Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday...cutting, cutting, cutting

This weeks WIPs are mostly about cutting out pieces for quilts. I do have some I am sewing on, but they are in the back seat for a bit now.
 Got all my strips selected and ironed for my SMQ Bee blocks for April. My bee mates have both requested low volume for their blocks this month. Can't wait to see how these come together. I love this bee. This is year 3 and it always stretches me to make these blocks.
 This is a new project for a blog hop coming in May. I am really excited about this one. Lots of squares to cut out.
 I decided to make it 50 inches square, more or less, so I need 441 squares, all 3 inches, for this one.
 Still a bit more to cut...but I am about half way there.  Woo hoo!
And this sweet print that I want to incorporate will probably, maybe, be my border. We'll see when we get that far.  Here is a peek at my potential lay out. Just threw these up on the design wall.
Enjoy your week. Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Stash #14

Well, it seems that winter is firmly behind us now, here in North Carolina. Not only are the days warmer, and more of them are not rainy, but the nights are warmer too. And the scourge that is the yellow pollen from the long needle pines is going full blast. One of the up sides of this is the light and weather make it so I can take my photos outside. These were a bit late in the day, so a little shadowy. It seems I have forgotten how to do this, but don't worry, practice makes perfect.
 This lovely stack of half yard cuts, I blame on Julie at the Intrepid thread. These are Essentials by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics. So soft! She showed these on Facebook and I fell for them. I showed them to my hubby and he loved them. I have a plan in mind!!
 Then, there is my love for Charley Harper fabrics. I resisted for awhile, but I finally gave in. I am trying not to go fabric nutso this year, so I very carefully selected just a few prints.
This cheater cloth is my favorite. I love the birds the best and this one has several different ones.
 Isn't this just the sweetest little birdie pair? Still thinking about how I'm going to put these together.
The last one is one I hemmed and hawed about buying. The alternate colorways of this wonderful Riley Blake print were being shown as sewn items everywhere, but I loved the red, white and blue the best. I bought a full yard and think I have come up with the perfect idea for it. You'll have to wait and see. Hope you have a lovely spring Sunday wherever you are. Linking up to Molli Sparkles' Sunday Stash.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sunny Saturday Sewjo

It is so sunny and warm and beautiful today. I did spend much of the day inside at work, but I'm home now and the doors and windows are open wide! I was tickled to see what Kim shared today, because my share is a storage thing and it works in with hers pretty well.

 I bought this cute little box after I saw it on Kristyne's blog, Pretty By Hand.  It is made from pieces of yardstick and stained to look older than it is. I keep some of my embroidery floss in it, as it is the perfect size and designed for this.  But then I got to thinking(uh oh) Hey, I could make this. And so I did.
 I bought some yard sticks for 98 cents each at the hardware store and found a piece of scrap wood in the shed, so I didn't need to buy wood for the bottoms of the boxes. I put them together with wood glue after I cut the pieces. And then, I stained them.
 I made 4, in different sizes and they are just perfect for keeping all the little things in that are in a sewing room. Thimbles, buttons, small scissors and spools of thread all fit in there nicely.
 This one is more square-ish so it holds a bit more and is less awkward.  The construction isn't perfect, but that's okay, because it helps with the aged look.
 The others are sort of long and narrow. They are the width of the scrap piece of wood, while the larger one is two pieces glued side by side.
I am so very happy with how they came out and the will be living in my sewing room holding all my little items.
 Maybe now things will be less likely to get misplaced. Probably not, but I am trying here.
Make some up for yourself. They would also make great gifts for friends.  Have a great rest of the weekend.  Linking up with Kim at Sewjo Saturday.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bunnies, Bunnies!! Friday Finish

