Tuesday, July 30, 2013

WIP Wednesday: I Believe in Fairy Tales

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I am in a fun paper piecing bee called Wombat Stew. July is my month to be Queen and I chose Fairy Tales as my theme.

I was a book worm as a kid and this was one of my favorite books.

I love the illustrations, colors, and the gold embossing along the edge of the pages. I can not resist children books with pretty illustrations so I have a nice little collection of books to share with my kids. My 3 year old is a huge fan of Fairy Tales at the moment and the reason I chose it as my theme. My twins are pretty excited about it and have had fun opening the mail to find blocks from the Wombat girls.

I used this book as my inspiration to make the beginning and ending blocks for my Fairy Tale quilt. I did some stamping and used some iron ons and am working on finishing up some embroidery on these blocks. Kristy designed these open book blocks.
Kristy also designed this Thumbelina block. {Actually, she designed every block in this post :)}. I was able to put this block together this week and Cinderella is next!

I am so excited about this quilt and having fun putting it together!! It has been amazing every time one of the Wombats finish a block I have a new favorite. It is so fun to see the fabrics chosen and how they are each so perfectly made in a way I would not thought of or with fabric I don't have. Two blocks have made their way across the ocean; I loved them through the computer screen and i love them even more in real life. Kristy made the Rapunzel block and The Three Bears was made by Midge. Happy Wednesday! I am linking up with Freshly Pieced where people link up all kinds of inspirational projects every week!!
                                                                                                  



Friday, July 26, 2013

Flashback Friday - I'm Dreaming of Vacation

This was one of my favorite vacations. We travelled quite a bit as a family of four; the boys were easy travelers.

We choose beach over pool every time.

It was our first visit to Kauai.

We went on a helicopter ride to see the island. So much of the island is not accessible by car. It was gorgeous, and pretty cold. The helicopter had no doors so you had a better view so the wind was whipping through giving us crazy hair!

We weren't sure what Super Sam would think about it; he was a little guy. I don't like heights and was nervous but knew I couldn't let him know that. Have you ever had one of those parent moments where you knew you needed to be brave for your child only to find out they are braver than you? Erik chatted the pilots ear off asking any and every question he could. That's the intercom thing in his hand and he never passed it to anyone else. Fun times; i wish my boys were still this little.

Have a Happy Weekend!


Monday, July 22, 2013

Quite the Pear

In the interim of deciding on fabric for a quilt back I wanted to do a quick, fun project. I have made a number of tea towels in the past so opted to make another and a set of matching hot pad holders too. I have wanted to make a selvedge project for about forever so I brought my little bag of selvedges out. I have always loved selvedges but have only started saving them recently and my pile has been slow to grow. After this project I am addicted to selvedges and may have to resort to cutting the selvedges off before I use the fabric which I haven't done. I like to leave the selvedge until the fabric is scraps so I can recall the line it was from.

The tea towel is approximately 12x24". I used an apple template from a Mc Call's quilting magazine to cut the Architextures and muslin apple parts and applique to the linen. I love to hand stitch so embroidered a stem and around the apple as well as the seeds.

I backed it with a fun apple and pear print and finished it off with a running stitch around the edges.

For the hot pad holders I laid a hot pad holder I already had on top of the Insul-Bright to cut the pattern out then used that to cut the fabric. For the selvedge pad I used a quilt as you go method laying a small piece of fabric in one corner then laying a selvedge with 1/4" overlap and stitching down continuing up the pad flipping it over after each line of stitching to make sure the back was smooth. I used a few pins in the beginning to secure the Insul-Bright and backing together. I am linking up today with Better Off Thread for Sew Cute Tuesday where you can check out all sorts of cute projects!!
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sunday Stash: the Mostly Heather Ross Edition

 Kristy is hosting Sunday Stash this week so I am linking up as it was hard to resist her call to "flash your stash". I had pre-ordered a fat quarter bundle of Briar Rose from Amanda and she sent out the orders as soon as her fabric arrived as mine landed on my door step on Friday. I had to have this line due to the strawberries and will be making a quilt for my Strawberry Girl's new big girl bed. Amanda may be doing a quilt along for this beautiful quilt. I would love to make it but the thought of lining up all those points and y-seams is, well, kind of over-welming for me! I guess time will tell how if I take the challenge.



