Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Library book block




My local library will be celebrating it's tenth anniversary this spring!

They'll be commemorating the occasion by hanging a new quilt in the entryway.

When they asked for quilters to contribute book blocks for the quilt, I was quick to sign up. 










Thanks to the wonderful Mini-Bookshelf Quilt Tutorial I found on Elizabeth Dackson's blog Don't Call Me Betsy, it was easy!

Except picking out the fabrics of course, but I won't go there.

Instead of making mine a mini-quilt, I just changed the measurements and made it block sized.  It is a great tutorial that I highly recommend.

I'm definitely going to make one of these mini quilts to keep here at home.

It was kind of addicting!









I added these selvages as book titles. 

There is even one that says, "Wordplay by Michele". 

Spelled the same as my name too!  One L!

It doesn't work out any better than that!

My son suggested that I use the Timeless Treasures selvage too, since some books are timeless treasures.


This spring, when the quilt is complete I'll be sure to take a picture for you!



Monday, October 6, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop




I was kindly invited to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop by both Mary on Lake Pulaski and Brittany from Pickles Quilting

I always love the fabric that Mary is using! Beautiful! She makes lovely, fresh quilts and the most adorable children's clothes.

Brittany is making some cool ABC blocks that will make an fun quilt when she's done. I'm happy that they asked me to join in and today is my day on the tour!








Why do I create?  Because it's fun!

I've always considered myself a creative person and quilting is a great fit for me.

As a stay at home mom with two active teenage boys and one crazy dog, quilting gives me that quiet, super peaceful...or you could say pieceful..... time with bright fun colors even including pink and purple on occasion!








I also like quilting because it stays done!

Unlike many of the other things I do throughout the day, such as wash muddy laundry from a really wet, muddy cross country practice.

We seriously had to spray him off with the garden hose after practice early last week before he came inside the house!  And Saturday's meet was just as muddy!








Also, I enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from being able to say, "Wow, I made that!"








My great-grandmother was a quilter, all hand quilting and piecing back then, but quilting wasn't something I ever thought I'd be interested in as a teen, so I didn't take the opportunity to learn from her. 








My friend Kim was the one who suggested that I could make a quilt, even though I'd never touched a sewing machine before.








I thought she was crazy to think that I could learn to quilt.  As you can see she was right and I was way wrong.  I haven't stopped quilting since.  Seriously, I haven't stopped!  









What am I working on now?  Right now, I'm working on getting some things quilted.  I've got lots of quilt tops laying around here that I need and want to get quilted so they can be used.










I enjoy doing my own quilting and that's my sewing priority this fall.  Unless I get distracted of course......Oh, I'm also making some ABC blocks and I might throw in a few Schnibbles patterns too......









My quilt tastes are all over the place!  I love modern quilts, traditional quilts and a mix of the two! I never met a quilt that I didn't like.

You'll find me working with more modern, bright fabrics and darker repro prints too.

 One reason that I started my blog was to learn more about modern quilts and fabrics, because at the time there wasn't too much of that in my area, but I've learned so much more than I ever expected through blogging. 










To continue the blog tour, on Monday, October 13th my friend Cheryl from So Many Quilts, So Little Time will be participating.  I think the name of her blog is so true! Cheryl is wonderful at small scale piecing and she enjoys using reproduction fabrics.  I consider Cheryl to be a great blog and quilting friend.  She and I have been reading each others blogs for years.  In fact I think her's was one of the first blogs I ever read! Recently her Autumn Pinwheels quilt caught my eye and I can't get enough of her photographs of nature!


Another blogger on the Around theWorld Blog Hop is my friend Jamie.  You might know her from her blog busy bee quilts.  I love her modern fabrics  and her fun quilts.  She recently made an adorable stuffed owl and she also shared a tutorial for making a burlap wreath.  Her willingness to give new quilting techniques a try is amazing.  She did a Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Challenge quilt that I just love!  


If you'd like to be a stop on the tour just leave a comment and tell us who you are and feel free to join in!  We'd love to hear from you and learn all about why you create!




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Give me an F!




I'm sewing along with Temecula Quilt Company while they make a cute little letter quilt.

Tomorrow you can find the letter F on their blog.

Are you making them too? 








My letters are made of a collection of coordinating scraps from different quilts I've been saving for just the right project.

They're a little more traditional than I've been sewing with lately, but I like all kinds of fabric, and these traditional scraps worked great here.

The background fabric, showing states and cities, is also from my stash.  Just pretend it was ironed for the photo.

I was saving it in case a school project came up, but with the boys in high school and college, I figured if that hadn't happened by now it just wasn't going to, so I'm using it for my Little Letters Quilt!

It's going to be fun to make a few letters a week and end up with a cute quilt!




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.