A Finished Top!

Surrounded by Scraps (or in my case, Surrounded by Happy Scraps) is now a finished top and is off to the longarm quilter! Yay.

Last week I started assembling the rows. Here are the first two:

Today, I finally completed the top. I realized once I got the center together that I really liked mine without the borders. The original pattern has 5″ borders of the background fabric. That would make it plenty big for a queen, but I just wasn’t feeling it. (I will be honest; it didn’t help that with the borders it might be too long for my backing fabric. And I’m lazy.)

Here’s how far over the sides of my queen-sized bed it goes without the borders:

But, I do like it an awful lot without the borders so I decided to call it done.

Then I found this while I was pressing it. (I tried so hard to avoid two of the same fabric being next to each other!)

I delivered it to the quilt shop this evening so maybe by next Tuesday or Wednesday it will be back and I can bind it and call it done!

What have you been working on?

Quilt on!

Some Sewing and Quilting

I’m still working on getting the Surrounded by Scraps top together and have no new pictures, but that’s not the only progress I’ve been making here. La Passacaglia got a little bit of love today.

Some friends from church get together on Tuesdays to knit. Today I joined them and worked on La Passacaglia, because knitting is not going to happen! Seriously not going to happen.

First I picked the colors for the next round. Here were my options:

I ruled out the upper right pretty quickly, The one on the left was a nice look but a little too blendy for my taste. I chose the bottom right because it provided more contrast and was a more relaxing fabric.

Once I got that round sewed onto the star, it was time to choose the next round. Here are the choices for that round:

At first I thought the upper left was my choice. I still think it looks pretty nice. The upper right also looks fine, but I chose the more relaxing option on the bottom. I have that wreath made, but I haven’t yet attached it to the star section.

Last night I also sat down at my quilting frame and did a little handquilting while listening to The Voice. It felt good to do some of that again. It has been a while! Maybe now I will make some progress on that quilt.

What have you been working on this week?

Quilt on!

Friday Funk

Who would have guessed that after several consecutive productive days, I would post on Monday and then immediately become worthless? Ugh! It feels like illness has dogged DH and I for months now! (Fact check: it has really only been one month.) I got the prizes mailed out and a few groceries and then became a lump of blob. I thought I just had a brand new cold. When the coughing became progressively became more violent, I finally caved and went to the doctor. Probably a sinus infection. Antibiotics and inhalers already have the coughing greatly improved, but the energy is probably far away still. Sigh.

So, currently there is not any progress on any front except the cough improvement. And my Disney Emojii Blitz score. I did get one side of the Surrounded by Scraps blocks attached, but I don’t have any pictures. Maybe later today I will feel like finishing those blocks up. Have I mentioned before that I am going to call mine Surrounded by Happy Scraps?

I hope you are all healthy!

Quilt on!

It’s Monday!

Just thought I’d drop by to update on my weekend progress. Nothing terribly exciting, but some progress nonetheless.

First up, since the BTN provided us with some spring football (and we all know that football is the best time for hand piecing), La Passacaglia got a little love. I completed the first of three Rosette 2s.

Then I put the Rosette 1 next to it (randomly, mind you) just to see how they fit together.  I think I’m going to like this.

Yesterday, I finished the top and bottom sections for the Surrounded by Scraps blocks. The plan for today (as soon as I post this) is to assemble those blocks. (I think I’m going to end up calling this Surrounded by Happy Scraps).

It does not help anything that I seem to be coming down with a cold again. Didn’t I just do that? And didn’t it hang around forever? Grrrrrr!

What did you do this weekend?

Quilt on!

Saturday Stuff

First and foremost, if you are reading this before 11:59 pm EDT on Saturday, April 15, you still have time to enter the giveaway. Just click here, follow the directions and use the Rafflecopter widgets.

Now, I just thought I’d update you on a little bit.

