Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Fabriholics Anonymous

Now for my post about how much fabric I have that is ready to turn into quilts.  I spent the day after Christmas going through all of my fabric.  I am only posting the fabric that is ready to turn into quilts.  I still have lots of fat quarters and half yards that do not have a project assigned to it.  I did just order 10 yards of Bella solids white for background fabric.  A lot of the quilt patterns I like have lots of negative space.  Now no more fabric for six months except for backing and binding.  I need to finish up some of these projects.  I have a few more surprise projects for family which I did not post.

A lot of this fabric I got from my friend Jessica before she closed her shop.

Some AMH and background fabric ready to be turned into a luscious quilt.

Christmas fabric not yet turned into a quilt. Glace by Moda.  

Some civil war repro that I got before my fabric tastes changed.  16 fq's ready to make a quilt for my daughter's boyfriend.

A cute roll up of Dear Stella.  It is going to make a cute quilt.

Another quilt kit thanks to Jessica at Remnants Fiber Culture.  

A layer cake from Zen Chic Juggling Summer.  It is my first layer cake.

My first jelly roll.  Still have not broken it open yet.

Of course have to have some Kaffe stashed away for a rainy day.

This is 22 fq's of my favorite Moda fabric Martinique.  I still have not decided what to do with.

10 fq's of Marmalade.   I got this in someone's destash.  Lucky me.

My husband wants this peacock quilt.  It is still not cut out.

All the fabric ready to make up into a beautiful quilt.  I love Charleston Farmhouse

My Russian Rubix not getting done.

Simpler Time charm pack made into string blocks from "String Quilt Revival".

A beautiful stack of Kaffe shot cottons.  This is due to become a solids quilt.

Star Light quilt ready to be cut.  

A baby quilt with Geo Grand organic fabric.

There is a square in there blocks ready to assemble.  

Some Tula Pink Saltwater.  Can't bear to cut into it.  

A Little of This and A Little of That

Just a little post before I do my Fabriholics Anonymous post this evening.  I did get a few things done over the long holiday.  I had Tuesday through Friday off.

I started out with this stack of string blocks and added six more to make a lap size quilt. I got these string blocks in a swap a couple of years ago.  I am determined to finish up all of my projects that had completed blocks.

It finished up like this.  I gave it to a friend who will finish it up and give it to the Alzheimer wing at her Mom's assisted living.  It has lots of nice seams to fiddle with.

I also had  numerous blocks from my Block Swap Adventure.  I had enough for the quilt top and enough to piece some into the back.  I have finished the top but do not have a picture yet.  It turned out to be twin-sized and will make a nice quilt for our guest bed.  Below is my stack of blocks.  I never changed my profile so all of these are in traditional fabric.  I wanted to have enough to make a quilt.

I also have a picture of the Lucy Boston blocks I have so far.  I have a long way to go to make a queen sized quilt.

I did get some additional goodies before I start my fabric diet.  I got some more Denyse Schmidt fabric both FMF and Chicopee for my stash. I do so love her fabric.  Also, Craftsy was having a wonderful fabric sale and I got a stack of Amy Butler Soul Blossoms for about $1.25 per FQ.  I also scored on a stack of Kona FQ's.  I got 40% off of the sale price on these since I bought a four yard cut of Kona Snow a few weeks back.  I am finally going to get around to doing the 2012 Block of the Month quilt with Amy Gibson.  Love all of her blocks in the sampler quilt.  I got a spider web ruler from my Amazon gift cards.  I am going to make a few spider web quilts with fabric from my ever growing scrap bins.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

I am heading down to my daughter's to celebrate Christmas.  I did a little last minute Christmas sewing yesterday.  Two drawstring bags for my grandson's Lego toys.

I mailed my Farmer's Wife quilt to my sister.  I got to visit with her at her home in Northern California.  It has a cottage feel to it with wide plank wooden floors and vintage lace curtains.  It just looked it needed an old-fashioned quilt to go with it.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Finished with Hexie Blocks for December

I finished up sewing my Get Your Hex On block for December.  She sent the fabric and the 1/2" hexie paper.  I can tell I have come a long way since the first hexie block I made.  The 1/2" hexie's were much more doable. I am sending this to England.

The Lucy Boston block is out of my own stash.  She wanted red and white (mostly red).  I had just gotten some red and white fabric that worked perfectly.

My December Queen for the Lucy Boston block sent me these goodies with my November block.  She had just moved to Japan and picked these up for me.  So cute.

I finished up my Block Swap Adventure blocks also.  I just have not taken pictures.  I have to send these to Austrialia.  I hope to get to the post office and get them out Monday.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Goodies for the Guild Meeting

I got my mug rug and done for our exchange.  We had a lot of fun at our White Elephant exchange.  We opened and stole from others to our hearts content.  We each made a mug rug and bought a matching mug.  This is my mug rug.  I paired it with a bright and shiny red starbucks mug. The fabric is from Basic Grey for Moda.

