December 7, 2012

I'm working on a few things I cant show right now, but in between holiday sewing and cooking and gift wrapping and all that seasonal stuff that we all do, I threw this up on the design wall


I'm not sure where I saw the idea for this, but somewhere out in flickr/pinterest/blogland I saw a quilt made out of orphan blocks, and since then super scrappy quilts have been on my mind!

I love the scrappy-ness!  unfortunately, I dont have enough orphan blocks to make anything right now, but it sure is pretty to look at every day.

November 17, 2012

So here's what those tiny HST's were for...a pincushion! This will be sent off for a pincushion swap between the Kansas City, Austin, Wichita, Bay Area, Vancouver, Indianapolis, Boston, and Northern Virginia Modern Quilt Guilds.  Whew. 




It was fun to make, but man.  those tiny HST's were a pain to piece.  I used the Magic HST technique (where you sew around the square and cut it diagonally twice.)  I dont know if it was the best way due to the bias edges and it being so small, but I think it turned out pretty well.

Cant wait to see what I receive back in the swap!


November 13, 2012

teeny tiny HSTs...am I nuts for doing this?  they finish at 3/4 inches...


November 7, 2012

What do you think of the new design here on the blog?  I thought it was time to give it a fresh look.

I have been sewing, but not photographing my progress!  I need to get better at that...

Anyways, Halloween has gone, and not a photo in sight of the knight costumes I made the boys...I keep meaning to get them back up in costume gear, but things keep getting in my way.

Like borrowing candy from their buckets.

Or more like working feverishly on Christmas sewing.



Patchwork stockings that I think I've mentioned before.  I love the look of the free pieced letters.  I've added just a bit of hand stitching to give each a little personal touch.  I'm so looking forward to the holidays this year, it has been a long year!

October 3, 2012

A little sneaky peak at what I'm working on besides christmasy stuff:


Do you think I've used enough pins?



October 2, 2012

woah, its October already!  I still havent gotten the boy's halloween costumes sorted yet..was going to work on that today, but the on and off hard rain is keeping me homebound. 

So its movies and sewing today!

I posted the cut up squares for my most recent start at a project the other day, but now am at a crossroads.  How to divvy up the squares to make 4 stockings?

heres a photo:



from left to right, I have:

1. random everything.  put all the squares in a bucket and pull them out one by one.
2. almost monochromatic, blues/greens/grey/white
3. traditional christmas scheme. red/green/white
4-6. monochromatic.  blues/greens/reds withe white and grey

im digging most everything, but i need to pare it down to 4 groups.  the middle two are my favorite.  if I had fourth main color, I'd go with the monochromatics..

I suppose i could do 3 mono and 1 with everything...

Such hard decisions! 

September 27, 2012

Well, its been just a bit under a year since my last post...So much for posting after the holidays!


I'll be honest, I just haven't had the urge to blog much this past year.  Life has been uneventful, but busy.


This fall, my oldest boy has started kindergarten.  What a heart-wrenching thing to do!  After spending almost every day with my little man, I have to say goodbye to him every morning now.  On the upside I still have the younger boy hanging around for a few more years...plus, I have way more time in the day to work on quilting!


I wish I had more to share since my last postings, but I have only made a few gift quilty things, and forgotten to take photos before sending them off to their new owners!

So I leave you today with a pile of 2.5in squares that I cut the other day, ready for making some patchwork Christmas stockings..




mostly cut from several charm packs, supplemented with bits of scraps donated from my someday granny square quilt bin.  Now to draft up a stocking pattern!