Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Growing and growing.....

I'm growing, the baby is growing and this baby quilt is growing. One of several baby quilts in process. Hopefully I will get these done before the baby gets here!


Linking it up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, April 3, 2015

In like a lion, out like a lamb.....

I didn't post much of anything this month. In my defense I have been busy. We went on vacation to St. Louis, Memphis, and Nashville. We were able to do all sorts of touristy things like go into the St. Louis arch. (So scary!!!). It so high and so dumb. Save your ten dollars, there is no need to go to the top. Just a terrifying 4 minutes in a confined space. I would say I sound old but my mother doesn't whine about stuff like this. Other than being scared of heights St. Louis was so awesome, we may have to move there some day.

From St. Louis we headed south to Memphis. We enjoyed Memphis less but did go see Graceland and eat lots of BBQ. 


We finished up our trip in Nashville and headed to the Grand Ole Opry for my husbands birthday. By this point in the trip I guess I stopped feeling like a tourist and didn't take any pictures. So I will have to use stock footage to complete the photo journey.


We saw lots of entertainers at the Opry including Trisha Yearwood who is our favorite! This inspired my husband to listen to blue grass music for the 13 hours we were in the car taking our sweet time getting home. After a week away I was very glad to sleep in my own bed. Travel sure makes you realize home is where the heart is.

While my husband was driving I was able to do some hand sewing and make some flowers for Eleni. More details can be found here. I have been following Rachel's blog for sometime and have been participating in do.good.stitches for almost a year, My thoughts go out to her family and many prayers for little Eleni.


On a personal note Aaron and I are expecting a baby of our own in August. They believe it to be a girl. She says hello! I have been organizing my craft room and sewing like crazy. I will post pictures of baby quilts soon.


Finally my April blocks for the Nurture circle of do.good.stitches. The instructions were here. We has pretty free rein which was a blessing and a curse. I find that I will take so much longer to decide what I want to do. In the end I came up with these two diamond blocks.


I feel like the first block ended up looking a little like corn in the pictures.


This one I kept fiddling with to the point of madness and it is not how I imagined it in my mind but fits what was asked for. They will be going in the mail in the morning before they get lost in my craft room.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Do.Good.Stitches Nuture Circle Quilt

It is my second turn as quilter for the Nuture circle of Do.Good.Stitches. My first go round was last August and we created this fun quilt. If you are so motivated to make this block you can find instructions here.


I have been on a kick working on my Triple Irish Chain quilt in recent weeks.


I figured since it is March I would continue with the Irish theme and my obsession with this classic pattern. I have a shameful amount of blue fabric in my stash and scrap bin so I decided to go with blue as the color pallet for this quilt.

To begin we are going to cut our fabric for the two blocks we will be making for the triple Irish chain quilt. I have decided on a scrappy theme for this quilt to make it more stash friendly. You will need to raid your stash or scrap bin for white or low volume fabric, light-medium blue fabrics (blue and white only) and dark blue fabrics (blue and white only). 

White/Low volume
1  -  10.5" x 10.5"
4  -  6.5" x 2.5"
17  -  2.5" x 2.5"

Light Blue - Medium Blue
24  - 2.5" x 2.5"
**Additional Note** Some of my fabrics did not read with as much contrast from the white fabric in the final block. Make sure to select blues that have good contrast from the background. 

Dark Blue
20  - 2.5" x 2.5"


Then we will begin assembling the blocks according to the following diagram. 
Block A
Lay out your 2.5" squares and sew together the 7 squares in each row. Once each row is completed press the seams. Rows 1/3/5/7 will go in one direction and rows 2/4/6 will go in the opposite direction. Once you have pressed your seams sew each row together with the seams nesting,

Your finished block A should look like this. (14.5" x 14.5")


Block B will be assembled using the following diagram
To begin assembly of this block take each 6.5" x 2.5" rectangle of white fabric and sew a dark blue 2.5" square to each end. Press the seams toward the dark blue fabric. I will refer to these as a side unit.

Take two of these side units and attach a 2.5" light blue square to each end. Once you have sewed the light blue fabric on press the seams toward the dark blue fabric, These are now top units. 

Take your 10.5" square of white and sew on a side unit to opposing sides. Once you have completed press your seams toward the side units. 

The final step is to sew the top units to the two remaining sides of the 10.5" white square. The seams should nest. Once you have completed sewing press your seams toward the top units.

Your completed Block B should look like this. 


