23 July 2018

Make-A-List-Monday: Recovery Week!

Morning everyone!

I spent last week cooking for about 80 people at our church's girls camp. 3 meals a day, plus evening treats. I'm dog tired. Feel like I've been hit by a truck or something. But I got in a couple of great naps since I've been home, and I'm feeling much better.

And I miss my sewing machine! I took it with me, thinking I would have time and space to do something. And I would have, only I decided to sear four fingers on my left hand (some gorgeous blisters, let me tell you) right before we were to serve Tuesday night's dinner. I had lovely little sausage fingers, all bandaged up. So no sewing or cutting for me (I'm left handed!). All healed up now, so I'm raring to go this week.

Here's what I've got planned:

  • Sew up the extra dumplings I cut (I made dumplings for the jr. staff girls and they loved them and I cut out extras before I left - my youngest daughter has claimed them all)
  • Quilting time on Friday!
  • Work on my latest Christmas quilt - sewing, trimming, pressing
  • Cut out some gifts - zippy pouches, egg aprons, grocery bags - I've got some thank you gifts to make!
How about you? What are your plans?

And just to avoid a picture-less blog post, here's something beautiful:

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie! Made by me, with strawberries and rhubarb from my garden. My first, but not my last!

10 July 2018

Christmas in July quilts - and a BOGO!

My apologies on the giant strawberry. I'm still working on it. Never fear - it's close to being done!

In the meantime, I thought I'd do up most of my patterns in some of the new Christmas lines that are out, or coming out, this year. Enjoy! And I'm having a Christmas in July sale - it's a BOGO - buy one, then message me (right over at the top of the side bar) the one you want for free and I'll send it to you! Just be sure to use the same e-mail as your Craftsy account.

This is my newest pattern, Blockin' Around the Christmas Tree. I'm making it up in Vintage Holiday (Moda), so here's a mock-up.

Christmas trees in Christmas Figs (Moda). Seriously LOVE this line. The truck is a separate pattern, and I can give you some hints on how to make the house.

Make it Do, my very first pattern, all decked out in Good Tidings (Moda).
 Catching Rays, the maxi version, looks kind of fabulous in Hearthside Holiday (Moda).

Flying Fours works really well with Overnight Delivery (Moda).

Flower with Reindeer Run (Craftsy fabric!). I'm thinking this one belongs in my collection!

Chain of Fours looks great as a Quilt of Valor, but I'm also loving it in Sno (Moda).

Four Squared was fun to make in summer colors, but I'm swooning over this Swell Christmas version (Moda).

And last but not least, Taffy made with The North Pole (Moda).

So what about you? Are you a Christmas in July crafter? I certainly am this year!

And I'd love to see stockings made up in one of these lines. Or all of them!

02 July 2018

Make-A-Big-List Monday: 3QFAL!

21 Club

Autumn Shortcake, the big version

Backyard Bugs

Wonder Woman purse

Egg apron #1

Egg apron #2

Cake Mix QOV

Christmas Taffy

Feed Co. Weekender - need photo

I Love Lucy Churn Dash

Marmalade Lucky

Pam Kitty Garden Scratch

Train Case

Prairie Scratch

Skagit Tulip Field

Another Dress for my youngest

Fresh Air Maxi - need photo

Happy Go Lucky On a Whim

Halloween Hexies

Autumn Shortcake #2

Happy Go Lucky Basketweave

25 June 2018

Make-A-List Monday: Summer Sewing!

I've got a busy week (when is it not a busy week?), but I'm determined to get some regular sewing time. Last week was a bit too much as far as peopling, so I'm dialing it back this week. Going to hunker down, watch movies, and sew my little heart out.

Projects I'm working on:
  • Red gingham dress for my youngest - seriously, I want one just like it!
  • PK Garden Scratch
  • Quilting Day on Friday - I'll be quilting my 21 Club quilt and my Autumn Shortcake quilt

I'm also working on a few patterns, the giant strawberry especially. I'm thinking I need to title it "Jennie and the Giant Strawberry" or is that a bit too much? If you only knew how much I loved strawberries . . . 

Have a lovely week!

23 June 2018

Spelling Bee Saturday: #5

Morning! Happy Saturday! I've got lots of gardening things on my list for today, but I'm sharing my #5 for Spelling Bee Saturday.

I'm thinking of making a wall quilt that says 2+5 = *heart* 2 parents, 5 kids, lots of love?

Is that cheesy? Because cheesy and I get along really well.

I'm off to pick pie cherries all day. And bake a pie tonight! Have a great weekend!

22 June 2018

Friday Finish: Church bag for my eldest

I'm still calling this her church bag, even though I know she's never going to use it at church. Says it's too big. She's probably right.

