Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review | String Fling by Bonnie Hunter

I actually won a book during last week's Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting! It's called String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving It! by Bonnie Hunter.


If you don't recognize her name she is behind the latest piecing craze: Scrappy Trip Around the World. Here are my blocks for Do. Good Stitches this month - I am looking forward to doing a full value quilt with this pattern.


But before I go into the details of this book I want to give you full disclosure on my mess of a fabric scrap area... this Ikea Raskog cart has helped a little. I have a rubbermaid bin in the closet full of even more scraps. Having this cart close to my work area is important so I can quickly put away the scraps. Right now I organize by color in these very large ziploc bags. It's not the prettiest solution but for now it's working. The bottom shelf are my kits and fabric packs.


Since my cart is OVERFLOWING I need to do some kind of stash buster quilt! This book is my answer by using string foundation piecing. I haven't dived into yet but the directions look easy and look at all this inspiration!



And this one... I can picture something like this on our bed


Zuckerwatte [cotton candy] stole the show - always thinking of my niece who LOVES pink


I am sure you will be hearing more about this book and technique in the months to come since I need to get my fabric scraps under some kind of control! Thank you to Bonnie for the donation to our guild.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Joining a few others in WIP Wednesday - I will try to post all my WIPs, UFOs, Stash busters, stash builders [weak moment] and all kinds of projects. There may be some cross over to Weekend To-Do but remember how much I LOVE lists!

I am so excited to share my progress on the socks...this is a heel!!!


Took a quick sewing detour to whip up a plastic grocery bag holder. They were getting out of control in the pantry. I followed this tutorial. I had enough material to make another one and send to MIL!


My PJs were put on hold because I didn't have enough fabric and I was frantically looking for more. Finally found some but it was close! In the meantime, I pulled this UFO out - Patchwork Prism Quilt by Anna Maria Horner, be sure to watch her videos. I kind of strayed away from the values [which I regret now] but I am trying to make it work. I am also struggling with all the purple...not a huge purple fan so I am integrating some more teals and greens. This just shows me that I need to work on some more value projects.



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I did finish my cross stitch project and my friend loved it! Using the waste canvas was great but it is tedious when removing it - if you follow me on Instagram you probably saw the mess. I loved doing this project and plan on doing some more gifts, unfortunately for more friends that are going through this. It's all in memory of my good friend Dottie - miss her so much!



This post series is inspired by Freshly Pieced and linked up over there! 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Weekend To Do


It's stormy out so I am hoping for some inside time...
  • Dinner at Firehouse
  • P90X workouts - so I don't have to run in the rain
  • knitting
  • sewing

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Joining a few others in WIP Wednesday - I will try to post all my WIPs, UFOs, Stash busters, stash builders [weak moment] and all kinds of projects. There may be some cross over to Weekend To-Do but remember how much I LOVE lists!
  • Churchouse Mohair loop did not see the light of day
  • some quilting happened - not sure what it is; but I just can't figure out what I want to do on my AMH quilt
I am really enjoying knitting these socks! As you can tell I am SLOOOOW knitter. I usually knit at night while catching up on TV. Probably in the next day or so I will be tackling the heel.

Amaya's Poodle skirt turned into a Dachshund skirt - this was easy and fun to make. I used Simplicity pattern 5401.

Traced the pattern for my PJs. I don't cut the actual pattern - I use Sweedish tracing paper for this.

  Finally quilted the Rectangled Squared quilt and it is ready for the hand binding...

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I decided to cross stitch one of the patchwork heart pillow covers. This is my first time using waste canvas. This canvas allows you to cross stitch onto anything - here is a great tutorial from Wee Little Stitches. It's almost going to be like a reveal when I am finished with it! This will be for a friend that has survived Cancer. LOVE this pattern by Subversive Cross Stitch. It's exactly how I feel about Cancer.


Projects that are hanging out...

  • PJs for Amaya and Cole
  • UofO quilt
  • Piecing batting
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Helper | Amos

This is my little helper, shadow, cuddler, spooner, and biggest mommy fan in the house...

Amos

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Joining a few others in WIP Wednesday - I will try to post all my WIPs, UFOs, Stash busters, stash builders [weak moment] and all kinds of projects. There may be some cross over to Weekend To-Do but remember how much I LOVE lists!
  • Churchouse Mohair loop still in the bag
  • Again NO quilting happened.
I spent most of the week working on these patchwork hearts! My scrap bags are out of control so I just kept piecing...

Finally made a sewing machine cover for my Janome Horizon. This is the first time I have done piping. Which required a night trip to Montavilla Sewing Center for a piping foot. The zipper foot on the Janome is not shaped for piping. I love that Montavilla is close and open until 8PM!


