Wednesday, June 29, 2011

PrOgress Wednesday

A little bit of what I've been working on. Remember that crazy 6 1/2 inch block with 40 pieces? Well, I haven't sewn it together yet, but

I've cut it out. I can't get to my sewing machine right now because my son has a giant tent set up in the living room ( where my machine is right now). He's been play camping in there at night since Monday. So that will have to wait until the tent comes down and I can get to the sewing machine. But here are my 40 pieces laid out like a snake.

I've been working on a Wall-E for my daughter.

And a "Snug as a Bug" candle mat, pattern by Bareroots.

I probably won't be too productive over the weekend. I work the next two days, then Friday we leave to go camping till Monday. Yeah! Hopefully I can squeeze a little sewing time in. Happy almost Independence Day!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Inspired By A Tree

Here is the tree I love, the one I was talking about in this post. I still don't know what it is. I was thinking it was some kind of Birch because the bark is peeling. My dad says it may be a Silver Leaf Maple. He's only see this one picture of it that I sent to him. I've googled both and I can't find another tree that looks like it.

I love the colors. The silver / gray / green leaves. And the gray tree trunk. You can really tell the color different with it in front of these two other trees.

And a little close up of it. :o) Anyway, this is the tree that inspired my colors for my Farmer's Wife Quilt A-Long quilt. But I am adding a bit of orange to it because it's my favorite color. And I now think that all my quilts need a bit of orange in them.

Block #5 ~ Bat Wing

Block #6 Big Dipper

All together now~~ with Basil's tail in the picture. (and the basket handle still missing)

And can you please tell my how insane this block is, #7 Birds in the Air?! These blocks are 6 1/2 inches unfinished and there are 40 pieces in this Birds in the Air block. Yes, I am a little scared to do this one, but it is next.

Wish me luck.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

FWQAL~Blocks 1~4

I decided on the colors / fabrics for the Farmer's Wife Quilt a Long. It was inspired by a tree I drive by almost everyday. I don't know what kind of tree it is , but it is gorgeous. I want one in my yard one day. Some day I'll stop on the side of the road and take a photo of it. The colors of the tree are light green and gray. But I am adding a hint of orange to the quilt because every quilt needs a hint of orange. :o) Here are the first two blocks. Block one , Attic Windows on the left and block two, Autumn Tints on the right.

Block 3 is called Basket and I haven't added it's little handle yet. ( Hand applique is involved, which I can do, but don't have time right now) Block 4 on the right is called Basket Weave.

Here is what block 3, Basket is supposed to look like once the cute little handle is on.

All 4 blocks together..... green, gray, cream, with a hint of orange.

I'm excited about block 5 ~ Bat Wings. I think it's pretty cute. But I haven't even cut out the templates for this little guy yet.

Happy sewing / stitching

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I Caved

I put the book on the credit card today....

cut my first templates.....

and picked some of the fabrics from my stash, but I'm not done tweaking the fabric yet.

Monday, June 20, 2011

another Finish and maybe another Start

I finished embroidering all the sweet flowers on my 'Flower quilt'. So the top is done. ( excuse my toes in the photo)

Here are a few close ups of the blocks so you can see the embroidery.

One of my favorites is that sunflower in the green bordered block.

This pattern is a Bareroots Pattern called "Flower Quilt". Very fun to make. She will be hanging up at the shop ( Quilting Adventures) where you can buy the pattern.

Should I or should I not start this new ( 3 weeks in) Quilt a Long? We have this book (The Famer's Wife) at the shop too. Which I've been eye-balling for over a year. Well now on Flickr a Farmer's Wife Quilt -a - long has started and I think I want to join. Do I want to start another quilt that is going to take me 2 years to finish? I seem to always make quilts that you can't just whip out. This is just so tempting though.

If I start it up, I am thinking of making my blocks green / gray / cream/ and a bit of orange of course. :o) Do I do it?

Friday, June 17, 2011

"A Boy's Story" Quilt Is Finished (lots of photos)

It really is finished, binding and all. I love this quilt, I love this whole pattern. I have a little boy so I related to the pattern the moment I first saw it. I love to embroider and it has the cutest embroidery pictures all over it. The pattern came from Hatched and Patched and is called " A Boy's Story".

I am going to show you LOTS of pictures up close so you can see how sweet this pattern is and why I had to make this quilt.

If you look really close under the boat you can see I've added a shark (not in the pattern). My son is the biggest shark crazy kid I know. So we had to have a shark in the water. Look at the embroidery of the little brother getting ready to turn his sister into a toad.

Heather Ross martian on his cell phone in the window of the space ship.

My son lives on his bike. And has a wonder dog side-kick named "Basil".

I also had to add an alligator to the moat ( not in the pattern).

My son also wants to be Jeremy Wade from River Monsters when he grows up so this fishing embroidery is perfect!

I love that this little boy has taken his dog surfing.

I am so happy with the way it turned out. Thank you for stopping by to look.

Monday, June 13, 2011

PrOgress Monday

Lots going on here last week. First, we got a new to us VW Thing. She is a 1971 and from Mexico, all her paper work is in Spanish.

I did some stitching on one of the boarders. The "Flower Quilt".

I stitched up a gift for a friend. I can't show the whole thing because I haven't given it to her yet.

I was the winner in a blog giveaway over at 'Taken Patiently'. This is what I recieved, a sweet Mad Hatter embroidery in an orange hoop!!!

I stitched a bit of another spider web on my Halloween quilt.

And lastly, I added the binding by machine to the front of my "A Boy's Story" quilt. (the green to the left). Now it just needs hand stitching to the back. (Not my favorite thing to do on a quilt).

Monday, June 6, 2011

PrOgress Monday

I made some prOgress on my 'flower quilt'. ( sorry about the bad photo) The whole thing is put together, but all the embroidery is not done yet.

Have I told you lately that I love this quilt?!

And I've made prOgress on my "Boy's Story" quilt. It's quilted!! I just need to put the binding on ..... after I buy the material for the binding. LOL

Thursday, June 2, 2011

eye candy

I've been eye balling this girls work for awhile now.... and look what I found today. She has stitched the sweetest bus with Alice characters. You know the very cute movie 'Little Miss Sunshine'? It's based on that. And if you own or have owned a'll get it. LOL

Here is her flickr pictures so you can see more cuteness. And here is her blog/website.