In the end you will end up with two blocks that look like this. They should finish about 14.5" square. Please do not sew together.


Once completed please send to

Dhia Peach
519 Smith Road
Fremont, Oh 43420

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Arrrrggggg I found some booty....


I was cleaning up last night. Technically I was searching for fabric to go with this quilt I finished up for my step daughter Gabby. I am looking to make a coordinating pillow case. It is hard to believe that with all the fabric I have, I don't have the right fabric. Or at least I don't have a large enough chunk of blue or red to make a pillow case. I am pretty sure I can find some in my stash but maybe I am being toooooo picky. I am getting no sympathy from my husband on my fabric stash woes. 
 So I was digging in the last couple totes of fabric and crafts that I haven't yet put away and I unearthed some buried treasure, or booty if you will. Some time ago Moda came out with charm packs that were 2.5" square, they called them candy. I got the bright idea to start a swap and call it I want candy. The idea was that you would get 5 partners and you would send each 50 2.5" squares that you had cut from your stash. In the end you would end up with 250 different fabric squares to play with and enjoy. About the same time there was a quilt floating around the interwebs called a scrap vomit quilt.
http://poppymakes.blogspot.com/2012/10/drunk-quilt-scrap-vomit-and-tova.html

Although this is not my puppy dog, it is a very cute English Springer Spaniel much like my dog Turkey. So anyway the craze for candy was in, I hosted a swap, and was cutting 2.5" squares out of all my fabrics. At some point the hype died down and I put the squares in a shoe box for a rainy day when I decided what to do with them. Yesterday I stumbled upon the box in question.
Holy scrap! That is a lot of squares! The timing couldn't be better as I am currently working on a triple Irish chain quilt, which turns out to be the basis of a scrap vomit quilt.


So I will be adding these to my quilt of scrappy goodness. But in the meantime I saw something shiny online and decided to try one or two blocks. It is a great way to use up my scraps that are less than 2.5"


Paper pieced Wild & Goosey Blocks. Just like that another WIP is born.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The creature from scrap lagoooooon

I can't decide if I love this project or hate it. I have been cutting my scraps into 2.5" squares and using them as leaders and enders on my machine. I had no business starting another project with several still needing to be finished up. There are some old favorites in these blocks and some really ugly questionable fabric choices. A find walk down fabric memory lane. I am trying to make something useful out of all the scraps I have horded over the years. Maybe I should have picked a color scheme, but maybe the lack of structure is what makes it fun. The blocks patchwork blocks are 49 2.5" squares with no duplicate fabrics in each. The white blocks have 12 2.5" squares along with the white pieces. I am going to have to find a source for the large white squares outside of my scrap bin. Finished blocks are pretty chunky at 14.5" We will see how it ends up.


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The stars at night are big and bright....

Revisiting a long time WIP that I made some headway on this week. In cleaning and sorting fabrics I found a piece to finish a star that I was short on. I could not for the life of me remember where or when I bought the fabric and I was one tiny piece short. I had about given up when I found an old orphan block that had the missing fabric. Happy as a clam!!!! I started running out of quilt Pati's pieces so I had to start joining some stars.

 On the completed front I finished up the quilt for my step daughter Michelle. I have been trying to get a decent picture of the quilt but the weather has not been cooperating. My husband and I rigged up an interior quilt hanging rod for pictures. 

This quilt goes with this pillow case. One more WIP scratched off the list!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Week In progress!!!

I have had the good fortune to be home this week and not traveling. Needless to say my evenings have been spent in my sewing room. Here is what I am working on this week. 
 My weekly WIP is a pastel scrappy star quilt inspired by this Spring Cleaning Quilt. I originally intended it to be a quilt for our master bedroom. But at some point I decided it was not the direction I wanted to go for our bedroom. I still don't know what direction that is. I decided to make this a baby quilt. I have enough centers for 5 stars and enough of the other pieces for 4 stars. I bit the bullet this week and put one together. I will see how I like the size of the quilt with 4 stars and may add more. 

My finish this week is for Do.Good.Stitches Nurture Circle. The directions for the block can be found here. I find that I don't have as many solids in my stash as are needed whenever a project comes up. So I used prints that were as close to tone on tone as I had in my scrap bin. I also find that wonky blocks make me a little edgy. I think it is just the fact that I am left with a lot of little scraps and I haven't figured out what to do with them yet. This will be sent off to make a lovely quilt for My Very Own Blanket. Can't wait to see how it turns out. I am the quilter next month so I need to come up with a block quick! 

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