Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Every time it rolls around, I think I will plan ahead, be ready, and finish a brand new quilt for Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Well, here we are again, and no new quilt is finished.  So you get to see this one again.  It is made from Elizabeth's Hedgerow Quilt pattern.

I have a friend who is hard to buy for, because she can just get what she wants/needs when she wants it.  She, however, LOVES Raggedy Ann and Andy.  I happened to find a FQ pack with them on it, so I just added to it to make the hedgerow blocks.  This is my lovely back, which I almost like more than the front.  I may have gone slightly overboard on making the blocks.  :)

I do like red/white/blue quilts a lot, but I feel like this one was too much the same and didn't have enough contrast w/in the blues and reds.  I learned (again) about how I am not as fond of super matchy-matchy quilts.  It's better when the colors are a little off from each other -- more visual interest.

I made the quilt 5 blocks x 6 blocks.  I had originally planned to make it 6x6, but I decided that was too big.  That's how the other 6 blocks ended up on the back.  I always go too big.  I seem to think bigger is better.  Finished quilt is 72 x 86.

Now go check out all the other great quilts in the festival!  I love this time of year!

Amy's Creative Side

(Sorry!  I couldn't get the link to work just on the button!  I swear I used to know how to do that!  :P)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Small Projects Sew-Along

I'm not going to lie.  New Blogger is freaking me out.  This is my first time using it, and I'm not sure how it'll turn out.  Amanda Jean is having a small projects sew-along for the month of May.  The button should be on my sidebar (if I can figure out how to get it there).  We're supposed to make a list and then post pics of what we have done in her flickr group.  So here's my list -- some photographed, some not.  And, in no particular order (except the Prom dress is of paramount importance).

1.  Prom Dress -- the silver one, but with sleeves added.  Somehow.

2.  Little Miss Shabby's embroidery squares from last year.  (Just the embroidery, not the whole quilt).
3.  Pajama pants for boy 2 (times two).
4.  Corduroy bag.
5.  Going Coastal bag.
6.  Throw pillows for my bed.
7.  Throw pillows for my mama's bed.

Now, I could probably go on and on, but I don't want to overwhelm myself.  (Yes, look at the sidebar -- that ship has sailed.  I know.  I meant in the small-projects department.)  And, besides, I have to keep my list shorter than Amanda Jean's.  For once.  So, in the last-but-not-least category, I give you: 

8.  My first pair of knitted socks.  Pink and green camo-ish.  One down, one to go.  Then maybe, just maybe I can get to the other ones.  (I'm only showing two extra sock balls, but I really have 4.)
If I start the socks now, maybe they'll be done in time for NEXT winter.  Connecticut is so much colder than Texas.  Shocker, right?  :)  I hope you join in and finish up some of your smaller projects hanging around.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Flimsy Finish

See what I got in the mail?! I suppose it doesn't look that exciting -- just some (somewhat) boring solids. I'm so excited, though, because I can finally make the back for . . .
Sparkle Punch Quilt http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2012/01/sparkle-punch-quilt-along.html made from Ruby, by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I think I'm in love! (I don't know what blogger's problem is, but I cannot make the changes I want to so the link is separate. Sorry!)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Farmer's Wife catch-up

I have not worked on these in quite some time. I know the Farmer's Wife girls took a sabbatical in December and January, but I took a MUCH longer break than that. I don't know why I have 18 of one quilt and 19 of the other. I'll have to rectify that. But anyway, I just recently made 6 more blocks for each, so I'm closer. I think the others have 56 done. Hm. I DO like a challenge. I can catch up.
Top quilt is made with fabrics from It's a Hoot by Momo for Moda. Bottom quilt is made with mostly Whimsy by Fig Tree for Moda with a few assorted scraps from other lines thrown in.
Don't ask me why I decided to make two quilts. I guess I really love the idea of all these different blocks. I've decided that after I finish these quilts (in another year, likely), I'm going to do a Dear Jane quilt. I am making myself wait so I'll actually finish these. Are you a Farmer's Wife? Are you caught up or behind (like me)?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

I went to the woods . . .

I recently looked at my blog and realized that it has been since the end of October that I last blogged. I didn't give any explanation, but I'll tell you why now. We moved to the woods. My husband took a job in Connecticut last September, but the kids and I didn't join him until right before Christmas. So instead of blogging in November and December, I was packing. Nine people have a LOT of stuff - especially if one of them is a quilter, scrapbooker, knitter, and all-around crafter. THAT one had the most stuff. Sheesh.
Anyway, because we moved to the woods, it has taken just a bit of time to get the internet back up. I guess I could have blogged at least this explanation at the library, but it has taken us some time to settle in here too. So, now I'm back. Lest you think I have not been sewing, here are a couple of pictures of the two butterfly quilts I finished for my sister's little girls. I actually finished them in time for Christmas but am just blogging about them now.
Yes, they're two different quilts -- one with a pink back, one with a yellow back. I made the tops a LONG time ago for MY two girls, never finished them -- a familiar story, no? Luckily, my sister has two little girls, and luckily she liked the quilt tops. So nice to have older WIPs get finished and have nice homes.
Unfortunately, since I was busy trying to move, I didn't take very good pictures. This is it. These two. I now return you to your regularly scheduled blogging. And hopefully, I will be back to being part of the regular schedule! Here's hoping life doesn't get in the way of my blogging and quilting. ;)