Monday, September 9, 2013

One More Week until the Star Surround Parade!!!

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness.  You all are the greatest!!!  Can I just say that I am utterly blown away by how many of you are Quilting-A-Long with me and finishing your amazing Star Surround Projects.  As of this morning there are 74 linked projects, that are all absolutely amazing, and there is still a whole week to go!!!!   Which means, if you are still finishing yours up, don't stress, 7 days is lots and lots of time for whipping together a few more seams ;)

I am just so excited.  This is going to be such a wonderful conclusion to what has been an absolutely wonderful Quilt-A-Long.  I have had so much fun quilting with you all!!  So remember,  if you have your Star Surround project top done, be sure to link it up to the Grand Prize Linky.  And then don't stop there, move right on to the quilting.  I am hoping to make this the biggest Parade ever!!  So email me those quilty goodness pictures and lets make a fantastic finish to a wonderful experience :)

Yes, I need to quilt mine still as well, but I have one other quilt that needs to go on the frame first :)  It might be a late night weekend quilt for me :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Friday, September 6, 2013

Tetris from a While Back

So this poor quilt sort of got forgotten.  Forgotten to be quilted for almost a year and then forgotten to be posted for about 2 months.   Do you remember the Tetris Quilt-A-Long that finished clear back in Sept of 2012 (like as in a year ago)??  Well my top got set into a pile of to be quilted, and sadly stayed there for a long time.  That is until my MIL's new long arm came.  This was the first quilt top to be loaded and it was great for trying out all kinds of stitches.

We pretty much did a different stitch in every tetris piece.  So ya, you can find a whole lot of quilting variety in this one.  Pebbling, Loops, Feathers, these little Loopy Daisies.

Straight lines, Zig-zags, Basic Meanduring, Interlocking Squares, and these Interlocking Circles

Yup, it has a little bit of everything.  And the fun thing is that when I say WE, I really meant WE.  All of my Sister's In Law, my Mother In Law,  my Nieces, even my sons took a turn quilting up a space.  This is one of my cute little nieces squares.  She had so much fun!!

Once it was all quilted it came off the rollers and my wonderful MIL bound it.  All in all, a great finish that was the absolute perfect quilt top to try out the new long arm.  Now it is a happy little quilt that the kids love to wrap up in while watching movies because they helped with it.  It is so fun to watch them try and find their little space of quilting, love it!!

Have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!

Linking up to Sarah's and Amanda's :)
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Crochet Halter Dress, Too Cute!!!

My Sister-in-Law and my Niece are visiting Cedar City this week and we have been having some great times.  This SIL happens to have been mentioned here a few times before as she is the crocheting extraordinaire.  So, I wasn't to surprised when my niece came upstairs this morning (she got to sleep over, so fun!!!) wearing this adorable crocheted Halter Dress.  Isn't is just so stinking adorable!!!

My SIL tested this pattern for fellow crocheter Pontepretties , which can subsequently be found in Pontepretties etsy shop :)  (just in case you are a fan of crocheting as well as quilting :)    I love the little ruffle at the bottom of the skirt.  So cute!!!  Now I just need to figure out how to make a patchwork one, tee hee hee ;)

And I have to finish with this adorable picture of my niece wearing the dress and posing for the etsy listing in my SIL shop. (Yes, in case you love the dress but don't crochet, like me, my SIL sells these dresses here and here)  Isn't she just the cutest!!  What a doll!!!


Have a Happy Quilting (and maybe a bit of crocheting) Day!!!
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The List

So once again, it has been a little while since I have done a Work in Progress Wednesday so I thought I would check in once again with the list.  But first, here is what is on the top of my Work In Progress Pile.

First priority, My Road 15 quilt.  I cut this out almost 3 weeks ago and then it had to be set aside for some other projects, but it is once again at the top of the list.  I have done a little piecing but there is a long way to go.  But I am so excited to see this one come together.  I think it just might be my all time favorite design :)

Next on the list, do you remember this quilt I showed for Bloggers Quilt Festival, well, the Alumni Director at my University and I are good friends and after some chit chat I am making a second one for Homecoming next month.  (And I plan to finally write the pattern with this second one, I decided to wait on it as I think I can incorporate some strip piecing to save time and wanted to try it out with this one :)

This is how far I have gotten on this project.  Yup, I bought the fabric :)    I have to say, I am a little weary of doing that applique all over again, but I am hoping that since I already have the templates cut out it will go a little faster.  And question???  Would you like a tutorial on how to do layered appliques??  I figure I could take some pictures along the way if it is something you are interested in.

Once those two quilts are done, my plan is to focus on quilting up these finished tops.  I can't believe I never got my Starbust Quilt top pieced from the Spring Quilt-A-Long.  Lame me.  I would just be over the moon if I could get all three of these quilted by the end of the month.  That is the goal, well see :)

So that is the top of the priority list.  Here is the rest of the rundown :)

Designing Stage
  • Circle Meets Square Quilt 
  • Hexie BCB
  • Twists and Turns
Piecing Stage
  • Jessi and Me Quilt - Starting back up again on Wed Afternoons :)
  • Alumni Quilt
  • Block of the Month - Lucky Stars (So far behind, I don't know if I will ever get caught up)
  • Road 15 Quilt
Quilting Stage
  • Solids Quilt for Free Motion
  • Star Value Bee Quilt 
  • Star Surround Quilt-A-Long
  • Starburst Quilt-A-Long 
Completed Stage  
  • The Way The Crow Flies
  • SC - Secret
  • ASOQ - Secret
  • All Star Baby Quilt
  • T-Shirt Memories Quilt
Linking up to Lee's 
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Beds for Pups

So it was a super fun, but busy weekend as my family and I went with my siblings and parents for a little camping trip.  We had a great time, even though we did get a little soggy from all the rain.  So, I was away from my computer and sewing machine all weekend.  I have spent the last hour or so, catching up on emails and checking out all of the Star Surround QAL links!!

You can imagine my huge surprise to get back and see that there were already 60 entries into the Star Surround QAL!!!  And there is still 12 days left to finish the tops and link up.   Seriously, pop on over and check them out, they are stunning!!   I can't wait to see how many finishes there will be, this is my best QAL turnout so far and that makes me so very happy!! You all are amazing!!!

There was a tiny bit of sewing done before we left on the camping trip and that was to close up all the trim stuffed dog beds that the scouts made last Wednesday.  Aren't they just so fun!!  My MIL helped with finishing them up and now we just need to go deliver them :)  It's nice not to have any waste, just makes me smile :)

Alright, I have a mountain of clothes that smells like campfire so I best get going on that ;)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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