Thursday, November 29, 2012

I am one lucky girl!

Just like most of you I imagine, my fabric buying budget is usually pretty limited. Especially at this time of year with the holidays coming soon. So I love giveaways... And bloggers are such a wonderfully generous bunch of people! :-)

Michele of Islandlife Quilts was hosting a giveaway a little while ago to celebrate her blog anniversary... And I won!

Michele included in the package:  a large notebook, a really cute magnetic notepad, 10 Wonder Clips (which I've been wanting to try forever!) and 2 Marmalade mini charm packs!  How cool is that?  Oh and she wrote me a note that brought tears to my eyes...  :-)

I have been following Michele's blog for a while now and she is a fantastic quilter, a great lady and over the last couple of years, has become a wonderful friend.  You really should go check out her blog!

Michele - I know I sent you an email, but I wanted to publicly thank you for the prize.  I really am tickled pink!  :-)

Izzy

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I've had the most productive week in a long, long time so I was looking forward to this post!  :-)  Let's jump right in shall we?

First, I made lots of progress on my Charming Stars quilt.  All that's left are the inner and outer borders.  I found a nice pink fabric I'm thinking of using for the outer border and I'm planning on finishing the top within the next few days.


Next, I completed the top for the November Schnibble, Drop.  I used Tapestry for this mini quilt and plan on turning it into a pillow as soon as I find the right fabric for the back.


I also completed my first Christmas quilt - Hourglass Patches.  You can get all the stats for this quilt on my 2012 Finishes page.

And finally, I started working on those table runners my sweetie asked me to make.  I decided to go the super simple and easy way with these - I'm sewing together 5" charms!  I chose to work with Independence Trail by Minick & Simpson for Moda.  Love the beautiful shades of blue, red and cream.


So here are the stats for this week's edition of WIP Wednesday:

In Progress
- Drop pillow (need to make the back)
- Charming Stars (need to add borders, baste and quilt)
- 241 Nautical Bag (still need to get interfacing!)
- Table runners for my new bedroom furniture (started piecing)

Completed
- Christmas Hourglass Patches

I hope you are having a fantastic week!

Izzy

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Decorating Has Started!

I finished my Christmas Hourglass Patches quilt tonight!  Yay!  I finished the quilting over the weekend, and all that was left was sew the binding.  After dinner, the dishes and the dog walking, I practically ran to my sewing room to get it done!  And here it is...

My poor 8 year-old was standing on the couch trying to hold on to both top corners.  He was obviously having a hard time!

Unfortunately, because I started this quilt soooooo long ago, I can't remember what fabric this is.  If you know it, please let me know in the comments.  The quilt was designed by Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries and it finishes at about 70" x 76" - quite perfect for snuggling under.

I quilted in the ditch along each block and within the hourglass blocks.  I also quilted straight lines in each of the "patches" and stitched some holly leaves in the red border.

I'm super happy with this finish!  Here it is on the living room couch, waiting for the holidays to get here.


Now if I could just keep the cat and the dog off of it!

Izzy

Linking up at:

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Monday, November 26, 2012

A Drop of Tapestry

I finished the November Schnibble tonight! This pattern is another one of Carrie's Little Bites which means the quilt finishes smaller than her regular Schnibbles.

For my version of Drop, I picked Tapestry. I really liked the colours of this collection and I happen to have a mini charm pack which I received a couple of months ago from Carrie herself!

I'm really sorry about the bad pic... Took it with my iPad and the lighting was really awful.
I didn't know what to use for the outer border, but when I came home from work today, I had a nice package waiting for me - the Tapestry charms packs I ordered recently were here! So I cut up 5 of the charms and used those for the border. I couldn't be happier with the results.

Now to find the perfect backing for this little quilt... or maybe make a pillow with it!

I hope your Monday was fantastic!

Izzy

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WIP Wednesday - I'm seeing red stars!

Is it just me or does November seem to be flying by? The good news about time flying is that I keep getting closer and closer to my Christmas vacation; the bad news is that I haven't done nearly enough in preparation for this Christmas vacation!

One thing I have done this week is work on my Charming Stars quilt. I was really worried about the red stars and red sashing, but I think it looks awesome! :-)  All of the blocks are pieced and turned into rows.  All that's left now is to sew the rows together and add the borders.  And I'm determined to have that done in time for next week's WIP Wednesday!



I also made the binding for the Christmas quilt I am hoping to finish quilting this weekend.



Next week, I really need to get going on Drop, the November Schnibble. I have made no progress on that one in over a week now.

Oh and we got new bedroom furniture this week. Well... New to us. The dressers are supposed to be over 100 years old and I love them. To protect them, my sweetie asked me to make two table runners ASAP. So that has to go on my To Do list for next week as well. Guess where I'l be every night next week? :-)

Since I'll be linking up to Lee's for WIP Wednesday, here are the numbers:

In progress

- Hourglass Patches
- Charming Stars
- 241 Tote Bag
- Drop

Completed

- None this week, but I hope to have at least one next week.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends!

Izzy

Sunday, November 18, 2012

My first Christmas Quilt is almost done!

Well, it's not actually my first Christmas quilt, because I made the August Schnibble with Christmas fabric (you can see Dimestore here), but I'm calling it my first Christmas quilt because I started it forever ago.  In fact, I finished the top in February 2011.

Back when I pieced this top, I even purchased the backing fabric so I didn't even have the excuse of not having the fabric to back it.  About 2 weeks ago, I decided it was time.  I want this quilt finished for this Christmas.  I want this quilt on my living room couch when the Christmas tree goes up the first weekend of December.

I was hoping I was going to be able to finish quilting it this weekend, but I didn't...

I did all the stitching in the ditch this weekend.

The pattern is called Hourglass Patches and I found it in a book called "Thimbleberries New Collection of Classic Quilts: 28 Quilting Inspirations for the Home".

I stitched around each block and along the inner border.


And in the outer border, I'm FMQing some holly leaves.


With any luck, this quilt will get finished next weekend.

Izzy

Thursday, November 15, 2012

So much for more blogging!

When I got my sewing room in the city, I thought I would be able to blog a little more often because I would get more sewing done.  Well... not really.  I get to sew a little more often, but with work, the kids and everything else going on around here, blogging hasn't happened quite as often as I wanted.

I even missed WIP Wednesday this week!  (I spent a couple of hours with Daniel Craig last night.)  But I thought I would share what I've been working on these days anyways.  :-)

I made some real progress with Charming Stars:


I've made two more blocks since I took that picture so I'm now half way there!  The red stars are really growing on me now...  I'm liking them more and more and can't wait to see the whole quilt top done with the red stars and the red sashing.

I've also been working on the November Schnibble - Drop. 


I'm using Tapestry mini charms for this Schnibble.  I love the colours in this fabric line.  All of the cutting is now done and I started piecing the blocks.  I think this mini is going to be perfect as a pillow cover.

And what have you been up to this week?

Izzy

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I love WIP Wednesday!  It keeps me focused, it keeps me motivated, it sends me to the sewing room for an hour or so every night instead of just vegging in front of the television.

Since my last WIP Wednesday post, I finished a baby quilt (you can see pictures and read all about it here) and I made some serious progress on Charming Stars.

I'm done putting all the different parts of the blocks together and now have to choose a layout.
I basically have 3 colours in the charm squares I picked for this quilt:  reds/pinks, blues and greenish.  At this point, I'm not sure if I should put the blocks together by colour or just mix everything.  I think I'll have to play around with a few options before I continue sewing.

I'm definitely outside of my comfort zone with this bright red as the star and sashing colour, but so far, I'm really liking it.  I'm anxious to see how it comes together.

And here are my stats for WIP Wednesday:

Completed:
- Adam's Baby Quilt

In Progress:
- Charming Stars
- Nautical 241 Bag (need to get more interfacting before I can move forward on this one)

Tops that need quilting in the near future:
- Hubble (Christmas present for my SIL)
- Hourglass Patches (Christmas Quilt I started forever ago and that I really want to have done for this Christmas)
- The Big EZ (I really want to have this on my bed in the city)

And of course, I'm linking up at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


I hope you are all having a wonderful week.

Izzy

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Adam's Baby Quilt is done!

Little Adam will sleep snuggled in his new quilt tomorrow night because I finished it this weekend!  Yay!


I kept the quilting really simple and went with straight lines along the blue sashing.  The backing is a sweet green dot and I used the same fabric for the binding.  For the label, I used a 5" square in a solid cream colour and I used green thread to stitch around the outside edge.



After I finished Adam's quilt, I put together Block 5 of the Fat Quarter Shop 2012 Designer Mystery BOM.


The block is called "Cherry Sundae" and was designed by Barb Adams and Alma Allen of www.Blackbird-Designs.com.

Will be linking up at:



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And how was your weekend?

Izzy

Thursday, November 1, 2012

October... A Small Mosaic!

When I created my mosaic for October, I realized I completed two projects this month, and finished two quilt tops.  Given everything going on around here, those are pretty good results.

1.  Decoy - Quilted   2. Dimestore - Quilted  3. Hubble - finished top  4. Adam's Quilt - finished top

In November, I plan on:

- Quilting Hubble
- Quilting Adam's baby quilt
- Piecing Charming Stars
- Finishing the nautical 241 bag
- Working on a new baby quilt for my little nephew due in late December


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And how was your month of October?

Izzy
 
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