15 April 2014

Fabric Tuesday: Strawberry Shortcake

This is what happens when you move.

This is also what happens when you fall out of love with something and need some space and time to fall back in love.

This is also what happens when you find out that a quilt you're working on would be a perfect gift for a family member.

And I just wanted to finish a flimsy. The Ruby Grannies were not going to work out, so I sewed the rows together and set them aside. I spotted the bin with these blocks and thought, "Why not?"

I sort of love it again. But it doesn't go with anything in my house (which hasn't stopped me before). But the colors, I hear, are some of my cousin's favorites, and her birthday is next month, which means this baby is getting quilted soon and shipped off. Can't wait!

Linking up!

Fresh Poppy Design

14 April 2014

Make-A-List Monday: Change of direction (what else is new?)

I cleaned my sewing room on Friday night. Vacuumed. Moved bins and boxes and toys and dirty clothes (not mine - my two-year-old feels entitled to disrobe in any room in the house, at any given time). It wasn't on my list, but it needed to be done.

Here's my list from last week:
  • Layout and sew Ruby Grannies flimsy - did I say Ruby? I meant to, and I did, but I can't sew the sashing together until I figure out how I'm going to get my hands on 20 2.5" squares of random Ruby fabrics. I've got 30, but I wanted to do corner post squares with the sashing, like on my Sew Cherry granny quilt. So I'm in the market. If you're hoarding some, I'll gladly pay or swap for something else if you like. I just won't pay nearly $50 for a charm pack. Not happening!

  • Get sashing fabric for pinwheel pillow shams - cut and stitch the fronts together - done! I love these, and now I'm working on the quilting step. Someone suggested flowers, and I'm liking the idea of a dogwood style flower in each pinwheel!

  • Find a great Christmas quilt pattern - meh, didn't find one I absolutely love yet, but I'm getting closer. I might just use the Thimbleblossoms one
  • Make and post my 2QFAL list (as per usual, it's a monster) - done, and who could forget it!
 And now, on to this week.
  • Layout and sew Strawberry Fields Shortcake flimsy (the blocks were all done, so why haven't I finished this quilt yet?)
  • Layout and sew Backyard Bugs flimsy (just squares, so easy peasy)
  • Get pearl cotton for pillow sham quilting
  • Sew Scrumptious pillowcases
That's all. 

11 April 2014

Friday Finish: Pinwheel Pillow Shams

They aren't done.

Just saying that up front. The "flimsy" is done, if you want to call it that.

I'm stuck now. How do I quilt it?

Allover free motion pattern? Something more block specific? Any ideas? If you have a brilliant idea, with a picture or Pin, please share.

Linking up at crazy mom quilts, who has the cutest little quilt she finished up on her blog today.

10 April 2014

Disgust! Outrage! Ridiculousness!

Just browsing around on Etsy, looking for some Ruby charm packs. I know, pipe dream, but I did find one.

For 48.95. Plus shipping.

The same shop had a Marmalade jelly roll for $57.95. Plus shipping.

Vintage Modern FQ bundle? $265.

I'm sorry, but no way in a million years. I might want a Ruby charm pack pretty badly, but not that much! I get supply and demand, but then there's price gouging. Sheesh! I can see charging maybe $20 for a hard to find charm pack, but charging over $1 for each square? Come on!

Okay. Rant over. But I'm still disgusted by it.

08 April 2014

Make a BIG List Tuesday: 2QFAL

In the off-chance that I score some serious quilting time, I figured I'd better put it all on the list. Especially the finished flimsies. I've negotiated a trade with the law student. He takes one Saturday a month for a three-gun shoot, so I figured I'd ask for an equal amount of quilting time (not necessarily on a Saturday). Sounds great, right?

And so, I give you the monster, mother of a list! In alphabetical order, no less. I know. Be impressed.

Alpine Wonderland – READY TO QUILT

Apple of My Eye Hexies – NEEDS BACK

Arkansas Traveler Do Good Stitches quilt

Backyard Bugs patchwork

Big Glamping Hexies – NEEDS BACK

Blooming Lovely Open Season – READY TO QUILT

Christmas Gift Bags - cut these out this weekend, but I need white for the lining of them all

Delft Blue Dutch Pinwheels - READY TO QUILT

Easy as Cake – READY TO QUILT

Enchanted Forest Hot Cross - figure out what I want for the Xs, then piece it and quilt it (already have the back for it!)

