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2013 Wrap Up!

Last day of 2013!  It was a big year for my family, on different levels.  My children started 1st grade and Kindergarten, which are two big milestones.  We bought our house, which we had been living as renters for over 3 years (thank goodness we don’t have to move!).  My grandmother moved from my hometown to live with my aunt in Dallas, but she is doing well.  We became pet owners again (from zero to 5 cats is extreme – anyone need to adopt a cat??).  We all got another year older, but no health concerns.

Our Christmas rotation is now complete, with a visit this past weekend to Dallas to continue our family tradition with my grandmother and extended family.  Every first cousin, Aunt and Uncle were present.  We were only missing two second cousins, and the step cousins.  Actually, it was a pretty successful turnout for shifting the location after 42 years from four hours away.

I asked for quilty things from my family and they took my wish list to the store for me.  Couple of great books, a magnetic pin cushion, 3 yards of Kona White solid fabric (plan to work on the Lori Holt quilt along) and a FQS gift certificate!:

Quilty  Christmas

I also tried to put together a last minute gift, but didn’t make it.  I did finish the table topper and pieced backing, but I ran out of time for the quilting part.  This is a pattern called “Winter Seeds” and it was on my bucket list all year.

Winter Seeds Top

I used the fabric collection “Winter’s Lane” by Kate & Birdie Co for Moda.  Beautiful ice blues, grays and saturated reds.  The pattern was from The Crafty Quilter and her blog … click here to go to her post.

Here are some more pictures.  I machine appliqued the ‘orange peel’ shapes with a tight top stitching and matching thread.

Winter Seeds Center

I pieced the back, but had to ‘make do’ with one small rectangle due to my shortage of that fabric.  I should have used a primarily white alternate piece.  I may replace it before I quilt it:

Winter Seeds Backing

And here’s the top and bottom in one picture:

Winter Seeds Table Topper

There will be some waste of the backing, but if you look at the Crafty Quilter’s blog pictures, you will see how it all comes out.  It’s perfect!

Now that Nantucket was completed, I am moving on to my other BOM projects.  I am three months behind on the FQS DM BOM 2013 quilt.  I started on Block 4 yesterday and have gotten the pieces cut out.  Like the other months, I am cutting out two blocks from the one set of fabric.  I was able to get everything I needed, but I had to add the smallest amount of background fabric, which I had from an earlier month.

FQS BOM Block 4 pieces

This morning I finished the center star portions with the surrounding strips.  Next is the red/striped flying geese units.  I want to get this block done tonight!

I’m so thankful for my family and friends and I look forward to all our new adventures in 2014.  I hope you have a great evening tonight and I look forward to visiting with you again next year!

All the best,

Jennifer

Finally Friday!

Another week bites the dust and we get hyped up about all the great activites we can look forward to this weekend.  A birthday party for a Kindergarten friend and an adoption event for our two little tuxedo kittens.  I’ll have to take a good picture of them soon and share it.  They have grown at wildly different rates.  The one we thought would be the biggest and most outgoing is far outweighed and out-energized by her sister.  Her sister, started off slow and seemed to sleep a lot – but I think she nursed the longest.  And she’s such a spark now!  They are both getting spayed today, so a little extra TLC will be handed down tonight.

Here’s a picture of Jewelry getting ready for her Halloween act I guess.  Freaky!

 

Jewelry Glowing Eyes

My husband still thinks she is part raccoon and calls her a Hound Dog, which my 5 year old daughter loves to mimic.

On to the fabric though!

I did finish the piecing of Block 4 for the 2013 DM BOM.  Just  a breeze.  I was more careful as I sewed this time, and my block barely had to be trimmed at all at the end.

Here’s Block 4:

2013 DMBOM Block 4 Done

And a closeup of the points that are an exact 1/4″ from the edges all the way around on both blocks!

2013 DMBOM Block 4 Closeup

And the two blocks that I made together:

2013 DMBOM Block 4 Both

I brought them to work this morning so I could photograph them on our conference table, hoping to get better light.  My camera lens is kind of messed up – so still not perfectly clear photos.

