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Design Wall Friday – a New Project!

Oh boy – look what I have gotten into here.  I am really REALLY liking this quilt already.  My daughter stayed up later than she should while I was working on it last night, and she finally passed out to sleep in the guest bed.

Clover pattern by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co and fabric from (mostly) Posh Pumpkins by Sandy Gervais.  I have thrown in some charm squares from “Give Thanks” by Deb Strain.  The polka dots are Give Thanks as well.  These colors are just so beautiful together!  I had a few yards of the background fabric already, but I don’t recall what it is right now.  This will be a great early Fall to mid December blanket:

Clover yardage purchase

 

The pattern mostly calls for cutting 2 1/4″ squares and also 1 3/8″ strips to subcut into the four patch units:

Clover in process

I love how this is taking shape:

Clover Initial 3 Rings

And since I am making it 5 x 5 blocks, I am playing around with options for the center squares of each block.  One color for the center block, first ring and second ring.  I’m thinking of following the pattern and using the background fabric in the center for the outer ring, using the ‘solid’ orange for the inner ring and a dark orange print for the very middle block.  See below to illustrate:

Clover Design Wall

 

One last look at the pattern that is being made by the four patch units:

Clover - a beginning

Clover – a beginning

 

Have you gotten started yet?

I’ll end with a picture of the two tuxedo kittens snuggling with Nora this morning.  Diamond is in the foreground and Rosy is sleeping on Nora’s cheek:

Tuxedo Kittens with Nora

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  See you again real soon!

Jennifer

Yoyoville revisited

Welcome Fall!  This was a beautiful weekend in central Texas.  We visited my MIL and on Saturday, I could really feel the weather break into a true Fall breeze and temperatures.  It was absolutely wonderful!  Can’t wait for it to reach down a little further south, to Houston this week.

Since we were on a road trip for a couple of days, I quickly got some handwork pulled together for my idle time.  I had already been thinking about visiting Yoyoville again (pattern by Bunny Hill Designs).  I already had the yo yos completed in the Tapestry collection by Fig Tree quilts… now I needed to applique them all to 3 1/2″ squares of background fabric.  I had a rare chance to visit my LQS in Humble, TX (shout out to It’s A Stitch).  They have the Honeysweet fabric already in, but not on the shelves yet.  They were generous enough to open up the first bolt and cut me off three yards of what I thought would be a great choice to go along with the Tapestry yo yos.

Here’s my little sewing kit getting unpacked:

Temple Sewing Kit 10-06-2013

And here’s a picture of the threads and background squares I have cut up to work with:

Temple Sewing Kit 2

Again, the squares are from Honeysweet and are little dot hexagons in a soft olive green.

I had a pile done by Saturday afternoon … finished on the right, glued down on the left:

Temple squares WIP

I STILL love that Tapestry collection!  And the Honeysweet neutral went great with it.

After coming home tonight, I wanted to preview the layout of the quilt center.  I wasn’t sure if that background would be a bit too much through-out.

But first – I had to make up some four-patch units to alternate with the yo yo squares.  I cut off a 2″ strip from my background and then opened up a mini charm pack of Honeysweet and sewed it along the length of that strip:

Strip Piecing 4 Strip Piecing 3 Strip Piecing 2
I trimmed them all down to 2″ x 3 1/2″ and then combined units together to get the 3 1/2″ squares.

Here’s a sample up on my design wall.

Yoyoville Auditions 2

I wasn’t thrilled.  I wanted to be thrilled, but I wasn’t.  The background from Honeysweet didn’t seem like it would be directional, but turns out it is – and it clearly shows up that way in this layout.  …  SO … I decided to just use the vanilla solid fabric from Honeysweet instead for the four patch units and see how that would look:

Yoyoville Alt Audition 1

MUCH better!  I like that base of solid vanilla in those squares.  Here’s another look from a bit more of a distance:

Yoyoville Alt Audition 2

By the way, the poppy print (seen in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th units) is my very favorite – in all the colors.  I will have to buy yards of that I know already.

Since I don’t have any of the Honeysweet vanilla solid yardage yet, I pulled out the two squares from one of my layer cakes and now I can make a few more four-patch units to play around with.  I’m so excited to be working with this collection now.

This weekend, I also received my yardage of small, light gray polka dot fabric from the Vintage Modern group (Bonnie & Camille).  That will be my setting fabric for the Birdie Stitches quilt.

I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures of my fast growing kitten clan.  Jewelry and Rosy.