So, I saw this on line tutorial for making a bunnies bowling set and thought it would be so cute to make for my youngest grandson for Easter. This project has been a thorn in my side since I started it. I am very glad it's done, but I am not completely happy with how it turned out. Let's take a look, shall we?
 All my bunnies do not have faces yet. I decided to make them from my scraps of Briar Rose, since the colors are so very springy.
 Problem number one, after all that work, even with the rice bags in the bottoms, they don't stand up well. Oh, pooh!
 Here they are standing, for a brief moment. The instructions said to stuff them and then fill the bottom with rice. I ended up making little rice pillows to insert, as putting the rice in loose was a giant mess that involved the vacuum cleaner and rice all over my sewing room.
 The instructions said to buy a wooden ball. What?!? I google cloth balls and tried to make one and stuff it. Looks more like a pin cushion.
 Oh, well, the little one is a boy and more likely to throw, rather than roll it. I laughed when I saw the shape this one came out as.
 I made each bunny in two fabrics, and the inside of the ears is the fabric on the back of the bunny.
 After the first one, when I struggled to get the ears turned right side out, I began pinking the edges for a ruffled look. So much easier with the little ends of the ears. And as you can see, none of the ears are on straight, no matter how hard I tried.
 This is the first one and the only one with ears made according to the pattern. But, by the time you put the stabilizer inside so they stand up, they are too stiff to turn easily.
 See, all the ears are different. They are kind of cute, but the directions were a bit sketchy, I thought. I am not an inexperienced sewist. I have been doing this for more than 40 years and if I struggled, how is it for newbies?
Oh well, Easter will come and go and these will get forgotten and I guess they are kind of cute. Happy Friday y'all. Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Friday.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Scrappy Quilts Wednesday WIPs

Here is what I am working on: scrappy baby quilts! I have a friend who is expecting twins this summer and of course, anyone who is giving birth to twins needs homemade quilts for those sweet babies.
 The first is these Ohio Stars. I have had these scraps of fabric for YEARS! I knew they would someday be a baby quilt, since that was what they were in their first incarnation. I already have a quilting plan for this one.
 And since they are fraternal twins, not matchy matchy quilts. I am making these blocks, but I just have to figure out how to arrange them. Any thoughts? Anyone?
 And I will, somehow, include just one, small Ohio Star in this quilt too, because after all, they live in Ohio!
Maybe they should all go this way? Really, anyone got a clue here? By the way, this is post 291, so getting very close to number 300 which will have a celebratory giveaway because 300 is a very large number, right? Have a great week and I will talk to you soon. Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Stash #13

Oh, lucky 13! Saw these little lovelies in a weekly newsletter from Hawthorne Threads. They are one of my favorite go to on line shops. The fabric gets here so fast, which if you have no patience, like me, is a great thing. They also have a feature to let you order prints quickly from a single line. I love that! Anyway, here is what I bought:
 Bloom, by Masha Dyans for Clothworks. I am in full bring on the spring mode right now. This beauty is so very soft too. I am beginning to plan a quilt I am calling Riot of the Flowers in my head. Spring demands it!
 I also bought a half yard of these two supporting players. I love stripes, almost as much as dots, for binding. They are from the same line and there are more colors available too.
So, yay for spring and flashy flowers! I also caved put up no resistance to preordering the Heather Ross re-release of Far Far Away when it was offered this week. EEEEEEEEEE!!!! Excited for that one!!! Linking up with the lovely Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash. Have a great day everyone!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sewjo Saturday #4, the One I Almost Missed

My work schedule changed today so I almost missed this week. It has been a crazy busy week and not nearly as much sewing as I would like, but I did make a bit of forward progress. Here's what I have;
 I began sewing the Rocket Age quilt pieces together. Not many yet, but enough to see that this is going to be a great quilt for V.
 I can't tell you how much I love these prints by Riley Blake. So cool and so retro. Great colors too.
And the other project is a set of bunny bowling pins and ball(still to be made) for B for Easter. I made them out of some Heather Ross Briar Rose scraps. Hopefully they are not too girly. Gotta run, but see you tomorrow for Sunday Stash. Linking up with Kim for Sewjo Saturday.