Friday, September 30, 2011

Honey Honey Quilt

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Months ago, my in-laws asked me to make a quilt to add to a care package for a dear friend's youngest daughter, who is fighting cancer.  They all chipped in on the fabric, and voila.

I used Tula Pink's Honey Honey pattern.

I love how bright and cheery it is.  The quilting is pretty dense, I wanted it to be able to hold up to washings.

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The back is a super soft pink minky, which I folded over for the binding.

A couple of notes -

The pattern was pretty clear, but I had a lot of the fabric for the centers left over.  Luckily, they're cut at 2 1/2" so I was able to unpick the sewing and add them to my scraps.

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Minky fabric sucks.
It bunches and pulls and doesn't lie flat.
I'm sure there are tricks to working with it, but I don't know any of them.
It'll be awhile before I do that again.

Overall, I like how it turned out!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Since we've moved I haven't started any big new projects.
My sewing closet is overflowing with almost completed tops, tops waiting to be sandwiched, and blocks waiting to be set into tops.

I've told myself I need to make a dent in getting them completed before I can move on to starting a new big quilt.  That hasn't stopped me from playing with little toppers and runners, but I refuse to start anything big until I get most of these done.

closet o tops 

 Here's my list of tops that are hanging in the closet:

  • Grandma's Vase of Love - This one's been gifted and she loves it.  She gave it back to me so I could add a sleeve for hanging....
  • Baby Boy Quilt - 1/2 quilted.  I've never blogged about this one...It was to be for a friend's new baby, but the baby was born in he's now... oh... 6 months old?
  • String X's  - yup.  top done. not quilted.
  • One-Patch - a quilt made from 2" scrap squares, that I use as leaders and enders.  It's still in progress...
  • Verna Runner - A super cute spring runner I made from verna scraps that a Fabric Fairy sent me.  Waiting to be sandwiched.
  • Please Don't Eat the Flowers - A runner of my own design that I hope to share with you, soon.   I think it would make an awesome Christmas project....
  • Crazy Mom Quilts Round and Round Quilt Along - I actually worked on it a bit a couple of weeks ago.  I'm at the last step...
  • Carolina Christmas Two - A Quiltville Mystery from 2 years ago.  It made enough blocks for two smaller quilts, the first one has been done and gifted, this one is just waiting to be sandwiched.
  • Around the World - A mixed flannel/cotton top.  Waiting for sandwiching.
  • Cool Braids - I've got the braids as long as I want them.  I've trimmed one....

That makes 10 Works in Progress.

Haven't worked on any of those this week.

I did work on Stella's Quilt.  It's an original design that I'm very proud of.
I'm hand sewing the binding on... ALMOST done!!!

stellas binding

I'm linking up to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September Block Lotto Blocks

Join me on the Block Lotto Blog

This month's blocks are batik curved rails.  Here's the link to the directions and guidelines. 

A simple block made by stacking the pieces and drawing with the rotary cutter.

I pulled and washed my fabrics way back at the beginning of the month.

Then they sat.
Curves scare me.
To death.

So I waited.  and waited.

Then, suddenly it was the end of the month, and I still hadn't made the blocks.

So last night I bit the bullet and did it.
They turned out just fine.
I still don't like curves, but they turned out nicely.

block lotto septmeber

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Ten Years Ago

Ten years ago today, surrounded by family and friends, Josh and I were married.

I can hardly believe it's been that long.
It tends to blur together, in a very happy way.

In the last 10 years, we've:
Owned 8 different vehicles
Moved 4 times
(I'm never moving again)
Had 3 kids
Both of us went back to school
(I finished an Associates degree)
(He completed Bachelor's degree)
Endured a decade of Nutcracker tours apart
Burned numerous dinners
Gone to breakfast more times than I can count

We've had our rough spots,
we've never gone to bed mad or upset
and neither one of us has ever slept on the couch.

Tonight we'll happily enjoy leftover pizza and a movie with the kids, who will be totally excited to tell us all about they're first day of school.

Our life is good.

and it's only gonna get better.