Aaah, Sweet Progress

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It's been such a busy week~and it's been hot with temps hitting near 110°~the heat has never bothered me and we don't usually have too much of the 100°+ weather, but it makes the kids cranky! So we've spent alot of time in the pool! I've been catching up and/or keeping up with my projects in the early mornings and late nights when it's cool, here are some more of these potholders I'm addicted to.
And another~I love this style. I bought some new feet for my sewing machine, and one was this pintuck foot~I love the shabby chic look it offers~I added strips of scraps to some of the rows for interest. And yes, they'll fray in the wash and eventually wear down to nothing, but for right now I love them. Speaking of sewing machine feet, I had no idea how many different feet were available for my machine!
It's now day 9 of round 2 of the nine-patch quilt along and I'm one block ahead~10 blocks are done! I'm using only scraps from previous projects, there's definitely enough.
And I've worked a little more on the Good Ol' Summertime Mini Quilt swap project~I've added the little pinwheel flower. I actually had planned to make yo-yo flowers and place them close together to form a hydrangea, but it wasn't as cute as I had envisioned.  
I'll machine applique the pieces so they'll have a finished edge. The flower and centers are made of a pretty batik and hand dyed fabrics.

Enjoy your week~I hope it's cooler where you are!

Project Overload~Again!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

It's taken over~this weakness I have for fabric and sewing. Not 2 months ago, I was all caught up, my sewing area appeared neat and tidy, pretty quilts lay in a nice stack having been quilted and with binding and the majority of my fabric fit beautifully into storage baskets and drawers. How quickly things change. . .To date, I'm trying to finish up Hayley's graudation/birthday quilt (birthday was last Tuesday-ouch!), whipping up pot holders as quickly as possible (the latest disappeared before I had a change to photograph them),  I'm participating in three Quilt Alongs and still trying to get the binding on this quilt~These fabrics are for the Zig-Zag Quilt Dana and Amy are hosting. Haven't even cut into them yet, I'm waiting for Terri to return from vacation, I need motivation~
AmandaJean at Crazy Mom Quilts is doing an encore 9-patch project. This Quilt Along is necessary~my scrap basket needs some serious down-sizing. So only scraps for this project! I'm on schedule too. . .Yea!
This is my Good Ol' Summertime Mini Quilt Swap project. I'll be adding some applique with a summery feel. The next photo is a clue. . .
A pic from my hydrangea bed as the sun peaks up over the mountains this morning. These serve as inspiration for the applique for my mini quilt.

I hope your day is well! Sew on my crafty friends, sew on!

A Bump In The Road, A Birthday & A New Quilt Along

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My blogland friend Nicole refers to a difficult situation in life as a bump in the road~I had one last week. When life rolls along smoothly and then all of a sudden something happens which stops us right in our path, it reminds us life is short and gives us a new perspective. Perspective received. Along with the bump came these from our new chickens~look at the tiny one~its diameter is about that of a quarter~how cute!
My little sewing studio may as well have been an empty room for as much time I've spent there over the past week, but this morning I pulled on my big girl boots and jumped back in. I'm participating in the Good Ol' Summertime Mini Quilt Swap and there's some pictures beginning to surface~check them out, it's amazing how creative everyone is! I'm thinking of using some of my Darla by Tanya Whelan for my project or maybe for this next bloggy project.
Dana of  The Old Red Barn Co. along with Amy of ParkCityGirl are hosting another Quilt Along. As we all put the finishing touches on the last quilt, these two gals have put together another project which has elicited quite a bit of excitement and some cheeky humor as well. We're doing a zigzag quilt this time around using half-square triangles. These are the fabrics I've chosen to work with. The fun begins Monday~check out the flickr group and be sure to join us.
There's also been a BIG birthday at our house. Hayley turned 18! She wouldn't let me post a picture of her because we were all in bathing suits and out by the pool (a lovely 104°), but here's her cake. Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. . .I'll sneak in another photo later.

Enjoy your day, your families and your craft. 

Simply Quilted

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Here's my nearly finished product for Old Red Barn Co.'s Sew-Along. 
I think it reflects all things summer~crisp color, easy lines, uncomplicated.
Bev, from B&B did the beautiful machine quilting~I love the little loopy hearts!
Looking at it makes me want to lay it out on the lawn and have a picnic.
Since I've been on this orange kick lately and since there's an orange fabric or two in the top I thought this orange polka dot to be perfect for the back. You should have heard my girls go crazy once they saw the back. They liked the top, but when I flipped it to show them the back they went wild~then it was love! It still needs binding, something solid to frame all the color~maybe dark aqua. . .
Hey, what about this~speaking of summer and quilts. . . it should be fun, too!

Happy 4th of July~enjoy your weekend!

A Match Set & A Little Progress

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I'm really hooked on this pot holder oven mitt project. Here's a match set. I'm making some as store samples for HRQ to put in the shop to inspire others to sew, sew, sew this summer! I did discover one of those grommet makers so I can punch a hole through the hotpad itself instead of a loop hanger if I want. . .a pretty cool option. 
I posted last month about this project, I'm now up to 48 complete blocks with only 16 left to make. This is made completely of Daisy Chain scraps left over from several previous projects. I'm sewing the blocks together in rows as I go; otherwise, I'd make myself nuts trying to figure the best layout possible. I tend to over think these things. . .
It wouldn't be 4th of July weekend without these from our garden. We're picking about 1/2 gallon of these each day. We're having a get together this weekend, and the plan is to serve up some homemade blackberry ice cream. . . Yum! 

Enjoy your 4th!
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