November 2015

31 Jan

Projects finished in November 2015


Schnitzel and Boo Round 4 Mini Quilt

My own modifications to a pillow pattern from A Quilter’s Mixology by Angela Pingel featuring the Alison Glass Handcrafted and Handcrafted 2 Fabrics and Essex Linen. My first time doing spiral quilting and piecing curves!





Another Open Wide Pouch as an extra, using scraps from the mini quilt. I also included some chocolate and a magnetic pin-bowl that I forgot to photograph.


Aprons for Davy and his youngest cousin – these ended up being Christmas gifts. I actually ended up making an aqua strap for the floral one and using the twill tape strap in the shark one.

Pattern is the Little Chef Apron from Straight Grain (there is a matching Big Chef pattern; I should make one for Gregg!)


Felt play food for A – a birthday gift for Davy’s youngest cousin. Most of these are replicas of play food I had already made Davy but I did make him a version of the new stuff. No pattern, I basically looked at pictures for inspiration and figured it out on my own.



Not as many projects as the previous month but we took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to go to the localish Crystal Grotto Caverns, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, the National Aquarium, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History! So much of my sewing/crafting time happens during naps, and while we had some long car trips I typically have to sit in the back and entertain Davy which makes it pretty hard to get any knitting or stitching done. Totally worth it though, we had lots of fun. The Smithsonian Institutions are open on Thanksgiving and I think that might have to become a family tradition while we are near the DC area – it was so much less crowded than a normal day!



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September 2015

17 Jan

So it looks like I didn’t blog anytime after August last year. Crazy! So for the next few Sundays, I’m going to do a round-up of all my projects finished for a month, starting with September.

Without further ado:

A quick look back at the projects I finished in Sept 2015


Clothesline Bowl (there are about a million tutorials out there, I have no idea which one I used)



Tiny Geese Keychain

need photo!


Route 66 Socks – I started these in December 2011 – I messed up the second sock and stuck them in time out for the longest time. Didn’t have enough white to do both toes the same so I did one white and one blue, knowing that my Father-In-Law would appreciate the quirkyness.



Noodlehead Open Wide Pouch – size small, using Rainwalk fabrics. I used fusible fleece and probably wouldn’t do that again because future pouches have turned out nicer.



Bonus Davy Photo:



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2016! FAL

15 Jan

So it looks like I made a draft for the final quarter of 2015 but never posted it. Which is a shame because I actually finished most of those projects!

Well, here is my goal list for Q1 2016

1. D&E baby quilt

The baby came a bit early so I’m guessing by the time this gets to them she’ll be about 3 months old. But that’s ok! I’m making this about the same size as the flannel blanket (45 x 50) I made for Davy which he still uses Every Single Night. I need to just cut a couple of long pieces of background and sew it all together, then sandwich, quilt, and bind. I have some coral-pink dot minkee to back it with and once I’ve got it together I’ll decide whether I want to use quilting cotton or do a satin blanket binding.



2. Alligator stuffies

I want to make Davy and D&E’s baby girl matching Alligator stuffies, using this pattern – Playful Stuffed Crocodile. I got really excited when I first saw the pattern (uh, months ago) and purchased all the supplies (including the extra large ric-rac) so I just need the time to make it up.

3. Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap Round 2

I have a plan and a cutting list and need to start pulling fabrics because the cutting will probably be the most PITA part – since I’m doing triangles and diamonds I want to use Best Press before I do any cutting. Luckily, I have the Super Sidekick ruler from Jaybird Quilts which will be a big help. It will involve 42 diamonds and 66 triangles – lots of angled sewing fun! But I’m pretty sure my plan will allow me to avoid y-seams.

4. Giant Plus Quilt

The top has been finished for months but was put aside in favor of other, more time-sensitive projects. I got some wide-width backing fabric so I really just need to sandwich, quilt, and bind – just not sure where in the house I can easily baste a queen-sized quilt top.


5. Beach Quilt

Seriously, it’s essentially done (and we actually used it at the beach back in July) – I just need to finish the quilting part! All I’m doing is ties with embroidery floss. I just haven’t been motivated to work on it. You can see in the photo below I’ve done some of the ties and started threading floss for the other rows. I mean, this is a fabulous quilt that deserves to be completed and to get a proper photoshoot.



Well, given my track record with actually finishing things 5 projects is probably overly ambitious but I’m going to give it my best shot! As much as I’d love to join in some of the fun QALs going on, I’m going to be realistic about my free time.


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Pandamonium Pillow – FO post

22 Aug

Now that’s its finished and has been gifted, it’s time to share my Panda-monim Pillow! This was on my Q3 FAL list. It’s for our intern who is heading to college next week – she LOVES pandas so I immediately thought of her when I saw the pattern.



