Irish Chain Twist Quilt Along - Cutting

 Sunday, February 8, 2015

I am super excited because I am finally in a position where I can join quilt alongs and hopefully keep up.  Melissa from Happy Quilting is hosting a quilt along in conjunction with the release of her new book Irish Chain Quilts that is coming out in April.  I am really excited for her.  This is her very first book!  You can see the details of the Quilt Along here.

I have decided to make 2 wall hangings that I am going to make into very large floor pillows for my girls.  I have been wanting to make the girls some of these for quite some time.  This week our goal was to cut everything out, so here is Melia's:

Melia's is being made out of Scrumptious by Bonnie & Camille.  Her favorite color is orange, so she is just going to love this.  The (A) represents the pieces for the X block.  I have never sewn with triangles, so this will definitely be a first for me.  I am just a little bit nervous about this.  Wish me luck!  (B) is the Petal Block.  Again I have never done applique before, so this will be another first for me!  Man, Melissa from Happy Quilting is really pushing my quilting boundaries that is for sure.  (C) represents the Square Block.  Shown below is Mae's future pillow:

Mae's pillow is being made out of Monkey Tales by Erin Michael.  She is so excited about it.  She is in ballet and loves pink and purple, so this should hopefully be a hit!  Although she is my more picky child.  Sorry the photo didn't turn out as good.  I couldn't get the lighting quite right and the fabrics are light.  The A, B, and C all represent the same as Melia's above.  Mae's looks a little bit different because I am only using 4 fabric choices with hers and Melia's I decided to use some fabric from my stash and cut into a fat eighth bundle.  I am pretty excited to get started on this project.  Hopefully it turns out as well as I hope.

Linking up to the Irish Chain Twist Quilt Along hosted by Melissa from Happy Quilting.

Happy Quilting!


February 2015 Goal

 Thursday, February 5, 2015

My goal for February is to take these half square beauties and sew them up into the quilt I have drawn out below.

My sister's baby shower is at the end of the month.  I can't wait to see this one come together.

Linking up to 2015 - A Lovely Year of Finishes hosted by Melissa from Sew Bitter Sweet Designs and Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts.

Happy Quilting!


January 2015 Goal - Finished!

 Saturday, January 31, 2015

Talk about squeaking this one in at the last minute!  I literally just finished, which is why my photographs aren't the greatest, but I did manage to sew and trim all 48 half square triangles!!!  Woohoo!  And I have the trimmings to prove it!

I am saving all of my trimmings to make a new bed for our newest family member.  We have had her for about 6 weeks now.  The kids just love her!  I read in a magazine somewhere that fabric scraps make good filling for dog beds, so I am going to try it!  I think by Fall 2015 I just might have enough.

Linking up to 2015 - A Lovely Year of Finishes hosted by Melissa from Sew Bitter Sweet Designs and Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts.

Happy Quilting!


January 2015 Goal

 Wednesday, January 7, 2015

In years past, I have had a very hard time keeping up with things like this, but this year, I am taking a more laid back approach.  I will be making my goals a little bit smaller, so they are more achievable.

Over the past summer, my sister shared that she was pregnant with her first child.  To say that the family was excited was an understatement!  Around Halloween, she found out she was having a girl.

She decided on this kind of funky chevron quilt, which I have drawn out.  She saw a picture of it on pinterest but there was no link to a pattern or anything like that, so I drew it up on graph paper and am just going to roll with it.  This is the first time that I have ever done this!  Hopefully it turns out.

She chose the following fabrics:

Aren't they pretty together.  My sisters and I are hosting a baby shower for her on February 28, 2015.  I would like to have this quilt completed by then.  So the plan for this month is to sew up 48 half square triangles.  I just can't wait to see how this project comes together.

Linking up to 2015 - A Lovely Year of Finishes hosted by Melissa from Sew Bitter Sweet Designs and Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts.

Happy Quilting!


