Friday, July 15, 2016

A Little This & That


This is the Linen Stitch Colorblock Wrap from Purl Soho, which I started back in May. I used I Love This Yarn and knit each color for approximately 12". The finished wrap is 18" x 66", which makes it tricky to photograph! I'm happy with how it turned out and it will be donated to our prayer shawl group at church. 

This last week, I met up with friends from our modern quilt guild to finish our heart quilts for the Orlando MQG's Quilts for Pulse. Our guild donated more than 60 heart blocks!

I sewed the top together on this one, Sarah quilted it and Kristie sewed on the binding. Go team! I so enjoyed working with these ladies and can't wait to mail our THREE heart quilts to Orlando! 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Butterfly Blocks

I had a great time visiting family last week. After dropping Melissa and Jamie off at the airport on Wednesday, mom and I spent another day together. We did a little thrifting, fabric shopping and lunch in Grand Island. Fun!

Mom's garden is in full bloom and I was so happy that I got to see the tree lilies doing their thing! I need to get some of these, they are so beautiful and they smell good, too. 



Mom has a jar of caterpillars on her kitchen window sill right now. We were amazed to see that some of the caterpillars changed into their chrysalis over night! 



How cool is that? I can't wait to see if these hatch into butterflies! It's going to take a couple weeks though, and I'm feeling impatient. Once I started thinking about butterflies, I remembered that I have some butterfly blocks pinned on my paper pieced board on Pinterest. 



 I chose to try this free Butterfly Charm Block Pattern from Lillyella. It took me a minute to remember how to paper piece, but once I got going, I had a couple made! They're small blocks, only 5", but since they're small, they only use little bits of fabric. I think they're designed to use with pre cut charm packs. I dug into my scraps drawers for these. I do wish that they were a bit bigger though, because making each one takes some time and then in the end the block is small. I suppose the pattern could be enlarged on a copy machine. So what do you think, what should I make with them? Mini quilt or a pillow? I'll probably make a few more, I've got a couple more color combinations in mind!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Hey There!

Wow, I think it's been a month since I last posted anything here! I'm not sure where June went, so here's some photos from the 4th of July weekend. Melissa and Jamie came from Florida and I drove them all around central Nebraska to visit family. We visited St. Paul, Alma and Kearney. Good times!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Strings

Oh the overflowing scrap box. It was time to do something about the mess, so I bought two of these rolling drawer carts and stacked them up to organize my scraps by color. Before, I had two smallish boxes with all my scraps crammed in them and everytime I wanted something, all the scraps I didn't want would come falling out. I'm loving this set up much better, it's much easier to find what I want, one color at a time! Hopefully this will help me stay more organized.


My organization streak didn't last long though. Seeing all my scraps out made me want to play! I have a lot of pink and blue scraps so I decided to see what I could come up with. 



I've been wanting to try the strings score from the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. Since I already have all these cut up strips, I decided to start sewing them together. I only know that I want long, vertical strips at this point.



It's pretty wiggly and fun so far! 



I've got more pink scraps but I wonder if I'll have enough to make a throw quilt? This project will eat them up fast. Woo scrap busting!


Friday, June 3, 2016

Love Is Blind Quilt


I finished up this sweet baby blanket last night. The pattern is called "Love is Blind" by Thomas Knauer and it's in the summer 2016 issue of Quilty magazine. 



The project in the magazine measures 20" x 27" which is more like a wall hanging, it would be a pretty small baby blanket. It also calls for cutting out triangles to make HST's. I decided to make my HST's the four at a time way and upsized them to 4". There are three different shades of the background solid and 8 polka dot fabrics. My blanket measures about 27" x 38". I skipped the batting, using a piece of flannel in the middle and on the back.



The neat thing about this pattern is that it spells out I Love You in braille! I love that it has a hidden message and one about love, at that! 



This blanket is going to the prayer shawl ministry at church to be given for baby baptisms. This was a fun and quick project, I might make another one!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

WIP Wednesday


I sewed something! This quilt pattern is called "Love is Blind" by Thomas Knauer and it's in the summer 2016 issue of Quilty magazine. The neat thing about it is that the triangles spell out I Love You in braille. I'm making this for the prayer shawl ministry at church, along with the prayer shawl I'm knitting. Whenever we have a baby baptism, the prayer shawl group gives a baby blanket and I heard they needed at least one blanket. I'm on it! I think I will back this with flannel so it's cozy soft!