Friday, March 17, 2017

Paint Chip Challenge

This will just be a short post since I'm about ready for bed.  I finally decided on what I'll do for the Paint Chip Challenge.  I will make a mini wall hanging for my office.  My paint chips were green and purple.  I finished fusing the applique so tomorrow I can start to hand stitch it on.  Here is a picture of my paint chip colors and my vase of flowers that will be my mini wall hanging.

I think I might use the same material that I used for the vase for the back and binding.  I'll have to see.  I have time for that since it will take me a bit to hand stitch everything down.

That's my update for tonight.  I hope everybody had a great day!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Coming along...

I'm slowly making progress on my blocks and sections for various projects.

I did another small block for the Splendid Sampler.  I am REALLY far behind on that but will slowly catch up.  Not that I'll be making all 100 blocks but I have marked out which ones I will make so that will help guide me to getting it done.

The next one is a cupcake so that will be finished tonight or tomorrow.

Then I caught up with my Solstice Blocks.  As a reminder, here is what I had done before I got behind with two of them.

Then I managed to finish and catch up with the other blocks.  These are all shown but NOT in any order.  I have to split up the teals and reds a bit more.

I have the next two days off and today another block should be coming out for Solstice.  I hope to get that done before the weekend.  Since we have a little bit of snow, it is incentive to stay in and clean house or craft.  Yeah, like that is a hard decision to make!  :)

I haven't forgotten about the Storm At Sea blocks.  I am making progress and will work on them over the weekend.

Of course it won't get finished this weekend because there is another small wall hanging that is calling my name.  It is for the Paint Chip Challenge.  I have narrowed down which pattern I want to use to three possibles.  I'm thinking that I might just cut out  window template and lay it over the fabric to see how it will look.  Then I should be able to choose which pattern.  I *do* have, however, the fabric for it.  These fabrics just made me smile.

My paint chips were green and purple.  I didn't have a choice (thus the challenge) of what was drawn and in a way I'm glad.  This will get me out of my comfort zone a bit and that is how we grow as crafters.

I hope everybody has a great day!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

3 rows done...almost

I'm making progress on a lot of things.  I finished my test pattern before the deadline (pictures only after it is published), I finished a perpetual calendar from The Quilt Pattern Magazine bonus pattern a number of years ago, and I am working on my SAS,

So here is my calendar which will be in put in my office on Friday.  It doesn't have dates or anything but I know which month is which.  :)

I hand appliqued it and used buttons on a couple of blocks (May and June).  May made it hard to quilt because of the large button in the middle.

I am quite proud that I'm still plugging away at my SAS.  I would say I'm 1/3 of the way done on the unit rows but I mis sewed one of the units and will need to redo it.  :)

It is time for me to stop for the night.  It's been nice to get some things done.  I have taken a couple of days off work (even if I did have to go back in each day for a little bit) and it's been nice just relaxing.

I will leave you now but how about a cute picture before I go?

Until next time, have a great day/night.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

One row done

I managed to finished up the blocks for the top border row for Storm at Sea last night.  I have to join them together but it still makes me feel like I have been making progress.

It measures somewhere around 39".  I have to admit that I'm kind of proud of it.  They aren't sewn together but still it keeps me going on it.  I have gaming this weekend and need to work on the test pattern so I'm afraid that this will be the last picture you'll see of crafting until Sunday or Monday.

Work is starting in about 5 minutes so I have to get to that.  Everybody have a great day and Hugs.

Monday, February 20, 2017

SAS - Storm, at Sea

FINALLY!  I finally started my Storm at Sea pattern.  Of course I had it figured out what I was going to do but you know me...all that changed.

I am still doing the blues with a splash of yellow.  I had ordered the templates and books but it just isn't sitting right with my brain.  So I changed HOW I was going to do it.  Today I decided why not try two things at once.  I haven't done this pattern before so why not do a method I've SELDOM done before?  Seldom = once and I never finished it.  With all that being said, I gathered up my courage and headed to my video specialist -- YouTube.

There I found a video by Teresa DownUnder and a link to the paper templates.  Since I had recently bought another printer, I was all set to get started.   It only took me 10 minutes before I remembered why I didn't stick to paper piecing.  My mind was made up though and I would make it through part of what I needed.  I looked at my pattern to see what I wanted to start on.  I chose the border because I needed 16  of those blocks and they were all the same using only two blocks.  I did three blocks and will call it quits...for today.  It's my day off and I am going out tonight so I need to get ready.

Here are what my three blocks look like.  In between these blocks will be a square block of a yellow center and the cream outside.  I hope I have enough fabric!

On another note, this weekend I tried a cinnamon roll casserole.  I ate it but I doubt that I will make it again.  I like the cinnamon rolls made regularly just as well if not better.  If you like French Toast, you might like it.  I could taste the eggs a bit too much.  So think of making the cinnamon rolls in a pan (cutting up the rolls) and blending eggs, cinnamon, and maple syrup over it and baking it.  When it comes out put the icing on it as normal.

That's it for this report.  I'll let you know as I progress on my SAS (Storm at Sea).

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Or....When it rains it pours.  :)

Work has been really busy with all of the Fellowship and tuition waiver deadlines occurring within a week of each other.  I also have a stitching deadline since I am doing a test pattern for The Quilt Pattern Magazine.  Can't show you that until a lot later (after it is published) but I am making progress.

I can show you, however, some of my other projects that I've been working on.  First of all is Pat Sloan's Solstice Challenge.  I am so proud of myself because...hold on to your seats...I'm up to date and all caught up with that.  That mostly is because my friend Connie is doing it to so we are keeping each other on track.  I posted earlier the first of the blocks that I have done.  Here are two more.
The border is actually a teal but teal doesn't work well in pictures.

Finally worked in some more red.

That wasn't the only thing that I finished this week.  I also finished a wall hanging for Janine's Niece Cheyenne.

The back and binding is fabric that has soccer balls in different colors all over it.

That's about it this time.  I have to get back to stitching so I'll leave you with these little bits.

I hope to post more soon.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday Progress

I was semi productive today.  I fused on some applique for the Splendid Sampler blocks but didn't take any pictures of that today.  I also started to applique another one of my butterfly blocks. For some reason I only have 10 butterfly blocks so either stop at 9 or do 2 more.  Not sure which I'll do.

Today Pat Sloan put up two alternative layouts for the Splendid Sampler.  I will probably do the 5 x 5 layout.  It appeals to me more.

This layout just seems more chaotic to me and bugs me for some reason.  I will enjoy seeing others do this layout but know it would drive me bonkers to make it.

 Even though I didn't get a lot of stitching done, I did change up on where I put some of the patterns and such.

Since the blocks for the Splendid Sampler are only 6" finished, they fit into the empty envelope boxed that I can get from work.

I also ended up putting the Adrinka BOM from 2016 in one.  Now they are within reach to work in my rotation.

I originally had the Splendid Sampler blocks in this white clear container but I discovered that I needed more room for the Pat Sloan Solstice Challenge.  I like having it large enough to hold some more possible fabrics. 

That's all for now.  It's getting late and I have a busy week starting tomorrow.  I'll tell you more about that next week.  In the meantime, I hope you all stay safe and have a great day/night.