Saturday, January 31, 2015

Dreaming of Spring

Since I can't really sew right now, I am planning a few new projects. One of the things I am planning is a small 36 inch square quilt for above my fireplace. I want it to remind me of the colors of spring.
 I pulled almost every green from my stash, focusing on the pale, yellowish greens that remind me of the new buds that first appear each spring. I added a couple of darker greens for contrast.
This stack really makes me smile. I have a plan, and as soon as I can start cutting, I will. I can almost smell the fragrance of the earth as it is turned for planting. I am happy I can still find a way to play with my fabrics.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Finish...No, Really, the Last Showing of This

I showed this a couple of weeks ago when I finished quilting it, but now It is bound and washed and dried and all crinkly good.
 This shot is of the back for my sister who wanted to see it close up. Tinseltown by Dear Stella. Love it.
 Look how crinkly it is. I thought all that quilting would make it stiff, but it's not too bad, really. I think it will soften more each time it's washed.
 I did the binding in white, like the background so it wouldn't detract from the top design. I think that was a good call.
 The crispness of the colors is terrific. I love the way they look.
 The weight is pretty heft too. I quilted using Aurifil 40 weight in white. Most of it disappears into the background.
 But where it does show up, it looks nice. I can't wait to make another one of these in greys for my daughter. She is going to pick the fabric and purchase it.
So, now, it's all folded up until next Christmas. Linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts. Also, this is on my original list for the 2015 FAL from Adrienne of On the Windy Side.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Stash #35

Not much fabric procurement going on here. I am trying to finish up a bunch of projects and to not start too many more. But, you know how it is when you are sitting at the computer and you are just looking around. So I decided to Google Sunkissed by Sweetwater. My all time favorite fabric line for oh, so many reasons. And I found some!!! On etsy for a crazy low low price. So I had to buy it.
 I absolutely love these dots! The colors are so pretty and I know the lighting doesn't do them justice. If you had or have some of this fabric, you will know what I mean.
 The three top prints are all 1/2 yard cuts and the bottom dot print is a full yard, plus there is another 12 inch cut that is separate. All this goodness for...drumroll please...$12.99!!! Truly my lucky day!!
And, the seller included this panel for making a bag. It is Debbie Mumm for JoAnn Fabrics. I am going to stitch this baby up for spring farmers market shopping!!
Found this on a small bit that I am working with right now. I have been loving Moda Fabrics for a long time. I loved seeing this. Have a great week and I hope to see you here soon. Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Buzz Buzz...WIP Wednesday

Well, this will probably be my last WIP Wednesday for awhile. A forced sewing break begins next week as I have my surgery. I plan to sew up to the very last minute, though. Here's what's on the design wall right now:
 A bit pale and washed out color-wise due to the lighting, but it is a very soft color group for the most part. I saw a snowball and nine patch quilt on someone's blog a couple of months ago and knew right away that I wanted to make one with this Tula Pink bee fabric.
 It is my favorite one in the entire line, so I bought a yard and had hoped to pair it with my stash. So far, so good.
 I have decided this will be a small wall hanging. I don't have enough fabrics to make it too big and I don't really want to keep adding fabrics just to get a bigger size. I like the ones I am using.
 I had cut the squares for the snowballs a half inch smaller to start, so I could center the bees. Unfortunately this did not work with my nine patches which are made of 2.5 inch squares. So I cut them a bit bigger. I still like the look.
This is going to be so pretty when it's done! Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Monday, January 19, 2015

We Have a Winner

The winner of the pretty pink fat quarter bundle is number 50, Susan P. I have sent Susan an email. Congratulations Susan and thank you to everyone who stopped by and commented. I appreciate you all.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Stash #34

I joined a club. Southern Fabrics has a stash club. I know other shops out there do also, and I can give not particular reason for choosing this one. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. Every month I will get a fat quarter bundle in a specific colorway. This will help me build my stash, and I don't have to decide which fabrics to choose. Should be fun, kind of a surprise for every month. January's color is red.
 Such a lovely, lively bundle, yes? I have two of these in my stash already, but I really needed more reds. I have so very few.
It's quite an assortment. I can't tell you what they all are, as I did not get selvedges with some of them. I am sure you will recognize them though. Now, this has to tide me over until February's bundle gets here. Hope I can wait! Linking up with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Fair Isle Finish

I just this minute finished the quilting on my fair isle quilt so I could snap a few quick picks in the very late afternoon sunshine to share here. It still needs binding, but hey, I have all day tomorrow to do that!
                    I love the swirls...
             I love the brightness of the colors...
          I love the reindeer...
              I love late afternoon shadows...
      I love that the white is so crisp...
        In fact, I love everything about this quilt.
      I even love the back.

Thanks to Lee at Freshly Pieced for such a wonderful pattern.  I will post the final quilt as soon as it is bound and washed and dried. Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Friday.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WIP Wednesday

A freezing rain fell here overnight. Brrrr..... Here is what is going on here:
 Swirls...lots and lots of swirls. Been quilting on this thing for a week or so now. Not every day, no time for that. Many days though.
 Loving the way it's looking. I may run out of whit thread, though and no where near here sells it, so I will have to order it.
 I am going to see how far I can get. Only a week and a half until my surgery and I would love to get this beauty finished first!
 So hopefully I can grab an hour after work today to make a bit more progress.
Have a great Wednesday. Linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Monday, January 12, 2015

My Tammy for Fall

I chose the fall Tammy, since fall is my favorite season. I am so happy that I did. I love all the rest of the wonderful designs, but the fall...mmmmmm. This is my very first Tammy ever and I love it! It will not be the last.
 I made my Pinny first. I had a bit of a struggle with it, just me, interpreting directions, I think. But finally it came together.
 I decided not to attach it to the Tammy bag. I kind of like it separate. It was fun to embroider again.
 Love the sweet little pocket on the back of the pinny. All that orange is so autumn-like to me.
 I am especially happy with the way the handle came out on my Tammy. Such neat stitches! I really struggled with this making coin purses in our other hop. Maybe they were just too small. I may attach something to the two handle loops later.
 Look how much room there is inside! I elected to not put any pockets on the inside. I probably will in the future Tammy bags I am planning. My confidence is higher now.
 I do love the pockets on the back. I can see how cute it would be to have pockets both front and back, but with the stitching, you can't do that on this one.
 Here is my bright orange inside! This is Art Gallery Fabrics Elements line and perfect for this.
 I was finally able to get outside for a few pictures and the natural light makes all the difference. The colors are just so much better here.
 Don't you just love the cute vintage stitchery here? This was a great pattern to stitch.
 Pearl Bracelets has so many colors, and this orange is so vivid and crisp. Just like a bright autumn day.
 See here that the ruffle on my pinny matches the edging on the Tammy pocket.

 A clouple of close ups of the stitching.  Again, just a delightful design.

And now, the list of thank yous: Madame Samm, as always, choosing a winning design for us to stitch and sew. Mary, never was there a better cheerleader. She was on top of things every step of the way. Brooke Nolan, what can I say? Your designs are amazing. What a talent you have. Cori, your sweet pinnies with the wonderful applique and stitching are a delight. Now, if you are ready to see more of these wonderful creations, here is a list of the other wonderful ladies with whom I share my day:
January 12, 2015
Go and enjoy and show those ladies some love too.