Thursday, January 19, 2017

modern mystery block of the month

Hubby and I have been flat out on the couch with the cooties for about 10 days. Neither of us has been sick like this in a long time. boo. The good thing is, we have binge watched The Crown and it gave me plenty of hand sewing time. I was happy to finish up the binding on this quilt so I can share it with you. Today was a nice day for a photo shoot, so we mustered up some energy and headed outside.
my trusty assistant

Last year, one of the gals in the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild designed a modern mystery block of the month. It was a skill builder of sorts, nudging us to try different techniques. I enjoyed making the variety of blocks using gray prints and bright solids from my stash.

I really like the end result! With a few tweaks to the provided layout, mine ended up about 54" X 60".  A nice lap size, or toddler sized quilt. I sent it off to my friend Sandy for quilting. Told her "do something modern" and this is the pattern  she used....
The pattern is called "water dance" & I think it adds the perfect modern touch to my quilt. Guild has allowed us a couple more months to finish up our quilts, so I'll have to wait to see what the other gals have done. I loved all of their blocks throughout the year, and I just know the finished quilts will be outstanding!

This is my first finish in the 2017 Finish-along.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017 Finish Along first quarter goals

It's time to link up my first quarter goals for the finish along! 

First up, I WILL finish my Liberty Plus quilt, which I have decided to make into a pillow. As you can see, I'm almost finished with the English Paper Piecing....
Second, I will finish my Modern Block of the Month from McKinney Modern Quilt Guild. The topper is pieced, it needs to be quilted and bound. This has been a fun project!
Third, this beautiful bundle of scraps needs to become a pillow cover for my friend, Chris. The guild had a scrap swap and I was lucky to choose Chris's fabric to work with!
Fourth, I will make my Word of the Year quilt for 2017. I haven't chosen fabric (or even a color scheme!) yet, but I've been doodling a bit and playing with ideas. Oh, I also haven't shared my word here yet! It's Present, as in BE Present (not "buy me a present" haha). I look forward to exploring this more....
Fifth, and finally, I'm going to get back to making myself some garments. I'm thinking this fabric and pattern will be a good place to start...
So that's my list for the first quarter. I'm linking up here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Celebrating Dad

It was such a treat to travel to Phoenix this past weekend and celebrate my dad's 80th birthday. We had lots of family time and a big party and I don't think he stopped smiling the whole time!

Dad is the greatest guy I know! He loves people, is always the first to help when needed. He's kind and generous.... I have always looked up to him. It was fun to do nice things for him for a change!

Before we left I decided to whip up a little quilt for him to hang.....
Dad is a huge Cleveland Indians fan (we were really hoping for a World Series win last fall!) so I thought a chief wahoo mini would do the trick. I used a picture of chief wahoo to create the appliqué and I think it turned out pretty sweet! Dad seemed to like it too.

The weekend went way too fast & now I am home, nursing a nasty cold. Sigh.

Monday, January 2, 2017


Last year I chose EXPLORE as my word of the year.

I had several areas of my life that I was wishing to explore & it turned out to be a really good word for me. 

I began to explore weaving, with the purchase of a schacht rigid heddle loom in January.....

Weaving has been so much fun and so relaxing for me. In addition to experimenting with my new loom, I took a trip to Charlotte, NC, where Kathie taught me to weave on one of her floor looms. I plan to continue exploring new weaving techniques in the years to come.

Hubby and I had also decided to explore new options for worship in our community. It turned out, the first church we visited in the new year was a great fit for us. Trinity Presbyterian Church has become our new church home & I look forward to exploring ways I can become more involved this coming year.

As my knees continued to deteriorate, it became clear that I needed to explore new treatment options. I'd been getting by with meds and shots for years and it just wasn't cutting it anymore. In November, I had a total knee replacement and I'm already way more mobile than I was before the surgery.

As far as quilting goes, I attended 2 classes this year (oddly both involved variations on dresdens!)

I have also been exploring improv more, including participating in Debbie's crosscut quilt along

There are lots more examples of how I used my word, EXPLORE, this past year. All in all, it was a successful word for me! One I plan to continue using well into the future.


Saturday, December 31, 2016

fourth quarter of the finish along

Well, despite setting low goals for the fourth quarter finish along, knowing I was having surgery and all, I only finished two of the three items on my list. The third one is, however, well under way! I'll just add it to my first quarter goals for 2017 and be happy with that.

My first finish this quarter was my wonky dresden neighborhood quilt. I had so much fun with this one!
My second finish is my most recent bee quilt which has already been put to good use.

My Liberty plus quilt is still a work in progress.... although I am nearing the end of the piecing! I am thinking now that it may become a pretty pillow. We will know soon. This is the only goal I didn't reach in the finish along for the whole year. Pretty proud of myself for that.
How did you do with your quilty goals this year?

I'm linking up over at A Quilter's Table

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

a little quilt for Christmas

I want to share a little quilt I made for Ally for Christmas. Ally is a huge fan of Llamas and succulents. So, when I saw the line Lovely Llamas by Michael Miller, I knew I needed to do something for her! 
I made a simple economy block mini quilt for her to hang in her apartment. Along with the featured prints, I used three different grunge fabrics (Ally loves grunge as much as I do!) and I think it turned out really cute! The finished quilt is 24 inches square.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

rope bowls

With all of the coiled rope bowls popping up on Instagram, it was only a matter of time before I went down the rabbit hole too and gave it a try. My first bowl came out pretty good (even if the edges are a little wonky!)
I'm still getting the hang of molding the shape of the bowls and evening out the top. Let's just call it organic and move on, shall we?
My second bowl is equally wonky  organic and quite a bit larger! I loved pulling out green strips I had on hand as I am rather loving the newly announced Pantone color of the year, greenery! I intend to explore this color even more in the new year. I don't think I've ever made a quilt that featured green so that will be a new adventure for me.

Also, I'm guessing there will be more bowls. And maybe, just maybe, I'll master those wonky edges. Or maybe not. Stay tuned!