 

So then, I thought, what do I do next?  I have lots of WIP… but I am really getting into this euphoria when I actually complete the project.  Therefore, I decided to knock out my Birdie Stitches embroidery quilt next!!  I’m getting all excited about it again!!  I have only two blocks left, so last night I prepped the December block and got it ready for the stitching.  I brought it to work, in case I decided to do it during lunch.  That little cupcake is actually a needle jacket that I got from MODA at the annual International Quilt Festival in Houston a few years ago.

Birdie Stitching Ready

 

Here’s a closeup of the marked design, if you can see it.  I’m doing it in all redwork.  You can see more about this project by clicking on my Birdie Stitches tag on the right of the blog.  It was started by Little Miss Shabby a couple of years or more ago and it was the first project I started blogging about.

Birdie Stitch Dec Block

 

Saturday – here I come!!

All the best and thanks for visiting today!

Jennifer

Progress on 2013 FQS DM BOM – Blocks 3 & 4

I’m doing my best to stay caught up on the new FQS Designer Mystery BOM.

I could have sworn I took pictures of my cuttings for  Block 3 before assembly – but I can’t find them anywhere.  I believe I mentioned in an earlier post however, that I had no problem getting my two blocks cut out from the one package.  I was excited about the block pattern too – it was another basket block.

Here is my complete block (took it before daylight this morning, so lighting isn’t good):

2013 DMBOM Block 3 Complete

 

I think this may be my favorite basket block so far that I have made.  Although I have the Sweet Caroline pattern from Fig Tree that I am anxious to start.

My impatience showed itself though with this block.  I was careful in getting everything squared and sized as I went along – until I did the ‘flower’ pieces of the block.  I just got cocky that my 1/4″ was doing fine and went to town.  Here’s a closeup after I trimmed the final block to 12 1/2″ square:

2013 DMBOM Block 3 Closeup

Those points will be cut off when I join this block to others in the quilt.  Not just the points in the picture above, but ALL the flower points will be cut off somewhat.  I’m not happy about it.  And I was really impatient and stupid to trim the blocks down .. KNOWING that it was going to do this.  I just thought I could live with it.  I probably won’t.  I will probably pick these two blocks apart back down to the base basket and repiece the outer patchwork that I prematurely trimmed from scrap and do it again.  Next month maybe.

Block 4 of this series arrived around the 10th of the month and I have it cut out and ready to piece tonight.

No problem with the fabric allowance.  However, the cutting calls for 5 1/4″ squares in many of the fabrics and then they are all cut twice on the diagonal.  Well, … I couldn’t quite get the full 5 1/4″ square on the second set – it would have been off about 1/8″ one one side … so I just adjusted it to cutting out two 3 3/4″ squares and slicing them only once diagonally and I got the same result!

2013 DMBOM Block 4 parts

 

This block has a lot fewer pieces and a lot fewer steps to put it together than last month.  Does that bother me?  Heck no!!  Nothing wrong with an easy month!

Here are my leftovers after getting two sets of pieces cut out:

2013 DMBOM Block 4 Leftovers

 

Still lots to put in my scrap basket!  Thanks FQS!

Finally – here are my first three block sets together on my design wall.  Block 4 will be up there soon enough!

2013 DMBOM Blocks 1-3 Group

 

Thanks for visiting today – see you again soon with Block 4 and then I hope to move on to a little work on my  Robin’s Nest quilt next.  I have a slew of BOMs starting in a month or two from FQS and I need to be ready!!

Take care,

Jennifer

Quick Monday post

Just a short post to show the finished blocks from Month 2 of the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month program for 2013.  Hahahaha… let’s just called it 2013 DM BOM from now on… done in the Avalon fabric collection from Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.

My two blocks laid out in the afternoon grass:

2013 DMBOM B2 Done

 

These colors are so cheerful!  Here’s a closeup of the bow area, which turned out so great, although I’m not sure why they didn’t write the pattern to eliminate those four extra small pieces at the top and bottom of the bow:

2013 DMBOM B2 Bow

Worked some more on my Rally quilt.  I need to just bite the bullet and finish chain piecing all the parts and then construct the blocks.  Otherwise, it feels as though it just drags on a bit with all those solid colors.  I’ve decided that I’m not a fan of solids-only quilt construction.  Not enough visual interest for me.  But I will fight through to get this one done!

