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

31 March 2018

Flimsy Finish: Autumn Shortcake

Yes, it's spring.

I love spring. It's my favorite season. When it's spring.

Fall is my favorite season when it's fall.

But I've made a fall quilt for my bed in the spring. And I don't mind all that much.

And I'm rambling.

Let's just do pictures, shall we?

I apologize for the pictures. I really need to find a good place to photograph my quilts. I miss my fence in Idaho, with my giant clothespins!

Fabric: Autumn Road from Wilmington Fabrics
Pattern: Shortcake by Cluck Cluck Sew
Size: 104" square (13x13)

26 March 2018

Make-A-List Monday: Recovered!

Three days in bed with a heating pad and taking it easy made it me seriously stir-crazy.

But I'm back and getting things done. Sort of.

This week, I'm going to:

  • Finish up my Autumn Shortcake - blocks are done - just need to lay it out and sew it together
  • Cut all my tulip stems and leaves - the HRTs really need my concentration
  • Prep all the stuff I want to cut this weekend - and it's a lot!
That's my sewing list. My gardening list? Interested? Here it is:
  • Move rhododendron plant to backyard
  • Plant hydrangeas in front yard
  • Plant strawberries in pots (because my beds aren't done yet)
  • Plant two peach trees (my fruit tree count is currently at 13 now!)
  • Plant dahlia bulbs
  • Finish those raised beds!
I detest a picture-less blog post, so here's some fun. Color inspiration anyone?

I'm partial to the yellow hyacinths. I need some of those in my garden!

19 March 2018

Make-A-List Monday: Getting organized!

Note to self: just because you CAN heft a bunch of bags of compost and peat moss doesn't mean you should.

Which means I'm in bed with a heating pad planning quilts instead of actually making them. Sigh.

I bought myself a new quilting book for my birthday. This one:

And I've got so many plans now! I can't wait to get started. But today is a day for dreaming. And planning. My semi-annual cutting marathon is coming up, and I'm trying to make sure I've got all the right things on my list for that. 

If I get really bored, I'll design some new patterns. Read a thousand books. 

What's on your list today?

10 March 2018

Simple, and Simply Gorgeous, Quilts to try

Okay, I went in search. After my last post. Because I really love these patchwork square quilts. I've provided pictures and links to purchase them. Or links to tutorials, if they're along those lines.
 I like this Bobbin Box pattern from Cotton Way - very cute idea. Not squares, but still, no triangles!
 Cakewalk I have, and should make. Super cute, isn't it?
 County Fair is a fairly simple one that looks great, wouldn't you say?

Gingersnap may very well be my favorite of this bunch. Coriander Quilts designs some gorgeous patchwork, doesn't she?

9th & Vine, also by Coriander Quilts - GORGEOUS!

Norway is made up of bigger blocks, which I love. But that also means bigger cuts of fabric. Hmmm.

My patriotic little heart just loves Stars and Stripes, and I know I just need to buckle down and make it. Have you made one?

I like Swiss for it's same-ness, but with a variety of fabrics, it still manages to look interesting.

Also ranks pretty high on my list of fun patchwork quilts. Takes the Cake is busy and big and that's just what I like.

Can't ever go wrong with a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern. Skipping Squares looks fun.

The rotating blocks on this one keeps it from being boring. Looking In might just go on my list.

This is exactly how four patch blocks can't be boring! Love Scrappy Summer!

And then there's the ones I've already done, and loved, and might just do again:

Granny Squares Quilts

Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilts

Did I miss any of your favorites?