Wednesday, May 30, 2012

{WiP} Wednesday ~ 21/52

Happy Wednesday!

Hopefully you've had a great week - in your crafts and everywhere.

Mookie, my oldest, has just wrapped up her first year of preschool, and as much as I love her school and her teachers, I'm glad we are on summer vacation now. Whew!

Last Day of 3 y.o. preschool
(This isn't the best photo I took that day, but it's my favorite. I don't want to forget the sound of her laughter.)

As an added bonus, Dave is home for a little bit, too! Life just seems more leisurely right now, and that's just a good feeling. :o)

Another good feeling?

FINISHES!!! Woot woot! :-)

My mod mosaic block for Yolanda.
Healing Block ~ For Yolanda

That's 18 1/2" of mod mosaic goodness right there, folks. Big, yes, but also a treat since I could fit a bunch of special fabrics in there. (if you click the picture, you'll go to Flickr, and can see the notes on the block.)

My Ohio Star blocks for May for the {Faith} Circle of the do.Good Stitches bee.

Ohio Star blocks for May's {Faith} do.Good Stitches bee.

Kelsey asked for simple, red and white stars to make a quilt for an elderly couple at church, using this tutorial. I really love the crisp look of red and white together. I asked Kelsey if she needed extras because these were so easy to make! They are instant coffee compared to the slow-brew of the mod mosaic block! And I am a slow sewer. :o). Swoon, these are not!

Alas, she only wanted 2, but I can definitely envision myself making a star quilt in the (distant) future. :-)

Alisha's mod mosaic blocks.

Mod Mosaic Bee ~ May for Alisha

These are only 12 1/2" square, but are still time consuming! Alisha wanted red and aqua blocks, and I've still got plenty of that to spare! :o) While I was working on hers, I had planned to make some headway in to a red one and an aqua one for my mod mosaic quilt, but, alas, I got tired of the tiles and grout. Go figure. :o)  I calculated, and since the end of February, I have made 12 mod mosaic blocks...and not a one of them for me! Maybe in June...

And here's a picture of my little flirt:

Sweet {Faith} Friends ~ From Jennifer

(7 weeks old now...I can't believe it!)
Look at that smile - no wonder I'm not getting much done! :o)

I just realized that I left out my Pea-pie! My sweet pea, my little sproutling. She turned 2 a few weeks ago, and MAN, is she 2!! Wow.

Enoying a little pancake with her chocolate.

(enjoying a little pancake with her chocolate chips) :)

And, back to my list:
  1. Natalie's bookshelf block.
  2. Audrey's house block.
  3. Nicole's Gee's Bend block.
  4. Leona's mod mosaic blocks.
  5. Grocery bag for FRMQG swap.
  6. Alison's word blocks.
  7. Rocket Man's car seat cover.
  8. Baby receiving blankets for my friends.
  9. 2 baby quilts for friends.
  10. 5 quilts for family members. Wait. 6. Maybe 7.
  11. More and more and more.
For now, though, I'm going to concentrate on getting 1-5 done in the next 2 weeks.

Gosh, that makes me tired just to think about! I hope you have a wonderful, craft-filled week!

(I'm linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced for her regular WiP Wednesday blog party)

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

{WiP} Wednesday ~ 20/52

I didn't get hardly anything done this week, so my WiP list is just as long, if not longer, than it was last week.

Man, I love it when that happens!

Here's what I did finish, though:

{Faith} Circle Pouch Swap ~ For Alecia

Did I tell you much about it last week? I'm part of the {Faith} Circle of the do.Good Stitches bee, and we decided to have a little pouch swap to get to know each other better. Well, I was given Alecia's name, which was great because her style and mine are really similar! She likes yellow and gray and aqua together (easy!), she loves linen as a neutral (had some!), and wanted a zipper.

Hold the phone. Me and zippers? Well, we've tried to have a good relationship, but last time we broke up, harsh words were spoken, and I vowed to never bring one into my home again. :o) I'm only half kidding...there were definitely harsh words spoken.

You can see that I did some improv piecing of the yellow and gray. Well, not really improv because I alternated the colors, but definitely wonky. Then I filled in with the gray linen, measured out my lining fabric and stitched the pieces to the zipper.

And quickly realized that this gigantic bag (measuring 10 x 12"!) wasn't going to hold up very well by itself, and needed some kind of interfacing. So I did what everyone would do, and got on Facebook and asked for help! :)

 I used fusible web to attach some batting between the layers, and then hand-stitched the yellow above and below the pieced area. Then I went back to the sewing machine to sew it all up.

And quickly realized that I had screwed up, yet again. When you make a pouch the right way, you can sew it so the seam of the lining is sewn inside. I, however, was not going to be able to do that because of the hand quilting and the outer piece being fused to the inner piece. Shoot!

