Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What's in the works Wednesday

I have decided to try and post every Wednesday what I have in my pipeline.  Some of this will be a little "SHOCKING" as to it's age.  The finished stats will be for 2012 only, until the new year.

Need to Start:
Twice as Nice and More (Set 2, Quilt #1)
Twice as Nice and More (Set 2, Quilt #2)
Twice as Nice and More (Set 2, Quilt #3)

Started Piecing (includes pieces cut and awaiting sewing):
Tossed Nine Patch Quilt #1
Tossed Nine Patch Quilt #2
Vermont Colors Quilt #2
Vermont Colors Quilt #3
Day and Night Quilt #2 Set 1
Day and Night Quilt #3 Set 1
Twice as Nice and More Quilt #1, Set 1
Twice as Nice and More Quilt #2, Set 1
Twice as Nice and More Quilt #3, Set 1
Double Wedding Ring (started 18 years ago)
Dresden Plate Wreath #2
Easter Place mats to match my Easter Napkins
Pouches x10

Finished Top:
Jelly Roll Race

Sandwiched and awaiting Quilting:
Vermont Colors Quilt #1

Need to finish Quilting:
Day and Night Quilt #1 Set 1
Summer Sampler Quilt

Needs Binding:
Dresden Plate Wreath #1 

Easter Napkins
Table Topper for Table Top Swap #2
Napkins for Table Top Swap #1
Pot Holders for PP11 Swap (first set)
Pot Holders for PP11 Swap (second set)
Credit Card Holder
Yellow and Blue Star Table Topper

Wow, even my list surprises me... and I don't even know if I have everything listed yet.  YIKES.  I better get busy.

Luckily, later this month I was going to Boot Camp (See original Post). I am hoping to get a lot of this done then.  Maybe. *sigh*

 Happy Crafting,

Monday, July 30, 2012

What have I been up to?...

Well...Lots!  Lets start with a sewing lesson I had with my son a few weeks ago.  Well actually, lets start a little before that.  In June, we had gone back to Vermont to go to a couple of events and to visit family.  One of the events we went to was The Vermont Quilt Festival.  I will post more on that later when I have the quilt festival book in front of me and I can tell you who made which quilt.  When I said "we went", I mean, me, my mom, my hubby and my 8 year old son.

My son got to looking at all these quilts.  I mean looking, nose almost touching the quilt looking. After a day of the quilt festival, he decided that he wants to enter the festival next year.  The weekend after we got home I let him go through my whole stash to pick out some fabrics and he did. He picked out a total of 8 different fabrics.

We then looked through one of my quilt block books to pick a pattern.  I showed him how to transfer that pattern to graph paper.

My son is going into the third grade, so some help with math was needed, but not much.  He learned about adding the 1/4" seam to each side of a patch.  Luckily, he had already learned that 1/4 plus 1/4 equals 1/2 in second grade.

As you see on the graph paper, he marked off every 2 blocks.  2 blocks equal 1 inch in our scale.

He learned about the size of finished blocks and the size of blocks you cut.  

He was the one who decided which fabrics went where in the block.  You will notice that his block doesn't look that same as his layout.  After laying out the pieces together he decided to make a change.  He liked it better that way, is what I was told and who am I to argue?  After all it is his quilt.

And the lesson continued.  We discovered how many of which color and size blocks we needed.  Thank goodness for the drawing on graph paper.  Once a notation was made (see bottom right corner of graph paper), it was time to cut fabric.  Now tell me, would you teach your child of 8 years old how to use a rotary cutter?  I was on the fence about that, but decided that the lesson would include safety too.  I mean, if I can teach my first son how to use a pocket knife in his 3rd grade year for Boy Scouts, but must be able to teach my second son how to use a rotary cutter the summer before his 3rd grade year, right?  I have only one picture of him cutting and that is because I was helping hold steady the ruler most of the time.  He is standing at the dining room table, but he doesn't have the strength to push down hard enough to cut the fabric. I think the dining room table might be a little tall for that, but it is our shortest table.  I had taken my mat out of my sewing room, just for this.  My table in my sewing room is at least another 12" taller.

He then layed out the block on the cutting mat.  He was concerned that there wasn't fabric in the two of the corners.  I had him look at his graph paper again, and he said, "Oh, I have to cut those to make triangles." Just told him Yes we will cut them to make triangles, but first we are going to sew them together.  Boy did I get a very inquisitive look.  I show him how to draw a line from one corner to the other to half the square.  Off to the sewing room we went.  At this point he is really excited because he loves to use my sewing machine.

He did ask how we were going to sew it.  I have a quarter inch foot on my machine and it has a bar.  I just told him to sew with the bar on the line.  Sew he did.

We had turned down the speed on my sewing machine so he could control the fabric under the foot a lot better.

OH MY GOODNESS, It.....was.....very.....slow!.

Every time he moved away from the sewing machine, I would bump up the speed just the littlest bit.

Down the stairs we went again, so he would cut his squares in half and when he opened them, he got excited it came out right.  You see, he didn't believe me when I said he would get the half square triangles this way.

The next thing we learned about was pressing.  My hubby didn't want our son to be using my big steam iron.  Thought the little one might bet hurt with it.  So instead of arguing about it, I pulled out my little Tulip Iron.  These is the type of iron you would find at Michaels or JoAnns in the Clothing/Applique section.  If we needed steam, we got it the old fashion way....with a bottle of Best Press.  He learned to set a seam, then open the patch with his fingers while pressing.

