Tag Archive | 2011 DM BOM

Bundle of JOY!

At least, the kind that I get nowadays.  Although my baby girl did just have her 5th birthday!  So, as part of her gift this year, I had a pretty, pink quilt done for her and it arrived on our doorsteps today!

Nora Sampler bundle


Sorry for the poor lighting, it was raining outside and overcast.  Once I have a nice sunny day and I get the binding on, I’ll take some really great pictures outside.

This was the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery BOM from 2011.  It features Strawberry Fields fabric from Fig Tree Quilts.  I used one of those prints for the backing.  My daughter loves all things pink!  Here are some more pictures:


Nora Sampler 3 Nora Sampler closeup Nora Sampler 1 Nora Sampler 2

Linh, with LiMa Sews, did a beautiful job (AGAIN!) on this quilt.  She did some feather quilting down the long columns and stippling around the flowers.  I haven’t had a chance to really inspect it yet, because I was trying to keep Nora from seeing it.  Want to surprise her with it at her birthday party this weekend!

On other projects… I have machine stitched the binding to the front of my Swoon quilt.  Now I just have to either machine stitch it from the back, or get started with the hand binding.  It is a real pain to maneuver around a king size quilt on a small machine in a corner of a bedroom.  I may try to move my machine to the dining table and see if it goes easier that way.

Swoon binding

I sent my Rally quilt off for quilting as well, and it is already on its way back to me!  I have to get it bound and delivered by the end of next week to that new HS graduate leaving for California.

Finally, I have my two blocks cut out for the August month of the current FQS DM BOM 2013 series.  Another beautiful basket block that I can’t wait to share.  Absolutely no problem getting my two blocks of pieces cut from the one set of fabric this month.  Lots left over too!  Thanks FQS!

Hope all is well with you, lovely reader.  I have been super busy with the beginning of exciting school years for my children (Kindergarten and 1st grade!).  We are now going to two schools for the first time, which hasn’t been too bad.  It’s kind of interesting to see how it is shaping the kids relationship to be more apart and independent.

Blog again soon,


Weekly Wrap Up

Well, I have nearly made it through the week without the kids.  I was hard the first night.  Really missed them to bits.  But we made it through and managed a dinner out one night and a movie last night.  We saw The Internship, and we literally laughed out loud in some spots.  That’s unusual for me, but I think I’m at just the right age and generation to feel the humor in this movie.  But I like these kind of comedies.  Vince Vaughan kept saying “On the line” instead of “Online” – it was funny, … really.

I have also decided to start a new series that I never watched when it was in its prime.  If you recall, I got hooked on LOST and I did complete the entire series.  I don’t know how I would have made it through some of those seasons having to wait a week to get to the next scenarios.  It was really good.  Not sure about the ending – probably over thinking it.  I particularly liked SAWYER (played by Josh Holloway)- too bad it wasn’t on HBO, probably would have seen ‘more’ of him.


Now, though – I am getting into ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT.  I really like Jason Bateman humor also.  Dry wit and sarcasm.  Perfect for me.  I’m still in Season 1.  I’m not into it as much as LOST and giving up hours of sleep to see the next episodes.  Just catching it when I can on Netflix.  Perfect for lunch breaks at the office desk.  They are coming back to do another season, but this time it will be EXCLUSIVELY on Netflix.  Got to get caught up first.


Finally – I will say that I am absolutely, positively finished with the Swoon quilt top.  No.. you can’t see another picture.  I know you want to, but you can’t.  I am so flaky.  I kept wanting to wrap it up and move on, but I couldn’t.  Not until I was satisfied.  Now I’m satisfied.  It will be in the mail to LiMa Sews on Saturday morning.  DONE!  I’m so excited, I may throw in another quilt top and get it done at the same time.  Nora is due her own quilt finally, and I bequeathed her the 2011 FQS DM BOM quilt.  Perfect for my pink princess.

Nora Quilt in Progress

Did you get to take advantage of Fat Quarter Shops awesome sale this past weekend?  They cut prices on patterns, books, and precuts.  I couldn’t pass up some patterns at half off.