I blame the zipper. Back to Facebook, and someone suggested turning it inside out and binding the lining! Brilliant! Facebook and quilting go hand in hand. :)

And, after much coaxing, pleading, and harsh words, I finished it, and was able to turn it right-side out, and zip it! Yay!!

My next unexpected hurdle was the zipper pull. I found a little ring that says "believe" that I wanted to put on there, but didn't like my fastening options. So I got some split rings (like mini key rings) and attempted to attach the zipper to the pull.

More harsh words were spoken in my head.(children were present) Again with the zipper. It's all the zipper's fault!! MAN those little rings are a bear to attach! Heck, I think it would have been easier to attach a real bear to the zipper than that little pull! But, I gotter done, as they say, and I really do love the pull.

 {Faith} Circle Pouch Swap ~ The Zipper Pull

I put a few treats inside, and the little pouch hitched a ride on the Pony Express and found its way to its new mama. Alecia says she loves it, and I really do hope the bag brings her hope and encouragement and a smile every now and then. :)

SO...that leaves us with what I did NOT finish this week!

Still working on everything else...Healing quilt block, Gavin's blocks, Bee Happy blocks, do.Good Stitches blocks, Mod Mosaic blocks. SO many blocks!

Tomorrow. Tomorrow I must sew. I hope you get to sew some, too!

(I'm linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced for her regular WiP Wednesday blog party)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

{WiP} Wednesday ~ 19/52

Let's see how quickly I can write a blog post. There is so much to write about and SO much to do and God only knows how much time I'll have before Rocket Man wakes up and won't let me get anything else done!

It's been that way lately. Sometimes he'll sleep in the swing near my sewing machine, sometimes he won't. Sometimes he'll sleep in his Moses basket, sometimes he won't. However, he will almost always sleep in my arms, or on my chest. Which is good for him, but bad for my WiP list!

I don't know if I've actually finished anything this week. It's all a blur.

Here's what I'm working on, though.

  1. {Faith} do.Good Stitches Pouch Swap ~ It's a secret swap, and my partner was pretty specific, so if I show you any pictures, I'm afraid it'll give away who I'm making it for. I will say this, though. I am, not surprisingly, going about it in a bass-ackwards kind of way. I got the front pieced, attached the 4 pieces to the zipper, then decided that I probably should have put some interfacing or batting between the layers! Oops! So, I'm now fusing some batting between the layers, then I'll finish it. It needs to go in Saturday's mail, but I need to finish it sooner since I've got TONS of other things to get done!
  2. Gavin's Quilt Blocks ~ A good friend in my Bee Happy bee has been sick, lately, and hasn't been able to sew much. She finally caved and is letting us help her with some WiPs, and one of them is a quilt for her grandson's birthday. We're all making very simple square-with-borders blocks for her, and I've got to make one more set before I send them off. Here's what I've done so far:
    Gavin's Blocks
  3. "Healing Quilt" block ~ This Bee Happy bee is the best on the planet. I'm serious. When we started to get wind of my friend's condition, we decided that she needed a quilt, and started throwing around ideas, and fabric choices, and came up with what has GOT to be the most gorgeous, most refreshing, most loving, purest, healingest quilt ever. I haven't started my block, yet, but hope to start it tonight. We have been emailing pictures to our friend so she can see the quilt in progress. We are using soft blues, grays, and "hot violet". :) It's stunning, and I really mean it when I say that I want to make a quilt in this color combination now! :)  Here's Kelly's block:
    Mod Mosaic Block for Yolanda
  4. {Faith} do.Good Stitches blocks ~ I've still got 2 red and white stars to make, but I've got till the end of the month for that, so I'm taking care of the urgent things first. :o)
  5. Natalie's Bookshelf Block~ on hold while we're working on the other blocks for our bee sister.
  6. Nicole's Gee's Bend Block~ on hold while we're working on the other blocks for our bee sister.
  7. Alison's Word Play block ~ on hold while we're working on the other blocks for our bee sister.
  8. Audrey's House block ~ for the FRMQG bee. I'm in progress, but it doesn't look much like a house! I think I went a little too "improv" with it. I don't know. I'll show it to you next time because I'm too ashamed to share a picture of it as it is! :o)
  9.  Mod Mosaic blocks ~ I've got to make 2 red and aqua blocks for the Mod Mosaic bee, but again, those aren't due till the end of the month, so they're on hold.
  10. Babies, babies and more babies! ~ So many babies to make things for. Whew! I love it that my dear friends are all knocked up, but I just wish I could be invisible for a day (or a week?) and get some STUFF DONE already!!
You know I've got a million other things I want to/need to be doing, but these are the things on my immediate to-do list.

OH, I did finish something this week! :o)  I made cupcake skirts for my two little girlies who are having birthdays this month. For the first, I followed a tutorial for a "fat quarter skirt" that I found on Pinterest, and I'm not going to link to it here because I really hope that no one decides to go to it and try to follow it! Seriously. A) My kids are skeeeeny, and a fat quarter wasn't enough fabric for their skirts; B) the tutorial is poorly written and assumes quite a lot, and just isn't very clear. There was a lot of wingin' it going on, and a lot of words I don't usually say getting said. Here is a picture of one of the skirts...which I am ripping out and redoing like I did the other one.

