Wednesday, May 30, 2012

It's Wednesday Again..

Time for another Work in Progress Wednesday post!


The family tree quilt is quilted and the binding is about half done!  I bind when watching TV so I will get it done sometime this week.

Christmas Quilt:
I have cut out all of the neutral background fabric and set aside the fat quarters I will be using in the quilt . I also pieced all of the ornament tops and finished one block!  I am hoping to get another block or two done this week.

Dad's Table Toppers:
The tops are pieced, I need to figure out how to quilt them. Any advice?  I have lots of scraps so I was thinking of making a matching pillow or two.

Kitchen Accessories in Vintage Modern:  I ordered fabric over the weekend (I was waiting for some Memorial day sales) and it should be here later this week so I can get started!

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Cover: I am working on an adorable patchwork stand mixer cover pattern an I hope to have it finished soon!

Tradewinds is on the back burner, but I hope to make a quilt pattern for it soon!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Weekend Update

I am starting a new feature on my blog today, Weekend Update!  Starting on Sunday afternoon you can link up your weekend projects from flickr or your blog!  Add any sewing or crafting project that you were able to work on this weekend that you want to share with others!  

The rules (very simple)!

1.  Write a blog post or post a picture in your flickr account sharing what you accomplished over the weekend and link up using the link party below. Sewing, crafting, and cooking posts allowed! 
2. Grab my button and place it on your blog or in your post.
3. Visit a few other blogs and comment (we all love comments).
4. Linky party will be open Sunday afternoon (2 pm CST or thereabouts) to Tuesday afternoon (2 pm CST).

Now I want to update you on what I have done this weekend!

I worked on some projects for my mother.  They are table toppers for some tables in my mom and dad's office. I finished up piecing the tops, all thats left is quilting and binding!

I also started my Vintage Holiday Christmas Quilt. I will share more later this week but here is a sneak peak at my first block.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you all so much for participating in my giveaway!  I started with just over 50 followers and now I have 100!  I hope you all stick around and follow me on my sewing and crafting adventures!

So Mr. Random picked
 and the Winner is

I will email Melissa and let her know she won!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have had a very productive week.

In Progress:

Tradewinds Quilt:

Top is done! Take a look, I love that someone dared me to use something other than white.  I love it.     It will go onto the back burner for awhile.  I need to decide on a backing and binding and figure out how much I need.  Any advice?  Anyone of the prints in the quilt is probably available!

Family Tree Quilt:

The top is I think done.  I am satisfied and I am ready to get quilting.  I got my backing in the mail this morning so I just need to get moving!

Granny Squares:

I am working on cutting into more fabrics so I can add to my scrap pile!  I have many more blocks to get too!

Planning Stages:

Christmas Quilt: Fabric is in for the blocks, so I can get started soon!

Dad's Table Toppers: My mom gave me the fabric and I have the measurements.  I need to put it all on graph paper and figure out all the cuts.

Kitchen Accessories:  I am going to use Vintage Modern to make some kitchen accessories to revamp my kitchen.  I didn't realize it, but I am drawn to Vintage Modern and my house has the same color scheme.  I have grey walls in the dinning/living area, light blue wall and tile in the kitchen, and some splashes of red.  My kitchen is mostly modern, so the Vintage Modern will be a perfect compliment.   So the list is (and may grow) table runner, placemats, napkins, stand mixer cover, and hot pads.

Good Fortune:  I have some great fat quarters, scraps, and a charm pack.  I have an idea or two for  a pattern.  I need to figure it all out and start working.


This weekend I went to my parent's house in Houston for a visit.  Claire tried to get in the pool at 7 am, but we were able to distract her until 9 on Saturday and 8 on Sunday.  We had a great time and visited the local fabric shop while we were there.

I picked up some good fortune to do with the rest of my fat quarters.

My mom was going to work on some table toppers for my dad's office.  She hasn't gotten around to it, so I volunteered to do it.

I  also came home with tons of veggies from my mom's garden!

Then I came home to find a box full of Vintage Modern!

I can't wait to cut into it to make some goodies for my kitchen and a Christmas quilt!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Giveaway Day


Today is Giveaway Day at Sew, Mama, Sew and I am joining in and giving away four fat quarters from my stash.  I had plans for these, but I have so many projects on my list so I am giving them away to you!

The Rules:

To Enter:

1. You must be a follower of my blog and leave one comment that tells me if you are a dog or cat lover (or both or whatever pet it by your side)!

2. For an extra entry you can go over and like my Facebook page!

Fine Print:
1. The giveaway is open until May 25, 5pm PST.
2.  I will email the winner by May 27th and post the winner in a giveaway post.
3. You must either leave an email address or have an email linked in your blogger profile (no reply bloggers are disqualified if they do not leave an email address).
4. The fat quarters will be shipped by June 1st.
5. The giveaway is only open to those in the USA, I will NOT ship internationally.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Work In Progress Wednesday

I have had a very productive week despite having a cold.  Laying in bed was a great place to embroider the names and make the leaves for my family tree quilt.  The family tree is coming along very nicely.

