Monday, December 31, 2012

BOM's AWAY: The Old Craft Store BOM


Give A Hoot's BOM's Away Party
A Block of the Month finishing party, what a brilliant idea!  It's kind of convoluted how I found this group, but I just love the idea and I think it just might work for me.  Groups and linky parties are what get me going on my projects.  I mean I try to plan and block off time to work on my projects but it takes a little peer pressure to get things done sometimes to be honest.   Total, I am a part of 4 BOM (2 online, 1 by email, and 1 at a local quilt shop) and 1 BOW.  My ultimate goal is to catch up of course, but that is so hard to do!

The Legacy Sampler BOM at The Old Craft Store has a monetary value to it.  If you bring the completed quilt block back on the designated Saturday (using the fabric provided) you get the next block for free.  So at the end I will have paid $10 for the club (I forgot to pick up 1 block on time so had to pay $5 for the block), gotten 11 blocks free and then I prepaid for the last 4-blocks needed for the quilt top.  They have a finishing kits too, but I plan to put my blocks on point and use some fabric from Connecting Threads to make a quilt for a family member for next year's Christmas.  My plans are to do a test block in the Martinique fabric line (I have a bit from several Moda Scrap Bags) so that I will end up with all the blocks for 2 quilt tops by the end of the BOM Club!

The Old Craft Store The Legacy Sampler.  Star of Victory (December BOM,  or Block 3)

Test Blocks: Sorry the picture is a bit dark, I am still getting used to the new camera feature on my phone.

Recap for Past Blocks:
The Old Craft Store The Legacy Sampler.  A:  Woven Union,  B:  Courage at Pickett's Mill

Martinique Test Blocks The Legacy Sampler.  A:  Woven Union,  B:  Courage at Pickett's Mill

Projects: 2012



Projects Completed in 2012:



Stockings
Design: My Own, I made a template from scratch
Fabric: Random Scrap that I do not know the source, lining is a white muslin
Back: Same
Size: 2T
Quilting: N/A sewn on my Brother

Other info: Lining Photo Here
Completed: December 2012






Christmas Dress
Design: From a Pattern that can be found HERE.

Fabric: A Moda Fabric Line 
Back: Same 
Size: 2T
Quilting: N/A sewn on my Brother

Other info: Back picture HEREPicture with cute human HERE
Completed: December 2012















Popover Dress 
Design: From an Oliver + S Pattern that can be found HERE.
Fabric: Home Decor that I do not know the source, Lining is peach Polyester
Back: Same
Size: 4T
Quilting: N/A sewn on my Brother

Other info: Lining pictures HERE & HERE & Here
Completed: December 2012




Summersault Asterisk Quilt  
Design: My own—Using An Asterisk Block that was learned from the Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month Class (January Block)
Fabric: Free Spirit's Summersault (6" charm pack), A white Swirl Print, A Multicolor dot print for outer border, a Teal Dot Print for inner border & Binding
Back: Light Blue waves with a dot print strips as well as a strip of extra Asterisk blocks
Size: 56" x 56"
Quilting: Free-motion Spirals, quilted on my Brother
Other info: Back picture HERE, Close-up  back Picture HERE
Completed: November 2012



Extra Large Floor Pillow
Design: My Own
Fabric:  White Muslin
Back:  White Muslin
Size: N/A
Quilting: N/A sewn on my Brother

Completed: October 2012





Alice in Wonderland Apron
Design: Scientific Seamstress Pattern that can be found HERE.
Fabric: Kona White
Back: N/A
Size: 2T
Quilting: N/A sewn on my Brother

Other info:  Picture with cute human HERE
Completed: October 2012



Two Plus Two Blouse 
Design: From an Oliver + S Pattern that can be found HERE.
Fabric: Random Scrap that I do not know the source
Back: Same
Size: 2T
Quilting: N/A sewn on my Brother

Other info: Back picture HERE,  Close-up HERE
Completed: October 2012




Brick Pathway Quilt #2
Design: My own
Fabric: A Jelly roll and yardage from Creative Cuts, Kona Black
Back: Made using a random Print from my stash most likely from Joann's Fabrics. 
Size: 50" x 55"
Quilting: FMQ Flower Stitch, quilted on my Brother
Other info: Back picture HERE, Close-up Picture HERE
Completed: October 2012





Woven Union Table Runner
Design: My own—Using pratice blocks for  BOM
Fabric: Martinique by Moda and Cream solid by Moda
Back: Moda Cream
Size: 16" x 36"
Quilting: FMQ Flower Stitch, quilted on my Brother
Other info: Back picture HERE
Completed: October 2012