Pattern Group Purchase

I always love the look of Planted Seed Designs, but the Perkins pattern is really speaking to me right now.

Pattern Set 1

And, with AYOS – there’s a pretty good chance I’ll need these Schnibble patterns that I didn’t already own.  If not – they were on my list to get anyway.

Pattern Set 2

DULCINEA is the AYOS pattern for June.  I still haven’t started, but with Swoon done now – I can get into it this weekend!

Hope you have great expectations for this coming weekend as well!  Thanks for visiting today!


Busy, busy, busy!

Lots of WIP and more started since last post.  I don’t know what I’m thinking … but I hope I’ll have this breakthrough moment when, after working a little bit on all of my projects each week, I’ll have several completed at once!

Here’s a look at what’s on my work surfaces right now:


1)  10 Little Things Baby Quilt – ready to pin baste and FMQ (free motion quilt)


2)  Birdie Stitches Quilt – As of today, I have 9 blocks completed and one in progress.  I haven’t decided on the setting for this quilt yet.Image

3)  Forget Me Not Sew Along (hosted by Pam Buda).  This is where I am today.  We have the instructions for two more blocks as of last Friday, but I haven’t gotten to them yet.  Goal is to get those done before this Friday, when the last two block instructions will be provided.  I can do this!


4)  The ever present quilt for Nora.  I finished putting on the inner border, but I need to cut out and piece the last border and get it attached.  Then it will be ready for quilting!


5)  Away From Home BOM – just starting this in September.  The first few blocks will be all applique, which is new for me.  Going very slowly to try and make it look as good as possible.  So far, only half way through the reverse applique step of the mill factory rectangle with all the windows.


6)  Other works in process… lots going on in this picture:

My MIL quilt – Stars and Stripes.  Almost done with the inner blocks and will piece them together, then just a couple of borders with four cornerstone star blocks.  I would say it has gone really fast, but I don’t sit down long enough at one time and work on it to get it done.  Hoping it might be possible to do it by the end of the month before we visit again.

The October Birdie Stitch block is shown here in process.

The latest Forget Me Not instructions are printed out and ready for cutting the fabric.

My nano needs to be charged and connected to speakers again that went missing (wonder who?)…

Coupon that came in the mail from Jo Ann’s Fabric.  I’m sure I’ll have a use for it soon.  Need some matching applique thread for the Away From Home BOM.


So – that’s it!  I’ll show more details of each as they are near completion.  Have a great week!


I was in Rehab this week … BOM Rehab!

Welcome to my second official post.  I’m excited to show off Nora’s ‘baby’ quilt before adding on the small inner border and the larger pieced border to finish it up.  Nora is about to turn 4, but she was not neglected…  Nana made her a quilt before she was born – I’m just taking a little longer getting it done.  But she loves seeing me work on it, especially if it involves pink fabric!  This quilt was a ‘block of the month’ program from Fat Quarter Shop (www.fatquartershop.com) that ran from May 2011 to April 2012.  I follow a blog by Sinta at Pink Pincushion (see http://www.pinkpincushion.blogspot.com/).  Each week, you can submit your progress on those languishing BOM projects or new ones.  Keeps us motivated!

BOM Rehab Button

BOM Rehab

Nora BOM Quilt pre-Borders

Nora’s Quilt before final borders – Designer Mystery BOM 2011 with Strawberry Fields fabric from Fig Tree Quilts, hosted by Fat Quarter Shop.

I’m also participating in Pam Buda’s sew-a-long for a kind of mystery reveal quilt called Forget Me Not.  I’m using a collection of her new fabric line and she publishes two block patterns each Friday for her followers to complete for a total of 16 blocks.  They finish at 4.5″ square.  This is my first time working with reproduction/civil war type prints.  You can see more about Pam Buda and join in on the project as well.  Follow this link to her website… http://heartspunquilts.blogspot.com/

Here are my first results:

Pam Buda Sew A Long Block 1

Forget Me Not SAL Block #1

Pam Buda Sew A Long Block 2
Forget Me Not SAL Block #2

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and I look forward to trying to post more often.  Lots of works in progress that I want to share! Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer