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Those Darn Paychecks!

I didn’t have the willpower to fight off some new fabric purchases last week.  I started seeing all the blogger posts for the Snapshots Quilt Along for charity, and I just got carried away.

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To be honest, it actually started about a week earlier, when I came across a new blog site I had not seen before.  Fat Quarter Shop is offering a bundle from Greg Jones of the blogsite Grey Dogwood Studios.  It was in the “What’s New” group and I decided to take a look at his posts.

Greg is apparently a huge Fig Tree Quilts fan along with an affinity for Lori Holt projects.  I loved all of his posts!  I love seeing so many projects that I have wanted to do, already done in the same fabrics I would do them in.  You should check him out here or click HERE to view his Blogger’s Choice Bundle at FQS.

Anyway, one thing led to another and although I had sworn off new BOM projects for 2015, but this one seemed a little different.  I wasn’t buying the kit from FQS made with the Daysail fabric – I decided to make my donation to St Judes and I was going to use fabric from my stash.

Well, **sigh**, that didn’t happen either.  First – my stash is still in cardboard boxes and I didn’t have the energy (yeah right) to open them up and look for different pieces.

Second, I fell for some of the bright fabrics I had seen in Greg’s bundle and blogsite and some of the lovely Flower Sugar release by Lecien.  So – payday came around and I went shopping:

FQS Order 1

This was going to be a great start.  I would still dig out some more stash fabric (I have several Lori Holt collections), but come Tuesday – I would have the first block ready to make in the Quilt Along.

Maybe 30 minutes later, I was still browsing the website and I talked myself into another purchase – this time a bundle of Pam Kitty Garden.  And I had to get up to at least $80 so I would get free shipping – because we don’t want to waste a good deal, right?  So I added a few notions and a couple of white background fabrics to audition.

FQS Order 2

And of course, today is a postal holiday, or else I would have these in my mailbox within the next hour or two.

Will you be joining the  Snapshots Quilt project?  Here’s the first block:

Snapshots Block-1

The quilt patterns are free and will be released on the 15th of each month (started in January).  They ask that you make at least a $5 donation per pattern to St Judes and of course, sew along with us.

Click here to visit the blog post from Fat Quarter Shop to get all the details and even a video tutorial for making the first block.  They have the link for donating to St Judes and a PDF for the fabric requirements if you want to use your own fabric as well.

I’ll see you again later this week.  Have a wonderful Monday!

Jennifer

 

Work or Play?

Ok, so I haven’t done any work yet like I should have today.

I started putting together my RFTS center and based on the layout, I wanted to put the opposite corners together first.  Then I was going to stop there, get some work done and – you know – if there was time, put some more together.

End pieces

I even folded these sections up and set them to the side for tomorrow or later this week.  Then, maybe 10 minutes later, I thought … well – I’ll just do a couple more blocks together to have a head start.

Of course, I finished the piecing for the center, with the exception of the outer corners.  Here it is layed out on my queen size design (guest) bed:

Center Pieced

I really can’t believe how easy it came together and how much it looks like the cover photo from a distance like this.  I really, really love it and I can’t wait to get it finished.

I was stitching while watching the GB/Seahawks game.  That was a crazy game, right?  And I don’t normally watch football, but that was a good game to watch.  The other game, not so interesting.

Did you have a great weekend?  I hope you got to do some stitching as well!

Now it’s time for me to work…

All my best,

Jennifer

 

 

 

Clover – FINISHED

Another productive day before we all return to our routines this week.  I decided to machine stitch the binding down on both sides for Clover.  In retrospect, I should have at least tried out a different thread color in the bobbin to blend in with the backing, but it’s all good.

Clover Binding

I prepped the label ahead of time, and stitched it into the corner while doing the binding.  Then I hand appliqued the other two sides.

This one is F.I.N.I.S.H.E.D.!  My friend, for which I meant to give it last year, is visiting this week from Colombia.  I’m so glad to be able to give it to her in person instead of shipping it.

Clover Label

Now that I have three quilt bindings behind me, I’m eyeing my Reach for the Stars project again.  I have two blocks left and then the quilt setting.  See you again soon!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Jennifer

 

 

 

Happy New 2015!

Welcome to the New Year! 

I am on a two day roll now with doing at least something quilty every day.  Last night I finished the binding on my GGS quilt:

GGS Bound

And today, I created the label and stitched it down.  This quilt is FINISHED (my word for 2015)!

GGS Label

I have one more quilt to bind and then I’m switching back to some piecework as a reward.

I hope you have had a great start to the year as well.  See you again soon!

Jennifer

 

Merry Christmas!

Whatever holiday or traditions you may celebrate this time of year, I hope you and your family have a wonderful end to 2014.  I am so glad to know each of you and wish all of you a safe and joyous start to 2015!

