Mar 13, 2012

Strings finished

I finally got it finished. It's only been a few years in the making. I had purchased this honey bun a while ago and decided to make a string quilt with it. 

It is rather on the smallish size where the color is and it has a lot of negative space. I was contemplating cutting it right down the middle and sewing it back together so a bit of color would be on each side. I still don't know if I do it. For now I'm going to fold it up and put it in the stack to be quilted.

It's starting to feel like spring around here and my grass is starting to green up but it's not very thick. It's kinda patchy. Does anyone recommend anything to get a more luscious lawn?

Mar 11, 2012

For the love of solids

I'm still around and kicking. I have been adjusting to my new job at work and let me tell it some days it has been completely overwhelming. Some days I just come home make dinner for my family and head right up to bed.

This has made my quilting take a backseat for the past three weeks, but I'm getting back into the swing of things.

I had signed up a while back for The Love of Solids swap and this is my large item I made my partner.  I hope she loves it. I really like that pop of red in the middle. I think it goes well with the water colors. What I was going for was the blues and greens being water and the color in the middle being like an umbrella. Anyway it's going out this week. Although probably on the last day to ship.

I mentioned I was a bit behind and I'm hand quilting this with pearle cotton thread. Which I love but since I have been going to bed at 8pm it's not getting done as fast as I wanted. Luckily I only have 4 more blocks to quilt.
In other fun news I have a MacBook Pro to play with. It's a perk from my job and I think I'm going to have to actually buy one. For the first couple days I felt like I was never going to figure it out but slowly I'm finding I love it more than my HP. Oh my Apple here I come.

Feb 26, 2012

My March block

I have ask my bee group to make me wonky stars. I'm positive there are other tutorials for this but after a week of scouring the internet and read multiple prints at work I don't feel up to the task.
So here it is.

I started off with 5in white solid squares-8 of them
A 5in square in either aqua, yellow or gray-1
pieces of aqua, gray or yellow fabric

At first we only need 4 of the white squares and the aqua, yellow or gray pieces.

Start with one square and place a colored square in the corner and just sew from one side to the other at a diagonal. No need to be perfect.

Trim to excess off 

Iron this flap open and then repeat on the other side so the next color overlapps the first shown in the next picture

Trim the excess off again and press back open

Trim block to 5 or 4.5 in...repeat this process 3 more times

This is what your final block looks like and sew it all together

Feb 19, 2012

I'm still here

I haven't posted in a while but I have some fun stuff to share over the next couple of days. Today i have been sewing but I'm of for some mother daughter time and then tonight I'm going to a the Pacers game with my MIL. Have I mentioned that I HEART basketball. As a matter of fact I may not sew anything other than my obligations next I can watch all the march madness!!!

Feb 7, 2012


Progress on my Strips.  I had wanted to work on something else and made myself sit down with this box. What was really holding me back was a lack of space to lay them all out. Instead i though them all it a box and staggered them as I sewed them together. I them sewed the strips into groups of 8 and laid them across the bannister

Nice machine shot and the ends of the strips all staggered.

This is my favorite part. The ends of all the staggered strips. I only have 10 more to do. I had hoped i would get to it sooner but I haven't been feeling so hot. I love being sick...NOT! I don't even want to get up and wonder my house cause I can just guess what's waiting for me when I feel better.

Oh yay, I only have 10 more strips to go.
I do need your advice. 
I only have 40 strips and it was a honeybun these came from so they are 1in finished so this portion is only 40 in. So my question is should I place the cream color on both sides of the strips so they are in the middle? Or would t look better as the cream color all on the top and the strips being on the bottom?

Feb 5, 2012


Here is my practice swoon. I was hand quilting it with the chunky stitches. so far I have the purple done and aim to have the green done by the time the Superbowl is over. I also went to the Superbowl sale at my LQS. UMMMM 75% off the clearance room. plus prizes and discounts on regular stuff. 

I also decided to make my swoon quilt with Prince Charming from Tula Pink. I'm going to use Kona Ash for the background fabric. Pictures to come of my loot and my swoon fabrics once I acquire my background fabric