The State of Things

A roundup of what I am working on…

Just for fun…

Favorite Things + Raccoons Quilt for my 40th – including some selfish stitching and some awesome iron-ons. Hoping this one can use up a lot of my left over charm squares.


For somebody else…

The Arghhh! Baby Pirate Quilt for my cousin’s baby.  So fun and so cute.  I think I design better quilts when I get out of my own style.  This one is so composed – really cute, I think.  The quilting still is crap – but that’s ok.  How picky can babies be?  Worked on this one quite a bit tonight, hoping to finish this week.  Here is a tiny peek of the back…


Just need to get done…

This bluebird park baby quilt.  It is cute?  I dunno.  Just so unmotivated to finish, but need to – just to clear the decks.  Baste, Quilt, Bind – how hard could it be?


Getting excited about…

Starting on this little beauty.  I think after I catch-up on the feathers QAL – or even get ahead – I’ll start working on this one.  Expecting it to be a stash buster, as it were.


Selfish Stitching

My husband and I have been watching a lot of QI on Youtubes on our TV lately.  And I just can’t sit and watch television, I have to do something else – so when I am not binding a quilt, I have started to work on these dordables embroidery projects from patterns from Sublime Stitching.  I am making blocks for what will become a quilt I make for myself to celebrate my 40th birthday.  Selfish and soooo fun!  I am rubbish at embroidery, but I still love the effect of the whimsical little designs on my favorite fabric.

Here is what I have gotten done so far. (I most likely will redo the sea nettles now that I have figured out how to do french knots.)


Project Linus #6: Dots and Squares Baby Blanket

I love this quilt.  Love the colors.  Love the polka dots.  LOVE LOVE LOVE the Oh, Deer! (Momo for Moda) fabric on the back…

the little deers and squirrels…


the soaring birds…


Here is the front – the only thing I would do differently is to make all the centers of the squares white – I think that would make it just that mush fresher (although it is a pretty fresh quilt right now.)

IMG_1194And here is the epic back.  Truly just amazing fabric… even the great pictures my husband took don’t do it justice – it is GORGEOUS.


I hope a little girl and her family will love this quilt as much as me.  And 1 out of 12 done for my Project Linus quilts for this year.

(Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday!)

Thursday Therapy: Who Wore It Better?

I have been recreating some of the blocks I have created for Thursday Therapy in my color crush colors – and I think I am going to abandon the old color palette for this new color palette for my weekly blocks… what do you think – who wore it better – scrappy brights or grown-up aqua and red?

First up – “Three in the Breeze”


Both are lovely – in this block I can’t decide.

In this one, though…

IMG_0148No, doubt the one on the right – just so much more composed.  I think it is mostly because of the palette.

So now I have 4 blocks in the “old” color palette – that because of my plodding patchworking skills, took me hours to make.  I think I will keep them for a future Project Linus quilt.

I think the wilder color palette looks good with simple squares and rectangles patchwork.  The squares with lots of patchwork shapes look better in the calmer palette.  I dunno.  But it is onward and upward with the new palette.  There is no stopping me!  Well, except for needing to sleep and go to work, but other than that…

Happy Thursday!


Fancy Flowers Baby Quilt

I finished a quilt – binding and everything!!! This one started by pictures of pillows on pinterest, like this one:


I love the little squares of bit patterns. The little snippets of leaves and petals totally enchanted me. So using a charm pack (or two, or three) of Joel Dewberry’s Bungalow, I made a grid of 2 1/2 inch squares of the big floral prints. And then a lot of time passed. And today I quilted and bound and smiled…


I framed the center square in some of the awesome geometric squares, and then a frame of more wittle squares. I backed in the purply birdy fabric from the line and bound it in the creamy browny stripe. Love stripey bindings.


I usually don’t like contrasting thread on quilt tops, and not only because my machine quilting still is so amateurish. But there are so many colors on this quilt top, any color thread would be contrasting. So I went balls to the walls purple in a cross hatchy thingie. And I think I like it. I do like the little 1/2 square triangles that pop out


I even kind of like the pattern made on the bigger squares. Kind of.


I still don’t know what I am going to do with this. It makes an adorable table runnery thing. Maybe I will redecorate my dining room around the colors in it? Oh, just really, really kidding.


Thursday Therapy: Three in the Breeze

I really needed some therapy tonight.  I got really bad news at work today.  I am frazzled and sad.  But I didn’t realize how much until I was about 1/2 way through this block and I started crying. Messy, heavy gasp crying.  You know, the good stuff?  I had kept it together all day.  And then I couldn’t any more.  And so the points on the green pinwheel are totally nonexistent.

