WiP - Bits and Pieces

I'm charging right through my to-do-before-I-get-eaten-by-deadlines list right now, which in some cases means starting projects just to drop them. {Speaking of deadlines - you have until Thursday at midnight PST to enter my pattern giveaway!}

Sorry, Five Spot. You get one block, then it's on to the next pattern with much harder pressing instructions to work out!

Sorry, Ripples and Reflections. Even though I peeked ahead and saw ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS in step eight, you have to wait a month. {136 pieces, 1 hour 50 minutes. I told my MIL I'm keeping track and I think she thinks I'm trying to guilt trip her. Me? Never!}

Sorry, Taffy. Even though I'm three blocks away from finishing. I promise, you'll be the first one I get back to!

But hey, congrats Catching Fire{flies}! You get to be totally done!

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 Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy’s Quilts Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric

Catching Fire{flies} - Finished!

Yes, I'm starting to do finished posts on Wednesday, because Jennie is monopolizing my Fridays with pattern releases. If you come back, there will be a giveaway! But first, MY quilts. Especially THIS one.

This one is my deployment gift to the boys. Mostly because I couldn't justify buying the fabric for any other reason. I finished the top while my husband was deployed, quilted it while he was home, and I'm giving it to the kids just in time for...yay, another deployment! I love this sixty-days-on-sixty-days-off stuff.

I used a fat quarter set of just the boy fabric, obviously. Heaven forbid there's any PINK. The frames are from the amazing border print, the "pictures" fussy cut from two of the fat quarters. I wanted to offset this section, but I ended up not being able to justify the cost of half yards, and very few online shops sell quarter yards. Sigh. If you want to see it in action, check out Lyn's. {She asked permission to copy me.}

This is hands down my favorite section. The Dude learned to ride on a white horse - we both miss Walter! As you can see, I used a wishbone quilting design - simply across each row, and around the border. It's a motif from Angela Walters' book on freemotion quilting. Now, this is going to be all kinds of contradictory - I didn't think I'd like the book because I don't like "quilted to death." It looks very nice and I admire the technique, but I like my personal quilts done looser. Turns out, it's really super easy to, well, make the motifs bigger. Who knew?

Angela even includes how to do the corners with this design! And can we all pause for a moment and admire my mitered corners? I learned the technique just for this quilt. And it looks pretty damn amazing.

The backing is this adorable fox from Joann's. Mostly so I can walk around asking, "What does the fox say?" to annoy the Dude. Binding is more leftover strips of the border fabric.

I Red-Peppered the binding again - actually, this was the first one I tried, and didn't catch the stitches with a 3/8" binding. So I ripped it out and did a 1/4" one, with a zig zag stitch because I've been having issues with the backing rolling with this technique. It was the perfect mix - the 1/8" made a huge difference and the backing stayed where it should be.

Are they fighting over it already? Yes, yes they are.

Luckily we've settled into a daytime-Little Man / nightime-Dude arrangement.

And CC-never.

No, really. Keep off, Bad Kitten!


Fabric: Wee Wander by Sarah Jane


WiP - Visitors and Races

Not much done this week, because my sister is in town, mostly to babysit the kids while I went to Priest Lake, Idaho, for a half marathon. And she wanted me to spend time with her, and the weekend was a little busy with the running and subsequent napping. Not to mention the cabin we stayed at had no WiFi and no cell phone service, so I couldn't finish up the giveaway. So here you go - a winner - Christine, a fellow Korean adopt-a-mom!

In sewing, I squared up and started binding Wee Wander. I'm attempting the Red Pepper method, and it's...okay. I'm missing the back side a lot more than I'd like, but I always do 3/8ths on the front, so I suppose if I did 1/4ths like I'm supposed to, it would work better. I'm trying to decide which would take longer - removing all the binding and starting over, or restitching the missed spots.

I fixed the Cinderella shoe, reapplied it, and started stitching. And I'm a little panicky because the end of September is really close and I've never missed a AYOLF goal yet! I guess I'll be stitching all day. Yes, I know my lettering is uneven. That's part of its charm, mmkay?

And that's it for sewing! I'll get back into it tomorrow when my sister heads home. And once Cinderella is stitched...

But before I go, my color palette for the week! Brown, and Jennie covered about all the brown food I'm dreaming about. {Hey! I'm still in half recovery!}

So I went with the resort we stayed at this weekend, and the gorgeous colors of a lakeside cabin. I could live here forever. {If there were WiFi.}

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


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.

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 - Diversity

I'm still bouncing all over the place this week, but at least I have some finishes to show for it! And some new skills to boot.

I quilted and bound my sister's Christmas tree skirt, and bound Central Park Sudoku. Making bias binding wasn't a new thing, but attaching it in a circle was. And it wasn't that hard!

Then I practiced a mitered border on a little panel piece from my husband's grandmother's stash. It worked okay...

...so I went ahead and put the mitered border on my Wee Wander quilt. I'm so glad I learned the technique, because this is perfect. Straight borders wouldn't have cut it with this amazing border print.

I finally - finally - finished cutting my MIL's Ripples and Reflections, and made the first block. I'm keeping track - 1 hour to sew, 41 pieces.
And since working with Christmas, modern fabrics, 80s fabric, novelty fabric, and batiks wasn't enough for one week, I started one with homespun-style flannels.
When digging through Grandma's stash, I found two pillowcases with a design and her name and her husband's. And then I felt immense guilt because I've had the denim from her husband's jeans for three years and haven't made her a quilt yet. What kind of person puts off Grandma's quilt??
So I whipped together a plan, dug out these flannels from a kit, and got started!

And in between all this, I cut another neutral jelly roll for my vacation sewing. This is a new one to me - Plaster of Paris - that's very Grunge-like. The real jelly roll is California Girl, bought during my husband's last deployment. Fitting that I should work on it during this one!

Oh, yeah, and my Weekly Churn Dash. This is just a Joann's print, nothing special, but I love the pattern of the white dots and the random blue flowers.

And the design palette of the week! Orange, and I love the matching Kona names. {Photo courtesy of the EPA. Really!}

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