  1. DD seems to be feeling better although certainly not well. But better is good!
  2. I’ve made a little progress on the Surrounded by Scraps. See:
  3. I opened up the layer cake that didn’t make it into the giveaway. I can’t wait to use this. 2 more weeks!
  4. I’m three for three in meeting daily goals:
    • Thursday – taxes done and submitted
    • Friday – dining room table sorted and springified
    • Saturday – filing caught up and reorganized
  5. There may be a little La Passacaglia progress since there is spring football this afternoon. Somehow football season seems to be the time I do the most hand piecing.
  6. Last post was my 800th post. I saw that and thought, “I need to have a giveaway!” Then I realized that I already had a couple layer cake giveaways going on. 😄
  7. I can’t wait to write the post announcing the giveaway winners. Tomorrow! Happy Easter!

How’s your weekend going?

Quilt on!

Thursday Morning Catch Up and a Giveaway!

There are so many things to catch up on and, yes, there is a layer cake giveaway here! Really! Read on to the end and enter to win one of two layer cakes. If you are a member of the secret Twitter group, this could come in handy for the upcoming May sew along.

But first – time to catch up.

Last week I got a lovely package from Katie from Katie’s Quilting Corner. At Christmas, I was not satisfied with the granddog Christmas stockings but I felt too lazy to actually make them myself. So, I commissioned the lovely Katie to make them for me because I had seen some online that she had once made. I asked her to make them in the colorways that the granddogs are – Beagle/Bassett Hound and Shih-Tsu. They arrived last week, along with a lovely note from Katie and a charm pack of Christmas fabric. Aren’t they absolutely adorable?

And here’s the charm pack.

Katie designed the paper pieced block that I did some pattern testing for and is giving it away to her blog readers for free here. Since she has published it now, here’s my version.

Since Loki’s mom was out of town for the weekend, Loki wanted some sewing time so we finished off Clue 3 of Surrounded by Scraps. I didn’t actually press them until Sunday though.

This scrappy mystery quilt is going to be much brighter than the previous one. I left out almost all the browns. (Brown Fizz made it in because I didn’t have much and it’s Fizz!)

Now let’s talk about the giveaway! Or rather giveaways!

The first layer cake is Sophia by Maywood Studios. I got this quite a while ago and have not been able to find pictures of the whole line anywhere online but here is a picture of the layer cake.

This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. You can get extra entries by tweeting each day.

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The second layer cake is Beverly Park by RJR Fabrics. If you click the link, it will take you to the Missouri Star Quilt Company page where you can see all the fabrics.

This is also a Rafflecopter giveaway. You can get one extra entry by tweeting each day.

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Thanks for entering! And reading this blog!

Quilt on!

Q2 Finish-A-Long Plans/Hopes

Now it is time for me to express my hopes for the Q2 Finish-A-Long. Here goes! Wish me well!

  1. Surrounded by Scraps – I’m guessing this one can be completed because I am currently all caught up and the final clue is due on April 12th. Once I finish the top, I plan to have it longarmed, so that should all go fairly quickly. This may be on the guest room bed by the end of the quarter.
  2. 2014 FQS Designer Mystery BOM – I have the center done. I need to trim it up and piece the borders. I have the backing fabric already. The big question will be if I quilt it myself or send it out. I’m thinking I ditch quilt this myself with gray thread, because I like the lines of this quilt so much. We’ll see. The whole idea of basting it might slow me down a bit because I hate doing that.
  3. Disappearing Pinwheels – This is the next closest to being done already. It is also a carryover from last quarter. We’ll see how it goes!
  4. The quilt from the Kimberly Einmo Lonestar class. Another carryover from last quarter. Fingers crossed.
  5. The quilt from the Kimberly Einmo Spinning Stars class. This may actually be closer to being done than the Lonestar. We’ll see.

I think that five is more than enough for one quarter. Really, I do!

Quilt on!

Life’s Full of Tough Choice, Isn’t It?

Today was a day for decisions. Yesterday, I cut the pieces for the twelfth block for the 2014 FQS Mystery BOM and began piecing it. These were the first two pieces.

Now, I must confess that today I realized that my husband had unselfishly shared RSV with me. Hopefully, I won’t feel as lousy as he does, but it did make me pause when considering whether or not I should do any sewing. Yes, I probably should have napped at least once, but I went to assemble this one.

I’ve been thinking of this as block twelve, but when I looked carefully, this is actually block 11. Block 12 is the one I had so much trouble with last week.