Orphaned Stars Quilt  
Design: My own—Using leftover star blocks from another baby quilt from last year (HERE)
Fabric: Moda's Lovely (5" charm pack), Kona Cream, A Multicolor dot print for outer border, a Teal Dot Print for inner border & Binding
Back: Moda's Lovely yellow Plaid
Size: 40" x 40"
Quilting: Stars Quilted straight, stippling in between, quilted on my Brother
Other info: Back picture HERE, Close-up  back Picture HERE
Completed: October 2012



Double-point Pinwheel Quilt  
Design: My Own
Fabric: Moda's Origin (5" charms), Moda Solid Brown (5" charms), Moda Snow, Connecting Thread's solid green & Bark Diagonal Stripes, and a random Yellow Print from Joann's Fabric. 
Back:  Connecting Thread's Bark Diagonal Stripes, Scraps, and extra Double-point Pinwheel blocks
Size: 45" x 45"
Quilting: Meander Swirl FMQ, quilted on my Brother
Other info: Back picture HERE, Close-up Picture HERE
Completed: October 2012



Jacob's Ladder Quilt #3 
Design: My Own turn on a traditional block
Fabric: Made using random Prints from my stash most likely from Joann's Fabrics. 
Back:  Made using random Prints from my stash most likely from Joann's Fabrics. 
Size: 45" x 45"
Quilting: Meander FMQ quilted on my Brother
Other info: Back picture HERE, Close-up Picture HERE
Completed: September 2012




Bowls With Borders Hot Pads 


Design: Pattern based on one given for the Blog Hop
Fabric: Just Wing It Moda Charm pack, Butter yellow solid from Connecting threads, a 2-tone black print from Joann's Fabrics own line, Light Blue wave print from Timeless Treasures also used for binding
Back: a 2-tone black print from Joann's Fabrics own line
Size: 14" x 14"
Quilting: Random Straight Lazer-beam stitching, quilted on my Brother
Completed: August 2012




Wonky Pinwheel Table Runner 
Design: My Own
Fabric: RJR Crazy About Dots & Stripes (5" charms), Moda Snow, Connecting Thread's solid green & Dark Purple Dot for the binding
Back:  Lavender purple with White polka-dots
Size: 12" x 36"
Quilting: In the Ditch quilted on my Brother
Other info: Part of the Dots On Dots Blog Hop,
Completed: September 2012





Two Plus Two Nightgown 
Design: From an Oliver + S Pattern that can be found HERE.
Fabric: Two Flannel Prints from Joann's Fabrics 
Back: Two Flannel Prints from Joann's Fabrics 
Size: 2T
Quilting: N/A sewn on my Brother

Other info: Back picture HERE, Picture with cute human HERE
Completed: August 2012



Forest Floor Quilt  
Design: From a Free Pattern that can be found HERE.
Fabric: A Cream Print from Joann's Fabrics for background, the leaves are mostly made from Fall lines designed by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics
Back: Solid Brown larger yardage fabric from Joann's Fabrics
Size: Unknown (it was auctioned off for Charity before I remembered to measure it)
Quilting: Free-motion Spirals, quilted on my Brother

Other info: Back picture HERE, Close-up Picture HERE
Completed: August 2012



Bowls With Borders Wall Hanging 


Design: Pattern based on one given for the Blog Hop
Fabric: Just Wing It Moda Charm pack, Butter yellow solid from Connecting threads, a 2-tone black print from Joann's Fabrics own line, Light Blue wave print from Timeless Treasures also used for binding
Back: a 2-tone black print from Joann's Fabrics own line, Light Blue wave print from Timeless Treasures also used for binding [Back Picture HERE]
Size: 12" x 36"
Quilting: Random Straight Lazer-beam stitching, quilted on my Brother
Completed: August 2012





Brick Pathway Quilt #1
Design: My own
Fabric: A Jelly roll and yardage from Creative Cuts, Kona Black
Back: Made using a random Print from my stash most likely from Joann's Fabrics. 
Size: 50" x 55"
Quilting: FMQ Flower Stitch, quilted on my Brother
Other info: Back picture HERE, Close-up Picture HERE
Completed: June 2012




Fruits of the Spirit Mini Quilt 


Design: My own
Fabric: Scraps
Back: Red with little white hearts from the 1990's
Size: 12" x 14"
Quilting: FMQ loops and Hearts, quilted on my Brother
Completed: April 2012




Modern Pinwheel Twist 
Design: My own combined with using the Lil' Twister tool
Fabric: Oh My (6" charm pack), solid Moda Black Charm pack A solid Red, Buttercup Yellow and Kona Black for solids, and a Orange print from Oh My line for Binding
Back: Solid Red
Size: 60" x 60"
Quilting: Free-motion meander in orange thread, quilted on my Brother
Completed: January 2012