Finally – a good sunshine picture of the two twins, Rosy (on the right) and Posy.  They love to find the sunny spots in the house during the day.  You can sort of see Jewelry laying behind them:

Kitten Twins

Hope you are having a great start to your week!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Jennifer

Get ready to sweat!

It is still July, and it is still Houston, TX.  Temperature today, with heat index, is close to 100 degrees.  I know it is hotter in other places of the country, but it still makes me sweat when I go outside.

Now let’s add on a little bit of cotton!!

Today I am eagerly anticipating two of my quilts back from LiMa Sews!  My Swoon king size quilt in a baptist fan pattern and a generous sized toddler quilt for a good friend’s grandson who turns 1 year old this week.   The picture below shows the pieced backing that I did and the back side of the quilt top.  Aren’t those owls cute??

10 Little Things Progress

Tonight, I plan to do the binding on the toddler quilt so I can wrap it all up and give it to my friend tomorrow in time for the birthday.  I actually had it pieced just before he was born, but then I sat on it and thought I would do it myself, but that never happened.  So, off it went to Linh over at LiMa Sews!  For some reason, I didn’t have any more pictures of this quilt before I sent it off for quilting.  I’ll give all the specifics about it on a later post, once I have the binding done and hopefully get a picture of the birthday boy with it!  The fabric is 10 Little Things by Jenn Ski.

So – what did I do last night, now that AYOS is done??  Block 2 of the FQS DM BOM of course!

As I did on the first block, I cut out double the pieces so as to make two blocks from the single kit.  I had to borrow a little bit of fabric from Block 1 leftovers.  This month, the block is a really cute basket.  The stack of fabrics under the rotary cutter are the leftovers from Block 2:

FQS 2013 B2 Cuttings

 

FQS 2013 B2 Cuttings 2

 

Here are the ‘scraps’ all laid out so you can really get a feel for how much fabric FQS includes in their kits – it’s incredible!  The kit is suppose to make ONE block.  I made TWO and I still had this much left over (no background left though):

FQS 2013 B2 Leftovers

I didn’t get it all pieced last night, but I stayed up as late as I could to give it a try!  Here’s the middle section of the blocks:

FQS 2013 B2 WIP 1

And here are the components for the rest of the block:

FQS 2013 B2 WIP 2

I can definitely get this knocked out before the weekend.

Hope you are being productive today!  Thanks so much for stopping by – comments are always welcome!

Jennifer

New BOM Spoiler Alert!

Forewarning!  I received my first shipment from FQS for the 2013 Designer Mystery BOM yesterday, and I couldn’t wait to open it!

Before I do, I’ll give you a chance to avert your eyes and come back later if you are waiting on your own shipment and want to see the first block as a surprise.

I opened up my Robin’s Nest block 2 package, and pressed out the background fabric needed for the center applique.  Once my center is done, then a little fussy cutting and applique of the round of scalloped border.

Robins Nest Block 2

After this step, it will be some piecing for the next border round.

Ok … now – are you ready?  I got Block 1:

2013 FQS DM BOM 1

And another picture:

2013 FQS DM BOM 1b

Although I never started 2012 DM BOM, I wasn’t going to let this one get away from me.  I have already cut out the pieces for Block 1.  One thing with FQS exclusive BOM programs – they give you LOTS of fabric.  I am going to cut out two sets of blocks from each month’s delivery.  Here are my pieces for this month:

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I have plenty for two blocks and I put the left over fabric back in the clear envelope.  Can’t wait to get this pieced later today.

Also decided it was time for new rotary blades.  Joann’s is having a ‘firefly’ sale and most everything I was interested in is half off.  So, I got this 5 pack of blades for only $18, which is a great price.  Plus their storage containers are also half off.  Here’s my loot:

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Project wish list as of today (no particular order):

  • Block 1 FQS DM BOM
  • Block 2 Robin’s Nest
  • Special quilt for a new high school graduate
  • Blocks 9-12 Blogger Girls BOM
  • AYOS for June – Dulcinea Schnibbles
  • Quilt my own tops – 10 Little Things, Hat Trick
  • Away From Home – Tree Block #2

How’s your summer wish list shaping up?

Thanks for visiting,

Jennifer