I decided that three of my patchwork hearts will be pillows and one will be a mini quilt. Just need to do the envelope part on the two pink ones. One is going to my niece and the other one will be sent to a friend.

The red one is Kirk's Valentine's pressie :)

Have I told you about my newest endeavor? Cross stitch?? I have dabbled in the past doing very small projects. My friend AnnaRobyn does amazing cross stitch and after admiring her work for years I decided to dive in. Just learning with a few projects - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Kawaii Winter Wonderland and 2013 Monthly Woodland Sampler.


Socks have made little progress - especially since I had to frog one side. The lace pattern was not coming out right.  Still loving socks!

Projects that are hanging out...
  • Poodle skirt for Amaya
  • PJs for me
  • PJs for Amaya and Cole
  • UofO quilt
  • Piecing batting
This post series is inspired by Freshly Pieced and linked up over there! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ron Swanson Quilt | #1


This is Ron Swanson #1 quilt. #1 because I made two! This one was made for my good friend Mary; who is a HUGE fan of Parks and Recreation

The pattern and quilt along was created by Monica - check out the post here.


Here is my pieced back - yes, it's crooked. Need to work on that for the next one. Bacon fabric is by Timeless Treasures and my own design for the appliqued egg.


This has inspired me to do more with pixelated photos - maybe the dogs???

Monday, February 11, 2013

I heart you | patchwork heart

Inspired by this heart mini quilt and patchwork heart mini... I pulled out my red scraps bag and went to town. When I first did the measurements on this I wanted to make a pillow cover for a 20x20 insert [the ones from IKEA]. Now I am undecided what I want to do with this because it's so cute!

Finished is 16.5 x 16.5" without a border. The border would put me at about 19.5" square so perfect for the pillow insert. But maybe a mini quilt that I can hang? or the first block of a larger quilt? These are all great problems to have right?


Materials used:
red scraps
dark blue 100% linen

Measured:
20 - red blocks 3 1/8"
6 - dark blue blocks 3 1/8"
5 - red blocks 3 1/2"
5 - dark blue blocks 3 1/2"

The 3 1/2" blocks are for your HST - I am not going to go into details on how to do HST [half square triangles] since there are several great ones out there.

PS I Quilt
In Color Order

After you make your HSTs you should have 10 HSTs

Now all you need to do is layout out all the blocks to make up the heart shape, sew the blocks together to make rows and sew the rows together to make the patchwork heart.


TIP: I usually press my seams open; but on piecing like this where I need my points/seams to match up I press them to the side alternating each row. For me is seems to work out better this way. 

If you start today you could have this done in time for Valentine's Day!




Friday, February 8, 2013

Weekend To Do

Busy social weekend is starting today...
  • Dinner and movie with a great group of friends tonight. Fire on the Mountain for wings and Identity Thief for hopefully the laughters!
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Dinner & Auction. Still trying to figure out what I am going to wear. Whatever it is, it is going to require spanx. Thank you for all the proxy bids!
  • Family dinner at my mom's
  • I was sidetracked this week with a fun heart piecing so I am hoping to get some quilting finished over the weekend

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Our Lady of Lourdes | Auction Quilt 2013

This is this years quilt for my niece's class at Our Lady of Lourdes. While not as intricate as last years - I think this one definitely has more of the kids work. They hand dyed all of their fabrics! As I was working with it all I wanted was yardage of it.

I quilted this one in a freehand scallop and it washed up so nice and crinkly. There was also enough hand dyed fabric for the binding.

The only fabric that wasn't hand dyed was the fabric on the back... With some of the extra scraps I made an extra block for the back - sunrise over water.

The auction is this Saturday the 9th - if you would like a chance at winning this quilt you can still place a bid by proxy. Just contact Kristina Wuest via email at kwuest@lourdesvan.org

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Joining a few others in WIP Wednesday - I will try to post all my WIPs, UFOs, Stash busters and even stash builders [weak moment] all kinds of projects. There may be some cross over to Weekend To-Do but remember how much I LOVE lists!
  • Churchouse Mohair loop sat untouched
  • Drawstrings bag were made - still more to do
  • No quilting happened. period.
  • But! I did make the back for the Ron Swanson #2 quilt
  • Cut up my quilt labels
  • I have two toes knitted and working on the lace pattern
  • Hopefully found the ultimate seam ripper
  • Loving these Clover chaco marker and they have refills!
Can't believe that I spend the day at Fabric Depot and didn't even buy ANY fabric - whew. But I did finish some smaller projects!

This post series is inspired by Freshly Pieced and linked up over there!