2 Flannel Placemats

Design: My own
Fabric: Scraps left over from these quilts Here,
Back: Blue Flannel
Size: 
Quilting: FMQ loops and lines, quilted on my Brother
Completed: January 2012




Valentine's Day Runner

Design: My own
Fabric: Scraps
Back: Red with little white hearts from the 1990's
Size: 56" x 56"
Quilting: FMQ loops and Hearts, quilted on my Brother
Completed: January 2012





Coulour My World: Red (Mug Rugs) 
Design: My own
Fabric: Scraps
Back: Red with little white hearts
Size: 5" x 5"
Quilting: Free-motion Spirals, quilted on my Brother
Completed: January 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Game is A Foot!

Greetings!  If you are looking for my TGIFF Hosting Post please go HERE!

Stockings:  The Unstuffed Truth

So this is one of those rare times that I can write about something that is a gift right after I make it.  Mostly because Brother One (keep it zipped, Two & Three, if you are reading this) does not have the internet.  He never got addicted when I was young(er) to it like I did, lol!  I had the packages ready with my customary gift for our Mother and....errr other stuff.  Before I could do the early send off--which is very rare for me, I am a distracted mailer--Brother One asked me to make him and his family stockings instead of gifts.  I already had my niece's gifts made, so those will go into the box as planned. [I am sending her belated First Birthday present as well]

A Blue Plaid flannel material Mother gave me 6 yards of 6 years ago !
Brother One  is a "salt of the Earth" kind of guy and as a former Marine (meh, I know you say there is no such thing, but he is not currently serving) he is also so non-frills.  And although I have talked on the phone quite a bit with Brother One's wife, since we have never met in person, I am not sure what kind of gal she is so I was at a loss there.  I figure I can make up for it by making something semi-frill for next year (Brother One will just have to cave if I will get Mother on my side).

Inside out:  Each Stocking is fully lined, i did a quick side stitch to seal the turning portal!
I didn't have time to go searching for a sock pattern so I just drew one out and after a couple of tweaks it is what I used.  I made 3 Stockings with Brother One, His Wife (how does "Brother One Wife" sound?) and His child's (Brother One Child Three*? Or B1C3, lol) first letter.  I also included a fourth blank stocking if they ever decide to procreate again.   Should I make one for the Dog?  Maybe a mini-stocking?

Now I bet Brother Two and Brother Three are wondering what Shanta** Claus got them!  Ha Ha Ha!  They will have to wait until Our Mother receives the package and then gives them their gifts!  Okay, Now I must be off to do more projects so my WIP list will look awesomely short on Wednesday (I am skipping the UFO Sunday to allow for more finishes) and I will have more free bobbins to use in my FMQ of those two crib quilts.  I am also pushing off on declaring what fabric I got for Christmas so my finished projects will hopefully swell my fabric usage count.  Oh, I will share pictures on Tuesday of my final Stash Report, Hubby was very good to me (or bad if you think I already own too much fabric).  So now I am off and I will (hopefully) see you tomorrow.

Don't forget to check out my 200th Post Giveaway:  HERE
  

*Brother One has lost 2 breathing children thus the child three reference
**A derivative of my name Plus Santa

My 200th Blog Post!

In Honor of my 200th Blog Post I am doing a giveaway!  I don't often give something away so I am going to make it easy.  I am not sure yet what the prize will be yet but it will be nice as I am in destashing mode.  I will post a picture once my daughter wakes up cause my stash is in her room and I am horrible at sneaking into her room, I always wake her up!

1 Charm Square pack of Crazy for Dots & Stripes, 1 Charm pack of Just Wing It
X-[Reserved for Picture of Object to be won]

Leave a comment responding to the following question:  

If your life was a movie, what songs would be on your soundtrack?

Not so Small Print:  Void where prohibited. [I've always wanted to say that]  The winner will receive something if MR Random chooses your number.  Please give me some way to reach you if you do not have an email associated with your blog or you can't win.  I can ship as long as you received things mailed from the United States in a reasonable manner.  Any special extra country fees will have to be paid by winner since I am new to international shipping you will have to be patient with me on that.

[Edited 12/29/2012 @ 3:22PM] I forgot to say when the giveaway closes!  To give this post a week comments will close Saturday, January 5th @ about 10:00am American CTZ (I plan to sleep in, but Baby girl will probably shout my name in the monitor).  I will announce a winner as soon as I get a response!

