Round 3 Started

I did not intend to quilt or sew this weekend.  This is my crunch week at work… but I couldn’t stay away.  I have added a row to the top and bottom, then I have pieced a column to the right and laid out the fabric choices for the last column to the right.

My design is now too big for my design wall, so it is now on the design floor.

Moda Love 09-15

 

This is a crazy week at work, like every month at this time.  I don’t expect to continue the project until Thursday.  I have another secret sewing project that is ready to quilt, but until I gift it to the new baby – I don’t want to share here yet.

Have a wonderful week!

Jennifer

 

Round 2 – DONE!

I am paying for my excitement today.  I stayed up until 2 am this morning to get this MODA Love round completed, but I’m so thrilled about it.  The pictures below were taken around that time, so they aren’t are clear and crisp as they should be.

I took off the earlier borders of my Round 1 block, and added back a single border of the same black print fabric.

Here it is inside Round 2:

Round 2 Center

 

And here is the completed Round 2 that is currently at a size of 36 1/2″ square:

Round 2 v2

 

L.O.V.I.N.G. it!  I have already sorted out my layer cake of American Jane Potluck and need to cut out the black background pieces for Round 3.  Perhaps by this time next week, I’ll have it done and will be working on the pieced charm square border.

I also want to participate in this month’s AYOS sewalong.  I have purchased the Whit pdf pattern and I am settling on using these charm packs to make the quilt top:

Whit Fabric Choices

Another colorful quilt in my future!  Thinking a bright white background for Whit.

 

How’s your day?

Jennifer

MODA Love – Round 2

When I say this quilt pattern can go together fast, I meant it.  The only reason I don’t have this square actually pieced together is because I obsessed over the placement of the fabrics.  This ‘second round’ will finish at 32″ square.  It will nest inside the final round, which will take it to 72″ square, but then I will be floating it again inside more black fabric, then add a pieced border.

I auditioned my two options for the inner block.

First – leave the red pinstripe on it and nest it inside the next round:

Moda Love Round 2 Red

Second, try my best to lay  out the remaining scraps i had of the black print to imagine how it would look just ‘floating’ inside the next round:

Moda Love Round 2 Black

I made a definite decision to get more of that black print and ‘float’ the block.  Luckily, there is a LQS within driving distance open on Sunday and they stock tons of MODA fabric and older lines as well.  I had no problem getting a couple of yards of this print.  The outer black fabric is not the print, but a fabric from the MODA Weave collection in black.  Great match with the fabric and it isn’t a solid, overwhelming black when you see it in person.

I also picked up a charm pack of American Janes A La Carte (just released) and Fairy Tale Friends.  These will come in very handy when I make the pieced borders.

The first round was made with a “Wee Play” charm pack. The second round is more “School Days” charm pack with some of the “Wee Play” mixed in.  The third round will be mostly from a layer cake of “Potluck” and perhaps a few from “Ducks in a Row”.

We all survived the birthday party and I think everyone had a good time.  I know Nora sure did and really loved having a huge play date for her birthday.  We finished off the day by going to the college football game – just me and her.

Nora and Mommy 09-06

To top it off – she has a VERY wiggly bottom tooth, likely to be gone by the end of today.  First tooth for her.  Growing up fast…

 

Have a great week!

Jennifer

MODA Love

Hi everyone!  Do you follow the designers for MODA in their blogs?  If you do, then you probably saw at least one or two talk about the MODA LOVE blog tour.  Click here for the MODA blog post.

It is being sponsored by MODA obviously, and they have published a free pattern that can be sized using all the popular precuts… layer cake, charms and mini charms.  Three different sizes, same layout.

Ever since I had made my Swoon quilt, I had always wanted to sit down and do the math to come up with the best ‘nested’ version of this quilt.  The MODA LOVE pattern is very, very similar to Swoon and I am taking this opportunity to make that bucket list quilt now.  Or at least start it.

The other bucket list item I had was to make a quilt from my precut collections by American Jane with a black background.  That was solely inspired by a quilt made by Ms Thelma Cupcake last year during the Another Year of Schnibbles sew along.  See her quilt here - stunning!

Part of my American Jane stash – ready and waiting!

Amer Jane Fabrics

My plan is to make all three sizes of the MODA LOVE pattern, but nest each one inside the other.  Can you picture it??  I can’t wait to see how it comes out.

I started on the smallest version last night and got it put together in a few hours.  However, it was so very late when I finished that I screwed up with my calculations of the extra black border surround that I cut them too narrow.  That is why I have the extra red/white stripe borders.  I needed  this block to be unfinished at 16.5″ square.  I’m pretty sure I won’t be happy with this and will replace the outer borders later with the right size borders in the same black print fabric.

I really love how this looks – it is just as great as I hoped.  The background I’m using here is from her Ducks in a Row collection.  I think I may have to go search out for more of this yardage – I only had a fat quarter to spare which was perfect for this size, but I can steal from the layer cake too.

Moda Love minicharm

 

Anyone else out there putting together this pattern?  The layer cake version makes a bed size quilt easily and it is so fast to put together!

Thanks for stopping by – I have to run and host my daughters 6th birthday party today.  Maybe I can get back to this project before the night is over.

