Saturday, August 20, 2016

It's been a very Gray week!

I have been very busy stitching up my GRAY blocks for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

I made 28 blocks this week and only have 3 more to get done before the end of the month! I think that is very doable!!

I started the week off with 6 Pinwheels. I had to really rummage thru my fat quarters for these. I don't have a lot of GRAY in my stash, but I did manage to find an assortment of lights and darks.

Next are the 10 Centennial Stars.

And "That Thirties Thing" Blocks. I really like how these came out. I had LOTS of selvedges to use!

And finally, the Scrappy Strings. A dozen of them!

Please be sure to head on over to So Scrappy and see what blocks and other fun stuff have been made this week.

.......................Sew till next time...........................

 

Friday, August 12, 2016

It's Been Awhile!

We have been back from our 3 week vacation for 2 weeks now, so I guess it's time to get back on track! What a great time we had, one week on the road, one week with our daughter and son-in-law, then another week back on the road. We left Texas and headed to Hamilton, Missouri. Does that town ring a bell to you? It should, if you are a big Jenny Doan fan! It's the home of Missouri Star Quilt Company! What a great place. So unique. And everyone was so friendly. She has trained her employees well. They all fold the fabric the same way!! Yes, I tend to notice things like that!! Lol!

Next stop was Lincoln, Nebraska, home to the International Quilt Study and Museum. Hubby and I were really impressed. He hadn't planned on taking the tour with me, but decided that it might be interesting and it was! We met a group of really nice ladies from Denver, that were taking the tour with us. Hi, Jan and friends, if you are reading this!!

Then we went to Cheyenne WY, Ogden Utah, Boise Idaho, then Hillsboro OR. It was so nice to be in one hotel for a whole week!! On the drive we stopped at 6, I think, quilt shops. I was collecting the Home Sweet Home Row by Row patterns. But I was trying to limit myself to 1 or 2 from each state. I want this quilt to represent the entire trip, so I have more shops on the list for the trip back!

I had a few quilted projects that I was delivering to my daughter. First was the quilt, Rainbow Twist, that I made for her school to raffle. Their school motto is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, so I make the raffle quilts using my selvedges to go along with the theme!

This quilt did start out as a RSC for this year, but I put it on the fast track and just did the colors that Angela posted for last year. It was such a big block and I didn't need that many, so it was a quickie to get done!!

Back of quilt. The wind was blowing so hard that day and I didn't want to fight to unclamp it and reclamp it back on the fence, so I just took the pic from the other side!!
This is a 2015 Row by Row from Portland, OR that I made last year. They wanted all the rows the same width to be able to change them out. I think they all look great with the pics Lea painted. You can also see a small portion of the very first Selvedge quilt I made.

These are the quilts that I brought to her. She got this pattern from a shop by the beach.
I got this kit from Hayes, Kansas last year. It is called Prehistoric Kansas.
And Lea got this pattern called Meep, Meep!! It's from Albuquerque, NM. So far, this is my favorite! But I have a few more to make for her!!
Before we left on our trip, I had been busy garment sewing and helping my grand niece finish her summer dress, so I didn't do any RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) blocks. BUT, I did manage to get them all cut out and ready to sew when I got back. So, that is exactly what I have been doing. And I am so happy to report that I am completely caught up and ready to start this month's RSC color, GRAY! I am going with the back up color, since I don't have enough of the lighter purples to make all my blocks. I have already cut out the Centennial, Jacob's ladder and pinwheel blocks! I am on a roll and hope to get them all done this week so I can work on other things. My list seems to be never ending!

I had gotten behind on my flower blocks for the last 4 months. I had them all appliqued, but didn't add the last row to them. BUT, now here they are in all their colorful glory!! I LOVE these blocks all together. I did not add the brown and blues to the mix, since they were already done. They are not sewn together, so the layout will change! I am trying hard to make the "color" rows different and I really like the results!

Next up is the Centennial blocks. Only showing 8, but I did make all 10 for the month!

And here are the Pinwheels!

And Scrappy Strings

And finally, the Centennial blocks! Darn, this pic didn't come out too well. The background is actually a WOW, white on white!
We laughed our heads off when we saw this in the parking lot of our hotel in Lincoln, NE!!

Oh, and I did manage to finish these blocks tonight! The hubby and I usually watch baseball, but I just couldn't stand to watch A Rod play his last game and get all the attention. He is NOT my favorite player!

Anyhoo, here are my Jacob's Ladder blocks for August!

 

Sorry for the long post! It you made it this far, THANK YOU!! I am posting to So Scrappy, so please stop by there and check out the other RSC blocks that were made this week. There is always lots of quilty eye candy!!

 

....................Sew until next time.......................

 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Teal is Coming to an End

I actually made a big dent in my TEAL Selvedge bin! There wasn't much in it before, now it is really bare! But, that's a good thing, right? RIGHT!!

I used the Selvedge bin for these 5 "That Thirties Thing" blocks.

