Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Snowstorm and a Sugar Skull Cat

Well I haven't been doing any sewing since I put the 100 blocks up on the design wall. I have two blocks I want to change but no get-up-and-go to redo them. They are blocks that just don't fit anywhere & catch your eye wherever they are. Too busy. But I cleaned my sewing area, and I must have put away my drive as well. Oh well. Maybe after Easter weekend. 

My youngest got out of school early due to the weather today and spent the afternoon making forts. First he started with this very well made, but small kitty fort for our cat, Fred. 


Then he just wasn't satisfied and asked if it was okay if he could make something a little bigger. I said, "sure!" And before you know it the entire living room is covered in sheets. 


But it kept him busy for hours and the dog and the cat played along. He's under there reading as I type this. Content, as a little boy should be. 

Even though I've been avoiding the sewing room, I've still been busy. I always have to have my hands busy. I ordered this sugar skull cat pattern off of Etsy and have been cross-stitching quite a bit. 

I've cross-stitched for 20 years now and have just started looking at patterns that I would like. I found one that made me bust out laughing. It said, in pretty script, "Please don't do cocaine in the bathroom". I'd just love that for our country home! Lol. I'm also thinking of designing my own cross-stitch quilt designs. I used to do this and enjoyed it. After I was done, I'd design a tote bag around it and give it away. I just found two of my cross-stitched "quilts" (about 3x3) the other day. This is probably why I stopped if they started piling up. I have so many finished cross-stitch projects that I don't know what to do with. Too many. Dozens. At least quilts I can donate. That's why, for awhile there, I was making my cross-stitch into bags, table toppers, seat cushions & quilts. It's too bad people don't like this stuff (and I had any followers) or I'd have a bunch of giveaways. 

Anyway, I've rambled on enough for now. I will leave you with a picture of what is, I hope, our last snowstorm of the winter. 

If you look closely, you can see lots of black specks all over the trees which are birds that suddenly came in to visit. 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

All 100 Blocks Are Finished!!!

I did it! I finished all 100 blocks of the Tula Pink City Sampler quilt! Oh yeah! Un huh! I am so excited to have these all done but also a little sad. I really looked forward to working on these blocks every day. They got me through the winter and helped me through my depression. I have major depressive disorder among other things and the long stints can feel pretty relentless. It's nice to have a project that can break through some of that. Or at least seem like it (I am on some pretty hardcore meds that deserve credit).


I am not sure how fussy I am going to get with placement. I just threw these blocks up on the design wall and I can see a few things I want changed but I am not going to get too wild about it. I'll give it three days of making changes I think. Then I will start to sew it up. I plan to sash it in white and do some simple quilting to finish it off. It will take some time, seeing that it will be queen-size once it's done. But it will be pretty sweet to have it done. 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Only Four Blocks Left!

I've been working on the Tula Pink City Sampler since February and loving every minute. Unfortunately, I've only got four blocks left of the hundred that make up the quilt! I've been trying to drag it out by doing only one or two blocks a day lately but that is HARD. I just love working on this quilt so much. 

I've started laying it out on my design wall to see what I need for colors:


And I've made some of my last blocks (keep in mind that I didn't go in order) 




And soon I will be assembling it. Sigh. At least I have some great projects lined up to do once I have this completed. The Gypsy Wife and the Swoon. Plus I'll be cross-stitching a sugar skull cat. Very fun. But nonetheless, this was an epic project and I will miss it. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sneak Peek

Just a little sneak peek at what I'm working on right now. This has been sitting in the cupboard for over two years so I think it's about time I dug it out and finished it. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Log Cabin Batik Quilt

I have had this quilt in the cupboard, unfinished, for over two years. I created it as a quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) not really knowing how to do the joining part. I ran out of backing fabric when I had four blocks left and quit. I put it in the cupboard and didn't look at it until the other day.

I could no longer purchase the backing fabric but I found a complimentary fabric and quilted the last four blocks. Then I took a day and few naps to think about how I wanted to finish it. I watched some QAYG videos and dreaded doing all those little strips when I was only planning on hanging this on the wall. So I decided to do a tight zigzag stitch and be done with it. Better than sitting on a shelf.

Here it is minus the binding, plus my feet:


Friday, March 28, 2014

Quilting Wish List

Over the years my tastes, style and ability have changed quite a bit. As I have worked on and completed projects, I've learned a lot about quilting and myself. Working on Tula Pink's City Sampler has especially taught me a lot. I only have about 17 blocks left to do and I am no longer afraid of doing triangles or intricate small piecing. In fact, I've learned that I really enjoy it. It's like putting together a puzzle.

Now that I'm getting close to the end of the City Sampler project I'm looking at what quilt projects I would like to do next. Here's what interests me:


  • Gypsy Wife by Jen Kingswell  I'm totally in love with this pattern. Definitely going to make it next.
  • Farmer's Wife   This pattern will look good if I do it in a color combination that is striking. Hmm like aqua, mustard, a touch of pink, teal, melon, red.
  • I've been looking at Dear Jane   but that one looks a little too daunting. I've tried applique and hated it and there is a lot of applique in this quilt so I'd say it's out.
  • Swoon . I want to make this for our master bedroom. Either purple and gray or aqua and black on white. 
I'll continue making simple charity baby blankets every other week and working on a big project every day. I think this really works for me. I have the satisfaction of completion on a regular basis without having to think of what I am going to do next.

What about you? What's on your quilting wish list?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Brown Batik Baby Quilt

I am still purging my stash of fabrics that no longer do it for me. This is another quilt that is a result of that. I pulled all of these brown batik fat quarters and thought "yuck". But as it came together it turned into something beautiful. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Some family will be happy to get this one. It's also going to Bundles of Love Charity (www.bundlesoflove.org).

Also, I swear these pictures were nicer and clear before I loaded them into Blogger. It makes them fuzzy for me for some reason.