Stay sane, relax and enjoy the building of memories.

Jennifer

Another Day More Please!

I am a day overdue already to post my answers for the “Around the World Blog Hop”.  Indicative of my nature, I am late.  And I need another day more to pull it together.

While you sit patiently for the clock to turn, I’ll give you a glimpse of a new purchase that I made and now need to decide on how to use:

Crazy for Red Precuts

I fell for the Midwinter Red collection by the same ladies (Minick & Simpson) last year.  This is going to mix in with my leftovers and I plan to do another red/cream quilt – but this time with a touch of navy blue.  Why?  Because I want to celebrate the University of Houston and the fact that my husband is an alumni, along with my father.  And we live next door to the main campus.

Go Cougars!!

I also bought a new PDF pattern from “A Quilting Life” creator Sherri McConnell (follow this hyperlink to her blog post where she tells you more about all of her latest patterns)…

Potluck Pattern

I’m thinking that maybe the two new purchases can work together – what do you think?

And finally, a little sneak at this month’s AYOS quilt project … Harvey

Harvey Center

I got the middle basket area done this weekend.  And I just received the background fabric for the remainder of the quilt yesterday, so I hope the rest goes together quickly.

 

I will leave the other updates and pics until my next post when I will answer some questions about my love for this art.

 

Thanks for the patience and I’ll see you soon!

Jennifer

Works in Progress

Oh my… it is Friday again.  It has been one tough week at work.  I’m not sure I have mentioned it, but I had joined a gym a couple of months ago and was going at lunch three times a week.  This week, I cancelled all my training sessions and I can really tell.  No excuses next week.  Back at it again and forget how busy work is – that one hour makes a bigger difference.

This month, the AYOS (and a little bit more) monthly selection is “HARVEY”.  It is a bed size quilt pattern using charm squares and a background of your choosing.

Harvey Pattern Cover

I wouldn’t have jumped into it this month because of all the other crazy stuff going on – but I had the perfect leftovers from my MODA LOVE quilt top.

Moda Love Round 3

All of those leftover HST squares made from the larger 9″ square sizes are just right for trimming down into smaller HST blocks for HARVEY.  Plus I have a ton of charm squares left in the variety of American Jane collections that need a good home.

SO… I went ahead and started down the path…

Harvey WIP

It’s just a start and we’ll see how far I can get by Halloween.  Each of my leftover HSTs gave me two smaller HSTs for Harvey and one even smaller HST for another future project (or embellishment ideas on these two quilts).

Another project that is pending is my Reach for the Stars quilt.  I have the last two regular blocks left to make and then all the setting pieces and border.  My problem is that I keep finding fabric that I really want to have in the quilt, so I keep collecting it – but I now have enough black/white/neutral fabric to make at least two more!

RFTS Project

I LOVE this small black button on cream print that I just got from Rossville Quilts this week (Aster by Williamsburg for Windham Fabrics).  I got a few other fat quarters in the same collection.  I also ordered another Palm Court panel which is my focus fabric for the quilt.  I wanted to have total choice when I got down to those last few blocks.

I MAY have also ordered a few half yard cuts of Smokey Quartz Gentle Flowers by Quilt Gate Fabrics when it was on the FLASH SALE by Fat Quarter Shop (55% off!!).  I don’t have it in yet, so I’m not sure how well it will match up.  I think it will be great though.  Like I said – I am loving collecting the fabrics for this quilt that I’m almost done with!  LOL!!

Finally, for today at least, I’ll share my other project underway.  It is doing SOMETHING with my stash boxes.  We recently disposed of my sons mattress set and gave him our guest bed mattress set.  That was also my design bed in my sewing room.

I had been slowly filling up every nook and cranny in the guest room with my boxes from fabric purchases.  They went under the bed, in the closet, around the walls, under the ironing board, under the cutting table, etc…  Here are some pics this morning of them in their full glory:

Stash Room 4

 

The door chest/armoire above is filled on top with precuts and the drawers have extra yardage I bought in a store closing clearance sale.

 

Stash Room 3

Oooo … I forgot I had that Vintage Modern quilt kit (see below pic) …  And I love those kits that come in the collectors tin lunch boxes.  I have at least four of those.  No wait ..six at least.  I had bought two others that are in the other closet.

Stash Room 2 Stash Room 1

My husband thinks I need an intervention.  I just need some good organization.

And this is just the stuff I’ve collected since I moved here.  I have another closet upstairs (and maybe a few drawers) filled with my initial stash collection that I don’t even look at.  I’m not sure what to do with this, but I wanted to grab a few pictures today because I will be doing something before the new bed arrives later this month.

I feel that I have purged and gone to confessional now.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful weekend with family, friends or just some good alone time.  Whatever makes you happy!

Jennifer

 

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.

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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

 

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