Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gravity: Ultraviolet

Here is the next installment in the Gravity quilt.  It is coming along, only 3 more sets of main blocks to go. 
These ones did come together pretty easily. They did include one partial seem, which I was a little nervous about.  It would be just like me to just keep sewing to the end and forget to leave part of the seam open.  But I managed to get them done without issue. Yay!
I am linking up with the Gravity QAL over at Busy Hands Quilts. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Gravity: Celestial

I finished the next set of Gravity blocks.  On time, this time.  It's so exciting to see each set come together. 

I am linking up with the Gravity QAL over at Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, June 12, 2015

Gravity: Intergalactic

Here are the next set of blocks for the Gravity quilt. 

These blocks went together pretty easy.  I only had to pull out the seam ripper once. Wahoo!

Now to get busy on the next set.  I am linking up with the Gravity QAL over at Busy Hands Quilt.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Two Years Later...'s finally finished.  I started this in 2013. It is the first quilt that I did free motion quilting on.  I figured starting with small blocks would be a good way to get some practice in and end up with a quilt in the process.  It feels good to finish an old WIP.  Now to tackle the rest of the pile. 

I did decide to machine stitch the binding down on this one. Needed to get my finish in before the end of the month. =)  It did remind me why I prefer to hand stitch binding.  I just can't seem to get machine stitching to look good. But it is functional which is what counts, right?

This is my finished goal for May's ALYOF.  I was 74 in the goal setting linky.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gravity: Orbit

The next set of Gravity blocks are complete. These were a little more challenging with trying to line up the hexagons and triangles. 

I did sew the pink one together in the wrong order, not just once, but twice. I thought about just leaving it but knew it would drive me crazy every time I looked at it.  Haven't squashed the perfectionist that much yet. 


Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Where is the time going.  I can't believe it is May already.   Which means it is time for my May goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes

I am hoping to finish a quilt that I started a few years ago.  Seems crazy to think that it has been that long since I started quilting.  This is the Craftsy BOM class from 2012.  And also the Free Motion Quilting a Sampler with Leah Day.

This is the first quilt that I did FMQ on.  I got off to a good start and had all the blocks almost finished, then my machine started having troubles.  I did get a new machine and then this quilt just got pushed to the bottom of the list.  Well now it is back on the top of the list for finishing up.  I am ready to see it as a whole quilt instead of just blocks.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Gravity: Constellation

I am ahead of the game for block 2.  I was able to sew them together today.  They do come together pretty quickly once everything is cut out.  The cutting takes a little time, especially with the learning curve for the ruler. 

I am excited for the next blocks and to see the finished quilt.  I will be linking up with the Gravity QAL over at Busy Hands Quilts.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Gravity QAL

I am so excited for the Gravity Quilt.  I ordered my kit and then found the QAL over at Busy Hands Quilts.  I am so glad someone online is doing a QAL.  There are a few things in the instructions that I haven't tackled yet so I am happy to get a few pointers. 

I did finish the first two blocks.   These are the Horizon blocks in the pattern.  They were not too difficult since I have worked with diamond blocks before.  I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance on the blue block but is did come out a 1/4 inch too short.  I am hoping I can work it in when it comes time to put the quilt top together.  So on the other block I used a scant 1/4 inch seam and it turned out great. I am looking forward to the next blocks.

I really need to try to take pictures in progress.  I just get tunnel vision when sewing and forget to get the camera out. 

Not much else has been happening with sewing.  I need to get back into my goal setting with the quarterly Finish Along and monthly A Lovely Year of Finishes.  The last month has been challenging with lots of ups and downs.  Hopefully I will be able to get back to sewing now.  

Friday, February 27, 2015

Finished Just in Time!

I made it.  I finished up my Super Tote yesterday.  I am really happy with how it turned out and excited to put it to use.  Putting it all together did include a few new things for me.  The first time trying a recessed zipper, and I also made the piping for the front pocket.  Making piping wasn't as hard as I imagined and I really like how it finishes off the front. 

I was unsure if I wanted to attempt the recessed zipper, as I haven't had much luck in putting in zippers in the past.  I am glad I went for it and think it turned out pretty good.  I have been wanting to try my hand at some other projects with zippers so hopefully they will go easier now. 
I did add two inside pockets as well as the outer pocket.
This was my February goal for ALYoF.  I am number 111 on the goal setting post.
This also makes finish number 2 for my first quarter goals.  I really need to get busy on those goals.  I can't believe how fast the last two months have gone and I am sure March is going to go just as fast. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Finish and February's Goal

I finally made a cover for my sewing machine. Yay!  I have needed to get it done for a while now but kept finding other things to do.  It feels good to finally check it off the list.  This is also my first finish from my Finish A-Long Q1 goals. 

It did come out slightly too small but it should keep most of the dust off my sewing machine. 
And now for my February ALYoF goal. I have plans to make a Super Tote from the Noodlehead pattern.  I had fabrics picked out when I added it to my Q1 goals, but I think I have changed my mind. Surprise, Surprise. =) I do like to change my mind a lot.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cuzco top finished!

I finished the Cuzco quilt top!  It is now basted and ready to be quilted.  I just have to decided on how I want to quilt it.

The picture isn't the greatest.  It was starting to get dark by the time my quilt holder, A.K.A. husband, made it home from work.  Winter weather does not make for the greatest pictures. 

This was my January goal for ALYoF, #92 on the linky list. 

Monday, January 5, 2015


Some days I really need some.  So I have decided to join in on a couple goal setting parties.  Hopefully this will be the motivation I need to stay on track and finish up some of the projects I have been wanting to get done.  I am going to join A Lovely Year of Finishes for monthly goals and 2015 Finish-Along with my quarterly goals.   
For my January goal I am going to finish a quilt top that I started planning last July.  I have some of the fabric cut out and one block put together, but that is as far as I made it. 
And now for quarterly goals:

quilt and bind Cuzco quilt top (pictured above)
quilt and bind my Vice Versa quilt top

quilt and bind Wonky Roads quilt top (maybe add borders to make it larger)

Super Tote

sewing machine cover using a PB&J mini charm pack
That's the plan for the first quarter.  Hopefully having set goals will keep me on track.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Wedding Quilt #2

The second wedding quilt is for another of our nieces.  It was a big year for weddings in our family.  There is also a third niece that got married this year.  I haven't finished that quilt yet, but I will soon. 

For this one I found a picture of a rug on pinterest that I used for inspiration.  Her wedding colors were navy and light peach.  I added the tan and cream based on the rug colors.  I followed this pattern here  for the size and putting the quilt top together.

For the back I used a print from Leah Duncan's Meadow line.  It is a beautiful print in person.  I also had a lot of half square triangles left over from the quilt top so I added those in. 

The quilting was pretty fun. I just did a meandering daisy pattern.  It quilted up pretty quick and left the quilt with a softer feel.  I added a corner label like on the other wedding quilt.  I really like how the corner labels look and I can just add them in when I sew on the binding.

I really love how this quilt turned out.  I told my husband I was tempted to keep for myself. =)
Only one more wedding quilt to go, for now.  Who knows what this next year will bring.