Monday, September 15, 2014

Pulling strings

I've been trying to focus on getting some quilting done.

I thought I'd start with the next quilt I thought I'd use, and now I'm happy to say that my Halloween Clover quilt has been quilted!

Woo Hoo!

I'm in the process of pulling the threads through and when I'm finished with that, then I'll show you the whole thing.

There are lots and lots of threads that need to be taken care of on this one, but I'm already about halfway done.

One more good TV evening and I'll be finished! 

Meet my new neighbor!

This guy showed up in our backyard yesterday and we had a good time watching him walk around beside the fence line.

 As you can see, when we found him he was standing on the garden hose.

 My nature loving neighbor had told us that a gopher tortoise had made it's home beside her house and we figured this was who she was talking about. 

After he had throughly scared Copper, who had no idea what this was, and it seemed that the tortoise couldn't figure out how to get out of our fence and go back home, we brought him back to his hole with my neighbor's help.

I wonder if he'll be back again today.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Spell It With Fabric quilted edition

I'm back with the pictures of my Alphabet Quilt all quilted, bound and finished!

If you remember from this post, it was a baby gift for two high school English teachers.

It was a difficult one to give away, and I just might have to make another!

I quilted it using the wavy stitch on my Bernina 440.  It's stitch number 4 with a length of 2.5 and a width of 4.9.

It added a nice finishing touch to this sweet baby quilt!

I'm loving the yellow hexagon Riley Blake fabric for the binding and backing.

 I don't get to use yellow very often! 

The pattern is from the Moda Spell It With Fabric Quilt Along, but I halved the size of my blocks.

If you try this, I think you will need to actually halve the sizes in the cutting directions, THEN maybe add a quarter of an inch to that, or else you'll end up with eighth of an inch seam allowances like I did.

Having eighth of an inch seam allowances wasn't really a pretty situation, but I sewed mine a bit bigger and I managed to make it work. 

It was washed and dried without a problem.

I noticed that Temecula Quilt Co. is having a Little Letter Quilt Along that started today, if you're interested.

The finished block size in their quilt is four inches square.

I'm thinking about digging out my scraps and maybe sewing along with them to make myself a little letter quilt to keep!

Not that I'm in need of another project to start!

Right now, I'm working on planning the quilting for a Halloween quilt top that I finished last year. 

 My Bernina 820 that I was planning on using for the quilting is under the weather, and it will probably make a trip to the shop this week.

It's possible that some kind of sensor is broken. 

The bobbin door popped open totally on it's own, while I was away from the machine for a few minutes, and now it refuses to admit that it's been closed.

Ugh!  I'm hoping that it's a quick fix.

In the meantime, I'll be doing the quilting on my smaller machine in an effort to get some things finished. 

Fall certainly seems far away from us here in Florida at this point, but I'm hoping it'll be here soon!

Maybe working on my Halloween quilt will help me feel like fall is on the way.

Tonight, we'll be grilling burgers outside topped with curly fries and melted cheese with a wedge salad to celebrate the weekend before we start another busy school week.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stacks of stars

Hello!  It's WIP Wednesday once again!!  Wow, how the summer has flown by!

This week finds me moving college boy into his dorm, helping helping high school boy adjust to his first full week as a freshman in high school, and I'm also working on turning these stacks of stars into a quilt top!

Wish me luck!

These are for my Summer Sparkle Quilt designed by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts.

I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced on this WIP Wednesday!

What are you up to this week?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

W, X, Y and Z

It was kind of a mad dash at the end, but I was able to put the finishing touches on my alphabet quilt this week.

Just in time too!

The baby arrived a little early, and school began this week, so I was putting the pedal to the metal to get it finished!

If you remember from my last post, the baby's parents are both English teachers, so an ABC quilt was very appropriate.  

And I was successful in getting the blocks in the right order, although I did have my helpers make absolutely sure.

It was kind of a relief not to have to figure out where I was going to put each block just before I sewed the quilt top together.

The block placement was definitely set by that time!  There was no changing my mind, unless I wanted to remake blocks.

And I didn't want to do that.

These were half the size as the original Moda Spell It With Fabric pattern.

I'm pleased with the results!

And I have some pictures of our monarch caterpillar friends that have found their way to our milkweed.

Every year we watch them get bigger and then change into butterflies, and this year is no exception.

This year we have had a more difficult time tracking them down right before they make their chrysalis.

I guess these guys are good at staying hidden!

Thanks for sticking with me during my slow blogging summer.

I'm going to get the pictures of the ABC quilt with it quilted and bound off the camera soon, then I'll be back to share them.

Maybe now that we're back to our school routine, I'll find more time to blog and comment!

I hope so!  I miss staying in touch. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The ABC's

What would kind of quilt do you make for a baby whose parents are both English teachers?

