Around the Corner – More Granny!

I am very close to finishing my Christmas quilt top.  I haven’t decided if I will try to tackle the machine quilting of it or wait until I can pay to have it quilted by someone.  Since it is a lap size quilt, I think I should go for it.

My next, new quilt project has already been decided.  I was browsing my quilt blog list and I came up on this post from the site “A Little Bit Biased”.  Have you followed it yet?  It always has great eye candy and Amber writes her own patterns under Gigi’s Thimble.  Go browse her site!

I immediately fell for this new pattern called Summer Stars.  It combines stars with the granny square blocks.

Apparently, I must have a thing for Granny Square quilt blocks!

photo 7 GGS Quilt Top

I couldn’t order the pattern quick enough!

SummerStars front only

 

In addition, I already know what fabric I will use for it.  Remember my recent eBay purchase of some sample spree upcoming release precuts?

New Charms

Well, there you go.

I even turned my desktop background at work into my personal daydream space… (my lighting at work isn’t the best for pictures):

New Quilt Plan

If you want to make your own, you can follow this link to her site and order from her Etsy shop.

Or copy and paste this into your browser:  http://alittlebitbiased.blogspot.com/

First up – wrap up Christmas.  Next up – finish at least one binding on another quilt.  After that – visiting with Granny again!

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Jennifer

Christmas Sewing continued…

Loving this quilt as it comes together.  I wanted to share a quick update on my progress as of last night.

DM Quilt R3

A little blurry.  I find that I am only really working on my quilt projects when it is dark outside.  Never really good pictures.

It’s already too big for my design wall.  There should be a total of 8 red blocks going around.  Next round will be the light green from Little Joys.  The pink on cream Swiss dot background is working out perfectly.

Have a great week!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Jennifer

 

Weekend Sewing Accomplished!

Here I am!  Back again after a long break…  Last time I checked in, I was going to put the borders on my son’s newest quilt top… Minecraft Mayhem.

Minecraft Collage

But with this one done, I was eager to move onto a little Christmas in July sewing.  I had this group of items ready to put together:

Little Joys Project 1

And got started on it with some pressing, starching and sorting.

Little Joys FQ Little Joys Iron

I wanted to add in some blues from the Jingle collection to join with the Little Joys fabric bundle.

Jingle Preview

And since the Jolly Bar was going to take some extra thought and planning and a bit of a scrappy combination – I started with those.  I wouldn’t be able to utilize the fancy Triangle Paper, so I was prepping for the old fashioned method (A squares).  “8” is my substitute for my lost “B” alphabitty.

Jingle Blue Prep

 

I was able to get 8 blocks from all of the blue/green colors (6 sets in progress shown here):

DM Blue Pieces

I will be putting 4 Little Joys pink blocks in the center (which I finished late last night and they look great!):

DM Blue Blocks

I’m really enjoying this new project – but to tell you the truth – there isn’t much wiggle room after you trim down the mountain unit to get the quarter inch allowance.  The FQS tutorial online makes it sound like you will have more to trim, but I find that I don’t.  I also found that my mountain unit can in no way match to the same size as the background “B” piece that gets cut diagonally once.  The FQS tutorial makes it look like they do come out approximately the same size, but they do not.  When Kimberly is pinning them together, she is matching up the two ends.  I have a consistent 1/2 inch difference in length along those long bias ends.  Or I am doing something wrong.

Any who…

I also couldn’t jump at the chance to buy these beauties off eBay last week.  I have no good reason to get them this early because I won’t be doing a project with them anytime soon – but I really wanted to have them in person to touch and see.

Scrap bag of Farmhouse and 2 charm packs each of Farmhouse and Hello Darling:

New Charms

Well, I must go.  Lunch hour is over… :(

Jennifer

Who is this? Combining play at work

Hello patient follower!  I think this is the longest gap I have had since I started blogging back in the summer of 2012.

All kinds of boring stuff is going on here, because I have to go to work to make a living and afford my fabric indulgences.  Lots of work.  Too much work.  Which is a good thing for the success of our company, but also puts a lot of pressure on everyone to keep up.

This weekend, I gave my kids a treat and brought them to the office with me while I did some exciting Accounting stuff for a few hours.  They love to come to the office, so they can write on the big whiteboard in the conference room:

Kids at Work

They also like to act like they are in school (or at least Nora does – she loves to boss around her brother!)

While I was at the office, I brought in my latest quilt top that I was making for Oliver.  Something big enough to really cover his queen size bed and tuck in at the ends and corners.

I needed a large open space to lay it out so I could accurately measure the sides for cutting my borders.  I think right now it was around 76 x 84.

It kind of looks like a nuclear warning flag.

Minecraft Mayhem 3

I bought many layer cakes of the Military Max collection and an olive green dot print from Riley Blake (along with a solid black).  I started this with a split nine patch unit and then added some stitch and flip corners to create some interest in the middle.  It’s not my favorite quilt, but Oliver likes it a lot.  He is really into Nerf guns and Minecraft and playing military with friends, etc…

Minecraft Mayhew 1 Minecraft Mayhem 2

I’ll post it again after I get the borders done.  It will look a bit less chaotic.  And huge.  I think it could fit a king size bed.  Finished size will be around 88 x 96.

Once this is done – I’m super excited to cut into something new.  I really loved the collection “Little Joys” when I first spotted a preview of it on this post from Pretty by Hand.  I’m waiting to see what Kristyne is going to do with her fabric.

