work in progress
First off – Hello to all of you who have visited via Quilting Bloggers! I will have to go check out more of your blogs :)
I kept two baggies full of tiny triangles from when Jenna was cutting the corners off of her snowballs. I just couldn’t watch all those beautiful scraps go to waste! So now I have put together a couple of blocks so I can hopefully decide where to go next with them.
Did I mention how tiny they are? These completed blocks are 3″ and 2 1/2″ – almost square! Right now I am leaning toward the hourglass. For a couple of reasons, less room for trouble, and I really like the pattern they create when put together. I’ve been wanting to do an hourglass anyway but I really wanted … Read More »
I cut out the same night I posted my first star block these three. I have been working on them as able since and I’m excited to show you :) I’ve been using little scraps from my bin so they are all different and fun. My girls have been asking for place mats so I may just add more to the sides and then quilt them for the girlies. . . have to wait and see!I found this pin cushion via another blogger – Darlene at Quilting Daze, recently asked for help making one and I decided I needed one too! Here’s the tutorial we used – sweet and simple – my favorite quick project.Thanks for stopping by!Amy
I just finished my first block from AmandaJean’s star quilt-a-long. So fun! Honestly, I’m sorta glad I only started now – I don’t have to wait for next week to start the next! It may seem like I’ve done nothing more than blog and quilt today but I assure you my family is not malnourished nor is the house in complete disarray. But I must be going – dinner must be made :)
I did manage to eek out enough time to finish the top I showed you last week! Our weekends tend to be less routine and more fun family time – which in turn equals less sewing time. . . I like it that way. :)Please excuse the bits of mess you see behind it. . . :) My house is only ever half clean!Do you see the patterns emerging? I like it! I didn’t really expect it that way. I just wanted to balance the red and brown in each block. I had actually thought the blocks would go in the other direction originally – it pays to lay it out and see what works. :) I think it will be a nice fall lap quilt, especially with the corduroy … Read More »
I hope that you are having a great Friday, and that your weekend is great! I decided this morning that I was going to take the kiddos to the park. I feel like we are just getting to where I can trust everyone, on my own. Without help. My strategy is to put the 2 younger in swings and push them, while watching the older two go up and down the slide, monkey bars, and whatnot. I was pushing three for a while today.
At this particular park, there is a 12 foot tall circular slide. For this mommy it may as well be a skyscraper! I’m not bad with heights, but last time we were there (about a month ago) Sophia (3) climbed to the top with every intention of going down, but … Read More »
Well being uncertain, and a little bored of my straight line quilting – I took the plunge! I am so glad that I did :)I’ve been practicing stippling/loop-d-loop quilting, but had yet to put it on a quilt – I was chicken! Having watched videos online and read about stippling – you aren’t supposed to cross over your previous stitching. . . rules are meant to be broken right? The loop-d-loop seems to come more natural to me :) I am about halfway done – I’ll post more pictures, including the back once it’s complete. I’ve learned so much with this quilt it seems fitting now that it be my first attempt at stippling. Have a great weekend!Amy
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So here’s where I am stuck! I have it basted together with a backing that I love and I purchased some green thread that works well – I think. White worked on the front but not the back and the opposite is true of cream. Green was a good compromise :) My original plan was to go straight line 1/4 inch on either side of the seams, but not all of my seams match perfectly . . . did I tell you how much I have learned in the process of making this? My current thought is to use a decorative type stitch over the seams, but not every seam – that would be too much. And I would love to be able to stipple but I don’t want this … Read More »
Do you have fun family traditions for the 4th of July? We have one that we started last year – and the girls love it! Owen was a mere 2 weeks old last summer and I was in no condition to traipse about for hours, so Joe took the girls to the hot air balloon festival. It gets pretty cool (55) over night even though it has been in the 90’s all week, and that allows the balloons to have a good flight before it gets too hot. Here’s the girls last year :) There’s more pictures here.We got down there this morning with the masses – it didn’t quite work out as planned but we still had a great IHOP breakfast (a real treat) and good family time. Later, we have a bbq … Read More »
Well I had plans to work on a new bag that I have been formulating – but I have no interfacing. Next!Remember this quilt top? I had quite a bit of fabric left so I cut it into squares – I have no idea how many or an exact plan yet, but I do have a little library inspiration, so more to come soon :)
Ella pulled her 3rd tooth out last night. We noticed in the afternoon that her big tooth was emerging, and the baby tooth was going to come out soon. At bedtime, (of course) she is worried. She heard a story recently of a boy swallowing his tooth in his sleep because it was so loose but he refused to pull it out. . . She worked on it for over an … Read More »
I have so many diamonds on this quilt top – that would be a stack of cash if they were stones! =) I have been busy at work since my last post, and I have managed to get all the piece work complete – whew! Next will be trimming and adding a border.I think that is the plan – would anyone suggest adding the border then trimming? I’m still learning =)
My original thought had been brown strips for borders, because I thought it might help ground it, but there’s lots of brown and it feels dark. So my current plan is to use one from each of the color groups and add to the scrappiness. Which one do you like?This is the back side of the top – I think it is really cool … Read More »
I was able to spend a bit of time sewing off and on today – I take what I can get. =) This is the current layout that I have worked out. What do you think? I tried a couple of different ideas, even took pictures for a different perspective, but this was my favorite. I really like, really I do. I feel that I have been a bit hesitant, not knowing what the end result will be. And I haven’t had a lot of time to work on it this week. Being able to lay it out today helped, a good idea of what is to come. I have a few diamonds that did not get matched very well, so I am saving those to fill in the gaps at the … Read More »
At least that is how it feels! Thanks to all my bloggy friends for your encouragement and support! I wasn’t home yesterday so I am a bit behind, in housework and blogland. . . oh well. I just keep going =)I have been able to slowly iron every stitch and then pin them again. My plan is to keep going and see what comes. I have sketched a few different sashing options with my remaining strips, but I will make those decisions when I get there.
I hope you are doing well! I have a trip to the park and picnic promised that I must make preparations for. . .Amy