Sunday, January 14, 2018

Maintaining Momentum

Unfortunately, I have many UFOs--most are in need of quilting. Fortunately, I have several kits and fat quarter bundles that are waiting to become works in progress. I am trying to avoid starting anything new--it is difficult! The good news is I have gotten my mojo on tackling some of these UFOs. My first UFO finish is my Chains of Love Quilt. I started this last year and whipped the top right up, but ran into some problems with the machine quilting--of course, it languished. I got it all machine quilted by taking some time to redo the pin basting and marked it with a Frixon pen for the crosshatch quilting. It is all bound, washed, and ready to display for Valentine's Day decorating. It is 44.5 inches square. This was my January OMG goal, so it feels great to have that done half way into the month!
As I went into my sewing room yesterday, I was tempted to start a new project for the three day weekend. Instead, I dug out one of my oldest UFOs--my Quilty Fun Row Quilt. I had this top together in a couple of weeks back in July 2013--this was back when the blocks were still freebies on Lori Holt's Bee In My Bonnet Blog.  I hit a wall with the borders and the quilting. I was indecisive about doing the borders it called for. 4+ years of indecisiveness is enough. I added the narrow red borders yesterday and will be working on the pieced turquoise borders today. So much time has passed the white fabric seems to have yellowed, but the whites in the borders are not touching--I think it will be ok after washing and it really only shows in the bright sunshine. I am thinking I will quilt it myself horizontally either with a straight line stitch every inch or with my wavy stitch. This is NOT going to languish any more! After all, Done Is Better Than Perfect!
This UFO--my Strawberry Social Quilt was pieced at a retreat back in July 2015. I had a backing that a friend gave me, but again it got shoved aside because of quilting. I decided to quilt it myself vertically with a straight stitch. Thanks to the two football games yesterday, I am almost done with the hand binding. I will do some Slow Sunday Stitching and finish the binding and sew the hanger down too.
I got to gift this beauty this week to one of my dear teacher friends Sue! Her daughter gave birth to her first granddaughter, Kimberly, on Monday. I made this on a whim in February of last year. It is a Curved Log Cabin design and I am tempted to start making some more blocks as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018--I want to make a bigger one to keep!
These two L blocks whipped up so quickly for the Spelling Bee Sew Along yesterday. 

I am looking forward to having Monday off and I am taking Thursday off to spend the morning with my daughter and get her to the airport to go back to college--I will try to head into my sewing room that afternoon. Hopefully, I can slay another UFO!

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018 Plans

 Welcome, I hope your 2018 is off to a fabulous start! I go back to work tomorrow, but I managed to make the most of this time off. I made this table topper from start to finish yesterday. It is made from Bonnie & Camille's Spools 2 pattern. It will go on top of my new glass front quilt cabinet in my sewing room. My sewing room's decor is black, turquoise, and red. It is my second finish for 2018.
Lots of new quilt alongs and BOMs are beginning, but I am trying to restrain myself and focus on my UFOs and other commitments. I will continue with the weekly Spelling Bee Sew Along using Lori Holt's Spelling Bee. Here is the link:
We are up to the letter K and I made those blocks yesterday.
#spellingbeesaturday
My other sew along commitment is Clementine from the Fat Quarter Shop. My blog will be featured on their quilt along. I am so excited to participate in this fundraiser for St. Jude. Here is the link for information:
I have so many UFOs. They are mostly completed tops, but need to be quilted. First up is Chains of Love--I want this to be up on display for Valentine's Day, so I am making it my January OMG (One Monthly Goal). Here is the link
I actually got it quilted this week along with two other UFOs. I hope to work on binding it today for Slow Sunday Stitching:
My daughter is home from college until the 18th. We have been enjoying lots of cuddling and home cooked meals--our dogs are in heaven with all of her attention!

