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Friday Check-In

We are on the brink of another glorious, beautiful weekend!  My husband is enjoying another birthday today, so we have a weekend long celebration of family and food and relaxation.

My daughter and I are invited to a tea party birthday for our neighbor tomorrow.  Her birthday was this week as well.  I decided to convert my plans for my Valentine table topper into a gift for Emily.  Here is the quilt top I pieced based on a free pattern put out by Allison through Cluck Cluck Sew:

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I was going to use it just for seasonal decoration, but I thought it would make a perfect pillow sham for a 9 year old who loves pink and purple.

Now, for some personalization…

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Ignore the wrinkles and such…

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It has been a while since I did some embroidery work.  But I love how it turned out!

I just need to back it with some white fabric and do some quilting, then make the envelope-style backing pieces with a purple polka dot fabric I picked up last night and stitch it all together!

After that – I think I am going to knock out the last blocks for the Snapshots Quiltalong.  Getting so very close on that finish.

Last weekend I was able to finish up the car block and started with all my prepped and labeled pieces (I really want the BLUE set of Alphabitties now, but I have two packages of the pink ones already!):

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Then the final result:

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And lastly – my Mom is planning the wedding for my brother and sweet fiancé in May, so she brought over some sample dresses for her granddaughter to try on.  This was early on a Saturday morning during cartoon hour, so it isn’t intended to be a glamour photo.  I think she will be getting a hair cut this weekend also, now that I see this picture again… 🙂  I can also spot in the background that it is time to rotate my Lori Holt Bee in my Bonnet calendar now too!

 

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Have a super weekend everyone!

Jennifer

Another Weekend – Another Snapshots Block

I’m ready – are you?  Friday is here and I’ve got no big plans for the next two days.

Last night I pulled out my Snapshots box and sorted through fabric to decide on the next block.

I decided that I was going to do the original #10 block in the series, called GONE SURFIN’.  You can do this block too, by following this link to the Fat Quarter Shop blog site for the Snapshots Quiltalong.  As with all of their blocks, they have the PDF pattern and a video tutorial.  Picture below grabbed from that web page.Snapshots10Pic

 

I have been doing my own color scheme, using a variety of bright fabrics, from the beginning.  Now that I have the majority of blocks done, I’m working on these last two to repeat some fabrics and create balance in the overall quilt top.

Here’s my pull for fabrics last night.

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I’m hoping it goes quickly, because this will only leave Block #12, WALK IN THE PARK, and the bonus CAMERA block for the back to do.  Then on to framing out each block and adding the sashing and pieced backing.  Still a long way to go before it is ready to quilt, but I can’t stop now.  Too close to the end, right?

On another note, I was able to leave a wee bit early from work yesterday and we had a particularly nice evening ahead of us here in Houston.  The traffic was still terrible, so during the stop-and-go periods I took a couple of pictures of the pretty skyline.

This is my city.

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I wish you a wonderful weekend ahead!  See you on the other side!

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.

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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

 

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:

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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

 

Change up in Design

After playing with my growing stack of blocks and browsing Pinterest and other blogsites, I have settled on the Arkansas Crossroads pattern instead for my school gift quilt.

I have a perfect layout in mind that will give me just the right number of signature blocks for every child and faculty/staff member.  Total number is 156, if I remember correctly.

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The kids are on Spring Break next week, so I’ll work to have all the blocks ready to take up to the school when they get back.  I’ll also work on putting together the 16-patch blocks during the break.

I am adding in some cuts from my layer cake of Prairie Gathering by Pam Buda, which really enhances the red variety with some deep saturated colors.  It mixes great with the Crazy for Red collection by Minick & Simpson.

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I didn’t even realize I had recently seen this same pattern done up in “Halloween” colors.  You can check out the latest blog entry from Ms Carrie Nelson to see a really great example.  I remember reading her post and loving that quilt too!  I so want to make one like it.

Lori Holt did a post on doing up a Scrappy Crossroads block also.  Very detailed tutorial when did she a sew along back in July 2014.  Check it out here.

But the one that got me started down this path was a post by Cathy (aka Mrs Main Street).  She does a border treatment that I plan to copy shamelessly.  Take a look at her wonderful blog too!  Click here to see her post about the Go Four It quilt along.

I know I have seen them on other blogs, but some of them don’t have search boxes for me to look them up again.

Anyway – I’m off to get home and do a little more sewing time.  My layer cake of Bella Snow came in yesterday – so I should be all set now.

Be well and have a great weekend!

Jennifer

Are you kidding me?

I need to get an eBay seller site set up.  This is craziness…

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This is a $40 layer cake people!  I know, it’s an old out-of-print, hard-to-find, very rare, etc… collection by Bonnie & Camille …

I did really like that one though.  I have a couple of kits with it in my stash that I should be able to get at least $1000 for online based on this interest.

Hmmm….

Go Four It! Progress

I had a unique opportunity this morning when both of my kids got up at 5:00 am to do a little quilting.  I don’t know why they woke up so early, but it got us all off to a good start regardless.

I feel much better now that I have enough units to throw up on my design wall.  As it progresses, the blue patches will be more dispersed.  I only want to have a hint of them in the final quilt result.  I may even decide to remove them completely.  Not quite sure about them…  Or move them to a border treatment…  hmmmm….

My picture is so muted because it was taken early this morning with only bulb light to be had…

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My intent is to piece a School House in the center of the quilt, to celebrate Dr. Black’s 18 years with the school.  Got to find me a good block pattern, which I know there should be plenty on Pinterest.

The other splurge (in advance of my birthday next week) is to enroll in Fig Tree Quilts newest BOM program!  This is my birthday gift from my husband.  I sent this picture and told him to print it off and put it in a card for me.

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Last I saw, there were a few spots open through their Shop/Website.

Have you signed up?

Thankfully, there is no homework to mess around with this weekend.  It should be all smooth sailing with the kids and perhaps a birthday pedicure with my Mom tomorrow!

Have a great weekend and see you on the other side!

Jennfier