Thursday, December 8, 2016

Baby Quilt

Aren't these the sweetest fabrics?? The fabric line is Old New 30's Origami Squares by Lecien Fabrics. I'm making a baby quilt and I thought these fabrics would just be perfect. I bought a layer cake and made 9 patches. I found the middle of my 9-patch in both directions and cut away! I'm using a pattern from Quilt in A Day called Piece of Cake.

This is the pattern I'm using. I made 12 blocks for the youth sized quilt. It will actually be large for a baby quilt but hopefully it will be used as the baby gets older.

I bought a solid baby pink for the sashing. I forgot how fun it is to make a baby quilt. It's so nice to be working on an easy project for a change.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas Fun

I should be Christmas shopping or decorating the house but I'm working on this panel instead! I free motion quilted it on my new machine. I want to sew down the binding quickly so I can actually use it soon! It will be a nice addition to my family room. I suppose you can say I'm working on my Christmas decorations! (Sort of!!)

My husband and I went out to eat last night. I got the Christmas Cookie Martini! It was delicious. I had my usual limit of one drink. That's all I can handle. This tasted so good that I would have loved to have another. It tasted like dessert!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Arcadia Avenue Update

I have completed quilting 4 blocks of the Arcadia Avenue quilt. Some of them have been easy to quilt but some are taking longer than expected. Most of this block was just stitched in the ditch. I stitched a few diamonds in the very center. 

Here's a closeup of the black diamonds in the same block.

I finally finished this block when I changed my thread to black. Here's a close up!

Even though the thread is black, it looks almost gray on this fabric. There are so many blacks that it's difficult to match them up perfectly.

I think I've posted this one before. I stitched around the entire block which really makes a difference! It lays so much flatter!

I tried to stitch a spiral in the middle of this block. There is so much bulk there that I just couldn't control my machine. I decided to just make a small spiral flower. Twelve fabrics meeting in the middle makes for a tough area to quilt!

That's it so far. I still have to decide how to quilt the large black diamonds on either side of these blocks. I'm down to 3 possible designs. Decisions, decisions!!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Scrappy Project Almost Done!

I'm done making all the blocks and have started to sew them together. I'm hoping to have this quilt top finished very soon! Not sure about the borders yet. I was going to add 2 borders but not sure anymore. I think I'll be sewing on one border. I feel the quilt is busy enough. I think a nice calming border would be best. I'll be auditioning a few fabrics to see what works best. 

I don't know about you but I don't want to see turkey again until next year. That's all I've been eating since Thursday. Already sick of it!! I don't mind the pumpkin pie though!! Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving! I baked my pie and cake last night. Enjoying a nice quiet morning before we all overeat!

Enjoy your dinner and count your blessings! We all have much to be thankful for!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Quiet Sunday Afternoon

It seems the winter weather has finally found us. I stayed in today and worked on a few projects while sitting on the couch. Due to the cold temperatures moving in, I started a knitting project. I couldn't resist this yarn. I bought it the Mancuso Quilt show this past summer. It's a fingering weight yarn whose color is jewel box. Isn't is so pretty?? I'm going to make a shawl. I could have made socks but I want this gorgeous yarn to be seen!

I'm also doing a little applique for Green Tea and Sweet Beans. I have all my stems ready. I use freezer paper to prepare my applique pieces. The leaves are all ready also but I have yet to choose the flower fabrics. I'll work on the greens first. 

I also worked on a little free motion quilting but didn't get very far. I think I really just wanted to sit on the couch and rest. My husband has a cold so we're sitting here enjoying our afternoon. 

Hope you had a nice weekend! Can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving! Time is flying!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Igloo and Connections

This is the second Igloo block I made for Jen Kingwell's Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt. I should have made this block along with the other Igloo block needed for the quilt. However, I never even noticed that 2 blocks were needed! I guess I didn't pay attention! It was easy to catch up. Just had to make another block!

Here's my Tone It Down quilt hanging at the Connections Quilt Festival. I really enjoyed attending this show. There were 200 quilts to see and many vendors to keep us busy.

Farmgirl Vintage was also at the show. It was a great show and it was only the first year. My husband came with me on Saturday to pick up my quilts. He had never been to a quilt show. He walked around as they were taking down the quilts. Maybe I'll get him to go to more shows!! We did see someone's husband sleeping on one of the couches. We both had a good laugh when we saw him!