December 13, 2011

Take Your Time Tuesday

I am having fun looking at all the comments from my last post. I will be taking a little break after today so you can save your hand stitched gifts for a link up in the New Year. I will also get together a button before then! I will be baking lots of cookies, starting with some Peanut Butter Blossoms today. The really good/sad part is I am lactose intolerant so I will be making not eating any. Doh. I had one of those mornings and spent way too long getting Anna to school so that's why I am soo late with a post.

I finished another block last night and I laid out my Cathedral Window blocks and my goal is to have something quilt-sized to share in January.


What have you been working on this week? Can you sneak us a peek? You can link up your blog below. Happy Tuesday!


December 12, 2011

Giveaway Day: A Katie Pincushion

This will be my first time participating in Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day. I've been quilting and sewing for years now and love all hand stitching. Sometimes I can't help myself by adding that extra bit of love. So I spent more than a few hours making some special for you.

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This item is a pincushion made from one of my favorite lines called Katie Jump Rope and is made by a favorite technique. The 1/2 inch hexagons are carefully hand appliqued to 100% linen. The pincushion doesn't have any special fillers and measures about 5 inch square. It reminds me of my Single Girl, which is in the process of being hand quilted. As soon as I make this pincushion design I seem to be giving them away. I hope I can give it to someone who loves it as much as I do.



My question for you, to be answered in your comment, is, "What is your favorite sewing or quilting project that you have finished this year?"


If you leave a link of your special project, I will check it out.  No need to follow to win, but I will be sure to look you up. Check my WIPs or Finished Projects if you would like to decide to come on by again.

Please make sure you are not a no-reply blogger and I encourage any other bloggers other than blogspot to leave email information so I may contact you.

Thanks and enjoy the week perusing the many blogs linked at Sew Mama Sew.




December 6, 2011

Take Your Time Tuesdays

It's 27 degrees (F) and freezing out here in the desert. I have Christmas tree lights up in the front and back of the house for aesthetics and practicality. I am hoping the decorated lemon tree does not get frost damage, but winter has to come sometime. What better way to beat the frost that to finish a quilt?

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Made with Aneela Hoey's Sherbet Pips- Moda

Anna and I have made her first quilt together. She sewed all the squares together, I added the border, and it went off to my finished tops pile. You can read about her working on it here. The hand quilting was finished this last week.

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I added Xs and Ox for hugs and kisses inspired by the block print,

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straight lines for the edging, and hearts for the border.

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The hearts were made from a template from a cousin's wedding favor tag. My grandma said, as any true quilter would, "Oooh that would make a great applique heart." And so it did in on another quilt and as a hand quilted border here. It makes *my* heart happy.

I love the scarves as the border and Anna's favorite print as the backing, the pink doggies.

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So I guess four people efforts went into this quilt. Such as when our resident diapered quilter-in-training finding unique quilting approaches in scissors. Now didn't that look lovely.


I showed Anna what Zoe had done to it after I fixed it and she just laughed. You can read my freak out post here. Of course there is one tiny hole I missed that will get patched up soon with her favorite doggie fabric. This quilt was worth the extra effort and time. She looks happy with it and that is all that matters.

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What have you been working on this week? You can link up your blog below and your happy handmade project! Happy Tuesday!

November 30, 2011

WIP Wednesday: Hope Valley Supernova

This is my dining room table in real time a couple of minutes ago while picking colors for another Supernova block.

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I plan to make the next couple of nights some late ones and have a top soon. I am still indecisive about its size. It goes so well on our queen bed and our gray-blue paint. Sigh... I could make two blocks in a night and be done, twin size, or make six in the next week to have a decent queen sized quilt. What to do??? I am having Supernova fatigue... On a side note, my husband, the literal guy that he is, has been calling it the asterisk quilt. 

I am going to take a break and do some boring sewing today after lunch. Something about a binding and hamper repair... Zoe has a fun appointment to get some shots, after I pick Anna up for school, so the afternoon is full. So what are you really up to today? 

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

November 29, 2011

Take Your Time Tuesday

I've been away from my computer this and that has been a good thing. Family time, Thanksgiving dinner, potty training, trimming the house and trees with lights, getting out all the decorations took a lot of time. I don't do any shopping on this weekend either and prefer to spend it with family instead. I did break down Monday and bought some half priced fabric for quilt backs. Can't resist that.