Have a great week!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Ciao 2017--Denver Bronco Quilt Done

 Happy New Year! I squeezed in one last finish for 2017--our Denver Broncos Quilt. I used a pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew called Touchdown along with the letters and jerseys from Spelling Bee by Lori Holt. Here is a link to the Touchdown pattern:
I used the throw size and then made the six inch letters from the Lori Holt book.
For the backing, I made two jerseys from the book with some adjustments to look like John Elway's #7 and Peyton Manning's #18. My hubby requested Bronco fabric, so I combined a some orange and some blue into the pieced backing. He was really pleased with the backing and says it is reversible!
 I quilted it horizontally with my wavy stitch on my Pfaff. I followed the lines of the sashing.
 I think this is the biggest quilt I have ever done on my domestic Pfaff. It measures 57 x 86 inches. It was big enough for hubby and I to cuddle under for the final Bronco game. It was a rough season for the Broncos, but hopefully 2018 will be better.
 The hardest part was the Bronco helmets! I had to come up with my own appliqué design for the logo and reverse it. I had planned to make two more for the bottom where is spells out BRONCOS, but the helmets were a little too big. Two helmets were more than enough!
I hand embroidered the label information between the jerseys and it was completed in 2017! My last finish for 2017.
This morning, I completed my first project for 2018--an I ❤ U pillow using the Spelling Bee  book. It measures 12 x 16 inches and is already on my living room couch. I have another UFO to finish up before I start on some new goodies--glad I have this week off.

Happy 2018!



Saturday, December 30, 2017

Spelling Bee Sew Along December Update & DREAMi


Are you participating in the Spelling Bee Sew Along? I have been, but got a little behind because of my Xmas sewing. I got all caught up again with these precious picture blocks--the cake and the camera. I plan on making the quilt pictured on Spelling Bee by Lori Holt. The blocks are all in the six inch range. More information is located on my right hand side bar.
Aside from purchasing more of the background fabric (I already had a yard), I think I will be able to make this quilt from my stash. 
We have been sewing two blocks a week.
I found some perfect little bits of pink in my pink scrap drawer to make the letter I blocks.
This morning, the last Spelling Bee Blocks of December were posted---the letters J and the Mason jar. They went together very quickly!
I have the J theme going this week with the piecing of the backing for my Denver Broncos Quilt--I tweaked the jersey design in the book to make an Elway and a Manning jersey. Between them, I embroidered my label.
I got my Denver Broncos Quilt pinned and quilted! I got about a third of the binding done too--I will spend the last regular season Sunday getting the binding done and squeezing in one last finish of 2017.
 Since I had this last week off, I wanted to make a little treat for myself. I made a 24 inch Swoon block for a spot in my sewing room. You can see my go to cross hatch quilting in this picture and I bound it last night.
It goes perfectly above my new glass door cabinet in my sewing room. It is nice to end 2017 with a little goodie for me. This was a Drop Everything And Make It for sure. Check out other DREAMi projects here:

I know most of the country is experiencing frigid temperatures, but it is lovely here. I just walked out in my pajamas to take a picture of my Swoon Quilt and it is lovely in the sunshine. Stay warm and cozy wherever you are and have a safe New Year!







Monday, December 25, 2017

Xmas Patchwork Swoon

Merry Xmas everyone! I hope you have had a lovely time with your families. My daughter arrived home from college on Thursday and it was my last day of work. Of course, it was the only day we have had snow--an adventure with school children and traveling.

Unfortunately, I have not done much quilting the last couple of weeks. I did manage to get the binding done on my Xmas Patchwork Swoon Quilt. I got it back from the machine quilter on Monday and spent all the evenings this week stitching it down.
I had the quilter use a snowflake motif. Even though the fabric is Xmas themed, it is not overwhelmingly Xmas and I think the snowflake quilting makes it more winter themed which means it will be used in my house all winter--plus the milky backing makes it heavy and soft.
I got a couple of quilty gifts for Xmas including these dachshund pillow shams. My sister @mommytoirishtwins made them for me. They remind me of my dachshund, Beau, and with the amazing Bonnie & Camille sweaters they are precious.
I made these Pocket Pillows for most of my family, but of course I forgot to take pictures of all of them. This one was for my niece, Bailey, in aqua and red to match her bedroom.
I think the backs of these are as cute as the pocket front. These with a gift card were perfect for everyone. I made one that was Star Wars theme, another one was Game of Thrones, and a couple with wine bottles, corks, and wineglasses. The pattern is a free tutorial, you can find here:

Now that Xmas is over and my sewing room is no longer the wrapping room, I hope to get in there and make a few goodies for myself!





