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My current WIP list.

It seems like something that’s good to start the year with, a compiling of all the projects in some stage of completion.

Swoon: I finally finished this top a few months back and I have the backing fabrics all waiting to be pieced.  I’m looking forward to taking this to Lindsay and crossing it off the list!

Color wheel: this was one of the Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts projects that didn’t get completed last year.  It was a frustrating project and doesn’t lay flat but I’m hoping a little long arm quilting will help mellow it out.  It will make a great addition to my studio space.

T-shirt quilt for Holly: I have been working on this project for way, way too long.  I MUST FINISH THIS QUILT.

Selvedge spiderwebs: I have been working on this quilt for about two years.  I have all the linen cut out and glued to paper so I just need to sit down and finish it!  Maybe at a sewing retreat this spring.

Single Girl: I have been hand quilting this for nearly a year and a half.  While I am really wishing I had had it long arm quilted instead, I know that once I finish I’ll feel a huge sense of accomplishment and will cherish it for a long time.

It’s Blowy Out There: I made this HST quilt from scraps a couple months ago and now it’s all basted and read to be finished.

Before I tackle those, I have a few commissions and trades I need to get (started and) finished first!

Kindle case for Sarah: this should be a quick project but it’s taking me along time! Nothing like a deadline though, I have to finish it by tomorrow!

Baby roller rink: this is a commission for a family friend and her first grandchild.  It is based on this pattern and will be made of scraps.  I’m hoping to finish it by the second week of February!

Set of dinner napkins: this is a trade for an art piece with my friend Liz.  She is moving away in March so I need to finish them ASAP!

Chicopee log cabin: this is my first quilt commission for a stranger!  It’s a really nice woman named Sarah who is getting it for her mom, to be completed by the first week of March.

Kaleidoscope in Field Study: this is a queen sized quilt for a trade for a large painting by my good friend Laura Lashley.  I’m really excited about this and while there is no actual deadline, I’m hoping to finish it by the end of February.


Months ago, my friend Charla asked me to make a t-shirt quilt for her husband’s birthday out of some old shirts he loved.  I went for a simple rectangle in a rectangle design with some scrappy strips.  I got sick right around the time I was supposed to finish it but I powered thorough and completed it just in the nick of time, even if I wasn’t able to hand deliver it.  It’s backed in a olive green sheet I thrifted, I sewed it around the edges and turned it instead of using binding, and labeled it.

Charla also asked me to make her a clothespin bag for use with her clothesline in her yard.  After looking around online for ideas, I came up with this pattern using the raindrops print from Somersault by Erin McMorris and an unknown print from my stash, and I love it!

When Cait and I got together to make those pincushions, I was so excited to have finished something in a day that I left her house with a bunch of motivation and inspiration, something I haven’t had in a couple months.

I pulled out my Swoon quilt from the WIP box, a project I haven’t worked on in months.  I had all the pieces cut out but only three of the blocks sewn together.  Now, I’m happy to say I have a completed top!  And I love it!

I finally went by The Little General (what used to be Karen Gray) over the weekend to see the ever lovely Gina and see her shop.  I picked up a few lovelies to add to the stash and will definitely be back there soon.  I was also able to drop off some business cards with the potential of more commissions which is exciting!

From top down: Curious Nature from Parson Grey, Chicopee from Denyse Schmidt, Nightshade from Tula Pink, Fresh Cut from Heather Bailey, and another Chicopee print.

Don’t let my silence fool you…

I have been very busy around here. I sent off a quilt today that I’ll be able to show off next week and I’m feverishly quilting a baby quilt for a friend’s shower this weekend.

After these two I have no impending deadlines but that doesn’t mean I don’t have lots of things I want to finish! I’m sure a springtime finishing challenge will pop up in blogland somewhere and I intend to join. How great would it be to enter into summer with a clean slate?!

