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Flying Along with Whit

Man, there are a lot of teeny tiny flying geese units in this quilt pattern!

I am committed to participating in the first month of the new AYOS season, but only got started last week.  I was preoccupied with MODA LOVE (which, consequently enough, is completed through Round 3 – but that will be a post for later this week).

There are three pattern options for WHIT…  And I think I am going to do the one laid out like a grid (option 2)…

Whit Pattern

It actually calls for the most number of flying geese (160 if I recall).

I had originally planned on using a different fabric selection, but recanted and went with two mini charms of Miss Kate I had previously bought.

Here is my progress as of last night on the design wall.  These are 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 unfinished:

Design Wall Whit
Not too many yet, I know.

Here is the next batch getting pressed and ready for the second sewing:

Whit in Progress

I would like to think that tonight and tomorrow I will be halfway through the units.   Then one more mini charm pack and the assembly this weekend.  I might make it, but it will be tight.

See you later this week!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jennifer

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

Summer 2014 Coming to a Close

Hello kind friends and readers.  Thank you for the patience and for checking in periodically to see if I would show up again.  I’m still here.  Time just decided to go into overdrive this past month.  It has been just over a month since my last post, but not a lot of things accomplished in the quilting realm.

Work is busy.  The kids went to summer camp every day and got to swim every day, which they loved.  But that is over now.  We just came back from a vacation getaway to Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX.  It wasn’t a far drive from home, and in fact – my husband made an early morning trip back half-way through to get some cheaper snacks for the hotel room and a few forgotten items.  Most of the time was spent in the water.  I’m very tired of being wet and bound in a swimsuit.  I bought my first swimsuit in 8 years for this vacation and I couldn’t believe how much those things cost.  Especially ones that offer the … ahem… full coverage that I was looking for.

On a very sad note, I don’t think I mentioned that all 5 of our kittens tested positive for Feline Leukemia (FeLV).  This is like contagious cancer for cats.  It doesn’t spread to humans or other animals, like dogs.  I had to go through the sorrow of losing 3 kittens in one day, then another kitten three days later.  They are just over 5 months old and they fall so fast.  All four that have passed had respiratory distress due to fluid building up in their bodies and starting to choke out their lung capacity.  We have one kitten left – Olaf.  When I took her in with the other sister, I had noted the night before that she had some cloudiness in her eye.  The vet said it could be a tumor starting or just an eye infection.  I have since taken her to the kitty ophthalmologist and they prescribed some steroid drops for two weeks to see how she reacts.  They don’t think it is a tumor (relief).  Her eyes are looking better already, but she will always have this underlying condition that I can’t control and at this point and I am so sad to know that at any time she may not make it past another few days.  FeLV opens the door for infections or cancers to just come right in and take her down.  We are doing what we can within our means to give her a comfortable and happy life and right now she is good.

So, I had been busy and depressed and not in much of a mood to sit and sew.  Because that is usually a happy time for me.  I don’t normally do ‘sad sewing’ or ‘angry sewing’, if you know what I mean.

There were a few days here and there that I found myself doing some piece work.

Here is my design wall today.  I completed my two twin blocks for 2013 DM BOM – block #10.  Next to it is the first block of the 2014 DM BOM series

Design Wall 08-10-2014

 

 

Here is my cutting table at the moment:

Cutting Table 08-10-2014

I am working on Block #11.  The folded stack of fat quarters is for another quilt that I haven’t started yet.  And the clear envelope on the right side of the picture holds the first shipment from Fig Tree Quilts of the MODA Modern Building Blocks BOM program!

Here is a close-up of Block #11 that may be finished tonight:

Block 11 WIP

Here are the pattern covers for Block #12 (the last block) and Block #2 of the new series that will be done next.  I will be caught up after these are done.

Blocks Pending

I’m super excited about Fig Tree’s version of the MODA Modern Building Blocks quilt.  It was offered through their website a couple of months ago, but it sold out quickly.  Fat Quarter Shop is also offering this as a kit in September 2014.  Here is a link to their site for that kit (click here).

FT Modern Block Ship 1

A lot of the blocks will be made in the MODA Bella solids (like the original), but Joanna is also going to mix in some of her small prints and tone-on-tone fabrics from her newest collection called Somerset

FT MODA Modern Blocks

In the first shipment, we received three cuts of Bella Solids.  This fabric will be used to make five of the blocks in the pattern.  One large block (36″) and four 6″ blocks.  Their program is a total of 7 shipments.

FT Modern Ship 1 Contents

 

Finally, I leave you with a super silly picture from our vacation to Moody Gardens.  I love these kids!

 

Kids Silly Moody Lobby

Again, thanks for stopping by for a visit.  I appreciate all of your emails and comments and hope to see you again very soon!

 

Jennifer

I’m reaching … and almost there!

I am still working on my Reach for the Stars quilt.  This is an installment quilt project published in Quilters Newsletter.  We are now up to issue 5 of 7 of this installment.  The last two issues will have the final two blocks, the setting triangles and center assembly, and then the quilt borders.  This has been my favorite quilt so far to work on along with so many others who joined in an impromptu Sew-Along journey.

The latest publication included the instructions for Blocks 10, 11 and 12.  Here they are!

 

Block 10.  I sewed this and found cut corners, so I unpicked a lot of it, tried again and found I had pieced in a section backwards.  Unpicked it again and finally got it right the third time.

RFTS Block 10 v2

 

Block 11.  Went together easy-peasy.  Photo is kind of blurry.  I made my own directions to come up with the 8 HST units and four flying geese units.

RFTS Block 11

 

Block 12.  This one should have been a no-brainer.  But with the opportunity for fussy cutting, I took the longest putting this one together.  I have to be honest and say that this is probably my least favorite block.  I don’t know why, but I just am not ‘feeling’ it.

RFTS Block 12

Here’s a closeup of the fussy cutting areas.  I really wanted a ‘lighter’ feel to the fussy cuts, but I didn’t have that much to select from on my remaining focus fabric:

RFTS Block 12 Closeup

So… do you want to see how all the blocks look together at this point?

My design wall isn’t big enough so I have laid them out on my ‘design bed’.  I should have put a white sheet underneath, but I didn’t.  So just ignore the clashing comforter pattern you see…

 

RFTS Spread

And another angle… I am only just over 5 feet tall and I was holding this camera as high up as I could, taking a blind shot, without going through the effort of getting a stable chair to stand on.  Therefore, this picture is a bit blurry also:

RFTS Spread 2

I still have the outer sashing to put on my center medallion.  I’m still contemplating the fabric, but it will probably be this polka dot.  Still deciding though…

RFTS Center

 

I can’t believe I may have this quilt finished this year.  I am going to splurge on some custom quilting if Linh agrees to it.  So excited to see this one come together.

 

As I mentioned before, and shown on my blog, there are others who are also doing this quilt.  Dawn at First Light Designs has done a better job of sharing pictures from our friends.  Please visit her website to see her pictures and those of Dawn, Jennifer T, Jennifer V, Sherri C and Colleen.  She is showcasing four new blocks from Jennifer V in a post today!

 

Finally, I’ll leave you with a Kitten Centerpiece idea for your dining table.  It’s all the rage right now!

This is Olaf (girl), Kristoff, Sven, Anna and Elsa (boy).  Our five kittens.  We named them before we knew if they were girls or boys.  No changing vet records now!

Kitten Centerpiece

 

Have a great, safe, happy and relaxing 4th of July holiday (for those of us in USA).  GO COLOMBIA!   My favorite now for winning the World Cup.  They play on Friday.

All the best,

Jennifer