Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A little top completed.

I decided I was done with red so instead of pieced borders this just got some plain borders from scraps. I think I am almost out of the blue fireworks fabric and the red stars print is going down. It ended at 46 or 47 inches square. I have an internet friend from when I was pregnant with Emily (A Mommy board) and she is expecting a little boy in the next 6 weeks. I think this one will get quilted and bound with some dark blue and sent up to PA for her baby boy. The best part... this is all from scraps or the fabric closet. Nothing was purchased so this is a 'free' quilt, right?

It was a bit windy so here are some inside shots.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

July goals task list - recap and onto August goals.

This was my list of goals for July over at the Laundry List Linky party at KCDesigns.

Goals for July.
1. Finish that Log Cabin quilt - So happy to report this quilt is completely completed as you can see here. Now to hang it!
2. Prep and appliqué another Century quilt block. Almost done - 8 more leaves and the center to go. Should be done by the end of this month. I hope to settle in with some stitching on this tonight for my Sunday Slow stitching.

3. Continue assembling the spring flowers quilt. Lots of progress made here. I had an idea while driving to work last Sunday..... so there will be more hexagons needed for this one =) I need to prep some white so I can hook up the last column to the left hand side. Those seven white flowers are made already.

4. Hand quilt the Little T quilt. I did not even look at this one this month - too busy with those spring flowers again.
5. Continue with the RSC Challenge - 12 churn dashes, 13 or so Hexagon flowers, a 16 patch block, sampler blocks posted for the RSC quilt along. Completed =)
6. Tiny Tuesday blocks from The Civil War Love Letter Quilt book. I missed one Tuesday but made two most weeks the rest of the month so all is good there.
7. start step 2 on Celtic Solstice mystery from last fall. Maybe in August?
8.  Get to the beach with the kids - Completed as you can see here.
9. See some fireworks ..... well, it was thunderstorms and raining on July 3rd so we elected not to go to Grandma's and see the fireworks. They did have them very late that night and Grandma did take the kids. Us adults had a lovely kid free evening and most of the 4th of July instead....which is how I got task #1 done!
I also made this little table mat for the fourth of July this month.

August Goals. 
1. Finish another UFO on the list - not sure what it will be. We'll see what I am in the mood for! I'm thinking the maple leaf quilt. Those birds in the air blocks keep yelling they want to be put together.
2. Prep and appliqué another Century quilt block. Two to go!
3. Continue the RSC challenge in the color selected for August.
4. Continue Tiny Tuesday postings.
5. Continue with the spring flowers borders.... thinking white and light and dark pink =)
6. Try something new - either a crochet dish cloth or inklingo printing on fabric for hand stitching.
7. Get a few stitches into the Little T quilt - maybe this will be the car project while waiting to pick up the kids? School does start August 18th... yes, I am counting down the days =)
8. Step 2 of Celtic Solstice. I want this top completed and quilted before the next mystery starts around Thanksgiving so I'd better get moving on this one.
9. Till and plant a garden... I know, it's August- but it seems lots of 'normal' things I used to grow up north are ready to go in this month here in Florida. Trying more sunlight in a new spot and maybe I'll remember to water every day? We'll see. I miss home grown cucumbers.
10. Heck... if I get some of the above done and really use some kid school time maybe I can prep and quilt the crossroads quilt and/or the Rainbow Snails Tail quilt from last year. I know, I'm dreaming.
11. Get out and move more - walk or bike rides. I think this will be easier to do right after dropping the kids off to school for their 7:45 start.

I'm linking up with Kathi over at KC Designs for the ... Laundry List Linky Party.
I am also linking up with Kathys Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday. Now to get the kids settled down with books before bedtime so I can do some slow stitching on that appliqué block. I see an episode of Downtown Abby in my future... I'm onto season 2.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Last Saturday in Red

I'm a little late posting today since I didn't get a chance to sew together my RSC Sampler blocks until after I got home from work tonight. Greg got to work with me today and we hit Sweet Tomato's for dinner before he headed to pick up the kids from Grandma's house. I headed home and got right to work winding some bobbin so I could sew. I sewed a few more of the sashing's onto the little star quilt while I was finishing off the blocks.

All my Sampler blocks in red.... unless Angela decides to sneak another red one in before the end of the month. I need to go back and make the middle smaller for the wonky star... or just make a new one.

My little star baby quilt. I seem to have counted wrong and need a few more yellow cornerstones to finish this off. Not sure what the outer border will be yet, maybe inspiration will hit sometime this week. I'd love to get this a little bigger to a top stage by the end of the month. Now to get some sewing room time..... after I do the necessary cleaning up and putting away a bit. I seem to not know what the bare  floor looks like with all the piles of fabrics for different projects pulled out!

This week was spent organizing things up a bit. The mood for this does not happen very often but when it does I do pretty good. Tuesday I tackled Emily's room. I am happy to report it is still organized and picked up four days later =). It turns out her carpet is beige..... I think we had forgotten! Wednesday I dropped kids to Grandma for a movie day and ran errands all over central Florida  =(.  Four huge bags of outgrown clothes and toys are out of the house... now to do the boy's room. Thursday we cleaned and cleared out the garbage cabinet area and coffee storage after a play date, fruit stand stop and haircuts for the kids. Friday..... I tackled the pantry for 3 hours after some leaf gathering and tracing/rubbing in the back yard. Then it was garbage and recycle to get rid of lots of boxes, some outdated things and lots of leftover candy from the past year.... shhh, don't tell the kids =). I moved things around and now if I can remember where I changed things I'll be all set. All the kids snacks, cereal and things they need are on the bottom two shelfs so hopefully they will keep the chairs out of there so I stop tripping on them!

Head on over to SoScrappy and see all the great red projects. I do wonder what color will turn up for August - baby pastels, orange, black, neutrals/browns...... I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tiny Tuesday.....

Today I made the block they called Auld Lang Syne. It went together very quickly which was good because as I was sewing the last bit I heard the kids starting to act up in the other room!

Bike ride for the morning is done. Banana chip muffins baked and eaten for breakfast. Banana bars are cooked and waiting for frosting this afternoon. Time to eat lunch and then a little pool time before the rain starts this afternoon. It will either be picking up their rooms (if we do it today I don't have to do it on a kid free day tomorrow) or going bowling. I do wonder which task will win?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Slow stitching Sunday....

Kathy reminds us to slow down and enjoy some slow stitching on Sundays. Last Sunday I decided to work on the binding and got this lovely finish you can see here.This week I think I will stitch these rows of hexagon flowers onto the quilt. I have the other white ones completed for the other side I just need to prep some white connector hexagons to sew them together.

The other task this week once those hexies are added will be to do some appliqué on this. I'd like to have that done by the end of this week so I can link it up as a completed task on my list over at Kathi's blog.

I've done really well on my task list for this month. The only thing I have not touched is the hand quilting on the T's.... maybe that will get pulled out later this week for some hand stitching out on the back patio. A little progress is better than no progress.

Head on over to Kathy's Quilts and see what other slow stitching is happening around the world today.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday in RED....

I got a lot of red sewing done on Wednesday while Grandma had the kids for the day. I cut and sewed all twelve of my churn dash blocks.

I prepped more of my red hexagons for flowers and managed to get them done this week.

I made a Wonky star sampler.

This is the status of my little project this month.

Head on over to SoScrappy and see a lot of pretty projects in red. I think I'll just be sewing the little bits into some crumb blocks this next week and cutting a few 2.5 and 2 inch strips for the piles I am growing this year. They sure did come in handy for the blue stars above.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A finish!

I finally finished the binding on my log cabin quilt on Sunday evening. I just went outside this morning and took a few pictures. This measures 82.5 x 82.5 after quilting and binding and washing.
Now to convince hubby I want holes into the wall so I can hang this puppy up on the huge wall that the kitchen and living room share. That will be Monday's project.

My first attempt at machine quilting feathers on my little domestic machine. All free hand. One must start somewhere.

I outlined the blue with a walking foot and did feathers in the cream logs. The border has a wavy line on the tan made with the walking foot and there are swirly circles in the outer blue border made from a template and a marking pencil. Then I free motion quilted them. I had this on me the other night in my recliner and both cats were curled up on it - one at my feet (Sophie - or the white one as my parents call her) and Maxie was on my lap/belly all curled up (the black and white one). It is cat approved!

Miss Emily loves pancakes and I make a puff pancake from this recipe. This is the second one I have made this week..... being on Atkins this week with my hubby means she will get this for the next few days for breakfast since I can't have any. Willpower is a good thing! After my two weeks (hey - down 4 full pounds since Monday morning!!) I am looking forward to trying this recipe out for sweet crepes. They look sooooo yummy. Time for a shower after the yard work this morning. A quick lunch for me and the kids and then it is bowling time this afternoon. I see the pool being exercised later this afternoon before dinner. Speaking of which... I'd better pull something out of the freezer for dinner!

Mom is home to camp as of yesterday afternoon and is doing ok. This is a picture for her of the fountain Greg added to the pool last week. Adds a nice sound as I am sitting out on the back patio. I was hand stitching some hexagon flowers in red while the kids were splashing in the pool last night.