QBSA

2 10 2013

The block from my swap partner arrived today, and I love it! It’s so fun to do this, and to be surprised, since I requested any star block in colors from Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting.
Also tucked into the package was a pretty piece of fabric and a postcard 😁
Thank you, Sue!

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Here’s the block I sent to Sue:

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Busy Busy

27 09 2013

I’ve been so busy I haven’t blogged about lots o’ stuff!

My grandma’s 80th birthday celebration was a blast!  I got to see all the Aunts and Uncles on my mama’s side, Grandma and Grandpa, and some cousins that I rarely get to see – along with their adorable kids, which is special, since mine are about grown!  My daughter got to travel to the party with me, but hubby and son both had to work, so it was a girls’ trip with my Aunt.  We snapped this photo of four generations:  my daughter, myself, mom, and grandma.  Absolutely priceless.

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In other news…

I managed to finish two charity quilts in my mess of a studio by clearing a path to the machine and putting blinders on so I could enjoy a bit of quilting!

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And my quilt studio almost has a cleared floor now, as all but a few things have yet to find a place. I don’t have near enough storage, so until I can get some more furniture or plastic organizers, a bit of stack and pile will have to do.

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I’ve had such a response to my EPP bag, that I’m working on a pattern to sell, and of course, that means I am making another, so that I can put lots of pics in the pattern. I’ll sell the bag, too, I hope! That possibility is exciting!

And it’s time to start on two t-shirt quilts, which will provide one for my daughter, one to raise money for my niece’s senior trip, as it will be raffled off, and the pics of these quilts will allow me to get my website for t-shirt quilts published – finally!

Lots in the works! Busy, busy…and loving it!





Quilt Studio

18 09 2013

When we bought our house ten years ago, we needed a room to dedicate to homeschooling. Not that homeschooling didn’t occur all over the house, yard, and everywhere we went, but we wanted a space for all those books (we used a literature approach), a computer, somewhere that ongoing projects could be accessed easily, and a quiet, comfy place to read. We choose to turn the bedroom at the top of the stairs into a loft by simply not having a doorframe and having only half a wall that overlooked the stairwell

It was perfect.

When I reached the end of my homeschool days, the room was still a quiet place to read, a guest room ( the comfy couch and/or an air mattress), and a sewing space, since I moved in a folding table for my sewing machine to live on.

And then it occurred to me that I could turn this room into a quilt studio!

So I’ve moved the wall of bookshelves downstairs, packed away the books for young children, gave away a ton of stuff, and painted.

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Overwhelming myself

7 09 2013

I am overwhelmed.  And it’s my own darn fault!  Why do I start a thousand things at once?  Because I come to a temporary impasse with one thing, and in my desire to stay productive, I go ahead and start something else in the meantime.

Ha.  

Not wise.

So now I have several quilts for charity and fundraising whispering in my ear to be done, a quilt top almost finished, a BOM quilt waiting for August and September blocks to be made, a table runner top half finished, several gallons of paint waiting for my quilt studio and half bath, furniture moving/rearranging involving three rooms that is half done, and boxes of stuff waiting to be transported for donation.

After doing a ton of cleaning, moving furniture, sorting through closets and other spaces, making paint color decisions and all the regular mom/wife stuff this past week, I am absolutely pooped and had a much less productive Saturday than I’d hoped!

I wish myself good sleep this weekend, because I am really going to need it this week!

But I can’t wait to get the work parts behind me so I can enjoy a dedicated quilting space and get back to quilting!  I haven’t quilted in a week!

So….look for some pics soon as the loft room that once served as a homeschool becomes a quilt studio!

 





August QBSA

5 09 2013

Here is the first block for my Starry World quilt, inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night:

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Thanks to my partner, Cathy for this beautiful star! I love the bright yellow moons that pop out with the star!





Starts and Finishes

31 08 2013

It’s been a week of starts and finishes in my little quilting loft. That’s always a good week! And I learned something new, which adds more points to the mix 😉
I participated in the Hexies by Halves Quilt Along over at Pieces by Polly (link on the sidebar) and finished my Christmas Quilt, complete with candy cane stripe binding to match the table toppers I finished earlier:

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We love it! I haven’t washed it yet, so I can’t wait to see it all wrinkly and cuddly!

I got a better picture putting it on the dining table ;)

I got a better picture putting it on the dining table 😉

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I also finished a bag for my EPP. It was a challenge, to put it lightly, but I did learn a lot. I’m one of those who just dives into the unknown. It’s stitching. What’s the worse that can happen? Anyhoo, after three weeks of struggling with fabric I don’t know the name of (but it doesn’t ravel and doesn’t slide under the machine nicely) and fighting with that clear plastic stuff – ’cause I want to see what pieces I’m reaching for, and stitching and unstitching a zipper for the back pocket (had never done one of those), and racking my brain and looking at lots of blogs and pictures for design elements, since I was designing as I worked….it is all done! And I do LOVE it!

The front. See my little needle book attached?

The front. See my little needle book attached?

And the best part is how it organizes my EPP…

And my needle book flips conveniently to the inside for easy access.  I know - I'm brilliant ;)

And my needle book flips conveniently to the inside for easy access. I know – I’m brilliant 😉

So that’s two finishes this week! And today, I started my Secret Garden quilt from Amy Gibson‘s workshop on Craftsy.

What did I learn? The local quilt guild meeting was this week, and I learned how to make a fabric bowl/basket with cotton clothesline, strips of fabric, and my machine. I can’t wait to make one. Or ten. I think I’ll start with a Christmas one from the scraps of Christmas fabric left from all those recent Christmas projects 🙂 Maybe I’ll put my first tutorial here for that…anyone interested?





Quilting Block Swap Australia

19 08 2013

This block, for Cathy, will be on it’s way to Australia soon:

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