Isn’t it super cute? I did end up buying new fabric to make this, because I didn’t have enough of the fabric I was planning to use. It worked out because I found the music themed fabric which was perfect for the recipient (hard to see but the black is a tone-on-tone with treble clefs).  The pattern I used was Panda-monium, a free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop. The pattern was easy and well written, but I think it did wildly overestimate the amount of fabric needed. I made a zippered back with some Kona black – I used this tutorial from Miss Make for the project, and I thought it was well-written and a very nice, professional finish. I made the quilted panel 19″x19″ before finishing it into a pillow (kind of forgot about my seam allowances, oops), and I pre-washed it and it shrunk a bit so the final size ended up being 17.5″ x 17.5″ with an 18″ square pillow form inside it.


Since I had some extra fabric and since we wanted to send our intern with a coin purse stuffed with quarters I offered to make one. I used Noodlehead’s zippy wallet tutorial. Nice, easy pattern – my only mod was adding a wrist strap. I like that it has both the exterior pocket which will hold a card or two and the zipped interior one. Very fast and cute.


How am I doing otherwise? I haven’t done very much sewing or other crafting this summer, lots of bedtime drama and sickness making me more likely to just crash once the little guy is in bed. But things seem to be getting better. In the last week I also finished and mailed off my July Bee Hive block:



Pattern is Ripples Block in scrappy low volume and blues.

I’ve gotten some more of my Gravity QAL blocks cut out and started piecing them together, though I’m quite behind right now. I’m still trying to keep up because I’m afraid if I put the project aside it’ll take years to finish it.


But mostly I’ve been trying to enjoy the summer and my time hanging out with this little guy!


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14 Jul

My goals for the quarterly Finish-Along from On the Windy Side:

Already in progress projects

Summer Beach Quilt – nearly done, need to figure out backing and quilting (to tie or not to tie); I also want to make a coordinating pillow.

Giant plus quilt – need to finish piecing, hopefully before backing fabric arrives

Scrappy spiderweb strings – start sewing blocks together and make some more blocks – I don’t think this will get done before the end of the year but I’m going to put it on my list anyway.

Harry Potter scarf for T – already started, I’m doing a k1 rib (rather than knitting in the round).

New projects

Panda pillow in semisolid black and white – I’m going to use the Panda-monium pattern from Fat Quarter Shop and turn it into a pillow as a parting gift for our intern. I have some semisolid and black/white prints to use on this.

Baby quilt for M&M – gender neutral quilt, I have a fabric pull (the house fabric will be the backing) but haven’t decided on a pattern. I’m thinking wonky stars. But maybe little houses would be cute? Or too twee?


E&D baby quilt – college friends who are expecting their first baby. Our school mascot was an alligator and they are both working at a university whose mascot is an eagle, so I want to do some paper piecing and include both of those. I’m thinking the ‘Gator Quilt Pattern and the Eagle Block. I’m thinking a double sided quilt with each side using muted versions of the school colors.

Baby quilt for Cinna – I’m going to make the Swirling Medallion baby quilt from Quilting Modern. Cinna is decorating the baby’s room in a pirate theme so I need to pull some fabrics – I’m thinking a coraly-red, navy, and aqua with a pale gray background.

Not part of the FAL but some personal goals:

Gravity – finish block 2 and stay caught up

Keep up to date on bee blocks


Linking up to the Q3 FAL at On the Windy Side (button on the right sidebar).


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ALYOF July Goal

07 Jul

Once again I’m going to be pretty ambitious. For my July goal (also a part of my Q3 FAL goals), I want to finish my summer beach quilt. Here’s a look at the fabric:

I had a bunch of fat quarters from Zen Chic’s Sphere line. I added in some additional coordinating prints from my stash and coordinating solids. I’m doing a slightly modified version of Cluck Cluck Sew’s Summer Slice tutorial. Here’s the solids, and you can get a better idea of what the blocks will look like (though I’m going to mix the solids in with the rest of the prints when I sew up the large squares).

I have the fabric cut out and I’ve sewn most of my rectangles together. I still need to turn them into HSTs, come up with a layout, and then just sew it all together. I’m planning on making this either a tied quilt or doing minimal quilting. I’m also planning to add pockets on the undersides of the corners so we can weigh it down and maybe attach straps to it so it can be easily folded/carried. We are going to the beach for a long weekend in a little more than a week and Gregg would really love me to finish by then – I think he’s kind of crazy but I’m going to give it a shot. We have a lake “beach” near our house that we will probably visit at least once before summer ends so if it’s not done for our actual vacation it’ll still get used this year.


Linking up with Sew BitterSweet Designs for A Lovely Year of Finishes July Goal.


