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.

Vintage Holiday QAL Finish

My Vintage Holiday Quilt is finished!  I LOVE it!  I am glad I went with non-traditional Christmas fabrics but yet I think the fabrics still have a winter feel to them!

Quilted Vintage Holiday

I made my quilt out of the fun, sweet and cheerful line Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey for Moda.  I couldn't be more pleased with it!  Here is a close up of the quilting.....I just hit the wavy line stitch on my machine (#16) and sewed away!  I am really happy with this way of quilting and am glad to have learned you could quilt with this stitch from our group leader Heidi.

Vintage Holiday Quilting

All finished!
Vintage Holiday Back!

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Finally, a few more pictures with my naughty but sweet and spirited puppy Sunny!
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Thank you Heidi for the fun quilt-a-long!  I enjoyed making this one!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Baby Shower!

My youngest sister is having a baby BOY in November!  We are so excited for her and her husband and can't wait to meet little Brooks.  I have three sisters and this is the first little boy that our family will have and we are thrilled and a little unsure as to what to do with a boy.

This past weekend was my sister's baby shower and my Mom and my two other sisters threw her a shower.  It was a baby shower brunch and it turned out really nice.  I regret that I didn't take any pictures of the shower, but I of course took pictures of what I made for Brooks.

More burpcloths
More Burpcloths!
Zig Zag Quilt
Baby Quilt!
The quilt fabric is Grow with Me by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics and the Pattern is  by Cluck Cluck Sew - Zig Zag Baby!
Close up of ZigZag Quilt
Quilting Close-up!
Front Door Wreath!

We had a great time throwing a shower for my sister and can't wait for Brooks to join our family.  My sister is going to be a great Mommy!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Vintage Holiday Quilt Along

For the past few weeks I have been participating in the Vintage Holiday Quilt Along hosted by Heidi who blogs over at Fabric Mutt.  Isn't that just the cutest blog name?!  Anyway, Heidi has been leading us and keeping us all on task as we make the Vintage Holiday pattern designed by the talented Camille Roskelley

This pattern has been so much fun to make (and easy!) and I have loved seeing how different every one's blocks look! I decided to make my quilt out Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey for Moda fabrics.  I had been hoarding a fat quarter bundle of this fabric and I thought this line had a winter feel to it - with the scarves and all and I am just so pleased with this choice!  There is a holiday feel to the quilt but with non-traditional colors.

My top three favorite blocks in this quilt are.....

Block 12
People scooting with scarves

Block 8
Puppies playing

Block 3
Little Girls on Swings

I have actually finished quilting and binding this quilt but have been unable to take pictures yet, so I will leave you with a picture of the finished quilt top.  Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and I will be able to get a good finished picture posted in the next few days.

Pips Vintage Holiday!