Friday, July 31, 2015

New Love of Minis

I hadn't blogged on my finished Cotton and Steel or what I received so here it is!

I love it!  And happy to report is was well received by my partner.  This was the first on line swap I had done so there was lots of apprehension on what to make and pick but in the end all good.

I sent along a notebook with a cover and a couple of goodies.

I wanted to do something I had not done before and a lone star had long been on my list.  I had a tutorial pinned.  I think it turned out beautiful and it was pieced in strips.  I did have some issues with my Y seams but nothing a lot of steam and Best Press didn't solve. And it was not nearly as hard or scary as I thought it would be.

In return I received this mini with a sweet note and a couple of treats.  It is now hanging in my sewing home with hopes to add a few more to my wall as I did already sign up for another.

I have made a rule that only one at a time and I have not broken it yet been tempted but don't want to only sew for others so I have to remember to keep a balance.

I have to say I do like making the minis.  So from that same site I also made the Anchor blocks for my hubby for his birthday.  Yeah that was in April and not they were not done in time but they were for the first time at the cottage and they look awesome especially with that Summerville Quilt which I still love.

Aren't those cute?!  They were a little putsy but so worth the effort and love it in some Daysail by Bonnie and Camille.

Thanks for stopping by and will be linking up with the Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoo Whoo It's Friday, NTT, Sew Fresh Quilts.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Graduation Quilt-Too Hip to be Square

I bought this fabric at my local quilt store with a coupon with out a plan for it.  So it sat for a little bit not really long considering the rest of the stash.

Then it hit me this is the perfect fabric for my youngest son's girlfriend for graduation.  I showed Sam the fabric and his response, "is that for Lauren? She would LOVE that."  Well, that is all I needed I already had the pattern picked from a free one from Moda Club.  I cut the fabric out while watching a movie and starting sewing it up.

Then I laid it out in the basement.  I kept a few of the blocks for the back. (I really to tidy up a bit.)

I quilted it with a meandering and an occasional paisley.  I liked the quilting and it went quickly.  I did have a deadline!  Notice the color of the lighter what appears to be green here.  It was a very light aqua color.  Basement night time lighting here for sure.

Here are a few pictures of it after I finished it.  I did not have it ready for the day of her party but did finish it in time for her birthday.  So it was a combination gift. There is a Tula Pink strip for the binding.
I had this Dear Stella paisley in my stash and it worked out really well with the left over blocks. I signed it in one of the boxes.
One more of the back and you can see the quilting on it.  I used my favorite Aurfil on this one 2600 Silver.  That color just blends perfectly.
Have to say she loved it!  These are her favorite colors and she loves animals.  I quilted her name and the year into the quilt as well but forgot to snap a picture of that.  I received a very sweet thank you note and it will be the center of her decorating for the dorm room come September.  

This is one of the quickest turn around I made on this quilt.  I think it was about a 3-4 weeks.  I really loved this pattern as well.

This one finished up about 60 X 70.

Linking up to all the Friday Parties - links are on the side bar.  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Q3 Goals

So I am going to attempt to list my goals, attempt to finish them, and then post them!  Last quarter I did have some finishes but I didn't get to blogging about them yet. That is in the works.

I like to know what I have in the works to try to keep myself focused and finish those that I start up.  I did clean up the sewing room yesterday and realized (not that I had forgotten) but I have a lot started and I have bought some more very pretty fabric recently and I need to keep sewing it up!

1.  Churn dash quilt- This quilt is together and I bought thread to match each section. Need to make a back and quilt it up.

2.  Batik scrap - this is now a top and needs a back and quilting.  This was the third quilt made from the same stack of batiks and will be a donation quilt.

3.  Simply Mini Quilt - Right now am planning a Dresden plate in modern fabrics.  This one is in the beginning planning stage and is due to ship mid October.

4.  Mini 9 patch in Cotton and Steel- These are super cute at 3 1/2" and not sure how many or what the final layout will be but they are cute.
5.  Low Volume Plus Swap-I did an online swap and had this block for my turn in a bee.  I have all the blocks and want to put this one together.  They are ready to be laid out.  These are only the ones from the bee.  So pretty.
6.  Tula Pink- Yes it needs to remain on this list and really hoping for some motivation to sew this one up. And I sure do have one missing block that I never made.

7.  Botanics-Precious Sew-Along- I picked the fabric and tested the block but want to spend some time with this stack of fabric because I love it.  Now I need to start cutting since I have my plan.

Seriously, I think that is enough.  I don't sew nearly as much in the summer as I do in the fall/winter. We have lots going on as always but with one son on his own and the other leaving for college in the fall I am hoping I have more time to sew.  However, the hubby does like to hang out with me and unfortunately not in the sewing studio.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday and On The Windy Side for the Q3 Goals.  I am coming up right under the wire.  Thanks for reading!