Gravity QAL

23 May

I’ve love the Gravity quilt from the moment I saw it. I put the kit on my Christmas list (along with the suggested specialty rulers) but alas nobody got it for me. But then Cynthia from Quilting is more fun than Housework posted that she had picked it up from Craftsy for a great price and luckily it was still on sale so I snagged it. I found out that there’s a quilt-along going on – hosted by Myra of Busy Hands Quilt  – and since I got a bit of a late start I’m trying to catch up my blocks.

So far I’ve got one of Block 1 – Horizon done!


Here it is on my design wall (with a bunch of other random WIPs!)

Myra’s got tons of helpful tips, and between her and the pattern book the first block was a breeze.

I made sure to pre-starch my blocks (I’m using Mary Ellen’s Best Press and liking it).

As Myra mentioned, some (most) of my 10″ precuts squares are not perfectly square, so I’m making sure to cut my strips from the wider part of the square.

I really like the Super Sidekick ruler (which I’d received as a Christmas gift) – so much easier than using templates or trying to do it with regular rulers, and I’m sure at the very least I will use it after this quilt to do more triangles. Based on the ease of use I ordered the Hex & More ruler as well.

As mentioned in the pattern book, I cut the corners off my diamonds which made matching them up a breeze.

I’m guessing I could make the cutting go faster by stacking my fabric but I occasionally have trouble cutting through (I think because my cutting/pressing table is lightly padded because it happens even with brand new rotary cutter blades) so I’m doing just one color at a time.



I’m also cutting out 2.5″ triangles for the bonus pillow pattern and (assuming I have enough fabric) I’m trying to cut out 2.5″ squares and 1″ hexagons while I’m doing my initial cuts – so far I’ve been able to do that from all the fabric.

And I made this nice little design board, again from Myra’s blog – a nice way to keep my blocks organized while I’m piecing. I grabbed some more duck tape the other day and will probably make a few more.

I am making the quilt as designed so I labeled some flower head pins with letters (using a sharpie, nothing fancy) to keep track of which color is which – I had enough to make 4 sets.

I even made a fancy little pincushion so I can keep my flower head pins separate!


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Davy’s Car Carrier

16 May

So it took me a little longer than I’d originally planned but I finished Davy’s Car Carrier Bucket today!


The red car side


The orange pickup truck side


The inside


My God, it’s full of cars!

It ended up roughly 10″ wide by 8″ deep by 9″ high (not including handles) – bigger than I think I would have liked but not bad considering I was totally winging it with the dimensions and I’ve never made a bucket like this before. I used Kona cotton scraps for the solids and the prints are both Ann Kelle remix ovals (the size for the lining was kind of weird and I had a FQ bundle of the prints so I used both the black on white and white on black prints with a little bit leftover). I like rummaging through the remnants bin and Joann and have a bunch of random Pellon stabilizers – I used fusible fleece on the exterior, SF101 on the lining, and some midweight sew-in stabilizer (I think 40) on the handles.

So I thought Davy would really get a kick out of it – he’s very excited to get new things or to hear that I’m making something for him and he liked the blocks alone. He was napping when I finished, and when I showed him the bucket full of his cars, he said “Dump it out!” very angrily and then after I’d dumped out the cars, I asked him if he liked it. “I want to break it!” Well, okay then! Toddlers, man. He’s generally pretty easygoing, but I do have to remember that he’s only 2.5. Maybe an hour later he wanted to go out front and play cars with Gregg and he happily put his cars in the bucket and carried them outside, so I guess he does like it after all!

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Vroom vroom

13 May

I finished my Rainbow Road table runner this past weekend (finished project post coming soon). I recently got a kit to make the Gravity Quilt and decided I wanted to get started on that right away, so I began starching and ironing my fabrics.

And then I got distracted (don’t you hate it when that happens)?

Davy has recently acquired some new toy cars and is playing with them a ton, which means there are little tripping hazards vehicles all over the floor. So I decided to make him a fabric bucket to store them in.


I don’t have any car fabric in my stash and I didn’t want to buy anything so I decided I would piece some cars. I had trouble finding a free paper-pieced pattern but then I ran across this one, which is a combo of paper piecing and slightly more improv piecing.


After the car and the truck I decided I needed to add some fabric to the sides (so that the vehicles wouldn’t be totally pulled out of shape) and some solid black to the bottom.


And that’s about where we’re at right now – I have the pieces cut out for fabric handles and I need to add interfacing and fusible fleece etc. I’m using this pattern from Pink Penguin as inspiration but I’m kind of winging it with my measurements since my pieced blocks are so much bigger than the patchwork she used. I figure that as long as it’s somewhat usable Davy will love it and that’s the important thing. Wish me luck!


Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.


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ALYOF May Goal

04 May

Since I actually completed my April goal it’s time to pick a new one!

My May goal for ALYOF – Rainbow Road!

I know I won’t have time to finish before Mother’s Day but my goal is to finish my Rainbow Road table runner. I did get the curves all pieced together, but I still need to make my quilt sandwich, quilt it, and then do my binding. There is no way I will finish in time to ship it to CA before Mother’s Day but hopefully I can finish and get it in the mail by the end of the month.



And while I know it won’t count towards ALYOF, I also want to finish the pair of socks I started for my mom for Mother’s Day – I have the first sock done and I’m a few repeats into the cuff of the second sock. Sadly I’m not working on it tonight because I forgot it at work – the end of the day got kind of crazy and we had dinner plans so I forgot it in my rush to get out the door before it was too late. Oops!

I’d like to finish by Mother’s Day but I won’t be upset if I don’t – I’ve knitted socks for my mom nearly every year since I started knitting, but most years I bring over a couple of sock yarns from my stash and have her pick the yarn and pattern on Mother’s Day so I’m already ahead of the game!



Winged is Done!

30 Apr

After months! of work, I’m finally done with my Winged quilt!



Before washing.


After washing and drying. It crinkled up nicely and I didn’t see any ink on the color catcher I had thrown in. I didn’t prewash any of my fabrics.



Butterfly backing.


Stats – expanded version of the Lap of Luxe pattern by Quilt Dad. I used 12 different FQs from the Winged line by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery, along with Mystic Grey Art Gallery Pure Element for the top. I used yardage from the line for the back (Wingspan) and the Plumage print for binding. Pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50wt in Dove.


I gave it to my mom on Sunday and she totally loved it, she rushed upstairs to put it on her bed. Davy was mad that I wouldn’t let him use it as a tent.

It’s the biggest quilt I’ve made and I’m really proud of it. But I think my next project will be a little smaller!

Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes April Goal Party.

This was also on my list for the quarterly FAL hosted by On the Windy Side so hopefully I’ll remember to link up once that opens.



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Rainbow WIP Wednesday

29 Apr

Without further ado:

The main thing I’ve been working on this week is my Rainbow Road project for the Curves class (from Rachel at Stitched in Color) – I got really really behind (the class ended I think back in February or March!) but I’m still determined to plug away at the projects. This is using a bunch of different colors of Kona cotton, some leftovers from the few projects I’ve finished, but most from either the remnants bin at Joann’s and a FQ bundle of the new Kona colors I got for Christmas.

I don’t know if I’ll quite get there but my intention is to finish this up as a Mother’s Day project for my Mother-In-Law – my in-laws have a really great rainbow curvy abstract painting hanging in their dining room so I thought this would compliment it well. I’m actually waiting on a new blade for my rotary cutter so that I can cut some curves and sew it all together.

I also did a few bee blocks – I’m doing my first bee (The Bee Hive featuring patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts). I’m enjoying it so far. Our April queen asked for these blocks with a text middle and bright colors so it was really fun to pull some fabric and make them up.

If you’re wondering, I did finish my Winged quilt but that will be another post!

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!


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WIPing along

22 Apr

I’m so close to a finish on my Winged quilt! I have been working every spare moment sewing down the binding in the hopes that I can give it to my mom this weekend. I’ve even been lugging it to work every day so that I can do a bit of sewing on my lunch break.

Trimming it up (I use a metal L-shaped ruler purchased for a long-completed home improvement project)


Sewing on the binding while Davy chops paper up into tiny and tinier bits with his scissors:



I’ve also gotten to do a little fun sewing. I purchased a bag full of strip/string scraps from Kati (from the blue chair) in an instagram destash awhile ago. The strips were all from this quilt, so I knew they’d all go together nicely! I admit I’m a new enough quilter that I have trouble coming up with good color combos so this is a bonus of this kind of purchase.

I showed off a potholder on a previous post, and making that was fun, but I wanted something a little different and something that would incorporate some negative space. I found this tutorial for spiderweb blocks on Sew Mama Sew from Elizabeth Hartman. So far I’ve completed the parts for one block:



I really like how it’s looking so far. I have the background fabric cut and marked for 3 additional blocks. I do think I need to have my scraps more sorted in advance (I sorted a bunch into snack-sized ziplocs but for the block above I was just using all the stuff I hadn’t had a chance to sort yet, mostly the strings that were pieced together) and I think it would also help to have a pressing mat on my sewing table so I don’t have to constantly pop up and down. But I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to sew up a few more. I’m not going to sew the triangles into blocks until I have a bunch, because if it turns out I need to add more fabric in to get it to a good size I want those fabrics to be evenly distributed.