I also brought all eight of my maple leaf blocks.  They were fun to make but not as quick and easy as the previous month's blocks.

I think my favorite is the brown pearl bracelet.

I worked on my hexie blocks for both of my bees today.  I got both my Lucy Boston and 1/2" hexie blocks basted.  I should have them sewn together by tomorrow.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

EQ7-I Was A Winner

A month or so ago I won an copy of EQ7.  This was a PC version.  I have a Mac.  My husband has a PC laptop.  We decided we were going to get a new all-in-one computer with a 20" monitor so that we could load the EQ7 and some fancy photo editing software on it.  Last weekend it happened.  We found a good deal over the cyberweekend.  I now have my software loaded.  Have not had too much chance to use it yet but I have watched the videos.  I am sure it is going to be great.

I would like to thank Patricia at Quilting Lines for this wonderful opportunity.  I am sure that it will help me design more of my own quilts and be a more productive quilter.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Blocks, Blocks, Blocks

I finished up my October and November Block Swap Adventure Blocks.  One scrappy trip and one windmill.

I also got three modern maple leaf blocks completed for our charity blocks for December.  I love all the fall colors in these.  I might have to make a Modern Maples quilt for myself.

I am digging into my stash to come up with some of the fabric.  I purposefully bought some of it just for these blocks.

I had a really nice Thanksgiving at my daughter's house in San Antonio.  Got to see the grandson.  That is always a treat.  I bought some backing fabric at the various Black Friday/Cyper Monday sales so I can complete some  Christmas presents.  I think I am going to have a very busy month.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Even More EPP

It has been a hectic few weeks.  My husband and I flew out to California for my son's wedding and had a week of beautiful California weather with a very beautiful wedding at Newport Beach.  I then came home and had to go out of town on business.  Not much sewing was done.

This weekend I got a chance to finish up the piecing for my Grandmother's Garden Hexie Project.  Now to take out the papers and basting and figure out a way to applique it to the background fabric.  I also finished one of my blocks for November.  I have one more to go.

I had a big shopping day yesterday.  I got the kit for my Dad's Queen size quilt and ordered the kit for my sister's quilt.  I know I will not get them done before Christmas, but since we spent time with them before and after the wedding, I got a better idea of what they wanted.  My friend Jessica closed up her quilt store so I took the opportunity to get some bargain fabric including some backing fabric to finish up some of my UFO's.  Today I only got so far and then I faded out.  Too much activity and not much relaxation.  I still have a couple of blocks for my block swap to finish up and get in the mail this week.

I got the first quilt I pieced back from the quilter.  It only took me three years to get it finished up.  I need to square it up and put on the binding.  I can see that I have improved a lot these last three years.

Sunday, November 3, 2013


I worked on my Grandmother's Garden Wall Hanging yesterday and today.  I now have half of it sewn together.  I like how it is turning out.  Once I have all the EPP part together I am going to applique it onto a piece of white solid.  The pattern I have suggests prairie points for a border, but I am not sure about that.  I will have to see how I feel as it gets closer to Christmas and I have to give it as a gift.

I also finished basting my first Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Cross block.  Recognize the colorway.  I am fixated on black and yellow.  I am adding grey to the mix based on my inspiration fabric of French Dress by Laura Berringer.

I am trying to get motivated to make my first real purse.  I have made zipper bags and drawstring bags but not a purse.  Anything to get away from pushing a needle through fabric.  Ha.  I have a lot of that in my future.  I am only getting nine blocks from my bee mates.  The one I completed makes 10.  I would like to make a queen-sized quilt.  Am I crazy or what.  

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Start of my Lucy Boston Block

I cut into the French Dress fabric I just got in the mail today.  I want to use this for my center four honeycombs.  I had a little lesson in fussy cutting.  Notice the difference in the two blocks.  It is harder than it looks to get the center aligned. I am picking the rest of my colorway on Saturday.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Grandmother's Garden Wall Hanging

I am in the process of completing the center of my wall hanging.  I still have to sew the outer ring hexies together.  I also got my October Get Your Hex On blocks done. The Queen is calling these starflakes.  They will go together in a Christmas tree skirt.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Winner of the Traveling Stash

I had lots of lookers but not so many commenters for the traveling stash.  I happen to think it had an awesome assortment of fabric.  Hopefully which ever one of the two of you wins thinks so too.

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And the winner is.....Shanna.  I will send you email in order to get your address.  Looks like you just had a box.  You are a gluten for punishment.

