Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Stats for the Week!

I feel like this past week has gone by super fast.

Quilts finished: none
Fabric purchased: Technically, I didn't purchase any fabric last week... but some fabric did arrive to my door!  Whenever my mother purchases fabric, she has it sent to me... Mostly in hopes that I will cut it!

Fabricworm bundles

Both of the bundles are custom Fabricworm bundles my mother is on the left and she surprised me with the one on the right!  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with my little bundle, but it is sure fun to get fabric that I wasn't expecting!

I have been busy at work on the 99 blocks that I needed for the twin size Pow Wow quilt top.  Jake and I assembled the order of the quilt top last night and I started sewing them together this morning!

Pow Wow blocks

I am very much pleased with how this quilt is turning out!

Pow Wow blocks

I have also started another quilt... I started cutting up that gorgeous Constellations fabric for my Fireworks quilt!

Cut Constellations for Fireworks

Year to date quilts started: Four
Year to date quilts finished: Four (not the same four!)

I've had some success and I am very excited for the Fireworks quilt!

How's your week?

Currently Listening to Tidal Wave by Husky

Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday, Monday

Happy Monday, friends!

I had one big goal for last week and that was to put together the Pow Wow quilt top.  I ignored the dishes, ate my meals quickly, and left the house as little as possible, but I could not get it done!  It took me too long to sew each block together.  I finished the last of the sewing on the blocks Friday, but I finished pressing them this morning.  I also cut the sashing and depending on how long it takes me to decide on the layout, I should be on a fast track to finishing that quilt top!  I plan to post it for a Friday finish!

Pow Wow Quilt Blocks

So, for this week...

  • Actually finish the Pow Wow quilt top
  • Cut the fabric for the Fireworks quilt
  • Finish 8 Fireworks blocks
I knew as soon as I saw the Fireworks pattern on Camille Roskelly's blog that I just had to make it.  It is so beautiful and fun!  I also knew that my little stack on Constellations was going to be perfect for it.

Fireworks Pattern and Constellations by Lizzy House

Although the pattern calls for fat quarters and I have half yards here and I'll have plenty left over to tie up again, it is killing me to even untie this beautiful stack of fabric!  I absolutely love looking at it... and I know I will love looking at it more in a snuggly quilt form... I'm just having a hard time with it!

Do you have a stack of fabric you just don't want to cut into?

Currently Listening to: Brightest Hour by The Submarines

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Friday Finish!

Since I have been so furiously working on my Pow Wow quilt, I have only had the time to finish this little project!!

February Woodland Sampler

I am absolutely in love with this little Woodland Sampler!!  It is so fun for me to relax on the couch, watch tv, and stitch up these cute things.  They are small enough that it's no stress to get them done within the month and I like that!

February Woodland Sampler

I cannot wait to get the pattern for March and start stitching it up! It is seriously so much fun!

Also, I usually post pictures of Omi because she is my little shadow, so she's around whenever I have the camera, but yesterday Kio was being particularly adorable (as well as around!).  Kio is 100% a sun seeker and yesterday morning she was pouting that the sun hadn't reached the floor where she could lay in it.  It was, however, on my cutting table, which I wasn't using.  So I pulled up a dog bed and set her on it until the sun was hitting the floor.  She loved it!


I'm such a sucker for my cute girls!

Happy Friday everyone!

Currently Listening to: Carrie by Speak

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday: 2.20.13

Since I started cutting fabric for the Pow Wow quilt last week, I have been working pretty steadily on it.  I am really enjoying making the blocks for this quilt.

Pow Wow Progress

I think I've been in love with this quilt ever since I saw this quilt on Flickr.

Pow Wow Progress

I've had some close calls with some of the points, but I haven't lost one yet!  I think if I do lose one, I'll have to rip out the seam and sew it again... it would bother me too much!

Pow Wow Progress

I now have 43 blocks out of the 99 that I need to make the twin size quilt.  The blocks are taking me longer than I thought they would, but I'm still hoping that I can get the quilt top done before Monday!

What are you working on?