All my best for a wonderful, relaxing weekend!

Jennifer

Schnibbles Recap for 2013-2014

CAN YOU FEEL IT???

It is almost time for the new Schnibbles year to start again!  Visit the blogs of Sinta and Sherri later today to see the announcement of the first pattern that we will do for this new season!  It will be called

AYOS and a Little  Bit More

Last year, I tried to participate as much as possible – but only got through a few of them.  I’m hoping for more time this year and very excited to play along.

Here is a quick recap of my successes from the past series.  I completed four quilt tops, but only got two actually quilted:

HAT TRICK with Lario Collection by 3 Sisters

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DULCINEA with Indigo Crossing Collection by Minick & Simpson

Dulcinea June AYOS 2013

LINCOLN with BOHO Collection by Urban Chiks (added the borders and then quilted it myself – gave away as a baby gift)

 

Another AYOS Done!  Lincoln!!

Another AYOS Done! Lincoln!!

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CLOVER with Posh Pumpkins Collection by Sandy Gervais (added the borders and prairie points.  I had it quilted last month and given to a friend and co-worker who just moved away)

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Actually, looking back – I’m quite happy with what I got done.  I love all of them, and am now determined to pull out those other two I haven’t quilted yet and get them D.O.N.E.!

Are you playing along this year??

All the best for a quilty week!

Jennifer

Fall Cleaning and Organizing

There’s nothing like getting back to a school routine to make you want to organize the kids rooms and really clean them inside and out.  That’s what I’ve been working on mostly for the past two weeks.  The hideousness of my son’s room was too much to share on a public website.  But I’m happy to say that we are 90% done.  That excludes the decorating effects.  That is just picking up the accumulated crap.  We have about 4 big bins of toys to donate, I’ve thrown out at least three full trash bags and we still have to go through his clothes.

Anyway – he loves his room again, and that is priceless for me.  Gets him out of my sewing area with his snacks and drinks and shoes and sand-filled socks from the playground, etc…. WIN-WIN

Next up – my daughter’s room.  We are pulling up the carpet in her room, and exposing the fairly decent hardwood floors in there also.  My intention is to re-carpet again – but I’m waiting to decide after I see it all cleared out.  Again, I want her to love to be in her room again for all the reasons pointed out above.

I did get a couple blocks made to finish up the series of the 2013 Designer’s Mystery BOM quilt.

Block 12 is on the left.

 

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The great thing about this block is even though I may have cut the 1/4′ indention a bit close on some of the sides, when it is pieced into the quilt, this block is very forgiving.  You won’t be able to tell.

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I also got back my AYOS Clover quilt this past week.  It is going to a friend and co-worker that just recently had to return to Colombia.  She had been in the states for 6 years, but her application was denied to stay longer.  She hopes to reapply again in a year and come back.  We have an office branch in Colombia as well, so we still work together – but it is now over phone/email and Skype webcams.

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The times I visited her apartment, I noticed that she had a preference to autumn colors.  I hope she likes this lap quilt.

Linh at LiMa Sews did the quilting for me and it turned out great.  She had no problem with my border of prairie points.

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Can you see the oak leaf design she worked into the main part of the quilt?

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I love the back too – lots of pretty polka dots!

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I have to get the binding on before Monday if I want to send it for free with my boss on his trip to Colombia next week.  Better get started!

Hope you have time for some quilty adventures this weekend.  Have fun and thanks for stopping by to visit!

 

Jennifer

First Day of School – DONE!

My kids started to school yesterday. My husband and I took them into school and waited while the morning gathering meeting was held (it is a small charter public school), then kissed them as they went into their big girl and big boy classrooms.

sniff ***sniff

My experienced child, posing for me in his 2nd grade classroom:

Oliver Day 1

 

And my nervous baby girl, going into 1st grade.  She had a great day though, she couldn’t stop talking about it last night :)

Nora Day 1 Nervous

On to Quilting Updates!

I have gotten Block 11 done of the 2013 FQS DM BOM.  I really love working with the Avalon collection by Fig Tree Quilts.  I had made a really quick quilt earlier in the year with Avalon when it was just hitting the store shelves (or was that last year???).  I only recently got it off to the quilter and back, but I haven’t shared it yet.  I need to get the binding on it.

Here is my design wall from a couple of days ago – showing my Block 11 twins (on the right side):

 

Design Wall 8-11-2014

 

Any one of these BOM blocks by themselves would make a beautiful quilt.  I often think about which one I would pick, but my wish list is already pretty full.

My cutting table had Block 12 all ready to start.  Since this picture was taken, I have pieced about half of these blocks and hope to finish it tonight or tomorrow.  Love those Alphabitties, but my letter “G” has gone missing somewhere … :(

Block 12 Cut

Olaf the kitten is still doing well.  Treating her eyes with some steroid drops several times a day.  She is so affectionate too.  She sticks really close to us when we are home.  I was lucky to catch this picture, she won’t sit still for long unless she’s laying right on top of you somehow:

Olaf 2

I hope you are having a great week yourself.

Don’t stress out – it is just school time again!

Jennifer