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Marching on

10 Jun

In the past week I have…

Added to my Giant Plus Quilt – I now have 8 of 15 rows completed:



You may also note that I have scrunched up my GPQ so it is not taking up nearly as much space on my design wall, which leaves more room for my…

Spiderweb string blocks! I have 6 blocks completed now with 2 more nearly done and while it’s still slow going I seem to have a better system for making these scrappy blocks (my cutting table is still a disaster though). I also made a template which makes marking go faster. I have also begun incorporating some of my own scraps into this project – so far just in that dark gold/yellow color. Conveniently I have some scraps from GPQ that go quite well!


And I’ve also completed Block 4  – Intergalactic for the Gravity QAL:



Question for any other Gravity QAL-ers – how are you storing your blocks? I have them all up on the design wall at the moment but that’s getting crowded, and I don’t have a good flat space to lay them out.

You may notice that I am still missing block 2 – Constellation. I have that all cut out and I just need to piece it together and I will be all caught up with the QAL!


Lots of Linkups:

WIP Wednesday with Freshly Pieced

Sew Cute Tuesday with Blossom Heart Quilts

Gravity Quilt Along with Busy Hands Quilts

Scraptastic Tuesday with she can quilt


Thanks for reading!


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WIP Wednesday – more Giant Plus

03 Jun

You probably though I forgot about that one, didn’t you?

Finishing the Giant Plus is one of my goals for the Quarterly Finish-Along. I know I won’t finish it this quarter but I thought I would at least pull it back out and work on piecing it. I have 5 out of 15 rows done! I also have the remaining rows pinned in order so it will be easy to grab a stack and piece it in between other projects.


You can see that it’s taken over the top part of my design wall.

The other project I’ve been working on is the spiderweb string blocks – I really love how they look but it’s pretty time consuming. It takes 4 subunits to make one 8″ square block and I think I want to make this a throw-sized quilt for our living room, so we’re talking 72 squares. I have 3 ready to go (they’re not sewn together because I want to wait until I have more done, in case I need to cut more fabric).


Some of those strings are really teeny, so each subunit has a lot of pieces to it. Plus I’m always dithering about which piece should be next. I’m trying to streamline my process a bit though!


Oh and in the interest of keeping it real – here’s my honest craft room photo when I’m working on those string blocks.


Yup, messy. But fun! Hope your week is good.


Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.


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ALYOF May Goal Completed!

29 May

My goal was to finish my Rainbow Road Table Runner:


And here she is!

I actually finished the Saturday evening before Mother’s Day, so while I wasn’t able to get it mailed to my MIL in time, we did a video chat with her on Sunday and got to show it to her. Which is good because, um, it still hasn’t been shipped out yet. Need to get to the Post Office!


I quilted her with organic wavy lines (using my walking foot) and did a machine-attached binding with Kona black, which I thought would set off all the colors nicely.


On my table – I will admit I was just a bit tempted to keep her!

Another closeup.

I’m super thrilled with how this turned out. Again, it’s the Rainbow Road table runner pattern which is only available as part of Rachel’s (Stitched in Color) Curves class. Fabrics are nearly all various Kona Cotton solids – I used both prewashed and non-prewashed fabrics and didn’t have any issues with either shrinkage or colors running.

Linking up with

A Lovely Year of Finishes – May Goal Party


Crazy Mom Quilts – Finish it up Friday


In case you were wondering, I finished my mom’s Mother’s Day socks as well! We had dinner at her house on Mother’s Day so I was able to give them to her on time. In previous years I haven’t been as well organized so it felt good to get both of these gifts done! I’m lucky to have two wonderful moms in my life.


More Gravity Fun

27 May

This week I’ve been focusing on my Gravity Quilt blocks, trying to get caught up for the QAL. Thanks to an epic 3-hr Davy nap on Monday (a holiday for us) I got a ton done!

Here are blocks 1-Horizon and 3-Orbit, all finished. I had previously finished the aqua Horizon and just started piecing the coral Horizon, but I was able to finish the coral block and cut out and piece both Orbit blocks!



This morning I woke up early and since Davy decided to sleep in, I got the pieces for one of the Constellation blocks (block 2) cut out – hopefully I’ll get caught up on that one shortly.

I also got working on my Bee Hive Quilt block – our May Queen bee selected the double star block. I was nervous about doing the no-waste flying geese since our Queen sent us the background fabric (Essex in Black) and there wasn’t extra if I messed up. I was very careful with my marking and sewing my scant 1/4″ and everything came out to the right size.

I started piecing it together the other night and made a rookie mistake – not checking which side to pin on before getting started. I shouldn’t try to sew when I’m tired:

At least I noticed it right away so out came the trusty seam ripper and I’ll get it all sewn together another night. I’m really enjoying the bee for multiple reasons – it’s a great skill builder, I’m using some color combos that I wouldn’t think of on my own and it’s forcing me to use some stash instead of hoard it.

Doing a couple of linkups –

WIP Wednesday with Freshly Pieced

Building Blocks Tuesday with Quilter in the Closet

Busy Hands Quilt: GRAVITY QAL



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