Thursday, September 22, 2016


Continuing to make progress on my Tula Butterfly quilt.  A bit of Orange Crush added into the mix now. These are the "chunk crosses", and I also finished the floating crosses, but I don't seem to have that photo downloaded yet.

I'm really excited to see how this is going to come together, and I've been working on it almost every day this week.  Incentive to get into my sewing room is great - but now I must push myself back to the long arm and finish up a couple of customer commitments for this month.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Seeing Double

Quality time in my sewing room!  It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally feeling back on track with customer quilts, enough that I felt justified in taking a weekend off for my own sewing.  I have been looking forward to starting this project and now here it goes!  This is Tula's Butterfly quilt, done with her new fabric line (Slow and Steady) plus some Kona solids. Can't wait to see the final product, but for now, two of everything seems to be the order of the day.

After a small blip getting started (only made one of each block), I have the first set of blocks complete.

I'm linking up at Patchwork Times (for the first time in a while) over at Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

New Project

My new project is finally under way!  I spent a couple of hours last night and got these 5 blocks done. Unfortunately,  I can't count and I was supposed to make 10 blocks (5 pairs).  I guess I know what today's project is going to be.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Sad Demise

Apparently this is what happens when you continue to drop your seam ripper on the floor. I've always been an advocate of solid floors in a sewing room,  rather than carpet. But I do suspect that this would not have happened if I had been dropping the silly thing on carpet.

Now I have to interrupt my sewing to hunt for one of the other seam rippers which I know is hiding in my sewing room.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A New Project

Look at all this prettiness!  I just picked up a new project to work on.  This will be a sample for a local shop,  and a block of the month class.

Maybe this will be the inspiration I need to get back into my sewing room. I might have to clean up a bit first,  though. I'm not sure I could find space to cut anything or right now.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Q3 Finish Along Plans

Ah, more plans.  Q2 didn't go so well, but I'm hopefully for Q3. I'm trying to reserve a few slots for myself to get some quilts out of the closet and onto the longarm.  So, what do I want to do this quarter?  Keep in mind this list is going to be overly optimistic, so that when I pull some long-forgotten quilt out of the closet it still counts :)

First, my in-progress projects - these are ones that have not yet reached the quilting/binding stages, so they are the biggest stretch for finishing this quarter. I'd really like to at least get these to the "ready to quilt" stage this quarter. Of course, that doesn't count as a finish but at least it would be progress.

  1. Winding Ways - this is for a colour challenge, and is due at guild in May, so there is incentive to get it done.
  2. Blackford's Beauty   - my block of the month.  I should get my blocks back in April, so finishing the top & quilting it this quarter should be do-able
  3. Merry Mayhem New Year's Day mystery
  4. Star - 1/2 of the "Downtown" paper pieced quilt I've been working on 

From my "to be quilted" list, I want to finish at least 2 per month which would be 6 this quarter.  I'm putting a bunch on the list though - some are quick & easy, others want more time/detailed quilting. Which ones I do will depend on my attitude of the day when my quilting day rolls around :)  And if the world smiles on me, they might all get done.

  1. turquoise &; brown rectangles
  2. turquoise & brown diamonds 
  3. turquoise & brown baby quilt 
  4. Building Blocks
  5. Easy Street - Bonnie Hunter 2012 mystery
  6. Brights baby quilt
  7. Tell it to the Stars - Judy Laquidara 2014 mystery
  8. One Block Wonder 
  9. Giant Scrappy Swoon 
  10. disappearing hour glass #3
  11. Baby Reflections
  12. Houses - 1/2 of the "Downtown" paper pieced quilt
  13. Reflections of the North 
  14. 3 "Plus" quilts
Photos below are in the order listed.

And my binding projects:
  1. 2 disappearing hour glass quilties
  2. Kaffe stripes quilty
  3. Turquoise and brown baby quilt

Monday, July 11, 2016

Winding Along

A couple of hours in my sewing room,  and another row of winding way blocks has made it onto the wall. Just ignore that out of place block towards the lower left corner - it spun around while being attached and is going have to be spoken to about proper placement.

Onwards we go.  Once the next 2 rows are sewn,  I'll have room to place the final two sections.