Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Civil War catch up.....

I had to make three CW blocks this morning to catch up from the weekend. No sewing this weekend other than a few stitches on some Celtic Solstice blocks on Sunday. I have half of step 5 done - 50 units! I did get Greg to show me the hose connect on the power washer and I got a great start on our long driveway. Lots of black mold and gunk is off and it looks so clean this morning! I'll do some more this afternoon while the kids are out riding their scooters.

The Civil War blocks today are getting interesting as I am running low on some fabrics. I am just pulling like fabrics from my stash to coordinate at this point.
Another Death went together pretty easily. It is not exactly like the book....but close enough.

A Little Broth.... I had it laid out correctly with the 60 degree triangles... and somehow the two lights did not end up seems I put the side rows on wrong. I did not notice it until after I trimmed it. Oops.... I made my own version for this one too!

Infernally Ungrateful went together as it should have.... so I was 1 for 3 today.

I am planning to do lunch with Emily since I completely forgot about it on Friday! Do I go power wash the driveway or sew some more.... ?

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Lots of RSC Samper blocks got made this week. Here are the six blocks in the darks.  I had to modify the cat a bit as I cut it out wrong - so mine is a little chunky on the bottom just like my Sophie!

I also got to sew a few hexagons together this week. Next week is the churn dashes....
I found Kona solids at Joann's fabrics.... I think some birthday $ will be spent on a bunch of black or pepper  next month to start surrounding these hexagons. I just printed out some coupons... so maybe I'll just pick them up tomorrow after work =) They are 'standard' colors so if I don't get enough for all of them.... it should be the same color later..... I hope!

Head on over to SoScrappy and see what other dark colors are being worked with this week.
I created two of the tutorials this week for the RSC Sampler. Clay's Choice is here and Sarah's Choice is here.

Today I am off to work and tomorrow everyone is healthy so we will head to the Pumpkin Pickin Patch. The kids can't wait. They had so much fun last year and can't wait to drag bring Daddy through the corn maze! He has never been with us. Here are some pictures from last year... I can't believe how much the kids have changed. Aidan had his baby top teeth still! 
Climbing on the hay bales fall 2013.

Wagon ride through the patch fall 2013.

Pulling sister in the wagon fall 2013.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday sewing....

Absolutely no time sewing yesterday.... but the house is slightly cleaner than it was!
I made up for it today and did a bunch of sewing this morning. I made two Civil War blocks to make up for yesterday and today. I also got my four RSC blocks done.
Suspension of Furloughs and Americus Soldiers Relief Society on the bottom.

I also finished up the block A of Celtic Solstice. 24 of these are done so it is time for step 5 so I can make the alternate block. Two need some repair as the oranges are not turned correctly. Oops.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Half Way through October....

Since I did not make a Civil War block yesterday I made two today! I am half way through my goal of making one block from this book a day and have 15 blocks completed this month! The pile is growing fast and it is time to figure out how many I need to make a nice little quilt.

Prisoner of War

Incompetent Officers

Busy day today - Emily had a hearing evaluation and as I thought she can hear just fine (especially when you are talking in another room about something you don't want her to hear!). That rules out the last thing so we can just concentrate on working with her daily on her speech for her apraxia. Now I am just waiting for a meeting to be scheduled so we can bump her speech from 2 to 4 days a week at school.
Aidan had an open house for his music class this morning and 25 minutes later was his lunch.... so I stayed and joined him for lunch today. Em had her open house for music a couple of weeks ago and I'll go in and have lunch with her on Friday. Must keep it even you know! I've got 20 minutes until I have to go pick them up.... I think I'll go and put the last few blocks of the Celtic Solstice Mystery together so I can start step 5 soon.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

RSC Sampler - Sarah's Choice

Time for a RSC Sampler block in the black color way! I selected the block called Sarah's Choice from Jennifer Chiaverini's Sylvia's Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts. I just love the Elm Creek Series - it is a great series of books revolving around quilting if you are looking for something good to read.

I've modified the cutting instructions to use the Easy Angle Ruler and the Flying Geese ruler. This allowed me to pull from my 2 inch strips for all my parts. I used three fabrics - a grey, a black and a black print. The black print is my 'background' fabric. 

Background : A 2 inch strip at least 21 inches long.
Cut 4 - 2 inch squares. Cut 4 of the big geese part.

Light : 2 inch strip at least 12 inches long.
Dark: 2 inch strip at least 12 inches long.

Place the light and dark right sides together so you create the correct 'wings' with the flying geese ruler. You will need one of each color for each of the 'wings'. Continue and cut 4 more half square triangles. (Essentially cut 8 hst's and four split out to wings and four turn into half square triangles.)

Piece the four flying geese units.  Piece the four half square triangles into a pinwheel unit.

Lay out the block and sew together as you would a nine patch.

Your finished block should measure 6.5 inches and finish at 6 inches in the quilt.

RSC Sampler - Clay's Choice

I am helping Angela out at SoScrappy and posting two RSC Sampler blocks this week. First up is Clay's Choice in shades of browns.

You will need two shades of a color and a background fabric. I am using the Easy Angle ruler to create 2 inch unfinished squares.
Background fabric :
 4 rectangles 2 inches by 3.5 inches
 A strip of 2 inch fabric to make 4 hst triangles. At least 6 inches

Medium Brown fabric:
 A strip of 2 inch fabric to make 4 hst triangles. At least 6 inches

Dark Brown fabric:
A strip of 2 inch fabric at least 12 inches long to pair with the light and background fabrics.

Sew your triangles together to make your half square triangles and press to the darker fabric.

Arrange your parts to look like this picture. Sew the two half square triangles together. Press to the medium/dark pair.

 Sew this unit to the background rectangle. Press to the rectangle.

Sew the top units together and the bottom two together.

Sew the top and bottom unit together to make your block. It should measure 6.5 inches and finish at 6 inches in the final quilt.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday October 13

Today's block is called Camp Conditions and went together quickly in the 15 minutes I had this morning before heading to work for a few hours.

Both kids were dropped to school so hopefully they last the whole day. They have tiger scouts (roadside cleanup) and daisy scouts this evening so hopefully they both will be able to go this week. I can't wait for tomorrow when I can snuggle on the couch with some stitching and netflix or a good book while the kids are at school.