LMP+QG February Challenge: Stacked Coins Quilt

I’ve always wanted to make a coin quilt.  Cait and I had a sewing day last weekend and I got a lot accomplished!  This still isn’t finished but I have the front completed, the back is coming together, and I’m really liking it.  Sorry for the really poor photos, I’m quite embarrassed by them, really, but today is very gray and rainy.  I will definitely take lots more pictures when it’s all finished and beautiful.

Be sure to check out Cait’s beautiful version (I love that linen!) and you can see our past projects here.

Life has been a little hectic lately and I apologize that the blog has fallen by the wayside.  Changes are afoot and it’s both exciting and stressful.  Hopefully I will have a couple finished projects and lots of photos to share with you soon!  Thanks for sticking with me, I really appreciate it.


Another sewing weekend.

I’m up in Roanoke again this weekend sewing with Lindsay. I didn’t get the three quilts finished I was hoping to but I brought two and I love them.

I set a goal for myself on Wednesday (my day off) to trim and assemble the modern cross blocks, which I did,

and to trim and assemble the whole top for the kaleidoscope plaids, which I completed on Thursday.

I spent a quick hour sewing the back to the modern crosses quilt and while that was on the long arm machine, I made the plaid backing.  Once the binding and labels are stitched on, I can move them to my finished pile/page and jump for joy!  This plaid quilt was a lot more work than I was expecting but I think it’s just about perfect for the recipient.

I took almost 150 pictures of these quilts (and the large hexagon I finished last time I was up here) so it might take me a little time to go through them and post about them.


I think I decided what I want to do for the Habitat challenge and now I’m completely obsessed with it!  It’s all I want to work on!  I think I’m going to have to hold off for a little while though.  Not that I don’t have plenty of other things to occupy my time.

Most of today was spent on the dining room floor thread basting my Single Girl queen sized quilt.

The dining room is the only floor space big enough to baste most quilts on.  I realized today how much I hate thread basting but it works much better when you’re hand quilting.  I’ve traced and am cutting a template to mark the quilting lines and then I can take it off the floor and get to work!  I’m determined to finish in less than a year (which is how long my first and most recent hand quilting endeavor took).

As an aside, and something else I’ve been a bit obsessed with lately, I have never been much into yoyo quilts. I don’t know why, they just always seem old fashioned in a not-so-hip way. Until I saw this one on Pinterest.It is so fresh and cheery looking!  Penny of Sew Take A Hike started a Yo Yo Quilt Along a few months back and I’m thinking of joining her.  I’d love to make it all with vintage fabric but that might be asking a lot.  I think I’ll buy one of the makers and maybe just start with some white ones.

I’m a little ashamed to admit it but ever since we moved into this house (13 months ago), we’ve never stocked our pantry.  We’ve always bought on a per meal basis which was not the most efficient.  But we were inspired by our week at the beach with all the cooking we did with only one shopping trip.  So today, I stocked.

I bought the makings for 6 dinners, a few lunches and breakfasts.  I’m excited about it!

I made tacos tonight and while they definitely weren’t my best, they are one of the easiest and my favorite dinners.

Here’s to a week of better eating.  Or at least, eating at home.

Ta Da!

My new blog is up!  It’s nothing fancy but considering I learned both WordPress and Photoshop/Illustrator to put it all together myself, I’m pretty darn proud of it.  I already like WordPress much better than Blogger (and I can give a more detailed comparison in a couple weeks, if anyone wants to know).  There are still a couple kinks to work out so bear with me.  I spent a lot of time compiling a list of all the quilts I’ve ever made so take a look around!  The next step is getting my store up which I’m really excited and anxious about.

Last night was this month’s quilt guild meeting and I had a really good time. I was finally able to show off the three quilts I worked on at Lindsey’s a few weeks back and a group of us went out afterwards again for Mexican food. We also received the fabric fr our next challenge! FreeSpirit very graciously donated fat eighth bundles of Jay McCarrol’s Habitat line to our guild and we have to make something by October. I won’t be at that meeting due to the Sewing Summit but I’m excited about this project and seeing what everyone else turns out! I am pretty in love with this line, it’s very 80s, and I have no idea what I’m going to do with it. We can add solids to it only so this might take some thinking!