Here are all twelve blocks. Well, you can see 11 1/2 of them. Small room, cutting table in the way.

This brought me to decision time. What would I work on next? The finishing kit for this was already cut out. But Charlotte’s Clue 3 for Surrounded by Scraps came out yesterday and all those pieces were also already cut out. Then there are also the magenta blocks for Getting to Know Hue. What to do? What to do?

I opted to start the finishing kit for the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. First up was this block, same size as the other 12.

I also put together 8 12 1/2 inch hourglass blocks. Then the illness caught up with me and I figured I’d better quit for the day. Vegging in front of the TV now. Hoping to do more tomorrow.

Quilt on!

Recent Progress

With so many Twilters at QuiltCon last weekend, Nonnie of Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams instigated a #NoQC sew-in. I was excited to take part. Of course, I also watched all the Twilters Facebook posts, tweets and Instagram posts. I would have loved to be there, if only to meet so many Twilters in real life. Although some of the pictures I’ve seen of the quilts make me wish I’d seen them in person too.

Anyway, here are a few things I did over the weekend and Monday.

First, I finished cutting all the pieces for Surrounded by Scraps.

Then, I started working on Clue 2 for that quilt.

Here are some units ready to be put together.

And then the overhead light in my room burned out. Since the globe for it was heavily frosted, I did not want to put it back on. Plus the LED bulbs I had weren’t for use in an enclosed fixture, so I decided to leave it off. Not pretty. Another problem, the ceiling is pretty high. That problem was solved by the arrival of our son-in-law, who had no problem reaching the fixture halfway up the six-foot stepladder. So, even though when it’s turned off, it doesn’t look very pretty, when I turn on the light, I am quite happy with it! (Note: the reason I have not gotten a new fixture is that I need to wait for summer to see if I need a ceiling fan in there. It gets pretty hot on summer afternoons.)

Saturday I could get back to work.

Finally, I got clue 2 finished. Now I’m totally ready for the next clue.

Then it was time for more cutting. I cut out the two teal blocks for the Saturday Sampler I’m doing, Getting to Know Hue. It went pretty quickly, cutting both at once. I got into a great rhythm. Maybe too great because I ended up cutting a 3 3/8″ square (2 actually) in half when I wasn’t supposed to. And, of course, being a BOM, there wasn’t enough fabric to recut. Luckily, I can still get some from the shop, but it’s not here yet.

So Sunday I cut out the tenth block of the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. Then I hand sewed some binding during the Oscars.

Monday, I put the block together. I’m very happy with how my fussy cut square turned out.

This is how much thread was left on the bobbin when I finished the block. (To be totally honest, my machine tells me when the bobbin is almost empty so I was watching very carefully.)

And here is the finished block. This is a very pretty one.

Come back tomorrow to see the pictures of the quilt I finished Monday evening.

Quilt on!

#PDSI Sunday and Monday Roundup

This will be short and sweet. Mostly because I don’t have lots of pictures.

So here’s what I have accomplished this week in my sewing room, mostly on Sunday and Monday.

  1. All the cutting for Surrounded By Scraps is finished.
  2. I started sewing step 2 of Surrounded by Scraps. Here is a picture of the first batch. Actually, I am much further along in this step, but I have not taken pictures.
  3. I did the rough cut on the t-shirts for my hubby’s t-shirt quilt.
  4. I began hand sewing the binding on the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM. Still a long way to go on that.

Hopefully, I can get more done this weekend. We will see. I got somewhat slowed down by the burning out of the overhead light in the sewing room. Not that it cast much light and the plan is to leave the globe off when I replace the bulbs, but the ceilings are 10 feet tall so even with a six foot step ladder, it’s a bit difficult. Hubby is dizzy most of the time so he can’t do it. Luckily, our over 6 foot son-in-law will be here for dinner tonight so I will ask him then. I should be good to go by later this evening.

And I leave you with this picture of Ypsilanti, Michigan’s iconic water tower. I found it very interesting that they put this on the cover of a book about John Norman Collins since, to my knowledge, it does not figure prominently in the history of the serial killer, but it did get my attention. 

Quilt on!