Friday, July 22, 2011

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt Week 8 Blocks13 - 16

I got caught up on my farmer's wife blocks yesterday. It had been 2 weeks since I made one and was falling behind. I really love these blocks. I like to cut the fabric for a few blocks at a time and then sew them up at one time. And I'm still really enjoying the Strawberry Fields fabric. I did have a few issues with size this time but I think it will be fine. I used my old singer for 2 blocks and they were smaller than the others. I rely on the markings on my machine and walking foot more than I realized.

 I caught up on some bee blocks too!

This will become a kitchen aide for Lauree for the cocorico bee.  This block is really fun! I ♥ it!

 I also finished 2 blocks for Erin, her month is July for the Aqua and Red Bee! I loved the fabrics for these!

Thanks for the kind comments about the last little quilt I really appreciate them. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Stay cool (or warm) depending on where you are :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Garden Party...

Against my better judgement I'm posting a picture of the latest sketch applique I made. I am just not real sure about this one. The binding is all wrong. It's just not doing it for me. I love the crochet lace on the table, the bunting is super cute but the rest not so much. This was intended for a swap but this is not up to swap standards to me. So I'll make another with some changes. Then I think I'll put these to rest for a bit and catch up on bigger quilts, bees and things. I appreciate when I have a creative streak but when it's gone, it's gone, ya know? 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Birdies Holding a Quilt

I hope y'all aren't tired of seeing these yet. This is the latest one. This doesn't look exactly how I pictured it,  but I do like it. I was going to make the quilt be an actual quilt, you know, a little 3-D action, sew the top part onto the line and let the rest flow... like a quilt on a line. But I went with just sewing the whole thing down. The squares in the small quilt measure 1/2 inch. The smaller hexagons on the tree are 1/4 inch.

I had a difficult time choosing binding for this one. I MADE a few different bindings and didn't like them. I finally settled on this print and I think it was the best choice. All in all I love it in all it's imperfectness! I really enjoy the process of making them and that is what is matters, right?

Friday, July 15, 2011

3 Lttle Birds....

I can't stop with the birdies! I love this one. The colors, the size, everything. I pulled my American Jane fabrics out and used them in the patchwork border. I think they look great with the tree and birds. I love the vintage look of these prints.


I used 1/2 inch hexagons. The littlest little bird is smaller than a dime. I have so many ideas swirling around in my head with these little peeps, so you'll probably see a couple more of these soon. I am neglecting my Farmer's Wife blocks and other quilty things but these NEED to be made :)



Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Snack Mats

When I saw these snack mats made by Amy @ nanaCompany I thought they were adorable. Well Amy posted a tutorial on how to make these cuties and I thought I'd give it a go. Here are my result...

This one is my favorite!

and this one...

and this one!

I love them all! ♥

Monday, July 11, 2011

Tweet Tweet more Free Motion Applique..

I made a new mini yesterday. Can I just say that I love it?!  I know I say that a lot but it's true. This color combination is really appealing to me. Pretty much anything combined with aqua is appealing to me. It had been a while since I made some sketchy birds and I have a lot of fun making them so I made some :)  I have an idea for another one that's a little different and I'm really excited about it. I think I will work on that this week.

I love the patchwork border. The other ones I made like this had no borders and I quilted the background of the birds. For this one I left the birds alone and quilted the patchwork with straight lines. One more to add to my "someday" quilt wall.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sweet Progress...

                 (already danced on by little feet this morning)

I got all of my block finished last night for my SWEET quilt. I stayed up until 2 this morning but it needed to be done. I'm at the point where I walk into my sewing room and stand and stare or just walk right back out. It's because I have so many projects started and I feel overwhelmed. I'm not sure why I put this one on the back burner. Once I started sewing the rest of the blocks together I got into a nice groove and was loving them again. I hope to get the sashing cut and top put together this weekend. No doubt caffeine will be involved! 

On a non-quilt related but just as SWEET note my Mother's Day cupcakes were on  The Cupcake Blog yesterday. So I got that going for me :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

String Quilt Finished!

Yes! I finally finished my string quilt. It took what seemed like forever to bind this quilt. I didn't realize how much I don't sit down during the summer. But here it is in all it's stringy, quilted, bound glory :)

The quilt is on the small side but that's just fine with me. I'm really happy with it.

I used scraps for the binding too. This kept me interested while hand binding. I have plans for another, only bigger!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Little Apples Squares with Wonky Sashing...

I couldn't bring myself to cut into the layer cake. So I made these squares with wonky sashing.

I used some coordinating Konas from my stash.

These prints are adorable. They have the best shade of aqua!

Little Apples and Ruby...

I got my grubby little paws on some Little Apples by Aneela Hoey and Ruby by Bonnie and Camille. I have been waiting (maybe not so) patiently for these to come out. So much prettier in real life. I love them and can't wait to make something with them.

Today is our 3rd day of absolutely gorgeous weather.

But these beauties are doing a number on my allergies!


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