Jewelry 10-06-2013

Jewelry

 

Rosy 10-06-2013

Rosy

Have a great start to the week!  See you soon!

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

Just add it to my tab…

Now THAT would be dangerous … to be able to run a tab at your favorite online or LQS stores.  I would have to go to work for them to get it paid off, and then live in a perpetual cycle.  Maybe not so bad, but likely would no longer have time to actually quilt anything.

I just can’t force myself to pass up certain patterns and this one has gotten my attention.  I already purchased it from FQS, and I have started collecting different cuts of green fabric for the stems and red/pink fabrics for the berries.  (photos taken from the Fat Quater Shop website)

Do you own this pattern yet?  I see several of them being mentioned in blogs.  I think when I make it, I will throw in one cherry block from the Cherry Pie quilt pattern by Fig Tree Quilts:

I had already started a collection of different reds, just in case I wanted to make a red & white quilt.  But THEN, I found the PERFECT background fabric last night while browsing FQS.  It is a new collection that just got uploaded to their site.  Already have my order in for 4 yards:

Berry Background

This is from the collection “Nice People Nice Things” by Helen Stubbings for Red Rooster Fabrics.  I’m not familiar with her, but I couldn’t pass up this print.

Now, I’m not just buying and hoarding – I do have a close finish.  I just have to attach 5 rows together and I’ll share my next finish (pending the quilting) with you in a day or two.

Cuteness alert!

Sparkle and Rosy

Sparkle and Rosy

Sparkle looks HUGE cuddled next to Rosy.  We are working on a *ahem* skin condition for Rosy that is very treatable.  That’s why she has some hairless spots on her right now.

Thanks for stopping by as always!

Jennifer

SWOON Quilted!

Ok … so it’s been a few days since my last post and I’m not sure when I’ll get time to sit and do a longer one… but I wanted to share a couple of pictures that Linh from LiMa Sews sent me of my quilted Swoon quilt.

Her husband (the Ma part of LiMa) took the pictures and I’m so glad I have them for my files.  They really show off the quilt pattern.

Swoon Quilted 1

I LOVE it!  The baptist fan pattern was a great choice and I’m so glad I took Linh’s advice on the selection.  Since I had it done, I have seen a lot of other quilts in blogland done in the pattern.  I’m finally in the midst of a popular trend instead of 2 years behind one!

Here’s a close up:

Swoon Quilted 2

I am binding the quilt in one of the dark navy prints from the collection:

Happy Go Lucky Navy Mum Yardage SKU# 55063-17

My plan is to bind it this weekend and give it to my friend on Monday.  Wish I had time now, but I have to close the books on July and that is taking up my spare time right now.  I might be able to get to it Thursday, but we’ll see.

Some sad news though… one of my little tuxedo kittens passed away this week.  Unexpectedly.  She seemed to be losing weight recently, and was really looking pitiful this past weekend, but before I could arrange a Dr. appointment – the kids found her ‘frozen’ in the living room Monday night.  She had a good appetite, so I’m not sure what happened.  I feel really awful about it.  The picture below is from Aug 4th, and she looks pretty good here.

Posy

Posy

Rest in peace Posy.  We loved you for a short time and will keep you in our hearts forever.

Good night all,

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

Kitten (and one Mommy cat) update

Here’s some pictures of the growing kittens as of this morning!  Enjoy!

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4 out of 5 kittens on the stairs

Twins Posy Rosy 073113

Our ‘twins’ – Posy and Rosy

Dozy or Diamond 073113

First name Dosy, but recently renamed to Diamond

Mommy and Two 073113

Mommy cat (Glowy because of her golden eyes) and the twins. She’s ready to run if I move too fast!
She’s beautiful though!

We are going to adopt our first two kittens, Sparkle and Jewelry (see a theme with the names?).  Waiting on these others to get bigger, vetted and spayed and hopefully adopted out as kittens.  Not sure what to do with Mommy yet…  Keep her?  Return her to her original neighborhood?  She will miss her babies I think.  I think we have too many cats, and I never thought I would think that.  Maybe I just need more litter boxes (they all stay inside).

Have a great day!  Thanks for visiting!

Jennifer  

And the weekend is over…

Just like that, the weekend has come and gone.  Too fast, too fast.

I did make my deadline for the AYOS though, without the final pieced border.  I could say that I wanted to see how everyone else finished theirs in the parade tomorrow, but really – I just ran out of time.  It looks good though and the colors go really great with our kitchen, so that will probably be the final destination once I decide for sure on the borders.