I just went to a lecture by Jacquie Gehring at our Austin Modern Quilt Guild Meeting.  Awesome.  She is a great lecturer and her quilts are amazing.  I have started taking her Craftsy class and now I am really getting excited.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

My Barn Raising Quilt

I got my barn-raising quilt pieced a while ago but have not gotten around to posting.  It turned out great.  I got the Kaffe fabric in a kit from Remnants Fiber Culture.   She had the same quilt hanging in her shop.  I have not gotten around to getting my backing sewn yet.  I will probably do a lot of quilting after the first of the year.  I need to buy more backing fabric and another roll of batting on sale.

I think I reversed a few of the lights and darks that were mediums. I still like the final result though.

I have been listening to Sirius radio and basting hexies today.  My October blocks are due for my Get Your Hex On bee.  It is very relaxing.  I have all the basting done.  Next step putting them together.  I will get to that tomorrow.  I also have to do my October Block Swap Adventure block.  I am running a little behind.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Grandmother's Garden Wall Hanging

September was my month to be Queen Bee for Get Your Hex On.  My husband picked out a Grandmother's Garden wall hanging in 30's reproduction fabrics that he wanted me to make for him.  I had four mini charm packs of 30's reproduction fabric from Moda and then supplemented it with an orange print and a yellow solid for the block centers.

I have all but one block back from my fabulous Hive #3 group.

I hope to get started on putting it together when I am at my son's wedding in November.  Hopefully by then I will have my last flower block.  I have all the connecting pieces.   I still need to get my October blocks pieced.  I hope to have them done this weekend.  

I also joined another hexie group on Flickr called I Love Lucy.  We are sewing together Lucy Boston blocks.  I am up first so I have to pick out a colorway for my fellow English Paper Piecers.  

Monday, October 21, 2013

Traveling Stash #2

I was the lucky recipient of another traveling stash.  This one had fabric that was more my style.  Also, it had some Tula Pink Flutterby 1/2 yards in it.  How great is that.

Here is the original contents of the box:

See the lovely Flutterby in the left corner

Some nice Honeybuns and some mini-charms


This is what I took out.

I love the Innocent Crush voile, Ty Pennington Impressions, Flutterby, etc.  Yeah.

This is what I replaced it with:

Top row has three Art Gallery Girly Girl fabrics, Amy Butler Love, and two Flight Patterns 1/2 yards (all good for bags)
Second Row has thread 
Third Row has blue mirror ball fq (not pictured) , Timeless Treasure 1/2 yard, quarter yard of orange and blue fabric, a fat eighth of original Flea Market Fancy from my stash and two Shades of Blue charm packs

I will pick a winner next Monday.  They are lots of fun to go through and pick up goodies.  

Here are the rules for the traveling stash:  

Rules and Guidelines 

  • Be an active blogger -- post about receiving the box and the giveaway in a timely manner 
  • Update the travel log in the box to let others know where the box has been.
  • There is a list of rules and guidelines in the box -- be sure to follow these to keep the box full of quality items and the experience positive for everyone. 
  • You may take any items from the box just be sure that you are replacing them with quality and comparable items. (Guidelines for fabric below) 
  • Ship box to the next person timely -- and communicate tracking information with recipient.
  • Shipping is within the US only  

Fabric and other item Guidelines 

  • Fabric should be quilt shop quality and in new condition. Do not include items smaller than a fat quarter unless it falls into one of the other categories and these should be packaged together. 
    • Jelly Roll -- 2.5 inch strips (typically 40 strips per set)
    • Honey Buns -- 1.5 inch strips (typically 40 strips per set) 
    • Desert Roll -- 10 strips 5 inches wide cut the length of the fabric 
    • Turnovers -- 80 (6 inch) triangles
    • Candy Squares  -- 2.5 inch squares (typically 45 squares per set) 
    • Charms -- 5 inch squares (typically 40 squares per set)
    • Layer Cake -- 10 inch squares (typically 40 squares per set)
  • Patterns / Books should be in new or nearly new condition and should be kept to a minimum as this adds bulk and weight. 
  • Other items should be new or gently used condition and should be packaged as necessary to ensure that all parts remain together. 

Important Things to Remember

  • Please ensure that items in the box are quality. If items in the box are poor quality they should be removed. Items that are being removed can be offered for optional inclusion to the next recipient. Poor quality items can be discarded but this should be done with digression. 
  • Only include items that you would be proud to own -- this is not a dumping ground for outdated or worn items
  • Items should be free of smoke, odors  and pet hair 
  • You must replace all items that you take with items of equal value and replacing with more than you take is welcome. 

How to Save Money when Shipping 

  • You can purchase postage online from USPS at a discounted rate
  • When you purchase online delivery confirmation is included
  • You can schedule pickup from your home or office -- so no waiting in line at the post office. 

I also finally finished my stack of charity blocks for the Austin Modern Quilt Guild.