IMG_0104I may go back and fix them… I am not sure yet.  It is a great block.  I love the whimsy of the four patch instead of a fourth pinwheel.

(What is Thursday Therapy? Every Thursday in 2014, I am making one block from Shape Workshop for Quilters by Katy Jones, Brioni Greenberg, Tacha Bruecher, John Q. Adams.  Because the best defense is patchwork.)

Done: Two Tops and a Back!

My stack of unfinished projects is growing.  Boo!  So I took some time to finish some stuff up.

First up, the top that will be for Project Linus or maybe a friend’s baby… regardless, this fabric is gorgeous.  I finished all those little 2″ squares.  Love.


Next, the top of a Project Linus quilt with LOTS of polka dots.  I had to unstitch a couple of fussy cut deers that I had originally put in the top.  Ugh. Hassle.  But it is so much cuter with the polka dots only.


And the deers I cut made the fabric I had for the back to small.  Ugh. Hassle. and DUMB!  So I sewed a strip of scraps.  I think it turned out ok.  My gosh do I love this Oh, Deer fabric.  So frickin’ cute.

IMG_0100I now have a lot of quilting to do.  A lot.  Come on, Sunday!

Linking up with Finish It Fridays @ Crazy Mom Quilts.  Because getting these finished is a sort of finish-y thing.

#feathersQAL #catchup

The good news is that I need to make at least three quilts for my new living room so that everybody can be cuddled up when it gets cold in our drafty old house.  The bad news is that my living room has a color palette not reminiscent of Easter Bunny farts.  We went with grey and bold colors… not a lot of precious greens and pinks.  And so I have been stretching my palette (here and here).


It has hard for me to get inspired to work on a quilt because I prefer, well, baby colors? But then the Feathers Quilt Along came along.  I LOVE this quilt (pattern/pictures here) – looks like Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass.  So all week I have been catching up – and learning how to add my pictures to Instagram and Flikr feeds using tags – I am a bit behind.  Next I need to find out what a “Linky Party” is.


I got to play with colored pencils for my design.


And then I got to wait patiently for the Anna Maria Horner true colors FQ bundle to arrive in the mail.  I am using “Nest” by Mark Hordyszynski/Michael Miller for the background. I ended up adding a few more fabrics from my stash to the color line up – mostly other Anna Maria Horner prints.


And then blocks A & B.  It took me a bit to get into the paper-piecing groove of things.  It was slow going at first, but I do love how accurate the blocks turn out.  Loverly.


And then today I finished blocks C & D just moments ago.  These went much more quickly.

And I am going to get pretty braggy here… I got my blocks linked to #feathersQAL on Instragram.  Like a computer genius, I am.

Fabric Fancy: Grey, Grey, Grey, and Grey

I am obsessed with greys.  Ever since this quilt, I have loved adding grey to bright colors – here and in my new bed quilt which I hope to get back from the quilters soon.

I didn’t have any greys when I started quilting again a few months ago, and so I am trying to develop a bit of a stash – because grey fabric goes quickly ’round these parts.

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The grey that I love most of all is Dictionary designed by Tim Holtz in the Eclectic Essentials line.  Love, love, love.  The palette is beautiful – from greige to grey – but also it looks so much like paper it seems to make everything modern and fresh.  Love!  I used it in this and this and it is the neutrual I am using in all of my Thursday Therapy blocks.  Working with this fabric makes me very happy – so seemed apropos.

‘k… really, really need to stop going on about this fabric… just well… a couple more things…

They just restocked at Hawthorne Threads.  And Joann carries the line, but I haven’t seen Dictionary at my local Joann.  (I have driven an hour+ to get a yard of this fabric, to later stumble upon the line at Joann.  I thought for a moment about posing for a selfie with the cutout head of Tim Holtz above the bolts.  I decided not to – avoiding being a spectacle and all that.  Now I kind of wish I would have.)

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Some other greys have made their way into my heart…

Documentation by Tim Holtz (Have i mentioned him before?  I snagged this at Joann.)

Say Cheese by Print and Pattern for Robert Kauffman.  Love the cameras.  Got this at Sarah’s Fabrics after regretting not getting it the last time I was there.  Not much worse than fabric regret.  I am going to use this for an economy block quilt that seems to be ubiquitous lately.  Once I get through my backlog.

Pop by the house designers at Riley Blake.  Stumbled across this while wandering around in the wilderness of the Internets.  Not sure what it will be used for, but it is adorable.  And seems like a great basic print to have around.  Also comes in other great colors.  FIGHTING. URGE. TO. CLICK. ADD. TO. CART.

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