Currently Listening to: Test 1, 2 by Air Traffic Controller

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Quilting Stats

Over the weekend I was thinking, and I thought it would be fun to have a post a week that sort of reviews my quilting statistics from week to week.  This is a time to be honest with myself in how many projects I start versus how many I finish and answer the question of "how much fabric did I buy last week?"  I feel like it's all part of keepin' it real. So, these stats are for the last week.

Quilts started: One - the Pow Wow quilt and here is the progress of it.  I didn't get much sewn last weekend due to so many family activities, but most of the fabric is cut.  You can't see all of it in this photo.  Also, this is 13 finished blocks out of the 99 that I need...

Pow Wow Progress

Quilts finished: One - Baby Zig
Fabric purchased: Most of the fabric that I purchased was for a specific project.  I always feel so much more justified when I can show my husband exactly what the fabric is for.  So, I bought all of this:

Constellations, Posy, Mama Said Sew, Pearl Bracelets, Les Amis, Carnaby Street 3

  • 4.5 yards of Lizzy House Constellations in natural
  • 4 yards of Lizzy House Constellations in black
  • 1 yard of Lizzy House Constellations Supernova in purple
  • 1/2 yard of Lizzy House Pearl bracelets 
  • 1/2 yard of Aneela Hoey's Posy
  • a fat quarter of Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater
  • 1/2 yard each Timber and Leaf by Sarah Watts prints of the playful fox, fox portrait, and the gerbera in blue.
  • 1/2 yard Carnaby Street by Pat Bravo
So, yeah... a lot of fabric.  The Pearl Bracelets, Posy, and Mama Said Sew are all for my future Valentines quilt that I sort of introduced here.  The Constellations fabric is all to make a Fireworks quilt from start to finish.  I had purchased a half yard bundle of the entire line for my birthday.  

Constellations for Fireworks Quilt

The rest of the fabric that I purchased... well, I just couldn't live without it, I guess...

Quilts Planned: Four - Fireworks, Lap of Luxe, Modern Plus Quilt, and this one that I'm helping my mom with
Other projects started: None
Other projects finished: None

Beginning of the year to date quilts started: Three
Beginning of the year to date quilts finished: Four

So, these stats make it look like I'm on top of everything and like I only have one project going at a time.  But let's just remember that I finished all my 2012 projects before I started anything new and, it is only February... I feel like I have plenty of time to derail and I want to know when it's happening!  I have a feeling that it's going to happen soon, seeing as I do not have backing for the Pow Wow quilt, but I have everything for the quilt tops for the next two planned quilts...

Also, another reason this may look so together is that I really dislike having a bunch of little pieces around. This seems potentially hazardous to me:

Pow Wow Progress

So, it's sort of a commitment that when I cut it, I'm going to sew it together fairly quickly.  Once the cut pieces are sewn together, I'm suddenly not in such a hurry anymore...

Currently Listening to: Ready to Go by Guards

Monday, February 18, 2013

Another Monday List

I would say that even though I was sick in the beginning of last week, I would still count the week as successful.

  • Finish Baby Zig: Yes!  I posted it here on Valentines Day!
  • Get better: Yes! And I am SO glad. I really, really love breathing out of my nose.  Being sick always reminds me of that joy that I take for granted all the time!
  • Wake up at 6 am.: Yes! What a blessing to not be sick!
  • Make this pillow: No.  I found that I could not accurately cut the hexagons without a template.  So, until I have a template, I'm going to put this one off.  I did however, start my Pow Wow quilt!
Wow, was that really it? I had to go back and check! But yeah, that was really it... 

I have one lofty goal for this week.  Jake's company is doing a sort of three day conference and Jake is expecting to be home late every night until Friday this week.  So, I intend to use that time to sew! 
  • Finish the Pow Wow quilt top
As of now, I only have the one tester block finished.  The fabric to make the blocks is all cut, but I still need to cut the strips that go between the blocks.  It's been a lot of cutting. 