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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Supernova Finish


This is my version of Supernova! It was a baby gift for one of the secretaries at one of my schools. She does not know the baby's gender, but she is decorating the nursery in gray and mint. She loved it so much she cried! Unfortunately, my finished picture is darker than it really was. I quilted it with straight lines radiating out from the dark star shape.
Here is a better picture for light. This is a free pattern you can find here:
I made mine slightly smaller with the half square triangle blocks finishing four inches.
I have finished my football quilt top, so now I am working on the backing. I really wanted to put minky for the backing, but my hubby wanted Broncos fabric. I decided to make a Manning jersey
and an Elway jersey for the backing label. I sewed the two jerseys together and I am stitching the label information between them. This is my Slow Sunday Stitching today. https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2017/12/slow-sunday-stitching_10.html
I will use orange Bronco fabric above the jerseys and blue Bronco fabric below.
I sent my daughter a finals care package this week. Care packages are a great way to spoil your kids when they are away from home. I like to pick a theme and decorate the inside of the box with five pieces of scrapbooking paper. You have to trim them down slightly to fit into the large Priority Mail Box. Since the theme of this one was studying and taking finals, I put in some studying goodies like: highlighters, mechanical pencils, Post-It tabs, cozy socks with wise owls, nuts, Nutella snacks, Poppa's Corn (a local gourmet caramel corn), homemade blondies, Skittles, K-cups, Starbucks Espresso shots, relax and calm face masks, dried fruit, an instant noodle bowl, etc. It is fun for me to locate goodies and put it together. I already have my theme selected for the next one and have already started gathering goodies. I usually send a package every other month.
I bought myself an early Christmas present. This glass door cabinet for quilt storage. It is from Target and I had been pining for it for awhile and when all Target's furniture was 30% off a couple of weeks ago--I had to order it! Between the sale and my Target card it was $125 delivered to my door. My handy hubby put it together. I am quite pleased with the cabinet and it comes in a bunch of colors. You can check it out here:
But wait to buy it on sale!

I want to make a small quilt to hang above it with some of my Bonnie and Camille fabric. Hopefully, I will tackle that over winter vacation...

I have been keeping up with the Spelling Bee Sew Along and I am making some letters for a little holiday decorating, but I will save those for another post.

Have a great week!




Sunday, November 26, 2017

Supernova & More

 My week of sewing has continued. This beauty is Supernova! I need a baby quilt for a coworker and her colors are gray and mint green--she does not know if it is a boy or girl. I had the gray in my stash-it is beautifully mottled with small sparkly dots--very celestial looking. I picked up a few quarter yards of mints/aquas and shopped in my stash for 10 different greens. I have added a four inch border since this picture was taken and I quilted it yesterday. Unfortunately, the quilt shop was closed all weekend, so I could not pick up some more of the darker green that is the off-center focus which I want to use for binding. I will get some on Tuesday after work. The Supernova pattern is a freebie you can find here:
Please note, I made my half-square triangles smaller to finish at four inches.

This has definitely been my Drop Everything and Make project this month! Check out everyone else's here: http://www.mmmquilts.com/2017/11/dreami-linky-10.html

For Spelling Bee Saturday, we did not go on to the letter G, but went back and made some picture blocks the bird and the butterfly.
I also made my Bella block. I need to embroider the details on all of these picture blocks.
I also finished a new Christmas pillow for my house. The red VW Beetle is special for me because my first car was a 1970 one. The pillow is 18 inches square.
The only place I ventured out to on Black Friday was Joann's. I wanted to pick up my minky backings for the Supernova Quilt and my Patchwork Swoon and use my 25% off their sale price. I also checked out the Christmas fabrics at 70% off and found this buffalo check for $1.79 per yard. Yes, I will take all six yards please! 
I made three of this style Christmas pillows this week. I am planning on gifting them for some of my work friends. Here is the link the the free tutorial:
I have one more to embroider this evening for Slow Sunday Stitching:

I am back to work tomorrow, but I hope to get Supernova finished up this week. Stay tuned for pictures...