Community Quilt 2013

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had gone to a sew day in order to get started on my community/donation quilt for this year.  I had gotten the blocks finished that day, but had done nothing more with them until two days ago, when I put them together and finished the top.

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These are not typically colours that I work with a lot. I used more brown a few years ago, but it’s grown out of favour with me these days. And I like green, but I don’t seem to use it very much. So I wanted to make something that used those colours. I actually used all of my brown strips up for this quilt. I have no more scrappy brown strips left in the box! It reminds me of a forest. Thing 1 says it looks like a maze. The pattern didn’t call for a border, but I think I will add one to complete the chains that fall around the edges.

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I tried for a random layout of colours, but somehow I ended up with two places where the same brown ended up in four touching corners. By the time I noticed I had sewn everything together, and it was too late in the evening for me to care enough to fix it. So they will stay.

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My other cat decided to photobomb the picture this time. It was funny, everytime I would raise the camera to take a picture, he’d turn his head to the side. And when I would lower it again, he’d look at me. I raised and lowered that camera at least ten times, and he did the same thing every time, without fail. That must be his good side or something.

It’s Wednesday, so I’m linking up to the Needle and Thread Network.

Another finished top

It was my birthday last week.  Mr. Apple Pie took me to a fabric store as a present.  It was wonderful!  I got some great fabrics to use with my Ticklish HSTs.  Thing 1 helped me pick out a lot of the fabrics that I ended up getting.  She has a great eye for fabric!

On Monday, I went to our guild’s all day sew day.  It was the first time that I was able to go, since there is not usually anyone to watch the kids, but Mr. Apple Pie was still home, so I went.  I had a great day, just sewing all day with no interruptions from little people needing lunch or snacks, no sibling squabbles to break up, just lots of people and their sewing machines.  I got all of the rainbow blocks finished that day, and last night I finished sewing the top together.

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It meausres 56″x72″ since the blocks are 8″ finished. I have no plans at this point with who’s going to get it or where it will end up, but the rainbow makes me very happy.

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Although this quilt was made entirely from scraps, a few of the pieces ended up looking like they were fussy cut (which was a fluke, but a nice one). I am kind of partial to that cute little turtle. It was actually a scrap of flannel, but I did not have very many yellow scraps, so I had to use what I had.

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My cat voiced his disapproval that they quilt was not on the floor to be photographed. He could not do his official quilt inspecting! He did shed on it while it was folded up on the couch and he is very thorough in his inspecting in that he will check and re-check the finished quilts as well. That pile of quilts in the corner is a favourite napping spot of his.

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Thing 3 wanted in on the action too. She loves to have her picture taken, and since she’s often the only one home with me these days, I have a lot of pictures of her. She starts pre-school this fall though. I can’t believe how fast she’s grown up!

Also, amidst the announcement that Google Reader will be shutting down, I am on the lookout for a replacement.  I haven’t decided what way I’ll go yet, but I did add a Bloglovin’ button on the sidebar for those of you who are switching over and want to follow me that way.  If I can figure out a Feedly button, I’ll add one of those too.

I bought some fabric, and also sewed a little

The title of this post pretty much sums up what’s been going on around here lately.  Mr. Apple Pie is home right now (his job is three weeks away, two weeks home) and I’ve noticed that when he is done, I don’t sew or blog as much.  It’s almost like I like spending time with him or something!

I have been sewing a little.  I got all the blocks done for this year’s community quilt, I’ve made more rainbow log cabins and I only have to make about 14 more in various colours to be done that project, and (shhh, don’t tell anyone) I started a new project.

Ticklish HST

Around Christmas time, I received a mini charm pack of Ticklish. It was so cute, but I didn’t know what to do with it. A couple of days ago, I finally just decided to make HSTs out of them, so I paired them with some solid white and got to work. I sewed a narrower than usual seam allowance so that my HSTs would be 2″ unfinished. I trimmed them all up, and now I just have to decide what to do with them! I have a plan, so stayed tuned.

It’s my birthday later this week (last time I’m turning twenty-something) so I indulged in a little retail therapy. I bought some Tula Pink (Salt Water and Prince Charming), a whole bunch of FQs (no pic, sorry), and some of that Stay Calm fabric that I’ve wanted for ages. I also unpacked some of Heather Ross’s Crafty Chloe that I ordered and had shipped to my sister, who has access to a US shipping address.

Tula - saltwater
Tula - prince charming
Keep Calm
HR - Crafty Chloe

And I played hide-and-seek with the Things the other day. Thing 3 has the most adorable way of finding the best hiding places, don’t you think?

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And there’s an actual project in progress in this post, so I’ll link up to the Needle and Thread Network.  It is Wednesday, after all.

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Bee Blocks

I have finished the March Bee Block for M-R.  She asked for a scrappy trip block, and sent us grey and burgundy strips to use.  This block went together very well the first time I made it.  The tutorial (found here, from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville) was very clear and made quick work of the block.  Then I measure the block, and found it was half an inch too small all the way around.  I had forgotten to double check the seam allowance before I started, and because every seam was too big, I lost half an inch.

SS Bee March

If I was making it for me, I would have either just made all the blocks too small or re-cut some fabrics and re-made the block.  But I only had enough of the grey and burgundy for one block, so I took every single seam apart and re-sewed the entire thing.  It took me 20 minutes to make the block, and over two hours to fix it.  But, it measured the appropriate 12.5″!

Other than that, I’ve been working on this year’s community quilt, and I’ve crocheted two infinity scarves: one for my mom, and one for Thing 1.  Thing 2 has requested one as well, in blue, and I will probably start that tonight.

Spring Storm 13

We had a spring snow storm here last night.  This was the view out of my front window.  I can hardly see the ash tree since, there is so much snow pelted onto the window.  The wind was howling and it was awful outside.  Church was cancelled, all of the area highways were closed, and the school is closed today.  But it is not too cold now, and the wind has died down, so the kids want me to go outside with them.  Thing 3 is nearly ready to go. Like her shirt says, time to rock and roll!

Thing 3