Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weekly Update

I've finished Parts 5 & 6 of Forget Me Not, a sew-along by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts.

I started sewing a couple of sections together on Around the Town by Dawna Baker.

I also did a little bit on the Feathers To and Fro afghan from Learn to Make Monk’s Cloth Afghans by Marilyn T. Magly.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cat and Mouse & Cord Keeper

I have got to stop doing blog hops. Each time I do one I end up with a new project! For her blog hop post, Lynn Zdon Provencher, The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads, wrote a tutorial for a very cute Cord Keeper to organize all those cords belonging to various gadgets. I just had to make one.



With my earbuds inside:

Also, on Sunday I finally finished Cat and Mouse, the August installment of the Block of the Month series by Deanne Eisenman of Snuggles Quilts.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Weekly Update

I finished Parts 3 & 4 of Forget Me Not, a sew-along by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts, a couple of days ago, but I haven't had time to blog about them until now.

I finally got some work done on Cat and Mouse, the August installment of the Block of the Month series by Deanne Eisenman of Snuggles Quilts. The piecing is a bit haphazard: we had thunderstorms last night, and since it wasn't advisable to plug in the iron I sewed all the seams I could without pressing.

I also got quite a bit of work done on Around the Town by Dawna Baker.

Finally, I bought everything I need to finish Batik Cascade except for the backing fabric, which I have on order. When that comes in, I'll get to work layering and quilting that project.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Weekly Update

I've started piecing my next quilt. It's Around the Town by Dawna Baker (I can't find a link for her). Here's what I have done so far.

The background fabric for the BOTM was delivered yesterday, but I'm out of Fray Check, so I can't wash it until after I go shopping.

So, the plan for this week is to go to the store tomorrow and buy supplies. Then, I need to put in a mail order for more supplies (mainly fabric). Friday, the next 2 parts of the sew-along should be posted, so I'll get started on those. On Saturday, I'll do laundry, then get to work on the August installment of the BOTM. Sunday, I'll collapse. :P

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Forget Me Not Sew-Along Parts 1 & 2 - Finished

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm participating in another sew-along. This one's by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts, and it's called Forget Me Not. It's a miniature quilt measuring 18"x27" and consisting of 12 blocks. Pam plans to post 2 blocks each week. Parts 1 & 2 were posted this past Friday.

Pam offered a kit for this project, but I opted to use fabrics from my stash. However, I did cheat a bit on the color choices by using a color-themed batik scrap bag.

So, here are my first 2 blocks, hand pieced as usual. I finished them this morning.

I got a bit of a surprise when I started cutting the fabric for these blocks. I have a glitch in my brain that makes measurements of any kind meaningless to me; I can't determine distance, length, volume, time, etc., unless I actually measure it. So, when planning for this quilt, I read the finished size, the block size, and the fabric requirements and it still didn't dawn on me how tiny the individual patches would end up being (The smaller triangles in the first block are only 1 1/8"!) until I actually started marking and cutting the fabric.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Weekly Update - First Quilt Top Done!

Yay!!!! I finished my very first quilt top!!!!

*grabs the nearest person and does the dance of joy*


And here it is: Batik Cascade (Batik Go-Round) designed by Karen Combs and hand pieced by Yours Truly!


If I'm this excited now, you can just imagine what I'll be like when I get it quilted and bound. :D

Deanne Eisenman of Snuggles Quilts has posted the August installment of her Block of the Month series, Cat and Mouse. I started cutting the pieces, but unfortunately I didn't have enough background fabric. I've got some more on order, but it doesn't come in until next Tuesday.

Anyway, here's what I did get done.

So, the plan is to start piecing my next quilt tonight. Tomorrow, the other sew-along I plan to participate in is supposed to start. Then, after I get paid next week, I need to head to the store and buy some of the supplies that I need to finish Batik Cascade and then order the rest. After that, I'll have to wash the background fabric for Cat and Mouse and get going on it. Looks to be a busy week.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Weekly Update

I've been bitten by the quilting bug, and I've got it bad. I'm still working on Batik Cascade and the BOTM, but I've just decided to join another sew-along which starts late next week, I've got 3 more quilts planned, I have a kit I haven't started, and I have 2 sets of novelty fabric that I need to design quilts for which will probably make at least 3 more quilts. So that's a total of at least 10 projects and I've yet to finish my first quilt top. Good grief! I'm having fun, though. :)

Speaking of that first quilt top, I got another row finished on Batik Cascade (Batik Go-Round) by Karen Combs and started on the next.

That makes 10 rows done and just 3 more left to do. I plan to go ahead and start quilting it right away, but I'll have to order backing fabric and buy batting and quilting thread first which I won't be able to do until after next paycheck, and I hope to have it finished before then. So, I'll probably start piecing the next quilt while I'm waiting. I washed and ironed some of the fabric for that one today, so I'll be set to go when I finish piecing Batik Cascade.

Don't worry, this isn't turning into a quilting blog. I'll wake up some morning and decide I need a break from quilting and get back to my other projects. In the meantime, I'm up to my eyeballs in fabric and loving it. ;)