Sunday, July 21, 2013

Making a List

Since I seem to have misplaced my crafty muse lately, I thought I would make myself a list of things I need to accomplish by Christmas or before. I may regret it..... *wink*

1. Sash/Square up and quilt donated blocks for the Moore Oklahoma tornado victims. (As soon as they arrive)

2. An English Paper Piecing project for a friend. (By September)

3. Two memory quilts for a friend who lost her husband last year.

4. At least four more NICU quilts. (I'd like to get more done if possible)

5. Finish up all BOMs that are currently ongoing.
     A. Paper pieced
     B. Traditional
     C. Deck-Ade the Halls
     D. Bea's Sampler

6. A Cover/Stand for my tablet pc.

7. Baste and quilt a vintage quilt top for my cousin.

8. A few dresses along for my Little Klaire.

9. Maybe some pants and appliqued shirts for LMW

(The following need not be done by Christmas, but they are long over due)

10. Paint my tv cabinet

11. Paint an old end table my father made for me

12. Sand and refinish the top of my dining table

13. Make new bedding for myself

14. Repaint my front door. (Ugh!! This is WAYYYY overdue)

15. Reorganize my craft/sewing closet. You take your life in your hands when you open the door....

 It always helps me to make a list and it gets me motivated. So, maybe I can start marking through these things.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Overdue Finish

I finally finished a long overdue NICU quilt. This was made from gorgeous flannel fabric I won from Sharon at Vrooman's Quilts. The fabric is "Wild Ones" from Connecting Threads.
I love the color palette and it's so soft. I have enough left to make another baby quilt and it's in the works already.
Because the colors are so vibrant, I wanted to do a simple pattern. I feel that the fabric is better showcased this way.

Thank you Sharon!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Hot Springs Area Quilt Guild

My quilting buddy Janice, our new friend Cheryl and I all took a little drive to Hot Springs last Friday to attend a quilt show. My very first one!! I enjoyed it so much. One, well because I'm quilt obsessed...but two because it afforded me the pleasure of spending time with two like minded friends. I'm amazed that we never ran out of things to talk about. *grin*

Anyway, this is where we went. And this will be a photo heavy post, so be warned.... *wink* I'll make them smaller and you can click on them to view the full size photo if you like.
We Ooohed and Aaaahhhed constantly as we looked at all the beautiful quilts. And we spent quite a bit of time searching out perfect fabrics for Cheryl's next project. I bought one little fat quarter but could have spent a fortune. All that fabric, all those tools....well, you get the idea.
Here are a few of the lovely quilts we viewed.
 One of the first ones we saw and of course it caught my eye due to having a grandson on the brain most of the time. LOL.

  Loved the variegated thread in the quilting on this one!

 This star quilt inspired Janice and me to do something like it for one of our 2014 BOMs.

  Lovely colors and work.

 A lady standing beside us while we were viewing this quilt disliked it immensely. All she could see when she looked at it were swastikas.  Very disturbing.

 I love the idea of this quilt, even though I'm not big on black and white quilts. Love the design of it.

 Another star quilt. I feel drawn to them for some reason.

 The back of the star quilt above. Some of the quilting on these things were unbelievable.

 Lovely Christmas quilt.

 Kaleidoscope. I want to do one of these someday.

 More stars but an easier pattern I think. Love the orange around the edges that make a border unnecessary.

 Just look at the intricate quilting in these two photos.


 Gorgeous primary colors make this sampler pop. The quilting was all geometric shapes. Really fun.

 Wonderful Arkansas Razorback quilt. 

And last but not least of my photos..... This quilt isn't anything out of the ordinary at first glance. You automatically know it took a lot of work, but it was made from scraps with no real pattern except for the blocks themselves. 
 When we looked closer, and then read the description, we learned that the entire thing, from start to finish, was hand done. It took FIVE YEARS. We thought she deserved first place. None of the quilts we liked best won anything though. And we didn't get to see all of them. We got hungry and left to eat. We intended going back, but our feet hurt and Cheryl needed to get ready for work, so we left Hot Springs. 

An added bonus was that we saw some ladies we knew from Rison, and my sister's mother-in-law as well. I wonder how many others that we knew were there and we just missed them. It was a wonderful day.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bea Blocks for July

I'm doing Beaquilter's sampler quilt along and here are my second two blocks.
The Flying Geese were no trouble at all, but this was only the second star block I'd done and I admit to having a tiny bit of trouble with it. Not the actual putting it together, but I kind of got a little confused on the cutting. I must have misread the instructions or something. In any case, they are done and I'm almost caught up with everything.

I finished this little flouncy dress for Little Miss Klaire last night too. Can't wait to see if it comes anywhere close to fitting her. I made it a little larger than I thought she needed so she'd have something to grow into.
I've never done the little snaps in the crotch so that was a learning experience. I love the fabric. It's Fly a Kite by Riley Blake and I got it from Tonya at Ozark Fabrics and More Fun Stuff on Facebook. She also has a website. Fantastic prices!!

What did you do this weekend?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

It Is Finished....Finally!

After about 10 months of on and off again work, this summer quilt is finally on the bed.
I would have been finished long ago, but I did a ton of decorative stitching.
It has no batting, I just used lightweight flannel for the backing. I didn't bind the edges, I just folded them over and hemmed them. Saved time and it was much easier.
A big shout out to Sharon who coached me on this a couple of times!! I'm very happy to be finished with this one. The man cave is good to go now....well, except for a new set of curtains... Ha.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Few Little Things

I finally finished my summer quilt. Yay Me!!! No pictures yet, but they are a comin'.

These are a few other things I've been doing.

A dress, inspired by the Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. I can't wait to see if it fits Klaire.
One of my two BOMs for July. A paper pieced star.
A pretty little paper pieced Goldfinch. It wasn't hard, but for some reason I kept having "issues" with it. I'm please at how it turned out though.
Tomorrow, I work on another little dress for Klaire. Stay tuned.