I hope you are all having a week where you are aware of the many blessings around you.

(I'm linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced for her regular WiP Wednesday blog party)

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

{WiP} Wednesday ~ 18/52

Does it take everyone eons to write a blog post, or is it just me?  That's why I never write them just takes too dang long!

I've got a lot of WiPs this week, and only one real finish. The dang heart that I made way way way too complicated for my own good!

Finished heart ~ for Bee Happy mate, Rosanna

Rosanna (from the Bee Happy bee) (the best bee EVER!) gave us some Asian fabrics and asked us to make a pieced heart, any way we wanted. Well, this didn't actually end up how I really wanted it (I wanted the top to be curved, not straight-edged like it is), but I just didn't have the brain cells, or the time, or the will, really, to figure it out. My primary goal was to have the fabrics radiating out from the side like that, and go from there. Well...that's what I got! :)

And I want to say a BIG Thank You to Katy Cameron for all her paper-piecing counseling. She was busy, and 5000 miles away, but she was always quick to help me through the next challenge. :)

Now I can move on!

For Bee Happy bee blocks, I've got to make Natalie's book shelf block. Just look at what some of my other bees have been doing! Ridiculously fabulous! (These were done by Liberty and Kelly)

Bee Happy blocks from Liberty (top) and Kelly (bottom)

And then I've got to do Nicole's Gee's Bend inspired block. Every single one of these is ah-MAY-zing!! Here's Lori's: Gee's Bend-inspired block for Nicole's Bee Happy month
(I don't know why that one won't play nice and line up with the rest of them. See? THIS is why it takes me so long to write! Silly Blogger!)

And Alison is sending out her fabric this week for us to make a couple of word blocks. I have to come up with one word that represents the Bee Happy bee for me. One. ONE? Impossible!

Then in the FRMQG, I've got to make a little house block for Audrey.  I drew out the house, and was all ready to start paper-piecing it when my oldest found the design, and decided to dig through my scraps and build her own fabric house. Not bad for a 3 year old. :o)

I've got to make 2 red and aqua Mod Mosaic blocks for the...Mod Mosaic bee, and two red and white star blocks for the {Faith} Circle of the do.Good Stitches bee.

Lots and lots of red in my blocks this month! :o)

I've also got to make a pouch for a swap in the {Faith} Circle. I've got my design all planned out, I just need to find a way to sit at the sewing machine. And actually S-E-W!!

And some baby projects to finish for friends. The economy must be picking up the way babies seem to keep happening all around me! :o)

AND...I've got another long blog post to write about the wonderfulness of friends. I've been a mom of 3 for a whole month now, and I'm hoping that my time management will get better real soon.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

(I'm linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced for her regular WiP Wednesday blog party)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

{WiP} Wednesday ~ 17/52

Sewing. Sleeping. Feeding. Cleaning. Repeating.

The reality is more like this: lots of feeding, a little cleaning, not much sleeping, and very little sewing.

It's good. Rocket Man is good. Feeding good. Sleeping good (for a newborn!) Growing good.

And the other things up there? I'm not stressing about them. God is good to give me enough energy to make it through each day. No one is coming to my house with a warrant, threatening to arrest me for having a filthy house (it's not even that bad). And no one is threatening to arrest me for being late with my bee blocks. :o)

I did get my Mod Mosaic blocks done this week (those always seem to take me SO long! Why??)

Kiwi Green Mod Mosaic Block

Jeannette (GoneAussieQuilting) asked us to make monochromatic blocks, similar to mine, but she's going to sash them with Kona solids (a la Bottled Rainbows), and asked us to make blocks to correspond with the solids she had. I made one for Kiwi and one for Candy Pink. That quilt is going to be SO SUPER COOL!! I seriously can't wait to see it...and seriously might just copy her and sash my monochromatic blocks in the corresponding solid.

Candy Pink Mod Mosaic Block

And...I don't think I sewed much of anything else this week. :-/  Lots of feeding, a little sleeping...that's about it. :o)

So, I've still got my heart block to finish sewing the white on for Rosanna, my bookshelf block for Natalie, my Gee's Bend block for Nicole (all of the Bee Happy Bee). And I've got to make a house block for Audrey for our guild bee. I've also got 2 new Mod Mosaic blocks to make and 2 red and white stars to make for the {Faith} circle of the do.Good Stitches bee.

And a baby quilt to make. Sometime. I'm really excited to finish this one, though. I know I'm gonna love it -- and the mama will, too! But I just have to catch up on my bee blocks. I feel obligated somehow!

And I also want to/need to write a blog post about some incredible gifts that Rocket Man has received. But where does the time go??

Where does it go? (sigh) I hope you're having a great week!