He had fun that day, and so did I.  Although summer is playing with him, and he hasn't "been in the mood" to do another block.  He is interested in making a sampler quilt.  I  just wish he wouldn't pick out patterns that need to be either paper pieced or have Y seams.

Here is the image of his finished block.  He did very, very well.  He even brought it to his summer daycare and showed all his leaders and friends.

Oh did I mention that he picked out all the colors and where they were going?  I think he did an excellent job.

Happy Crafting,

Friday, May 4, 2012

What I really need to do....

Is to figure out how to mess with the light balance on my camera.  I mean, who wants to always be looking at "yellow" pictures like these...

Sewing Kit

Believe it or not, that fabric that the sewing kit is laying on is a bright white.  No, really it is.  Horrible isn't it? I know my lighting was off.  I haven't found my "right" place to take pictures.  Is there such a thing?  


What's that about lighting?  I need more lights?  The right lights?  What are the right lights?  These are all questions that I will be exploring in search of taking "GREAT PHOTOS"

 Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Testing...testing...can you all see this?  I have a new tablet and I am trying to do a post with it.

It does't appear to difficult.  Yay!!!

 Happy Crafting,

I am Participating in the Zakka Sew-A-Long

I have decided to participate in the Zakka Sew-A-Long.  Here are the projects we have done so far.

Week 1: Zig Zag Bag

Zakka Zig Zag Bag

Week 2: House Pouch

Zakka House Pouch

Week 3: Pincushion


I completed Week 4: Sewing Kit last night.  I had gone out of town and couldn't finish it in time, but it is done now.

I am currently about 1/2 way done with Week 5: Pencil Case.

This sew along has been a lot of fun.  If you like to know more about it, please click the following check out Sukie.

Happy Crafting,

Boot Camp

I can't believe it, I am actually going to boot camp.  A military boot camp you ask?  No not me, but I found a wonder boot camp at  You scroll down the opening page to find the information.

Can you imagine, nothing but sewing from 9 am Thursday to 5 pm Saturday.  No husbands, no children, nothing but you and your machine.

I was so excited about it, I told my mom and guess what.  She is coming too!!! She and I live in two different states, granted not days away from each other, but we just don't do the things we used to.  I miss our Mother/Daughter times we had.  This is going to be one great big mother/daughter time.  We are already planning what to bring.  

What is that you say, "Already planning?", oh this boot camp isn't until August. 

(Is it August yet?)

The hotel we are staying at looks wonderful and has gotten lots of great reviews.  She and I are staying in a Double room, which has a bedroom with 2 queen beds, a living room and a full size kitchen, dishwasher and all.

That is a picture off of the hotel website.  Picture is taken from the kitchen.  Looks homey for when you aren't sewing.  Breakfast is included every morning, and a light dinner in the evening.  Not to mention we are close to other eateries too.

I do wonder though, how many projects can I get done in that span of time?

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

About Time

I finally did it.  I finally finished a table topper I started about 15 years ago.
Amazing!  I know, right.
Here is a picture of the topper that I finished.

About Time....

I finally figured out why it took me so long to finish this quilt.  The lack of knowledge, no-how and skill.
I have never really machine quilted before and was afraid to.  I watched a lot of youtube videos, and read lots of blogs on how to do this.  Tried it out on a couple small things and decided to try this.


I am hoping to do a bunch more soon, I had fun.
Happy Crafting,

Monday, September 12, 2011

Summer Sampler Series

I didn't post at all during the Summer Sampler Series.  I learned about the quilt-a-long when it was almost over.  Here is the results of my participation.

Happy Crafting,

Cat's Helping

 Following are pictures I took in the last 6 months of my Cats trying to "Help" me sew.

"What do you mean, I am in your way?  Can't you see I am sleeping?"

"We can help Mom, by hold this side down and enjoy the sun at the same time."

"Mom, you do realize that you are bothering me."

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

W.I.P. Wednesday and other stuff

Hello Everyone!

I decided that I would try and do W.I.P. Wednesday with Freshly Pieced. 

I am currently working on the following:

Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt - Cut out the pieces to the 6th block.  I am way behind!

Summer Sampler Series - I am currently working on the 6th block.  I am behind on that one to.

Tutorial Tuesday - A Series I am starting.  I am going to be posting a new tutorial every Tuesday for a Block out of either the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman or from 5,500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone.  Sometimes it will be from both.

What I didn't work on in the past week:
Double Wedding Ring (king size quilt)
Day and Night Quilt (Queen size)
Spider Web Quilt
Mini Star Quilt
Twice as Nice and More Quilts (3 quilts total with Sunkissed fabric)
Christmas Quilt (I am hand piecing this quilt.  I only work on it during Church and when I need to "wait".

Need to start:
Twice as Nice and More Quilts (3 quilt total with other fabric)
Quilts for 2 grandsons and 2 granddaughters
Quilt for my 7 year old son (He will be helping me make his "I Spy" quilt, Still looking for a good pattern for this)
Christmas gifts

I know it is a lot to work on, especially when I work full time.  My son has a busy schedule with dance classes, gymnastics, and soccer.  I may also start (depending on the interview) being an sewing instruction for a local store.  I am currently in the process of scheduling my evenings so I can accomplish some things during the week.

Happy Crafting,