But as you can see there are really a ton of strips here, so I should be good for awhile. Hopefully while I’m stuck home tomorrow (Davy has pinkeye for like, the 6th time since last December) I’lll get some sewing done!

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!




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2015 Finish Along Q2 Goals

14 Apr

I’m trying to be a little bit less ambitious but I’m hoping that the accountability will help keep me going! So here are my goals for the Q2 of 2015 Finish Along


finish Mom’s Winged quilt – nearly finished quilting, then I will need to do a bit of ripping before I add the binding

Rainbow Road Tablerunner – I have the pieces cut out and have been using them as leaders/enders – I’d like to gift this to my MIL. This is one of the projects from the Curves Class.

Red HST placemats – there is one up on my design wall taunting me. I have the layouts all figured out, I just need to sew them together. I’m hoping this will be a good project to practice FMQ

Giant Plus Quilt – um, considering how long it took me to just quilt mom’s quilt this is probably crazy ambitious but even if it doesn’t count as an entry for the FAL I would like to at least finish piecing this one.

Retro Flowers Quilt – I bought a curve master presser foot through Massdrop and haven’t had a chance to play with it but I need two baby quilts, and I bought the pattern back when I was doing the Curves Class. I have a FQ bundle of Mormor that I think would work well for this project – I will probably only do 4 flowers (2×2 layout) but I may do 9 (3×3 layout) if I think it needs to be larger. So this one is still in the planning stage.

Spiderweb Strings – I want to use more of the strings that I made my potholder with to make a quilt using this pattern, though I may mod it a bit. Basically my idea is to make blocks until I get bored or until I run out of strings. So maybe somewhere between a baby and a lap quilt?  (also, I should actually finish the potholder but that seems too small to list as a FAL goal. But that comes first)


Mother’s day socks – first sock down, second sock started.

Harry Potter scarf for T – I have the yarn and pattern, have not cast on yet.

Featherweight Cardigan – this was started while I was pregnant with Davy. I think I finished the body and some of the ribbing but I need to do the arms.

Other Craftiness:

Cross-stitch for Jen – I’m making a snarky pattern for my sis as a graduation gift – I’m almost done with the most complicated part. I’m using this cross-stitch pattern: Not my Circus, Not my Monkeys. This is my first cross-stitch project.

Felt food: I made a bunch of felt food for Davy that I need to write up properly. My SIL commented that my youngest niece, A, would love some and so I am making a set for her as well – I’m doing sandwich fixings, pasta, and maybe a few other small things (but probably not sushi since they are vegetarians).

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ALYOF April Goal

07 Apr

Now that I’m finally getting in some good sewing/quilting time again I’m going to try to meet some goals. So once again I’m putting my Winged quilt as my goal for this month! I’m really kind of embarrassed that it’s taken me so long (and to think I was going to get it done before Christmas) – but then again, I picked a more complicated quilting design once I realized that Christmas was not going to happen and it’s just been hard to find time to work on it.

Here’s a progress shot – I’m more than halfway through the quilting but remember it took me 3 months to get to this point!


I do have the binding already made but I still think it’s going to be hard to get it done; hopefully having this as a goal will encourage me to go quilt when I’d rather sit my butt on the couch in the evenings!

So, linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes – April Goal Party


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2015 Q1 Quilting/Sewing Review

05 Apr

As I mentioned previously, I didn’t do so great on quilting/sewing. I already linked a few finished projects – my tree skirt and my Christmas bunting. I am still slooooowly plugging away on the quilting for Mom’s Winged Quilt and haven’t touched my giant plus quilt since before Christmas. I also did poorly keeping up with the projects for the Curves Class. But I did get some sewing done!

I joined my first quilting bee,


I made a blanket for my son (that he loved for 5 minutes and now refuses to use, sigh),

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I made a faux chenille baby blanket as a baby shower gift that came out amazing,



I used the tutorial from Sisters, What! for the blanket and a tutorial from Stitching With 2 Strings for the satin binding and I’m really pleased with the finished project.

I made a bunch of felt play food for my son’s kitchen and also made him a toddler-sized oven mitt. This seems to be an ongoing obsession. I used some of the tutorials linked here but only loosely followed them. There will be more of this!


I started my Rainbow Road project from the Curves class,


I also tried some string piecing and hopefully will turn this into a potholder for a friend.


So I have not been a total slacker in the sewing department!

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