Well, an alphabet quilt of course!

I set my Summer Sparkle Star quilt aside for awhile to get going on this one.

Hopefully, I'll have it completed before school starts in a few weeks.

My blocks are made with Dilly Dally fabric from Me and My Sister Designs and Bella Bleached White Solid fabric too.

The pattern is basically from the Moda Spell It With Fabric Blog Hop that happened back in February.  My blocks are sized a bit smaller to make the quilt baby sized.

I wanted to make some letters during the blog hop.......those quilts were amazing........but I didn't really know what I'd do with an ABC quilt.

When this opportunity came up, I thought it was the perfect excuse to go make some letters! 

Originally, I wasn't planning to make the letters white.  I was going to use some of the same fabrics that I'm now using in the background.

It just wasn't going well for me when I tried to lay out my color combinations.

Then, I was lucky enough to be reading the blog Happy Quilting and I saw Melissa's post about her recently finished ABC quilt.  

She had used a white solid for her letters and the background fabrics we were both using were bright fabric lines from Me and My Sisters Designs, so that that gave me a general picture of what my quilt might look like.

I loved it.

Problem solved!

Thanks so much Melissa!

I'm off to get a few more letters done before I make dinner and then drive a boy over to cross country practice.

If I get a chance to take a few more pictures of the next letters tonight, I will.  

Maybe I won't get the letters out of order this time, like I did in the first few pictures I took. Ha!Ha!

  Glad I caught that mistake!  I guess as long as I don't do that in the actual quilt, I'm good.

Wouldn't that be embarrassing? LOL!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jersey Girl is finished

I'm glad to be able to post a finish this week!

The summer is just flying by and I hope you're enjoying it.

I know we are!

This one has been done for a few weeks and it's now hanging in the hallway, not in the backyard.

  That's a good thing, because we've gotten so much rain.

Not that rain is a bad thing, you just don't want your quilt hanging outside when its raining.  Inside is definitely better.

Here are the stats on this one-

It's Jersey Girl designed by the amazing Carrie Nelson.

I made it for a Schnibbles parade back in January, I think, and I used fabrics from both the Reunion and the Road 15 fabric lines by Sweetwater.

You can read a few of my posts about piecing it, and about quilting it too, if you click herehere, and here

For the quilting, I did some flowerlike swirls with my Bernina 820 on my quilt frame.

I'm pleased with how it turned out, even though I haven't been practicing as much as I probably should be, to have nice quilting stitches.

I have good intensions, but as I'm sure you know, there just aren't enough hours in the day!

Oh, I love the backing on this one too!

I forgot to get a picture of it this time, but you can get a look at it in the picture below that I swiped from my own previous post about quilting it.

See it on the back roller?

It's from the fabric collection Just My Type by Patti Young.

Next time I take some pictures, I'll try to take some of the back for you.


Here is one last picture of it before I'm off to enjoy the pool weather while we can!

The aisles at Target are full of school supplies already and a few super-bright lime green folders even found their way into my cart yesterday.

I might not be doing much sewing, blogging or commenting recently, but I've been keeping up with your posts and I've been enjoying relaxing with my family this summer.

It won't be long before school will be back in session here, and then I plan to sew up a storm!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Those s'more cookies are awesome, Mom!"

That's what my son just told me as I sat down to write a quick post about these cookies, so I'm using that as my title today!

I found this amazing recipe for Gooey S'mores Cookies by Amanda on her blog Kevin and Amanda earlier this week.  

We made them yesterday and they were truly so tasty that I had to share them with you! 

The cookie part is just wonderful and the Mini Hershey Kisses and the melty marshmallows put them over the top!!   

I did use the Mini Hershey Kisses and the cinnamon graham crackers that Amanda recommends, but I used the regular small marshmallows, not the really, really tiny size that she used in her recipe.

 I didn't need to go to Target yesterday, which is where it seems that you can find the really, really, extra tiny marshmallows, and I wanted to make these as soon as I could, so the regular small marshmallows would have to do.

You know the size I'm talking about, right?

Anyway, they worked well in the recipe, but the next time I make them, and that will be soon, I'll be sure to check that the marshmallows are near the top of the cookies or all the way underneath the cookies when I put them on the baking sheet.

You see, they tend to melt out the side if they are directly on the baking sheet at the side of the cookie. 

 No big deal, they still taste absolutely amazing, but I'm planning to bring them to a Fourth Of July gathering and watching the placement of the marshmallows would make all of them "take to a friend's house quality", if you know what I mean.

Or, I could just not worry about the marshmallows, keep the odd looking ones here, and eat them myself.

Hmmmm. I'll have to think about that option.

This recipe is definitely worth a try if you are looking for a sweet summer treat.

Oh, and not nearly as messy as traditional s'mores!