Into the Woods Hourglass Baby Quilt

 Monday, December 22, 2014

I must say that these past several months have truly been an adjustment for me.  Trying to find my new work / home / kids / quilting balance has been rather difficult.  Over the past month, I have finally gotten back into my quilting mojo again and it really felt great.  I have so missed this part of my life, and my New Year's resolution for 2015 is to make more time for it.  It definitely makes me a happier person!

Last Summer, I found out that the girl I used to babysit for was having a baby girl.  Talk about making me feel old!  During the summer, I had also purchased this fabric collection "Into the Woods" by Vanessa from Lella Boutique.  I had been eyeing this collection for quite some time because I was going to use it to make something for myself.  It has all the colors that I love in it.  I knew that it would be perfect for this new little baby girl as well.  Her mom shares my same favorite color red and everything about this collection just screams "Baby Girl".

The quilt pattern I chose was the Hourglass Quilt by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew.  You can find the tutorial here.  It is one of my favorite quilt blocks to make.  I quilted it up using some wavy quilting to "soften" it up a little bit since it is a baby quilt. I must say it turned out awesome and I absolutely love it!

I chose the white floral pattern from the fabric collection for the back of the quilt.

The binding is a Moda Bells solid called Tomato Soup.  I like that I put a solid binding on it, so it didn't distract from the busyness of the quilt.

Now for the pics of my "adorable" little model.  Isn't she just precious.  I think she likes it and it will be a great quilt for her to have "playtime" on!  Happy 1 month old Birthday Sweetie!  You are definitely a keeper!

Linking up to Fabric Tuesday hosted by Heather and Megan from the Quilt Story.

Happy Quilting!


"A" is for Announcement!

 Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I am super excited to share some new information with all of you.  First of all, we all know that my job had gotten quite crazy over the winter.  After a lot of prayers and soul searching, I had put my notice in at work.  I had given them 9 weeks notice, but that turned into 12 weeks!  During our search for a new person, they had also convinced me to still stay on, but at a much lesser capacity.  I was able to pick my hours and what I wanted to do.  Win win I say!  So I went down from 36 hours a week to 12 hours a week, which means I get to spend a lot more precious time with the little kiddos above!  I also get to spend more time making my home into my "dream" home, which has been put on the back burner for the past several years.  And A LOT more time on quilting!  This means a lot more fun quilting posts coming your way.  I have projects that I want to make for my home, gifts for others, and more practicing on my free motion quilting!

Now on to my current WIP!  Many of you have seen all over blog land these adorable "Alphabet" quilts and I couldn't help but start to make one as well.  I want to make a "Special Alphabet Book" for each of my girls for Christmas using these Alphabet blocks.  The fabric line I am using is call "Scrumptious" by Bonnie and Camille.  The project calls for one Jelly Roll and a background fabric.  I am so excited to see this quilt come together.  Plus it doesn't hurt that these blocks are a lot of fun to make!

Linking up to Let's Be Social hosted by Lorna.

Happy Quilting!


Star Quilt

 Thursday, May 15, 2014

One of the blogs that I follow, "Sewing by Moonlight", by Em had asked for help to finish a quilt for her dad who has cancer.  She had a very short period of time in which to work with and she wanted to give this quilt to her dad for his birthday.  She asked for volunteers to help her make some of the squares as well as help from a long arm quilter that would quilt it for her due to its large size.  I thought this would be a perfect opportunity for me to be able to practice my quilting.  In addition, I had never quilted a quilt that was that large and I really wanted to try that.  Em and I connected and she sent me the quilt several weeks ago now.  I quilted it up for her in a free motion loops and stars pattern.  I am so happy with how it turned out.  Here is a picture of the entire front of the quilt.

A picture of the back of the quilt.  This is the very first time I worked with a pieced back.  I was nervous at first, but I think it turned out beautiful!

Em did a really great job piecing this together, which makes my job easier as a long arm quilter.  I think it turned out great.  Here are some closeups of the quilting.

Quilt Stats:
  • Size 60in x 72in
  • 5 bobbins
  • Quilting time was 4 1/2 hours.  
Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday hosted by Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation.  

Happy Quilting!


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