Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Stash Bee April 2015 Hive 8

I am so excited to see my stash bee quilt for 2015 all done and ready for gifting!! 

My original plan was for 12 cabins and larger sashing but the ladies in my hive were so generous!! I received more than the 11 blocks planned. So that idea was scrapped a new design undertaken and wallah!

But what did remain from the original plan was the handquilting using #8 Pearl cotton. I just love how fast the quilting goes with those big stitches and I adore the results!! 

As for the backing fabric I used two different cabin in the woods themed flannels that I pieced. It was so warm to sit under and quilt! Maybe not such a great July plan?!?!

My label is on but that I can't show because this is a surprise gift. Spoilers dearie 😄

It's all packed up and waiting for its recipient!

And finally a huge shout out to the wonderfully talented sewists of hive 8 for helping me create this family treasure. 


WIP/UFO Farmer's Wife Quilt

It's that time again. Time to dig out an old but not forgotten project and put some work into it. This time I'm going at my Farmer's Wife Quilt. 

On Instagram today I stumbled upon a post that just excited me!!! Yep! A quilt a long!!! QAL :)

It doesn't begin until September 2015 but it's over at Very Kerry Berry.

I have quite a few of the blocks already completed but lots is not all so I'm going to follow along and work on mine. In fact, a couple of mine I think will be redone. I was not completely happy with them but once you just finish something it needs time to rest before one chucks it and goes again... Right?!?! Haha 

She plans to do hers with reproduction 1940's prints and I love that BUT I started mine with a scrappy approach of using anything quilters cotton and ima gunna stick with it. 

A month or so ago I put the project into a plastic bucket so it's very accessible and all together. So no excuses not to do this! I'll have to see where I'm at when the QAL begins but the plan is also to add the saashing and begin putting the top together as well. So, if she does a block that I've already done... Add my sashing and bam... An easy sewing day!

The exciting part is I found another post on Instagram that shows in enough detail how to finish the top in a way I like more than the original design.  It is now time to bump this project to the top of the in progress pile! Yeah :)

Follow along on Instagram with the hashtag... #fw1930sqal

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Quilters Choice Quilt Along



With so many ways to have laid this block out I chose this sort of random one.
I was thinking of using just 4 fabrics for the colored (non dark blue background color) and arranging them to make a cool pattern of sorts. I finally decided to pick nine colors and just make individual squares of them.
I am pleased with my results!


Well, so far I'm keeping up :) here is my version of the block. I love that I took the "risk" and chose the dark (navy) blue for the background fabric. I am really liking it.
This time we got to make a Jacob's Ladder block. I have actually never made one of these before and that really surprises me! Once again, it is a block that I can totally see making an entire quilt with some day.
Also, I am not sure if it was ever mentioned or not but I am curious about sashing?!?! It's on my mind as I select the complimentary fabrics to go with the background fabric. It may just have to be a what I feel like when it's time to cut it thing lol :)

April 7 or Block 3

votes were tallied and the winner was...
Rolling Stone :)
I really like this block! I did the corners without the recommended paper piecing and things came out great! Also, I wanted to try something "out of the box" for me with the blue background (so not white like usual) and I am pleasantly pleased with my results!
 I  am also thinking that this would also make a great scrap stash quilt some day too!!

March 24 or Block 2
And the votes were tallied and ....yep! another Bear Paw block for me lol! I am a real professional at this block now!! This being my 3rd this year :)

March 10 or Block 1

And here I go again... another super cute find that I just had to get into!! ...another quilt in the making.

At this point it could be winter forever and my family will be just fine in the warmth department!

But how do you turn them down! they are so cute and fun!!!

This time up I've discovered a quilt along that is not the typical neat sew this do this...we are taking votes for the next block and the block with the most votes wins!! I just love this idea! I feel so in on all the action lol!

It is over at Little Bunny Quilts. Blog owner Alison is pulling this all together...thank you Alison for being so super cool!!

The first block is called Sister's Choice and I think it is a darling block :)

The block has been adjusted in this QAL to make it work for a 12.5 block. I really didn't notice this adjustment until I was cutting my pieces and things were not "lining" up. Meaning that most of the time all the blocks in a "patch block" are the same size. Here, we have some that are a half inch smaller than others. Not a big deal just something to keep in mind when you are slicing up fabric.

It did take me some time to figure out what fabrics I wanted to use. I have decided to just go with what I have on the fabric shelf and see what happens...risky business! But no hard rules saying I can not go buy anything if I just can't figure it out :)

Here's hoping I can keep up the sewing momentum!!

Happy Sewing!
Melodee :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Once Upon a Time BOM 2014

APRIL 2014
I just loved stitching up this months block :) Goldilocks and her three Bear friends! Look how sweet, 3 bowls of porridge!
And here is my sampler overall progress to date...until next month :) Happy sewing!

MARCH 2014
Here is my March block all cute and finished :) Three little pigs and one adorable big bad wolf.
this makes the first row of stitching done and I just think it is so adorable!
I am already thinking up ways to finish this piece once all the stitching is done. Traditionally cross-stitch pieces are framed and hung on the wall, and I may do that, but I am also thinking up something different :)


I am really getting to posting this really late but I have had this done for a little while :) promise!!
I just love that February was all about lovey dovey kissie stuff!!!


And here we go again...another block of the month :)  I just love them!

This time I am breaking from the traditional quilt block and working on a cute kawaii cross stitch. This pattern is designed by and available all year long at The Frosted Pumpkin.

And just like the traditional quilt block, this sampler has space for 12 months of stitching fun!

The theme for this sampler is Once Upon a Time and thus fairy tale stories and characters! How cute is that! I was not sure I wanted to do another BOM cross-stitch this year. I did the Woodland Sampler one from The Frosted Pumpkin for 2013 and while I liked it I wasn't sure I needed another stitchery around the house. Truth be told, I am running out of wall space to put them :)

But, I really got into Fairy Tales last year via television. I just couldn't get enough of them. Then when the email popped into my mailbox and when I saw that it was fairy tale inspired I knew I had to do it!

This month I stitched Snow White and two of her dwarves. They are so stinkin' cute! I really took my time and had fun! Nothing complicated about these patterns.

That is part of the appeal for me. I am not bogged down with the drudgery of tons of color changes and lots of blending threads and I can easily pace out the work by picking tiny goals. Like one day I stitched the top row of two dwarves and the clothes line. Next day was clothes on the line and the apples.

I did get off to a late start with this sampler. The pattern itself was not available (I get each months pattern pack emailed to me) until January 10th. Then, I had a hard time finding the fabric to stitch the design on. I finally found what I needed at a some what local cross stitch supply store. I am using an even weave linen in a sea-foam green color with strands of sparkle woven in.

Initially I wasn't quite sure about the green. The pattern creator used a brownish fabric that I could not find in my area and while it was available online I didn't have the $30 needed to special order so I went local and found green.

After completing January's stitching I am very happy with the results! The white on Snow Whites shirt does not really pop at you but it is still visible and not really blending in so all's good there!

Even with getting a late start I was able to call this months block done in the nick of time lol January 31st!

Today, the first of February, I was emailed February's chart. I took a quick peek and it has a frog on it! So I will sign off now and get that one printed off and ready to stitch up soon!

Happy Sewing!!
Melodee :)