wall} All the pink blocks for Boardwalk. It will not look this pink! I ironed and started cutting the teal fat quarters today.

{Rainbow Scrap Challenge} These have been finishing up throughout the month as little leaders/enders. March is orange, which will be hard - I don't have a lot of it.

My new Flirt project is mostly cut out and strip sets are forming. And look - it's the ONLY thing on the cutting table!

I also made a set of Cat Tails. But I don't remember which set it was. One of these...

Oh, and I did this. Yes, the medal is bigger than my hand. Yes, I beat my Tulsa time. Yes, hills make your butt hurt. A LOT.

{Fifteen Minute Challenge} I took a deep breath and plunged into the horrors of the scrap box, where bags of old projects are sent to never be sorted. Stuff I want to keep together are now boxed and labeled. And I have a bigger pile of scraps to re-sort into colors. {Still not enough orange!}

Fifteen Minute Challenge @ Life In Pieces

Layer Cake Snowballs - Finished!

I am not late for last Christmas. I am EARLY for NEXT Christmas.

So this top was done last July...yeah...

I did a week-by-week tutorial on it.

{Oklahoma obliged me with snow for the pictures}

I did simple quilting, outline the layer cake slices. I probably should have done more, but...I didn't!

The front is a Joy {Kate Spain/Moda} layer cake, with red and green Konas. I do not remember the exact shades.

The backing/binding is Tinsel {Maude Asbury/Blend} and it matches perfectly.

approx. 57x67"


End of Month Report - February

Man, this short month went a bit too fast! Who ever decided that February should get shortchanged? Darn you, Caesar! What was so wrong about making January, February, and March all 30-day months?

Family: We got orders! Surprisingly early! Back to Fairchild AFB, WA. There are a lot of mixed feelings about this...but at least the place makes us happy. We'll move sometime this summer - school doesn't start until after Labor Day {and Oklahoma gets out before Memorial Day} so we have a lot of time to work with.

Adoption: Still waiting to hear the revised timeline and requirements...and trying not to worry. I'm hoping we know before we schedule the move - obviously, it would be nice to be settled before the Little Man comes home.

Running: Little Rock Half is this weekend, and I feel insanely prepared. At some point, full marathon training stopped being tiring and started being, "oh, no biggie, I have a 2:30 long run this weekend. AND I WILL DO IT IN 2:20!!"

Sewing: I planned, this month, to... 

Ah, no. Finished Snowballs under the wire {post will be up tomorrow} but Star isn't even basted.

Pick 16 Saturday Sampler blocks to set on point and do that

Yes! Not only that, but all the on point blocks are sashed and I started putting together the other blocks. And then I ran out of fabric. Man, when you have a lot of negative space, you need a LOT of that fabric!

Figure out what I'm doing with Boardwalk and make at least ten blocks

Uh, sure. If you count slicing the setting pieces as "making blocks."

Keep up with one Cat Tails block each week

Yes, I'm up to nine blocks. And out of space on the design wall, again! Four more to go...I think. I should really come up with a plan...

And then also...

Starburst Pillow - I love it! I'm really glad I decided to make it pillow-size. Now I can enjoy it instead of letting it linger on the to-be-quilted pile.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - ten cute little purple blocks!

And then there's my NewFO. I did not plan on a NewFO this month. I blame my mother-in-law - she ordered me quilt magazine subscriptions for  Christmas. I couldn't resist making this one in Flirt!

As for March...it's got Spring Break and two half marathons, so I'll try not to be overly ambitious.

1. Keep up with Cat Tails - I should finish the cat blocks and have them ready to set in April.

2. Quilt Star Wall Hanging, Frolicking Pinwheels, and Skorca. {I know, three. But two are small and should not take that long! And I know I'm going to keep putting Skorca off.}

3. Make a new Creeper pillow for the Dude's birthday. {The first one went to a friend. The second will be properly pixelated.}

4. Make at least half of the fourteen remaining blocks for Boardwalk. Luckily, they're all blue/teal, so the pink will be balanced.