My mom bought me a layer cake of Tradewinds by Lily Ashbury.  The colors and patterns are beautiful.  I decided to do a mosaic type quilt to showcase the patterns and colors.  Yesterday I broke out the layer cake and started cutting and putting it up on my design wall.

The elephants were off center, so I decided to make them into stars to make them pop.  I can't wait to start sewing it all together!

Finally, a peak at the progress of my Bingo card.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Family Tree Progress Week 1

It has been one week since I started the family tree quilt.  On Saturday morning the quilt looked like this:

And this afternoon it looks like this:

I may add a few more background leaves but I won't make that decision until I add all of the family names onto the tree.  I am really pleased and can't wait to give it to my husband's grandparents in a month!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

May Block of the Month

I love the first of the month when the Amy Gibson adds to her block of the month series on  I worked on the blocks last weekend and showed them off a little already.  Here are the wonky log cabins, the blocks for May.

The blocks were easy and relaxing to complete.  The quilt is coming along nicely and we are half way there!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy

I love  I ordered fabric Saturday afternoon and it was in my mailbox Tuesday afternoon.  This is the first time I have ordered from Fat Quarter Shop and I am very pleased.  I was worried about my fabric because of the rain, but my order came sealed in a plastic bag!

I opened the package and I loved my fabric choices.  The brown and greens are for the family tree quilt and the blue is for my Tradewinds quilt.

I cut right into the brown and started the tree.  I cut up my template and placed it on the fabric and cut roughly a quarter inch around it.  Then I turned the edges under, pressed, spray basted, and straight stitched it onto the background. I worked in sections and went very slowly.  The process took about 3 hours start to finish.  I didn't worry about it being perfect because trees are not perfect.

I also started in on the leaves.  The leaves were cut using my Cricut and I started wrapping them in fabric and basting them. My husband write out all of the names and I started embroidering.

Here is the quilt this morning with one branch of leaves sewn on.  I will add the name leaves after I am finished with all of the background leaves.

Today I was able to sew three buttons onto my Bingo card!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Work In Progress Wednesday

I have made a lot of progress this week on several projects.

I finished my two blocks of the month for my class.

Family Tree Quilt- The background has been put together, the tree is cut out and appliqued on, and the leaves are being cut out and hand embroidered.  I thought I had until July 16th, but the anniversary party for my husband's parents is June 16th.  I have to get moving.

Tradewinds Quilt- My mom bought me a layer cake and my sashing fabric came in the mail today. I have a plan, but it will have to wait until the family tree is completed.

Granny Squares Quilt-  I have 8 blocks of the estimated 42 needed.  I may sneak in a few blocks here and there while working on my family tree quilt.

May for Me Bingo-  I am not doing very well but I am having fun!

I also finished up a little something for my mom for mother's day! No pictures so I don't spoil the gift!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Day 2 of The Family Tree

Today I dragged my daughter to a local quilt shop to pick out some background fabrics.  I settled on a light blue for the sky and Wildflowers for the ground.

I folded over the top edge of the wildflower and did a blanket stitch to applique it onto the backing.  I put the tree template back on to see how it is going to look.

Now I am waiting on my package from to finish up the tree and start on the leaves.  Tomorrow I will cut out some paper leaves using my Cricut to make templates.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Family Tree Quilt-Planning Stages

My husband's grandparents are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this summer and we wanted to do something special for them.  I wanted to make a family tree quilt representing all of the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in the family. My husband loved the idea and my father in law decided to help by pitching in some money for the materials.

The hardest part is trusting myself to select good fabrics and then draw the tree.  I jumped in this morning, purchased a roll of craft paper and drew the tree.  I cut it out and placed it on my design wall.

It is white on white, so it is hard to see, but you should be able to make out the six branches, one for each child. After I had the tree, I went to to select some fabrics.  They are having an awesome sale right now (20% off with a coupon code I found at, plus free shipping on purchases over $40.

I selected Moda Marbles in Green Apple for the leaves that will have embroidery on them.

Then I selected Moda Marbles in Shamrock for the filler leaves.
 Finally, I selected Little Gatherings in Walnut by Moda for the tree.

I am still searching for the background though.  I want a light blue for the sky.  My first choice is a light/blue batik in extra wide (108") so there are no seams and is cheaper than piecing a background.  For the ground, I would like a wildflower or blue bonnet  print to add some color. 

If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.  I plan to make a trip to one of the local quilt shops in Austin tomorrow to see if I can settle on the backgrounds.    

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day!

Today is the first day of May and I can't believe we are already into the 5th month of the year.  I have neglected my sewing machine and I have gotten back in the groove the last few days.  I have finished up several granny squares, 6 total so far.  Only 35 to go.

Today was the start of May for Me Bingo!  If you created a card, don't forget to check in on the items called. 20 are being called each day!  Today I was lucky and got 2 spots covered.  Maybe I will win a prize.


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