Flower Sugar Economy Block quilt

Glamping Trips – NEEDS BACK

Gypsy Girl Scrappy Pillow for my daughter


HGL Niner

HGL Nines and Snowballs – NEEDS  BACK


HGL Touch of Whimsy

HS Wagon Wheels – READY TO QUILT

HS Nine Patch – just a couple more borders and she's ready

I Love Lucy Churn Dash – NEEDS BACK

Lucy’s Triangles – READY TO QUILT

Lucy’s Crab Shack Weekender

Mama Said Sew D4 – NEEDS BACK

Oh Cherry Oh Stripey HSTs

PKM Dresdens

Posy Jewel Box - NEEDS A BACK


Quite Contrary Kaleidoscope – NEEDS BACK

Ready Set Snow Matchbox – READY TO QUILT

Red Polka Dot chair

Ruby Grannies – NEEDS BACK

Scrumptious Scrappy Trip – READY TO QUILT

Scrumptious Swoon – READY TO QUILT

Scrumptious Pinwheel shams

Scrumptious Kaleidoscope pillow

Sew Cherry Grannies – READY TO QUILT

Simple Life Dottie #1 – NEEDS BACK
Simple Life dottie #2 – NEEDS BACK

Small Glamping Hexies – READY TO QUILT

Spider Web quilt – READY TO QUILT

Strawberry Fields Shortcake

Sunkissed Grannies – READY TO QUILT

Too Cute to Spook Hexies – NEEDS BACK

X-Plus Do good Stitches quilt

07 April 2014

Make-A-List Monday: Welcome warm weather!

Now there are some awesome people who, when the warm weather arrives, get a little stir-crazy and don't sew as much. Me, I think not. It means my kids are playing, right outside my window, and I can sew MORE! They are happier out in the sunshine and they leave me alone.

I finished my I Love Lucy Churn Dash flimsy last week, but I didn't get to the Ruby Grannies. I need to pick up some sashing for my pillow shams and throw pillow, so that didn't happen either. I did get four quilts + a bunch of Christmas gift bags cut out this past weekend, which was awesome.

So the list for this week:
  • Layout and sew Ruby Grannies flimsy
  • Get sashing fabric for pinwheel pillow shams - cut and stitch the fronts together
  • Find a great Christmas quilt pattern
  • Make and post my 2QFAL list (as per usual, it's a monster)
That's all for now. 

04 April 2014

Friday Finish: Lucy Churn Dash Flimsy

It's been a rough week (including an ER trip with the four-year-old that ended in some stitches!). I'm still working through my sewing funk. Finishing this flimsy isn't helping the funk, but it's something. I'm trying to be positive. I'm trying to just do what I can, hoping I'll get some time with the long arm soon. It's just not happening like I'd planned.

And I really need some better locations for picture taking. The fence is not cutting it anymore for me.

This is one big quilt. Black and red and gray and white and pink polka dot and gingham churn dash blocks. And looking at the picture, I'm excited again about it. Can't wait for all the rest of the I Love Lucy episodes we're going to watch while snuggling under this quilt. Granted, I need to get a back for it and all, but still. I'm excited.

So, backing. Flannel? Quilting cotton? Minky?

Decisions, decisions.

Linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts. I've missed her Friday finish blog posts.

01 April 2014

Fabric Tuesday: Scrumptious Scraps

I know my blog posts must be boring everyone to tears when I'm even bored by them. No pictures? Isn't that breaking a million blogging rules? I mean, not even a bad lighting, cat-in-the-middle-of-the-quilt-and-my-mismatched-socks at the edge of the photo kind of pictures. Pretty sad, y'all.

So I'm fixing that. Today. Right now. I need to blog the process more. Not just the finishes (because let's face it, they just aren't happening right now!). Nope. The middle of it all stuff.

Here's what I'm playing with today:

I think this one will by my throw pillow.

The pinwheels are scraps from my Swoon quilt (gotta love leftover HSTs!). I have enough to make two pillow shams for my bed, and it sorta makes me giddy. The big question is this: to sash or not to sash?

I'm leaning towards sashing. Thoughts?

Linking up!
Fresh Poppy Design