Monday, March 16, 2015

March Monday Madness

And Color Monday

Well it's started.  The ACC Basketball Tournament March Madness is here!   I heard a little news trivia this morning that businesses lose $2 billion in lost employee productivity during the playoffs.    You can't get away from it.    

Here is my March Madness version.   My design wall.  It's loaded with projects.  I layered it as I completed each project this weekend.  

A few years back I made a bunch of small string quilts.  They really were too small to be of any use. So, I made them bigger.  They're now about 40 x 45.

I headed off to Jo-Ann Fabrics today and bought a huge roll of batting.  Gonna knock these out along with other quilts are just piling up.  

Who doesn't like cake?  
Color Monday's theme is birthdays.  I'd take any of these cakes for my birthday.  
Would you like a slice? 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cloudy with a bit of Sunshine NOT!

What happened to our glorious sunshine from this weekend?
I have to admit to you all that I am a bit weather obsessed.  I'm always watching the Weather Channel and checking all my apps when there's a forecast for anything different.    
Growing up in Los Angeles, 75 degrees and sunny was the norm.   Well, it sure is different here in the Old Tar Heel State.   
Wait 10 minutes and something different will blow in.  
There's not a bit of sun predicted for the entire week.  

So I got a little carried away this weekend with my yellows.  
I made stacks and stacks of yellow strips for my 
16-Patch quilts.  Each month I am making a 16-patch Quilt (color to be determined here) of the Scrappy Jar Stars to give away to my favorite organization which need baby quilts.  

I also found an old set of blocks from the French Rose raggedy trend that was going on way back.  

My mom had a machine something like this.  Wow! I wish I had it now.  Maybe it wouldn't eat all my teeny tiny points for my bitty block baskets.  

No color theme this week for Color Episode.   Just anything goes.  So I chose Yellow :)
Play Along! It's a lot of fun.  

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Bring on the Sunshine

Hello! Welcome Back.

I haven't seen a forecast like this in months.  
All sun, no snowflakes.

I should be outside enjoying it, but I'm so happy sewing up a stack of yellow fabrics.  

The color for March is Yellow.

I just finished binding this String X quilt.  
This is also my first finish for the 1930's Bin Bust.

Back soon to share with you as I progress through my yellow stash.

Doesn't yellow make you feel happy?  

Monday, March 2, 2015

Color Monday ~ Home

The theme this week is "home"
We get our inspiration from Jennie

Being from the South and all, I thought I'd share my favorite time of year at my home.

Fall is my favorite.

Home is a place where I'm so glad my kids always feel comfortable coming back to.   Home is having my husband home from a business trip.  Home is the gathering that happens around our kitchen table.     Home is roasting fall veggies.  Making huge dinners.  Making drinks and enjoying the fine weather out in our screened porch.  Nothing could be finer in Carolina.

There used to be a lot of these old barns.  Now, they're either a crumbled heap of great wood for DIY projects or new housing developments that took their place.

Here are a few quilts that I've made with fall-themed colors.  

How about that y'all?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Out with pink.

Due to the frigid temperatures here, I sure got a lot of quilting done.

You should have heard me, singing along with all my favorite country songs up in my sewing room.  
I thoroughly enjoyed myself this week.

  The hubster was in Texas this week.  I spent hardly any time in the kitchen.  I used my bread machine to make some egg challah and brought out the new crockpot.  
I made a fabulous dish of Indian Chicken Korma.

You know, I've been married for 32 years and never used a crockpot.   What was I waiting for?  It's terrific.  I was always a stay-at-home mom and thought slow cookers were for moms that worked outside the house.  My neighbor gave me a copy of the Cooking Light Slow Cooker to the Rescue book.   Wow! Was I wrong.  

Today is the last day for finishing up our Pinks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Here is my 16-Patch Scrap Jar Stars in all pink.
This is my quilt top where I did not add sashing.
I still would like to add a scrappy border.
I'm going to donate this baby quilt.  

My String X blocks under construction.
I like to use the Kabnet Deli papers from Costco for my foundations.  There are 500 sheets per box and it comes bundled in threes. 
I cut the papers approximately 8 x 5.  I sew out from the middle on each side, tear my paper off, press, starch, then square down to 4 1/2 x 8.  
The next step is to add my background triangles.  

I have always loved this tulip quilt.  I made it for a friend a few years ago.  Just sharing it with you because its pink.

Maybe when the snow melts, I'll see my tulips peeking out from the ground.  

Somewhere in this planter are my daffodils.

Tomorrow we find out what the new RSC2015 color will be for the month of March.  

Monday, February 23, 2015

Color Monday is back again

Daydreaming of Spring.  Will it ever get here?  

Today I'm experimenting with Palette Maker and Chip it!

Linking up today with Porch Swing Quilts

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Playing with Pinks

This weekend I am catching up on my Quilt-Alongs and BOM's.  All week I've been stuck, hibernating, enjoying being in the house with the freezing temps outside.    Today it almost reached 60 degrees.  We're expecting another round of snow tomorrow.  

February's color is Pink

Here are my Scrap Jar Stars.

Scrap Jar Star Tutorial

I am making two quilts this month with my pink stash.  One 16-Patch that alternates with pink and white and the other 16-patch is just all pinks.  

I'm trying to decide if I want to make both quilts with sashing.  When you leave out the sashing, you get a secondary square block which I do like.  See it up there on the lower right of my collage?  

Here it is with the sashing.  I decided to do one with and one without.  
When you do use sashing, you get the nine-patch secondary design.

Give me a few days and I'll get the one with the all pink blocks sewn up.  

I used a bunch of white scraps for my blocks and Kona white for the borders.  Wow, it looks so yellow (uh actually gross!) when I brought it outside to take a picture.  
Maybe I shouldn't be so scrappy when it comes to using white.

I'm also joining Angela in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

These are my Flying Geese and Bear Pawish blocks.  

See ya soon.  I'll show you my Stars in A time Warp blocks.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I heart these bitty blocks

These bitty blocks were so fun to make.  
I just couldn't stop at 16.  
I made another set in bright and then another set in 1930's. 

You and can follow along with Quiltmaker magazine @QuiltyPleasures

January's Blocks were mini teeny tiny bow ties. 

Making these blocks were like candy to me.  Skittles or Sour Patch Kids.  Those are my downfall, handfuls of them.  Oh, Starbursts too.  I just couldn't stop at just one.  I had to double the batch of blocks.  I like making these bow ties so much, I think I'll make a little quilt with my beloved Amy Butler or Flea Market Fancy scraps that I hording saving. 

February's Block, well they weren't so simple.  But they are cute. 

4-inch basket blocks on point

Teeny tiny 1 1/2 inch unfinished HST's are a challenge.  My feed dogs are eating the corners of my blocks when I am chain piceing.  They also need a good pressing.  You should also see the floor of my sewing room.  Tiny clippings of the dog ears everywhere.  On second thought no one is allowed in there.