Easter Sunday Stash

It’s another lazy Sunday at our house. Kids outside playing, hubby building me a ‘quilters pressing board’ (those are the terms I searched on Google when trying to find photos to show him what I wanted). And I’m alternating between reading on the couch, making myself mochas (I’m on #3), and putting things away that have cluttered up the living room….yet again.

Hubby is building me a nice big rectangular board to fit on top of my regular ironing board. I just love how at retreats I can fit the whole WOF on the board. I’m excited to have one of my own at home.  He’s also going to re-cover my small one that he built for me a few years ago. The current one has water damage from an issue we had here at the house a couple of weeks ago and I won’t use it – it needs to be re-done.

I went to JoAnn to pick up some of the silver ironing board fabric and all they had was the quilted stuff, and I didn’t want that, so I began a search for something heavier – canvas, duck cloth, something. I found the HGTV fabric section with the upholstery fabric and knew I found what I wanted to use. They didn’t have anything that matched my sewing room, so I picked up this one:

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It looks like a quilt pattern to me. It’s ‘outdoor fabric’ and I think it will be great on my boards.

Have I mentioned that having a handy man has come in rather handy?  He’s pretty great!

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Also this week, I picked up my first ever fabric through Instagram’s #thegreatfabricdestash. It’s Super Heros by Michael Miller.

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At just over 3 yards it will be a perfect back to a ‘someday’ quilt.

That’s all for today. Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!

Linking up to Molli…of course!

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Mermaids!

DONE!

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I’m SO happy with this quilt.  From the fabric (Out to Sea by Sarah Jane Studios), to the quilting thread (a shimmery silver/grey) and design (perfect waves), and even the binding (which I managed to get on without too much of a fight), I just absolutely love it!!!

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And so does she! This was taken the night I finished it, being used as it’s intended purpose – the way it should be!  And the best part was waking her up the next morning, finding her all snuggled under it in her bed.  Perfect in many ways!

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And with this finish, I’ve officially passed my number of finished in 2014 (this is #3 for this year)!

AmandaJean is back, so I’m linking it up to her Friday Finish post.  Welcome back!

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Truckin’ Along

I quilted the Trucks quilt on Saturday, but I cannot bring myself to lay it out and cut off all the excess.  It’s 90×90 so you’ll understand why! It may be a weekend project.

It looks like such a mess!

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I chose this awesome turquoise thread for the quilting and I’m SO happy I did!  At first I was concerned that it would overpower the pink and red fabric but it compliments it perfectly.

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The binding is made and patiently waiting for me to put it on.  That’s going to be a chore, and I’m not looking forward to it!

 

On a side note, my husband just said to me, ‘I did the taxes last week and knocked that off of my to-do list.  What can you knock off of your list?  And quilt projects DON’T count!’

I have no answer for him!

Linking up to Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

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Sunday, lazy Sunday

I had help adding to my stash this week. Gretchen went back to SR Harris and picked me up these super cute Geekly Chic glasses by Riley Blake:

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She also picked up some Swinging Girls Sherbet Pips for herself and I asked if I could have 4.5″ just in case I need it for a pink baby quilt. I’ll consider it part of my stash temporarily. If the baby we’re waiting on is a girl, I’m totally adding these girls to the quilt.  Fingers crossed!

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I ordered a blogger’s bundle from Fat Quarter Shop this week – the first time I’ve ordered a bloggers bundle but I’ve considered it several times. I have no plans for it – just liked the prints!

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Yesterday Gretchen & I had a date with the longarm and I quilted two quilts – Meg’s Mermaids and Trucks. I’ll post about them soon. I was able to put the binding on Mermaids today, but Trucks still needs to be cleaned up – cut off extra the batting and backing material.

It’s Sunday so I’m linking up with Molli

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Triple Barn Star Goodness

While perusing Craftsy one day I came across the Triple Barn Star kit and knew I wanted to make it.  And although the fabrics she used in the quilt aren’t my usual ‘style’, I bought the kit and am so glad that I did.  The pattern was designed by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickery Dock and it came together so fast!  The fabric is Birch Farm by Joel Dewberry.

 
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I didn’t overthink the layout. I did, however, purposefully plan the very center of the quilt, and I wanted the inner star fabrics laid out so the pairs are on the same side (instead of random).  Other than making sure the directional prints were ‘face up’ and not putting too many similar prints close together, I really didn’t spent a lot of time on laying it all out, and I’m really happy with how it all looks.  Because the blocks are so large the piecing was quick – I pieced everything in the evenings this week (as in Monday and Tuesday!).  I’m not sure when I’ll be able to sew it all together into a finished top, but feel like I need to do that soon and get it off the design wall.

I have a date with the long arm on Saturday, so before I sew this one all together, I need to sew a set of zippers onto the back of my Trucks quilt so that it is quick to load when we get there on Saturday.  I hate having to pin onto the rollers, and will only have to do that with one of the quilts I’m planning on quilting this weekend.

