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Have a Safe Holiday and Snapshots Review

We are going to see how well we remember our swimming skills this weekend.  My kids tell anyone and everyone that “they can swim”, … but they would sink like a rock I’m afraid.  Going to practice, practice and practice this weekend until we are sick of chlorine.

I have been doing some sewing and quilting, here and there.  I find it harder to set aside time to upload pictures and write out these blog posts.  I really want to share as I go along, but a lot of pictures never make it here because I end up finishing my blocks while I procrastinate!

Here you go!  Blocks 4 and 5 of the Snapshots Quiltalong are done!

Puppy Love!  We are going to look for some blue translucent buttons for his eyes…

Snapshots 4 Puppy

Kindred Kitchen!  I added a little back stitch embroidery to the front of the apron to make it stand out from the background.

Snapshots 5 Apron

Here they are all together … waiting for their ice cream treat next month!

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I also sent off my U of H schoolhouse gift quilt (Arkansas Crossroads) to be quilted by Linh at LiMa Sews.  She has turned it around for me so fast, it is already on its way back to me this weekend!

Since I was shipping her a box anyway…  I threw in some small quilt tops.  This is truly a feeling of accomplishment when a quilt flimsy makes it from the corner of my cutting table to Linh.  It is a real milestone and feels GREAT!

From top of the stack to the bottom … Fig Tree Pears window valance for my kitchen, Fig Tree mini sampler made into a baby play blanket (butterflies, flowers, sun), Yellow/Gray Sunshine baby quilt (also a gift that is long overdue) and the Arkansas Crossroads schoolhouse gift quilt.

Ready to Quilt

 

Again – have a wonderful weekend and a safe one too!  I’ll see you again soon with some finished projects!

Jennifer

Vacation – Day 1 Progress – Put the Kettle On!

I am on a short vacation from work to close out Spring break with the kids.  They have been enjoying the grandparents thoroughly (I know my Mom is not having any problems with her insomnia tonight).  We spent half the day cleaning up my parents house before we could head back home.  Once we got here, they were happily into their electronics that were left behind to ensure quality time while visiting.  That left me to decide on which project to do….

Hmmm…..

Many choices for sure, and although I have plenty that I should probably tackle first – I decided to knock out Block 3 from the Snapshots Quilt Along, called “Put the Kettle On“.  It was released last weekend and I was trying to tell myself that I don’t have to do all of them … but that just made my OCD kick in a little harder.

It certainly isn’t too late to join in and sew along – even if you just pick and choose the blocks you love.  Click here for a link to the Fat Quarter Shop’s blog for this block and you can get all the information about this project to benefit St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Block-3

 

Since I’m not using the kit (because, again, I told myself I was going to do this quilt) – I am pulling together bright and happy colors from many different collections.  Therefore, it took as long to decide on fabric as it did on making the block…

SQAL Block 3 Prep

I knew I really loved my new additions of colors with this purchase of Fresh Cut by BasicGrey:

SQAL Block 3 Prep 2

So, it didn’t take long for me to select my main fabric for the teapot, then go with accents of the blue and green:

SQAL Block 3 selections

I little bit of Daysail, a bit of Flower Sugar and the Fresh Cut fabrics got all cut out and ready for sewing:

SQAL Block 3 Cut

Here is my finished teapot by the light of my Ottlight lamp at midnight:

SQAL Block 3

I’m lovin’ it.  I can’t wait to stage a picture of all three blocks together tomorrow when the sun is shining.

My project tomorrow will be to construct a school house block for the center of my gift quilt.  I don’t have an actual pattern, but it should be easy enough to figure it out with the pictures from Pinterest and some graph paper (I need a particular finished size).

Hope you are looking forward to a spectacular first weekend of Spring coming around the corner.  Have a great Friday!!

Jennifer

Snapshots QAL Block 2

A beautiful weekend and an opportunity to do some sewing.  I already had my plan for today … Block 2 of the Snapshots Quilt Along.

Snapshots Banner

The Snapshots Quilt Along is being hosted by Bonnie & Camille and the Fat Quarter Shop during the entire year of 2015.

It is a special Quilt Along in that the patterns are free, but donations are for the direct benefit of St Jude Children’s Hospital.  The initial goal of $10,000 was already reached in the first month, so they have bumped up the goal to a wonderful $20,000!

If you would like to participate, you can find everything you need on the Fat Quarter Shop blog.  Here’s a link to Block 2, named Sew On and Sew On.  The pattern, donation link, material requirements and YouTube videos about each block are available on the 15th of each month.  Click HERE to open up today’s post from FQS.

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I couldn’t stop working on this block today, until it was done.  It was really fun and quite easy to make.  Love it!

SS B2 Done

I’m really curious about how the color plan will come out with these blocks.  I have stocked up on a lot of these bright fabrics and I am really enjoying them on my design wall.

SS B1 and B2

Here’s to an easy and relaxing week ahead!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Jennifer

Another 10 days gone by…

I’m back!  I was doing so well there for awhile, right?  I just can’t believe that 10 days can be leapfrogged in a blink!

My parents stayed with us this past weekend, so that always makes the weekend move along.  My mom is not one to sit on a couch (like I tend to do), or lie in bed watching reruns of Modern Family.  She is out shopping and …well, mostly shopping.

Anyway, I did get the first block of the Snapshots quilt along put together on Saturday.

I set a timer, but I’m kind of embarrassed at how long it took.  I thought I would be bragging here at the end of it, but …wow … I guess I’m slower than I thought.

I cut all the pieces out on Friday night:

SS B1 laid out

I have lost my “G” Alphabittie.  Hence the out-of-place “Z”.

Do you recognize these fabrics?  With the exception of the white gingham background fabric, these are from the Greg Jones Blogger’s Choice bundle from Fat Quarter Shop.  They were all so bright and fun.  It took me the longest to decide which ones to use in the Birthday Cake block.

If I had not stopped along every step to check my measurements, it would have gone a lot faster.  But I have no regrets at all.  It took me about 2 hours start to finish:

SS B1 Done

 

And because I am so lazy, here is another picture – only from my cutting table with a lot more natural light coming in around it:

SS B1 Done 2

Lovin’ It!  I don’t know if I will make all of the blocks, but … you know … just in case … I went ahead and got the 3.5 yards necessary of the white background so I would be ready.

If you love the fabrics as much as I do in this bundle, you could take you chance at a GIVEAWAY by Greg Jones himself!  He is offering a bundle through his blog post HERE until Jan 31st.  Check it out!

Next time I’ll tell you about an early birthday present that may or may not be an old Singer treadle sewing machine in working condition!  :):):)

All the best for a great end to the week!

Jennifer

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