Sunday, February 5, 2017

Ocean Waves QAL Part 2

I have been cutting my little heart out. 

This is my pile of blocks.

I finally had a chance to start to sew.  I decided I was going to get as many HST ready to sew because I want mine to be kind of scrappy within each quadrant.
This is what I have prepped so far.  I sew some, then cut my squares in half, then trim.  I think I need some more solids so I ordered a black, a color called mango, a green called leaf, and a brown called weathered teak.  I hope it gives it lots of variety. 

These are the trimmings from the pile above.   I am kind of champing at the bit to be able to put a few blocks together.  I always marvel at the people who make one quilt at a time.  Cutting all of the fabric and then just sewing.  I am too impatient I always want to sew.  I finally broke down and put together a 1/4 block to see how it looked.

I am kind of loving it.  One down I think if I calculated correctly 143 more to go. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017


Many years ago when I was in high school I was dating the kicker on the football team.  The coach wasn't very fond of me and used to call me squirrel. Fast forward almost 35 years and my husband calls me squirrel sometime totally by coincidence.  I finally told him the story of high school,  DH says it is because I jump from thing to thing, and I am kind of all over the place, and get distracted easily.   

While doing a lot of cutting of my Ocean waves quilt I have moments when I just need a break.  I decided I was going to get Christmas presents for my kids made early this year.  This is going to be the year of the microwave bowl cozy.  The 2nd to the oldest of our daughters just purchased a new home and their colors in the kitchen are apple green and gray.

I have one sewn completely and the other 3 are ready to finish sewing too. Two are the rose looking fabric in green with gray chevrons, and the other two are gray looking roses with the green chevron.  I also have another set of 4 all cut out and ready to sew for the middle daughter.  I watched, I don't know how many YouTube videos, and read a bunch of different blog posts.  Mine is an amalgam of all of them.  I used Pellon's Wrap and Zap as my batting.  I will say I love the feel of it is very soft.

I also chose to make the pie and rolling pin block called Baked with Love from Pink Simplicity for the Farm Girl QAL that I am participating in.

The next 2 blocks are the strawberry, and the pumpkin.  Since I needed a chance to do something different, today I made the Out to Pasture Block.
I was originally going to use the 9 patch that I made in mistake while making the milk can but changed my mind multiple times until I settled on this. I also dug through my scrap bin picking out fabrics for the strawberry. 

 Doing this little things kind of help me when I am starting to feel impatient.  Or Squirrely if you may.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Ocean Waves QAL

At the beginning of this year I decided this should be my year to finish some projects.  I had a couple of quilts I wanted to make, but everything else would be working toward finishes. 

Then I read a post by Pam at Mama Sparks World had decided she wanted to do an Ocean Waves QAL. The block she designed will be 18.5 inches and I knew I wanted to join. hat quilt was on my bucket list, and I at first thought maybe I would use some of the bazillion HST that I have saved over the years.  But then I am not really good at keeping light/dark going some of my HST could read more as medium/light, or medium/dark.  So I started thinking about maybe just doing one color like Pam, her quilt is going to be navy.  Love it!  I could not decide on a color palette though. 

While wondering around my sewing room I spotted a fat quarter bundle.  I am not much for using one line of fabric to make a quilt, I am definitely a scrap quilter.  Last year during the In Our Garden BOM I won a fat quarter bundle of Apricot & Persimmon by Riley Blake fabrics, and I thought that just may work.

When I started to calculate I realized I would need about 5 1/2 yards of fabric,  and 7 1/2 yards of background fabric.  The fat quarter bundle had approximately 4 1/2 yards of fabric, but there were some in there I was not too sure would work.  There are 3 fat quarters that are kind of wide stripes.  Of course this line was from 2015, so I had to go on a search.  I purchased some 1/2 yard cuts, a couple of yards, and some solids, so I should have more than enough fabric.

I have been cutting 3 inch strips and squares for days. I keep thinking maybe I need a couple of darker colors in there.  I do know that each block is going to be scrappy, but from this line of fabric and some matching solids.  Oh and now I realize why I make scrappy quilts a block at a time. Cutting over 1700 - 3 inch squares takes a long time even with the stripology ruler, I am chomping at the bit to start sewing soon. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Applique Play or is it Appliplay?

I get a bit done here and there.  Some days are better than others.  Saturday was a busy day.  The Ancient Ones got up late, so I felt like I was rushing and pushing all morning.  After getting them settled in for the morning I had to run to the grocery store, then arrived home in time to grab a bite to eat, feed the AO, pick up the boys and run to a birthday party for the youngest grandson Easton.  He turned one on the 12th.

We stayed for a bit, then had to run back home, stopping at the drugstore on the way because DH lost a screw out of his eyeglasses and he can barely see without them.  Once we got those fixed, he and the big boys went to a boy scout event called a lock in and I had the opportunity to sit and relax.

I have been prepping a lot of applique trying to get caught up with the In Our Garden BOM which ended this month.  So far I have these ready to sew.

 September's block was by Life in the Scrapatch

Then there was a bonus block from Life in the Scrapatch also!

 October Spaghetti squash and the squash blossoms from More Stars Over Comanche
November by It Seams to be Sew

December from Sow and Sew Farm

January the last block from Sew Incredibly Crazy

I also got this cute Cardinal prepped. The design is by Patchabilities. 
Now for some marathon applique' sewing on the machine. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Saw Toothed Square Times 2

I worked on the Saw Toothed Square block last year for the 2016 RSC. Yet another project that stopped due to family circumstances. I think it was August of 2016 where I fell out on this project.  August is supposed to be gray.  I tried to find a lavender that could read as gray, but I don't think I was very successful.

I still have the blocks for September and October to make for 2016.  I think I may pick up some of the secondary colors for 2016 to make additional blocks, since I would like this to be a queen size quilt someday. I think I need 49 blocks all together to make a quilt 7 X 7.  I may be RSCing for several years before I have enough blocks.  OMG that means this quilt may not be done until 2021!

Enter 2017 RSC.  The color for January is Purple.

I have 9 blocks completed so far between the 2016 RSC and the 2017.

Only 40 more blocks to go!  Linking up with RSC 2017.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Playing Catch Up In Our Garden

I got lost along the way with the In Our Garden blog hop, I want to say back in September if I remember correctly.  I did save, and print off the patterns, but hadn't had time to do them.  I decided I needed to catch up. 

How to catch up?  Make a plan, and I decided that I would start with all the pieced blocks.

September-  Garden Granny Block by Life in the Scrapatch.

October-Squash Blossom by More Stars in Comanche
November-Pinwheel by It Seams to be Sew
December-Winter Star by Sew and Sow Farm

January-My Garden Cabin by Sew Incredibly Crazy
My next task is to get all the applique parts at least ironed on so I can do marathon applique sewing.  I am considering how to put this one all together because I will have 26 blocks finished up.  I would love to have 30 blocks all together.  Doesn't it feel nice to start to catch up?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Got Milk

I have had a busy sewing week.  Am I going to show you everything I did in one post.  I don't think so, why do that when I can milk my sewing week for several posts? 

Remember I party crashed Dawn at Sew You Quilt Farm Girl Sew Along that she and a friend were going to do,  a couple of weeks ago?  The first block was the cow.

Of course if you have a cow you must have a milk can too.  Right?  I mean what do you do with the milk without a milk can?

I don't know why I made the can the 12 inch block.  I will say that I mis-cut the blocks for the can body 2 different times.  For some reason I though I needed 2 1/2 inches, then discovered I needed 3 1/2 inches instead.  That is what happens when you get distracted while cutting.

I can't wait to see the next block for the sew along.