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Productive absence

Well, I have been gone awhile from a regular blog post – but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working.  I’m still trying to adjust to having two school age kids with homework and bedtime/morning routines that are honestly kicking my a@@.  We’re taking it one day at a time, but at this rate – I will be a white haired mental patient by the time they reach high school.  Why does everything have to be a struggle?  Get dressed… struggle.  Eat something … ANYTHING … struggle.  Brush your teeth – forget about it.

Well, I have managed to steal away some precious moments to complete THREE of my quilts and give them away.

#1 – Swoon quilt completed and given to my friend at work.  She loved it!  I am waiting for a picture of her and the new husband with the quilt, but hopefully G rated!

#2 – I free motion quilted my Boho AYOS quilt made with the Lincoln pattern.  It was actually really fun to do the quilting myself.  I just had to temporarily relocate the machine to the cleared dining table so I would have plenty of room to move it around.  I look forward to the next one I can try myself.  I did find that my shoulders kept creeping up to my ears as I stitched away.  Why is that?

Don’t you love my label?  I cut into some of my adorable Briar Rose fat quarter for this snipit:





I mostly just did a made up version of a swirly wave shape or something around the border … and in a couple of spots, I made up a dahlia shaped flower.  Other than the border, I just did a stitch in the ditch concentric squares starting with the very center 2″ square and working out from there.

I had browsed ideas in my copy of the book Free-Motion Quilting by Angela Walters … but whatever I could manage to do consistently was what I ended up doing.



I was running out of time for this quilt, because we were taking it to a reception for the baby on that Saturday.  Therefore I did a machine binding on the front and the back.  You can see the machine stitching on the front in the picture below.  Should hold up well though and it turned out so great after it was washed.







And finally – #3 Quilt – Rally for UCLA

I gave this to my boss today for him to pass along to his son who starts at UCLA this week.  I got Abby from Latimer Lane quilts to do the longarm quilting on it and she turned it around so fast for me!

I got her to do a spiral square shape pantograph, which complemented the straight lines and squares on the quilt front.  Here’s a reminder of what the front of the quilt looked like (before quilting) and a picture of the back which shows the quilt motif.


Rally Top 2

Rally Quilt design

The recipient is pursuing an acting career, so I added the drama masks to the quilt label to emphasize his ambitions.  Just used those Micron pens and some word art that I found online to create the label text and pictures in WORD and then printed it off and traced it with a small light box onto the fabric.

Rally Label 2

So … that should be enough … but I have also completed Block 3 of the FQS Mystery Designer BOM.  I’m starting Block 4 tonight (perhaps).  So, later this week, a show and tell on those blocks!

Enjoy and thanks for waiting around for me!


The longest Pep Rally ever!!

My Rah Rah Rally quilt top is done!  Except for one little edging row and a perhaps 2″ containment border in black that is.  And the quilting.  And the binding.  And the label.  #%!#$@#  I’m not even close to done…  It is done enough to show it off.

The quilt pattern was from the book, Sweet Celebrations with Moda Bakeshop Chefs: 35 Projects to Sew from Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Fat Quarters, Charm Squares & More, by Lissa Alexander.

MAN!  That is a looooong title, right?

This particular project was created by Melissa Corry, of Happy Quilting.  She has a great blog and wonderful patterns.  You can click HERE to see my prior post.

But enough of the red tape… Here is my finish for the UCLA inspired Rally quilt:

Rally Top 2


I don’t have a fence high enough to display it the ‘right’ way, so I have it sideways for you.  Or you could turn your head.  Whatever.

Here are the colors from a general internet search for UCLA logos.  I saw all kinds of blue and gold colors, so I tried to pick ones that would be best together.  In hindsight, I could have used a more golden/darker yellow – but I’m good.  Really good.  Ready to start a new project.  I have determined through this process that I am not a big fan of working entirely with solids.  Not my thing – but I know others like it.  Enjoy!

Here’s  a close up of it, showing how I haven’t gotten it all ironed out yet:

Rally CloseUp

And my darling model who is in desperate need of a haircut:

Nora and Rally Quilt

In Melissa’s version, she appliques the team logo onto the quilt front.  I don’t have all that kind of time or patience right at this moment, but since their mascot is a bear – I plan to cut out my quilt label in the shape of a bear paw print and use that on the back to help tie it into the school theme.

I hope the recipient enjoys it.  He leaves for UCLA next month.  I guess he could gift it back to his parents to have at their home to start their collection of collegiate items in support of their only child.  Either way would work for me.

Hope you are having a quilty day!  Thanks for stopping by!


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:


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.


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.


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!


Thanks for stopping by!