Birdie

Birdie

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Four Block Success!

What a fabulous weekend!  Friday, Hubby went to a football game with his sister and niece after a quick family dinner.  Football...not really my thing...so I stayed in the quilt room and worked. 

Saturday was WET.  It rained pretty much all day...so I spent the afternoon in the quilt room while Hubby napped.  Then off to a going away cookout for a dear, dear friend of our family.  

Today, glorious weather.  Started with a heavy fog...just what you would expect after days of rain...but wrapped up beautifully.  Hubby and I made a quick trip to the mountains.  I was desperately afraid that we were going to miss the peek of color as we did last year.  Since next weekend we are planning to go to the fair with friends...this would be our last chance for a couple weeks.  So, off we went....



I think we were a bit early this year.  The color wasn't quite underway.  Here is a peek through the woods at the South Fork of the New River.  Not much fall color...



With all of the rain the last couple days, the river wasn't as clear as it usually is and was a little brisk in its pace.


We did manage to find some fall color.  The picture doesn't do it justice....much more colorful in person.



Back at home this afternoon...more time in the quilt room.  I am definitely loving this extra time sewing.  The best part...I finished four of the Craftsy BOMs..two months worth.  Can I get a "WhooHooo!"?  

The paper piecing templates for the April blocks came on Tuesday which allowed me to wrap up the second of the April blocks.

Here are the April blocks.  It has started to cloud up outside again so the colors aren't showing up as well as I had hoped. 

Hexi Stripe Block... 



And here is Sunny With a Chance of Hex...



I also finished the June blocks.  Here is the Greek Cross Block...



I chose the blue stripe for the corners but in hind sight, I wish I hadn't.  They turned out great but not without struggles.  I thought if the blocks were constructed the same the stripes would run the same but something went wrong. I didn't discover it until I started laying out the block.  Did another set of HSTs to get it the way I wanted.  

And last...my favorite of the four...the Octagon Block.



This fabric was not a favorite on the bolt.  It wasn't until I used it for the Sunny With a Chance of Hex that I started to see its potential.  And in this block...it shines.  I love, love how it turned out.  

Four blocks marked off the list.  Slowly but surely catching up.  The August blocks are Dresden Plate blocks.  I love those blocks but they are a lot of work...so worth it though.  Hopefully I can have them finished by next weekend.  Maybe I can get a good start on the September ones as well.  October is the last month with blocks.  November and December are borders, quilting and binding.  Finished quilt by the end of the year.  Awesome.

Hoping for some time in the quilt room this week...fun at the fair on Saturday...and blocks to show on Sunday.

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

UFO Priority to Complete!

What a great weekend!  I was able to leave work at a reasonable time Friday. Hubby went to a football game so I spent the evening in the quilt room.  I was somewhat amazed at how much I was able to accomplish.  

The goal for this weekend was to work on the Craftsy BOM.  I am still trying to get caught up.  Hopefully, I can get caught up through September before the October block is revealed.

I am about 85% complete with one of the April blocks on English paper piecing...but I had to order some additional sizes of the pre-cut paper pieces before I can get started on the second one.  I placed the order on Thursday night so they should arrive some time this week.  Crossing my fingers.  I have the fabric cut and ready for when they arrive.

Well, I needed something to show today so I skipped April and worked on the May blocks.  They were kind of fun....not a lot of stress with making sure everything was absolutely, positively perfect.

Here is my Modern Log Cabin Block.  I don't know why, but I love the orange and hot pink plaid in the middle.  I really do!



While I was giving this block a good pressing for the pic...I remembered that I had a UFO of Log Cabin blocks.  Numerous years ago, I took a class on Quilt as You Go Log Cabin Quilt...but because "life happens", I wasn't able to complete the class or the quilt.  So I dug one of the blocks out of the closet and took a look.  I had forgotten how pretty it is.  Perhaps I will drag the whole box out and add that to the quilts I would like to finish sooner rather than later....  Is that a separate list?  UFO Priority to Complete!

Here is a pic of that block.  Isn't it pretty?


On Friday evening, I also completed the Craftsy Wonky 5-Sided Log Cabin block.  Here it is...




Saturday, time in the quilt room was spent working on the Craftsy English paper piecing blocks.  I think I will try another project with the hexagons now that I have had a chance to work with them.  Isn't that what the BOMs are for?  Trying something new.

Today, I worked on my Wicked submission for the Wicked Blog Hop hosted by Wendy at Why Knot? and Madame Samm at Sew WE Quilt coming in October.  And I spent more time on paper piecing.  

So tell me...what would you put on your UFO Priority to Complete! List?


I am hopeful I can get back into the quilt room this week and continue this trend of getting things done. 


Till then....

~~Quilt Much!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sewing Weather

Rainy day today.  Cool and rainy.  Perfect for staying inside and sewing.  Jackson joined me in the quilting room.  He loves to quilt!!


Ok...so he really likes to sleep at our feet but I believe it is because he prefers quilting to football.  Daisie and Hubby came to check on him.  Guess they were hoping he would come and watch football but I don't think he is interested...at all.  :)


Back in April, I signed up for a BOM at Studio Stitch.  It was such a fabulous deal...I decided to do it twice.  

