Spoolin' Around

Spoolin' Around

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Friday Finish...Yay!

This is the first time I have had a Friday finish in forever!! It helps that it is a small quilt top. It only measures 39x35, but I am smitten with it.
 After I finished all the hearts and put the rows together, I felt that it needed a border of the pink. There wasn't enough pink! So I added a 2 1/2 inch border and I am happy with that.
 I am going to bind it with a medium blue to bring out the flowers and also to give it a proper place for the eye to stop since the pink is so pale.
 I really love this fabric. It all started last week before Valentine's Day, but I am crushing on heart quilts right now.
And I am piecing all the scraps from the hearts to add to the back. I was inspired by Amanda Jean's new book.
Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love is Love is Love

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. I have been working so hard getting the house ready to sell, that I decided to give myself today off. I have done the dishes and made the bed, but the rest of my day has been spent sewing. I am working on a couple of projects using Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew's heart pattern. One is a small quilt and the other is more of a long term project.

 I started out using two fabrics from the Paperie line by Amy Sinibaldi. I love all the sweet prints in this line, but these hearts are my favorite and I have been trying to use them for almost a year now.
 I made four of them to see how I liked them. I wanted to see how they looked together on the wall.
 And I must say, my favorite part is where these little words show up. I did not fussy cut. This is totally random.
Then I tried something different. I left the top and bottom border strips off a couple to see how it would look off set every other row. I loved it! Sew that is how I am going with it now. I hope to have it finished soon to show you.
 These are the hearts that started the whole thing. I pulled a few 5 inch squares out of my red scrap bin and began to make these.
I don't really know where I am going with this right now, but I see it as a long term project. I want to use lots of other colors as well as the red, and I am thinking about trying out some other solids for the borders as well. I would like to end up with a big quilt eventually.
And lastly, these lovelies have sprung up in my yard. 80 degrees last Sunday coaxed them out. I do love an early spring. Have a great day and I'll see you soon.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Little Bit of Sewing

I haven't had much time the last two weeks, but this week I got to sew a bit. Yay me! I am trying to keep myself from going crazy here with all the house stuff and work. Sewing soothes me in a way not much else does. I know there are those of you who feel the same way. So this is what's going on:

 This is my little Village from the Penny Sampler Quilt. I had such fun picking the fabrics. I had a few others picked out, but as usual, the fabrics led me to this. Some of the ones I thought would work just didn't seem right when I put them up there. So my village is done.
 This is my mitten all sketch stitched to a golden yellow Dimple Dot fabric. It is backwards. The thumb is supposed to be on the right. But I am leaving it this way. I see no reason to change it.
 This is my clover all sketch stitched to a solid coral. I found that I really like this method of applique. And this completes the February lesson for the Penny Sampler. I am still happy I chose the 12 month class, because I know I will have very little time to sew as the move gets closer. And then my machines will be on a moving van for awhile. So sometime in May-ish, I will have to buckle down and catch back up.
This is the block from Amy Gibson's block along that is following her new book, Quilt Block Cookbook. I bought the book before she announced the block along, and I don't intend to do every block. She is doing a block a week. But I really liked this one. I had a bit of trouble figuring out the paper piecing, but Jennifer Mathis from Ellison Lane has a You Tube video that is pretty good and it helped me out a lot.
Have a great weekend and I hope to see you back here soon.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A few mMinutes to Play

I spent all of last week painting, laying floors caulking etc. I only had a few minutes here and there to play with my fabric and I am missing it terribly I have to say. I am waiting for the new month of the Penny Sampler which should be out today. I can't wait to have something else to work on in my "spare" time.

So last week I was looking for something to do in this little block of time and I have long wanted to make a pineapple block. Maybe more than one, but I had never tried it. I did not want to paper piece. I googled it and much to my surprise and delight (pineapple delight!) Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts had a tutorial from a couple of years back!

Hers is a scrappy (surprise!) version so that is where I started. I have not packed my scraps and most of my fabrics yet. I made it this far, but stopped because I decided that I didn't really like the combination I had going. I love the scrappy idea, but with so much else going on, I really didn't have time to start digging through everything. When I sew scrappy, I make quite the mess looking for just the right pieces. So next, I tried something else.
I pulled two fat quarters off the shelf and added the contrasting block in the center. I really liked this. I plan to keep playing with both of these ideas and create a pineapple quilt for myself. I love the technique and practice makes perfect so more practice for me.

Happy Wednesday. Halfway through the week!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What's Happening Here?

I wish I was just sewing  along and taking pictures, but I am moving in a few months, so there is lots going on that has nothing to do with sewing. But, to keep me from losing my mind, I am getting to do a little sewing. I want to keep in touch here while all this is going on too.

Before I show you what's happening here, I just want to comment on something. I was reading blogs this morning, which is my version of reading the morning paper. I follow many blogs on Bloglovin', but there are others I follow because I bookmarked them way back in the day or I see them on someone's side bar and click over.

So many of them are gone now. Well, they are still there, but no posts for a year or sometimes 2 years. I know Instagram has changed things a lot, but I felt so sad this morning for some I hadn't thought about in such a long time. They used to share great projects and bits of family life. I get it. Life changes. But I haven't found any new blogs lately that can take the place of them. It just makes me sad. It's like when your favorite TV show is cancelled. Okay, that's it. All I'm gonna say about it.

