Thursday, February 28, 2013

Traveling Stash Box Arrives

Yesterday was a rainy, windy day, but receiving the Two Sister's Traveling Stash Box from Sharon V at Vroomans Quilts made the day fun in spite of the weather.  The box is filled to the top with mostly fabrics, but there are a few books and patterns and some very useful notions including zippers.

I removed one 2 yard piece of yardage and well as 2 Tapestry charm packs.

I put in one quilt pattern.

1 Moda panel.

A one yard piece of Mermaid fabric, 4 half yard cuts of Moda fabric, one 3/4 yard piece of black and white fabric, and 3 fat quarters.
Due to the high cost of postage, only US residents are eligible to receive the box.  You can check all of the rules and guidelines governing the Traveling Stash Box at . Sewingly Along.  If you would like to receive the box, please leave a comment stating your favorite pre-cut.  I will draw a name on Tuesday, March 5th and notify the winner by email.

In spite of great intentions, I did not finish even one UFO this month.  I did however start 2 New FOs that I am linking to Cat Patches Newfo Linky party.  I really love the crumb  Sawtooth blocks I started in February.  I will be using them for donation quilts later in the year.

I also started work on the blocks for the 2013 Wiggly Whimsy Quilt Along at Terry's Treasures.  I really liked this quilt when I saw it at the Moda Bake Shop, but I probably would not have started it if it wasn't for Terry and her quiltalong.

Stop over at Cat Patches blog and see all of the new projects that were started in February.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Making Up For Lost Time

I was really excited about my daughter coming home for President's Weekend, but the time went very fast and we didn't get to spend much of it together.  Plans were changed on that Saturday morning when my future daughter in law called and asked if I would go to David's Bridal Shop and give my opinion on the gown she chose.  No one from her family was able to go with her so I tagged along.  I'm sure the day was difficult for her.  Most women would prefer to have their mother or a close female relative, but she made the best of it and it turned out to be a lovely experience.
 The dress is a size 6 and fits perfectly so the only alterations she will need will be to add a loop to pull up the train.

 This shows the back detail without the halter tie hanging down.
After the bride chooses her dress, she rings a bell so everyone can see her.  Some of the women were very excited about it.  Our bride was not.  The frothy thing on the mannequin to the left is one of the gowns Kim Kardashian wore during her wedding festivities.  It looks like a float made of toilet paper that high school kids would make for home coming.  The bridal consultant told us that almost every bride that comes in tries it on.  We passed on the opportunity.

I pulled out my purple scraps and continued to make blocks for the  Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2013 and linked up over at So Scrappy.  Unfortunately, the colors look a bit off and are showing up as blue.  They really are a dark purple.  I'm using leftover strips of white on white (at least 3 different kinds) and strips and charm squares of purple.

I continued to use my crumb squares to make more Saw Tooth Star blocks.  I have been using pieces of tone on tone and solid fabrics from my stash to make the star points.  This will be an ongoing project for me.  I don't plan on sewing them into tops until later in the year.

I finished sewing all of the blocks for the Wiggly Whimsy Sew Along over at Terry's Treasures.  Now that my blocks are sewn, I can slow down and sew the rows together a bit at a time.  I did not use Rebecca Silbaugh's method from her recipe over at the Moda Bake Shop.  She uses a white jelly roll for the background and a charm pack cut into 2.5 inch charms.  I cut yardage into 5 inch squares and matched each with a charm and after sewing on 2 sides I cut them in quarters which gave me 4 blocks with 1 charm square and 1 background square. I sewed some of the 2 piece combos on one side and cut it in quarters resulting in 2 two patch blocks., 2 unsewn background squares and 2 unsewn charm squares that I could attach to the sewn 2 patch blocks to make a 3 patch block.  The original quilt finishes at 56.5 square.  I like rectangles so I added one and a half extra blocks. You might notice that the bottom row has one block in the wrong position.  When I sew them, it will be corrected.
I am determined to finish my chosen UFO this month.  Time is running out, but hopefully I will get it done by midnight Thursday.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Snow Bound Stitching

Last weekend we were snowbound.  The storm that blanketed the northeast turned out to be less of a disaster than originally predicted for our area.  The original forecast was for 12 to 18 inches and as the storm approached, the numbers ratcheted up to 20 to 22 inches.  Luckily, the storm moved closer to the coast and we only saw 12 inches.  My daughter is in graduate school outside of Boston where they received 27 inches.

In the background of this photo, you can see some of the trees that were knocked down during Super Storm Sandy back in October.

By late Saturday, our driveway was plowed, but the surrounding roads were treacherous and so we hunkered down near the wood burning stove and didn't venture out until Monday.

 Last week I was the lucky winner of some scraps from the cutting table of Stephanie at Spontaneous Threads.  I apologize for not taking a picture before I dived into the pile, but they arrived just as the snow started to fall and they inspired me to play. There were lots of strings and strips in Stephanie's box that I wanted to use right away.   I had a large pile of crumb blocks in various sizes that I immediately pulled out to play with.

The scraps are lovely (the fussy cut typewriter is super), but it really made me question my own sanity.  I have LOTS of beautiful uncut yardage, precuts of all kinds, a pile of UFOs that rivals Mt. McKinley,  and TONS of scraps, so why am I excited about using Stephanie's scraps.  I know I am not the only one who falls into this category.  I have curbed my participation in blogs hops and limited commenting on every giveaway post I find, but there is something magical about receiving a package in the mail from someone you have never met.
I pushed aside the UFO list I planned to work from and instead made some scrappy Saw Tooth Star blocks with a white on cream background that was buried in my stash.

I have a dozen more ready to sew today and they are starting to take over the family room floor.

One of the quilt alongs I am taking part in this year is the 2013 Wiggly Whimsy Sew-Along at Terry's Treasures.   I'm already behind, but yesterday I bought my background fabric at Joann's and this morning I chose the charm squares I will use from Lovely by Sandy Gervais.

The quilt only requires 37 charm squares, but I eliminated everything with a white background, plaids, and stripes so I needed 2 charm packs.
It's a very easy quilt, so I should be able to catch up over the weekend.  Terry has a wonderful blog with lots of beautiful projects to look at.  It really is worth stopping by and taking a look.
Have a wonderful President's Day weekend.  I'm all excited because my sweet baby girl (even though she is 24 she is still the baby of the family) will be home for the weekend.  She will also be bringing a ton of wash and empty plastic containers that she will expect us to fill with all of her favorite foods.  I can't wait.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Close But No Cigar

Even the best of intentions can fall by the wayside.  I was determined to finish at least one UFO in January.  Unfortunately, that never happened.  I did manage to work on 2 of my projects and start a new one.
I will be linking up to Cat Patches January New FO Party with the block I made for So Scrappy's  Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

I cut apart and resewed the blocks for my Twister Wreath table topper.  It went from this.

To this.

Although I was less than successful in January, I hope to complete a few more of  UFOs.  This wreath table topper will be at the top of the list.  It will be my UFO for February for A Lovely Year of Finishes at Bitter Sweet Designs.