I have had the Swoon pattern for about 2 years now and have wanted to make a quilt for my bed but could not decide on fabric. I am usually a scrappy person and don't sew with 1 line of fabric but I wanted to make this quilt with one line. I decided on this Art Gallery line, Reminisce, a couple of weeks ago. When it arrived I wasn't quite sure if I liked it or not. On the computer screen it looked to have more coral and aqua than it has in real life so I am going to mix in some of those colors from my stash. We have a king size bed so I think I may need to add 1 more column than the pattern calls for. I am going to use Sketch in Mist for the background. I was inspired by how quickly Midge stitched her Swoon together (by the way, she has a give away going on right now). I am excited to start this quilt but I am going to make the Briar Rose and Fairy Tale quilts first.

Which is a good segue into this photo... I am getting help making my Fairy Tale quilt from my paper piecing bee mates in Wombat Stew . I am so excited about this quilt which will feature 12 fairy tales, two of which are Rapunzel and Princess and the Pea. I don't have the quilt back quite figured out yet but I have some fairy tale themed fabric to make the back with and added these 2 prints from Heather Ross @Spoonflower this past week. I have some sewing to do!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Cut It Out

For July Kristy's And Sew On block of the month features one of my most used tools, the rotary cutter and ruler. I think putting the rotary cutter together took me longer than it took to piece the rest of the block :) but it was still fun. Everything went together easily but there are a lot of small pieces. I goofed so my blade is balancing at the top of the handle. I will fix it but not today. Drives me crazy when i don't see mistakes like that until I am taking pictures. My real life rotary cutter is a yellow Olfa but paper piecing gives you the freedom to make things whatever colors you choose so I opted for one of the new aqua Olfa's. If you would like to try this pattern for yourself it is available in Kristy's Craftsy shop through July for free. Today I am linking up with her paper piecing party where you can check out all kinds of fun projects!! Have a fun weekend!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Field Study Quilt Top




                                                             

My sewing time this past week was dedicated to stitching together my Field Study quilt top which is now finished. Now I need to go to the store to purchase some fabric for the backing. I have some of the Field Study linen and have cut blocks to make a column and plan to have a thin strip of solid on one side of the column and then most of the solid on the other side to complete the width of the quilt. My plan is to make the backing then baste the quilt and set it aside and do the quilting later as this will be a Christmas present {since I didn't complete it on time for a birthday gift}. I have 2 other quilts I want to work on: Briar Rose and my  Fairy Tale quilt.

Quilting is such a long process! I rewarded myself for finishing the quilt top by doing a small project. I made a summer tea towel and plan to make a couple of hot pad holders to match. It felt good to start and complete a project in a couple of hours!! Well, almost complete.. i just need to hand stitch around the tea towel to close the opening. I hope this Wednesday finds all of your works in progress running smoothly!! I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced where I love to visit to see what everyone is up to!!
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

WIP: Field Study

I have been working on my Field Study quilt little bit by little bit. I cut it. Marked it. Stitched it. Cut some more. Pressed it. All of that has resulted in a big pile of half square rectangles. {I started with 7x10 rectangles and used this tutorial}
Now to decide if I want triangles,

Diamonds,

or a scrappy chevron?

What do you think? Linking up with Freshly Pieced. There are always so many fun Works in Progress there! 
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Monday, July 8, 2013

Bee Blocks and Basketball



This month for our Cheer Circle of do.Good Stitches Claire asked us to make 2 blocks using  this tutorial from Badskirt.

The first block took me awhile to do as I had to keep looking at the directions.

The second block took about an hour as I didn't need to refer to the directions. It is a really fun block to make and allows for a lot of variation. I am looking forward to seeing how the quilter puts them altogether.