Instead, it will be her book bag for trips. Because a book bag can't ever be too big!

21 June 2018

Guernsey Train Tracks Quilt

Do you have a favorite book? I have several, and this one is high on my list. I've read it so many times and can't wait to see the movie.

So of course, when I discovered the Guernsey fabric collection, I had to have some of it. Paired with a fabulous pattern in the Start with Strips book by Susan Ache. 

28 May 2018

Make-A-List Monday: Bag week

I was actually productive last week. I mean, I think I always am, but I was productive with sewing projects this time around.

Here's what I finished:

  • Glamping Big Hexies quilt
  • Harvest Open Season quilt
  • 2 dresses for my youngest daugheter - just need buttonholes and buttons!
  • Train Tracks flimsy
  • 1 laundry bag
Plus some progress on a few other things. On to this week's list! And it's all about bags and zippers and small stuff!
  • Sew 2 Ultimate Art Organizers for my youngest and her bestie
  • Sew a church bag for my eldest child - she's finally decided on her fabric! I used the dragon scales fabric to make her a laundry bag.
  • Sew a snappy mani pouch for one of my girls at church
  • Finish Backyard Bugs flimsy
  • Cut and sew binding for 3 quilts
  • Sew train case for my eldest child
  • Cut wallets for my 3 youngest kids
That's not too much, is it? :)

And now for a pretty picture. I'm thinking of writing up one of these as my next pattern. Or should I just write them all up? I'm pretty partial to the pinwheel quilt, and the on point boxes. I can't decide!

25 May 2018

Friday Finish: Two quilts!

My trek to Issaquah will have to be a once a month thing, but I don't mind. I just can't do any fancy quilting when I've got a two hour round-trip commute in the mix. Still, I'm happy just to get them done.

Actually, talking with the lady who runs the shop, I realized something about me and my quilts. My quilts aren't art. I mean, I think they're beautiful and I do my best at piecing and quilting them, but they're meant to be functional. I feel the same about wedding cakes. I want my quilts to be used and loved. I want my kids to build forts with them. I want my daughter to drag them out to the backyard so she can read a book in the sunshine. I want to have picnics on them. I want them to go on camping trips. So I don't spend a whole lot of time quilting them because I want them done and in use!

So here they are, my finished quilts for the month of May:

Glamping Big Hexies

Pattern: just big hexagons
Size: generous twin size
Fabric: Glamping by Mary Jane for Moda

Home for Harvest Open Season

Pattern: Open Season from the book Schnibbles Times Two
Size: 80x84
Fabric: Home for Harvest by Heather Peterson for Henry Glass Fabrics

28 April 2018

Friday Finish: A quilt! A quilt!

The grass is greener in Western Washington.

Except when it comes to finding a place to quilt my quilts.

Idaho spoiled me. I was 15 minutes away from a fantastic quilt shop that had 4 long arms for rent at very reasonable rates. I was there a lot.

And then we moved. And I love my little house and my garden and my fruit trees and all the painting I get to do. But I miss finishing quilts on the long arm.

I found a place, but it's an hour away. Still, I trekked up there and got two quilts finished. But I can only show you one right now. The other was a sample quilt for Craftsy and I have to wait! Arggghhh! But trust me, it's adorable.

Here's my other finish:

One giant Open Season quilt (I made it bigger - who's shocked?), backed in lime green flannel and so super cozy. And my cute quilt holders - I need to find a better place to photograph my quilts. I miss my fence and big clothespins.

Name: Prairie Open Season
Fabric: Prairie by Corey Yoder for Moda
Pattern: Open Season in this book
Size: Huge. Okay, I'll measure it.

Hope you have a lovely weekend planned. I'm going to be finishing up a new pattern, and working on something. I haven't decided what I want to work on.

02 April 2018

Make-A-Big List Monday: 2QFAL

It's been a while since I've done one of these, but I'm finally, FINALLY, settled in and sewing and have a place to quilt my quilts, so I'll actually have finishes again.

Which means my list is massive. And everything is going on the list, just in case I happen to get it done.

21 Club Quilt

Flurry Taffy Quilt

Cake Mix QOV Quilt

Prairie Scratch Quilt

Prairie Open Season Quilt

Happy Harvest Open Season Quilt

I Love Lucy Churn Dash Quilt

Glamping Big Hexies

Autumn Shortcake Quilt

Tulip Quilt

Backyard Bugs

Pam Kitty Garden Scratch

Quote Quilt - Spelling Bee!

Pam Kitty Morning Dresdens

Dresses for my youngest

Train Case for my eldest

Church bag for my eldest

Feed Co. Scrappy Trip Quilt

Feed Co. Weekender

Marmalade Lucky Quilt

Guernsey Train Tracks Quilt