Anyways, I've been thrown off my schedule this week due to a lot of family activities this past weekend and the holiday today.  I'm looking on being back on track tomorrow!

I hope you're having a great holiday!

Currently Listening to: Make Light by Passion Pit

Friday, February 15, 2013

Baby Zig Tutorial

Since I finished little Baby Zig, I thought it was high time to write up a little tutorial.  Baby Zig was super easy and I could have the quilt top done in a couple afternoons if I hadn't dragged my feet so much.

But anyway, here's what you need:
  • a charm pack or nine 5" squares of fabric for each colorway (27 total squares)
  • 27 background fabric 5" squares 
  • 37"x17" piece  of the background fabric
  • batting
  • 1 1/2 yard for backing
  • 1/2 yard for binding
*note: 1/4 seams throughout

To start, pick your fabric!  Then make half square triangles out of all your 5" squares - pairing each print to a background fabric.

Baby Zig Tutorial

I did this by making a line diagonally across each background square.

Baby Zig Tutorial

Then I pinned together the background square and the print square.  I sewed 1/4" on either side of the diagonal line I drew.  Do this for each of the pairs.

Baby Zig Tutorial

Then, cut along the line that was drawn to make two half square triangles.

Baby Zig Tutorial

Baby Zig Tutorial

Press seams open and trim the dog ears off.

Baby Zig Tutorial

Baby Zig Tutorial

Once all the blocks are pressed and trimmed, line them up on the floor, design wall, or other surface to decide the order of the prints and their pairings in the zig.  Be sure to keep the colorways separate!

Baby Zig Tutorial

Baby Zig Tutorial

Then sew the horizontal pairs together.  Press the seams in opposite directions (I always pressed the seam in the direction of the side that went "up").

Baby Zig Tutorial

Once the pairs are sewn, then sew the column together.  I did everything from deciding on layout to sewing the whole zig together in sets of colorways so that I didn't get confused.  If you do it this way, then repeat the steps to make your three zigs!

Once the zigs are sewn individually, decide in which order you would like them and sew them together.  Press the seams. 

Then, sew on the 37"x17" piece to the inner most zig.  Press seams.  Trim if necessary.

Baby Zig Quilt Top

Ta-da! Quilt top is done.

Baste with the batting and backing, quilt, and bind!  The size of this quilt is about 41"x37".

See, easy!

Let me know if you have any questions and I would be happy to help!

Currently Listening to: Thunder Clatter by Keegan DeWitt

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Baby Zig: Finished!

Happy Valentines Day, my Friends!

Today Jake and I are celebrating simply with a nice dinner.  Our anniversary is in a couple of weeks, so we like to make that the big deal.

I am very happy that I was able to get Baby Zig all finished up last night!  I like it way, way better now that it is quilted and bound.  It measures about 41.5"x37".  I feel like it's a bit of an odd shape, but I like it.

Baby Zig Finished

The prints are all from Joel Dewberry's Notting Hill and the solid is Kona white.

Baby Zig Finished

I used the Poppy print in the red colorway for the back.

Baby Zig Finished

For the quilting, I followed the edges of the zig zags with the edge of my walking foot on on the inside and outside of the zigs.  I made a grid in the negative space out of washable marker that mimicked the zig zags and then I followed those lines with the edge of my walking foot.

Baby Zig Finished

In the pink zig I used pink thread, in the red one I used red, and for the green one I used green!  For all of the white I used a white thread.  The different color threads look fun on the back!

Baby Zig Finished

I bought the square petals for the binding and then I ended up having almost 42" of the hourglass print from the Lillian + Oliver quilt that I finished last week, so I decided to use it!  I gotta say, I think this is the closest I've ever come to running out of binding as I'm attaching it!  I think I had 3" left?

Baby Zig Finished

Now that I'm finished with it, I really like it!  I hit a point with this one when I considered scrapping the project.  I'm glad I didn't!  This little quilty does not have a home in mind... I'm thinking, the year is young, someone is bound to have a baby girl!

Baby Zig Snow Impression

This impression was left in the snow when I picked up the quilt... I love it!