Little Joys Project 2Little Joys Project 3

For me, I’m going to put it together in the “Classic and Vintage” Delectable Mountain pattern that was showcased recently by Fat Quarter Shop (they even have a YouTube tutorial).  They used the BasicGrey collection Evergreen, but I think this will do great too!  I took a chance and ordered some of the Le Creme Swiss Dots – Baby Pink on Cream Dots to coordinate with it for the background.  And a Jolly Bar of the new Jingle collection by Kate Spain to bring in some blues and make it a tiny bit scrappier.  Planning on the lap size.

Little Joys Project 1

I’m also intrigued by this pattern because it gave instructions to optionally use Triangles on a Roll paper for HSTs.  I have never used this before, and I’m eager to give it a shot:

Little Joys Triangles

So, if all goes well – likely to start on this project next week!

Do you have a Christmas in July project planned?

Finally, I have joined Instagram and started s.l.o.w.l.y posting some pics online there.  I’m not sure exactly about the proper etiquette about jumping on hashtags without being invited.  Is that ok?  I just don’t know.  I tried it out by tagging some pictures with #littlejoysfabric

I appreciate your input on that for those of you who are now experts in Instagram.  I’m going to see about setting up the IG account under this website name instead of my own.  Try to keep some sense of privacy, but who am I kidding.  It’s all out there in the cloud, right?

All the best,

Jennifer

 

Have a Safe Holiday and Snapshots Review

We are going to see how well we remember our swimming skills this weekend.  My kids tell anyone and everyone that “they can swim”, … but they would sink like a rock I’m afraid.  Going to practice, practice and practice this weekend until we are sick of chlorine.

I have been doing some sewing and quilting, here and there.  I find it harder to set aside time to upload pictures and write out these blog posts.  I really want to share as I go along, but a lot of pictures never make it here because I end up finishing my blocks while I procrastinate!

Here you go!  Blocks 4 and 5 of the Snapshots Quiltalong are done!

Puppy Love!  We are going to look for some blue translucent buttons for his eyes…

Snapshots 4 Puppy

Kindred Kitchen!  I added a little back stitch embroidery to the front of the apron to make it stand out from the background.

Snapshots 5 Apron

Here they are all together … waiting for their ice cream treat next month!

Snapshots1-5

I also sent off my U of H schoolhouse gift quilt (Arkansas Crossroads) to be quilted by Linh at LiMa Sews.  She has turned it around for me so fast, it is already on its way back to me this weekend!

Since I was shipping her a box anyway…  I threw in some small quilt tops.  This is truly a feeling of accomplishment when a quilt flimsy makes it from the corner of my cutting table to Linh.  It is a real milestone and feels GREAT!

From top of the stack to the bottom … Fig Tree Pears window valance for my kitchen, Fig Tree mini sampler made into a baby play blanket (butterflies, flowers, sun), Yellow/Gray Sunshine baby quilt (also a gift that is long overdue) and the Arkansas Crossroads schoolhouse gift quilt.

Ready to Quilt

 

Again – have a wonderful weekend and a safe one too!  I’ll see you again soon with some finished projects!

Jennifer

Quick Post on Progress

Just a quick … “Hi!  I’m still alive and well and trying to quilt when I can” message …

I’m pushing the deadline on getting my gift quilt done before the end of the school year.  I have one 10″ border left to piece for the top of this Arkansas Crossroads quilt.  The cats promptly stomped across the quilt just after the picture.

Crossroads 05-03-15

 

The border sashing idea came from Mrs Mainstreet.  She has wonderful, inspiring blog posts if you haven’t found her yet in blogland…

Almost done… Almost done… Late last week there was a sale advertised on Homestead Hearth for half off Crazy for Red fabric.  I snapped up my complementary backing yardage for half price!  Score!  It should ship out today and hopefully I can get this out to a quilter (Linh are you there?) soon.

I also splurged on some background fabric (Swiss Dots Tone on Tone White Dots) from Fat Quarter Shop in anticipation of Farm Girl Fridays and any other Sew Along that will involve my bright fabric stash.  I have never bought enough to be mailed a bolt of fabric before.  Kind of cool and kind of … where are I going to store this?

Farm Girl Prep

And don’t you love the bright colors from the Retreat Aunt Grace collection by Judie Rothermel?  I think it will go well with my Lori Holt and other brights.

 

auntgracemini-bundle-450_3

 

Finally, a word of encouragement and hope for all of us Blue Bell ice cream fans.  We will be here when you get back.  Please be quick about it.

Blue Bell Freezer

Thanks for stopping by today!

Jennifer

Family and Farming

We had an exceptional Easter holiday, with our family joining us at home to let us host them for lunch.  Normally we go elsewhere, but the kids wanted to have the holiday at home this year.

I enjoyed putting together their Easter baskets and then getting up at 4 am to wrap them in plastic wrap and setting them out.  I know Easter baskets and egg hunting aren’t the reason for the holiday, but we had a great time doing it all…:

Easter Baskets 2

Stuffed Baymax and Wall-E were just sitting around, not part of the basket, but had to be included in the picture :)

Easter Baskets

Today, I also got to enjoy a special lunch out with my husband to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary.  He was super sweet to bring me a rose and a card when he picked me up from work:Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I came back to the office, I had a package waiting for me too!

FQS Delivery

Is everyone ready for Farm Girl Fridays?  (Click here to see about the new Sew Along by Lori Holt)  #FarmGirlFridays

I have no idea when I will have time, but I have the book – so there’s a good chance I’ll give it a go…

Farm Girl Vintage book

Have a great week!

Jennifer