Friday, December 28, 2012

It's Beginning to Look like Christmas...late

A Delayed Christmas Dress

Well, technically I am hosting TGIFF (See yesterday's POST for the link up) but I had more finishes this week to share so I am adding in another finish post for the year, I just may have to post every day a new finish, well that is of course if I get anything else completed this year!  I wanted to complete this dress in time for the Christmas Eve Service but I had a minor meltdown when I realized that I had no matching thread.  I tried to suck it up and use the cream or brown I have on hand, but I had to rip it out; it truly looked horrible.  I was working on another project and digging in my desk drawers to see if I could find more empty bobbins when I came across a miniscule amount of blood red Sulky thread.

Z was delighted by her skirt touching her toes
Now, I hate using this thread with a passion, but I sewed very, very, very slowly (there is a speed switch on my machine which I rarely use since I am a pedal to the floor kind of sewer) to finish the top stitching to hold the lining down on the gathered part and to add velcro for the closure.  Velcro was used because I don't a snap setter anymore.  My button bin has not been found since we moved in May so I have been using buttons from my great-grandmother.  Since I am hitting the buttons that are pretty much priceless to me and possibly contain lead paint, I thought it best to go the velcro route!

I had to let Z play with the beads on the tree to get this back shot

The dress front without baby or Sash
I am truly delighted with how THE PARTY DRESS turned out except one minor thing:  it's too big.  Now that is not the pattern or designer's fault.  Believe it or not, my formerly chunky baby has shrunk!  When I made her the Oliver +S Two Plus Two blouses (See Post HERE and HERE) she was much chunkier, shorter and weighing a whopping 25 pounds at the time.  Ziona was fitting the width of the 24 months/2T clothes, but not the length.  She has since lost 3.5 pounds, gained 4 inches and then gained back 2.5 pounds, but I did not take this in consideration when I cut out and made the dress.  If you are looking for a beautiful girly dress check this FREE pattern out @The Cottage Home!!
The Back with Sash but without Z.
So I am off to finish up a Christmas Present (a last minute special request instead of the yearly gift card) that will help me free up an bobbin hopefully!  I really need at least 6 bobbins before I start my top stitching of the 2 Crib Quilts...of course I am also in the middle of piecing 1 of them still so that is next on my list and should also free up a few more bobbins!!  Until tomorrow with my next last minute finish!

Linking up to:

TGIFF Hosted by Shanna (ME!!)@Sparrow In Flight
WHOOP, WHOOP Fridays @Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Link A Finish Friday @ Richard & Tanya Quilt

Don't forget to check out my 200th Post Giveaway:  HERE

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Buzzing about Finishes

Z's Bathroom right off the hallway
 I have not gotten very far on Ziona's decorated bedroom besides it being painted yellow (which was really mostly my FIL's work).  At last I am able to add a little touch to the hall bathroom with adding fabric to the bottom of a pair of yellow towels.  The colours for her bedroom include the yellow and black, but it will also feature white and grey as well.  She has a set of curtains completed below, but a quilt of her own has yet to be made for her!  I have been collecting fabrics for her quilt, but I have not yet settled on a particular design.  After seeing some beautiful works at Spotted Stone Studio I am inspired!  Krista's Modern Mountains made me simply homesick for Alaska and a bit teary eyed; she is very talented!  I found the site from Rachel @Stitched in Color on the Wednesday POST a couple weeks ago.
Not a big project, but enjoyable
The curtains had been sitting for weeks, ever since I hurt my hand, just waiting for a top and bottom hem.  I am so proud of the way the lining turned out for the back.  This is my first set of curtains for Z's room and that is exciting to watch how her own choices will develop over the coming years!

Curtains for Z's room, I even lined them and the blinds are down, but it is often very Sunny in Texas!
I also completed Ziona's Christmas dress, but I am going to share more about that tomorrow.  I just couldn't help sticking in her smiling face in at least one shot!

Thank you so much for coming by and visiting!  I am posting finishes a day early for the TGIFF link party, especially for those who live on the other side of the world.  I hope you will link up your finish this week and/or visit a few of the links below.  After all, everybody likes visitors.



Don't forget to check out my 200th Post Giveaway:  HERE

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Stash Report Saturday

After this week I am finally in the positive!  Not by much so I really need to hustle this next week.


Here is my Stash Report through 12/22/2012*:
Used last Week:  10 1/8 yards
Used year to Date: 77 5/8 yards
Added last Week:  0 yards 
Added Year to Date: 77 1/4 yards
Net Used for 2012: +3/8 yards

Thanks again for stopping by and you shall see me tomorrow!

*This is a rough estimate in the foggy haze of birth and all that.  I do remember getting a stash of fabric from some people moving out of my building in late April & my mother gave me fabric as well (some got passed on to others) but I had to guess at amounts.  I will be better about exact amounts from July onward.