Sunday, May 24, 2015

Big changes, little bits of sewing...

I'm in the middle of a big life change!  Selling my current condo and buying a bigger/nicer/newer one. Just like the Jeffersons, I'm movin' on up!!

My free time has been focused on the buying + selling + loads of paperwork needed to make this happen.  I'm listing my place tomorrow, so I've been packing up all non-essential items and moving them to my storage unit.  The goal is to make my place look spacious and appealing.  Spacious is a relative thing, considering there is only 853 square feet total!!

Here is a photo of my sewing room from a few months ago:

And here it is today:

Finn has been helping pack!

I'm nearing the end of my packing and treated myself to a bit of sewing time last night.  I thought, "if I can finish up or move some of my current projects along, it will make it easier to pack them!" =)

My Elephant Parade is slooooowly inching forward.  It should almost be called the Snail Parade!  I still want to re-make the blue flowers in the style of the red ones, but in the meantime, I sewed the sashings on and started assembling the rows.

One of my neverending ongoing projects is "Little Ladies".  It's a paper pieced pattern and I use all scraps.  The rest of the blocks are packed (who knows in which box!!).  I'm not sure how many Little Ladies I have so far (25?).  Quite some time ago, I cute one of the papers up into the components and set it on my ironing board.  Instead of packing the small bits of paper, I made up this girl.  This fuschia fabric is part of my Cartwheel quilt and that is one of my favorite parts of the project-- each dress is a reminder of something else I've made. 

I managed to enhance my stash this week with another package from Massdrop.  Lizzy House, Mini Pearl Bracelet fat quarter bundle. Squee!!

Because I'm packing and moving, I've declared a moratorium on buying fabric (until I move into my new place!).  Here is a sneak peek at my future sewing room (the palm tree + dragonflies are gonna go!)

Linking up with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash and Judy's Design Wall Monday


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Not enough sewing going on. =(

It's getting nice outside and that means less time to spend inside sewing.  

A few Saturdays ago, I did manage to complete all of the blocks on my Elephant Parade, but I think I want to re-do the blue flowers and make them in the style of the red ones.  I like the scale of those better.

What I'm able to do rain or shine is enhance my stash!  Yesterday I stopped by The Sewcial Lounge and picked up some goodies AND did a super quick Make-n-Take Infinity Scarf.  They had the fabric cut and pinned.  All I needed to do were 2 seams and small amount of topstitching.  The fabric is silky soft!

Somehow I stumbled across these scissors on Amazon a few weeks ago.  I was looking for inexpensive snips to take on a plane.  These are sold by different companies and are listed as different sizes, but they are IDENTICAL!  Crazy!  What else is crazy is how much I love them!  I'm tempted to buy several more (they were $5 each).

The last stash addition is courtesy of MassDrop.  One.Hundred.Needles!!!  I will have no excuse to not change my needle more frequently. =O

Another thing that doesn't stop because of nice weather is dreaming about new projects.  I'm very, very, very tempted to join in (late as usual) the Hillside Houses Quilt Along.  Check out Pretty Little Quilts and see how cool this pattern is.  I think I have almost enough stash to make this?


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Baby Steps with Elephant Parade

My elephants are moving along!  All of the big and little elephants are complete and I've started on the frog and turtle.  I kept saying "Frosch und Kröte" while working on them (even though Frosch und Schildkröte would be more accurate).  This was a book I read in high school german class and translates to Frog and Toad. =)

I had a very difficult time selecting the greens!  Green is a color I'm drawn to and have an abundant selection. I could probably make a Turtle Parade!

Since it was Caturday, I'll share a picture of my sweet baby, Finn.  He was "helping"!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Quilt for Baby William!

Lisa is a longtime tennis friend and she had her first child last fall.  She played throughout her pregnancy-- all summer and part of the fall league!

I took part in a workshop held by the Mad City Quilt Guild on making a "Twirling Star" block.  This pattern is designed by one of our members, Mary Joy Johnson.  I was a little intimidated, because it involved a lot of bias edges.  But I starched the living daylights out of the fabric and we got along just fine. =)

It's a happy coincidence that I was able to make this a baby sized quilt and gift it to Lisa.  Also-- I used the Michael Miller challenge fabric from the Modern Quilt Guild.  I didn't get the quilt done in time for the challenge, but it was still fun using that fabric.

Here we are at our workshop (I'm in the black shirt):

The quilt in progress (I love my Featherweight!!):
 Auditioning borders:

 And Baby William!!!  He's adorable!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quilt for Baby Paul!

Last year, two of my tennis teammates were pregnant.  They were both troopers over the summer and played while their bellies grew.  What's a quilter to do, but make each of them a quilt!

This is for Baby Paul, Sara's son.  She and I partnered in 3.0 doubles for nearly the entire summer.  He was born in December and I'm dying to deliver this to them.

I started it at a retreat in November and managed to get all of the blocks complete that weekend.  The top came together quickly and I was able to quilt it over Christmas.  Even the binding went on quick (not like me!).  The label took a bit of time to make, but it is really pretty and well worth the wait.  I splurged on the backing-- minkee!  It's really lush and now I want to make a couch quilt for me using it!

I bought a ton of new fabric to make this (a hardship, I know!).  And I'm happy to have leftover gray fabric in my stash.  In fact, it's what I'm using for the Elephant Parade!!

Next I'll post about the other tennis baby quilt!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Elephant Parade Progress

Baby Steps with Baby Elephants.  I was able to make some progress on my Elephant Parade quilt this weekend.  These guys are addicting and I wish I could work on this quilt non-stop!  I have all the grown up elephants done and all but 2 of the babies.  I pulled some fabric for the flowers, frog and turtle, but didn't take a picture.  Can't wait to see those come together!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Stash - Fat Quarter Bundle Edition

My stash is growing in bundles!  Historically, I haven't been one to purchase fat quarter bundles, but I seem to be buying more and more of them.

This first one is actually a prize I won from Stitcher's Crossing in a raffle.  It was to celebrate National Quilting Day.  I was one of three lucky winners. =)

These two bundles are from Modern Quilt Studio and were offered on MassDrop.  I couldn't pass them up, nor could I decide between the warm and cool bundles.  I bought both!

Lastly is another Massdrop purchase (that site is dangerous!).  Not the best photo, but I bought a luscious pack of threads from Presencia.  They named this color combo 'Majorca' for the island in Spain.  I canNOT wait to use these!