Also!  I'm in the process of writing up a little tutorial for this quilt.  It was super ease and I used charm squares to make it sew up even faster!  I'll have the tutorial up tomorrow!

Have a happy, happy Valentine's day!

Currently Listening to: Pumped Up Kicks by Chamberlin

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wednesday Work In Progress

As Jake so astutely commented to me on Monday, I have actually been in need of another work in progress.  I started Baby Zig when I was still sewing Lillian + Oliver blocks, but when that quilt was finished and I was only working on Baby Zig, I didn't start anything new.  With Baby Zig so close to being done...

Baby Zig Binding

...I needed to start something new!

Flickr tells me that I bought this fabric November 13th:

Rock n' Romance by Pat Bravo

And I bought this solid and pattern to go with it:

Art Gallery Pure Elements Cabernet and Pow Wow Pattern

November was the height of the craziness with trying to finish three Christmas gift quilts and getting ready for our big move.  This fabric was wrapped in plastic bags and put away.

Until today!

I finally started cutting into this beautiful and soft fabric!  The print is all Rock n' Romance by Pat Bravo and the solid is Art Gallery Pure Elements in Cabernet.

Pow Wow Block and Fabric

As a suggestion from a friend on Instagram, I sewed up a block just to be sure that I could make this quilt while keeping the points in tact.  I think it's going to be a success!!

Pow Wow Quilt Pattern and Block

I am really excited for this quilt.  I am making the twin size for our spare bed.

Also, I remembered today that when I was talking about sneaky fabric hoarding in this post, I forgot to mention another quilt that I am slowly collecting fabric for!  This quilt probably didn't come to mind because I am only using scraps for the prints, but I think it still qualifies because I'm setting aside fabric for a specific purpose.

Dream Girl

This pattern is in the Winter 2012 issue of Quilty and as soon as I saw it, I knew it would love it in all my cherished scraps.  For this quilt I will need 580 2 1/2" squares.  So, I've gone through all my scraps and I cut out one square from each print, if I had enough.  Since I don't have enough scraps to start the quilt any time soon, I now cut a square before I put anything in my scrap bin.

Dream Girl Squares

I'm putting them in this cute jar.  I think it would be super cool to make this quilt several times, each quilt would sort of archive the fabrics I used or was into during that period of my quilting journey.  I'm digging the idea.

Well, I hope to have a finished quilt for you tomorrow!  

What are you working on?

Currently Listening to: Sahara Mahala by The Jezabels

Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday, List Day

Let me start off by saying that when I woke up Friday morning I was undeniably sick.  I slept all morning and when Jake got home around one to pack up the car and head to St. George, I couldn't do it.  I could not justify being sick and miserable in someone else's bed.  So I stayed. In bed.  Jake picked up his sister and they started down south.  They actually ended up running into a terrible south moving snow storm.  So they turned around.  Four hours after leaving, Jake was home again!  I was selfishly glad that he came home... that way I wouldn't have to worry about him and he could take care of me!

So anyways, the sickness lasted all Saturday, all Sunday, and still lingers.  I can tell it's on the way out, but holy cow, I still don't feel great.  Well, that story was to tell you of just how little I did Friday through Sunday.  I longingly looked at my sewing room whenever I left the room to get more juice. Buh.  Moral of the story: don't get sick!!

Well, get ready to be surprised because here is last week's list:

  • Finish Lillian + Oliver: Yes!  I posted about it here!  Thank you everyone who left me sweet comments!
  • Buy backing and binding for Baby Zig: Yes!
  • Quilt and attach binding to Baby Zig: Yes!
  • Wake up at 6 AM: Yes! Once! It still counts!
  • Plan the garden: Yes and I am so excited for it!! I wish all this snow would just go away.
  • Finish painting the kitchen: Yes! Are you surprised yet??
How did I manage to do all that and be sick? Well, I did some of it this morning, let's be honest.