I can’t believe how many tops I’ve cranked out so far this year.  This is #4 already and it’s only March.  This won’t last for long.  Even though I have PLENTY of fabric for projects in my stash (entire quilts’ worth), I won’t be able to keep up this pace for much longer.

Linking up to Lee!

 

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Sunday Stash, Bee Blocks, and Finish #2

Happy Super Lazy Sunday!
At least that’s how it has been at my house today.  Some early spring snow is falling, kids are watching movies, then playing with friends, and I was able to get some sewing done.

I actually started sewing yesterday. It was National Quilting Day, after all….what better way to spend it?

I whipped up a super quick mug rug using my leftover Twice as Nice by Riley Blake.
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After that I started working on my bee blocks for the Promises Circle at do. Good Stitches. Our March leader is Meghan and she had us doing Exploding Blocks from a tutorial at Missouri Star Quilt Co. It’s a funky block and goes together super quick, but I had a really hard time with the second-to-last piece of fabric I added per block. It was so much smaller to the block I was adding it to, and that caused puckering and just overall badness, so I ripped them apart and re-cut the final two pieces to the right size as I needed them.  I finished them this morning and in the end, they turned out ok.  (Yes, jut ‘ok’.) They’re far from square due to the fact that you have to cut them with scissors by hand, and I’m hoping they work for Meghan (fingers crossed).

Not fantastic lighting, but here they are:
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After I finished these I was contemplating starting a baby quilt for a baby that’s due next month but I couldn’t bring myself to press and cut any more, so I decided to bind the Mystery Quilt I made at the retreat last year that I finally quilted in January.

I fought with this dang thing for over an hour while I was binding it. I somehow managed to mis-cut the binding when I was about to join it and I ended up having to jerry-rig it to finish it.  Not one of my better efforts, I must say.

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But the dog doesn’t mind…

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So there you have it folks, finish #2 for the year. I’ve now officially tied my total number of finishes for 2014 and it’s only March.  Not bad, eh?

And now for my Sunday Stash –
I went to the LQS to pick up some yellow for a mug rug and some blue for the bee blocks and left with a little more than I went in for. In my defense, they were having a sale…buy 2 pre-cuts, get 1 free.  So I walked out of there with two bundles of 7 Seed Company fat quarters and one bundle of 12 Blast Off fat quarters and some binding yardage (along with the blue for my bee block that I FORGOT to use and some yellow I haven’t used yet).  I swear, those ladies at Sweetwater are going to bankrupt me!  Love the trucks!

 

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I already have backing yardage for Blast Off, but no idea what I’ll do for the top. I’m hoping the April baby we’re waiting for is a girl so I don’t have to figure this one out right away!

Holy cow, what a busy sewing weekend I had! Linking up to Molli again today.

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Sunday Stash – Worth the Drive

Gretchen started texting me photos of fabric from SR Harris fabric outlet yesterday, so I decided to take a little road trip up there myself today. After a quick stop at IKEA to pick up a few things (RASKOG cart for her and some JANSJO clamp lights for me, among other things), The Pink One and I were off to the fabric store.

Here is just one wall at the store.  Perpendicular to it were several rows with shelves 2 bolts high.

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In addition to quilting fabric, there is an incredible amount of everything – home decor, fleece, silks, just everything.

All the fabric is 1/2 off, which was a pretty good deal for most stuff.  For some reason, the solids were marked at $13.99, and at 1/2 off are still more than at my LQS, so I passed on one of the solids I had in my cart.

What I did end up with:

3 prints from Sweetwater’s Countdown to Christmas. I have a Jelly Roll patiently awaiting my attention, so I bought these ‘just in case’ I need them.  You never know, right?

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I also picked up twelve 1/4 yard cuts of Aneela Hoey’s Sherbet Pips. The ‘little neighbor girl’ I used to babysit is due with baby #3 in April, so I picked these up in hopes it’s a girl.

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My plan is to do the Cluck Cluck Sew ‘Road Trip Quilt’. It’s quick, easy, and super cute.  I once made a top in a day for a friend.   I previously made two Road Trip quilts for this mom when she had twins in 2013.  One for Audrey and one for Peyton:
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It’s funny, I’ve told Gretchen that I don’t make quilts more than once per pattern because there are so many that I want to do, but here’s proof that I’m a liar!  And I’ve got #4 planned!

 

Not pictured – some 3 random blues. I have some do. Good Stitches blocks that I need to make that call for blue, and The Pink One requested blue fabric with snowflakes for her ‘Elsa and Anna’ quilt.  I wasn’t aware that I was making her an Elsa and Anna quilt…

I also looked for something to make hedgehogs out of, but didn’t find anything that screamed at me. And by the time I started looking, we had already been there quite a while and I was hungry, so that’s for another day.

Linking up with Molli…

 

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