Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.-Marcel Proust




Sunday, January 25, 2015

Short weekend-little progress

It has been a very short weekend for me since I had to attend training for work on Saturday (and again next Saturday).  So, very little progress was made...
Here is my week 3 block for the Project of Doom.  I am very happy with the potion bottle and the owl book. 
And here is where I just made another block (actually labelled week 5) .  I slipped my own made up title in there. 
So here are all of the ones I have made so far.  Kinda actually looks like a book shelf. 
I also got my sewing machine scrap quilt all put together.  Wondering about borders etc.  I am not sure I like it.  Too busy.  Maybe some solid or low key border will tame it. 

I really wish I didn't have to go to work tomorrow already but, duty calls.  I have majorly failed in the running/walking department.  Poor Jack is so bored with my laziness. 





Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Quilting

I got to spend some time in the sewing room today!  I redid my crystal ball and am much happier with it.  Block two is there now also.  I got a few more titles embroidered as well. 
Here is my first block of the Snapshots Quilt Along.  My cake plate fabric looks really dark but it is a lighter navy than the picture shows it to be. 

I also made progress on my sewing machine quilt, patched the dog bed, and used my scrap bag for leaders and enders -just creating fabric. 

I am in the middle of watching the LOBO Basketball game against Boise State.  Close game so far...
Tomorrow I absolutely have to work on a quilt for someone.  I mopped the floor under the machine today so that it will be all clean and ready. 

APQS

I went to the APQS show yesterday with my mom.  We had a lot of fun and saw some amazing quilts.  It pretty much made me want to just come home and throw everything away because I will never be that good of a quilter.  However, what I DID DO was buy more fabric! (UGH!  I am totally failing my goal of not buying fabric!)  -Mostly not at the show, though.  I was very disappointed in the vendors.  I was hoping for a much better selection of fabric.

Here are two of my favorite quilts...




I love the modern wonkiness of this first one.  I could maybe even create something similar to that, and the quilting was fabulous!

However, the quilting on this second one took my breath away.  Look closely- the border is all ocean creatures!  An amazing Octopus in the lower right, jellyfish in the upper left, sea turtles, fish, Just amazing!

I am hoping to do a lot of sewing today but the house is really a mess and I do need to quilt for someone.  Haven't gone running/walking in about a week.  Thank goodness for 3 day weekends!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Insomnia

I couldn't sleep from about 3am this morning so...
I played in the scrap bag.   If my daughter likes it, it may be made repeatedly into pillows for her Choir friends who will be graduating this year- she will have to help me make the string blocks though!  It would be another great way to use up my mounds of scraps!  I am literally buried under them!
I used this pattern...

From the March/April 2010 Love of Quilting
See the cover below...

Also,
here is the picture and magazine cover of the pattern I am using for my sewing machine quilt.  It is from the April 2014 American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.

I am almost done with the other 3 sewing machine blocks that I need and making good progress on the 6 inch blocks.  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Its Official...

another UFO started.
Here is my first block for the 2015 Project of Doom.  It looks a little different from those done by others because I am machine embroidering the titles which requires my books to be thicker than those in the pattern.   My embroidery machine only has 3 fonts, each in small, medium, or large.  I have already started embroidering more titles since that takes the longest.  I currently have enough for the next block and then some but it will take a while to do the embroidery for all of the books in the quilt!

Today we watched my daughter sing in the All-State Mixed Choir.  They did an awesome job!  I am so proud of her!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hmmm...



I really dislike paper piecing but I am seriously considering this.  Any one with me?
The Project of Doom 2015 Quilt Along on Fandom In Stitches photo PoD2015ComingSoon_zpsf2dd6a6c.jpg

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Last day of sewing with abandon...back to work tomorrow

Some more blocks completed.  I need 57- 6 inch blocks and 6 sewing machine blocks.  I am almost there- about 47- 6 inch so far and have the other three sewing machines cut out. 

I also spent some time this afternoon cleaning up my mess from this scrap quilt-cut strips from left over pieces- one stack of strings and one stack of 2 1/2 inch strips.  It is time for my stash to be cut up into strips and used in scraps.  it is too aged for most of the quilts I want to make other than general scrap and string quilts.  I do have some yardage that is meant for specific quilts, that I will keep as is and hopefully use up this year. 

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