In other news our trampoline has been getting quite a work out. We had a trampoline when the boys were younger but it has been a few years that we have been without one. We bought another to use as an excess energy burner for our 3 year old but knew that all the kids would enjoy it. I thought the girls would get the most use.
It seems the boys have been enjoying it as much as the girls have. I had to laugh when I noticed Sam going to the backyard to jump every night and apparently the boys have been having epic basketball wars. Who knew!? It's always fun to see kids play no matter how big they get :). Hope your week is off to a fun start!!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Flashback Friday: Th Fourth of July Edition and a Bitty Berry



Today I am linking up with Kristy's Paper Piecing Party. After I finished my strawberry pillow earlier this week I wanted to see if i could make a bitty berry just for fun (fyi the blocks in my pillow were 6x6 finished; bitty berry is 3 1/4x 3 3/4 unfinished). I shrank a simpler version of the strawberry that Kristy made me that only had 3 leaves. I like how it turned out and will probably make a pencil pouch for my Strawberry girl with it. Kristy has the strawberry pattern available in her Craftsy shop. The sweet gingham fabric was from my friend Jola. I love the small scale of the print and i don't think I have seen anything like it here in the States. You can check out what others are paper piecing here. Kristy is sharing the amazing Rapunzel block she made for my Fairy Tales quilt.

Yesterday here in the U.S. we celebrated the 4th of July. Fireworks are against the law where I live due to fire hazard but the city always puts on a pretty spectacular fireworks show. Looking through my photos I do not take many photos on the 4th of July. We usually have a relaxing day at home swimming then go over to a friend's home in the evening for food, fun, and fireworks. Wishing you a fun weekend!

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

WIP Wednesday: "Being Sweet Keeps Me Out of Jams" Cushion


I love strawberries and have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Briar Rose.  I am planning a quilt to make with Briar Rose and was wanting to add some paper pieced strawberries for the quilt back. Sweet Kristy kindly made me a cute strawberry pattern and I had to give it a trial run before Briar Rose arrives so I made myself a cushion.

I thought this would be a quick project but with summer in full swing here and the kids out of school there has not been much time for sewing so it took me much longer than I had anticipated. As well as the strawberry pattern Kristy also sent along a sweet berry blossom pattern, too. :)

I love both of these patterns and they will see a lot of use. (Thanks Kristy!!) My favorite combo lately has been brights with a low volume background and I do love text prints. For the quilting I went a 1/4 inch along the vertical and horizontal block seams and then on the diagonal as well just for fun. I backed it with a Michael Miller strawberry print.
In between sewing berries I marked half of my rectangles for my Field Study quilt.

They are pinned together (a Field Study print to an Essex linen rectangle) but I need to do the same for the other half of rectangles. I am ready to move full steam ahead on this project now. I am linking up with Freshly Pieced where there are all kinds of awesome projects to check out. 
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Monday, July 1, 2013

And Sew On Block of the Month: June

It is hard to believe it is already July! I am a little late in getting my June block done and Kristy has already posted the new block for July (which looks like a fun one too!). For the June block "Hand Stitching" I decided to go out to the picnic table in the back yard to sew up some hexagons. My favorite thing about this block is that it has a few of my friends in it! There's a .little piece of Kristy (the sew, sew, sew fabric on the cup), Amy (the Lecien deer print), and Nicole (the Cloud Nine cloud print). I had told Nicole how much I love the cloud print when she used it in a project so when we did a scrap swap she very sweetly put in some of the cloud print too. As always Kristy's block of the month is free for the month so you might want to head to her Craftsy shop to grab her block for July. She also has some awesome Star Wars Lego blocks for free as well as Wonder Woman lego block with more Super Heroes to come. Hope you are enjoying your summer (or winter for my Australian friends) and your week is off to a great start!! I need to run...baby is emptying every drawer and pulling out all my scrapbook supplies as I am typing this up. Happy Monday! :)