I finished another Cathedral Window block... and that's about it for handwork this Tuesday. Any of you have better luck?

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Are you working on any holiday projects?  I want to make a table runner and a tree skirt. My tree definitely needs some pants like these!

Now for those rules, regs and important stuff...
1. Please be nice and encourage each other.
2. Peruse all the links and leave comments here and for others.
3. Backlink to my post here at the end of your 'Take Your Time Tuesday' post so others can join the fun.

You can link up your blog below! Happy Tuesday!





November 23, 2011

It's a Supernova!

This quilt was long overdue in its making and I get to share it this WIP Wednesday! When I saw Lee's Supernova I knew it was perfect for my Hope Valley. I didn't have the time to make then during her quilt along so it go some attention this last weekend.

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Yay! It is amazing how quickly it has been coming together. I am following her original piecing method and many of the blocks are the same. It is refreshing to follow a pattern and not have to think! I have twelve blocks cut and they are being made in assembly fashion. We have had a lot of crayola time this week and the two littlest ones have been wonderful. 

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So I am off to make some cranberry sauce, stuffing and some pies. I have a theory that every Thanksgiving dish that includes cranberries and gravy is perfection! What do you think?


November 21, 2011

Take Your Time Tuesday

So how did you all make out this week with your hand quilting or hand pieced work? I actually go distracted by an entire quilt and may be able to share a finished top on on my blog very soon. I think the word may be obsessed. The funny thing is I really didn't understand Hope Valley when it first came out, but it has a sweet vintage look.

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an excuse to play with instagram

So to start something new I thought I might try to finish something old. The Anna's Sherbet Pips quilt is almost finished and awaiting the binding to be applied by hand. There is a spot I missed, damaged by a scissor incident by a diaper-wearing quilter-in-training, but a cute applique should do the job of repairing the square. The hexagons are quickly be added to as well.

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It might be silly, but I just figured out what Sherbert Pips actually are. I never really knew and I don't think they exist in the US, at least not commonly found. Sweet candy!

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I would love to see how your week went!

Now for those rules, regs and important stuff...
1. Please be nice and encourage each other.
2. Peruse all the links and leave comments here and for others.
3. Backlink to my post here at the end of your 'Take Your Time Tuesday' post so others can join the fun.

You can link up your blog below! Happy Tuesday!





November 17, 2011

Hello Kitty Love

Isn't this freaking adorable? It's perfect. Red, aqua, kitty... I wish my daughter was wee bit older!



If you as into Hello Kitty as I am there is a contest here where you can win the Janome green Hello Kitty sewing machine and lots of  fabric to go with it!

Kathy at Pink Chalk Fabrics is looking for wonderful tutorials you have written in 2011 that would be great as holiday gifts. Give it go!

November 14, 2011

Take Your Time Tuesday

Welcome to the first Take Your Time Tuesday, where we celebrate all that is made by hand with needle and thread.

Each Tuesday I will be posting my handmade projects and their progress. All of them seem to take quite a while and I want to make each a finish with you. With handwork as a favorite choice, many of these projects won't be finished soon. As your amazing projects come to completion, let's keep each other motivated and celebrate our hand stitched finishes. I know I am going to be humbled by the talent I will see.

I am pulling out an UFO. This was a quick fix using reproduction 30s fabrics. I used an embroidery stitch for the stems and hand appliqued the rest. I got addicted to perle cotton and put it aside. It's a quick table runner pattern from the Happy Zombie that I made into a wallhanging. Ignore the floating leaves, that's all me. I do want to finish it by Christmas.

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Since I been going on about my Cathedral Windows, I wanted to show that I have actually made more than a couple of them. You must think I show the same 3 or 4 repeatedly photographed and rotated carefully! I'll show them all laid out together when I finish the last 4 or 5 blocks.

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My hexagon quilt is being modified. I made some calculations and I'll need a row and column for a twin sized bed. Since this is on my bucket list of quilts I might as well make it fit a bed. Why be in such a hurry, right? So twenty more flowers it is. I basted these hexagons this weekend and I am adding more in the green and blue colorway to cool down the color scheme.

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Anna's quilt is so close to being finished, but I'll show you it next week since I only got a few stitches in it this week.

Now for those rules, regs and important stuff...
1. Please be nice and encourage each other.
2. Peruse all the links and leave comments here and for others.
3. Backlink to my post here at the end of your Tuesday post so others can join the fun.