Here is how it works.  Pay $5 at the beginning along with a $2.50 pattern fee.  The $5 covers the fabric needed for the first block.  Bring back the finished block the following month and that month is free...no cost for the fabric for that month's block.  So basically, at the end, a quilt top for $5 (assuming 100% attendance).  What a deal!  

The bonus...some of my quilty friends signed up too and I didn't know until the first meeting.  So in addition to learning a new block at an incredible price...I get to catch up with some very wonderful ladies.  

The next meeting is on Tuesday so I had to complete the block for this month today.  Before I share September's block, let me show you the first four months.

Here is one of the fabric options...


And here is the other one...


This month the block was Card Trick.  Did you see Amy Gibson's post at SticheryDickoryDock.com?  She selected the Card Trick block for her nursery.  Her blocks are awesome...love how she quilted them too.  

Inspired...I thought...this can't be as hard as it looks.  Boy I was wrong.  The  first one provided a good opportunity to spend some quality time with my seam ripper...or the unstitcher as it is affectionately called.  I kept working and finally finished...THE FIRST ONE...


I say this with a bit of disbelief...the second one wasn't nearly as difficult and my seam ripper was really lonely...Thank Goodness!

Here is number two....

Thankfully, today was quiet and cool...enjoyed sewing with the window open and Jackson at my feet.  Looking forward to more of the same....

Till then...

~~Quilt Much!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Power Out!

I hardly know where to begin.  On Thursday, the mail man was extra kind to me and delivered some fabric.  I was beside myself with excitement but I didn't have time to take a pic to share.  Life is so busy these days.  So Saturday, I could hardly wait to get back home so that I could take a photo...but that was not to be.  And as it turned out...that was OK!

As I was coming home from work on Saturday, there was a nasty string of storms that blasted through our area...and took our power.  Oh now...don't groan...it turned out to be a good thing.  


Since we didn't have power and didn't have the fabulous things that power gives us...we decided on an early dinner out.  Yum.  Mexican with a margarita.    Fabulous Hubby was a charming dinner companion along with our lovely niece who spent the weekend with us.  The restaurant wasn't crowded either because it was early or because they had just regained their power a bit before we arrived.  


When we arrived back home, still no power.  So, Fabulous Hubby suggested a game of Rummy by candle light while we enjoyed ice cream...what else are you going to do, right?


The best part...the TV wasn't on.  The windows were open.  The trusty pooches were outside and willing to stay since the temperature and humidity took a dive.  We could hear the neighborhood kids playing basketball but still there was a quiet that we don't often get during our hectic lives filled with electricty.  


Power on!  Whoohoo!  Blow out the candles and get busy.  We did but not in the usual way for Saturday evening.  


I finally took pictures of my new fabric.  Check it out!  Happy H"owl"o-ween for the Wicked blog hop...




 ...and some holiday fabric for a quilt that I have rolling around in my head.




 (I could hardly sleep on Thursday and Friday night planning out these two projects.  Can't wait to get started.)

After I took the photos, I hit the quilt room to work on my Craftsy BOM.  The windows were open and there was a faint breeze.  In the distance, I could hear a band playing at one of the parks.  I felt energized and was able to get one of the blocks for March (I know...only 6 months behind) complete.  My niece came into the quilt room to draw and listen to music...and sing (with the windows open...lol).


Today, I finished the second March block...take a look...


First, the String Block...




...and then the Broken Spider Block.



I am on a roll!!!  So as the weekend is coming to a close, I am sad to lose that "out of power" energy.  

Tomorrow, it is back to the grind, but I am looking forward to next weekend.  Quilt show in West Jefferson and more complete BOMs and here's to hoping for a little power outage!


Till then...


~~Quilt Much!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Extra Day?

What could I accomplish quilt-wise with an extra day in the weekend.  Tackle the very long UFO list.  And what did I accomplish quilt-wise with my extra day....not as much as I had hoped. 

So what was on that list...finish a mug rug for Mollie.  Check.  Mollie drove up for a cook out to celebrate Labor Day and family.  We had a great time and Mollie loved her mug rug.  Failed to take a pic though.

Also on the list...catch up on the Craftsy BOM.  Well...a partial success.  Back in April, Mollie and I traveled to Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill in a mini shop hop.  Our goal...to purchase 20 fabrics...1/2 yard each...that we could split into fat quarters (saved a bit of money doing it that way) and start the Craftsy BOM.  We had a blast buying all the fabric. Although by the end...whew...I was exhausted.  

We got off to a pretty good start...each finishing three block in one day a couple weekends later.  Then Mollie started summer classes and then fall classes and then it was Labor Day.  Mollie has gracefully given me permission to move ahead without her.  I didn't want to but 20 beautiful fabrics calling out to be cut and sewn...well, I couldn't resist.     

Here are my January Slashed Blocks...the Asterisk Block and the Wonky Pound Sign Block...



And my February HST blocks....the Balkan Puzzle Block



And completed just today...whooohooo...Chunky Chevron Block.


So while I only checked a couple items off (counting the one block as an item...got to celebrate the small victories when you can) my list this weekend, I did have a wonderful time with my family.

~~Hugs