The drive home from the meeting was awesome. I was driving into a storm and could see the clouds light up with lightening for 40 miles before I actually was in it. Even then there were multiple strikes of lightening from one end of the sky to the other. I love storms and this was one of the best ones I’ve ever seen.  I tried to take pictures but that doesn’t work so well while driving.

I was hoping to get my Single Girl quilt basted so I could take it to Stitch ‘n’ Bitch tonight but that didn’t happen. I did get the back finished this morning and will hopefully get it together in time for a sewing date my friend Caitlin next weekend! I’m really looking forward to hanging out with her. I met her through the guild, she just moved from DC, works at Spoonflower, and seems like an fun person. I’m sure it will be good times.

Speaking of the Single Girl quilt, it’s the last day of the Finish It Up challenge!  I don’t have as many projects finished as I’d set out to complete but I made some definite progress!

1. Ring of fire – no progress – I might scrap it, I haven’t decided.
2. Black White & Red Monster – no progress
3. Large hexagonsfinished!
4. Hexagon scrap quilt – worked on it a lot at the beach, pictures on Wednesday!
5. Hope Valley boy – no progress, still indecisive
6. Single Girl throwfinished!
7. Single Girl queen – back is pieced, ready to be basted
8. Suits & Ties – no progress
9. Selvage spiderwebs – half of the blocks are finished
10. Kona cotton TMQG challengefinished!
11. Tetris mini quiltfinished!
12. Hexagonal Christmas tree skirt – blocks pieced
13. Far Far Away plus quilt finished!

Thanks to Meg for setting this up and congratulations to everyone that participated and crossed some things off the list!  You can always check my WIP tab up top to see what I’m currently working on.

Quilting, quilting.

I spent a fabulous weekend in Roanoke with Lindsay and her quilting machine Ursula.
Sewing on a long arm was great. Loading the quilt on takes the most work and then you mostly hit start and Ursula does the rest. I’d like to learn how to free motion on her one day but for now the computerized pantographs are great. There are some really crazy ones out there!

I can’t show off all the quilts in their entirety because the bindings aren’t finished and two of the three are gifts. I think I might keep them around to show off at the next quilt guild meeting which, I’m sorry, means you might have to wait another three weeks to see the fully finished quilt glamor shots.

In the meantime, I took a couple of pictures while we worked.And this might be my favorite one Lindsay took over the weekend, me picking the RW&B Monster while Ursula quilts away on the Large Hexagons.

I already can’t wait until I finish a couple more quilt tops and can go up again. I think the RW&B one will be ready soon and I plan to feverishly work on the selvedge spiderweb and try to finish that soon. Maybe I’ll knock off all the projects off my Finish It Up challenge list!

And, another one.

I was kind of looking forward to a Hexagons for Humpday post but then I realized I hadn’t actually done any work on it this week. Oh well.

As if I needed to add to my Finish it Up list, I started and finished a quilt top! I bought a fat quarter bundle of Far Far Away (this first collection) two years ago (next week, in fact) and only recently decided that I needed to make a plus sign quilt with it.

So I cut, arranged, sewed, picked, sewed again, pressed, and rushed outside to take pictures before a storm came.
The plus signs are made with 4″x4″ squares and the top finished at 44″ x 64″

I have no idea what I’m doing for the back. I have something on my design wall but I don’t think I like it. I looked into getting some yardage but it’s $17/yard (was it always or is it just in high demand?) and that’s way too much for a backing. I kind of just want to do a solid color, which feels so boring (and requires me to buy more fabric). But, since this one will probably be for sale, I s’ppose I don’t much mind it being boring or costing me money. It’s still pretty adorable!