Maybe I'll get all techie and make a button so you can link here quicker, but I enjoyed a long weekend in Zion NP and was a complete slacker.

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Can you blame me?

You can link up your blog below! Happy Tuesday!






November 9, 2011

Windows and Hearts

This is the 16th Cathedral Window block and it will be finished today or tomorrow. The other block is in this post here. I was especially happy that some orange henna could be added. Thanks Jenny! Yay! It's silly, but those temporary basted threads in gray are really bothering me. I keep on thinking they look like crazy pet whiskers. Although, I do love the no-pin basting method. 

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Anna's almost finished quilt, love saying that, is getting a border of hearts.

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I am using a blue washable pen to trace and mark the intervals. I still can't figure out what to do with the striped border, but maybe a simple cable will work.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


I really need to catch up on emails and blog reading today. Which may or may not happen. I feel really guilty. I have been feeling under the weather due to some possible food allergies. I haven't been at the machine for weeks either. Under a quilt on the couch feels too good. It's really frustrating when food is an enemy. Going out for dinner is impossible too. The good news is by eliminating non-nutritional processed junk, I have lost 20 lbs since August. Enough whining... just wanted to tell you why I am an almost no commenting/responding internet recluse lately.

November 8, 2011

Pips And Pomegranates

So Take Your Time Tuesdays is a go for next week. Mostly because I have to figure out some linky stuff. Maybe I'll make a button, but I am not sure I even know how to do that. Anything made with fabric by hand or being finished by hand by you works.

Anna's quilt is getting some TLC and the hand quilting is coming along. I am working on the borders now.

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I am also staring at some yummy pomegranate jelly setting on my kitchen window.



It didn't set the first time, but I did the whole canning process/routine over again. It's made from our tree in the backyard and it took about 20 pomegranates to make eight half pints. One is in the fridge already and I am determined to have some toast with it at lunch. Yes, organic juice from the store would have worked too but this is my work from beginning to end! Very satisfying and even more yummy to eat.







November 7, 2011

49,800 Stitches

I have 83 of  these hexagon blocks done to date. Since I like numbers... that's 24 seams, 25 stitches over 83 blocks which is 49,800 stitches give or take a few. Yikes!

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This is the 15th block or so of my Cathedral Window. Does anyone actually own an antique CW quilt? I have some questions for you.

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Anybody interested in a weekly link up with just hand-stitched or hand-quilted projects? I rarely finish a project weekly. I thought it might be fun to share those long term WIP projects in one place and celebrate long awaited finishes together. Maybe call it Take Your Time Tuesdays? What do you think? Any takers?


October 31, 2011

October 28, 2011

Springtime Placemats

An old UFO has become finished. It may or may not be because I need more room for fabric and more unfinished quilt tops. I fell in love with this fabric of garden herbs in bloom.

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They were not without their mishaps. Hypothetically, this was suppose to make it to the trash on Wednesday.


And running out of thread Thursday night didn't help. The 8th placemat was inches away from being finished.


They will look good with these coasters on the springtime kitchen table. I like how the 1 inch grid worked out. Blue painter's tape to quilt the straight lines worked beautifully.

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The coasters are a design from Joelle Hoverson's book Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts. There is an 8th coaster somewhere, but it's under a coffee cup somewhere.


With minutes to go on this Friday...

Can't wait to visit you all at Amy's Sew and Tell, Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday  and Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday today and this weekend!





October 26, 2011

Hedgies, Hexagons and Herbs

These hexagon 'blocks' should be finished by Friday and layout decided on this weekend so it can actually be made into a quilt top. I have about 10 left out of the 83. Whoohoo!


Here are three of eight placemats I have been making quilting progress on. I am a free-motion dropout and went with a grid, with the help of some painters tape. I actually machine needle stabbed my finger while practicing the FMQ this weekend. Not good- I almost thought I needed stitches! They will be my Spring placemats. I love the herb fabric and I have had this UFO hanging around for years! I am finishing it for Friday.


Anna's quilt has been basted too. All good, even after 'the incident'. Any damaged fabric was replaced. I am at a loss at how to quilt it. I need to think fast! Help.


And... EPIC happy mail week... hedgehogs! Squeal! I am always looking out for these little guys. These are going to make a great quilt by Christmas! I am thinking the greens/yellows would make a great bag mixed with some linen. BTW,  did I ever tell you my etsy name? hedgehogandthefox!