For this week my goals are pretty simple.  We have lots of family coming in town this weekend and I know I won't get any time to work once they get here.
  • Most important: Get better.
  • Finish Baby Zig
  • Wake up at 6 AM.  This only applies AFTER I get better.
  • Make this pillow
Well, there we have it. List day: check.

I am going to try to steal a nap before Jake gets home.  Sleeping at night has been so amazingly difficult.

Currently Listening to: Seaside by Wake Owl

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lillian + Oliver: Finished!!

I finished Lillian + Oliver today!  I am so excited that this little quilt is done and that is looks so sweet!

I know my bestie will just love this little quilt.  And her little boy will too, once he's born!!

Well, here it is!

Lillian + Oliver Finished

I seriously love the way the greens, blues, and yellows play so nicely together!

Lillian + Oliver Finished

Even though I don't really like using white for baby quilts, I think that it tones down the bright colors and kind of reigns everything in.  I don't think there was a better choice.

Lillian + Oliver Finished

This new Summer House print for the back was just perfect, too!  I think if it had been at the quilt shop at the time I bought the fabrics for the front, it would have been featured on the quilt top.  But it's perfect for the back, too!

Lillian + Oliver Finished

I quilted it with little loops using a yellow-green thread.  It was the perfect choice and I love how it fits right in with the rest of the quilt.

Lillian + Oliver Finished

Lillian + Oliver Finished

I feel like the binding was a great choice, too.  I think it would have been more overwhelming if I had used a different busy print, but since this one is the sashing, it doesn't look so busy to me.

Well, there we go!  Another finish for 2013! Woo! We're going strong!

What's your finish for the week?

Currently Listening to: Make Light by Passion Pit

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Little Progress + A Little Hoarding

I am glad that sometime yesterday I floated back to Earth and stopped being such a space case.  I am even proud to say that Jake and I got some painting done in the dining room/kitchen last night!  There are some touch ups that need to be made and then I can finally move my dining room back to where it is supposed to be!  I'm doing it, friends! Finally!

Yesterday I also went out and bought backing and binding for Baby Zig!

Baby Zig Backing and Binding

I love it.

And then I basted this morning.

Baby Zig Basted

I decided this morning how I am going to quilt it and I think I'll probably (read, hopefully) be able to quilt it all tomorrow! Wouldn't that be great?!

Now, I'm curious about something.  If I had an endless supply of fabric and could quilt for free, I would do so.  No restrictions.  No sleep.  Select food. But,  that's not the case and quilting isn't exactly an inexpensive hobby!  So, what I have begun to do is collect fat quarters a bit at a time, as a find them, for a specific project.  Then I just hoard them until I have enough.  Does anyone else do this?

Yesterday when I was out buying fabric I bought some fat quarters for future projects.  And I love them sitting on my shelf.  I feel a sort of satisfaction about purposefully hoarding.  Like I just found a reason to hoard.  I must admit, it feels wonderful in a smug sort of "I found a loop hole" way.

Anyways... I decided sometime last year that I want to have a quilt for each month of the year for the couch and each quilt should reflect that month.  Obviously, February is going to reflect Valentines day.  I would have started earlier, but I only just recently found a Valentine-sy pattern that I love!  But it requires more fabric than I can buy right now and I just don't have time to get it done in time for Valentines day.  So, I'm going to collect (read, hoard) fabric and it will sit on my shelves until later this year!  How fun is that?!

A Game of Hearts

I intend on buying more Valentines day fabric when they inevitably go on sale in a few weeks.  Brilliant.

The pattern is in the current issue of Quilty and I am in love with it!

So, because I love this idea and I enjoy buying little fat quarters at a time, I have another quilt I am doing this for, too.

Modern Maples

This quilt, because of it's leaves and autumn colors, will be for one of the fall months.  This pattern is from Pretty In Patchwork Holidays book by John Q. Adams.  This particular pattern is by Amanda.

So there you go.  For those of you looking for a reason to hoard - this is a pretty good one...  And for anyone looking for some seasonal quilt ideas, I think these two are top notch.

What reasons do you have to hoard fabric?

Currently Listening to: Wild Country by Wake Owl (currently addicted)