WiP - One More Day

  Just a few short more hours until school starts. For one, at least. The Little Man doesn't go back until next week - which is going to be fun when Brother goes off tomorrow and he doesn't. I'm sure I'll miss them eventually, but right now I just want to shove them out the door.

My productivity was up this week as I started to pull my brain out of the summer haze and do serious work on a project before flitting off to the next one. Don't worry - there's still way too many projects going on at once - I just made sure I finished one major step on each one before working on another.

The finish, of course, was this month's t-shirt quilt. Delivered, blogged, totally on schedule!

Then I made all the Not-Quite-Flower blocks and threw them on the design wall for a stewing period. They first went up the with strong reds on the outsides, but after moving this one here and that one there, I think I like this layout better. But not enough to commit and sash them up quite yet. Maybe a design wall isn't that helpful...

Then I pulled out my scrap solid bin and started the long process of piecing two Minecraft quilts. I'm approaching this one as a Block of the Week - I need 12 for the commission quilt and 16 for the Dude's quilt, with some block overlap. {Both want creepers. Obviously.} I'll tackle everything I can from the scrap bin before I have to order the rest of the fabric.

And finally on the piecing side, I decided on the dancing sashing for my churn dashes, so I slowly started them as leader/enders. It'll be interesting to see how it looks - it's not a setting I've ever done before.

My final project was getting this little doll quilt quilted and partially bound. My husband might be going to visit family this month, so I want to get some of the birthday and Christmas presents done to send with him. Saving shipping! Which means my binding list will finally be knocked down!

This little piece was made from the leftover cuttings from A Princess Picnic. Every princess needs a matching quilt for her dolly, right?

See also: Oh ScrapBoMs Away, Design Wall Monday, Monday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Rainbow Scrap Challenge, WiP on Wednesdays, WiP Wednesday

A Princess Picnic - Finished!

This one started a few years ago - I thought I was madly in love with this line, and purchased the jelly roll and backing and Grunge background to make Avignon Picnic, a Moda Bake Shop pattern. It sat for a few years, like stuff often does in my sewing room. This summer, I finally unrolled the jelly roll...

...only to discover, um, this fabric is so not me. I mean, it's a nice fabric line. I like some of the prints. But overall, I don't know what I was thinking.

Luckily, I was working on it at my in-laws, and my niece was quick to point out how much she loved the flowers, and the lacy prints, and Auntie Katie, did you know there's CROWNS on this fabric?

So although she didn't know it as she helped me decide on the layout, this was was destined for her.

We agreed that a controlled scrappy look was much better than all-over scrappy. The only thing I would do differently next time {and I love the pattern and there will be a next time!} is plan the rows so the colors in the middle of the 0s alternate - like in the photo above, blue-white / white-blue.

Because it's a "family" quilt, I played a little more with the quilting, doing loops along the pattern-lines. I'm always amazed when these things work out - I don't consider myself a "good" longarmer yet {I can rock the loop!} so I'm always pleased when an experiment works out. I suppose I should have done something in all the middle-0s, but eh.

I used the remaining jelly roll strips to do the binding, because jelly roll quilts just beg for scrappy binding, too.

And it is off in the mail - a full day before the PO cutoff!

64x64"

Hello Luscious by Basic Grey

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

WiP - Pool Time

I'm at my in laws, so there's not a lot of sewing going on here.

Whole lot of this, though.

I did manage to get some stuff done before I left, and during naptimes.

Okay, Central Park Sudoku isn't new, but the finished post is.

Checked off part 2 of Ripples and Reflections - a whooping 2.75 hours to build these four matching blocks, at 180 pieces total. I was right about them luring you in with part 1 being fairly easy. Glad to put it away for a month!

Now I'm strip piecing my Hello Luscious-Avignon Picnic. Strips are done and cutting is happening...when there aren't little fingers around. And there's twice as many of those than normal!

The first section is nearly together...and yes, I went color-sorted-scrappy. And yes, cell phone pictures at nine p.m. are amazing.

In a departure from the norm, I went scrappy with my last red churn dash, because I adore my Punctuation scraps and I didn't have enough of one piece to make a block.

And my palette of the week. Look, it's not food! Although suddenly I want pomegranate punch.

There's also been trips to the zoo, and Mary Jo's, and treasure hunts, and smores, and lightning bugs, and did I mention the pool?

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
Scrap Basket Sunday @ Kim's Big Quilting Adventure
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric

WiP - Flimsy Finishing

The month of doing whatever continues, with a bunch of finishes!


First, I finished off the Christmas tree skirt for my sister. Waiting on a backing decision, and I'll probably quilt this at home so I can take it east with me.


Then my aunt made a decision on her final border and I finished up the Tennessee Waltz. And it was totally the right decision. This one will be quilted on the longarm, so not for a while yet.


And lastly, I ordered Wee Wander as a deployment gift for the kids, received it on Wednesday, and whipped it into a top by Sunday. Okay, it's not a complicated top, and it still needs to be trimmed, but I really enjoyed fussy cutting the adorable kids.

I'm going to miter the fabulous border, which I've never done. Debbie {A Quilter's Table} suggested Amy's Creative Side's tutorial - I've read it and I think I'm going to try on something smaller first. I don't want to mess up my lovelies!


And then there's my Weekly Churn Dash. The Dude and I bought this fabric during an Oklahoma Quilt Shop Hop a few years ago. He has pretty good taste.

Jennie {Porch Swing Quilts} is starting a palette linky. As it is Rainier Cherry season out here, I have one red thing on my brain. {Photo courtesy of Rainier Fruit Company.}

And finally, I cut 2.5" strips for a jelly roll quilt while I'm on the East Coast. Jelly rolls are easy travelers! This one is Hello Luscious by Basic Grey, with the cream Grunge from the same line, and it will become Avignon Picnic.

Of course, all these finishes leave me wondering what to do next...

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