And then I dug in the bin again to make these 12 String Blocks. I didn't think I had enough variety, but I think they came out just fine. I felt like I was using the same fabrics over and over and over again! It kinda got boring!!

I haven't started on my Flower Blocks yet and they might not get made this month. And next month I will really fall behind since I will be away from my sewing studio for 3 weeks!! I will catch up later!!

I also wanted to make something with these 2 fabrics.

And this is what I made.

It is the Runaround Bag from Lazy Girl Designs. It is my go to pattern for small bags. I have added the 'boxed' bottom and divided inside pocket. It does have the outside pocket which holds my cellphone. It's only 7"x9" and it is all I need. Never have liked a big purse!

EDITED TO ADD: It is actually 8"x9". I forgot that I added an inch to the width. I would have to jam my cellphone in the back outside pocket, on my previous bags, so I wanted to see if it would be better this time. Just don't want my phone to fall out!! Will keep you posted!

I also love making zipper pulls.

Sorry for the poor picture quality. It has brown beads and blue heart shaped beads.

I also had my 16 year old Grand niece here for 3 days. I have been teaching her to sew. She is making her 2nd dress and is really doing a great job. She is not interested in quilting................yet!!!

I am sorry to see TEAL come to an end, but am looking forward to a new color. Stop by SoScrappy to see what other TEAL blocks were made this week.

Linking to SoScrappy.

 

.............Sew till next time................

 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

I'm Back With Teal Blocks!

I really didn't intend on being away for so long. I was trying to get caught up on projects that I really couldn't share till now! I won't share all the projects today because this post might turn into a book!!

I can finally show you the graduation gift that I made for my grand nephew at the request of his dad! He gave me one t-shirt that I could "make something with". It has special meaning to the both of them. I had been wondering what to make for him, so this made things a lot easier!! I found this great "sport newspaper" fabric and put my thinking cap on. I think the label says it all!

50 was his jersey number. The name Texas Star came to me when I finished quilting the center panel. The quilt does lay flat, I just had it folded for awhile before I took the pics!

 

This was the first time I used longarm rulers and I think I am hooked! I did a simple straight stitch pattern.

 

I also made a pair of earrings for my grand neice's 16th birthday.

Of course, it has to have a pretty box to go in!

Okay, now for the teal blocks! I LOVE teal but was very surprised that I didn't have a lot of it in my stash or scraps. I will have to remedy that when we are on our 3 week driving trip coming up soon!!

I always start off the month cutting a 5 1/8" strip from some of my fat quarters and some yardage fabrics. I use those strips to make the Jacob's Ladder, Pinwheel, Centennial and Flower blocks. I use my selvedges to make the String and That Thirties Thing blocks.

I did things a little different this month. I decided to cut out all my blocks first, then sew them up when I had the time. To me cutting is the the worst part of the quilting process. So this worked out really well for me. So here are my blocks ready to go! (That space is usually where my Pfaff is, but it was still in the shop! But it's home now and is being put to work again!)

Since I started the Jacobs Ladder Blocks in April, I was trying to play catch up. With these brown blocks added, I am all caught up.

I LOVE these teal blocks. I can't wait to see this quilt come together.

Here are the Pinwheels. Did I mention that I LOVE teal?
The Centennial Stars in their TEAL glory!! I still have to trim the dog ears off and remove the papers before putting them away.

I hope you are all enjoying this RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) color of the month as much as I am. If you want to see more TEAL blocks be sure to check out SoScrappy to see what Angela and all the other Quilter's have been sewing up.

............Sew till next time............

Friday, May 20, 2016

Another Week of Green

I had a lot of sewing planned out for this week. Got it all done except for a graduation gift, which I need for tomorrow, that will not get done in time. I knew the timing was off on my Pfaff, but trying to go thru 5 layers of fabric, 5 layers of interfacing, a layer of batting AND 2 layers of Timtex really did a job on the timing!!! I will have to put that project on hold until I can get this machine serviced. I have plenty of other machines that I could use, but the "throats" aren't big enough to handle the bundle of STIFFNESS that I am working on! I just hope I can find someone local and not have to go 2 hrs away to Houston to get it serviced. I will check with my local quilt shop on Tuesday.

Anyway, I did get 10 green blocks done this week. I made 6 pinwheel blocks. I was only supposed to make 5, but 6 does make a better picture!!

Then I got busy making 4 That Thirties Thing blocks.

I have 3 tubs of green selvedges -- light, medium and dark. I only took out the medium tub to make these. I also started making my Scrappy String blocks today and will use the same tub. Maybe when I finish those 12 blocks, it will show a dent in that bin! Those selvedges and strings just seem to multiple instead of disappearing!

One more green project this week. I love making these little bags. I also make the zippers pulls. It's fast to whip them out and they make a great gift.

 

Hope you head on over to SoScrappy to see other GREEN blocks made this week.

...............Sew till next time.............