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I also found an Ipad ap called Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts. I could stare at these quilts for hours. A-maz-ing! All the red and white quilts are here.

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I am hoping to share some finished projects this Friday! :)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

October 14, 2011

Scaredy's Reading Quilt

The Scaredy Squirrel Reading Quilt is finally finished.

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The name is the first thing my kids called it and it stuck. We fell in love with the cute squirrel fabric. The Scaredy Squirrel series is one of our all-time favorites.

How can you not like this neurotic little fella?
Frolic by Wendy Slotbloom, Deer Valley and my favorite Wild Thyme fabrics were used to make it look boyish. 'I' think the flowers are boyish! No pink and pastels so we're good!

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It uses Amanda Jean's zigzag technique that uses rectangles instead of half square triangles. I love that. She can always think outside the box! It took me a weekend to piece. That seems to be a habit with me.  Quilt tops that are finished in a blink of an eye, but forever to quilt. I have a stack to go through.

The kids were given their quilt at *last* Christmas. It measures approximately 44" by 68" so they used it all winter at reading time. It's perfect for all three on the couch with an adult, and I gradually added the pick-stitching with perle cotton whenever I felt like it. I had already stitched in the ditch along the zig-zags with the sewing machine.

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Yup, I just wanted to get the quilt used and not left in the sewing room. It was thrown it in the dryer last night at 10. Which is the reason these pictures aren't the most stellar. I'll add my obligatory quilt zombie picture later this afternoon. 

My finger, the one under the quilt, is being nursed back to health. I hand quilted a good half of it this month. Is there a secret to not jabbing yourself? What kind of stitch size do you like? I am still undecided on the style of spacing I used- big stitches...little space between the stiches or both the same? My Kaliedoscope and Single Girl are calling to me next.

Can't wait to visit you all at Amy's Sew and Tell, Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday  and Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday today and this weekend!

October 12, 2011

help a couple of bloggers out?

Hey, could you help a couple of bloggers out?

First, Amy Webb of AmyLouWho has had some problems with her blog. I have linked up with Sew and Tell for a while now and it was my first linky party. I like these linkies because I get to meet new people and make new connections with bloggers that have the same interests. She is now blogging at her new address, http://www.amylouwhosews.com/,  and you can help her by updating your gadget's link or visiting this Friday's Sew and Tell.  You can read the full post here about how her old blog is being held hostage(sold off) for $2,800! Boo on Go Daddy! Really? Who has that kind of money?



I also would like you to go visit another blog and vote for this funny mummy at Parenting. Illustrated with Crappy Pictures.  Actual voting link is here.



(I hope she isn't too mad I stole this cute guy from her blog.) She captures, with side splitting humor, the craziness of being a parent. I swear she has a hidden camera at my house!

Maximum Cuteness(or, tiny little manipulators),
Appreciation Deficiency(or how to get more ice cream),
and Going Viral are some of my favorites. So vote often? Vote at least twice? ;)

Take a few minutes and help some ladies out. Purty please?! Let me know if you do.




October 11, 2011

Those Three Quilts

For the last two weeks I worked on my major projects. I *really* want to finish these three quilts.

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Another postage stamp block is completed and placing it next to the other three made me feel like I was getting somewhere. This measures about 40 inches square. I am having issues with the blocks not being square by a quarter inch to half inch, but I am hoping it will iron out in the end- fingers crossed.

Here is a closeup of the back of my hexagon 'blocks'. I always wondered what the back of these types of  projects looked like when figuring out how to paper piece. So here you go.

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I complete the petals then add the center with one thread. Then the ecru borders(Kona Bone), which are pieced by themselves, are added in one or two threads. Since the paper is not basted, I can slip out the papers when each hexagon is surrounded.

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I thought I would be overwhelmed, but I only have 30 flowers blocks to add. I have completed piles of flowers and edging waiting to be sewn together.

Another block is completed in my Cathedral Window. I think this makes 13 or 14? I have 5 left before the bigger piecing begins.

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On another note, I ordered some sale fabric this week from iltec on etsy.

Sherbet Pips-Puppy Dog Tails in Lemonade

The secret of the shredded quilt is now safe. Anna will love the dogs as her quilt back. It was her favorite print. It was more cost effective than wandering around my LQSs and 'needing' other things as well!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced