Sunday, December 30, 2012

December Schnibbles

Where in the world did December go?!  Oh my goodness - this was the fastest month ever I believe.  Good grief.  I will do a handmade Christmas gift recap shortly but this month was a complete blur. 

I did manage to get finished the last Schnibbles project of the year though.  We were tasked with making one of the new Little Bites patterns.  This time it is was Morsel.  Cute, cute pincushions!


I made the round version and just made the one.  :)  Slacker, I know but like I said - the month was a blur!  The fabric I used was Modern Workshop by Oliver & S.  I like how bright and cheerful it is.  I plan to make the rectangular version too at some point.

A big THANK YOU to both Sherri and Sinta for yet again hosting this fun year long project!  I am proud to say that I completed all twelve projects.  I learned a lot and am so glad I participated this year after watching from the sidelines for a few years.  Thank you ladies.

Be sure to check out the parade on Sherri and Sinta's blog in the next day or two.

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Block #6

I just love getting my designer mystery block of the month in the mail from the Fat Quarter Shop.  I literally put whatever else I am working on aside and get started on these blocks as soon as they arrive!  I don't want to get behind on them and I just love this Vintage Modern fabric so much.  Here is my Block #6 -

Block 6

This month, the block was designed by Kate Spain.  I just love her pretty fabrics.....

It is hard to believe we are half-way through with these blocks already!  I can't wait for December's block to arrive!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

November Project - Drop

For this month's Schnibbles project we were given the task of making one of the new Little Bites patterns - Drop.  I made version #1 and it is just the cutest little thing! 

November schnibbles - Drop!

I used the fabric line Lovely by Sandy Gervais for Moda.  I don't know why I made such a Spring version of this since it is the Christmas season but oh well!  It will be great for Spring and Easter.

Drop - November schnibbles project
Please remember to check out the parade in the next day or two over at Sherri's blog and Sinta's blog.  Thank you ladies for hosting.  I can't wait to see what our final project is for the year!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I wish I could say I accomplished more of my sewing/quilting goals this past week, but with Thanksgiving last week and traveling, I don't have much to share.

So, this week I am sharing a quick little fall table runner I whipped up for my husband's secretary. 

Phenominal Fall Runner
Fall Runner for Billie

I just used a charm pack (Phenomenal Fall by Sandy Gervias) and sewed it together and added some brown ric-rac to try to add something to this.  These are not my typical colors to work with, but thought it would be a good Thanksgiving gift for Mrs. Billie. 

Runner Label

Here is shot of the label on the back.  The label came from my monthly Label Crew subscription with Sweetwater.  I love their labels!

I also finished this cute little pillow for my new nephew last week too -

Pillow for Brooks
WIPS from Last Week:  12
Started Projects this Week:  2
Completed Projects this Week:  2
Current WIPS:  12

I am linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pillow for my NEW Nephew!

This year my husband and I went to the Dallas/Fort Worth area for Thanksgiving!  We had a great time.  Normally we stay home for Thanksgiving and then go to DFW for Christmas with my family but this year we decided to flip flop our holidays around.  It was great to see my family and meet my new nephew, Brooks, for the first time!  He was just born on November 7th.  Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of precious Brooks.  (I like to call him Brooksie!). 

I did manage to make a new pillow for Brooks' nursery before we left town.  It matches the quilt I gave to my sister at her shower a few months ago.

Pillow for Brooks

Zig Zag Quilt

The fabric I used was Grow with Me by Deb Strain.  It is a cute little fabric line and since the baby's nursery is decorated with a monkey theme it worked well!

For the first time I am linking up to Quilt Story for their Fabric Tuesday post!  Yay! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

WIP Wednesday - On a Whim

This past week I finished up my On a Whim blocks.  I started these blocks probably in the Spring and for whatever reason couldn't finish them up - I guess there were other pretty things calling my name!  The fabric I am using for this quilt is Flora by Lauren & Jessie Jung for Moda.  This line of fabric is simply beautiful!

Blocks 15 & 16
Blocks 15 & 16
Blocks 17 & 18
Blocks 17 & 18

Blocks 19 & 20
Blocks 19 & 20

Now I just need to put all 20 blocks together, add the border, make the backing, baste it, quilt it and bind it AND then it will be done!  HA!  Maybe by Easter!

WIPS from Last Week:  12
Completed Projects this Week:  0
Current WIPS:  12

I am linking up to WIP Wednesday with Lee over at Freshly Pieced today.  I love this accountability!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veterans Day!

I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our Veterans and our current military persons overseas and here at home.  I pray for your safety daily and am so thankful to have brave people protecting our country and our freedoms.  My Dad is a veteran too and I am so proud that he is my Dad. 

Xblock ruler class!

I made this Texas flag at my local quilt shop probably a year and half ago using the X-Box ruler.  A patriotic quilt is on my never ending and every growing to do list!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Wednesday already?!  The weeks just fly by.  It is hard to imagine that Thanksgiving is just in a couple weeks and then Christmas is right around the corner.  Eek!

I do have a finish this week to share.  Yay!  I finished quilting and bound this fun rainbow quilt that will be donated to our local girls ranch.  It is bright and cheerful and I hope it will give a young girl some comfort and she transitions in and out of foster care into a forever home.

Girls Ranch Rainbow Quilt
Quilt Front
Girls Ranch Quilt
Another Front Shot for good measure....
Quilting Close-up
Close-up of stippling by yours truly
Girls Ranch Back
Pieced back
The blocks came from a bee that my friend Laura is in.  Laura is one of my dearest friends (HI LAURA!) and  we and a couple people near where we live have just started the East Texas Modern Quilt Guild.  As our guild project, we are making quilts for all of the girls who will be in and out of the girls ranch.  These quilts will be for the girls to take with them as they transition out of the ranch and into their forever homes.  So, this is a great use of Laura's bee blocks.  I just trimmed them down, put in the sashing, border, made the back and quilted and bound this one.  This was a fun project to finish.

WIPS from Last Week: 13
Completed Projects this Week:  1
Current WIPS: 12

I am linking up to WIP Wednesday with Lee over at Freshly Pieced!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Last week was the first time I linked up to WIP Wednesday over at Lee's blog, Freshly Pieced.  Well, I only showed one of my many WIP's....instead of all of them.  So here is my attempt to completely come clean with ALL of my WIP's.  WARNING - this post will be picture heavy as my WIP's are totally out of control!

Completed Quilt Tops - Awaiting Basting & Quilting 

Bounce Quilt Top - Finished this Week!

Strawberry Fields quilt top!
Pattern:  Shortcake by Cluck Cluck Sew
Modern Workshop Lone Star quilt top
Lone Star Quilt made from a class at my LQS from Modern Workshop fabric
Quilt from Mystery Class!
Mystery Class Quilt from a class at another shop with Pam Kitty Morning fabrics
Summer Sampler
Summer Sampler Series Quilt Top

Fresh Flowers Wild Things
Pattern:  Wild Things from Thimbleblossoms
Fresh Cotton Quilt Top
Fresh Cottons Quilt Top

City Weekend FQSQAL Quilt Top
Fat Quarter Stars QAL with
Moose on the Porch Quilts

If you are still with me, there are pictures of EIGHT quilt tops above, BUT guess what, there are actually NINE.  I haven't photographed one yet.  The one I haven't photographed yet is to be given to our local girls ranch and it is bright and happy and is the first one on my list to be completed.
Quilts in Process
Thankfully, I only have four more quilts in the process stage!  Ugh.
On a Whim blocks 7&8 of 20
On a Whim Quilt by Thimbleblossoms - I have made 14 of 20 blocks.....

I don't have pictures of the three other quilts I have started though.  Two are from International Quilt Festival classes taken in 2010 (Crazy Nines class and Piccadilly Stars class) and the final project is a hand applique class I took at my LQS thinking I would have a passion for that type of quilting - and guess what?! - turns out I am lacking that passion after all!
So, there it is - full disclosure.  Whew, it feels good to come clean.  :)  Hopefully by linking up weekly it will light a fire under me to finish some of these projects up!
Current WIPS:  13
Completed Projects this Week:  0
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


For our October Schnibbles project we were given the choice to either make Bounce or Hubble designed by the super talented Carrie Nelson.  I decided to make Bounce.  When I started participating in the monthly Schnibbles projects co-hosted by Sherri at A Quilting Life and Sinta at the Pink Pincushion, I made it a goal of mine to have the project completely finished by the end of the month - QUILTING AND ALL!  I just didn't need anymore WIP's lying around. 

Well, since this project was much larger than usual, I gave myself a break and only have the top completed.  That is OK - I really love how the top turned out so much, that I want to get cracking on the quilting as soon as I can!  Here she is....


I made my version of Bounce from the fabric line Flea Market Fancy from Denyse Schmidt.  I love how this top turned out and it was very much worth the time and effort!  I can't wait for it to become a quilt. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog and please be sure to check out the other beautiful quilts that will be on Sherri's blog and Sinta's blog in the next few days.  I can't wait to see what November's project will be!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Quilt

I finished this Halloween Twister Quilt about a month ago.  I took the twister class at my local quilt shop using the twister ruler.  I enjoyed it and will probably make another one sometime.  At the time I had a random Halloween layer cake lying around and thought - why not?!  I am glad I did!

Halloween Twister

Halloween on the Fence

On the back I used a couple of the leftover layer cake pieces and pieced a strip between the rest of the backing fabric.  I had a lot of the black print with dead flowers and spiders on it - but not enough! :)

Halloween Quilt Back

Halloween Quilt Back

With some of the leftover yardage, I made my precious 4 year old niece a trick-or-treat bag.  It ended up being a little large but hopefully she can use it for a few years!

Treat Bag
This pic is super blurry - sorry!
Treat Label
Label is from label crew project with Sweetwater

Also, I found these super cool Halloween feathered trees at Hobby Lobby last year and just had to have them!  They have lots of black feathers and some orange and green feathers with purple glitter on them.  I just love these crazy trees!

Patchwork Halloween Runner

Halloween Runner with Feather tree!

And the table runner is one of the first things I ever made when I started this fun hobby - and yes, it all is from the same fabric line.  The line is Haunted Mansion by Sanae for Moda Fabrics.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Since I actually have a blog now, why not participate in the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side?!  I have enjoyed looking at the quilts in this festival for the past few years, so I am excited to actually participate this time.

The quilt I am entering is a baby quilt that I made earlier this year for a dear friend's baby girl.  This particular friend and I go way back - we were roommates in college and had such a great time.  We are lucky to live in the same town and get together often.  My friend came over to my house and picked the lovely fabric out of my stash!!  The quilt itself is very simple, but such a cheerful, happy design. 

Verna baby girl quilt

This quilt is made out of the lovely Verna by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics and the pattern is actually a free pattern from Kate Spain on the Moda website.  This is kind of my go to baby quilt pattern.  Super easy and a great result every time. 

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures : 42" x 42"
Special techniques used : none other than pieced and quilted by me!
Quilted by : me! - an all over stippling
Best Category : Baby Quilt Category

Thanks for stopping by!  I can't wait to see all of the pretty quilts.  Thank you for hosting this fun festival Amy!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bouncing Along

This month for our Schnibbles project we had the option of either choosing Bounce or Hubble.  I chose to make Bounce and am just in love with how it is coming together. 

I decided to make mine out of Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt.  I am VERY pleased with my fabric choice and can't wait to finish this beauty up! 


Bounce in Progress

36 Scrappy Stars
36 Stars

I'll have the completed quilt top ready to show you by the end of the month - so please stop by again!  Thank YOU for stopping by!

For the first time I am linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.  I need some quilting accountability in my life!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Block of the Month

This year I decided to participate in the Designer Mystery Block of the Month program offered by the Fat Quarter Shop.  We have made 5 blocks so far and I am just in love with them.  The fabric is Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for Moda and it has become one of my favorite all time fabric lines.  I just completed Block #5 over the weekend and here is is....

Vintage Modern #5
Block 5
I think Block 5 is my new favorite!  Although, I think I say that every month!

FQS Block 4
Block 4

FQS Designer Mystery Block #3
Block 3

Blocks 1 & 2 of FQS Designer Mystery BOM
Blocks 1 & 2

This is my first time ever participating in a Block of the Month program and I couldn't be more pleased with this one.  Each month, a fun and beautiful package of fabric arrives with super clear and colored instructions!  There is so much fabric included that I think I could probably make two blocks out of it. 

I think I am making for this beauty for my guest room.  My guest room has two twin beds in it and I think I could make matching quilts for the beds with all of the extra fabric.  I can't wait to see what is in store for next month!

Monday, October 15, 2012

100 Quilts for Kids!

Wow!  The 100 Quilts for Kids link has over 200 quilts in it!  That is amazing and not surprising considering how generous and caring the quilting community is.  I am proud to link this quilt up as a part of this great project organized by Katie at Swim, Bike, Quilt!

Since I am linking up so late, the pictures are pretty poor but the quilt is so pretty in person - if I do say so myself! :)

100 Quilts for Kids

Cross Bridge Ranch Quilt
Quilt for Crossbridge Ranch

This quilt is being donated to the Crossbridge Girls Ranch in my small East Texas town.  This ranch provides a place for girls in between foster care and adoption.  We have just started the East Texas Modern Quilt Guild and this is our charity project - creating a quilt for every girl to take with her as she transitions in and out of the ranch. 

The pattern I chose was Radio Way by Jaybird Quilts and the fabric is Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.