Friday, December 12, 2014

APQ Quilt Along (Finish It Up Friday)

Someone asked me recently if I ever took pictures of my finished APQ Quilt Along Quilt and I looked back and realized I never had.  I shared lots of photos of the quilt over on Instagram and I really thought I had shared it here as well.  But a quick look back and I realized I never had shared it after I received it back from Abby.


This quilt is still my favorite quilt to date.  I love everything about it.  I did take a departure from the original and I left out the sashing between the blocks but I think that gives it even more of a secondary pattern and I love that about this quilt.

Here are just a few photos of the quilt.  I hope you are all having a great December and are looking forward to having a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Star Plus Quilt Along

I recently participated in the star plus quilt along over on Instagram.  I haven't finished this quilt yet as it still needs quilting but I have my back and binding ready to go so it's just a matter of time.  You can find the pattern for the quilt on Craftsy. 

My favorite thing about this one is the different sizes of the blocks.  With 3 different sizes mixed together it gives a great look-am I the only one enjoying the patterns featuring this lately?

Mine is made with Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille and I am sure that comes as no surprise.  But I love their fabrics and this is one of my favorite lines by far. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I'm On Instagram

Hi friends!  I just wanted to remind you all that you can find me over on Instagram.  I haven't been giving this space much love lately and if I am being honest I probably won't be back here until after the holidays.  But here is a peak at what I've been working on-come see over there.  I'm gretters_h over there. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Okay I'll admit this one came around much faster than I had expected but for good reason.  I was busy getting newborn snuggles from this little gal.  My new niece-aunties rule!

Over the weekend I thought I would be able to finish up the quilt for my mom that I'm lovingly call Candy Corn Awesomeness because of a comment on one of the early photos of the quilt over on Instagram.  I thought we had everything we needed for this quilt when I went shopping in my mom's stash because we had the perfect amounts of everything except an outside border.  When I was making it I noticed this really pretty purple in a couple of the fabrics and thought we could trade out the fabric she had for binding to use for borders and then use a eggplant purple for the binding.  However we were about 4 inches short.  So this one is sitting waiting it's last border until some fabric comes.

Since I couldn't finish those borders I figured I might as well still finish some borders.  So I pulled out my Dream Big quilt (pattern is in Camille's first book) and added the borders onto it.

After that I had just a little bit of time and I wanted to make the most of it in my sewing room.  But my sewing mojo seems to have left again.  I thought it was going to stick around for a while this time. At any rate I pulled out all of these projects hoping inspiration would strike.  Only one has a deadline so it was pretty much open season.

In the end I turned back to my Flower Girl Quilt and managed to sew up two blocks.  That brings me to 5 blocks out of the 25 needed for the quilt.  So I'm making progress.

That's it for me this week.  Head over to Lee's and see what everyone else is sewing up this week.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I don't know if I've ever been more happy that a Wednesday has come up on me so fast-but with a new niece scheduled to be born tomorrow I am already counting down the hours to Thursday.  I can't wait to meet her.

I haven't done a whole lot of sewing even though I had a sewing date last Thursday and then spent lots of time sewing on Friday after work.  But since then the sewing room has been pretty quite.  I blame it on the return of cable television this week.  I did however manage to make some progress on the Jelly Bean Quilt.  I'm a little over half way done piecing the top.  The further I get on this one the more I like it.  It's outside of my normal color zone but it's been enjoyable to have a little something different to work on.

I also made my first round of blocks for the #iheartbandcsamplequiltbee over on Instagram.  This quilt was inspired by Camille's orphan block quilt.  We were all assigned to hives and each month we are making blocks for two other bee members.  My plan for now is to make at least three blocks each month so that I will have one for my own quilt as well.  I'm hoping to make this one nice and big.  Hopefully even queen sized for the guest bed.  Which is conveniently located in my sewing space.

That's it for me this week.  Head on over to Lee's and see what everyone else is up to.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Hello!  I hope you are all having a great week.  Mine got off to a slow start but we are on the down side of the hill now rolling into the weekend.  It's been a busy week and my finger is pretty much numb from sewing down binding but I'm hoping to give it a little time to rest over the next couple of weeks before starting on the next project.

That does mean that I finished up the binding on both a baby quilt and my apqquiltalong quilt.  You can see the APQ Quilt there getting ready for some crinkle magic so hopefully I'll have a chance to grab some photos and show you something pretty for finish it up Friday.

I also managed to finish up my tinyswoon for the thimbleblossomsminiquiltswap.  This thing measures only 24 inches square.  I have plans of adding a really thin boarder so nothing is lost in the binding.  Abstract baptist fan quilting and piped binding in pink and aqua.

The quarter is for size reference

I did start a new project as well.  I went shopping in my moms stash because she is nice enough to let me do that sometimes.  And as luck would have it she had the perfect amounts of fabric for this quilt.  The only thing missing is a boarder fabric but since she had a charm pack from this line as well I'm thinking about doing a patchwork border that I think will look great with this quilt.

I think that is all I have going on this week.  Head on over to Lee's and see what everyone else is up to.  Fair warning though-most weeks I end up with inspiration overload doing that.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mama & Baby Pips

It's finish it up Friday and I have 2 quilts to show you today.  These quilts started when Abby suggested a quilt along over on Instagram following Camille's Jelly Filled Quilt Pattern.  Since this was at the start of my Sewing with Camille challenge I was excited to have some friends to sew along with on one of the patterns.  The blocks for this quilt come together super quick and I found that it was fairly easy to chain piece 3-4 at a time.  For some reason I have a hard time doing much more than that although I'm sure there are many of you who could probably chain piece all of the blocks in one sitting.


As I was making this quilt I started to fall in love with it and I really wanted to keep it for myself but I decided that with all the pink and the cute little puppies my SIL would probably enjoy it for the new baby.  That idea morphed into matching quilt when I went to visit my mom and she gave me her jelly roll of sherbet pips.  I had enough at that point to make the first quilt larger but knew I would have some left over unless I made a huge quilt.  My SIL is expecting her second child in just a few weeks so the idea to make a matching quilt for little sister (my brother is having a very hard time agreeing to a name for the baby-so we call her little sister) came about.

Abby also happened to over a sale on long arm services for any holiday pattern in July.  I posted my quilt top and a few selections on Instagram asking for help picking a quilt pattern.  In my mind I wanted something that looked like wind because the quilt scream girly fall to me.  However, some of the snowflake patterns had caught my eye and I was tempted to go in that direction.  After posting my picks Abby sent me a private message with a pattern she hadn't had the chance to add to her boards yet but knew would be the perfect fit for these quilts.

Both of the quilts are backed in the cream scoot fabric (the same as the boarders on the baby quilt) and bound with a white and pink square polka dot.  I just washed and dried these last night so they are ready for gifting as soon as I have a chance to see my SIL.  I hope she will love them as much as I do.