Here is what's happening here:

 This is the small quilt made from block #40 in Amy Gibson's Quilt Block Cookbook. I selected this block, one of my favorites, to make a small quilt that I could work on between packing and all the other moving chaos. Here, the blocks are done.
 Here, I was trying to decide if I wanted to sash them, rather that just put them side by side. I stuck a few up on the design wall on top of the blue gingham that makes up the corners. It totally changes the look, but it wasn't what I was going for.
So here they are, all sewn together and I really like this version. The blocks are 12 inches finished, so this is 36 inches square. I have decided to put a 2 inch border around it, in white. I just want to frame it up a bit. Then, we will think about how to quilt it. I think a combination of hand and machine quilting.
 Now the other project I have is Penny Sampler. I chose this as a great skill builder for me, but also because I can take the 12 month version and not get overwhelmed when we are in the throes of moving. The four hearts block has been hand appliqued since this picture was taken.
 And while waiting for the second lesson for February 1st, I worked ahead and prepared two more appliques using a different method. Now I am trying them out on backgrounds to see what works for me. I love my mitten and I think this golden yellow dimple dots fabric is perfect for it.
I know this is sideways, but this is my clover applique, sitting on a piece of coral colored Kona. I don't remember the exact name. But I like the way it shows the clover off. Both of these will be appliqued next month.
 And here, I am trying out some other fabrics for different parts of the Penny Sampler. Just trying to see what plays well together. I think this is going to end up very colorful, but hopefully, not too busy.
Last shot with most of the elements in place so far. Yup, I'm liking it and enjoying the as we go method whenever time permits. I know it's going to get way crazier here soon. I will continue to sew until they make me pack up my sewing room. It will be the last thing to go, I'm sure. Have a great week.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Working on My Penny Sampler

I am taking the 12 month Penny Sampler class from Rachel at Stitched in Color. So far I am loving it. I took this class because I knew that even after more than 20 years of quilting, I had much to learn and I love to learn new things about my favorite creative endeavor. I was not wrong.

The first thing about this class is picking your fabrics and your colorways. There are so many elements to this quilt that it is much more challenging than most quilts. I have fabrics everywhere.

 These are on my design wall. I want to use reds, blues and yellows, as well as some pale backgrounds which I don't have yet. They are on order and with the recent weather, I don't know how soon I will see them. We have had no mail delivery since Friday.
 This is the stack on my desk. Very primary looking. I also have some greys pulled as possible low volume background pieces for some applique.
 Another stack on the ironing board. Thinking about all the blue possibilities for this quilt. Nothing is certain yet.
             And still more...

 First up was the two heart applique pieces. I found my heart fabrics, but was searching for background. I need to make as much of this from stash as I can. That is really giving me a work out. I loved this background fabric, but the lighter hearts disappeared on it. I stared at it for two days.
 The single heart on this lime green I loved immediately. I can see that there will be trial and error on this quilt a lot until I really get going, and I am okay with that. This is an exercise to help me to grow.
So I went ahead with the applique on the green and it is resting on my design wall next to this navy blue for right now. Just checking out the possibilities.

Then I found this piece of coral sketch fabric and put the four hearts on here. Much better, but not sewn on yet until I look at it for a few days. But I think it may be a go. Now I must get back to painting and getting the house ready to sell. More sewing later this week, I hope.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Last Post of 2016-What I'm Working On

So another year has come and gone. A tough one, to be sure, but I am trying to keep everything in perspective. Ever the optimist, I have hope for the future. I want 2017 to be a good year for me and for everyone else too. This new year will be bringing big life changes for me.

I will be retiring. I just can't physically handle the work any more after the cancer and the treatments to get rid of it. I am moving...clear across the country! I am leaving my beloved North Carolina behind and going where weather is milder...Southern California. It will be hard to leave, especially since my children and grandchildren are all here, but that's what airplanes are for, right?

I will be able to sew so much more and I want to continue to create. So, that said, in the midst of all the chaos of moving I am doing two things. I signed up for Rachel Hauser's Penny Sampler class. I am taking the 12 month version. I figure if I get behind in the beginning of the year, I can catch up later. I want to push myself and this class looks like it will do that.

The other thing I am doing is working on assembling a new small quilt for the holidays next year.

 I bought this book awhile back and I am not really into buying many books these days, but this is a great basics book. There are 50 blocks in this book. It gets my creative mind working. (Amy is doing a quilt along this next year using this book)
 I fell in love with this block and just had to make it first. I thought about starting at the beginning, but hey, that's not me.
 Next I played with placement. I don't have any fancy programs to do this. I just use my colored pencils and some graph paper. I'm old fashioned like that.
I've been cutting and pressing. I love how these fabrics are coming together. I hope to be able to keep a project going that I can just step in and sew a bit while the chaos goes on in the house.

And these are the first two blocks together. I am only making nine blocks for an approximate 36 inch square quilt. I may add a border, I haven't decided yet.

One more goal I have is to blog more, once I get moved. I love the way Barbara at Cat Patches blogs almost daily. I love stopping by to see what she is up to. So there's that to look forward to later in the year.

For now, I wish you all a safe, happy and healthy new year, filled with hope and promise. See you in 2017!