Dulcinea June AYOS 2013

The finished size right now is right at 26″ square.  I used the better part of two charm packs of Indigo Crossing collection, and the background is a print from Jo Morton’s Sundays Best group.

Did you join in the sew along this month?  Hope to see you in the parade!

I also worked on my Rally quilt, but I didn’t make it as far as completing the blocks.  That will be my priority this week for sure.  Need to get it done before this kid moves off to California in a month.

The last surprise for the weekend was that my husband agreed to shelter a feral mommy cat and three kittens.  I didn’t know it was feral until it had already stayed under our bed all night.  I was confused on the details apparently.  Anyway, we plan to take care of her and get her spayed and see what options we have after that.  The kittens are ADORABLE!  They are about 6 weeks old and pure black and white.  I hope to get them into the adoption program that my other two foster kittens are in right now.  They have to be spayed/neutered first before they can go to any adoption events, but we’ll have fun with them before that for sure.

Kittens 06-30-2013

These are chunky little kittens, compared to what Sparkle and Jewelry were when they first arrived.  They have been well fed by their first foster mom and are playful and quick to warm up to you for a nice nap.

Hope you all had a great weekend and are not dreading Monday morning like me…

Jennifer

Friday excitement!

Soooo glad it is Friday!  How about you?  I’ve got much waiting on me at home and I’m ready to get back into it.

I had started my June AYOS this past week and am working on the pinwheel blocks in the Dulcinea pattern.  I went through my stash and found that I had two charm packs of Indigo Crossing by Minick & Simpson (MODA).  Very soothing color combination of blues, tans, creams.  I can’t wait to see how it will turn out. 

Dulcinea AYOS WIP

I also continued my Robin’s Nest applique.  I went to the store yesterday and bought some silk thread to see if it made a difference.  I was using 100% cotton.  It sure feels better gliding through the fabric, but I don’t know if I can tell much difference in the end result.  I’ll stick with it though, because it does feel good.

RN Block 1 Applique

 

I had to go out shopping for a new dress (first time in years) this week.  My mother was awarded the Paul Harris Fellows award from the local Rotary Club last night.  Very proud of her and everything she does for my hometown.  Born, raised, married, returned, and retired from teaching in the same town.  Anyway, getting out and about at 6:30 pm here is still horribly warm.  Really doesn’t make you want to do clothes shopping when you are dripping with sweat just from walking to the mall doors from the car.

Hot Temps 062613

Weekend at home with no big plans, other than the usual. 

Goals for this coming week:

  • Complete June AYOS – Dulcinea
  • Complete Robin’s Nest applique center and cut out first border
  • Complete the 20 blocks for Rah Rah Rally quilt
  • Play with kittens! 

Here they are napping, one practically on top of the other.  Good thing they are so cute, because I really forgot how bad litter boxes smell…

Cats 06182013

Have a great weekend!  See you on the other side!

Jennifer

Rally Along!

I made progress this past week on my Rah Rah Rally quilt.  I couldn’t wait to see how they would look connected, so I took my four blocks and made a single larger block.  Here’s my model, Nora, showing it off:

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This is a fairly forgiving pattern.  It’s amazing how hard it is for me to sew all these straight lines and have it all come out square.  My husband said this looks more like a lawn chair than a quilt.  I prefer maroon, white and grey – but these are UCLA colors and should be perfect.

Notice how neat and tidy the sewing table is?  I finally sent off not one, not TWO, but THREE quilt tops to LiMa Sews.  Then I took my newly purchased project boxes and got a little more organized.  Here is a picture of my sewing corner from a distance.  This is as clean as it gets.  My stash boxes are part of the permanent fixtures in my room.  Along with my stacks of magazines, books and patterns.

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Another great buy I made on Friday from Joann Fabrics is my new Ott Lite lamp.  First, they had them more than half off (half off is fairly common for them, if you wait awhile).  Then, since I went shopping last weekend, I got a special coupon for 25% my total purchase – including sale items (which is more rare).  Therefore, I got a $275 lamp for $75.  It was too good a deal to pass up.  Especially since I do so much of my sewing really late at night.

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You can also see on my wall, a mounted magazine rack which I bought specifically for my long rulers.  It works out great!

I also worked on my Robin’s Nest applique, but I’m only halfway through the block.  I’ll show it off when I’ve got it completely attached.  I’m not sure how well I’m doing on it.  It looks a little …. messy?

Finally – a gratuitous picture of the kittens.  Hope you had a great weekend!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer