Monday, April 21, 2014

Prep Work.... and a busy week..... again.

I managed to put the sewing room back together and had my sewing table back in place on Sunday morning . That let me quickly sew up the three churn dashes that were in process and a sampler block. I think I still need to do a lemoyne star for the sampler too.

Today - a little girl pitched a fit at drop off so she ended up coming home with me. Some tummy pains and it seems I did not grab a water for her and she didn't prep one like I asked. It was 10-15 minutes of a fit that had everyone there wondering what had happened to my happy go lucky girl. She seems better now, thank goodness.

I did prep quite a few hexagons today in preparation for a long week. There are five more sets of purple waiting to have their lines drawn on the back. I think I need to make a few yellow ones too for the middles of the purples. The whites will get the colorful spring colors from the triangle quilt.

Tomorrow I am a chaperon on a field trip to Lego Land that leaves the school at 6:45 AM. Yes, that is in the morning Mom! We'll have a long day including an announcement that we get to be right in the front for tomorrow morning. A long day has us arriving back to school around 7PM. Aidan told me the three boys and him that I am to keep track of..... seems two tend to get in trouble when they are together. A long day for me. I hope to be able to either do some hexie flowers or knitting on the bus ride - 2 hours there and 2 hours back.

Wednesday I get to  work all day with Greg at the store and Grandma is on kid pickup duty. She gets to pick up Emily Tuesday, bring her to speech and soccer practice that evening. A big thank you to grandma for doing that for me.

Thursday night is a soccer game. Friday night is a spring fling at school - a sort of fair I think. Saturday I drop one kid to Grandma in the morning and the other stays with me (bummer - no quilting) and then I get to take him to a friends birthday party that afternoon at a gymnastics place. Sunday I work again.
See.... a busy week. I do see lots of hand work in my future this week. If you don't hear from me until Saturday.... you know why!

Friday, April 18, 2014

RSC Saturday in purple.

I could not miss two Saturday's in the RSC challenge so I'm going to show the little bit of purple I have been able to play with this month. Not nearly as much as I would have liked at this point but I'll take what sewing time I can get. Some Churn dash blocks and some hexagon flowers have been added to the mix. I have started one of the sampler blocks but have not had a chance to finish it. There are three more churn dashes waiting to be sewn together on the sewing table.

I have been playing with some leftovers from my Triangle Quilt Along fabrics (I hope to attempt to sew some rows together on Sunday night after getting home from Easter dinner at Grandma's house). I've been making these cute hexagon flowers. I just need to prep a bunch of white for some neat flowers in between with colorful centers. I'll hook these together with a white hexagon and then make some rows. Hopefully what I am thinking will work out for a cute little quilt. Emily's new Sofia the First doll thinks she needs her own quilt!

My sewing table is a banquet table and it had to be moved outside on Thursday for a play date. Emily had a few of her friends from school over to dye some eggs. The back lawn was a great choice to do that. I ended up helping out that morning in her class for her party so had prepped the dyes early - 2.5 hours early! I added a little vinegar when we got home and it was amazing the colors we got from just a couple of seconds in the dye. I must remember this next year. The kids all had a great time and then played with lots of toys through the house while the Mom's chatted. That night the kids had a soccer game. Aidan played goal one quarter and did a great job trying to score a goal as well. None of his five try's made it past the other teams goalie but he did a great job trying. It is amazing how much they have learned in the three months they have been playing.

Friday we had a family day and we all went to Animal Kingdom. I wanted to hit the safari ride - Good Friday with a great chance of rain was a wonderful day to go! Wait times were about 10 minutes! We used the fast pass to go to see Mickey and Minnie Mouse - which they loved. We also tried 'It's Tough to be a Bug' but they both bolted out pretty quick as it was too scary. A quick bite to eat and then we hit dinosaur land to play in  the dig site and the playground. Some kids who were so excited to go with both Mom and Dad - who did not sleep much last night - got a little cranky so we called it a day and headed home after some ice cream around 1:30. The advantage of the annual pass - no guilt as we can go back any time =).

Head on over to SoScrappy on Saturday morning to see the other purple projects being worked on through the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. On Sunday, check out Kathy's Quilts for her Slow Stitching Sunday. I'll be working on some more hexagon flowers  in purples and whites during the morning and evening between easter egg hunts and heading to Grandma's for Easter lunch with the family.

 Happy Easter

Monday, April 14, 2014

Design Wall Monday.....

Since I missed all posts this weekend due to working, I figured I'd do a Design Floor post. I've been plugging away on the triangle quilt along and finally got the rows sewn together this morning after I was able to drop Emily to school around 9:15AM. We had some issues with paperwork and it seems her physical forms were out of date as of Friday... and I got a phone call Thursday night letting me know she could not go back until they had the proper form. I had to drive to the doctors across town on Friday and sign the paperwork so they could fax it to them. Seems they got it Friday but didn't let me know, so we had a bit of  a miscommunication this morning. I got a call around 9 that they had the form and she could come to school. That game me 1.5 hours of sewing before I had to pick her up! She was very happy to be back in school.

Now I need to sew the rows together so I can post a top this week over at The Sassy Quilter.

I decided to cut some hexie's from the leftover bits and will use the rest in some maverick stars. Eventually.

After this one is done, I really need to get back to the Kaleidoscope quilt so I can have it quilted and bound by the end of next month. Those blocks are hiding under the ironing board in the previous picture. I've been doing one at the end of each row to mix things up a bit.  I might have to quilt the log cabin first... that one is pinned and waiting for quilting. The white and blue toile print is the backing and it is waiting on the chair for a chunk of quilting time. It is a double bed size so will need a good chunk of the day to quilt on my little Viking machine. Especially if I attempt some feathers on it.

Ok - time to pick up the boy from school and then we have a swim date with some friends. G had the kids in the pool yesterday when I got home from work and the grocery store. Still a bit chilly for me but they had a good time. I'll head in once the water is in the mid 80 range.. until then, I'll watch from the ladder =).

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I've made two Kaleidoscope quilts (ok - one is in process still!) and now am making a 60 degree triangle quilt. I have all those parts from the edges of the strips with those fun angles left over.
I'm looking for ideas on what to do with them. I could just sew them together in rows and see what happens, cut a square  or hexagon from each and use the leftover triangles in crumb blocks, make some wonky type star blocks...... any other thoughts?

This is the leftover bits from the triangle quilt I am working on in spring baby colors. These are a bit bigger parts from 6.5 inch strips but there are a bunch of smaller triangles under there too.
This was the first Kaleidoscope quilt I made last year. I have lots of black and all those pretty blue, teal, green and yellows hanging around somewhere. These are 4.5 and 6.5 inch strips.

This is the second Kaleidoscope quilt that is waiting to be sewn into blocks and then rows. I have some extras of teal, purple and blues hanging around from this one also. These also were 4.5 and 6.5 inch strips. Some of these have been cut and used in other projects where I needed some squares already.

Thanks for your help with ideas. I have a feeling I just need to keep the pile on the cutting mat and just pick a day and do something with them. Who knows what it will end up looking like. I'll probably keep the three sets separate and come up with three smaller quilts or wall hangings. Time will tell.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Triangle Quilt Along....

I played with the triangles this morning to lay them all out and then started to sew them together.  This just screams spring to me!

I really need to pay more attention when sewing them together so things don't get moved around. I'll have to do a little frogging to make those first two rows look like the original picture....I want the whites spread out a bit more than how they went together.

Maybe I should not sew while talking on the phone with Mom? The door to the sewing room will stay closed to keep the cats out until this is all sewn into rows. They tend to have their own idea on how the fabric should look and it is a bit different from mine!

Head on over to The Sassy Quilter to see how all the other quilts are coming along. It's not too late to join this fun sew along.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I finished the hand quilting of the cables on this little 12 inch block last night. I now have 16 blocks made using the Kansas Troubles fabrics. Do I continue on and make the two appliqué and another 2 blocks.... or call it done and start putting them together? Decisions, decisions.....

Wishing a Happy 5th Birthday to Emily. This was the cake she selected for her school party.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Weekend post

I managed to make a few of the blocks that were posted for the RSC sampler this week. I seem to have sewn the triangle wrong on the spinning star - so I ended up with a different block in teal and white.

I did start pulling some purples out and cut a few hexie flowers for hand stitching. I plan to work on these a little tonight after the day is all done and the kids are in bed. My reward to myself after a long day!

It is a working weekend for me. After a great day yesterday at the store, a quick delivery of a big green egg after work and then getting lost in The Villages on the way home... it was a long day. We had a dinner date for a late dinner and then picked up the kids from Grandma's house and got them home really late (9:45) for bed. Today is another work day but a short one for me since it is Sunday hours - 11-3. Tonight the grandparents down here are coming over for dinner to celebrate someone turning FIVE tomorrow. She is so excited to have brats and burgers on the grill. I'd better go boil the eggs and potato for the salad I need to make before I head into work.
Head on over to SoScrappy to see the Rainbow Scrap Challenge link up and Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday. I plan to go visit everyone this week as time allows.